Business Brain Food

It’s always nice to speak to a young entrepreneur who backed themselves and made a roaring success of it. This week we speak to Conor Reynolds; a millennial who saw the bad eating habits engrained into the workplace and went and did something about it. In just three years his Snackwize business has swept across Australia and New Zealand, supplying healthy snacks directly to the workplaces of people who simply don’t have the time to leave the office and eat healthily.

 

See some of Conor’s top tips below:

**  If you really believe in your idea, don’t be afraid to quit your day job, but only do this when your new venture has revenue coming in. It sure as hell worked for Conor!

**  Millennials will make up three-quarters of the Australian workforce in six years. Make sure you’re moving with the times.

**  Be conscious of the food your workforce is eating. Snacking on junk food will reduce the productivity of your employees. Have you thought about encouraging healthy eating?

**  Control the growth of your business and don’t get greedy. Make sure your processes are in place so you are always ready for the next phase of growth.

**  An investor can also be a mentor. Don’t just take people’s money - there is often so much more you can get from them.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Conor happened upon his business idea

**  How Conor found a point of difference in an established marketplace

**  The benefits of a subscription model

**  What motivates Conor

**  How to approach new business

**  The importance of good SEO

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster by Darren Hardy can be found here

 **  Find Snackwize at http://www.snackwize.com

 **  Snackwize on Facebook & Linkedin

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with a word from Ben to help you solve the age-old dilemma of whether you should take the plunge with your business idea or not: “If you were a racehorse, would you back yourself in the race?”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

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This week we are given a fine lesson in teamwork and business success from Ben Lucas. Starting out playing Rugby League for the Cronulla Sharks, Ben went on to build up and sell six seven-figure businesses in the fitness sector, and as if that wasn’t enough he decided to run 40 marathons just for good measure! This guy certainly isn’t messing about, but his secret to success is so brilliantly simple: just keep learning.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

**  Franchising can help you learn but it can also form a cage that can stop you growing. Be aware of this.

**  Travel the world to make sure you keep learning. Don’t just get bogged down in your day-to-day.

**  Get your business and human values nailed down in your organisation. If you don’t do this properly, you’ll struggle with recruitment.

**  Don’t be afraid to copy other good businesses. What makes them good? Why are they successful?

**  Always have a personal development plan. If you can have a physical exercise plan then surely you should have a plan for your mind?

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why-power versus willpower

**  Why Ben jacked-in professional sport in favour of business

**  Successful franchising

**  How Ben keeps innovating

**  The importance of business values to building the right team

**  How a business can help its local community

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Email Ben: ben@flowathletic.com

**  Find Ben on instagram: ben_lucas1

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

A final word from Ben on learning: “All the information ever created is in the palm of your hands… you just need to put in the time and effort to learn it!”

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to someone who saw a gap in the market and absolutely went for it. Adala Bolto created a fitness concept aimed squarely at young women that she felt were being marginalised by the big boys in the marketplace. She did so well that now the major market players are working with her to grow the ZADI brand. Adala also has some great insight about how franchising can help you learn the ropes as an entrepreneur.

 

See some of Adala’s top tips below:

**  Franchising can be a good first step into entrepreneurship. There is a lot you can learn.

**  Understand your why. If you only want to make money then franchising is probably not for you.

**  How long do you intend to franchise for? Make sure you establish this from the outset, because it can be a long-term commitment.

**  A good definition of success is when you’ve built your business to such a point that you don’t need to work on it day-to-day.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The logic of naming a business

**  Franchising V own business

**  How to gear-up a business to franchise it out

**  How to select the right franchisees

**  How to organise your time when you’re at the top of a business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Check out ZADI Training on instagram here

**  ZADI’s website: http://www.zadi.com.au

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

We’ll end it with a quick tip from Adala on the art of doing a deal. “If a deal makes sense for both parties then get the deal done!”. Although this sounds like stating the obvious, there is a lot to be said for Adala’s attitude of thinking about the big picture and how best to move forwards, rather than wasting time debating trivial matters.

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to a serial entrepreneur who’s really been there and done it. Amber Renae went from building bridges as a civil engineer to building up three six-figure businesses, including a fashion label supported by none other than Paris Hilton. But this certainly isn’t a story of serene progress and overnight success. Amber was refershnighly open about how she recovered from bankruptcy and bad money management to become the inspirational entrepreneur she is today, delivering e-courses and building sales funnels.

 

See some of Amber’s top tips below:

**  Don’t call yourself an entrepreneur unless you actually have a proper business!

**  You can still be successful in business if you’re bad at managing money, but make sure you delegate to someone who is a specialist in this area.

**  Don’t be afraid to say no to new clients and growth. If you can’t manage it properly then don’t do it.

**  Pay people for the knowledge you don’t have. The amount of time you save by doing this is nearly always worth it.

**  If you’re a good learner then you’re probably good at business. The day-to-day work of an entrepreneur is all about learning and problem solving.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What motivates an internationally successful entrepreneur

**  What it was like to be an entrepreneur before it was fashionable

**  How Amber came back from bankruptcy

**  The power of learning

**  The challenges of selling a product versus selling a service

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Excellerator Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 

**  Go to http://www.amberrenae.com/ for free marketing and funnel courses.

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

According to Amber, persistence is the key. “The only reason I am where I am is that I’ve failed more than everybody else.”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


Emma Lovell had a flash of inspiration on the plane one day that led her on the most incredible journey of entrepreneurship and TV fame, and she managed to do all this while being the mother of two small children. It was her children who inspired her to pioneer the Cozi Go: a canopy that protects babies from light and noise to enable them to sleep more easily in public places. Her idea was so good that she was invited onto the very first series of Shark Tank and walked away with the investment she needed to get the business off the ground and dominate the marketplace.

 

See some of Emma’s top tips below:

**  When you’re designing and developing something new, always assume it’s going to take a lot longer than you originally planned. Pick a figure and double it!

**  Be prepared for there to be a big difference between the quality of a prototype and the first mass-produced batch of products. Make sure you have external quality control to check this.

**  If you’re letting someone down, make damn sure you have a clear plan to resolve the situation.

**  If you’re getting a business off the ground, have a mentor in place that you can be accountable to. This could be a director, investor, or even someone from a pier group.

**  Do things at your own pace. Make sure you can actually handle the consequences of business growth.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Emma brought an invention to market with no design experience

**  The pros and cons of manufacturing in China

**  What it was like to be there at the very beginning of Shark Tank

**  How to play it when you’re on Shark Tank

**  What Emma did to solve the problem of dead stock

**  Influencer marketing explained

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Excellerator Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 **  Check out the Cozi Go here: http://www.cozigo.com

 **  Email Emma: emma@cozigo.com

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

As Emma says, if you want to bring a new product to market, do your market research and get yourself a mentor. Simple but effective!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


Ben Kooyman is a fine example of what you can achieve with good planning and hard work. His Endeavour Brewing Company turns over 7 million AUD per year and can count our very own Ben as a super fan of their Amber Ale!

Any new company can learn from the Endeavour story, especially how they have managed to gather over 600 investors and keep them happy.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

**  Don’t blame challenges in a changing industry. If there are challenges then there will also be opportunities.

**  Do a proper business plan! It sounds obvious, but so many businesses fail because they don’t do this properly.

**  Don’t be scared to give away a share of your business to raise money. If the value of your shares is rising then there are more slices of the pie to go around.

**  Be up-front with your shareholders. Is it a yield investment or is it more about capital growth? What are the challenges you face and what are you doing about them?

**  Remember that shareholders can offer skills and insight. There is no shame in asking their advice. Engaged shareholders are happy shareholders.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What inspired Ben to start a brewery

**  The power of local produce

**  How Ben raised 250,000 AUD from nothing

**  How to emerge from ‘the tunnel of death’

**  How Ben developed a winning mindset

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Exceleration® Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 **  Endeavour’s website: https://endeavourbeer.com/

 **  Check out Endeavour’s own bar in Sydney: 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

Ben’s favourite inspirational quote is “get shit done!”, and we certainly can’t argue with that as a motto!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to a woman who took her business global from the most humble of beginnings. Fabienne Costa had an idea when sitting at her high school desk that she was going to make and sell her own jewelry, so eventually she went out and did it. Now she presides over YCL Jewels and distributes to 85 countries around the world. The story of how she overcame adversity along the way to build up a global business with zero outside investment is a great lesson to any entrepreneur.

 

See some of Fabienne’s top tips below:

**  Cultivate a positive relationship with yourself. Once you manage this, it will be a lot easier to succeed in business.

**  Being young and inexperienced can be a blessing in business. You’ll make mistakes but you’ll be malleable enough to learn from them.

**  See your business as something that exists in the context of a wider lifestyle. If you don’t you run the risk of being consumed by stress and negativity.

**  Define your ideal customer. You can’t focus your marketing properly without this.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to overcome self doubt in marketing

**  How to run a company without working long hours

**  Influencer marketing explained

**  Recruiting on Instagram

**  How to get a company off the ground with no investors

**  How Fabienne went from selling on Etsy to a worldwide operation

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a $17,000 (AUD) Business Coaching program. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 

**  Fabienne’s company website: http://www.ycljewels.com

 

**  YCL Jewels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ycljewels/?hl=en

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Fabienne’s motto rings true for all of us: “Take one small step every single day”.

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


 

This week we talk to someone who truly understands the humanity of entrepreneurship.

Although Stella Petrou Concha has been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, she insists that failure was one of the main things that helped her get there.

Today she presides over the REO Group: a dynamic management consultancy and recruitment agency, but the most interesting part of her story is how she coped with her turbulent life in business before it.

 

See some of Stella’s top tips below:

**  If you have too much energy for the corporate world then you should probably be an entrepreneur!

**  Remember that an entrepreneurial mindset might not always be the best for setting up structure. If you’re more of a visionary, don’t be afraid to delegate.

**  Don’t be scared to change direction. Every decision Stella took was to take an opportunity to be her own best self.

**  Be willing to put yourself out there and give it a go. The best way to learn is to fail first!

**  If you’re a small business you have a great opportunity to sell an experience beyond just your product and give something back while you’re doing it, i.e. a B1G1 initiative.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How CBT and NLP relate to business

**  How to name your business

**  How to scale

**  The questions you should ask of yourself as an entrepreneur

**  How you can give back

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Stella’s personal website: http://www.stellapetrouconcha.com.au

 

**  REO Group website: http://www.reogroup.com.au

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

A final nugget of advice from Stella: “Fall in love with the success in business just as much as you fall in love with the failure.”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


Like many of us, our guest this week started out as a reluctant marketeer. Allan Dib is living proof that you can start from a very low base and make yourself a marketing guru if you follow the right  advice. From being a self-confessed IT geek obsessed with his product, Allan used his newly acquired marketing knowledge to grow his business exponentially to the point that it was named by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies.

 

See some of Michael’s top tips below:

**  Before someone buys from you they only know how good your marketing is, not how good your product is. Never forget this!

**  Always capture your clients’ details. Make sure you build that critical mass of an audience to spread your message to.

**  The best way to get new business is to speak to old business.

**  Lay your foundations properly. Get your marketing plan right and get the help of an expert.

**  Trust your managers to hire the right people. If your managers have made the hiring decisions then they’re going to be more invested in making the team work.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Direct-response marketing

**  How to convert your leads

**  The benefits of mentoring

**  How to find the right marketing advice

**  The importance of skills versus attitude in an employee

**  How too much experience can be a bad thing in a manager

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Go to Allan’s website for a free marketing plan: https://successwise.com/

**  Allan’s book, “The 1-Page Marketing Plan” can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

 

If Allan can learn the ropes to become a marketing guru, so can you!

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we have a frank and inspiring discussion with Michael Laps: co-founder and strategy director at Yoghurt Digital. An expert in user-behaviour research and customer-data analysis, Michael also knows a thing or two about building a business from the bottom up.

 

See some of Michael’s top tips below:

**  Surround yourself with good people. If you want to be an entrepreneur, make sure you’re around them.

**  It’s easy to set up an agency - you just need your skills and a laptop!

**  Don’t underestimate the power of brand recall. Calling a digital agency ‘Yoghurt’ has certainly worked for Michael.

**  Understand the customers of your customers. That will give you an edge as an agency.

**  If you don’t love the challenge of business then you quite simply shouldn’t be in business.

**  Don’t glorify the concept of entrepreneurship - there is no such thing as an overnight success!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to make your way in the digital marketplace

**  What makes the perfect partnership

**  How to develop the winning mindset

**  The benefits of putting it out there

**  How to make bootstrapping work

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit?
Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Check out Michael’s agency here: www.yoghurtdigital.com.au

**  The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy can be bought here

**  The Lean Startup by Eric Ries can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

Remember what Michael said about perfection? “Perfection doesn’t exist in entrepreneurship. Speed of execution and the ability to learn from mistakes is more important.” If you’re thinking about doing something, just do it!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


There is a massive gap between how businesses think they are serving their customers and how customers actually feel about the service they receive.

 

This week we learn from someone who has made it his business to close that gap. Damian Kernahan is the main man at Proto Partners: a company that helps organisations actually deliver what they promise. He talks a lot of sense about the customer journey that we could all learn from, so listen up!

 

See some of Damian’s top tips below:

 

**  70% of Australia’s GDP is service based… service is where the money is!

 

**  67% of people don’t buy from business because of perceived indifference about their service.

 

**  Everyone says they’re busy, but that is not the same thing as being in tune with your customers. Make sure you are busy in the right areas.

 

**  “Predictable” and “consistent” are under-rated words. Do not underestimate the importance of them in your business.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The theory of the customer journey

 

**  How Damian built up his business but stayed small

 

**  How large businesses are letting down their employees

 

**  The dangers of being too busy for your customers

 

**  The gap between customer perception and the reality of their customer-service experience

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

 **  Damian’s company website: http://www.protopartners.com.au

 

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

 

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

Remember the study that showed 80% of organisations thought they provided a good service, but only 8% of the public agreed with them? Don’t be one of those deluded organisations!

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we find out the secret to growing a business quickly and successfully with Julie Castle: the inspirational founder of Struber. Struber is an engagement consultancy business that specialises in the infrastructure sector, and as we will find out, they also specialise in growing a happy team and creating a great workplace culture.

 

See some of Julie’s top tips below:

**  There is never just one management style that can get the best out of every member of your team. Be flexible.

**  Outsourcing can work if you manage it properly. The process-driven nature of Julie’s team in the Philippines has been a godsend for her business.

**  A quick and dirty strategy can get you a quick and dirty result. Don’t be lazy when you’re implementing something fundamental i.e. an outsourcing strategy.

**  Don’t take it personally when your employees leave. It normally won’t be your fault.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Julie achieved such phenomenal growth with Struber

**  The key to good leadership

**  How to grow a business with only self-funding

**  Outsourcing to the Philippines

**  The top skills you need to be a successful entrepreneur

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Struber’s website: http://www.struber.com.au

**  Find Julie on Linkedin here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

As Julie says, don’t be scared of failing in business. The key is to own it and learn from it when you do.

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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It’s not often we get to speak to a neuro-branding specialist, so it was a privilege to speak to one of the best in the business, Lauren Clemett.

Lauren has 25 years of experience in the game, having worked for some leading agencies and nowadays with her own agency, The Business Propellor. She is also the author of the branding guidebook ‘Selling You’, so it was a great opportunity to discuss how being an author has helped her career.

 

See some of Lauren’s top tips below:

**  Networking is king. Get yourself out there and make sure people know who you are and what you do.

**  You can grow your business much more quickly with good collaboration. Don’t assume you should do it all yourself.

**  Make sure you have fun! If you enjoy your working days, you stand a much better chance of success.

**  If you’re thinking about starting a business just go ahead and do it! Don’t wait about and let the fear take over.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to pick the right business partner

**  How to manage failure in business

**  The best way to manage a partnership agreement

**  The importance of being an author

**  How to develop a winning mindset

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  Check out Lauren’s agency: https://ultimatebusinesspropellor.com/

 **  Join Lauren’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RocketLaunchYourBusiness/

 **  Buy Lauren’s book here

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

Remember what Lauren said about how to validate your business idea… “Where is the gap that you can fill?”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


Summary

If your business can’t scale then there’s probably something wrong with it.

This week we speak to Ben Goodman about the dos and don’ts of scaling. Ben is the cofounder of Pod & Parcel: a business that delivers high-quality instant coffee in biodegradable pods. In just three years Ben has scaled up his business to generate 10K in revenue every day, and just for good measure he’s also appeared on Shark Tank.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

 

**  Don’t underestimate people’s guilt about the environment. An eco-friendly product could absolutely fly if you get it right.

**  You don’t always need to pay for PR and advertising in the beginning. If you are a decent writer and you can convey the story of your product, you can gain traction.

**  Test your product as quickly and cheaply as possible.

**  If your product works, scale very quickly! You should throw your money into advertising and production the moment you feel traction, otherwise competitors will muscle in.

**  Don’t do everything yourself. Your time has a value, so make sure you use it in the right areas.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The pros and cons of self-financing

**  The power of Facebook marketing

**  How Ben scaled to 10K worth of business per day

**  The unreliability of prospective investors

**  In house V outsourcing

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Order some of Ben’s coffee here: http://www.podandparcel.com.au

 

**  Find Ben on Linkedin here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

The over-riding message from Ben is to act quickly and scale, but only after you’ve ironed out your mistakes.

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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This week we bring you the global success story of Troy Douglas: Co-Founder and CEO of Nexba. Sold in 3,000 outlets across Australia, Nexba are the country’s leading natural sugar-free drinks brand, and now they are gaining a foothold in the UK and US. Troy’s story is proof that a strong moral purpose can bring unbelievable success.

 

See some of Troy’s top tips below:

**  Don’t be afraid to reach out to highly successful people. It worked for Troy.

**  Make sure you have a quality advisory network. You don’t necessarily have to give away a share of your business in order to have a fully functioning board of directors.

**  If you have a business that has a wider moral purpose than simply making money, you can attract very supportive investors.

**  Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you’re in charge of a business, you can only make it work if you work properly yourself.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to scale a global business

**  The power of a moral purpose in a business

**  How to raise significant capital

**  How to avoid burnout

**  How to keep reinventing your strategy to stay ahead

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Find out more about Nexba at http://www.nexba.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

** Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with a final quote from Troy: “Money is a bi-product of doing business right”. Listen to Troy, and make sure you don’t lose sight of the right stuff when you’re building your business.

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500
Email: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

 

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What an inspirational man we have on the show this week. From being a corporate high flyer, Matt Burns now dedicates all of his efforts towards helping others. But this is no ordinary charity. The Global HR Collective is funded by all of Matt’s real-world work - he simply won’t accept donations. Before starting the collective, Matt was an award-winning HR porfessional, so we talk to him about how to innovate in the HR world as well as how to create and run a global not-for-profit enterprise.

 

See some of Matt’s top tips below:

 

**  There’s a difference between activity and productivity. Don’t assume that just being busy is going to make you successful.

**  Don’t spend all your time working in your business. Work on your business.

**  Be patient with your content marketing. Throw away your instant gratification!

**  HR is similar to marketing. In HR you are projecting a message and you need buy-in from your internal audience.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  How Matt pioneered new technology to revolutionise HR

**  Finding work/life balance as an entrepreneur

**  How Linkedin worked for Matt

**  The art of collaboration

**  How to attract the right people to your business

**  The benefits of failed content

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at MaxMyProfit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Matt’s cause: http://www.globalhrcollective.org

 

**  Find Matt on LinkedIn here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

Matt is living proof that if you want to do good with your entrepreneurship, you CAN.

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

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This week we tell the story of a prolific entrepreneur. Phillip Kouch had the vision to turn one doughnut stall into a Melbourne doughnut empire that may be soon expanding to a city near you. He also pioneered an online giftbox delivery service, giving him a serious edge on his competitors.

 

See some of Phillip’s top tips below:

**  Try and do something that your competitors are not doing. That’s what worked for Phillip.

**  Do everything you can to get onside with journalists and bloggers. One or two pieces of coverage can totally transform your business.

**  Create intrigue. A product in your range that people don’t fully understand might be a good thing.

**  Collect information! If a doughnut stall can build a massive database then so can you.

**  Manage your marketing databases properly. If you don’t do this, your marketing is doomed to fail.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Phillip’s incredible story

**  The importance of social media

**  How to franchise effectively

**  What drives Phillip

**  A dossant explained

**  How to court influencers

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Find Phillip on Instagram @goldelucksdougnuts  

 

**  Order a giftbox from http://www.goldelucksdoughnuts.com.au

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with some sage advice from Phillip: “If you spend too long thinking about an idea then someone else is going to go out and do it.”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


What a great conversation we had this week with Elyse Daniels… no topic too big or too small! Elyse made her fortune from her company Exodus Wear which makes bespoke uniforms and apparel for the education sector and clubs & societies. Elyse has great experience navigating the minefield of Asian manufacturers and she also has some heartwarming tales to tell about being on the brink.

 

See some of Elyse’s top tips below:

**  Nothing can prepare you more for starting a business than being a salesperson.

**  Don’t be too hung up on the grades of your employees. People can get good grades by just memorising words.

**  Samples can seal the deal. A good sample shows your commitment to the client.

**  If you’re successful in business be very careful about changing your fundamentals. It can be tempting to keep innovating, but if you’ve already nailed your formula, don’t ruin it!

**  When it comes to manufacturers, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Always have backup suppliers.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to work with family

**  The importance of sales skills

**  Elyse’s most effective marketing tool

**  Global manufacturing headaches

**  The power of mentorship

**  The dangers of growth

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Become a Business Excelerator with MaxMyProfit here

**  Elyse’s course “How to manufacture your products in China” can be found here

**  Elyse’s company website: https://www.exoduswear.com.au/

**  Elyse’s YouTube channel can be found here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

We’ll leave you with this corker of a quote that Elyse suggested we all listen to, courtesy of Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman: “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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Kochie is a household name in Australia, shooting the sh*t about business on Sunrise every morning. As well as being a great talker about business, he’s been there and done it in business himself.

Nowadays, when he’s not on TV he spends his time touring around the country delivering knockout advice at corporate events, but today we have him for free and unedited… what a privilege!

 

See some of Kochie’s top tips below:

**  It’s all very well having a good idea, but how are you going to execute it?

**  Don’t be scared of risk in business - it’s part of the deal!

**  Don’t be too hung up on an idea. If something isn’t meant to be, get the hint! Remember; execution is more important than the idea.

**  If you don’t understand the numbers of your business, make sure you have someone on board who does!

**  Look after yourself at the beginning of the day. Some people meditate, some people dedicate it to learning, some people do exercise. Whatever it is, make sure you start the day with a productive habit.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The definition of an entrepreneur

**  The skills you need to be an entrepreneur

**  How to fail properly

**  The importance of benchmarking

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Become a Business Excelerator with MaxMyProfit here

**  Buy Kochie’s new book here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

What an absolutely showstopping quote from Kochie this was:

“Have enough confidence in yourself to give it a go. If it doesn’t work out, have enough confidence in yourself to give something else a go.”

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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What a pleasure it is to welcome back Paul Dunn… one of the most inspirational and insightful people you could ever wish to meet.

Paul’s a full-time TEDx speaker, travelling over 800,000 miles every year to share his insight around the world. The main focus of the show this week will be on Paul’s B1G1 initiative, which has enabled 173 million giving impacts across the globe.

Paul is all about giving something back, and by the end of the show you will understand how you and your business can give more back too.

 

See some of Paul’s top tips below:

**  Every hour there are 84 new businesses starting in Australia, but there are 79 failing.

**  Governments do not change our world like they used to. The onus is now on business.

**  Differentiation comes from the clarity of ‘why’. This is what will set you apart.

**  If you’re late, it’s better to say “thank you for your patience” than “sorry I’m late”. Similarly, if you name a price as only “X amount of dollars” you have a better chance of selling it if you name the same price but add “this price includes a load of special features”. This will make the respondent more likely to ask questions about the special features and become engaged with your offering.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Paul’s first foray into business

**  The importance of ‘why’

**  Is free content really worth it?

**  How B1G1 came about

**  Shifting the spirit of business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Go to Paul’s site: http://www.b1g1.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

Entrepreneurs have the power. There has never been an easier time to make an impact, so go ahead and make that impact!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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Sam Wood’s story is a great reminder of what is possible if you seize the moment. He fought off stiff competition to be a contestant on the Aussie TV show, Bachelor, where not only did he meet the woman who is now his wife, he also built a business off the back of it that attracted 140,000 members in just three years!

 

See some of Sam’s top tips below:

**  Grasp those opportunities. Be aware when an opportunity of a lifetime is staring you in the face.

 

**  Consider doing live videos to promote yourself - they were immensely effective for Sam.

 

**  Be flexible and listen to your customers.

 

**  Ask people’s advice on your new ventures but don’t ask too many. Make sure you trust these people implicitly.

 

**  If you’re running a business, be active in creating content. Even if this doesn’t feel like a strength, your personal touch can go a long way.

 

**  Don’t be too busy working in rather than working on your business.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Sam’s amazing story

 

**  The benefits of working for yourself

 

**  How Sam generates his ideas

 

**  How Sam tests his ideas

 

**  How Sam juggles his many commitments

 

**  How Sam got 5,000 members within 2 months of launching

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Go to Sam’s site and find yourself a new health program: http://www.28bysamwood.com

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

If you can’t be inspired by Sam then you can’t be inspired by anyone. If you’re stuck in a rut, get off your ass and make something happen!

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 


We’ve changed it up a bit this week to give you a big dose of uninterrupted Ben! Ben will be talking to you about how you can make competitions your ultimate marketing tool. He also explains how you can try your luck with our great competition and give yourself the chance to win a $6,000 coaching program with MaxMyProfit.

 

See some of Ben's top tips below:

**  Competitions are “interruption” marketing. You need an offer that is exciting enough to stop people in their tracks.

**  The conventional lead magnet is not as effective as it used to be. If you’re going to give something away for free, why not make it into a competition?

**  Competitions create a buzz. They provide ready-made social media material.

**  Think of how many people play the lottery. Even with very long odds, people enjoy the thrill of a game of luck.

**  When people enter your competition, get them to write why they might want the prize. This helps qualify people so you can approach them afterwards.

**  Think of people you already have strategic partnerships with. You could make your prize more attractive if you join forces.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why competitions work

**  How to comply with legislation

**  How to choose a prize

**  How to promote your competition

**  The difference between quality and quantity of entries

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our very own competition here and you might win our top prize worth $6,000: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

Remember, if you don’t set up a competition so you can communicate effectively with the entrants afterwards, you will have missed a great marketing opportunity. Turning those entrants into leads is the name of the game!

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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It’s always nice to get a guest back that everyone loved the first time around, so it’s a great pleasure to introduce Robert Gerrish to the show once again. We first spoke to Robert about his Flying Solo group (and accompanying book); a collective that supports people in business who are starting, growing and exiting. Now he’s written another book called the One-Minute Commute, but most importantly he talks absolute sense about business and life. Listen up!

 

See some of Robert’s top tips below:

 

**  Over 70% of Aussie small businesses don’t even have a premises. There is nothing wrong with this…. embrace it!

**  Don’t just picture your material dreams in life. Picture what you’re doing in life.

**  Be agile in business - sometimes you just need to adjust. This doesn’t mean you’re a failure!

**  Don’t be so hung up on being busy with the day to day. Take the time out to understand what you might need to do to future-proof your business.

**  Understand the value of your business, even if you aren’t planning on selling it. Be prepared for everything!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  Busting the myths of a “lifestyle business”

**  How Robert ditched the rat race

**  Robert’s history with business coaching

**  How Robert attracted over 100,000 members to Flying Solo

**  The size of the small-business marketplace in Australia

**  How your business can be flexible and move with the times

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 **  Robert’s book can be purchased here

 **  Listen to Robert’s podcast here

 **  Robert’s webiste: www.robertgerrish.com

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

 

Robert’s story is a great example of someone who has his priorities right. Always make sure your business fits into your wider objectives in life.

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

 

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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Listen up for a frank interview about business and about life with our guest Richard Triggs. Not only does Richard have a successful recruitment company - he has absolutely nailed the lifestyle to go with it. His company Arete Executive derives its meaning from the Greek word for fulfilling one’s full potential, “Arete”. Richard has certainly done that, but not in the sense of millions of dollars of revenue. He’s done it his way.

 

 

See some of Richard’s top tips below:

**  Properly assess your life goals. Don’t assume that business goals are the same as life goals.

**  Beware the dangers of running a business with your nearest and dearest! The stakes were just too high for Richard.

**  Don’t underestimate the power of business coaching. Of course we would say that, but it really helped Richard through his tough times.

**  Get your funding in place before you start trading. Don’t start your business too early.

**  Remember there is a difference between being highly skilled in your field and running a business. Some of the skills are interchangeable, but not all of them will be.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to build a lifestyle business

**  The definition of a lifestyle business

**  The power of personal development

**  The dangers of growth for growth’s sake

**  How business should fit into the wider sphere of life

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 **  Visit Richard’s website here

 **  Find Richard on Linkedin here

 **  Richard’s book, ‘Uncover The Hidden Job Market’ can be bought here

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

 

Call to action:

Richard’s story is a great reminder that business growth doesn’t necessarily make for happiness outside of business. Make sure you properly understand how your business can help you achieve your OWN success.

 

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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It’s always nice to speak to someone who’s truly in it for the love. Anneke van den Broek’s journey as a petcare entrepreneur began when she was just six years old where she bred her own mice and sold them to her local petshop! Now she presides over Rufus & Coco; Australia’s most-awarded petcare brand that now has a presence in nine different countries.

 

See some of Anneke’s top tips below:


** Don’t always assume you know exactly what the customer wants from the beginning. Get out there and meet them.


** Understand your why. You’re more likely to achieve longevity if your motivation is from a purpose higher than money.


** Be present to seize the opportunity. Do not underestimate the importance of trade shows and corporate networking.


** Think about “the airport test”. If you got stuck in an airport with a member of your team, would you enjoy their company? Anneke has nobody work for her that couldn’t pass the airport test!


In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:


** The story of Rufus & Coco spelling??


** How to truly understand your customer base


** The power of business coaching


** The advantages of being a small business


** How Anneke raised capital in order to grow


** How to utilise a team full of entrepreneurs


Resources mentioned in this episode:


** Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

** Visit Rufus & Coco’s website here

** Find Anneke on Linkedin here

** Visit the website of Entrepreneur’s Organization here

** All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au


** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

Call to action:


Anneke came out with one of the greatest quotes we’ve ever had on the show, so we will finish on this inspirational note: “Real success is not living forever but creating something that will.”


Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!
Until next time, have a profitable day!


Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

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Before Daniel Hayes found online fame as the Million Dollar Bogan, he was a record-breaking sales consultant. In his first 12 months of selling Real Estate in Victoria he did something that had never been done before, which was to sell 82 of his own listings. He then went on to break more records when he opened his own office. His 506 property sales netted more than a quarter of a billion dollars and made him the number one office in the area. He now has 5 boutique offices, his Million Dollar Bogan Youtube channel and he proudly says that his businesses could run perfectly well without him.

 

See some of Daniel’s top tips below:

**  Being a leader is not all about “being about me”. It’s about being about the business!

**  Recruitment is your number one priority - it’s all about the people.

**  A leader must inspire with positive energy.

**  Don’t get into the habit of thinking your colleagues aren’t ready. Give them a chance to buy in and make their own mistakes, and then support them.

**  You don’t have a to be a big business to be successful, you’ve just got to be smart.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Dan sees himself

**  “Animal mode” explained

**  How to build a good team

**  How Dan managed times of crisis

**  How Dan built up his YouTube following

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit:  http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Subscribe to Million Dollar Bogan Youtube here

 

**  Buy Dan’s book here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

What Dan said towards the end of the interview is definitely worth thinking about, i.e. “a big business isn’t always a profitable business”. Be careful not to get hung up on growth and make sure you have the right people in place to understand what kind of business is needed to realise your vision.

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500

 

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Steve Brossman is a truly inspirational guy. He turned his hand at many different things and absolutely smashed it, but what is even more admirable is the way he did it. Steve goes against the grain of common thinking but does so in a pragmatic way.

The entrepreneurial streak was in him from a young age. At 15 he set up a surfboard-making business in his Dad’s garage which was to plant the seed for decades of success in business, but first he had to learn the hard way. While training for the LA Olympics as a sprinter he slipped three discs in his back and ended his career, but fortunately he didn’t wallow in excuses for failure and saw his rehab as a great opportunity. This inspired him to build up a successful gym/health club business, and then just for good measure he went on to sell 4 million “Butts out” personal ashtrays that reduced cigarette litter by 70%! There is so much we can all learn from Steve’s approach.

See some of Steve’s top tips below:
** Mentors are vital. Not having one was a big reason why Steve injured himself when training for the Olympics. This has served as an important lesson thoughout his life in business.
** Take full responsibility for your mistakes! We all make them but by fronting up and not blaming people you can move on and learn from them.
** Once you’ve done something well, package up your knowledge and your skills so you can make money by teaching other people them.
** Never assume market leaders are right. Sometimes they can be set in their ways.
** “Don’t sell the pieces, sell the solution”. Steve’s sale of personal ashtrays + marketing campaigns to go with them is proof of the value of selling the 100% solution rather than just one product within that solution.
** Steve has a rule that if by the second meeting he doesn’t feel like he can take somebody home and introduce them to his family, he won’t work with them.
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:
** What defined Steve as an entrepreneur
** How Steve went against conventional market thinking
** The power of reinvention
** What motivates Steve
** The dangers of listening to convention
** How to sell a solution rather than a product
Resources mentioned in this episode:
** Take your business to the next level and head to http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

** Steve’s website: http://www.stevebrossman.com

** Email Steve: steve@stevebrossman.com

** All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au
** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

Call to action:
“What got you here is not going to get you the future,” says Steve. Don’t get complacent with your business!
Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!
Until next time, have a profitable day!
Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
02 8808 5500


Jon Yeo deconstructed every aspect of business to become a winner. A self-confessed introvert, he worked tirelessly to improve the way he communicated, and now he actually advises professional speakers! Jon is behind TEDx Melbourne so he really knows what it’s like at the cutting edge of business. He is also past chapter president of Professional Speakers Australia.

 

See some of Jon’s top tips below:

**  You can’t grow a business without the right mindset.

**  Have the courage to be wrong. You won’t have all the answers.

**  Never forget the true meaning of value.

**  Understand how you can use numbers to make good business decisions. This is more than understanding how a spreadsheet works - it’s about understanding why each number is useful.

**  Surround yourself with extraordinary people and understand how they think.

**  Knowing yourself can be the difference between success and failure in business.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How mindset helped build Jon’s business

**  What value really means

**  Are you born an entrepreneur?

**  How to utilise ad-hoc support

**  How Jon sees mistakes as good thing

**  The changing face of the events industry

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Find Jon on Linkedin here

**  Keith Cunningham’s ‘Keys To The Vault’ course can be found here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

 

Call to action:

As Jon says, “Anyone can be an entrepreneur, but some do it more efficiently than others”. Wise words!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

 

 

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
(02) 8808 5500

 

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