"I believe we have the power to change our lives. I've seen it happen too often not to believe it."

Donna-Marie Coggins

Hi. I'm Donna-Marie - an entrepreneur, author and content marketing specialist.

I'm dedicated to helping you develop and grow your business in a way that fits with your life, rather than trying to build a life in your spare time around your work (as many people do).

Through my Digital Marketing business, award-winning Jacaranda Business Support Services based in Queensland, Australia, I have been helping others to start up and grow their businesses since 1998.

Simplifying Small Business:

Along with my team, we are passionate about helping others succeed in business. So we work closely with our clients to help them to discover their dreams and achieve their goals.

We like to have fun, keep things simple and to be honest and straight-forward. But we're also very driven and hard-working. It's our belief that almost anything is possible, but it doesn't happen without taking action - sometimes a lot of action!

Around here, we prefer to work smart, rather than working hard and we'll teach you how to do the same.

Beliefs And Philosophies:

I believe we have the power to change our lives, to not accept traditional "norms" as being what we have to live by. We can enjoy life and earn a good income while also helping and inspiring others.

Although I provide a range of paid products to help people start and grow their own business, I also provide a lot of free material too.

Why?

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this:

1. I understand that not everyone is in a position to pay for the help or guidance they need and I don't want anyone to feel they need to miss out simply because they can't afford that guidance. So I share a lot of information for no cost via my blog posts, social media and email updates.

However those who want to fast-track their learning or who want extra support with their business endeavours can choose from our various products or programs offered, depending on what stage your business is at.

2. Sharing material and guidance for no cost, where possible, is a good way for us to get to know each other. We can check each other out and see if we're a good fit for each other.
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And if we suggest that one of our products isn't right for you, please don't be offended. We're here to help, not offend, and as part of our belief in being up-front we will tell you straight out if we think you're committing to something that's not what you need right now.

Sometimes I'll recommend other people's products or services too. Sometimes I might receive a commission or fee for that recommendation, sometimes I won't. But either way, I will only ever recommend something that I believe in and would invest in myself.

Above all, our focus is always to be able to provide you with great value and to help you to achieve your dreams.

Our Attitude (and of those we like to work with):

My team members and I are:

  • Happy and positive
  • Inspirational
  • Helpful and encouraging
  • Straight-forward
  • Down to earth
  • Honest
  • Understanding

We try our best and give 100% ... but accept that we're not perfect. We will make mistakes. You will make mistakes. It's all part of life. But we will let you know when we've made a mistake and do everything we can to fix it. We trust you will do the same.

We take responsibility for our own actions and decisions (or lack of).

We focus on how to solve our challenges or at least work around them, rather than on what they might be preventing us from doing.

We believe in giving, sharing and in Karma.

We don't accept people who are rude, disrespectful, dishonest or mean within our community. Even when things go wrong, they can be fixed or managed in a positive, mature way. There are no tanty-throwers accepted in our community.

My Background:

I LOVE learning! Although digital marketing is my specialty, I'm qualified in various areas of business including:

  • Small Business Management
  • Journalism
  • Office Administration

...and am a Certified Specialist in the following areas:

  • Content Marketing
  • Search Marketing
  • Customer Value Optimization
  • Social And Community Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Optimization And Testing
  • Analytics And Data
  • eCommerce Marketing

I am grateful to our many wonderful clients and colleagues who have shown their appreciation via regular award nominations.

Content Marketing Specialist of the Year 2017 - Queensland (APAC Businesswoman Awards 2017)

Winner Business Achievers' Awards 2005 - Professional Services Category

Two-times Nominee, Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award

Winner Open Category i.lab Prize 2004 - Enterprize UQ (University of Queensland) Business School Competition (as part of BioQ Devices team)

Member of Women's Network Australia since 1998

In recognition of my on-going contribution to the small business industry I am truly humbled to have been included in the 2009 to 2017 editions of the prestigious Who's Who of Australian Women​ publication.

Proudly featured in the following publications:

  • The New York Times
  • A Current Affair
  • The Courier Mail
  • The Gold Coast Bulletin
  • The North-West News
  • The Business Mums Magazine
  • The Working Women Magazine
  • The Small And Home-Based Business Magazine

What does all this mean to you?

It means that you can feel assured that I know what I'm talking about. I've spent many years (and time and $$!) not just learning, but actually doing this stuff. Which means... I can use what I know - along with my team members' skills - to help you grow your business.

Thank you for wanting to know more about me and my business and for reading all of this page! If you think that I'm the sort of person you'd like to learn from, I look forward to connecting with you and helping you to grow a profitable business that fits your life.