With our office move becoming public, I was excited to be asked to do an interview with Leisa from Dot Dash Events, as part of their Tide Talks series.
It gave me another opportunity to let more people know where we are heading off to, and what services I will be able to spend my time offering once we move.

All of us who are moving into the Mt Carmel Centre are looking forward to see what new collaborative opportunities it will create for all of our businesses.

Check out the full interview here on their website, have a read of the previous blogs and chats. Maybe even see if you’d like to feature in their future interviews!

I have an announcement to make.

From 1st October, Central Business Associates will be based in the iconic Mount Carmel Centre in Wynnum.  

Yes, it’s just across the road from where we are now (I really do love my community!) and it’s a big change but the time has come.

Why the move?
When I discovered last year that Mt Carmel were offering space to hold events, I’m not going to lie – I was quite jealous! I’ve basically spent the last year sitting at my desk, looking out of the window at the building, and clearly manifesting myself a way to work there!

The Mount Carmel Centre has amazing meeting rooms and facilities, and as we speak, they are in the process of looking at how they can also offer coworking desks. I’ve explained how many people have been using our flexible workspaces here and I wanted to be sure that as many of my current and past clients could be accommodated as possible.
I’ve spent over 6 years making flexible working a reality in our area and am delighted that the Mount Carmel Centre can continue most offerings for our local community.

Now more than ever, it’s even more relevant to have suburban flexible workspaces available in our communities. Many people are reluctant to commute (COVID19, or just the wasted time), or don’t have space at home to comfortably and professionally work from. I certainly won’t stop campaigning for and promoting that aspect of what I’ve achieved over recent years. Because I continue to be passionate about helping people to live a balanced life.

But it’s time for me to move on to a new chapter….to help my clients grow and thrive, by offering them services to improve how they manage their business. And work in a balanced way to suit their lives. I’ll still offer Membership, just with different benefits.

What I’ve learnt along the way

  • I’ve been able to refresh and learn new skills over the past 5 years – in the areas I am passionate about, including Leadership & Management, Change Management, Strategic Management, and Small Business Management.
  • I still see many small business owners trying to ‘wear all of the hats’! Trying to be the Operations Manager, the Marketing Manager, the Finance Manager, the Sales Manager, the Customer Service Manager – it’s no wonder they are exhausted! That is a lot of weight to carry around on your head! (pun intended…)
  • It’s important to find new ways to help stay passionate about the business each of us start in the first place. To look at how small changes to customer care and people management help in retaining ‘best’ clients and attracting more like them.

The future is bright. My services will evolve in this next phase, as they have throughout my 14 years in small business. Adapting and change are where I thrive.

Of course, the goal is always balance – what’s the point of starting your own business if it takes over your life and you have no time to enjoy what’s around you? I really believe we each need to be passionate about our business. Because if you don’t take care of yourself – there won’t be a business.

Change really can be as good as a holiday. Let me help make your business more manageable and productive.

If any of the above resonates, please get in touch. I offer an initial 30-minute informal consult to see if we can see the benefits of working together.

Yours in continued collaborative business success,

Celia

Balance the Grind is on a mission to create a work-life balance hub focused on conversations, ideas and community.

Publishing conversations with people from different careers and lifestyles; from startup founders to CEOs, entrepreneurs to independent musicians, designers to software developers, and plenty more.
Work-life balance, work-life integration, work-life harmony; whatever you want to call it, Balance the Grind believes that work should (mostly) be calm, healthy and sustainable over the long-term.

We were delighted to have our Community Manager, Celia Newlands, featured alongside the many inspirational stories on their website.
Read Celia’s interview in full below, and check out some of the other amazing stories of those making flexible work a reality around the world!

I was so delighted to receive the inaugural Bayside Business of the Month award last month from our local Member, Joan Pease!
Recognition for contributing to my community is really the icing on the cake – I love what I do – I thoroughly enjoy helping people to collaborate and grow their businesses, and I am so grateful to have found a strong, friendly, growing community to work within.

I Joane Pease award July 2016