101: With only $400 startup capital, founded a fashion label in 1989, developed from a cupboard into one of the leading fashion houses in New Zealand. Grew from 1 large store to current 4 with 40 FTE in 32 years. (Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet) fashion fte 31-40 new zealand podcast sales <$0.5m aud May 02, 2021

In this episode, I interview Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, a Fashion Designer and Co-Founder of fashion label WORLD – one of the leading fashion houses in New Zealand. WORLD was best known and admired by people after they won the Avant-Garde section of the 1995 Benson...

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090: Started Harvey with his wife to help conscious businesses grow and initially wanted to keep the team at 2 but have grown to 4 FTE so far and doubled their revenue in 2020 from the $300,000+ they generated in 2019 (Simon Smallchua) australia bcorp fte 6-10 marketing podcast sales <$0.5m aud Mar 23, 2021

In this episode, I interview Simon Smallchua, the Co-Founder at Harvey, a strategic marketing team and certified B Corp that helps conscious businesses grow, that is, businesses who are positively impacting one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They create...

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088: Aged 31 in 2016, started R&D for a wine on tap product. Launched in 2017 with 14,000 litres of wine. Now expecting to produce 1 Million litres by March 2021. 3 years in, grew FTE from 2 to 10, and was acquired by giant brewer (Joe Cook) australia food and beverage fte 6-10 podcast sales <$0.5m aud Mar 16, 2021

In this episode, I interview Joe Cook, the Co-Founder, and general manager of Adelaide-based Riot Wines, the only business in Australia that exclusively sells wine in kegs and cans. Joe started out working for Keg Star, a keg rental business that grew fast in Australia and expanded into...

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087: Identified need for a floatation centre in Northern Ireland to solve high trauma levels in the population. Started one in 2015 and in first 6 months turned over £24,500. More than tripled that to £126,000 in 2020 and grew FTE to 6 (Vivian McKinnon) fte 6-10 heatlh & wellness ireland podcast sales <$0.5m aud Mar 13, 2021

In this episode, I interview Vivian McKinnon, the Founder and Managing Director of Hydro-Ease, Northern Ireland’s only dedicated floatation centre. She is also the founder of Wellness Consultant and the regional coordinator for SMART Recovery UK. Vivian is committed to reducing the...

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080: Initially worked for different PR firms to gain experience and in 2012, aged 23, started her own PR business with nothing but her laptop and tons of passion and creativity. Was the only FTE and now has 4 (Alessandra Pollina) fte 1-5 media podcast sales <$0.5m aud usa Feb 17, 2021

In this episode, I interview Alessandra Pollina, the Founder, and CEO of Quotable Media Co (Formerly Pollina PR), a Boston-based public relations, marketing, and media agency with a passion for supporting female entrepreneurs. Alessandra is also the host of Quotable: a female...

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077: Aged 34 in 2012, left her marketing job to set up a British-made only gift business. Combined her brick and mortar store with eCommerce, doubled her sales year on year for the first 3 years, and grew from 1 FTE to 3 (Kate Tompsett) fte 1-5 manufacturing podcast sales <$0.5m aud uk Feb 07, 2021

In this episode, I interview Kate Tompsett, the Owner at Happy & Glorious, a small family-run business that sells a variety of British-made gifts. Inspired by the wonderful products that are made in Britain, Kate set-up the business in 2012 when she was 34 to support British...

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076: Worked as a medical rep and later started a marketing firm aged 27 to help medical practices. Earned £115K in year 1 using only a laptop and investing her time doing everything solo. Now has team of 5 and hit £220K in year 2 (Lucy Nelson) digital marketing fte 1-5 podcast sales <$0.5m aud uk Feb 03, 2021

In this episode, I interview Lucy Nelson, the Founder, Director, and CEO at 2xN Limited, a healthcare marketing, and business development agency. Lucy is also the Founder and Personal Trainer at The Life Plan, where they provide customized fitness, nutrition, and wellness...

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058: In 2007 aged 19 started a writing business, travelled the world for a few years, living off $22k pa from her award-winning blog. Back home doubled revenue for three years, peaking at $249k pa. Writer, author, speaker and trainer (Emily Gowor) australia consulting fte 6-10 podcast sales <$0.5m aud writer & speaker Nov 28, 2020

In this episode, I interview Emily Gowor, an inspirational writer, author, and speaker. Aged 19 in 2007, Emily launched her writing business, traveling around the world in her early 20s, writing an award-winning blog, staying with friends, and living on $22,000 a year in earnings. In her...

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057: Left a $220k corporate biotech job to start a business in 2014 aged 48, with a massive mortgage. Business partner got sick, never returned so sold for $1m to a listed company. Office across from her kids’ school. 2 FTE to 6 (Michelle Gallaher) australia fte 6-10 healthcare podcast sales <$0.5m aud Nov 25, 2020

In this episode, I interview Michelle Gallaher, a Melbourne-based award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, and advocate for the Australian health technology sector and for women in science, technology, engineering maths, and medicine (STEMM). As CEO of Opyl Ltd (ASX:OPL), a company...

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053: Making $250k USD pa in 2008, 3 years in as a virtual assistant, after pivoting from selling Egyptian rugs on eBay. Second pivot in 2010 pivot added online courses & team members – sales now 60% courses, 30% services & 10% affiliates (Michelle Dale) ecommerce egypt fte 21-30 podcast sales <$0.5m aud Nov 10, 2020

In this episode, I interview Michelle Dale, the Founder, and CEO of Virtual Miss Friday and 1nSourcing™, the alternative virtual assistant service for digital entrepreneurs. Virtual Miss Friday is an online business consultancy and academy with built-in virtual assistant...

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039: With 45% of female small business owners NOT contributing to their own superannuation she has a mission to change this. In 2005 left a corporate career to coach female owners, a big focus on pricing and overall healthy numbers (Ingrid Thompson) australia consulting fte 1-5 podcast sales <$0.5m aud Sep 20, 2020

In this episode, I interview Ingrid Thompson, the Founder of Healthy Numbers, a training, coaching, and consulting business for business startups and entrepreneurs. She is also the host of the “So You Want to Start a Business” podcast where she interviews entrepreneurs and leaders...

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031: Founded in 2010, processed more than $2bn NZD in payroll for SMEs & charities, raised $500k in crowdfunding, grew 5 FTE to 18.5, huge donations to communities and just paid the 1st dividend for a social enterprise in NZ (Christina Bellis) fte 1-5 new zealand online podcast sales <$0.5m aud Jul 25, 2020

In this episode, I interview Christina Bellis, the CEO of Thankyou Payroll. The company was founded in 2010 and to date they’ve processed over two billion pays or 3.5 million payslips to charities and small businesses in New Zealand. From NZD7,000 in year one to now NZD2.7 Million in...

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009: $1m+ annual revenue with a team of 10 within 6 years – all bootstrapped, this digital agency focuses on creating Shopify sites for clients (Ben De Jong) australia design fte 6-10 podcast sales <$0.5m aud Feb 23, 2020

In this episode, I’ll have a conversation with Ben de Jong, the co-founder of The Cut, a digital-first agency with well established creative branding skills that helps people create great Shopify websites. The Cut is actually Perth’s only Shopify Plus partner and Shopify expert...

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