Success Stories

“My husband and I are currently working with the ‘smiling assassin’ to further develop our business. We are now the proud owners of a written business plan (something that we always had in our head but now have strategies and goals in place). We continue to work with Rod and certainly enjoy our sessions and future planning. Olivia and Andrew Banks, Art Nuvo” October 3, 2011

Olivia Banks

“I have recruited Rod and his services numerous times over the past 4 years through both my business and my husbands business. His services have assisted us with out growth and expansion in our businesses over the years. He is also awesome at making us accountable and credible for the progression of the business and the decissions that we make and run with as business owners. I could not recommend Rod more highly and would be happy to refer him to other business owners! Carlee Webber of Queensland Bookkeeping Services (and of Woombye Mechanical Repairs)” September 28, 2011

Carlee Webber

“I have recruited Rod and his services numerous times over the past 4 years through both my business and my husbands business. His services have assisted us with out growth and expansion in our businesses over the years. He is also awesome at making us accountable and credible for the progression of the business and the decissions that we make and run with as business owners. I could not recommend Rod more highly and would be happy to refer him to other business owners! Carlee Webber of Queensland Bookkeeping Services (and of Woombye Mechanical Repairs)” September 28, 2011

Sally DESCH

“Rod is my Business Mentor. He does a great job keeping me, a creative person on-task when it comes to business planning. He’s given me great advice, and best of all Rod doesn’t give one-size-fits-all business mentoring, he listens to me and we work together on my business. He was described to me as a “secret weapon” in business success.” September 27, 2011

Lisa Blainey-Lewin

“Rod is a very competent business advisor well respected by his clients and peers alike. I’ve enjoyed knowing Rod over many years and can recommend Rod to anybody looking for a business mentor and advisor.” September 6, 2011

Geoff Moller, Owner,
Vestra Business Advantage

“I have worked with Rod Richards via participation in his business workshops as well as a mentor with the Qld Government DEEDI M4G program.
I have found Rod to be always positive in his work with clients and able to relate to them in a way that makes it easy for the client to understand and implement suggestions.
Business knowledge & understanding is very strong and Rod displays great empathy.” September 2, 2011

Mark Wiggins,
Owner Manager BOQ Caloundra

“Rod is the consummate professional. I’ve engaged him as a business mentor to review my mortgage broking practice and advise on appropriate and effective business and marketing strategies. His approach was thorough and genuine.

I’ve also worked with him in assisting mutual clients where his strong commitment to his clients’ success is clearly evident. Rod is a pleasure to work with.

I’d strongly recommend Rod to any business owners, and their professional advisers, who want to improve their business performance.” August 29, 2011

Wayne Slager

“I have known Rod for many years in a variety of roles, most of which have lead him to his current specialisation and passion for the SME and micro business sector.
He’s an excellent mentor and goto person with vast experience with businesses in this vital area of our economy.
He has the experience and discipline to hold otherwise unaccountable business owners to ensure agreed action are completed and don’t just fall through the cracks.” August 29, 2011

Geoff Butler

“Rod Richards was originally employed by Perfect Earth to help manage our constant growth.
Rod is now employed to help Perfect Earth with all aspects of our business management.
Rod has proven to be honest, reliable and conduct business ethically.

I have no hesitation in recommending Rod from Rod Richards Consulting.” August 12, 2011

Marcus Koolen

“Rod Richards has provided me with business advice and mentoring on several occasions.
Rod is highly a qualified business mentor and consultant, and provides a clear outsiders perspective on how your business is travelling, and helps to implement strategies to improve and grow your business.
I can’t recommend Rod highly enough for any small business who is looking to improve.” April 20, 2011

Nathan Arrowsmith
Fig Creative

About 2 years after I had started my Business it became clear that I needed to move it to the next level. At the time I felt that I didn’t have the necessary skills or confidence to do that on my own, I didn’t know where to start. I was good at what I did, but I had never run a business before and I knew that my business skills or lack of them could certainly make or break my business. I took on Rod Richards as my Business mentor, it was one of the best Business decisions I have made. Under his guidance not only has my Business continued to grow and improve but I have completed a cert IV in Small Business management and last year was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Small Business awards. Something I didn’t expect was that I have been able to take the knowledge I have learned from a Business perspective and apply it to my personal life with very satisfying results. For anyone in small business whether you are starting out or have been in Business for awhile, I can highly recommend the services of a good Business mentor. I have now been in Business for 6 years and Rod has become an integral part of my business planning process, he’s even in the budget!
Veronica Palmer
Te Manaia
Helping you manage your greatest asset – your Health

Rod is a great inspiration to his clients – he is a passionate and knowledgeable trainer and presenter, and a  supportive and encouraging mentor who is happy to share his expertise and knowledge in small business management.  I am pleased to have him join me in delivering the Y.E.P. – Getting Down to Business program for the young entrepreneurs of the Sunshine Coast.
Leigh Rachow
Sunshine Coast Business Academy and
Business Training Consultants Pty Ltd.

In 2007 I started establishing Fertility Solutions.  Whilst I had many years of experience as a fertility nurse to draw upon, I was limited in my experience in business management.
I saw an advertisement in the local paper promoting a government subsidized course “Getting Down to Business 2”.  I immediately applied for the course and it was here that I met Rod Richards.
In regards to business management I wasn’t sure what I needed to know however, having attended this course and another coordinated by Rod – Succession Planning, I could not have been happier!
I have since engaged Rod Richards to be my business consultant and improvement specialist which he has been since November 2009.   Rod has been patient when working with me ensuring that I understand everything in detail from managing cash flows, forecasting and constructing business plans. He has a way of explaining things so there are no questions left unanswered.
Rod has a thorough understanding of what my and the business needs are.  He has always been very patient and professional with all my requests doing all he can to make sure the business was the best it could be.
Rod is very reliable, keeping in contact with me regularly and also quick to make any changes if needed.  I am extremely delighted to have Rod as my business mentor and would definitely recommend him to others. He has mentored me and the business to a point where Fertility Solutions was nominated and subsequently won Sunshine Coast Small Business Awards – Professional Service 2009 with a further nomination for the 2010 awards.
To those of you who are still a little uncertain but want to grow their business to have a competitive advantage, receive sound business and practical business advice – choose Rod, you won’t regret it.”
Denise Donati
Managing Director
Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg

I met Rod 18months ago. Being a bloke and someone who had run their own successful business in London for over 10 years I was doubtful and perhaps guarded about letting someone in to my business.
My business in London was very successful, but looking back the reason for this was, I am good at what I do, I had a great client base, I had a great income and surrounded myself with people who ran my business.
Moving to the Australia and specifically coastal Queensland, I soon realised that the number of clients weren’t there, my rates were going to considerable less than London, which meant that I couldn’t afford to  surround myself with people to run my business, then came the sobering fact that actually I knew very little about business.
From the top of my game in London  to rapidly lowering the ladder in Australia; Rod has picked us up and turned us around. My business acumen has gone through the roof, my profit and sales have gone through the roof, I work less and earn more which funnily enough was my brief to Rod when we first met.
Phill Jackson
Phill Jackson Photography

If you own a business then Rod Richards is your man!  He is a treasure chest of information for your business to develop sound systems, plan ahead and grow dynamically.  Rod is brilliant with figures so set him free on your business!
Rochelle Masson
Owner, Master Directions

I cannot speak too highly of Rod Richards. As my mentor  and trainer when I began the NEIS program in June 2005, he  conducted an excellent training program and ensured that all   participants Ire provided with a solid foundation from which  to conduct their business. It is a very intense process, at the end  of which each participant is required to produce a business plan  and a financial plan specific to their business idea. Rod skilfully  guided each member of the group through to completion.  To put it simply, Rod cares – about people and about the role  he plays to best assist them, whether in a business or a personal  sense. He has integrity and strength of  character, all topped off  with a sense of humour! I have no hesitation in recommending Rod to anyone who  requires business coaching or training and wish him the very best of luck and good fortune for any future endeavour.
Moira Mac
Owner, Personal Mastery

I first met Rod Richards in his capacity as chairman of the Sunshine Coast Business Breakfast Group. He struck me as one of those rare breed of true gentleman – big on manners and excellent communications skills. It turns out he also really knows his stuff – training and working with new business startups finding their feet as well as established businesses that just need a kick in the pants. I’ve been fortunate enough to have Rod share his practical knowledge with me as I go about re-engineering my business.
Randy Lagerway
Managing Director, Force 8

Before I met Rod, his reputation had already preceded him.  During my employment at Centrelink, Rod was very well regarded by my colleagues as someone who would be able to give the best advice to customers, with regard to their new business ideas under the NEIS scheme.  Years later I was again referred to Rod, by one of his Mentees, under the Young Entrepreneurs Program – this time, for advice on my own new business idea!  Rod’s coaching has been invaluable to me during the past year, thanks to his flexible approach, depth of knowledge and broad experience.  With much trepidation, I have been able to progress an idea through to a reality and hopefully beyond.   There is no doubt that I would not have been able to achieve these results without him.  Thanks, Rod – you are a legend.
Barbara Haddon
Registered Psychologist
Buderim

I have recently completed a 6 month training package with Rod Richards and am still receiving some online mentoring from him.  I have used other business coach / development companies in the past but got sick of them thinking they knew my business better that me.  Rod is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about my business succeeding and he has given me the skills to run my business, my way.  I would personally recommend Rod to anyone in business or thinking about it who want the skills to succeed.
Chris Shortland
Director, Proactive Fitness

When starting a new venture strategic advantage plays a vital role. Rod Richard’s indepth business coaching allowed my new consulting venture to prosper. His sound advise backed by research and unique marketing stratagies gave me an instant foothold in a very competitive market. As my business developed Rod professionalism allowed me to adapt to the market needs quickly with optimum effect. I take this opportunity to thank you Rod and look forward to enjoying our ongoing relationship.
Richard Horan
Splice Consulting

I didn’t realize how valuable a business mentor was until I met Rod Richards. Rod’s wealth of knowledge coupled with his sincere and genuine desire for my business to succeed has been invaluable in taking my business from an ideas stage to a reality.
He has guided me to set firm business goals and to prioritize the steps needed to achieve those goals. Rods cheerful and approachable manner always makes it easy to discuss the business things I feel I should know and don’t.
His attention to detail and the integrity with which Rod operates his own business is a perfect example of a man whose actions follow his words. It’s a pleasure working with you, Rod.
Heather Westwood
Dream Tree Designs

Where we started

I started working with Rod at a time where I wasn’t sure the direction I wanted for my business.

What have we accomplished?

Although I have been in business for over 25 years in America, upon moving to the Sunshine Coast I was not sure how business was conducted in this area. With Rod’s direction I got to  focus in the areas I wanted, but I didn’t know how to.

I am working with much less stress, better focus and with the joy of being able to keep on working on what I love: graphic design

Where we are now

Before getting help from Rod, I was making approx. 7,000 a year, during the first year while working with Rod,  I earned $33,000 and this last year $45,000

Taty Hindes
Soul Space

a reputation for giving clinical, frank assessments – media

He asks the tough questions – general industry groups

gives them homework, makes them accountable – general industry groups

getting the results for the clients  – professional clients

S.S “His advice and suggestions come from a deep understanding of what makes small business tick.” Finance Sector

O.B “proud owners of a written business plan (something that we always had in our head but now have strategies and goals in place).” Retail and the Arts

L.S. “He does a great job keeping me, a creative person on-task, He was described to me as a “secret weapon” in business success.” Marketing Services Sector

G.M ““Rod is a very competent business advisor well respected by his clients and peers alike.” Management Sector

M.W “Rod to be always positive in his work with clients and able to relate to them in a way that makes it easy for the client to understand and implement suggestions.” Banking  Sector

W.S “his strong commitment to his clients’ success is clearly evident. Rod is a pleasure to work with.”  Finance Sector

N.A “implement strategies to improve and grow your business.
I can’t recommend Rod highly enough for any small business who is looking to improve.” IT Sector

L.R “He is simply one of those people who will never let anyone down” HR Consulting Sector

C.W “services have assisted us with our growth and expansion in our businesses over the years” Trades Area and Financial Services Sector

S.D “Rod is very passionate about his business and more importantly his clients and their business.” HR and Recruitment Sector

G.B “He has the experience and discipline to hold otherwise unaccountable business owners to ensure agreed action are completed and don’t just fall through the cracks.” Management Sector

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