Celebrating Our Favorite Female Entrepreneur
At Cos Bar, we celebrate transforming creative ideas into business solutions on a daily basis. Today, on Women's Entrepreneurship Day, we recognize female founders all over the world who are changing the way business is done. We have the pleasure of supporting some of the best female-founded and women-led brands in the beauty industry. Our female-founders are one of the aspects that inspire us the most. We sat down with our favorite entrepreneur, Cos Bar founder Lily Garfield, to hear more about her 41-year trailblazing journey.
Q: What is your best advice for women starting their own business?
A: The best advice I can give anyone is to start small, and then grow it. Also, look for passion in what you do. When you believe in what you’re doing, it makes it easier to go into work every day.
Q: What’s been your favorite part about starting your own business?
A: My favorite part has been how I’ve had the opportunity to be creative and take things at my leisure. I had the autonomy to create and expand my idea. When I created Cos Bar, I loved to think outside the box to improve on the things I didn’t love about the industry.
Q: What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
A: Stay on top of your business, and of course, go with your instinct. It’s never failed me.
Q: What are your secrets to success?
A: Be real to the people who work for you, be real to the people you’re selling product to and be real to yourself. I've always held my employees to the same standard I hold myself.
Q: Any advice for a busy mother looking to start her business?
A: Children are resilient and will learn from their mothers. Your children will not remember the number of hours you spent with them, but they will remember the quality. I wasn’t the best mother, and I wasn’t the best businesswoman, but I was good at both!
Q: If you could do it all again, what would you change?
A: Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t have it all.