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May 25, 2020

In this episode Michael Diettrich-Chastain, the CEO of Arc Integrated, talks about being resilient in times of change and uncertainty, and the questions that you need to ask yourself to create momentum in your business.

You’ll learn the one thing you can absolutely count on, and how to utilize it to adjust to personal and professional changes.

Here are some things we covered in this episode:

  • How all life and work experience is totally relevant to entrepreneurship
  • Using lessons you’ve learned and apply them to your business
  • 7 major predictors of success
  • Change is inevitable
  • Common principles of change
  • What to do in early phases of changes
  • How to thrive in the new normal
  • What questions do you need to ask yourself to create momentum
  • Tools for determining what is holding you back from positive change

Michael is the founder and CEO of Arc Integrated, an  Organizational Consulting and Professional Coaching practice in Asheville, NC. Through a focus on change management, emotional intelligence and leadership effectivness, Arc Integrated empowers individuals and organizations to achieve optimum performance in their work and life.  

As a consultant, Michael has helped organizational leaders and teams improve retention, enagement, productivity and sales. Michael focuses on improving leadership, team performance and fostering stronger collaboration within systems, to improve the organization’s bottom line. He has facilitated trainings on leadership, change management, team building, communication, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, self-care and other topics.  

As a Professional Coach, Michael works with leaders to reduce stress, improve work/life balance or enhance leadership skills. Michael’s writing can be seen on Livestrong, Time, Money, Monster, About, Entreprenuer and The Washington Post. His first book, CHANGES – The Busy Professional’s Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals and Mastering Adaptability is released on May 7th, 2019.  

Michael enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, listening to podcasts and has been studying and teaching at a martial arts school for more than 10 years. Michael often incorporates philosophies from martial arts study into his work with individuals and organizations.

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May 18, 2020

In this episode Kimber Hill, the Founder and CEO of VirtForce, shares why she pivoted to remote work, and how she now coaches her military community to invest in their career and personal development that launches them into successful Virtual Careers.  She’s a military spouse on a mission to lower the unemployment rate for military spouses.

You’ll learn how to gain the confidence and skills you need to work remotely.  We discussed the things that you need to do to prepare and market yourself to the virtual job market.

Here are some things we covered in this episode on how to launch your virtual career:

  • Why Kimber left a government contracting position and how she has created a 15 million dollar impact on the military community.

  • What are the mindset obstacles around pivoting to remote work and how do you overcome them?

  • What are the most in demand remote work positions?

  • What is it like to work virtually?

  • How to feel more confident about working virtually?

  • Kimber shares how to break the mental block around the dreaded resume gaps and her recommendations for getting through it.

  • Certifications to get the skills that employers want.

  • How to utilize gig based work and internships to gain experience.

  • Marketing yourself to the remote work job market and the platforms to use to get work.

  • Tips for interviewing virtually and how to show up professionally.


Kimber Hill is the Founder and CEO of VirtForce, the organization filling the gap between America’s Active Duty Military Spouses and virtual careers.

VirtForce’s most important core value is Servant Leadership. Through acts of service she and her team have created a global community where Military Spouses can build virtual work skills, train in leadership roles, and receive a constant stream of remote work opportunities. The organization has successfully created an avenue for Military Spouses to find sustainable employment supportive of the inevitable permanent change of station.

Kimber and her husband are from Moulton, Alabama. They are affiliated with the Navy and are currently stationed in Florida. Kimber has a Bachelors Degree in Film Production from Birmingham-Southern College, a Masters Degree in Information Systems from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and she is a Certified Project Management Professional.

“We are increasing career happiness and self-worth of Military Spouses while simultaneously lowering the Military Spouse unemployment rate. I really love what we’re doing here because we can see tangible results. At VirtForce, we have a heart for people and a knack for effective processes. We get things done!” – Kimber Hill

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May 11, 2020

In this episode, you’re hearing from another former teacher, Brittany. She’s now a pro in the online service world and helps other teachers break free of working in the long, slow grind that is a career for so many in the U.S. education system.

You’ll learn more about Brittany’s big wakeup call and how that pushed her to have clarity in her online business. We discussed some of the challenges of being a modern teacher and why it burns so many educators out.

Here are some other things we covered in this episode on moving from teaching to working for yourself:

  • Why teachers make really good fits for running an online business and the personality traits that match that
  • Why working online and helping other people can fulfill your helper mentality by building and serving your own tribe
  • Brittany’s super-smart tip for getting your first couple of clients as a freelancer
  • How to really provide help in Facebook groups without spamming the Internet with a pitch and actually getting clients
  • Why Brittany has tried a lot of different freelance services and how she landed on her current services.
  • What does it mean to say you are building a funnel?
  • How to begin studying funnels when you’re curious about offering this as a service for your freelance business
  • The challenges that Brittany faced when scaling her business to a six-figure freelancing empire and why mindset is so important when you’re growing
  • How to determine where your own limiting beliefs might be holding you back
  • How and why to consider retiring your spouse


Brittany is a former middle school science teacher turned six-figure freelancer and entrepreneur. She works at home building funnels and writing copy. Together, she and her husband help other teachers that want to transition out of teaching through their blog, Life After Teaching.

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May 4, 2020

If you’ve always wanted to work with nonprofits or if you’re a writer who wants to broaden your skillset, have you ever considered grantwriting? It’s a different form of copywriting when compared with things like sales copy, but nonprofits frequently don’t have the resources to write their own grants. These grants are key for their funding, so it’s vital they outsource to a freelance grantwriter.

In this episode, you’ll hear from veteran grantwriter Teresa Huff so that you can decide whether or not you should be a freelance grantwriter and what it really looks like. We cover a lot in this episode as a teaser for you to consider your next steps and whether you want to learn more about becoming a freelance grantwriter.

Some of the most important topics we covered in this episode include:

  • What a grantwriter actually does in helping nonprofits achieve their missions.
  • Why using a mentor was critical for Teresa to learn about something that’s both writing-based and somewhat technical and specific in nature.
  • What you need to know about nonprofits and how they work so that you can speak to them as your target client.
  • How Teresa decided that grantwriting would work really well with her personality and her individual writing style and how to tell which personality traits will help you if you add grantwriting to your services.
  • How to set client expectations when you’re working as a freelance grantwriter and what role educating the client plays
  • Why it might be best to start small when you’re just dipping your toes into the water as a grantwriter.

If you listened to this episode and don’t yet have a copy of How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business, get your copy now!


Teresa Huff is a Grant Strategist and Content Writer who has helped nonprofits triple their funding. She has a Master’s in Education and 20+ years of experience in writing, education, and business.

She’s figured out how to survive (and thrive!) in her geeky introverted life while working from home and juggling her kids, husband, and a crazy chihuahua.

After winning several million dollars in funding for schools and nonprofits, her goal is to now equip other freelance writers to change the world. To get started, take her free quiz “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” at

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