There is no easy way of saying this, it is time for us to take a break. When we say we are taking a break, we do not mean a little holiday, we mean a really significant break.
Showgirl was always meant to be a side hustle for us, and it was... for about 15 minutes. When we bought the business, we never expected the growth trajectory that we experienced. We set ourselves some goals which we have absolutely smashed. With growth comes a considerable time and energy investment.
Owning this business has been both a blessing and a curse. We have met some of the most amazing people you could ever hope to, and we have had life changing experiences. On the flip side we have had absolutely no time to ourselves, or our family. We have taken no time off in the last three years, we have aging and unwell parents interstate, and as a result we need to be able to travel again for extended periods of time.
Some of you are wondering; if Showgirl is such an amazing business, why don’t you just sell it? It’s a very fair question, and an easy one to answer.. we don’t want to.
We are financially comfortable and have no need to sell the business or "cash out." The website is also super easy to turn off and on so why not hold onto it? Last year we paid a developer to build our new website which integrates directly with Pleaser USA and a number of other suppliers and applications. Frankly, it was a labor of love, and we just don’t want anyone else to have it.
We are both really excited about taking some time off and being able to just have a normal life again... for a while anyway. For those of us who know us well enough - you'd be correct to assume that we have other ideas in the pipeline already. The future could see us stick around in Melbourne, another Australian city or even another country again. Who knows!
We have always been extremely transparent about how many orders we process and where the cash goes. To date, we can proudly say that we have never pulled a cent of profit out of the business. Every available dollar Showgirl has generated has been fed back into the business and community... New websites, new products, shop front, donations, sponsorships and giveaways; etc.
Showgirl was never about making money. It was about having fun and something 'different' for us to do. In short; if you want to be a millionaire, don’t buy a wig shop...
Our last day of trade will be Friday, 20 May 2022. Everything will be running as per normal up until this date. And of course, we will stay in touch with all who have open orders beyond this date.
Until we meet again...
Gary & Michael