At just 22 years of age, Taree local Jordan Bird is already a successful small business owner, as well as finding time to put into other ventures that she is passionate about. Jordan took time out from her busy life to fill us in on what she’s been up to.
Hi Jordan. Can you give our readers an insight into what it’s been like growing up and starting a career in our lovely Manning Valley?
Being part of the community all my life, including attending school here, has meant that I have a strong sense of family, and I have also made some amazing friends who are definitely “friends for life”. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without their amazing support.
In terms of my career, it could have been so easy to get stuck on the 9 – 5 treadmill. I think being part of this community has made it so much simpler for me to by-pass that treadmill and keep on shooting for my goals to achieve the things I want to achieve.
By the time you were 20 years old, you had already opened your own business – Elsewhere Hair – which is a phenomenal achievement for someone still so young. How has the journey been so far with your business, and what have you learned along the way?
It was such a daunting thing going out on my own and not knowing how it would all turn out. I guess I just hit the ground running and got my social media presence out there!
From the beginning, I have made my business an inviting space for people to come and relax. I pride myself on a personalised experience, and I’ve seen myself grow in more ways than just in my business.
You’re very entrepreneurial … as well as hairdressing, what else have you been dabbling in?
I’ve always had quite a creative mind, and I don’t find it very easy doing the same thing all day every day. I like to brighten up my life as much as I can, and I guess that is what led me to undertake all the different things I’ve been doing.
For the Wingham Akoostik Festival last year, I made and sold about 500 macarons of different flavours and colours, which was such a fun thing to do!
Now I’ve also started a journey into a more chemical free, natural and mindful life with the help of essential oils … I’ve recently started a business sharing that journey so far, in the hope that I will be able to help out as many people as I can. People can read more about this little venture on Instagram (theoilybird_).
I’ve also started doing the bookwork for my dad’s electrical business – just another thing to add to the list that will probably keep growing – ha!
Why did you choose to stay in the area after finishing your education, and what do you love most about living and working here?
The Manning Valley is filled with beautiful coastal towns that have beaches and scenery you just don’t get anywhere else! All my family live and work here, so it was kind of a natural transition from high school into my working career.
Who or what has inspired you most in your life so far?
Obviously, my mum and dad played a huge part in shaping me into the person I am today, instilling in me a strong sense of self-confidence, which I am so grateful for, and extremely lucky! In all honesty, my husband, Jim, inspires me every day. He is the main reason I started Elsewhere Hair around two years ago.
Every day, I think about how grateful I am for this wonderful opportunity, and for the fact that now I have this thriving and amazing business!
What do you do when you’re not busy with all your various projects and business?
I’m super in love with visiting our local farmers’ markets every Thursday morning – The Secret Weekly Farmers’ Market Taree. I think it’s such a great thing for our town to have. It’s also a great way to support some of the local farmers, and I get to sit around drinking tea in the morning sunshine before I start the working day off – plus bringing home fresh fruit and veg is the best!
Weekend camping trips to local beaches and campgrounds with the “Troopy” (Troop Carrier) will be a lot more frequent again now the weather is warming up. As well as that, I always try and get to the local parkrun on a Saturday morning and really enjoy having a swim or two throughout the week when I can!
What do you hope to be doing five years from now?
I hope to keep succeeding in all my business endeavours, have some travel destinations ticked off my list, create a more sustainable waste free salon environment, and keep on being a driven and inspired person!
A really big one that is more of a long term goal is that my husband, my cat Socks (who I hope lives forever) and I would like to create a fully off the grid sustainable home in the area.
Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurial-minded people living in our area?
Just keep motivated and crush those goals!
Interview: Ingrid Bayer.