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Welcome to The Corporate Escapee hosted by Brett Trainor, a podcast dedicated tor GenX professionals and management consultants yearning to break free from the 9-5 grind. Our goal is to guide 10,000 GenXers on their journey to exit corporate life, achieve work/life balance, and command their futures, all while maintaining their financial stability. This show is your roadmap for transitioning from corporate confines to flourishing in solo or expertise-based ventures, utilizing decades of expe ...
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This one is goooood, Friends! Ready to escape the 9-5, take control and find balance without sacrificing income. Learn the art of the entrepreneurial leap with Brett Trainor and embrace the power of fractional/freelance work that fits into the life you want to have. Brett, of the Corporate Escapee* joins us to map how to pivot out of corporate. In …
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Welcome to the last week of February, Friends! There were two news stories this week that give us hope (like, a lot of hope) for the future. Check it out: Topic 1: The 4-Day Work Week Totally Works We've got the latest scoop on a landmark study analyzing the UK's four-day work week pilot, which could signal a sea change for how we approach the grin…
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Summary In this episode, Michael Haynes shares insights and guidance on how corporate escapees can build their own B2B professional service practice. He emphasizes the importance of expertise and the need to deliver advice, insights, and recommendations to clients. Haynes highlights the significance of listening and researching the market to unders…
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Summary This is a special episode of the Corporate Escapee podcast. I was recently interviewed on hot new podcast called Your Work Friends. It was a fun conversation with the 2 hosts Mel and Francesca. They are two HR leaders with no filters. Your Work Friends Linktree: https://linktr.ee/yourworkfriends Your Work Friends Podcast: https://www.buzzsp…
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Wondering how financial savvy can redefine your living space? Christopher Hensley is a financial advisor who blends his finance acumen with a deep passion for tiny living, and he joins the show today to discuss his innovative approach to achieving a financially free, minimalist lifestyle. Listen in as Christopher shares advice on navigating the fin…
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Hiya Friends! We're back with New Week, New Headlines this week. And we're talking shop. Here's what we jammed about: Topic 1: Choices: CEO Pay Cut or Layoffs? Why do some CEOs and C-Level execs take a pay cut instead of laying folks off? Why don't others? We tackle the reasons. Plus a spotlight, from CNBC, on how former Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata'…
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Many people in densely populated areas have given up on ever owning a home, but that doesn’t have to be their reality. Architect and small home specialist Nick Mehl joins the show today to talk about the ADU space, what is coming soon for factory-made homes, and how he has been a part of the charge to find affordable (and beautiful) solutions to th…
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Heeeeeeeeey Friends! Well, we're making it a fun news week. Because, you know what, we all deserve some good news to balance out the news-news. So, here's what we're talking about this week: Topic #1: RTO Costing Employees $561/mo Yes, according to Fortune, the average employee returning to the office spends $561 per month. That is comparable to th…
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Summary In this episode, Tamara Loring, from the Entrepreneur Source, discusses the need for change and the possibilities that exist beyond the corporate world. She emphasizes the importance of overcoming limiting beliefs and seeking support from mentors and coaches. Tamara also explores the fear of success and the concept of becoming You 2.0. She …
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How are tiny homes redefining the concept of attainable housing? In this episode, we're joined by Abby Shank, who transitioned from a corporate career to a leader in tiny living and launched two tiny living businesses. Abby's journey and insights offer a unique perspective on the tiny house movement and its impact on modern living. For full show no…
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Summary In this conversation, Brett Trainor and Don Oehlert discuss the decision to stay in corporate or pursue other opportunities. Don shares his background as a former corporate employee and his transition into career coaching. They explore current trends in the corporate world and the reasons why individuals may choose to leave. They also discu…
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Friends! The news doesn’t stop. And neither do we (except for naps, Francesca loves a nap). Here’s what we’re jamming about this week: Topic 1: Are We Headed Back to Victorian Child Labor? Could Florida's latest child labor law proposal (re: Tampa Bay Times) be the tipping point for teen workers? Authors of this bill are looking to allow teens to w…
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Summary In this conversation, Brett Trainor interviews Matthew Mottola about freelancing in the enterprise space. They discuss the impact of layoffs and the rise of freelancing, the shift from transactional to strategic freelancing, and the importance of building relationships and aligning incentives in freelancing. They also explore the role of pl…
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Kelly Sjostrom, the host of Budgeting., joins the show today to share the secrets of living a debt-free life. Beginning with her personal journey, Kelly opens up about the triggers that compelled her to take charge of her finances. For full show notes and more information visit http://tinyurl.com/yx7t72j5…
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Howdy Friends! Well, the work news keeps-a-comin. And here’s what we’re jamming about this week: Topic 1: Who’s Making $2M Profit Per Employee Not gonna lie, we were surprised by the result. Visual Capitalist (great site, definitely go nerd out there), ranked the Top US Companies, by Profit Per Employee. And look, it kinda blew our mind. We jam abo…
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This special episode is a recording of a LinkedIn live session called Quitting Your Day Job. This is part of John Arms’s Fractional Revolution Podcast. In this episode we talk about the how and why to quit your day job. If you are trapped and need a way out, take a wander through today's podcast with my guests Terra Fletcher, FCMO and speaker, and …
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Ever wondered if there's a better way to approach housing and wealth-building? In a world that encourages us to buy as much house as we can afford, Zach Oehlman, Founder of Learn and Grow Rich, challenges the status quo. In this episode, Zach explores how redirecting the energy and funds saved on housing toward business investment can radically res…
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Oooh Friends! This is the conversation the community wanted to have. So we’re going there - signs you may want to quit. Here’s what we’re jamming about: Our Quitting Stories: We’ve quit and we go into the big why. Either we’re sorry or you’re welcome. Signs You Should Quit: Four main reasons you may want to consider spending your time differently. …
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Heyyyyooo Friends! Here is the work news we’re jamming about this week: Topic 1: Yo, Please Say Thank You According to a joint study by Kudoboard and Bamboo HR, happiness at work has hit the skids. The interesting thing? There may be a pretty simple fix. Topic 2: The Harsh Reality of Employee Wellness. We dissect a recent New York Times exposé that…
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Summary In this episode, Brett Trainor interviews Laura Lynch, a certified financial planner and founder of the Tiny House Advisor. They discuss Laura's escapee journey from corporate life and her transition to financial advising. They also explore the concept of tiny living and its financial implications. Laura emphasizes the importance of alignin…
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Joining the show today is Renee Seevers, CEO and founder of TinyFest. In this episode, Renee shares an in-depth look into how the idea of "going tiny" goes beyond downsizing to a moveable home—it's a path to financial freedom, autonomy, and sustainability. For full show notes and more information visit http://tinyurl.com/2p8jmd66…
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On this special episode is my conversation with Matthew Mottola on the Human Cloud podcast. They were kind enough to let me share it with my audience. If you are interested in the freelance future, especially at the enterprise level, this podcast is for you. They also have a ton of great content: https://humancloud.work/industry-insights/ Episode S…
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Summary In this episode, Brett Trainor interviews Michael Easter, author of 'The Comfort Crisis.' They discuss the importance of discomfort and challenging environments for personal growth and health. Michael shares his journey in the Arctic and how it made him realize the impact of comfort on modern life. They also explore the benefits of challeng…
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Hi Friends! This week we’re talking about how to get the right job, for you. We’re stoked to be joined by James Hudson - a Talent Acquisition expert. He’s held executive roles at Nike, Levi’s and Net-a-Porter and is an established Forbes contributor. And, just a rad person. Check out his work here. We pick his brain on everything from the genesis o…
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Ever wondered what it takes to break free from the conventional corporate life and start a skoolie adventure? Join us as Ashley Inness, MBA, CMA, shares their inspiring journey—from house-hacking to the decision to convert a school bus into a mobile home. For full show notes and more information visit http://tinyurl.com/2xx87kd4…
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Hi Friends! It’s a meaty week for work news and here’s what we’re jamming about this week. Topic 1: Minimum Wage Increasing. But Is It Livable? We break down the implications of the wage increase from $7.25 to $10.50 an hour in 2024, and the march to $17 by 2028. It’s getting better, but is it livable? We talk all aspects of this. And we referenced…
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Starting the journey of a tiny life—an alternative lifestyle that challenges societal norms—is no small feat. In this episode, we explore the process of downsizing and moving into a tiny home, featuring my husband, Eric Fendrick. We'll share the power of having a plan to navigate the unknown, the impact of prioritizing life's essentials over materi…
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Today is a special episode I was recently a guest on Laura Lynch’s Less House More Moola Podcast. We have a lot of synergies Focused on Helping GenXers find and build their best lives. She was kind enough to let me share this as an episode on my podcast. It is not often where I get to share my journey from the 9-5 grind to a corporate escapee and d…
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Hi Friends! Ok, we recorded this prior to the holiday but I (Francesca) biffed and forgot to post (my bad). So, here it is! Topic 1: Workers Owed Millions Unpaid Wages Mel found out there is over $160M+ in back pay sitting in the US Treasury. We talk about why and how you can find out if any of it is yours. Click here: https://www.cbsnews.com/miami…
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Step into a transformative conversation with Karolina Rzadkowolska, alcohol-free empowerment expert and bestselling author, as she shares insights on living a life without alcohol. In this episode, she delves into the significance of Dry January, especially for the mindful and intentional Tiny Living community. Karolina advocates for letting go of …
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In this episode, Brett Trainor discusses the importance of finding balance and planning for the future. He provides tools and frameworks to help listeners assess their current life balance, allocate their time effectively, and identify their goals and desires. By following these steps, individuals can work towards a more fulfilling and purpose-driv…
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Rediscover purpose and passion in life as Brett Trainor, a man on a mission to guide 10,000 Gen Xers through their next chapter, joins the show. In this episode, Brett explains the challenges that Gen X faces and explores the offramps available to them. He also shares what wasn't working for him in the corporate world and how he's determined to ass…
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What is it like to raise children in a tiny home? In this episode, Kevin shares what life has been like since he built his tiny home in 2018, revealing how this unconventional lifestyle has not only shaped him as a father, but has also taught him crucial life lessons. He also opens up about what went into making the decision to embrace tiny living,…
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In this conversation, Dennis Geelen shares his journey from corporate to solopreneurship and provides valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs. He discusses the challenges of leaving corporate, the importance of building credibility, and the process of refining your offer. Dennis also emphasizes the need to learn how to sell and the importance …
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Hi Friend! We’re back, with Part 2 of The Layoff Playbook. It’s THICK. What you should do if… This episode, is packed full of critical insights and practical advice of what you should do if: You’ve been laid off - and want to come through it as whole as possible You’re leading a team through layoffs - and want to really take care of your team and y…
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Hi Friends! Here are this week’s work headlines: Are Your 55+ Work Weeks Killing You Softly? Brace yourself! The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) link work weeks of over 55 hours to 750,000 deaths worldwide each year. Check out the article here. You can learn more about the ILO here, and the 8-hour work…
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Today we are talking to Shirley and AW, a couple who turned a 30 ft school bus into their mobile home, Miss Daisy. With no prior motorhome construction experience, they tackled the DIY project balancing work to avoid burnout. Learn practical tips from their reliance on YouTube tutorials and insights into the value of a long-term vision without form…
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Hi Friend! This is our first (of many) deep dive topics. And it’s a two-parter. Have you ever wondered why layoffs occur, and how the decision of who gets laid off is made? We have you covered in this eye-opening, two-part episode. We're pulling back the veil on this complex topic, drawing from our own experiences and offering you some real, practi…
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In this episode, Brett Trainor outlines a 10-step plan to transition from corporate to starting your own business. The plan covers defining your life vision, taking inventory of your skills and experience, identifying the core problem you want to solve, defining your ideal customer, choosing your business model, crafting your first offer, developin…
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Here are the headlines that caught our eye this week! Is AI Going to Write Your Performance Review? Bloomberg is reporting Wall Street bosses are turning to AI to help write performance reviews. We chime in. Pensions are Back! Sorta. New York Times profiles an uptick in pensions. Plus, a killer spotlight on IBM’s new pension program. Is this good? …
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Melissa Glick, a Transformational Business Coach for Women, joins the show to discuss how to navigate the multifaceted layers of change that come with a significant life shift such as transitioning to tiny living. Melissa sheds light on the process of creating goals that are both intimidating and attainable, emphasizing the importance of self-aware…
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In this conversation, Jon Younger discusses the future of work and the rise of freelancing and gig work. He explains the difference between freelancers and gigsters, and the growth of the freelance economy. Jon also shares the four phases of early freelancing and the challenges individuals face when transitioning to freelancing. He discusses how en…
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Hi Friend! In this episode… THE WHY We jam about why we started this pod and why we want to be friends with you. THE HEADLINES — Is Friendship Employers’ Business? From Financial Times, ITA is tracking work friendships. We weigh in. —Did Open AI’s employees bring back Sam Altman? We talk about the impact of 90% of employees threatening to walk if S…
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How can you make a lasting impact with your money? In this episode, we have Sara Young from Live and Give Financial joining us to answer that question and more. Sara delves into the philosophy that money is a powerful tool for positive change and emphasizes the importance of living to maximize time and experiences. Listen in to learn how the concep…
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In this episode, Brett Trainor discusses the concept of going solo and leveraging corporate experience to start a solo business. He explains that going solo does not necessarily mean starting a completely new venture, but rather using existing skills and expertise to offer services to organizations. Brett explores different paths to leverage skills…
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Discover how to transition into and out of tiny living as Nicole Burgess shares her journey. In this episode, you'll explore the freedom of unconventional choices, such as choosing tiny living, and the vibrant community that accompanies them. Join us as we discuss the lessons of embracing creativity, resourcefulness, and accessibility in the world …
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Join us as Elisa Boots from Goddess Life Guide and her husband Ryk, who live in side-by-side tiny homes, share their journey and passion for tiny living. While initially excited about living in tiny homes, they have now turned their attention to addressing the challenges faced by those living in tiny homes due to limited parking options. In this ep…
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Today we are joined by Amanda Acuna as she shares her shift into tiny living and reveals the power of downsizing and reevaluating one's values. Amanda, along with her family, recently embraced tiny house living on a scenic farm in Oklahoma. Explaining the creative solutions she and her partner employed to find the perfect spot for their tiny home, …
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Have you ever considered making a big shift in your life to pursue a more unconventional and tiny lifestyle, like living in a bus? In this episode, we sit down with Kyle Thacker, President of Red Dot Video, an award-winning photographer, videographer, and advocate of the tiny house movement. We explore the fascinating journey that led Kyle to embra…
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Summary In this episode, Emma Terrazas, a health and life coach, discusses the importance of personal wellbeing and how to create a healthier lifestyle. She emphasizes the need for personalized approaches to nutrition and exercise, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on health. Emma also highlights the mental aspect of health and wellness, encouragin…
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