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Aug 15, 2017

Welcome back to the Better Biz Academy podcast! As we transition out of the summer and into the fall, I think now is the perfect time to talk about successfully riding the feast or famine cycle freelancers typically experience at different points in the year and which marketing strategies are still the most effective for those in the industry. One of those is Upwork. 

Aug 8, 2017

Laura returns to walk her listeners through a critical shift she made in her freelance business that had a massive impact on her ability to earn money and only work with her ideal clients. If you are new to the freelance world and are still juggling ten, or

If you are new to the freelance world and are still juggling ten, or even twenty client projects, this episode is for you! In it, Laura explains how one-off and retainer clients are different, as well as how you might start the process of converting one-off clients into retainer arrangements.

Aug 1, 2017

Laura returns with another solo podcast to share the most common mistakes made by freelance writers. She offers advice in several areas of freelance basics, including the way you position yourself and your services to potential clients, as well as managing your own expectations going into the freelancing world.

Learn from the best as Laura shares her personal experience as both a freelancer and a project manager, hiring and managing other writers. If you’re just getting started in the freelance writing business, this podcast is a must-listen!

Jul 27, 2017

85% of small business fail within the first 12 months because new entrepreneurs don’t take the time to identify and understand their ideal customer. If your new venture is struggling to get off the ground because you are hurting for clients, today’s guest is prepared to offer guidance around getting your product or service in front of the right audience and then creating an automated system of lead generation to produce consistent sales.

Oguz ‘Oz’ Konar grew up watching his father start business after business, all of which ended in bankruptcy. Motivated to understand what makes a business successful, he studied sales and marketing strategy to identify common mistakes made by aspiring entrepreneurs – and how to avoid them. With seven years of sales management and marketing experience under his belt, Oz founded Local Marketing Stars to assist small business owners in the implementation of productive marketing strategies. He has written two books about online marketing and marketing automation, and he is currently running four companies of his own.

Oz is an expert in the area of results-driven marketing strategy, and today he explains why automation is essential, the seven marketing strategies you need to know, and the function of a small business website. Listen in as Oz reveals his greatest challenge in building his consulting business and how to get your product or service in front of its target audience!


Key Takeaways

The importance of marketing automation

  • Too many small businesses rely on ‘random acts of marketing’
  • No systems in place to measure results
  • Automated system of generating leads, sales is essential
  • Business must run itself when you aren’t present


The first step toward automated lead generation

  • Look at products, services
  • Determine what has been most successful
  • Develop system to get right offer to right people


The greatest challenge Oz faced in building his own business

  • Difficulty focusing on single vertical
  • Felt like missing out on opportunities
  • Wanted to do lead gen for variety of small businesses
  • Realized niching down was easier to scale, produced better results for clients


Oz’s seven marketing strategies you need now

  • Understand your audience
  • Work on offer (solve problem for audience)
  • Find your customers (identify channels)
  • Develop core message
  • Create proven sales model
  • Establish system to retain customers
  • Develop system to generate referrals


Oz’s advice regarding small business websites

  • Understand their function – to generate, convert leads
  • Capture email addresses of visitors
  • Ensure that your site accommodates search engines
  • Study your analytics and optimize page by page


Oz’s #1 tip for aspiring entrepreneurs

  • Interview 10-15 potential buyers
  • Get their feedback re: your product/service
  • Ask them to walk you through pain points
  • Build your business based on feedback


Connect with Oguz Konar

10K Revenue Club Website

Jul 25, 2017

What is holding you back from pursuing the life you want? In most cases, the answer is fear. Change makes us really uncomfortable, and our brains are wired to resist anything that takes us outside our comfort zone. But today’s guest is ready to help you forge a new neural pathway and expand your comfort zone through clearly defined goals and strategic action.

Jill Ethier is a personal strategist who combines her passion for business with the power of energy to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs who want more in every aspect of their lives, from business to relationships to health and personal growth. Her online programs provide the framework to shift your mindset, reclaim your power, and fulfill your purpose.

Jill spent a number of years as the Director of Marketing for SIGA, managing four casino marketing departments. After the passing of her young daughter, she knew she wanted to live her life differently, and Jill began to study Feng Shui and other energy disciplines. In 2000, she united her love of business strategy with the study of energy to found Jill Ethier Consulting. Today she shares tactics around cultivating the right mindset, tackling resistance to change, and avoiding distractions. Listen in to understand the importance of a strong WHY and how to prioritize daily actions as you work toward a meaningful life.


Key Takeaways

Jill’s ideal client

  • Moms 30-48
  • Want more for selves in all areas
  • Aspire to build businesses


The greatest challenge Jill’s clients face

  • Developing mindset (belief they can do it)
  • Fear, discomfort is normal


How to cultivate appropriate mindset

  • Brains wired to stop when outside comfort zone
  • Must create new neural pathway
  • Provide structure/framework (e.g.: three actions per day)
  • Acknowledge resistance, but commit to take action regardless
  • Dig deeper into the WHY


How to tackle extreme resistance to change

  • Complete most significant tasks first thing in morning (highest energy, focus)
  • Sets you up for WIN
  • If get off track, get back quickly


How to avoid distractions like social media and email

  • Ask yourself if activity will move you forward toward goals
  • Prioritize actions that are more important


Jill’s energetic platform

  • Focus mental, physical and spiritual energy first thing
  • ‘Sets the table’ for your day


How accountability plays into success

  • Depends on person, level of change
  • Investment in coach tends to raise the stakes
  • Accountability helps shift habits


Jill’s advice around goal-setting

  • Establish five-year goals (global perspective)
  • Define one-year goals
  • Break into 90-day cycles and 30-day sprints
  • Determine daily actions
  • Set objectives in all areas – business, health, relationships, personal growth
  • Design goals that are realistic with a stretch, rather than idealistic
  • Avoid setting too many goals (only so much time, energy and effort)


Connect with Jill Ethier




Jul 20, 2017

As new entrepreneurs, we are hungry for clients. It can be tempting to take on a project that doesn’t feel quite right because we need the money and want the experience. But today’s guest argues that a poor fit leads to immense frustration, and she is here to offer strategies that will help you determine whether a client is a good match on the front end so that both parties feel comfortable moving forward.

Liz Thompson earned her undergraduate degree in communication, then pursued master’s degrees in English and literature. She worked in editing and communication in the corporate world for 15 years before taking the leap into entrepreneurship. When Liz got married two years ago, the timing was right to start her own firm so that she would have the flexibility to stay home and raise her new blended family.

Liz is on a mission to help writers find and refine their voice and share their stories with the world. She takes on fiction and non-fiction projects, and she loves to edit cookbooks. Today Liz shares her secrets around building a clientele, online networking, and pricing her services. Listen in and learn how Liz approaches scheduling clients and the process she employs to choose clients who are a good fit.


Key Takeaways

How Liz built a clientele

  • Got connected with entrepreneur groups early on (primarily online)
  • Enlisted help of business coach
  • Found Facebook groups where ideal clients ‘lived’
  • Offered authentic help on platform
  • Subsequent clients through referrals


The value of online networking groups like Boss Mom

  • Going through similar things (parents building businesses)
  • Wide range of experience
  • Experts in different areas of need (i.e.: designing websites)


How Liz made the decision to invest in a business coach

  • Had already invested in several courses
  • 15-minute coaching call with Dana Malstaff led to Liz's first client
  • Made sense to invest up front on person who would help grow business


How Liz structures the working relationship with writers

  • Phone call to get overview of project, type of editing necessary
  • Perform sample edit to determine fit
  • Work on front-end helps avoid bad experiences


How Liz prices her editing services

  • Rate per word depends on experience of writer, condition of manuscript
  • Quote encompasses two rounds (developmental and copy editing)


Liz’s approach to scheduling clients

  • Cap out number of projects per month
  • Map out how much want to make, how many projects can take on
  • Booked two to three months in advance


Why Liz only accepts clients that feel like a good fit

  • Early on, took on client who requested partial edit of manuscript
  • Many mistakes in portion she hadn’t edited, but name on project
  • ‘If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it’
  • Refers science fiction, highly technical business projects to other editors (not her interest, strength)



Boss Moms

Course: Slaying the Enemies of Good Writing


Connect with Elizabeth Thompson

House Style Editing




Jul 18, 2017

If you want to make a change in your business, but you are unsure how to go about it, you may benefit from enlisting the help of an executive leadership coach. But how do you choose the right one? Should you invest in a one-on-one program, or is a group setting right for you?

Susan Barber has 20-plus years of experience as an IT and Leadership Executive. While working a traditional job, she pursued coaching as a side hustle, earning a certification in leadership coaching. When the company was going through a merger, she took a package and a leap of faith – and Susan M. Barber Coaching & Consulting was born.

Susan is passionate about helping her clients build confidence, grow as leaders and find their authentic voice. She also seeks to bring coaches together to support each other and share resources as entrepreneurs. Today she explains the differences among one-on-one, group and mastermind programs, the advantages of a structured group coaching environment, and how to choose a program that is the right fit for you. Listen in as Susan reveals what to look for in an executive business coach!


Key Takeaways

How to scale a coaching business

  • Develop group coaching initiatives, masterminds
  • Generate passive income with home study programs


The difference between Susan’s group program vs. mastermind

  • Group program guides members to create vision, values and action plan
  • Mastermind focus on accountability, one member on hot seat


The advantages of a structured group coaching environment

  • All share, support other group members
  • Community and connection
  • Learn from each other


How to choose from among one-on-one, group coaching, and masterminds

  • One-on-one if not comfortable sharing current situation with group
  • Group settings typically less expensive
  • Masterminds provide most structured experience (same questions each week)


When to pursue a business coach

  • You know you want to make a change
  • Unsure how to go about it


What to look for in a business coach

  • Connection, chemistry
  • Referrals
  • Good fit, both feel comfortable


Questions to ask a prospective coach

  • How have you been successful with others?
  • What methodology do you use?
  • Do you do assessments?
  • What is your background/experience?
  • Do you have your own coach?


Characteristics of a quality coach

  • Allow client to drive conversation
  • Good listener, observer


What to do if you’re not getting what you need from a coach

  • Ask for a time out to address issues
  • Seek someone different if not getting value


Susan’s advice for business owners considering an investment in a coach

  • Have two or three conversations with different coaches
  • Trust your gut
  • Ask for references or choose an accredited coach through ICF



Susan’s Blog

International Coaching Federation


Connect with Susan Barber


Facebook Group




Jul 13, 2017

So you’ve launched a product or service you’re really proud of, complete with a stellar membership site, but all you hear are crickets. Today’s guest has firsthand experience with this frustrating scenario, and she is here to help you learn from her mistakes and build an audience first. 

Nathalie Doremieux and her husband, Olivier, spent ten years working as software engineers in Silicon Valley before returning to their native France and founding New Software Marketing in 2006. But they made the mistake of thinking that if they built a quality piece of software, people would find them. Because of their inexperience in the marketing realm, the business struggled.

Down to their last $2,000, Nathalie and Olivier invested in a coach who changed their perspective, pushing them to focus on skills they might leverage to monetize quickly. It was then that they niched down to web design and membership sites, and New Software Marketing took off. Five years later, the multi-six-figure business serves entrepreneurs and public figures including Kimra Luna, James

Five years later, the multi-six-figure business serves entrepreneurs and public figures including Kimra Luna, James Wedmore and Kate Northrup. Today Nathalie shares the importance of ‘the hustle’ early in your entrepreneurial journey, how she and her husband approach working together, and the biggest mistakes people make in building websites. Listen and learn how to build an audience that will make your product launch a success!


Key Takeaways

The mistakes Nathalie made in building her business

  • Hid behind expertise
  • Ignored marketing piece


How Nathalie pinpointed web pages and membership sites as niche

  • Sought help of coach
  • Determined what could monetize quickly
  • Built list of people with interest in establishing websites
  • Developed a reputation in space (via blogging, etc.)
  • Saw need for memberships sites in offline entrepreneurs seeking online presence


The importance of ‘the hustle’ early on in your entrepreneurial journey

  • Quit 9 to 5 for 24/7
  • Must build business first, then enjoy four-hour work week


The necessity of building an audience

  • Nathalie created online course, built membership site
  • Launch fell flat because she overlooked marketing component


How Nathalie approaches working with her husband

  • Became entrepreneur for love
  • Had to acquire entrepreneurial mindset
  • Clearly defined roles (she is face of company, he works behind-the-scenes)


Nathalie’s biggest accomplishment in business thus far

  • Accepting invitation to speak on stage
  • Boosted business to next level
  • To grow, you must get comfortable with being uncomfortable


The biggest mistakes people make in designing websites

  • Make themselves the focus, rather than the visitor
  • Must convince visitor you can do something for them in five seconds
  • Goal is to add visitor to list with free content



Off the Charts with Nathalie Lussier


Connect with Nathalie Doremieux

New Software Marketing

Jul 11, 2017

Some of us are attracted to online entrepreneurship because of the freedom it affords us to travel, living the digital nomad lifestyle. Others of us choose web-based businesses because we want to get off the hamster wheel and spend real quality time with our kids and partners. Today’s guest is combining both of those perks and embarking on an RV adventure with her husband and two small children, traveling the country to visit family while maintaining her online venture, brb Yoga.

Catherine Middlebrooks began a yoga practice in college. Ten years ago, she earned a certification to teach and began a successful corporate yoga business. After a move to Nashville, Catherine transitioned into a ‘regular job,’ using her master’s in experimental psychology to work in market research. But when her daughter was born in 2012, Catherine and her husband made the decision to be more intentional about their lives and start their own online business.

At the same time, Catherine was struggling to find time for yoga. As a new mom, she didn’t have 75 minutes to spend at a studio, but she knew she needed the mindfulness and calm a yoga practice provides. So Catherine developed a program of shorter, precisely designed classes to pull her out of the overwhelm and help her embrace her new life and body. She created brb Yoga to help other moms make time for self-care and restore their core strength. Today she discusses how she niched down to serve a very specific population of new moms, the challenge of maintaining her relationship with her husband as they build a business together, and her upcoming family RV adventure! Listen and learn how to employ Facebook ads to generate traffic and apply a project management system to make the best use of your time.


Key Takeaways

Why Catherine’s digital format works for new moms interested in Yoga

  • Struggle to find time to attend class
  • Looking for program that serves post-partum body


The value of identifying a need in the marketplace

  • Women with abdominal separation not served by traditional fitness industry
  • Catherine created Heal Your Core program for niche audience


Catherine’s struggle to attract ideal clients

  • Started w/ ‘quick, efficient online yoga for busy moms’
  • Realized not specific enough
  • Gained traction after designing specific products (i.e.: Beginners Bundle)
  • Landed on serving women with diastasis recti
  • Relies on Facebook ads, targeting companies that serve same population
  • Alludes to pain points of ideal client in marketing


Catherine’s tips for employing Facebook ads

  • Invest in course early on
  • Don’t drive traffic to sales page
  • Give value first (e.g.: blog post)


Catherine’s biggest challenge as entrepreneur

  • Maintain relationship with husband while building business together
  • Make sure work brings family closer together


Catherine’s upcoming RV adventure

  • Decided freedom and family were priority
  • Started online venture with travel in mind
  • Designing trip so both have daily time to work, spend time with family
  • Obtaining booster for RV (internet connection)
  • Will continue to blog, nurture Facebook group, email


Catherine’s best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

  • Create structure
  • Consider Scrum project management process
  • Establish weekly objectives
  • Ensure that time/energy driven by you, your goals



RV Entrepreneurs Facebook Group

Scrum Project Management

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport


Connect with Catherine Middlebrooks


Jul 6, 2017

One of the major hurdles online entrepreneurs face is that of scaling their business. How exactly do you generate the client base necessary to take your venture to the next level? 

Susan Cabezas quit her job as a digital marketing consultant in 2010, with the hopes of building an online business. She worked as a VA through Elance while she had her first child, but struggled to make a sustainable income and eventually went back to full-time work. She was laid off in 2013 and worked for a VA company doing subcontract work when her second son was born, but again returned to a ‘regular job’ to generate consistent income. Susan has been at her current full-time digital marketing position with a large non-profit for the past three years but has built an online social media management business as a side hustle. This venture, Being More Social, seeks to help female entrepreneurs connect with their audience and grow their businesses.

Susan is also a blogger, helping busy moms live happier and be more present with their families at The Mama Resource (formerly Modern Frugal Mom). Today she shares her best tips on organization and time management as well as her vision for the future of her business. In addition, Laura offers some on-air coaching to help Susan strategize next steps as she works to position herself as a social media expert, write effective proposals, and take Being More Social to the next level.


Key Takeaways

Why Susan has struggled to move into full-time freelancing

  • Need for sustainable income
  • Difficulty finding clients via networking


How Susan finds clients now

  • Entrepreneur/blogger Facebook groups


Laura’s advice around scaling a social media management business

  • Offer monthly retainer packages
  • Niche down to one or two platforms
  • Position/brand self as expert


Laura’s tips for landing clients

  • Ask current clients for testimonials, referrals with incentives
  • Talk to prospects in a results-oriented way (i.e.: social platform growth, time saved)
  • Provide case studies of current/former clients
  • Empathize with client pain points when developing proposal


Susan’s advice regarding time management and productivity


What’s next for Susan’s business

  • Grow into full-time enterprise
  • Leverage blog to make passive income via affiliate marketing, products


Susan’s #1 tip for aspiring online business owners

  • Know what you want
  • Be consistent



Google Drive

Google Calendar


Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s Affiliate Marketing Course


Connect with Susan Cabezas

Being More Social Website

Being More Social on Facebook

The Mama Resource Blog

Susan on Twitter

Jul 4, 2017

Even the most passionate solopreneurs among us can get to a point where our energy is depleted and we need a break from it all. Today’s guest admits to being the Queen of Burnout, working so hard for her clients that she forgets to give herself a break.

Based in beautiful Knysna, South Africa, Carol Hampshire is a brand designer and business strategist with twenty years of experience running her own studio, Red Hot Designs. She added business mentoring to her resume ten years ago, with the intention of helping female entrepreneurs who are coaches, creatives and wellness consultants work smarter and play harder.

Two years ago, Carol hit a wall. She had taken on too much, she was losing her joy, and she could no longer deliver her best work. After a week away from her desk on a sailing trip to Turkey, Carol realized that she needed to create a business around her life, not vice versa. Today she shares her best advice on avoiding burnout, connecting with clients in the onboarding process, and allocating time away from the computer. Listen to understand why Carol makes it a point to learn what drives her clients and how to shift your business model as the need arises.


Key Takeaways

Carol’s key to consistent success

  • Shift business model as environment, personal needs change


Signs of burnout

  • Up early, finish late
  • Race against clock
  • Loss of joy
  • Compromise quality of work


Carol’s tips to avoid burnout

  • Enlist accountability partner
  • Schedule time away from computer (e.g.: yoga class, walk dog, tea with friend)


Carol’s guidance around working with clients

  • Take time to get to know them as people
  • Connection eliminates confusion, brings out best work
  • ‘Take on clients you would spend the weekend with’


The questions Carol asks new clients in onboarding process

  • What is your core essence?
  • What is your message?
  • What motivated you to create the business?
  • What are your unique talents?
  • What makes you an authority in your field?
  • What drives you?


Carol’s biggest challenges as an entrepreneur

  • Allocating time to work on own business (update website, nurture Facebook group, ongoing marketing efforts)
  • Devoting time to professional development


Carol’s shift to working as coach/mentor

  • Came from within, passion to work with people
  • Desire to offer insight to emerging entrepreneurs




The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks PhD


Connect with Carol Hampshire


Jun 29, 2017

If you want to be of service to others, the first step is seeing the world from their perspective. Today’s guest argues that the most important quality of a coach is the ability to meet your clients where they are and employ empathy as you work together. Only then can you lead your mentees to the kind of creativity and innovation that fosters success.

Yvonne Smyth is a business mentor and life coach who seeks to help people Flourish – to develop empowering mindsets, to align their businesses with their values and beliefs, and to ultimately live lives of joy and fulfillment. Her greatest strength is working with people to create a compelling vision for their future, then supporting them on the journey. She is a certified NLP Practitioner, the Entrepreneur in Residence at Catalyst Inc. HQ as well as the co-founder of The Unlimited Human.

Yvonne had a successful career as a managing director of a hotel and spa, but she didn’t feel like she was doing anything well. She felt guilty that she couldn’t spend more time with her young children, and despite having the career, family, and home she thought would make her happy, she was stressed out of her head. In 2013, she took the leap into self-employment and developed a coaching business with the intention of helping people flourish and thrive. Today, she shares her secrets to landing new clients, advice around pricing your service, and her intuitive approach to onboarding new clients. Listen to understand how empathy serves as the foundation of a strong coaching practice.


Key Takeaways

The most important quality for a business/life coach

  • Empathy (must be able to see the world from a client’s point of view)


Yvonne’s secrets to landing new clients

  • Reach out to current contacts
  • Provide quality work (leads to long-term working relationships, word-of-mouth)
  • Leverage Facebook business page, groups
  • Join networking groups
  • Look for funded programs
  • Secure license for specific curricula


Yvonne’s intuitive approach to working with new clients

  • Start with a conversation (what life is like, typical day)
  • Observe body language, word choice
  • Note what drains/energizes client


Yvonne’s advice around pricing your service

  • Start in ‘middle of the road’
  • Raise prices as you demonstrate value


How to adapt to clients that don’t fit your program template

  • Conduct organization culture assessment
  • If resistant to change, slow down
  • ‘Speak their language’
  • Meet students where they are



Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck


Connect with Yvonne Smyth



Jun 27, 2017

Many aspiring entrepreneurs get overwhelmed in the face of a very long to-do list that includes designing a website, building a customer base, and establishing trust in order to draw traffic to your site. If your business involves the sale of a product, the logistics of manufacturing and distribution get thrown into the mix as well. What if there was a platform that would take care of the majority of those things for you? 

Adam Hudson is the founder of Reliable Education, a resource for entrepreneurs that teaches its clients how to establish reliable online income streams via the Amazon platform. Adam developed these strategies in the conception of his own homewares brand; its products are sold exclusively through Amazon in more than 30 countries. A serial entrepreneur who has built a number of multi-million dollar companies, Adam also leads an Amazon marketing services firm. He has been featured in countless national publications, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

Adam’s interest in online entrepreneurship began when he was running an animation studio in California. He realized that selling his time was not the optimal business model, so he started looking for opportunities to generate reliable income through product development. He discovered the Amazon platform and realized its potential as the go-to site for consumers. Today he outlines the reasons why Amazon is a good fit for new entrepreneurs, how to choose a product for sale, and the process of selecting a manufacturer. Listen and learn how to make your product stand out on the site and generate reliable income!


Key Takeaways

Why Amazon is a good fit for new entrepreneurs

  • $1 of every $2 spent in online retail is through Amazon
  • Revenues expected to grow from $300B to $1.5T in next decade
  • Builds website for you and takes care of logistics, distribution
  • Trust already established with enormous customer base


How to choose a potential product


How to differentiate your product and avoid oversaturation

  • Consumers judge based on quality and content of picture
  • Compete based on design to stand out visually (i.e.: brightly-colored car cover)


Adam’s advice around choosing an industry

  • Avoid beauty, supplements
  • Consider an industry you understand, have a passion for
  • Ask yourself what’s missing
  • Look for areas with unsophisticated sellers who aren’t doing anything to stand out


The next steps once you’ve selected a product

  • Research demand
  • Be sure ranked in top 20,000 on Amazon
  • Make use of tools like Google AdWords and Google Trends
  • Reach out to suppliers via a Request For Quote


The process of packaging and shipping

  • Usually packaged and prepared completely by manufacturer
  • Entrepreneur establishes Amazon Seller Account
  • Amazon provides seller with PDF to place on box
  • Seller emails PDF to supplier
  • Freight forwarder ships boxes directly to Amazon warehouse


Common mistakes made by novice sellers

  • Negotiate cheaper price and receive poor quality product
  • Adam recommends spending more for product, selling at 5X what paid


Adam’s best advice for potential Amazon sellers

  • Don’t overthink and never start
  • Learn the fundamentals by opening free account, investing $100 in one or two AliExpress products to sell through Amazon






Google AdWords

Google Trends

“The Lazy Seller” Interview on WebRetailer



Connect with Adam Hudson


Jun 22, 2017

‘I want to help people, but I also want to be happy doing it.’


In a perfect world, we wake up every day motivated to do our work because it’s something we love. As online entrepreneurs, we are at an advantage: If we discover that we are no longer eager to get down to business, we have the freedom to shift our focus to something we are passionate about and make money while we’re at it! Today’s guest is on a mission to help solopreneurs generate passive income by monetizing their passion.


Ronisha Shead founded Bizzell Development Solutions with the intention of assisting online entrepreneurs in developing eCourses and workshops. An authority in the area of digital product creation, she has ten-plus years of experience creating online courses for companies like IBM, Dell, and United Healthcare.


Ronisha began her career in academics as a professor of composition and writing, developing classroom and digital courses. After seven years, she became weary of the college scene and transitioned to corporate training. Eventually, Ronisha realized that she could make more working for herself, and Bizzell was born! Her newest venture is the Moms That Hustle blog, an enterprise that seeks to help moms start a side hustle or add passive income to their business with a digital product. Today, Ronisha shares the lessons she has learned in developing her business, how she landed her first clients, and her best tips on connecting with your audience. Listen and learn to monetize your passion with a digital product!


Key Takeaways

How Ronisha landed her first few clients

  • Facebook groups


How Ronisha’s pricing model has evolved

  • Charged going hourly rate early on (clients at different stages in course creation process)
  • Now teaches people to create digital products themselves


Common challenges people face in creating content (i.e.: online course, ebook)

  • Doubt/fear
  • Weary of technology


Lessons Ronisha has learned in developing her business

  • Help clients get clear on what they want
  • Engage your audience early
  • Build a list and share free content so people are interested when you launch a product


Ronisha’s tips for connecting with your audience before a product launch

  • Establish a 90-day process
  • Blog on the topic
  • Offer free video training on one aspect
  • Send your list a weekly email, use feedback to develop product
  • Provide free complementary content leading up to launch


The benefits of being a solopreneur

  • Learn as you go what you like, dislike
  • Can make changes to fit current needs


The importance of self-reflection

  • Make sure your focus is your passion





Connect with Ronisha Shead

Bizzell Development Solutions

Moms That Hustle Blog



Jun 20, 2017

The beauty of freelancing is the freedom it affords you to set your own schedule, and for busy moms, that is a necessity. But taking care of kiddos is a full-time job in and of itself, so how do you carve out the time to write your blog, for example? And how do you make decisions about what really HAS to be done? 

Emily McGee is the founder of My Adaptable Career, an online business that advises freelancers and solopreneurs on best business practices and intentional business growth via innovative time management solutions. She works specifically with moms looking to monetize their blogs and avoid returning to a nine-to-five.

Emily began her career as an English teacher before her husband’s job took them overseas. It was then that she began freelance writing in the education sphere, finally niching down to curriculum development. In January of 2016, she founded My Adaptable Career to offer general advice to other freelancers before finding her expertise in time management. Today Emily shares her best ideas for juggling business and baby, how she handles ‘mom guilt,’ and why freelancing is a good fit for stay-at-home parents!


Key Takeaways

The benefits of niching down

  • Make more money
  • More offers, including repeat clients


Why focusing on a particular industry makes you a better prospect

  • Known as go-to writer for specific content (i.e.: standardized test questions for middle/high school language arts)


Why Emily made the shift to blogging

  • As freelancer, still answered to ‘boss’
  • Having own business affords complete control


How Emily made the transition from freelancing to blogging

  • Balanced both for a year (blog not generating income)
  • Researched entrepreneurship, chose full-time blogging as calculated risk
  • Views freelancing as safety net to return to if necessary


Emily’s target audience

  • Moms looking to monetize their blogs
  • Parents struggling with time management (running household and blogging)


Emily’s advice for juggling business and baby

  • Minimize your expectations
  • Limit your ‘stuff’
  • Prioritize (What really HAS to be done?)
  • Let go of perfection
  • Get clear on your goals
  • Say ‘no’ to anything that’s not going to get you there


How to handle ‘mom guilt’

  • Remember that social media is a cultivated image of other’s lives and avoid making comparisons
  • At the end of the day, you only have to answer to yourself and your family


Why freelancing is a good compromise for new moms

  • Allows you to maintain identity outside of being a mom
  • Doesn’t require being away from children for full-time work


How Emily carves out time to work

  • Three-year-old daughter attends preschool, plays by herself
  • Four-month-old son naps
  • Eliminate other hobbies (e.g.: television)


Emily’s greatest challenge as a business owner

  • Mindset – allowing doubt to hold back


Emily’s #1 tip for aspiring business owners

  • Take the plunge
  • Now is your time!



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Jun 15, 2017

As freelance writers, most of us have dreamed of seeing our picture on a book jacket. But the process of finding a publisher and securing a literary agent may seem intimidating. How do you pitch your book idea to an agent? What is involved in the submission process? What’s the difference between traditional and digital publishing? It’s time to take the ‘aspiring’ out of ‘aspiring author’ with today’s guest, who answers your questions about the publishing world.

Megan Close Zavala is a literary agent at Keller Media and the creator of Turn the Page Book Coaching and Editorial. She began her career in the film industry, working in the business and legal affairs department for companies like E! Entertainment, Comcast Media Group, and NBCUniversal. After a layoff and a year in India, Megan went on a mission to land a job in publishing that would allow her to read for a living, and she became an editorial assistant at Keller Media.

Megan was quickly promoted to literary agent, and she has been working with authors in that capacity since January of 2015. Since then, she has worked with New York Times best-selling authors and spoken at writers’ conferences across the country. Megan came to realize that many writers needed additional assistance beyond what she could offer as an agent, and Turn the Page was born to provide editorial and book coaching services to authors at various stages in the writing process. Today she takes the mystery out of publishing, explaining the role of a literary agent, how to submit a proposal or manuscript, and how to establish a working relationship with a trustworthy agent. Listen in to get Megan’s best advice for aspiring authors!


Key Takeaways

The pros and cons of traditional vs. self-publishing

  • Traditional route provides support to help sell/improve book
  • Self-publishing allows you to maintain total control
  • Be an informed consumer when choosing self-publisher (companies make promises re: book promotion that they don’t keep)
  • Responsibility for marketing falls on you when you opt for self-publishing


How to establish a relationship with a literary agent

  • Approach agents who work with your genre
  • Follow submission guidelines on publisher website
  • Understand where your book falls in marketplace and what makes it unique


The role of a literary agent

  • Works with author to get proposal/manuscript in order
  • Research and choose editors to pitch
  • Submit materials to interested editors
  • Negotiate best deal possible
  • Assist with marketing


How to choose the right publisher

  • Review titles on publisher website for similar genres, experience
  • Examine similar books for agent credit
  • Employ literary agent directories (writing reference section of local bookstore)
  • Make use of websites like PublishersMarketplace


Megan’s tips for choosing an agent

  • Agents work on commission; don’t agree to pay a ‘reading fee’
  • Select someone you feel comfortable with
  • Advocate for yourself rather than accepting the first offer


Megan’s book coaching service

  • ‘Personal trainer’ for writers
  • Works with authors at various stages in the process
  • Work together to identify problem areas, strategies to fix
  • Copyediting and proofreading services available


Common challenges of aspiring authors

  • Not willing to spend money to invest in process
  • Attached to work, difficulty letting go of character/subplot


The benefits of working with a book coach

  • Help see book in a new way
  • Act as accountability partner


Megan’s best advice for would-be authors

  • Dedicate a specific time each day to get something on paper (even if it’s five minutes)
  • Establish self-imposed deadlines and keep your commitment





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Jun 13, 2017

‘The waters of the internet are infested with sharks!’


By virtue of having a website, online solopreneurs are vulnerable to lawsuits and scammers. Many of us stick our heads in the sand and hope it will never happen to us, but there are a number of protections we can put in place to minimize the risk. Today’s guest is prepared to arm you with the information you need to navigate those shark-infested waters and understand the fundamental legal aspects of online business ownership.


Internet business lawyer Lin Eleoff is the founder of Cover Your Assets Online, a service that teaches solopreneurs to cover their ‘assets’ without having to spend an arm and a leg on legal fees. She offers a DIY Legal Toolkit that allows online entrepreneurs to prepare key documents themselves, as well as done-for-you services and consulting.


Lin never wanted to be one of those ‘billable hours’ attorneys in the corner office; she was looking for a new way to practice law. She saw a huge need in the area of internet law for entrepreneurs, so she became an entrepreneur herself and created an online coaching venture to empower business owners with crucial legal information. Today she shares the common mistakes made by online solopreneurs, the legal documents you can prepare on your own, and her best legal advice for online business owners. Listen and learn why scammers target small business owners and how to protect yourself from a lawsuit!


Key Takeaways

The legal fundamentals of online business ownership

  • Being sued is stressful, even if you win
  • Having a website automatically makes you vulnerable
  • Must protect yourself from liability and minimize risk


The common legal mistakes made by online business owners

  • Lack three key documents – privacy policy, terms, and conditions, disclaimer
  • Use of unauthorized images


Legal documents you can prepare yourself

  • Privacy policy, terms, and conditions, disclaimer
  • Copyright registration
  • Legwork for contracts and trademark prep (have lawyer finalize)


How much it might cost to put legal protections in place

  • Lin’s DIY Toolkit – $597
  • Attorney’s hourly fee between $400-$600
  • Much more expensive to secure lawyer for lawsuit


Why scammers target small business owners

  • Looking for people who are exposed, less informed
  • Online solopreneurs less likely to have lawyer


Lin’s best legal advice for online business owners

  • Establish an LLC or S corp.
  • Separate your personal and business assets


How to approach legal aspects of online business ownership

  • Depends on personal preference
  • If comfortable, can do much yourself
  • Procure attorney for complex issues
  • Educate yourself to work with lawyer



DIY Legal Toolkit


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Jun 8, 2017

Perhaps you dread going to the office every day because you simply aren’t inspired by what you do. Or maybe your heart isn’t in the traditional 9 to 5 anymore because of little ones at home that you are missing. Either way, today’s guest has been in your shoes, and she knows how to launch a business as a virtual assistant that will afford you the opportunity to be the parent you want to be and develop a career that you love.

Abbey Ashley was looking for work-from-home opportunities after the birth of her first child. A friend recommended that she look into becoming a VA, so she did some research and determined that it would be a good fit. She leveraged her background in marketing to help small business owners with various administrative projects, and within four months she had to bring in subcontractors to help with the overload of work!

In March 2016, Abbey founded The Virtual Savvy to help other women launch and grow their own virtual assistant businesses. She is on a mission to empower women to enjoy the freedom and flexibility afforded by a work-from-home VA career. Today she discusses the most in-demand services a virtual assistant can offer as well as proven strategies for landing clients. Turn passion into profit and launch your VA career today!


Key Takeaways

The role of a VA

  • Help entrepreneurs/small business owners online
  • General tasks include marketing, admin and social media

Abbey’s guidance for ‘repackaging’ traditional job skills

  • Start with what you already know (list skills you might offer)
  • Pick one or two things you are interested in learning as you go

The most in-demand VA services in the current market

  • Social media (content creation and scheduling)
  • Blog posts
  • Web programs (back end)
  • Landing page creation
  • Email marketing

How to land your first client as a new VA

  • Look to people you already know
  • Accept one-off/short-term projects

Why it’s better for VAs to offer general services in the beginning

  • Small wins build confidence
  • Practice period helps you determine your niche, ideal client
  • Opportunity to develop processes, learn contracts and invoicing
  • Potential to get paid to learn new skills, do research

Abbey’s best strategies for landing new clients

  • Leverage online sources (i.e.: Facebook, LinkedIn, Upwork)
  • Join 20-30 entrepreneurial Facebook groups
  • Use search terms such as VA, hire/help

How to make your proposal stand out

  • Develop a value-first mindset
  • Invest the time to customize your proposal

Abbey’s number one tip for new VAs

  • Spend less time on things that aren’t going to directly land clients
  • 80% of your time should be spent on marketing






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Jun 6, 2017

Traditional leadership training is difficult to implement because it’s tough to access that seven-step conflict resolution process in the middle of a team meltdown! Today’s guest is a leadership coach with a different approach. She is on a mission to develop leaders who view management as a collaborative process, who share their vision and then walk alongside their team members on the way to realizing big picture goals.


Judy Lair started out on the ‘other side of the couch.’ As a client, she recognized that her counselor was employing the strategic thinking skills that she considered a personal strength. She applied to graduate school and earned her Master’s from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2002. For the past 15 years, Judy has operated a successful private practice, Counselorplace Christian Counseling, in Worthington, Ohio.


In June 2016, Judy expanded her business to include leadership coaching. She leverages her accreditations as both a Certified Business Coach and Certified Life Coach to help clients become insightful, inspiring leaders and effective problem-solvers. She offers 1:1 personal leadership coaching as well as Masterclass Leadership Development group coaching workshops. Judy is the author of four books, and today she shares advice about writing as well as business ownership. Listen to understand why Judy chose private practice, how she determined her ideal clients, and how her business grew to include leadership coaching.


Key Takeaways

How Judy made the decision to start her own business

  • Avoid 60/40 or 70/30 split
  • Background as paralegal, office manager


Judy’s strategies for landing the first few clients

  • Networking
  • Written material
  • Seminars


How to approach networking

  • Don’t view as ‘sales’
  • Share your investment in what you love
  • Showcase how you can be of service


How Judy determined her ideal clients

  • Strength as strategic thinker
  • Ability to understand thought process, barriers
  • Counseling niche in anxiety disorder
  • Coaching niche in examining how leaders think, sharing expanded view


How Judy got into coaching

  • Counseling clients in leadership positions discussed work in sessions
  • Asked Judy to branch out, talk to their teams


The difference in marketing strategy for counseling vs. coaching

  • Counseling clients know they have a problem
  • Must identify pain points of potential coaching clients and communicate benefits based on where they’re at now


Judy’s ground-breaking approach to leadership development

  • Traditional framework teaches skills (i.e.: conflict resolution) that are difficult to access when needed
  • Judy seeks to develop innovative thinking and apply organically


The secret to team management

  • View as collaborative process
  • See team members as people rather than skill sets
  • Align team members’ individual goals with vision for group


Judy’s writing advice

  • Give yourself a daily word count, time parameters (e.g.: 2,000 words in two hours/day)
  • Push past limiting beliefs
  • Do not hit backspace or delete



Judy’s Amazon Author Page

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Jun 1, 2017

If you’re just getting your feet wet with the whole online business thing, it is likely that you have been working as a generalist, taking on a wide variety of projects for a wide variety of clients. Perhaps you are starting to figure out which projects you really love – and which ones you hate with the fire of a thousand suns. If that’s the case, it may be time to niche down and build your expertise in the areas you truly enjoy, and make more money while you’re at it!


Alexandra Ramirez got her start on the platform fiverr, making just five bucks per gig! She moved up via Kimra Luna’s Freedom Hackers, meeting entrepreneurs in need of a VA in the Facebook group. After a few months performing a wide range of tasks, Alexandra discovered her love of sales funnels, email marketing, and course creation. She changed her title to reflect this role as a specialist, and Divine Business Management was born. Now Alexandra specializes in helping entrepreneurs automate their marketing through sales funnels to attract ideal clients and generate passive income.


Alexandra is here to explain the specifics of a sales funnel as well as the benefits of email marketing. Listen and learn how she transitioned from generalist to expert – and boosted her income in the process!


Key Takeaways

How to use Facebook groups to land clients

  • Don’t use the language of desperation
  • Offer value by explaining the specific service(s) you can provide


How Alexandra transitioned from a generalist to an expert

  • Changed title from VA to ‘sales funnel creator’
  • Positioned self as specialist


The advantages of email marketing

  • Unlikely to be shut down (unlike social media accounts)
  • Can be personalized to nurture potential clients
  • Better chance of opening email vs. seeing post on social


The vocabulary of a sales funnel creator

  • Lead magnet – a freebie (e.g.: eBook, checklist, video) that potential clients access by providing email address
  • Landing page – the web page where potential clients submit an email address to opt-in and receive a freebie
  • Tripwire – an affordable product (under $50) that is advertised to potential clients on the ‘thank you’ page; may expand on or complement the content offered in the freebie
  • Nurtured email sequence – the first five to seven emails a potential client receives right away after opting in, provides free content before promoting core offer toward the end of the series (i.e.: one-on-one services, course)


The nuts and bolts of a VA’s role in online course creation

  • Collaborate with client to define strategy and timeline
  • Support by holding client accountable


Alexandra’s key tips for entrepreneurs who are just getting started

  • Create an emotional connection to land clients
  • Niche down to define your ideal client
  • Leverage attraction marketing by making yourself an expert



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May 30, 2017

As online business owners, we are all searching for the freedom and flexibility this kind of work affords. But some of us choose this option of a ‘portable business’ not just because we want to, but because we have to. Today’s guest, Rae Walaska, is a military wife and stay-at-home mom who developed an incredibly unique niche that leverages her love of event planning – and allows her to work from just about anywhere her husband might be deployed.


Rae is the owner of Murder n’ Mayhem, a company offering murder mystery parties and kids’ adventure hunts. It began in Port Orchard, Washington, where Rae worked in partnership with a local restaurant to host monthly murder mystery dinners. The business then grew to include home parties, corporate events, and even a Murder Mystery Weekend Festival on the waterfront. With each move, Rae builds a local network, and now the company hosts events all over the country, including a mystery scavenger hunt inside Las Vegas’ Excalibur Hotel.


Rae is also the co-founder of She Sells Studios, a joint venture that seeks to build a community of female entrepreneurs. She Sells is on a mission to empower and inspire, providing resources that allow other women to benefit from the lessons Rae and her partner, Jenny, have learned as solopreneurs. Today she empowers us, sharing how she developed such a unique business model, how she builds a network in each new city, and how she leverages goal-setting to facilitate growth.  


Key Takeaways

What inspired Rae to choose such a unique niche business

  • Experience working hospitality in college
  • Event planning was something she enjoyed
  • Provided the flexibility and portability she needed as military wife/mother


How Rae partners with vendors

  • Pitch in person to restaurants, bed and breakfasts, etc.
  • Explain benefits (exposure, new customers)
  • Build package that will cover fees for both
  • Partner to market the event


How Rae’s business grew organically

  • Attendees asked her to host personal events (i.e.: anniversary party)
  • Businesses hired for team-building workshops


The greatest challenge of setting up shop again after a move

  • Building a new network


Why Rae began a new venture with She Sells Studios

  • Craved the opportunity to collaborate
  • Desire to leave a legacy and give back


The aim of She Sells Studios

  • Empower entrepreneurs
  • Provide resources/referrals (e.g.: tips, information, services)


The obstacles Rae has faced as a military spouse and solopreneur

  • Difficulty building a tribe
  • Juggling the roles of mother and business owner


Connect with Rae Walaska

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She Sells Blog

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May 25, 2017

As online business owners, we realize the value in having a website that’s easy to navigate and filled with content that provides value to our potential clients. But how do you know which blog posts are the most popular, or when people are leaving your page? Today’s guest unlocks the mystery of Google Analytics, explaining how to use the information it provides to upgrade your marketing strategy!


Katie Williamsen is the founder of Katie Williamsen Web and Social Media Consulting, LLC. She is on a mission to empower female entrepreneurs, making sure their online tools are working and converting better than ever before. She spent eight years working traditional jobs in the non-profit world and education before being diagnosed with narcolepsy. Katie needed a flexible schedule, and she had always dreamed of being an entrepreneur, so she launched her business in early 2016.


Katie has a master’s degree in interactive media, and she is prepared to share her expertise as a web strategist with you! Listen in as she explains how a novice can use Google Analytics to adjust her marketing strategy and her best advice for boosting your conversion numbers.


Key Takeaways

How Katie’s business grew and evolved

  • Identified ideal client (service-based female business owners)
  • Recognized market needs that aligned with skill set


The value of Google Analytics

  • Provides info re: how people navigate your site and when they leave


How a novice can use Google Analytics

  • Ensure it’s working, installed correctly (compare numbers with Squarespace or WordPress)
  • Enable demographic information to learn about the people on your site
  • Find out which websites are referring the most traffic to your site
  • Uncover the social media platforms generating the most referral traffic
  • Take a day and explore – you can’t break it!


How to adjust your marketing strategy based on Google Analytics

  • Create content upgrades
  • Leverage popular content with blog post updates and correlated posts


Katie’s tips for designing content upgrades

  • Choose something that complements your blog post (e.g.: video series, checklist)
  • Make it easily digestible


How to upsell your current clients with Google Analytics

  • Offer Google Analytics audit, content upgrade suggestions
  • Client can add you to account as viewer
  • Google Analytics Academy offers certification


Katie’s best advice for boosting conversion numbers

  • Simple, organized navigation with fewer than seven items
  • Clear description of who you are and what you do
  • Photo of yourself
  • Call to action


Katie’s keys to success

  • Respond to feedback, analytics
  • Be flexible and adapt to the market
  • Shift quickly when something isn’t working



Amy Porterfield

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May 23, 2017

The Catch 22 of business growth stems from the fact that you need exposure to make it happen, yet it’s tough to afford a PR professional until your business has grown to a certain level. Is there a way to do it yourself? What is the best approach for pitching yourself to local or even national media outlets?


Christina Nicholson spent ten years as a news anchor and reporter, and in that time she received an overwhelming number of pitches from publicists looking to earn exposure for their clients – who were approaching it the wrong way. She transitioned to the field of media relations in 2015, hoping that a traditional work schedule would be more family-friendly, but she quickly grew weary of the pressure to be in the office late and answer email at all hours.


Christina created her own public relations firm in 2015. Media Maven seeks to help small business owners gain exposure via media relations, video production, writing, and blogging. She employs the lessons she learned in broadcasting to land her clients coverage on The Rachel Ray Show as well as local TV in a variety of top ten markets, and in print and digital publications including Newborn Magazine and countless websites and blogs. Today she shares her strategies for selecting clients and developing customized PR packages. Listen to understand the right way to pitch yourself to the media and establish your expertise in a particular market!


Key Takeaways

How Christina landed her first few clients

  • ‘Beggars can’t be choosers’
  • Utilized job boards like Upwork
  • Said ‘yes’ to everything
  • Worked for less and over delivered


The PR services Christina offers her clients

  • Customized packages to achieve specific goals
  • Media relations, video production, blogging and social media


How Christina selects her clients

  • Works with any business owner she can help with a great story/content
  • Likes the restaurant, health niches
  • Less inclined to take clients in fields she doesn’t enjoy (i.e.: finance)


Christina’s process for developing a client package

  • Establish client goals and develop customized plan
  • Determine how the client’s product/service can solve problems
  • Tie client expertise into newsworthy local/national story


When small business owners should outsource their PR

  • Money to invest (minimum of $2,000/month retainer, six-month contract)
  • No time to do on their own


The importance of patience and realistic expectations

  • Traction takes time
  • National outlets receive thousands of pitches
  • Keep pitching from different angles
  • Local/small opportunities can lead to national coverage



Master Your PR Online Course


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May 18, 2017

$5 for a 500-word article!? How’s a freelancer supposed to eat?


If you’ve ever sifted through the writing opportunities on platforms like Craigslist, Upwork or Indeed, you know it’s a painstaking process – rife with listings that just don’t cut it when it comes to compensation. Today’s guest offers an alternative that will save you a significant amount of time and provide support as you hone your skills.


Amanda Scheibner is a success coach with Contena, a valuable service that delivers quality job opportunities to freelance writers. She has a background in education, having taught English composition and worked in a university writing center. As a Contena coach, she is prepared to push you in terms of organization and examples, helping you refine your pitch and fine-tune your writing. Amanda enjoys traveling, watching baseball, and relaxing with her pups. And she’s always looking for a good book recommendation! Today she explains how the Contena platform functions to provide quality leads to its freelance members, how the site sorts opportunities based on your preferences, and how Contena is different from the other job boards out there!


Key Takeaways

Who can take advantage of Contena as a platform

  • Anyone interested in writing – even if they haven’t written in a long time
  • Stay-at-home parents in search of flexibility
  • Retired people seeking additional income
  • Freelance writers with experience looking to find better jobs, resources


Why Contena was created

  • Writers spending more time searching for leads than writing
  • Provides a space where all high-quality writing jobs live


How Contena is different from other platforms

  • The platform does the searching for quality jobs
  • Freelancers set up alerts based on their skill set/interests
  • Contena saves the freelancer time looking for leads


How Contena communicates potential leads to freelancers

  • Delivered via email or text message
  • Tailored to fit the freelancer’s specified preferences


The Contena team’s parameters for posting a job opportunity

  • Must be well-paid, quality position
  • All opportunities are remote
  • Variety of full-time, part-time and contract work


The value Contena provides for freelancers

  • Only forwards jobs aligned to your preferences
  • Opportunities provide appropriate compensation
  • Offers specific information regarding client expectations


What makes a great pitch

  • Tailored intro explaining why you’re a great fit
  • Two or three relevant writing samples
  • Testimonials to bolster your credibility
  • Call-to-action (i.e.: question or trial period offer)


The subscription plans Contena offers

  • Gold Plan – portfolio and pitch review plus feedback on three writing samples
  • Platinum Plan – unlimited, dedicated coaching
  • Both offer access to Contena Academy


The most popular niches on the platform

  • Lifestyle (travel, parenting, beauty, fitness/sports)
  • Education


Qualities necessary for a freelancer to have success with Contena

  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to research


Amanda’s best advice for aspiring freelance writers

  • Don’t put it off, especially if you’re stuck in a job you don’t love
  • Jump in the deep end, knowing there is support available
  • Don’t get discouraged – you’re not alone!



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May 16, 2017

Let’s say you have wisdom to share and a tribe that follows your work. How do you turn that into a thriving business? Today’s guest found a way to monetize her blog and ultimately walk away from her job in higher education to grow an online business and to spend more time with her family.


Amber Temerity is a work-from-home mom with two toddlers who has been blogging for nearly 20 years. In November of 2014, she hit a wall. Her job at a local college kept her away from her young children twelve hours a day and some weekends. Daycare was expensive, and Amber knew that her life needed to change. She launched the frugal living blog, Thrifty Guardian, and within five months she was earning enough to make the online business her full-time gig.


In July of 2016, Amber launched a second website, Embracing Temerity, which utilizes her skills as an efficiency strategist and social media marketing consultant to help business owners develop systems and generate revenue. Today she shares her best tips for budgeting, managing your time, and alleviating ‘mom guilt.’ Listen and learn how to ‘embrace temerity’ and monetize your online business!


Key Takeaways

How Amber monetized her blog

  • Affiliate marketing
  • eCourse: Life on a Budget
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Masterminds


Amber’s top budgeting tips

  • Respect your time over money
  • Track every debt and source of income
  • Map out a plan to move from where you are now to financial freedom


Amber’s time management advice for parents

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get everything done in a day
  • Ask, “What’s going to make me a better person tomorrow?”
  • Focus on short-term goals by planning what you need to get done this week


Why Amber made the decision to send her kids to daycare twice a week

  • Realized she had been ‘delusional’ with regard to how much she could accomplish with kids at home
  • No family support nearby
  • Daycare provides social outlet for children
  • Amber can knock out content and plan social media those two days
  • She can offer kids her full attention when they’re home with her


Amber’s guidance for parents considering a side hustle

  • Keep the WHY in front of you with a vision board or post-it note
  • When you doubt yourself, look back at the WHY
  • Maintain focus by relishing in what you could accomplish in six months


The ideal design of a webinar

  • Educational platform rather than a sales pitch
  • Demonstrates instructor’s trustworthiness and expertise
  • Provides a foundation of knowledge to build on
  • Students walk away with value, wanting to learn more



Connect with Amber Temerity

Thrifty Guardian

Embracing Temerity

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