185 episodes

Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it.

In this podcast, I lead thoughtful and fun discussions with business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success.

As we celebrate their stories and learn the lessons from their lives this podcast offers business wisdom with tangible, tactical tools and tips. We debunk some of the common business myths supporting you to build and grow 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 is here to inspire, empower and transform the way we build a business.

This is a lively and thought provoking podcast - and fun too.

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 with Ingrid Thompson Ingrid Thompson simplifies how we build a business.

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it.

In this podcast, I lead thoughtful and fun discussions with business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success.

As we celebrate their stories and learn the lessons from their lives this podcast offers business wisdom with tangible, tactical tools and tips. We debunk some of the common business myths supporting you to build and grow 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 is here to inspire, empower and transform the way we build a business.

This is a lively and thought provoking podcast - and fun too.

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

    E185 Cassie Briggs: Biology Professor turned Career Coach

    E185 Cassie Briggs: Biology Professor turned Career Coach

    In today’s episode we meet Cassie Briggs - Biology Professor turned Career Coach - who tells us that she has listened to every episode of this "So You Want to Start a Business" podcast using the information and inspiration to build her highly successful Success in Science Career Coaching business
    Cassie started her business in 2020 and her first client paid her double the fee she billed them at the time !
    If you are thinking about starting any kind of personal services business - and we know this is most of the listening audience - this is a MUST LISTEN episode
    We talk about money and pricing and where Cassie's new clients come from - spoiler: Google My Business is a powerful lead generation for her business
    Cassie speaks openly about her transition from being a Professor to becoming an entrepreneur. She also speaks very honestly about what it takes to juggle a growing business among with raising a one year old and a three year old
    Cassie has hired a range of coaches to work with her to grow her business as well as a financial adviser - all of whom have been invaluable in this business journey
    There is so much value in this conversation with Cassie Briggs
    Cassie empowers students and early career professionals in science and medicine through a combination of coaching and consulting to:
    ·      explore career options and pathways that align with their values, interests, and skills
    ·      develop an effective job search strategy
    ·      prepare application documents for internships, professional degree programs, graduate school, and jobs
    ·      establish a healthy work-life balance
     
    You can find Cassie at:
    Website: www.successinscienceCC.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassiebriggs/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassie_sscc/
    Podcast: Diverse Routes: Career Journeys in Science & Medicine
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 wa

    • 43 min
    E184 Brook McCarthy has figured out how to make herself happily unemployable - for the rest of her life

    E184 Brook McCarthy has figured out how to make herself happily unemployable - for the rest of her life

    Brook McCarthy started her first business in 2007 and now describes herself as "happily unemployable"
    Her business Hustle and Heart equips and empowers business owners to build highly creative, ethical, and mutually-flourishing businesses that become a model for others to emulate.
    Brook loves talking to women in business about money and demystifying money and sales. She believes how much you earn is a feminist issue and she's keen to change the stats!
    In this episode she tells us: "anger is my superpower" and then puts this into context as she gives us examples of how "I get a fire in my belly and that gives me the power to make changes"
    Brook talks about boundary setting and energy vampires and how helps women charge premium price for their valuable service and much more
    Brook's website
    http://hustleandheart.com.au/
    Brook's Socials
    https://instagram.com/brookmccarthy
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brookmccarthy/
    https://facebook.com/brookmccarthy 
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 😊
     

    • 37 min
    E183 Salle Huber - after years of working for others Salle knew it was time to start her own business & says "I wish I'd started earlier"

    E183 Salle Huber - after years of working for others Salle knew it was time to start her own business & says "I wish I'd started earlier"

    Salle Huber is a movement teacher with more than 15 years experienced. She is trained and fully certified in Stott Pilates as well as The MELT Method, which is a simple and innovative self-care treatment for our connective-tissue system. 
    In May 2021 Salle started her own business after deciding that she could no longer work for anyone else.
    She says "No-one believed in what I was doing (with my clients) as much as I did and so I decided that I would create my own studio where I could provide a highly personal service for people with a variety of abilities" 
    If you've listened to other episodes you know I ask "What would you do differently?" and Salle's immediate response was "I was I'd started much sooner"
    This is such a common response from business owners - wishing they had started sooner
    If you are thinking of starting your own business, this podcast is a terrific resource with stories from a variety of business owners - mostly personal service businesses
    Salle's contact information:
    Website:  www.theawarelab.com
    Social media:
    Facebook: The Aware Lab at  https://www. facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066635209378
    Instagram  @awarelabsalle
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 😊

    • 41 min
    E182 Cheryl Burgess: when preparation meets opportunity! Starting a Pilates business

    E182 Cheryl Burgess: when preparation meets opportunity! Starting a Pilates business

    In this episode we meet Cheryl Burgess.
    Cheryl and her husband Adrian now run a multi business operation. This is a business started in 2012 when they wanted to buy a Pilates reformer for personal use at home.
    Finding a supplier overseas was easy  EXCEPT! instead of buying 1 reformer - the minimum order was for 10 reformers !!
    And that’s how it started. They pre sold the other 9 Pilates reformers before they even arrived in Sydney.
    The first growth step was to include commercial use Pilates equipment – something they wish they had moved into earlier than they did!
    Haven’t we heard this in previous episodes “We wish we’d jumped in sooner/ earlier… trusted that we were on the right track”  
    They now run a multi business operation, with a large team of people – including family members and locals - and are deeply steeped in the industry and they truly understand what their customers need – from lived experience
    This episode is not really about Pilates - although super helpful if you are interested in Pilates or other fitness or allied health
    This episode showcases what happens in business “you stay in your lane” as Cheryl says
    The integrated businesses work together to support their chosen industry
    You can find Cheryl at:
    Website: click here
    On instagram: click here
    Cheryl invite you to email er directly at cheryl@prateam.com.au
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 😊

    • 55 min
    E181 From Hairdresser to Feng Shui Consultant with Candice Berlanger

    E181 From Hairdresser to Feng Shui Consultant with Candice Berlanger

    What happens when a hair stylist says "Enough! of this"
    ... and decides to become a Feng Shui consultant?
    That’s exactly what Candice Berlanger did and for a whole lot of reasons – start8ing with more freedom and flexibility to spend more time with her family 
    Feng Shui is often thought of as the art of placement, where we put things in the house or the office
    The REAL practice of Feng Shui is one of the oldest in the world and has a fascinating history!
    Candice gives a little of the Feng Shui history and background as she takes us through her journey from hair stylist to Feng Shui consultant
    We answer all the regular startup questions in this conversation and Candice dishes out some solid wisdom for anyone thinking about getting started:
    "It takes longer than you think it will" AND “just start with what you’ve got at the time”
    I love this!
    Where you can find Feng Shui with Candice
    Website:
    https://www.learnfengshui.com/home
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/learnfengshuinow
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/learnfengshuinow/
    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/candice-berlanga-0023bb164/
    Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy2AzSu6iMJodeQODNSlnnQ?view_as=subscriber
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 😊

    • 38 min
    E180 Ziinkle: how to design and take to market a new and unique dating app

    E180 Ziinkle: how to design and take to market a new and unique dating app

    Ziinkle is unlike any other dating app on the market. 
    Fronted by two fed-up females Melanie Leahy and Elisse Alexander, Ziinkle is an innovative platform that allows users to see where other singles are out and about socially and in real-time.
    Founders Melanie and Elisse are using Ziinkle to encourage daters to swap from swiping on the couch to locking eyes across the bar!
    In this conversation they talk about:
    their pricing model How they raised funding who is on their advisory board where the idea for Ziinkle came from how they came up with the name - and THAT is one of the biggest challenges for all new startups today .... and much more!!
    Who are Melanie and Elisse?
    They have combined their years of experience and expertise and especially when it comes to developing and taking apps to market:
    Melanie Leahy is a brand and marketing specialist with a passion for technology, digital innovation, and behavioural science.
    She has worked in creative agencies and large corporate businesses for over 13 years. Throughout her career, she has had a range of hands-on experience developing and taking to market app-based solutions - just like they have done with Ziinkle!
    She has worked closely with some of the world’s most valuable brands, including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, CommBank, Mastercard and KMPG, and has also worked with joint venture start-ups Wiise and Beem.
    As Co-CEO of Ziinkle, Melanie’s responsibilities include strategy and marketing and supporting the CTO.
     
    Elisse Alexander is a married mum of two with a background in technology, humanities and sociology.
    She has over 14 years of marketing experience in agencies and corporate businesses.
    Over the course of her career, she has developed several app-based solutions that have helped solve internal business issues and increase consumer advocacy and engagement with various global and domestic brands.
    Her marketing specialisation is driving retention through 1:1 comms, content, experiential activations, and sales enablement.
    As Co-CEO of Ziinkle, Elisse’s responsibilities include operations and finance and supporting the CTO.
    Where to find Ziinkle:
    Instagram - @ziinkle
    Website - https://ziinkle.com/
     
    You can find me, Ingrid Thompson:
    website: www.healthynumbers.com.au
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ingridthompson
    Understand your Business Financial Savvy:
    In just 2 minutes you can take your free personalised Business Financial Health Check to increase your financial safety in business. Are you ready to discover your score?
    Click here for Your Business Financial Health Check
    My guess is you are listening to these podcasts because ..... ... you are a business owner and you really want to build and grow a successful business - whatever this means to you.
    You want to
    feel more confident when it comes to the money side of business. make business decisions using reliable information understand the numbers use the 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.
    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 boo

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Angeltiger88 ,

Great Reminders to Stay on Track - Gently!

Truly enjoyed Ingrid's podcast and insights. If you're ready to start a business or reorrient your current business, take a listen!

Trevor Oldham ,

Great show for inspiring entrepreneurs!

Ingrid is an excellent host who brings out the best of her amazing lineup of guests. Highly recommend!

skskdjfks ,

Wonderful Podcast!

We love this podcast! The host is so insightful and focused on kindness and positivity as are we at The Style That That Binds Us! The perfect place to come for advice and encouragement, whether you are starting a business or not!

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