A mum-of-one has launched her own mobile beauty business after becoming fed up of not working.
Sharon Flaherty says she has finally found her vocation in life after she gave up work after falling pregnant with her first child.
She is now the proud owner of SN Make-up and Nails - a business she hopes her daughter Niamh will one day join.
The 44-year-old from South Shields was supported in her venture by edco business support through its New Enterprise Allowance Programme.
Sharon was also given a Start Up Loan managed by Five Lamps.
Sharon said: “I gave up work when I had my daughter, but I was never destined to be a stay-at-home mum.
Everything is going well and I have a lot of returning clients.Sharon Flaherty
“I saw something on Facebook about someone having their make-up done and that’s basically how it started.
“I wanted something which did not mean I would have to leave the little one full-time and this was ideal.
“It was also something I really wanted to get back into.”
Sharon officially launched her business on May 7 and since then she has not looked back.
“Everything is going really well and I have had a lot of returning customers.”
Sharon works flexible hours to fit around looking after her child and also her clients’ needs.
People can either have Sharon come to their home or visit her at her address.
Sharon uses products including bareMinerals, Urban Decay, Gel II and IBX. It is understood she is the only person in South Tyneside who is trained in Gel II nail treatments.
As well as doing make-up she also offers make-up lessons tailored to the individual’s needs.
Sharon recently completed a professional make-up artist training course to expand her area of expertise.
In the future she hopes to branch out more into weddings and occasion make-up as well as proms.
She also hopes that when her daughter grows up she will eventually join her in her business.
“I have had a lot of support from my business advisor Nicky, as without her help, I would not have got off the ground.
“The business loan really helped me financially to buy the equipment I needed - as being unemployed that was the area I was struggling in.”
The New Enterprise Allowance Programme supports anyone over the age of 18, who is unemployed and in receipt of jobseekers’ benefit.
It offers an initial eight weeks of support to create a business plan and apply for funding needed.
For more information contact Tedco on 0191 516 6102.