Thursday, 21 January 2016

Q & A with Tarnya Cook - Business Mamas ambassador (Part 1)


Tarnya Cook is the Business Mamas Ambassador, she is passionate about helping mums find their niche in the world after kids and her role with Business Mamas is the perfect match.
Tarnya has worked for major corporates and in the public sector. After having her two children Tarnya started a kids clothing business whilst her children were still babies, this venture lead to a journey that taught Tarnya so many new learnings on starting, running and growing a business and lead to a path of self-discovery and lifelong learning. After a brief stint back in the corporate world Tarnya soon realised the long commutes and 9 – 5 grind wasn’t easy for a mum and she looked for another way to fulfil her passions and still have flexibility around her family. Tarnya began to run a networking group for women where she really began to understand her passion for helping women in business and helping them connect with others.  She also began to run an online magazine especially for women in business.

This journey of working and helping women in business led Tarnya to her current role with Business Mamas which enables her to really help many mums pursue their own passions.  Using her own experiences in business and personal development she can help guide you to find your niche in business or grow your current business.

Tarnya is able to provide a one to one personal coaching experience where you can explore your opportunities together and put a plan in place to achieve some of those goals using the Business Mamas educational hub to do so.

Business Mamas believes that women can ‘have it all’ – balancing their work life with their family life. Our Diploma of Business course provides a flexible training environment, working with Mums step-by-step to launch or grow their businesses.

We had a moment to sit down with Tarnya to ask her all those juicy questions that us aspiring business mums would love to know. Enjoy.


What is the best business decision you have ever made?

The best business decision I have ever made was to invest in myself through education, courses and most of all business coaching. Being in business is a never ending learning curve so the more you invest in your own learning the better the outcome will be.

What is the worst business decision you have ever made and what lesson did you get from it?

To do it all on my own and not seek out any help, no-one can have all the skills required to start or grow a successful business, we all have some gaps in our knowledge and skills so thinking you can do it all yourself is not a great idea.

What was the tipping point for you to start a business – did something happen that was the final vote of encouragement?

My very first business was born out of necessity, I had two babies in very quick succession of each other and the idea of going back to a 9 -5 role was just not my idea of living, so I decided to go into business and allow myself the flexibility to follow my dreams.

What motto resonates with you?

Our motto at Business Mamas is to “live your best life” and that definitely resonates with me, because I love having the power to work out what MY best life looks like and then design my life around that.

3 things a business mum needs to succeed in business

Education, support and continual action

Is there ever such thing as the right time to start a business?

I think if you have the inkling to start a business then it’s all about taking action towards it, doesn’t matter if they are just baby steps but always be taking action toward achieving your dream and building the business.

Sit tight, as we will share the second half of the interview next week. 


Reader Offer
Exclusively for our readers, Tarnya is available for a 30 minute complimentary phone consultation to chat about your business goals, brainstorm opportunities and what steps you can take to bring them to life.  To lock in a time with Tarnya, email tarnya@businessmamas.com.au.

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