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Welcome AMAZING BOSS MOMWe are so glad you found us because that means you have a burning desire to create something in this world...something that positively impacts people AND also makes you money.You are in the right place.Here at Boss Mom, we know all too well the challenges of raising babies and businesses at the same time and you need more than just great resources (which we have) you also need a strong support system (we have that too).Just like all moms you need a simple business because life is complex and you should never have to apologize for having a sometimes unpredictable schedule. You can build a really successful (and profitable) business in 15 hours a week, you just have to know how (and we are going to show you).We interview amazing ladies who share their struggles and successes as well as solo episodes where I guide you through our Nurture to Convert System designed to help Boss Moms raise their business and babies at the same time. I'm Dana Malstaff, founder and CEO of Boss Mom LLC, and I'll be your host.

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Episode 188: The Not So Obvious Ways to Self Care with Dana & NJ

Self care is one of those things we boss moms often talk about.....a lot more than we actually do. Am I right?? Boss mom life is not for the faint of heart as we constantly try to juggle #allthethings with as much grace as possible. In today's episode you'll hear super real conversation surrounding the realities of self care (or lack thereof!) and some of our thoughts and ideas on how to get practical and start making self care a greater priority. Listen + subscribe on iTunes // Stitcher When you go through seasons in your life or business where you're really stressed out, not taking good care of yourself, and constantly running, it's inevitable to experience the emotional peaks and valleys that come from feeling like life is outside of your control. The baseline things like rest, hydration, nutrition, exercise and recovery time are often the things that we give up first in the name of doing for other before ourselves. There's a problem, however, when we let that response become our default instead of prioritizing our own self care so that we can more effectively serve and give as we live our lives. When we talk about self care, we really aren't talking about the special, pampering things like massages and pedicures (although those things are nice too!) We are really talking about it from a perspective of taking a real, honest look at how you're doing and filling the gaps between where you're at and where you need to be. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get started on the road to better self care, especially when you find yourself in a season of push, which you'll hear us talk about a LOT in this episode (because hey, that's where I am right now!) 1. What is working? It's easy when you feel run down, worn out and ragged to feel like nothing is working and everything is a mess. We've all been there, right? But always keep this thought in your back pocket: the only thing that is ever the end of the world is the end of the world. Start first by assessing your life and finding the things that are working in this season. Celebrate those things, magnify them and make a point to give those areas more attention. What we focus on multiplies, so choose well! 2. What isn't working Now it's time to get real and figure out what just isn't working so you can figure out how to problem solve and fill the gaps. The place to start is by identifying the things in your life that don't feel good or are resulting in less than stellar outcomes. For example, if I judged whether I was getting enough sleep by my productivity, I wouldn't necessarily think there was an issue. But when I judge it based on my level of patience with my kids or overall ability to cope with life, it's much easier to notice that lack of sleep is causing issues. Take the time regularly to assess what isn't working so you can address it and make the necessary adjustments. 3. What matters MOST? Too often we sacrifice the things that matter most and kill ourself doing things that.....*drumroll*.....don't really matter! Now what kind of sense does that make?? Remember when you decided to become your own boss so you could be the one in charge and create something that allowed you to live in freedom? You get to do that in your LIFE, not just your business! Decide what's most important, and set your priorities up to reflect that. At the end of the day, when you can answer (truthfully!) each of these questions, you'll be well on your way to making things better. Good self care begins with good self awareness....and all that's left to do is mix in a healthy dose of purposeful action. There are tons of steps that you can take to improve your approach to caring for yourself, but here are a few ideas to get you started..... 1. Find support For me, hiring a team has been my greatest form of self care because it has made the greatest impact on my ability to balance life and business better. For you, it may be factoring in more time with friends, or getting yourself into therapy or joining a new fitness class. Whatever it may be, make sure that you feel supported, so that while you try to care for yourself well, others can come alongside and care for you too. 2. Let things go Sometimes the best self care starts with letting things go because they aren't sustainable or the things that matter most. It might be scary, but don't let fear keep you stuck in places that aren't good for you. Be realistic about the season you're in, and go back to your answers to the questions above when you need direction about what to keep and what to let go. 3. Set boundaries Along with letting things go, it's super important to learn how and when to say no and set good boundaries (which, admittedly, I stink at!) And it's not just about setting boundaries for yourself - it's about setting boundaries with others too. How you treat yourself is how you will train others to treat you. Bottom line: you are WORTH taking care of, and in order to thrive as a person and a CEO, you need to start taking better care of yourself TODAY. It can feel easier to continue to self sabotage rather than be honest with yourself and create better habits, but you will inevitably burn out and be totally useless to yourself and everyone else. And you were made for so much more than that.   Referenced in the Show: Fringe & Fitness Water Bottle Kelsey Van Kirk Allie Casazza The Purposeful Home Podcast Boss Mom Retreat (Just FYI, some of these links may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase using the links I may receive some love in return!) Sponsor Spotlight: Thinkific You all know just how much I love online courses and think that anyone with knowledge or expertise in an area should take that knowledge and turn it into a resource to share with others. That's why I'm SO pumped to share Thinkific with you, the online course platform that I use and love for all Boss Mom courses. Thinkific is dedicated to helping businesses grow through online education, and helping you easily create, market and sell online courses. This easy to use, all-inclusive resource will change your life - seriously. Go check out boss-mom.com/thinkific to learn more and try Thinkific FREE for 1 month. Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We love hearing from you! 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. Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in her happy place, the Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would also LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review for us on iTunes! We know it can be kind of tricky to figure out, so here are a few step-by-step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad. Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

35mins

4 Apr 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 124: How to get What you Want in Life & Business with Dana & NJ

How to get What you Want in Life & Business. In this episode, Dana and NJ give the ins and outs of how to take action and get what you want out of life and business. This show is sponsored by high-performance coach, Stacy Tuschl. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: Ways to pitch yourself to get what you want. Creating a story that sets you apart. If you own a business, you have to sell. Handling rejection and finding the root of the fear. You have to program your brain to believe you are spreading your story and your message. The words to stop using to be action oriented. What words to take out of your sales pages. Our Sponsor: High-Performance Coach, Stacy Tuschl Would you love your marketing done for you? High-performance coach, Stacy Tuschl is hosting a contest right now with a $10,000 prize. Stacy built her own million dollar business and wants to help 1 lucky winner create their next million dollar marketing plan. The winner will get to work with Stacy 1 on 1 in her Marketing Accelerator program, as well as other great prizes including a bonus for all of those that enter! To enter the contest, use this link: www.HighPerformingMom.com Stacy Tuschl is an entrepreneur and Business Performance Strategist. She started her first business in her parents' backyard at the age of 18 and turned that company into a 7 figure business. Author of the #1 international bestselling book, “Is Your Business Worth Saving?” she reveals proven strategies for pulling entrepreneurs out of a rut and launching them toward business success and is the host of the top-rated podcast Business Rescue Road Map. Recommended links and resources: Boss Mom Podcast Episode 113: Routines, and Nannies while still working hard with Melanie Duncan Entrepreneur On Fire: Lose the Guilt and Build Thriving Homes and Businesses with Dana Malstaff Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income Episode 210: How to Automate Your Business to Save Time and Make More Money with Dana Malstaff 21 Amazing Online Entrepreneurs Huffington Post I Heart Your Face mugs Lilah Higgins - The Higgins Creative Boss Mom Academy Boss Mom fitting call Boss Mom Facebook group Boss Mom Retreat Facilitators List Can I quote you on that?  You have to decide what you want, know what benefit is for the other person, and ask for what you want. - NJ Get past what you are trying to promote and highlight your story and why you are interested in helping people. - Dana You are what sets you apart. What part of your story makes you unique. - NJ If someone says no, it's not personal, it's business. - NJ Make a commitment to say action words. - Dana Asking for something is a muscle you have to stretch, the more you work it, the more comfortable you feel, you have to work it! - Dana Don't build the things you hate into your business, but if it's fear of the unknown, dive in anyway! - Dana Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send. 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 Or, you can always find both of us hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community. 

40mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 137 - Taking Control of Your Spending Habits with Lauren Greutman

Taking Control of Your Spending Habits with Lauren Greutman. In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Lauren talks about being a forever recovering spender and building money boundaries. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: Lauren's Boss Mom journey. Value spending and budgeting. Using credit cards for spending. How to know your spending boundaries. Being an entrepreneur and spender. The recovering spender story. Recommended links and resources: The Recovering Spender Website Meet Edgar The Recovering Spender Boss Mom Facebook Community Can I quote you on that?  We try to teach our kids they can reach better than working for someone else. - Lauren What you value is how you spend your money. - Lauren People need to understand that it's okay to splurge on themselves as long as they aren't going into debt over it. - Lauren I've had to flip the way I think about boundaries so I can pay myself. - Dana I will forever be a recovering spender, I'll just never be in debt again. - Lauren More about our guest, Lauren Greutman. Lauren is a wife, mom of four and a recovering spender who - with her husband - figured out how to get out of $40,000 of debt. Now Lauren strives to bring others into her circle... to mentor you and teach that, when it comes to managing your finances, "YOU CAN DO THIS!" She is the author of the book 'The Recovering Spender' due to release September 2016 and of the popular money saving website LaurenGreutman.com (formerly iamthatlady.com). Website / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram Connect with Dana: Instagram / The Boss Mom Facebook community (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find both Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

29mins

10 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 98: How to Build a Thriving Business & Family at the Same Time with Pat Flynn

How to Build a Thriving Business & Family at the Same Time with Pat Flynn. In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Pat gives wisdom on how to create boundaries with family and business, and creating content that reaches your target audience. Sponsorship for this episode is the Boss Mom Retreat, January 27-28, 2017. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: How raising a business is like raising a child. Pat's boss dad journey from being laid off from his job to making money on through entrepreneurship. Building boundaries between business and family. Balancing family and business. How Pat prepares his kids for business trips. Building a niche in business. Pat's book Will it Fly. How Pat handles stress and overwhelm. Our Sponsor: The Boss Mom Retreat is in San Diego, California on January 27-28, 2017. This event is like not just an event. It's a place to work on your business, create new relationships, and foster new collaborations. This is a space where we will provide training on topics you choose to help grow your business and give you space and guidance to move your business forward while at the event. The 2 day event is going to be epic, and we want you there! Recommended links and resources: Smart Passive Income Will it Fly Book Made to Stick Book Smart Passive Income Episode 197: Behind the Scenes of Writing Will it Fly Food Truckr The One Thing Book Google Tools Ask Pat Podcast CoSchedule Slack Boss Mom Academy Evernote Trello Training Boss Mom Facebook Community Can I quote you on that?  For me it's all about being honest, transparent and being myself in my business. - Pat When I built the boundaries around my business, I was able to focus on my work, or my family. - Pat It's all about being proactive and knowing what's coming, you'll go a lot further. - Pat I want my kids to know that what I do is something that will change the world. - Pat Sometimes you have to jump in and be helpful, useful and logical to build bridges to help others. - Dana I'm very conscious about the mistakes I've made and learning from them. - Pat If I'm not a little scared of a project, it's probably not big enough. - Pat Everything should be about a problem in your community that you can solve. - Pat I focus on what the next step is that I'm working on for where I want to be so I don't get overwhelmed by all the information out there. - Pat When you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. - Pat When you are writing something for everyone, you are writing for no one. - Pat More about our guest, Pat Flynn. Pat Flynn is the founder of SmartPassiveIncome.com (SPI) and the author of the best-selling book Will It Fly. His family is the primary motivation for everything that he does, and you’ll hear him mention them often throughout the SPI site. His wife, April, and two kids, as well as their dog, Gizmo play an integral part in how he prioritizes his business growth. He says that "The best part about my job is that it allows me to plan my day around my family, not around my business." We love how Pat how he approaches his business... When I started Smart Passive Income back in 2008, my goal was simple: share the strategies that have helped me grow my online business. Since that time, it has become remarkably easy to find advice on internet marketing and starting an online business—but what has gotten harder is finding ethical advice that has been properly tested. My belief in helping you learn is simple: Share the truth, be honest, work hard, and lead by example. That’s what I’m all about, and that’s what SPI is all about. Connect with Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find both Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

53mins

11 Aug 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 94: The Power of Connecting People with Dana & NJ

The Power of Connecting People. In this episode, Dana and NJ discuss the power of connecting with others, the shift your business takes when you connect others and how to build business relationships. The sponsor for this week is Vintage Meet Modern. In this episode you’ll hear: Connecting people and networking. Building a community. How to network and meet people. Ways to build connections. Tips for those who are just starting your business. A bit about our sponsor, Vintage Meet Modern: Hi, I'm Veronica. Passionate about preserving items from the past, and incorporating them into modern life, my boutique Vintage Meet Modern was born in 2011  I have loved jewelry all my life. Getting to play in my grandmother's jewelry box was one of the highlights of many Sunday afternoons as a child. Later in life, I found myself surrounded by jewelry again while working at Neiman Marcus specializing in designer jewelry and also working as a stylist. With 20 years experience in the fashion, retail, styling, and design industry my vision was to create an upscale shopping experience online focusing on the needs of clients who want to accessorize their life with something, unique, historical, and completely wearable --today, tomorrow, forever. Shop Vintage Meet Modern. Recommended links and resources: Hurts so Good John Mellencamp Fargo Jessica Stansberry - Technical advice Trisha Marie Anchor and Flourish - Brand Photographer Samantha Johnston - Brand Coach Lilah Higgins - Branding Danielle Roberts - Virtual Assistant Leanne Moore - Virtual Assistant/Graphic Design Dawn Marrs - Automation Veronica Staudt - Vintage Meet Modern jewelry Elizabeth Thompson - Editing and Copy Writing Ashley Beaduin - Fire and Wind Co Alexa Bigwarfe - Self-publishing and writing coach Jamberry Nail Wraps Boss Mom Academy Boss Mom Facebook group Can I quote you on that?  There's something that shifts in your business when you become a connector. - Dana It's really selfless to be a connector. - NJ Find people you can recommend to connect others to. - Dana Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send. 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 Or, you can always find both of us hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community. 

36mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 116: Being Boss & Being a Boss Mom with Kathleen Shannon from Being Boss

Being Boss & Being a Boss Mom with Kathleen Shannon from Being Boss. In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, . Sponsored by the delicious Prep Dish! *This episode has explicit and non-kid friendly moments.* Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: How Kathleen doesn't feel like she doesn't fit the traditional "mom entrepreneur" mold. Being sexy and being mom. Being Boss Podcast with her sister. Having two businesses and one kid, and how to juggle. Planning an annual calendar. How Kathleen handles being in the midst of overwhelm. Kathleen's struggle with depression. Parenting and starting a new norm. Our Podcast Sponsor: Prep Dish Prepdish.com is a subscription based meal prep service. The creator of PrepDish, Allison, is a chef, nutritionist and registered dietitian. There are two options for meals, gluten free and paleo. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 2 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a free 2-week trial to all Boss Moms. You can’t beat that. Check out PrepDish.com/bossmom for this amazing deal! For the free 2-week trial, use code Bossmom. Recommended links and resources: Brene Brown Brene Brown Ted Talk on Vunerability Daring Greatly Rising Strong Headspace App John Oliver Boss Mom Academy Boss Mom Facebook Community Can I quote you on that?  Getting a business partner is like getting into a marriage. - Kathleen We have a huge calendar where we map out promotions and plan our launches accordingly. - Kathleen When you have a business that is working, you have to grow and refine. - Dana Recognize what works for you and use that to your strength. - Dana It's a special type of woman who is a stay at home mom. - Dana I love my son watching me do what I do best, I'm excited for him to see me work and influence his future. - Kathleen I surround myself with women who are supportive and non-judgmental. - Kathleen Parenting is the same as entrepreneurship, it's all about decisions. - Dana More about our guest, Kathleen Shannon. Kathleen Shannon is co-founder of Braid Creative where she focuses on personal branding for creative entrepreneurs who blend work and life. Kathleen co-hosts the Being Boss podcast for creatives where she shares everything she knows about getting in the boss mindset, habits and routines, and living the boss life. When she's not recording a podcast or writing for her audience she is traveling all over the world looking for her next adventure, going on Pokemon hunts with her husband and kid, or working out in the boxing gym. Being Boss / Braid Creative / Instagram Connect with Dana: Instagram / The Boss Mom Facebook community (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find both Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

1hr 7mins

22 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 79: How to Work Through Business & Life Hiccups with Dana & NJ

How to Work Through Business and Life Hiccups. In this episode, Dana and NJ talk about a valuable lesson learned when life threw a curve ball, leveraging your brand and building loyalty. Plus, a goodie from our fun sponsor: Samjoco Celebrations. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: How to leverage your brand. Promoting a team culture in your business and family. How to continue working when disaster hits. Building loyalty around your brand. Our Sponsor: Two mamas who know the struggles and stresses of planning a party make your lives easier with ready to go parties in a box. Birthday parties should be about more than just eating cake and opening presents. A party should be a chance to honor the little birthday boy or girl and spoil your guests rotten with fun activities and a great atmosphere that leaves them begging for more. Samjoco Celebrations does just that by creating and curating unique adventure and activity party boxes that cover the A-Z of the party for you. Open your party in a box and breathe a sigh of relief, the fun is ready to be had and all the hard work is done. Every Samjoco party box comes with all the necessary ingredients for a rocking party including a party guidebook that takes you step by step to setting up the party of your child's dreams. Your next party, in one box so you can stop stressing and start the enjoying the fiesta. Find these great party boxes at samjoco.com! An awesome exclusive for Boss Moms! Discount code: BOSSMOM - 15% Off! A note from our sponsor: Hi, I'm Samantha! I'm a fun-loving mom and military spouse. I co-own Samjoco Celebrations, we are a unique party supply company specializing in adventure and activity party boxes! We take the stress out of planning a party and include literally everything one would need (minus food, of course) to throw a rocking child's birthday party ... in a single box. We are affordable and dedicated to supporting other small biz owners by including their handcrafted goods in our boxes. We offer typical party supply products such as banners and goody bags, adventure and activity party boxes. Recommended links and resources: Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke, MA NJ's new microphone - Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone Can I quote you on that?  Don't be afraid to leverage your story, position yourself to be bold and ask questions. - NJ The symbiotic relationship is sometimes not recognized, but it's important. - Dana Loyalty is key to business. - Dana When everyone has a role, they feel valued and they work to fulfill that role. - Dana Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send. 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 Or, you can always find both of us hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community. 

40mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Episode 160: Focus, Focus, Focus...Squirrel with Dana

This is a Nurture Your Business segment with Dana. Dana talks through focusing on what you really want instead of being distracted by shiny object syndrome. This show is sponsored by Pierce Social. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: Pulling babies out of the river. How to address the right problem and create focus. Saying no or not right now and how it builds confidence. How you can know what to focus on. Your future: emotional, physical and financial. Asking "Is this serving me in getting to where I want to go?" Time, resources and experiences. Turning goals into actions. Our Podcast Sponsor: Pierce Social Is social media management a huge time suck for you? Pierce Social’s free 5 Day Challenge is designed to help you reduce the time spent on your social media marketing tasks & create a system for managing it. This challenge includes a free Trello board. Get her free challenge NOW! Pierce Social is also sharing the love and offering the Boss Mom listeners a 40% discount on her NEW workbook through February 10th. They can use the discount code BOSSMOM. Referenced in the show: *affiliate links may be present. The One Thing Thinkific Dawn Marrs - Marrs Marketing Samantha Johnson - Neapolitan Creative Lilah Higgins - The Higgins Creative Natalie Gingrich Boss Mom Academy Boss Mom Facebook group Can I quote you on that? The things that pull us away from our focus will help us find our clarity and find our focus and confidence in decisions. - Dana Connect with Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

39mins

27 Jan 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 131 - Progressing Through Your Life & Career with Emily Kapit

Progressing Through Your Life & Career with Emily Kapit . In this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Emily gives insight into her career coaching program, finding your passions and her Boss Mom journey. Sponsored by Quiet Mind Collective. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: How Emily created a career coaching program as a start to her boss mom journey. What she did to figure out her maternity leave as a small business owner. The biggest surprise Emily had after she had her daughter. How Emily helps others find what they enjoy doing and how she supports them. Hearing the truth from someone else and how that is impactful. Her Huffington Post blog post "A Letter to my Daughter." How she left corporate world because she wanted something that was inspirational in her life. Recommendations on networking. Learning to say no. Our Podcast Sponsor: Quiet Mind Collective Quiet Mind Collective is a membership program where you can learn anxiety and stress management techniques in a safe, online space. Stress, burnout, anxiety, panic... most entrepreneurs experience it, but when the feelings continue for days or weeks, there are unexpected consequences. The Quiet Mind Collective is like a gym membership for your emotions. Whether you've conquered anxiety for the time being, whether you want to use this as a supplement to your own professional counseling, or whether you merely want more information about anxiety and stress, the membership is right for you.  Try the Quiet Mind Collective for $1 for your first month using code onedollarbossmom. Recommended links and resources: SimplyNoise.com Self Control App Boss Mom Academy Boss Mom Facebook Community Can I quote you on that?  We like to help our clients figure out what they really like to do and enjoy in their job. - Emily We allow people to take a step to work to identify what to make them happiest in their job. - Emily I prepared the business so it allowed me to have the baby and build the business at the same time. - Emily My team has a lot of parents on it and we understand each other in that aspect. - Emily My husband and I have had to carve out time together because that's really important. - Emily What was interesting for me was my evolution, and then I helped others with their evolution. - Emily It's fine to be pretty, it's better to be smart, it's best to be hard working. - Emily You can find your village even if you've never met those people in real life. - Emily Raising businesses and babies require a work and home support team! - Emily More about our guest, Emily Kapit. Emily Kapit, MS, MRW, ACRW, CPRW – one of the world's only triple certified Master Resume Writers – is the founder, lead writer, and head career strategist at ReFresh Your Step, LLC, a career advisory firm based in Miami, Florida, with clients located nationally and internationally. She and her team of highly certified writers and career advisors have work extensively with clients on all facets of their career progression, including resumes/cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, job search strategies, mock interviews, career guidance, and more. Emily believes that a key to career excellence – regardless of one's, level, sector, background or goals – is implementing a "Consistency of Excellence" approach to one's job search. To that end, she and her team collaborate with each client on identifying his or her unique career values, accomplishments to-date, and transferable skills before translating this info into powerful professional documents and job search strategies. When not helming the ReFresh Your Step ship, Emily can be found in and around the beaches of Miami with her husband while showing their young daughter the beauty of life and living life every day with purpose. Emily is available for speaking engagements, training seminars, and work with both private clients and corporations. Please contact her at emily@refreshyourstep.com and visit her website at www.refreshyourstep.com. Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn Connect with Dana: Instagram / The Boss Mom Facebook community (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find both Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

51mins

27 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 390: How to Rewire Your Brain and Stop Feeling Overwhelmed w/Dr. Shannon Irvine

So many entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by the number of things they want to achieve, and often their health is affected because of it. How can you stop feeling that overwhelm? Why is it so important to know how you’re wired? On this episode, Dr. Shannon Irvine shares her experience with changing her approach to something that suited her better. 3 Things We Learned From This Episode Learn how you’re wired (03:22- 05:17) Too many business-owning moms are spoken about as superheroes. This is a very intimidating belief, and also inaccurate. You don’t need to be a superhero to get your business to work. All you need is to know how you’re wired and how to work in a way that is effective for you. Get your kids involved (09:34- 11:54) A great way to make sure your kids understand what you’re doing is by letting them see you do business. They’ll start seeing how it works, and they might even get excited about entrepreneurship. You’re not necessarily bringing them into your dealings to create mini entrepreneurs— you’re just exposing them to the possibilities out there. Fail in front of your kids (13:00- 15:02) No one wants to fail, but it’s almost always inevitable. Allow yourself to fail, and see every failure as a learning experience. Treat it as a lesson for your kids, too. Encourage them to try everything they’re interested in, and to keep persevering even when they fail. The way we do things is linked to the way our brains function. A lot of the time, that means we’re on autopilot. Start being more aware of how you think. You may not be able to stop having certain thoughts, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Learn how your brain is wired and allow yourself to fail. Then, teach your children that they can do the same. Guest Bio- Dr. Shannon Irvine has been a serial entrepreneur all her life. After realizing she was overworking herself, she thought she would have to give up something in her life. However, then she realized that so many people before her had been able to balance all the things that were important to her. Since that moment of clarity, she dove into learning the science of success. Today, she’s a strategist, mentor and neuropsychology PhD. She’s passionate about rewiring entrepreneur’s brains to be the best they can be. To find out more about Shannon, go to: https://drshannonirvine.com/ You can also find her on Instagram: @drshannonirvine And on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/drshannonirvine/

38mins

23 May 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 241: How to Promote Yourself Without Feeling Salesy

Does selling in your business feel scary or uncomfortable? If so, know that you're not alone. This is something I hear all the time from my clients and community, so in this episode I am going to share a little bit of money mindset wisdom that I hope will help you begin to reframe how you think and feel about both money and selling.

14mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 246: Gaining Visibility & Building Your Personal Brand with Jessica Stansberry & Jaclyn Mellone

In this episode I'm joined by the amazing ladies from the All Up In Your Lady Business Podcast to chat about the importance of developing a personal brand and how to leverage it to gain visibility and grow your business. To check out the show notes for this episode click here.

33mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 194: How to Plan a Launch with Dana & NJ

I get asked pretty often about how exactly to go about effectively launching something the right way. In case you haven't noticed, launching (like sales funnels) is kind of a big deal these days. If you have an online business and create something that you want to sell successfully online, having an effective launching strategy and plan is a must. But where should you begin? In this episode NJ and I are diving in to discuss what launching means, what purpose it serves and some best practices for ensuring you set yourself up for success during your next launch. Listen + subscribe on iTunes // Stitcher Someone asked me recently to talk about how to execute a soft launch, and the way they described it was "the kind of launch nobody knows about." I'll be honest, this confused me. When we're talking about launching, it's important to understand that you want people to know about your launch - it's kind of the whole point! Now, this person could have been talking about a beta launch or a pre-launch that was geared toward only a small segment of people, which is a different scenario than a full, big launch. But the bottom line is this - you NEED people to know about your launch in order for it to be successful, otherwise you're wasting your time and leaving money on the table. Oftentimes I think we lie to ourselves when it comes to launching. The idea of doing a big launch is scary! It takes guts, a ton of work and probably some monetary investment (after all, usually it takes money to make money.) When we let fear drive our business decisions, we'll tell ourselves lies about doing a "soft launch" instead of a big one to test things out and make sure they work. But the truth is, if you want to make money in your business, you have to push past that fear, do the work, and make a launch happen. It WILL be a lot of work. But if done correctly (or even just mostly correctly) you'll hands down make more money than keeping your launch a secret. If you are going to do a "soft launch" (to a beta group or small segment of people without much buzz) it has to be part of a strategy to build up to a big launch. The #1 Key to a Successful Launch We are going to let you in on a big secret (that you probably already know!) If you want to launch something you have to plan for it! An effective launch will have a lot of moving parts that need to be executed in a particular order. The creation part of whatever your offering is....that's the easy part.  Figuring out how to effectively market and sell your offering to the right people in the right way.....that's the challenge, and it's a challenge you want to prepare for well! Pro Tip: When you have a good understanding of what you're good at, what you're not, what you enjoy and what you don't, you can make better decisions about hiring or bartering for help so you're not left spinning your wheels, wasting time and money to execute your launch. You Need a Funnel to Launch Ok, I will forewarn you....at this point in the episode things start to get a little crazy as we try to describe just why we love a good funnel so much (so you'll most definitely want to listen and not just read these notes!) But here's our central point in summary: the point of a launch is to bring awareness to what you're doing while infusing some excitement, scarcity and intrigue, and a funnel is how you do just that. You can have a funnel without a launch, but you can't have a solid launch without a good funnel in place. Pro Tip: Don't ever throw money at Facebook ads if you don't have your funnel set up! What Goes into a Launch There are lots of moving pieces and projects that go into a launch, but here are the few keys that you want to make sure to cover. Know who you're launching to: you want to make sure you know exactly who your ideal client is so you can be engaging with them and understand how to speak their language Plan and create a killer sales funnel: to do this you need to work backwards from your offering to create a journey that you'll lead your ideal client down so their nurtured and primed to convert into a paying customer Map out your timeline: to make sure you have enough time to carry out your launch well, we recommend allowing a minimum of 3-4 month to plan and execute Referenced in the Show: Be Still Clothing Company Episode 161: All Things Sales Funnels with Dana and Expert Dawn Marrs Episode 193: How are you Flaunting Your Funnel with Dana & Dawn Marrs Click Funnels (14-day free trial!) Natalie Gingrich Business Planning & Project Management Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income Episode 191: How to Be Heart Centered & Profitable at the Same Time with Dana & NJ Julie Ball, Sparkle Hustle Grow Boss Mom Retreat (Just FYI, some of these links may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase using the links I may receive some love in return!) Sponsor Spotlight: Trello Have you been introduced you to what I call my "work wife" yet? If not, let me make the introduction. Meet Trello - the magical unicorn of amazingness that allows me to run my life, business and team with ease without completely and totally losing my mind (what's left of it anyway). I believe every person with a life, home and business needs an awesome (and free!) place to manage their projects, schedules, homes and teams and keep everything important in their lives in one central spot that can be revisited time and time again while giving access to anyone else that needs it. I love and believe in Trello so much that I created a super amazing, in-depth (free!) training that gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how exactly I use Trello to keep everything working like a well-oiled machine. Check it out here. I promise your life will never be the same. Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We love hearing from you! 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. Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in her happy place, the Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would also LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review for us on iTunes! We know it can be kind of tricky to figure out, so here are a few step-by-step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad. Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

39mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 245: How to Decide What Program, Service or Package to Create

Whether you're brand new to business or you've been in business awhile, figuring out what to offer your clients and customers can be a challenge. In this episode I'm going to break down some practical tips and wisdom based on experience for mapping out what should come next for you and your business.

32mins

31 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 198: How to Rock Your Productivity with Tonya Dalton

Ok ladies, you are in for a real treat because this conversation I had with Tonya Dalton, the Founder and CEO of inkWELL Press, was seriously amazing. Tonya started her first business as a SAHM in 2009 and by 2011, her husband was able to leave corporate America to work alongside her. Late in 2014 she decided to follow her true passion - inkWELL Press which has grown at a rapid pace thanks to their commitment to quality and fiercely loyal fans.  I knew pretty much instantaneously that Tonya was my soul sister. The way she thinks is so in line with the way I think and we had an absolute blast, not just talking about planners and building businesses, but ultimately about productivity. We talked about how to be effective and efficient, about changing things when you’re not happy, and so many other things that so many of us boss moms go through. She is an absolute joy and treasure, I know you’re going to fall madly in love with her (because how couldn’t you?!) So I’m not going to deprive you of her awesomeness any further. Lets hop in and hang out with Tonya. Listen + subscribe on iTunes // Stitcher       Tonya's Boss Mom Journey Several years ago Tonya was one of those moms that thought she would just start a little side business that would be fun for her. Her husband was working in marketing at large Fortune 500 companies, traveling the world and gone for 3-4 weeks at a time.  One night while he was traveling and they were talking on the phone Tonya mentioned a new phrase their young daughter had said that day, and her husband got really quiet then said, “I’m missing everything.” This broke Tonya's heart, and in that moment her life changed. She decided she was going to turn her little side business into a full-time gig and make it so that she and her husband could be home working on that business together. She sat down, got out a notebook and wrote down everything she could think of to build her business and boost her productivity, since she was obviously still a mom with 2 kids to raise with a husband who traveled a lot. Tonya mapped out a business plan and got to work! Within a year her husband quit his corporate job and came to work with her. The business had grown enough to sustain their life, pay the bills and they loved working together.....and as they worked alongside each other, the business grew even more. Like so many before her though, she got to a point a few years in where she realized she was losing her enthusiasm for what she was doing because that little side business wasn't born out of her passions - it was always just intended to be something fun. After sharing her heart with her husband from a place of honesty and transparency, he was totally on board with sitting down and coming up with an alternative plan. They decided to close down that first business, even though it was successful, so Tonya could really follow her passion and purpose. What she learned was that she was really passionate about three things: teaching, organization and productivity, and empowering women. She had to figure out what to create that would pull together all 3 of those passions, and from that Inkwell Press was born. After closing that first business they took a big risk to build their new business, living with no income for 7 months, and today she says it was all worth it. Now she gets to work with her husband on a business they absolutely love and wake up every day fulfilled in walking out her purpose. The Power of Planning One of the biggest things Tonya says helped her build her business was having an organized mind and doing the planning....figuring out her "roadmap" if you will. She shared a great analogy about how you can get into the car and have the idea that you're going to drive across the country, but if you don't have a map or GPS you don't ultimately know where you'll end up! So Tonya focused intently on creating a map for herself, that way as she continued to move forward she knew what the next steps were going to be and she could anticipate things. When you know where you're going and have a map for how to get there, even when you need to make inevitable adjustments (hello detours and construction work!) you are still able to veer back onto the right path because you know your end destination. The other thing that has really helped her as she has built her business is being able to hone in on how to best spend her time. “Productivity isn’t about getting more things done in a day, it’s about focusing in on the things you really want to focus in on, the things that are important to you, and finding these pockets of time by getting rid of the other stuff.” (11:33) True productivity is about focusing on that one thing that really matters that will move the needle forward the most for you in the direction of your goals. On Busy, Hustle and Balance At this point in the conversation we start talking a little bit of trash about some common jargon many people use today, and explore how using these words can hold us back. The first word up: busy. Tonya says she is not a fan and tries not to use the word because at the end of the day, busy doesn't always mean productive or happy. It just means busy. One of her big platforms is to stop the glorification of busy, and trade it in for productivity. She says busy just means you’re scattering yourself in all different directions. Productive means you’re going in the direction that you want to go in and doing the right things to get there. Think how often you ask people how they are and they reply “busy.” Busy isn’t a state of being, it’s a verb. It’s filling up your time with a lot of things. Then we shifted into discussing the world "hustle" which Tonya says segues right into busy because it's about always moving and always doing. “It’s okay to stop moving and have white space our lives because the white space is where we grow and that’s really where we can dedicate the time to where we need to go.” (14:22) Lastly (and we SO have the same belief about this) Tonya thinks the idea of balance in life and work is total bogus. She says there are 3 areas that make up our life: personal, home and work, and it's all about finding harmony in these areas. Tonya believes that using the idea of "balance" makes it sound like each area needs to be even - which isn’t feasible, realistic or healthy! To really move towards a big goal in any direction there has to be imbalance. You have to spend more time on something if you’re really wanting it to grow. So the key is to find how you can get all 3 areas of your life to work together to create harmony, which will add to your happiness with life. The Challenge of Decision-Making A really common struggle today is that people want to do all the things, really well, and right now. When we don't have a clear focus, we won't have a clear understanding of what we need to say yes to or what we need to say no to. All of this leads to us to being indecisive, or making poor choices when we do finally decide. “Everyone thinks you need to add in order to grow, and it’s really the opposite. You need to cut in order to grow.” (19:30) She suggests figuring out the one thing you want to focus on, your key product or offering, and building around that once you feel like it’s gotten established. That, she says, is how growth happens. From a marketing perspective, focusing in this way will also allow you to know exactly what you’re going to tell people about. And your focused message can be tailored and adjusted so it's applicable depending on your audience. If your products and offerings are all based off your core mission, it really allows you to grow at a steady pace. Tonya says that all of her products at inkWELL Press go through a rigorous questioning process to make sure it aligns with their overarching mission. If it doesn’t fulfill their mission, they don’t offer it (even if people are asking for it!) Growing Pains & Season of Change When Tonya first started inkWELL Press organization was the thing she thought was her cornerstone and what she wanted to focus in on. Eventually she started to realize as she was growing and moving forward that her focus really needed to be about productivity. She believes that if you’re really organized it won't necessarily translate into productivity because a lot of people use organization as a way to procrastinate. “If you’re productive, organization naturally follows.” (22:58) So she changed her focus from organization to productivity and agrees with my philosophy that you find clarity by doing. You find it as you work, if you're open to seeing it and grabbing hold of it. It’s really about knowing where you want to go and where you want to spend your time, in the ways that matter most to you. Productivity is very personal and needs to be customized and tailored to you, Tonya says. It requires clarity, cutting through the clutter and focusing on the things that are important to you. We also discuss the importance of having a business plan that can act as your decision-support to help you figure out your purpose, gift, the future you want to create, the environment you want to live in, what will you say yes and no to, etc. People often avoid answering these questions because it feels uncomfortable, but Tonya is a believer in growth coming from outside our comfort zones. "The first step of any process, whether it’s developing a business plan or doing your goal setting is reflection.”  (25:49) And she says reflection isn't always easy - it can be tough work! You have to be willing to peel back the layers, get honest and vulnerable - with yourself and others. It might feel like there are parts of you that you don’t want to explore or talk about, but those are the parts that you’re really going to grow from and that make you beautiful in who you’ve become. You all know I love brainstorming, and often say "If brainstorming isn't uncomfortable then you’re just making a list.” (26:38) But do you just want to just make a list or do you want to come up with actual answers, content, things, ideas that are really going to make a difference? “Until you get lost, you can’t explore.” (27:27) Making inkWELL Press Great Over the years inkWELL Press has experienced a ton of growth and Tonya is sharing some behind the scenes insights into how she approaches her business. "I really believe there can be a happy marriage between form and function, but I do believe that function comes first.” (35:52) Tonya starts every new project by sketching out the layout and elements she thinks are important. She intentionally puts things in her planners that she feels are vital for productivity (goal setting, habit trackers, focus points, etc. She also works completely in tandem with her husband on every single page! She says the most important thing is that each of their products is created to be functional and customizable so it will work for you. By approaching their creation process with the end in mind - helping people get organized and be productive, they've been able to give people what they need and want and grow a thriving business with integrity. To Tonya it's all about making her customers feel successful at the end of the day....and making her products pretty is a fun bonus. She wants every product she creates to be something people will be excited to pull out every day so it becomes a ritual or habit. She believes if you start doing your planning on a regular basis you will see a difference in your life! Referenced in the Show: inkWELL Press Productivity Paradox Natalie Hughes (Just FYI, some of these links may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase using the links I may receive some love in return!) Sponsor Spotlight: Trello Have you been introduced you to what I call my “work wife” yet? If not, let me make the introduction. Meet Trello – the magical unicorn of amazingness that allows me to run my life, business and team with ease without completely and totally losing my mind (what’s left of it anyway). I believe every person with a life, home and business needs an awesome (and free!) place to manage their projects, schedules, homes and teams and keep everything important in their lives in one central spot that can be revisited time and time again while giving access to anyone else that needs it. I love and believe in Trello so much that I created a super amazing, in-depth (free!) training that gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how exactly I use Trello to keep everything working like a well-oiled machine. Check it out here. I promise your life will never be the same. Connect with Dana & Tonya Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) Tonya: Website / Instagram / Facebook We love hearing from you! 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. Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in her happy place, the Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would also LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review for us on iTunes! We know it can be kind of tricky to figure out, so here are a few step-by-step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad. Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

50mins

27 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 72: Nurture Your Business: Why You Should Take Your Calendar More Seriously with Dana

This is a Nurture Your Business segment with Dana. In today's podcast episode, Dana shares on how your calendar the best accountability partner, but there are things you can do to maximize its effectiveness. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: What happens when we don't use our calendar. How Dana uses multiple calendars to her advantage. Being honest with yourself in using your calendar. Giving yourself time and space to have a great accountability partner. Recommended links and resources: Google Calendar Vcita Scheduling tool Trello Trello training She Plans To Do List Calendar Course Creation Summit Translating your Goals into Action Webinar Ted Talks Marie Forleo Your Notebook Bestie by Ashley Shelly May Designs Boss Mom Episode 51: Nurture Your Business: The Purposeful Checklist Can I quote you on that? When I have not done something on my calendar, there is a sense of loss over the time I missed. - Dana I don't want to create a calendar atmosphere where I don't take it seriously and then I am overwhelmed. - Dana My calendar is my space to give myself space. - Dana Our calendars are our accountability partners. - Dana Connect with Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place) 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 Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

25mins

10 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 161: All Things Sales Funnels with Dana and Expert Dawn Marrs

All Things Sales Funnels with Dana & Expert Dawn Marrs. In this episode, Dana and guest Dawn Marrs talk about sales funnels and passive income. This episode is sponsored by Biz Chix Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes:  In this episode you’ll hear: How to use sales funnels to build relationships and passive income. Creating a great thank you page. Walking through the Boss Mom funnel. Defining and creating a funnel. Putting focused effort into one thing that you're really good at. Writing great blogs that feed into your funnel. Our Podcast Sponsor: Biz Chix Podcast BizChix.com encourages, educates, and promotes entrepreneurial women with educational content and training, a community support system, masterminding, coaching, and events. Natalie Eckdahl, MBA, is a business coach, professional facilitator, keynote speaker and host of the Biz Chix Podcast which iTunes featured as a top New Business Podcast in March 2014. Listen to the podcast here. Recommended links and resources: *Affiliate links present Trello Training Pat Flynn Zapier Thinkific Natalie Gingrich Olivia Demoray Photography Kerstin DeBoer artist Pixart Printing Lilah Higgins Boss Mom Facebook group Can I quote you on that?  Until someone understands the problem they are facing, you won't sell anything. - Dana Get really clear on the services you offer before you create your funnel. - Dawn Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) Dawn: Website (her total happy place) We would LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review on iTunes. We also know it can be kind of tricky to figure out. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send. 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 Or, you can always find both of us hanging out in our Boss Mom Facebook Community. 

38mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #17

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way By Relentlessly Focusing on One Thing

Many of us aren’t reaching our full potential or achieving the massive success we should be because we’re not sticking with one thing and seeing it all the way through. We drop things before they’ve really taken hold, and we change our minds based on evidence that only exist in our minds. What are some of the false things the voices in our heads tell us and how can we debunk them? On this episode, I talk about something very important, which is focusing on one thing so that we can see it through. You can put something out into the world and still reserve the right to make it better. -Dana Malstaff 3 Takeaways We can’t do everything at once, or else we dilute the effectiveness of all those things. The market gets confused if we’re about too many things.  Even if something is not perfect, it’s better to put it out there, and get some sort of feedback, instead of only listening to the skewed feedback from the voice in our heads.  We have big, beautiful voices, and important things to say, but if we’re not consistently saying something repetitive to the audience, nothing will be memorable.  When it comes to creating great programs, we are very often our own worst enemies. We stop ourselves from finishing things, because our fear gets in the way. We’re either afraid that we’ll have to stick with one thing forever, or worried that the thing we’re trying to launch isn’t good enough to put out into the market. The truth is, the most successful people make it because they shut the fear out, and they are relentless about that one thing till they see it through. It doesn’t mean they don’t have other things going on, but they know that in order to grow something worthwhile, persistence and consistency on one thing is critical.

18mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 203: How Did We Start Making Money with Dana & NJ

Let's be honest - we all started businesses to make money, right? Sure, we have gifts and passions and hopefully a drive behind why we do what we do other than pure financial gain. But at the end of the day, our businesses wouldn't be businesses if there wasn't revenue being generated. The challenge is that actually getting to the point of generating revenue can be a really big challenge, especially when you're just starting out. We've been there, friends, which is why NJ and I are hopping into this episode to discuss how exactly we each started making money in our businesses and how things have changed and evolved since then. Listen + subscribe on iTunes // Stitcher   NJ's Journey to Making Money NJ started a blog in 2009 and bootstrapped from the beginning, learning how to do #allthethings herself, from website design to graphic imagery creation to social media and beyond. As a blogger her primary source of income came in the form of sponsored posts she wrote and marketed. But as her blog grew and she continued to develop her skills, she decided she wanted more consistent control over her income. She knew her skills were valuable (because people kept asking for them!) so she leveraged what she had and offered her virtual assistant services to other bloggers and business owners. She kept it simple, putting a page up on her website to outline her services, and got out there and started telling people about what she was doing. It wasn't long before she met Dana and a few other high profile people who she started providing services for. This helped her quickly gain her confidence and she continued to develop her skills as a VA. She has since outgrown that title as the scope of her knowledge, skills and experience have grown, and she now offers digital marketing consulting in addition to continuing to run her blog. NJ’s motto has always been to "move fast and break things" - or in other words, don't wait for things to be perfect before putting them out into the world. Dive in, get messy and make things happen. Dana's Journey to Making Money When Dana first left corporate America she jumped into business as a Mindful Communication Coach since it tied together beautifully with what she had been doing in her career. She did some consulting and speaking and made some money, but was consistently spending more money that she was making that first year. At some point she learned the concept of zeroing in on your gift and doing what was easy to you, but difficult for other people. She recognized that she had a gift for content strategy and creating courses, so without a website, logo, or much of anything else, she jumped into taking on content strategy coaching clients to see if it worked. She also leveraged outside platforms like Udemy and Skillshare to create her own simple courses, which ignited a big shift in how and where she was making money. As she continued on, the rest of her business growth all had to do with leveraging relationships and opportunities that came her way. In addition to content strategy and creating courses, she also wrote social media content for clients for a time and continued building her network of relationships. When she was pregnant with her second baby, she had the idea to write the Boss Mom book, and decided to part ways with all the clients she was working "for" in favor of shifting into CEO mode to ignite and grow what is now the Boss Mom movement. She talks about how when she changed how she thought about her business, it changed the trajectory of her business. In just a year and a half she has gone from making somewhere around $5K per month to making nearly $30K per month, and she has goals to make the Boss Mom brand a million dollar company within the year. Final Takeaways Don't discount where you start, because everyone has to start somewhere (just like us!) If you're intentional about leveraging relationships and opportunities, thinks can build and grow quickly. Business growth is all about leveraging the things you're good at, the relationships you have, recognizing what works and being really decisive as you take things one step at a time. Referenced in the Show: Episode 143: Giving Thanks: Tracing the Steps of Each Person that Helped Build Boss Mom with Dana Stacy Tuschl Hal Elrod Boss Mom Amazon shop (Just FYI, some of these links may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase using the links I may receive some love in return!) Sponsor Spotlight: Tailwind Tailwind is the complete Pinterest and Instagram marketing toolkit for bloggers and small businesses that allows you to schedule posts, discover content, monitor conversations, amplify your reach, and measure results - all with one tool! It’s easy to use, incredibly powerful, helps you master your schedule and track your key performance indicators. To learn more and try Tailwind out for yourself, visit www.boss-mom.com/tailwind.  Connect with Dana & NJ Dana: Instagram / Boss Mom Facebook Community (her total happy place) NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place) We love hearing from you! 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. Or, you can always find Dana hanging out in her happy place, the Boss Mom Facebook Community.  We would also LOVE it if you’d leave a podcast rating or review for us on iTunes! We know it can be kind of tricky to figure out, so here are a few step-by-step instructions on how to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad. Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Enter your iTunes password to login. Tap the Stars to leave a rating. Enter title text and content to leave a review. Tap Send.

32mins

9 May 2017

Rank #19

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Conscious Creation: How to Create An Ideal Personal & Business Life w/Kelsey Murphy

As moms and business owners, it often feels like we’re under so much pressure to do every single thing perfectly, and that makes the balance between our lives and our work impossible to achieve. What is Conscious Creation and how can it help us escape this stress? How can we redefine our roles on our terms? How do we start prioritizing the things that are ideal to us, instead of forcing ourselves into obligations? On this episode, Business and Life Coach, and my good friend, Kelsey Murphy, talks about a new system she has developed to help women show up in the best ways at home and at work.  Conscious creation is about intentionally and consciously defining what an ideal life looks like on a business and personal level, and then planning for it. -Kelsey Murphy   3 Things We Learned From This Episode Be intentional about creating epic moments (13:01 - 14:28)We can’t do everything with our kids, but what we can do is focus on things that will create memories for them. We need to focus on the things they can remember and treasure, and not for the sake of what we’re expected to do as parents.  Find the ideal way to spend time with your kids (11:15 - 12:12)We don’t have to follow what every other mom does to spend time with their kids. We can spend quality time with them in a way and manner that we’re excited about as opposed to something that makes us feel obligated and bored. It starts with us redefining what the ideal looks like for us.  When we focus on what ignites us, we receive more of it (16:16 - 18:04) When we start thinking about what we love and what makes us happy, our brains will start filtering out what doesn’t fit that vision. Our brain will be wired to start filtering in the right things and more of them will come our way. Guest Bio-  Kelsey Murphy is a Business & Life Coach working with Fortune 500 companies, like Facebook & Twitter, industry thought leaders like Marie Forleo and her B-Schoolers, as well as celebrity nutritionists, coaches, and other brilliant humans creating meaningful businesses and lives. She's been featured in places like Forbes, Business Insider, Huffington Post, LiveStrong, Living Healthy, LaurenConrad.com and more. When Kelsey's not coaching, you can find her hosting the Whiskey & Work podcast, giving her wise (and sometimes comical) advice on navigating the waters of business, life, and relationships.   For more information, visit https://www.kelseymurphy.com  Get Kelsey’s free business planning kit here:  https://www.kelseymurphy.com/howtoplanyourbusiness-kelseymurphy

33mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #20