Business Mentors Blog

Pandemic Panic – Is There Time for Small Business to Plan?

Feb 28, 2020 10:25:23 AM

In several countries, the impact of coronavirus is considered epidemic but the likelihood of reaching pandemic status meaning “all of the people” is appearing very likely.

Case Studies

Health Scare – Living the Work-Life Balance

Feb 19, 2020 8:33:48 AM

Working hard to get something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. Finding that balance is not always easy but after a health crisis and a dawning that the corporate world wasn’t for her, Julie Raine is now living - and working - her dream job.

Small Steps to Incentivising and Retaining Great Staff

Feb 11, 2020 11:19:00 AM

When it comes to incentivising people to go to work, paradoxically the latest trend seems to be giving them time away from work. Perpetual Guardian made headlines in 2018 by adopting a four-day working week, and more recently Vodafone introduced ‘Summer Hours’, giving staff early exits on Fridays.

Case Studies

Mentor gives AJ ‘motivational boost’ to carry on

Feb 5, 2020 1:16:05 PM

It would have been easy for Amit Jiwani to have taken the negative feedback he received about his discount voucher business idea and not gone ahead with his plan.

Come with me if you want to live - Going Digital

Jan 28, 2020 10:10:39 AM

Machines taking over the world might sound like a line from a B-Grade sci-fi movie but, like it or not, they are. Computers and the Internet have been around for decades and are an integral part of every sustainable business. Customers can now compare and access products and services globally, with all the benefits of consumer feedback, competitive pricing and convenience of same-day/next day delivery. The digital world is where your customers are.

Case Studies

Mentoring advice changes Alice’s trajectory

Jan 22, 2020 3:21:05 PM

Alice Brown has been a clinical nurse all her working life. As an intensive care nurse on and off for 10 years, she saw more than her share of trauma, eventually taking a break from the “horrific-ness” after a couple of incidents left her on the verge of burnout.

Small Business Survival Guide - Rest, Recreation and Reflection

Dec 16, 2019 4:00:00 PM

As humans, we invest a considerable amount of physical, financial and emotional collateral into our business. If any of these three personal investments are not properly maintained, then the other two will be negatively impacted.

Small Business Christmas Survival Guide

Dec 9, 2019 11:30:00 AM

As the Christmas and New Year period approaches, New Zealanders are thinking of kicking back and relaxing for a few well-deserved weeks of rest and recreation. While this may be good for some, it is a challenging time for many small business people.

The Mentoring Process - Small Steps, Big Gains

Nov 25, 2019 11:28:55 AM

The hardest part of getting a Business Mentor via the Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) service is making the decision you need support to make yourself better at being in business.

Being a Mentor – What’s in it for Me?

Nov 11, 2019 12:15:00 PM

Being a Mentor means sharing time and knowledge. The experience and lessons learned will save someone else time and money with your help.