Franchising – Jim Penman

In this episode Jim Penman talks about how he went from starting a mowing business with a $24 investment, to building the Jim’s Group, with more than 3,800 Franchisees and a turnover of approximately $500 million.

Jim Penman

Jim Penman started a part-time gardening business while earning his PhD in history at Latrobe University. He launched a full-time mowing business in 1982 with a $24 investment.

He originally aimed only at taking on subcontractors, but his business grew and he gradually began to specialise in the building up and selling of lawn mowing rounds. By 1989 he franchised his business, and since then Jim’s Mowing has become the largest franchise chain in Australian and the largest and best-known lawn mowing business in the world.

Jim’s Cleaning was launched in 1994, followed by more than 50 other divisions which now operate in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Jim’s Group now has over 3,800 Franchisees and a turnover of approximately $500 million.

Jim says the key to success in franchising is an overriding concern for the welfare of franchisees, and constant improvement in customer service. He is still actively involved in the running of the business, is directly accessible to all his Franchisees and to any client with a serious complaint.

He is funding a research program into the epigenetics of social behaviour, a continuation of his PhD work, which he believes could help in the treatment of mental illness and addictive disorders.

His books ‘Biohistory’, ‘Biohistory: decline of the West’, and ‘Every Customer a Fan’ are available on Amazon and from


Drop Shipping – Anton Kraly

In this episode Anton Kraly talks about Drop Shipping, sharing insights into how you can create profitable eCommerce businesses by leveraging high-ticket drop shipping.

Anton Kraly

Anton Kraly has been a serial entrepreneur for more than a decade, finding success building and selling multiple seven-figure businesses. In 2013, he started Drop Ship Lifestyle to teach people how to create profitable eCommerce businesses by leveraging high-ticket drop shipping. Voted “Best eCommerce Course” by Shopify in 2018, Drop Ship Lifestyle is now the top online eCommerce coaching program and has helped more than 8,000 students in 25 countries to find freedom through entrepreneurship.


Remote Staff – Nathan Hirsch

Remote Staff – Nathan Hirsch

In this episode Nathan Hirsch talks about Remote Staff, sharing insights into how you can use remote staff to scale your business.

Nathan Hirsch

Nathan Hirsch is a serial entrepreneur, expert in remote hiring and eCommerce guru. Selling online since 2010, Nate has sold well over $25 million worth of product through his eCommerce business. He is now the co-founder and CEO of (yes you see 3 Es there – it’s an eCommerce thing), the hands-on hiring marketplace connecting hundreds of online business owners with reliable, pre-vetted remote workers. FreeeUp is redefining how businesses are able to hire remote freelancers online.

After building a team of over 30 remote workers, Nathan found he needed a system to make remote-worker hiring better and scalable. He founded FreeeUp. com, specializing in assisting eCommerce and digital marketing businesses remove the hassle of having to recruit and interview before making a reliable hire. Less time recruiting & interviewing means more time making money. Nathan understands the frustration: he and his business partner faced the same struggles with hiring online and wanted to redefine the way it was done.

You can find Nathan on leading podcasts, such as Entrepreneur on Fire, Eventual Millionaire, and many more, speaking about online hiring tactics. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida.


Facebook Messenger Marketing – Dan Pinne

In this episode Dan Pinne talks about how to best use Facebook Messenger Marketing to improve your digital marketing efforts.

Dan Pinne

Dan Pinne is the Founder of Organik Digital, created to show businesses how to engage and convert their customers through Facebook.

Dan specialises in Facebook Ads for eCommerce businesses and has worked with businesses of all sizes and knows what challenges they face and how to provide solutions that speak to those pain points. Dan has been achieving some great success lately for his clients using Messenger Marketing.


Business Addicts Coworking – Loren Bartley

In this episode Loren Bartley talks about the next evolution for Business Addicts as a brand, sharing the plans for the new coworking space she is developing that will be called “Business Addicts Coworking”.


Rocking Retail – Sarah Cross

In this episode Sarah Cross talks about rocking retail, sharing how you can achieve success in the retail industry.

Sarah Cross

Sarah Cross is an award-winning successful businesswoman.

At 24 years old she successfully built and sold her own million-dollar gift hamper business and was formally recognised twice in the Australian Telstra Business Women’s Awards. With the rapid expansion of her rags to riches gift business, she built systems and procedures to enable its sales and marketing success and mastered the art of outsourcing to fulfil the demands of a highly-seasonal operation. She’s considered as one of Australia’s Product Industry Experts and helps coach creative women in the Giftware, Wholesale and Homeware industry accelerate their sales and build their own financially-successful million dollar businesses.

You can follow Sarah Cross on Facebook and Instagram.