"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching 1 Million Kids How To Play Chess, and Achieving Success Against The Odds, With Chess Mates Founder Ash Reddy
This episode's guest is Ash Reddy, Founder of Chess Mates.
Ash has a great story. One in which he describes himself as someone who wasn’t meant for success due to the adversity he grew up in.
Founding the company 8 years ago, the growth has been anything but easy.
We talk about:
How Ash got the business off the ground through cold calling.How he stayed under the radar of competitors for some time. Why his first business didn’t work out and what would he do differently in hindsight? How Covid affected Chess Mates and how he got through it.A great entrepreneur who shares so much of his story.
Surviving Covid In Hospitality, Early Business Lessons, And Knowing What Advice To Take, with Snag Studio Founder Sala Rankine
Today's guest is Sala Rankine, Founder of Snag Studio, a specialised Hospitality Branding & Marketing agency.
Sala’s story is very unique.
She started her business in the hospitality niche a month before covid started. We talk about how she approached this. Starting a business in a difficult space at a difficult time does make for intriguing listening.
We also talk about:
How she learned to charge properly for her services. How important it is to get everything in writing. Who you should listen to for business advice.How Sala spoke at Linkedin at just 20 years old. Her experiences with bad bosses.
AndHow her passion for hospitality came to be.