09 307 3673 enquiries@alike.co.nz
Building a website: DIY or Outsource?

Building a website: DIY or Outsource?

I have found that you need to ask yourself the same set of questions when choosing between DIY or outsourcing – whether its building a website or making a piece of furniture. I built the new website for Alike myself. Not completely, as I have had outsourced specific help from a couple of friends with coding tweaks, specific design elements, illustration and photography. Yet, the overall design and build I did on WordPress. A year ago I knew nothing about building websites and now I know quite a bit. Well…more than I did:) When deciding whether to DIY or outsource the second website, I chose DIY for these reasons: 1. I like technology. Sounds simple but in my experience, learning something new is much easier if your interested in it. Sometimes it can be easy to forget the simple things. 2. Higher level of control. After completely outsourcing the build of the first website, I realised I am pretty particular with design and other designers don’t really like that. This can lead to some difficult conversations and ultimately paying extra for changes. 3. Expected continual change. Website builders generally offer package builds. After they work out what you want, they will suggest a package price to complete it. If you change your mind with what you want during or after the build process, it is most likely going to cost you extra because they will have to spend more time changing things. The catch, is that businesses evolve as new things are learnt about customers, products and/or the business environment and a website will therefore need to adapt to...
My Shared Space Startup. Chapter 2

My Shared Space Startup. Chapter 2

Before settling on a career as an entrepreneur I had a dream of being the worlds best sound designer. I was incredibly fortunate to score a trainee job working on The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey in Wellington. It was hard enough getting a leg in the door ,yet that was nothing compared to what lay ahead. At the time, that year became the gnarliest work year of my life. The weekly hours started at 55 and sometimes hit 100. The intensity during that time was 100% and trust me, they do not take lightly to people making mistakes. They had the success of the Lord of The Rings to live up to and there was no way Peter Jackson would accept anything less than ground breaking. I managed to make it through to the end of the film through hard work, determination and a relentless pride to prove that I had what it took. Then I received my first real world lesson in business. Due the nature of the film industry, (everyone is a contractor) the work I put in on film 1 of the trilogy didn’t guarantee me a spot on film 2. At the end of the summer of 2012/13 I received the call to say that I wouldn’t be coming onto film 2 and that the spot was given to another assistant who had roughly 5 years more experience than me, but would be relatively on the same money as me. I was completely guttered. Yet, how could I argue with that? From a business perspective, why would you pay one guy x amount when...
5 Reasons to Commute on a Scooter or Motorbike.

5 Reasons to Commute on a Scooter or Motorbike.

I mentioned in a previous post that I own a motorbike. To be specific, it’s a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster. I love it and it only cost me $6K. Other than it looking and feeling rad to ride, it actually doubles as a very smart choice in regards to saving cash and travel time. Below are 5 reasons you should look into commuting on a scooter or motorbike. 1. Petrol is cheap. It costs me approximately $25 to fill up the tank with premium petrol and one tank lasts approximately 150km of city riding. 2. 99% of parking is free. Most car park buildings downtown even have an allocated area for a scooter or motorbike to easily access a park away from cars for free. Britomart Car Park is the only parking building I am aware of that has recently started charging for bikes. Yet, at $6 per day M-F it’s still a lot cheaper than a car. 3. Traffic congestion or “rush hour” is basically irrelevant when riding a scooter or motorbike. You can do whats called Lane Splitting and ride between lanes so that you don’t ever have to get stuck bumper to bumper and will always end up at the front of any traffic light queue.  4. Bang for your buck when buying one is amazing. You can buy a brand new scooter or motorbike with a 125-400cc engine thats leaner licence approved for under $5,000. Try and buy a brand new car in NZ for under $5K – pretty simple, you can’t. Have a look at the range from Colemans Suzuki on K Road –...
My Shared Space Startup. Chapter 1.

My Shared Space Startup. Chapter 1.

If you asked me what I wanted to do with my life 2 years ago I would have said I wanted to be a Sound Designer. A startup was way down the list. I certainly wouldn’t have told you I wanted to start a Shared Space. I didn’t know what a Shared Space was. I had never heard of one. Over the next few months I’d like to share my story, in the hopes it might help you to navigate a new career direction, or even begin a Start-Up. I am told I am now at the very front-end of being a young Kiwi entrepreneur having started my company Alike.co.nz from scratch, with absolutely no experience or business acumen to now having expansion plans for here in Auckland and eventually other markets. But first I’ll let you know about my trials and tribulation, an exercise obsession, the complete avoidance of dating and the anxiety of being out there in business virtually on your own, with no one to catch you if you fall. I hope you can join me on this journey, I hope my story will provide you with ideas and inspiration to have a go, jump in, stretch out your shoulders and grow a business. Cheers, Ché....
Riding the bus: broke mans transport or wise decision making?

Riding the bus: broke mans transport or wise decision making?

I haven’t owned a car for about 3 years now. I have a motorbike which is super efficient on petrol, parking (usually free) and travel time but its not the best in Aucklands winter with the amount of rain we get. I know a lot of people complain about the expensive parking in the CBD or the traffic congestion travelling to and from the city in peak hours. Personally, I think there is always a smarter way to do things. This winter I was adamant that I was going to buy a car to avoid another winter riding my motorbike and coming into the office with wet socks. However, the budget just didn’t stack up to my car dreams so I decided to give riding the bus to Alike a try. Once I pulled in my pride a little and came to the reality I was “a bus rider”, I have realised just how good riding the bus to work actually is for several reasons. Firstly, the HOP card. This wasn’t around the last time I was dedicated to riding the bus. The amount of time it cuts down when people get onto the bus is amazing. The bus literally only needs to stop for about 1 minute to pick up 20 passengers with HOP cards. Back in the day the annoying person was anyone wanting to pay with a $20 note as they slowed the travel time. The bus drivers especially hated these people because they ran out of change so fast. Now its just anyone that doesn’t have a HOP card, unless they are elderly or fresh off the boat,...