Mum of two Vanessa loves being her own boss
BUSINESS owner Vanessa Sherwood has built her hairdressing career from the ground up while raising two children.
She loves that she's her own boss because it gives her the flexibility to lead the life she wants and spend time with her kids.
"It's a great feeling knowing I'm completely independent," the Rockhampton woman said.
"It's allowed me to live the lifestyle that is balanced between my work and children, I'm very lucky."
At 16 years of age Vanessa cultivated her love for hairdressing when she began working as an apprentice in Emerald.
"I started my apprenticeship in Emerald but wanted to finish it in Rockhampton so I moved up here," she said.
"Once I finished my apprenticeship I travelled before diving into full-time work at a salon."
She landed herself a job at Statix Hairworkz.
She said she worked at the local hairdressers for four years before she had to move again.
"After I moved my old boss called me from Rockhampton and asked if I wanted to buy the salon off her," Vanessa said.
"I jumped at the opportunity and 11 years later I still love owning the business."
After taking over the business Vanessa wanted to expand Statix Hairworkz, so she made the decision to open another salon in Gracemere.
Vanessa said her loyal staff were a large part of why she enjoyed going to work.
"I work by the motto if I treat my staff right then they will treat clients right, and because of them I am able to have flexibility within my work hours so I can spend time with my kids," she said.
Gender equality report
MEMBER for Keppel Brittany Lauga is urging Central Queenslanders to have their say on gender equality following the release of the State Government's report on the status of women in Queensland.
Mrs Lauga said the report showed more needed to be done.
"The gender pay gap for Queensland women is higher than it was 20 years ago," she said.
"Yet this report also shows that Queensland women are more likely to attain tertiary education than men."
The report finds:
Queensland's gender pay gap stands at 18%, compared with 15.2% in 1995 and 15.7% in 2005
Women and girls dominate numbers studying dance, home economics, hospitality and the visual arts
But they had the lowest numbers in engineering technology, technology and aerospace studies and information processing and technology.