Your Name: Roxanne Zolin

Business Name: Marketing Visions, an education program for marketing and developing

Type of Business: Training and Software Development

Business Location: Brisbane, Australia

Reason for starting
After climbing the corporate ladder I discovered I didn’t like working in a large corporation. So I quit and was going to attend a course on “How to start your own business”, but they asked me to teach it instead!

How do you define success?
Success is doing what you love, helping people, giving your best and having a good life.

Biggest Success
Over 5 years I helped over 500 new business owners with 80% self supporting in one year.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
I started the One Stop Business Shop in Melbourne to provide business training, consulting and a book shop. Unfortunately the accountants I chose to work with me didn’t pay their rent and I had to learn how to close shop and move on. In the process I was helped by an engineer who became my new partner (and husband!) in a successful software development business called Executive Information Services.

Who is your most important role model?
My Mother started a Printing business with a partner after her kids left home. She added a typesetting business and then I helped her start a uniform sewing business on the side. It wasn’t until years later that we realized she was running three businesses at the same time.