Niki Matyjasik is a Business Buddy and Accountability Coach, helping business owners take action and stay focussed on their goals. Niki talks to The Industry Leaders about how she went from redundancy and crippling personal debts to teaching others how to succeed in business.
How did you end up sitting where you are today?
My background is in the corporate world and, after facing redundancy, I wanted to explore a better way of being in control of my own time and income. I embarked on my business journey six years ago when I was at a crossroad with what I was going to do. After visiting a women's networking group, I was surrounded by business owners that needed help with strategy, action and accountability to help them achieve their goals. Through hard work, determination, holding my nerve, consistency, and staying true to my values, I am here today.
What kind of work does your role involve?
I take business owners through a 90-day structure, planning and taking action on their vision and goals for the business. I provide help with strategy and really focusing on the tasks at hand, and not being distracted.
I challenge my clients to bring the best of themselves, providing them with solutions and acting as the sounding board for them and their businesses. I hold them accountable and keep them on track.
What gets you excited about your industry?
So so much! I truly believe that self-employed SME business owners hold such an exciting part of our economy - this group has so many creative, determined and hardworking businesses. However, running a business doesn't come with a manual, and it's so amazing to be part of a business' growth and journey to help its owners achieve their dreams, goals and visions.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Invest in yourself - don't worry about how you'll pay for it because that will automatically come. Never stop learning and expanding your knowledge and, with that, you step out of your comfort zone and step into the person you need to become to run your business and achieve your goals and dreams.
What, or who inspires you?
My clients inspire me by taking action, stepping out of their comfort zone and trying new things to expand themselves and their business.
I am inspired by the likes of Lisa Johnson, Denise Duffield Thomas and Kristina Karlsson, all of whom I am working with this year. These amazing ladies show that anything is possible.
How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?
Social media, talking to people in my industry, networking, building relationships with other business owners. I read books from key people in my industry, those that have walked the path before me.
What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?
It was being massively in debt and sticking to my business plan, and working hard consistently to get me out of that situation. I had to keep my head down, stay focused, deliver great service to my clients and, slowly but surely, I chipped away at solving that problem.
You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
I would show up in my business because I love what I do, and I want to reach more people to help. I would also travel the world, going to Italy, Spain and France initially. I love wine, fashion and good food, and I know all of these countries excel in these areas! I would love to learn about different cultures and ways of being.
I'd also pay off my immediate loved ones' mortgages and gift some spending money to them. Then I would set up a fashion business, offering high-end retail and designer fashion in a rental format.
How do you switch off after a day at work?
Listen to music on the way home, have dinner with my family at the table every night; this is really important for checking in on everyone's day. I also make sure to connect with my daughter to see how her day has been and have a chat - my husband does most of the cooking, so I leave that to him.
I like to watch a tv series or a favourite programme which helps me switch off from day-to-day issues, but it also provides me with inspiration on personal projects I am working on. I love to read books and magazines too, so end up with one of these at the end of the night. Finally, I often do a meditation to bring the day to a close.
If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?
I would like business owners to fully understand that building a business needs time and consistency and for this message to get across to them from the start.
I hear about a lot of businesses who give it a few months and say something is not working and, as much as I help businesses with consistency and accountability. It is an area that comes up time and time again. Business owners feel that they do something once or twice, and that's all it needs!!!
What book or podcast should everyone know about?
Oh my goodness, this is a tough question. So so many to chose from - my shelves are literally bursting with books!
A book that changed my path into my business was Design Your Best Year Ever by Darren Hardy. This book helped me change the course of my business journey and set me on the path of where I am today.
I listen to loads of podcasts now and read books, Denise Duffield Thomas and Kristina Karlsson are my latest reads, and I am listening to Fearne Cotton about speaking your truth.
How should people connect with you?
You can connect with me via any of the following:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nikimatyjasikbusinessbuddy/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebusinessbuddiesclub
Accountability Toolkit https://bit.ly/AccountabilityToolkit
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