Wanting to work from home is nothing new – however, studies show that the pandemic increased the desire, especially in women, to continue to do work that they can do from home.
In this episode, I’ll discuss the benefits and downsides of work from home life and 10 ideas to get you thinking about how your own personal and professional experience could transfer into work from home businesses that you can start tomorrow.
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You know by now that I am not a person in pursuit of “balance” – I want blend. I want my life as a mother and as an entrepreneur and as Jenna, the human, to blend together so that I can show up as my full self wherever I am, never having to segment or compartmentalize who I am or what I love. Today’s guest has a similar philosophy, and it’s the concept of work-life harmony.
Tina Wells’s story is so interesting and so inspiring. She turned a business that she launched when she was just a teenager into an award-winning marketing agency, led boardroom meetings as the youngest (and sometimes only) Black woman in the room, and pursued her childhood dream of traveling around the world. Now, Tina is a business strategist, advisor, author, and founder. Through it all, she’s crafted a method for maintaining work-life harmony, that is, she doesn’t forgo joy and peace for productivity, and that’s something I can get behind.
In her new book, The Elevation Approach, she shares her four-phase plan for work-life harmony, a flexible and foolproof technique that helps you meet your goals without sacrificing joy for productivity and progress.
One of my goals is to really foster friendships in different ways this year. It's one of those things that the more that I have conversations about it, the more that I feel like there's so much commonality among us, and especially people who are entrepreneurial or who find themselves working from home, I think there are a lot of common threads of ways that we might be feeling or struggles we might be having, or situations we might find ourselves in that we don't often get to talk to because we don't have the friends to talk about this topic with.
So this episode is all about making friends as an adult – the who, the where, and the how (even the dating apps that could actually help you connect with new pals!)
Be honest with yourself for a moment. Is the work you’ll dedicate your time and energy to today just a j-o-b, or is it your life’s work? Do you find yourself clocking in and clocking out, collecting your paycheck, and yearning for more, regardless of the impressive titles you might have on your resume to show for it? This conversation is exactly what you need to hear.
After suffering a breakdown from the simultaneous death of her boyfriend and father's cancer diagnosis, Melissa Simkins made the courageous decision to leave her successful and impressive corporate position to shift to a life that didn't neglect her faith, family, and wellness. She launched her company SheSuite from her living room with no contacts, contracts or clients and discovered not only a new job but her life’s work.
Through her story and message of dreaming big amidst life’s heaviest challenges, Melissa Simkins empowers working women to boldly create a life and career with purpose. She’s on the Goal Digger Podcast to share her actionable tools to create an impactful and meaningful life and career.
I was recently with a ton of other leaders in our industry and the topic of building a team came up a lot and I was shocked at how complicated some of the processes were around hiring. I’m not knocking them, but they just aren’t for me. From getting agents to help find candidates to having 5 part interviews or massive requirements, it just isn’t how I do things.
People ask all of the time if we’re hiring and 99% of the time the answer is no, but we recently WERE hiring and we were able to hire two incredible new team members in under a week using our method of hiring – with a twist.
What could you do in 16 hours a week? Well, my guest today is going to share how she built and sustained a business with just that – first out of necessity but then out of desire. Shay Cochrane is a major proponent of NOT neglecting your life to be profitable. You can be a whole person while still building a successful business.
Shay’s wildly popular stock images subscription business, Social Squares, is evidence of that. Shay works just 16 hours a week so she can get back to being a human and mom and wife. Shay wants to encourage other entrepreneurs to tune out those distracting outside voices and dial into what you really want. You can do things differently, and this conversation will help you see what’s possible.
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It’s easy for us to feel like we’re constantly in creation mode. It becomes a process of churning and burning and our content doesn’t work FOR us, we’re just constantly working ON it. Well, it’s time that changes.
Let's talk about how we can give our content a longer life span so that long after we hit publish, it’s still working for us and bringing us results. My third point in this episode will blow your mind and have you rethink your content creation process forever.
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By the time Leila Hormozi was 29-years old she sold her first business for $50 million. By the age of 30, her portfolio of companies crossed $200M per year in portfolio revenue spanning brick & mortar service, licensing, education, e-commerce and more.
Those are some massive numbers. There’s no skirting that fact. But does bigger mean better? And does achieving big things = happiness? If you’ve ever achieved a big goal but found that that achievement didn’t automatically result in more happiness for you, keep listening to this conversation with Leila. I’m excited to have her on the podcast to talk about how she’s reframed what it means to be both happy and successful – honestly, the way she described it is life-changing.
Personal development has become a buzzword in the modern era, with individuals all over the world focusing on and ready to enhance themselves. The market for self-improvement products and services is booming, and it’s easy to become obsessed with the latest strategies, tactics, and techniques for personal growth.
But there’s one thing that I think keeps getting forgotten in this space where we’re challenged to learn and grow and do… it’s the PERSONAL part of developing. In this episode, we’ll discuss why it’s vital to remember that personal development is about the "personal" aspect as much as it is about the "development." In other words, it’s important to focus on the individualism of the process, rather than simply following generic blueprints.
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Hiring staff, getting office space, working with more and more contractors… These are often regarded as the quote-unquote sexy parts of a business on the rise. But are those steps right for your business? Do you need them to be successful and scale your income?
In this episode, we’ll dig into what it’s like to scale back and still grow your business in a way that feels right for you. For almost two years, Olivia Herrick has been running her business as lean as possible. No contractors, she didn’t replace her studio manager, and she ditched her out of home studio space. But instead of her revenue scaling back as she scaled back her operations, she actually generated more income and learned a lot along the way.
We hear a lot of different methods that we can grow as humans, whether it’s hiring a business coach, joining a mastermind, or buying an online course, but it can be super confusing to navigate and it can also be really hard to know what the right investment is or if an investment will be worth it for you.
In this episode, we’ll talk about different ways you can be mentored throughout your journey and I’ll share my own experiences and investments – some totally worth it, others not so much – and how you can cost it out to make the best decision based on where you’re at, what your goals are, and where you want to go.
The words you use to describe and sell and promote your business can honestly make or break it, and yet not many of us start our businesses as skilled wordsmiths. Hiring a copywriter when you’re just starting out isn’t always a budget-friendly option – it certainly wasn’t for my business. Luckily there are resources to help you shape up your copy and pick the right words for the greatest success in your business. Tori Autumn is one of those incredible resources.
Tori Autumn is an email strategist and copywriter committed to helping coaches and course creators grow impactful businesses. In this episode, Tori shares her secrets to high converting copy for emails and sales pages, as well as some strategies to overcome common roadblocks and get out of your own way when it comes to marketing your business as a new entrepreneur.
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“Screw morning routines!” It’s kind of hilarious because while I’ve said that, deep down inside I’ve yearned to have one. I’ve believed that maybe a morning routine could unlock that next level of success or that I’m broken because I just can’t stick to a routine.
Are we screwed if we don’t have a morning routine or if we’re in a season of life where morning routines just aren’t realistic? For a while I thought that was the case until I started incorporating this new idea, and it has been LIFE CHANGING. This episode is all about what to do if a morning routine just isn’t your thing or isn’t plausible in this season of life.
Is writing a book a goal you’ve held close to your heart for many years, but you feel like you haven’t had the time or energy or skill to make it happen?
Chandler Bolt is the CEO of SelfPublishing.com. Through his books, podcasts, YouTube channels, and Self-Publishing School, he’s helped thousands of people write a book that grows their income, impact, and business. He’s on the Goal Digger Podcast to dig into the world of writing and self-publishing a book, from narrowing down an idea, the strategies to write a great book in a short amount of time, and how to promote that book, even if you’re not showing up with a massive built-in audience of potential readers.
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Why do people always say 'the riches are in the niches'? It's all about the power of specialization, my friend. By focusing on a specific market or industry, you can tap into a highly targeted customer base and charge premium prices for your specialized products and services. And let's be real, who doesn't love the idea of making more money, right?
In this episode, I’ll share 7 tips for identifying and maximizing your niche so you can get specialized and do more of what you love (and what makes you more money!)
Have you ever thought about quitting your job… but the fear of what comes after not only for your professional life, but also your personal life, is keeping you stuck? Let me and my friend Amy Porterfield peel back the curtain on what happened to our personal relationships and our marriages when we finally gave our two weeks notice.
We’re talking about how our relationships have been affected through our entrepreneurial journeys and what you could expect if this is the year that YOU put in your two weeks notice and leave what you’ve known to embark on something new. Ready for a chat with Amy like you’ve never heard her?
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What’s your unpopular opinion? I love this question. It’s a really fascinating opportunity for people to share a countercultural or a counterintuitive belief that they hold, that they believe enough to proclaim. I definitely hold a few unpopular opinions and some not-so-normal business practices that other people might judge.
In this episode, I'm gonna break down the six unpopular opinions or business practices that I hold with confidence – things that I often get teased about or I talk about with others who kind of scoff or look at me with disbelief. I’ll break down why I stand behind the methods of my madness.
Mallory Ervin is known for exuding energy, joy, and laughter, whether on stage in the Miss America pageant or on screen as a three-time contestant on The Amazing Race. She built a platform from her passion of sharing fashion, beauty, and life, and now it’s a global lifestyle brand. But despite her public accomplishments, Mallory is no stranger to battling unhealthy attachments to performance and success.
What did that journey look like to overcome those unhealthy patterns and find a deeply fulfilling life? Mallory gets vulnerable and real in her new book, Living Fully, and she’s on the Goal Digger Podcast with me now to unpack pieces of her story that I know we can all relate to. If you’ve ever felt like you’re living a “just fine” existence, that you’re stuck in a valley and can’t see the light, or that you’re not truly living the life that’s true to your visions, this is the conversation for you. Pour a cup of coffee and get cozy for this chat with my friend Mallory Ervin.
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Want to have a powerful life-changing conversation with questions to bring out deep meaningful answers? These five questions are the basis of the powerful life-changing conversations I was part of at a mastermind early in 2023. Asking these questions of yourself and your peers is a way that we can support one another in real time and show up for each other throughout the year. What would it look like for you if you brought these 5 questions into your life and business?
When I tell you about this marketing strategy exponentially grew my email list and therefore my business, I mean it! I can’t keep something this good a secret, so I’ve invited the absolute best source I know to dig into the system and strategy with us on the podcast.
Natasha Willis is the co-founder of School of Bots, where she and her team have generated over $30 million in sales for clients and taught over 14,000 marketers how to generate highly qualified leads and convert them faster with conversational marketing on Facebook Messenger, Instagram DM, WhatsApp, and SMS.
Okay, okay, before you shy away from the word “Bots”, you have to hear how we were able to add thousands of new subscribers who are now part of my brand ecosystem beyond just following me on social media and how there are still very organic elements to something automated.
Over a year ago, I made a decision that I wanted to move through life in a different way. I wanted to feel differently. My word of the year last year was the word vibrant. I didn't want to just look vibrant. I wanted to feel it. I wanted to embody it.I wanted it to be something that people noticed. And boy, did you guys notice.
In this episode, I’ll answer your biggest questions when it comes to health and habits. Things like what I eat in a day and the devices I use and how much all of this costs.
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Well, that sucked! Have you ever uttered those words to yourself, reflecting on some perceived failure or flub in your life, feeling all sorts of defeated and rundown and ready to toss in your sweat-and-tear soaked towel? No one is immune to a metaphorical gut punch every now and then, but it’s how we move forward after the blow that makes all the difference.
Dr. Neeta Bhushan is a world-renowned emotional health advocate and expert in the areas of grit and resilience. Her mission is to help people rebuild after life-altering moments. This isn’t a dose of toxic positivity or emotional perfectionism – this is research-backed advice for getting up and getting on with life when you’ve been bowled over.
Just as I believe that every brand should have pillars and values that they stand on, so does this very show! And so I wanted to explore what you can expect from this show as we embark on 2023 and where your life will improve every time you tune in.
In this episode, I’ll share our 5 Goal Digger pillars, reveal a little bit about our upcoming episodes, point you in the direction of some past episodes to help you dive into our five key areas of focus, and some of the things I’m excited about and working on behind the scenes to help you improve your life and business this year.
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Over the last year we’ve been planning, designing, and watching the process unfold as we build our dream home. Building a dream home is intimidating. Luckily we found a dream team and partner in this journey who has made the process absolutely incredible. Kirsten Erickson is the founder of Alma Homes, a Minneapolis-based design build firm that serves clients throughout the country, she’s also been my friend since high school.
I wanted to invite her on the podcast to share more about our home build experience and what it actually takes to bring a dream home vision to life, what it’s like to work with your partner, how to create an exceptional experience as a service provider and also how she’s built a hometown Minnesota service-based business that is expanding her reach to all ends of the world from the comfort of her own home.
For me, whenever I learn the science behind something, I automatically buy into it at a deeper level. It feels more solid and not so wishy-washy. One thing I’ve been super invested in over the last year is learning how to better manage and utilize my time. There are tons of hacks on the internet for productivity and time management, but I need to hear the science behind any method before I let it into my life.
Thankfully, my friend Marie Forleo shares the science of time in her program, Time Genius (and I’ve completed the program three-times over!) I pick up something new every time I dive into this program, and I wanted to share some super pertinent learnings around the topic of time and priorities with you. In this episode, we’re going to talk about 3 science-backed truths to help you prioritize the RIGHT things so you can accomplish your big goals and get back to your life.
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