CHLOE Walsh is a single-mined young woman.
At Honley High School, when many of her contemporaries were unable to make up their minds about the world of work, Chloe was determined to pursue a career in the beauty business.
Now at the age of just 22 she has already been running her own business for four years at Beau Nail and Beauty at Highgate Lane, Lepton.
She says: I started the business with a friend at the age of 18 and we worked together for about one-and-a-half years before we went our separate ways and I took over the business. It is hard work, but it is going from strength to strength.
Chloe said: At school, I did well in my GSCEs and worked hard, but I have always been a hands-on person rather than particularly academic.
I knew I didnt want to go to sixth-form college or university.
I had been interested in hair and beauty ever since I was a little girl.
I was always trying out nail varnishes and getting my cousins to do my hair.
By Year 10 I had decided what I wanted to do. University or sixth form college did not appeal, although I went to look round Greenhead College.
Instead, Chloe took a two-year BTEC national diploma in beauty therapy sciences at Huddersfield Technical College.
While studying, she undertook work experience in a local salon, where she was offered a part-time job on completion of her course.
I was unable to find a full-time position, says Chloe. The only openings were part-time.
My mum suggested that as my friend was having similar difficulties we could set up a salon for ourselves.
These premises in Lepton were available. It was already a beauty salon, but we came in and refurbished it to give it a new look.
Chloe admits she was a little daunted by the prospect of going solo when her friend moved on. But she says: I just tried not think about it!
She also has the support of family and friends. Her father, James, who runs Barrett Business Machines in Honley, and her sister Ciara, who has a degree in marketing, have both helped Chloe develop her business further.
Says Chloe: Ciara designed the leaflets when I did a leaflet-drop and designs any posters promoting special offers while my dad prints them off for me.
While its good to have business-minded relatives to rely on for moral support, Chloe has achieved her success through hard work and an eye on changing trends and new treatments.
Despite a wall covered in framed certificates, Chloes not about to rest on her laurels.
You cant let your business get in a rut, she says.
Beau Nail and Beauty offers a range of treatments, including facials, pedicures, nail coatings, massage, waxings and eye treatments.
Says Chloe: I offer treatments that many beauty salons do not and I keep on top of what clients want.
For instance, I completed a permanent make-up course in June, which opens up a whole new line of work.
Most of Chloes clients are locals living in Lepton or Kirkburton but she also has loyal customers who travel from Leeds and Halifax to be pampered at the Highgate Lane salon.
Her clients also include customers of an adjoining hair salon, which has been established for 16 years while a new website is also attracting attention.
A typical day begins at 9am and doesnt finish until seven or eight at night. Chloe also works Saturdays particularly at this time of year when the appointments book bulges with the names of customers keen to look their best before hitting the holiday beaches.
Chloe has a part-time assistant, but says: I am certainly putting in the hours. I am doing all the paperwork as well and it is getting to the point where I need a bit of help!
If I was working for someone else, Id be able to take an hour for lunch and 15-minute breaks.
But I think, if I take an hour for lunch I could be booking in another appointment for that time! So I get a sandwich when I can.
However, I try to stay organised I have set up a home office, so all the paperwork is filed and in order and I know where to find it.
Longer term, I would like to get a bigger salon and then maybe more salons!
A chain of salons would be nice, although it would mean being further a way from what I started out wanting to do.
Even if I had a big business to run, Id still want to be hands on and do a few days a week so I still knew what was going on.
I love working with different people every day and making people feel good about themselves.
Even in the recession, the salon was doing well because people took the view that they might not be able to afford a holiday or a new car, but they would spend money on things like doing their nails.
Its the little things that make you feel better.
Working long hours makes it difficult for Chloe to find time to relax not that shes the kind of person to crash in front of the TV.
I always feel as if I should be doing something, she says. Im here, there and everywhere!
I enjoy going out with friends on a weekend and I love holidaying in Ibiza or Marbella.
I was watching a film on TV with my boyfriend Thomas and I was still busy attending to some work matters rather than watching the film.!
When you have your own business, its on your mind 24 hours a day. Luckily, Im just a high-energy person.
Chloe has no regrets about that decision to be her own boss.
I have made a lot of good friends from being here, she says.
Sometimes, it doesnt feel like going to work because Im where I always wanted to be and doing what I always wanted to do.