August 2, 2018
Good Day Rentals all started began as a side gig started by Kate Forsyth and Dave Bunting with the chairs, trestle tables, and lounge furniture purchased for their own wedding.
The couple hadn’t been able to find the type of vintage furniture they wanted to hire, so they bought it themselves. They established a vintage furniture hire and event design and styling business in 2014, and the business has grown from home to a huge warehouse.
Kate and Dave’s success story now sees them both working full-time on the business, with one employee and more than eight contractors. They’ve been featured, and their business celebrated, in wedding blogs and publications nationwide. On January 2018, at midnight, they styled one of the first same sex weddings in Australia.
The Small Business Festival was one of the ways Kate and Dave got the support they needed to make the leap and approach building their business with confidence. Kate attributes a small business event in 2016 as being a key turning point for her and the business.
“The Small Business Festival gave me the confidence to not just lean in, but to run full pelt at my niche. When I attended in 2016, I hadn’t long been working on my business full time and felt conflicted about whether to fully be myself or if I should reign it in and be a little more mainstream in my approach”.
“The presenter was standing there telling us – “find a way to be you! Whatever you do, be you!” It really had an effect on me and inspired me to throw myself in creatively and do exactly what I felt was right – create a strong niche for our business,” says Kate.
Kate says that it’s also the accessibility of the Small Business Festival that is important to her. “The Festival allows small businesses with smaller budgets to go and meet with likeminded people and access services that would cost an absolute fortune elsewhere making them often inaccessible to small businesses.”
The duo previously worked in the corporate sector, Dave as a Business Analyst and Kate as a Corporate Communications Manager. Now they love working alongside amazing couples and customers, other creatives, suppliers and business owners that they get to interact with day to day.
“They are all awesome people, all of the vendors we work with and the couples we meet are amazing! It’s an excellent community-based industry where everyone supports each other.”
Their core business is hire but they also do event styling and design, from floor plans to full Wedding and event design, projects which can take months to plan.
“People come to us who really want something non-traditional and we predominantly do weddings but we also film shoots, wedding expo stalls and market stalls, brand activations – that type of thing. People want weddings and events that are about them, not cookie cutter stuff, something that really reflects who they are.”
Kate says that alongside accessibility, the Small Business Festival also provides business development tools, resources and support.
“It gives you an opportunity to continue your own personal growth as well as the growth of your business, take your business cards along, and network with people who have been through what you’re going through and have an understanding of what it means to run and grow a successful small business,” says Kate.
This year she’ll be heading along to a local female entrepreneurs event in Yarraville that is all about teaching small business owners to be more confident with the financial side of their businesses.
Excited by the trajectory of their business, Kate says that things are constantly building and that’s really exciting. “It’s growing all the time and I’m always blown away,” said Kate.
To find out more about the event Kate is attending this year visit here
For more information about events being held in the Melbourne metro area visit here