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The Self Employed Life Podcast (formerly Creative Warriors) provides business and personal development strategies for self-employed business owners that create sustainable success. A community of self-employed and small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and ambitious individuals that need creative solutions in business. Being self-employed and a business Warrior is a mindset, a spirit and a challenge. We need a different way of doing business. This is business with a soul. We discus ...
 
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An annual tradition on the podcast, we prepare for next year by considering our theme. Your theme is a feeling of what is right for you at this time in your life and the universe agrees. Your theme becomes your North star and guiding principle for next year. Let's find your theme for 2021! Join 18,000 subscribers looking to do "business with a soul…
 
Building a successful brand is about so much more than your product itself. It’s about selling the mood your product creates; the experience, from start to finish. From the moment you enter a website and read the description of a product, to the messaging, the packaging, the vessel - it all needs to have a unified presence. This is how you captivat…
 
We live in world of limitations in business. There are only so many days in a year and hours in a day. Our calendars have limitations and our to-do lists max out. We bounce off the walls of these boundaries like a pinball machine. What if there was another way? A way to think unlimited instead of by the limits that seem to be imposed on us. There i…
 
Many professionals will tell you things they think you want to hear, but the people you trust are the ones who tell you what you need to hear. This is important to apply in your business because you are the expert and just because your client has a vision, they are hiring you for your expertise. When you are confident in your ability and present yo…
 
To be compelling is better than being different. Being compelling is the best way to draw people in. When you're compelling, you not only get attention but people can't take their eyes off you. Compelling is everything. What makes you compelling is your unique perspective. In this episode, I share what unique perspective is and how you can find you…
 
One of the most human characteristics we have is empathy. Oftentimes you feel the need to change your persona when entering the workplace, being more guarded or less emotional. Large companies rarely give a demonstration of empathy in the workplace, but this can truly be the most important key to success. When you are empathetic to your clients and…
 
Join 17,000 subscribers looking to do "business with a soul" and sign up to receive my Self-Employed Nutshell Newsletter! Sign up here! Contact Jeffrey - Website Coaching Support My book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer's Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible is now available! Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share! Re…
 
Networking is arguably one of the most important skills in business but it can be extremely intimidating to build connections. No matter how hard you try, you cannot force anyone to like you. Instead, you have to first like yourself, and then be willing to share yourself with others so that they can see what is uniquely likable about you. Likabilit…
 
You know the expression, "You only have one chance to make a good first impression." Nowhere is that more true than in branding. And not just in the way that you think. Listen to this episode to find how why first impression is not only important to compel your ideal client but also to make your business easier. Join 17,000 subscribers looking to d…
 
More often than not, we are our own worst critics. Change the way you treat yourself - take time to set clear and exciting goals that you believe in. Try not to get caught up in how big the goals you set for yourself are - it doesn’t matter how big if you have no belief in yourself to accomplish that goal. Keep your ideas big, but take small steps …
 
Join 17,000 subscribers looking to do "business with a soul" and sign up to receive my Self-Employed Nutshell Newsletter! Sign up here! Contact Jeffrey - Website Coaching Support My book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer's Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible is now available! Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share! Re…
 
You must work on finding the icon within yourself in order to become an iconic brand in the world and ensure that your message isn’t instantly discarded. How do we find the icon within ourselves? Try asking yourself, what is the best of my offering that corresponds to the emotional concern of my audience in relation to my product. To breakdown how …
 
I posed the question in our community Facebook group about what you wanted coaching on. By far, the most common request had something to do with how challenging it is to separate our business from our personal lives. So, here you go! I share what I do myself as well as what I have suggested to coaching clients. Contact Jeffrey - Website Coaching Su…
 
Wisdom is not having all the answers, but knowing where to find them. Learning technology in business is similar in that you can not be afraid to fail because that fear will keep you from being your best self in business. You have to ask questions, play around with it, and remember that most of the time your peers have the same fears you do. As a s…
 
If you're looking for some coaching on how to get some business rolling, here are three ideas that won't cost you anything and have been very effective for many of my clients. These are some first step ideas to get things going which I understand is very much needed for a lot of businesses right now. Contact Jeffrey - Website Coaching Support My bo…
 
You can never know when the perfect time to act on your self-employed dreams will tap you on the shoulder. Some would even argue that there is no such thing as the “perfect time.” And if there ever was, it’s always in hindsight. But there is such a thing as preparation. And the way to be fully prepared to seize those perfect opportunities is to fin…
 
As the end of the year approaches many of us are starting to scramble to try to get all the things done that we had planned for this year. But this year has been...a lot. So many of us are also feeling tired, overwhelmed, anxious by all of the other things going on around us in addition to our goals. Here are my tips on how to prioritize when all t…
 
Most of us struggle with forgiveness, however it can be a very powerful tool that can unlock future roadblocks. To take control of your life you need to forgive and make a plan. Stop winging it in life and decide on the non-negotiable values in your life. When you deeply understand who you are, when you can identify your black sheep values and what…
 
With almost all of us making significant changes to ourselves and our businesses in the past several months, it introduces one of the most frustrating things I know of. Waiting. Let's face it. Patience tends to not be one of our strong suits as self-employed business owners. Especially after we've made changes, are more clear than we've ever been, …
 
So much has changed so quickly. A lot of us are reevaluating a lot of things right now. Whether it’s seeking your next dream or transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship, one thing is for sure. Many people are feeling stuck. Sometimes what we need is a life audit. When we get clear on where we are and what our core values are, we can then ta…
 
As we start each day as busy self-employed business owners with lots of demands on us, we often think about everything we have to give. And we give it our all every day, don't we? But what about what you'll gain? What would it look like if as you started each day you considered the energy you were going to gain from other people and from doing the …
 
For my first official episode of The Self Employed Life, I’m very excited to share a life-changing conversation with one of my absolute favorite authors, Todd Henry. Today we define something that is often glossed over but is essential, not just for the self-employed, but for all of us trying to tackle some of the world’s current major challenges: …
 
A BIG and very Special Announcement! Be sure to turn in for the big news. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarriors.com and share your feelings and continue the conversation. Contact Jeffrey - Website Services and Suppor…
 
We are all more than one thing. But self-employed entrepreneurs have been told over and over again that we can’t have a division between who we are in business and who we are at home. Studies show, however, that having and sharing other dimensions make you better at your job. When I work with my coaching clients I help them connect the dots of who …
 
It can often feel in business, especially during challenging times that recovery is far away. Or that your business needs a complete overall or change of direction. That is often not the case. It may be that turning your business around is just a tweak or two away. This episode should give you hope! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us he…
 
When you are in business, you are in the wish-granting business. When you really think about it, what you offer is what helps your customers achieve what they’re wishing for. And when you can find a way to communicate what you stand for, how you will grant those wishes, and why you are unique in doing so, you will elevate the humanity of your busin…
 
Cyber attacks are not just against the big guys. The fact is that for a variety of reasons, attacks against small businesses are extremely common. We all need to be concerned, no matter how small or big our business is, especially during times of major distraction or disconnect, like, say, during a pandemic. We’re in a weird social place right now,…
 
We face a big challenge as business owners in today's overload of information. What's good information and at what point does that information influence us so much that we lose the ability to be different than the rest? This is particularly true in trade associations which I am a big proponent of. Have a listen for an idea about how to handle the b…
 
Creativity is iterative. It is about possibility. True creativity is about the everyday making of things; of just doing and refining until we can eventually get to our genius. Sometimes all we need is the discipline to just start. So if we can give ourselves the permission to just start with whatever terrible ideas we have, we can often get into th…
 
My biggest competition has always been myself. Additionally, I’m a spender. Or, at least I used to be, and I’ve put a lot of thought into my spending habits and what that means for my lifestyle and business. Entrepreneurs often feel pressure to have as big a business as possible because of the competition or the false notion that a business isn’t “…
 
Sometimes even when we’re working on our ‘calling’ we don’t even realize we’re working like machines. Many of us have lost our sense of wonder. We no longer look at the world in awe. We begin to believe that desiring something other than what we have is somehow a negative feeling. We Creative Warriors talk a lot about finding our ‘why.’ But what ab…
 
There's no doubt our businesses are experiencing a huge disruption with the pandemic and resulting economic slowdown. But if you look at the long history of disruptions you'll see a few patterns emerge. One is to hang on. With patience, it will come around. Second is that you often end up with a hybrid model. Have a listen. There is likely more hop…
 
I often describe the Creative Warriors community as people who find meaning through their work. Some people are ok with doing less meaningful work because they find meaning in other areas of their life. And others, like many of my coaching clients, are transitioning out of corporate work into that of self-employed to find more meaning in what they …
 
As we move deeper into the new normal of our current pandemic-driven lives, we’re starting to see precisely how people are pivoting their careers and choices to provide as best as they can for themselves and their families. With that, we’re seeing a surge in the entrepreneurial spirit, and many are investing their time into realizing their self-emp…
 
Pivoting seems to be all the rage these days. Businesses talking about pivoting in order to thrive or survive during the pandemic and subsequent impact on the economy. I propose that most small businesses and self-employed business owners do not need to make a pivot. They need to evolve instead. Listen in to understand the important difference for …
 
Everyone knows I love a good system. So when I came across a system for naming things, you know I had to do a deeper dive. There is so much more to finding a name than simply finding something you like. Getting the right name that matches your vision and that actually sells can be much trickier than one might think. There are a lot of components to…
 
Let's be realistic. When you're self-employed, there are times you work for less than your full value. In this episode, I lay out an actual, realistic process to determine how much less than your full value you should accept and when to say no. The intention is to make you feel empowered, not ashamed. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us …
 
One of my favorite quotes that I live by is by Jim Rohn who said, “Your level of success rarely exceeds your level of personal development.” In many ways what Jim is referring to capacity. Expanding our capacity is one thing. But taking care of our capacity is just as important. Capacity isn’t just about doing more. Capacity is also about making sp…
 
In times of crisis it’s very easy to get caught up in the stress of the unknown. When emotions are running the show, it’s important to take a step back and look at data that can help clarify what your next steps should be. So, what is the research telling us about consumers right now? And how can we use that information as Self-Employed business ow…
 
It’s my belief that humanity has evolved in the best way possible over all the years I’ve been in business. These days people make decisions based more on energy than logic. And so I’ve begun to wonder: have we fundamentally changed or are we the same and what has changed is simply how we talk about business? Regardless of your industry, if you can…
 
The most basic formula for success is the intersection of meaning and marketability. You have to connect the meaning of what you do to what the world wants. I share three amazing entrepreneurial journeys of clients I recently worked with in my Small Business Branding program. These stories will inspire you and get you thinking about your intersecti…
 
We could all always use a little inspiration from time to time. Sometimes we seek it out. And sometimes it finds us at the just the right time we need to hear it. I consider myself intuitive and confident in my work. And yet, occasionally I stumble across some outside wisdom that reframes my perspectives in all the right ways. You just never know w…
 
Some people are feeling like they are walking on eggshells, afraid to say the wrong thing. Yes, there are a lot of changes in the world and in the U.S. that require a whole new level of consciousness about what we say and write. This is particularly true in business. You interact with a lot of people, you don't want to offend anyone and because you…
 
When you have the right brand, it sells itself. We’ve talked before about how far branding has come, how it no longer can start with the image and work its way inward. These days brands will be exposed very quickly if they don’t come from an authentic place. Trust-based relationships with your clients is key. Customer’s need to know that they can b…
 
In this episode, I point out one of the biggest problems in marketing. Showing up as a superficial, surface level version of yourself that is not allowing customers to see the real you. You need to break down the facade and show up authentically and as compelling as you really are. I offer you a way to check your website for yourself and how to sol…
 
I love a good ‘why’ story. I’ve shared before my story about Bergdorf Goodman and how I’ve become one of their most loyal customers. I like to share that story because it is part of the foundation of my love for customer service that goes above and beyond. As my guest today so wonderfully puts it, “customer service is not a department. It’s a minds…
 
At a photoshoot years ago, a little girl said to me, "You're bossy." At the time it set me back and made me consider whether it was true. Yeah, it was and still is true. Find out why being bossy isn't so bad, why you should also be bossy and why it's more important now to be bossy. Get your bossy on! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us h…
 
Right now thought leaders are facing some of the most vulnerable times they’ve ever experienced. The current crisis has forced some of our most valued thought leaders into reevaluating how well-rounded their business model truly is. This is the time to look at diversifying your business model. Maturing as an entrepreneur does not mean you forget yo…
 
There seem to be as many definitions of strategy as there are people on earth. Practically every business owner has different ideas of what strategy means and how to apply it. It’s time we take a moment to setting our heads straight about strategy. Applying informed strategic practices can be the deciding factor in how successful a business is. Mos…
 
RuPaul once said, "We're all born naked. The rest of life is drag." Everything we put on the outside, from our clothes to a fake smile, is a facade. Find out how not wearing pants in these days of working at home and Zoom calls can help your career. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our…
 
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