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I have used mentors recently via small business Victoria - both free and paid and have found them unhelpful or not suited/experienced enough to advise me on my needs. I have been in business since 2003 - first as bricks and mortar retail now online and wholesale, including a major department store as a stockist. Manufacturing in Australia has become near impossible and managing production overseas with no experience has been challenging and fraught with increasing unforeseen costs/overheads. Demand is increasing and I don’t have the systems in place to cater for it and I’m worried we can’t capitalise on a potentially fantastic stage of growth. I predominantly need a mentor to help us with strategy for offshore and local production, and all logistics and costs involved with offshore production. Overall, I need some guidance in establishing systems to manage the growth overall.

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Hi Marisa. It's disappointing that you've found previous mentors to be unhelpful. My guess is they didn't specialise in the area that you needed help with. Keep in mind that you can have more that one mentor with a particular specialty. That way you're getting help from an expert in that area. And different mentors will be suited to different stages of your business. I'm passionate about systems and business development so I can be really helpful for a client looking to put better systems in place. Happy to have a chat further. Kind regards, Sarah Stein. Mobile: 0402 811 088.

Hi Marisa, Jen looks ideal to help you with the manufacturing side of things. I am a lover of processes, procedures, streamlining and helping your business work more efficiently. I would love to have a chat about your needs if you would like. Please contact me at if you would like to have a chat about what you need.

Hi Marisa, I would be happy to help. I have been in a similar situation myself with a previous business, in which we manufactured both on and offshore for many years - and yes I agree manufacturing in Australia can be challenging. You are not alone! There are certainly pros and cons of both and it is important to consider all of the factors, but there are definitely ways to make it work. The seemingly lower costs of offshore production can be seductive, but there are a few steps you will need to take to ensure you don’t get caught by some of the common snags. There can be knock-on effects of cutting corners in the short term. I would be interested to hear more about your product range, and I believe I could offer some assistance. Just jump on to my page and reach out if you would like to chat further. Jen

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