3 Business Investments for a More Profitable Year (That Don’t Break the Bank)

Not all business investments are created equal. In this episode, learn three business investments you can make for a more profitable year.

How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

If you’re a wedding planner (or any business owner, for that matter!), you’re likely overlooking these common business mistakes. It’s time to course-correct.

Maghon Taylor: How She Made Her Handwriting Her Message

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If you’ve ever thought of turning your passion into your full-time job, then you’re going to love this episode with Maghon Taylor!   Maghon is the “she” behind All She Wrote Notes - the business she’s built around teaching her hand-lettering skills to other aspiring artists.  As you’ll hear, Maghon launched her business on her iPhone one night after work! Since then she’s grown her business to include fun products, as well as in-person (and soon to-be online) hand-lettering classes. 

If you’ve ever wanted to take your skills and your personality and turn them into a business that you love, then you’ll want to catch this episode!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Maghon feels she was always destined to be an artist

  • How she got started with calligraphy

  • How she started her business - on her iPhone

  • The importance of knowing what you’re good at – and what you’re not

  • How Maghon injects personality into her business

  • What her business looks like behind-the-scenes and the shifts she’s made over the years as she’s taking on motherhood

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Bonnie Christine Forkner: How to Get Paid to be Creative by Licensing Your Artwork

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Have you ever wanted to get paid to be creative? In this episode of the Office Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Bonnie Christine Forkner -  an artist, a fabric designer and a teacher who has made a living creating her art and she’s sharing her story of how she got there with you!

You’ll hear Bonnie’s evolution about how she went from working in her mom’s fabric shop to making an amazing living licensing her products, teaching her secrets, and building a beautiful community of other designers who are interested in surface pattern design.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How Bonnie got into such a unique career of surface pattern design and the moment she realized this was for her

  • What a signature style is and why it’s so important to have one in the design world

  • The role that patience has played in the building her career and her biggest piece of advice for someone launching an online brand

  • Where the opportunities are to monetize your work and what to consider when licensing your products

  • Why Bonnie shares her expertise so openly with others and how she views competition

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  • Get on the Waiting List for Bonnie’s Immersion Course

  • Join her Roost Tribe Membership

    *Visit Bonnie’s website and sign up for her email list to be notified of the upcoming Answer the Call live event taking place in New Orleans on October 4th, 2018

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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Wedding Planning Business with Leah Weinberg and Debbie Orwat

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In this episode, I’m shaking things up a bit and have not just one, but two guests!  Leah Weinberg, the founder of Color Pop Events is an event and wedding planner based in New York City and Debbie Orwat is a former planner and venue owner, and currently runs Planner’s Lounge - an online resource for wedding and event planners.

I asked them on to show to take a walk down memory lane with me about how they each got started and what obstacles they faced in doing so. As you’ll hear, both ladies have a wealth of knowledge to share.

Even if wedding and event planning  isn’t your niche, don’t dismiss this episode. You just might find a little nugget here that you can apply to your own business and industry!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The common misconceptions that new planners have about the industry

  • Ways you can build your clientele and consistently generate new leads

  • Tips and strategies around pricing your services so you’re not working for peanuts

  • What to consider when scaling your business and growing a team

  • What’s on the horizon for the wedding and event planning industry

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Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events

Debbie Orwat of Planner’s Lounge

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Alisha Johns: Building a Brand with Smart (and Colorful) Content

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In this episode I’m talking to one of my favorite people that I have come across since starting my business, Alisha Johns of Lish Creative. If you’ve ever checked out my website or the cover art for this podcast, most of those pictures have been taken by Alisha.

Lish Creative is a content agency for vibrant beauty and lifestyle brands, and since founding the company, Alisha has worked with some amazing brands including Benefit Cosmetics, Delta, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many more

If you’re a photographer and looking for advice on getting your business to the next level, or if you’re a business owner wanting to develop a vibrant and consistent brand identity, then you’ll enjoy this episode.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How Alisha used Instagram to jumpstart her own career, and ways you can do the same to to get noticed

  • What she’s done to narrow down her niche and attract top-quality clients

  • What to consider when developing your own brand and it all starts with how you are positioning yourself

  • How Alisha found the right team members and the role it has played in building her business

  • What changes she sees on the horizon for social media and how she’s addressing gaps with her new product offerings

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Jill Stanton: Behind the Scenes of Screw the 9 to 5

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In this real girl-to-girl conversation, I’m speaking with Jill Stanton, one-half of the  Screw the 9 to 5 community - which helps new and existing entrepreneurs solve problems related to life and business through actionable insights and simple “how to’s.”

Jill is sharing what it’s taken them to get their business to where it is today and how she sees the online marketing space shifting. She reveals what it’s  been like being a new mother and how it has affected their life and business. I think you’re really going to appreciate how honest and forthcoming Jill is in this episode. So, grab yourself a coffee, sit back,  and enjoy this episode.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The mistakes they made with the first course they launched and how they used this experience to turn the business around

  • How Jill learned the power of community and the role it plays in their business today

  • Her biggest pet peeves and the biggest shifts she’s seeing in online marketing

  • How to be vulnerable with your community while still being able to lead them

  • The biggest fear Jill had before her son was born and the steps they’ve taken to get the business “baby ready”

  • What it’s like working with her husband and the 3 things she says makes it all work

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SHARE THE ONE THING SHE KNOWS FOR SURE

 

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GDPR for Your Small Business

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You may have been hearing the term “GDPR” a lot over the past few months and wondering what exactly is this talk all about? In this episode, my goal is to break down GDPR - to give you some basic background context to what this law is all about, why it’s important to understand, and what it means for your small business.  

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What GDPR is and why it was put into place

  • Who are the “key actors” of this law - understanding who is the data subject, data controller and data processor

  • Who needs to comply with GDPR

  • A common misunderstanding about the GDPR that you need to be aware of

  • Why you should care about GDPR and what happens if you don’t comply

  • The ten step framework to help get you on the road to GDPR compliance

  • Who to talk to get more information about how GDPR applies to your business

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How to Start and Operate a Venue Business with Lindsay Lucas

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In this episode, I’m joined by Lindsay Lucas of Lean on Me Consultants for a bit of a niche topic, but it’s a trend I’m seeing in the events industry - starting and operating a venue business.

Lindsay consults with folks to help build strong foundation for their venue businesses and teaches them how to run their businesses efficiently, profitably and most importantly, sustainably.  She’s sharing some of that insight with us in this episode.

Even if opening an event venue is not a part of your future business plans, still give this episode a listen - there are helpful tips and valuable nuggets to benefit you!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why starting an event venue is becoming a trend with event professionals
     
  • Common roadblocks tripping people up when starting a venue business
  • What venue owners are looking for when it comes to vendor relationships

  • An example of a clause that’s left out of many venue contracts

  • The most important investment venue owners should make

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Spring Cleaning Your Life and Business: 3 Questions to Help Get Rid of the Clutter and Make Room for Magic

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In this week’s episode, I’m talking about two of my favorite things: spring cleaning and your business. As we approach the spring season, that usually brings on an urge to do some spring cleaning around the house.  But we can take that same approach and spring clean our business too! I’m sharing the three questions that you can ask yourself to free up space in your life and business in order to invite the magic to happen.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How your physical environment has a direct impact on the other areas of your life
     
  • What to do if something is no longer serving you...
     
  • If you take good care of your things, they will do this for you…
  • What happens when you focus your time and energy on just a few key things

  • Why you need an empty shelf.

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What is a patent and do I need one? (with Karima Gulick)

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Do you have the next blockbuster idea?

Are you itching to get your products in front of the likes of Mr. Wonderful and Mark Cuban on Shark Tank?

Well, I can’t tell you how to get on the show, but I can tell you that if you have a product, invention, method, or something that you think is a pretty unique idea and you pitch it to the sharks - they almost always ask if the contestant has applied for a patent.

The topic of patents can be super confusing so in this episode I’m chatting all about it with patent attorney, Karima Gulick.

After listening you’ll have a much clearer idea about what patents are, who needs to be considering them, what the patent filing process looks like and much more.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What are the different types of patents and whether you should consider applying for one

  • When is the right time to look at pursuing a patent

  • What questions to ask a patent lawyer and how to prepare for this initial consultation
  • What you need to consider in terms of the timeline to get a patent approved (it’s much longer than you may think)!

  • What can be done if you find someone is copying your product or process after you have filed for the patent, but before it’s approved

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Chit-Chat with Annette & Kinsey - February Round Up

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In this week’s episode, we’re shaking things up a little bit! It’s a new flavor of episodes that I’m bringing you and it’s with my friend and fellow podcast host, Kinsey Roberts.

If you don’t know Kinsey, she’s the wonderfully charming host of She Creates Business, A Podcast for Wedding Pros. Over the last few years, we’ve developed a friendship and the last time we chatted we realized that we needed to share our conversations with you. We suspect that so many of you can relate to some of the struggles and revelations that both she and I have experienced during our time as business owners.

About once a month you can expect to hear these talks, which we’re calling Chit Chat with Annette and Kinsey. It’s totally casual and super chill – just two girlfriends chatting about business, life and everything in between.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Who you really need to listen to as your business evolves
  • How to tell if what you’re doing might just be a “sophisticated form of procrastination”

  • You’re not a business owner without sales, and here’s how to reframe the sales process…
  • Why your shouldn’t be searching for a formula for building a business and what to do instead

  • What’s the real reason that many people aren’t completing online courses they purchase

  • Why creating seasons for yourself is such a great strategy for accomplishing what you want to do

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NUGGETS FROM THIS EPISODE

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