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Balancing the Grind with Amy Hembrow, Co-Founder of SSKIN

Amy Hembrow is the co-founder of SSKIN, an award-winning skin clinic and one of the top influencer and celebrity hot spots on the Gold Coast.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My background is in Marketing and Business, I used to work as a Marketing Coordinator in Sydney before moving to the Gold Coast to help my sister launch her clothing brand Saski Collection.

While managing Saski I co-founded a fitness app called Tammy Fit. I still work with the Tammy Fit team to present but left Saski Collection and started SSKIN with Emilee (I clearly love working with family). Currently my roles are co-founder and General Manager for Tammy Fit, and co-founder and Managing Director of SSKIN.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Early morning with my two year old, off to either the Tammy Fit offices or SSKIN clinic, I split my week between the two. Always start my day in the workplace with emails, generate a to-do list, any meetings, etc.

I like to set some time aside to work towards bigger picture goals (we have a list) and this might require research, networking, planning etc. I usually try to finish up in the afternoon around 3.30pm so I can spend some time with my daughter. Work/family balance is extremely important to me.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Yes, I can work from home if I have my daughter and she’s not at kindy. I can do Tammy Fit work from the SSKIN location and SSKIN work from Tammy Fit. Works out well for me as I need my days to be flexible for meetings and managing the team.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

This is very high on my priority list. Since becoming a mum I really cherish my personal time. I have implemented a lot of boundaries, I used to be contactable 24/7. This is now only the case in emergencies, I also prefer being emailed if it isn’t urgent.

Before my daughter I was on my phone 24/7. Our clinic is open till 9pm two nights a week so I was constantly managing different team members at different times.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Yes, setting those boundaries around contact times, the way in which I’m contacted and delegating more. I got an assistant which has really helped (I love to be in control).

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

To be honest I read and listen to a lot of podcasts to escape so I’m more into fiction. I love a good thriller: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Dry by Jane Harper, and Mystic River to name a few.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Canva is a big one, Timely is essential to SSKIN for our bookings and I would say Xero because it keeps our finances nice and organised which can save a lot of time.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

Maybe someone like Roxy Jacenko seems to wear a lot of hats and I like to see how other people juggle multiple roles. 

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Prioritise, what will be important to you in a year’s time? Family or those emails that could have waited? I know I don’t miss the emails. 

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