Mum's Garage Blog

Here you'll find regular blogs about running a business that can help you along your journey.

A Vision for Transforming New Zealand

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Aug 20, 2018 4:45:15 PM

 In this post, Taranaki-based entrepreneur, Anand Belushi, shares his views on how New Zealand can better position itself as a global leader in innovation. 

 

 

 

 

Article by Anand Belushi

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Topics: Opinion Posts

Taking responsibility for your idea

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Aug 2, 2018 5:14:41 PM
At Mum's Garage, we help people turn their ideas into businesses. We've spent a lot of time understanding the catalysts for turning someone with "just an idea", into someone whose properly executing on the idea. 

 

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Topics: Getting Started

Get started with blog writing

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Jun 24, 2018 6:11:53 PM

Blog content is a great way to share your story with the world, and to add value to your target market. 

"Blog posts are still the #1 asset for engaging with your audience and generating warm leads for your business." - Neil Patel

Getting into the swing of creating content is something many people struggle with. It can take a bit of time to find a writing style that suits you, and your brand if you're writing for your company.

 

Here are seven tips to help you get started:

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Christine Jensen, Founder of FitYou, Ideas You Can Execute Alumni

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Jun 3, 2018 4:48:31 PM

 Christine Jensen launched FitYou during our  Ideas You Can Execute Programme in 2017. Find out more about her story from idea to launch, and some of her learnings and challenges along the way.

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Eight indications that you should get support to start your own business

Posted by Natalie Robinson on May 25, 2018 10:41:08 AM

Here are eight indications that you should consider a career and lifestyle change, by pursuing the ideas you've been thinking about. We've also shared some of the problems that might be stopping you from getting started, and how our Ideas You Can Execute programme can help.

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Topics: Getting Started

Is Facebook Dead for Businesses?

Posted by Natalie Robinson on May 11, 2018 4:26:45 PM

The author of this article, Carl Thompson, is the co-founder of Contento. Previously co-founder and CMO of TradeGecko, founder of Momentum Marketing and a few other companies in between. 

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Topics: Marketing and Sales

How to use social proof to your advantage in business

Posted by Natalie Robinson on May 7, 2018 1:47:35 AM

One of the hard things about starting a company is that you're new to the world. Your target customers haven't had enough engagement with your product and business to (a) think about you as a solution to their problems, (b) trust that you'll deliver what you say you'll delivery. 

An excellent way to fast track the development of trust between you and your customers is to take actions that create social proof.

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Topics: Marketing and Sales

We're niching our Ideas You Can Execute programme, here's why

Posted by Natalie Robinson on May 6, 2018 2:26:59 PM

Part of the core value we provide at Mum's Garage is a community, helping like-minded people connect with one another, to support each other along the business development journey.

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Topics: Mum's Garage News

Sharing stories about starting and growing startups - what we do differently at Mum's Garage

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Apr 13, 2018 4:30:56 PM

Through our own journey of starting a business, and helping others, we know that there are a lot of stories about what success looks like that are deeply ingrained in startup and business culture. Who can start a company, what needs to be done in order to be successful, what the definition of success is, etc.

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Founder Stories: Carl Thompson, stopping everything to find my next move

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Mar 26, 2018 4:19:07 PM

 

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Topics: Founder Chats

Announcing Mum's Garage’s Partnership with HubSpot for Startups

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Mar 19, 2018 7:43:50 PM

 

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Topics: Mum's Garage News

Why everyone innately wants to start their own business, and how to get there

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Mar 15, 2018 8:43:17 PM

I think everyone wants to start their own business.

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Be mindful of who you take business advice from

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Mar 15, 2018 6:38:42 PM

One of the hard things about getting started in business is the number of decisions that have to be made, what to call the company, when to quit your job, how to build or source your product, whether it's an idea worth spending time on.

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We're launching our 'Building a Viable Business' programme

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Mar 11, 2018 6:06:35 PM

We’re excited to announce that our programme, 'Building a Viable Business’, is open for its first intake, which will start in the first week of April 2018. This programme is the second stage in the Startup Series and designed for founders who have validated their idea and are committed to building a high growth, high impact company.

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Finding the rhythm

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 31, 2017 7:22:55 AM

Most things people do are guided by a rhythm. How we structure our days, spend our time, when we breathe, when we sleep, how we feel, our habits and routines, the list goes on.

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Topics: Leadership

Time to move from exploration to execution

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 30, 2017 4:55:07 PM

This post is to remind you of the importance of moving forward towards creating a viable business model, so you don't run out of steam before you build something financially sustainable.

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If you want to be successful in business, start practicing

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 23, 2017 2:52:06 PM

No matter what you're working on, learning and practice are essential for getting good.

Don't disappoint yourself by thinking that you'll naturally have the skills to be a good entrepreneur. It requires practice to become a good founder, like anything else in life.

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Topics: Getting Started

Make people care about your product, make something they value

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 19, 2017 5:30:32 PM

 

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Know what you're great at, or never feel good enough.

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 19, 2017 1:51:07 PM

You can't be great at everything.

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Topics: Leadership

The truth about transitioning from job to self-employment

Posted by Natalie Robinson on Oct 19, 2017 1:49:35 PM

Society screws with aspiring entrepreneurs

Most people don’t start out with the skillset and mindset required to build a successful business.

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