Where did you grow up and where are you based now?
I grew up in a small country town called Wodonga – it’s no so small anymore. I now live with my two beautiful daughters in Rye.
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
I always wanted to be a helper. I didn’t care who, what, how or why. I just wanted to make people smile and still do.
When and how did you transition from working for someone else to working for yourself?
I’m currently still transitioning;
My daytime hat, Staff Solutions, I’m currently based in the city however am working towards opening a local Staff Solutions Peninsula branch with a specific focus on recruiting Peninsula locals for local Peninsula small businesses – Now all that’s left is for me to find some Peninsula businesses ready to hire.
My nighttime hat, Safety First Electrical. A compliance audit program towards ensuring all Australian’s can live safely within their homes.
What’s your why?
I love seeing my clients attaining their career goals, knowing that I played a small part in that is exhilarating and fills me with joy every time.
Safety is a passion of mine – much to my girl’s determent. When it comes to safety I believe there is no compromise, that’s why I have joined forces with a local electrician, gas plumber and smoke alarm service specialist, together we form Safety First Electrical. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are fantastic however they have one HUGE fault. They are reactive, warning us upon a smoke or gas filled room. My (our) aim is to be proactive and eliminate the need or reliance on alarms by providing heath checks for your home, catching and fixing potential disasters before they arises.
What do you love about what you do?
When I’m recruiting, I love hearing and seeing the excitement my clients have when they accept their ‘dream role’, it makes me smile every time without fail.
Contributing towards ensuring the safety and security of a family’s home gives me great pride and satisfaction.
What’s challenged you most since being in business?
I’m a passionate, ambitious person who throws everything in. I’ve had to learn and still am learning that sometimes it’s good to slow down and breathe – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
What are your greatest achievements to date?
For me it would have to be my beautiful two daughters, they are my world they inspire and spur me on, on a daily basis.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
To back myself, be persistent and to have the courage to face every challenge with a fresh approach.
Having the confidence and endurance to tackle issues head on and accept or ask for help when needed and to listen is also something I’ve had to learn the hard way – now I always check and double check, ask and listen first.
What’s the toughest decision you’ve had to make since running your own business?
Deciding when to change direction or start over because a concept isn’t working.
What are some resources you or your business can’t live without?
Chai Tea (a must have for me), internet connection, laptop and mobile.
What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business or change jobs to an industry/role that they’d love?
If it’s something you’re passionate about and you have the capacity to do, reach for the stars and go for it.
What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I may seem like I’m holding it all together, inside however I’m a bundle of nerves.
What does your ideal day look like?
Busy, busy, busy. Dropping my girls to school, making it into the city in time for the morning meeting, followed by onsite meetings with clients. Referring professional to clients who can provide a positive impact to their business and their bottom line, followed by cooking dinner with my girls and having snuggle time before signing on and processing the paperwork for the days compliance audits and confirming the schedule for the next day.
What’s one of your favourite quotes?
‘The biggest mistake you can make, is to be afraid of making one” I read this in one of my many books and it’s stuck with me ever since.
Who or what inspires you?
My girls with their big brown eyes inspire me every day. The desire to be a positive role model for them and to teach/show them that success is being happy and putting one foot in front of the other.
Anything you’d like to add?
Life is full of challenges, it’s how we face these challenges that makes us who we are today.