This month’s WOW Woman is Maria Luba-Muczko from Collagen Colway, one of the UK’s fastest growing direct sales companies. I met Maria at a local networking event and was so inspired with her drive and vision, we hit it off straight away.
You recognise a kindred spirit and I was so impressed by how much she’d achieved in such a small space of time. Her enthusiasm and belief in others is a rare quality and the fact her business creates so much opportunity for others is admirable.
I’m a total Collagen Colway convert and thanks to Maria I now only have one chin and glowing skin. I injured my upper arm last xmas and its taken so long to heal, since taking the collagen supplements its really speeded up the healing process and now almost have my full range of motion back as couldn’t put my arm behind my back without absolute agony.
Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m a mum of 2 great and talented kids – 24-year old daughter, Olga, and 14-year old son, Greg, both living with me. I have a fabulous and very supportive partner, Michael, also a business person, which makes things so much easier, as we really understand each other. My business Collagen Colway is my true passion and it has grown out of my dreams of independence and flexibility. Being a beginner entrepreneur and a mum does not leave whole lot of space during the day to do other things, but my second passion is NLP and I am committed to developing my skills. It really opens my mind and heart to other people and helps me to understand and communicate with the world and myself(!) at a higher level. I also love travelling and I am happy to explore new places, even round the corner.
So tell me about your business, who/what is Collagen Colway all about? My company Colway UK is a direct sales organisation distributing anti-ageing products. Our main one is pure, natural bioactive Collagen which is a great Polish invention and I am honoured and happy to manage to make the product available in the UK. My business operates globally through a network of independent partners and most of them sell our products on part-time basis, generating a second income stream. But I am really proud my company differs so much from other DS/MLM companies by offering a genuine flexibility, honesty and no hard sale approach.
What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business? It was triggered by a few factors that coincided. First of all, I simply loved Collagen. I was truly impressed with the results on my skin and amazed that such a quality product was not popular in other countries. At that time I was made redundant from the university I had worked for nearly 10 years, still leaving me with some income from the translation agency I was running, but with doubts if I manage to maintain my family. And lastly, I thought I wanted a dramatic change in my life. I was open for new experiences and I really needed some fresh air to breath.
Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea? My business reflects my philosophy of life that has always been part of me – flexibility and independence. And I had had it on my mind for a long time, but quite surprisingly, my business happens to be a sales organisation and selling as such is absolutely new to me.
What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? The very beginning was definitely the most challenging. When I came to the UK 5 years ago, although my head was buzzing with ideas and my motivation was skyrocketing, I only knew one person, my sister, who became my business partner. So, I realised that a good will is not all you need, and I had to get suppliers, legal and accounting services as well as find out about legal requirements, and most importantly, find my first distributors who also believed in me and my new product. Without a network of friends and family it was a really difficult task.
What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I have simply discovered a totally new person in me. I have managed to overcome lots of personal limitations, get out of my comfort zone, and push myself to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t set up my own business.
What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? That it will take twice as much time and effort as the person believes, but it will open the whole new world and unblocks their true potential, and this is what life is about.
What products and services do you provide? We offer a unique bioactive Collagen which rejuvenates the skin – Are you Looking for a secret of younger looking skin?
High quality anti-ageing programmes, as I believe that just putting a cream on your face, even if it is a magic one, is not enough. I would recommend a more holistic approach for better results. A universal need and a natural solution
We offer second income opportunities – we offer a flexible and “no hard sale” approach to people interested in health and beauty. Become a Partner with Colway International
What is the greatest success story for your business? I believe the greatest success is still to come as we are a fairly new company. But the fact that from an unknown company with a totally new product we have managed to grow to the organisation of a few hundred people right now. They all have trusted us by becoming our distributors using and promoting the products is a real success to me.
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