People ask me all the time, who's your go-to-person for XYZ? I get it. I rarely employ someone new unless they've come from a red hot referral - because knowing who to trust (especially when you're only going off well written sales pages), can sometimes be a bit tricky. The following professionals are people I know, like, trust, and therefore recommend.
I've either been deep inside their curriculum and resources and can attest to the quality of their work (clients), or I have employed them personally (contractors) and openly recommend because I've experienced their products, services and workmanship first hand. This distinction is clearly labelled in the two sections below.
These people are consummate professionals, are a hoot to work with, and I guarantee they are open, honest, down to earth and will tell you how it is, no holds barred.
#Important to note: entries are in alphabetical order of 'profession', are here because I genuinely believe in their services, and I do not receive rewards, money or any kind of kickback for listing their links. And for the record, I agree with Maya...
'I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.'
Dr Maya Angelou
My team - the professionals I employ and openly rave about.
Accountant - Michael Bellesini
After the last accountant answered my questions by looking at me like I had horns growing out of my head, then glared at me and said - 'you just need to start making money', I decided it was time for a change. I was referred to Michael and his firm MM Accounting Solutions and haven't looked back since. Michael is friendly, approachable, answers all seemingly idiotic newbie questions with a smile and genuinely cares about getting the best outcomes for your business. He's a hoot to work with and has the patience of a saint. Michael graduated from Murdoch University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He commenced work in public practice in 2001 & qualified as a CPA in 2004. He established MM Accounting Solutions in 2010.
Bookkeeper and BAS Agent - Donna Vincent
Donna is my BAS and bookkeeping angel. She's also the founder and Director of Hard Hat Accounts, a simple micro-bookkeeping solution which is designed for Australian small business owners who don't need the complexities of expensive online accounting solutions. Donna is calm, pragmatic, and able to deal with professionals who find themselves in a book-keeping brain-freeze (me) because they'd rather be doing what they're best at (i.e. NOT BOOKKEEPING), she also provides a BAS Review and Lodgement service. As the Lead BAS Agent at Hard Hat Accounts, Donna has 35 years bookkeeping experience, is a Member in Practice of The Australian Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Registered with the Tax Practitioners Board so you know you’re in good hands. Contact her if you would like the peace of mind that your records have been reviewed by an expert, to save time by having lodgements done for you; and avoid fines by receiving reminders and lodging on time.
Business Strategist - Ellen Ercolini
Business Strategy, for small business owners. I was first referred to Ellen by another client who had had phenomenal success working with her, and am now working with her on our Business Accelerator program. She's a sharp shooting, straight talking, down to earth professional who I connected with instantly and believe in whole heartedly (and I can't saying this about many 'business coaches'.) Ellen is a money-making expert for creative entrepreneurs and helps to revolutionize your business through a potent combo of personalized business strategy, deep inner work and community connection.She works with clients one-on-one to get incredibly clear on who they are and what they do. Via her signature process, together you create a business that finally feels clear, comfortable and full of ease - a business that is as natural to you as your right hand.
Copy-writer: websites, storytelling, social media - Jay Crisp Crow
Jay just GETS YOU; and produces killer content to boot. Evidence? When I was going through and revamping my articles, Jay helped proof, edit and rewrote some entirely. Her work was so good, that I was reading one article thinking - GEE! When did I write this? This is GOOD! Then I realised I hadn't. Jay had. That's how much she gets your voice.
Emotional Mastery Mentor - Dianne Tharp
Dianne holds space for people to transform. For people to change their lives, see their truths, peel back the layers, sit with the truth and see it from an angle that they've never seen it before. It gives them power. It gives them the ability to see their lives from an eagle's view, and to make changes, create actions, that bring them peace, knowing that they are doing the best they can with the knowledge they have. With the tools she shares, you're given the chance to change old behaviour patterns, break unhealthy cycles, move from a place of victim or 'I’m not good enough', to fully realizing your potential and your worth. The process isn't fleeting, it takes months and for me is taking years, but what I learn with Dianne continues to build upon itself and within myself, creating change that I know will last a lifetime; it has completely transformed the way I live life, interact with people, respond to situations and run my business. I can safely say that my life has done a complete 180 since meeting Dianne, and I don't know what I'd do without her.
Facebook Ads Consultant - Angela Ponsford
Angela is a qualified Facebook Ads consultant who’s trained with some of the best in the industry; she's also a forensic scientist who loves nerding out over data. It was this combination of her scientific background and love of finding solutions by testing different approaches (which I discovered while working with her on her workshop presentations), that really drew me to work with her. She's honest, will tell you when the road you're heading down is just going to waste time and money, and she's a hoot to boot. Witty, fun but also dead serious when she needs to be, Angela shares the systems she’s used over the last three years of managing Facebook ad campaigns for clients that have led to five-figure launches, seen exponential email list growth, and launched new entrepreneurs and brands with a bang. Angela is a Certified Social Media Manager from Andrea Vahl & Phyllis Khare’s Social Media Manager School and a graduate of Claire Pelletreau’s Facebook Ads Incubator Program.
Graphic Designer - Anna Dower
Anna is the brainchild behind the design of mariadoyle.com. I actually remembered bursting into tears when I first saw her concepts for my site - someone FINALLY got me. What relief! She's been a graphic designer for 15+ years and has been the CEO of her own businesses for the last decade. She's a busy lady, a designer, the founder of ROOOAR Magazine, mentor and all ’round boss-lady cheerleader. She's all about helping you be the best version of yourself possible. Whether it’s through a design that finally makes you feel amazing about your business, or through mentoring that genuinely helps you cut through the fear and confusion, she wants to help you make your big bold biz-dreams come true.
Virtual Assistant - Materials Developer - Janine Marace
Janine has been working with me since the start of my business. I was looking for someone to help me on Upwork, and as I couldn't settle on a single contractor, I decided to give all the applicants the same, one hour job to see what quality would come back. The results were varied, but Janine's made me hire her on the spot. Instead of doing the task, she came back with about 25 questions to clarify exactly what it was I needed done, and in what detail. I paid her for the hour's work on that basis alone, and have been working with her ever since. She uses her initiative, always does a flawless job and can be counted on to turn jobs around literally within hours if necessary. Can't recommend her highly enough!
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