What if we did business like we did 10 years ago?

I visited my Dad over the weekend and asked him how he was going. His reply…. “You know me Tam … I’m a simple man. As long as I have my phone calls from you and my catch ups with Toby (my brother), I’m happy! I have my chooks for eggs and my sheep for company. Hey the sheep even mow my lawns which is a pleasant bonus”.

My Dad lives alone on a farm in a little town called Dublin. He has no power (only a generator), no kitchen (just a sink and a bbq). His water comes from the rainwater tanks and he eats veggies from the veggie patch and almonds from his trees. We gave Dad a really nice deck chair for Christmas (cup holders and all), but he still insists on sitting on a plank of wood propped up with besser bricks.

My Dad and I couldn’t be more different. I love my creature comforts and I have a terrible habit of over complicating things. However, whenever I see Dad, it grounds me and reminds me that we really should take a simpler approach to life. It gives me comfort to see how simple things can be, yet you can still be so happy. In fact, he is quite possibly much happier than many of us who insist on having the best of everything and over committing ourselves both in time and financially.

So what has this got to do with business? After seeing my Dad this week I went back into one of my businesses where we are currently re-developing our Website. I channeled my Dad (surely some of his genes are in me somewhere) and decided to get back to basics and keep things simple. I culled half of the ideas I had for the site and completely pulled it back to basics. Sometimes too much information just causes confusion to our clients. Now we are developing a simple, clean site that reflects our brand, our values and we will be finished it in half the time. Sometimes I think we innovate for the sake of innovating. We change things because we feel we need to keep up with what everyone else is doing, but maybe … just maybe, if we pull back to the basics, clients will flock to us.

I challenge you to ask yourself the question:

What if we did business just as we did 10 years ago?

When I asked myself this, I was confident that my clients would enjoy the experience. Keeping it simple. Phoning clients and writing letters instead of emailing, having face to face meetings, hand writing thank you’s and most importantly, treating your after sales service as the most important part of the transaction. Would we become more memorable? I think so….

So thank you Dad. I plan on reviewing many processes in my businesses with the attitude of keeping it simple. Simply focusing on great customer service and very simple systems for my team to follow. I may even come and sit on that plank of wood with you again soon and just stare into the paddocks instead of sitting on my leather couch staring at a tablet.

Tammy Edwards – CEO of Tuckfields, Facilitator of Tammy’s Table & just a chic who loves to write and hang out with positive people.

e – tammy@tuckfields.com.au

Work-Life Balance ….. yes it can (and does) exist!

I have read so many blogs about work-life balance being BS! Well…. I’m here to tell you that it does exist and everyone can achieve it!

Here’s how!

Be present

Don’t just do things! Be present! We are all busy with meetings, appointments and deadlines.  Take the time to slow down and take a breath and enjoy the moment. Laugh at your ridiculous deadlines, and the amount of emails you have to reply to and you’ll feel so much better about.  We all have “to do” lists – just remember to put “be present” on that list.

Meet with yourself!

Put time for yourself on your calendar – treat it like a meeting.  Enjoy your life outside of your business. Switch off when you are not there and do the things you love! Have fun with friends, try new adventures, live your life to the fullest.

Find mentors!

When things go wrong or you are feeling overwhelmed, a mentor will help you see the positive.  You will learn from it and want to get back up.


Create systems in your business so you can confidently delegate to your team and walk away.  I can’t stress this one enough!

Set boundaries!

Don’t want to get calls after hours? Turn your mobile off (or better still… don’t give out your mobile number at all!).  Want to be home with your loved ones at night? Say no to after-hours functions.  Want an annual holiday? Book the time off and plan your business to work around it.

Do what you love!

I love what I do for a living! Why? Because I stopped doing the parts in my business that I didn’t love and employed people to do these things. Now my work day consists only of those parts that I enjoy. You spend so much time at work, make sure it’s a good time!


Tammy is the CEO and owner of Tuckfield Conveyancing & Tuckfield Agent Solutions.  Tammy has engineered a business which can run profitably and effectively in her absence. With her success, Tammy is passionate about helping other business owners achieve a lifestyle from their business. She offers business mentoring through “Tammy’s Table”.

 She is often seen wearing crazy outfits at events for the social group she founded, Lippie & Laughs.  Because life shouldn’t be taken seriously all of the time ….


If you knew what you were going to go through……

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I was listening to a podcast this week (yes, I am one of those nerds) and one of the questions asked was:

“If you knew what you were going to go through to get where you are today, would you have ever started your business?”

I paused (yes …. I paused) and thought about how I would answer this question.

12 years in business hasn’t come without its tough times, its tough calls and its tough decisions.

Being a business owner certainly has its challenges…. but it also has its rewards.

But …. do the rewards outweigh the challenges?

My business has certainly put me through the wringer both emotionally and financially. I have lost sleep. I have wondered how I will cope. I am scorned on social media about business decisions I make. I possibly worry more than I should.

But I consider these challenges contributors to my personal growth.  They simply make me stronger and even more determined to succeed. 

Why? Because of the rewards!

I have a team that I consider my “work family”.  We are a close-knit team with a very strong culture. The care factor of my team is out of the ordinary and because of this, I can leave my business safely in their care while I can take vacations and do the things I love to do personally. This is insanely rewarding.

I have flexibility and financial stability.  I am working in the parts of my business that I love (so I don’t consider it “work”) and I have met the most amazing people throughout my journey that inspire and motivate me.

I walk into a place that puts a smile on my dial every day. I lead a team to perform at their best and they embrace this.

So back to the question:

“If you knew what you were going to go through to get where you are today, would you have ever started your business?”

My answer …. “Hell to the YES!”. 

The good times and the tough times have all contributed to my growth, my lifestyle, my family balance and my happiness.  I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again.

Are you thinking about taking the plunge and starting a business? Have you taken that plunge and now questioning whether it was worth it?

I urge you to really thinking about why you want to do it or why you did it in the first place.  Write it down and remind yourself daily. 

Maintain a positive vision of what a business can provide fresh in your mind. Stay determined to get there! Work hard and reap the rewards! Find mentors that inspire you and listen and learn from them. Take action! But most of all, believe in yourself and the decisions you make, and you won’t have anything to regret.

Tammy is the CEO and owner of Tuckfield Conveyancing & Tuckfield Agent Solutions.  Tammy also offers business mentoring one on one as well as in a group environment “Tammy’s Table”. 

 She is often seen wearing crazy outfits at events for the social group she founded, Lippie & Laughs.  Because life shouldn’t be taken seriously all of the time ….