How to become a cosmetics creator: Rose's story

Meet Rose, 19, to find out more about owning your own cosmetics company. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I decided to create my own range of cosmetics that matched my ethical values.

  • Rose found it hard to find affordable, vegan, and cruelty-free cosmetics on the high street
  • With just £25, she decided to start making her own lip balms and lip scrubs in her kitchen
  • Skills Rose learnt in her GCSEs and A-levels have helped her build her Business – Maths helps her calculate profit and revenue and English helps her write descriptions of her products on her website.

Rose's career path

What to expect if you want to own your own cosmetics business

Rose owns her own business creating natural cosmetics. Working for yourself looks different for each person and each business, but in general it means you:

  • run your own business and are responsible for its success
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • charge an agreed, fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit
  • can hire people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you.

The salary and working hours when you own a business can vary enormously but what's most important is you work hard and love what you do.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time. You can work for your employer during the day, for example, and run your own business in the evenings and at weekends. It’s important to contact HMRC for advice if you’re not sure if you’re self-employed.

You can get help with setting up or developing your business, through the government’s business support services, for example, for advice about tax or how to find funding to start your business.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service, GOV.UK)

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