The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-24T23:45:54Z New TV show focuses on women in business 2019-11-24T23:45:54Z new-tv-show-focuses-on-women-in-business Women in business are in the spotlight on a first of its kind TV show hosted by digital PR disruptor Jules Brooke. She’s The Boss, on Ticker TV* features women as business owners and bosses being interviewed about their business journey and what they have learned along the way, the good, the bad and the ugly. Jules said with the proliferation of female-run businesses (now more than 30% of all businesses) it is important that women continue to support and uplift each other. “She’s The Boss is showcasing the huge array of businesses across a myriad of industries that are being run by women,” she said. “With guests such as George McEncroe, the Founder of Shebah, and Monica Meldrum, the founder of Whole Kids foods sharing stories of their initial inspiration, what they have learned along the way and offering advice to viewers as part of the show. “We’re a bit starved for business TV that is interesting or appealing to people that are interested in business, but also innovation and technology. She’s The Boss show makes business TV relevant to the hundreds of thousands of women running their own business, never mind the hundreds of thousands more that are considering it.”  Jules is a PR coach who understands the huge value a television interview can make to someone’s profile. Bringing her unique style of humour and empathy, this serial entrepreneur, taps into her inquisitive nature to dig deep. The number of Australian businesses starting in Australia has been growing with women are leading the pack. Recent statistics show 34.8 percent of business owner-managers are female, with around 50,000 joining their ranks every year. Ticker TV is a new way to watch business television. Founded by Ahron Young, ex Bureau Chief for Sky Business, the channel is streaming live through an app and also on Twitter.   Small Business Suffering From Poor Telco Service 2019-06-11T00:19:49Z small-business-suffering-from-poor-telco-service Are you paying too much for an internet service that is unreliable? ‘A phone line and internet are the main tools a small business needs to function but when Telcos let you down, it can spell disaster. Anna Willis, founder of Issue.Watch, a consumer watchdog, wants to help owners of small business, who told her that the impact of telecommunications issues are. “Overwhelmingly, that when issues are not dealt with quickly, it costs small businesses money,” she said. “Then starts the spiral of not knowing what to do next and feeling like you are on the repeat cycle, constantly repeating the issue to the next person you speak to.” Annette Densham knows too well the impact of not having an internet service that works. With a home-based office, she thought she did the right thing by organising connection at her new address a month in advance. “Then began the comedy of errors. The telco sent the modem to the wrong address and it took two weeks of calls to get the modem sent to the right address. Then we found out the infrastructure had not been updated for 20 years, and despite living in a new development, we could only get ADSL 1,” she said. “This made it almost impossible to send large attachments or conduct online video meetings.  Hours and hours were spent on the phone; time away from my business, trying to sort out a better option. I don’t think Telcos really understand the impact not providing an adequate service has on businesses, especially ones like mine that are home-based.” Annette resolved the issue by using her mobile phone data; it is reliable and fast but not before it cost her 100s of dollars in excess data. Anna said despite over 20,422 small business complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, in 2017/2018 the problems to small business continue. It took Annette six months to fix her small business internet problem. “That is six months of frustration, overwhelm and day-to-day stress not being able to do the simplest of tasks. Good telecommunications is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. Even if you are not running a home-based business or a small business, we rely on good internet for banking, entertainment, communication with family and so many other aspects of life.” “Small business and consumers impacted by continued disruptions to internet and phone services need a voice to negotiate better services by pushing back and negotiating reduced internet fees where these services are not provided. Issue.Watch the organisation Anna founded, can provide that public voice, and to do that we need consumers to go to the website and tell us about their service problems, so we can found out how big this problem is, and raise the issue with decision makers on behalf of the whole group. So go to Issue.Watch, a free, and independent site where you can anonymously help us provide a communal voice on issue that matter. “Issue.Watch collects people’s complaints and aggregates them to add volume and voice to the issue so they are heard as a louder voice.”   Chief Happiness Officer Corporate Health and Wellness program is set to help Aussie's happier at work. 2019-06-10T04:01:22Z chief-happiness-officer-corporate-health-and-wellness-program-is-set-to-help-aussie-s-happier-at-work With 50% of the Aussie workforce unhappy at work, Australia’s first event Chief Happiness Officer Corporate Health and Wellness program is set to change the face of workplaces across the country. Program creator, Clariti Consulting, whose goal it is to impact the lives of one million and one people globally, developed the two-day science backed program to reduce the current level of unhappiness in the workplace. CEO Belinda Dolan said happiness is not a given in our culture. “We talk about it, we write books about it, but no one really shows us how to navigate through all life throws at us to be truly happy,” she said. “Then we go off to work, often places filled with stress, frantic deadlines, disconnected from the decision makers and working with people we would not normally associate with.  The modern workplace is a melting pot of mental health challenges and disconnected staff. “Over the past six years, we have reviewed data from over 438 studies and researched almost 100 companies, as part of a larger PhD study into Happiness in the Workplace, to find old workplace models of motivating don’t work. Over 70% fail. That is a lot of people being impacted.” The Chief Happiness Officer Program recently won a Gold Stevie Asia Pacific Award for its innovation in workplace programs. The judges were full of praise for this innovation, with comments such as “after many hours standing at my computer reviewing applications - I wanted to be inspired. Your application has left me inspired. I can only think now about the impact that you would have not only in your own business but others. Your application is pinnacle. I LOVE this innovation.” “The program provides people with proven strategies and tools that will directly increase the levels of happiness, motivation, overall mental wellbeing and economic impact for companies across the globe,” Belinda said. “While Australia is the 10th happiest country in the world, 50% of the workforce are not happy in their jobs. That is a lot of people who are not getting the most out of life and the ripple effects impact an organisation on so many levels.” Research by Gallup indicated 4 out of 5 respondents stated they would be happier at work if they were better connected with leaders and colleagues. The Chief Happiness Officer program has been designed to increase the levels of connectedness to the organisation, colleagues and customers. Creating strong bonds in workplaces means leaders are 90% more likely to retain their staff. Clariti Consulting’s own Chief Happiness Officer Anahita Tonkin said now more than ever Australia needs engaged workforces. “We need brave leaders willing to lead and create engaged happy workplaces. For many of our organisations, large and small, its an economic imperative,” she said. “Research indicates happy engaged workforces are amongst the highest performing in the world – happy people are happy to be at work; they do not get as sick as often and they are engaged in their roles and the organisational culture. “Change is inevitable – organisational change can go either way. The growth and transformation of an organisation is optional. By building teams, creating high performing through innovative transformation you can create organisations that are peak performing, adaptable and resilient; helping business flourish and grow.” Business Coupling: Making A Family Business Work 2019-05-29T03:15:21Z business-coupling-making-a-family-business-work It used to be you kept home and work life separate.  Work was neatly stashed at the front door and conversation around the dinner table was pleasantries about your day and what you were going to do on the weekend. But there’s shift happening in the world of business. This shift is not only more and more women are starting their own businesses but partners going into business together. It might sound like a recipe for disaster but with over 70% of Australian businesses owned and operated by couples, and with this number growing, it is bringing couples closer as they build their dream. Corryn Barakat started her online business, Milk and Love, six years ago. When juggle of managing two kids, a business on the side and a full time job was too much, she packed in the full-time job and plunged feet first into a space she loves, curating amazing products for mums to be and new mums. Business started to boom, and she realised, she needed help. Enter stage right, husband Richard. “It was time to team up. I couldn’t do it all myself, so Richard quit his job and looks after the business side” Corryn said. “Working in business together gives us flexibility as a family. Now with three children, we’re able to better manage the work/home balance. If I am on a deadline, Richard looks after the home stuff and vice a versa …and we don’t have to ask a boss if it is ok. “Working together has changed our relationship and understanding of each other. When Richard was working 9 to 5, neither of us appreciated each other’s roles. Now we understand the frustrations and joys on both side and are more in sync. But what about the other side of the coin. Surely, it can’t all be peaches and cream? Corryn said boundaries can be an issue. “It’s a lot harder to find space. However, when you spend time apart, you appreciate another more.  When you are together 24/7 – you know what the other person is doing and you’re in each other’s pockets a lot more.  It can be a negative – a bit of distance makes the heart grow finder.  It can be hard to leave business at work and home at home,” she said. For Corryn and Richard, working together has made a difference to their relationship. “It has added value to our relationship. Although it was a little cramped when we worked out of the third bedroom; springing for an office outside the home was winning idea; renting a room is cheaper than a divorce,” she laughed. Despite differences, and the challenges of turning off at night, being able to work with their best friend is a bonus.       Platform Gives Voice To Consumers Who Feel Ignored By Big Business And Government 2019-04-14T22:45:35Z platform-gives-voice-to-consumers-who-feel-ignored-by-big-business-and-government Lawyer Anna Willis’ desire to create change drove her to create a portal where people can vent about the issues affecting their lives that are not being fixed by organisations and companies across Australia. “So many people feel powerless when it comes to resolving issues with telecommunications, aged care companies, local government departments and other big organisations,” she said. “They feel ignored and unheard.” “I wanted to create something to give people an anonymous but safe place to share their views, to find out that they are not alone as their issue is probably shared by many others”. “issue.watch is an independent public forum, where consumers can voice their opinion. We aggregate issues to establish trends and magnitude, so organisations are forced to acknowledge significant consumer issues, and forced to act.” “It is easy to ignore a person; it’s harder to ignore a collective.” issue.watch is on a mission to shine a light on issue that matter to the community. It is building a community of consumers and organisations who want to see issues fixed by identifying, spotlighting, acknowledging and maintaining a focus on solutions on collective issues. “The current avenues of complaint, to the Ombudsman or the customer service department, do not necessarily result in fundamental changes in organisational behaviour, are often slow to respond, and the process and results are not transparent or consistent across complainants.” “So many issues, as identified in the banking royal commission, could have been dealt with much earlier if there had been more awareness around the volume of complaints. Issue.watch is about joining voices about similar issues, to become a megaphone; a loud voice on significant issues that impact our communities and drive change.” For those who are fed up with complaining and not being heard or stoically putting up with an issue because they feel it is pointless to complain, Anna said that is why issue.watch exists. While we do not deal with individual complaints, we want people to share their issues and speak up, with us, so we can collate and highlight significant issues in a public forum and with industry stakeholders drive change.” www.issue.watch.com Gold Coast Bump To Bub High Team Is All About Community 2019-04-11T01:51:54Z gold-coast-bump-to-bub-high-team-is-all-about-community As a mum of three, Jade Read, a photographer and the heart behind The Gold Coast Bump To Bub High Tea, found after each child, she became more and more isolated, the old-style parenting groups had morphed and changed into online groups and no one really met in person anymore. “Gone were the face to face events where you could share your challenges and little one’s big steps and get someone to hold your baby for a little while,” she said. “If I needed help with anything, I asked online in a group, but no one really knew me or my family. “As much as I love social media, it just doesn’t cut it when it comes to making real, personal connections. “The more I thought about it, the more I realised the close friends I made when I had my first child eight years ago, were not there for my second and third child.  It has become virtual hugs and kisses. Even at the school gate, no one really knows any one, no one has time to stop and talk so that community I had with my first child was gone. “When you are struggling, online relationships will not get you through those really tough times when you are desperate. Who is going to bring your soup when you are sick or come care for your kids if you had an appointment?” So, Jade created the Bump To Bub Events, to provide a place for local mums and mums-to-be to talk to local businesses and pregnancy related services in the local area and to spend time, in person, with other mums in their shoes. “Given so many mums now work for themselves, around raising their family, the Bump To Bub High Tea is a chance for them not only to connect with others in the community but to see they do not have to do it all by themselves. That there are businesses and support groups out there to help them along their journey,” she said. The Bump to Bub High Tea will showcase local Gold Coast businesses, services and products in an exclusive marketplace at Southport Sharks on May 4 from 9am, but it will also have a breastfeeding zone, a soft play area, pram parking and guest speaker Dr Jennifer Hacker-Pearson talking about the things she wished people had told her before having children. “This is a chance to get offline and make some real connections,” Jade said. “It is also a chance to support a great charity – Support The Girls. Founder Jane Homes will be sharing what the charity does and why it is important.” www.bumptobubevents.com Australian Author Signs Five-Book Publishing Deal US Publisher 2019-01-22T05:34:47Z australian-author-signs-five-book-publishing-deal-us-publisher Canberra born author Andrew Hackett has signed an multi book deal with New York publisher Holland House Publishing after his book Free From Fear became a bestseller. Andrew’s Fearless series is the culmination of a complete system of practical tools and processes that will radically transform unhappy, unfulfilled life experiences into limitless success and abundance. “I am excited; truly excited,” Hackett said. “I have been working with people for years now, and we have been getting some truly amazing results from the material that is now incorporated throughout the Fearless series.” Hackett says his approach can be utilised by anyone, anywhere, irrespective of their own beliefs, culture or economic situation. “Years ago, I dedicated my life to helping everyday people get out of their fear-driven life experience. Too many people live in a constant and unsustainable state of stress, and it is leading to an epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders,” he said. For that reason, Hackett believes a different perspective will empower people to reach for their natural-born potential, and the Fearless series is that different perspective. “This is a dream that has been lifetimes in the making,” Andrew said. “I just want to help those that seek real, heart-warming change and show them what I have learnt, tested and experienced – not only in my own life, but in the lives of many people across the globe.” Ralph Brogden, Holland House Publishing, New York said Andrew’s first book’s success paved the way for the deal. “We were interested in doing this epic five book series as well. Andrew has a real passion for helping people live better lives, and we are extremely pleased to partner with him again to help get his message out to the world,” he said. Hackett says the book series is for anyone seeking a better life experience, anyone who is unhappy with the way their life has panned out, and anyone who believes the time is right for real, positive change in their life. “The Fearless series is applicable to all who seek limitless success,” he said. “It seeks to challenge the old fear-driven ways, and establish some new, healthier beliefs that will enable anyone to start living in true abundance.” The first book in the Fearless series will be available November 2018 on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. The remaining books in the series will be released sequentially throughout 2019. Andrew Hackett is an international best-selling author with more than 20 years of experience helping people think outside their limitations and move beyond their fears so they can accomplish amazing things in their life, business, and relationships. To connect with Andrew Hackett, visit www.AndrewHackett.com.au. AUSSIE TAKES OUT TOP WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARD 2018-11-29T05:13:50Z aussie-takes-out-top-stevie-women-in-business-award Founders of Queensland based Award Winning Accelerator, a program helping small businesses find and enter business awards, were honoured with the top Stevie Award in New York this month. The Grand Stevie is awarded to organisations that win the most gold, silver and bronze awards at the annual awards event for women in business. This year it was taken out by Annette Densham and Lauren Clemett for helping Australian women enter and win in 14 categories including 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze. They are the first Australian business to take out first place in the Grand Stevie Award. Annette said it was a massive haul of awards for women in business whose achievements in business growth, innovation and making a difference are inspiring. “The best part of Award Winning Accelerator is we get to work with driven and purposeful people whom through their businesses, are doing amazing things helping others and driving change,” she said. “What is most extraordinary is so often women in business are reluctant to step out because of the fear of being pulled back down, being seen a big noting themselves or being too big for their britches. “Yet, to survive and prosper in small business, you have to get good at promoting yourself, acknowledging your wins and sharing them; otherwise no one knows you exist. You are the best kept secret and how do you make money or a difference if you have no visibility?” The Award Winning Accelerator took three women to New York as part of the Award Winning Adventure – a program developed by Annette and Lauren designed to help small businesses to access awards. The program finds the right award for the business to enter, helps them with branding and public relations over a nine-month period. “What I love about the program is we get to hear the incredible stories of achievement from every person who trusts us with doing their entry and then we get to celebrate their wins with them,” Annette said. “This year, we worked with” ·       Chrissy Leontios, CLEON Legal and Mediation – 1 gold, 2 silver and a bronze ·       Anita Bentata Activating Artemis – 1 gold and 1 silver ·       Christine Stow – 1 silver ·       Angela Henderson, Angela Henderson Consulting – 1 bronze ·       Gail Creighton-Davies, G8 Ladies – 1 bronze ·       Holley Sommerville-Knott, Tell Someone Who Cares – 1 gold and 1 silver ·       Becca McGregor, Publicity Genie – 1 silver and 2 bronze “Every woman who participated in the program won an award. They took out categories across Woman of The Year, Most Innovative Woman of The Year, Women Helping Women, Best New Product/Service, Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Maverick of the Year, Best Employee of the Year and Start Up of the Year “On the night, the enthusiasm and excitement from the Australia table was a stand out,” Annette said. “With people coming up after the event complimenting us on our achievements and our energy. “There was a resounding message from the evening, as each of these winners took to the stage – that their business is more than just making money. That there is a purpose to what they are doing, and they are driven by the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. “The judges saw this. It shone through their entries.” Annette said most of the award winners are corporate refugees and women over 40. “The small business space is flourishing in Australia especially women in business. We are recognising our skills and abilities, and taking charge of our financial futures,” she said. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honours for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organisations they run.  Entries came from public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small businesses. The 2018 awards received entries from over 30 nations and territories. More than 1,500 nominations from organisations of all sizes and every industry were submitted this year. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.  Living life without fear 2018-11-20T20:27:33Z living-life-without-fear When life doesn’t turn out as planned, many become paralysed with fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Life crises of all kinds are fuelled by these emotions – only by uncovering the meaning of our own life can we find our way out. While some manage to work through their feelings, others are consumed by their own darkness, frightened that any choice they make may be the wrong one. Thankfully, a new resource promises to guide them toward the light. Next month, Canberra author Andrew Hackett is poised to release a series of books called ‘Fearless’. These guides will offer readers a series of processes and tools that can help snap them out their self-imposed inertia and move them towards their goals and dreams. What is the Fearless Series about? The Fearless series is a set of books built off the experience of personal development author Andrew Hackett. Each book leads into another, as they use the lessons learned in the previous volume to lead you toward your success, whatever that may be. ‘Ending Your Unconsciousness’ shines a light on unquestioned daily habits and how they have a negative impact on your life. ‘Awakening to Your Truth’ guides you through the process of finding your own life’s meaning. ‘Manifesting You Journey’ breaks down the steps towards creating anything you desire. ‘Accepting Your Success’ lays out the tools that successful people use to achieve their goals, while the final book, ‘Creating Your Destiny’, brings it all together and applies it to your personal situation. Essentially, this series acts as a roadmap for anyone who currently feels lost. By following it, they can identify their passions, disarm their fears, and make rapid progress towards their goals. The world is experiencing record levels of anxiety and depression Life has become much more stressful in recent years. Employment is less secure, the climate is changing, and thanks to social media, we’re constantly comparing our ‘B roll’film to everyone else’s, highly manufactured, and finished product. IT’s no wonder success seems impossibly out of reach. Without a way to cope with this often self imposed, yet relentless pressure, anxiety disorders and depression are the inevitable results. This fact motivated Andrew Hackett to create the Fearless series. Rather than watch his fellow Australians struggle, he created simple processes anyone can follow so they can use their own untapped potential to create the life of their dreams.    Massive Two-Day Indoor Market – A Christmas Gift To Small Business 2018-10-24T23:06:33Z massive-two-day-indoor-market-a-christmas-gift-to-small-business With bricks and mortar retail stores reeling from the impact of online shopping, an enterprising business woman is breathing new life into Christmas shopping with a massive pop up store in Melbourne. Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets, is bringing together over 50 of the most eclectic, interesting and diverse small businesses for the Cromwell Street Indoor Christmas Gift Extravaganza on 8 and 9 December. “The key is to support small business. So much of our money goes offshore but there are so many interesting, innovative and creative people in this country who are coming together to create a unique curated shopping event,” Judith said. “We have had interest from over 200 Melbourne small business owners …and even some from other states who will travel to Melbourne for this event. “We have amazing brands like Future Traditions, Eight Hour Studio, High Tees (whose owner is only just starting out on her small business journey), Gym Secrets Clothing and LBD Designs selling clothing, jewellery, handbags, art, and homewares” Judith wants to showcase handmade or unique ethically made and ethically sourced products to give consumers a different and memorable shopping experience. “As a small business owner, I know how hard it is to compete in this age of Kmart mentality and mass-produced products. Then add in the cost of having a physical store and small business retailers are on the backfoot, despite having incredible products to offer,” she said. “The next challenge is being dependant on outdoor markets. You are at the whim of the weather.” Judith wants to encourage people to spend money with their local small businesses in the lead up to Christmas. “The bonus is you get to deal with someone face to face, hear the stories behind the products you are buying and support small business,” she said. “Imagine if we all bought our Christmas presents from each other.” With the support of STREAT, visitors can head across the road for food and coffee, supporting a local social enterprise helping young people. The Cromwell Street Christmas Gift Extravaganza is free to enter, but visitors can donate money to Senhoa Foundation, who empower women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia through training and work opportunities, and STREAT who offer disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood.   https://popupcollectiveaustralia.com.au/ Sorry Celeb Chef, Your Recipes Are Too Hard To Follow: Website Makes Recipes Easier To Read 2018-10-09T00:09:40Z sorry-celeb-chef-your-recipes-are-too-hard-to-follow-website-makes-recipes-easier-to-read Annette Densham is mum to 14 yo Qwyn, who has autism. Some of the biggest challenges with him has been over food and making healthier choices. As he has gotten older, he has shown more interest in making his own meals, yet so many recipe books are confusing and not written with people with challenges in mind. For Annette, discovering Easy Read Recipes by Leanne Foreman has been a life saver. “Qwyn would get so confused going back and forth and would end up giving up, going back to noodles or some other convenience food. It worries me as he gets older that he will not be able to look after his nutrition needs,” Annette said. “Leanne’s recipes are set out perfectly for Qwyn’s ordered brain.” Leanne, who is a mother to two – a son with autism/ADHD and a daughter with dyslexia – wrote the recipes with them in mind. “There are over 25 criteria that need to be met to make a recipe as easy as possible to follow,” she said. “Over 2.5 million Australians between 15 and 65 can’t easily read a recipe, especially when it comes to having to continually go back and forth between the ingredients and method. “Easy Read Recipes is a patented formatting method with these must-have subtle criteria necessary to make a recipe as easy as possible, for as many as possible, to read and follow. “It is very easy to lose our place by going back and forward between the ingredients and method several times during cooking. Imagine if you had ADHD as well. Also, how many recipes are written in fonts that are too small or too fancy to read easily – someone with dyslexia doesn’t have a chance.” The added bonus is that if these recipes are easier for the challenged reader then of course they will be easier for all and don’t we all want something that will create more ease and reduce stress  in our life? This former Home Economics teacher is also on a mission to help more people with autism, ADHD and dyslexia have access to healthier foods. Annette said one of her biggest concerns is Qwyn’s reliance on nutrient deficient quick grab food, despite there being more healthy options in the house. “It just gets too much for me. Too many choices to make so he goes the easy options and I notice when he does this, it impacts his behaviour,” she said. Leanne agrees. “The brain needs nutrients for better brain function and the additives in pre-packaged and fast food disrupt the messages in the brain, which is not ideal for someone already challenged,” she said. “Having recipes easier to read is like having wheels on a suitcase, you just do not realise how much easier it is to until you use it. “If we can help people be more creative in the kitchen and empower them to make their own food, it will make a huge difference to their health and social interactions. http://www.easyreadrecipes.com/ A Property Unicorn Uncovered 2018-10-09T00:01:36Z a-property-unicorn-uncovered After a fortnight of intense clean up and the removal of nearly 100 cubic meters of junk, a treasure has been uncovered in the form of a 1920s home on top of the hill at Annie St, New Farm. Underneath the years of accumulated stuff, the five-bedroom, two story home has revealed the lovely bones as the ultimate renovator’s dream. Paul Liddy, from Belle Property, said the 582 sqm property with a generous frontage is ripe for renovation. “It is hard to find a property like this, with such great structure on a large block,” he said. Liddy who has been in real estate for over 35 years and serviced New Farm most of his career, said homes like this are rare. “I’ve only seen a handful of hoarder homes in my career, and this is the first that has blown me away with the gold we have uncovered underneath all the junk,” he said “There is potential for another level that will give sweeping views to the north east and across to the city. “There is rear access offering multiple options and with big skirting boards and magnificent wooden floors, it really is a hidden treasure.” The DIY spiral staircase is something that needs to be seen to be appreciated Situated on Annie St, New Farm, it is close to James St, Brunswick St, the ferry, the park, and the CBD. “I’ve lived in New Farm for many years and this precinct is such a good spot for city access. You drive down Annie Street, turn right and then left and you are on Ann Street,” Liddy said. “With the rear access, the design options are significantly enhanced, and the location and potential views justify a solid investment in Brisbane’s premier suburb. https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-new+farm-129420230 Business is not about competition; it’s about collaboration 2018-09-18T16:38:09Z business-is-not-about-competition-it-s-about-collaboration Modern business can be cut throat. Everyone wants a slice of the success pie and some will do anything to win… even stooping to stealing ideas, content and leaving fake bad reviews. Being on top of the game is more than being lean and mean especially in small business where resources are limited and budgets tight. The way of doing business when a person steps out on their own is not sustainable. While competition is good for getting creative juices following, honing skills and keeping a business on its toes, it can be as equally damaging. Facebook groups posts are littered with comments from young businesses who are frozen in place with comparisonitis – a lethal affliction for any new business who follows their more advanced competitor. It is ok to watch what others in an industry are doing but far too many businesses spend too much time on this that it breeds anxiety, fear and an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. It is time to switch from being competitive to being collaborative. There really is enough business out there for everyone The biggest challenges from small business come down to money, skillset gaps and resources. To grow a business from a solo operator to a thriving entity is a bit like the chicken and the egg – a business needs the cashflow to hire more people, the resources to expand and an arsenal of skills and expertise to cover off on all aspects of the business. If cashflow is the anchor holding a business back, this is where getting clever with collaborations can help overcome the growth hurdles.  Collaborating with another small businesses can help both grow. A business’s database is a pot of gold used for building relationships and keeping in touch. By working with likeminded businesses, a database can be pooled to help promote each other’s products/services. This is a great way to leverage contacts, networks and audience for a greater reach. EXAMPLE If the business is in the business of running workshops, how about pooling resources to cut the costs. Think about running workshops together, that way you share the cost of the venue and marketing. EXAMPLE While you are in the same industry as your new collaborator, you may not have exactly the same audience. There will be an overlap but the other business has a lot of followers who know nothing about you or vice a versa. Sharing audiences is a great way to get each other’s businesses in front of new people. EXAMPLE We hear all the time about how being in small business can be lonely and isolating. By collaborating with another business, sharing knowledge, experiences and resources, both benefits from two heads being better than one. It is also a good place to be for support and comradery. Then there is the bonus of leveraging your skills and knowledge by creating a product or project together. You do not have to be in business alone. The True Cost Of Business Failure 2018-09-18T16:32:42Z the-true-cost-of-business-failure Hayley Birtle-Eades is a serial entrepreneur but with that moniker comes multiple failures. Failures that have cost her dearly; not only in money but relationships, self-confidence and reputation. Her roller coaster business journey started in her late teens when she created the Jeans Bag. That business collapsed in a heap a couple of years down the track. Then there was Born Brands; widely successful until it wasn’t. Then Love Lockets that she boldly moved into the bricks and mortar space and branding out with collaborations. While this business is still and kicking, there have been times that she has held on by her finger nails. Holistic success coach Nicole van Hattem said Hayley’s journey is no uncommon in the small business space. “Clever, creative people who see a gap in the market and go for it. They work hard, sacrificing so much to make a success of their business and when it fails, they are left counting the cost,” she said. “Statistics talk about the financial losses experience but that is just one aspect of business failure. When a business doesn’t succeed, there is a ripple effect of consequences. The business owner suffers mentally and physically, the immediate family is impacted, the staff who lose their jobs, and their families. “The true cost of business failure is far bigger than time, resources and money. The impact on the person can last for years. We are talking depression, physical health conditions, substance abuse and anxiety.” Hayley agrees. “It is not just about the money when a business fails. You put so much effort into the business; you are the brand. It is inevitable you personally suffer when your business suffers,” she said. “When I ‘ve had a business fail, I take it personally, because it is personal, my husband is affected, my kids are affected. My family’s faith in my next move is affected because they’re anticipating another failure. You second guess yourself, it causes martial issues, there is doubt and resentment. “Then you start to question everything about yourself – am I a good mother, am I a good person? It is hard to scramble and stay motivated because you are enveloped by anxiety and depression.” Amanda Kirk was part of a transport company that went bust. “It went into voluntary administration after the big company switched payments to 60 days end of month payments. Once we went down another 10 companies and owner operators went under as the liquidators stopped and took everything,” she said. “There’s been a lot of suicides in the industry, lots of homes repossessed and marriage break ups. I have seen trusted insurance brokers and accountants take advantage and siphon off money. It is the little guy that suffers while the big boys have no repercussions.” “Although the stress of running a business can take its toll, some major people are so relieved now because they have normal jobs with super and annual and sick leave.” Nicole said we live in a society that worships successful entrepreneurs. “With the immediacy of social media, we watch these meteoric rises of the ‘overnight’ success and then feel unworthy. What we forget is what many people portray publicly is often a front, bravado, as they secretly battle with their demons,” she said. “The pressure to succeed is intense so when we fail, there does not seem to be a lot of support to help people through that time. Many just tuck their tails between their legs and go get a job. “We are not taught to reframe failure. It is mostly always portrayed as something bad. But if we can look for constructive ways to deal with it, we can be better mentally prepared for it.” Hayley said it does take time to recover. “I am a natural survivalist.  I am prepared to do whatever it takes.  Moving forward is about being clear on the vision so everyone is on board – your family. It is not a good space to be in if you do not do this,” she said. “After each failure, you work out who your friends and supporters are. It is hard when people look at you thinking you can do no wrong and you’re put on a pedestal.  You don’t ask for that, people just do it. “The fall down is painful … then people scatter like cockroaches, they judge you. How do you get that back – you have to double down, clean up the mess and push forward. Having ownership over your wins and failures is what can motivate you to keep going. Remember to care for yourself through the failure so you can come back stronger than ever.” Nicole said to be resilient as a business owner, to handle the failures and to rise again, takes not only courage and self-belief, but a support network of other business owners who have been there and done that. “Your support network helps you to see that failure is a normal part of business and nothing to hide,” she said. “If you don't have a network to tap into, then listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos and read books that help you to let go of any guilt around failing in business, educate you on how to identify the learnings from the lessons, gain the skills and knowledge you need to get back in the game or to keep going until you win.” The Perfect Tonic: The Gin Drinker’s Unsung Art 2018-09-10T13:22:35Z the-perfect-tonic-the-gin-drinker-s-unsung-art You can’t turn a corner nowadays without finding a new recipe for a new drink. It’s exciting to live in a world with so much variety but sometimes, it’s nice to kick back with an old favourite. Gin and tonic have been a favourite since colonial times. There’s something so refreshing and satisfying about a good gin and tonic, and no matter how many flavours have arrived in the meantime, it’s great to return to. There are many amazing reasons to drink gin and tonic but there’s something that you need to know before you make your next one. You Can Spend As Much As You Want On The Gin Gin is popular worldwide. As with any popular spirit, you can find cheap mass-market produced variants and other much more expensive bespoke variants. The most expensive gin known to be available to buy is called Watenshi and it’s made by Cambridge Distillery (the same one that brought us the first gin made with ants). A bottle of Watenshi (if you can get it) will set you back a cool $3,500 and the name means “Japanese Angel”. That’s over $100 a for a single measure! Most people have caught on to this and if you’re not on a tight budget, the odds are pretty good that you’re already shelling out for a better quality of gin. Brands like Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray have cemented themselves in a discerning drinking public’s hearts and for good reason. Locally, brands like Four Pillars and Adelaide Hills play on the local botanicals they use to convince drinkers to pay upwards of $70 a bottle. Better ingredients, taste better. Yet Far Too Many People Stint On The Tonic It seems, however, that many people haven’t realized that there’s another element to drinking gin: the tonic water itself. It’s all well and good to spend $100 on your gin but if you’re going to do that – you ought to be using the best tonic water than you can find too. You see, tonics are not all created equally either. A cheap tonic can kill the taste and oomph that a good gin provides. In fact, a low-quality tonic can even ruin the experience of drinking an expensive gin! Distillers work hard to create gins with distinct “mouth feel”. That is, the flavour of the spirit is a considered action. It’s not just a random action. Premium tonics are developed in a similar fashion. The ideal gin and tonic isn’t a great gin and some store brand tonic water. It’s a great gin and a great tonic. You’re going to need to experiment a little when it comes to this. Different gins pair with different tonics to get the best effect. The Make Up Of Gin To be considered “gin” a spirit needs to have a “predominant juniper flavour” but that’s the only condition, distillers are free to add any botanical they feel like to the mix and there’s no set amount of juniper. This means each gin and tonic needs a similar unique approach. Many people, for example, have discovered that you don’t put a slice of lemon in a Hendricks’ Gin and Tonic because it pairs better with cucumber. If you’re drinking gin and tonic in a bar; you can always ask the bartender what tonic pairing, they recommend with the gin. If you’re drinking at home. The best approach is to get your favourite gin and say a dozen different tonics. Then experiment until you find the best pairing; ideally, don’t try and find that pairing in a single sitting. Drinking alcohol responsibly is always the best approach, particularly on a work night. Conclusion Gin and tonic is one of life’s little pleasures and you can enhance that pleasure by making sure you have the right tonic to go with your gin. You won’t believe the difference until you try it. Then, you’ll never go back.