The Art of Networking with Janet Culpitt (Interview)

Janet Culpitt is a mentor for passionate SME business owners, looking to expand their business and create a successful plan for growth and sustainability. Her life long experience in the business industry and entrepreneurship, allows her to educate and lead her clients to developing impeccable skills in networking and forming long lasting connections. She is passionate about teaching business staff how to confidently promote the business they are in and create a circle of partners and opportunities with professionalism and integrity. Janet believes in the power of networking with confidence and can be found transforming business relations through workshops and private...

Interview with Yvonne Morrison (The Business Boutique)

Where do you see business owners go wrong with their finance? 1. Avoid signing up for every shiny thing. While well intended some expenses are like gym memberships. You sign up but never use them. Review these, cancel some to give yourself some instant cashflow. 2. Don't give yourself away for free. Make sure you have contracts or terms of agreement in place with your clients. Clients should pay up front or as the project progresses. 3. Work in areas that generate money. Ask yourself is this task growing my business, generating me income or am I procrastinating? 4. Love your finances. Outsourcing to a bookkeeper/accountant is smart but keep in touch with your finances. Learn to understand them so you can make smart decisions. 5. Your money is your BFF. Treat your money as your BFF, be honest, keep in touch and give yourself permission to grow a flourishing friendship. Can you please tell us about your love your numbers program and what's included in it? www.loveyournumbers.thebusinessboutique.nz The Love Your Number Program is an e-course designed to give you the confidence to understand the finances in your business. You don't need a head for numbers or an accounting degree. Learn to look at your finances so you can decide where to spend your money. 'Is this helping me and my business?'. Put easy processes in place to help your customers pay you immediately or as quickly as possible. Learn to price what you are worth. Don't give yourself away for free. The program teaches you to understand the jargon without overwhelm so you can work with your bookkeeper/accountant...

My Story – Threads for Boys

Hi my name is Daniella owner of Threads for Boys. An online store for funky clothing and accessories for boys. Following the birth of my son in 2013, I found it often difficult and frustrating to find un-boring boys clothes! Every store I would walk into I would be smacked in the face with racks upon racks of pink, sequins and tutus, only to find a lonely little rack at the back of the store with boring boys clothing. These usually came in array of colours ie white and blue, featured cars, robots and dinosaurs. YAWN! After speaking to other parents of boys, who apparently also shared the same frustrations, I decided parents everywhere needed a dedicated store offering stylish, fun and quirky clothing and accessories for their little boys. And so my 3rd child was born – Threads for Boys. 1 and 2 being my husband and son. I am by far no expert in the retail industry. I just had some background knowledge in E-commerce and some free time I desperately needed to fill. By “free time” I mean in between all the sleep regressions, nappy changes and food throwing.  So yes, I was going into this somewhat blind. To begin with I had a lot of negative feedback telling me that my idea would never work because boy’s clothes don’t sell! That mums of boys don’t buy “pretty” clothes or spend anywhere as much as they do on their girls. That all boys can get away with one pair of pants/shorts and a few t-shirts. As you can imagine this put a lot of doubt into my...

My Story – Metaltech, Corrie & Adam Pierce

Metaltech designs and creates metal sculptures, panels, planter boxes, indoor and outdoor art and custom designs with our plasma cutter. Our designs are our own creations, made from our imaginations, research and from client’s visions. We put hours of our time into the creations we make and we love it. We love creating and learning new techniques along the way and through extensive research and time spent mastering new programs we are developing our talents further. Although we have only been in business for a short time we have learnt many things and have had many new opportunities and successes. What started out as an outlet to let off steam for my husband, has become a passion and a business for the both of us. As a stay at home mum to two, I was struggling with not connecting with people. Metaltech has not only opened up doors I never knew existed but has created the chance to balance family and work life. As a husband and wife team, we have discovered that we share a vision together, one that has brought us closer (and at times further apart!) and has enabled us to create something that we feel strongly about. Adam, a graphic designer, passionate about art from a young age, has dabbled in games design and drawing but wanted to take his designs and turn them into reality. His passion is envisioning the creation in his mind, designing it and then making it happen in metal. Corrie, an organised mum of two, was looking for her niche in the world, when Adam started designing and cutting some...

My Story – MAD, Marie Ashworth

My name is Marie Ashworth and I am the owner of MAD (Marie Ashworth Designs), which is located in Tinderbox, Tasmania. I am a fashion designer, artist and a creator of artistic costumes (Figure Skating, Dance and Gymnastics) I also have a diploma in Make-up Artistry, receiving Honours in my Year. I have studied Fashion Design and completed several certificates in Fine Arts. I use my knowledge and strength of being in the arts and fashion design to create costumes, and design one off garments I have always sewn costumes for theatre, made back drops, and studied in the arts. Whilst working in Turkey at the International School, I created backdrops for the school production, and with the aid of the children we created a mural in the library. I also taught art for years 1 to 7, and ran a sewing course after school. In 2014 / 2015 I work for a company called Flash Fabrics, where I was the Assistant Manager for the store, which turned into being the Manager of Bridal / Uniform Design - designing wedding gowns, lever dresses and special occasion gowns, also helping customers with fabric selection and design ideas. These garments were made by seamstresses in the area. MAD came about when my daughter started (2007) figure skating. The costumes are extremely expensive so I decided to make them myself. This was when I was first starting out, I thought I knew everything and didn’t succeed, I made a lot of mistakes. So I took a step back, did a lot of reading and studying, and finally after being retrenched from Flash...
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