Whether you are in your own business or flying along your career path, there is insight that can be gained from our SA Woman Experts in Business + Professional Services. From creating your brand to managing your finances and all the steps in between, these top tips will help you succeed in your business or career goals! 

Kylie Duncan-Tiver

Mobile Travel Agent |

Kylie Duncan-Tiver

As a Mobile Travel Agent, Kylie has three top tips to keep in mind when booking travel – especially now that travel is once again a wonderful possibility!

Tip #1: Share everything you can with me.
As your specialist expert, it will make your trip even more special, be it an anniversary, birthday, meetups with friends from far-flung places, or a long overdue break.

Tip #2: You can purchase travel vouchers!
You can purchase travel vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just because! You pay upfront like any other voucher, and we hold the funds on file for the recipient to use.

Tip #3: Make sure your passport is up to date, always!
You never know when the urge will take you to travel, and it might mean leaving in 48 hours! (I wish!)

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Kylie Duncan-Tiver loves use her 28+ years of experience to curate the holidays that you can only dream of having. She asks the questions to get to know you, and who you are, and what things you like, to create a holiday for you, of a lifetime, every time. If she doesn’t know, then she won’t know what is special to you.

Part of Things | Alysha Herrmann

Grant-writing (like all writing) is a skill that improves with practice. If you’re looking to secure grant-funding to bring your creative ideas to life the most important thing is to read the guidelines and make sure you’re eligible before you get to work.

Checked you’re eligible and ready to tackle an application? Here are three top tips before you dive in:

Tip #1: Start early.
Get started earlier than you think you need to.

A common mistake people make when writing grants is leaving it to the week before it’s due (or even the night before!). This might work with essays and solo writing projects, but it doesn’t work with grants because you’ll need to gather support material, confirm quotes and other things that require time. I usually recommend starting six weeks out from the closing date for project grants. For bigger operational grants I’d start gathering material even earlier. For things like quick response grants (which are generally smaller) you can usually get away with starting the week before it’s due.

Tip #2: Budget & Timeline First
Do a really rough timeline with a matching budget.

People often leave timelines and budgets to last when writing grants, but this is a mistake! Things almost always cost more than we expect so doing a rough timeline and budget upfront will help you make sure that your idea is actually feasible and a good fit for the grant round you are applying for. It will also mean you have time to seek other support to make your budget balance. The timeline helps you check that you’ve actually covered everything needed in your budget and you’ve thought through the “how” of your idea.

Tip #3: Rest is Resistance
Rest is resistance. Rest is critical. Rest is necessary.

Don’t stay up all night doing grant applications. Pace yourself and take care of yourself. We all want to have resources to support our big creative ideas and pursuing grants is one avenue to secure those resources. It’s really important though not to get lost in chasing grants and trying to nab every single opportunity that comes along. You’ll exhaust yourself. It’s better to pace yourself and strategically apply to things that you are a good fit for, rather than just trying to grab anything that’s there. Work smart.

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Alysha Herrmann lives, loves and creates from regional South Australia. She is an independent creative producer, writer, performance-maker and community organiser, and is the co-founder of Part of Things. Alysha makes installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, digital exchanges, and performances in all kinds of strange places, including real-life loungerooms, train stations and backyards.

As a grant-writer and independent artist Alysha Herrmann has secured over a million dollars in grant funding over the past decade for herself, other artists, and small-to-medium arts and community organisations. Alysha has also been a peer assessor for arts funding at a local, state and national level.

Alysha Herrmann