Tammy through to final of business woman awards
FORMER local Tammy Edwards has been selected as a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards.
After starting her own business in 2005, it has grown to become one of South
Australia’s largest residential and commercial conveyancing firms. Tammy, who grew up in Owen, attended school at both Balaklava Primary and High Schools before being offered a Certificate in Office Administration traineeship during year 12 by her typing teacher, Norma Anthony.
Growing up, Tammy had her mindset on getting into a job of “anything clerical.” She was very successful during the traineeship, described it as “excellent” and was encouraged to use what she learnt at TAFE is the workplace.
“What I enjoyed most out of the traineeship was that if offered both on the job and off the job training” Tammy said.
“I believe traineeships provide great opportunities for school leavers to enter the workforce and introduce them to the world of tertiary education.”
After completing the traineeship, she was successful in getting a job at a serviced office in Gawler where she was a receptionist. It was her first exposure to conveyancing work.
Tuckfield’s celebrated its 10th birthday in 2015. It
honestly doesn’t feel like 10 years since I was jumping up
and down in a carpark celebrating the fact that Allan
Tuckfield had accepted my offer. Allan saw in me
someone who would take care of his one-man band
business and move forward with it. And move forward I
did! I now have 2 successful businesses under the
Tuckfields banner, 2 office locations and employ 12 staff
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, a book about the benefits of starting your own business, is where Tammy got her inspiration from to start her own conveyancing business. The decision came after reading the book and having a large list of clients at a time.
In 2005 her journey as a business owner began, after purchasing a small conveyancing practice from a sole operator who worked part-time. It has been 10 years since the business opened and now employs 14 people. The message that Tammy hoped to get across is to “follow your dreams and be yourself” which is aimed at women in the area to aim high and go on to succeed the way she did.
In order to achieve true success, my words of advice to up and coming business owners are:
- Stay true to yourself and set very clear boundaries between your home and work life.
- Document all your systems and processes while your business is small so both you and the business are prepared for growth.
- Never stop learning. Find great mentors and be a sponge. Soak up as much information as you can.
- Stay ahead of the competition by continually innovating Change is good.
- Most importantly, take the time to celebrate your successes.
The Gala Dinner where the winner will be announced is on October 13th.