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Tips that will Help you to Start your First Business

Starting a business is easy, but making it succeed isn’t. If you want your business to be everything you need it to be, then there are a few steps that you can take to try and make this happen.

Always Know Yourself

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you know yourself on a motivational level. Think about it, do you procrastinate? Do you give up easily? By taking your own personal qualities into account, you can then begin to know how much money you can risk. Sure, you might want to make millions eventually, but you have to know what you are willing to give up to achieve this goal. You might need to work weekends, you might need to give up on those yearly family holidays and go beyond your comfort zone. By doing this, you can then begin to help yourself and you can also make sure that your family’s goals are in-line with your own. This step is crucial because it helps you to set the foundation for your business and it also gives you an understanding of the things that you might have to sacrifice.

Choosing the Right Business

With business, you need to find a need and then fill it. The key to success is to find a niche where you can produce enough income to fund your lifestyle. You also need to make sure that you find a business idea that you are actually interested in. So many people make the mistake of investing in something that they have no passion for just because they believe it will make them money. This is the last thing that you should be doing because eventually you will lose motivation and you may even find that you just can’t put in the hours. If you want to stop this then you first need to find a project that you are passionate about. You then need to work out if that project can fill a need in the market, before you work out the risk vs reward. By doing this, you can give yourself a higher chance of success and you can also greatly increase your chances of having everything go smoothly.

Plan for Success

If you are not actively seeking out investment or if you are not planning on having a huge sum of money to start your company then you probably won’t need to have an elaborate business plan. The plan will change as you progress and as you begin to learn more about your competition, but it helps to have a starting point. You can find business plan templates online and they are all super easy to use. When you download them, all you have to do is fill them out and use them as your model. It’s super easy but it can help to provide you with some piece of mind when it comes to your business operation and the decisions you have to make.

Organise your Money

Are you financially stable? Even if your business idea is relatively small, you should know that it will require some level of investment. You have to make sure that you are ready for this, and that you can actually afford it. It also helps to try and set some money to one side in case any business disasters come up. If you are unable to do this for any reason at all then you can easily look into Snappy Payday Loans.

Don’t Procrastinate

So many people advise that businesses should not move ahead with their idea until they have finalised every single last detail. This should never be the case because you may end up procrastinating and you may even end up losing out on a ton of opportunities as a result. This is the last thing that you need when you are already working so hard to give yourself a high chance of success. At the end of the day, as long as you have the foundation set for your company and you have your business plan, there is no reason for you not to start and the sooner you accept this, the better you will be.

Of course, there are so many ways that you can prepare yourself for starting a business and when you are able to understand the foundation, you can then begin to expand and enhance your idea so that it appeals to not only your customers but also other business owners and even investors as well.




For No Reason – A Picture Book about Bullying  

Written by Kathleen Gauer, illustrated by Sari Richter 

Jamie Higgins has a problem.  The new boy in her class, Brad Lugsley keeps picking on her…FOR NO REASON!

Can Jamie solve this problem without getting into trouble?  And will she make a new friend in the process?

In this animated, heart-warming story, Jamie Higgins comes up with a clever way to deal with a classroom bully without being mean. Included at the back of the book is a What Do You Think? page with educational activities to engage young readers.  A great resource for discussions on classroom bullying and choosing kindness!  

Ask for For No Reason (or Kathleen’s first book, High in the Sky) at your local library or order your own signed copies from Amazon.ca or https://www.skippingstonepress.net where you can download free colouring pages and easy instructions to make a Kindness poster.

Visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKYbKgJ8ZM4 to watch the book’s trailer!  Retail price:   $13.95 CAN.  #classroombullying #choosekindness #picturebook  #fornoreason


High in the Sky - Adventures on a Tire Swing

Written by Kathleen Gauer, illustrated by Sari Richter 

With its upbeat, rhythmic text and charming watercolours, High in the Sky follows a child’s energetic and wildly imaginative adventures – all while riding on a tire swing.  This book will delight young and old alike!  And at the end of the book, there are fun and creative educational activities that children, parents and educators will enjoy.

“All of a sudden, I’m in control.  The harder I pump, the higher I soar.  I bend my knees and off I go to places I’ve never been before…”

Ask for High in the Sky (or Kathleen’s second book, For No Reason) at your local library or order your own signed copies from Amazon.ca or https://www.skippingstonepress.net where you can download free colouring pages and easy instructions to make a paper plate tire swing.

Visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_t8udJ-jGU to watch the book’s trailer!  Retail price:   $13.95 CAN.  #tireswing #imagination #picturebook  #highinthesky



Soap Promotes Calm and Wellbeing

Ecuadorian Hands are artisan distillers of the essential oil of Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens), tree that grows on the coasts of Ecuador and has therapeutic benefits. From this oil, they have developed a relaxing natural soap of pleasant and subtle citric and woody aroma, which promotes calm and wellbeing.
The Palo Santo Soap Bar is naturally soothing and will boost your energy. As a natural relaxant, it reactivates the blood circulation and recharges the energy level, reducing fatigue and stress. It also treats minor skin wounds, rashes, etc. and provides a gentle natural exfoliation. The soap contains Vitamin E for external nutrition of the skin.

The palo Santo soap has a pleasant aroma. It can also be used on dry or damaged skin that has lost its elasticity due to cosmetics or other corrosive products to the skin. Soap glycerin has moisturizing effects.  

Furthermore Palo santo has a high concentration of Limonene, a medicinal terpene known to be a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic agent. This is why it is great for daily use.

Ecuardian Hands is an Ecuador based business with over 14 years of experience in exporting Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens. Their essential oils come from small artisan producers, and do not contain fillers or adulterants of any type.

By buying Palo Santo products from EcuadorianHands, you also help to preserve this precious tree, as part of the profits go toward financing the Palo Santo Reforestation Project. EcuadorianHands has vast experience in the sustainable management of palo santo and harvests only naturally fallen branches and trunks, without cutting down any living trees, damaging the surrounding area or making new paths.




Kiwi Coworking - What You Need To Know About Auckland's Coworking Scene

Auckland is in the middle of a renaissance where its business economy is concerned. Industry is finding the city, much less the country, a very attractive place to do business. Because of this uptick in the various types of businesses, the commercial real estate market has been challenged with supporting a growing business culture.

One of the offshoots of this burgeoning industry is the appearance of the coworking space. Coworking in Auckland has been around for a while, but in the last couple of years, the spaces available have evolved to cater to wider populations and have tapped into markets that have not yet been developed. If looking for a coworking space in Auckland, professionals will find that the city surprisingly has a lot to offer prospective coworking businesses.

Let’s take a closer look at Auckland’s coworking scene so you can be prepared before you start your Kiwi coworking ventures.


One of the great qualities about the Kiwi work attitude is its foundation is in respect. With respect at the core of a lot of business relationships, in the coworking space, it makes for easily building relationships and making connections. The environment is pretty relaxed, so meeting people should not be a problem for friendly professionals. Ultimately, while the entire country is known for its industry, there is a great laid-back energy that can make work fun, if not interesting.

Types Of Coworking Houses

The Auckland coworking scene is maturing, and among the many communities, you still will find the general communities mixed in with industry-specific and niche communities. Another feature you might see on the coworking scene in this city is the appearance of international coworking communities that offer more amenities in more locations. Then, there are the non-profits that are looking at this workspace style as a cost-effective way to support their missions.


One of the major things that’s happening in Auckland’s coworking scene is that communities are beginning to branch out and offer professionals more amenities. Standard coworking communities offer professionals typical amenities seen in the modern office, and while comfort has also been a part of the coworking space, communities are trying to include more features related to the work/life balance.

In addition to the ping-pong tables and the usual diversions you might see in the coworking space, some fit-outs include gym access, yoga, changing rooms, daycare, and a number of other amenities to attract professionals. The only caveat is the more amenities offered by the space the higher the monthly rate, but even with higher prices, coworking in the city is much less expensive than leasing conventional office space.   

Who You Might Bump Into

Just as the coworking scene has grown to include a whole bunch of different offerings, the space has become very diverse. The city is already comprised of a multicultural mix of people from around the Asia-Pacific market, but the types of professionals have evolved. In the beginning, the coworking space in Auckland and in other parts of the world for that matter started out as a haven for the start-up.

Today’s coworking in Auckland, alternatively, has evolved to include SMEs and even corporations that find the activity-based model attractive for productivity. Then, there are digital nomads who are finding the coworking model in the city can support their highly transient professional lifestyle. Prospective coworking professionals pretty much can expect to work with all types of professionals.

In The Know In Auckland

Working in Auckland, regardless of the space, presents itself with many opportunities. However, coworking can place your business in the middle of a marketplace of resources and ideas depending on the space. With community at the core of bringing professionals together, coworking can be a platform for business growth.

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