Here you'll find regular blogs about running a business that can help you along your journey.

Eight indications that you should get support to start your own business

By Natalie Robinson | June 3, 2018

Here are eight indications that you should consider a career and lifestyle change, by pursuing the ideas you’ve been thinking about. We’ve also shared some of the problems that might be stopping you from getting started, and how our Ideas You Can Execute programme can help. You’ve had ideas and ambitions to start a business […]

Is Facebook Dead for Businesses?

By Natalie Robinson | May 11, 2018

The author of this article, Carl Thompson, is the co-founder of Contento. Previously co-founder and CMO of TradeGecko, founder of Momentum Marketing and a few other companies in between.  Over the past five years, content marketing has exploded thanks to easy promotion channels like Twitter and Facebook. Businesses could quickly knock out 500ish words, publish it on their […]

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We’re niching our Ideas You Can Execute programme, here’s why

By Natalie Robinson | May 6, 2018

Part of the core value we provide at Mum’s Garage is a community, helping like-minded people connect with one another, to support each other along the business development journey. Initially, our Ideas You Can Execute programme was targetted at anyone who had an idea or ambitions to start a business. However, we found that people […]

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Sharing stories about starting and growing startups – what we do differently at Mum’s Garage

By Natalie Robinson | April 13, 2018

Through our own journey of starting a business, and helping others, we know that there are a lot of stories about what success looks like that are deeply ingrained in startup and business culture. Who can start a company, what needs to be done in order to be successful, what the definition of success is, etc. […]


Founder Stories: Carl Thompson, stopping everything to find my next move

By Natalie Robinson | March 26, 2018

  The author of this article, Carl Thompson, is the current co-founder of Contento. Previously co-founder and CMO of TradeGecko, founder of Momentum Marketing and a few other companies in between. I’m a yes person. To my detriment and I’ve only recently realised saying yes to everything can actually be damaging to my goals. I got […]

hubspot partnership

By Natalie Robinson | March 19, 2018

  Mum’s Garage is excited to announce the launch of its partnership with HubSpot for Startups. In our continued effort to provide founders with the essential tools for their success, we are now able to offer HubSpot’s Marketing and Sales software at a 90% scholarship for the first year — an average savings of $17,000!  HubSpot is the leader in inbound […]


Why everyone innately wants to start their own business, and how to get there

By Natalie Robinson | March 15, 2018

I think everyone wants to start their own business. Why? It satisfies the highest levels of human motivation. Enter Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the only thing I remember from my Management 101 class. If you’re not familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, it’s a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, […]

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Be mindful of who you take business advice from

By Natalie Robinson | March 15, 2018

One of the hard things about getting started in business is the number of decisions that have to be made, what to call the company, when to quit your job, how to build or source your product, whether it’s an idea worth spending time on. There is a high degree of uncertainty and personal responsibility […]


We’re launching our ‘Building a Viable Business’ programme

By Natalie Robinson | March 11, 2018

We’re excited to announce that our programme, ‘Building a Viable Business’, is open for its first intake, which will start in the first week of April 2018. This programme is the second stage in the Startup Series and designed for founders who have validated their idea and are committed to building a high growth, high […]

Finding the rhythm

By Natalie Robinson | October 31, 2017

Most things people do are guided by a rhythm. How we structure our days, spend our time, when we breathe, when we sleep, how we feel, our habits and routines, the list goes on. Businesses have rhythms too. That is regular activities that once perfected, create a more consistent output. For example, a successful salesperson or team […]

Time to move from exploration to execution

By Natalie Robinson | October 30, 2017

This post is to remind you of the importance of moving forward towards creating a viable business model, so you don’t run out of steam before you build something financially sustainable. I’m conscious that a lot of our blog content is focused on helping people understand what they are creating in the early stages of […]

If you want to be successful in business, start practicing

By Natalie Robinson | October 23, 2017

No matter what you’re working on, learning and practice are essential for getting good. Don’t disappoint yourself by thinking that you’ll naturally have the skills to be a good entrepreneur. It requires practice to become a good founder, like anything else in life. Think about some of the other things you might be good at… […]


Make people care about your product, make something they value

By Natalie Robinson | October 19, 2017

  Starting a business is hard when you have a product no one cares about. It’s much easier to get people behind your business when the thing you’re creating solves a real problem for a group of people, and your reason for existing aligns with values they care about. For every business, there is a […]


Know what you’re great at, or never feel good enough.

By Natalie Robinson | October 19, 2017

You can’t be great at everything. In fact, if you want to be exceptional at anything, you’re going to have to reside in the fact that you’re probably not going to not be great at a significant number of other skills. This is because it takes a lot of practice to become great at something […]


The truth about transitioning from job to self-employment

By Natalie Robinson | October 19, 2017

Society screws with aspiring entrepreneurs Most people don’t start out with the skillset and mindset required to build a successful business. We’re conditioned to go to school, university and then into a 9-5 job. If you choose to learn about business during this time, it’s generally from an academic or management perspective that doesn’t reflect […]

Top 7 tips for starting a business outside of your day job

By Natalie Robinson | September 25, 2017

So you have an idea for a business, but you’re still stuck in a day job? Here’s 7 tips for starting a business while you’re still busy with work.

Don’t let lack of productivity get you down!

By Natalie Robinson | August 28, 2017

Grappling with productivity? Don’t worry. We’ve pulled together some articles we think will help.

Why it’s a good idea to learn to code

By Natalie Robinson | August 15, 2017

This article is designed to help you understand the importance of learning at least some basic code.

Market validation, what it is and how to get started

By Natalie Robinson | August 8, 2017

In this post we share what we consider to be the science behind early-stage idea development.


How idea’s are formed, and how to get better at coming up with them

By Natalie Robinson | July 8, 2017

This article covers how ideas work, what gets them flowing and 10 tips to help you improve the process. 

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Founder Chats: Kathryn George from KG Design Consultancy

By Natalie Robinson | July 6, 2017

We recently chatted with the founder of KG Design Consultancy, Kathryn George.

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Working with Wellington ICT School to build an Entrepreneurial Programme

By Natalie Robinson | July 3, 2017

Over the last 12 weeks we’ve been busy delivering an entrepreneurial program for the Wellington ICT Graduate School.


We Sat Down With Ankit, Founder of NZ Tech Startup Ecosystem Facebook Group

By Natalie Robinson | May 26, 2017

It’s no secret that the NZ Tech Startup Ecosystem Facebook Group is the go-to place for Kiwi startups. We chatted with the founder, Ankit.

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Our Digital Marketing Deep Dive Workshop Is Back!

By Natalie Robinson | May 19, 2017

This popular event is back for the second year running, and is a unique opportunity to learn from world-class digital marketers in New Zealand.

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Founder Chats: Zanda and Kyle From TinySkinScribbles

By Natalie Robinson | May 18, 2017

We recently chatted with the founders of TinySkinScribbles, Zanda & Kyle, who have just gone through our latest CO.STARTERS cohort.


Our Recommended Techweek Events For Startups

By Natalie Robinson | April 25, 2017

With Techweek’17 fast approaching (6-14 May), we’ve pulled out our top picks for startups.


I WANT GROWTH – Our Techweek Event

By Natalie Robinson | April 24, 2017

We’ve teamed up with Momentum Marketing to kick off ‘I WANT GROWTH’  during Techweek’17.

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We’ve Created A New Zealand Startup Ecosystem Map For Kiwi Entrepreneurs

By Natalie Robinson | April 19, 2017

Want to know what services are out there for startups in New Zealand? We’ve created this NZ-wide resource.

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Founder Chats: Cameron Stewart From Parametric Furniture

By Natalie Robinson | April 18, 2017

We recently chatted with founder or Parametric Furniture, Cameron Stewart.

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Our Comprehensive Guide To Market Validation

By Natalie Robinson | April 7, 2017

Market validation is one of the most important steps when trying to build a business. Here, we dive right in.

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Q&A Ahead Of The China NZ Innovation And Entrepreneurship Forum

By Natalie Robinson | March 30, 2017

The NZ China Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum is coming up this weekend, so we sat down with organisers Kevin and Xilu.

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We’re Speaking At The Next Auckland MUV Talks

By Natalie Robinson | March 17, 2017

The next MUV Talks is happening 4th April at Studio One Toi Tu in Ponsonby, and we’re among the speaker lineup.

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Join Us At The NZ China Innovation And Entrepreneurship Forum

By Natalie Robinson | March 12, 2017

We’re speaking about early stage entrepreneurship at the upcoming NZ China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum.

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Introducing The New PledgeMe Crowdfunding Canvas

By Natalie Robinson | March 5, 2017

We recently helped PledgeMe come up with their brand new Crowdfunding Canvas.


We’ve Collated Our Favourite Startup Tools and Resources

By Natalie Robinson | February 28, 2017

We’ve compiled a list of tools that we and other founders in our community find most helpful.


Nelson Shaw, Co-Founder of WheyCartel, On Building A Global E-commerce Business

By Natalie Robinson | January 31, 2017

We caught up with Nelson Shaw, co-founder of WheyCartel, to pick his brains on startups.

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Introducing Our New Pre-Acceleration Programme: The Validator

By Natalie Robinson | January 12, 2017

Mum’s Garage has partnered with Jeff Mann to develop New Zealand’s first pre-accelerator programme, The Validator.


Lean Coffee – A Great Meetup For Entrepreneurs And Creatives

By Natalie Robinson | January 7, 2017

Lean Coffee – Happy Startup School Style – is run as a meet-and-greet plus discussion for solo-preneurs, freelancers and creatives.

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Entrepreneurs Unleashed: An Event Series For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

By Natalie Robinson | January 4, 2017

We’re looking forward to holding many more Entrepreneurs Unleashed events in 2017.

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Idealog Publishes Our Thoughts On Female Founders Raising Investment

By Natalie Robinson | December 14, 2016

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to speak at The Fantail Network’s Mindmatter Symposium life hack sessions.

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