Inspiring People: Andrea Lane.

By Stephanie Thoo | May 18, 2020

Andrea classifies herself as an artpreneur. Since moving from Melbourne after working as the National Manager for F2 – the digital arm of Fairfax Media, she left the corporate world behind to throw herself into her community, and assist in writing funding applications for arts projects.  She is most famous for her involvement in FLOAT,…

Productivity & Planning for 2020 – Recapping Our Workshop with Jodie Willmer

By Stephanie Thoo | January 28, 2020

On Jan 21, we had the pleasure of learning about productivity and planning from expert leadership consultant Jodie Willmer, co-founder of Happy Changemakers. Jodie lead us through many tools and frameworks that can help us be more effective, better organised and less stressed. Our key takeaways from Jodie’s session were: Start with your WHY Knowing…

Finding the Right Business Structure for Your Idea

By Stephanie Thoo | January 28, 2020

One of the big decisions you’ll have to make when starting a business is what structure best suits your idea. Often entrepreneurs choose their structure based on cost and simplicity, however this is not always the best way for your business needs.  The business structure you choose will determine many things about your business going…

How to Find Business Mentors for Your Business Idea

By Stephanie Thoo | January 28, 2020

Mentoring is invaluable when you’re trying to get your business idea up and running. It’s a clever way of packing years of business expertise and experience into a very short amount of time (like the time it takes to drink a coffee). However, finding the right mentor can be difficult. It can be hard to…

Treechanging Entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Thoo | September 18, 2019

Baw Baw Shire predicts that its population will grow from 52,000 currently to 110,000 by 2035. Treechangers are wanting to take advantage of the Shire’s scenic views, rural town lifestyle, affordable housing and commutable distances in Melbourne. However, what does this mean for jobs and business in the area?

Image credit: Visit Gippsland

Mentor Speed-dating

By Stephanie Thoo | September 9, 2019

Business mentoring is not a new concept. The Small Business Bus, for example, has been servicing regional areas with mentor visits since 1986. There are many benefits to mentoring for both the mentee and mentor. For the mentee, they get access to the knowledge of experienced business leaders who have often walked in their shoes and collected invaluable learnings along the way.

Why start your own business?

By Stephanie Thoo | September 5, 2019

There’s a big misconception around entrepreneurship that it’s something that you’re born with. This is not true. Research has shown that the more times you try to start a business, the more likely you are to succeed, hence showing that entrepreneurship is a learnable skill.

Why competitors aren’t your only worry when it comes to getting your customer’s attention

By Stephanie Thoo | August 29, 2019

Every entrepreneur wants to believe their product or service is unique – a snowflake that the market hasn’t seen before. But in reality, even if you have no direct competitors, your customers are still considering alternatives products/services to your offering.

Problems Worth Solving

By Stephanie Thoo | July 17, 2019

When you have a business idea, it’s hard to know where to start or whether your idea has any merit. This is the most common question we get asked so we thought we’d share a few tips to help you take your first entrepreneurial steps.

Meet Steph, Work My Own Way’s Program Manager

By Stephanie Thoo | March 4, 2019

Steph is the brains behind the operation, with an MBA (first class honours) from Melbourne Business School and a wealth of innovative learning. She’s an expert in the latest business trends from design thinking and human centred design, to lean startup methodology, jobs to be done theory and agile methodology. Don’t worry if these are all new names and ideas to you, Steph will be sharing her knowledge regularly on our blog.