Busi­ness coach a fi­nal­ist

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - RENEE CLAY­TON

A lead­ing New Zealand busi­ness coach from Whanga­paraoa has made it into the fi­nals for the Net­work New Zealand Busi­ness Awards.

Natalie Tol­hopf has been un­der the gaze of judges from the panel in the Out­stand­ing Start-Up Busi­ness cat­e­gory for her ef­forts in coach­ing busi­ness­women.

Af­ter com­mut­ing two hours daily to get to her job in the city for six years with two chil­dren, Tol­hopf de­cided she had enough and would take the risk in start­ing her own busi­ness.

‘‘When I first left my se­cure job in 2015 to start Cat­a­pult Your Busi­ness, I was so wor­ried and only made $45 in my first six weeks.

‘‘It was a wake-up call,’’ she said.

‘‘I quickly re­alised it was a lot dif­fer­ent and a lot harder than I thought it was go­ing to be.’’

Af­ter snap­ping into ac­tion with her on­line busi­ness and be­com­ing more face-to-face with peo­ple, she quickly cat­a­pulted her own busi­ness to suc­cess and now guides busi­ness­women across New Zealand to do the same, ask­ing them to take what she calls ‘‘im­per­fect ac­tion’’.

‘‘I aim to teach women how to adopt a suc­cess mind­set, and bust through pro­cras­ti­na­tion and per­fec­tion­ism.’’

She en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als not to look for per­fec­tion, but to start with sim­ple ideas with­out be­ing over­whelmed by the big­ger pic­ture.

‘‘The past two years have been amaz­ing. I’ve reached so many women across New Zealand,’’ she said.

Tol­hopf is a reg­u­lar speaker at busi­ness train­ing con­fer­ences and events, and will fea­ture in the four-woman line-up of the Busi­ness Strat­egy Mas­ter­class at Ta­maki Yacht Club on Oc­to­ber 24.

On Oc­to­ber 6 Tol­hopf will dis­cover her fate live on the NNZ Busi­ness Com­mu­nity Face­book page.

There are 26 other small busi­ness own­ers who will also be wait­ing to see if they have won the grand prize which is val­ued at more than $8000.

Natalie is also el­i­gi­ble to win the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, with vot­ing for that al­ready closed. The win­ners of each cat­e­gory are also el­i­gi­ble for the Net­work NZ Busi­ness of the Year Award. Visit net­worknz.nz/net­worknz-2017-busi­nes­sawards.html for more.

RENEE CLAY­TON/STUFF

Natalie Tol­hopf be­comes one of New Zealand’s best busi­ness coaches.

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