S1 E 14 Que Lebatha – using her passion for drama to bring joy to others

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Que Lebatha Consulting

Que Lebatha has never really followed the traditional path towards a “safe career”. Even when she was employed, she made sure it was in a space that allowed her to express herself. She is also not someone who is afraid of taking the leap towards reaching her goals, and whilst she may have a few down days, she has no regrets, because she knows that she has something to offer the world that is entertaining, heart tugging and desperately needed.

Que Lebatha

Show Notes:

Que explains where her name Que comes from? [01:00]
We get an understanding of who Que is, what she studied, what she loves, running a show and gaming marketing and hospitality. [01:30]
Had a quarter life crisis at 26, and studied honours in Sports management[03:00]
Que is not scared to quit her jobs and follow her dreams. [03:30]
Her PR experience helped to get her company to grow organically through word of mouth. [04:30]
Que shows how a traditional degree can be used unconventionally with enough imagination and creativity. [06:00]
Que has able to showcase South Africa to international guests in one of the events she managed. [07:00]
Que talks about the journey of how her business started off more casual and becoming more official. [08:55]
Que talks about lessons she has learnt about learning to separate yourself from your business even if your brand and your business’ brand are connected. [09:30]
Que notes that repeat business and culture those relationships is what has helped her make it to two years in business. [10:13]
Even as a solopreneur, you can work with a network of other businesses or freelancers to help you grow and to grow your community. [13:50]
Que has no problems using social media to find collaborators, and believes that there is opportunity everywhere. [16:20]
There is nothing wrong with a landing page for a website, and definitely get a personalised email address, no to GMAIL. Clean up your LinkedIn profile and get your brand management sorted. [17:30]
Again, Que showing what others have pointed out that entrepreneurs need a support network to take that leap, but be aware that being too conservative can lead to you never taking the leap. [20:00]
Que has learnt to focus her business for now on what is bringing in money. [22:10]
Que has a fun way to keep track of goals by putting them in a wish jar. She then wrote down everything that she wants to achieve in 5 years and periodically revisit them especially when doubts creep in. [25:00]
Your team of freelancers should not only help you provide a service to a client but also to help you run your business. [27:15]
The first 3 years are the toughest, and Q tries to get as much motivation and inspiration from other entrepreneurs. [29:45]
Que talks about the importance of having a mentor and also just going through the emotions that happen during the entrepreneurship journey. [34:30]
Que has learnt that its okay to say no and to hear the word no. [35:20]
Que talks about her incubator experience. [37:40]
In 5 years time, Que is hoping to be cash flow positive and to grow the company, doing more work. [39:25]

Significant quotes:

“Quit my job without a plan, I would not recommend that guys, have a plan.” 03:40
“Dude, people are paying me organise events. How cool is this?” 04:09
“My first love is eventing, I mentioned earlier about my love for drama. I feel that sports is one of the biggest theatres or award stages where you can put up incredible events that completely tug at the heartstrings and completely enthral and entertain people” 05:10
“Some of the most important lessons that I learnt, was separating myself from the business because at the end of the day, granted my business is named after me because I am my business, people buy you as a person. But having to learn when am I working and when am I not working.” 09:30
“Every mistake that you make is a learning, every failure is a learning. Every client that comes back unhappy is a learning as well as every client that comes back happy is a learning.” 09:50
“A doctor can’t operate on themselves.” 10:57
“People buy you as a person before your business…they’re going to go with the person that they like.”12:30
“If client calls, please believe that I’m answering the call. So its tough to have a work life balance.” 13:45
“Realistically, the only way that we are going to grow this entrepreneurship market in this country, we have to do it together.” 15:17
“Personal brand management is something that is really really important especially as entrepreneurs, because if your business hasn’t been going for long enough and you don’t have that track record just yet, its so important that your online track record is clean.” 17:40
“Its not making me money! Simply, simply, simply, if the service is not making you money, let it go.” 22:27
“How do you cull your services? Look at your balance sheet.” 23:44
“Sometimes it feels like a selfish thing, you know, why aren’t you contributing to rent.” 25:53
“Proof of payment is one of my favourite things in the entire world.” 28:10
“If you going to run a business, you need to make sure that your back of house is in order.” 28:18
“Its the sort of tenacity that even when things go really really really rubbish, and trust they will go rubbish, keep trying…and they will get better.” 30”15
“My mentor keeps saying you only need one yes.” 30:27
“This has literally been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” 40:20

Links Mentioned:

QL Consulting website
Que Lebatha’s LinkedIn profile
Que’s Twitter, Facebook, Medium and Instagram pages
About me – a personal website
Wix.com – build your own website
Lori Milner – own your space

About the author, Charlotte

Charlotte, or Charlie as she likes her friends to call her, is what you would call a multipotentialite or a jack of all trades if you must. She been an auditor, an English teacher, a consultant, an executive assistant and product manager. She loves to read, watch shows, learn, tries to exercise, eats a lot, travels and tries out new things.

Entrepreneurship excites her not only because of its capability to bring joy (read freedom) to entrepreneurs, but also because it can vastly improve a country or continent for the better.

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