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Solopreneur Business Network | Small business owners share their battles and wins in business
17 minutes | Nov 29, 2015
Episode 25: Melissa Houston of Alleviate VA
Melissa Houston started Alleviate Virtual Assistance after she sold her clothing business. Her love for technology and list creation along with crossing items off that list makes her enjoy helping you the business owner who is feeling overwhelmed in your business.
31 minutes | Nov 21, 2015
Episode 24: Nicola Brown of Nibl
In early 2012, in response to some health issues within her family, and being aware of her own family history of health risks, Nicola started investigating ways of consciously using food to enhance health and well-being. Feeling confused about messages around nutrition, she decided that one consistent principle was that eating more plants made a whole lot of sense. She started investigating ways of using plant ingredients in innovative ways, and realised that the wholefood and raw food movements provide a lot of inspiration and strategies for doing just that. Incorporating more plant-based food (and particularly more raw food) in her family’s diet brought about so many benefits in terms of health, energy and vitality that she wanted to start sharing this information and inspiration – and the idea of starting a blog, and running demonstrations and workshops, came about. Rather than calling herself a foodie, Nicola now likes to think of herself as a Super Foodie. She is passionate about sharing this inspiration for fantastic, healthy, delicious plant-based food, through recipes, demos, workshops and all-round plant-based food love!
28 minutes | Nov 14, 2015
Episode 23: Ricky Collins of Good Decision Ltd
Ricky had spent 26 years in NZ Police in management roles. With the with onset of a restructure in sight, he had to make some important decision and he decided to do one of the things he was passionate about. He decided to leave and went back to University to complete postgraduate studies he had started some time earlier. While doing Project Management some years earlier with the University, he picked up on something called "Structured Decision-making", got introduced to the Associate Professor associated with this subject area and this became his benchmark for his studies.He loved it so much that this passion translated into the setup of his business Good Decision Ltd to help businesses with the provision of structured decision-making.
31 minutes | Sep 20, 2015
Episode 22: Lorraine Hamilton of LorraineHamilton.co.nz
Lorraine is an intelligent and thought provoking whiz when she starts to talk. She is a personal branding and market positioning whiz who also wrote a report about list building that is probably going to raise some eyebrows. She is however true to her word and is giving this away to you without your email as part of our Episode today.
26 minutes | Sep 13, 2015
Episode 21: James Thompson of Thompson Web & Design
James is a NZ Young Entrepreneur with multiple years experience in the IT Industry. He has worked with many businesses in many different industries to bring out a creative & digital side to their business, including some large brands. He is fast, helpful and provides a top notch service!
30 minutes | Sep 6, 2015
Episode 20: Callum McKirdy of Leading Ideas Ltd
LeadingIdeas is based in Dunedin, New Zealand and is the passion of me, Callum McKirdy - Director and Lead Facilitator. I travel the country speaking to people in organisations - helping to bring out the real potential in individuals and businesses, and assisting teams to achieve more from their working day through the interactions they have with each other. I focus on: Engaging Staff - giving staff reasons to tell good stories about you; Workplace Culture - developing the place where good stories come from; and Employment Branding - telling the good stories about you as an employer.
25 minutes | Aug 31, 2015
Episode 19: Michelle Goulevitch of Gorgeous Jewellery & Dark Angel Jewellery
Michelle owns two Jewellery businesses. Gorgeous Jewellery and Dark Angel Jewellery. Gorgeous Jewellery is for the bride and Dark Angel is foran alternative jewellery studio blending handmade and imported resources into necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, rings and more to suit your individual style. From Glam to Goth and everything in-between, we can provide something to suit you. Vintage? Victorian? Cameos? Whatever you are into, Dark Angel Alternative Jewellery can deliver. They design and import unique jewellery to complement unique you. If you are looking for something fun and different then you are in exactly the right place.
34 minutes | Aug 23, 2015
Episode 18: Claire Porima of Claire Porima Coaching
Coaching for inspired people who are ready to learn and put into place the key strategic elements to build a successful profitable business and career, as well as develop the important skills for ensuring you stay on course in your personal life. Founded on core principles drawn from Māori and other indigenous wisdoms, and applicable to our modern way of life.
17 minutes | Aug 16, 2015
Episode 17: Nga Blanchard of Louie-Thomas & Great Parenting Ideas
We are a family of European/Vietnamese designers with 'proud Australasian roots' We design in Australasia and then manufacture alot of our own products at our own workshop under the label Louie-Thomas. We are proud of our Louie-Thomas label, simply our first label and one that was imagined back in 2002. Our Louie-Thomas designs now includes a wonderful inventory of fashion accessories from handbags, purses, scarves, and gorgeous brooches, to a new range of Australian and New Zealand designed jewellery, made entirely at our workshop in Vietnam. As well as our designer jewellery, Louie-Thomas also possesses an eclectic and 'worldly' range of costume jewellery, all gorgeous pieces, sourced from all four corners of the globe of which is sold under the label too.
41 minutes | Aug 9, 2015
Episode 16: Karen Creighton of Reviresco
We see so many messages about weight loss products and services right and left. Our podcast with Karen revealed why this highly competitive market is a place where Karen feels at home and is able to serve at her highest level. Her knowledge is endless and she not only shares her knowledge around health, she even touched on the topic of valuing oneself as it relates to business as well as health.Find her on www.reviresco.co.nz
3 minutes | Jul 12, 2015
Episode 15: Update from the Solopreneur Business Network
This update is to give our listeners the latest about where we are with our podcast and what's happening behind the scenes. For the last few weeks, Vanessa has had internet connection issues which caused difficulties with our interview recordings. To save frustration for all, Vanessa has decided to pause the podcasts until her internet connection has completed an upgrade to fibre. In the meantime, focus will be on planning the Solopreneur Business Network Meetup later this year. Paddle on :)
35 minutes | Jul 5, 2015
Episode 14: Christine Petty of Grafix Wall Art
Christine Petty had a goal in mind when she started her business. Unlike many who start out and then call it quits when the going gets tough, the word "QUIT" did not exist in Christine's dictionary. She attended night classes to study how to create her own e-commerce website in Wordpress, how to print and use Adobe Illustrator.Her amazing willpower and mindset is backed up by a supportive hubby and the result is an amazing service provider who gives you decals, murals and signages made with absolute love and accordingly to your requirements. She produces some beautiful and amazing Kiwiana productions that will make any home or office stand out.
15 minutes | Jun 28, 2015
End of Half Year Reflections from Vanessa Leota
Vanessa Leota reflects on the first half of the year and how she handles those common struggles like Time Management and shares how she gets around this. She also mentions how she is now looking at focussing more time on her biggest business asset.
24 minutes | Jun 21, 2015
Episode 12: Kristin Jones of Kristin Create and We All Knit Here
Kristin is a passionate creative who shares and teaches you her awesome knitting skills online through her "We All Knit Here" course. Her direction with knitting is to teach you this skill as a mindful activity to help you de-stress and produce something you can wear or enjoy at the end of it all.
32 minutes | Jun 14, 2015
Annabelle Molloy of Belle Babysitters
Annabelle Moloy is the owner Belle Babysitters, a Dunedin Based Babysitting Agency. You can relax as their team provides a reliable babysitter for you! They offer a range of highly qualified and experienced babysitters who will come to your home during the day or evening. Their services includes, but not limited to the following: Follow your child's normal routine such as feeding schedules, bathing and settling them to sleep. Provide Hotel/Motel sitters for those who are on holiday. Organise multiple babysitters and set up a child friendly area during corporate/sports/wedding and other such events.
31 minutes | Jun 7, 2015
Amanda Cookson of Be My Guest
Amanda specializes in working with couples who are looking for wedding invitations which are more than a bit of paper – they’re an experience, and a window into the wedding day. She has become a bit of an agony aunt for brides on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bemyguestnz) and from this she has developed a free wedding planning course at www.southernbride.co.nz
32 minutes | May 31, 2015
Simon Fawkes of Business to Markets Ltd
22 minutes | May 24, 2015
Liz Fry of Forever Free Living
Liz Fry is the owner of Forever Free, a company that produces the largest supply of aloe vera products used for personal care, weight management, skin care, sports and aloe drink. Aside from the health benefits you get from their various products, their team also offers a chance to work part time with absolutely no joining/admin or annual fees. Besides running her business, she also helps business owners in Auckland connect as part of the Fuse Auckland group she manages. It is completely free to join.
18 minutes | May 17, 2015
Jimmy Da Bro of Social Guru
Social Guru have over 10 years combined experience in all forms of digital and online media. Specialising in Web Design, Social Media Management, Online Marketing, Brand Development and Technical Support, We aim to provide a professional and creative approach to your business marketing solutions.
28 minutes | May 10, 2015
Ali Copeman of akB
akB is a Dunedin-based, professional conferencing company, organising conferences, congresses and events throughout New Zealand. With partner offices in Wellington and Auckland, our team of professionals will ensure your event lives up to the expectations of your delegates and yourself.
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