You never know how much support means – Kayley Meloche – Australia

You never know the extent of how much your support can help a small business.

None of my clients know the extent of my conditions- and they don’t understand how much they are appreciated!

In 2015 I slipped a disk in my lower back. After going through chronic sciatica pain and tonnes of subpar doctors for almost a year, I finally got diagnosed. I was rushed to hospital a few weeks later for surgery.

Being from New Zealand, I am not entitled to anything to help with taking time off work. So there I was, bedridden and recovering from surgery with no income. Not to mention the medical bills and all the time off I need when I literally could not move.

In healing, my body decided it would be a grand idea to produce a bony ridge on the operation site resulting in chronic pain and limited movement. This is also paired up with sciatica, scoliosis and sacroiliac joint pain yay!

To this day, some days I can’t walk, or sometimes I am hunched over and very slow. Some days I am in constant tears. And some days I can’t even take a full breath in because the pain is unbearable. I also have deteriorating disks which means the disk under the operated one is wearing out and things will get worse with time. It’s like having the spine of a 70-year-old. I’m 29.

Who would hire me? I can’t sit in an office chair for 8 hours a day. I can’t lift anything heavier than my cup of tea! I’m a liability. But I am good at what I do.

So thankfully, with the help of my amazing husband Kyle, our little company Maple & Honey Digital Agency has taken off! This allows me to work my own hours. I don’t have to travel to and from work. And I can work laying down on my laptop! I don’t know what I would do without my lovely clients and the support from friends and family!!

I just wanted to write this to show people that there could be more going on than people realize. The power of a like on a Facebook page goes a long way. A 5-star review can make someone’s day! A tag in a comment can help people get a new client.

Supporting small business is so important. I can’t stress that enough! When ever I can I try to find and support small business- I don’t want my money going to some big wig to pay off his Ferrari!! I want it to go to real people who are working hard.

So thank you. Thank you to everyone that is supporting each other. Thank you to my existing clients. Thank you for every like on our page. Thank you for supporting women in business. Thank you for supporting small business.

Thank you – Looks can be deceiving.

After attending a networking event yesterday where I looked totally fine. I’m actually in agonising pain. I’m also wearing a back brace under that dress!

Today I am in bed with a hot water bottle in so much pain. I can hardly walk because of pushing myself too far yesterday. And by pushing myself, I mean it was a normal day for most people!

Thank you again to everyone that supports my digital agency and allows me to work from home. I don’t know what I would do without you all!

About the writer.

Kayley lives on the Gold Coast and runs her own business, Maple & Honey, Kayley specialises in Google Adwords. With her husband Kyle (Canadian- hence ‘maple’) they create websites, specialising in membership websites, SEO and digital strategies.

You can contact Kayley by email on