The most amazing thing about the founder of Honestly Margo isn’t that she started her company own lip balm company at the tender age of twelve. It’s that it wasn’t her first; she actually became an entrepreneur at eight years old, managing a pet couture business. Now, if you don’t feel inspired to get out there and start working on your own ideas, you’ll never find a bigger inspiration!
Will she start her own line of organic pre-teen polish? Or a natural fiber clothing line for pre-teens? These areas would seem a natural (put not intended, but now that we think of it…) for one of the world’s youngest CEOs. The sky—no the galaxy—is the limit for Margo.
Margo…were you named after the Bette Davis character in that classic movie All About Eve?
Nope, I was actually named after my grandmother. It’s a tradition in the Greek culture.
When you were eight years old, you started your first business…a pet couture company. What did you learn from that venture?
From that experience, I learned that not everything you try will be a success. I also learned to try again and again because with hard work you can achieve anything.
How does it feel to be a role model for pre-teens and teens everywhere?
It feels amazing. I feel proud and I want other girls out there that want to start something to believe in themselves because if they want to achieve something they can.
Would you say that your mom is your biggest cheerleader and motivator?
My mom is my biggest cheerleader for sure. My mom has always supported me in everything I do, weather it’s sports, starting a company, school, or anything else I do. She wants me to succeed and helps me learn things. There is no way that there would be an Honestly Margo without my mom.
Now, she’s an entrepreneur herself. What’s the biggest lesson that she’s taught you?
She has taught me a lot. Ever since I was little, my mom has always taught me to believe in my self and that hard work pays off. She taught me that if I wanted to achieve something I can if I believe in my self.
You’re running a huge beauty business, but somehow you manage to get straight A’s in school. Congratulations, girl. Do you have any advice on how others can balance school and a business?
Thank you! My advice is to other girls it to prioritize and have balance. If I have a test the next day and I have to fill an order, I will study first because school comes first, but after I study and finish my homework I will fill orders and stay up as late as I need to. If you have a business it comes with the fact that you have to prioritize things and have balance.
Do you sometimes see a look of surprise on people’s faces when they find out that you’re a teen?
I love to see the people’s reaction! It makes me feel proud. Many people though, until they realize it is a legitimate company, think I’m just a little kid.
Now, in terms of friendship…Do you think that other kids see you differently because you’re the CEO of your own brand, when most of your peers are just outgrowing their dolls?
I don’t think my peers look at me much different. All my friends and all my peers support me and want me to succeed. I am really fortunate to have such great friends who support me and are happy for me.
What’s your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?
My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is being able to learn new things and be in business for myself vs working for someone else. I’m learning so many new things that I will use now and when I’m an adult in business. I love meeting new people and love how I’m going to already know how to talk to other people in a business perspective when I’m and adult.
Was there anything in particular that motivated you to create your lip balms with natural ingredients?
I think that natural ingredients are important because so many products today are not natural and have unhealthy chemicals and products inside them so I wanted to make something that doesn’t have a billion different ingredients and that is healthy.
Are you friends with or do you connect regularly with other entrepreneurs your age?
I have a few friends like Maggie Royce that has her blog. I also am friends with the girls who started EmiJay hair ties. We did a collaboration where we created a lip balm, Peppermint Patty, that goes with a hair tie and more is coming in the future! [Grins]
Your product trailer is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Especially for a product launch. You’re quite a speaker and spokesperson. An awesome actress. And you’re plain adorable. Did you have any input in putting the video together? It’s supposed to be a commercial and everything, and you come across as so…natural and professional.
Aww thank you! We actually wrote the script along with the amazing couple that did our video. It took me a while to say it correctly with out messing up, but making the video was super fun!
Juliet, Penelope…Fiona…How did you come up with the names for the different names for your lip balms?
The lip balm names are not named specifically after anybody, they are just unique and adorable names that we liked
Expansion is something that goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship. What are your plans for Honestly Margo?
I plan to come out with many more flavors in the future! My dream is to have a “balm bar” with all my different kinds of flavors but there is no reason why I can’t expand into other products in the future.