53 episodes

"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 Story: How I Got My First Customer

    A Short Story: How I Got My First Customer

    Today we have a deviation from the usual interview style episode. 

    This will be a short solo episode. 

    We are going to discuss how Jack got his first customer for an old business.

    So many people have been in this situation; whether they are struggling to get new customers, or have never had a customer in the first place. 

    Sometimes listening to the way someone else thought through a problem can help. That's what this episode is for. 

    We discuss the problem, some of the roadblocks that came up while trying to solve it, and some things for you to think about if you are facing a situation like this. 

    This episode was hosted by Jack Ferguson. 

    • 9 min
    Decoupling, Waking up at 3am, and Filling The Void, with Toby Jenkins

    Decoupling, Waking up at 3am, and Filling The Void, with Toby Jenkins

    “You can have success but not really know why, whereas if things are not going well it’s often clear what is wrong”

    Today we are fortunate to have a previous guest return for Round 2. 
    Toby Jenkins, former Olympian, business owner, and all-round great guy is back.

    Toby and our host Jack caught up recently. It became clear very quickly that they were in similar situations. Having both gone through big challenges in their businesses, and not really knowing what the next step is, making an episode about this challenge just made sense.
    Usually, you see stories of overcoming hardship floating around on social media. But these stories are often told when there is a happy ending. For Toby and Jack, the happy ending for the current chapter hasn't arrived just yet. So if nobody else will talk about their situation when things are going poorly, why shouldn’t The Push give it a go?
    We speak about:
    DecouplingWhat has been waking Toby up in the middle of the night.  What recently happened to Jack that has him in a tailspin. Choosing to hit publish on vulnerable content (like this episode). Trying not to mentally fast forward through crappy times.And how to do the work of defining our values and using them as our North Star.A big thank you to Toby for being so open on this episode, it’s not easy to talk about difficult subjects publicly. 
    This episode was hosted by Jack Ferguson

    • 1 hr 6 min
    First Hires, Working Exclusively With People You Like, And How You Make Sure You Get Paid, with Cameo Ashe, Founder of Lemonade Beach

    First Hires, Working Exclusively With People You Like, And How You Make Sure You Get Paid, with Cameo Ashe, Founder of Lemonade Beach

    Today we are talking to Cameo Ashe, Founder of Lemonade Beach. A business with a funky name, Lemonade Beach is actually an Accounting Firm. 

    We discuss the reasons why Cameo chose that name during the episode.

    We cover a range of topics throughout this episode including:
    How music is similar to sports in terms of how you learn teamwork. How doing business with family can prove to be problematic.Why she doesn’t like to work from home, and the advantage she sees in having an office. First hires and how Cameo has gone about building her team, including challenges she had with outsourcing prior to bringing on internal team members.How she works with people she likes and doesn’t tend to bother when she doesn’t see a fit. How she has become cynical of people who try to look wealthy and accomplished on Social Media. As an Accountant Cameo sees the real story behind someone’s finances, and this part of the discussion was quite eye-opening.Why some Accounting Firms carry client debt but advise their clients not to do that.And
    The problems you will run into if you don’t do a cashflow forecast.A great episode to start off 2022!

    • 57 min
    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