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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 Shazzy Hunt 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.

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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 Shazzy Hunt 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.

    “I Cried Every Day For The First 12 Months” How Bared Footwear Was Born

    “I Cried Every Day For The First 12 Months” How Bared Footwear Was Born

    Anna Baird was a podiatrist for six years. And as a woman who loves fashion, she grew tired of recommending to her client's shoes that she wouldn't be caught dead in. 

    Anna knew that if she could combine comfort with fashion she would be onto something good.

    The only problem was, designing a  shoe that's both fashionable and comfortable is actually really tricky, which is why most companies won't do it. So Anna reduced her workdays and spent three years developing her first range of shoes.

    And she won't sugarcoat it, those first years in business were reallyhard. 

    Today Bared are leaders in footwear. Anyone who has ever tried Anna's shoes will tell you they're the comfiest shoes they have ever owned. And, importantly they're fashion-forward.

    So how did Anna survive those first years in business when her company just wasn't profitable? And what has she learnt in her thirteen years of business? 

    LINKS

    You can keep up with all things Bared Footwear on Instagram or online at bared.com.au

    You can find out more about Mia's Clear Space Challenge online at ladystartup.com.au

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Anna Baird

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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/

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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    • 46 min
    Buying A Rug Online Used To Be Impossible, Miss Amara Changed The Game

    Buying A Rug Online Used To Be Impossible, Miss Amara Changed The Game

    Alex Tanya Weller, like many other people, had tried to buy a rug online and failed. In fact, in 2014 people all over the world were scrolling the internet in search of the perfect rug.

    But no one was buying them. 

    So Alex and her husband set out to create Miss Amara, an e-commerce rug business that takes the hassle out of buying a rug online. 

    Seven years on and Miss Amara's customer service is at the top of its game. Customers can jump online and see what a rug will look like in their space, can seek assistance from professionals and even try it at home and return it if they aren't happy. 

    So how did Alex transform an online grudge purchase into a cult fave? And why is it important for businesses to go above and beyond for their customers, even if it's costly? 

    LINKS

    You can keep up with all things Miss Amara on Instagram or online at www.missamara.com.au

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Alexandra Tanya Weller

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Business Is Blooming: Why 2020 Was LVLY’s Biggest Year To Date

    Business Is Blooming: Why 2020 Was LVLY’s Biggest Year To Date

    Hannah and Verity had been running LVLY, a same-day flower and gift delivery service for six years. The second three years had seen strong growth, before a bushfire natural disaster – and a few other issues – threatened to turn their business into ashes.

    Who knew that another disaster – this time a global pandemic – would trigger a massive turnaround? Suddenly LVLY became the perfect way to connect with family and friends in lockdown.

    You could send flowers, a care package, some chocolate, even alcohol to a friend having a bad day, a birthday or something worth celebrating. On the very same day.

    2020 turned out to be LVLY's biggest year to date, with some weeks recording 800% growth on the year before. Hannah and Verity had to suddenly learn to scale up their business and fast. 

    So what was it like being so close to shutting up shop? And how did they adapt to the constant changing of demand? 

    LINKS

    You can keep up with all things LVLY on Instagram or online at www.lvly.com.au

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Verity Tuck & Hannah Spilva

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    How Three Birds Changed The Renovation Game

    How Three Birds Changed The Renovation Game

    Erin Cayless, Lana Taylor and Bonnie Hindmarsh were shot into the limelight because of their NRL husbands. But in 2014 everything was set to change, when Bonnie got on an idea. 

    She wanted to flip a house. 

    Bonnie convinced her friends to quit their jobs and buy a house in Sydney’s northern suburbs for $800,000. They renovated it and made a profit. 

    In the seven years since Three Birds Renovations have flipped 14 homes together. But that's not all, they have written two books, created two online courses - so other women can learn how to flip and style their own home and along the way have accumulated almost 900,000 followers on Instagram. 

    So did they know that they would build a movement this big? and how did they upscale a service-based business and know what was the right move for their brand? 

    Erin and Lana join Shazzy Hunt...

    LINKS

    You can keep up with the three birds online at www.threebirdsrenovations.com or on Instagram @threebirdsrenovations

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Erin Cayless and Lana Taylor

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Anaita Built A Multi Million Dollar Business In Just Three Years

    Anaita Built A Multi Million Dollar Business In Just Three Years

    Anaita Sarkar's accessory business Olivia & Co had just started taking off. When something started to annoy her.

    At the end of every workday, she would stare at piles and piles of online orders wrapped in plastic. She knew that within seconds of those packages landing on her customer's doorstep, that they would end up in the bin.

    She knew there had to be a more sustainable option. 

    After twelve months of research, prototypes and trial and error, Anaita and her husband created Australia's first certified home-compostable, zero-waste shipping mailer.

    It was an immediate hit. 

    Today Hero Packaging is a multi mullion dollar business and has shipped over 15 million mailers. So how did Anaita break into a market she had no background in? And how have she and her husband created such a profitable business in just three years? 

     LINKS

    You can keep up with Anaita on her Instagram.

    Follow Hero Packaging online at www.heropacking.com.au or on Instagram @hero.packaging

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Anaita Sarkar

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    The Woman Who Built A Community For Rural Women

    The Woman Who Built A Community For Rural Women

    Claire Dunne was at a crossroads. She was 23, working on her parent's farm and all she wanted to do was travel, but she didn't have the money to do it.

    Then she got an idea. 

    Growing up in regional Queensland on a cattle farm, Claire noticed that the stories of the incredible women around her weren't being celebrated. 

    So from her parent's kitchen bench, she starting making a magazine. She called it Graziher. 

    Five years on, Graziher continues to showcase the stories of regional women across Australia. But Graziher is more than a magazine, they have a podcast, hold large events for readers and have created a community for regional women to share their stories. From doctors to lady startups to people in agriculture Graziher reflects regional and remote communities in all their glory. 

    So how did Claire start a magazine with no experience? And how did she manage to successfully launch a magazine at a time when publications across the nation were shutting their doors? 

    LINKS

    You can keep up with all things Graziher on Instagram or online at www.graziher.com.au

    Tell us what you think about Lady Startup Stories via our survey and you could go in the running to win a $100 Gift Voucher!

    CREDIT 

    Host: Shazzy Hunt

    Guest: Claire Dunne

    Producer: Mikayla Floriano

    Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

    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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min

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