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Employsure Voices | Lorena Gaxiola + Gallies

Published: December 7, 2023

Employsure Voices is our way of shining the spotlight on our clients and their stories. This month, we had a chat with Lorena Gaxiola, interior designer, and business owner. Coming from the US and starting a business from scratch in Australia was one of the biggest challenges she was facing, and add to it, employment contracts, and understanding independent contractors agreements. An empathetic creative, for Lorena, it was essential that she get support with flexible contracts and policies that benefit her and her employees. She relies on the 24/7 advice line available exclusively for clients to get any answers she needs from experts in employment relations.

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I manage an interior design practice.

We specialize on designing products

for property developers

in hospitality, residential

and also in the private sector.

I started my business

when I was 24 years old,

so I just learned

the California laws of employment,

every state has different laws.

When I decided to move my practice

permanently to Australia,

it was just the complete opposite.

The way to employ, the documentation

and it was just again

having to start from scratch.

I picked up the phone, I googled

and I thought, I feel

really lost and alone

and not really understanding

what my rights were, as a business owner.

When I contacted Employsure,

I love that it was 24/7

and I told them what I was going through

and they coached me

and they told me exactly

who I needed to speak to.

Creatives are a whole new animal.

We like to be original

in our way of thinking.

We also like to be quite independent

in our way of living.

Some creative individuals

like a lot of Freedom.

Employsure has definitely been

a factor for me

to navigate through all those changes

with that single employee

the whole way through

and allow them to grow.

They interviewed me.

They asked me

what sort of business I had

and where I wanted to move forward.

I wanted to be flexible.

I wanted to attract

people that wanted to work part-time

or be casual

or be consultants or be full-time,

and, they have been instrumental

at helping me to be

able to grow my business.

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