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Bullied girl to 1m businesswoman at 20

Image copyright Liv Conlon Image caption Liv Conlon was bullied at both her primary and secondary schools

Liv Conlon was precisely 13 when she started her firstly business – selling nail foils imported from China.

Seven years on and she is the owner of an interiors company with a turnover of PS1m.

Surprisingly, she partly introduces her success down to the kids who bullied her throughout her time in school.

“I’m very grateful to those people as it did genuinely motivate me to go on and do something with my life, ” she tells BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Jardine programme.

“I feel real grateful towards these beings because without them, perhaps I wouldn’t have the same get-up-and-go as I do today.”

Image copyright Liv Conlon Image caption Liv started her first business at the age of 13

Despite the browbeat, Liv, who was last year named Young Scottish Businesswoman of the Year, reached five A point in her higher exam and was expected to go to university.

But she chose to leave institution at 16 to set up her second business.

“I could have done whatever I craved at university but that exactly wasn’t the direction that was for me, ” she says.

“Teachers announced me into the careers bureau, sat me down and asked if I was going crazy. They thought it was quite wild what I was doing.

“But I’ve always had complete sentiment it was going to work and fortunately it has.”

‘My own boss’

Her company, The Property Stagers, has grown rapidly, from turning over PS30, 000 one year to PS1m the next.

Liv, who employs her mum Ali and brother Jack, applies the company’s success down to being actually active on social media and getting its name out there.

“I’d ever known that I wanted to have my own business, ” she says. “I wasn’t sure what that was but I developed a enjoy for interior design.

Image copyright Liv Conlon Image caption Liv’s fellowship now has a turnover of PS1m. She is pictured( right ), with her mum Ali Roy, friend Jack Conlon( back) and hire Claire Hedderly( left)

“My mum has always been self utilized or guided her own business so I suspect I exactly followed her. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss.

“It’s enormous recreation taken together with my mum. We pretty much waste every hour of the day together and fortunately we get on really well.”

Liv’s first business came about when the 13 -year-old discerned a chink in the market.

“I bought fingernail foils at that age and wasn’t very happily married paying what I was paying for them, ” she says.

“So I anticipated surely I can get these cheaper, cut off the high-pitched street labels and sell them online.”

‘Inner belief’

Using a Far Eastern equivalent of eBay, Liv bought the foils for 37 p and sold them on eBay for PS8, stimulating herself a tidy sum of about PS5, 000.

“I probably just invested it on buying desserts and having fun with my friends, ” she says.

Liv, who is from Bothwell in South Lanarkshire, was bullied from a young age.

“It was very challenging, ” she says. “It was pretty much my whole primary and secondary schools and secondary school so it was hard and I did move schools in my final year.

“You merely should be recalled that school isn’t forever and if you have that inner sentiment in yourself you shouldn’t genuinely care what anyone else thinks.

Image copyright Liv Conlon Image caption Liv( left) employs her brother Jack and mum Ali

“It is certainly challenging at the time but once you’re through it you will feel grateful to these beings in their own lives because you’ve had a great life lesson.

“When someone says you can’t do something it establishes you want to do it even more.”

Liv follows personal growth/ life coaches on social media and says some of them have been a “massive inspiration”.

“I think there are so many amazing role model out there, ” she says. “It’s really important to encircle yourself with people that invigorate you.

“I think Scotland has amazing entrepreneurs and there are so many parties that have created these businesses from nothing and went on to build empires.”

Image caption Could Liv become Lord Sugar’s partner?

Liv hopes to doubled her turnover this year and is looking at possibly franchising a sector of the business.

“I am also into Bitcoin expending – so that’s another idea I have in the pipeline, ” she says.

Liv sounds like she is the perfect campaigner for The Apprentice where candidates rival to go into business with multi-millionaire Lord Sugar

“I have actually applied in the past and been through to the interrogation stage but something came up with the business so I couldn’t depart, ” she says.

“I watched it as small children so I guess its always been a dream of excavation to be on the programme and I conclude I would do really well on the tasks because I have that practical experience.”

Asked if she would apply again, she says: “Potentially, you never know.”

Watch this space.

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Updated: January 23, 2019 — 3:17 am

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