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Re-Release | Writing a Book that Serves Your Audience and Your Business with Jodi Brandon

Writing a Book that Serves Your Audience and Your Business

Today I’m talking to Jodi Brandon all about writing a book at serves your business and your business. We got though the process of brainstorming topics for your book, writing that book, getting it published, and even get into some marketing. In addition, we cover the ultimate purpose of your book is and how you can validate your topic before you get started. Jodi also talks about the importance of finding a topic that is going to bring your audience back to your services and how you can serve them well through the topic you choose and the book you write. She also talks a little bit about her own book and how she went through this process herself, as well as the reasons that you should consider self-publishing instead of going with traditional publishing.

Jodi Brandon has more than 20 years' experience in book publishing. After many years working at traditional publishing houses, Jodi and her husband relocated from New York to Philadelphia and she launched her freelance editing business. Jodi's passion these days is working as a book editor and writing/publishing coach for creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small business owners who want to level up their business with a book.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How she moved from working in traditional publishing to working one on one with small business owners and creative entrepreneurs

  • Why small business owners should write a book

  • How to find a topic for your book, including validating your idea before you start writing

  • Ways you can reuse the content you’ve already created

  • How she works with clients to help them publish a book

  • The difference between traditional and self- publishing

  • How to launch and market your book

  • How to get book readers back into your business and eventually hire you

Resources Discussed:

Re-Release | Connecting to Your Clients through Brand Photography with Mallika Malhotra

Connecting to Your Clients through Brand Photography with Mallika Malhotra

Today I’m talking with Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto + Co all about brand photography – what it is, where you can use it, and how you can get the best images possible whether you’re working with a brand photographer or someone who is going to help you capture your brand story through imagery. We chat about where you can use these images online, the best places to share these image in a way that is really going to connect with your dream clients.

Mallika also has a book coming out that covers all of these topics and more. Check it out at The Brand Photography Playbook.

Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto + Co is a brand photographer and brand story strategist who works with women entrepreneurs, inspiring them to express themselves, share their stories and unleash their creativity through photography, branding and live workshops. She combines her strategic business sense with her creative photography skills to help her fellow lady bosses stand out and energize their message with confidence. 

Based in northern NJ, Mallika also teaches live workshops on branding, vision boarding and photo styling. When she is not taking photos or building brands, she is at home with her three sons and husband, drinking coffee or red wine and dreaming about their next global adventure.

Connect with Mallika:

Topics Discussed:

  • What brand photography is and how small businesses can use it

  • How you can get photos that will connect with your dream clients

  • Why knowing your brand story and why is so important

  • Telling your business’s story through photography

  • The importance of being true to yourself and not just following trends

  • The questions you should be asking a photographer before you work together

  • How to get comfortable in front of the camera

  • Where you can use your brand photos

  • When you should consider investing in a brand photoshoot

  • How to use stock photography with your branded images

Resources Discussed:

Re-Release | Creating Contracts that Protect You and Your Client with Autumn Witt Boyd

Creating Contracts that Protect Your and Your Client with Autumn Witt Boyd

Today I’m talking with lawyer Autumn Witt Boyd all about creating contracts that protect you and your clients. Autumn and I had worked together on a contract for my own business and so I was excited to bring her on to talk about her process and some tips for creating contracts that protect you and your business while still making sure that your clients get the best deal possible. The goal of your contract is that you can both be confident that you would be protected if something were to happen and how that makes it so much easier to work while knowing you have a contract to back you up.

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced lawyer who helps high-achieving and ambitious business owners reach their big goals, faster and smarter. Autumn guides creative entrepreneurs with big dreams as they grow from one-person-shows to bigger deals and collaborations. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues.

Autumn also hosts the Legal Road Map podcast, which teaches business owners how to protect their rights and stay out of legal hot water. She lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Dave, twin boys Sam and Tyson, and daughter Vivian.

Connect with Autumn:

Topics Discussed:

  • Why a contract is the most important legal protection for your business

  • Why your contract should protect both you and your client

  • Your first contract should be a client agreement

  • How you can create a basic contract yourself starting out and why you should

  • The most important things to have in your contract with a client

  • Why your contracts should be strict upfront to allow you room to make decisions based on circumstances in the future

  • What to do if someone wants you to sign their contract

  • How to create a contract that protects you and your client

  • Use your previous experience to create a contract that serves your business based on the issues you’ve had in the past

  • How to communicate the benefits of a contract to your clients

  • Why a contract gives you freedom to do your best work

  • Other contracts you may need in your business

  • The steps to take if you need to enforce a contract

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Weatherproofing Your Business with Amy Braswell

Today I’m talking with Amy of PaperFinch and we are chatting all about weatherproofing your business, including what that means for your business, how you can get started, and three major steps for getting weatherproofed. This applies whether you’re preparing to take some time off or you’re growing and scaling as you create different sources of income.

A wanderer at heart, Amy at PaperFinch Design creates inspirational and geographic art and gift products in order to help people tell their story. She wants to help people illustrate and find the inspiration in their own journey – where they're going, where they've been, or their favorite life motto.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How she got started in graphic design and why she embraces her way of designing

  • The importance of weatherproofing your business

  • Amy’s story behind her passion for helping entrepreneurs weatherproof

  • When you should start the process of weatherproofing

  • The importance of organizing and documenting everything in your business

  • How to set up your business to be handled by someone else

  • How you can start outsourcing in your business

  • Starting small by hiring someone who is an expert at something you don’t do well

  • How you can use content you’ve already created to make your business easier

  • How to overcome objections when it comes to outsourcing

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Pricing Your Services for Profitability and Your Dream Clients with Kristin Kaplan

Pricing Your Services for Profitability and Your Dream Clients

Today I’m talking to Kristin Kaplan all about pricing your services and products for profitability and your dream clients. Kristin gets into a lot of really great information to help you price your services to actually make a profit in your business, including why you need to stop depending on what others are doing for pricing and start figuring out your numbers.

We talk about knowing your numbers and why that’s so important, as well as pricing based on the value you bring to your clients instead of just what it is you need to make or what the industry standards are.

I’m really excited for this episode because I think it’s something that so many of us creative entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle with, especially when it seems like we hear from a lot of people that our prices are so high.

As we get into this episode, I want to encourage you to get into your own numbers so that you know exactly how you should be pricing your services and figuring out what value you bring to your clients.

Kristin is an entrepreneur, wife, mother of three, and extreme list maker. A northerner by way of Los Angeles, she is now happily settled in Nashville, Tennessee and loves everything about living in Music City. She founded Stunning Events 10 years ago where she plans fresh, fun, wedding celebrations and manages all business operations. She also teaches, mentors, and coaches creative entrepreneurs to live a life of purpose by building a solid business foundation. She is the writer and creator of The Pricing Workbook, a pricing guide for creative business owners and the co-founder, along with Ginny Krauss, of The Wedding Business Bosses community and The Wedding Business Academy, a 6-month group coaching program for wedding industry creatives. 

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Topics Discussed:

  • How she started her first business and started working with wedding professionals and creative entrepreneurs

  • The biggest issue small business owners have with pricing

  • Creating a strategy behind your pricing

  • How to calculate your cost of doing business

  • Learning the value of your services or products

  • Transitioning from an hourly mindset to value-based pricing

  • Pricing for the clients you want to work with

  • Packages vs. hourly rates

  • Explaining your pricing to potential clients

  • Why you should get paid, even when you’re just starting out

  • Planning for growth in the future

  • How to raise your prices

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Writing a Book that Serves Your Audience and Your Business with Jodi Brandon

Writing a Book that Serves Your Audience and Your Business

Today I’m talking to Jodi Brandon all about writing a book at serves your business and your business. We got though the process of brainstorming topics for your book, writing that book, getting it published, and even get into some marketing. In addition, we cover the ultimate purpose of your book is and how you can validate your topic before you get started. Jodi also talks about the importance of finding a topic that is going to bring your audience back to your services and how you can serve them well through the topic you choose and the book you write. She also talks a little bit about her own book and how she went through this process herself, as well as the reasons that you should consider self-publishing instead of going with traditional publishing.

Jodi Brandon has more than 20 years' experience in book publishing. After many years working at traditional publishing houses, Jodi and her husband relocated from New York to Philadelphia and she launched her freelance editing business. Jodi's passion these days is working as a book editor and writing/publishing coach for creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small business owners who want to level up their business with a book.

Connect with Jodi:

Topics Discussed:

  • How she moved from working in traditional publishing to working one on one with small business owners and creative entrepreneurs
  • Why small business owners should write a book
  • How to find a topic for your book, including validating your idea before you start writing
  • Ways you can reuse the content you’ve already created
  • How she works with clients to help them publish a book
  • The difference between traditional and self- publishing
  • How to launch and market your book
  • How to get book readers back into your business and eventually hire you

Resources Discussed:

Creating Effective Surveys in Your Business with Lauren Black

Creating Effective Surveys in Your Business with Lauren Black

Today I’m talking with Lauren Black of Legacy Loft all about creating effective surveys in your business. Lauren and I chatted about how to create and use surveys to help you grow your business, how to figure out what kinds of services, products, and courses you might want to offer, and how to get responses that are going to help you move forward in a way that fits your business and your dream client.

Lauren also talks a little bit about surveying your clients before you work with them through questionnaires and figuring out if they are a good fit and then after you work together to see what their results were and get really great testimonials for your website in a way that’s easy for you and for your clients.

She gives some great advice on asking the right questions, where to ask, and how to balance actual surveys with getting answers through conversational questions on social media.

Lauren Black is a multipassionate entrepreneur with a heart for helping business owners reach their highest potential and purpose through creative strategy and brand design. Lauren's main business, Legacy Loft, provides brand strategy & design to entrepreneurs who are ready to shift & scale their businesses. She is also the co-founder of Elevate & Cultivate, a community for design professionals to strengthen their skills and receive feedback on their work. Lauren is preparing to launch a third business this summer, with the signature offering being the Bosscation Box — a self-led business retreat in a box where entrepreneurs can rejuvenate and work on their businesses away from WiFi & their daily distractions.

Connect with Lauren:

Topics Discussed:

  • Why you should be using surveys in your business
  • Getting to know your dream clients and creating things for them
  • The different types of surveys you can use in your business for peers, dream clients, and your clients
  • How you can survey people while having a conversation
  • Choosing the best questions to ask
  • Balancing the types of questions you ask
  • How to get responses that are relevant to your business through doing a giveaway
  • Using the answers you receive to connect with your audience
  • How long your surveys should be
  • Getting effective testimonials from your clients in an easy way
  • How surveys can help you create a course that covers everything your students are looking for
  • The importance of asking specific questions
  • How to gather information before you create a survey
  • How often to survey your audience
  • How to beta test your questions to make sure you’re getting good responses
  • How long your surveys should last
  • How to use forms and questionnaires with your clients

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Connecting to Your Clients through Brand Photography with Mallika Malhotra

Connecting to Your Clients through Brand Photography with Mallika Malhotra

Today I’m talking with Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto + Co all about brand photography – what it is, where you can use it, and how you can get the best images possible whether you’re working with a brand photographer or someone who is going to help you capture your brand story through imagery. We chat about where you can use these images online, the best places to share these image in a way that is really going to connect with your dream clients.

Mallika also has a book coming out that covers all of these topics and more. Check it out at The Brand Photography Playbook.

Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto + Co is a brand photographer and brand story strategist who works with women entrepreneurs, inspiring them to express themselves, share their stories and unleash their creativity through photography, branding and live workshops. She combines her strategic business sense with her creative photography skills to help her fellow lady bosses stand out and energize their message with confidence. 

Based in northern NJ, Mallika also teaches live workshops on branding, vision boarding and photo styling. When she is not taking photos or building brands, she is at home with her three sons and husband, drinking coffee or red wine and dreaming about their next global adventure.

Connect with Mallika:

Topics Discussed:

  • What brand photography is and how small businesses can use it

  • How you can get photos that will connect with your dream clients

  • Why knowing your brand story and why is so important

  • Telling your business’s story through photography

  • The importance of being true to yourself and not just following trends

  • The questions you should be asking a photographer before you work together

  • How to get comfortable in front of the camera

  • Where you can use your brand photos

  • When you should consider investing in a brand photoshoot

  • How to use stock photography with your branded images

Resources Discussed:

Automating the Client Experience for Great Customer Service

Today I’m going to be taklking about automating the client experience for great customer service. We’ve talked about automation in a couple of the previous episodes and you’re going to be hearing a lot more about it in upcoming episodes with guest, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts on automation including how I’ve used automation in my own business and with my clients to great a great customer experience without sacrificing the one-one-one, hands-on experience that you want your clients to have in your business.

Samantha Mabe is the owner and designer at Lemon and the Sea. She loves empowering creative women with a heart to serve to grow their business through brand and website design. Her background is in design and architecture, but she’s been creating since she could hold a pencil. Samantha is a Pittsburgh native now living in Richmond, Virginia where she spends her days designing brands and websites and her evenings watching Netflix with her husband and their dog #gambittheweshi.

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Topics Discussed:

  • The importance of outlining your process before you start automating
  • Steps to include in your process
  • Questions to ask about how you work
  • Questions to ask about your dream clients
  • How to create email templates to help you automate without losing the personal touch
  • Using PDF Guides to share information throughout your process
  • How to create tutorial videos for your clients
  • Tools you can use to automate your client experience

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Creating Contracts that Protect You and Your Client with Autumn Witt Boyd

Creating Contracts that Protect Your and Your Client with Autumn Witt Boyd

Today I’m talking with lawyer Autumn Witt Boyd all about creating contracts that protect you and your clients. Autumn and I had worked together on a contract for my own business and so I was excited to bring her on to talk about her process and some tips for creating contracts that protect you and your business while still making sure that your clients get the best deal possible. The goal of your contract is that you can both be confident that you would be protected if something were to happen and how that makes it so much easier to work while knowing you have a contract to back you up.

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced lawyer who helps high-achieving and ambitious business owners reach their big goals, faster and smarter. Autumn guides creative entrepreneurs with big dreams as they grow from one-person-shows to bigger deals and collaborations. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues.

Autumn also hosts the Legal Road Map podcast, which teaches business owners how to protect their rights and stay out of legal hot water. She lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Dave, twin boys Sam and Tyson, and daughter Vivian.

Connect with Autumn:

Topics Discussed:

  • Why a contract is the most important legal protection for your business

  • Why your contract should protect both you and your client

  • Your first contract should be a client agreement

  • How you can create a basic contract yourself starting out and why you should

  • The most important things to have in your contract with a client

  • Why your contracts should be strict upfront to allow you room to make decisions based on circumstances in the future

  • What to do if someone wants you to sign their contract

  • How to create a contract that protects you and your client

  • Use your previous experience to create a contract that serves your business based on the issues you’ve had in the past

  • How to communicate the benefits of a contract to your clients

  • Why a contract gives you freedom to do your best work

  • Other contracts you may need in your business

  • The steps to take if you need to enforce a contract

Resources Discussed:

Building a Social Media Strategy with Your Dream Clients in Mind with Elise Crawford

Building a Social Media Strategy with Your Dream Clients in Mind with Elise Crawford

Today I’m talking with Elise Crawford of Ringlet studio about creating a social media strategy with your dream clients in mind.

Elise and I had a great conversation all about why business need social media strategy, how you can create content that your dream client is going to relate to, and how you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by all of the different platforms and options there are out there.

She gives us some great advice about creating a social media strategy that works for your business and helps you to grow and scale in a way that’s really true to you.

Over the last five years, Elise has worked with countless businesses in the D.C. area to create stunning brands, digital marketing campaigns, websites and social media portfolios. In the beginning of 2016, she began Ringlet Studio with the mission of empowering women entrepreneurs brands to be bold online. Elise graduated with a Masters in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. Her concentrations were in Public + Media Relations and Digital Communications. She has lived in D.C. for the last eight years. She is planning an August 2017 wedding to her college sweetheart. 

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Topics Discussed:

  • How she knew she wanted to start her own business and work with female entrepreneurs
  • Why small businesses need a social media strategy
  • Why your marketing can be simple and really effective
  • How your social media strategy fits in with your overall marketing
  • How to get feedback from your dream client about your social media presence
  • How to create services strategically
  • Sharing your zone of genius and how to talk about your services
  • Choosing which social media platforms your business needs to be on
  • Why video is the next big thing
  • People like buying from people

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Creating a Great Client Experience with Maggie Giele

Creating a Great Client Experience with Maggie Giele

Our episode today is all about creating a great client experience and how you can do that through processes and automation to make it really easy for you to have a profitable business while still serving your clients well.

Maggie Giele is an award-winning business and marketing strategist, helping fiercely dedicated business owners slay their strategies and scale their businesses, with a sprinkle of magic.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How to create a great client experience
  • Why you can't create a client experience without clients
  • How Maggie improves her client experience after every project
  • Ways that you can get feedback during the process
  • How to delight your client while still being profitable

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Using Your Blog to Educate Clients with Cinnamon Wolfe

Using Your Blog to Educate Clients with Cinnamon Wolfe

Today I’m talking with my friend Cinnamon Wolfe all about using your blog to educate your clients. She gets into a lot of great topics like how she has used her blog in the past to reach and educate clients in the wedding industry and as she is transitioning to be an educator for small business owners. We also talk about her process for blogging as well as some SEO tips that can help you blog get found online.

Cinnamon Wolfe is a former corporate gal turned photographer, blogger and educator. She is an Army wife, stepmom, petmom and the friendliest introvert you’ll ever meet. She is obsessed with helping others realize they are capable of so much more than they think they are. She is a self-proclaimed #podcastjunkie and hosts her own show with her husband where they chat with business owners about all things photography, business and blogging. Her life goals are as big as her Netflix obsession and she can be always bribed with skinny vanilla lattes and deep conversations.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How she accidentally started her business
  • How blogging small business owners
  • How to show your expertise and knowledge to potential clients through your blog
  • How blogging helps your SEO
  • How to find topics to blog about that you’re interested in and that will benefit your reader
  • Addressing your clients’ pain points as a blog post
  • Why you should write about topics you think are basic
  • Why you should get outside the creative industry bubble
  • Balancing personal and business topics
  • Finding the best way to balance sharing information and being yourself
  • How often you should blog
  • How you can increase your blogging SEO
  • Cinnamon’s process for blogging from start to finish

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Introducing Process to Profitability

On Process to Profitability, I'll be chatting with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners in every industry about the tools, strategies, and processes that they've used to serve their clients and grow their small businesses.

Since starting my business, Lemon and the Sea, over two years ago, I've discovered the key to building a business that you love and that is profitable is serving your clients and customers really well. 

This is something that I have implemented in my own business and that I've helped my clients set u pin their businesses. Now I'm excited to show you how you can create a business that showcases your heart to serve and still allows you to grow and build a business that fits you and reflects who you are.

Each episode will feature either a guest or will be a solo show with me talking about the processes that I use in my own business. I'm going to encourage to listen and then take what you've learned and apply it to your business in a way that's going to match what you do and the people you serve.

Every one of us is on a unique journey, but that doesn't mean we can't learn from each other. So I'm excited to bring on some amazing guests who can teach you what they have learned over the years and how you can apply that to your own business in a way that works for you.

New episodes will be published every Thursday and I have a great lineup of guests that I'm really excited to share with you.

The show premieres on June 1st and I hope you join me on this journey from process to profitability.