I need some help, please!

There is a possibility that I might have found my future landlord!

As I work my strategy of burning the matchstick at both ends by trading up from the WONDERboom private Rock Concert and trading down from the office (and hopefully finding a way for these trades to meet in the middle!), I have found a possible office!

My prospective Landlord and I have been crunching numbers, and talking about what he would need in order to trade with me for about 200 meters squared of office space.  How exciting is that! 

And so far we've come up with one idea of a possible trade.  I can’t go into all the nitty gritty’s of the deal here and now as there are still a few meetings to be had before we have something more concrete to share. 

But what I would like to let you in on, and ask for your help with please, has to do with the idea we've found to make this trade work.

If I can find another paying tenant (or two) to introduce to my possible future Landlord, then we might have a way to trade.  It’s a complicated trade, and will involve a few people, so all I need some help with at this stage is to find some people and/ or businesses who would like to rent some office space in Jozi town.

The area is Braamfontein, and it’s a fab building in a great location.  And Braamfontein rocks!  It’s all happening in Braamfontein lately!  Even the Braamfontein Improvement District echo’s that!  

Braamfontein has become quite vibey with its markets, art galleries, night clubs, boutique stores, coffee shops, hotels and bars!  It’s also got a business and education flare, with a few entrepreneurial hubs, WITS University and some international NGO’s.

So it’s the perfect environment for the onematchstick office, don’t you think?

Please help me spread the word, and help me to find my possible future neighbouring tenants! 

If you are looking for office space in Johannesburg, and especially in Braamfontein, or know someone who is, please get in touch with me so I can organize for a viewing of the space, and we can chat about the details.

Call me on 083 730 2979!

Thank you!!


I met Reg Lascaris!

I've been wanting to meet Reg Lascaris since he inadvertently became part of my onematchstick story.  

His book, co-authored with Mike Lipkin (someone else I’d like to meet J), became my third trade that I called: Jack, Mike and Reg.

Well last night I was learning about Ethical Leadership from Professor Al Gini, and knew that Reg was giving a talk for Heavy Chef at GIBS at the same time.  So after I understood more about the virtues of outstanding leaders from Gini, I went and found Reg, still answering a few questions after his talk.

Reg has just written another book, “Lessons from the boot of a car” about his adventure as a start-up entrepreneur, growing one of the most successful advertising powerhouses TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, literally from the boot of his car.

Reg describes his book as “a story-book intended to encourage the novice entrepreneur to make a start”.  It is aimed at Start-up Entrepreneurs- just the kind of people I find fascinating and also want to help with the onematchstick office.  (Read more about why he wrote the book, and a chapter extract here).

So maybe when I have finished trading up to my office space, Reg will come give a talk to all the aspiring start-up entrepreneurs.   And I will be able to hear his story too!

No, I don't do temporary tattoos

But I do know who does.

Remember this (three-way) trade involving Henna Tattoos that I did ages ago, as part of the big 375 T-shirts trade?

Well, it's amazing that out of all the trades that I have done to date, this one has had the biggest echo, if I can call it that.

It has led to me getting phoned and asked if I do temporary tattoo's quite regularly.  

I just had such a call right now, where the lady was looking to partner with someone to do temporary tattoos for a big event.

(And now I'll probably get even more calls after writing this post *dooh!*)

The person I keep referring all these inquiries to is Nikita, as she can do some pretty amazing stuff with Mehndhi.  And I did trade with her for the tattoo party.

It just amazes me how people keep finding me and strike up the conversation as if I am in the tattoo business. #newcareercallingperhaps?

These are a few of the tattoo's that were done
at the onematchstick Henna Tattoo party.
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Gatecrashing with WONDERboom

Going up the lifts to the theatre, with the bell ringing to let us know that the show was about to start, I bumped into Wade and Martin of WONDERboom.   Not too surprising that they were there as well to see Queen at the Ballet, as their lead singer, Cito was in the show, (which was a wonderful show – so if you missed it, you missed out!)

I caught up a bit with them and kinda invited myself to gatecrash their next practice session.

And so I did.

Last night I got to hang out with the guys and meet their new drummer, Jonathan Bell aka Jono, as they worked on their set for their upcoming gigs.

I arrived as they just started a tune, that I learnt was Waterfall by one of their favourite bands, The Stone Roses.  (Yeah, I know- where have I been that I hadn’t come across The Stone Roses till now!). 

The room they were practicing in was pretty sound proof, as I could hear them from inside, like a radio had been left on.  But it was nothing like being inside, with all the electric guitars and speakers and drum set full blast!

They went through some of their set, and spent quite a bit of time on Waterfall as they’ll be doing it as a cover at Splashy Fen this weekend.  I feel like I know Waterfall really well now, noticing which guitar played which bits and when, and how all the band members worked together to produce such foot tapping, soul bouncing tunes!

And I couldn't help but smile at the improv bits in between.  It was all a great example of how practice makes perfect, and hard work pays off!

Now if you trade with me, you’d also get to have a rock concert of your own, in your own backyard, with WONDERboom.  And you’re going to have to invite the neighbours, as there will be no soundproofing of the tunes then!

Thanks WONDERboom for letting me gate crash your practice session!  I had such fun :) 

Calling all Wedding Planners!

In my search for the next person I am going to trade for, I've been looking for a man having a mid life crisis, then a lover wanting to propose, and also a possible hostess to throw the party of all parties….

And following that train of thought I was going to start searching for a possible couple getting married… and then a couple found me!

Well, the story goes that Rene asked on Facebook if anyone had any suggestions for a band or DJ, and his fiancĂ© added the detail clarifying that suggestions should please suit a wedding. 

And so I commented:
“I have a private party/rock concert with WONDERboom, followed by DJ JP Silver to keep any party going late into the night, and all up for barter? Shall we talk?

And I heard nothing for a few days, and was delighted when Rene contacted me to discuss my offer. 

We agreed that before we started to talk about a possible trade and move into negotiating the details, we needed to check with Cito of WONDERboom if the band was available on their wedding date.

I contacted Cito, and after he checked his schedule, they are already booked and confirmed for a concert on the wedding day.

O, what disappointment I felt...

What it showed me though, was that there are people out there who are open to trading, and that they might just be willing to trade in relation to their wedding planning!

So, to add to my list of people I am looking for, is a couple planning their wedding.

What a way to make some memories than with WONDERboom live to entertain and celebrate with a couple starting their life together as husband and wife, and celebrating this union with their closest loved ones!

If you are planning a wedding, get in touch if you’d like to explore if the Rock the House/ Wedding is to be a part of your wedding party!

Trading down

Tonight my trading down strategy caught alight!

I met with James, at a great new restaurant called Craft in Parkhurst (where I need to go back to try their milkshakes!)

James and I bounced some ideas around for how I could trade up my WONDERboom Rock the House item- some ideas I’ll be looking more into.  

And then we got on to the world of property, and specifically commercial property and what I am looking for- which is between 100m2 and 200m2 of space – anywhere! But, as I said to James when he asked, if I could choose, office space in my own home town of Jozi would be first prize.

I learnt some more about the costs involved in renting office space, and ways I could structure my final trade for the onematchstick office.  And then- the ultimate grin factor of the evening - we even spoke about a possible building that could be the home of the future onematchstick office! *punches air*

So without saying too much, because this is really still as a very early stage, and there is a lot of effort and negotiating and networking and asking around and being creative that still needs to happen, this opportunity looks very bright!  

The next steps include James doing some number crunching in excel, and me visiting the building sometime soon.

So yes, my strategy of burning the matchstick at both ends looks like it has caught on fire! 
(More on the other side- the trading up side- to come in my next blog post.)

Burning the matchstick at both ends

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