Human Potential
Episode 31

Nick Bell – Entrepreneur. How to grow a business in your bedroom and sell it for $39 million a few years later

Oliver Freer published on

Nick Bell is recognised as one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs under the age of 40 and he was recently listed on the AFR Young Rich List with a self-made fortune of $170 million. Commencing with a start-up capital of only $400, his group of companies now turn over more than $120 million world-wide.

In this episode of the Human Potential Podcast, our host Oliver Freer, talks to Nick about how he generated such a level of success, his influences, his plans for the future and the importance of choosing good advisors.

Nick has founded a range of companies, both locally and internationally, that offer brand management, online content removal, app development, digital marketing and cyber security.

More about Nick

Nick is the founder of digital marketing agency WME, Web Marketing Experts, which he grew from his bedroom; he taught himself Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) by researching the topic online. He started his business with an intense period of direct sales and grew his client base from his analysis of websites and identifying what needed to be done to improve his clients’ search engine results.

The 38-year-old netted $39 million in 2017 after selling the Australian branch of WME to ASX listed company Melbourne IT.

His strength comes from his energy, his tenacity and his ability to see a solution combined with an ebullient attitude to hard work.  

Starting operations from his bedroom, Web Marketing Experts grew to have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, California, Hong Kong and Vietnam and in excess of 700 employees.

The company has also diversified into a number of other areas including building apps and internet traffic optimisation.

Nick plans to grow his companies to have more than a billion dollars in revenue.

Nick Bell’s Book Recommendations 

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True-Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger


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