Challenges and Feedback

I'm taking part in the Future Females awesome "5 Days To Start Business Challenge."

I'm using it to kickstart my final phase of this onematchstick project, of meeting my future Landlord and getting the final offices.

As part of the challenge, I need to get some feedback from... you!

So if you are up for it, I have a 2 page  'concept document' that I would love to share with some peeps who would give me some input and answer a few questions I have, to help me fine tune my next big push.

If that's you, then get in touch with me so we can get going and chatting! THANK YOU!

PS- I'm also a guest blogger for Future Females

Wildlife Photography Master Class and onematchstick

I just spent a fun weekend at the Tapsnapp stand at the Photo Plus Africa expo, getting to tell all the photographers I could about my latest item up for trade,and I'm looking forward to hearing from some of them with offers for the gear!

I met Michael Tucker there - an award winning Wildlife Photographer - and I loved his photos, and he loved my onematchstick idea.  So much so, that he has donated a voucher for his Wildlife Photography Master Class for me to trade on!  How cool is that :)

So I am adding this Voucher to Box 2 of my tech gear item up for trade.  That means that what I have on offer has just increased in value!

More about this Wildlife Photography Master Class:

If you are a photographer and want to learn from the pro Michael about how to take better shots of wildlife, this is a great 6 hour Master class for you!  It is run as 2 three hour sessions one week apart, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

You'll learn about animal behaviour, as well as advanced photographic techniques, manual settings  and custom settings.  You'll also tackle low light challenges and also how to get photos of the night sky.  For the full list of all that you will learn and the techniques covered, see this Photographic Master Class page here.

Here I am at the expo with Michael, as he explains more about this voucher on offer:

So, if you would like this course, and all the other gear I have up for trade, get in touch and make me an offer!  Call me on +27837302979 or email

Tapsnapp, Photographers and one matchstick

I’m on this matchstick mission to help start-up entrepreneurs. So what better way to take a step forward on my mission than to get some help from one of South Africa’s exciting start-ups!

They’re called Tapsnapp! And they’re headed up by the entrepreneur and photographer (and past onematchstick trader!) Vije Vijendranath. Any start up entrepreneurs could learn a thing or two from Vije and his entrepreneurial journey.

And Tapsnapp is such an exciting opportunity for photographers and those looking for photographers: As a photographer, you can list yourself, your portfolio and dates available for shoots. Then anyone looking for a professional to take photos and video and capture their memories (from weddings to holidays to corporate and anything in between) can search online, by location, availability and budget, and book and pay for a shoot.
Easy peasy.
Kinda like uber for photographers!

My three boxes of gear to get you off the grid are ideal for photographers – especially those hip photographers who use Tapsnapp, as the solar panels and the outdoor stands for cameras would come in handy for outdoor shoots and shoots done on location.

So Vije has invited me to join him and his Tapsnapp Team at their stand at this week’s Photo Plus Africa Expo.

I’ll be showcasing some of the gear from the 3 boxes that I have up for trade – and taking offers right there and then. Maybe - hopefully! - if the offer is right, I’ll make my next trade at the Tapsnapp stand.

So: calling all photographers. And all Videographers!
Come visit Tapsnapp at the Photo Plus Africa Expo this weekend and make me an offer!

I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday (19th and 20th October 2018) from 09h00 to 17h00 at the Gallagher Convention Center.


Photo Plus Africa Expo -at the Tapsnapp stand.
Venue: Gallagher Convention Center, Johannesburg
Tickets: R100 per day
Tickets available
OR buy tickets at the door

Call me to find us on 0837302979
See you soon!

Bartering in Business

Tamara wrote a great piece for the Gordon Institute of BusinessScience's Magazine, on bartering and how it can  and is – being used in business today.  Check it out here, and especially the bit about Tax!

In my interview with Tamara, she had also asked me what first made me interested in bartering. Well, my earliest memory of bartering was doing an “egg drive” to raise funds for something at primary school.  

I would go to my neighbours and ask them for a donation, or an egg.  If they gave me an egg, I would go the next house and ask them to buy the egg or make a donation of another egg.  And so on, often selling the eggs when I had a half dozen.  And then I would start again asking for one egg.

I also explained how I have used what I learnt from onematchstick in my coaching practice.
For attending my training courses, I’ve bartered with clients cash for covering expenses like printing and venue costs, and then bartered for the persons services for the rest of the training costs.

I have also applied what I learnt when I did what I called “three-ways” to my business.  For an explanation of three-ways see here.

How I applied this was there was a stage a few years ago where I need to upgrade my website for Inner Coaching, and I got a quote from my previous website developers.  

I started saving up for this, and while doing that I also asked my website guys if they would consider bartering for the site (my first ever website I traded coaching for the founder of the company, for my website, so I knew they would be open to bartering).  

They didn’t need any coaching or training at that time, so I asked them what they did need.  They said they wanted a year’s listing on a prominent PR website. 

So I contacted the founder of that PR website, and offered them coaching or training for one of their packages.  They didn’t have a need then either for coaching, and so after asking them what they did need, they said it was their company’s birthday celebrations soon, and they wanted prizes to give away to their readers.  

At that time, Nick who I trade with, the trade of the books for the Strandveld wine, asked me to teach him more about social media, and he’d barter wine for my lessons.  

I convinced him to offer me many cases of Strandveld wine for the lessons and social media consulting, which I then offered to the PR website for their prizes.

They then offered in exchange the year package, which I gave to the website developers, and they in turn gave me a new website for Inner Coaching.  And a 4-way trade was done.  Voila!  

Anyway, check out page 62 in the GIBS Magazine, and let me know if you would use  trading and bartering in your business.  Would you?

Is it time to re-ignite onematchstick?

There have been many twists and turns in my journey of trading a single matchstick up into office space to help startup entrepreneurs, over the last 12 years (yes- over a decade! I cant believe how time has passed).

With my many attempts to get the matchstick burning again, and then circumstances intervening and snuffing out the flame, forcing me to stop again... I've never felt the embers die out totally.

The latest of these bends in my matchstick journey has given me plenty of time to crystallize what we can actually create with the onematchstick office, besides just having a few rooms to work from.  I believe we can use this story and the space it results in, to have a bigger impact on South Africa's startup entrepreneurial landscape.

And so today I have finished my 'concept document' and tonight I start talking to some of the people who have said they were watching and waiting for me... to find out if they are still waiting... and willing to help.

Hopefully this time as I re-ignite my matchstick, I can manage what life throws me AND keep it burning.

#watchthisspace  #Iwillneedhelp #letsgo #sparktime

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
- Don Williams Jr

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