About TRADE WINS
Welcome to the TRADE WINS podcast, I am your host, Tara Solberg, the founder of Few and Far and Indigo Love, two halves of one thriving business. I am a south-coast girl from a small town, and when I launched my business over 10 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing.
What I did have was passion, drive and a commitment to learn as much as possible on my way. I will take you through each chapter of my unique business story. You will get real insight into the lows and highs, the trials and triumphs, and the many, many lessons learnt.
In fact, I will share all of the things I wish I knew when I was starting out all those years ago. So consider this your personal invitation to take the first step on the journey of a lifetime towards owning your own business.
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Why in the world would I want to start a podcast?
In this welcome message, Tara Solberg introduces her latest project, The TRADE WINS Podcast. The series features stories of her own personal experience of building her furniture and homewares business Few and Far into the multi-million dollar brand it has become, as well as interviews with industry experts, creatives and makers that have inspired her along the way.
Our Stories - Humble Beginnings
In this episode I sit down with my husband and co-founder of Few and Far and Indigo Love, Danny Solberg to talk about where we grew up, how this has impacted our decisions, how we met and the trials and triumphs of coming together to start our business.
Taking The Plunge & Saying Goodbye to the 9-5
Want to dive further into the details of when we opened our first store? In this episode I talk about life before taking the leap and quitting my 9-5, getting engaged, finding our first store and dedicating every waking hour to building and bringing to life the vision that both Danny and I had.
Figuring Out Your Finances with Melissa Browne
In this episode, I've invited the always inspiring Melissa Browne from @moremoneyforshoes to offer her advice on how to approach taking that ‘leap’ into going into business for yourself and making sure you’re taking the right steps to a successful (and profitable) outcome. You can find out more about what Mel offers here.
Fast Tracking our Five Year Plan
One of the most important things about starting a business is not only knowing your 'why' but having a clear vision and plan on how to bring that to life. In this episode I chat with my husband Danny about how our five-year plan didn't quite go to plan.
Rookie Errors and Growing Pains
In this episode, I confess the mistakes and 'rookie errors' that Danny and I made in the early years of operating Few and Far. I talk about the importance of being organised ahead of the Christmas period and the things you may not have thought about when selling furniture!
Mixing Business with Marriage
In this episode, I sit down with my Husband Danny to chat about how we have navigated building a business as a married couple and why that has worked for us. While there have been challenges, there have also been some massive wins, but neither of us would have it any other way.
Serendipity and a Sliding Doors Moment
In this episode your host, Tara Solberg chats with Danny about the lead-up to, and securing of, their first big business investment – the purchase of a little wooden cottage in Currambene Street Huskisson, that would become home to one of their retail stores.
Importing from India and an Introduction to Wholesale
In this episode your host, Tara Solberg has a chat with Danny about the challenges of importing from India and their experiences with suppliers during the first trips. They talk about the challenges of getting things home and how they began to wholesale.
Building a Business That Makes People Feel Good
with Leanne Haining
In this episode, your host Tara Solberg chats with the owner and founder of Urban Rituelle, Leanne Haining. Leanne has a powerful vision to create a business that makes people feel good.
Exhibiting at Our First Trade Fair
In this episode your host, Tara Solberg chats with Danny about their first trade fair and all the work involved including invoicing, packing and planning, and the excitement they felt over their first big wholesale order. They also talk about some of their best travel tips (like why to always eat the aeroplane food!) and how Danny almost got arrested in the airport.
How to Hire the Right People with Michelle Broadbent
In this episode, your host Tara Solberg chats with Michelle about hiring the right people. They talk about what to look for during the hiring process and how they've both managed to build a strong team. They talk about the pros and cons of listing budgets on job ads, how to talk salary during interviews and the red flags to look out for when you're hiring.
What to Consider When Entering into a Commercial Lease with Martin LoSurdo
In this episode, your host Tara Solberg chats with Martin LoSurdo, Head of Business Sales and Aquisitions at MMJ about the questions to ask and what to look for when entering a commercial lease for your business.
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