Mar 31 2015

6 Things My Hobbies Are Teaching Me About My Career


What my hobbies are teaching me about my career

It feels totally abnormal, but since our little sweets came along, I actually have picked up a new hobby and am holding on to an old one. As a new Mom, it feels a bit wrong to take time away from my baby and my business to do things that “aren’t productive” (aka don’t bring in any money or take care of anyone else but me), but I think subconsciously I know it’s more important than ever.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my hobbies that absolutely pertain to my career:

Do what you want. My uke teacher left me with these words at the end of a lesson a couple months ago, and they’ve been sitting with me ever since. Ya see, I’ve been in lessons at least monthly for over a year, and on and off for before that for even longer.

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Mar 26 2015

Waiting for lightning to strike? (1 spot left)


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Do you know there’s only 1 spot left for It’s Business Time? If you’re feeling ready to get out of your head and into your hands, this program is for you.

Over the course of 6 months with us, you will claim your personalized biz idea and create the platform to authentically offer it to the world.

First: We start where you are and with what you already know and we’ll lay all of your Big Dreams on the table and start to make sense of how they fit into the big picture of your life and what you want for yourself.

Next: You’ll design your personalized Career Compass to serve as a guide in your biz journey and craft your first offer – and get your first guinea pig client!

Simultaneously: While you’re learning All The Things from your guinea pig client, you’ll be developing your mission statement and putting all of the pieces together.

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Mar 25 2015

10 Things You’ll Need to Accept to Have a Successful Creative Business


10 things you'll need to accept to have a successful creative biz

This is a long-ass post, and I really don’t think it needs more of an introduction other than

HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU’LL NEED TO ACCEPT TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE BIZ.

{And for serious – if you accept this stuff sooner rather than later, you’ll become successful sooner rather than later. So get on it, yo!}

1. You’ll have to want to trade one type of stress for another. When it comes down to my clients deciding whether they wanna be entrepreneurs, there’s usually never a clear-cut answer. On one hand, they have to deal with someone’s else rules and do work that’s not aligned with what’s meaningful for them and feel inauthentic for 40+ hours a week…but then there’s the steady paycheck and the benefits package and a simple answer to The Dreaded Question. On the other hand, there’s creating a business that’s based around the type of work that’s important to them and the people they wanna work with…that is also totally dependent on them bringing in the money and bearing the weight of insurance, retirement plans, etc.

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Mar 19 2015

It’s the debut of Grown Up Gigs – the podcast!


I just couldn’t help myself.

I just had to bring my Grown Up Gigs interview series to the podcast airwaves, and the first two episodes are available to listen to on iTunes right now!

It’s my 5th Entrepreneuriversary today, and it’s such a big way for me to celebrate.

Grown Up Gigs: freelance Creative Director Luke Ward

The first episode features a talk with my husband, who is celebrating his 2nd freelance anniversary (no, he does not wanna say “freelanceiversary”) this month. I wanted to shine a light on what it’s like to be a dual-entrepreneurial household, and how we make it work while, um, paying a mortgage in Brooklyn and making sure our child is fed and clothed.

You’ll also hear some background on me and why this series is so near and dear to my heart. It’ll feature a new segment called, “THAT’S a Career?”, where I showcase some “crazy” business ideas that grown-ups do for work.

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Mar 16 2015

It’s Business Time right.freakin’.now!


If you’ve been wondering when the time for Business Time is – it’s right.freakin.NOW!

I’m happy dancing so hard over here to see the invite page live and oh so pretty, since Tiff, Erin and I have been scheming for months over our 10-person, 6-month program that helps creative women discover their dream businesses, brand said businesses in a truly authentic way, and then have a custom logo and website live on the Interwebs by the time we wrap in September.

You will get focused on which business idea is best suited for your lifestyle goals and personal passions.

You will have an offering based around the work you’ll do with a guinea pig client.

You will have a mission statement and clarity around your ideal client.

You will have a plan that’ll catapult you beyond September.

And you will have a customized logo and website designed and built for you.

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Mar 12 2015

TOMORROW: What We Want You To Know About Starting a Business webinar (it’s free! and live!)


It's Business Time

I just had to have a solo post about the What We Want You To Know About Starting a Business webinar.

Business coach Tiffany Han, designer Erin Cassidy, and yours truly will spend an hour tomorrow, March 13th, giving you the secrets of our business success. We have a combined 15 years of happy clients and proven results, all the energy + funs, and we walk the walk as creative women and solopreneurs.

Our clients get off calls with us and tackle their work with an energy and optimism that they say they haven’t felt before, and we know this webinar will leave you with the same results. Plus, we have some special lil’ somethings up our sleeve AND plenty of time for Q&A!

Sign up for this no-cost, live webinar – happening at 1pm Eastern tomorrow! -right here.

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Mar 11 2015

5 Widely Held – and Totally False! – Career Beliefs


5 widely held - and totally false! - career beliefs

I wanted to build on last week’s post about one of my biggest false beliefs, and do some more expectation-busting.

Humor me while I step on my soapbox and reveal the truth around 5 widely-held career beliefs:

What everyone thinks: That your career will be a linear path.
What the reality is: Ohgoodgodlordylord, that is never the case. Never! OK, maybe not never, but I’ve yet to talk to anyone who has that story – and let’s be honest, I talk to everyone. So if you expect to not have your own dips, twists, and wrong turns, you’re gonna be super disappointed. Instead, view your career as an experiment and act as the detective. That way, nothing is a failure and everything is a learning experience!

What everyone thinks: That nobody’s hiring.
What the reality is: CNN reported that 257K jobs were added in the States this January, and last year was the best year for job growth since 1999.

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Mar 04 2015

How to Get to Your Dream Biz 18 Months Faster than Me


How to get to your dream biz 18 months faster than me

In August of 2007, when I (finally!) decided to get my certification and become a life coach, I started a brand new day job.

A day job that would allow me to not stress about my bills and would give me “grown up” things like medical insurance and a 401K.

And, most importantly, a day job sans overtime and be-on-call-via-Blackberry-24/7 stress that allowed me to get my certification and build my business on nights and weekends.

It was a long process.

I gave my notice in March of 2010, having gotten my certification and built my business up enough that I felt comfortable and confident in becoming a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur).

And now that I have 5 years of distance plus the added experience of working closely with hundreds of clients while they’ve trailed their own job-leaving, business-launching path, I can confidently say:

It doesn’t have to take so long.



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Feb 25 2015

Stop looking for a savior.


Stop looking for a savior.

Spoiler alert: The secret of your success and the foundation of a passionate and lucrative business lies within YOU.

You might want it to be the online business guru. Or the marketing guru. Or the PR guru. The one who touts a six or seven-figure business and holds retreats throughout the globe.

You might hope it lies in the Virtual Assistant, the copywriter, and/or the designer that’s bound to make you an organized, professional, jealousy-inducing brand.

You might wish it’s in your next offering or product, the “perfect” combination of what you think your target client might need, want, and be willing to spend.

You might seek it in a popular online course, or high-cost mastermind, or expensive life coach.

But really? If you get on the train before you’re sure that you really wanna be on it when it leaves the station, you’re wasting your time and money.

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Feb 18 2015

The only thing that matters right now…


The only thing that matters right now...

The only thing that matters right now is that we’re finalizing our daughter’s adoption today.

I thought about the different posts I could write, but none of them were met with any kind of enthusiasm or focus. So, I’m pushing them out a week to tell you the things that’re in my head.

I have to tell you that you can find yourself saying aloud, “I really think that Insert-Dream-Here is never going to happen”, and the next day you could get a phone call that changes your life.

I have to let you know that having a career you love is important, but a life you love filled with people you love is what matters most.

I have to say that the ache you have in your heart right now for whatever is missing in your life can be filled.

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