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Welcome to the Kristen Smith Podcast. Here, I share business advice, inspiration, and provide a space for you to feel like you aren't going through your business journey alone.

I will take you behind the scenes, and teach you strategies it takes to grow your business. I will even share personal stories from time to time. It's great to have you here! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
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When you run a business, especially when it's an online business, it's easy to find yourself feeling like you don't have much of a support system. You kind of have to get creative and find different ways to connect with other business owners alike.  10 of my online business friends decided to FINALLY meet up at a beautiful lakehouse in South Carolina back in May, and that's where we sat down and created today's podcast episode!  In this episode, we answered roundtable questions like, do you still get nervous when you get on video for your business, what do you enjoy doing outside of business, how do your spouses feel about your business, what does childcare look like, and more!  Join the waitlist for our Book Club Membership here: ⁠https://kaciackermanofficial.com/book-club-membership --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
Are you tired of hearing about the new Meta app, Threads yet? Well, you should know about it if you're in business because it may (or may not) take off and become a way to help position you as a thought leader in your industry. I'm sharing what it is, what the head of Instagram has been saying about the growth of it (and some features they're planning on adding to it), and what I've been seeing on it so far. I also share some advice on ways you can start testing it out and providing value to your audience - because you get an automatic audience when you join!! Also, should online service providers such as marketing professionals, social media managers, and virtual assistants charge clients for Threads services yet? I'm sharing my thoughts on that too. Shop my Amazon favorites: https://www.amazon.com/shop/kristendawnsmith?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_aipsfshop_aipsfkristendawnsmith_487YRH3V40CKHX8A4SEN *I may receive a small commission should you decide to purchase items in my Amazon storefront, as an Amazon affiliate. Join my free facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Check out my services and digital products here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/services Connect with me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
You put so much effort into marketing your products and services, but are you hearing crickets? In this episode, I am going over strategies businesses must be implementing when it comes to building out their sales pages, sharing social media content, email marketing, and more! Want to discuss further in my FREE Facebook group? Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Connect with me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Learn more about my courses, templates, and marketing services here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/services Get your podcast pitch template kit here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/podcastpitch --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
I can't believe I've been in business for almost 4 years now!!! I have learned a ton over the years, and I made a list of several lessons I've learned. From systems, to family life as a business owner, I am sharing some insight that will be helpful for you no matter where you are at in your business journey! Get my podcast pitch kit here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/podcastpitch Learn more about my marketing services, templates, and other offers here: https://kristendawnsmith.com Join my FREE Facebook group!: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
Speaking engagements can be quite common when you're a business owner. Whether it's speaking to a team of people you working with or presenting on stage or in a virtual program, podcast, etc. Speaking can do wonderful things for your brand and business as a whole. But the very thought of it can create that tingly sensation in your hands. It can raise your heart rate, and bring on self-defeating thoughts.  Let's work through this together. In this episode, we are talking about some ways that you can gain more confidence and fight those nerves when you are agreeing to and preparing for a speaking engagement.  Want to connect with other business owners for advice, job postings, and more? Join my FREE Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Check out my services, templates, and more here: https://kristendawnsmith.com Follow me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
When you run a business, becoming an expert in your industry is one of the most sought after goals (as it should be!). We are talking about what it looks like to achieve this goal, plus ways that you can get there if you haven't yet! I am a content and marketing expert, and I help my clients achieve this goal of expert-status, so today, I am taking what I have learned and providing YOU with the insight you need to know. Learn more about my strategy sessions and consulting calls here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/services Learn more about my podcast pitch template kit here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/podcastpitch Join my FREE Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
Don't put your Instagram stories strategy on the backburner!! Seriously, too many business owners wonder why their engagement is tanking on their content, and they don't realize how impactful a solid Instagram stories strategy can effect feed posts, reels, etc. Plus, when you can make BIG sales when you nail your stories strategy. I'm going over some of my favorite Instagram stories tips and giving you advice that will make showing up for your audience in this way so much easier. I would love to connect with you on Instagram! Follow me here and send me a DM to say hello! https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Want to talk about this podcast with myself and other entrepreneurs just like you? Join my free Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Join the waitlist for my Instagram course, opening soon! https://kristendawnsmith.com/instagramcourse Check out my services and offers at https://kristendawnsmith.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
I think everyone deals with some kind of negativity in business, or really in anything where you're helping and serving people. Today, we are talking about 3 different ways that negativity can present itself when you own a business: 1. Negative comments on social media posts 2. Negativity by friends and family 3. Negative discovery calls I share experiences I've had in all of these areas and some ways that you can combat the negativity if you deal with similar issues in your business. Listen to episode 24 where I shared a story of my worst discovery call Listen to episode 43 to learn how I've leaned on God during difficult times in business Follow me on Instagram for more marketing & business advice! https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Check out my website to learn about services, courses, and templates I offer! https://kristendawnsmith.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
Next week, I am flying to South Carolina to meet a group of my business friends in person (for the first time!!). In this episode, I share the story of how we all met, how we help each other grow our businesses, and I give you advice on how to start some of your own business friendships/networks. Check out these 2 past episodes where I talk more about building friendships in business: Episode 25: How to Master the Marketing Side of Your Business, Building a Community, and Planning for More Success in 2022 - With Betsy Moorehead Episode 26: How to Build Friendships & a Strong Network When You Run a Virtual Business Come send me a DM on Instagram and follow for marketing + Instagram tips! https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Learn more about my services and offers at https://kristendawnsmith.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
In this episode, we are talking about repurposing content using one platform save you time when you're creating content - who doesn't want to save time in this area of your business, right? We talk about why podcasts have a greater advantage of spreading that message to more people, some of the mindset blocks that make us fearful when we first start out, and how you may be surprised as to what having a podcast can do for you. Connect with Allison on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allisonnitsch/ Allison's Website: allisonnitsch.com Allison's Free Private Podcast (Launch your very own podcast!): https://allisonnitsch.com/launch Podcast With Purpose: https://pod.link/1672122583 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
This was a fun episode, so we decided to recast it! You will learn how to prepare for a branding shoot, what colors you should wear, what props to use, how to get photos done when you're on a tight budget, and so much more!  Want to check out my marketing services and templates? Check out my website here: https://kristendawnsmith.com I would love to connect with you on Instagram! You can follow me here: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
In this episode, I go over what pillar content is, examples of content plans that remove overwhelm, and how to organize your content.  Want to keep the conversation going with myself and other business owners? Join my FREE Facebook community! Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Follw me and feel free to send me a DM at: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Learn more about my services and book a discovery call here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/services --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
I interviewed Shay Howard. She is a Certified Director of Operations, and she's sharing ways that we can wow our clients, stay organized in our business using systems, and she even shares some tips with us on hiring a team. Plus, you'll learn what it looks like to work with a Director of Operations and what it looks like for a business to be ready to hire someone like her. Let's keep the conversation going! Have you joined my free Facebook community? Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Grab Shay's FREE Client Process Checklist: subscribepage.io/clientprocesschecklist Check out Shay's Online Course: https://shay-s-school-d60d.thinkific.com/courses/client-experience Learn More Here: www.shayhoward.co Follow on Instragram: @shayhoward.co Or Facebook: @shayhoward.co --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
I don't know why I do this, but sometimes I compartmentalize my life and my business when it comes to my relationship with God. My relationship with Him is the most important thing in my life, so why am I forgetting to ask him for help and guidance in my business? Especially when something I'm going through is so stressful that I can physically feel the effects it? I'm talking struggles with sleeping, not being able to focus on the present moment because all I can think about is that thing that's stressing me out, having trouble figuring out what to decide in a situation... There have been too many times where I find myself in that place and it goes on for too long, until I stop and think... what if I ask God to help me with this? And guess what... when I do that, I find peace, the situation gets worked out, and I know in my heart that I was guided in the right direction because that's what God does. That's what He WANTS us to do. He wants us to lean on Him, even in our business. So, today that is just what we're talking about - how to lean on God when you're having difficulties in our business. I'm sharing about some of the struggles I've been through and lessons I've learned. Bible verses I shared in this episode: Proverbs 3:5, & Matthew 7:7 Learn more about the story of how I started my business and the struggles I had when I had severe back issues in episode one of this podcast: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/drQ8UNCHcxb Learn about the story of Job from The Bible Project on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/xQwnH8th_fs --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
Today on the show, I talked with Annie Bennett who interviewed me all about marketing your business and mindset struggles we ALL deal with. We talked about breaking through fears associated with investing, having the right marketing mindset (like the fact that marketing is a long game, not a quick fix), why it's okay to have slower seasons with less than usual leads coming in, and networking + making friends in business. Connect with Annie here: https://www.instagram.com/stresslesswithannieb/ Join my FREE Facebook community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Follow me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Learn about my services here: https://kristendawnsmith.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
As an online marketing professional, I am asked all the time which website builder and host I like best, and today I'm sharing all the details about the one I use and why I love it so much. I also went over some website builders/hosts that I tried and didn't really like, personally. If you are unfamiliar with marketing terms and web design lingo, don't worry. You do NOT have to have tons of experience to understand what I'm sharing in this podcast, and you will probably learn quite a bit!  Get one month of ShowIt for free with. my discount code: KRISTENSMITH Come hang out with us in my FREE Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance Connect with me on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
You can run a business without a website and branding, but how far will that get you?  Having a custom brand and website puts your business on a whole new level, and you might be surprised to know just how much of an increase in success your business can have when you do this the right way!  Today, Miranda Doyle is teaching us all about what it looks like to work with a custom brand and web designer and helping us understand all of the benefits that come with doing so. Want to connect with Miranda? Follow her on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mirandalindoyle/ Check out her website here: https://miranda-doyle.com Let's keep the conversation going! Join my FREE Facebook community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenwhofreelance --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
We are finally back!!! I am so excited to spend 2023 with you all & to bring you tons of awesome guest speakers so you can learn from both myself and my guests and really make this a big year for your business. Today on the show, I invited my business bestie, Chelsea Hall on to interview me as I have made some big changes to my business. I am no longer specializing in just social media management - although that will still be a piece of what I offer for my clients. I am now offering Director of Marketing services including strategy and content plans, as a Content and Visibility expert. Chelsea and I talked more about what I'll be doing in business, but one thing I didn't mention is I will still be offering resources for you to make your business easier in the way of templates, training, and possibly some sort of community where you can make business friends like Chelsea and take advantage of all of the refferals and goodness that comes with having business friends and a strong network. We talked about an exciting trip we have coming up in May - oh my gosh I can't wait for that, and we talked about the challenges that came with maternity leave and having our second babies, because we were both pregnant with our second at the same time - how cool is that? Chelsea and I go deep when we talk, we don't leave anything out and we're not afraid to get real and vulnerable with you all, so I think you will love today's conversation. Go connect with Chelsea here: https://www.instagram.com/chelseahallsocial/ Join my FREE Facebook community and keep the conversation going: https://www.facebook.com/groups/408964350173629 Learn about my services here: https://kristendawnsmith.com/services --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
I announced on Instagram recently that I am now moving away from just social media management, and I'm expanding to a Director of Marketing business. This means that I won't be just specializing in social media, I will be specializing in a wider range of content areas such as email marketing, podcasts, blogs, SEO, while monitoring analytics, and more. Because this is such a big change in my business, I am going to officially put the podcast on hold until January. I can't wait to continue taking you on this journey as I move into much larger territory. And I want to thank you again for following along thus far! Make sure you stay subscribed to the show so you don't miss out when I come back in January! I am already booking some awesome guest interviews, which I'm excited about, and I can't wait to share all that's to come! And of course, you can still stay up to date if you follow me on Instagram because I'm still showing up there regularly. https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith My new offers are up on my website, and I would love for you to take a look! https://kristendawnsmith.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
In this episode, we are going over different ways you can add your personality when marketing your business so you can create an engaged and loyal audience of potential clients and customers. When you're selling services or products, it's really important that people know, like, and trust you, and when you add your personality to your brand, it really sets you apart from others. People love someone who is relatable, and you will find that you are much more memorable to people when they get to know your own unique personality. Come connect with me on Instagram! https://instagram.com/kristendawnsmith Interested in building your website using the platform I love, ShowIt?! Get your first month free when you use my promo code: kristensmith  *These shownotes contain affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if purchases are made using them* --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/kristensmithpodcast/support
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