Why hey there, I'm Kerry

I'm a born and raised Aussie, with the accent to prove it.

When I started my podcast no one told me the directory didn't grow my audience.

I was devastated to learn that publishing a podcast wasn't enough.

This began my journey to formulate a marketing strategy to build an audience for my podcast and explore social media from top to bottom.

I've spent countless hours testing and measuring podcast marketing and now I want to share the secrets to others.

Podcasting can transform businesses and turn people into thoughtleaders through the power of social media.

I am here to help others achieve their audio goals for both personal and professional stages.

I can share what I know with you - so that we can grow together!

My journey snap shot  

  • Grew up on a small farm
  • Left school and moved out of home at 16
  • Opened my first business at 22
  • Closed that business 18 months later in Debt
  • Flipped from being in Retail to Office positions
  • Sponged everything in small business for 10 years
  • Moved from the office Coffee Fetcher to Business Manager
  • Worked for a new Airline for 2 years
  • Co-Operated a successful online storefront - side hustle
  • Studied Bachelor of Graphic Design
  • Completed Cert IV in Accounting
  • Became a Qualified Bookkeeper/BAS Agent
  • 2011 launched Zinc Business Solutions Pty Ltd
  • 2020 started my first Podcast

READ the full story below!

Things I LOVE 💙

Family

Friends

Coffee

Podcasting

Sunshine

Food

Daisy's

With little education, I was going to work my way to success!

I grew up in a hardworking family, my parents taught me if you want something in life you need to work for it.

I was not academic in my teenage years and decided to leave school before completing year 10. I got a full-time job in a local supermarket and found mentors in my managers at an early age.

My friends from school and I grew apart and I focused on working hard to prove that I could build a career from nothing. I then job hopped in the retail and manufacturing world for about 7 years when I landed in a toxic workplace where everyone was just a number.

I opened my first business at 22!

It felt like the right time to start my own business and what better way to do this than with a business loan and a high rent expense in a shopping center cafe, right?!

Obtaining 1 month rent-free to renovate, this quickly turned into a 3-month journey past Xmas peek trading and a last-minute dash to open in January. For shopping centers in Australia not only is January quiet as the money has been spent on Xmas presents, but it is our peak summer and everyone goes to the beach. And this shopping center wasn't quite a beachfront property!

I also need to mention that this was before coffee was trendy. Cafe's were survival stops for caffeine addicts getting their morning fix and the odd lovely elderly friends stopping for lunch during their weekly browsing/shopping trips.

Things weren't working!

After about the 1-year mark of trading, things were looking bleak at best. The Xmas had come and gone again and the boom that I forecasted just didn't happen.

I then tried new menu items, brought in specialty donuts, packed with jams and creams. These were popular but had a much lower margin than other items. I also introduced a few hot food items for the lunch-goers and sadly, this is when the trouble really started. You see, right behind me was another cafe, and he had complained about my menu changes. The center management, in short, advised me to cease and desist on any items that were not approved by them.

I then went backward and forward to them with menu suggestions, most of which were not approved.

In a final effort, I set a meeting with center management and advised if my menu wasn't approved I required a 50% rent reduction to be able to continue trading.

I knew I had the upper hand as my space was vacant for a very long time prior to me moving in. So I knew they would prefer to see some rent than none.

The menu was once again declined but the rent reduction was approved for a 6-month window.

 

It was all too late!

Sadly this came too late. Without the menu changes, making ends meet was difficult and actually looking impossible.

I took a Sunday job in a local retailer to try and bring in a few more beans to stay open. After a few weekends of testing, I made more money working a Sunday than opening the cafe. 

I was very stressed and frustrated, now working 7 days and week and still not seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Another point to make, this all took place in pre-social media times. There were a few forms of local advertising available, radio, newspaper, people handing out flyers, and not much else. The signage inside was very restricted, a countertop chalkboard was all we could do to advertise specials.

I couldn't afford the radio or newspaper and to be honest I felt defeated trying to think of anything else.

 

Lessons learned!

The biggest thing looking back now is my lack of business finances. Once bills got behind, it felt like I was trying to dig myself out of quicksand. 

After paying rent, the loan, a tiny payroll, and the key stock suppliers, some weeks there just weren't the funds for it all. I started robbing "Peter to pay Paul".

I didn't have the skills to even try to work my way out. It all seemed too hard and too late and I almost think the defeat was too far gone mentally to even try.

I admit I made so many mistakes. Starting in such a competitive space. Paying a premium rent. Getting a loan for the renovation. I started the dangerous game of Jenga with no realistic plan or practical forecast.

After 18 fast months, I closed the doors and walked away from what seemed like an overwhelming debt hanging over my head.

As if a failing business wasn't enough!

Towards the end of the business, I'd also put an end to my marriage, I'd moved out and was pressing the life reset button to start over personally as well.

Having only personal possessions and a car, I found part-time work quickly in an effort to set things straight.

Now let's go back to that debt. This was haunting me, it was in my every thought. I felt on edge constantly that someone might come and take my car or my bed or even the final clothes on my back.

I sought no council, I had no one in business to turn to and I was too ashamed to even speak to my parents.

I found a local company that handled bankruptcy and I didn't hesitate. They assured me that everyone would get taken care of and I wouldn't have to think about it again.

I am certain they would have told me all the 'cons' to the action as well. I knew what I was doing, I was taking the only road out that I could see and saving what little bit I had left to my name.

The great pause!

My life then went on hold for 7 years. I couldn't get any credit. No mobile phone plans, no change of replacing my car, nothing could happen without me having cash.

This also meant housing wise I was very restricted. I remember going through a real estate agent for a rental property and sweating bullets that they might see my credit rating and decline my application. Lucky this wasn't how they worked, or I would have been homeless.

This was a blessing and curse at the same time.

It gave me to opportunity not to make more mistakes. It gave me the opportunity to seriously hit the reset button.

But at the same time, the scar to my name loomed over me instead.

Let's step forward now!

Fast forward 7.5 years and I recall sweating about applying for a mobile phone plan.

I remember applying for my position at the Airline and going through the ASIC (Aviation Security ID Card) process and being concerned it would show up then also.

Although I'd 'done my time' it still haunted me for the next 3 years afterwards. You know that form that says, "in the last 10 years, have you?".

I'll never forget passing the 10-year mark and feeling so relieved I could say NO to that question!

It was hard, but I made it!

They say you can't keep a good woman down.

20 years have passed and an amazing journey of business sponging.

From the receptionist to data entry, to office manager and right through to a business manager.

So many industries, retreaded aircraft tyres, plumbing, importing and exporting, truck dealership, and even used cooking oil into bio-diesel.

The last decade has been spent as the Director of Zinc Business Solutions, as a virtual CFO to many clients across product and service industries.

I've also assisted clients with websites, graphic designs, systems and processes, social media and HR services.

My more recent armory includes Podcast Marketing resources and courses for those who would like to grow their podcast audience to monetize their show.

Coffee and Podcasting have filled my cup and being able to help others has always been my true calling.

I hope my story shows you just how far we can come if we truly believe in ourselves and don't give up.

Let's get Social!

My Extended Story

A little more about me, without boring you to death of course…I grew up in the country, my parents were very hard working, in and out of business throughout my childhood, I learned at a young age, all about business and the time and effort required behind the scenes. 

My childhood was amazing, having business owner parents, being around their business conversations, and being exposed was simply the best upbringing I could have ever hoped for. 

Having grown up on a farm with the great outdoors, chores and challenges, all made part of who I am today. 

In high school, I fell into the wrong crowd and this took me down a path of silly things and as a typical teenager, I had to learn the hard way about who I spent time with and the ramifications this would have on my life. 

I was very fortunate that my family gave me a long lead of freedom to allow me to experience many things and work out for myself, your actions have consequences. 

I moved out of home when I was just 16, striving for my independence was so important, like many young people, I thought I knew it all and I was ready to take on the world. 

This was an amazing life lesson in growing up, there was no stopping me, live hard and play hard was just what I was doing. 

I also left school and started my first full-time job at 16 – school was a struggle for me as I didn’t get the purpose and path for me being there, it was more of a social hangout than any value in the curriculum being provided. I had no aspirations to become a lawyer, doctor, or scientist and therefore often skipped class and didn’t pay attention. 

It was certainly interesting later to find out that I was highly intelligent, just more in the doing, and less in the academic light. 

I worked a few jobs over the next few years and moved from the country to the city to broaden my horizons. 

This leads me to start my first business and an interesting time of life, although I was well exposed to business-owner parents, I was very young when I started this business, at just 21 in fact, I still made SO many mistakes, I also hit so many roadblocks. 

I was very lucky though, I could call on my parents to help me and guide me through tough decisions and really sticky moments. 

I look back now and I realize, this put me in the prime position to succeed, with a serious support network, and lucky for me, this was my closest family as well. But still being so god-damn independent, I didn’t ask for as much help as I could have and the business didn’t see the end of the second year. 

This then set me back for a few years to recover both mentally and financially. I used that time wisely, being the sponge to all that was business, being a bit older, and having a more open mindset to taking everything in. 

Fast forward to now, I have been operating Zinc Business Solutions Pty Ltd for approx. 10 years and have ticked all the boxes of goals and everything I wanted in my business life. 

Now, reaching my early forties, it’s time to help others, help them avoid the pain points and hurdles we face and share my experiences so that someone doesn’t make the extreme mistakes I did. 

My favorite things are Podcasting & Latte’s

 

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