“If you would have told my high school English teacher that I would be a published author, she would have died of laughter.”
Spring Farm business-owner Donna Sillett wants other women to know that it is possible to have a successful business, even when it seems like everything is falling apart.
The salon owner and coordinator for the Sydney South West branch of the Mums in Business Association (MIBA) has shared her story in the just released book Mumpreneur On Fire 4.
The book is the final instalment in a series created by the international MIBA organisation.
The series collates inspirational stories from women in business across the world.
“I’m proud to be representing Australia as one of the 25 women sharing their story in this book,” Ms Sillett said.
“I never thought I’d be a writer but I submitted my 3000 words and I was accepted – the only one from Australia.
“I hope I can be an inspiration to women. The previous books were an inspiration to me.”
Ms Sillett said she had encountered all kinds of ups and downs in her career.
The 38-year-old has owned and folded several businesses since she first started in her early-20s.
“I’ve gone through everything you can think of,” she said.
“Bullying, depression, weight loss, weight gain, plastic surgery, suicide attempts, making a lot of money, losing a lot of money, starting all over again, turning an idea into a success – I’ve done it all.
“I want to tell people not to be afraid to step outside their comfort zone and to reach other to other business owners for help and advice.”
Ms Sillett said she was very excited to finally get her hands on a copy of the book (which was released on Monday after a successful pre-sale period online) and read the other 24 stories.
She hopes she’s proved her naysayers wrong.
“I was the girl who failed English at high school and now I’m co-author of a best-selling book,” she said.
“It feels pretty amazing and overwhelming.”
Ms Sillett is currently finding fulfillment as the local MIBA coordinator.
She said she fell into the role in an unexpected way.
“I had just set my business up here and I was looking to connect with other mums, so I joined MIBA,” she said.
“Not long after the original coordinator couldn’t keep going, so she asked me if I would do it.
“I went from looking for some help and support to coordinating the group.”
Child-friendly MIBA meetings are held in Macarthur every month.
Ms Sillett is also in the running to be named international MIBA coordinator of the year.
Mumpreneur on Fire 4 is available now from Amazon in digital and paperback formats. Find out more information about MIBA on Facebook.
I was the girl who failed English at high school and now I’m co-author of a best-selling book. It feels pretty amazing and overwhelming.Mums in Business Association coordinator Donna Sillett