Read the inspiring business stories of our Venus members

Monica Ferguson, Monica Ferguson Photography – Lower Hutt

What inspired you to start your business? The sudden loss of my little brother in 2007. As the years went on I became so grateful for the photographs that we had of him, but also [...]

Gina McKenzie, Real Communications – Merivale

What inspired you to start your business? I saw that there was a real gap in the PR and communications industry for positive communications and decided to concentrate on this niche market. I wanted to [...]

Amaria Osman, JOYN (HR & Recruitment) – Lower Hutt

What inspired you to start your business? I love Recruitment, but the industry needed a shake up. Agency fees are extremely expensive and not everyone has the budget to use them or to hire a [...]

Barb Hutchinson, Harm-Less Workplaces – Dunedin

What inspired you to start your business? For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to run my own business but I never had the confidence to do so. A few years [...]

Terri Boote, Virtual Assistants Ltd, Upper Hutt

What inspired you to start your business? The passion I have for the type of business I do. I saw the need for small to medium businesses and as a person coming from the Corporate [...]

Lenaire Lander, Personal Stylist – Central Hutt Venus

What inspired you to start your business? accessories as well as helping people. I believe that we can all look and feel great no matter our age or size. I understand how our bodies and [...]

Marion Jackson, My Virtual Assistant – Howick Venus

What inspired you to start your business? Back when I worked from nine to five as an Executive Assistant in the ‘real world’ my boss would often comment to me, saying “Marion, I reckon we [...]

Hazel Harrison, Nose2Tail Doggy Daycare- Wellington East

What inspired you to start your business? I am a 5 year plan person and within 6 months I had reached my 5 year goal. So, I decided that I didn't see myself within the [...]

Tracey Oliver, TraceyOliver.com – Cambridge Venus

What inspired you to start your business? Owning your own business gives you the ability to follow your own dreams and passions. I am incredibly passionate about unlocking people's potential and creating teams that have [...]

Jes Magill, WebWriters – Howick Group

What inspired you to start your business? I know I have something special to offer with my writing and marketing skills, and it was time that I unashamedly presented myself as a package that truly [...]

Catherine Stapleton, Stapleton Consulting – Te Awamutu Venus

What inspired you to start your business? I felt compelled to develop something that prevented managers and employers from making costly decisions that not only effected their bottom line, but also their reputation and personal [...]

Sarah Crozier, Blue Bird Photography – Halswell

Tell us about your business? I'm a portrait and property photographer. So I take photos of everything from kids, their families, corporate headshots and personal branding images. Also I photograph property for real estate and [...]

Jackie Forbes, Cyclo-ssage Wellington – Mana

What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives.  I have a Massage Therapy background, however, I didn't want to do the "hands on" work [...]

Angela Murray, Albany – Living Life In Colour

What inspired you to start your business? When I moved to New Zealand from the UK I noticed a trend of people who would open up to me and tell me all their problems and [...]

Melanie Mitt, AER Group Ltd – Albany

What inspired you to start your business? Be my own boss and in a position to inspire and help others. Tell us about your business? AER was established in April 2000 having recognised the need [...]

Regina van de Velden-Cachuela, Courageously Free – Napier

What inspired you to start your business? The freedom to create a life outside of the box. Tell us about your business? Learning how to communicate through the digital space with the intention to connect [...]

Tara Jackson, Life Alignment Coach – Nelson

What inspired you to start your business? I started my career in the outdoor industry. It was there that my passion for personal development began. I was privileged to see people move toward their potential [...]

Paula Melton, Be Covered Mortgages – Howick

What inspired you to start your business? I was working long hours in a management role in retail banking, and as a result was hardly seeing my baby boy, so something needed to change, and [...]

Ruth Green, SGA Insurance Ltd – East Coast Bays

What inspired you to start your business? I have been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, and up until four years ago, I managed the office and the support staff in our business. [...]

Corin Miller, Smooch Natural Products – Nelson

What inspired you to start your business? My inspiration came from boredom and not enjoying the work I was doing. So one school holidays I googled 'what sells the most?' It came up with SEX!! [...]

Jade Thorby, Jade Thorby Photography – Hamilton Cityside

What inspired you to start your business? Photography has always inspired me, even from a young age. It wasn't until around 2009-2010 where I began to explore photography that I bought my buy my first [...]

Lindsey Carroll, Outbox Ltd – Albany

What inspired you to start your business? After many years working for a large corporate in London I had gained a wealth of skills in business, administration, IT and marketing. Adding to this my training [...]

Fay Drysdale, Build a Birthday – Petone

What inspired you to start your business? My daughter! When Jess was younger I use to spend a year organising a themed party e.g. Fairies & Wizards, Penguins etc. She had lots of friends and [...]

Joanne (Jo) Walker, Trebla – Life Decisions Made Easy – CBD

What inspired you to start your business? My family had a very bad experience with our insurance adviser after our 5-month-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They say when the s**t hits the [...]

Linda Crosbie, Salt Haven Ltd – Ellerslie

What inspired you to start your business? My own respiratory issues and having experienced the salt therapy wellness centres overseas that helped with not only respiratory issues but also got rid of my jet lag [...]

Rochelle Williams-White, Serendipity Recruitment Ltd – Botany

What inspired you to start your business? I love working with people and believed I could deliver an improved recruitment experience and outcome, by working professionally with passion and high impact, providing a win win [...]

Lynda Moore, Money Mentalist International Limited – Mt Eden

What inspired you to start your business? Frustration! With my own financial situation and what I saw happening with my clients. It didn't matter how much number crunching I did as an accountant, it wasn't [...]

Samantha Crapp, Shine Hair Co – Harbourside Tauranga

What inspired you to start your business? I bought into the salon with Kylie Boreham 3 years ago and in January took over the reins all on my own! I believe you should never stop [...]

Christine Young, Arbonne International – Wellington CBD

What inspired you to start your business? Ironically, I don't think I was actually looking for another business. However, the universe delivered and I simply could not say, "No" to this 21st century business opportunity. [...]

Cindy Bakewell, NZ Travel Brokers – Parnell

What inspired you to start your business? I know I was born with av-gas/JA-1 fuel in my veins. There is a rush of adrenalin that races through your veins when traveling, when planning to travel, [...]

Claire Williams, New You 2017 Ltd – Hamilton North

What inspired you to start your business? The inspiration behind New You came about from a combination of passion and personal experiences. After a series of personal injuries I found Endermologie treatments and realised the [...]

Genevieve McLachlan, Adaptive Technology Solutions Ltd – Upper Hutt

What inspired you to start your business? Adaptive Technology Solutions was born from a long held dream of mine, to establish my own business enhancing the lives of people with disabilities initially but this has [...]

Glenys Steele, About Best Practice Ltd Employment Law – Hamilton Cityside

What inspired you to start your business? When my babies were little I loved mothering so much that I knew when they left home I would be devastated, so I thought I would start the [...]

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Anna Thomson, Roar Fierce Limited – Wellington East

What inspired you to start your business? I was unwell and stressed and investigated new ways to help myself and found Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. It worked. I noticed a profound change in how I was [...]

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