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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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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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@andydowling

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English


Episodes

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

10/28/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Episode 20 - Dream Business Gains with Trevor Williams of Estr Gym, Broken Hill

8/5/2018
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Remember when you day dreamed as a kid? Fantasising about your future and what you wanted to do with your life? For Trevor Williams, these dreams began as a 16 year old sketching out his ideal gym and through a number of twists and turns over the years, Trevor never let go of what he wanted. Incrementally he built his skills, experience and reputation to a point where he was able to launch Estr Gym, his very own gym in Broken Hill about 4 and a half years ago. Like most of us, the path we...

Duration:00:46:11

Episode 19 - Removing the Headache of Technology with Viridian IT (Bendigo, Swan Hill, Seymour)

7/22/2018
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Ronnie Lowe is the Founder and Managing Director of Viridian IT, based in Bendigo with additional offices in Swan Hill and Seymour in regional Victoria. The business started out in 2007 under the name 'Callout Computers' which was a bit of an after hours business that Ronnie had created when he was working as a Computer Technician at Harvey Norman. While he was working his traditional job, Ronnie had found that many of the customers calling in to seek help with their computers didn't want to...

Duration:00:42:40

Episode 1 - Welcome to Self Starter

7/10/2018
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We have to start somewhere! The Self Starter podcast kicks off with a brief introductory episode which runs through a bit of context and story behind what Self Starter is as well as what to expect over the coming months. To begin with, we will be focusing on one episode per fortnight with additional content being created and shared in between. I’d love to hear from you as Self Starter grows as this is about you as much as myself. We’re all learning from each other and trying to create our...

Duration:00:12:20

Episode 18 - Side Hustle Haven - Twitch

7/10/2018
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I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Self Starter program with a side hustle episode. I’m not sure what I’ll call these types of episodes just yet but I want to give you all some more ideas of how to earn some extra money. Not everyone has the desire to completely immerse themselves in the self employment world or they’re ready but there are plenty of ways to ease in and get a feel of the what the possibilities may be by earning small amounts of money on the side. Who wouldn’t want to...

Duration:00:35:40

Episode 17 - Honest Hard Work with A.K. Gardening & Maintenance, Batemans Bay

6/24/2018
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Arron Kidston and A.K. Gardening & Maintenance is the case study that underpins what Self Starter is all about. Creating the business, 10 October 2017, Arron started small and with very little experience apart from some guidance from his father. Buying second hand equipment and hitting the footpaths to do flyer drops, talking to the local community, Arron has taken a simple and periodic approach to building his business from the ground up. Within months of getting started, Arron has built...

Duration:00:39:39

Episode 16 - Adding Value to the Community with Yarnsy's Cafe, Tarrawanna (Wollongong)

6/10/2018
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Yarnsy's Cafe in Tarrawanna opened its doors in January 2017. Since launch the cafe has seen considerable success in a booming Illawarra/Wollongong area. Jariss Shead and co-owner Thomas Bailey have gradually evolved the business into a multi-functional space to cater for not only the local coffee and cafe crowd but also local artists and musicians to celebrate and nurture local talent. The popularity of the cafe has helped compliment and arguably added value the area. With the recent...

Duration:00:28:14

Episode 15 - Creating Work with Purpose with Why Documentaries, Wollongong

5/27/2018
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Sandra Pires is a Multi platform producer and director of Why Documentaries, based in Wollongong. The name was actually first registered in the year 2000 because Sandra needed to create a business name/ABN to get paid for a job. Since then Why Documentaries has gradually evolved into a reputable, award winning business and has become a driving force in creating content with purpose. The business specialises in video production, DVD duplication, corporate and commercial video services. A...

Duration:00:38:09

Episode 14 - Bringing Out The Best In Others with MonoNest Studio, Sanctuary Point

5/13/2018
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Syd Green of MonoNest Studio is a freelance musician and music producer who began recording artists on the South Coast of New South Wales in Sanctuary Point around 10 years ago. Syd's background in music is extensive playing in bands such as Mantissa and Iota in the 90s and these days playing with 19Twenty. This episode is an edited/focused version of a longer chat I had with Syd that's featured on episode 124 of The Andy Social Podcast. In this Self Starter episode, however, you will hear...

Duration:00:41:33

Episode 13 - Becoming the Product with Feel Good Financial Services, Sanctuary Point

4/29/2018
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Some of us have developed expertise and specialised skills but remain restricted within the confines of an employer. Ellen Thornthwaite of Feel Good Financial Services was working for a large bank for several years and realised there were many things about the corporate culture that didn't sit well with her. Overtime, Ellen made the decision to leave the banking sector, taking her experience and skills learnt to begin working with a mortgage broker as a contractor, learning what life can be...

Duration:00:32:09

Episode 12 - The Dark Side of Business with Wollongong City Ghost Tours

4/17/2018
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Wollongong City Ghost Tours - Inspiration comes from unusual and unexpected places. When Craig Bloxsome was asked by his children to take them on a local ghost tour in Tasmania, Craig could not have predicted where this fun family outing would take him. Having years under his belt as a Social Worker and at the time as a Program Manager for an aged care facility, Craig wasn't exactly thinking about starting up a ghost tour business. That ghost tour however created a light bulb moment and...

Duration:00:33:01

Episode 11 - When Science And Business Collide With Phyco Health

4/1/2018
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Phyco Health's founder Pia Winberg is a marine ecologist based in the Shoalhaven and created her business in the hope of the western world, and in particular Australia, finally catching up with the east when it comes to seaweed farming, which is already a 6 billion dollar industry. The health benefits of seaweed in our [...] The post Episode 11 - When Science and Business Collide With Phyco Health appeared first on Self Starter.

Duration:00:37:14

Episode 10 - Daring To Be Different With The Dog & Monocle Nowra

3/18/2018
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The Dog & Monocle in Nowra was formed out of friendship and a passion for belonging. Owners Carley and Tess have known each other since they were kids and while their backgrounds are vastly different (Carley being a Clinical Psychologist and Tess a Chef for almost 2 decades), the two have come together over their [...] The post Episode 10 - Daring To Be Different with The Dog & Monocle Nowra appeared first on Self Starter.

Duration:00:38:52

Episode 9 – Operating In Your Zone With Niche Massage Nowra

3/4/2018
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Niche Massage Nowra was created out a need to balance family and self fulfilment. As business owner Amy explains; When her husband was deployed overseas for 7 months through the Defence Force and a new born having recently arrived, Amy had two choices. Either sit by and feel upset about it or use the time […] The post Episode 9 – Operating In Your Zone With Niche Massage Nowra appeared first on Self Starter.

Duration:00:36:59

Episode 9 - Operating In Your Zone With Niche Massage Nowra

3/4/2018
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Niche Massage Nowra was created out a need to balance family and self fulfilment. As business owner Amy explains; When her husband was deployed overseas for 7 months through the Defence Force and a new born having recently arrived, Amy had two choices. Either sit by and feel upset about it or use the time [...] The post Episode 9 - Operating In Your Zone With Niche Massage Nowra appeared first on Self Starter.

Duration:00:36:59