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A lot of people want to be entrepreneurs, but aren’t sure what their product is. How can you decide what to center your business around? Once you’ve made the decision, where do you begin the process?

On this episode the CEO of Sweet Smell Company, Rachel Ricker shares how she started her own business and what she learned along the way.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Find the problems you want to solve (12:05- 13:26)

If you know you want to own a business but aren’t sure what your product is, think about the things that interest you. If there’s a problem you wish someone would solve, seize the opportunity! Work on finding solutions you would want. There are bound to be other consumers out there who would love to try your alternative. 

 

Take advantage of the internet (19:01- 20:44)

Research is crucial for any business endeavor, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Information is constantly at our fingertips, thanks to the internet. Research the product you want, who can manufacture it, and anything else related to it you can think of.

 

Secure a manufacturer (21:21- 22:57)

Once you’ve decided what you want to produce and have researched it extensively, it’s time to choose a manufacturer. Find a company that fulfils all the requirements for your product, and if possible, find one that can go above and beyond the basic manufacturing process.

 

Starting a business is a deeply personal experience, so it’s important to make sure your product is close to your heart. Aim to create the item you would love to buy. Research extensively, and be sure to take advantage of the endless information available online. Creating a business is a long process, but it doesn’t need to be a tedious one.

 

Guest Bio- 

Rachel Ricker is the CEO of Smell Sweet Company, committed to providing truly trustworthy organic body products and helping women on their toxin-free journey. She is passionate about helping others make informed decisions on personal care products and raising awareness of the importance of safe ingredients.

Rachel is also the Director of Global Transformation for a fortune 50 company and manages her busy household with her husband and two children. 

 

To find out more about Sweet Smell Company, head to: smellsweetcompany.com

 

You can also find Sweet Smell Company on social media at: https://instagram.com/smellsweetcompany 

And: https://www.facebook.com//Smell-Sweet-Company-1080155948832915/ 

 

To find out about the Pay it Forward deodorant bundle, visit:

https://smellsweetcompany.com/products/pay-it-forward-deodorant-bundle  

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By nature, entrepreneurs go against the grain of the status quo. How does the public schooling system impact entrepreneurship? What are the benefits of homeschooling to combat this?

On this episode, bestselling author and entrepreneur Jadah Sellner shares her experience as a homeschooling mom and a business owner.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

How to start homeschooling (07:12- 10:07)

There are a lot of reasons why parents are choosing to homeschool. If you’re considering taking this route, make sure you’re having serious conversations about it with your children and your spouse. Research and preparation are vital.

 

How the education system is failing future entrepreneurs (14:12- 15:06)

In school, kids are taught to focus on the things they’re not good at, to excel in all areas. This is incredibly frustrating, as no industry expects people to do well at every job within the business. For entrepreneurs in particular, focusing attention on every area of the job is detrimental to success.

 

Knowing when to step away from your business (27:47- 29:26)

Pay attention to your needs and wants. If you’re not happy in your business, or don’t want to grow it any further, it might be time to step out. You have to be mindful of what you want to do and act intentionally. Entrepreneurship offers freedom. Exercise your ability to step away.

 

As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your child. However, when you’re a business owner as well, sometimes the thought of homeschooling can be overwhelming. It’s a decision that requires research and planning, but the benefits of homeschooling are amazing.

 

Guest Bio- 

Jadah Sellner is the host of the Lead with Love™ podcast, a TEDx speaker, creator of Love Over Metrics™, Business Growth Incubator and the bestselling author and co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies. As a serial entrepreneur, online community growth strategist and business mentor, Jadah consults companies and personal brands to build communities with love, service, and impact.

 

To connect with Jadah via social media, head to:https://www.instagram.com/jadahsellner/ 

https://www.facebook.com/jadahsellner 

 

To find out about Jadah’s products, head to: 

5 Step Challenge Roadmap: https://jadahsellner.com/byc-roadmap 

Love Over Metrics™ waitlist: loveovermetrics.com  

Jadah's work with me page: https://jadahsellner.com/work/ 

You can also hear her podcast on: leadwithlovepodcast.com

And visit Jadahsellner.com for more information.

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As Boss Moms, guilt is a feeling we’re all used to. How can you stop guilt from holding you back? What should motivate you to keep going? On this episode, in honor of Independence Day, I’m reminding you to shed your guilt and feel proud of what you’ve achieved as a Boss Mom.

Independence is about standing up and doing it anyway. -Dana Malstaff

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Guilt is normal and bound to happen. While you’ll never get rid of it completely, you need to put it aside and not let it control your choices.
  • You are capable and brilliant: the world needs your brain and your ideas. Believe in yourself and allow yourself to do great things.
  • Independence is about action and doing, even when it feels scary. Celebrate yourself for being a Boss Mom, despite it being a scary process.

Being a Boss Mom is an exciting journey but it’s normal to have moments where you question yourself. Guilt seeps into everyone’s lives at some point. The trick is to not let it control your decisions. Be proud of what you’ve done just by deciding to be a Boss Mom in the first place. Don’t forget to help others along the way. Success is about the ripple effect of our actions because we just keep going.

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The newsletter is no longer effective, and business owners should start exploring different options. What could you do in place of sending a newsletter? What do you need to keep in mind as you move forward with new types of communication? On this episode, I share why you need to focus on the human aspect of your approach.

You need to understand the human beings in your audience. What do they want? -Dana Malstaff

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • If you send your audience the same thing at the same time every week, people will switch off. Be careful not to be too consistent.
  • Stop targeting demographics. Think about who your audience is and how your content can exist in their lives.
  • Rationality is unrealistic. As much as we’d like to think business is business, as long as people are involved, it can never be completely rational. 

No matter how foolproof regular communication might seem, there are significant drawbacks. While algorithms reward consistency, if you’re sending out the same communication at the same time each week, you’re not going to convert an audience into loyal customers. You’ll be at risk of becoming background noise detached from your fanbase. The newsletter is dead: it’s time to start looking at real people.

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Social media and online platforms have brought a lot of changes to the business world, but many brands are slow in adjusting. How can we build an online persona that connects with our customers? How has the role of the customer shifted?

On this episode, author, blogger, and podcaster Mark Schaefer explains why human connection is so important, even with the increasing popularity of virtual spaces.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Respect your customer (07:16- 08:08)

Customers are aware that they have more power now than ever before. The problem is, many businesses don’t act accordingly. To get ahead with the new consumers, it’s vital that businesses respect their customers’ time, resources, and spending habits.

 

Build a brand personality and forge real connections (10:19- 11:27)

No matter how advanced technology becomes, people trust people. It’s important to give your customers a human face they can get to know, like, and trust. Foster loyalty by sharing stories about what you’re going through and by being open.

 

Your customer is your marketer (20:37- 21:56)

Marketing isn’t about the advertisements anymore— it’s about the customer. Businesses are no longer able to buy their way in. We all need to start finding ways to assist our client in their daily lives and build real relationships with them.

 

While the customer has always been important to businesses, their influence on the sales process has changed significantly. Build relationships with your customers that ensure that they know you value them.

 

Guest Bio-

Michael Schaeffer is a keynote speaker, educator, podcaster and business consultant. Known globally for his work, Michael is celebrated for his approach to marketing and is the bestselling author of six marketing books. Michael is adamant that personal touches are vital for effective marketing in the age of social media.

 

To get in contact with Micahel, head to

https://twitter.com/markwschaefer

https://www.facebook.com/mark.schaefer3

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwschaefer

https://www.youtube.com/user/MWSchaefer

 

You can also email him on mschaefer700@gmail.com

Or call him on (865) 456-1939

Head to his website, https://businessesgrow.com for more information on his business, and look at https://businessesgrow.com/mark-schaefer/ to see information about his books and career.

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Creating a community can be extremely overwhelming, but there are very specific and strategic ways of thinking and planning that can help us break it down into manageable chunks. What can we do to help people feel like they belong? How can we be more inclusive? How do roles and rules help people feel more comfortable?

In this episode, Marie Morris explains how she developed a community in her classroom, and how social media can be a web of support for educators.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Communities of support on social media (07:40-08:46)

We can use social media to situate ourselves in a space that is collaborative and non-threatening, whether it’s in the business world or in the education world. Instagram and YouTube are spaces where teachers can share and support each other and they can help build our confidence as educators.

 

What we need to put in place to create a community (26:09-28:41)

We can begin to create a community when we think about how our physical space functions and what interactions can happen within it. We also need to go beyond the layout by putting clear expectations in place of what is required of every person in every role in the community.

 

How rules help people feel comfortable (28:40-28:53)

We need to make ground rules when bringing big groups of people together because when there is uncertainty, people get anxious and afraid of doing the wrong thing. Rules help a community of people know what’s expected, which makes them feel more comfortable.

 

As teachers, we can facilitate a holistic shared experience for our students by creating a community. When we create communities for our students, we foster better learning, excitement and retention. Having rules helps them feel comfortable and aware of boundaries. When we build a community, we must think about the physical space as well as the interactions between people. We just need to break it down into specific and manageable steps that work for our context.

 

Guest Bio-

Marie Morris is a teacher in the Poway Unified School District, in San Diego, CA, and has been teaching for 12 years. She has taught all four grades of English (9-12), as well as both the performance and technical side of theatre. Marie has a blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram profile focused on classroom teaching. Being part of an online community has changed her perspective on how she runs her classroom as well as her confidence as a professional educator. Her teaching style is energetic and fast-paced, but she constantly checks for student understanding. She likes to engage students with references they can connect with and give students a sense of belonging to her classroom community. Marie earned her BA in French, a Single Subject English teaching credential, and an MA in Theatre Arts all from San Diego State University. Teaching is in Marie’s blood. She has been unsure of many things over the course of her life, but of two things she has always been certain - she wanted to be a mom and she wanted to be a teacher.

marie@thecaffeinatedclassroom.com

https://www.thecaffeinatedclassroom.com/

https://www.instagram.com/thecaffeinatedclass/

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCaffeinatedClassroom?sub_confirmation=1

 

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Never underestimate the importance of being in touch with yourself and valuing who you are right now. How can you become more in tune with yourself? Should you be working on yourself constantly- or giving yourself some space?

On this episode, holistic life coach Shannon Kinney-Düh shares the importance of being at peace with yourself.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Stop listening to the negative voice in your head (06:00- 08:07)

Saying that you’re not good at something has a huge effect on your ability to get it done. You hear what you’re saying, and start believing that negative voice. Become an observer of your mind and be conscious of what you’re saying to yourself.

 

Don’t just ‘do’: you need to ‘be’ (10:53- 12:27)

Ours is a culture of constant ‘doing’. We fill up our time trying to do everything and fail to just be in the moment. The problem with this constant doing is that you ultimately risk depleting yourself.

 

Build a healthy foundation (14.47-15.47)

For a garden to grow, you have to provide a healthy foundation. Once you’ve done that, you also need to give it some space to grow on it’s own. Treat yourself in the same way: create a good foundation but allow yourself the space to see results.

 

Allow yourself space to breathe and to consider who you really are. Often, we find distractions to avoid feeling certain emotions. The reality is, sometimes we’re scared to be truly alone with ourselves. Start accepting the person you are. Awaken to your greatness.

 

Guest Bio-

Shannon Kinney-Düh is an holistic life and spiritual coach. She’s also a yoga instructor and artist who believes that women need to become more in tune with themselves. Shannon is passionate about teaching women how to unleash their greatness, and to stop shying away from the different seasons of life.

 

To find out more about Shannon, head to: www.afreespiritlife.com. Find her eye pillows on the website here: https://www.afreespiritlife.com/eye-pillows/. Use the coupon code Boss Mom for a 15% discount when you buy 3 or more eye pillows.

 

You can also find Shannon on Instagram at @afreespiritlife

And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AFreeSpiritLife/

 

To listen to the song Dana references in this episode, head to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53GIADHxVzM

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We’re all aware that routines can make our personal lives easier, but what about business routines? Do you have a daily business routine that doesn't focus on just mundane tasks but also on specific steps that lead to more sales? How is a routine like this built? How can we use it to measure whether our current actions are beneficial for our business? In this episode, I talk about why successful entrepreneurs have a business routine and how we can build one for ourselves.

 

It’s in the repetitive act of doing that we see success. -Dana Malstaff

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • After interviewing many successful people, I’ve found that the people who are most successful have a routine.
  • A routine doesn’t always involve doing repetitive tasks.
  • In the end, what makes a business successful is finding actions that attract clients and make more sales, then putting those actions on repeat.

 

Routines can help us measure success and productivity. When we focus on the same things over a prolonged period, it’s easier to find out what works, what doesn’t, and where we should make some tweaks. When we don’t have a routine in place, we can only guess what we’re doing wrong because our actions are inconsistent. It can also help our productivity, as we’re most likely to put in the work if we create a daily habit out of it.

 

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There are certain types of stories that have been told for thousands of years but never get old because we relate with them so well. How can the discovery of archetypes by Jung help you create content that always resonates with your audience? What are the 7 archetypes? In this episode, I discuss why story archetypes are everywhere around us and share how you can use a template to take advantage of them.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • All successful marketers use archetypes because our subconscious connects with them, and it’s easier to persuade when you help the reader relate.
  • The seven archetypes are: the quest, the underdog, the rebirth, the comedy, the tragedy, and the rags to riches.
  • Each archetypes comes with a unique, relatable pattern that can be used in a variety of mediums. For example, the quest is one of the most commonly used archetypes in the world of digital marketing.
  • All you need to do is to find the right archetype that fits your story and the story of your audience.

 

Archetypes are used by all successful online storytellers. They serve as tools to make your content more relatable. We see archetypes everywhere-- in books and movies, as well as call to actions, sales pages, and social media content. The trick is to find the archetype that resonates best with your audience and personality.

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Budgeting can be quite challenging. It has the tendency  to make us feel deprived, especially when we work hard and we know we deserve a treat once in a while. How can we figure out what we should actually be spending our money on? What will our children learn from our budgeting efforts? And how can we make budgeting work for our unique situation?

In this episode, Allison Baggerly talks about how she got out of debt and made saving money second nature.

 

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

What to do when we feel we deserve something but we can’t afford it (04:21-06:25)

Cutting unnecessary costs can be tough. We feel like we deserve certain things when we work hard. We have to ask ourselves this question: Is the purchase necessary? There are many things we do deserve, but sometimes we need to make a compromise now to be financially secure later.

 

Your children will learn the value of work and money from you (13:00-15:00)

Your children will imitate everything you do, including your spending habits. Make your children save and work for their money. When they do end up making a purchase, they’ll cherish it more because they actually worked for it.

 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to budgeting (18:20-19:00)

Not everyone has the same journey when it comes to budgeting, so it’s important to look at your current lifestyle and ask yourself what things you can live without and what you can’t. For example, if you don’t have an emergency fund, you might want to cut a portion of your budget to make one as soon as possible. Once you have one, you're less likely to have to make major budget cuts when something comes up.

 

Guest Bio

Allison Baggerly started learning about budgeting after she found herself in debt and with a child on the way. In the past few years, she paid off all of her debt but she made budgeting her second nature. Now she writes about how to save money and pay off debt on her blog, and she put together a course for families who want to achieve financial freedom.

 

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