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Why a Central Auckland Office Location Matters to Grow Your Business

Why a Central Auckland Office Location Matters to Grow Your Business

The location of your office has a direct impact on the long-term success of your company. Therefore it’s important that you are selective about your businesses location to create the environment that will set you up for success. Since Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, it’s easy to see why business owners like having permanent office space in this area. But, you need to consider different things when you are selecting an office space. These are a few points to think about before you sign the contract: Accessibility Whether you will be meeting with clients or you only need space for your employees, it’s essential to be sure that the office space can be easily accessed. Consider the office proximity to Britomart, public transportation, and parking areas. If people have difficulty with transportation, then it will seem burdensome for them to come to your office. Accessibility matters, because it impacts the experience people have when they come to your office. If you want to grow your business, then you need to find a place that is easy to access and easy to find. Check the Auckland public transport maps to be sure that your new business location is near a stop. In any city centre, foot traffic is an important method of transportation. Being too far away or tucked away in a hard-to-find location means that people might pass up your company and go to a competitor instead. Make sure that your office space is well marked and customers/clients can arrive using any method of transportation that works best for them. Proximity to City Center How close...
7 Tips for Being a Successful Freelancer

7 Tips for Being a Successful Freelancer

Working as a freelancer is not always easy, especially if you’re at the beginning of your freelance career. If you’re ready to be your own boss, there are a few things you need to know in order to be successful but maintain your independence. Being a freelancer myself, I wish I knew the following motivation tips when I was first starting. Applying them, I’ve seen major progress and I hope you can pick some value from them, no matter where you’re at with your freelance career. Brand yourself Focusing your freelance business is the first important thing. I know many freelancers who are stuck struggling to get their name out there, but can’t seem to find enough work. It will be much easier for you if you focus your brand identity and the type of projects you accept. Pick one or two services in which you’ll specialise and only accept work that falls into those categories. Once you’ve decided what you specialise in, be sure to make that your brand. Start producing content around those services in order to be able to prove your expertise to clients. Network When you first start working as an independent contractor, no one knows you. What you’ll need to do is networking – it is the key to thrive. Send emails, call potential clients, go to events where you might meet new clients. Whats more important is doing it constantly. It’s never too late to expand your network. At the beginning it wasn’t easy for me either. I didn’t feel comfortable approaching and selling myself to others, but I soon realised it was...
4 Reasons Why Working from a Shared Space Will Help You Thrive

4 Reasons Why Working from a Shared Space Will Help You Thrive

Many people love the idea of working from home, but when they finally get the opportunity to do so, they find out it’s more difficult than they anticipated. Whether you’re self-employed or you work as a remote employee, it’s essential that you consider how your work environment is impacting productivity. Your daily surroundings have a direct effect on attitude and success, which means that changing your work environment might actually make it easier for you to meet your goals. If you want to boost productivity as well as experience more satisfaction in your daily routine, you should consider the benefits of a shared working space instead of working at home. These are a few reasons why people love spending their work hours in a co-working setting:   Have More Control over Your Schedule   How many times a day are you interrupted when you’re working in an at-home office? Even if you can close the door to your office, there are always things around the house that might pull away your focus. Have you found it hard to work when you know there are some dishes that need to be washed or another load of laundry that needs to be folded? These seemingly basic household tasks can turn into motivation killers, especially for procrastinators. Instead of allowing yourself to be distracted by the TV or other things around the house, consider the benefits of working in a space that is outside of your home. A shared working space gives you a quiet area to focus on your projects, without the distraction of the many things that could be done...
3 More Sleeps until Christmas. Beach, Beersies + BBQ’s and what a New Year brings.

3 More Sleeps until Christmas. Beach, Beersies + BBQ’s and what a New Year brings.

It’s that time again. Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas. Things are simultaneously slowing down and speeding up.   I know I’m looking forward to some time away – spent with family and friends – kicking back.   Inevitably I reflect on the past year while also looking ahead with new plans and goals.   2015 has been exciting and challenging all the same. Alike turned 2 this year and is continuing to grow into its own. Some great people and companies have been part of our co-working office this year – from freelance english teaching, to a multinational finance company. There has been a great mix and it seems to only get better as time goes on. It continues to amaze me how inspiring it is to be part of a space with a range of people all working hard creating their own destinies.   2016 already looks like we will see much of the same with some potential big changes on the cards that I’m sure will continue to help everyone currently here as well as those planning a change. A little too soon to go into details but I will keep you posted:)   Thank you to everyone that has been involved with Alike throughout 2015. I hope you have all had a great year too and through any tough times, I hope you have learnt important lessons that help you to evolve and refine both personally and professionally like I have. 2016 – here we come.   Enjoy the sun, water, beersies and bbq’s and I will see you all in the new year!   Ps: Alike will be...
Why Entrepreneurs need 4 types of Mentors

Why Entrepreneurs need 4 types of Mentors

In my last post, I wrote about how I have relied on my parents and business mentors for advice and coaching during the building of Alike.   I didn’t mention how much I have also learnt to value good friends over the past few years and how a good friend is worth their weight in gold when you are feeling overwhelmed. I am privileged to have several close friends who have been amazing support during this building process. To me, they have been number 3 on my list of mentors and the list is not in priority order.   I recently realised how I was missing a 4th kind of mentor. Since my last post, I reached out to a guy I had met only once but knew had sold his share in a large serviced office business he and his team built from the ground up. Let’s refer to him as, John (so he doesn’t get hassled).   I was definitely nervous about  reaching out to John. I had nothing to offer so thought there was no way he would help out a guy he barely knows with insights and knowledge he had built up over 5 years of hard work.   What convinced me to do so was: 1. Being tired of stabbing in the dark and the growth curve seeming painfully slow 2. Realising my lack of specific job experience was what made my experimenting take so long 3. Reading this article.   So I gave it a shot and he responded in the best way possible.   John suggested to meet face to face and came and...