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Self Starter highlights small business owners, the self employed and freelancers who have taken the plunge to create their own desirable lifestyle. Self Starter is a fortnightly podcast and accompanied blog that looks to inspire, motivate, reassure and become a resource for anyone in the self employed world no matter what stage of the journey they are on. You might be working in a job you don't like but you're too scared to take action on an idea. You might be on the verge of launching/opening your business but have cold feet. You might be a well seasoned business owner who has carved out their place in the local or global community. Regardless of your story, Self Starter will look to provide value and insights that will help you either get started, get your business over the line or to continue to improve in the self employment world. Hosted by Andy Dowling who is the host of The Andy Social Podcast, bass player in Australia metal band LORD and is a dispute resolution specialist. You can follow Andy via most social media platforms via @andydowling

Self Starter highlights small business owners, the self employed and freelancers who have taken the plunge to create their own desirable lifestyle. Self Starter is a fortnightly podcast and accompanied blog that looks to inspire, motivate, reassure and become a resource for anyone in the self employed world no matter what stage of the journey they are on. You might be working in a job you don't like but you're too scared to take action on an idea. You might be on the verge of launching/opening your business but have cold feet. You might be a well seasoned business owner who has carved out their place in the local or global community. Regardless of your story, Self Starter will look to provide value and insights that will help you either get started, get your business over the line or to continue to improve in the self employment world. Hosted by Andy Dowling who is the host of The Andy Social Podcast, bass player in Australia metal band LORD and is a dispute resolution specialist. You can follow Andy via most social media platforms via @andydowling

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Australia

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Self Starter highlights small business owners, the self employed and freelancers who have taken the plunge to create their own desirable lifestyle. Self Starter is a fortnightly podcast and accompanied blog that looks to inspire, motivate, reassure and become a resource for anyone in the self employed world no matter what stage of the journey they are on. You might be working in a job you don't like but you're too scared to take action on an idea. You might be on the verge of launching/opening your business but have cold feet. You might be a well seasoned business owner who has carved out their place in the local or global community. Regardless of your story, Self Starter will look to provide value and insights that will help you either get started, get your business over the line or to continue to improve in the self employment world. Hosted by Andy Dowling who is the host of The Andy Social Podcast, bass player in Australia metal band LORD and is a dispute resolution specialist. You can follow Andy via most social media platforms via @andydowling

Twitter:

@andydowling

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 40 - The End of Season 2

11/3/2019
Here we are folks! We're at the end season 2. While this series has been shorter that the first season, we've been able to get some great guests sharing their stories when it comes to all things self employment. In this final episode I throw out a few quick comments looking back over the past few months and thoughts on the future, including season 3 of Self Starter. While we wait for the future of Self Starter, please continue to share the previous episodes around to anyone who might...

Duration:00:14:25

Episode 39 - Applying Music Marketing First Aid with Monica Strut

10/6/2019
Monica Strut could be seen as a first aid specialist when it comes to musician social medial and digital marketing. Responding to the call of bands who are in crisis and needing consulting and support, Monica is providing her expertise to help musicians succeed in the often murky waters of the music industry and online marketing. Starting out on your own is tough, especially when you’re branding yourself as the product/service. Monica made the decision to put her name and personal...

Duration:00:47:02

Episode 38 - A Premium Quality Recipe with Bondi Heat

9/22/2019
Mishka Bobrov of Bondi Heat is new to the world of self employment and small business. Having bounced around from job to job, he found himself in an unexpected moment where his father tried some home made olive oil made by Mishka and saw an opportunity. He encouraged Mishka to pursue and create a business around something that he saw was marketable. Luckily for Mishka, this was the moment to escape from the past several years of working in security and lead him on a path to start...

Duration:00:37:13

Episode 37 - The Best Fish Sticks in the Business with Ibbotson Drums

9/8/2019
Frustrated working for others, Paul was looking for a change. It didn't come without trial and error though, working a wide range of jobs, trying to work out what he wanted to do. No matter what he did, his mind kept gravitating back to starting his own business. When it came to investing his efforts in a possible trade, working for someone else, Paul made the decision rather to invest in himself and what he is passionate about. Drumming and metal. Leaning on his years of experience as a...

Duration:00:39:40

Episode 36 - Behind the Scenes with Korno's Concert Service

8/27/2019
Ben Kornouchovs has been a part of the local Adelaide music scene for years. As a musician himself, Korno has seen both the needs of the performer and the punter when it comes to live music. His time working in music lead him to launching his own business, "Korno's concert service" which has been up and running since 2014. Specialising in artist support for touring and local bands, Korno and his team offer transport, chaperoning, stage and road management as well as merchandise services....

Duration:00:33:21

Episode 35 - Crafting Loyalty with Bitter Phew, Sydney

8/11/2019
Aaron Edwards is the owner of Bitter Phew. A Craft Beer Bar located in Darlinghust Sydney. Beer enthusiasts from far and wide have congregated to the 1920's New York-warehouse inspired venue, where 12 taps constantly rotate and showcase some of the finest local and international boutique beers. It could be argued that craft beer and bars are a dime a dozen these days. It's definitely not a bad thing, but when looking at potential business ideas, many people often get trapped in the...

Duration:00:41:03

Episode 34 - From Junk Mail Dropper to Selfless Service with Buying Property Victoria

7/28/2019
Buying a home, especially your first one, can be a real daunting task. In fact, most advice you receive often comes from friends and family who only have their own experiences which are laced with anxiety and negativity. This can create a real daunting prospect for those who want to take the step toward owning a property and result in many never getting started. Enter Mathew Heywood. Mathew has been cutting his teeth in the real estate game for the past several years, starting off as a...

Duration:00:45:01

Episode 33 - Getting Coached with Social Hair Co, Wollongong

7/14/2019
Jennifer Marshall of Social Hair Co is someone who knows what it takes to build loyalty and success in an often competitive industry. Relocating from Sydney down to the gong with her husband, Jennifer started working out of her home to initially service family and friends. It wasn't long before an opportunity opened up to buy into a space in the heart of Wollongong, where Jennifer could take her business to the next level. It hasn't been smooth sailing along the way. After her husband's...

Duration:00:32:51

Episode 32 - Open Phone Surgery with George's Tech Repairs, Darwin

6/30/2019
George Fisher of George's Tech Repairs in Darwin began his business at home by fixing his family and friends mobile devices. With practice, George found that his skills could extend further than his inner circle where he could start servicing his wider community. Having a steady and reliable full time job for the past several years, George gradually made adjustments and negotiated with his employer to move to a part time capacity, as he began to invest more and more into his own business....

Duration:00:36:32

Episode 31 - Now Serving with The Establishment Bar and AuRevoir Vintage Van, Dubbo

6/16/2019
It didn't go to plan! Tenelle Bond from The Establishment Bar in Dubbo (for those international listeners, approximately 400km north west of Sydney) certainly has an interesting story to tell. Starting a bar was always the plan and having a background in hospitality and retail, it appeared to be a goal that Tenelle was about to proceed toward and conquer. ...then along came Joan. Inspired by her late Grandmother, Joan is a vintage van that won the heart of Tenelle and launched a...

Duration:00:44:51

Episode 30 - One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure with Speed Metal Scrap, Melbourne

6/2/2019
Some of your may know Chris as the guitarist in Melbourne band Vanishing Point, however Chris has a unique story to tell which finds him running his own business, Speed Metal Scrap, collecting and selling scrap metal around the suburbs of Melbourne. Working for an Automobile manufacturer for a couple of decades, Chris found himself in a rapidly changing industry and saw the writing on the world when it came to his own career in that field. Accepting an exit package from his employer and...

Duration:00:32:21

Episode 29 - End of Season 1 - Wrap Up

12/25/2018
Here's a very quick wrap up episode for Season 1. A quick reflection over the past 12 months since launch and plans moving into 2019. This is also a good opportunity to show some gratitude and thank those who have had a significant positive influence on the podcast. Without these people, Self Starter wouldn't have achieved what is has to date. Jessicapizzin.comAbepeEquinoxe StudiosKelly GoltzStevino VinettiJohny VynesPaul TraynorKarin NeateK-mMichelle MilwardAmyCarley and TessPia...

Duration:00:14:15

Episode 28 - A Buoyant Personality in Business with Cocoon Floatation, Wollongong

12/9/2018
Megan Sproats launched Cocoon Floatation 5 years ago, renting a local house out for business, purchasing some second hand tanks and slowly building connections with the small number of clients who were curious enough to try out this what at the time was an usual form of therapy. A float tank, also known as a sensory deprivation tank, holds 10 inches of water and up to 350 kilograms of Epsom salts. Due to the high concentrate of salt, you instantly float which gives the feeling of...

Duration:00:45:04

Episode 27 - Finding the Urgency with Bump In Burger, Woodvale WA

11/20/2018
Bump In Burger is located in Woodvale in the northern suburbs of Perth in Western Australia. Owner Brad Wesson who many know as one of the names behind Soundworks Direct Touring, teamed up with professional chef wiz Christopher Swayne to launch their own burger suburban haven. For those who don't know, Brad's own journey in the self employment world has seen him running the music touring company Soundworks Touring for over a decade. More recently merging with David Haley of Direct Touring...

Duration:00:41:15

Episode 26 - An Authentic Weekend Side Hustle with Crosdales BBQ, Glossodia NSW

10/28/2018
Crosdales BBQ is the ultimate side hustle. When people have plans to start their own business, some of us look to the future and envision a day when we will be able to do it full time and nothing else. Owner Russell Crosdale however has a different approach on it all. Having been swooned by the flavours and culture of BBQ cooking while living and working as a cook in North America, Russell wanted to bring his experiences back home and continue to enjoy cooking this food which he had...

Duration:00:39:54

Episode 25 - Building Dollar by Dollar with Anchors Aweigh Art Studio, Wollongong

10/15/2018
Anchors Aweigh Art Studio is a full functioning artist studio located in the heart of Wollongong. Run by owner Trina Collins, the business not only caters as a space for artists to experiment and learn but also facilitates a number of workshops and provides art services such as screen printing, digital design, murals and more. Anchors Aweigh also has it's own art supplies shop set up to ensure that the artists in the area are fully equipped to create their work. Trina has a long history as...

Duration:00:49:57

Episode 24 - Rolling Positivity into the Community with Skips Skateboard Shop, Eaglehawk

9/30/2018
Coffee, donuts and a mini ramp. Skips Skateboard Shop caters for people all ages and is giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. While the name may attract the obvious crowd who are keen to fuel their passion for skateboarding, the shop also serves as a cafe. You will often find the older generation sitting back drinking a coffee watching younger people working on their boards across the room, which has helped bridge the generational gap and build respect across all...

Duration:01:01:24

Episode 23 - Creating a Business by Accident with Want de Rowe Real Estate, Darwin

9/16/2018
As Rebecca Want de Rowe says, this was an accidental business. In fact starting a business was the last thing that Rebecca felt comfortable in doing. Having felt the first hand experiences of family business failures as a child, there was a real reluctance to lean toward a world which had previously brought a lot of pain and stress. Nonetheless life threw a number of surprises at Rebecca which found her long standing reputation as a respected property manager, unexpectedly turning into a...

Duration:00:49:34

Episode 22 - Creating a Global Reading Empire from Home with Kluwell Publications, Bendigo

9/2/2018
Kluwell Publications develops a range of reading products to encourage positive reading attitudes and help parents and teachers track the progress of students with milestones along the way. Created by former school teachers and principals, Stan Kluzek and Andrew Coldwell in 1998, the name Kluwell Publications is combination of both Stan and Andrew's surnames which unified them to a concept that was many years in the making. Since launch of the business, Kluwell Publications has seen...

Duration:00:57:37

Episode 21 - Community Answer for Creatives with Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla

8/19/2018
The Illawarra has been a hub for musicians and creatives of all kinds. In more recent years however a number of closures of live music spaces have stiffened those wishing to perform and express themselves creatively. This gap opened up a need for a new venue that could not only provide another spot for musicians but for artists of all types. With the recent gentrification shift of Port Kembla, previously neglected pieces of property have been snapped up to create new opportunities and take...

Duration:00:26:43