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Are you good at being a manager? We have the wonderful Casey Gromer, who just might be able to answer all your dreams, on the show to talk with us about taking your business to serving your needs, and encouraging entrepreneurs to make their own business plans. Casey is the founder of SHE-Suite Boutique, and calls herself a Fractional Integrator. Her goal is to help women step out of their day-to-day tasks so that they move into their creativity. Casey is also the host of the Female Founders Breaking Boundaries Podcast where they talk all about supporting other business women. We discussed how you don’t have to be the manager to be the CEO. And that having the right people surround you in your business, those who know how to balance the  company needs and can work with you, not against you, based on skills and strengths. People who can help move your business forward.  Casey gives examples on how your team is going to be a huge part of how you succeed and run your day to day operations. You don’t want to be holding up the progression, you want innovative people who can help you think through the process and be able to take the next steps to elevate your company. There is nothing wrong with who you are and how you want to run your business, Casey shares with us. That just because your description, tasks, plans, etc is different from the traditional format, does not mean that you aren’t doing what is right for you and your company. You don’t need to change anything about how you want to run things as an entrepreneur, you just need to make sure that the path you are following is in the best interest of you and your business. Links & References Amber Hawley Casey Gromer Social Media Amber Hawley on Facebook Amber Hawley on Instagram Amber Hawley on Linkedin Casey Gromer on Facebook Casey Gromer on LinkedIn Female Founders Breaking Boundaries Podcast SHE-Suite Boutique Assessment Special Mentions Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Gretchen Rubin Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Join The Easily Distracted Community today: Facebook Instagram Join the Inner Circle
Happy four year anniversary to the podcast! Business owners are busy, and with tech challenges and life happening all around us there never seems to be enough time in the day. But one of my favorite things about publishing this podcast is the ability to really connect with you and offer you support in getting clarity around what’s important to you at this moment. To celebrate four years with you, this week I’m offering you four of my favorite tools I use in life and business. Some of these tools cross the boundaries between the two, but let’s be real…in entrepreneurship there’s a gradient between the two and we’re often straddling that line! Tune in. And if you haven’t already left a rating and review, that would be great “happy anniversary” gift to the podcast! Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Links and Resources: Facebook Instagram Join the Inner Circle Time Stamps: [2:35] - Adjusting in biz is needed right now [3:40] - Happy 4 years, listeners! [4:25] - Let’s hear from you [4:53] - Some of my favorite books [5:22] - 4 of my favorite tools [5:40] - How the Alexa dot is a business tool [7:55] - A tech solution for ADHD note-takers [10:15] - The best bonus feature in Google calendar [13:42] - The One Thing
Does the thought of creating content for your social media account sound overwhelming? I hear that all the time, entrepreneurs feel that pressure to do all the things but they struggle with social media.    What if you could grow your social media following without feeling the overwhelm of having to do it all? (Because you don’t!)   This week on the podcast, Andréa Jones and I discuss how finding a place on social media to help you grow your business is a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to get to your end goal without sacrificing other parts of your business or your life.    We all know that being a business owner means you are handling many aspects of running your business but you need to remember that social media is a segment of those running parts. Andréa addresses how building content is a learned skill and it takes time to develop, especially if you are trying to build sustainable content. We also talk about being discouraged when comparing your status to other high-level influencers, that each business works differently, and has its own levels of creating content.   About Andréa Jones: Andréa Jones is the social media strategist for passion-led coaches and experts who want to make a difference in the world with their message.   She’s guided her clients and students from stuck to strategic, passion-led powerhouses and visionary thought leaders with her simple approach to social media: “take one little step each day. Build social media savvy overtime.”   Digital business owners around the world flock to her award-winning agency; Thrive Mentorship Program; Savvy Social School; and top-100-rated marketing podcast by the same name — so they can discover how to make their impact on the world with social media (without the overwhelm). And spread their positivity across social platforms.   When she’s not teaching the power and positivity of social media, you can find Andréa at home with her growing family (she welcomes her first child to the world in April of 2022) in picturesque Niagara Falls, Canada. Links and Resources: Brené Brown Savvy Social School Time Stamps: [01:02] – Amber announces this episode’s guest as social media strategist extraordinaire Andréa Jones. [02:02] – Andréa touches on some of the issues with using social media. [4:30] – Amber asks Andréa what advice she would give to the person first using Instagram. [05:28] – Andréa recommends prep time for posts, check-ins, and reviewing progress. [07:59] – Preparing social media content in an hour may be difficult but Andréa answers the question, “how in the world could I do that in an hour?”. [09:00] – Andréa states that it is okay getting a few posts the first time, this is a skill to build & develop. [12:26] – Amber asks for advice on specific approaches for putting out content. [14:03] – Andréa conveys that the storytelling element still needs to be in the post. [16:55] – Many business owners wear multiple hats, and Amber wants to know what social media platform Andréa recommends starting out on. [18:56] – We discover the top two platforms for service-based business owners, right now, as suggested by Andréa. [20:11] – Recapping that part of the purpose for posting is to reach new people. [21:35] – Andréa shares her focus strategy for building referral partnerships. [24:05] – We learn that coming from a genuine place is a great way for relationship networking. [24:32] – Andréa speaks briefly that her favorite clients may not be on social media and that she must be creative in reaching them. [25:20] – Being a content creator on social media is different than being a business owner on social media. [28:27] – Remember, someone like Brené Brown, has a team behind her building her content and that is something to keep in mind. [29:38] – Andréa gives advice for those comparing to others, that figuring out what kind of business owner are and accepting that where you should be [30:35] – Influencer level should not be the expectation, Amber declares, and that is very different from being a business owner and impacting the business. [33:07] – Andréa provides an exercise for the writing piece, of creating posts/content. [34:47] – We acquire information about Andréa’s program, the Savvy Social School, and how to connect with her.
Therapist and wellness consultant Marisol Solarte-Erlacher joins me in this episode to discuss her position as a trauma therapist and her views on trauma, especially amongst women within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. Marisol and I met at a thought leadership program, and after getting to know a little bit more about her and the wonderful things that she does, I knew that I had to have her on the podcast! You would probably be hard-pressed to find someone who has not been impacted by trauma in one way or another in their life, but people – especially women – within the BIPOC community tend to have an even extra layer added to that due to societal problems like sexism and systemic racism. There is often extra pressure and responsibility – pressure to be a good representative of and for your community and to be a voice, and taking time to focus on yourself is therefore often seen as selfish. Marisol encourages such people to give themselves permission to take that time to themselves and to not have to constantly be that voice at the table. She and I also talk about how important it is to create space for other people's humanity. That tends to be, in fact, one of the reasons why there is that extra layer of trauma and struggle for BIPOC women because they are so often dehumanized and objectified and consequently don't have that space. They frequently develop further coping mechanisms such as extreme independence, and even though, as Marisol points out, all coping mechanisms are helpful in some way or else we wouldn't use them, there are times when they are unhealthy and not helpful. That's why taking that time to ourselves is so important. I am so excited to have had Marisol on the podcast because this topic is so important and is far too often overlooked. Small decisions that most other people would likely take for granted are exaggerated, causing all of that extra pressure that we talk about in this episode, and it is, again, so important that we address this and talk about it. Be sure to check out Marisol's podcast Resilience and Resistance Podcast and to also be on the lookout for her new podcast Work Trauma Is Real which is launching very soon! Links and Resources Marisol’s Website Resilience and Resistance Podcast Resilience and Resistance Podcast - Instagram Page Bessel van der Kolk M.D. - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
I have a super special guest today that I'm pretty dang excited about. I’m joined by the one, the only Dr. Melissa Hall! That is right, my biz bestie is back! (At least for today!) The reason we wanted to do this episode together, besides it being more fun is that we're going to talk about an ADHD strategy for getting things done. And you know, both of us have ADHD. We specialize in ADHD. We love supporting our ADHD community. So if you're about to tune out because you don't have ADHD, do not worry. The strategy actually works for everyone and it can be really helpful, but it's particularly helpful for all of our neuro-diverse peeps out there. Today we are doing a deep dive on body doubling.   Body Doubling is one of those things that sounds so simple but it is a really great strategy. It may have been something that you are already doing and not even aware of it.   I actually just kind of intuitively did this without knowing that I was doing this well before I understood, or even before I knew I had ADHD or that this strategy is actually a thing. We're going to talk about different ways to utilize the strategy and kind of our experience of things that do work and don't work so well. We go into what is Body Doubling, how to structure it, what can make it not as effective and why we think you should give it a shot. (It's research based ya'll). If you want to try it out with a pro, head on over to amberhawey.com/innercircle to learn all about the Inner Circle where we cowork EVERY month. Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed psychologist, nail design enthusiast, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Through her business QA Prep, she empowers therapists through trainings and consultation on clinical documentation. Maelisa focuses on the “why” behind the usual recommendations and encourages clinicians to think outside the box, while also keeping their ethics intact. A true ENFP, Maelisa aims to make sure all of her endeavors are meeting a need in the community while also allowing for plenty of laughter and fun. Website/Business Links:  QA Prep https://www.qaprep.com/  Social Media Links:  Instagram @maelisahall https://www.instagram.com/maelisahall/  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/maelisa-hall-psy-d-28923177  QA Prep YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytXRIFI17MtbmTh5QTJhsg  Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook Let's Connect on Instagram
If you have been around me in the past few months you would have heard me singing the praises of my favorite new show! I have been telling EVERYONE and I do mean everyone about it. From parents at my daughters soccer games, to people at stores, my esthetician and all my friends and family. I’m obsessed! And for good reason, it's a fresh and much needed bringer of joy and love show called Ted Lasso.  I can’t get enough. Literally. I have watched the premiere 10 episodes so many times I can’t even count. It was suggested to me by a friend when I was having one of those particularly rough days that happen in entrepreneurship and it was leading me to an existential crisis of sorts.  She gave me kind support and then suggested that I watch the show. It was 9pm and I immediately found it on AppleTV and started watching. I watched straight through all 10 episodes. Sitting in bed with my ipad and headset. My husband came in and went to sleep and I kept watching and finished at 3:30 in the morning. I laughed and I cried and I felt renewed. I had faith in humanity again and I felt inspired to do my best and be my best.  Seriously, it was the best pep-talk ever! I have so many favorite moments that I think speak to leadership, striving to be the best, having goals that can at times feel like they defy the odds but there is one that occurs in episode 2 that I think every entrepreneur should have in their arsenal. Ted Lasso delivers his charmingly unique brand of coaching, and a brilliantly simple strategy for keeping your head straight in business when things go wrong.  AND THEY WILL! Ted: “You know what the happiest animal on earth is?”  Sam: “No” Ted: “A goldfish, you know why? Because it has a 10 second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam.” When you make a mistake yes you should try to rectify the situation if possible, be honest, be accountable but without a doubt BE A GOLDFISH! Let the weight of the emotion leave you, don’t go down a shame spiral but acknowledge and move on. Give yourself ten seconds to feel bad then move forward as the badass biz owner that you know you are.  Now I know that sometimes our missteps can have bigger consequences or hit us in a particularly vulnerable area or time so maybe we need more than ten seconds, maybe we need fifteen minutes or an hour or a day. Allow yourself to feel those feelings but then move forward.   Don’t let mistakes define who you are or what you think about yourself. Then you can try to repair the situation and make any changes necessary to your approach or your systems.  So my strategy and hope for you this week is to be a goldfish! If you feel like you could use some extra support about dealing with the emotional side of business such as mindset, overwhelm, adhd and burnout then head on over to amberhawley.com to find more resources and ways to work with me. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook Let's Connect on Instagram
In today's episode I share a story about getting unstuck, making changes and doing something that felt scary. Which included an important announcement about the podcast. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » If you are someone who would like some extra support with staying focused on what matters in your business head on over to mybizbestie.com/inner-circle for more information on the monthly membership.
If you’re passionate about getting your thoughts and ideas out there to the world so you can help others, then you, my friend, are a thought leader. But what does that look like, in practice? With public speaking being the number one fear of humans, and the online space making speaking up feel very vulnerable, many thought leaders hold back their message or don’t share it to the scope that they could. This week on the podcast, Carol Cox and I talk about how to get past that fear through community and taking little steps toward your bigger message. Because you don’t have to have it all figured out from day one. Your message can and should evolve as you learn more and grow. Carol shares how to find your own thought leadership message, where to get started, and why your message doesn’t necessarily have to tie to what you do in business. About Carol Cox: Carol Cox is the founder and CEO of Speaking Your Brand®,  a coaching and training company that helps high-performing, purpose-driven women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks and thought leadership platforms. Carol is the host of the weekly 5-star rated Speaking Your Brand® podcast and during election seasons serves as a Democratic political analyst on TV news. Carol was named as one of Orlando's Women of the Year in 2021 and has been featured in Forbes. Through her company and content, her mission is to empower more women to find and use their voice, to tell the stories that need to be told, and to activate ideas for change. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Instagram. Links and Resources: Thought Leader Academy Time Stamps: [2:06] - A magical summit [4:10] - Amber’s dream job: emcee [5:52] - What is thought leadership [6:45] - Existential crises among business owners [7:15] - Making a shift from in-person talks being canceled [8:18] - How thought leaders propel themselves [9:35] - This is an opportunity to reevaluate what you’re working toward and how you’re defining success [11:22] - Standing in your truth of what you believe [13:16] -Developing bravery to put yourself out there [13:40] - Being courageous and in community [16:24] - Where to start with thought leadership  [18:43] - The three hats of biz owners [20:08] - Thought leaders are like therapists  [21:24] - Overcoming the fear of putting ourselves out there [24:17] - How to avoid the vulnerability hangover [28:33] - Public speaking is the #1 fear  [29:23] - Not everyone is a thought leader [32:21] - How to start identifying what you want to talk about [35:44] - The threads in Amber’s life [38:00] - Benefit of thought leadership that’s different from your business  
It can be tempting to just surround yourself with the people whose company you enjoy, but from an HR perspective, you need to take some things into consideration to ensure that you’re hiring for fit.    This week on the podcast, HR consultant Niki Ramirez and I walk through some of these hiring considerations that are extremely important but all too frequently overlooked. We talk about how your recruitment process is seen by everyone--your clients, prospective clients, competitors--and why you need to keep an eye on your mission, vision, and values. I share my current hiring process and how I test to make sure a candidate is a good culture fit, and Niki shares why hiring someone who is a culture stretch can benefit your business.   Whether you’re a small business owner who’s in the process of looking for their first hire or a more established company that wants to review the previous additions to your team, now is a good time to learn how to navigate the world of hiring and HR compliance. Listen in as Niki shares some great tips on everything from making job descriptions to interviewing short-listed prospects. Plus, learn how you can get hold of her HR checklist that can be useful for your prospecting efforts!   About Niki Ramirez: Niki Ramirez is an industry expert and certified human resource professional with over 20 years of successful experience in leadership and human resources management. She has taken what she learned in Fortune 500 HR and created an impactful and practical approach to balancing HR in small businesses that focuses on both employees’ and employer’s needs.   Central to everything that she does is the belief that all success that is accomplished is through the dedication and efforts of great employees. Niki is a firm believer in the powers of collaboration and communication. She carries with her a strong desire to empower employers and their employees to work in partnership to design and implement meaningful workplace and human resources programs rooted in collaboration, respect, trust and open communication.   Niki’s ultimate goal is to create a positive ripple in the world, through her unique approach to human resources. Niki’s professional background includes serving in operational management and leadership roles, as a corporate human resources consultant, as well as community college adjunct faculty, and a human resources executive. In addition to her three HR professional certifications, Niki is bi-lingual in Spanish/English, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Arizona State University, and an MBA in HR Management from the University of Phoenix.   Links and Resources: HR Answers Instagram – HR Answers Join the Inner Circle Time Stamps: [2:14] - Best practices when hiring [2:33] - Are you situated to be an employer [3:43] - Interviewing and selection [4:05] - Communicating values when recruiting and everyone will see that [5:15] - Start consistent messaging during recruitment [7:10] - How to share recruitment is a big piece of the process [9:33] - So many parts of the hiring process [10:52] - Amber’s current hiring process [14:01] - Create additional points of data for employee profile [16:06] - Series of screening questions in writing before first phone interview [18:16] - Questions to determine if candidates align with mission, vision, values [22:10] - Use interview to develop a potential relationship [23:47] - Benefits of collecting an employment application [27:46] - Only hire the “hell yes” candidates [29:28] - Be consistent in your process [30:11] - As part of the interview process, do this top secret thing [34:16] - There are things you can’t ask about [37:43] - Develop your questions in a way that allows for open conversation [40:35] - How to use checklists during interviews so you can have a better interview flow [42:16] - Amber’s strategy for finding a good cultural fit [45:07] - Your brain runs with an operating system; Niki’s is HR compliant [50:10] - Bring up potential deal-breakers with prospective employee
It’s the year of the video…again. And guess what? It will be the year of the video next year too. Video is incredibly popular, and for good reason. It allows your audience to see you and your personality, making an even deeper connection between the two of you, before you even have that first true conversation.   But too many people get hung up on doing it perfectly, so they don’t even start.   It’s time to just start. And this week’s podcast guest, Erik Fisher, is just the person to talk you into getting out of your way around video.   I spent several years not-so-mildly stalking Erik to bring you this episode and it does not disappoint. We talk about changing the way you’re framing video in your mind, why video is a must-do right now, the easiest point of entry if you’re new to video, what tech you need, and so much more.    About Erik Fisher: Erik has been working in social media for over 10 years as a community manager and social media manager. He is also the producer and host of the long-running Beyond The To-Do List Podcast for almost 10 years. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Instagram.   Links and Resources: Join the Inner Circle SwitchPod (Pat Flynn’s camera stand)  Time Stamps: [2:50] - Stalking people in a gentle, non-creepy way works [4:22] - It’s the year of video (again) [5:26] - How people sabotage themselves [7:31] - Start with your phone  [10:04] - You don’t need the best, but you shouldn’t have the worst [13:35] - Change the way you think about the fear of doing it [15:26] - The value (or maybe not) of posting your podcast to YouTube [20:57] - What’s the intention of using YouTube [23:11] - “Best practices” doesn’t mean it’s the best practice for you [24:20] - One of the easiest ways to start with video [25:10] - Go where people are creating videos [26:37] - Find lower barrier to entry tools [30:44] - Other people are lowering the barrier of entry for you [32:40] - It’s the year of (you name it!) [33:17] - Amber takes a stand on Clubhouse [35:18] - Minimum viable tech needs [37:45] - Everyone starts somewhere
Rejection sensitivity dysphoria is one of the lesser-known responses associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And if you’re not aware of it, you can end up feeling paralyzed and alone.    You might think that sensitivity about how people perceive you and your work or that story you’re telling yourself about why someone isn’t responding to your email or direct message just comes with entrepreneurship. And I think it does, to a point. But RSD is these feelings to the extreme.   This week on the podcast, I’m sharing more about RSD, what it looks like, my own struggle with RSD, and strategies you can use to get past the feelings. Even if you’re not diagnosed ADHD, this is an episode worth tuning into because these techniques will work any time you’re feeling a little anxious about others. Links and Resources: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Email Amber Join the Inner Circle Membership Time Stamps: [1:02] - Why ADHDs are meant for entrepreneurship [1:21] - What rejection sensitive dysphoria is [2:25] - Official definition of RSD [3:54] - What RSD looks like [5:24] - My struggle with RSD [6:01] - What’s happening inside feels way more real than what I know to be true [7:28] - What to do about RSD [8:43] - One of my triggers [10:28] - Strategies to get past the feelings [11:20] - Give yourself compassion
We all get stuck sometimes. On some tasks more than others. Thankfully there are a lot of tools you can use to get unstuck in your business.   That project that you feel so much unclarity around. That paralyzing overwhelm you have when looking at your calendar. That solo podcast episode you just don’t feel like recording. (Guilty!)   I feel like I’m a pro at getting stuck, but I’m also a pro at getting UNstuck too. This week on the podcast, I’m sharing some of my favorite and time-tested strategies for getting unstuck so you can feel more energetic and less overwhelmed and say goodbye to the emotional resistance.   No single strategy will work every time, which is why I’m giving you 10! Links and Resources: Join us in the Inner Circle Time Stamps: [0:42] - The other side of getting sh*t done [1:15] - Three different ways we feel stuck [1:56] - Energetically stuck [3:18] - Feeling overwhelm [4:56] - Emotional resistance… [7:50] - what do you do about being stuck [12:02] - Feeling resistance in a bigger project [13:02] - Give yourself permission to do something else for a while [16:50] - Coworking is a gamechanger [19:06] - Talk it out
Without sales, you don’t have a business. But the resistance to selling is fierce among small business owners, particularly in the helping professions. (I’m looking at you, therapists and coaches!)   There’s too much frantic posting on social media, trying to be everywhere, and creating content for the sake of creating content. Where’s the ask? Where’s the solving of your audience’s problems?   This week on the podcast, my friend Annie Ruggles is sharing her energy and insight into pulling back and being more intentional with your time on social media. We talk about pushing your comfort zone, letting go of bad sales practices, creating sustainability in our marketing, re-aligning our expectations, and what we should be asking for when we create content.   We don’t have energy for everything and we shouldn’t try. Tune in now! About Annie Ruggles: For over a decade, Annie P. has harnessed her Hulk-like disdain for hard-sales, tacky self-promotion, and overly competitive sleazeballs as inspiration to help people find better ways to grow their small business. As Founder of The Non-Sleazy Sales Academy, she's guided hundreds of people toward making deeper connections, lasting impressions, and friendlier, more lucrative transactions and conversations. Her pride and joy is her podcast, Too Legitimate to Quit: Instantly Actionable Small Business Strategies with a Pop Culture Spin. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram. Links and Resources: Join the Inner Circle Listen to Amber on the Too Legitimate to Quit podcast Time Stamps: [3:45] - Annie’s super special secret power [4:57] - There’s a premium to selling with authenticity [8:08] - Market in a way that loses the fluff [9:01] - Have fun in marketing but overall people are looking to have problems solved [10:53] - People are having fun with Reels and they’re loosening up a bit [13:32] - Amber is qualified as a dance party starter [17:03] - Know, like, trust is important; it’s just incomplete [19:16] - Spray and pray marketing - all the things you’re doing to increase brand awareness is an experiment but you have to do it in a controlled way [21:33] - Instead of trying all the methods of marketing, try all the methods of asking [22:55] - The difference between feeling like you have to do all the things and thoughtfully choosing to experiment [23:28] - Podcasting is a long game; you have to give things time [26:02] - Asking in all the ways we can ask [27:02] - Find your own sales voice [30:01] - Sales avoidance in a caring profession [33:01] - You have a finite amount of energy and excessive experimentation is depleting your account of time and energy [34:34] - The best advice for marketing
You’re feeling strapped for time and need to hire some support for your business. This probably means your business is growing. Congratulations! Before you hire your BFF or post inside a Facebook group that you’re looking for someone to fill a role, you have some work to do.   Hiring isn’t something that anyone should take lightly, and it’s likely that it’s a much slower process than you expect. If you’ve hired before, you know there are a lot of moving parts and mistakes to be had.   This week on the podcast, Jamie Van Cuyk of Growing Your Team is sharing some insight into how to hire right the first time. She and I both share mistakes we’ve made along the way, and Jamie shares tips that are sure to help you bring on the right candidate the first time. Be sure to download her hiring checklist, which will serve as a great tool throughout this episode and your next hiring cycle. About Jamie Van Cuyk: Jamie Van Cuyk, the owner and lead strategist of Growing Your Team, is an expert in hiring and onboarding teams within small businesses.   Drawing from over 15 years of leadership experience, Jamie teaches her clients how to hire their early team members, including employees and long-term contractors. By learning the dynamics of each company and their specific needs, she helps them find their perfect, long-lasting team members and avoid the hiring and ring cycle.   On a personal side, Jamie lives in St Petersburg, FL, with her husband and two daughters, is a hobby winemaker, loves to travel, and enjoys exercise that takes her feet off the ground, including rock climbing and aerial dance. Links and Resources: Growing Your Team Hiring Checklist: How to Find the Right Team for Your Growing Business Time Stamps: [1:55] - It’s still challenging to hire, even as you’re more established [3:22] - So many layers to a good team member [4:15] - There’s too much holding onto people who aren’t a good fit, just so they don’t have to go back into the hiring pool [5:26] - When you need someone for more time than what they’re giving you [7:45] - You have to be able to make the hard decisions [12:20] - It’s going to take more time to hire than it may have before [13:10] - Job posting needs to reflect what it’s like to work with you vs. focusing on tasks Incentive people to work with you [14:28] - You want to repel the wrong fit applicants [15:44] - Different personalities will be attracted to different roles and employers [17:58] - Aligning values and mission with hiring [19:36] - Make sure you’re communicating what matters to you in hiring process [21:08] - Hiring is a lot like dating [23:38] - So much value in weeding out all those people [24:07] - “Someone is qualified because they’re qualified, they’re not qualified because you’re comparing them to someone else” [25:40] - if you go through the hiring process first, you should be confident and not trying out other people [27:57] - We need to spend time asking the right questions for interviews [34:22] - Interviewing for personality vs. skillset - which is more important [36:12] - The biggest mistake small business owners are making with hiring [42:49] - Every position is essential in your business because if it wasn’t you wouldn’t have it
Entrepreneurs are pulled in so many directions, but taking care of ourselves should be our number one priority. Because when we’re not feeling good, we can’t be there for our business or our family.   If you’re a woman of a certain age, you might not be feeling yourself. Hormones, lack of sleep, and even being off on nutrition and exercise can contribute to feeling unwell. Together, these can compound into multiple health issues.   I’ve been feeling it and I’ve been hearing from friends and clients who are feeling it too. So I wanted to chat with Wendy Hill, this week’s podcast guest, to find out how we can start taking back our wellness…a few little changes at a time.   Listen in to learn what changes you can make to get the most health benefits, why being kind to yourself is key, and why planning and sustainability should be part of your health routine.   About Wendy Hill: Wendy is the owner of HillStart Nutrition Health and Wellness. As a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and an expert in female hormone health, Wendy supports women through perimenopause, menopause and beyond through her Fabulous & Female membership, group programs and 1:1 work.   Time Stamps: [3:14] - More about Wendy Hill [4:15] - You get the most benefit from the middle of the road [7:06] - Excelling at careers means you feel extra pressure [7:29] - We often blame hormones when it might be something else [9:28] - Be kinder to yourself [10:15] - Tell yourself: this is the time when I need to prioritize what you need to prioritize [11:13] - My ambition exceeds my energy [11:36] - Think of your cycle as seasons [15:02] - Sleep is key but what’s happening the rest of the day [18:25] - Planning can be the struggle for neurodivergent [19:48] - Shift things just a bit to make more balance [20:48] - Make your day-end routine realistic  [22:39] - When you’re in a place where your health is good, those one-offs don’t hurt as much [26:15] - Where to start in taking care of yourself [28:59] - Wendy coaching herself out of a job [29:56] - Go all-in on one thing   [31:22] - Find a linchpin habit [33:18] - Will you enjoy it? Is it healthy? In that order [37:20] - Take the information and make it work for you [38:43] - Drink water, more nutrient-dense food, stop snacking [40:25 - We’re not giving our stomachs enough time to digest and repair
If you’re U.S. based and catching this in real-time, you’re in the last days before your taxes are due. You probably already know that the timer is ticking down, and you might be avoiding it. (You’re probably avoiding it.)   Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but taxes are non-negotiable for everyone. It’s time to sit down and get it done.   But first, listen in to my pep talk. It doesn’t have to take you days to do your taxes, especially if you have a tax professional to help you out.   On this week’s episode, I’m giving you a few steps to take to make the next few days feel a little less stressful and offering some advice on how you can avoid this last-minute stress next year. Yes, it does involve some planning ahead. Your future self will thank you. Links and Resources: Email me for a pep talk! Time Stamps: [0:41] - The most dreaded day for entrepreneurs [1:39] - Seasoned peeps know that the actual dreaded day is October 17 [2:10] - Clear a day to do the work [2:30] - Your P&L statement is your actual problem [4:21] - Fill out that extension form [6:17] - You’re a champion of the last-minute save
One of the best feelings is when business flows and feels good, like you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing and it’s connected to your soul.   If you haven’t felt that before, it’s time! It could be your leadership style that’s holding you back or, more likely, that you’re subscribed to patriarchal beliefs about leadership. And it’s no wonder. We’ve been taught from birth that boys and girls, men and women are expected to show up differently.    No more! The truth is that femininity and masculinity is a spectrum and we can show up any way that works for us. Not only that but we can all have the same qualities, no matter our gender. It’s often how we’re conditioned that determines how we show up.   This week on the podcast, Giada Carta of the Soulful Mentor, is sharing why we need to let go of the patriarchal narrative of leadership and start embracing our true characteristics and using them in business. About Giada Carta: Giada Carta is a business mentor on a mission to awaken revolutionary leaders all over the world. Her Soulful Mentoring® method uses archetypes to help high achieving women entrepreneurs forge their own rules to change the world through their best and most aligned work. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram.    Links and Resources: Discover Your Leadership Archetype Your One Thing Quarterly Workshop Time Stamps: [3:22] - About Giada [3:57] - We tend to handle biz looking outward  [4:25] - The only way to be successful is to start from the inside [6:11] - How we manage biz and people has a lot to do with how we lead [8:47] - Myths we have around leadership [12:02] - We try to develop the characteristics that we think leaders should have  [15:10] - The earlier we buy into this new leadership the better [17:59] - Qualities that are glorified in our culture [22:21] - Labels are part of the patriarchy [25:22] - How we question ourselves needs to be different for everyone [27:50] - Start working on the things you’re good at vs. what’s hard for you [31:04] - We’re trained to have external focus; we need to look internally [35:48] - You’re not compatible with everyone [37:05] - We waste a lot of time trying to make work relationships work because we [41:47] - Our comfort in the patriarchal viewpoint  [47:02] - Take your team members’ leadership styles too
There comes a time when we all go through crap…in life, in business…and it’s often both at the same time. Because what’s impacting us personally is bound to impact us professionally too as small business owners.   When this happens, everything can feel pretty hopeless.    I’m hearing from a lot of people these days about some of the garbage going on in their lives, from divorce to illness to just a really difficult year in business so far. None of these challenges will go away on their own and they all take time to get through.    This week on the podcast I’m sharing some strategies of how to look at your challenges more objectively and what to do next to get through it. Links and Resources: Get Stuff Done Challenge Time Stamps: [1:30] - What to do when stuff happens in life but you still need to get stuff done in business [2:10] - There’s never a good time for shit to happen [2:35] - It’s hard for big things to not impact biz [4:00] - Know yourself and how you operate [4:44] - Time to make decisions [6:05] - What do you need to do right now? [7:52] - It’s okay to say no to things in your business [8:15] - There’s a big difference between best practice and must-do [8:30] - How can you take care of yourself even when you can’t [9:42] - Rest more than you think you need to [11:47] - Letting go of your shoulds [13:12] - It won’t always be like this [13:52] - It’s not your fault [15:01] - Give yourself time
Because formal training around business finances isn’t a thing, except for actual financial professionals, many of us feel like we’re left in the dark. Hiding from your financials isn’t doing you any favors. We need a good handle on our money so we can make informed, data-driven decisions about our pricing, how we invest, and what we’re taking home each month.  If you’re not feeling confident in your financial decisions, or if you just want to start seeing more profit in your business, this episode is for you. Financial literacy coach and profit strategist Jamie Trull is sharing her secrets behind maximizing your profits, setting your pricing, and analyzing your expenses so you can be more profitable and less stressed. We cannot ignore the money side of business, but often we don’t know where to start. Jamie will tell you! About Jamie Trull: Jamie Trull is a financial literacy coach and profit strategist who helps business owners understand the finance side of their business so that they can make and KEEP more money. Prior to becoming an online entrepreneur, Jamie spent her career rising in the ranks of Finance Leadership in the Coca-Cola System. After leaving the Corporate world in search of a more balanced and fulfilling life, Jamie leveraged her background and her CPA designation to serve women-owned businesses as a Virtual CFO. Recognizing that there was a lack of truly accessible and understandable financial education resources for small business owners, Jamie pivoted her business toward creating resources to help fill that gap and impact more people. Today Jamie has helped thousands of business owners feel more confident about their finances through her resources and programs.  Links and Resources: Get Stuff Done Challenge Financial Fitness Formula Course Make Your Biz More Profitable Quiz  Time Stamps: [1:46] - About Jamie Trull [2:44] - New business owners are underserved [4:34] - The shame behind not knowing your financials [9:20] - They don’t teach you how to price when starting a biz [14:19] - You need to feel good about sharing rates with your clients [16:20] - Expectations of higher pricing [18:04] - Pricing not a feeling, it’s a formula [20:52] - When you’re not sure where to start with getting more profitable [23:48] - Cutting expenses doesn’t mean rice and beans [27:28] - We’re trained to make decisions around scarcity and fear  [28:13] - Use yesterday’s money, not tomorrow’s money [34:40] - Thanking your past self for not making bad decisions [37:25] - The problem with setting vanity goals
Social media gives us an “in” to how other people work. While this might be helpful in helping us see other ways of doing things, we often get stuck in trying to replicate someone else’s business. What if we knew what worked for our unique personalities and did that, instead of trying to model our businesses after someone else’s? I’ll tell you what would happen: We’d feel a lot more ease around growing our businesses. I’m all about that! This week on the podcast, I’m re-releasing the episode with Denise Duffield-Thomas where she gives us all permission to know our archetypes and leverage them to build our own businesses (not a copy of someone else’s). One of the things we talked about what using the Konmari process in your business. Does every part of your business spark joy? What can you eliminate, automate, or delegate to bring more joy? And how can you let go of things that don’t allow you the mental and energetic space you need to be happy? If you’re struggling this year, as so many are, this is a great episode to bring you back to your goals. And it’s also a good episode to listen to ahead of my Get Stuff Done Challenge, which I’m hosting March 21 to 25. I’ll walk you through creating the schedule and space that you need in business so you can do it your way. About Denise Duffield-Thomas: Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mentor for the new wave of online entrepreneurs who want to make money and change the world.   She helps women charge premium prices, release the fear of money and create First Class lives.     Her books Lucky Bitch, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, and Chillpreneur give a fresh and funny roadmap to living a life of abundance without burnout.   Her Money Bootcamp has helped over 6,000 students from all around the world.   She’s a lazy introvert, a Hay House author and an unbusy mother of 3. She owns a rose farm and lives by the beach in sunny Australia. Links and Resources: Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas Learn your money blocks Learn your money archetype Join the free Get Stuff Done Challenge Time Stamps: [7:45] - Finding the shortcuts in business--your own shortcuts [8:56] - You don’t have to work really hard; find what works for you [11:38] - Taking care of the mental and energetic space [12:46] - Knowing your archetype and love language can help you in your biz [20:49] - Our archetypes and how they work with our businesses [27:26] - We discount ideas that feel obvious to us but not for others [29:19] - Learn your own archetype [30:54] - Easy is different for everyone [35:53] - More archetypes
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