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#9: Why Cold Messaging is Never the Answer in Your Network Marketing Business

Take It Personally

Release Date: 11/05/2019

#52: How I Work Less in the Summer show art #52: How I Work Less in the Summer

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We are so close to one of my favorite times of year! School is almost out and summer is near. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that I decided a few years ago that I would work less during the summer. My kids are home more often and making this decision has allowed me to really spend this time with them and enjoy the summers we have together. And I love summer (who doesn’t love summer?)! We’re busy, we’re on the road, we’re at the pool, and I want to not have to work as much. But as a photographer, you may be wondering how the heck that is even possible. Today I’m...

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#51: Bringing Order to Business Chaos with Jade Boyd show art #51: Bringing Order to Business Chaos with Jade Boyd

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Jade Boyd is a brand photographer and business coach who helps creative entrepreneurs simplify and scale their service-based businesses with a combination of smart marketing strategies and seamless systems. Jade fell in love with entrepreneurship while earning her BBA in entrepreneurship and her MBA in Marketing at the University of Iowa. She's passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs find a way to pursue big goals without sacrificing the things that matter most to them. Jade lives in Iowa City with her husband Caleb, and they're currently doing a DIY remodel on their mid-mod cabin in...

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#50: How I Made $5,000 in One Day with Mini Sessions show art #50: How I Made $5,000 in One Day with Mini Sessions

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I have offered mini sessions in my business since the beginning of my business. I have such fond memories of mini sessions! The reason I started offering them at all was because it made me feel better about raising my prices. I felt guilty for raising my prices, so I offered mini sessions so I could work with the people that had kind of gotten me to the point I was at - essentially thanking them, while charging appropriate prices and still having boundaries around that lower pricing. Fast forward to today, I have my own studio, , where we host sets where photographers can come in and use those...

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#49: Why Photographers Should Outsource Their Editing with Nicole Olson show art #49: Why Photographers Should Outsource Their Editing with Nicole Olson

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Nicole Olson is a South Dakota photographer and private editor who loves helping burnt out creatives achieve freedom in their business. She has taken her 10+ years in the photography industry and seen that burnout is a common problem for photographers and can often be solved by to make more time for themselves, their business, or their social life.  Nicole recently made this transition in her business to include editing as one of her services and loves to help other photographers, along with having more freedom and time for her own family. In this episode, we dive into how Nicole made...

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#48: How I Respond to, Can I Pick Your Brain? show art #48: How I Respond to, Can I Pick Your Brain?

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Since I have started educating in my business, whether that is having a coaching client or talking and giving advice on Instagram or the podcast, I more often get questions that are essentially, “Hey, can I pick your brain?” Sometimes that is exactly how it’s asked, sometimes it’s super tactful and addressing the fact that they understand I do this for a living and ask to grab coffee and chat, sometimes they offer to pay, but the question kind of remains the same. Another interesting layer to this is as I have worked with other people to work education and thought leadership into...

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#47: Creating White Space in Your Business with Sabrina Gebhardt show art #47: Creating White Space in Your Business with Sabrina Gebhardt

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Sabrina is a lifestyle photographer located in Texas. She’s been in business for 11 years, and for the past 6 years she has been diving into the education side of her business. This has involved mentoring, creating a course, speaking at conferences, starting a mastermind, and more, all of which focus on the business of photography. Once you’ve been in business for a while, there is often this natural flow to the education side of things. You’ve gained experience, worked with many people, and had a lot of growth and success, so others want to learn how you did it and how you got to where...

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#46: Take It Personally in 2022 show art #46: Take It Personally in 2022

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BIG NEWS. By the time this episode is live, we will have hit 20,000 downloads for Take It Personally! This is a big deal, and I am so thrilled to see that number. I wanted to take the time to dive into Take It Personally - where it’s been and where I’m hoping to take it in 2022. This will be a little peek behind the curtain into my business, specifically the podcast. Thank you for being a part of this community and helping Take It Personally reach 20,000 downloads! I’m excited to share how I have gotten to this point, where I have grown, and my goals for this year ahead. Here are some...

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#45: 2022 Instagram Predictions show art #45: 2022 Instagram Predictions

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Let's talk about Instagram predictions for 2022! At the time of this recording (late January 2022), Adam Mosseri, the CEO of Instagram, has been doing weekly videos announcing new features for Instagram and priorities for 2022. It has been really interesting, and there has been a lot of change in a short amount of time! In today’s episode, I’m diving into some of the changes and updates we’ve already seen, along with my personal Instagram predictions for 2022. Here are some things discussed in this episode: New features in DMs New and expanded features with video creation Scheduling...

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#44: Everything You Need to Know About Starting an Email List with Jenny Roth show art #44: Everything You Need to Know About Starting an Email List with Jenny Roth

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Today’s podcast guest has become a very dear friend of mine. Her name is , and she is a copywriter from near Aberdeen, SD. I’ve talked before about some of the changes that have occurred in my business over the last year. A big part of that has been hiring a team and working with team members and contractors that do various things in my business, and Jenny was one of the first people that I started working with. Jenny does so much writing in my business. She has done sales pages, my new website that I launched last year, but we first got started working together when she started doing my...

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#43: Overcoming Overwhelm in Business with Celeste Coffman show art #43: Overcoming Overwhelm in Business with Celeste Coffman

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Since starting my business, I have been amazed at how utterly overwhelming parts of business ownership can be, and I think a lot of us can feel this way. I have often found myself thinking that I need a therapist for my business, and that is why I was so fascinated to meet today’s podcast guest, Celeste Coffman. Celeste is a licensed therapist and also a business coach, so she is a therapist for your business! Celeste and I had a great conversation on how she helps women in different ways to help them get past a scarcity mindset, imposter syndrome, to move forward in their business without...

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This week’s episode is a little different because I wanted to talk about something that recently happened in my own life, and it’s also something that I know happens to others on a pretty frequent basis. If you’ve been on social media at some point in the last five years, chances are you’ve been hit with a cold message. You know what these look like: maybe a high school acquaintance starts selling essential oils and sends you a DM. Or a family member you only see every other Easter wants you to check out the makeup she’s now selling. These messages are awkward, they feel super icky, and they’re just all around a really crappy way to market our business—ANY business, no matter if you’re in an MLM or not. 

I want to get one thing straight before I start this episode: I don’t have a problem with MLMs, networking marketing, or whatever you want to call it. I know people who have been successful with them, and I know people who haven’t been successful with them. I actually use a TON of MLM products in my daily life. Nearly my entire makeup bag is BeautyCounter, Young Living essential oils are littered all over my house, Monat is in my shower, and I’m newly obsessed with BeachBody OnDemand because the morning meltdown workout is bomb. I don’t have a problem with the products or even the companies; but I do have a problem with the icky sales tactics that are often promoted in these companies, and that’s what I want to talk about today.