Okay we’re going to do this in the first person even though its awkward.
Kate Toon is an award-winning business mentor and digital marketing coach, as well as the author of popular business book ‘Six Figures in School Hours: How to run a successful business and still be a good parent.’
She’s an honest, down to earth human on a mission to demystify the realities of running a successful online business. And while she’s serious about business, she doesn’t take things to seriously.
Her Stay Tooned group of companies include the Digital Marketing Collective, The Clever Copywriting School, and The Recipe for SEO Success. Kate’s helped more than 20,000 other businesses demystify digital marketing, grapple the Google Beast, and find their own version of success.
Kate is a renowned podcaster and speaker, invited to speak globally about her online business expertise. She was named Australia’s Most Influential Small Business Woman Businesswoman of the Year and Training & Education Provider of the Year and is resident expert on Kochie’s Business Builders.
All this in her pyjamas working from a luxury shed in her backyard on the New South Wales Central Coast where she lives with her teenaged son. She’s accompanied by her very own CFO (Chief Furry OfficeDog) Pomplemousse and assisted remotely by a small team of talented humans.
Now, it feels slightly icky to be blowing my own trumpet about these wins, but if I’m not going to do it, then who is?
Hi, I’m Kate.
I was once an eager copywriter, thrown into the self-employment deep-end with a five-month-old baby and a mortgage to pay.
I left my high-paying (and HUGELY stressful) fancy agency job to go it alone, armed with enthusiasm and a pressing need to pay my bills.
I went from running a huge team on big brands like American Express, Qantas and Marks and Spencer to working all on my lonesome.
Just me, myself and I.
And honestly starting your own business back in 2009 was a lonely experience.
There were no supportive communities.
No easy-to-access resources.
No step-by-step courses by uber gurus.
So instead I slowly chipped away and built a raft of loyal clients and a high-ranking website to keep my pipeline well-greased.
After a few years, I had it all figured out.
A six-figure business and an excellent reputation.
But then I realised my one-to-one business model could only take me so far.
If I wanted to really grow, a one-to-many set-up was my future.
I wanted to make money while I snoozed and to create the holy business grail: passive income.
So I did.
And enjoyed my very first ever PayPal ping.
Then as word got out about the resources I was creating and the community I was connecting, my business grew.
I saw a need – to create the resources I would have died for when I was starting out in business.
So from there, I’ve diversified and built Australia’s first DIY SEO course, and more recently, my membership, which is packed full of all the warm and juicy digital marketing training and expertise you’ll ever need.
My philosophy is simple:
I don’t promise overnight success or seven-figure business secrets. Instead I give practical, doable advice that even the smallest of businesses can implement.
And I encourage business owners to be brave – to be more shark.
The Kate Toon you see today might be the Queen of a business empire (cul de sac), but it’s taken plenty of steps, missteps and leaps of faith for me to get here.
And I want to help you get there too.