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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. The podcast 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 ...
 
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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 …
 
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 yo…
 
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…
 
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, P…
 
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 su…
 
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…
 
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 ge…
 
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 he…
 
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 graduall…
 
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 c…
 
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 cha…
 
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. My w…
 
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 inche…
 
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 worl…
 
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 w…
 
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 h…
 
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 watchi…
 
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 lif…
 
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'…
 
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 t…
 
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 reputat…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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 p…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 forc…
 
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…
 
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 lea…
 
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 …
 
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 - W…
 
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 …
 
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 You…
 
Sometimes the path to self employment is not out of choice but rather circumstance. Michelle Milward had found herself out of work and overqualified for new employment. Being in a regional area on any normal day, opportunities for traditional employment are quite limited. Combine that with skills exceeding the expectations of the job openings and […
 
Livewire Studios Ulladulla has pioneered the space of performance and personal development in the Shoalhaven region by providing a variety of services based around owner K-m's 25 years of professional experience in theatre performance. Not limited to theatre alone, Livewire runs various workshops and services ranging from writing, poetry, puppetry,…
 
Milton local Karin Neate has been running L'escargot Ivre Photography & Graphic Design from home for the past 5 years. The business supplies a number of different services to individuals as well as other local businesses ranging from Photography, Graphic Design, Marketing and much more including her Girl Friday assistant side hustle. Karin has blen…
 
When the Berry Bypass officially opened in July 2017, there were a mixture of feelings in the local area. A high volume of traffic was now being diverted around the small and quaint south coast town, which for years had been known as a routine stopping point for visitors wanting to buy a gift, grab [...] The post Episode 5 - Bypassing Fear and Givi…
 
When worlds collide. Grow Hard Garden Centre in Bomaderry on the South Coast of New South Wales is placing an emphasis on combining the traditional business model of selling plants and garden related products with education, technology and...mmmm, beer. Owner Johny Vynes had found himself at a cross road. On his way to inspect a [...] The post Epis…
 
When you only make $60 on your first day in business, you could find yourself wondering whether you made the right decision or not. Luckily for Stevino Vinetti of Italian Guild in Milton, he had a long term vision and his first day of operation out of his mobile coffee van was only the beginning [...] The post Episode 3 - From 60 Dollars of First D…
 
Deciding to open a shop can be a daunting process. Especially if you have no idea how the local area will respond to it. Not only do you have the upfront cost of getting the entire business up and running, but the projected returns are a real unknown and could be met with tears if [...] The post Episode 2 - Scaling from a Market Stall to a Two Stor…
 
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