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Why is it that every time you start to make headway in your business, you suddenly feel like you have to change everything? How does pricing our products and services stump us every single time? What is holding you back from hiring much needed help in your biz? These are just a few instances are insanely common ways that entrepreneurs (and especial…
 
When you're a solopreneur or even when you have a small team, business mistakes that you make can feel devastating. I'm sure you've beaten yourself up over what now seems to be a minor hiccup in the scheme of things… we've all been there. Matthew Turner has a new spin on making mistakes, he believes that by making mistakes you're able to uncover yo…
 
Show Notes: http://kristyoustalet.com/51 If you’ve ever buried your nose in a few business books, you know that you’re ‘supposed’ to pinpoint your target market and narrow in on who is a perfect fit for your work. But, its WAY more common to go through the motions and really only scratch the surface while the point is to dig deep. So, if you’re lik…
 
Just when you think you're going to implode because your spreading yourself too thin and on the verge of a business overwhelm meltdown... in walks Maya Gaddie and suddenly things seem a bit more simple and sanity washes over your stressed out brain. Maya somehow always has the perfect solution to take you from overwhelm to business automation. Phew…
 
We all have time restraints on our business. Maybe for you its your kids, or your 9-5, or even client one-on-one work gets in the way. No matter what it is that trips you up, it’s important to use time wisely and not to get caught up in excuses. We all know that launching and growing a business takes a huge investment of time and energy, so here ar…
 
Show notes found at: http://kristyoustalet.com/48 Wordpress has been known as the one and only platform to build a professional website to build your business, but Squarespace has made a ton of improvements and have positioned themselves as true competitor in the space. Everyone has their opinion on which is best, but the real question is which is …
 
Show notes found at http://kristyoustalet.com/47 This week’s guest is Jackie Johnstone, a social media specialist who helps passionate entrepreneurs connect with their clients and share their message. But, in this episode we’re not focusing entirely on social media. Long time listeners of the show may remember Jackie as one of my very first guests …
 
Show notes found at http://kristyoustalet.com/46 Years ago, our guest, Shenee Howard felt frustrated on where her business was and lost about what direction she should take her business. Today, Shenee is sharing with us the one thing she did to turn the ship around to create killer copy + Hell Yes! offers. In this episode, Shenee will tell us about…
 
Show notes can be found at http://kristyoustalet.com/45/ Kimra Luna is a Business Coach who practices what she preaches especially when it comes to Social Media Branding. In this episode, we’re talking about breaking traditional business rules, being yourself and being your own brand. In today’s boom of solopreneurship and online micro-businesses, …
 
Links found at http://kristyoustalet.com/44 Suzi Istvan (aka: Social Suzi) works new and small business owners craft their brand identity and get their website up and going. In this episode, we talk about what you should spend time on in the beginning and what to wait on until you gain a little traction in your business. As soon as you can, ask for…
 
Http://kristyoustalet.com/43 Today’s guest is Farideh who is a musician turned launch strategist launch products and services to entrepreneurs. First things first, Farideh believes that the only way to find your voice and infuse your personality into your brand is to dive in and start. Think about it this way, its a lot easier to test out a few ide…
 
Show notes found at: http://kristyoustalet.com/42 Rebecca Tracey helps solopreneurs get clear on what their business actually IS… meaning when you get stuck spinning, she swoops in and helps you get clear on the foundational bits to actually define what you’re doing and to (finally) get moving forward. In today’s episode, we’re diving into how to g…
 
The Start-Up Speakeasy Episode #038Show notes: http://kristyoustalet.com/38Guest: Kendrick Shope Kendrick Shope has blended years of selling experience in a corporate environment with modern marketing to create an online course named Authentic Selling. Today, she shares some amazing advice on how we can sell our offerings and ourselves without bein…
 
Start-Up Speakeasy Episode #037Guest: Maya Gaddie Today we’re talking with Maya Gaddie who titles herself a Digital Mentor and Tech match maker. She tell us all about her biz in the beginning of this episode, but this interview isn’t about tech at all really… After having her own small business for a little over three years, Maya has transitioned h…
 
Start-Up Speakeasy Episode #36http://kristyoustalet.com/36 I've been talking, brainstorming and strategizing with a lot of the Speakeasy audience lately, especially with the launch of my three month mentorship program. After a bunch of one-on-one conversations with idea-driven and aspiring entrepreneurs, I was shocked at one thing that didn't come …
 
Victoria Prozan’s superpower is to help entrepreneurs craft names and taglines to bring the full power of their voice out in their brand. I mean, who hasn’t spent weeks (months?) caught up in the quest for the ‘perfect’ tagline? She also believes that these names and taglines only scratch the surface of what it takes to fully communicate your brand…
 
Start-Up Speakeasy #033 http://kristyoustalet.com/33 Whether you’re a full time entrepreneur or you have a side hustle business, we all have one thing in common: being creative takes TIME. ...you can’t always crank something out in an hour. As your business begins to grow- you get busier and unless you work with your right brain train it how to be …
 
Our guest this week is Miranda Writer- she is a certified financial planner and founder of She & Money.com where she works with entrepreneurs and professionals on Financial Planning. In this episode Miranda and I dive into the top three money woes that entrepreneurs face or the most common questions around money and money management: when should we…
 
The Start-Up Speakeasy | Episode #031 Show Notes: http://kristyoustalet.com/31 Guest: Liz Lockard Host: Kristy Oustalet Liz works with small business owners drive the right kind of traffic to their wesbites and get more out of that traffic through online marketing Analytics and SEO Strategies. Oh, and I did I mention she makes it super approachable…
 
Episode #030 the Start-Up Speakeasy Guest: Shana LaFore Shana LaFore started her career in the world of art and furniture design. After managing a high-end design showroom, then later transitioned her sales and business expertise into mentoring other creative types. In this episode, we talk about how Shana challenges herself to take on big projects…
 
Episode #029 The Start-Up Speakeasy (formerly ACE) Guest: Darlene Hildebrandt Host: Kristy Oustalet Show Notes linked up at: http://kristyoustalet.com/29 Darlene has been a professional photographer for over 26 years, her career has evolved through gallery exhibitions, wedding photography and now she teaches others her photo skills. Before we dive …
 
Melissa Burkenheimer is a graphic designer who after working for a design firm, realized that there was little room for growth… it was time to be resourceful and tap into creative ways of finding her own clients. She started as an ambitious freelance graphic designer with nothing more than a few grassroots marketing strategies up her sleeve. She ru…
 
Guest: Allie LeFevereEpisode #27 When you’re a solopreneur, putting your business ‘out there’ is equivalent to having your craziest ideas on a platter for everyone to see (and judge). When you’re the only one working on your business, promoting your business… even talking about your business feels very vulnerable. I mean, you bought a domain with y…
 
Episode #026Guest: Lindsay Goldner Brand Strategist + Graphic Designer Lindsay is a talented, self-taught Graphic Designer and a Brand Strategist and one of her favorite platforms to drive fresh faces to her website is: Pinterest. With over 130 Boards and 11,000+ pins, she's an avid pinned to say the least. She's been an active user for the last th…
 
Guest: Luz Donahue - Social MediaHost: Kristy Oustalet A.C.E. Episode #025 Show Notes: http://kristyoustalet.com/25 So, you’re posting on social and trying to get a following… so you start poking around the web to find other small business owners who are ‘knocking it out the park’. You take notes + adjust their posting formula to fit your topic + p…
 
Guest: Amanda Lo - CPAHost: Kristy Oustalet Episode #024Show Notes for this episode are linked up at http://kristyoustalet.com/24 My guest this week is Amando Lo, and she does what we creatives generally find cringe-worthy… she’s a CPA that manages the books and records for small businesses. Lucky for you and me, that there are people like her in t…
 
A.C.E. Adventures in Creative Entrepreneurship Episode #23 Guest: Elyse SkansiHost: Kristy OustaletShow Notes + Links can be found at http://kristyoustalet.com/23 Elyse Skansi is a top-notch wedding coordinator that truly sets herself apart by specializing in design and transforming a venue to into an event that tells the couple’s unique story. Not…
 
A.C.E. Episode #022 Guest: Jenny Shih Earlier in her career, Jenny Shih was a project manager working on multi-million dollar engineer based projects, and later realized that helping online service based business owners grow their businesses was her sweet spot. Using her trained eye from working with a Fortune 500 company, she spotted the need for …
 
A.C.E. Adventures of Creative Entrepreneurship Episode #021 Host: Kristy OustaletGuest: Katrina Bress - Mardi Gras ProductionShow notes & links can be found at: http://kristyoustalet.com/21 Mardi Gras in New Orleans is known as 'The Greatest Free Show on Earth' but this week's guest, Katrina Brees gives us a taste of the big bucks that goes into pu…
 
A.C.E. Episode #020Guest: Leah Kalamakis - Web Designer & Developer Leah Kalamakis is a Web Designer and Developer who builds websites for women entrepreneurs that understand the value of a great website and are ready to GO PRO in their business. In fact, she taught herself the ins and outs of the website world just so that she could make a clean b…
 
Mallory started her artsy career creating reconstructed clothing and selling her custom items at craft fairs and markets. She quickly realized how difficult it was to scale her business by selling items that were so one-of-a-kind, and restructured as she began to think bigger about her small biz. Mallory’s revamp emerged as MissMalaprop.com in 2006…
 
My guest today is Michelle Ward- a certified coach that works with creative women through career transition. She's a whiz at helping others see the 'light at the end of the tunnel' when you either: 1.) can't stand your job one more second or, 2.) you're ready to tackle you're dream career but need a solid game plan to see it through. We're not talk…
 
Laura Simms #017 Create As Folk.com Creative Career Coach Laura Simms is a career coach specifically for those who want to have a meaningful and a career with purpose. Often times this situation leads down an entrepreneurial track, but it can be really confusing and downright intimating to figure all that out. In this interview, she walks us throug…
 
A.C.E. Adventures in Creative EntrepreneurshipEpisode #016Guest: Gary HirschImproviser + Artist I was first introduced to this week’s guest, Gary Hirsch, on his biggest improv collaborative performance with the 3,000 member audience at Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit in Portland this past summer. Whoa. Improv with 3,001 people… pretty im…
 
Today’s guest, Rob Hohne started down the path of Law school and decided to follow his curiosity into the world of urban gardening. ((record scratch)) What makes a law student dream of having chickens, harvesting crops, and plowing land? Well, I’ll let him tell you about that… What I will say, is that he designed a successful kickstarter campaign t…
 
April Bowles-Olin from blacksburgebelle.com she started out as jewelry maker and Etsy was her platform of choice to dive into the biz world. As April learned the business ropes, she picked up marketing skills for handmade products and selling strategies. After realizing that business side of things intrigued her a bit more than becoming a mini jewe…
 
Today’s guest is Carrie Liccardi who is the designer for her fashion line Pret-a-Porter. After leaving New Orleans to learn about the industry in LA through schooling and practical work experience, Carrie returned to her hometown to inspire, launch, and grow her company. We dive into what it takes to be a fashion designer, and all the lessons she h…
 
Today’s guest: Justin Shiels is the creator of GoInvade.com which started off as a lifestyle brand and side project to his full time job. He and his team of writers seek out some of the most interesting and sometimes even underground ways to explore New Orleans’ diverse culture scene and has grown a notable following. But for Justin, it’s only the …
 
Julia Hohne on Building Mrs. Vintage Julia recently opened up a new storefront to showcase her event styling and vintage rentals business. She takes us back to when Mrs. Vintage was a nugget of an idea and run out of an extra bedroom all while holding down a 9-5. Julia shares some really great tips on how she pulled off her vision of her quaint vin…
 
Collin Ferguson and Cat Todd (today's guests) are the founders of Where Y’Art- a Marketplace + Creative Services + Platform for Independent Local Artists. They’ve been throwing teaser parties and highlighting artists through their social media campaign, but they are days away from launching their site in time for the holiday shopping season.…
 
Dave Conrey: Media Strategist for Creative Entrepreneurs Dave is a media strategist for creative entrepreneurs + his resume comes with a ling list of experiences that carry creative biz street-cred. In today's interview, we chat about overcoming resistance and mental obstacles that come along with creative pursuits. Your takeaway: 3 key pointers to…
 
Miriam Ortiz y Pino is a Certified Professional Organizer that helps creative entrepreneurs gain control of their time and space. Let's be honest, we all need a little help with that- don't we? In this interview, we chat about why creative entrepreneurs cling to their clutter and Miriam's 'secret sauce' to running your business intead of it running…
 
Loralee Hutton - Her Portable Biz Loralee untangles the start-up process and teaches us to simplify big ideas and swing into action. After investing in over 50K in programs and products, she scaled way back and started her site on a shoestring budget. Now she teaches others to do the same. If you're stuck and your biz is being held hostage by your …
 
In this interview, we dive into her insane business launch in 6 weeks and gained 1000 subscribers with nothing but authentic communication, opt-in box and a splash page. We chat about how this launch changed her personal life and the scope of future plans for her business Throughout our conversation, Nikki touches on tips and tricks that you can im…
 
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