Rivka Noe started her career on a typical trajectory.
She graduated from Michlalah with an accounting degree, made aliya in the late 90s, and worked in an accounting office for a decade.
Then she wanted to open her own practice. She began working from home, but it wasn’t sustainable.
“There were too many distractions,” she said, “no designated workspace, and it wasn’t professional enough.”
She rented a spare room from a local businessman. This enabled her to scale her business without worrying about bills and office supplies.
“The bread and butter of my business was monthly bookkeeping and salaries, and I filed taxes for businesses once a year. I was doing the accounting, and there was a lot of work, so I hired someone to do bookkeeping.
“It was comfortable, but I’d plateaued.”
Then one day, Rivka was doing errands and bumped into her neighbor Tzippi Appel, an event coordinator.
“Quick, give me an accounting tip,” Tzippi said.
“Sure,” Rivka answered. “But why?”
Tzippi told her she was part of a networking group and needed to bring in a business tip. “Hey, let me call the group leader and see if you can join,” she added.
And suddenly, Rivka found herself at a Temech networking group. “I knew I needed prodding to grow my business; the timing was perfect.”
She found the group inspiring. “Odelia Parush, the group leader, pushed us. You can go to the group and enjoy the social connections, but you won’t maximize the benefits if you don’t follow through with the homework.
“One speaker pointed out that it’s easy to network within Temech — it’s a greenhouse. But we need to reach people outside of our immediate circle.”
Rivka started knocking on the doors of nearby offices.
“Temech gave me the courage to do that. I set up several reciprocal referral systems.”
Rivka transitioned from a freelancer to a business owner. “Once you make that crucial switch, everything changes. It’s like getting connected to electricity, you may later get a bigger chandelier or add more bulbs, but the core shift is in mindset.”
She implemented the niching and branding tools she learned and took a business consulting course to offer her client better advice.
Even when faced with setbacks, Rivka found resilience.
“The same day my long-term employee gave notice, I was told I had to vacate my rented office. But I reminded myself I’m in Hashem’s hands, and everything is for the best.”
In short order, she rented her own space. “I put in several desks and wondered, how will I ever fill them? But today, I have three employees, and I’m looking for a fourth.”
Rivka finished one Hebrew-speaking networking group and did another. That was followed by several rounds of English-speaking groups led by Leora Gruen.
“At Temech, there’s always someone to consult with. There’s accountability; you set goals and have to report back. It’s exciting to watch everyone’s businesses moving forward.
She particularly appreciated the group brainstorming. “There’s exponential power in the process.
“Networking isn’t always about clients — it can be about connecting to the ideal resource or right knowledge. And I’m also there to give.
“I’d always thought therapists and teachers are doing so much chessed, but what about an accountant? Leora helped me realize that everyone can do chessed in their work.
“Temech feels like the friend who has been holding my hand throughout. And now I want to pay it forward.”