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Do you have dreams of owning your own business or you just want to take a peak behind the curtain to see how other people have done it? Then join Mia Freedman as she sits down with some of the most inspiring and successful female entrepreneurs to discover how they built their businesses from the ground up.

Lady Startup Stories Mamamia

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Do you have dreams of owning your own business or you just want to take a peak behind the curtain to see how other people have done it? Then join Mia Freedman as she sits down with some of the most inspiring and successful female entrepreneurs to discover how they built their businesses from the ground up.

    Steph Claire Smith & Laura Henshaw On Growing A Community, Fast

    Steph Claire Smith & Laura Henshaw On Growing A Community, Fast

    Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw are no strangers to being judged.

    For years, as successful international models, their income depended on how they looked, and their mental and physical health suffered for it. 

    So they decided to change their lives and start their own business, instead of working for someone else's. 

    In 2017, Steph and Laura co-founded Keep It Cleaner, a massively successful subscription program that features workouts, meals and wellness content.

    They grew a community and changed the fitness industry.

    Here’s how they did it...

    THE END BITS:

    You can find out more about Keep It Cleaner here - https://keepitcleaner.com.au/.

    Follow Steph Claire Smith on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/stephclairesmith/?hl=en.

    And follow Laura Henshaw here - https://www.instagram.com/laura.henshaw/?hl=en. 

    Find out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guests: Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw

    Producer: Leah Porges

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Georgia Love Raided Her Wedding Savings To Start A Business

    Georgia Love Raided Her Wedding Savings To Start A Business

    You might recognise today’s guest, Georgia Love, from the 2016 season of The Bachelorette, where she found love with contestant Lee Elliott.

    But what you might not know about Georgia is that she’s also a journalist, media personality and Instagram influencer, with over 250 000 followers.

    And only a month ago, while stuck in Stage four lockdown in Melbourne, Victoria, Georgia decided to start a business with her friend Jess. 

    Georgia Elliott is a sleep and loungewear label - which seems very fitting for 2020.

    In this episode of Lady Startup Stories, Georgia chats to Mia Freedman about what it’s like to start and run a business when you’re famous and how she deals with feedback from family and friends.

    You can check out Georgia Elliott here - https://lovegeorgiaelliott.com/. 

    Find out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guest: Georgia Love

    Producer: Leah Porges

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    One Indigenous Woman. Two Businesses Making A Difference.

    One Indigenous Woman. Two Businesses Making A Difference.

    Laura Thompson started The Koorie Circle almost five years ago while she was working as a health professional full time, with the aim of making statement earrings that tell a story and celebrate the culture, history and identity of Aboriginal Australia. 

    But with one business chugging along successfully, Laura realised she wanted to do more.

    So she founded Clothing the Gap, a Victorian Aboriginal owned and led social enterprise. They produce merch with meaning, like t-shirts, jumpers and beanies, and earlier this year, they spearheaded a national campaign to free the flag.

    In this episode of Lady Startup Stories, Laura chats to Mia Freedman about the challenges of balancing social justice with business, and what happens when a major American company takes you to court. 

    You can visit TheKoorie Circle here - https://thekooriecircle.com.au/.

    Find Clothing The Gap at https://clothingthegap.com.au/. 

    Find out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guest: Laura Thompson

    Producer: Leah Porges

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    How Big Boobs Built A Business

    How Big Boobs Built A Business

    This is a story about boobs. Big boobs.

    Like so many big boobed women, Rachael Calvert was sick of not finding lingerie or swimwear that suited her bigger bust. She’d spent years and years searching department stores in different cities around Australia for something comfortable and sexy that didn’t make her look like a nana. And she was over it. 

    So she founded Marvell Lane Swimwear. This is her story. 

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    You can check out Marvell Lane Swimwear here - https://marvell-lane.com/.

    Find  out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guest: Rachael Calvert

    Producer: Leah Porges 

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    This episode of Lady Startup Stories was brought to you by Optus. Just say yes. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    What Happens When Meghan Markle Wears Your Jeans

    What Happens When Meghan Markle Wears Your Jeans

    What happens when one morning you wake up, check Instagram and see that Meghan Markle has worn a pair of your brand's denim jeans while on tour in Australia?

    Well, if you’re Erica Bartle - who runs Outland Denim with her husband Jim - the first thing that you do is scream. Just a little.

    Outland Denim sell premium denim products, like jeans and jackets, made from sustainable raw materials from around the world. They also provide sustainable employment to hundreds of women in Cambodia who are victims of human trafficking or sex trafficking. 

    It’s a brand very much built on purpose. The ‘why’.

    In this episode, Mia sits down with Erica to find out more about Outland Denim’s ‘why’ - why Cambodia? And why these women?

    And of course, she wanted to know what impact the Duchess of Sussex wearing your jeans has on your business…

    You can check out Outland Denim here - https://www.outlanddenim.com.au/. 

    Find  out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guest: Erica Bartle

    Producer: Leah Porges 

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    How To Quit Your Dream Job

    How To Quit Your Dream Job

    There aren’t many people who can say they’ve visited makeup artist François Nars’ private island in Tahiti.

    But before she launched her own business, hanging out with famous beauty gurus was Monica Tarca’s day job. She worked in the PR department for Mecca, the massive beauty company.

    So why did she leave?

    Because she had the itch to start her own business.

    In this episode, Mia sits down with Monica to talk about launching Vestirsi, the mistakes she’s made and the issues she’s faced. They also discuss how working for one of Australia’s most famous and successful entrepreneurs - Jo Horgan who founded Mecca - has taught her five essential things about running a business.

    You can check out Vestirsi here - https://shopvestirsi.com/. 

    Find  out more about the Lady Startup Idea Kickstarter course here - https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/idea-kickstarter

    Are you busting to start your own business but you don’t know where to start? Get info about The Lady Startup Activation Plan here... https://www.ladystartup.com/pages/waitlist/

    Want insider tips and tricks for your business direct from Mia Freedman each week? Get the free Lady Startup newsletter here... https://www.ladystartup.com.au/

    Want to help lift other women higher and maybe get a boost for your biz? Follow us on Instagram… https://www.instagram.com/ladystartups/

    Looking for a community of kickass Lady Startups (and other women who want to start businesses)? We have a free one for you right here... https://www.facebook.com/ladystartups/

    Need more lols, info and inspo in your ears? Find more Mamamia podcasts here... https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guest: Monica Tarca

    Producers: Leah Porges and Samantha McDonald

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min

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4.8 out of 5
699 Ratings

699 Ratings

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Love love love

This is an absolutely sensational podcast. Interesting and informative with a wide range of fabulous guests. Love it!

Erikafromamerika ,

SOOO GOOD!

This podcast is life - Mia is amazing at interviewing I love the flow and that Flex Mami episode was pure 🔥🔥🔥
Highly recommend!!!
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mama_mac ,

Start Up Stories are Brilliant

Love the Start Up Stories! The summary at the end is excellent. Mia is a brilliant interviewer. Hearing about the business and life struggles of successful businesses is comforting and encouraging

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