In 2013, all I had was a dream. Having worked for one of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms as well as a small firm for several years, I just knew there was a better way to help small business owners with their tax. Something didn’t sit right so I decided to start Inspire against the traditional way of accounting.
After being a major part of our clients’ journeys through business success and life, I was hooked. I was captivated having witnessed their abundant success as a byproduct of our services. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing our team members grow in their own respective journeys through life and the experience has been nothing short of extraordinary.
I am a proud father of 2 beautiful children, Rose and Ezra, and husband to my gorgeous partner, Stevie. Something as simple as watching a good movie with my littles ones is everything to me.
On the occasion that I get a retreat from work, I cherish time with my family and friends. I enjoy going out west to hunt and the spontaneous fishing trip
Knowing that we have a direct, positive impact on our clients and team’s life is the most fulfilling aspect of work; seeing the tangible ‘fruits of labour’, our clients’ growth, our expanding team is so rewarding. At Inspire, we put our heart and soul into our work and the results don’t lie.
In school, accounting came quite easily. Good grades came quite naturally as I had an aptitude for numbers. My Granddad and dad ran small businesses and I got to see both the reward and sacrifice of running a business, so I was perpetually intrigued, yet eager. A decade later and it remains the best decision of my life.
We’ve come to the realisation that accountants don’t just do tax. Working with a client for a number of years, you can really see that what we do is life changing. Even the non-financial impact of taking away stress or depression is huge beyond measure. Having an instrumental role in helping our clients make more money than they can dream of, tripling their wealth… It’s breathtaking.
I recommend the show ‘Black List’ apart from the final episode… As for books, I hold in high esteem ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins
Zero Hunger. Having traveled to Kenya on a relief tour, witnessing widespread hunger and to just comprehend what people do for a meal, completely changed my perspective.
I joined Inspire in 2019 and can confidently say that the past 2 years have been the most significant growth in my career and personal development.
I am fortunate to have been given a platform to make a sizeable difference in others lives and their businesses, and for that I am so thankful. I find it incredibly fulfilling at the end of our workshops when business owners share that they are blown away by the value and abundant actionable advice.
My primary focus is not just the figures of a business, it’s legacy, it’s creating generational wealth and always prioritising family which for people that know me is my utmost highest value in life.
I’m an energetic person that loves going on hikes and being in nature with my loved ones. My partner Ronnie and I have raised a gorgeous Pomeranian, Evee, who’s 10 years old but still a baby at heart. Our little ‘floof’ loves to join us on our spontaneous adventures.
Every morning, I attend the ‘5:30 Club’, a group of like-minded individuals with exuberant personalities and a multitude of backgrounds. We collaborate creatively and inspire one another to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
Undoubtedly, it is the culture. We have such a closely woven team that see each other more than work colleagues, we’re a family.
There’s just so much trust and integrity here that allows the company to thrive and facilitate exponential growth. You get to be you, you get to have creative control and aren’t micromanaged here, it’s so blissful.
Marketing kind of spontaneously fell on me. At Inspire, I’ve discovered my creativity and my ability to connect with people through copy, content and workshops.
I’ve been blessed with world-class mentors within the business to train me and it’s been such a joy and privilege to learn from experts I respect so highly, which is perhaps why I’ve come to love marketing.
Amidst the start of Covid, there was a lot of uncertainty for all business owners. As we entered lockdown in 2020, Ben and I were compelled to construct a free webinar for ‘Business Continuity’, a covid plan. We received an astronomical 568 registrations which was unprecedented. We felt a responsibility to help – now ‘value webinars’ have become an integral part of our brand, our culture of giving.
The 5 second rule by Mel Robbins taught me the quintessential benefits of waking up early
For me, Quality education. On a systemic level, a community or a nation cannot change their ways without being educated.
My role at Inspire is to support Ben and the wider team.
I love being an Executive Assistant at Inspire because I enjoy the diversity of the tasks that the day brings – and no two days are the same. One of my highest values is to help people make progress, so for me, being an EA was a no brainer! I joined Inspire in October 2020 as the first Executive Assistant, and it’s been an incredible journey filled with learning and growth as I really got to make the role my own!
I moved to Brisbane from the Central Coast, NSW on my own 3 years ago for a change of scenery, so naturally I try to spend my weekends exploring all that Brisbane has to offer. My Parents still reside in NSW, so I try to fly down every chance I get.
My favourite thing about working at Inspire is the fact that there are so many opportunities to up-skill and grow – not just professionally, but also personally. Ben really believes in every single one of us which has been a huge contributing factor to the reason why I wanted to join Inspire.
It happened by chance! I originally started in a reception role in 2016, and then worked my way up to Executive Assistant!
I have been intrigued by the EA role ever since I watched The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 – Can confirm Ben is 1000% easier to work with than Miranda Priestly! LOL
(Baby me with my Aunt in our hometown in the Philippines)
My favourite podcast is definitely Casefile! I’m a true crime junkie and have been fascinated by true crime since I was a child. I have vivid memories of watching Forensic Files from the age of 5 years old.
(My beautiful Parents!)
The Sustainable Development Goal that I am most passionate about is Goal 5, Gender Equality. Un.org highlights that while yes, there has been incredible progress over the last few decades (more girls are going to school, and there are more women in positions of leadership), there are still so many challenges that we face. Regardless of where you live, gender equality is a fundamental human right.
I began my role with Inspire in May 2022 and have been passionate about it ever since. As a member of the marketing team, I work closely with Roze, our Marketing and Partnership Manager, and Althea, my co-VA. My responsibilities include updating the company website, SEO, and transcribing/copywriting, which I thoroughly enjoy. Additionally, I contribute to various marketing projects on a daily basis.
My experience with Inspire has been both awesome and rewarding. Joining the team was a significant milestone for me as I discovered my creative side and honed my marketing skills. Initially, I wasn’t sure if my skills were aligned with marketing until I landed this job.
Every day, I look forward to catching up with the team during our daily meetings. Inspire is a dream team because they have the values that I look for in a company. It’s heartwarming when everyone appreciates each other’s efforts. There is harmony and unity within the team, and that’s what I value the most.
Working with Roze and Tey on the marketing team is fulfilling. Our team is always busy as we serve as the frontliners in promoting the business and services to attract potential clients. Filling the gaps to progress and execute better is very rewarding. The three of us work hand in hand to materialise Ben’s vision for the company, and I’m grateful that we are in sync to make it happen.
After a long day’s work, I immerse myself in training and webinars for my online business, as well as creating and publishing content while also keeping a close eye on my social media platforms and website for potential sales. In addition to that, reading books, journaling, and binge-watching movies or Netflix series are my favourite pastimes.
During the weekdays, my partner and I often indulge in our cravings and explore different places to eat as well.. We share a lot of common interests such as music, travel, food and movies. During the weekend, I always look forward to spending quality time with my son and family. Whether it’s taking them out for lunch or dinner or cooking their favourite dishes at home, I enjoy being with them. Reading, learning, playing, taking walks in the park, and watching cartoons are some of the things that I love to do with my son.
Creating digital content is a natural talent of mine, and it has been my passion and hobby for a long time. I enjoy free writing, blogging, video editing and social media content creation.
I am grateful to be a part of Inspire’s marketing team, where my tasks align with my interests and skills. Working with the team never feels like work because it’s my passion that keeps me going. Being on the marketing team has allowed me to discover myself and my potential in this field, which I will always appreciate.
I hold Inspire in high regard for promoting the value of Work-Life Balance. They ensure that the tasks they assign to you match your skills and interests, allowing you to enjoy every aspect of your work.
At Inspire, diversity is not just a means of achieving equality, but an essential foundation of their culture. The entire team is warm and friendly, yet highly professional, fostering an atmosphere that doesn’t feel like work, but rather an enjoyable and comfortable environment.
I provide assistance to the marketing team by allowing them sufficient time to refine their deliverables and increase their productivity. According to our Marketing Head, Roze, I am a valuable asset to the team and help them move forward at a faster pace. I aid the team in overcoming challenging obstacles and focus mainly on our website, transcribing/copywriting, social media contents and enhancing our branding, which I find enjoyable to work on.
My recommended book is “The Magic – The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, which emphasises the importance of gratitude and positive thinking regardless of circumstances. It inspires the reader to have faith in themselves and believe that anything is achievable.
In addition, I highly recommend checking out the blogs from BXD Now, a platform where I also contribute. We share feel-good content, life hacks, how-tos, and stories that cater to various interests. You can also read my previous articles about life perspectives and lifestyles by visiting this link: https://bxdnow.com/author/ronxj/.
I strongly advocate for Quality Education as it serves as a key to greater opportunities. In the Philippines, it’s considered a luxury that not everyone can afford. Education provides the gateway to achieve more than what we aim for in life. I firmly believe that once we possess knowledge and wisdom, achieving the remaining Sustainable Development Goals will be within reach.
Initially, I was a little reluctant or frightened, you could say. Internally, I felt as if I wasn’t ready for the responsibility after speaking with Roze, the Head of Marketing here. She explained everything to me and gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities and I am very glad that I came to this kind of company. I am starting to love my job and I’m very glad to be a part of the Inspire family now.
The best part is thinking about what design to create or really just getting in touch with my creativity. I really need to think a lot about what to put on our designs so that it can be unique and pleasing to our clients and audiences’ eyes, and I’ve really enjoyed that process.
Currently, I have the privilege to still live with my parents. Most of the time, I prefer to stay at home to watch Netflix. With regards to Netflix, I watch everything… such as Lucifer, Prison Break, Breaking Bad and Bridgerton to name a few.
During my other free time, I enjoy the simplicity of going out and just having a chat about life over a cup of coffee with some friends.Caramel macchiato is my go to coffee. Sometimes i travel within Negros island, the island I live on. I also love the beaches here and our mountain resorts.
Honestly, I hadn’t planned to do this type of work, however, curating content and editing photos has always been my hobby and a huge passion of mine, so the type of work I do with Inspire came very naturally to me.
I’m really enjoying what I do and the team I work with, it really feels as if I’ve found my true calling in my field of work, content creation.
I love the entire process of creating a piece of content for either youtube or instagram, making sure it’s adequately edited and finally posting it on social media. Also joining meetings with Ben and the rest of the marketing team has been a wonderful new experience because I get to learn a lot every single day and Ii feel so blessed to be a part of Inspire, I love it so much.
I work very closely with our Head of Marketing, Roze. Since joining Inspire, I’ve started to become more in tune with my role and Roze has mentioned to me that I’ve made a big impact on the marketing team and giving them extra capacity to do more. It’s very fulfilling to know that my work allows the marketing team to spend more time on projects like podcasts and content creation so that our firm can thrive.
My favourite book is ‘Capture Your Style’ by Aimee Song. When I started to read it, I spent all of my time at the bookshop reading it. The book teaches you about creating your instagram feed and photo & video editing which has now become my hobby.
I would choose Quality education, because education remains with you forever. You can bring knowledge with you anywhere and it will help your perspective in life and you’ll start to look towards the brighter sides of what’s happening in the world.
Education can take you anywhere.
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