COF­FEE & a CONVO’

With Leanne, sin­gle mum to eleven- year- old Lily

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What’s your favourite thing to do with Lily?

Old fash­ioned roller-skat­ing! She’s really into girly things too so lots of shop­ping and cafes.

Did be­com­ing a sin­gle mum change your ca­reer path?

Lily changed my life com­pletely. I didn’t have a ca­reer for nine years. In the last few years I’ve come back to my­self, re­gained my con­fi­dence and de­cided to push for­ward with a busi­ness idea that had been sit­ting with me for a long time.

What’s your busi­ness?

www.match­myride.com.au. You tell us what sort of car you’re look­ing to buy and the deal­ers find it for you, all for free! I’ve al­ways loved cars and I saw an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a ser­vice for peo­ple who didn’t want to go run­ning around look­ing for cars on their week­ends.

What made you de­cide it was time to change?

I couldn’t find a job that fit in with Lily. I’ve taken a few short-term jobs along the way to keep things rolling along fi­nan­cially, but it’s given me so much flex­i­bil­ity. I’ve also stud­ied a lot and now have a Cer­tifi­cate 2 in Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and a Cer­tifi­cate 3 in Mi­cro Busi­ness.

Has start­ing a busi­ness been harder than you thought?

When the thing you’re pas­sion­ate about takes longer than you ex­pected to go from con­cep­tion to re­al­ity, it’s frus­trat­ing. You really need to let go of your idea of how it will work and not be afraid to put your­self out there for help. Oth­er­wise you’ll sit in a bub­ble with a great busi­ness con­cept that will never go any­where.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to right now?

School hol­i­days! Lily and I are go­ing to the Gold Coast. I can’t wait to roller-skate to­gether along the wa­ter at Broad­beach.

“IF YOU THINK YOUR

IDEA HAS LEGS, JUST KEEP GO­ING!

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