Meet Our Founder

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Mellonie Francis is a Corporate Banker who turned Serial Entrepreneur. She’s an alpha female who is obsessed with helping talented beauty professionals go independent. Read on to learn what inspired her to start Book Beauty Nearby!

WHY DID YOU CREATE BBN? 

I realised FINDING THE BEST beauty professionals for hair, eyebrows, botox, face was really TIME CONSUMING. I wanted to create a platform that CONNECT CUSTOMERS TO TALENTED ARTISTS EASILY & CONVENIENTLY.

For me, I’m always looking for the best beauty professional who can me FEEL LIKE A QUEEN, and BBN is just an extension of that.

HOW DID YOU GET BBN STARTED?

I was talking to my sister one night and I said ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could bypass the salon and connect customers and artists directly?’ She was a uni student and she loved the idea of being able to go direct and save money! So we started! 

WHAT IS BBN’S MISSION?

To help everyone feel confident. 

From a CUSTOMER perspective, I want to help all my customers access a network of talented independent beauty professionals so everyone can feel like a boss  without breaking the bank.

From an ARTIST perspective, I want to help each of them feel confident to run their own independent business. I love being able to help talented individuals, it’s what I live for!

HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING AT A START-UP? 

You need to have an AGILE MINDSET. You cannot say "I don’t know something"- you need to go learn it. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START A BUSINESS?  

1. Listen to PODCASTS

2. NETWORK with people who have already done it

3. Be PERSISTENT 

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