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The mission of the Fresh Rag Show is to promote awesomeness in all creative ventures. Whether you're an artist, designer, photographer, handmade crafter or any other creative entrepreneur, your business has room to grow and the Fresh Rag Show is here to h

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The mission of the Fresh Rag Show is to promote awesomeness in all creative ventures. Whether you're an artist, designer, photographer, handmade crafter or any other creative entrepreneur, your business has room to grow and the Fresh Rag Show is here to h

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Dave has the best guests and most real conversations of any creative podcast I listen to.

Filled with personality. Great host.

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I really appreciate Dave’s fresh and honest approach. His conversations are always interesting and generally have some humor coupled with great information. Thanks Dave!

iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
55
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Amazing guests

By L to the k * - Jan 08 2016
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Dave has the best guests and most real conversations of any creative podcast I listen to.

Filled with personality. Great host.

By Portia Monberg - Dec 17 2015
Read more
I really appreciate Dave’s fresh and honest approach. His conversations are always interesting and generally have some humor coupled with great information. Thanks Dave!
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The Fresh Rag Show - Creative Business Insight and Expertise

Latest release on Jan 14, 2016

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Rank #1: Art Pricing and Selling Strategies with Suze Ford

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Most of the time, these conversations are for you. Sometimes, they’re for me, but yet, still for you. That is the situation today, because I’ve been eager to get my friend Suze Ford on the show to talk about her art selling strategy.

As you may know, I am now selling my own art online these days, and the best way for me to make that as easy a process as possible it to learn from my contemporaries. I regard Suze in the highest esteem when it comes to making and selling art, and because she’s always had my back, I figured it was only fair that I get her on the show to showcase her talents and expertise.

On this episode, we dive into some heavy topics, like whether you need a gallery or not, what to do if you want to reach into new markets, what is the best method for pricing, and what kind of art sells better to which types of buyers. Of course, this is all from her own experience, so your results may vary, but she’s got some learnin’ to teach ya, so come have some fun with Suze and me.

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Nov 05 2015

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Rank #2: Aaron Draplin Loves You—Hates Kid Rock!

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Today is a momentous day because I’m talking with one of my design heroes. It seems weird to consider someone who is a peer a hero, but I appreciate Aaron Draplin for all he does, and that goes beyond the scope of his design skill.

Aaron has a gift for telling it exactly as he sees it, and whether that’s him edifying Kid Rock, or embracing the greater aspects of Americana and punk rock, you know whatever you hear during this interview is 100% genuine Draplin, and we wouldn’t have it any other way… even with all the F-Bombs.

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I’ve opened the doors for pre-order on my program, Life After Christmas. This training is all about helping you build a sustainable, year-round business that become impervious to the sway of seasonal sales fluctuations.

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Oct 22 2014

1hr 21mins

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Rank #3: Improve your Social Awareness With Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media

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With all the different social media choices out there, it can be really difficult to separate wheat from chaff, and decide where to spend our precious time online. Some might have you believe you need to be everywhere, but is that really the case when it’s possible that some of your people may not be in some platforms?

Moreover, what are we to make of all the new media options, including those that are unfamiliar, and may have an inauspicious reputation, like Snapchat?

Today, I invited my friend Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media back on the show to talk more about our thoughts on all the new media options. We also talk about some of the bigger standards, and she drops some knowledge on Pinterest about things you probably have not heard before this. I invite you to get in the know with Caitlin.

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Jun 24 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #4: Emily McDowell comes on to talk success, loss, and wholesale business

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Another conversation that is long overdue, but finally made it’s way to you is this chat I had with artist/illustrator/business genius, Emily McDowell. Many of you know that I had my heart broken into a million pieces last year because I had an epic conversation with Emily that failed to record, and got lost to the wind. Not only was I deeply embarrassed to have that happen with her, but I was saddened because it was an amazing conversation that I wish I could have shared.

Fear not though—Emily came to our rescue and sat down with me again to chat. Now this conversation isn’t the same conversation as the previous, but I believe this one is just as epic, if not more so. Emily drops some serious insight into your lap, and will motivate you to take your business to the next level. She’ll also do so with extreme empathy.

If the 33-minute mark doesn’t strike a chord with some people, I’ll be surprised. Enjoy!

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Sep 24 2015

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Rank #5: Joy The Baker, On the Fresh Rag Show

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I’m not sure what it is about Twitter, but it seems to have spurred most of the conversations this month. I met Grace, Rena, and now Joy Wilson all on Twitter recently, and each episode has become a part of my top favorites.

Joy (aka Joy the Baker) is a formally trained baker who turned her passion into words, her words into a community, and her community into a legion. She built a small empire with that legion, branching off into several avenues including books, videos, and a podcast network of her own. There’s no moss gathering on this rock star.

In today’s chat, I talk with Joy about her comeuppance, her growth, and how she keeps from spreading too thin. We talk business success, and also quite a bit of nonsense. There’s a bit about hot dogs that you have to hear—during editing, I laughed so hard, I cried. So, yeah, it was fun, and I thank Joy for being on the show.

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Aug 06 2014

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Rank #6: Getting Mighty Ugly with Kim Werker

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If I told you to strive to make ugly work, would you look at me funny? Would you scoff at the idea that anything you did could ever be ugly? What if I said it was the only way to release you from some of the constraints you have about your work and your life?

Today on the show, my guest, Kim Werker talks about the premise behind her recent life’s focus. Aside from the many other things she has going on in her life, she published a book called Make It Mighty Ugly, and I highly recommend each and everyone one of you check it out.

I would like to say that our conversation stemmed from the idea of that book. In fact, that was the general idea. Then as I was doing my research, I ran across a post she wrote called 100 Stream-of-Consciousness Things About Kim, and that took me down an entirely new rabbit hole. There was more insight to who Kim is in that post than anything else I read. So, being the investigative journalist I am, we decided to talk about how sunshine is her nemesis, and how Delaware is the worst place on earth.

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Jun 03 2015

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Rank #7: Go From Scared Shitless to Unstoppable Force in a Weekend

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This past weekend I attended the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas, TEXAS (not California as the episode states), and despite your interest level in becoming a podcaster yourself, I can tell you without equivocation, I’ve never learned more about business in general than I did at this event. I gained a lot of knowledge and understanding of my craft and made some good friends, all while simultaneously getting my ass kicked.

In this special Off the Books episode, I talk about my weekend experience, and why it’s brought me to a place of new understanding in my business. You’re not going to want to miss this one, folks.

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Aug 18 2014

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Rank #8: It’s a Process

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Today is all about the rants and raves for different things I’ve run across in the last few weeks that I believe need discussing. There’s no conversation this time around, but I promise, I’ll give you something to talk about.

In the first part, I talk about a new podcast I’m into, and how the latest episode that centers around Robert Frost’s most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is one of the most widely mistaken pieces of art, and how the misinterpretation is affecting our decision making process.

Second, there’s a lot of chatter lately about Amazon Handmade, and how it’s going to effect Etsy, or not effect Etsy, as the case may be. It’s a hot topic, but I settle the score pretty quick on this one.

Third is all about intellectual property, and how we need to be 1. careful when working with friends, and 2. be sure to watch how much inspiration we take from others.

Also, I go into a long bit about my new theories on the Starving Artist mindset, and why I think it’s the people who are not creative that might have this whole topic wrong from the start.

Finally, I talk about how I increased my Instagram follower count by more than 25% in a week by using one simple technique, but that none of that even really matters… or does it.

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Oct 22 2015

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Rank #9: What Promise Are You Making to Your Customers With Your Branding?

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This episode of Off The Books is a replay of my most recent webinar, Brand Mastery. Some of you may not have joined in, for whatever crazy reason, but now you can listen in to the entire webinar and get some tremendous value, if I may say so myself. You didn’t even have to give up your email address.

I want to give a big shout out to my friend, Berni Xiong for being the moderator of the event. She fielded questions for me during the webinar, posted up on social media, and totally engaged the crowd, for which I am eternally grateful. Please give her a big thumbs up, and visit her podcast, The Shut Up Show.

What we discuss in this episode

  • What is branding and why it’s important
  • How to implement a 5-step branding process
  • Sharks with lasers and rockets (no, really!)
  • Q&A live coaching with one of my favorite contemporary artists
  • How community can help build a brand
  • Introduction to Fresh Rag Masters, a mastermind training group for creative entrepreneurs

We have one more episode in this season, and in that episode, I’m going to be talking quite about about the Fresh Rag Masters program which brings together creative peeps just like you in a way that helps foster the creative community, and gives you the power and insight to grow your business at a rapid rate.

I’m really stoked to be offering this mastermind group, and I hope some of you take advantage of the opportunity. Stay tuned to Wednesday’s episode if you want to know more, but you can get a jump on that by hitting up this link: www.freshrag.com/freshragmasters/

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Sep 08 2014

1hr 22mins

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Rank #10: Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine Can Do Anything!

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I’m warning you all ahead of time, I will definitely be soaking our guest with compliments this entire episode. Well, maybe not the entire episode, but quite often, to which I’m worried it got a little uncomfortable. I promise, no flirting at all. However, I am stoked to have today’s guest featured on the Fresh Rag Show today because she is someone that I have admired from a distance for awhile because of the work she does, and it was only a matter of time before I got her here.

Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor, designer and founder of Uppercase Magazine, one of my top favorite independent mags, and it’s fair to say that she is responsible for starting a trend in independent lifestyle magazines. It was only after her that I found some of my other favorite magazines, and I’m a happier consumer of paper goods because of Janine.

Uppercase Magazine isn’t something you would normally expect a strapping, burly dude like myself to read, but since I came from the magazine world, and I am a fan of really nice design, the combination of those two culminated in the pages of Uppercase makes me very happy.

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Oct 24 2014

55mins

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Rank #11: Artist and Illustrator Quyen Dinh Talks About Quitting in Order to Find Success

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Here at Fresh Rag HQ, I get multiple emails a week from people asking to be part of the site, either as a blog post, or featured on the podcast. It’s a good problem to have because I get to discover new people on a regular basis. A majority of the requests are not a good fit for the show, and it happens so often, I get a little jaded with the requests. However, every once in awhile, a golden nugget lands in my lap, and I can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity, and that is how Quyen Dinh came to be on the show today.

Quyen is an artist and illustrator based in Orange County, California, just a few miles away from me, and she’s tapped into a gold mine with her current work. Her pension for traditional style tattooing has her crafting some truly interesting work that is a mix of that traditional style combined with various pop culture references. It’s a unique idea that has taken off for her to the tune of 10,000+ sales on Etsy in 2 years. I’m glad she decided to come on the show now because if I had discovered her in a year from now, she may be too busy to deal with me.

So, welcome Quyen to the show and pay attention as she lends some awesome insight about how to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves.

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Aug 27 2014

56mins

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Rank #12: June Q&A On the Fresh Rag Show

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Today is questions and answers day. Here’s what we talked about:

Melissa

My sister and I are sister artists and we have separate Instagrams but one business. Should we merge them and what would be the best way?

Julianna

I’m developing a new product that I’m really excited about and plan on introducing to my shop next month. It’s something that I haven’t seen before in my industry and I think my customers will really love it.What’s your take on the amount of time I should leave between teasing it, announcing it and releasing it for sale?

Also, I want to start reaching new customers as well so I’m planning on contacting a few influencers in my industry that blog/podcast to see if they can help me to promote this product on their platforms. Do you have any advice for what I should say when I contact them? (They do many reviews so I think they will be open to the idea.)

Jenn K.

What’s the best way for freelancers to find new clients? I get most of my work through word of mouth and referrals and have tried advertising a few times without success.

Suze

Can you talk about your approach to using Periscope?

Lizzie

Favorite music to listen to when working and favorite music that gets you pumped.

Amanda

What’s your personal #1 way to unwind when you’re elbow-deep in business stuff, and how often do you take a break? How separate is your downtime from your work? Do you have any weird or stupid ways you like to have fun? When work, creativity and play are so intertwined for me I struggle sometimes to know when I need to, should, or shouldn’t step back from everything for a little while. I feel the pressure (and the excitement) to go go go and not lose momentum, but I know that’s a recipe for burnout. When I do “take a break” I feel a bit of anxiety that I should at least pick a “constructive” or “artistic” pass time. How do you feel about dumping some time into a video game or mindless tv show when you know you’ve got a hundred plates in the air, and how long do you give yourself before you dive back in?

Michele

What are you reading these days?

Deanna

I have a handmade business where I sell my hand bound leather journals, currently on Etsy, www.BadonHill.co. I am finally at a place where I want to make this all legit and get my business license, but I will be moving to another state soon. Should I wait to get my business license in California in a few months, or get it now in Arkansas, or does it matter?

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Jun 19 2015

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Rank #13: Rena Tom Dropping Retail Science

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I’m loud and boisterous. Rena Tom is subtle yet subversive, and I think that makes us a good pair for, at the very least, criminal activity. The world can be thankful though because Rena and I have decided to use our powers for good, and you’ll be glad she did in this interview. I’m not saying she gave away all the secrets to the world, but she did drop quite a few knowledge bombs and if you listen carefully to her, you will walk away a smarter and more savvy business person.

In this chat, we talk about starting a business out of a need for creativity, launching a retail shop, launching another retail shop, selling those and launching a third business. Rena also talk about how she helps creative entrepreneurs build their brands in a more traditional marketing way. Really, that’s just a portion of all the good things we discuss, so stop reading and get to listening.

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Lots of housekeeping in the up front, including the announcement of my very first, official-unofficial meet-up in Dallas on August 15th, 2014. Stay tuned!

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Jul 30 2014

1hr 6mins

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Rank #14: Sean Howard wants to convert you to his way of thinking

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Warning! We get really deep into a heavy topic this time around, but definitely an essential conversation is happening here.

Let me ask you a question first. Do you know precisely where your business is coming from? Can you say without a shadow of a doubt that certain aspects of your marketing efforts are driving sales, and you know exactly what those efforts are? Do you know which pages on your site are making the best conversions, or which ones completely suck and need revamping?

If you answer is no to any of those questions, then you need this conversation between Sean Howard and myself. Really, it’s Sean talking about how important conversion tracking is, because I am the absolute worst at making note of these things, and Sean does a good job of schooling me.

I’m sure he’ll do the same for you too.

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Oct 29 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Jewelry Designer, Natasha Wozniak – Fresh Rag Show

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In today’s episode, we’re discussing how to sell high end handmade products with jewelry designer, Natasha Wozniak. Several people have come to me in the past and asked me my thoughts on how to approach selling products that should be regarded as higher quality and higher price point. In those situations, I contend that attitude toward the work is as important as the materials used to craft the item.

How we look at ourselves as creators, and what we appreciate as being “high end” in the marketplace says a lot about us, and most of us have a problem seeing beyond the scope of our own budgets, even if we are shooting much higher with our product pricing. Natasha talks to this, and a whole slew of other pertinent questions with regard to selling high end products. Even if you sell a lower end product, you’re guaranteed to get some nuggets of wisdom from Natasha, and who knows, you may start charging more for your work sooner than you think.

We can only hope, right?

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I answer a burning question from a listener, this time about how to maintain our passion for our creativity when money is involved. This one is sticky, but I think I have the solution for you.

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Aug 13 2014

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Rank #16: Starving Artist vs. Hungry Artist – Which Are You?

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Welcome back, Folks! I’m glad you came around to find us at our new address. If you don’t know what I mean, recently I switched up the RSS feed for the podcast and it’s now in a new location on iTunes, so if you were a subscriber, now is a good time to go back into iTunes and resubscribe to the new address so you don’t miss a single episode. Click Here to make that happen.

If you use a different app for your podcast enjoyment, you’ll have to go back in and search for the show again. Hopefully you won’t have any issues, but if you do, please give me a shout below, or email me direct: dave[at]freshrag[dot]com.

On this episode, I talk about the future of the season, what guests I have coming on, along with some snippets of some upcoming episodes. I have a laundry list of amazing guests coming, including Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine, and Michael O’Neal of the Solopreneur Hour, just to name a few.

There’s going to be a lot more episodes this season because I will be incorporating some of the archive content from the past in a unique way the brings back some solid stories that deserve sharing, but gets right to the point, with no extraneous chit chat from yours truly.

I also talk about a subject that’s been on my mind for awhile, and that’s the difference between a starving artists and hungry artists. I wrote about this on the blog, but I expanded on the subject on the episode because I think I may have solved a very important problem that needed addressing.

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Oct 01 2014

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Rank #17: Is Modern Education Killing Creativity? I ask Kathleen Jasper of ConversationED

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This is not your typical Fresh Rag Show conversation, but this is a conversation that is needed probably more than any other we have had since the start of the show. Today I’m talking with Kathleen Jasper of ConversationED.com, a woman on a mission to change the status quo of how we educate our kids in America.

Whether you have kids or not, this is an essential conversation because the power that be are trying to turn the children of the world into standardized test taking drones whose only goal is to study to pass a multiple-choice test that does nothing but justify the high cost of standardized testing.

The truth is, not all kids learn the same way, yet we are trying our hardest to squeeze every single square peg into the round hole of Common Core. Meanwhile, as new standards in math, science and language are pushed upon them, other programs like art, music and sports are being removed to make room for industrialized education.

Kathleen Jasper wants nothing more than for you to stand up for your kids, and/or the kids in your community, because it is through our communities that we can make substantial change, and that is why Kathleen is here to talk to us today.

Things We Talk About in This Episode

  • What is Standardized Testing?
  • Who is Behind the Problem?
  • What are the Politics Surrounding the Education Issue?
  • What is Common Core?
  • Who is Doing Things Right in Regards to Public Education?
  • What Can We Do as a Society?

More About Kathleen Jasper?

After spending the bulk of her adult life as an educator and a school administrator, Kathleen had enough of the status quo. She left her position as a high school assistant principal in order to make ConversationED a full time effort. Kathleen admits, “On the weekends I was an activist, but during the week I was contributing to the problem as an assistant principal enforcing bad education policy,” and she decided she could no longer hide her distaste for the situation normal.

Kathleen is a self-proclaimed  “activist, educator, writer and game-changer inciting a conversation about education policy and action.” She also work with public schools and colleges as a consultant, to “impact necessary change to move forward with innovation and creativity.”

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Aug 20 2014

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Rank #18: Kristi Soomer Promises to Bring You Retail Bliss

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I’ve got a special guest on the show today, Kristi Soomer of Retail Bliss and Encircled. The conversation revolves around the idea of starting your own shop on your own e-commerce site, specifically Shopify.com. I’ve mentioned Shopify several times in the past as a viable option for those of you who might be looking to take yourself away from marketplaces like Etsy and others, but I do not have any personal experience with Shopify, so it’s been tough for me to talk about. I had been casually looking for someone to talk to about the site, but honestly not putting too much energy into seeking them out.

In a moment of serendipitous discovery, I saw a post in a Facebook group from Kristi about how she was hosting a free webinar on the subject of Shopify, and it’s happening soon, so I wanted to get this conversation out to you so you could take advantage of that opportunity.

Even if you’re not looking to start your own Shopify store, there’s a tremendous amount of wisdom in her words on the subject of retail and selling online. Check it out.

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Oct 10 2014

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Rank #19: Creative Business Success at the Corner of Marketing and Purpose

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Many years ago, I hopped onto the blogosphere trying to share my thoughts on what I believed made up good marketing strategy for businesses. Shortly after, I ran across Sean Howard, a marketing pro who both enlightened and confounded me with his knowledge of the subject.

I would read Sean’s posts voracity, and still have plenty of moments where I had no idea what he was talking about. I knew it was important stuff, but it was on a level far beyond my grasp. Since that time, Sean and I have become friends, and connected on many levels.

As both a successful marketing professional, and an accomplished photographer, it was only fitting that I brought him on the show to shop talk our way through purposeful topics, and a little bit of obscure pop culture.

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Feb 13 2015

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Rank #20: Flying Business Class with Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur

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Many of us entrepreneurs have this dream of living a lifestyle that allows us to go where we want, travel to an fro, making tracks in any direction that we deem necessary, but very few of us seem to make the jump. We have ‘responsibilities’ like families, bills, a business that’s rooted, and the idea of picking up stakes to head off into the next green pasture seems like a near impossibility.

Lord knows I’ve wanted to travel more, spend more time abroad, and see wonders that I will never find her in the States, but then reality sets in and we always find reasons why we can’t; I find reasons why I can’t, but there are other options.

Today I brought on Natalie Sisson, the Suitcase Entrepreneur to talk about such problems because she is living the life she wants, and it’s not just because she gets to travel wherever her whims might take her. In fact, she does have dreams of settling down a little bit, but don’t tell all her reader’s that. In fact, what she state on her blog, her videos, her podcast, and all her numerous products is that freedom and happiness are the goals behind her actions, and sometimes staying planted, but having wealth in other areas can be the reward.

Things we discuss in this episode with Natalie Sisson

  • Why is the word entrepreneur so hard to say and spell?
  • What is her compulsion with chasing outrageous challenges?
  • What’s important to remember for wayward travelers who also runs businesses?
  • How can a business owner who makes products turn their life into a suitcase carrying dream?

Natalie may not have the answers to all of life’s problems, but she certainly has figured out some of the biggest issues, and it all starts with a pursuit of something greater than herself. Sure, travel is fun, adventure is awesome, but helping others find their happiness and freedom is what makes her thrive. Come hang out and see what I’m talking about.

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Oct 15 2014

43mins

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