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"Finally! A business podcast that I can relate to!" "Authentic, compelling, and refreshingly honest listening." The Push is a podcast for everyday Australian Business Owners. Business is hard, easy, fun, awful, stressful, or euphoric, it just depends on what day you are asked. This podcast talks about it all, the whole experience, not just the highlight reel. So listen, laugh, and learn with Jack Ferguson as he dives deep with successful business owners and entrepreneurs who are brave enough to share their story, their real story! Their PR agents don't approve.

The Push Jack Ferguson

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"Finally! A business podcast that I can relate to!" "Authentic, compelling, and refreshingly honest listening." The Push is a podcast for everyday Australian Business Owners. Business is hard, easy, fun, awful, stressful, or euphoric, it just depends on what day you are asked. This podcast talks about it all, the whole experience, not just the highlight reel. So listen, laugh, and learn with Jack Ferguson as he dives deep with successful business owners and entrepreneurs who are brave enough to share their story, their real story! Their PR agents don't approve.

    A Short Business Story: What It's Like To Be On The Bottom Of A Social Media Pile On

    A Short Business Story: What It's Like To Be On The Bottom Of A Social Media Pile On

    Today's inbetweenisode details what it's like for your business to be on the bottom of a Social Media Pile On. 

    This podcast episode may feature more short episodes like this if they are popular so please make it known on the Instagram page @bethepush if you enjoyed this.

    This story discusses:

    - How such a pile on can come to be (you don't have to do anything extreme to trigger it).

    - What it's like to experience it.

    - What lessons were learned after being on the bottom of a pile on.

    The Push host Jack Ferguson shares this story from his own life.

    • 8 min
    Riding the Tech Startup Rollercoaster, Managing Chronic Fatigue, and Surviving a Sharp Downturn, with TalentVine Founder Justin Falk.

    Riding the Tech Startup Rollercoaster, Managing Chronic Fatigue, and Surviving a Sharp Downturn, with TalentVine Founder Justin Falk.

    Today we reintroduce someone who has been on the podcast not once but twice before; Justin Falk, Founder of Talent Vine.
    If you don’t know what Talent Vine is, it is APAC’s leading marketplace for connecting recruiters and employers. Check out more about them at talentvine.com.au
    Given Justin has been on the podcast twice before, it’s quite an experience to reflect on who we were when we spoke 4 years ago. The beauty of having a podcast means you can go back in time and get a feel for who you were then and document your growth. 

    Scroll back to Season 1 if you want to hear about Justin’s early life and his first couple of years growing Talent Vine.
    For this episode we are going to be more focused on what has happened in the last 4 years, which has been a lot. Justin was really open about the challenges he faced during that time. 
    Convinced by startup culture that rest is for the weak and overworking himself, Justin experienced a range of health problems including Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue. 

    We discuss the effects of an excessive workload at length in this episode, managing your Energy is now a big focus for Justin.
    We discuss Startup Culture and the cost of buying into some of its philosophies which makes for some interesting discussions, but TalentVine was also a company significantly by Covid and we discuss what he had to do to get through a very difficult period.
    It was great to deal with some taboo subjects and thanks to Justin for being so open about his journey. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Buying a Business at 22, Rejecting Luck, and Walking a Mile In Someone Else's Shoes with Dan Scougall, Founder of Next Level Taxation

    Buying a Business at 22, Rejecting Luck, and Walking a Mile In Someone Else's Shoes with Dan Scougall, Founder of Next Level Taxation

    Today's guest is Dan Scougall who owns Next Level Taxation, an Accounting Firm North of Brisbane. Dan is a registered tax agent and self managed superfund auditor who specialises in Small Business and Self Managed Superannuation. 
    What was unique about Dan’s story is that he has spent most of his career as a business owner, and owned his first business at the age of 22. He shares the challenges and highs that came from that and how such an opportunity arose in the first place, one of those challenges was having to manage people much older than he was.
    A few parts of this episode get quite raw.

    Dan talks us through watching his parents go through hardships with their business while he was growing up, dealing with burnout and what that looks like, how he made the decision to sell his first business, and how important he believes it is to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before passing judgement. 
    Dan is exactly what this podcast is about. Gritty stories of resilience and perseverance when faced with difficult situations. 

    • 53 min
    Doubling Your Revenue, When Niching Goes Wrong, and How Forgiveness Grows Your Business, with Mitch Hills, Founder of Mastered Marketing.

    Doubling Your Revenue, When Niching Goes Wrong, and How Forgiveness Grows Your Business, with Mitch Hills, Founder of Mastered Marketing.

    Today our guest is Mitch Hills, Founder of Mastered Marketing, a digital agency that helps socially conscious organisations to grow their revenue and awareness with proven marketing strategies. 
    This isn’t Mitch’s first time on the podcast. He was interviewed about 5 years ago so if you want to hear a little bit more about his early story, please go back and listen to that episode in Season 1. 
    But a lot changes in 5 years, and interestingly enough, Mitch wasn’t far off shutting down his Tech Company when we chatted last time, naturally, that is one of the things we discuss first in this episode. 
    We also chat about:
    The good and bad of startup culture. How niching can go wrong. What to do when you are working in an industry with people who don’t align with your values. The pivotal moment and story that pushed Mitch to leave this niche Why he quit DJing. What stress and a run of bad luck can do to someone. Mitch had a particularly hard 2020 and we discuss that at length.What going on a health retreat can do for your body and your mind, and your business.What forgiveness does for your growth. Doubling his businesses revenue. We talk real numbers and discuss how he did it.And plenty more. 
    This episode got very deep and explored a whole range of topics. We appreciate Mitch being so open about so many deeply personal experiences. Some of what we cover isn’t easy to talk about. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Starting a Company During Covid, Improving Financial Literacy in Business Owners, and Refusing To Wear Ties with Morgan Wilson, Founder of Creditte

    Starting a Company During Covid, Improving Financial Literacy in Business Owners, and Refusing To Wear Ties with Morgan Wilson, Founder of Creditte

    Today’s guest is Morgan Wilson, Founder of Creditte.

    Morgan is an accountant and business advisor who takes the complexity out of numbers, and guides business owners through the ups and downs of running their business.

    He does this so business owners can have the comfort and confidence to make the right decisions for themselves, their business, and their family. Creditte is the Accounting Firm and vehicle he uses to accomplish all of this. 
    Morgan started his business during Covid which makes for intriguing storytelling and we discuss exactly how that came to be. 
    We also talk about:
    A couple of mistakes he made early on in his business journey. How Monopoly sparked his fascination in business. His thoughts on Formal Education and how that has helped slash hindered his professional development. What his first day was like as an Accountant. It was particularly challenging.How it can be lonely to be a business owner.
    AndWhat the Startup Community has done better than the SME community.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The 3 Year Rule, Persevering When You Want To Shut Your Business, and What Your Startup Will Do For Your Personal Growth, with Switchnode Co-Founder Nathan Smith.

    The 3 Year Rule, Persevering When You Want To Shut Your Business, and What Your Startup Will Do For Your Personal Growth, with Switchnode Co-Founder Nathan Smith.

    Today’s guest is Nathan Smith, Co-Founder of Switchnode.
    Switchnode is an established telecommunications service provider based in Brisbane and have become specialists in providing phone and internet services to local business. In an industry that is renowned for treating its clients poorly, Switchnode have a focus on quality customer service and reliability.
    Nathan is incredibly open about his journey so far. It is the purpose of this podcast to be honest and share real anecdotes around what happened during one’s business journey. This episode does not disappoint.

    We talk about:
    The 3-year ruleGetting attacked by another company early on in their journey.Crazy clients, like the one you heard about at the start.What he would do differently if he had his time again.Being held to ransom by a supplier.A pivot into the elevator market that didn’t quite go to plan.Why performing to 1000 people can be easier than speaking to 1. What it’s like to pitch to a high-profile investor and get roasted.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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