For almost 20 years, Megan Sanders held executive positions with advertising agencies in New Zealand, Singapore, Britain and Australia. When her son, Jimmy, was born three years ago, the Auckland woman began developing a different perspective on life.
“Being in a creative industry, it’s quite natural that one comes up with harebrained ideas. And I have come up with a few in my time. I started looking at this amazing world of ours with a different lens,” the 43-year-old said in this New Zealand Herald article.
A business idea surfaced when Sanders was unable to find what she considered quality, natural products for her son’s hair. In 2012, she launched Pineapple Heads, a line of children’s hair care products that uses all-natural ingredients and fun, colorful characters that appeal to a very young clientele.
To develop her products, Sanders worked with a specialist in organic lotions and a French perfumer. Not long ago, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s accepted Pineapple Heads for a trial run on its shelves.
The transition from an advertising professional to an entrepreneur hasn’t been easy but Sanders doesn’t regret it. In the old days, she was often the last one to pick up her son from daycare. Now, she still works long hours – and worries about earnings — but has flexibility that allows her to spend more time with Jimmy.
“It’s a different pressure now but it’s a nice one. I want to be the mum who picks him up. That’s the goal,” Sanders told the New Zealand Herald.
“Most mornings I have to pinch myself that I am actually living the dream.”