‘Wish someone told me’ with Nat Locke

Podcasts | 16 July 2018

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Nat Locke

'Wish someone told me' is a podcast that dives into the worlds of small business owners as they navigate their business journeys.

In this five part series, Nat Locke chats to small business owners about the ups and downs of running a business, what they’ve learned along the way and the things they wish they were told when they started out.

The podcast also covers topics such as business planning for growth, how to manage cash flow effectively, social media marketing, tips for tax time and managing staff.

Episode 5: The Small Business Lounge

Brooke Arnott, owner of The Small Business Lounge

Brooke started her career as a receptionist in the medical industry, eventually becoming a practice manager and medical software trainer. After becoming a mum, Brooke changed tack and started a bookkeeping business and found many clients were seeking advice about other services such as marketing.

Brooke created a second small business to help other small businesses ‘ignite to the next level’. Nat chats with Brooke and Monica as they explore getting your business name out there, preparing for tax time and the opportunities and pitfalls of social media.

Episode 4: Langer Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapy

Jonathon Langer, owner of Langer Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapy

Following his studies, Jonathon heeded advice from his father who was a small business owner to work in a business before starting his own. A few years later, Jonathon opened a business, focusing on chiropractic and soft tissue therapy.

In this episode, Jonathon shares his experiences with building loyal clientele, opening up the business to social media, the importance of delegation to avoid burnout, recruiting staff and managing cash flow.

Episode 3: Mister Nosh

Lea Kurandy, owner of Mister Nosh

With a desire to share her love of fresh, homemade food, Lea opened a café in Fremantle, Western Australia. But as economic conditions changed, Lea made a bold business decision to close the café and transform into a wholesale business. Mister Nosh ready-made meals are now stocked in supermarkets across Perth.

In this episode, Lea talks about her challenges with cash flow, the importance of mentors and the value of thinking outside of the box.

Episode 2: Boom Fitness

Adam and Jackson went from being personal trainers on their own to joining forces and opening two fitness studios in Perth.

In this podcast, Adam and Jackson share the ups and downs of running a business, what they learnt along the way, and how backing each other was key to their success.

Episode 1: Bedtonic

Julie Ramsay, owner of Bedtonic

Leaving a successful drive-thru coffee business behind, it was time for Julie to look to the next chapter in her life. With Julie’s mother being a seamstress, she fell in love with natural textures and fibres from an early age. With this, Bedtonic was born - an online store selling quality French linen and loungewear.

Julie talks to Nat about her business journey - from travelling overseas to find suppliers, to launching (and relaunching) her website, getting her first order and her foray into social media advertising.

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