The My Business Podcast is Australia’s leading podcast for anyone who owns and operates their own business. Each week, we speak with real-life business owners about their successes and struggles, finances and fears, as well as what inspires them and how they continue to make ends meet. Raw, honest and unscripted, the My Business Podcast is the ultimate source of inspiring stories and practical advice for every business leader.
Recognised as a trusted advisor to SME owners for 24 years, My Business provides innovative business strategies, practical tips and expert advice that Australia’s two million SME owners can use in their day-to-day operations.
From Vic stimulus updates to JobKeeper 2.0
In this special episode of the MyBusiness Podcast, host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is joined by the deputy editor of MyBusiness Adrian Flores to discuss the latest business news, reflecting specifically on the situation in Victoria and JobKeeper updates.
Over the past several days, Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews has announced some important updates, including a new $3 billion stimulus package aimed to help those most impacted by the state’s coronavirus restrictions.
Adrian and Maja take a look at what’s on offer, sharing also the reactions they’ve been hearing from the business community.
The pair deep dive into Andrews’ roadmap to open the state and give a brief recap of the changes to JobKeeper due to begin at the end of month.
Digging deep and rethinking your approach to business
Cathy Dimarchos believes that there are always opportunities in the market if you know where to look.
With over 35 years of experience in finance and business, Cathy Dimarchos has seen it all. Today she is an adviser, mentor and small business coach, channelling her hard-earned knowledge towards helping fellow business owners survive and thrive amid challenging times.
Cathy joins host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic in this episode of the MyBusiness Podcast to talk about decision making in difficult times and how business owners can best deal with fear while making sure their staff are looked after too.
Cathy touches on the importance of stepping back and revisiting that passion that first led business owners to start their companies, she shares her tips on switching to solution focus mode to drive business growth, and tops off our chat with some inspiring business success stories.
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Manoeuvring an SME in a choppy environment
For GetCapital, the past several months have been quite demanding. At the onset of the pandemic, their call centre lit up with calls from overwhelmed business owners, but as time went on and the number of businesses that recognised a chance to transform grew, GetCapital was soon swamped by calls of a different nature.
Chief product officer at GetCapital Paul Nayda joins host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic in this episode of the MyBusiness Podcast to talk about the past several months and how businesses are faring according to GetCapital’s data.
He also shares some unique customer stories, celebrating businesses that found their footing and turned to growth, and talks about the importance of cash-flow planning in a period of extended choppiness.
How an events/fitness business got back in the game
Fitness and events are two industries that have been upended by the coronavirus crisis and Josh King’s business falls within both.
Josh King, the managing director of Corporate Fighter, had to build his resilience and prepare for the worst at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. Since that initial closure period and a mental health slump driven by the high levels of uncertainty, Josh swiftly made the tactical decision to fight for his business.
He joins host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic in this episode of the MyBusiness Podcast to chat through his COVID journey and how this seemingly daunting sport is actually a front to a story of acceptance, support and friendship.
The resilience of small businesses in the wake of the pandemic
Employing nearly half of all Australians, small businesses are absolutely vital for the nation's economy. Alex Brgudac has been on the ground supporting this sector through the rollercoaster ride that is COVID-19 in his role as the head of partnerships at online lender Prospa.
Alex joins host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic in this episode of the MyBusiness Podcast to talk about Prospa's transition to remote working conditions, the sentiment among his SME clients throughout the crisis, and the effectiveness of the government's support schemes thus far.
He also explains how businesses have been pushed to positively adapt, what he expects to happen in the SME sector over the next few months, and shares some words of advice to small businesses that are struggling at the moment.
Navigating lockdowns as a bar owner
As the president of the Independent Bar Association NSW and owner of three small bars, Karl Schlothauer has witnessed the dramatic effects of COVID-19 on Australia's hospitality sector, first-hand.
In this episode of the MyBusiness Podcast, Karl joins host Maja Garaca Djurdjevic to talk about the challenges his industry has faced in navigating the current environment and the importance of government support measures for keeping his businesses above water.
Karl reveals how his staff and customers have been responding to the circumstances, considers what would happen if a second wave was to hit NSW, and outlines some of the creative initiatives he's implemented in order to adapt, such as "Shaz", the social distancing pool noodle.