HELEN SCHAFER

Hi there, I’m Helen. I am the proud owner of Living Business.

Taking a holistic approach to helping people in business means we look beyond the obvious to find and share vital insights into what’s working and what isn’t. The biggest thrill is seeing business owners able to make better decisions from having stronger systems and better reporting.

I started in business 18 years ago, so I know what it’s like learning everything at once, and being everyone at once. The good news is, having things turn out well generally doesn’t happen by accident – you massively improve your chances with a strong support team (that includes people like us of course!) and putting robust systems in place.

Husband Gerard Prendergast and I came to Tauranga from Wellington in 2014, after making a conscious decision to move to a better climate and change our lifestyle to be more outdoors orientated.  We relocated from Wellington after 8 years building a highly successful business in Johnsonville as part of the Quinovic Property Management brand.  We also operated a Fifo Capital franchise for 6 years (2014-2020)

So now for both of us it’s all about focusing on Living Business.  We also both actively volunteer for charities – including Waipuna Hospice where you might find us in the Papamoa or Mount shops from time to time.

These days in business we’re often asked – what’s our why?  Ours is quite simple – it’s to be a positive influence both internally in the way with work with our team, and externally in the way we work with our clients.  It makes me happy to do good and leave people and businesses in a better place than where I found them.

– Certified Xero Online Accounting Software Accredited Gold Partner (Xero Limited NZ)
– NZ Certified Bookkeeper through the NZ Bookkeepers Association
– NZ Diploma in Accounting (2016) Career Academy
– Certified WorkflowMax Partner
– Certified Vend POS Partner (Vend POS Limited NZ)
Some older stuff:
– B. Applied Sc. Environmental Health (Massey University)
– B. Mus (Victoria University)

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