Bio: With 8 years industry experience, Rachael opened her own branch of InsuranceWorks in January 2014 and has quickly made a name for herself as a passionate, caring adviser, offering simple solutions for young families.
Rachael and husband Matt also own the newest and best Private catering company on the Sunshine Coast, The Canapé Project.
Between both businesses, and their three beautiful children, life is busy –and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
What do you do?
I advise people like me on the best personal insurance products (Life/Total and Permanent Disability/Income Protection/Trauma insurance) to protect their family and lifestyle. I also help people with superannuation to complement their personal insurance.
What is your background?
Ha! Not particularly related to my current role. I worked as a chef for 10 years before joining my dad’s insurance business and completing my studies in 2009. I’ve been running my own arm of the family business, InsuranceWorks, since 2014.
Tell us a little about what you are working on right now:
Right now I’m working on being the best mum I can be. We had our last precious baby, little Georgia, in November last year and though I didn’t officially take any time off, I’ve been doing the essentials only to keep my business running. I’ll do a new 1 and 5 year plan towards the end of the year, but for now, I’m enjoying saying ‘no’ to the extra bits and pieces and just being with my family.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I like every single bit of it – so, can I say – getting up on a Monday morning? I always liked the daily grind – meeting new people, figuring out what I can do to make their family feel protected. But since running my own business – I get to do all the fun things that entails too. Marketing, business growth plans, networking. I created a series of educational videos this year, which was both challenging and fun, and can’t wait to complete some more.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Getting through each weekend, when I’m mostly responsible for three children on my own!
Do you have any advice for women wanting to enter this industry?
Do it! I get to meet great people, all the time, and there’s constant opportunity for growth. It’s flexible, rewarding and fun. That’s acutally true. Despite the staid and boring reputation insurance has – it’s an industry that’s changing, and is full of some pretty cool people. You’d be wise to get a mentor you gel with to make the most of your first couple of years in the industry.
Who inspires you the most?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by loads of inspirational business people right here on the Sunshine Coast – too many to choose just one. So instead I’ll say I always go back to an online mentor, Marie Forleo. She’s fabulous, fun and totally relatable. If you ever need encouragement to keep going – look her up.
What motivates you to keep going?
Oh – I think that might be my genes! Sometimes I wake up in the night, making plans for other peoples retirements, coz I’ve exhausted all of my own planning.
How do you create balance in your life?
That comes from my husband, Matt. Much as he annoys me (often) – we’re a little bit yin and yang for each other. When I’m all ‘go go go’ he’s like ‘hang on. Slow down. It doesn’t need to be done today. Plan it first, then go’. And when he’s all ‘I’m not really sure, hang on, I’m not ready’ – then I come in with ‘no, it’s fabulous, you’ve got this’. And it usually works out in the end.
According to you, what is the definition of success?
Waking up happy.
What is your opinion on eco-friendly brands?
I wish they were incentivized by the government with free advertising. If we all aimed for just a tiny bit better, every day – how much better would our world (and our children’s world) be?
Best beauty advice/tip:
Gratitude. A smile that comes from within is for sure the most beautiful thing to wear. If you want to build on that absolute nugget of gold though, find a product that works with your skin, that you look forward to using every day. Like your cleanser Kelly. I still remember the first time I used it. Smelt so good, I had to wash twice!
Words to live by:
Be kind. Make the most of every day. Eat well (it’s good for the soul). Oh – and I always come back to the quote I have in my office – God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.