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Mar 3, 2016

In this episode you hear: 

  • Amy's journey from working as a top producer in Australia to becoming a Boss Mom.
  • How Amy's own search for mindfulness influenced her blog.
  • How a pregnancy complication served as the catalyst to change in her life.
  • The judgement factor all moms go through and how to over come it.
  • The importance is having a tribe and give and take in relationships.
  • The importance of self care and mindfulness in motherhood and business.

Recommended links and resources: 

Happy Mama: A Guide To Finding Yourself Again

  • The book is my journey to becoming a Happy Mama. It focus on the six key areas to be a happy mama- kindness, strength, trust, grace, value, and mindfulness/connection. We do a lot of work on parenting, but we don't learn how to be a woman while we're mothering. This book is about finding yourself again.

Can I quote you on that? 

  • My daughter is one of my biggest teachers. - Amy
  • When I was struggling with motherhood, the mommy blog scene was just starting. I needed more than this sucks, I need 3:00 pm wine. - Amy
  • When I tapped into the idea that we don't have to put ourselves on hold, my blog started to really grow. I found my niche and voice. It flowed out of me and grew overnight. - Amy
  • I decided I wasn't going to be all, my dreams had changed. I wanted to talk to moms about how to mums about how they could have real balance in their lives. - Amy
  • I love to help women see the joy in the struggle of motherhood. - Amy
  • I think there is a great power in women doing great things together. - Amy
  • You can be a great mom, even when you're making different decisions that other moms are making about the same topic. - Dana
  • You are the perfect mother for your children. No doubt about it. - Amy
  • The more you surround yourself with community, the more every aspect of your life and business will grow and flourish. - Dana
  • We need to surround ourselves with people who are not only taking, but also giving. It needs to be an equal relationship. - Amy
  • The training wheels of my life fall off in all areas (motherhood and business) when I don't allow time and space for myself. - Amy
  • In an ideal world, I get up a half hour to an hour before my kids do. I putter around, drink my coffee, open up the curtains and have a beautiful start to the day. It doesn't always happen, but it makes me so happy when it does. - Amy
  • Moments of self care can come in pockets of time. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Just stop and reconnect to  yourself, what you're doing, and why you're doing it. - Amy
  • In order to be mindful, you have to slow down. - Dana
  • If we're not careful, we can be in business brain 24/7 and that leads to overwhelm. - Amy
  • The more I invest in self care and myself, the more my business seems to do better. Because when I do step back into it, I'm refreshed, ready and full of great ideas. - Amy
  • Someone recently asked me the best business investment I ever made. I told them that it was a program that helped me learn how to meditate and clear my energy. It was exactly what I needed to gain balance in my life. - Amy
  • We think of ourselves and our business of being separate. But they're not. They're both our babies. - Dana
  • You are an instrument that needs to be nourished. - Amy
  • Your greatest asset in your business is you. YOU have to invest in yourself. - Amy
Mar 2, 2016

How Dana & NJ grow their businesses. In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast, Dana and NJ chat about how their businesses have evolved over time and the 4 things they’ve done to help with that growth. Let’s dive right in.

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In this episode you’ll hear:  

  • Why NJ describes herself as an Internetter
  • NJ’s story of becoming a Virtual Assistant, why she now calls herself more than a VA now and how her role at Boss Mom has morphed.
  • Why working backwards through your goals is a great process.
  • Why we should get over the fear of starting something new and why faking it till we make it is the wrong mindset.
  • The ONE THING that will for sure be on the agenda at the Boss Mom retreat.
  • Dana’s business journey and how she’s grown her business.
  • Why you need look beyond just what you’re passionate about when you’re starting a business.
  • What happened when Dana stopped struggling with maintaining multiple brands.
  • Why we can’t fall in love with the ideal of our ideal client if we want to grow our businesses.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • There is something that I have to give to the world that only I can give. And I HAVE TO do it, or I’m going to DIE. -NJ
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, our number one recommendation is to watch The Notebook and cry. Dana & NJ
  • To help someone, you just have to be a few steps ahead of them. You don’t have to be the expert voice. -Dana
  • If you want to make something happen, you have to be the one to make it happen. Take the leap and hope that you’ll fly as your going out of the plane. – NJ
  • I grew my business by taking the skills I’ve learned along the way and explored new ways to leverage them. – NJ
  • For everyone out there thinking of pivoting your business, it can be done. I did it. You can too. – Dana
  • In my first business, it was something that I was passionate about but I wasn’t using my gifts. – Dana
  • In order to grow, you need to look at what you’re passionate about and marry it with what you’re good at. That’s the sweet spot. – Dana
  • There is no possible way that I’d be where I’m at in my business if I didn’t have my team. I can’t grow without my team. – Dana
  • If you have the choice between buying a course and hiring someone to help you run your business. Hire them first. They’re going free up your time and help you make more money. – Dana
  • When you’re looking to grow, you have to get to a point where you can hand things off. – Dana
  • One of the biggest goals of our group coaching program is to figure out a way to grow without adding more to your plate. – Dana
  • Don’t fall in love with the ideal of your ideal client. Fall in love with who your client actually is and meet their needs. – NJ

Connect with Dana & NJ

Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place)

NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place)

Applications for the Boss Mom Academy are now open. Head here to apply. 

We love hearing from you guys! If you’ve got a question about today’s episode or want to leave us some inbox love, you can email us at hello@boss-mom.com 

Mar 1, 2016

It's a bonus episode! Today Dana is talking about the three essential questions to ask yourself before you join a coaching program. This episode is value packed and you're going to want to take notes. So, grab a pen and paper or open up Evernote and let's dive right in!

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In this episode you'll hear:

  • Dana's fool proof method for deciding if a group coaching program is right for you.
    • Where do you want your business to go?
    • Where are you at in your business right now?
    • Who do you want to be surrounded by?

Recommended links and resources: 

Connect with Dana 

Instagram / Periscope 

When it comes to nurturing and growing your business what are the challenges you face and how can we help you get past them? Let us know in the comments below or email us at hello@boss-mom.com

Feb 26, 2016

Lindsay Ambrose is making everyday moments more meaningful as a woman, wife, and mother of three young children. She writes life recipes for being present, choosing love and finding more meaning in the moments that make up everyday.

Lindsay Ambrose

By making small positive changes in her life—including character, health, home, relationships, parenting and spirit—her outlook and mood positively changed. This positivity spread to her family. She sees parenting as an opportunity to evolve and grow as a person. She has learned to accept and appreciate more, making everyday moments with her children more joyful and meaningful.

In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast, Dana and Lindsay talk about the power of the morning, why self care is so important, and why Lindsay loves making life recipes. Let's dive right in.

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In this episode with Lindsay Ambrose you'll hear: 

  • Lindsay's journey to becoming a Boss Mom and how her husband played a role in getting started.
  • Living with a house full of littles and why self care is so important.
  • Why Dana loves the middle of the night feeding sessions.
  • Why we need to skip the idea of perfection and just share.
  • How Lindsay deals with overwhelm.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • I don't know where things are going to lead, but I'm okay with that because I know I'm making a contribution to the world. - Lindsay
  • I can be the best for my kids if I'm being the best for myself. - Lindsay
  • My biggest challenge has been following my heart as it leads me to write. - Lindsay
  • It is up to me to create the career for myself. - Lindsay
  • The things that make you a little afraid always help you grow. - Lindsay
  • The morning is my time to think about where I'm at, where I want to be, and to get my day in check. - Lindsay
  • You can't get business unless you ask for it. - Dana

Connect with Lindsay Ambrose:

 If you're looking for daily tips and recipes for how to be more present, choose love in difficult moments, parent consciously and live intentionally connect with her  blog

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

Connect with Dana: 

Boss Mom Facebook Community / Instagram / Periscope 

Feb 23, 2016

In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast Dana and NJ talk about how they handle their business when they have sick kids and the three main pillars of running an efficient growing business as an entrepreneur.  Let's dive right in!

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In this episode you'll here: 

  • Dana and NJ talk about how having kids home sick effects their business
  • How Dana and NJ handle their business when their kids are sick.... what they do get done and what they let go
  • Why the words automate, delegate, and eliminate are
  • A peek behind the scenes of the Boss Mom brand and how Dana runs her team.
  • Why Dana let go of her Dana Malstaff brand.
  • Why it is okay to take yourself out of the running.

Recommended Links:

Quotes:

  • I'm addicted to having a team to help me run my brand. It's amazing. I was at the zoo and got a notification that my team members were collaborating. It was magical. My brand was moving forward and I was spending time with my kids.  - Dana
  • The best team members are the ones who are also your ideal client. The value they provide beyond their skill set is as magical as rainbows, unicorns, and garden gnomes. - Dana & NJ
  • Automate. Delegate. Eliminate. It will change your business. - Dana
  • Don't be afraid to show your kids your work. Sow those seeds of entrepreneurship. My six year old just came to me with a business plan for his school fundraiser. -NJ

Connect with Dana & NJ

Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place)

NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place)

Feb 18, 2016

How to be productive and move your business forward when you're in the thick of it. In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Dana shares how to be productive with smaller pockets of time.

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Recommended Links: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • You can always be productive.
  • Every time you go to the bathroom, find something you can do in the in between moments.
  • Figure out what you want to accomplish, make a check list so you know what needs to happen next.
  • We have to stop thinking that our lives are run in the same way as other people who have successful businesses but don't have little kids run their lives.
  • When you know what you want to accomplish, it is easy to write down and do the things you need to do to accomplish it.
  • We have to people of action. As moms, we're people of action. You help your kids grow and thrive, you can do that for your business too.
  • Productive amazing Boss Moms make decisions. It isn't always pretty, but we go for it and learn from our experience so we can execute it better next time.
  • You can't move forward if you tell yourself that you can't get things done in the in between moments of your day.
  • We can create an environment for ourselves where we can thrive. In order to do that, you have acknowledge what you can change and what you can't change.

Action Steps: 

  1. Think about what is really important to you. What is going to move the needle forward in your business? Be Honest.
  2. After that, make a list of things that need to get done. This is the start of your plan.
  3. Now you've got a calling card of awesome. Tackle your tasks and make it happen.

I don't want a bunch of amazing women and moms, beautiful creative Boss Moms feeling stagnant and like they can't accomplish anything because they don't have the time or the optimal environment to make it happen. I want you to feel like you've got the tools you need to succeed. You can create a thriving business and you owe it to yourself and family to do it. And to do it in a way that doesn't feel overwhelming.   

 

Apply to the Boss Mom Academy here. (www.boss-mom.com/academy)

Feb 17, 2016

This is a very special episode of the Boss Mom podcast. In this episode you'll hear Dana and NJ come together to talk about what's next for the Boss Mom Brand, share a few awesome tips, and share what's new with the Dana and NJ podcast episodes. Let's dive right in.

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Can I quote you on that? 

  • It is just so awesome to have a community. I love our Boss Mom Tribe. - Dana
  • The Boss Mom Academy is going to be a place where you can grow and gain momentum in your business, but you'll also be around people who understand that sometimes your kid is going to be home sick. - Dana
  • The Boss Mom Academy is going to be all about action and business. Dana
  • Business is people. - Dana's dad

Take the next step!

Head here to learn more and apply to be part of the first class of the Boss Mom Academy. (Make sure you apply soon, the applications deadline is Feb 28th and the program starts March 7th. 

 

Connect with us! 

 

 

Feb 11, 2016

Jaclyn Mellone is the mama behind the Chasing Dreams and Littles Incubator,  a monthly membership for mama business owners to grow their dream business that allows them to work less and live more!

One unique part about Jaclyn’s story is that she built a thriving community and business all from Instagram. She is now the go-to-gal for helping online business owners build an engaged community and Instagram sales funnel.

photo credit: Meg Mosher Photography
photo credit: Meg Mosher Photography

Her motto is, the juggle is real! Through her Facebook group, insanely interactive Instagram, and tight-knit Incubator, and one to one consulting, she’s here to help, share, inspire, laugh, cry, and shake up your approach to juggling family, home and business.

In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast Dana chats with Jaclyn about her Boss Mom journey and how her parents job's influenced her decisions. Let's dive right in.

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In this episode you'll hear:

  • Jaclyn's Boss Mom journey from working in the corporate world to working from her dad to working.
  • How Jaclyn's college friends inspired her business Chasing Dreams and Chasing Littles.
  • Why Jaclyn changed her business name very early on.
  • Why Jaclyn obsessively listened to business podcasts for six months before she even had an idea for her business.
  • How Jaclyn grew her community and found her tribe.
  • All about Instagram including hashtags and community building
  • 5 easy ways write Twitter updates based on one piece of content.
  • How Jaclyn uses other Facebook groups to promote her own Facebook group. Hint... don't be spammy.
  • Why Jaclyn doesn't use her opt in as a requirement to join her Facebook group.
  • How Jaclyn deals with overwhelm.
  • How Jaclyn found a mentor from attending a webinar.
  • The three tools you need when you are starting a business.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • I knew I wanted to have an entrepreneurial lifestyle when I did become a parent, so before I even got pregnant I left the corporate world. - Jaclyn
  • I left because I wanted flexibility- I didn't want to have to worry about counting sick days. - Jaclyn
  • My mom was home with us and I loved that. I always pictured being able to do the same with my kids. - Jaclyn
  • I struggled with wanting to chase an entrepreneurial dream like my dad was and wanting to be home for my kids like my mom was. Today, I get to have both. - Jaclyn
  • I like to wear heels with my pajamas. I'm a Boss Mom and I can do that. - Dana
  • I was terrible at hashtags on Instagram, until you told me I needed to use them. - Dana
  • Everything comes back to this one simple thing, what does your ideal follower want from you? Why would they want to follow you? -Jaclyn
  • If you hate a social media platform, then don't even worry about it. - Jaclyn
  • Instagram is a great place to meet people, but I love Facebook groups for deepening relationships. - Jaclyn
  • I leveraged my Facebook group by talking about it on Instagram. - Jaclyn
  • If you design something for your ideal client, they're going to want to join in on it. - Jaclyn
  • Just because someone is in your Facebook group doesn't mean that they're going to be the ideal client for your list. - Jaclyn
  • There are two things to do when you're overwhelmed. Push through it and make it happen, or prioritize and give yourself grace. - Jaclyn
  • Since starting my business, I've flipped my mentality of learning. Now, I'm learning what I need as I need it, instead of learning about something just in case I need it. - Jaclyn
  • Sitting in a mastermind hot seat a live event really helped me hone in on my business plan. - Jaclyn

Connect with Jaclyn:

Chasing Dreams and Chasing Littles: Chashing Dreams and Chasing Littles Incubator / Chasing Dreams and Chasing Littles Facebook Group / Chasing Dreams and Littles Instagram 

Instagram consulting:  Jaclyn Mellone

Connect with Dana:

Boss Mom Facebook Community / Instagram / Periscope 

Feb 4, 2016

Kathy Radigan is a writer, blogger, social media addict, mom to three, wife to one and owner of a possessed appliance. She posts a weekly essay each Sunday on her blog, My dishwasher's possessed! Kathy is the author of the viral post An Open Letter to My Teenage Son About Drinking and is a contributing author to three anthologies, Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness, Sunshine After the Storm: a survival guide for the grieving mother, and The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain and Power of Female Friendship. She is a Huffington Post Blogger and a contributor to What the Flicka and Scary Mommy. Her work has also been featured on, Yahoo, Elephant Journal, What to Expect,and other online publications. Kathy lives outside New York City with her family.

In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast, Dana chats with Kathy about her journey being an at home mom to a work at home mom, the process of syndicating her writing, and the tools Kathy uses to manage her business. Let's dive right in.

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What you'll hear on this episode of the Boss Mom podcast: 

  • Kathy's journey from a mom who lived and died by her kid's schedule to a successful writer and blogger
  • Why Kathy decided to step away a successful magazine she started.
  • The process of syndicating her writing and why she only writes once a week.
  • How Kathy decides what to write about.
  • How Kathy manages the overwhelm.
  • What happened when Kathy struck up a conversation with a stranger and how that effected her business.
  • The tools Kathy uses to run her business.
  • What Kathy does to take care of herself.

Recommended links and resources: 

Kathy's favorite blogs to read:

Can I quote you on that? 

  • For the first 11 years of my motherhood, I could never thing of going into business. I was too busy with my kids. - Kathy
  • I started from scratch, just like everyone does. - Kathy
  • I went viral and it took me to a new level. - Kathy
  • You have goals and things happen organically. And then there is a snowball effect.
  • My kids spark my whole passion for everything. - Kathy
  • When life gets crazy, I like to call my parents. - Kathy
  • When I look at all of the challenges I have in my day to day, I just can't sweat the small stuff. - Kathy
  • My business is a family affair. - Kathy
  • I always say yes to everything. I can work out the details later. - Kathy
  • If the Today Show calls, you go. - Kathy
  • If you've got a new opportunity, say yes to the adventure. -Kathy
  • I don't use a lot of technology. Instead, I use my time well and ask for help when I need it. - Kathy
  • If you want to do something new, start small. Do one thing well, if that's all you can do. - Kathy
  • Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of. - Kathy
  • I screw up daily and that's okay. The world has not come to an end. Instead of beating myself up, I try to learn from it. - Kathy
  • I started my own business because I wanted to do what I love. - Dana

Connect with Dana: 

Instagram / Periscope

Connect with Kathy: 

Website /  Facebook / Twitter / Google +

Jan 28, 2016

In this episode of the Boss Mom podcast Dana sits down with Leah Remillet, a success strategist for creative entrepreneurs. Curious as to what that means? Simply put, she teaches creative business owners how to strategically build strategies and implement systems to accomplish their specific goals and dreams. She teaches women how to be six figure, stay at home, mommy-preneurs, who can live the life they’ve imagined!

 

This episode is full of gems, including chatting about getting through the cycle of overwhelm, doing more in less time and why we should all celebrate when we go through a re-brand. Let's dive right in.

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In this episode you'll hear: 

  • How Leah works through overwhelm without letting it take her over.
  • Why we shouldn't feel guilty about outsourcing portions of our business and life.
  • How building a business is a lot like falling in love.
  • How Leah makes time to read a book a week.
  • The ONE book Leah thinks every entrepreneur should read.
  • The importance of tribes, coaches, and mastermind groups.
  • Why Leah is mapping out her entire year.
  • The lesson Leah learned by living on a boat.
  • Why we should celebrate when we rebrand.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • I always knew I was meant to be an entrepreneur. I watched my parents love their business. - Leah
  • My goal from the beginning was to maximize my profits and minimize my output so I could live my bliss. -Leah
  • Sometimes the only way to get past overwhelm is to dive in. - Leah
  • Outsourcing tasks has made me feel liberated. - Leah
  • Once I started building a team and outsourcing, I realized I had more time to focus on what was important. - Leah
  • Required reading for entrepreneurs: How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • 3 things every successful Boss Mom needs: a coach, a mastermind group, and a community to connect with. -Dana
  • I'm anti-competition. There is a place for everyone. - Leah
  • Outsourcing help wasn't as scary or hard as I thought it was going to be. -Leah
  • It's not just about planning. It's about implementing. - Leah
  • I'm no longer trying to everything. Instead, I'm paring down and focusing on what I want to be known for. -Leah
  • Life is so much more fun when we take time to recognize what makes us happy and put more of that into our lives. - Leah

Connect with Leah: Instagram / Pinterest  / YouTube / Facebook 

Connect with Dana: Instagram / Periscope

Jan 21, 2016

Lara McCulloch is, in two words, a shift disturber. She’s on a mission to change women entrepreneurs from overworked and overwhelmed into free and fulfilled.

This spark was lit in her early 20s when her addiction to the hustle first began. For ten long years, as a Brand Consultant for multinational corporations, she spent her days and nights sifting through knee deep piles of client briefs, hopping on and off of planes, forgetting to eat because she was too busy to feel hunger and multi-tasking like an expert 5-pin, one handed juggler.

And the payoff?

Sweaty, dirty and sore, she had clambered up the corporate ladder, shattered the glass ceiling and was perched precariously on top. Only to realize she was the unhappiest she’d ever been in her life.

With this lesson, she started her own award-winning consulting company. One that is run off of part time hours, generates lucrative and consistent cashflow, has launched a global speaking career and requires absolutely no investment in marketing.

She is now the antithesis of hustle. She’s living the lifestyle she wants AND can actually enjoy it.

Lara has created the Start Some Shift Academy to help women entrepreneurs learn how to build their own lifestyle businesses and once and for all boycott the hustle.

In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Lara and Dana chat about her drive to ditch the hustle and her retainer based business model. They also talk about traveling with kids, priorities, and why Lara isn't currently reading any books. Let's drive right in.

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On this episode you'll hear about:

  • How burning out in her corporate life spurred Lara on to become an entrepreneur.
  • How a conversation with Lara's grandfather changed her life and encouraged her business.
  • The Anti Hustle Movement and what it means to share it with the world.
  • The fundamental issue Lara has with hustle.
  • The benefits of working on a retainer model vs a traditional hourly rate.
  • The unconventional ways Lara finds her ideal clients.
  • Public speaking, fear and getting over it.
  • Lara's new workshop and why she's launching it.
  • How to ask the right questions to make sure you're finding the people to work with
  • How Lara deals with overwhelm (hint... she doesn't let it happen and her method is genius).
  • Why Lara travels without her child right now.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • Even though I came from a long line of entrepreneurs, I never really thought of myself as one. - Lara
  • I'm able to be a present and happy parent because of the business I created. - Lara
  • You've got to be actionable to get stuff done. - Dana
  • I lived the hustle, which is why the anti hustle movement is so important to me. - Lara
  • I like working smarter than I like working harder. - Lara
  • I am much better at what I do when I slow down and think about my business smartly. - Lara
  • Work through your fear, and you'll get through it. - Lara
  • I built a business that affords me the ability to follow my passions. Actually, it encourages me to do that. - Lara
  • When I build a business model where I'm able to pick and choose my clients, I'm in the drivers seat to chose my clients instead of focusing on sell, sell, sell.
  • Switch the mindset from selling to choosing your clients. - Dana
  • Overwhelm has 100% to do with perspective. I give myself 100% permission to let go of things that aren't a priority. -Lara
  • Don't feel guilty about letting things go that aren't a priority. -Lara
  • Focus on what is important to you and let the rest go. - Lara
  • Everyone in my life has something about them that I admire greatly. I'm always looking up to (and learning from) them. -Lara
  • My son just turned 3. I'm pretty sure he's a comedian trapped in a toddler's body. - Lara

Connect with Dana: 

Instagram / Periscope

Connect with Lara:  

Website / Facebook / Facebook group / Instagram / Twitter / Periscope

Start Some Shift podcast / Start Some Shift Instagram

Start Some Shift Academy: launching soon. Sign up here for details. 

Jan 15, 2016

Today's Boss Mom Podcast guest is the wonderful Emily Potts.

Emily is super-passionate about helping mompreneurs achieve small business success without sacrificing what matters most. A wife and mother herself, Emily owns three small businesses, so she knows a thing or two about juggling work and family! She believes in unconditional love, laughing really hard, making space for what's important and spending time where it counts. Emily teaches other mompreneurs how to strategically market their businesses, charge what they're worth and sell from a place of strength. She wants to help her mamas be truly profitable so they can feel empowered by their work and how it blesses their families.

Let's dive right in. Affiliate links present in this post.

Listen to the podcast: 

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What you'll hear about in this episode the Boss Mom podcast: 

  • How Emily's surprise baby shifted her business perspective and the challenges she encountered.
  • How Emily restarted her businesses from scratch with a newborn.
  • Emily's creative marketing plan and how gifting is involved.
  • How to set outside marketing meetings effectively.
  • How Emily discovered her niche helping momprenuers.
  • The benefit of prioritizing, outsourcing and taking time away.
  • The ONE THING you need to find when you're looking for a VA.
  • Why Emily is taking four months away from her photography business.
  • What Emily will be doing while she's not working on her photography business.
  • How Dana and Emily plan their days.
  • Why Emily recommends we work with blinders on.
  • How to stay relevant as your growing your business.
  • Emily's biggest business mistake and how she learned from it.

Recommended links and resources: 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • I had to learn how to juggle motherhood and business at the same time. It was challenging, beautiful, and crazy. - Emily
  • I got outside of my comfort zone, dug into my new community and created new connections. (How I restarted) - Emily
  • Step outside your box and ask for collaborations. - Emily
  • I think it is important to remember that you need to give to someone before you ask them for something in return (on marketing). - Emily
  • 90% of us are great at what we do, but not at running a business effectively. - Dana
  • Take time away. Refocus and regain your energy so you can go hard at it again. - Dana
  • If you burn out, you aren't going to work well. Take time away. - Emily
  • Working for the "man" is not my favorite. I'd rather work for myself. - Emily
  • Build a team with people you love. - Dana
  • Your people are your biggest asset. - Emily
  • I've built up enough of a great client base that I am going to take four months off. I know the work will be there for me when I return. - Emily
  • When our kids are at home, there are times we can only do bite sized work. That's okay. -Dana
  • I prioritize my work based on what is going to move the needle forward to my big goals. That work has to get done first. I'll fit the rest of it in later. -Emily
  • Comparison crushes or creativity. - Emily
  • Our knee jerk reaction is to get defensive when we make mistakes. But I've learned along the way that if you own it and do what you can to make it right, it is received much better. - Emily

Connect with Dana: 

Instagram / Periscope

Connect with Emily Potts: 

Website / Periscope

Jan 7, 2016

How to pick a word of the year! Happy New Year! For this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Dana and NJ are back with a bang and talking about their words of the year for 2016, why it's important to share hobbies with your kids and their current TV crushes. Let's dive right in!

Listen to the podcast: 

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. 

In this episode you'll hear:

  • Dana and NJ talk about their word of the year.
  • Why NJ has two words for the year (hint hint... she's got one for business and one for her personal life).
  • How to make your word of the year meaningful.
  • Why it's okay if you don't settle on a word of the year right away.
  • Why it's important to share your hobbies with your kids.
  • Dana & NJ talk about their TV crushes... it's adorable.

Recommended links and resources: 

The cutie The Flash

 

 

 

The cutie Coach Eric Tayor

 

 

 

 

Can I quote you on that? 

  • I realized I spent too much time and energy trying to make things happen instead of being patient to see how things would play out. - NJ
  • There has to be a why behind I everything do. Instead of throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, I'm going to throw spaghetti at the wall because I know it will stick. -NJ
  • I spent some time not working with ideal clients last year. The work wasn't meaningful to me. - NJ
  • I'm doing less this year, but I'm going to accomplish more. - Dana
  • Do less, but do it better. -Dana
  • I'm always a fan of any goal that includes the word napping. - NJ
  • Setting a word can be really powerful for your year. - Dana.
  • You've set a word for the year, but what are you going to to to make it purposeful for you? - Dana
  • A word can mean nothing or a word can mean everything. - Dana
  • Use your word of the year as a tool in your life, motherhood, relationships, and business. - NJ
  • I set my goals from a place where my word of the year lived. - NJ
  • There is nothing magical about January 1. - NJ
  • It's okay to not settle on a word right away. - NJ
  • Let's make 2016 the year we stop doing things that don't matter to us. - Dana
  • Don't just work with people that make your heart sing, bring that into your motherhood too. Share your hobbies with your kids! - NJ
  • With great power comes great responsibility. - Spiderman
  • Super Heroes are not my love language. - NJ

Connect with Dana & NJ

Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place)

NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place)

We are so grateful for you, Boss Moms! If you loved this episode, could you please take a second to leave us a rating and review on iTunes? Doing so helps us reach more Boss Moms! And don't forget, we've got an amazing Facebook Group just for you too. Here is the link to join us there (where we've got tons of awesome conversations happening about the intersection of business and motherhood).

What is your word of the year? How are you going to use it this year?

Are you Team Flash or Team Coach Taylor? Who is your TV crush?

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