Business Mentors Blog

TikTok or not?

Jan 25, 2023 9:03:08 AM

TikTok is having its time. Is it somewhere your small business should be? There are plenty of reasons this social media platform should get the ‘tick’ for your marketing approach but also a few caveats. The data shows TikTok is a place where you can gain attention and sales. But keeping your brand safe means taking a moment before you dive in.

Avoid the Nightmare before Christmas

Dec 19, 2022 3:47:19 PM

The lead-up to Christmas is often the most demanding time of year for small business owners. It can mean that even when they have a break, it's more about recovery than relaxation. Purposeful planning can help you keep a sense of cheer and enjoy the season.

Mentor Stories

Giving Back is a Boon for this Business Mentor

Dec 14, 2022 12:11:16 PM

Joan McBeath is a qualified life coach and mediator who has experience in managing large organisational budgets and teams, as well as her own small business. She draws on all of this in her work as a Business Mentor, and it only takes a few moments of bubbly discussion to see how much passion she brings.

Critical thinking can bring clarity

Dec 7, 2022 3:19:50 PM

For business owners, an entrepreneurial mindset is common. But, when you have a natural talent for spotting opportunities, it can be a challenge to choose where to focus. Business Mentors offer tremendous support in supporting owners with decisions, and a critical thinking process can also help.

Counter crime without high cost

Nov 17, 2022 10:11:30 AM

Crime is a threat that keeps many small business owners awake at night, but there’s no reason to feel powerless. We’ve gathered some guidance on practical steps you can take to minimise risk and worry.

Case Studies

Physio Pilates New Plymouth strengthened with Mentoring

Oct 19, 2022 9:37:52 AM

Emma Salmon is an experienced and qualified physiotherapist, as well as being the only fully certified Reformer Pilates Physio in New Plymouth. She has the perfect mix of expertise for her enterprise, Physio Pilates New Plymouth. In addition, her Business Mentor, Julie Beck, contributes unique mastery that has become a core strength for Emma.

Motivation makes for keen teams

Sep 30, 2022 9:15:05 AM

What keeps you going during the hardest days at work? Many business owners are naturally driven and also have a vision of building something important. However, your paid staff have different reasons for turning up and engaging. Understanding what keeps them motivated can help everyone enjoy the satisfaction of being in a high performing team.

Don’t delay in developing your team’s professional skills

Sep 13, 2022 1:23:54 PM

Offering professional development opportunities for your small team can help individuals perform better, boost your ability to compete for talent and create a stronger workplace culture. Your development plan doesn’t need to be complicated. Professional development is simply about helping people grow skills that support their work now and in the future. With a little thought, professional development can be easy and effective for your small team.

Project management tips for busy business owners

Aug 31, 2022 9:46:33 AM

As a business owner, ‘Project Manager’ may be one of the many hats you need to wear. Fortunately, the project management profession can offer some tips to help lighten your load and deliver better results. Read on if you’d like to benefit from having a SMART goal, agreed scope and KPIs, an agile approach and open collaboration.

Improving accessibility can help your business thrive

Aug 19, 2022 10:00:35 AM

One million New Zealanders (24% of us) are currently living with a disability or access need. That equates to a huge market of customers and talent worthy of every business owner's attention. The case for making your products or services more accessible is compelling for business success and to contribute to a more inclusive Aotearoa.