It was years working, first in a pharmacy and then as a cosmetics consultant for Christian Dior in Sydney, that paved the way for Rosemarie Toynbee’s first successful business.
‘At Dior I had been working with wealthy North Shore women who seemed to have everything, but I discovered that in fact many of them had shockingly low self esteem.
‘I knew I could help them feel better about themselves, so I put a small notice in the paper, and at first we met around our dining room table. But Arnold didn’t like that so eventually I got premises.’
Rosemarie built her image consultancy (called Facial Expressions) into a thriving business that employed 22 casual staff. It lasted for 18 years and gave her incredible satisfaction.
‘The reason it worked,’ she says, ‘is because we found out what people were good at and focused on that. It helped clients develop an inner strength and confidence.’
Rosemarie has always been a natural people person. Over her ‘amazing life’ she has travelled widely, connecting and making friendships wherever she goes.
When she and Arnold moved to the Northern Rivers to escape, what Rosemarie describes as ‘the hectic pace of life in Sydney’, they naturally did what they have always done: forged new friendships and networks in the area.
Living first in Bangalow, and now enjoying their 6th year in Lennox Head, Rosemarie and Arnold run the local business Byron and Beyond Networking—helping men and women generate business and income for other businesses.
It too is growing.
Rosemarie says it’s taking more and more of her time as she manages 700 subscribers, 100 paying members, a noticeboard, newsletter, 4 Facebook accounts, an Instagram account, blog and 3 events—in Bangalow, Ballina and Byron—every month.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she has also started a side business providing one-off consultancy on how to make the most of social media.
‘I know how to grow followers and likes, I can explain hash tags and jargon and produce results for people who want to take on social media in their business.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love it passionately. I love the people and the talent in the region.
In my line of work I meet a lot of newcomers and I really enjoy putting people together. We’ve developed some great friends along the way, including with our amazing venues (for networking events), who really do provide an amazing space for us to do our work.
Chasing people, reminding people to do the little things.
Travel, yoga, eating out, entertaining, walking the dog, swimming
Work Life Philosophy? Be kind, build relationships. We’re all in the world together.
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