Nathan Schokker founder of Talio

Australian entrepreneur Nathan Schokker

Nathan is the founder of Talio, an integrated facility services and management company.

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Tell us a little bit about your idea and what made you decide to take the plunge and make it happen?

I’ve worked all my professional career in a related industry (commercial cleaning) and was asked to depart from my previous employer. I’d previously held the desire to start my own business but never quite had enough need or spark to do so, so that provided it! Talio is now in business and we provide a full range of facility services and management for commercial and industrial properties.

Please explain your business model.

Talio facilitates and manages all services needed for commercial properties to ensure they run well and look good. Talio is financially viable through the facilitation of services being carried out along with management fees for services.

What are you working on right now and what are you most excited about in the next three months? (also, if you’re attending any events or meet-ups we’d love to hear about them)

Talio’s continued focus for the near future is business growth and development. At less than a year old, Talio is still pushing for new clients in new regions to continue to underpin its position in the business community.

How do you make ideas happen?

Ideas with Talio come through from two forms – our clients and ourselves. We constantly position ourselves to provide our clients what they want, when they want it; not limiting ourselves to certain services or the delivery of services. If I believe it’s an idea worth trying, Talio implements it, so we keep it simple.

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day is solely based on what I’m working on for my clients at the time. This can include lots of on-site time, viewing and managing works, or it can include a lot of desk time writing documents and preparing proposals. No two days are the same and I love it like that!

Nathan Schokker workspace
Nathan Schokker workspace

What challenges have you faced when starting or growing a business/organisation in Australia?

Firstly, paperwork for a startup; there’s no clear path of how to do it. Secondly, business growth is the biggest challenge faced in a startup business, without a doubt.

What is one idea you are willing to give away for free?

Work hard and keep it simple for your customers and clients no matter how hard it is for you.

What people/companies/organisations do you think are doing really cool stuff in your industry, in Australia at the moment?

First Contact in Australia. Internationally I’m not sure of anyone.

What role do you think business can play in affecting social change?
Business can and should potentially play one of the biggest roles in affecting positive social change. We’ve all seen and read the negative or unintentional change business brings with it, but with a little concerted effort we can make things much better with relative ease.

Speaking of affecting social change, is there a particular charity you’d like our readers to support?

The Benevolent Society

Name 3 websites you would recommend to our readers.

News – The Australian
Business – Brisbane Business News
Fun – Cool Hunting

Name 3 Australians we should follow on Twitter.

Mike Boyd, CEO of VroomVroomVroom
ABC News
Rupert Murdoch, Newscorp

Are there opportunities for people to get involved with your idea (e.g. are you looking for funding, interns, marketing help)?

I constantly need help growing my business due to the time taken up with current client management, so I’m in need of interns or other people to help scout and develop new business, and potentially capital funding would be considered.

We’re aiming to build a community of Australian idea makers helping each other. If you could have one question answered about startups, marketing, social media, accounting, monetization, product development etc. What would it be?

How do I get noticed by my potential clients?

What’s your favourite bar/café/restaurant?

There are so many to choose from in Brisbane. Cafe – Spring Food & Wine. Restaurant – Brisbane Polo Club. Bar – The Gresham. Coffee Stop – Brother Espresso.

We thought it would be cool to crowdsource an annual prize to award to the interviewee’s choice (each person interviewed gets one vote) winner for the year’s best interview. Are you willing to kick in a prize?

Yes, I’d be happy to contribute a prize.

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