In the last 25 years I built three, six figure businesses not all of which ended in smiles. I wrote 30, internationally published books, ran two retail knitwear shops, supplied products to prestige stores around the world and created, built and sold what became the largest hand made soap company in the UK.
I mentor numerous entrepreneurs who, from nothing have built high street brands (see testimonials below) and I have loved every minute of it. I currently have over 20 products that I formulated and nurtured on sale in stores such as Harrods, Fortnum and Masons, Selfridges and Waitrose.
All this experience allows me to step back, look at the bigger picture and to define exactly what I did right and what I did wrong and I have come up with a step by step working practice that will help anyone who is serious about their own success, build a brilliant natural skincare business and to side step the banana skins I slipped on along the way.
I understand exactly where you are now. When I started my first business I was a single parent of three with no formal education, no income and enough financial knowledge to believe that if your cheque book was empty it meant you had run out of money! My response was to come up with a simple but clever product idea, put on a smart suit and go visit my bank manager. The fact that he lent me the money I needed was entirely due to my passion for my product and my total belief in myself. My first business succeeded because I made myself very visible and was absolutely determined to 'go for it'. These are skills which come from getting clear on what you really, really want and gaining the confidence to go for it. What I now hear from people as lines of resistance ("I can't take the risk", "I don't know how to do that", "I don't have the money",) were in fact the very motivations that made me successful. I knew that if I didn't take the risk and if I didn't learn to do things properly, I would never live the life I wanted for myself.
This programme will distance you from outdated and pre-conceived ideas and help you see the bigger picture. During the course of the 16 weeks you will learn a lot about yourself and understand how to play to your strengths. You will gain in depth knowledge on the market and when you leave me you will have a defined product range, clear branding and direction and all the knowledge you need to enable you to move forward to success.
Melinda has provided invaluable guidance to us in all areas of our business, from direction of the company to product design. We would not be where we are without her expert assistance. Thanks Melinda!
The Camel Milk Soap Factory - Dubai
Thank you for connecting like-minded women together. You do so much more than just coaching & mentoring. You help women build their confidence and
challenge us to dream bigger. You help women find their path to achievement & success. You are incredible, and I'm so grateful to have you as my coach. You are
doing really amazing things for women... keep it up, because we need you.
Hunaskin - Natural Apothecary
The Mentoring experience, pushed me to take actionable steps, manyof which I was not aware I needed to take.
I particularly needed the kick to finalise the main product formula and to complete, very painful steps needed to get ready for retail. Melinda’s no nonsense style also resonated with my goals of getting the best product for the market out there.
I look forward to future coaching!
Melinda has a huge knowledge of the industry, and more importantly is able to strategically distill that wisdom into actionable insights. Melinda personally supported me, challenging and encouraging me in equal measures allowing me to drive forward the business. I can't recommend highly enough!
The Rose Tree
Melinda Coss worked with Tropical Wholefoods in the development of our Clean Fair Trade Soap range providing excellent, valuable training & advice to our overseas partner in Tanzania in manufacturing techniques and quality control requirements ... she made significant improvements to our partners level of knowledge & understanding of the processes involved and developed a significantly improved soap product for us to market in the UK.
I came to Melinda with essentially an idea that I needed guidance on to turn into a real business and thats exactly what I got. Never having worked in the industry, nor having any contacts within it, meant that I was operating in a little bubble. Melinda helped me to focus on my goals, define my brand and guided me in how to scale my business. Her vast experience, contacts and her overall energy for supporting small businesses has made the entire program priceless for me!
The first step I took on my soap-making adventures was buying Melinda Coss "The Handmade Soap Book". I was hooked immediately... The next step was for me to fly over to London to attend a weekend of Melinda's workshops. It was the best investment I ever made.
Handmade soap may be purchased on their web store or in Ireland at House of Fraser, Avoca, Kilkenny, Carraig Donn and Harvey Nichols.
As featured in Irish Tatler, Farmers Journal - Country Living Magazine, The Gloss - The Irish Times Magazine, RTE Guide.....
The Handmade Soap Company Ireland
Melinda challenged me to continue to push myself further with each step of the process while also supporting me through the self -doubts and fears that came with putting myself 'out there'.
My sessions with Melinda have always thought provoking, inspirational with many aha moments. I really appreciated her no nonsense, lets do this approach. If you are serious about getting your business on track to success then I highly recommend you work with Melinda.
Back to Beautiful You
In my research I found out about Melinda Coss and the workshops that she runs in France. I knew that if I was going to get a business off the ground then I was going to have to follow my heart. I said goodbye to my husband and two girls and with little more than an idea in my head, I booked a flight to France to meet Melinda. I had no idea what to expect, but I just knew I was doing the right thing. It turns out that it was the best decision that I ever made. I spent a week in Melinda's farmhouse learning how to make soaps, creams and lotions and Melinda and I talked about the concept of Maddi Alexander and how it could evolve. Every evening I would make hundreds of notes, jotting down thoughts and ideas and by the end of the week my red book was busting with inspiration and plans for the future. I can honestly say that the whole experience was fantastic. I learned so much invaluable information about ingredients, formulas, safety and labelling. Melinda has a wealth of knowledge and experience and her encouragement from the beginning has been inspiring.
At the beginning of our very first Skype session, Melinda said: "Nicole, why don't you launch your own line of grooming products for horses?" Horses have been my life-long passion and this idea was probably right before my eyes - I just did not see it. That's how my venture into being an independent business woman started. Melinda took me through all the necessary steps of product creation, branding, defining sales and social media strategies, cashflow and sales estimates, who to work with, defining my ideal customer and so much more. The regular skype calls kept me in check, made me realize what I had done and still to do and I knew that I had somebody by my side during my journey. If you are on your own, this is a life saver and absolutely invaluable. She reminded me to keep looking at the big picture and not to get lost too much in details. I found out what I really like to do and what work I'd rather delegate. I can recommend her 16-week-mentoring-program to anybody out there starting in the cosmetics industry. "I figure, if a girl wants to be legend, she should just go ahead and be one." - Calamity Jane
Melinda has a huge amount of experience when it comes to making products or launching businesses that specialise in the natural cosmetic market. As a new business looking to get established in this cosmetic/healthcare space, Melinda's expert advice has been instrumental in our development.
We have always found Melinda Coss to be very knowledgeable with a great deal of expertise in her field. She successfully supported our business start up by providing us with new contracts & sourcing essential oils during our development. She has always been very supportive & encouraging in our endeavours. Melinda also provided invaluable technical advice regarding our legal responsibilities, without whose assistance business development could have been postponed.
Products may be purchased from their web store
Ms Lindsey Hedges
Melinda took the best elements of where my company was, and kicked it up to another level entirely. Working with her was motivating and inspiring, and totally changed the way I viewed myself and what I was capable of.
Barefaced & Bee products may be purchased from their web store
Barefaced + Bee
Luly & Stefan Gaudiano
I greatly appreciate Melinda's availability by email and quick reaction to every question I've asked her outside the sessions. The contacts and examples she has suggested are precious and her first-hand experience is invaluable. I trust her judgment.
I couldn't have even contemplated going ahead with anything of the sort without the mentoring & Melinda's expertise & support.
I have just 2 new places on offer. If you think you have what it takes and would like to work with me book your free Discovery session NOW and lets make this happen for you! Investment £8,500 or 3 monthly payments of £3117 (Remember this is tax deductible)
I only take on a very limited number of clients - those entrepreneurs whose projects I totally believe in and those who I really feel will be committed to success. I will not take on clients in competitive niches and it is also important that we feel we will enjoy working together!
If you are interested in my programme lets start by getting to know each other via Skype.
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