Meet Lynette- Everyone needs a network
This month, I would like to introduce you to Lynette Delane. We first met online through a Facebook group where I learnt that Lynette had recently moved from Interstate. From my past experience as a Relocation consultant, I know that everyone needs a network and was delighted when Lynette came along to YTM.
YTM provides three different formats across monthly events for men and women, business owners and professionals, not only to generate business through referrals, but to foster sustainable relationships through our supportive and diverse community. Strong relationships have developed amongst the comunity and there is regularly opportunities for
- Revenue: joint ventures and collaboration
- Loyalty: client relationship
- Referrals: extension of sales
- Knowledge: gaining of shared knowledge and experience, through events, mentoring and our Think Tank program
Did you now we also run three dinners a year? Lynette one of the Competitors at the YTM Awards Dinner on the 24th April, and is also providing the bonus insight at the YTM Networking with a Twist Kew event on the 11th April on "How your digital filing system can save you time, money and stress!”
So, let me introduce you-
Lynette, What’s your business name and how did you come up with that? How do you help others?
My business is Kits and Bits, there’s actually quite a story to why it’s called that (published on my blog) but the short version is that it’s an homage to the business my parents had when I was a child.
I help business owners who feel lost in or overwhelmed by the tech side of their business, get the most out of the software they already have at their fingertips. Then they don’t waste time trying to work it out themselves, or waste money outsourcing it for the wrong reason.
I Design: fully branded Microsoft templates in Word, PowerPoint and Excel allowing my clients to quickly create a professional, consistently branded files.
I Help them Document: Their business processes so they can effectively outsource or delegate repetitive or low ROI tasks or so they can be more productive in the job they already have.
I Deliver: 1:1 training with Microsoft and small business tech showing them only what they need to know, upskilling them and filling in the gaps.
“Why” do you do what you do ?
Nobody at the end of life, wishes they’d spent more time at work.
I want to save small business owners time and money in their business, every day, so that they’re not working 14 hour days and can spend time doing what they love.
My business was founded on the idea of building a work life balance for myself and my clients.
What made you start your own business?
Doing things better than before and “figuring stuff out” is in my blood.
In my pre-business career, I spent many years as a trainer and technical writer specialising in software projects and business process documentation for both small businesses and large organisations. I often found myself scratching my head and thinking ‘there must be a better way to do this!‘, there usually was but I found it very difficult to affect change in large organisations that were stuck in the ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’ mindset.
My business gave me the chance to affect positive change quickly and also gave me the opportunity to use (nearly) all of the skills I’ve picked up over the years.
I am sure there are things that really give you a “buzz” about your business. Could you share 2 or three things with us?
As a systems trainer, I found giving someone the simplest of shortcuts that would have my clients exclaiming “OMG that’s going to save me hours” or “wow – I didn’t know that existed” or on really good days “where have you been all my life“.
In my business now, I spend a lot of time empowering people for whom tech is a scary tool that they have to use for their business but don’t know how. With me they build their confidence as well as their skillset and learn to be discerning about the what, why and when of the technology they use in their business.
As you know at Your Time Matters, we believe conversations, connections and knowledge enrich lives, personally and professionally and can impact on the lives of others, helping them learn, grow and achieve what matters to them. What impact would you like your business to make?
While many entrepreneurs are out to make their millions, my end goal is to work less while being financially free.
I want to inspire my family, friends, colleagues and clients to know it’s possible to have a job you love, pay the bills and not be exhausted (not there yet, but on my way).
I also want my business to serve a greater purpose by doing good in the world! Through doing pro-bono work for charities or supporting social enterprises, I love the idea of the ripple effect of me helping charities who in turn, feeling less overwhelmed and with better resources, can help more of their clients.
In 3 years time, where would you like to see your business?
I’d love to have a regular scholarship program in place where organisations that are doing well, help me support social enterprises and tech terrified women in business become more confident with their tech and as a result more productive.
Can you give us one tip on how to manage your time as a busy business professional?
I’m lucky in that much of my work is done via email or video chat which minimises the need to travel and find parking. I plan my month, week and day ahead and make sure that everything I’m doing in my business is driving me to the end state rather than getting caught up in busy work.
As a tech and systems person, I let technology do a lot of the work for me with online booking calendars, social media scheduling and keyboard shortcuts.
How have you benefited from being part of the YTM community?
I hate small talk. YTM encourages deeper relationships with real conversations about not just what we do but why and how as well as where we might be struggling rather than always presenting the highlight reel.
Please share your favourite quote with us about time or business .
This quote was the catalyst for starting my business.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”
it’s an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
How can people connect with you?
All of the usual links are available here https://linktr.ee/kits_and_bits
Thank you Lynette, I am pleased you have become a Member and have found your assistance in arranging YT's powerpoint deck invaluable. See you at the next event. If you would like to meet Lynette face to face, please subcribe to our Connect4Success Newsletter and keep informed of our events