176 episodes

Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it.

In this podcast, we hear stories from business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success.

As we delve into their lessons learned we offer easy business life-hacks and debunk common business myths giving you tangible and tactical tools, tips and tricks to revolutionise how you build your own business.

I’m your host Ingrid Thompson – renowned business educator & mentor with more than 30 years’ experience and author of the book So You want to Start a Business. This podcast aims to inspire, empower and transform the way we build a business.

This is a lively and thought provoking podcast.

When we pursue business and entrepreneurship based on core values and deepest integrity, and at the same time build a financially successful business – we live richer, fuller lives.


Find out more about Ingrid Thompson https://www.healthynumbers.com.au/podcasts/
Follow me on linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson https://www.facebook.com/GrowingBusinessesHealthier/ and https://www.instagram.com/healthynumbers.com.au/
Find Ingrid’s internationally published book So You Want to Start a Business https://www.healthynumbers.com.au/about-the-book/

Conversations on this long running podcast include EOF podcast host John Lee Dumas, Founder of Happy Skin Co Dylan Mullan, Founder of Tribe Kayla Houlihan, Nicole Baldinu co-Founder of $100 MBA, Pilates Goddess Jenna Zaffino, Entrepreneur Kelly Roach, Australian artist and entrepreneur Valerie Khoo and so many more

I hope you enjoy listening

Just so you know, I read chapters of the book in episodes of the podcast, check out the book reading episodes between episodes 70 and 90

So You Want to Start a Business Ingrid Thompson simplifies how we build a business.

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Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it.

In this podcast, we hear stories from business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success.

As we delve into their lessons learned we offer easy business life-hacks and debunk common business myths giving you tangible and tactical tools, tips and tricks to revolutionise how you build your own business.

I’m your host Ingrid Thompson – renowned business educator & mentor with more than 30 years’ experience and author of the book So You want to Start a Business. This podcast aims to inspire, empower and transform the way we build a business.

This is a lively and thought provoking podcast.

When we pursue business and entrepreneurship based on core values and deepest integrity, and at the same time build a financially successful business – we live richer, fuller lives.


Find out more about Ingrid Thompson https://www.healthynumbers.com.au/podcasts/
Follow me on linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson https://www.facebook.com/GrowingBusinessesHealthier/ and https://www.instagram.com/healthynumbers.com.au/
Find Ingrid’s internationally published book So You Want to Start a Business https://www.healthynumbers.com.au/about-the-book/

Conversations on this long running podcast include EOF podcast host John Lee Dumas, Founder of Happy Skin Co Dylan Mullan, Founder of Tribe Kayla Houlihan, Nicole Baldinu co-Founder of $100 MBA, Pilates Goddess Jenna Zaffino, Entrepreneur Kelly Roach, Australian artist and entrepreneur Valerie Khoo and so many more

I hope you enjoy listening

Just so you know, I read chapters of the book in episodes of the podcast, check out the book reading episodes between episodes 70 and 90

    E176 Angela Ficken psychotherapist has built a worldwide brand Progress Wellness

    E176 Angela Ficken psychotherapist has built a worldwide brand Progress Wellness

    Like many business owners Angela Ficken reached a point where she was burning the candle at both ends. She took the plunge to start private practice … and thought she would “hang out her shingle” and that’s all she needed to do.
    It didn’t work out that way and in this episode Angela tells us how she overcame the “hustle of being in business which is a constant grind”
    She says that she learned very fast that: “Your pay check is as much as you hustle”
    Angela has built her business Progress Welness into a worldwide brand. She offers online products that take her expertise out into the world for a wide range of clients.  She tells us that creating the brand allowed the creativity side of her personality.
    In this episode Angela walks us through the process she used to build her brand and the entire suit of online products – so helpful for every business person.
    Angela Ficken, LICSW is a full-time psychotherapist in private practice. She specializes in OCD, eating disorders, and anxiety-related concerns.
    She started her career at McLean Hospital, which is one of the top-ranking psychiatric hospitals in the country and affiliated with Harvard University. She was the head social worker on an inpatient unit that focuses on anxiety and depression.
    During her time at McLean, she trained in exposure therapy and became certified in CBT and DBT. Shortly thereafter, she worked at Harvard University as a primary therapist for undergraduate and graduate students.
    During her time there, she taught students CBT and DBT skills to help them manage a range of challenging emotions that young adults face daily.
     
    Angela has focused her attention on working with young adults and entrepreneurs primarily after noticing that both groups struggled with anxiety disorders and stress-related issues due to life transitions and the uncertainty of what was coming next in their lives. The struggle, as they say, is "real".
    She has spent years fine-tuning her practice and building her business into something more than a standard full-time private practice.
    In this conversation she tells us how she has achieved this - with practical and actionable steps we can all implement.
    She began writing for Huffington Post as an expert, which then catapulted her into writing for other major online sources which include Marriage.com where she is a verified expert, YourTango.com, ThriveGlobal.com, and has been quoted in Oprah Magazine, and on Fastcompany.com, Inc.com, Forbes.com, MSN.com, Bustle.com, Popsugar.com, Buzzfeed.com, Nylon magazine, Getstigma.com, and Justluxe.com. She has also been a guest on Onward Nation with Stephen Woessner where she talked about OCD and intrusive thoughts, as well as on the radio in Chicago and Reno speaking about stress and anxiety.
    Through her writing and hearing from her clients how difficult it was finding an understanding therapist—one who could actually teach coping strategies to manage difficult emotions—she decided to create the Worried to Well-Balanced: Practical Skills to Deal With Everyday Stressors: Worried to Well-balanced course to reach more people other than those she could meet within her office.
    The course is designed to help those who have significant stress in their lives and struggle to find ways of coping and managing their emotions.
    You can find Angela Ficken and Progress Wellness:
    Pinterest.com/progresswellnes
    Facebook.com/progresswellness
    Instagram.com/progresswellness
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
     
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisi

    • 43 min
    E175 How to overcome the pricing barrier

    E175 How to overcome the pricing barrier

    Stacey Hylen is my guest today in this short Stand out episode.
    Stacey started her first business when she was in third grade and then started an even more successful business when she was 11 years old.
    She describes herself as a “natural optimiser” and this is a highlight from our full episode which is coming soon.
    Stacey says: "In business the pricing barrier in business is not usually between ourselves and a client or customer – the pricing barrier is usually between our ears …" and she is talking about mindset
    She gives us a terrific pricing example from her own business and also a general example of resources vs resourcefulness - and especially when it comes to mindset and profit.
    In this Standout she mentions her "Raise your Rates Masterclass" and you can register for the next one here:
    https://www.raiseyourratesmasterclass.com
    Her website is:
    https://www.staceyhylen.com
      My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Take Your Business Financial Health Check click here
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisions with reliable information - facts & data as well as your "gut feel."
    …  ultimately you want to do what you do best AND have a successful business AND make a difference.
    I’m here to help you.
    Everything I do in my business, every decision I make is based on this question: 
    Will this make a difference? Will this help you, my listener - will this help you to build your business? will this help you to create your successful, viable and robust business so you can achieve Financial Independence?
    This is why I do what I do
    There are 2 ways you can access all my best material: I regularly run webinars on a range of money related topics:
    Managing Cash Flow so you never run out of money Understanding where your money goes - getting those expenses sorted out Understanding the Profit First book Pricing - getting it right for your studio The things you need to know before signing a commercial lease How to make more money ... and many other topics If you’d like the replay of any of these recent webinars, please email me ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au and put "Replay" in the subject and let me know which one you'd like to watch. I’ll send you the link to the replay
    AND Read my book! It is a Business 101 and can answer pretty much all your business questions.
    This book is designed to help you build your business - whether you are starting from scratch and creating something new or you have been in business for a couple of years and want to build from your foundations.
    The book is your step by step guide to building a business smarter and faster.
    "So You Want to Start a Business"
    Order your copy now from Booktopia, Amazon or Book Depository
    It’s so exciting to be sharing it with you.
    If you prefer the kindle Head straight to Amazon
    Happy reading!
     
    Truly, I'm keen to hear how you go with this activity. Please let me know - send me an email ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au
    I answer all my own emails 😊
     

    • 6 min
    E174 Kat & Mouse

    E174 Kat & Mouse

    When it comes to having a sales conversation with prospective clients - have you ever taken it personally when they say "no" or do you try really hard to be "liked" so that they will say "Yes" ??
    I know I certainly have and am guessing you maybe have as well...
    In this episode Sharon Kitroser who is one of Founders at Team Kat  & Mouse shares her wisdom about her unique approach to sales, selling and fund raising.
    Sharon and her business partner and long time friend Amy Mauser work with clients to support them in their fundraising strategies.
    They believe that:
    Tangible fundraising results are created by hiring great people, training them how to do their job, and coaching them continually. Sharon and Amy are nonprofit fundraising consultants committed to all three.
    This is a fabulous conversation with Sharon and is for anyone who is looking for help with how to have a successful sales conversation with prospective clients. 
    We hear the business startup story of Team Kat & Mouse and lessons learned.
    You can find Sharon Litroser and Amy Mauser and the Team Kat & Mouse here:
    Website:
    https://www.teamkatandmouse.com
    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/75875107/admin
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/TeamKatandMouse/?ref=pages_you_manage
     
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
     
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisions with reliable information - facts & data as well as your "gut feel."
    …  ultimately you want to do what you do best AND have a successful business AND make a difference.
    I’m here to help you.
    Everything I do in my business, every decision I make is based on this question: 
    Will this make a difference? Will this help you, my listener - will this help you to build your business? will this help you to create your successful, viable and robust business so you can achieve Financial Independence?
    This is why I do what I do
    There are 2 ways you can access all my best material: Read my book! It is a Business 101 and can answer pretty much all your business questions.
    This book is designed to help you build your business - whether you are starting from scratch and creating something new or you have been in business for a couple of years and want to build from your foundations.
    The book is your step by step guide to building a business smarter and faster.
    "So You Want to Start a Business"
    Order your copy now from Booktopia, Amazon or Book Depository
    It’s so exciting to be sharing it with you.
    If you prefer the kindle Head straight to Amazon
    Happy reading!
    AND
    I regularly run webinars on a range of money related topics:
    Managing Cash Flow so you never run out of money Understanding where your money goes - getting those expenses sorted out Understanding the Profit First book Pricing - getting it right for your studio The things you need to know before signing a commercial lease How to make more money ... and many other topics If you’d like the replay of any of these recent webinars, please email me ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au and put "Replay" in the subject and let me know which one you'd like to watch. I’ll send you the link to the replay
     
    Truly, I'm always keen to hear from you. Please send me an email ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au
    I personally answer all my own emails 😊

    • 40 min
    E173 Building a viable business making funny & creative cards with Keli Spanier from Colette Paperie

    E173 Building a viable business making funny & creative cards with Keli Spanier from Colette Paperie

    My guest today is Keli Spanier and more than 12 years ago she started making funny and creative cards – for a whole bunch of reasons
    In this episode she tells us all about how she has grown Colette Paperie from those first cards into a global company
    As Keli says: "After spending several years at a corporate job I began Colette Paperie in 2009 to solve two problems: lose the soul-sucking job, and create funny cards."
    It became her goal to revive snail mail in a way that made it impossible to resist - by creating cards that you simply have to send.
    Her cards are located in over 500 stores worldwide after a decade of hard work, dedication + grit to making this thing work and she tells us the highs and the lows in this episode.
    Her cards are in floral shops, boutiques, museum shops, salons, and even restaurants.
    The best feature of the cards (aside from their irreverent sayings) is the brightly covered envelope sure to stand out in anyone's mailbox.
    Keli does it all herself: draws, prints, cuts, folds + packages all of her cards, stickers, notepads + keychains all in her Cincinnati studio. Keli says "It's pretty ridiculous."
    Personally I think it is amazing! as is she!

    I love cards and I think you will love Keli's cards and really find this episode extremely enlightening about how to take a create pursuit and enjoy a viable business.
    You can find Keli:
    Website: https://www.colettepaperie.com
    IG: @colettepaperie FB: https://www.facebook.com/colettepaperie
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
     
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisions with reliable information - facts & data as well as your "gut feel."
    …  ultimately you want to do what you do best AND have a successful business AND make a difference.
    I’m here to help you.
    Everything I do in my business, every decision I make is based on this question: 
    Will this make a difference? Will this help you, my listener - will this help you to build your business? will this help you to create your successful, viable and robust business so you can achieve Financial Independence?
    This is why I do what I do
    There are 2 ways you can access all my best material: Read my book! It is a Business 101 and can answer pretty much all your business questions.
    This book is designed to help you build your business - whether you are starting from scratch and creating something new or you have been in business for a couple of years and want to build from your foundations.
    The book is your step by step guide to building a business smarter and faster.
    "So You Want to Start a Business"
    Order your copy now from Booktopia, Amazon or Book Depository
    It’s so exciting to be sharing it with you.
    If you prefer the kindle Head straight to Amazon
    Happy reading!
    AND
    I regularly run webinars on a range of money related topics:
    Managing Cash Flow so you never run out of money Understanding where your money goes - getting those expenses sorted out Understanding the Profit First book Pricing - getting it right for your studio The things you need to know before signing a commercial lease How to make more money ... and many other topics If you’d like the replay of any of these recent webinars, please email me ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au and put "Replay" in the subject and let me know which one you'd like to watch. I’ll send you the link to the replay
     
    Truly, I'm always keen to hear from you. Please send me an email ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au
    I personally answer all my own emails 😊
     

    • 44 min
    E172 "Put all the excuses aside because you are capable!" Michelle Okwudiafor

    E172 "Put all the excuses aside because you are capable!" Michelle Okwudiafor

    "Whatever it is you are waiting for - is keeping you in a state of limbo!"
    That's Michelle Okwudiafor and she adds "Put all the excuses aside because you are capable"
    Michelle is an advocate for visibility and inclusion and in this conversation she speaks about how she has grown this business while working a full time job - and that point where she knew the business could sustain her.
    She talks pricing and shares data and stats - she tracks her pitches, the acceptances and the conversions.
    Research is vital she reminds us
    Michelle is an inspiring and interesting guest and this is a terrific conversation
    You can find Michelle:
    website: www.careerinvest.co.uk
    Instagram: @career_invest
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Take Your Business Financial Health Check click here
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Take Your Business Financial Health Check click here
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisions with reliable information - facts & data as well as your "gut feel."
    …  ultimately you want to do what you do best AND have a successful business AND make a difference.
    I’m here to help you.
    Everything I do in my business, every decision I make is based on this question: 
    Will this make a difference? Will this help you, my listener - will this help you to build your business? will this help you to create your successful, viable and robust business so you can achieve Financial Independence?
    This is why I do what I do
    There are 2 ways you can access all my best material: I regularly run webinars on a range of money related topics:
    Managing Cash Flow so you never run out of money Understanding where your money goes - getting those expenses sorted out Understanding the Profit First book Pricing - getting it right for your studio The things you need to know before signing a commercial lease How to make more money ... and many other topics If you’d like the replay of any of these recent webinars, please email me ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au and put "Replay" in the subject and let me know which one you'd like to watch. I’ll send you the link to the replay
    AND Read my book! "So You Want to Start a Business"  is Business 101 and can answer pretty much all your business questions.
    This book is designed to help you build your business - whether you are starting from scratch and creating something new or you have been in business for a couple of years and want to build from your foundations.
    The book is your step by step guide to building a business smarter and faster.
    "So You Want to Start a Business"
    Order your copy now from Booktopia, Amazon or Book Depository
    It’s so exciting to be sharing it with you.
    If you prefer the kindle Head straight to Amazon
    Happy reading!
     
    Truly, I'm always keen to hear from you. Please send me an email ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au
    I personally answer all my own emails 😊
     

    • 37 min
    E171 Stacey Hylen: Optimising what you already have

    E171 Stacey Hylen: Optimising what you already have

    Stacey Hylen is my guest today and she started her first business when she was in third grade and then an even more successful business when she was 11 years old.
    Stacey says: "Many people feel they are getting paid well, just not enough to reflect their brilliance at what they do and the kind of results and support they create for their clients. I help people Raise their Rates"
    In this conversation she talks about how she works with clients to help them Raise their Rates.
    She describes herself as a “natural optimiser” and all the way through our conversation you can hear how she optimises!!
    No matter what business you are in – Stacey has a message for you.
    She started her business when she and her husband moved to Quebec in Canada from the US.
    in a new country speaking mostly French - 99.8% with a young baby and in a small village Her husband used to joke that "If it doesn't work out you could always go work at the local hot dog stand" and Stacey says "There is NO WAY that was going to happen"
    So she made it work. How often are we inspired to make something work because some one tells us it won't work!!
    The French expression she used is “Casse-croûte literally translates to 'break-crust' but it's really a snack.”
    Stacey has a recently released book "Hidden Profit: more clients & cash" and she mentioned her "Raise your Rates Masterclass" and you can register for the next one here:
    https://www.raiseyourratesmasterclass.com
    Her website is:
    https://www.staceyhylen.com
     
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... My guess is that you are here because you are a business owner and what you really want - is to build and grow a successful business - whatever that means to you.
    We know that business owners want to feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business.
    Take Your Business Financial Health Check click here
    Having a successful business might mean making business decisions with reliable information - facts & data as well as your "gut feel."
    …  ultimately you want to do what you do best AND have a successful business AND make a difference.
    I’m here to help you.
    Everything I do in my business, every decision I make is based on this question: 
    Will this make a difference? Will this help you, my listener - will this help you to build your business? will this help you to create your successful, viable and robust business so you can achieve Financial Independence?
    This is why I do what I do
    There are 2 ways you can access all my best material: I regularly run webinars on a range of money related topics:
    Managing Cash Flow so you never run out of money Understanding where your money goes - getting those expenses sorted out Understanding the Profit First book Pricing - getting it right for your studio The things you need to know before signing a commercial lease How to make more money ... and many other topics If you’d like the replay of any of these recent webinars, please email me ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au and put "Replay" in the subject and let me know which one you'd like to watch. I’ll send you the link to the replay
    AND Read my book! It is a Business 101 and can answer pretty much all your business questions.
    This book is designed to help you build your business - whether you are starting from scratch and creating something new or you have been in business for a couple of years and want to build from your foundations.
    The book is your step by step guide to building a business smarter and faster.
    "So You Want to Start a Business"
    Order your copy now from Booktopia, Amazon or Book Depository
    It’s so exciting to be sharing it with you.
    If you prefer the kindle Head straight to Amazon
    Happy reading!
     
    Truly, I'm keen to hear from you. Please send me an email ingrid@healthynumbers.com.au
    I personally answer all my own emails 😊
     

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

fatibombom ,

The number magician!

Ingrid know her numbers. More importantly she knows how to put it into simple language that makes sense! Her podcasts are so helpful and gets to the point.

Lia Zalums ,

Wonderful podcast for coaches running their own business

Ingrid has the knack of asking insightful questions that generates rich focused dialogue that is very conversational and easy to listen to and stay focused. She doesn’t digress or lose focus so they cover a lot of important relevant info that helps me approach my business development and management better. Thankyou Ingrid for your knowledge, focus and consistency. And such a variety of successful business owners at different stages of their business makes every podcast interesting.

TrixieMaree ,

Love it!

I think everyone can teach you something and this podcast has shown me a new way of looking at business and life and so many varied industries. Love it! Ingrid does such a beautiful job of getting the most out of her interviewees and has such a warm way about her. Love that they’re short enough too to be doable weekly.

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