We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jacqui Bloom, Founder of The Helping Hub. Jacqui is passionate, empathetic, ambitious and caring, so it’s no surprise that her new business centres around following her passion for helping others.
After losing her mum to cancer, and recognising that there is so much help needed during such a devastating time, Jacqui became inspired to establish ‘The Helping Hub’. The Helping Hub is Australia’s only online platform designed to offer all kinds of help for people in need or overwhelmed in life, regardless of the difficulties that they are facing. Many people who are experiencing real difficulties may appreciate gifts like flowers or sweets, but at the end of the day more practical and thoughtful help can make a bigger difference in their life.
Other than her children, Jacqui’s proudest achievement is leaving her previous job and watching her dream and passion slowly come to life. As Jacqui says;
“Following your passion is like a pregnancy…..plant the seed, nurture it, help it grow, then watch it be born! – and of course always continue to nurture and listen to it!”
This is her story.
How Did You Know When You Had The Right Idea?
I knew I had the right idea when I was on a retreat for women in business and realised I wasn’t pursuing my passion of helping others in a meaningful and useful way. Once I affirmed that I wanted to pursue my passion, then the business model hit me like a tonne of bricks!! The model just fell into place and now makes sense.
Why do you think it is important for us to follow our passions? Especially when we are frightened of taking that step?
Because it’s a wonderful way of growing and developing your self. The enjoyment of being able to fulfil your dreams whilst at the same time being challenged on a daily basis is a fabulous way of learning and shaping who you are and who you want to become.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be successful?
- Keep an open mind – be open to feedback.
- Have a basic understanding of every aspect of your business and call in experts when you need to execute expert advice.
How Did You Handle Adversity?
I’ve been lucky enough to have supportive people around me who have encouraged me to give it a go. Most people love the idea and want to see it come to fruition. I love any adversity because it helps me to think outside the square and consider any potential obstacles before they present themselves.
What do you do daily to grow?
When my children are with me, I like to make sure I am actively present with them for a period of time. I didn’t choose to have children so that I can work! I also like to immerse myself in networking, but not all the time, otherwise it can become overwhelming.
To what do you attribute your success in your career and how do you define success?
Success is defined as what makes you happy. What motivates you to bounce out of bed in the morning and enjoy what you’re doing. Success is continuously learning and being open to new ideas and opinions. Part of my success can be attributed to my upbringing. Always surrounding myself with those who believe in me and also those who I can help. It’s the circle of giving and receiving.
Did You Experience Failures? If So, What Did You Learn From Them?
Yes, absolutely. I learnt to never give up. If it’s not the right time, then park the idea and come back to it. You will always be more satisfied fulfilling your dream rather than filling someone else’s pocket. When you do what you love and you have a great idea, the money will follow.
If you had one piece of advice to our readers to those interested in starting their own business, what would it be?
Talk to people about your idea before spending money on it. Do the research and know if it already exists and how you’re going to differentiate yourself. But most importantly, if it’s commercially viable, then follow your dreams!
Jacqui’s story is a great example of how a tragic situation totally transformed her life and put her on a new and fulfilling path. While it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, Jacqui has kept her focus and determination on making her passion come to life and now provides support when help is needed the most.