Car hassles, networking and other stuff…

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This has been yet another very busy week.

On Sunday Kristy, Caleb and I went car shopping and ended-up finding a car that we all really liked at our local car dealership – Ross Llewellyn Motors. It was a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer with alloy wheels, body kit, reasonable k’s on the clock and generally looked like a really nice car.

Took it for a test drive and decided that I was going to buy it, but then ran into trouble securing my car loan as I’m self-employed. After much stuffing around I ended-up getting a low-doc loan organised by a financial advisor (who was recommended by a friend). All was going well, but then I found that the Lancer is too old and they could only offer me a loan on a car aged 2002 onwards… So now I’m trying to see what deal I can get if I try and have the car financed directly through the dealership – needless to say, the process has been far more difficult than I expected and I’m starting to get a bit pissed about the whole situation.

To make matters worse, my RACQ insurance policy also stated that up to $500 worth of personal items were covered in case of fire or theft. When I tried to claim a few items that were stolen I was informed that the policy only covers items that were damaged in an accident or items stolen directly after an accident. I’m in the process of arguing with them at the moment stating that the reason my car is written-off was because it was involved in an accident by the people who stole it, then after crashing it, they took my stuff – so in theory, my stuff was stolen directly after an accident… so a manager is reviewing my claim and will get back to me 🙂

Yesterday I had my weekly business coaching session and I’m starting to fall behind with some of my tasks due to all the car crap – but otherwise, the coaching seems to be going well and although some of the suggestions aren’t rocket science, the motivation created by weekly follow-up calls has (up until now) been keeping me going and I believe it’s having a positive impact.

Went to a networking function last night organised by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and it wasn’t too bad. The speaker was good and it was good networking practice for me, but I think that they types of people that attend the AIM functions don’t liaise with the types of businesses that I service. They are generally CEO’s of multinational companies with hundreds of staff and most of my clients are small – medium sized businesses… but hey, getting Ingenuity’s name out there is always good.

I also had a meeting today with my Griffith Uni Project team. The team members were all a little shy and didn’t really know what to expect and I didn’t really know what I was doing – so it was an interesting meeting. I’ve tried to show them that I’m a pretty laid-back type of guy who is very approachable and willing to help as much as I can, but they still seem a little intimidated by me (I honestly have no idea why)… and they address me as “Mr Newsome” in emails! This is going to take some getting used to.

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