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Caroline Bone

Founder

Hi, I’m Caroline, the founder of BayTalk, your Inner West Business Community.

My Story

I’m originally from New Zealand but I’ve been a Five Dock local since 2010. I live here with my husband and two of my three children. The eldest has long left the nest, building his own nest with his French wife in New Zealand.

And although I love Australia, don’t expect me to barrack for them in Rugby. I’m an All Black supporter through and through.

A large part of my working life was spent in financial services. After completing a business degree in economics I became a qualified insurance broker.

I got my first taste for marketing and community when I started a job with a marketing team after having my youngest daughter.  I went from thinking html was short for Hotmail, to writing articles, sharing interviews and updating the website.

Absolutely loved it.

How BayTalk began

Unfortunately, an MS diagnoses in 2013 made corporate work challenging. I made the decision to leave and create a more flexible working life for me and my family.  And what an experience that was.

I dabbled in sales {ENJO and Skincare}, until I realised selling wasn’t really my thing,

I also realised that starting a business alone was hard. So many challenges. And very isolating.

I was really good at building connections though. So, it got me thinking.

What if I could develop a way to bring other businesses together to support each other and refer our services instead of selling?

The idea for an Inner West Health and Beauty website was hatched

But, of course, the more I thought of it, the more I realised other businesses would greatly benefit from coming together.

And that’s how BayTalk came about.