39 episodes

Andrew Ford is a corporate escapee turned entrepreneur. After years working in large global businesses and assembling a mountain of knowledge in the digital, marketing and branding areas, he decided to follow his heart and launch his own consulting business Social Star. Now he helps other successful corporate employees develop their own passion businesses using his e-ttraction model of marketing. In the Build Your Own Business show, Andrew interviews ordinary people who have left a job they hate to run a business they love. What worked, what didn't and the nitty gritty details of how to start a business based on your knowledge and passion.

Build Your Own Business Andrew Ford

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Andrew Ford is a corporate escapee turned entrepreneur. After years working in large global businesses and assembling a mountain of knowledge in the digital, marketing and branding areas, he decided to follow his heart and launch his own consulting business Social Star. Now he helps other successful corporate employees develop their own passion businesses using his e-ttraction model of marketing. In the Build Your Own Business show, Andrew interviews ordinary people who have left a job they hate to run a business they love. What worked, what didn't and the nitty gritty details of how to start a business based on your knowledge and passion.

    BYOB39 - The journey from athlete and architect to business owner helping to transform lives

    BYOB39 - The journey from athlete and architect to business owner helping to transform lives

    Nicholas de Castella joins us in this episode to talk about his journey from being an employee to owning and managing several businesses including being a Master Life Coach. Nicholas has spent the last 28 years working with the healing power of the breath, mindfulness and body awareness, travelling the globe. His goal is to teach mature people practical, emotional intelligence to find their passion and live it.
     
    What is covered in this episode: 
    Background on the work Nicholas does today. His first paying job. How running has helped him improve his life and performance at school. What led him to his work on personal growth. The 4 levels we exist on. Why Nicholas decided to study and understand emotions better. How to find out if someone is accredited in Breathwork. The benefits of verbalizing and crystallizing your intent. Being in touch with yourself to access the flow stage. 3 sources of intelligence. The future for his business. Biggest challenges in the way of growth. Nicholas shares his knowledge on money, business and marketing. One piece of advice Nicholas can give to people planning to leave their job. Where happiness comes from.  
    Links:
    1-Day Workshop
    Nicholas de Castella Website
    Breathwork Website
    EQ Website
    Nicholas de Castella Facebook Page
    Nicholas de Castella YouTube

    • 54 min
    BYOB38 - Social Star four step simple sales process for information professionals

    BYOB38 - Social Star four step simple sales process for information professionals

    For corporate escapees or small businesses, increasing sales and revenue and getting money into your business is something that we want to achieve. In this episode, I share with you the learnings I’ve had from training over 100 people on how to do sales and marketing as a solopreneur. I developed this and call it the E-ttraction Sales Model. I start off with defining sales and e-ttraction. I then give you a breakdown of the 4 steps of the E-ttraction Sales Process, explain what you need to do in these steps and give you examples you can learn from. You will also learn about the volume you need to be successful and some sales techniques that you can use throughout the process.
     
    You can download the template and diagram here: https://www.socialstar.com.au/ettraction-templates

    • 23 min
    BYOB 37 - Lessons on recruiting, exiting and managing staff from the master

    BYOB 37 - Lessons on recruiting, exiting and managing staff from the master

    Colin Barr of Barr McIntosh Advisory joins us in this episode to talk about interviews, recruitment and how to find the right people for businesses. He takes the guesswork out of recruitment. He has over 30 years of experience and offers completely impartial, insider, expert advice to help you reach your greatest career goals.
    Barr McIntosh is an Australian Search and Advisory Firm who has provided recruitment solutions to complex assignments to various business industries in Australia
     
    What is covered in this episode: 
    Colin’s background and business. The story on his first job, his stint in the Navy and the other jobs he took. Are the skills of people innate or honed? Standing out to get hired. How to handle job interviews. Picking the right people for the job. Andrew and Colin share their stories on their experiences interviewing potential team members. The inaccuracy of standardized tests. Andrew shares his process of finding candidates. Colin shares one interesting question he asks in interviews. Knowing more about candidates through interviews. Top 3 tips for writing your resume. Can you do what you love as an employee or is that only achieved when you have your own business? The advantages of and things to think about having your own business versus working from corporate. Colin's advice for listeners.  
    Links:
    Colin Barr Website
    Colin Barr LinkedIn
    Barr McIntosh Advisory Website

    • 45 min
    BYOB 36 - BYOB Social Club, giving Solopreneurs a home

    BYOB 36 - BYOB Social Club, giving Solopreneurs a home

    In this episode, Andrew talks about the BYOB Social Club and how it can help you build your own business after leaving your corporate job. This club was formed just this year around the BYOB Podcast to help corporate escapees have a resource and allow them to interact with like-minded people.
     
    What is covered in this episode: 
    Activities for members Benefits of joining the club Service providers you can find within the group 3 Rs of the culture of the group: Respect, Resourceful, Reciprocality The group’s plans for membership, location and expansion  
    Links:
    BYOB Social Club Website
    Andrew Ford Website
    Andrew Ford Facebook
    Andrew Ford LinkedIn
    Andrew Ford Email

    • 9 min
    BYOB 35 - From high level corporate digital strategy to forming his own business

    BYOB 35 - From high level corporate digital strategy to forming his own business

    Carl Rigoni, CEO & Founder of SixSix, joins us in Episode 35 of the Build Your Own Business Podcast to share the story behind how and why he set up his business and quit corporate. He shares his journey from university, his learnings, and his future plans.
    SixSix is a consulting practice that Carl has recently founded. Carl has had extensive practical experience in driving innovation frameworks with large corporations. The company focuses on assisting companies and Government organisations with digital transformation agendas. It also includes how to leverage and develop a “start-up” mentality to achieve better business outcomes at a lower cost and significantly greater speed.
     
    What is covered in this episode: 
    Carl’s business, SixSix, and the services they offer. The story of Carl’s first job, his university experience and how this has inspired him to have a personal project of teaching uni students the way of the corporations. His corporate history and how it has helped him with running his own business now. Carl’s secret success and the things he has learned from it. The importance of having business mentors. Future plans for Carl and SixSix. Ben’s shares an idea for education about training kids about business and finding their passion. The reason behind the rise in fintechs. The massive changes in how people are working and getting jobs. How to cultivate and foster innovation for businesses.  
    Links:
    Carl Rigoni LinkedIn
    SixSix Website coming soon!
     

    • 39 min
    BYOB34 - How to build a strong training company from scratch with leadership and super sales skills

    BYOB34 - How to build a strong training company from scratch with leadership and super sales skills

    CEO of the Synergy Group, Julian Carle, joins us in Episode 34 of the Build Your Own Business Podcast to talk to us about timelines for starting a business from scratch, time allocation for sales, business development and more. He also shares his journey from university to quitting corporate and starting his own business. Be inspired and listen now.
     
    What is covered in this episode: 
    The services of the Synergy Group and how they help people. Julian’s educational background and his love for the arts. His interesting corporate journey. The turning point in his career and how he realized that he wasn’t for the corporate world. How long he’s been running his business now. Tips on how to run your business without you. Timelines for starting a business. Time allocation for sales. How Julian does business development. More about Julian’s book “Give Back Lead Forward: Why Every Leader Should Be a Mentor and Have a Mentor” and podcast “Synergen Leadership Podcast” Would he do this all over again? His top tips for individuals in this precipice.  
    Links:
    Synergen Group
    Julian Carle LinkedIn

    • 37 min

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Phoebku ,

Practical & entertaining

Andrew is an inspirational and engaging Entrepreneur that interviews guests that add even more value. Come for knowledge, stay for the laughter!

The On Doc ,

Just listening to the intro left me pumped.

Great podcast, super easy to listen to.
Andy great interview style.
Thanks for sharing your passion.

MorryMorgan ,

Very in-depth and personal

Great personal stories that go deep into building a business model, brand and ultimately success.

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