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Office Talk with Annette Stepanian

Listen in on candid conversations with game-changing entrepreneurs and host, Annette Stepanian, as they share insights on how they’re designing a business and life on their terms. Also, Annette answers FAQs about law and your business in her Legal Quickie episodes.

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Ep. 051: Shanna Skidmore: Finance Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs

In this episode of Office Talk, I got a chance to chat with Shanna Skidmore, a business strategist and financial coach for creative entrepreneurs. I could definitely relate to Shanna, whose primary business goal is to simplify the seemingly daunting task of finance for her clients and set them up with the basic financial knowledge they need to take their businesses to the next level. For most creatives, finance and law can appear so overwhelming, but as Shanna shares with us, there are very few things you need to know, and once you know them, you’ll find it’s really not as complicated as you’d imagine. WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE The most common pitfalls that Shanna sees creative entrepreneurs making and how to avoid them How to calculate pricing based on profit and what to do if your prices are higher than you think clients are willing to pay How time-tracking saved Shanna’s business, plus her favorite app for time-tracking Why knowing the purpose of your business is essential to its success Why Shanna recommends sabbaticals for creative entrepreneurs and why it’s so much easier than you think A bit about Shanna’s background as a financial planner and how she grew into her current business of helping creative entrepreneurs master finance To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/podcast/25

48mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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Ep.078: Bonnie Christine Forkner: How to Get Paid to be Creative by Licensing Your Artwork

Have you ever wanted to get paid to be creative? In this episode of the Office Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Bonnie Christine Forkner - an artist, a fabric designer and a teacher who has made a living creating her art and she’s sharing her story of how she got there with you! You’ll hear Bonnie’s evolution about how she went from working in her mom’s fabric shop to making an amazing living licensing her products, teaching her secrets, and building a beautiful community of other designers who are interested in surface pattern design. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk

45mins

6 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Ep. 063: Myrna Daramy: The ABCs of SEO

You may have heard that Google is making changes (in fact, they’re making changes all the time), but there are some big ones coming to their algorithm as it relates to searchability and search results. As we head into the new year, I want to make sure that you have all of the information and the best tips on how to stay ahead of these changes. Cause who doesn’t love some free website traffic? In this week’s episode I’m talking to digital strategist and SEO expert Myrna Daramy, all about the ABCs of SEO. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk

36mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Ep. 055: Mel Abraham: Designing a Business + Life on Your Terms

If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a lot to know when it comes to everything you need to do to run a successful business.  Lucky for you, our guest today has spent the last three decades figuring out how to build successful businesses, but more importantly, a business based on the values that are most important to you. Mel Abraham helps entrepreneurs bring their businesses to the world and build the lifestyle that they want. He has built, bought and sold numerous multimillion-dollar businesses for himself as well as his clients. As the author of the #1 National Bestseller, The Entrepreneur’s Solution, Mel’s strategies have helped build thousands of businesses which have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to startups and small family-owned businesses.  In this episode, Mel opens up about his journey in business and life (the good, the bad-- and why he once did a webinar with his shirt off!) and how the choices we make in our businesses impact our lives. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk

44mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 032: Legal Quickie: What kind of business insurance do I need (with Nicole Luby)

Do your eyes glaze over when you read about insurance policies? Of course they do! I haven’t met anyone for whom that’s not the case. Even Nikki Luby, who works in commercial insurance at Excelsure, admits that insurance isn’t the most interesting of subjects. It’s more a necessary evil. In this legal quickie episode, Nikki breaks down the basics of insurance and what you really need to help you cover your booty—without putting you to sleep with all the insurance jargon! WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE The two main insurances that every business needs What kind of insurance you need if you work from home How to save money on insurance policies What to look for in choosing an insurance provider How to determine the insurance limit you need to protect yourself Catch the full show note at www.annettestepanian.com/podcast/23 Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

36mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #5

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Ep. 101: This Easy-To-Fix Mistake Cost Her Nearly $25,000

Business horror story alert! Starting a new project with a new client is always exciting, especially when they’ve already paid you!   But what if the project needs to be canceled?  And worse off, what if the client asks for a refund? In this episode, I’m sharing a true story of a service provider who came across this exact situation, and unfortunately, because of one small oversight, had to refund nearly $25,000.   It happens more often than I’d like to admit, so that’s why I’m sharing this story and my insights on how to avoid this situation altogether! To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer:  This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation.  If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

9mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 080: Maghon Taylor: How She Made Her Handwriting Her Message

If you’ve ever thought of turning your passion into your full-time job, then you’re going to love this episode with Maghon Taylor!   Maghon is the “she” behind All She Wrote Notes - the business she’s built around teaching her hand-lettering skills to other aspiring artists. As you’ll hear, Maghon launched her business on her iPhone one night after work! Since then she’s grown her business to include fun products, as well as in-person (and soon to-be online) hand-lettering classes. If you’ve ever wanted to take your skills and your personality and turn them into a business that you love, then you’ll want to catch this episode! To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk

41mins

20 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 067: Legal Quickie: The Most Common Questions from Event and Wedding Pros - Answered

To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

18mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 033: Lauren Pawell: How to Convert Leads Into Business Through Email Marketing

Have you started to build an email list for your business? We all know email lists are important—but once you have one in the works, what do you actually do with it? How can you leverage the subscribers you have through opt-ins or lead magnets and convert them into actual business? Enter Lauren Pawell, founder of Bixa Media. In this Office Talk episode, Lauren discusses how email marketing can quickly become your highest-netting channel, even more so than social media. Lauren shares some simple tips you can apply at any point in your business to boost your list and translate those leads into clients. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/podcast/33

33mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #9

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Ep. 059: Brady Hahn: How to Create Content that Creates Connection

It's been said that we all have a story, but do you know how to tell yours?  How could effectively telling your own story help you better connect with your audience? Your clients? Your customers?  Someone who knows all about the value of storytelling when building a brand and business is Brady Hahn, founder of Insight Collective and my guest for this week’s episode of the Office Talk podcast. She helps entrepreneurs tap into their true leadership potential by focusing on bringing people together through storytelling. This episode is jammed packed with information that you can use today in building your brand, including the specific steps to take when starting to think about how to present your own story. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk

39mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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Ep. 088: How to Protect Yourself and Your Online Program

Launching a group program is a great way to move from a 1-to-1 business model to 1-to-many. In fact, online courses have become a $300 billion industry. It’s huge, and I’m seeing more and more business owners creating courses and other group programs--and just killing it. If making this shift or leap is one of your goals, I encourage you to make it happen. But before you start signing people up for your mastermind, group coaching or course, you have to make sure your ducks are in a row. You have contracts for your 1-to-1 work; it’s just as important (if not more so) to have a contract for your group program. In this episode, I’m sharing the three things you must include in your program’s terms of service and what to consider for each one. Because the terms of service you have on your website just aren’t enough to protect you should something not go as planned with your course. Listen in now, and if you need terms of service for your course or online program, head to my shop to get yours. Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

10mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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Ep. 092: My IVF Story

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve brought you a show!  In this episode, you’ll get an update on what’s been brewing both on the business and personal side of things.  I’m also getting a little personal in this episode by sharing some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the last few months as we embarked on our IVF journey. I hope this helps those of you who may be going through a similar experience.  To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer:  This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation.  If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

22mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 054: Let's Get Down to Business: The Top Business Lessons I've Learned from this Podcast

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO THE OFFICE TALK PODCAST! This podcast has been a passion project for me and I'm beyond thrilled that we've made it a full year together. I've got some exciting things planned for the podcast in the next year that I think you’re going to love. In this new episode, I thought it would be fun to take a look back on some of the lessons I’ve learned this past year about myself and my business. Some were inspired by conversations I’ve had with guests on this show, and others I’ve learned along the way. In fact this season, I’m going to be sharing more of these insights on the podcast. So here we go. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented  nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

15mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 068: Legal Quickie: The Most Common Questions from Graphic, Web, and Print Designers - Answered

In this week’s episode, we’re diving into the most common questions I get from designers. So if you’re a graphic designer, a web designer, a print designer -- you’re going to want to have a listen. And if you’re not, listen up anyway! There might be a nugget in there for you! To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

16mins

7 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Ep. 058: Legal Quickie: Should my client proposals be separate from my client contracts?

When you get an inquiry from a potential client, you probably send over a proposal or quote that outlines the basic terms of your services, but when the customer accepts and wants to proceed, then what do you do? Are they supposed to sign the proposal? A separate contract? Or should the contract terms be part of the proposal? In this episode, I’m sharing three different solutions for this often-asked question: Should my client proposals be separate from my client contracts? To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

8mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Ep. 082: How To Fix The 5 Biggest Mistakes In Your Wedding Planning Biz

What isn’t working in your wedding planning business? Sometimes you’re too close and emotionally attached to it to know exactly where you should make changes. But something might just feel “off” to you. One thing that trips up most newer business owners, no matter the industry, is that they treat their business like a passion project or hobby. If you got into business because you have a passion for the process or your clients, you may be overlooking some of the common mistakes you’re making. Don’t learn the hard lessons the hard way. I don’t want you to have unhappy clients or legal issues on your plate. Insead, take a listen to this episode and course-correct now. As a side note: These mistakes aren’t exclusive to wedding planners; I’ve seen them made in all different industries. So just because you’re not a wedding planner or in the wedding industry, don’t discount this episode. You could very well be making these mistakes in your own business too! To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

20mins

29 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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Ep. 096: Trademarks & Picking a Name for Your Business

You’ve been wracking your brain to come up with a catchy name for your new business, product, or service … then you finally land on the winner! Before you rush off to get a logo created, there’s one extra step you need to take, and it’s really important. In this episode, I’m talking about trademarks and why having a unique and distinctive name is so important - both professionally and legally. Listen to this episode and save yourself lots of wasted brainstorming time (and possible trademark trouble)! To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer:  This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian.  Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential.  The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation.  If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

7mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Ep. 066: Legal Quickie: What you need to know before you hire your first employee with Jennifer Wiegley

I’m really excited about today’s Office Talk interview because we’re diving into a topic that I get so many questions about! I’m joined by fellow lawyer, Jenny Wiegley as we walk through what you need to do when you’re ready to hire your very first employee. Based here in California, Jenny has specialized in employment law for her entire career, and in this episode, she’s sharing her checklist of what you need to know when you’re ready to hire. As you’ll hear us mention many times in the interview, the laws around employment issues can be confusing and sometimes it can feel like you’re navigating a maze, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

51mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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Ep. 072: Spring Cleaning Your Life and Business: 3 Questions to Help Get Rid of the Clutter and Make Room for Magic

In this week’s episode, I’m talking about two of my favorite things: spring cleaning and your business. As we approach the spring season, that usually brings on an urge to do some spring cleaning around the house. But we can take that same approach and spring clean our business too! I’m sharing the three questions that you can ask yourself to free up space in your life and business in order to invite the magic to happen. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

14mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #19

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Ep. 074: GDPR for Your Small Business

You may have been hearing the term “GDPR” a lot over the past few months and wondering what exactly is this talk all about? In this episode, my goal is to break down GDPR - to give you some basic background context to what this law is all about, why it’s important to understand, and what it means for your small business. To learn more and get the show notes, visit: www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk Disclaimer: This content is for your educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of hiring an attorney. It does not create an Attorney-Client relationship between you and Annette Stepanian. Neither receipt of information presented nor any email or other electronic communication submitted or received will create an attorney-client relationship with Annette Stepanian. Any information that you provide by reason of your use of this content is not privileged or confidential. The law varies from state to state and based on the individual facts. Therefore, the information in this presentation may not work for your specific situation. If you have specific legal questions, you should seek the advice of an attorney authorized to practice law in your local state or jurisdiction.

26mins

9 May 2018

Rank #20