Bootcamp turned my side hustle into my full time job

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Bootcamp turned my side hustle into my full time job


Naketa Ikihele

International Leadership Coach & Facilitator
New Zealand

“Within six months, my income had doubled multiple times.”



Naketa Ikihele is an international leadership coach and facilitator based in New Zealand.

What’s it like working with Denise?

Denise is so authentic as a teacher and mentor. I spend a lot of time in my own business encouraging people to be more themselves and I get a lot of pushback against this idea. They don’t know what it looks like on such a large scale because you don’t see a lot of leaders like that. So Denise is just such a breath of fresh air. 

My favorite phrase of hers is, “I’m not a guru, just a contributor to the conversation.” Like, just do you boo. It gives people full permission to just be themselves.

What was your money situation when you joined Money Bootcamp?

Before I joined Money Bootcamp, I was running my business as a side hustle for about four and half years. I was also working a full time job, so my bills were being paid, but I wanted to work for myself. I wasn’t turning over a lot of money in my business, but I thought I needed to make an investment to see some results.

 So I was thankful for the monthly payment plan that allowed me to spread out the cost. When I signed up, I had just enough for the first month and so I took the leap of faith. I don’t like owing people money, so it was a big risk for me, but it has more than paid off.

What’s your biggest “aha” since joining Money Bootcamp?

When my business was my side hustle, I remember feeling so icky around invoicing. I was so passionate about my work, but felt so weird charging for it. I had these made up prices that were way too low and always felt so gross asking people to pay me.

But since Bootcamp, I have been able to overcome that completely. I hold more value in myself now. I understand what I’m worth and what my work is worth.

“I'd just finished some work for an organization the other day and I walked out the door and sent the invoice from the app before I even got to my car. I just had to have a bit of a giggle about that because it shows how far I’ve come.”

There are so many lies we believe that hold us back. Working with Denise is great to overcome them. For me, I grew up in a low socioeconomic area in New Zealand. My mom raised me on her own and I was never the most well off kid at school.

But by changing my mindset, I am able to be proud of these experiences because they have made me who I am today.

Why did you join Money Bootcamp?

I had access to all of Denise’s free material for such a long time that joining just felt like the right step to take.

“Her podcast and books are so helpful and I was following along and trying to teach myself for months. Then I thought, why am I doing this extra work? I need to work with her directly.”

How has Money Bootcamp helped your life and business?

Since joining bootcamp, I have had so many, so many wins.  I've reflected on this, but I think it's not even necessarily just about the money, it's about my value. I see now just how valuable I am. But, some of the financial wins have been great, too.

Within six months of joining the program, I doubled my salary for three or four months straight.



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