Career advice and life coaching to help you survive and thrive during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
How to grow your business during the COVID-19 pandemic
Is growing your business the furthest thing from your mind right now? Maybe it shouldn’t be. On this episode, Fleur and Kym discuss why now is a good time to pursue growth. If you are ready to grow your business, but just aren’t sure where to start, this episode is for you. You will be sure to walk away with a list of practical next steps, as well as the encouragement and motivation needed to pursue business growth.Don’t let the circumstances of COVID keep you paralysed from trying to grow your business. Instead, use this time as an opportunity for growth. You won’t regret listening to this episode full of practical advice. It will be good for you, and your business.You’ll LearnWhy Now is an Important Time to Grow Your BusinessPractical Ways to Grow Your BusinessHow to Treat Your Customers During this TimeWhich Platforms and Strategies May Be Most Effective for You in Growing Your BusinessWhat to Avoid As You Try to Grow Your BusinessResourceshttps://careeraftercovid.com/https://facebook.com/careeraftercovidhttps://twitter.com/careerpostcovidhttps://pinterest.com/careeraftercovidhttp://instagram.com/careeraftercovid
Why the COVID pandemic is a great time to launch a business
Have you spent lots of time on your business plan but just can’t seem to get to the point of launching? Or are you nearing launch and afraid you may forget something? You want to be sure to listen to this episode, as Fleur and Kym talk through the different aspects of launching your business. Their conversation will help you gain an understanding of how important your first one hundred days in business are, as well as give you a robust list of elements you want to have in place and pitfalls you need to avoid.Taking time to listen to this episode will prove worth it, as you walk away with more confidence and clarity about what you need to do for your launch to be successful. After listening, you will be that much closer to successfully launching your business.You’ll LearnWhy COVID-19 Presents New Opportunities to Launch a BusinessThe Importance of the First 100 Days of Your BusinessPractical ways to Launch SuccessfullyThe Necessity of a Budget When LaunchingWhich Elements to Focus on With Your Website and Customer ServiceMistakes to Avoid When LaunchingLegal Aspects to Consider Before You LaunchResourceshttps://careeraftercovid.com/https://facebook.com/careeraftercovidhttps://twitter.com/careerpostcovidhttp://instagram.com/careeraftercovid
Top tips to prepare to launch your business during COVID
Career after COVID Podcast Episode 18: Prepare for business launchShout out to our friends, family members & listeners, who are in lockdown, to healthcare & frontline workers, as well as those doing it tough because they're in a disadvantaged or unhealthy living situationWhat's in this episodeBusiness planning and assessing your business ideaPreparing to launchWhy is it important to prepare a business plan? Planning your business enables you to:test the feasibility of your business ideaSecure funding and investmentHave an ongoing guide to operationsGive your business the best chance of successPre-launch to-do listAssess your business idea and business nameBuild your Business planChoose your business structureCheck your legal obligationsBuild a support teamCreate a budget and understand your financesWhat if you have too many ideas and can’t decide which one to focus on? Assess each idea based on the following criteria:Your skills, experience and passionBusiness-lifestyle fitDue diligence and market research for each idea, which we will discuss later onWhat are the various tools used to plan for a business?SWOTLean CanvasOthers?One page action planPitfalls to avoid when business planningUnrealistic financial projectionsOverpromises which may result in under-deliveryPoor market, competitor and customer research - lack of definition of target market and USPInconsistencies within plan - e.g. numbers don't add upAvoiding addressing weak pointsSummary and next stepsWebsite is live www.careeraftercovid.comCareer after COVID Book pre-sale now availableJoin Facebook group, Follow on Twitter, Instagram
Is self-employment and business ownership the right fit for you during COVID?
Career after COVID-19 Podcast Episode 17: Is self employment right for me?Shout out to our Victorian friends and family members, who have gone back into lockdown, to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as those doing it tough because they're in a disadvantaged or unhealthy living situationWhat's in this episodeDeciding if running your own business is the right decision for youThis is not about assessing a business idea, that is in following episodesWhy is it important to consider self-employment at a time like this?Unemployment and underemployment levels are at all-time highs in most parts of the developed world, meaning many more applicants for each job availableThis crisis could turn into an opportunity to turn hardship into career and business successYou may never have this much time and space in your life to truly explore business opportunitiesHow to determine if self-employment is right for you?Use the range of self-assessment tools we discussed in previous episodes to see if you have the relevant traits. There's also a link in the show notes.Do you have relevant experience in the industry you’re considering entering?Do you thrive on challenges?Do you have the discipline and motivation to keep going when times are tough?Do you enjoy making and being responsible for your own decisions?Are you prepared to work long hours including weekends?Do you have sufficient personal savings or an alternative income to live off during the early stages of your business?If you have a family, do they understand that there may be less income and time available to spend with them while you are starting your business? Do they support this?Are you prepared to develop your skills and knowledge in areas that you will need to effectively run your business?Are you prepared to seek assistance from professional business advisers?Are you prepared to take the risk of not succeeding and losing all the money you have invested?Do you have the requisite skills?Financial management, marketing, sales customer service, communication and negotiation, leadership, project management and planning, delegation and time management, problem solving, networking.Pitfalls to avoid when assessing readiness for self-employmentSummary and next stepsJoin Facebook groupFollow us on TwitterVisit our website: careeraftercovid.comPre-order the Career after COVID Book
16: Communication in times of crisis
Shout out to our Victorian friends and family members, who are in lockdown, to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as those doing it tough because they're in a disadvantaged or unhealthy living situationWhat's in this episodeSpecial Guest: Sarah Allchurch, Principal of Allchurch Communications, which she founded in Perth in 2006, as a boutique investor relations and crisis comms companyWe'll be discussing how the corporate landscape has changed during COVID, hear about Sarah's personal journey as a leader in times of crisis and get some expert insights on the ways individuals can manage change and stressLet's hear a little from Sarah about her backgroundTraining and educationCareer path - from employee to business ownerWhat drove that change?Challenges setting up the business, quick wins?How did your background assist in setting up the business?What personal challenges did COVID throw your way?Observations of changes in corporate landscape pre-pandemic and now, in the midst of COVIDWhat did your day-to-day look like in the weeks after COVID became real in AustraliaObservations of individuals' behaviours and coping strategiesResilience of large vs small firmsObservations of start-up behaviour? Are laid off employees starting their own businesses?Any advice to aspiring PR professionals or generally for business owners from your experience and knowledge?How can listeners get in touch with you and your services? Summary and next stepsWebsite is now live - www.careeraftercovid.comBook is available for pre-sale at https://careeraftercovid.com/book Podcasting again next weekJoin Career Rockstars Facebook group, follow on Twitter and Instagram
15: Doing work with purpose and leaving a legacy: how to choose your mission
In this episode, Fleur and Kym discuss how to find work that is meaningful and contributes something beyond yourself. Join the Career after COVID facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/149147196521571) or follow us on Twitter @careerpostcovid for more updates.
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Easy to listen-to, practical advice
This podcast has helped me work on my mindset and clarify my career goals after losing my job due to Covid. I’m exploring a couple of business ideas as a result of the podcast and other advice - something I’d never thought of before. Thanks ladies
This is a fantastic podcast! Very clearly presented, relatable advice and very relevant to our current climate! Helped inspire me to pursue a career dream of my own.
Interesting and helpful. If you’re struggling for ideas where to go next in these tough times you should have a listen.