As a woman in the heavy vehicle industry, the number of role models to draw inspiration from is still a slowly growing pool. Entering the trucking world is something many people (male and female alike) tend to be born into – they have uncles who drive trucks interstate or a parent who is a mechanic.Continue reading “Advice as a Woman in Trucking”
Category Archives: Diesel Mechanic
It’s Just A Job
It was the end of the day at the coal mine in Queensland I had been working at for 18 months and I was talking to a fellow qualified female mechanic. We weren’t exclusively talking about being women in trade, rather, we were talking about how we got into the industry when she shrugged andContinue reading “It’s Just A Job”
Why You NEED to Know Your Numbers
Just this week, I had to complete my first ever Business Activity Statement (BAS). Depending on whether your business is registered to pay or receive GST (goods and services tax) will determine whether you know of or are required to complete, the BAS. What it reminded me of was two very important things: Know yourContinue reading “Why You NEED to Know Your Numbers”
Minimum Viable Set-Up
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: getting started is more important than being ready. In truth, if you think that concept sounds scary, that’s because it can be. A lot of us experience perfectionism to some degree, and so the concept of starting before we’re ‘ready’ can create a lot ofContinue reading “Minimum Viable Set-Up”
Business Plans & Business Models: do you really need them?
The answer is yes. Simply put, a Business Model is a document or plan that details the day-to-day operations of a business that are involved in making money. In comparison, a Business Plan has a lot more to do with the structure and context of a business. It will include information such as mission andContinue reading “Business Plans & Business Models: do you really need them?”
How I Accidentally Became a Diesel Mechanic
I wanted to change the content up this week – since we’re still at the beginning stages of this journey together – and share my story of how I became a diesel mechanic, which, by the way, was an accident! I had the opportunity to speak to seven different groups of year 9 students atContinue reading “How I Accidentally Became a Diesel Mechanic”
If you’re interested in watching instead of reading, check out my video at the bottom of the page! Before you can begin any of the admin set-up for your business, you need to decide on a business structure. As I was getting into business with two other people, I went the extra step and soughtContinue reading “Business Structure”
Starting a Mechanical Business.
Despite growing up in a family business and developing a deep passion for the creativity and complexity of business and entrepreneurship, I never saw myself starting a business as a Heavy Vehicle Diesel Mechanic. It may sound counter intuitive – especially as I qualified in the trade after falling in love with the work straightContinue reading “Starting a Mechanical Business.”
A Comment on Work Experience.
I was recently asked to make a short video talking about the value of Work Experience for my high school. It’s an exciting topic for me because Work Experience was a pivotal moment in my life. Due to the industry connection between my first employer and my high school’s Trade Training Center, I was able toContinue reading “A Comment on Work Experience.”
My Transition from Automotive to Mining
This year I made the transition from the automotive industry to mining. Translation: I have gone from working on 4.5-tonne trucks to maintaining earthmoving equipment the size of houses! In case you need a visual representation of the scale of the earthmoving equipment: I left behind my work friends, product knowledge, network, and reputation toContinue reading “My Transition from Automotive to Mining”