Business Mentors Blog

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.

3 Key Employment Policies Every New Zealand Business Needs

Aug 17, 2022 9:25:06 AM

All New Zealand businesses should have employment policies to manage important issues like health and safety and bullying and harassment. They should include how employees should act, what the rules are, and what the consequences and processes are if problems do arise.

Systems and processes help you thrive one step at a time

Jul 12, 2022 10:04:15 AM

Creating processes and putting in systems is one of the most impactful things that comes from mentoring according to many of the small businesses who use our service. Good processes and systems can free up your mind, improve the quality of your team's work and save time. And you can start simply. By keeping your processes accessible and quick to find, you'll make it easy for your team to start working more effectively. Here are some ideas for getting started.

Case Studies

Mentoring brings true value to Honest Rum

Jun 27, 2022 8:41:38 AM

Honest Rum founders Dave Lincoln and Luke Jones are good mates who met in high school and then worked together in bars. They earnestly made their way up from cleaning glasses to creating cocktails and eventually becoming real connoisseurs. When they launched a spirit brand of their own, the pair reached out to Business Mentors NZ and found a great match with Mentor Darryl Holt.

Adaptability helps business change for better

Jun 8, 2022 10:55:18 AM

Adapting to change – especially ‘‘unprecedented’ change has become part of the normal situation for small business owners in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The upside of this is that you’re developing a valuable business strength. You’ll set yourself up to thrive by recognising what’s working in communication, decision-making, confidence and with the people side of change. Just ask your Mentor how important it is to be able to adapt! They’ll know, through their own deep ...

Tech’s Agile offers benefits for every business

May 24, 2022 2:10:29 PM

Agile is an approach developed by the tech sector that enables rapid adaptation, efficiency and customer focus. And in today’s environment, every business can benefit from support to keep pace and deliver results. Here, we help you see past the jargon of 'agile' so you can use its tools with confidence, whatever size of business or industry you're in.

Why the Metaverse matters

May 14, 2022 11:05:00 AM

Do you ever wish you could ‘clone’ your work self to get more done? Well, ‘Meta’ is readying to help you do that on a huge ‘metaverse’ scale. Late last year, Facebook announced its rebrand as 'Meta' in an effort to drive what it calls ‘the next evolution of social interaction’. It makes sense to pay attention because few businesses or businesspeople remain untouched by Meta's channels, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. There are signs the metaverse is ...

Case Studies

Sarah styles her success at Pure Hair Studio

May 10, 2022 11:33:25 AM

Pure Hair Studio has taken Sarah Bergin on an exciting journey over the last five years. Not only did she launch and grow a thriving business, but she’s also navigated the challenges of the pandemic and found a balance between her work and life. She credits her Business Mentor, Wendy Johnston, with helping her build a business that suits her beautifully.