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My name is Carly. I’m an educator. My 3 most impressionable students are my kids Tyler, Mia & Krista. I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, where everyone comes to relax and get away from their 9-5 and I am able to support my family working just 3 days a week. It sounds like I’ve got my life together, but the truth is it hasn’t always been this glamorous. I have a 6 figure business now but I have also lived week to week on Centrelink and lost everything to Bankruptcy in my early 20’s. You see I am an all or nothing kinda girl, I go all in, every time on everyone and sometimes that’s not always the best choice I could have made.

 

When I was 11, I wanted to become a teacher. I loved helping people and watching people grow and learn. I didn’t have many friends my own age because I would spend every lunch hour with kids in the lower grades teaching them to dance. I loved building their confidence in themselves and teaching them new and exciting dance routines. This came at a cost to me socially, kids my age thought it was weird to spend so much time with younger kids helping them and as a result I was bullied extensively.

However, that didn’t stop me, I loved training people and although I never became a teacher, I did work at McDonalds as a Manager in charge of training new employees and became a Nail Educator just 12 months are completing my qualification. Which is pretty much unheard of one company told me it would take 7 years to become an educator, needless to say I was ecstatic!

That’s until I saw how minimal the training I was supposed to be giving was. For 4 weeks these students were meant to get 5 hours with me one day a week and then complete a quiz and practical assessment, and then bam here is your certificate.

Whaaaaaaaat?? These students were not going to be anywhere near industry standard and that was considered acceptable! No wonder so many students never go on to become great nail technicians.

It became very clear, very fast – I was going to need to create my own level of training standards and I charged accordingly. Only by doing so, I again ousted myself from the group. My classes were never promoted by the company I represented, my students’ accomplishments never celebrated and then finally the director and I decided that I was too different to work under their umbrella anymore. I was devastated, again I had been rejected for wanting to help people.

 

However, that didn’t stop me, I loved training people and although I never became a teacher, I did work at McDonalds as a Manager in charge of training new employees and became a Nail Educator just 12 months are completing my qualification. Which is pretty much unheard of one company told me it would take 7 years to become an educator, needless to say I was ecstatic!

That’s until I saw how minimal the training I was supposed to be giving was. For 4 weeks these students were meant to get 5 hours with me one day a week and then complete a quiz and practical assessment, and then bam here is your certificate.

Whaaaaaaaat?? These students were not going to be anywhere near industry standard and that was considered acceptable! No wonder so many students never go on to become great nail technicians.

It became very clear, very fast – I was going to need to create my own level of training standards and I charged accordingly. Only by doing so, I again ousted myself from the group. My classes were never promoted by the company I represented, my students’ accomplishments never celebrated and then finally the director and I decided that I was too different to work under their umbrella anymore. I was devastated, again I had been rejected for wanting to help people.

 

I had no choice. I stopped advertising my student training and focused on building up my salon and staff. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the time I spent with my team and having the ability to help them grow as technicians, but I missed changing people lives and watching them light up when they finally got the practical techniques they were struggling with.

I sidelined that joy and gave my staff my friendship and support instead, but I wasn’t excited about going to work. I grew frustrated and stopped caring about the little things that use to bring me joy. I laughed with my team less, I had resting bitch face and my kids would hear me complain about my day and avoid spending time with me because I was always grumpy.

Then COVID shut Australia down, and I went from earning over $4000 a week to $0 with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Whilst most people were petrified, I was excited.

I couldn’t work on clients, I had no more team, I closed down my commercial salon, and I had no distractions!

I could finally do whatever I wanted every day, and I was happy again!

And funnily enough when I got happy, my kids also became happy, and they stopped fighting so much and I finally felt like I had the mental capacity to be a mum again.

I was unknowingly teaching my kids that their dreams didn’t matter and when you are an  adult you must keep on going, even if it makes you miserable. The last thing I wanted to ever do was teach them to settle for a life less than they deserved. That’s exactly what I had done. Something had to change. I knew I had to do something.

 

I had no choice. I stopped advertising my student training and focused on building up my salon and staff. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the time I spent with my team and having the ability to help them grow as technicians, but I missed changing people lives and watching them light up when they finally got the practical techniques they were struggling with.

I sidelined that joy and gave my staff my friendship and support instead, but I wasn’t excited about going to work. I grew frustrated and stopped caring about the little things that use to bring me joy. I laughed with my team less, I had resting bitch face and my kids would hear me complain about my day and avoid spending time with me because I was always grumpy.

Then COVID shut Australia down, and I went from earning over $4000 a week to $0 with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Whilst most people were petrified, I was excited.

I couldn’t work on clients, I had no more team, I closed down my commercial salon, and I had no distractions!

I could finally do whatever I wanted every day, and I was happy again!

And funnily enough when I got happy, my kids also became happy, and they stopped fighting so much and I finally felt like I had the mental capacity to be a mum again.

I was unknowingly teaching my kids that their dreams didn’t matter and when you are an  adult you must keep on going, even if it makes you miserable. The last thing I wanted to ever do was teach them to settle for a life less than they deserved. That’s exactly what I had done. Something had to change. I knew I had to do something.

I wanted my children to see me happy again and I wanted to encourage them to be happy in life, to take risks and back themselves fully.

The Elite Nail Academy was born, but I was terrified of what people were going to think of me!

I’ve been a nail tech for 3 years….

I was trying to train people online…… 

I was self-conscious about my size, my skin, my hair, and my teeth! 

 

I wanted my children to see me happy again and I wanted to encourage them to be happy in life, to take risks and back themselves fully.

The Elite Nail Academy was born, but I was terrified of what people were going to think of me!

I’ve been a nail tech for 3 years….

I was trying to train people online…… 

I was self-conscious about my size, my skin, my hair, and my teeth! 

 

And even though I had built a 6 figure nail business in 15 months, won competitions and travelled overseas for International Educator Training, I still felt like a total nobody and like “why would people want to listen to me and why should they care about what I have done?”

I decided I had nothing to lose and created a 5-day business bootcamp challenge to see if people actually wanted to learn from me, before I put myself out these as an Educator away from a Brand Association and they did.

What became very apparent, very quickly during these free training sessions was that there were lots of Nail Techs out there, but hardly any of them knew the basic technical skills required or how to build a profitable business.

In fact, the majority had no idea until tax time if they had made any profit and most of them hadn’t.

As it turns out, I knew all along people not only wanted to learn from me, but they needed to know that their dreams were not pipe dreams too. They were interested in knowing what I have accomplished and how I have achieved it.  

In that moment, I realised that just because my life and what I had done felt “normal” and “not that special” to me…

I was still a few steps, or in some cases, MANY STEPS ahead of so many others who were just starting out, or who lacked knowledge and experience around things that I had already learnt or been through.

I decided that I was going to help people who were like me, and who wanted to do what I had done.

I wrote down everything I hated about all the other types of nail education available and developed solutions that were not only unique but also incredibly easy for my students to participate in. 

Once I had built and recorded my technical training modules, I started looking at questions being posted in groups and decided in addition to technical skills I would also include my best business tips, experience and knowledge to offer my students a nail course like no other. 

With restrictions now eased in Australia I am able to continue earning 6 figures doing nails just 3 days a week and also give my students the 1:1 guidance and support they require to build their own 6 figure business. 

 

And even though I had built a 6 figure nail business in 15 months, won competitions and travelled overseas for International Educator Training, I still felt like a total nobody and like “why would people want to listen to me and why should they care about what I have done?”

I decided I had nothing to lose and created a 5-day business bootcamp challenge to see if people actually wanted to learn from me, before I put myself out these as an Educator away from a Brand Association and they did.

What became very apparent, very quickly during these free training sessions was that there were lots of Nail Techs out there, but hardly any of them knew the basic technical skills required or how to build a profitable business.

In fact, the majority had no idea until tax time if they had made any profit and most of them hadn’t.

As it turns out, I knew all along people not only wanted to learn from me, but they needed to know that their dreams were not pipe dreams too. They were interested in knowing what I have accomplished and how I have achieved it.  

In that moment, I realised that just because my life and what I had done felt “normal” and “not that special” to me…

I was still a few steps, or in some cases, MANY STEPS ahead of so many others who were just starting out, or who lacked knowledge and experience around things that I had already learnt or been through.

I decided that I was going to help people who were like me, and who wanted to do what I had done.

I wrote down everything I hated about all the other types of nail education available and developed solutions that were not only unique but also incredibly easy for my students to participate in. 

Once I had built and recorded my technical training modules, I started looking at questions being posted in groups and decided in addition to technical skills I would also include my best business tips, experience and knowledge to offer my students a nail course like no other. 

With restrictions now eased in Australia I am able to continue earning 6 figures doing nails just 3 days a week and also give my students the 1:1 guidance and support they require to build their own 6 figure business. 

 

Watching my first group of students make their way through my online training and seeing  how fast they are leaning these key skills has totally changed my thoughts about online nail training and I know as a result, this will ultimately change the Australian Nail Industry like I have always wanted to do. 

I always wanted to be an educator, now I am.

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Watching my first group of students make their way through my online training and seeing  how fast they are leaning these key skills has totally changed my thoughts about online nail training and I know as a result, this will ultimately change the Australian Nail Industry like I have always wanted to do. 

I always wanted to be an educator, now I am.

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