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Eco Lifestyle Kits
Hey Hana! Tell us about yourself - I'm a 28 yr old lover of animals, people, and the planet! I was born in Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, and grew up in NZ since the age of 4. I am the eldest of two, my little sister is 20 years younger than me! Obviously not planned haha, but such a blessing for my parents. We are super tight but she lives in Raro with my folks which is pretty tough. I miss them daily. I am engaged to a wonderful man who always motivates and encourages me to be the best I can be and turn dreams into reality. I have a super close family and the very best of friends who are always supporting me. I'm a very lucky gal! What is Eco Lifestyle Kits? - Eco Lifestyle Kits or ‘Elk’ for short is a gateway to an eco friendly lifestyle! Starter kits full of eco friendly essential items we need to live a plastic, toxin and waste-free life. Our first ever product was the Travel Elk - a travel toiletries kit full of natural and reusable personal hygiene products. Helping us to reduce waste while we're on the go. How did this all begin? - I've done a lot of travelling which opened my eyes to just how bad our waste and plastic pollution problem has become. Now my mission is to do my bit for the planet however possible, and encourage others to join me as we journey to protect Mother Nature from unnecessary waste, pesky single use plastics, and toxic chemicals. Having been born in the Cook Islands, naturally my home island of Rarotonga in particular is very special to me. I want to see it thrive and not disappear at the hands of Climate change. What made you decide to just go for it and start this biz of yours? - At the time, I was kind of feeling like my life didn't really have a purpose. I had no idea what kind of career path I wanted to make for myself and I knew I didn't want to stay in my current job forever. So, I decided to tap in to what I DID know and what I AM passionate about, which is adventuring, seeing the world, experiencing different cultures, and learning new things! I've also always enjoyed sewing - I find it quite therapeutic and rewarding making something from scratch. I knew I also wanted to do something with meaning and that would help others. Throw these all together, and Eco Lifestyle Kits was born! Has there been any point in time that you wanted to stop and give up? If so, what did you do to resolve this? - Yes! Many times. Starting a business on my own has been hard work - still is! I have to switch roles constantly to manage ALL aspects of running a business - from financials, to legal stuff, to marketing and advertising, and then to the actual creative side of design/sewing. Sometimes I feel like it's all a bit too much and want to throw in the towel, but I just keep reminding myself of my mission - advocating for Mother Earth and being able to give back to local charities. The feedback i've received about our bags in particular have all been really positive and, as I said, I enjoy sewing and creating things that are useful so this all keeps me going! Where does your motivation come from? - Friends, Family, my fiancé Scott and, of course, Papatuanuku - Mother Earth. Nature is so inspiring if you only take the time to truly be in her presence. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecolifestylekits/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecolifestylekits Website: https://ecolifestylekits.com/ Edited by Kate Broadley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fix and Fogg
Hey team! Tell us a bit about yourselves - Our wonderful team is a collective unit based primarily in Wellington where our headquarters and factory processes reside. Comprised of a group of like minded nut butter lovers, we have nearly 30 staff in our headquarters working together to keep the F&F procedures running as smoothly (or crunchy if you prefer) as possible. We are a living wage accredited business as we firmly believe and understand the value of our team in making our company what it is. In addition to this we were recently the first New Zealand operated food manufacturers to be awarded ‘B Corp certification’; a rigorous and holistic assessment of sustainability and operation ethics which signifies our commitment to conscientious, caring practices across all stages of production. Where did this all begin? It all began when Andrea and Roman left behind the corporate lifestyle and started making hand crafted peanut butter. Initially selling through local farmers markets in Wellington back in 2013 right before the birth of their first child, the jars were a success and thus the nut butter lovin spread and took off into what we now know as ‘Fix and Fogg’. Andrea and Roman built F&F carried by their passion for sustainability and community; what better way to connect than through rad nut butters! To those who have been living under a rock, how would you best describe what Fix and Fogg is? ‘Fix and Fogg’ is a Wellington based artisan nut butter manufacturing company with an eye for both simplicity and speciality. We offer an array of flavour combinations; some classic, others innovative; but something for everyone all the same. Such a cool name! Where did this come from? Our groovy name was drawn from the 1873 Adventure novel ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by Jules Verne; particularly two characters known as Phileas Fogg and Detective Fix. In an ode to the adventures of Fix and Fogg, much like this intrepid pair, Andrea and Roman chose the name and endeavoured to make the company their own exciting journey. What does quality + low waste mean to F & F? A core part of our business is prioritising quality ingredients and sustainable practices. To us this means selecting the finest ingredients which simultaneously have a positive impact on the environment and its communities. Additionally we aim to minimise waste through initiatives like our charity ‘lucky dip’ butters; created using the butter remnants from the end of production and bottled up in refurbished jars returned by our lovely customers to our Wellington store. Tell us about your process for coming up with new flavours - Flavour experimentation is one of our favourite activities and we’re constantly trying to bring new things to the table for our devoted F&F fans. Similar to any eureka moment, our best creations have come about when we least expect them. For example our ‘Everything Butter’ was coined by our COO Thom when making his PB toast in the staff room. He’d always sprinkle loads of different seeds on top and one day exclaimed “I just wanna put everything on there!” It’s been our best seller ever since. Getting into supermarkets is such an awesome achievement, how did that all come about? In the very early days, jars in hand, Roman would visit Wellington supermarkets eager to pitch for shelf space. Initially close friends and family would buy up a storm to help secure F&F’s spot. Being so delicious it was only a matter of time before the peanut butter gained momentum of its own. We’ve come a long way and are now stoked to be widely available across NZ supermarkets. You are distributing the most delicious Peanut Butters internationally, how has this gone? Has this up-scaled the business? Venturing into the global market has been a challenging and exciting opportunity, especially as a Kiwi business. Over the past few years we have successfully navigated exporting to Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and now the United States. Just this year in Houston, Texas we opened a nut butter manufacturing site to replicate our recipes as well as a window, like our original Eva Street setup, where you can drop in and grab a slice of F&F off of Danny and Blake. Expanding internationally has had its hiccups but our reception from overseas markets has been more than encouraging! We are excited to see what the next chapters of our journey will look like. Any new/ upcoming things to get excited about? I'm glad you asked because we have quite a few new and exciting things on the go! We have just opened our first toast window in Newmarket, Auckland. The little hole in the wall is home to our delicious range of nut butters and toast creations. We also just released a brand new product, Granola Butter- a beautifully balanced butter made with toasted South Island oats, cashew nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and peanuts. Basically, breakfast in a jar, and totes spoon-worthy! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fixandfogg/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fixandfogg Website: https://fixandfogg.com/ Edited by Kate Broadley: email@example.com
The OneUp Project
Hey Sarah! Tell us a bit about yourself Hello!! I am Sarah and I host a podcast called ‘The OneUp Project’ which is a resource of all the things we should've been taught but never were (financial literacy and self development focus). I am 21 years old and work full time in an accounting firm but spend every other moment workin' on the pod! Aside from this, you'll be most likely to catch me with friends, partying, or in bed with a full block of Whittaker's creamy caramel binging on Youtube vids, there truly is no in between lol. Talk us through your schooling journey, uni, and what you are doing now... So at every stage of education I stayed in Auckland where I was born, super exciting isn't it? I went to high school in West Auckland and then on to study a Bachelor of Business at AUT majoring in accounting which i enjoyed but was definitely ready to move on from. Make the most of the uni lifestyle while you have it - as hectic as it can be, i felt like I had the most freedom back then! Now I work fulltime in accounting which I slipped straight into out of university thanks to a scholarship I received in high school. Always go for scholarships, even if you don't think you'll get them (that was me). Believe in the power of selling yourself! So, what's The OneUp Project? The OneUp Project started as a podcast but now I feel like it is really transforming into a bit of a community. Overall, I would say it is a resource for anyone who needs a simple breakdown of vital wealth creation and self development topics e.g KiwiSaver or finding your strengths etc. It's my passion project for all the people who felt like they missed out on this information but actually were just the same as everyone else and never received it. What was your desire to start this epic project? Ironically, I started The OneUp Project because I was looking for something exactly like it but it was nowhere to be found. I went to a lower decile high school which, in my opinion, didn't prioritise the upskilling of its students. I did an internship halfway through uni where one of the other interns taught me about how KiwiSaver worked - I was 20 and still had no idea why I had KiwiSaver? It's just ridiculous really and I knew I wouldn't be the only one. I really do believe that becoming ‘your version of successful’ starts with the basics that so many of us weren't raised to know or taught through education. Why is financial education important to you? Understanding basic fundamentals of money, combined with understanding who you are, could create belief in a single person that makes them feel unstoppable. Financial education, in my opinion, is vital - not to be rich or consumed by money, but to be stress-free. I also believe there is a strong correlation between mental and financial health. Money problems are a huge contributor to stress in people's lives and most of the time it is because people feel overwhelmed with how to prioritise their income. It shouldn't be this hard! If everyone had a basic tool kit of financial literacy in their back pocket, generational change could be created where not only each individual and their families benefit, but the economy as a whole. Juggling fulltime work and a side hustle can be a tricky one, how do you manage to do this and any tips for someone in the same boat? Maaannn it can be! Props go out to anyone doing this. I don't earn any income from the podcast but, one day, I would like to somehow turn it into a job. The thing that keeps me going is passion. I genuinely used to hate the word passion because I didn't have one, it honestly triggered me. But what I have realised is that passion doesn't need to be in the form of a side hustle, it needs to be in the form of authenticity. Keep focusing on what is authentic to you and that is passion. Honestly don't even know if that made sense but I am rolling with it haha. Practically, find what you value the most and prioritise accordingly. No matter how busy I am, I always make time for fresh air/exercise in whatever form suits me. I value my friendships highly and always make time for them. I also value myself highly and make sure I do at least one thing a day which is for my benefit only. Sticking to what I value leaves me feeling refreshed each day and, therefore, motivated and hardly feeling overwhelmed as I have always filled the necessary cups. Lastly, do you have a quote or saying that you live by? I am such a quotes girl haha so this is hard but I think this one sums up a lot about who I am; "The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort" - Billy Cox Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theoneupproject/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOneUpProject Listen to The OneUp Podcast here: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-oneup-project/id1489884116 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/38m2cpo182bhviBCSSHYIx?si=Vdqz1CZkQmqV2uEO1o0baw Edited by Kate Broadley: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brothers Green
We are The Brothers Green, a team of people passionate about all things health and the environment! What did your lives look like before The Brothers Green? Brendon - Maori Pharmacist seeking ways to change the health system. Brad - Rural Banker in North Canterbury and injured rugby player. Michael - Wandering overseas looking for a way to change the ag industry. So, what's The Brothers Green? The Brothers Green is a hemp company with the mission to eliminate chronic disease in Aotearoa, New Zealand through plant based food. Based in Christchurch, we create value-added food and beverage products utilising the amazing plant that is hemp. What sparked the idea of starting The Brothers Green and how did this all begin? Brothers Brad and Brendon met while each exploring natural plant based ways of improving health, and called in Brother Michael from climbing mountains overseas to come back and join in. Brendon's career as a pharmacist and Brad’s as a rural banker was a perfect combination to create a business with the aim of curing health and a broken agricultural system. Why Hemp? It is the most nutrient dense seed in the world. The genetic profile of the hemp seed will play a key role in one of the most obese nations in the world fighting inflammation. It has a long history of being used in many ways that has only recently become stigmatised against. It cleans up the soil and is a natural carbon sink (more efficient than pine trees). Hemp is a tool for our farmers to use in their systems to both make a profit, while also becoming more environmentally sustainable. You have such an amazing range of products, where did you find inspiration to create these? From our day to day lives. None of us are perfect but we do strive to improve ourselves and are constantly looking for new natural ways of improving our own individual wellness. Where do you source all your hemp from? All of our hemp is NZ grown. This is very important to us as it means we can maintain quality control and utilise the benefits of NZ farming practises and soil conditions. We have set up a sister company - Mainland Hemp - based in Culverden. Mainland Hemp works directly with carefully selected family farms to grow hemp for us. The hemp is then harvested and processed in the Hurunui district of North Canterbury. Any exciting projects you are currently working on and can share with us? We are working on a new Hempy Bar flavour, some easy to take hemp seed oil capsules combining various healthy ingredients, a plant based mince product, and a coffee alternative! Any advice to someone wanting to start their own business? Have a purpose and passion that truly means something. This will keep you going when times are tough. And people. People are the most important part of a business. Surround yourself with likeminded passionate humans. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrothersgreen_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrothersgreen19 Website: https://thebrothersgreen.co/ Edited by Kate Broadley: email@example.com
For The Better Good
Hey Jayden, tell us a bit about yourself Hello :) I grew up in Wellington. When I was 18 and had just finished school, I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so I bought a 1-way ticket to London and travelled Europe for a year by myself. Once I got home, I still did not feel ready to settle into a career, so I went to University down in Dunedin. I got a Bachelor of Commerce and Applied Sciences, majoring in Marketing and Design. I finished half way through my fourth year, and needed to wait until the start of the next year to be able to apply for grad jobs. So, in the meantime, I moved to Wanaka to snowboard for the season. I learnt one main lesson in a design lecture at university that has guided my life ever since. The lecturer explained that everything is design: Cars, buildings, cities, job descriptions, packaging, societal systems; everything. This means that when we come across a 'problem' in life, all that is needed is a redesign. A redesign to turn that problem into an opportunity. When you really grasp this, It gives you the power to turn negatives into positives. One of my friends in my final year had a Nespresso machine in his room. During my time in Wanaka, I found myself pondering the system and the capsules. It did not take long to work out that there was a problem in the design. They were designed to be used for seconds and then go to landfill. Two weeks before heading back to Dunedin to graduate, I had founded my first business, Honest Coffee, distributing the world's first compostable capsules for Nespresso machines into Australia and New Zealand. What is For The Better Good? For The Better Good is a road map to regeneration. We believe that we can design waste out of the system, and create a world where our existence regenerates our earth, rather than degenerating it. We prove this through our own products, and then use our findings to assist other businesses to move beyond sustainability, and into regeneration. What did your life look like growing up? I have a few stories from my childhood that generally act as some quality surprises to friends. A couple of weird highlights - I was a childhood actor, the peak of my career probably came when I was chosen as the only New Zealander to audition to be Harry Potter. I had to have a knee operation when I turned 16 due to a rugby injury. This led me to take up Jet Ski racing, where I ended up winning the New Zealand Nationals in my class before getting sponsored and heading over to the USA for the World Finals where I came 8th. Looking back, I guess I’ve always been a little unconventional in my thinking and have always sought out exciting life challenges and opportunities. How did For The Better Good come about? Honest Coffee made me realise two things: 1- A better material alone was not going to save us, we needed to build an entire new system. 2- We have a powerful message but, as not everyone drinks coffee or uses coffee capsules, so we are not reaching as many people as we need to. We need a louder voice as this affects everyone. After having those realisations, I stood back from HC to work out a plan. While taking a drive from Auckland to Wellington, I was an hour in when I realised I forgot my reusable drink bottle. I pulled over to get a drink of water at a petrol station and, as I stood in front of the fridge, I felt a feeling of frustration and then confusion rise up within me. I needed water. I can't speak for everyone, but most of us humans do, yet my only option in this enormous fridge was to buy a bottle made from oil. I did not want to support the oil industry as I knew all of the destruction it brings to our environment. All I wanted for myself, and to be able to provide to others with, was a choice. A choice not to support oil just because you need water. A choice not to buy something you’ll only use for days or hours, but instead buy it in a bottle that will outlive you and your kids (and grandkids..). The choice to buy something I can reuse and not just 'throw away', where it will inevitably end up in our ocean or landfill if not recycled.
So, I set out to develop this choice. The brief was simple: take every negative plastic item, and redesign it into a positive. Creating a plant-based plastic bottle, where do you even start? You just start. You talk to as many people as you can who might be able to help. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and, eventually, it becomes clear. It also helps to not have any time expectations. If you never give up, you'll get somewhere. I thought I would have a product on the market after 6 months of R&D. 3 years later, we finally launched. You are the founder of @forthebettergood_ + @edibleearth_ and co-founder of @buddyhempgoods, @nudesdrinks. Have you always considered yourself an entrepreneur? Never. To be completely honest, for some reason the word makes me cringe a little. I don't know why. Generally, I do what I do because it makes 100x more sense than what we are currently doing. If I get this feeling about something, and work out a better way to do it, I generally run it by people to sense check it. If they agree, at that point my motivation has grown and I don't feel like I have a choice but to do whatever I can to help make that change. Any advice to someone starting out on a business journey in uncharted waters? Just start. Aim for unchartered waters, this is where the magic is. Don't waste time looking for something to do, trust that it will show up when the time is right, then just make sure you have the strength and passion to see it through. The best advice I would give after looking back is to commit until you feel like you’ve come too far to quit, because you will want to some days. You’ll want to give up right before something magical happens, so I find it easier just to take that choice away. We always do our best work when we are backed into a corner. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forthebettergood_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bettergoodco Website: https://www.forthebettergood.com/ Edited by Kate Broadley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Ethique! Tell us a bit about your team The best team, made up of passionate, intelligent and driven people who want to change the world. Ethique is such an incredible business, how would you best describe it? Ethique is the world's most sustainable company and we're on a mission to rid the world of single use plastic bottles! So far, we've saved over 9 million plastic bottles from being made or disposed of in landfills and our next goal is 50 million by 2025. Where did this all begin? “It all started back in 2012 when Brianne started mixing formulas up in her kitchen at her Christchurch (New Zealand) home. Back then, zero-waste wasn't the huge concern that it is for many today. Solid beauty bars weren’t a ‘thing’ and they definitely weren’t available from your local supermarket - or even Amazon.” You can read more about Ethique's story here: https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/journey Ethique has grown into such a well-known brand. Brianne, talk us through going from a uni student to raising funds to grow this business. This ones a bit of a long answer, the link above provides a great overview of the timeline and journey - including struggles of starting a plastic-free company! What do you think it was that made this such a successful business? Passion, uncompromising values, great products, obsessive customer service, listening and trying to predict what is going on in the world. Always trying to be the most ethical by tackling lots of issues at once. Sustainability plays a huge role in Ethique, tell us about this. Sustainability really is at the heart of everything we do and we care about the entire lifecycle of our products. We have a wealth of information on our website in the following links: https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/plastic-free https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/carbon-neutral https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/direct-trade https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/palm-oil-free https://ethiqueworld.com/pages/cruelty-free-vegan Brianne, would your biggest passion be? Animals - of every shape, size, colour, number of legs. Any new exciting products to keep an eye out for? Lots.. but we can't tell you what they are ;) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ethiqueworld/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ethiquenz Website: https://ethiqueworld.com/
What is Dignity? Dignity is a social enterprise that provides free period products to all of those without access. It works through a buy one, give one partnership with businesses, and through our gifting initiatives available to the public. For every box of period products a business purchases, we give the equivalent away to those in need, and Individuals can also use our website to gift products. Access to period products gives people in Aotearoa the opportunity to: · Regularly attend education · Regularly attend work · Contribute to their community · Free up finances for essential household items such as food · Reduce the emotional burden and shame associated with their period · Increase their self-esteem and confidence · Normalise periods and talking about periods within their whānau and community How did this all begin? It was in 2016 that I first heard about Period Inequity. A news outlet ran a story on how school students were missing out on education because they had no access to period products. My flatmate, Jacinta Gulasekharam, and I began to research this issue further. Once we started talking to people affected, it became apparent that it was a huge problem. The expense and stigma of periods didn’t just affect school students, but many other groups across the whole of Aotearoa too. So, Jacinta and I founded Dignity. We were lucky to be given the opportunity to join the Victoria Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, which gave us the skills and resources to start a business. After around four or five months we eventually got our first customer, Flick Electric, and it went from there! How has this grown since then? Since launching, we have grown significantly. Around thirty other businesses including ANZ, Sharsies, Xero, NZ Post, and Cigna have signed up. Additionally, we launched our gifting initiative during lockdown which has allowed individuals and businesses to donate too. Together with these initiatives, we have provided free period products to more than 130 schools, youth organisations, and community organisations. To date, we’ve gifted the equivalent of 30,040 boxes of period products to people without access in Aotearoa. While this has been amazing, we still haven’t been able to reach everyone affected by period inequity. It became apparent that to achieve the scale required to solve this issue, serious investment would be necessary, so Dignity has also played a role in the advocacy space. Jacinta and The Positive Periods team started a petition that resulted in the government committing to provide period products to an estimated 20% of students. This won’t resolve the issue completely, but it’s an amazing start. Dignity has had an impact on over 35,000 lives, can you let us know how you have been able to accomplish this? Through the collective support of many, many people. Dignity is not just Jacinta, Anika (General Manager), Sophie (Operations Manager), and I. The initiative would not exist if it weren’t for people in business signing this off, the Dignity team for putting in the mahi, advisors lending us a hand when we need it, the media for sharing the story, and our friends and family for supporting the movement to name a few. We have been incredibly lucky in the support we’ve received that has allowed us to get to where we are. Any top highlights that stand out for you? A few that come to mind are: 1 - The first time we received survey results from business and community groups showing us that people really valued having freely accessible period products. It was incredible to see something we had put together have a real impact. 2 - When we were able to hire our general manager, Anika. It was amazing to get to a point where we could employ someone and let it be its own thing. What is your dream? I want complete period equity in Aotearoa. No-one should miss out on opportunities simply because they have their period. Starting something like this is by no means an easy task, how did you face the challenges to get to where you are today? Not everything has gone perfectly, and I have faced a lot of stress during the more challenging times. Ensuring I have a fulfilling personal life is what helps me compartmentalise the challenges when they come up. I love Dignity and all that it has done for Aotearoa, but it is hard work. My friends and family are the ones who make my life great, and prioritising them has been so important to me. We saw Dignity has partnered with some top businesses in NZ, how did this come about? A lot of perseverance and a bit of luck! We make contact with companies we would love to work with, give them the business case, and go from there. As we continue to establish ourselves, we’ve seen a lot more businesses reach out to us too. Any advice that you would give to someone starting out on their own venture? Just get started! Don’t wait until the timing is ‘perfect’, because it never will be. We were fresh out of university when we started Dignity and I think with that came some bravery and a little bit of naivety that actually worked in our favour. At the time, I don’t think I realised how likely it would have been for us to fail. The lack of that fear of failure meant I wasn’t limiting myself in a way that I potentially would now. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_dignitynz/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dignity4all Website: https://www.dignitynz.com/ Edited by Kate Broadley: email@example.com
Accounting tips with Hannah Mellsop
When it comes to accounting there is always that instant 'huh??' feeling. How did I not learn this in school? We know the feeling! Heading into business, contracting, or freelancing? you will want to continue reading. This is the first of many educational pieces we want to share with you to help make your understanding of all things finances in business a little bit easier. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Hannah Mellsop, the founder and director of Real Rad Food. After running her business for the last 4 years, let's just say Hannah has a lot of experience in the accounting world. We wanted to speak with Hannah as though we were asking for a friend and you get to be a fly on the wall. We are aware not everyone has that friend or family member they can go to, to ask these questions so we've done it for you. Take a listen.... Before you start anything figure out your business structure overview "There are different ways to structure your business — whether you’re contracting, self-employed, in partnership or run a company. Here’s where you’ll find information about each option, including the pros and cons, to help you decide which structure best suits you or your business." Find out what you can claim as a business expense here Instagram: @hannahmellsop @realradfood Website: realradfood.co.nz Disclaimer: This is in no way professional accounting advice. It is strictly a personal experience and opinion. Please speak with an accountant or financial advisor for any professional help.
Accounting, mindset, and goal setting with Luke Kemeys
Setting up as a business, contractor, freelanceer, or self-employed? Keep reading. Introducing Luke Kemeys; a qualified chartered accountant and business development expert. Better known as 1 half of Next Advisory. We were lucky enough to have a chat, asking all our burning questions in the accounting space, and you get to be a fly on the wall. Not only does Luke go over everything you need to know in order to set up your accounts correctly from the start, but he also added in some insightful goal and mind setting tips. In this video we cover: - First things first: setting your accounts up correctly, right from the start. - The difference between a company and a sole trader. - Goal setting. - When you should approach an accountant and what to ask. - Breaking down these terms: Business expenses, cost of sale, equity, capital, profit, depreciation. - GST, what is it and when do you need to register? - Work smarter not harder. - Tax on investments. That's a whole lotta valuable content right there. Invest the time (28min 19sec) to upskill yourself, maybe you could skip that mindlessly scrolling on TikTok?? Thank you so much for stopping by. We really hope that this has given you a boost of confidence and you now have an idea of what you should be doing. You can find Luke here: Instagram: @nextadvisory.nz Website: nextadvisory.nz
Staying curious, chasing ideas, and networking with Cam Leigh
Cam Leigh is one half of The FlatPack Company - a business built from the halls of Otago University and two young kiwi's looking for the next best idea. After struggling to find a bed for their first flat they quickly realised that every student in halls going into flats were also in the same situation. They now offer a mattress & bed frame package delivered to the customer on the same day they move into their flat. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Cam, covering all things business, mindset, finding a gap in the market, advice for business minded students, and so much more. Take a listen - Thank you so much for stopping by, we really hope that this has given you a boost of inspiration. You can find Cam here: Instagram: @theflatpack_co Website: www.theflatpack.co.nz
Social media and business with Kristy Campbell
Kristy Campbell, Founder and Creative Director of Pink Pony Creative. Gain an insight into how she grew her business through social media, going full time, and all the advice she has to share. Take a listen - Thank you so much for stoppping by. We really hope that this has given you a burst of inspiration and you have a few ideas now of you YOU can grow your business. You can find Kristy here: Instagram: @pinkponycreative Website: Pink Pony Creative
Building your dream business with Simple Studios
We had the privilege of sitting down with Sam from Simple Studios, formally known as Simple Prints. While Sam was studying full time and working part time, she started to grow this beautiful business of hers. At the time believing that to be successful you had to work hard. Until everything changed. 3 days into Aotearoa’s nationwide lockdown in 2020, Sam suddenly lost her mum. At the time, working in a full time graduate role where she was undervalued, and taken advantage of. After building up the courage Sam took the leap, handing in her resignation and dived into her business full time! Take a listen to hear all that Sam has learnt through this journey - You can find Sam here: Instagram: @simplestudios__ @inkling______ Website: simplestudios.nz