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Benefits of Running Your Own Business

Blog 1 of 8: Interviews with Businesswomen Julie Mason, Tracey Abell and Colleen Tarrant. Interviews, transcriptions and blogs by Sophie Tarrant.


Businesswomen Julie Mason, Colleen Tarrant, and Tracey Abell explain why they started their businesses, and why they love what they do.

Q: What made you decide to start your business?

Julie says,

I found that I wanted to be able to control what it was that I sold to clients without having to go past permissions from other people. I had ideas of the way industry was changing and the way people were communicating. The people I was working with at the time weren’t picking up on that quick enough, and so I decided to start my own business.

Colleen says,

My basic training is as an accountant. I’ve been an accountant for quite a long time but basically working for other people. When I turned…a certain age, a major birthday…I wanted to think about ‘Would I want to be working for someone else for the rest of my working life?’, and ‘Would I regret it if, at 65 or 67, I’d never taken the punt to start my own business?’. Then finally, in 2014, I made the jump. I started my own business.

Tracey says,

In 2009 I was working for a training company in Brisbane on the Northside and they decided to relocate to another city. And I’d just relocated to Brisbane to work for them, bought a house, and so on. So I couldn’t relocate. It was too expensive and wasn’t possible. I was left in the lurch. I travelled for a few months overseas, came back and thought, there’s a big gap in the market now, where the previous company had filled. Now they’d gone, so I decided to start my own business based on that.

 Q: So what’s the best thing about working for yourself?

Tracey says,

The best thing about working for myself is the ability to structure my life and my business as a whole. As oppose to going, ‘That’s my business, that’s my home life’. I can manage them [collectively]. My husband works shifts. He might work on the weekend and have a Tuesday and Wednesday off. So I can reorganise my business so that I can have a Tuesday off and work on a Saturday. So there’s flexibility. But that flexibility has inherent risks. If you’re not an organised, structured, focussed person, that can be really damaging for the business as well. So the flexibility can be a curse, but I see it as the greatest thing going.

Colleen says,

It’s fantastically motivating to go out and promote your own business. And it’s your business, it’s your baby. And you can make whatever decisions you want for the benefit of you and your future.

Julie says,

You get to be your own boss. You get to work your own hours. You get to do what you love.*

There are many reasons to start your own business, and there are many benefits. Watch this space to learn more about how these three entrepreneurs have created successful businesses.


*This is an excerpt from one of Julie’s blogs. It’s a great read about how to increase your morale when you’ve been alone in your office all week. Check it out!

Julie Mason, Social Media Princess

Julie Mason is a LinkedIn and Business Strategist. She will show you how to generate sales through LinkedIn using strategies that have helped her clients to drastically increase their revenue. For more information, click here:



Tracey Abell, DevelopMental Pty Ltd

Tracey Abell is General Manager of DevelopMental Pty Ltd. Established in 2009, the business specialises in project management training. Tracey has presented courses and conferences across Australia. For more information, click here:



Colleen Tarrant, IN8 Business Advisory

Colleen Tarrant is Director of IN8 Business Advisory. Based on a wealth of advisory experience, IN8 offers property investors and business owners effective ways to manage their taxes, risk and finances, for a brighter financial future and peace of mind. For more information, click here: and also


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