During the 18 years in the Real Estate industry, Carol Robertson grew frustrated when she witnessed older women make unwise and poor real estate choices.
After attending a National Council of Women, Carol Robertson understood the threat of homelessness that lay ahead for vulnerable women and knew she had to get involved.
Ms. Property Melbourne was founded in May 2019 from a desire to educate women about real estate, to give them the benefit of her knowledge and experience and the power to make informed decisions.
At Ms. Property Melbourne, Carol helps women who want to sell their homes by carefully selecting and working with agents by providing a liaison between agent and home seller to ensure her client gets the best possible outcome.
A strong believer that information is power, Carol wants to educate people on the steps before homelessness. How they can protect themselves and those they know.
Who’s your favourite entrepreneur and why?
“Wow. There are a few, most of the people I really admire are in the not for profit sector.
If I had to pick an entrepreneur then it would either be Suzi or Mark Bouris.
Suzi has worked hard, surrounded herself with the right people and isn’t afraid to get out there and try new things.
Mark is similar, hard work, innovative and prepared to put his money where his mouth is.“
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
“Freedom that I can go where I want and when, freedom of choice and freedom of not having staff.”
What three pieces of advice do you wish you’d been given when you started?
- Cash flow is vital and you need to really watch your spending.
- Not everyone has your values.
- Sometimes fomo should be jomo (joy of missing out).
What advice would YOU give someone thinking about starting a business?
“Is it your passion and are you prepared to work 7 days a week for a long time without any money. Have you really thought about how you are going to make it work. Listen to your gut.”
What skills and knowledge areas would you recommend those starting in business get acquainted with quickly?
- Profit and Loss
- Accounting software
- Risk assessment matrix
- Employ for skills that you don’t have.
What does your IDEAL business look like? Even if you’re not there yet, what would it look like if your business was ideal?
“Consistent clients, happy with my branding and the message it sends, regular time to spend on pro bono work.”
What problem does being a Member of the HerBusiness Network solve for you and your business? And, how?
“Education without travel, connections, goals group, accountability. All that I need to know and learn without knowing that I needed to know and learn!.”