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Grow A Small Business Podcast

Dec 30, 2020

In this episode, I interview Kate Toon, an award-winning SEO copywriter and SEO consultant and speaker with over two decades of experience in all things advertising, digital, and writing. She has worked with big brands such as Sanitarium, eHarmony, Curash, and Kmart. She has helped countless small businesses produce great content and improve their copywriting and SEO. She’s also the founder of The Clever Copywriting School and The Recipe for SEO Success eCourse, as well as a co-host on the Hot Copy Podcast.

In 2009, five months pregnant and aged 34, Kate quit a corporate communication job for more flexibility with her own business. The business focuses on digital education, SEO, copywriting and mentoring. Over 10,000 people have been through her online courses and currently have 600 paying members. 2 years in, she dropped all her clients to focus on mentoring, courses, and an annual conference. In 2013, she earned $150,000, and in 2018 she hit $500,000 then $1 Million in 2020 with 75% net profit. 

She started out the business with one full-time employee and now has three. Kate has consistently bootstrapped the business, growing it purely from profits. She felt she had succeeded when she was on stage at her own conference (CopyCon) looking down at the 200 attendees. She says the hardest thing about growing a small business is motivation and that the one thing she would tell herself on day one of starting out in business is, “Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and just get on with it” Stay tuned to enjoy and learn from Kate’s small business ownership journey.

This Cast Covers:

  • Her backstory and the different revenue streams that keep her business running sustainably. 
  • Serving small businesses, service providers, and eCommerce store owners.
  • Moving from a successful advertising career to starting her own “Jill of all trades” business
  • Becoming one of the best-known copywriters in Sydney and pivoting into doing workshops and courses.
  • How her transition to passive income was like.
  • The beauty of being the creative director in her business rather than just the CEO.
  • Where SEO is at the moment: Is it still relevant?
  • Funding the business with nothing but herself.
  • Learning the importance of working on herself to overcome impostor syndrome and other things that deterred her from focusing on her customers.
  • Overcoming procrastination and doing more creative work.
  • The benefits of getting into an abundance mindset.
  • Why having employees is just not her thing and how outsourcing helps with that.
  • Building a great community of customers by keeping them engaged and facilitating conversations.
  • Continuously working on achieving some work/life balance and learning from her customers.

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