Jemma McMillan


Where did you grow up and where are you based now?

I grew up in Templestowe and now reside in the beautiful Mount Martha

What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?  

I wanted to be a vet nurse when I ‘grew up’

When and how did you transition from working for someone else to working for yourself?

I had been in the beauty game for 8 years before I knew I wanted to have my own salon, I needed the challenge of running a business and I felt I had the skills to take me up to that next level. I had a clientele and the passion and drive to make the leap. So lots of planning, organising and PERSISTENCE! 

What’s your why? 

My WHY is connecting with people. 

What do you love about what you do?

I love the interaction that I have with my clients, I learn so much from the people that come and see me and I love that my clients open up and share their lives with me

What’s challenged you most since being in business?

Since moving to the peninsula it has been growing and expanding my business, hence the reason I am now connected with Soar Collective.

What are your greatest achievements to date?

I would have to say Starting Pink Buddha in Collins St, Melbourne back in 2007 and definitely having my children.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

I’ve learnt to cultivate self belief, networking is key and having a support team is vital.

What’s the toughest decision you’ve had to make since running your own business?

Partnership or going solo.

What are some resources you or your business can’t live without?  

Social media and a strong networking group.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business or change jobs to an industry/role that they’d love?

Just go for it! You only live life once so take the chance.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?

That when I feel sad I will always go and sit in nature.

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day would be exercising and having clients back to back all day!

What’s one of your favourite quotes?

Authenticity is magnetic!

Who or what inspires you?  

Hearing people’s inspirational hardships and how they overcome them is very uplifting for me. We can all learn and inspire each other; no matter who we are are, what we have or where we came from.