As service providers, we often spend so much time improving our clients’ businesses, that we forget to take care of our own. We get overwhelmed and are not sure where to start. We are so great at supporting others that we don’t realize we need to get support and be strategic for our businesses as well.Read More
After graduating from college with honors in communication studies and securing a well-paying corporate job, Kara Fillion started seeing ads on Facebook about people working from their laptop and traveling around the world. She found herself determined to make this her own reality and started putting in the hard work. Less than a year later, she hit a monumental milestone in her business and had her first $10K monthRead More
I have a super special guest today...my husband! Scott and I have been married for almost 2 years now and together for almost 4. When I first started my online business, he was pretty foreign to the whole thing but, he's always been super supportive. I wanted to have him on the podcast today, firstly, because it's Valentines Day and #HandHearts, #Sweetness, but secondly, because I get asked pretty regularly questions about how my husband feels about my business and also advice for what to do when your spouse isn't too keen on your new entrepreneurial adventure.Read More
Can you imagine running your business while homeschooling AND working a 9-5 job?! I sure can’t but our guest today, Tarin LaRoux does just that. I know that the word “supermom” sometimes gets a bad however, I think Tarin has earned that cape. You’ll hear from our episode how Tarin keeps everything organized and “how doing all the things” doesn’t mean you have to do them alone. (we get to talk a lot about Tarin’s super supportive boyfriend which I love!).
If you’re someone trying to balance it all, definitely check out this episode for some major inspiration that it CAN in fact be done!
The land of Pinterest has busted wide open as an online platform brimming with opportunity for business owners looking to find other ways to target their ideal clients. And where there’s opportunity for business owners, there’s also opportunity for the virtual team who supports them. My guest today, Monica Draudt took her own love for Pinterest, learned what it could do in the world of business, and leap head first into a successful business as a Pinterest Strategist.Read More
I recorded this episode out of an abundance of joy over the relationships built and communities I've become a part of over the last two years in my business. I believe that, if you want something in your biz, you gotta go and get it and that includes friendships. Let's face it, the online space can be a lonely place and so today's episode is all about how I found my tribe of friends online and built some rock solid relationships. I'm giving you my four favorite strategies to use to grow relationships both from behind your laptop and in person.Read More
When it comes to mindset for online business owners, Heather Gray is the swift kick in the pants we all need. Heather Gray is a clinically trained Mindset and Leadership coach at Choose to Have it All.com. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her speak on multiple occasions and her “tell it like it is approach is always encouraging (even if it stings a bit at the time).Read More
This month marks exactly one year since I went into business full time for myself and, while there have been many "unexpecteds" in my entrepreneurial journey, one of the biggest ones is how going from working a full time 9-5 to working from home would effect my body.
One thing you may not know about me is that, before I started The Launch Guild, I was the full time Health and Well Being Director for two YMCAs. I've been a professional dancer, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. Up until now, fitness and wellness have been infused in every fabric of my life and my day. So my body was pretty shocked when I went from constantly moving to constantly sitting. And it was NOT happy.Read More
I've been so excited to share this episode with you that I've been practically BURSTING at the seams!! Today, we're going to talk about how I planned my 2019 and, most of all, I'm inviting you to the VA Profit Planning Challenge. It's a free 5 Day event happening from Monday, January 7th through Friday, January 11th.Read More
Today I am chatting with my Biz Bestie Saprina Nickelson. Saprina is a tech WIZ (and Instagram Strategist) and is constantly reminding me to audit my systems every once in awhile to make sure I’m only paying for what I actually need. And I’m so glad she does! Recently, I went through my tech systems spreadsheet and was able to eliminate almost $200 per month in unnecessary platforms! That’s almost $2400 per year!
So often, we purchase something and either forget about it or end up underutilizing it. By auditing your systems, you’re able to keep your budget in check which is essential to running a successful and profitable business.Read More
We’re nearing the end of 2018 and I’m sure, for many of us, it feels like the whole world is in planning mode for 2019. But my suggestion would be that, before you decide how many thousands of clients, millions of dollars or hundreds of multi-step projects you’re going to take on in 2019, you start by slowing down and reviewing this past year.Read More
It’s well known the Online Business Management circles that, if you want to become a certified OBM, you go talk to Sarah Noked. That’s because, in addition to being a wealth of information, she’s only one of three certified Online Business Manager Trainers worldwide! Today Sarah and I are talking about how to build a strong foundation for your business through systems.
One of the current buzzwords in the online world space is “scale”. Everyone wants to scale because that’s the way you make more money without working more and burning out right?! #Wrong! Unless you do it the right way (which is exactly why Sarah is here!)
When it comes to creating visibility and effective social media strategy, my guest today, Bria Hash has had a banner year and that’s NOT by accident! Bria happens to be one of my amazing biz besties and I cannot tell you how proud of her I am! This year, Bria created some huge goals for her business and knew that she was going to need a solid plan to get there. So she dug deep and put in some major work.
Bria will be sharing her strategy for connecting with her ideal clients. You’re also going to definitely make sure you download her marketing strategies workbook!
There’s a belief in certain circles of the VA world that the market is saturated and it’s almost impossible to stand out. My guest today is here to prove otherwise. I’m talking to Krystal Clark of Krystal Clark Creative. She’s a social media manager who did such an amazing job in her marketing and visibility strategy that she was booked out before she even officially launched! How amazing is that?!
Krystal is going to share with us her strategies for showing up online in a way that is authentic and demands that you be noticed. She’s so brilliant at this!
Starting your service based business while working full time? Listen up because I've recorded today's episode just for you!
When I first started my business, it was a nights and weekends only kinda thing. But it soon grew into something much bigger than I ever dreamed. Looking back on that season of my life, I'd definitely classify it as "busy". But once I created goals and knew exactly where I was headed, the busy became a lot more manageable and often, even enjoyable.Read More
I know that one of the reasons why many of us became Online Service Providers is because, getting to work from behind our computer screens in our fluffy slippers and athleisure wear everyday is a pretty sweet deal. But sometimes it pays to get up, get dressed, and head out to live events- yah know, with real, LIVE people! And when I say "it pays", I mean figuratively and literally.
My guest today is Jordan Gill of the Systems Saved Me podcast. Her podcast is a favorite in the online operations circles and for good reason. Jordan is so good at all things operations and systems. And while Jordan does enjoy sitting at home doing puzzles while binge watching Gilmore Girls, she's also a frequenter of masterminds, conferences, and other opportunities to network with potential ideal clients and referral partners (she attended over 30 events in one year!)
Today, Jordan's going to share with us her super awesome (and brilliant) method to targeting higher paying clients using live events.Read More
Have you been considering bringing on your first, or next team member but just the thought alone has you frozen in dread? Where do you even start? How do you know that the person you hire is the right fit? What questions should you ask when hiring? There are so many things to consider when building your team the right way.
When it comes to growing your A+ Team, look no further than Nicole Jackson Miller of The Project Designer Company. Nicole is a dear friend and my personal mentor and has been so instrumental in helping me build my team of rockstars!
If you've never used Slack before, hold on to your pantaloons because this episode is going to be a wild (and awesome) ride! And if you HAVE used Slack then get ready to learn some new ways to streamline client and team communication even more! Slack isn't just a fancy version of AOL Instant Messenger (dating myself much??!!). It's a communication hub that brings your entire team together and integrates all of the pieces.Read More
If the words "business plan" makes you want to curl up in the fetal position, you're not alone. When I owned my group fitness & dance studio, I vividly remember compiling dozens upon dozens of data docs and other papers to prep my business plan. Frankly, it was overwhelming and, once it was done, I never looked at it again.
Thankfully, the business plan we're talking about today is NOTHING like that! I'm joined by my amazing friend Emma Bates of Mill and Main Creative. In addition to her online marketing and branding company, Emma blogs at EmmaLeeBates.com, where she focuses on helping other mothers start and grow their own businesses. Today, Emma is walking us through her one page business plan.Read More
Let's face it, as support pros, our calendar is our life line! How amazing would it be if, in one glance we could see each of our critical due dates ranging from client launches to quarterly metrics? Systems Strategist and overall phenom Jamie Russel has found an ingenious way to do just that!
Jamie is going to talk us through how she's tricked out her google calendar to turn it in a color coded hub for all of her deadlines. And the best part is that it integrates with your project management platform of choice so you can get a daily birds eye view of what's to come.Read More