PORTFOLIO ENTREPRENEUR + INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COACH

Since 2005, I have worked with more than 300 active growth businesses in Australia and the UK (where I have alternated my time), North America and Asia. My clients are private enterprises generating $1.5m-$17m in annual revenue, who average 30% revenue or profit growth working with me (depending on which is their focus).

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR + RECESSION-ERA EXPERT

The Business you had at the start of 2020 is not the business you will have at the end of the COVID-19 Recession.

How you respond now will determine whether you Dive, Survive, or Thrive between today and the end of 2021. My theme right now: Don't Waste a Good Recession.

I remember my first recession as a business coach, working in London and across Europe and North America during the global financial crisis. While today may seem unprecedented, experience has given us a roadmap to the other side and continued success.

This experience makes me one of the youngest advisors working in Australia to have actually helped small and medium-sized businesses (from $750,000 - $20 million) grow through a Recession. Based in Brisbane, Australia, I continue to work with and learn from companies around the world.

If you want energy, solutions, and expertise on your side - Read my latest guidance here, or Let's Chat.

ABOUT ME

Business advisor, Professional speaker, published author, world-traveller, TV-show host, podcaster, Guinness World Record holder, amazing father and loving husband.

I live an outrageous life, by helping others to do the same.

Say G'Day

I'm the smart and quirky business guy
who wants to to improve your life.

HOW COACHING WORKS

Pure business coaching is a waste of money.

Today, the term "business coach" just means "generic, unqualified consultant". Would you prefer something different?

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From Recession experience to a Comprehensive Business Methodology, I'm the different you need.

IN MY WORLD RELATIONSHIPS ARE FREE

Whether you want to Start-up, Scale-up, Step-up, or Sell-up, let's chat!

QUIRKY BUSINESS BLOG

My Pond Theory Part II, or How Social Networks Avoid Failing [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. How to change So I think I have the answer to why, as they currently exist, social networks must ‘fail’. (You will have noted I put ‘fail’ in inverted commas. Many will succeed in their own way, by staying small and avoiding this issue. Most of those…

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My Pond Theory, or Why Social Networks Must ‘Fail’ [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. If social groups are valued by their size and Google ranking, why does my favourite site work so hard to remain anonymous?  I’ve noted before that the main Social Networks (like MySpace and Facebook) each had their own position in the market, but are now pursuing the seemingly…

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There are only four good reasons to have a business website [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. There are only four good reasons to have a website. So why do so many businesses choose reason number five?  A recent web-based survey by AllBusiness.com indicated that only 55% of SMEs had a website. That means almost half do not have a website, and while I’m sure the…

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Dont waste a good recession Nov economic overveiw

Get ready to execute your Post-Recession Strategy

November economic snapshot. Let’s talk execution! This month you’ll be pulled in many different directions. I’m here to remove some of the noise: Create a time for reflection, and celebrate your COVID Blessings. When bombarded with negativity farewelling 2020, ‘Decline the Invitation’. We are still in a Recession. Keep giving love to your clients. AND…

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The Why, What and How of Blogging [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. Are you hip to the benefits of new technology, or thinking about installing a CD Player into your Stagecoach? I promised the theme of this year’s blog would be ‘Efficiency‘, and threatened it would likely start with a technological flavour to educate and entertain a non-business geek audience….

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Self Made Men Who Started from Nothing

I was recently drawn into an online discussion, attempting to help an inexperienced but entrepreneurial poster understand fundraising options such as debt and equity. It took a turn for the worse when he asked how to raise $100,000,000 without selling equity, and when I revealed a bank was unlikely to lend that sort of money…

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Help me Find a Technical Co-Founder to Build My App Idea

Simultaneously the most common, most naive, and most ridiculed question that you’ll see in any tech forum: “I have an idea for an App. How do I find a technical co-founder to build it?” Genuinely, this is a bit like saying “I want to start an Accounting practice, but I’m not an accountant and I…

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SHAMELESS PRAISE

Some business people share "endorsements", "testimonials", or "what people are saying". Me? I'm shameless - I love being praised, and I love sharing the love.

If you want to know what awesome looks like, read on...

“The value that Jacob added to our business is twofold. He lives the bigger game bringing a strong strategic perspective together with the ability to build process and structure to support the implementation of the strategy. Secondly his energy – he is always happy, always sees the positive and always happy to get his sleeves rolled up and get stuck in. He is a real asset to any business that has a passion to grow and make a difference.”

Juliet Turnbull,
2to3days.com

“Jacob’s energy is boundless and his coaching capability immense. He is also a man of many talents. He was instrumental in devising and introducing our new newsletter across the business which has now touched several hundred of my clients and enabled me to connect with new friends. I value Jacob for the positive difference he has made for my business.”

Jim Henderson, Management Consultant,
Harrison James Partnership

“Jacob’s business insights and experiences are world-class. Great facilitator and invaluable as a coach.”

Jenny Vandyke, Principal Consultant, 
Zumbara Consulting

“His motivation and dedication are second to none and his personal and communication skills are really superb. I would recommend Jacob to anyone who wants to have absolute confidence that things – and the right things – will get done; and have a good time doing it.
Our only complaints remain his choice of jokes and ties.”

John Rosling, CEO, 
Contexis