Entrepreneurship

In the last week I’ve read about several interesting and diverse new business ventures throughout the country.

Radio NZ profiled Linde Olivier Louwe – a former office manager – who has taken up snail farming

Wellington record shop owner Benjamin James has taken his shop on the road with a mobile record store

In Christchurch, Anthony Gardiner has turned an idea to get his fussy dogs to eat cheaper cuts of meat into a profitable small business while in Queenstown, Kelsey Powell has founded a unique online relocation service that helps people from the moment they decide to leave home until they are settled in New Zealand.

What all these ideas have in common is that the instigators have identified a niche, researched their idea and responded with a product, then marketed accordingly.

They are entrepreneurs with startup companies.

There are many resources in the Wellington City Libraries collections that can assist you expand that idea into the reality of a business.

Here’s some of the most recent additions available to WCL members
Boss it : control your time, your income and your life / Reader, Carl
“Do you dream of ditching the day job, doing your own thing and being your own boss? Are you ready to Boss It? In this invigorating and highly practical book, serial entrepreneur Carl Reader provides exactly the fire and guidance you need to get started. Designed to cut through the business jargon, this handy guide will take you through everything you need to establish and run your own business – from the mindset it takes to turn a dream into a plan, to the need-to-know practical stuff for running and growing a business. Featuring case studies, templates and exercises to help you put what you read into action, and turn that dream into a reality, this motivational book will enable you to be your own boss, to take control of your income, your time and your life… and Boss It”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Silver linings : Kiwi success stories in the time of Covid / Downs, David
“The Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand caused fear, hardship and loss. Through this time of unprecedented national hardship, however, there emerged incredible stories of hope and optimism. Businesses innovated and found new ways to create value, communities came together in new ways online, and families reconnected through time spent together”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Why startups fail : a new roadmap for entrepreneurial success / Eisenmann, Thomas R.
“Presents information how to spot and sidestep roadblocks on the entrepreneurial journey and sets readers on a path to startup success.” (Catalogue)

Survive & thrive : entrepreneurship frameworks that work : easy to follow how-to-guides, to create your entrepreneurial initiative / Kewene-Hite, Paul
“This book is designed for entrepreneurs, and hopeful entrepreneurs, of all ages, education levels, and backgrounds. The frameworks in this book have been used successfully in coaching and training individuals and groups in high schools, business schools, governments, and companies of all sizes across industries around the world. The frameworks have also been used successfully by individuals on their own at home. This book will shine a light onto various entrepreneurial paths, helping you see a way forward so that you can create a startup; build around science & technology; plan software; launch inside corporate, family business, school, and government; explore acquisitions; puzzle through turnarounds; lead during a crisis; evaluate your career; shift into a lifestyle career; positively impact people and the planet with a social venture; lead volunteers; strategize sales; and document your ideas for technology. Use these frameworks as power tools to help you do more than survive… learn to thrive!” (Catalogue)

On entrepreneurship and startups.
“The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers’ needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success. Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, Steve Blank, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice you need to: Build a business from the ground up Adopt lean startup practices like business model experimentation Be realistic about how prescient your business plan can truly be Focus on the most important part of your business: the people Connect powerfully with your audience of investors and customers – Understand where companies with the most impact are launching now– Provided by publisher” (Catalogue)

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Business support from the banking sector

You’re in business and have a business account with your preferred bank.

But are you aware that most banks offer a range of resources to support your business?

A bank can help you get your business off the ground, help with the appropriate finance, advise on cybersecurity issues for e-commerce, provide business insights and assist with international commerce.

All the main banks offer free workshops and a range of tools to help manage and grow your business.

Talk to your banking business advisor or check out the options available via the bank’s website.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Digital Boost – support for small businesses

Digital Boost is a series of free, self-paced training videos prepared by MBIE for the benefit of small businesses.



These short – 3-5 minute – videos give you the full rundown on how to operate a business in today’s world.  There are hundreds available with printed learning summaries.

MBIE’s figures show that over 40,000 small businesses are participating in this free training initiative.  If your business isn’t one of them, sign up now.

Learn more here


Wellington lockdown food delivery businesses

 

If you are a Wellington based food delivery business operating non-contact deliveries at L4 and 3 did you know Stuff has launched an online directory of local businesses?  Or do you want to find out who is delivering to the door?

If your business is currently operating safely under the ongoing restrictions, let them know here.

If you’re opening up and delivering under Level 3 you can also now add your details, before Tuesday’s change.

And if you want to support your local veg box service or takeaways then check the list to see who can deliver.

 Stuff will feature as many as possible on the site, all collated into a single, searchable table.

Check out Wellington listings here

Update: Visa WOAP has introduced At Yours .  Dine in at your place.  Find what you’re craving and dine in At Yours, Wellington region’s own online directory of food and beverage services offering click and collect, takeaway and contactless delivery. Presented in partnership with WellingtonNZ we #lovelocal.

Māori entrepreneurship

The Māori Women’s Development Inc has announced that nominations for the MWDI Māori Women’s Business Awards 2021 are now being accepted.

Be in quick as nominations close on September 5th 2021.  Learn more here

Wellington based entrepreneurs may find the following resources, available through Wellington City Libraries, of value.

Whāriki : the growth of Māori community entrepreneurship / Kawharu, Merata
“Understanding what drives enterprise within an indigenous cultural space is not widely understood in New Zealand. Whāriki reveals how kin-based business ventures created by Māori have promoted social, economic and environmental well-being from the whenua (land) up. Its core is eight case studies – some arising from iwi-driven ideas, some ideas from marae-based whānau. These range from a bee school in Northland, ginseng growing in the King Country, to the rehabilitation of Māori prisoners in Dunedin and a web-engaged response to accessing tribal marae. Always reaching into ancestral ties and lessons to provide guidance and foundation for their ideas, these businesses are wrapped in cultural approaches that engage kin communities in improving the wellbeing of their iwi, hapu and whanau. This book explores the successes, the failures, the learnings and the futures of these opportunities for Māori”–Publisher’s website.” (Catalogue)

Also newly added is

Tikanga : living with the traditions of te ao Māori / Tipene, Francis
“Francis and Kaiora Tipene share how they bring the traditional values of tikanga Māori into day-to-day living and what they learnt about the concepts of te ao Māori growing up … more of their life experiences juggling five sons, three businesses, a television show and a life filled with joy, spirituality and tikanga”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

This publication is also available here in e-book format

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email  or on 021 596 274

Business plans

Small businesses often tend to grow organically. An entrepreneur or self-employed person juggles many roles and in order to function effectively you need a plan, or several plans – one for external business development and one for the internal administrative processes.

This new addition to the Wellington City Libraries collection provides you with a guide to establishing a business plan.

The business plan workbook : a step-by-step guide to creating and developing a successful business / Barrow, Colin
“Lay down the foundations of a successful business venture through a thoroughly researched and competitive business plan. Based on tried and tested business methodology used at the leading business school, Cranfield School of Management, this 10th edition of The Business Plan Workbook guides you through all the necessary steps to constructing a winning business plan. This is a practical run-through of 24 key areas of development of strategic planning. It will allow you to think of these areas in isolation through the use of assignments that ensure you have stress-tested your business proposition. This guide covers how to – Come up with a winning business idea – Complete market and competitive research – Set up a winning marketing strategy – Forecast watertight financials and projections – Define realistic operations and staffing – Deliver an unforgettable pitch to potential backers and investors This new and fully updated edition includes 67 business case studies that show you how successful entrepreneurs have dealt with strategic planning in the past. The content has been streamlined to focus on the most critical parts of business planning, ensuring you spend time where it matters and stay competitive. With new information resources and financial planning consideration, this is an invaluable guide for entrepreneurs, business executives and students”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

But, as this article Here’s why your business needs an admin plan points out,  you will also benefit from including administration in your plan. “An administrative plan is similar to an operations plan, but for your business admin – your unique combination of technology, tools, systems and standard operating procedures that make the business run smoothly”.

Once your plan is done you also need to follow up your plan with action

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email  or on 021 596 274

Tips on remote working – try Lynda.com free courses with your library card

Kia ora koutou katoa — I’m Marilyn Domney, the Business Information specialist here at Wellington City Libraries. Over the next while, I will be featuring relevant and useful resources available remotely and completely free to all our library customers via our Lynda.com.

Lynda.com is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

Lynda.com

(To benefit from our free subscription please go to Lynda.com only via the link we’ve given above, otherwise Lynda.com is a subscription based resource. You can find Lynda.com on our Business Online Databases page.)

Now since so many people are working from home, I thought some e-learning courses on how to get the best results from working remotely would be a great place to start. All Lynda.com’s courses are available to target your own individual needs, so whether you are beginner, intermediate or experienced, or looking for a short or long-term course, Lynda.com has it all.

Make sure to sign in above before clicking the links below!

Remote working – getting started

Learning Path

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

Course

Working Remotely with Mike Gutman
Learn best practices for working remotely. Use today’s cloud-based tools to stay productive, build culture, and work seamlessly with your team — anywhere there is internet.

(16 Courses, March 2020)

Remote working – empower yourself and your team

Learning Path

Become a Successful Remote Worker
Developing a professional career that embraces work flexibility is not just a dream. A partnership between FlexJobs and LinkedIn Learning, this learning path is designed to help you achieve a fulfilling career and the work flexibility to lead the life you want.

(4 Courses Feb 25, 2020)

Course

Leading at a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry
Lead effectively from a distance. Get tactics and strategies for empowering remote teams and team members, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees.

If you have any other queries, we have a wealth of free curated online resources available remotely for our customer. I also offer an hour’s free research per separate topic for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. More in-depth research is available as well.

Check out latest additions to management books at Wellington City Libraries

The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success [paperback] / Ross, Maria
“Furious customers? Missed deadlines? Failed products? The problems your business faces may stem from a single issue: lack of empathy. Being empathetic at work means seeing the situation from another’s perspective, and using that vantage point to shape your leadership style, workplace culture, and branding strategy. Pairing her knowledge as a branding expert with proven research and fascinating stories from executives, change-makers and community leaders, Maria Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes brands and organisations stronger and more successful. Ross shows why your business needs to cultivate more empathy now, and shares the habits and traits of empathetic leaders who foster more productivity and loyalty. She gives practical tips, big and small, for how to align your mission and values and hire the right people, cultivating a more empathetic — and innovative — workplace culture. Finally, she gives you the goods on building your empathetic brand in an authentic and proactive way, and shows how doing so results in happier customers, innovative work cultures and increased profits.
The leader’s guide to mindfulness : how to use soft skills to get hard results / Tang, Audrey
“For leaders wanting to use proven mindfulness strategies and tools to unlock top performance and results. The Leader’s Guide to Mindfulness is a highly practical guide to help you focus your attention on the present so you and your organisation can perform more effectively. With emphasis on the “why” and the “how” of mindfulness, you’ll discover how to reap the performance benefits and also learn how to use mindfulness to become an emotionally agile leader. Through a combination of ground rules, practical exercises, case studies and no-nonsense advice, you’ll discover how mindfulness can help you and your organisation to:

  • Improve wellbeing and resilience
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve collaboration
  • Improve creativity and innovation
  • Improve decision making and problem-solving” (Catalogue)

Better business relationships / Tasso, Kim
Essential advice from psychology and communications on how to develop and maintain meaningful professional relationships for individual and organizational success. Business success is usually reliant on being able to get along with people. No matter what the role in an organization, the ability to influence, persuade, change, motivate and encourage others to act effectively is vital. Better Business Relationships brings together a wealth of knowledge and practical advice, from psychology to communications and sales, to provide insight and guidance to both new and more experienced workers alike, who may be dealing with both internal colleagues and external clients and suppliers. As technology advances and automates business processes across industries and roles, communication skills and the ability to form meaningful, beneficial professional relationships is at risk of becoming a dying art. In the midst of the rise of social media, automation and artificial intelligence, there is worldwide concern that, as technology advances, we risk losing the human factors that are needed for individual and organizational success. Kim Tasso provides practical and essential insight on: – Understanding yourself and other people;
– Learning how to change;
– The fundamentals of good communication and relationships;
– Working with people internally; and
– Working with people externally. Better Business Relationships is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their relationships at work and gain a greater understanding of critical social and communications skills required to succeed in any professional environment.” (Catalogue)

Be a project motivator : unlock the secrets of strengths-based project management / Pearce, Ruth
“Engaging your team begins with engaging yourself. “This book will soon become a widely accepted standard on how to deliver a successful project on time and on budget in any industry.”
–John Garahan, Vice President, Global Delivery, Broadridge Financial Solutions

Successful project managers must engage and motivate others to achieve complex goals. Ruth Pearce shows how behavior, language, and attitudes affect engagement and how leveraging character strengths can help improve relationships, increase innovation, and build higher-functioning teams. This focus on character strengths–such as bravery, curiosity, fairness, gratitude, and humor–can help project managers recognize and cultivate the things that are best in themselves and others.

Many project managers do not have the authority to direct the activities of people on their teams–they can only influence them. The most influential people succeed by focusing less on themselves and their message and more on others. They pay attention, they are brave, they are vulnerable, they are curious, and they look for and acknowledge the things that are important about and to the other person. And they model the behavior that they want to see. This book tells you how.

Pearce provides tools and frameworks for building a culture of appreciation, understanding character strengths, mapping leadership qualities, understanding learning styles, identifying team roles, and executing plans. She also explores the factors that contribute to conflict and tensions, as well as strategies for getting through difficult times. We see these tools and techniques in action through “Maggie,” a project manager who is struggling to motivate her team. Each chapter concludes with reflective questions to make the ideas stick and with key strategies for success.” (Catalogue)

The languages of leadership : how to use your words, actions and behaviours to influence your team, peers and boss / Born, Wendy
“Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are:
* How do I manage my team leaders to work together without having to reinvent the wheel, to learn from and leverage each other’s …… Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are: How do I manage my team leaders?; How do I manage my peers? How do I manage my own leader to stop making big promises to my team that I know they won’t deliver on? The answer is to learn to master the languages of leadership. In this fascinating book, Wendy Born will show you how and teach you to make small changes that will have a big impact. ..”.a must-read book for any leader at any stage of their leadership journey.” Paul Harper, Finance Business Transformation, Deakin University> “Wendy provides practical tools and tips to help you to be a better leader for your people, have better relationships with your peers and to get noticed by your boss. Well worth the read.” Andrew McWhirter, CEO The Influencer Project “The Languages of Leadership is a great tool for those who are keen to understand where they are on their leadership journey and how to shape their own brand and style as a connected and impactful leader.” Fiona Schutt, CFO, Worksafe Victoria” (Catalogue)

Work from wherever : how to set yourself free (and still achieve) / Messenger, Lisa
“You can run an empire without an office. Freedom & ambition can co-exist together.You can work from anywhere – happily & successfully. Your (work) life can be one big adventure.It’s predicted there will be 1 billion digital nomad by 2035. Many of the world’s most iconic companies are shutting their headquarters to allow their employees to work from anywhere, with unlimited vacation and total autonomy.Freedom, ambition, exploration…yes, you can have it all!In 2018, after a milestone year for Collective Hub, Lisa closed the brand’s offices, decentralised their team ¿. and caught a plane to the other side of the world. But this wasn’t your average holiday!In Work From Wherever, the entrepreneur, author and speaker shares the lessons she learnt rebuilding a brand on the move and the incredible nomads she met on her travels.Combining personal anecdotes with advice from inspiring globe-trotters, roaming employees and untethered founders, this book will ignite your wanderlust, speak to your inner freedom-seeker and provide practical tips for blazing your own trail.” (Catalogue)

FREE Business and research clinic Karori Library 5th September 2019

I will be at Karori Library on 5th September 2019 between 5.30 and 7.30 providing individual business and research advice. I will be demonstrating the Library’s business resources, and general searching techniques. Anyone is free to attend. If you would like more information and/or to make an appointment, please contact me on 021596274 or email me at marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz. I was intending to make the appointments 30 mins, but this is dependent on the number of people booking, and appointments could run longer if time is available. Although I am a “business specialist” I am a long-time researcher across all sectors.

Wellington City Libraries has an amazing collection of e-resources through our Mygateway.

Latest management books received at WCL

Creative trespassing : how to put the spark and joy back into your work and life / Katan, Tania
Creative disruptor, inspirational speaker and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress shows you how to sneak more creativity and imagination into your work and life.
“You don’t have to turn into a corporate drone to kick ass in the working world,” says Tania Katan. After more than ten years of smuggling creativity into the business sector without getting busted, Katan is here to tell you that any task or pursuit can be a creative one. You just need to be willing to defy conformity, and be ready to conjure imagination anywhere, at any time. If you’re feeling stuck in a dullsville job, a windowless cubicle, or an ill-fitting polyester work shirt, chin up! Katan has been there too, and she’s lived to tell the story. How? By choosing to stand out rather than fit in, to find her light and bask in it with all of her quirks and flaws. “The moment you choose to let the world see the real you–messy, imperfect, warts and all”, she says “is the moment you choose to shine too.” Whether you’re an entrepreneur seeking new ways to innovate, a newbie trying to spice up routine entry-level work, a free spirit with a rich creative life outside the office looking to bring more of that magic into your job, or just someone who occasionally feels the urge to scream, Katan will show you how to transform monotony into novelty and get your freakin’ spark back between the hours of nine and five. …this book is a rollicking, uninhibited guide to using creativity as fuel for a freer and more awesome life. As Katan puts it, “This book is an invitation to find inspiration where others see only limitations, because when we believe that logic and limits are subject to change, the world is full of possibilities” (Catalogue)

Career leap : how to reinvent and liberate your career / Gibbings, Michelle
Adapt you career to the shifting paradigm of work, employment and success The word career doesn t mean what it used to. Adapt you career to the shifting paradigm of work, employment and success The word “career” doesn’t mean what it used to. People entering the workforce today will have an estimated 17 employers and five careers in their lifetimes — and already many existing roles are being automated away, with many more to follow. No profession, industry or geography is immune, and employees need to change their idea of what it means to be employed. The rise of freelancing and the gig economy means flexibility and independence, but also less security — with trends showing it is the way of the future. You cannot future-proof your job, but you can future-proof your career. Career Leap shows you what you need to know, how you need to change and how you can prepare for the inevitable tides of change. This book sheds light on the choices you make, and the steps you can take to reignite, reshape and liberate your career. You’ll develop the confidence you need to take decisive action, sharpen your skills and become the agile, adaptive professional we will all need to be. The 10-step Career Reinvention Cycle helps you assess the status quo and determine where you need to go, and then gives you a solid framework for making a move when the time is right.

  • Future-proof your career with the new laws for success
  • Undertake a health check of your career and make deliberate career choices
  • Design, build, and execute your influence and career strategy
  • Be equipped to take control and leap ahead with your career.

No matter your role, it is imperative that you make every day in your career count. Make the critical decisions, take clear actions and, above all, stay ahead of the pack. Career Leap gives you the insight, confidence and knowledge you need to move up as you leap forward.” (Catalogue)

Humane capital : how to create a management shift to transform performance and profit / Hlupic, Vlatka
How to humanize an organization for sustainable success, featuring insights from 50 leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world. Despite decades of research illustrating the benefits of enlightened leadership, the high-performance workplace is still not the norm. Vlatka Hlupic has spent 20 years investigating this paradox, and in this book she forms a penetrating critique of why such strong evidence has had limited impact, and provides an alternative practical approach that any employer can implement to overcome these challenges. Humane Capital brings together management wisdom and shows how successful leaders have moved their organizations from controlled and orderly to enthusiastic and collaborative. Supported by insights from 50 of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, the book guides readers through the arguments for a radical reassessment of current business models, and the successful stories of employers from the private and public sectors who have made the transition. There is a clear correlation between those companies that are ‘good’ and those that do well–“good” meaning an organization that works with stakeholders, employees, society and customers. The book illustrates what steps need to be taken by managers and leaders in order to create a good, humane organization and achieve a high-performance workplace and sustainable success.” (Catalogue)

The alter ego effect : the power of secret identities to transform your life / Herman, Todd
“A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down.There’s only one person in the way of you untapping your potential: You. There’s also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak. That person is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. This other part of you is your Alter Ego. After twenty-one years of working with elite athletes, performers and leaders, Todd Herman has discovered how you can use your alter ego to achieve the seemingly impossible. The Alter Ego Effect is not about creating a false mask-it’s about finding the hero already inside you. It’s a proven way of overcoming the self-doubt, negativity, and insecurity that hold you back, and empowering you to ultimately become your best self. A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down. There’s only one person in the way of you untapping your potential: You. There’s also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak. That person is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. (Catalogue)

Productivity hacks : 500+ easy ways to accomplish more at work–that actually work! / Price, Emily
Improve your productivity, increase focus, and enhance your organizational and time management skills with these 500+ easy tips and tricks for getting more stuff done. We all know about Post-It notes and to-do lists–and now, with this handy guide you can take productivity to the next level Learn to use technology to your advantage, schedule your time wisely, and organize your materials for maximum efficiency. Some of Productivity Hacks‘s easy-to-implement tips include utilizing “do not disturb” features on your phone and computer to avoid distractions, scheduling a specific time to check your email instead of shifting focus again and again, and creating templates for your most-used email responses so you don’t need to do the same work twice–and many more From accomplishing more in the workplace to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, these tips will help hone your focus and time management skills in simple, manageable steps. You’ll be amazed how much more you can achieve over the course of a day” (Catalogue)

The 7-second CV : how to land the interview / Reed, James
“It takes an employer just seven seconds to save or reject a job applicant’s CV. In this book the chairman of Britain’s largest recruitment company offers invaluable and specific advice on what employers want to see in the CVs they receive and how you can stand out from the crowd. Unlike other career development books, the honest advice presented here has been compiled from one-to-one interviews, surveys and workshops across a network of recruitment consultants. This book is an accessible and enjoyable read, intensely practical and packed with pull-out quotes, layout examples and tips. Find out what future employers are looking for and take the first step to start loving Mondays again.” (Catalogue)