Entrepreneurship

The story of our reversed treechange

When Wade and I had been together only a year or so, we went on a weekend minibreak to the Hunter Valley.  On a stroll around the vineyard we were staying at, we daydreamed about the perfect life we’d love to have together one day.

Living in our own farm made up the bulk of this perfect life – and we exchanged lists of the fruit we’d grow, the vegetables we’d grow and the animals we would raise.  For as long as I can remember, living right in nature has been my dream life – and to be self-sufficient for organic produce was the next level of that dream life.

I started floating the idea of a Gold Coast move to Wade in late 2016.

What attracted me?

The slower pace of life.  The proximity to nature.  The idea of Lexi growing roaming barefoot through her days.  The sunbleached dream.

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Five golden rules to pricing

I don’t know about you, but coming up with ideas for new revenue streams and product ideas is the fun bit of entrepreneurship for me.

Exploring different ways to bring them to life, deciding on packages and the whole act of creation in business excites the hell out of me. That flight of creativity is the drug that has intoxicated me in the six years that I’ve run my own businesses.

Where it starts to get difficult is deciding what price tag to slap on said revenue stream/product…

And I’m not alone in this struggle.

From the many entrepreneurs I have mentored – from my Mastermind to my Remarkability Clann members, deciding on how to price our offers is a perennial problem for business owners. 

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How to be a successful entrepreneur

Walking to the café I’m working from this afternoon, I was pondering the commonalities between the entrepreneurs I see going places – and I mean really going places.

Like most things in life, there are patterns.  By now, I have banked up hundreds of hours of mentoring up-and-comers, and been fortunate to get to hang with the best of the best – everywhere from Necker Island, to Uluru, to late night wines with a business bestie at her kitchen table.  I can generally tell within 15 minutes of spending time with an entrepreneur if they’re going to “make it” or not.

Important note: some entrepreneurs and business owners are perfectly happy with growing their businesses gradually, or keeping them ticking along nicely as a side-hustle.  And that’s perfectly cool.  When I say “remarkable”, I mean the people who go on to hit seven figures early in their business, who attract kickass people to their team, who have created a situation where they have so much work coming in that their biggest problem is back-filling a team to fulfil demand.

Of the entrepreneurs I’ve personally mentored, these are the nine signs I look for as a reliable forecast of their future success.

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Why I sold my business

Today we are announcing that I have sold The Remarkables Group to my business partner Natt.

That sentence was very surreal to write.

Even though we have been working on this for a couple of months, it still hasn’t quite sunk in that this is all happening.

I started the business on the 16th May 2012 in my spare bedroom. I was full of optimism, excitement and not a little terrified of this new frontier I was about to cross.

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Episode 4 – Sabri Suby

For this week’s episode of The Remarkability Show, I interviewed the founder of Melbourne digital agency King Kong, Sabri Suby.  Sabri shared his rock star revenue generation tips, the habits and rituals that set him up for success and the number one mistake that people make when approaching digital marketing for their businesses.

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Episode 3 – Anna Hopkins

In this today’s The Remarkability Show I interviewed Anna Hopkins, founder of The Protein Bread Co. Anna shared her childhood dream story with me about moving to the city to pursue her dream of starting her own cafe, which she then sold to start ‘The Protein Bread Co’ which combined her passion of promoting a healthy lifestyle and eating well. We talked through the challenges, self-awareness and the focus and perseverance Anna instilled to make her dream a reality.

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Anna Hopkins

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Episode 2 – Jack Delosa

In today’s Remarkability Show I talked to Jack Delosa. Jack is founder of Australia’s largest and most disruptive education institution for entrepreneurs, ‘The Entourage’. Jack is changing education for entrepreneurs and shares some of his secrets and tips with me.

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Episode 1 – The Merrymaker Sisters

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In my very first Remarkability podcast I spoke to health and happiness advocates Carla and Emma of The Merrymaker Sisters. The Merrymaker Sisters shared their secrets on ‘following your bliss’ and so much more.

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The biggest thing I learned from Richard Branson

I just left Necker Island yesterday, after what are up there as five of the best days of my life.  The invite came three months ago, and it was one of the (rare) instances where I said yes immediately and decided to figure out how to make it happen later.  As the man himself says: “Screw it, just do it!”.

I travelled there with 22 members of Business Chicks and I don’t quite have the words to describe the week.

Magical, inspiring, motivating, gratifying, nurturing, connecting, healing, loving…

In my time on the island – and in the 24 hours since I left – my brain kinda felt like a freshly-shaken snowglobe, where the sheer amount of experiences, new people and new information were all floating around furiously.  It’s only today that my thoughts have started to settle and clear “take-outs” have materialised.

I’m writing now from my hotel room in Miami, fuelled up on key lime pie and an iced coffee from the local diner.  I wanted to first get down in black and white what seems to be in the running so far for the biggest take-out I had – and it’s something I learned straight from Richard himself.

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8 things I’ve learned about letting someone go

A couple of weeks ago, I got a Facebook message from a kick-ass young entrepreneur who occasionally asks for my advice.

It read: Need a little advice! Tomorrow morning I’m letting go someone for the first time. I’m so nervous! Any good reads or advice?”

I sooooo got why she was nervous.  Letting someone go is hands down one of the shittiest bits of running your own business.  I’ve had to do it several times – the shortest tenure being three weeks and the longest being seven months.

I’m afraid it doesn’t feel any less shitty the more I’ve done it, but I’ve definitely learned some things that help me do the deed with more compassion, professionalism and conviction each time.

I could write a LOT on this topic, however as a starting point I’m sharing the email I sent her – verbatim.  I hope it helps you if you ever need to part ways kindly with someone on your team.

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