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At last! A network just for people who work on their own or perhaps in a partnership.

It is for gals and the guys.

Sole traders, consultants, freelancers, one man bands, even two man bands.


About Lone Rangers Business Network

Lone Rangers Business Network meets every month where you get to mingle with liked minded business folk. This network is specifically created for sole traders, consultants, freelancers, micro business operators, one man bands and even two man bands. This is not for big business...Sorry. You can have one employee or even a biz partner (your Tonto). Our goal is that every meeting you walk away with new contacts and having learned some useful things to grow your business.


Every month we have a new speaker whose shares their expertise. The subjects are relevant to "Lone Rangers" running their businesses more effectively. There is so much information on the internet but nothing beats a face to face meeting where you can ask questions directly that specifically relate to your business. Subjects we have addressed included:


- Closing a sale - eight things to advoid
- Creative thinking in business
- Online marketing advice relating to websites through to social media
- Becoming more efficient
- The age of business storytelling -using video and podcasts to promote your business
- Personal and Business branding - standing out for all the right reasons
- DIY - at what cost...what to outsource
- Lead Generation and business growth.

It is a very inclusive group and we are always open to ways we can continually improve and suggestions on subjects to cover.

Contact us for more information:
Janelle Gerrard janelle@designchange.com.au 0414 395 125
OR Cheryl Royle cheryl@thefinerline.com.au 0407 991 277


See for yourself... attend the next meeting


The Lone Rangers Business Network is all about connecting with others, education, support, building relationships and taking action.

As a Lone Ranger member you will have access some great small business minds and expertise, network with like minded people, be a part of the tribe that is learning, exploring and supporting each other. 


Did you know?

61% of trading business in Australia have no employees and 28% have less than 4.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014

As  a result of those statistics we felt that micro business owners needed to be represented, hence, the creation of Lone Rangers Business Network. Our focus is on you the micro business business owner. It takes a certain amount of guts to start your own business so it's time we celebrated our bravery.

Contact Janelle Gerrard to learn more 0414 395 125

You're not alone

Build it and they will come. And we did!! Lone Rangers started in August 2016 and we have had a great response. The past networking meetings have been full of fun, engagement, learning and making connections.  We have lots of great things coming so watch this space.

Feedback from previous events...
"practical & engaging", "practical, relaxed & informative","speaker brilliant", "friendly & relaxed", "whole event was relevant for a sole business operation", "loved meeting new people", "interactive and laid back", "workshop with like minded people"

DONT TAKE IT ALL ON YOURSELF...

Whether you are new to business or an old hat at it, you can always benefit from connecitng with others. We are developing a network of fantastic, innovative, solo operators who love sharing and developing their vision of their businesses.
You will find after just one meeting you will be wanting to come back. We have a very loyal group of regular attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there.
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Our August Event



Monday 14th August 2017
5:30pm at the Apollo Hotel Charlestown

Simple strategies to increase your revenue

Tiny Tweaks = Massive results

Sometimes increasing revenue in your business is staring you in the face. Most of us can increase our revenue by up to 20% just by revisiting our old customers. So if you think a customer relationship management (CRM) strategy is just for big companies, then think again. CRM is essential for any micro business that wants to prosper. And it’s not only the technology you need to consider it also about old fashioned relationship building. Did you know that 72% of service-based businesses are built by referral! Your secret ingredient is in building relationships and maximising on their potential. In this session we will look at some strategies and the systems that will help you do just that.



Our Speaker
Cheryl Royle

Cheryl is the co-founder of Lone Ranger and is a business development and business improvement specialist with over 25 years of operational management experience. She has worked in senior management roles for organisations from start-ups to SMEs and major corporations including: IBM, Acumen People and Productivity and Directories Australia.During her time Cheryl has seen what works, and what doesn’t. Her advice and practical know-how propels professional practices to better business development and greater profitability.

This is a not to be missed event!

  • DATE & TIME
    Monday July 3rd 5.30pm start finishes around 8pm
    We would love if you can stay on for some coffee and cake to celebrate our 1st birthday.

  • VENUE
    Apollo Hotel - 290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown, Newcastle, NSW 2290

  • CONTACT DETAILS
    The event organisers:
    Janelle Gerrard       janelle@designchange.com.au   0414 395 125
    AND Cheryl Royle   cheryl@thefinerline.com.au         0407 991 277

  • COST
    $40 includes some finger food
    SORRY NO REFUNDS

  • TO BOOK CLICK HERE! 

  • SAVE THE DATE - Future Events​

September 4 -  Practical Marketing - Low cost, effective and targeted
October 9 -  Networking and Business Etiquette
November 6 - Taking your business to the next level
December 4 - 2017 Successes and Celebrations


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The people behind Lone Rangers

Janelle Gerrard and Cheryl Royle are both long term business owners. We have known each other since 2000 and collaborated on a number of projects. Our values and drive are very alike and we both like nothing more than working with small businesses. Being micro businesses operators ourselves we understand the challenges and joys it brings. 

About Janelle Gerrard
Owner Design Change, Fetch Video, Movers & Shakers Events & Creator/Distributor of “The Networker”
Janelle has spent her extensive career in advertising, branding, marketing and design. In 2000 Janelle relocated to Newcastle and established Design Change. While in the past having worked on many international brands like Amex, Revlon, Oral B, Braun, P&O and Oroton, she gets more enjoyment working with smaller businesses. Being able to share her knowledge and creativity to help them build their brands she finds incredibly rewarding. Since Design Change started she has helped many businesses in establishing clear and distinctive brands. In addition to marketing, design and branding Janelle has recently introduced a couple of extra strings to her bow....these include website videos in a variety of engaging mediums and Movers and Shakers Events which hosts special business events from time to time.

Being a great believer in networking Janelle is the creator of the well known email newsletter “The Networker”. It gets delivered to around 2500 local business people every month, listing every networking event happening in the Hunter.
Lone Rangers is a natural fit and came about because she felt this group of people seem to be largely ignored.

Janelle’s down to earth approach, make her easy to work with. While she takes business seriously she firmly believes it helps to have fun along the way. In her spare time she thinks of other new businesses to create and is considering starting a 10 step program for business addiction.

About Cheryl Royle
Owner The Finer Line, Entrepreneurship Facilitator (Hunter Region)
Cheryl has a long career selling professional services, sales management and consulting, training and coaching. Since 1995 Cheryl has built successful business growth strategies and sales processes and practices for hundreds of clients. Her focus has been on accelerating sales growth through design and implementation of sales and marketing strategies and training of small business owners and their staff, focusing on the achievement of large wins with key accounts, and the attainment of critical business alliances. Her services include: business plans and marketing strategy development, sales, lead generation, sales/management/leadership/customer service training and general business coaching.

Her ongoing testimonials from many Australian companies are testament to Cheryl’s ability to deliver results. Her passion is the development of people to ensure they are finally achieving their true potential, and providing business with a sustainable sales strategy.