Welcome to The Project Future Podcast, for people looking to launch and build their own amazing business, with me, Rob Kerr.
A few years ago, I asked myself:
“How can people considering starting a business be confident they are making the right decision, and how can they improve their chances of success?”
The answer has become my book titled Project Future: 6 Steps to Success as Your Own Boss, a Facebook group called The Project Future Club, where we support each other to launch and build our own amazing businesses, and this podcast, where every Tuesday a business owner shares their story, including great tips about what to do, and what not to do, when launching and growing a business to empower you to make better decisions on your own journey.
You’ll find the show notes and transcripts at www.robkerr.co.uk
So, in these uncertain times, if starting a business could be the right option for you and your family, read the book, join the Facebook group and enjoy the show!
43. Mike Pagan on Prioritising Mental Wealth
How can you improve not just your mental health, but your mental wealth?
My guest here in Episode 43 is Mike Pagan – a Business Performance Specialist who believes that having a proactive support network is the secret to your success.
- How he learnt to adapt when faced with a global financial crisis
- The brutal reality of retiring from professional sport, and what we can all learn from it
- Why it’s so important to have somebody to ask you the right questions
- Who should form your mental wealth team
- The difference between being professional and amateur…and what it will lead to
- Why taking in information alone won’t make a difference
Mike’s best advice is don’t do it in isolation.
42. Mark Jarvis on Working Hard on Smart Things
How can you increase growth in your business without working longer hours?
My guest here in Episode 42 is Mark Jarvis, a business mentor who inspires forward-thinking business people to grow themselves and build better, stronger and smarter businesses.
In this conversation Mark explains:
- What can be achieved if you surround yourself with the right people
- How to grow your business when your diary is already full
- The difference between growth and expansion
- What the 60-20-20 Principle is, and why you should implement
- The common misconception of what constitutes working ON the business
- The power of referrals, if done right
- How to deliver a great speech
Mark’s best advice is to get somebody to help you.
41. Liz Hamlet on Seeing Opportunity from Change
How can you maximise the opportunity that change brings?
My guest here in Episode 41 is The Success Spark, Liz Hamlet. Liz is an internationally known Coach, Business Mentor, Speaker and Podcaster.
She's the founder of Spark Succeed Coaching & Consulting, and she helps people to get laser-focused on their careers and businesses.
In this conversation Liz explains:
- The benefits of starting a business in times of change
- How you can get over the fear factor in the idea stage
- The 5 key mindset changes that successful entrepreneurs make
- Why you shouldn’t be apologetic about your pricing
- Why we should see change as an opportunity, not a threat
- Why change encourages innovation
- The benefits of running your own podcast, or appearing on somebody else’s
- Why you should embrace being yourself
Her best advice is to feel the fear and do it anyway.
40. Sophia Matveeva on Thriving in Tech (As a Non-Techie)
How can you thrive using technology, if you’re not technical?
My guest here in Episode 40 is Sophia Matveeva, the founder of Tech for Non-Techies, who is on a mission to help people learn about tech so they can achieve what they want from their careers.
In this conversation Sophia explains:
- How she started by solving her own problem
- What a lack of understanding between tech and business people can lead to
- The difference between a product metric and a business metric
- How fundraising is a process of courting
- The benefits of asking for advice
- What a monthly newsletter can do for your business, and how to structure it
- How you’ll be seen if you keep on turning up
- How start-ups iterating is a good thing, and why good investors should be open to this
- How she’s developed solutions for those with different needs, aligned to the overall mission of the business
- The negative impact of not understanding today’s technology environment
Sophia’s best advice is to have the confidence to say you don’t know things.
39. Teni Majekodunmi on Providing a Platform
How do you provide a global platform for traditional artisans, sustainably?
My guest here in Episode 39 is Teni Majekodunmi, the founder of Eclectic Chique. Teni founded the business to raise the bar for African products internationally, with a clear focus on developing the craft industry in Nigeria and empowering women whilst doing so.
In this conversation, Teni explains:
- How her business actually started as her own therapy after a family tragedy
- Her mission to showcase the products of African artisans to the world and to change perceptions along the way
- What products she started with and how she gained a first major client
- The business’ values and why they matter
- The impact the platform she’s created has had and how she’s worked with partners like the International Trade Centre to amplify her influence
- How asking for external help can enable you to progress faster
Teni’s best advice is to start small.
38. Anthony Kingsley on Being Prepared for Change
How can you respond positively when change happens around you?
My guest here in Episode 38 is Anthony Kingsley – a copywriter, travel agent and networker who is a passionate believer in following his interests.
In this conversation Anthony explains:
- Why it’s important to learn how NOT to do things
- What happens if businesses don’t evolve
- How Covid-19 has made people recognise the importance of community
- The pros and cons of running a franchise
- Why being clear about what benefit you can provide is key
- Why writing short posts is great training
- What the “So What?” test can do for your business
Anthony’s best advice is to be very clear about what your product or service does to make your client’s life better.
Excellent for any current or aspiring entrepreneurs.
Rob has some fantastic guests giving great perspectives and insight on going forward with their business journey.