Monday, February 25th, 2013

Employ yourself


“If you take on your self-doubt and your laziness you will find the door to your freedom.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki, Millionaire.

In these days of limited job security and continual restructuring, increasing numbers of people are considering starting their own business. Others yearn to do something more creative with their lives and follow their true path with heart. If the job you want doesn’t exist or you’re looking for more freedom and autonomy starting your own business could be just the tonic you need.

Some people are afraid of taking the first step toward self-employment. Others know in their heart it’s what they really want but procrastinate when it comes to making a move.  But it’s amazing how the Universe turns to support you when you take action.

Only a fortnight ago a woman contacted me saying she needed someone to help kick-start her dreams of starting her own business as a career coach and HR consultant. Two coaching sessions later here is what she wrote:

Tomorrow night I start work with my first career coaching client!!!
I’m developing some ideas about my business card and got a really positive response from Yoobee (formerly NatColl) about getting a designer from there. Haven’t met with a designer yet but as a result of the conversation with the lady there (a tutor or maybe HOD I suspect), I have an appointment with her to talk about my career coaching services. Very exciting. I also have the name of somebody who is just starting her own Web Design company, have had a really enthusiastic response from people in my target market who say things like “I know heaps of people who …..”. And, I’ve had some encouraging conversations with people about ways we can work together, etc where there will be mutual benefit. I’ve talked to an accountant and got myself sorted from that aspect too.
And the sun keeps shining which is fantastic!
See you next week. I doubt I’ll have my business card done by then but I’m sure it’ll be closer than it is now and I will have worked through the business plan template.”

Now that’s one lady who’s happy at work. Soon she’ll be able to shed her old job and be happier still!

Where’s a good place to start?

First Things First! Start from the Heart

To succeed in life you have to be passionate about what you do. As multi-millionaire businesswoman Anita Roddick once said, “We communicate with passion and passion sells.

Pursuing your passion is profitable on many levels. Firstly, when you do what you love, this is most likely where your true talent lies, so you’ll stand out in your field.

Secondly, you’ll be more enthusiastic about your pursuits; you’ll have more energy and tenacity to overcome obstacles, and more drive and determination to make things happen. When you do what you care most about and believe in with passion, your work will be not something that you endure but something that you enjoy. More importantly, work will become a vehicle for self-expression.

Thirdly, passion sells. People like to do business with people who are passionate about their products and services. You’ll also come across more genuinely to people – passion can’t be faked. When global financial services company KPMG re-branded with passion as a core theme, profitability soared.


“When it becomes clear that no one else shares your level of passion, you are where you belong.” ~ Placido Domingo, Opera Singer

Look for examples of passionate companies and people making a living from things they care deeply about. Here are a few Kiwi examples to get you started:

• Brian Clifford is passionate about helping people, and bugs. He has combined his passion into a successful business as a pest controller. “All the rats, all the maggots, all the cockroaches all over the place. These are the things I love doing,” he says. His business motto is “If it bugs you, I’ll kill it!

• John Holley has turned his passion for bones into a business, Skulls Down Under, selling skeletons to museums all over the world.

• Charles Royal’s passion for finding a way to incorporate traditional Ma¯ori foods into modern dishes led him to start his own business – Kinaki Wild Herbs. Air New Zealand now serves pikopiko and horopito in its first and business classes.

How could you turn your passion into a self-employment opportunity?


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Friday, February 8th, 2013

How to create a new business


Got to love a man pushing a mower – far more pleasant than those horrid weedeaters!

This is a screen shot from the upper portion of a new business and website I have been involved in creating for Awesome Mortgages.  Building businesses are incredibly creative and satisfying. I took most of the photos, wrote the content and co-designed the site:) So much fun. I hope you can see the passion shinning through

You can read more about the brand development and the importance of the Awesome colours here>>

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Would love it you came across and liked Awesome on our Facebook page – – our goal is to help people into happy homes!

Trying to get our likes up to 100 by close of day. Anything you can do to help would be awesome! Friends, family – all welcome!

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