Meet Megan Hutchinson, the founder of every bride to be new best friend ‘The Little White’ Books, and now Skin Sonic the skin care device we now can’t live without. She has a habit of doing that, making us fall in love with products we didn’t think we needed until now. Not only is she a savvy businesswoman, she is a good friend of ours and one of the funniest woman we know…
What does a typical day in the life for Megan look like?
I tend to exist on a slightly different time-zone to most, I work till the early AM, wake at 9:30 to go to the gym, and start work at 11:30 each day.
My work day is always hectic – at least 100 emails to answer in between packing and sending out orders for my two companies – and usually attend at least one event per day during the week: beauty launches, speaking engagements, brand showcases, and meetings with potential clients or stockists.
It’s not super glamorous, I’m usually running (in heels) around in a mad rush, while also taking my followers along on my Instagram story!
Do you have a quote, you live by?
So many! Last week I posted one by Marilyn Monroe of all people, “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” which I think captures my approach to life.
What is your favourite snack? (We are obsessed with food)I will never turn down an ice-cream. Some would argue that ice cream is not a snack, but I don’t listen to that kind of negativity.
Oh, I also have a glass of Baileys as a very late night “snack” every night.
What was the defining moment when you first started your business(es) Skin Sonic and Little White Book? I will never get used to people recognising me in public, but the first time anyone approached me and asked “Are you Megan from She Said Yes” (or possibly “Are you She Said Yes”) was a memorable one!
Now that so many people have the little white book (a wedding organiser and diary) a lot of people will come up to me and say how much they love it. There is nothing better than hearing that your business has actually helped people and made them happy.
The transition to making your passion into a full-time profitable business can be hard, what is your tip? And when did you know it was time to quit your job and do this full time? I think that transition is the absolute hardest part of starting a business for most people, that leap of faith can be a terrifying one.
I was working as a lawyer for two years while running She Said Yes in whatever free time I had – as a passion, it never felt like work, and I still couldn’t tell you where life ends and “Work” begins. I know that some people don’t want to leave their jobs until they can make as much money from their side-hustle, but I did the opposite – working out the bare minimum I needed to live (and pay our mortgage) – and as soon as I comfortably knew that the blog and the books would be making that, I started working out how to move on.
If you’re doing something as a passion, don’t be in a hurry to turn it into your job. There’s nothing wrong with having a hobby, and not every passion or hobby is going to be practical to make a living from – sorry, I’m a realist. Pursue your dreams, and do things which you absolutely love, and opportunities will come naturally. If you are truly passionate about what you do, and its practical to make a living from, profit will follow.
What women in your life inspire you?I am surrounded by inspirational people – not a day goes by where I am not inspired by those around me, the women I follow, the followers who message me, the ladies I go to events with, my sister, my flatmate and my friends.
I am drawn to people who are motivated and driven, and who make me want to be and do better. If I’m ever lacking passion, It doesn’t take much scrolling the ‘gram or watching my talented friends’ stories to make me get up and go.
What is something nobody knows about you? This is getting very hard to answer, as I am SO open now with my followers, talking recently about my battle with infertility, weight and eating issues.
Nobody knows how much money I make, because I don’t know either. I genuinely don’t care. I don’t do this for money, I never did, so I find it very bizarre when I do interviews and it is one of the major focuses of my “success”. Success is earning enough to be comfortable, and loving every day of it. NZ Herald recently published that I made more than I did as a lawyer, which is factually correct but also irrelevant – I’m happier than I was as a lawyer, and that is everything.
What has been your first roadblock/failure and how did you overcome it? I fail all the time. If I’m not failing, I’m not pushing myself. Sometimes I fail multiple times per day!
My first big failure was probably selling out of the little white book after my first order and keeping my customers waiting. Having said that, I’m currently sold out of Skin Sonic so perhaps I haven’t learned enough from my failures!
Your fave fashion piece? A duck egg blue Prada Saffiano Lux. My husband chose it and bought it for me as a wedding present.
10. Fave beauty product? I’d say Skin Sonic even if it wasn’t mine, honestly! I created the company because I loved the product, I knew if it was something that worked for me, others would want it too. Having good skin makes my life easier, so that I don’t feel the need to wear makeup most days.
Fave Perfume? Narciso Rodriguez for her – my wedding fragrance.
How would you describe your style? Simple and feminine. I love blue jeans, white tees or silk camis and lux accessories in feminine textures and colours – blush, velvet, fur.
One thing you would have told your younger self?
Don’t worry that you’re not “cool”. When you’re a teenager you want people to perceive you as being “cool” – as an adult, you realise the coolest thing in the world is being comfortable with being your authentic, weird, funny, real self.