Kareena Preston

The first ten years of my life were like most other kids of the 70’s and 80’s. I grew up on a big ¼ acre block in the suburbs of Perth, with my Mum, Dad, sister, cat, chickens and duck. We had a big lemon tree, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool. The neighbourhood kids were friends and we played tennis on the street and rode our bikes. As long as our mums knew whose house we were at, all was ok.

At age ten, I was diagnosed with Asthma and I spent a good portion of my 6th year of school at home on a nebuliser. It is also when I really began to swim for my health. To this day, you will still find me in and around the water. I love swimming so much I have also been a swim coach for over 30 years.

Life went on and as I grew into my late teenage years I began to look more closely at what I was eating, products I was using and how it affected my health. This was the late 1980’s before it was ever ‘cool’ to be environmentally conscious or aware of the toxicity of commercial products for ourselves and our planet.

I had come across a local Soap Maker operating out of Fremantle. I adored the natural ingredients in her soaps and at every opportunity, I had them well stocked in my bathroom.

I was continuing to battle brittle Asthma, with no relief from the Cortisone medication the doctor continually prescribed. I had adjusted my diet many times. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free. I had also begun to eliminate almost all chemicals from my home to reduce symptoms.

Fast forward ten years ago and I had more control of my asthma. But the wheel of fate had one last nasty turn in the form of excema. I had never suffered from excema. But when I met my now husband, Alex, I broke out all over my body and to this day, need to carefully manage my food and product exposure (and stressors) to keep it under control.

A few years ago, while continuing my swimming coaching career at a small, local swimming club, I was looking for a hobby to keep me occupied between the early morning starts, the evening coaching shift and the travel demands that came with the job. One day, I came across a Soap Making Kit. I purchased it there and then, thinking that maybe I can make beautiful natural soap so I didn’t have to spend so much money buying soap.

After all, I knew whatever I did, it needed to be kind to my skin and kind to the earth.  I made my first batch of soap over the Easter of 2017.

It turned out better than I expected. From that day, I was hooked. I did every bit of research I could. I decided that I would make soap for my family and friends. BUT, other people wanted to buy my soap and Christmas sales kept me busy, allowing me to buy more equipment and ingredients.

My little business now has a full all natural range of 14 soaps, 4 shampoo bars, lip/beard/belly and nipple balms, shower steamers and many other products as I continue to expand. My niche is teaching and educating on natural additives. This has become my focal point in an industry that promotes pretty-smelling toxic products!

Today, swimming coaching is the hobby and I am happily making soap and other products full time, that are kind to my skin and kind to the earth.

Kinds Regards
Kareen Preston

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Melanie Scott K9 Training
Melanie Scott K9 Training

Melanie Scott K9 Training

Hi, I’m Melanie, I started Melanie Scott K9 Training, I’m also the CEO and founder of the Not-for-Profit Foundation, K9’s 4 Valour, 6 years ago when I decided to move forward with a new career path, I made a really big choice of leaving the police force, during this time I found great comfort, joy and love for dogs, I wanted to be able to train dogs my way rather than be confined to a set of training methods, I found even more joy in creating fun ways for training methods, plus with the added bonus of being my own boss, it led to a win-win situation for me, as I also needed to be able to manage my health.   

As a lot of people who go into business have concerns on a number of levels, I did too have my own concerns with my health issues, can I do it with my “chronic pain and PTSD?”, “Can I keep up with daily operations?” I asked myself these questions many times.  I didn’t let those “What if’s” and “Can I?” questions stop me, after all the dogs and their owners need me and I know I have what it takes and the intellect to help them.

So I found ways to overcome these problems by pacing out my workload to lower the risk and limit the pain flaring up, I schedule in for me to take out time for myself so my mind, as well as my body can relax before I begin to feel overwhelmed. 

I teach people how to understand their dog and how to get the best out of their dog regardless of the dog’s breed, age or size.  Dog training is actually also people training, we are the ones who need to learn the skills just as much as the dog does, training people on how to train their dog plays a big part in all of my services.

  • Puppy training
  • Dog behaviour and obedience
  • Assistance and therapy dog training
  • Puppy and dog training on Zoom

You can get the same results training your dog online as you can get from a trainer in person, and also gives me the ability to reach people across the world and outside of my home base in Camberwell, Victoria, also giving you the ability to stay within the comfort of your own home, without worrying about restrictions or having someone having to visit your home, it’s super safe and Covid-19 friendly.

I use my dogs for demonstrations and answer any of my client’s questions during my consult and any of the chosen training services that I provide, what satisfies me the most is seeing a client proud of their dog, seeing that rekindling bond and my clients feeling satisfied and confident in the new training methods they have learnt themselves.  

My love for dogs doesn’t stop there, I have 2, Paddington and Hamish, I also have 2 cats, Clawdia and Macy.  You can donate or buy gifts to support our Not-for-Profit organisation. 

“K9s 4 Valour provides Service Dogs to assist past and present First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”.

I hope that one day someone reads my story and is inspired enough to start their own business, one thing I suggest is “research your industry and target market, always be open to learning

Melanie Scott K9 Training

Melanie Scott K9 Training

new skills, ask for help if you need it and GO FOR IT”.

“Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself ~ Eleanor Roosvelt”.

 

Yours Kindly ~ Melanie Scott

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Collaboration tips
Networking event

Networking event

The business world out there is huge and all so scary when you startup, this is why we need to collaborate and connect with other businesses, online and offline, you may think your business doesn’t need to but really we all do.  Surround yourself with link-minded people, we all need that support and you never know what you might learn from someone else along the way.

This is why there are networking groups out there, and there are more of them out there then you know, when you join these networks you want to be going in with some form of a goal in mind, and not just the goal of “I want to tell everyone about my business” you really want to connect with other businesses after the event and remember they are there for the same reason as you “to create awareness” or some are even there to “build confidence talking about their business” go beyond the event, contact someone after the networking event to make a further connection, there’s more than one way of doing this, either by making a B2B deal, leaving a review on one of their platforms or sharing their business link on your own business page, this is why we at Fembuiz Directory publish guest blogs because it’s another way of connecting and collaborating with other businesses, here’s a further insight into connecting with other businesses:

  1. Collaborate with other businesses in any way that you can, for example, do a monthly deal, if someone buys from either one of your businesses in the month of “October” for example, they also get a 10% discount voucher for the other business or a free first consultation.  This is when you want to connect with other businesses that complement yours.
  2. Engage in their social media posts, blogs, etc.  When you find other businesses to connect with that complement each other make sure you are engaging in their posts.  We can’t connect with every business out there but if you picked a handful every now and then to really engage with and ask them to engage with your business in return.
  3. Sharing their business in groups you’re part of on social media.  There are so many groups on social media now it’s impossible to be part of them all, so ones that you are a part of and think they may be beneficial to your friend or collaboration partner, create a post and mention that you are sharing for a friend or post “this is a great business” (don’t forget their business link), you never know who might be looking for a service like that at the moment.
  4. Give honest feedback and spread positive words. Compliment and encourage them publicly and raise positive criticism for areas of improvement with them privately, leave them a positive review on any platform they have, or word of mouth is the best form of advertising any business can get. When you leave a review on Facebook it shows on your own profile showing that you engage with other businesses.
  5. Don’t expect friends to work for free, even with a collaboration. Make sure you are both receiving something and both benefiting from it, everyone needs to be taking something home. We all have bills, time, and overhead expenses to cover.

After all, you want to get the full value out of that time and money spent of attending a networking event.

Collaborate

Collaborate – Find ONE person to connect with after the event.

And one tip for yourself:

Carry a notebook everywhere you go.  You never know when something you see when you’re out and about could inspire you, how many times have you thought of something or bumped into someone and thought that was a really good idea, or I have to get back to a certain person and then something happens and that thought was lost? 

I love having a notebook with me, so if I’m ever waiting at the doctor’s or I have some downtime, I can sit there and make some notes, see how many bullet points you can write down for your business ideas or social media posts before you’re called in to see the doctor or have to get off the train, it’s like a mini-challenge.

 

 

Some examples of businesses that complement each other:

  • Personal trainer > Fitness clothing
  • Catering company > Mobile bartenders
  • Wedding venue > Florist
  • Cake Maker > Balloon artist
  • Facial skin products > Masseuse

A business that does not offer the same service or products as yours but one that may be of use to your customer.

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett
Founder of Fembuiz Directory