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Hi and Welcome to the self employed parent podcast. I’m Joel Bower, the Self Employed Parent and 3 times a week, I want to show you the amazing lessons and techniques that not only gave me the ability to balance that delicate line between being a parent and running a business, but how to actually thrive in both. Also, why being an entrepreneur can the best thing you ever do for your family. In this show, I’ll cover business techniques great for parents, such as starting an Amazon business, d ...
 
A podcast exploring the changing work dynamic and how it impacts the self-employed, consultant class, and freelancers
 
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Episode Notes Keith O'Brien introduces the series. Promises he will not be the only one talking on subsequent episodes. Then he talks about how Silicon Valley (aka startup) companies only seem to care about solving consumer problems, which means the cost of solving those problems can often times be the workers. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.…
 
Puppy and the story of attachment. O.J. walking free?
 
About me. Episode 1 • Episode 1 segment 2. Adoption
 
In episode 54, we cover some great project planning tips that even those of us who are totally impaired at project planning can use to make our lives so much easier. Create perfect “Project Blocks.” Find the “sweet spot” where you can get the most done. If your project block is too big, it gets daunting and hard to get done. If you make it too ...…
 
In Episode 53, I answer great questions from my interview with Dana and Mark Hatjakes from SOSU TV, as well as amazing questions about how to really get the best of both worlds, such as how to shut down the stream of negative comments when it comes from someone you love and see every day. More on integrating your family into your career. If you ...…
 
In episode 52, I talk about the biggest time-sinks in business that take you away from your family and what you can do to avoid them. Dealing with time vampires. These are the people who just want your attention and keep you around as long as they can. Know when the line is crossed and you’re no longer involved in meaningful interaction and whe ...…
 
In episode 51, I dig into the meat of why I made this podcast in the first place: three steps you can take to make sure you get the best of both worlds without sacrificing your business for your family or the other way around. Make it a MUST. You have to believe that you can have it all. It HAS to happen. When you make it absolutely essential t ...…
 
In Episode 50, I talk answer questions from episodes 46 and 48 about business education and how to ensure your business really is the best thing for you and for your family. I also answer some general questions from my followers about parenting advice and inspirations. How to find business education resources. I’m always looking for new informa ...…
 
In episode 49, I interview Dana and Mark Hitjakes, who work hard to help other small businesses thrive while building a video production business of their own. Mark and Dana also have two kids and have a lot of great things to say about balancing their career and their family. It’s not balance - it’s integration Dana and Mark don’t just balance ...…
 
In episode 48, I talk about the big trap I see so many business owners get caught up in - a business concept they don’t think all the way through that will never give them what they want out of their lives, what they want for their families, and what they want for themselves. Here are the eight questions you must answer to figure out if your bu ...…
 
In Episode 47, I answer some great questions from episodes 43 and 45 about business leverage, technology, and getting rid of guilt. If you’re wondering how you’re supposed to talk to your kids or how to take advantage of technology when you’re pretty technologically impaired, this is the episode for you. How does leveraging people, technology, ...…
 
In episode 46, I talk about the importance of education in your business, both in how it helps you improve as a business person and take care of your family. Not only will it save you time and money in the long run, but it will help save your relationships with your family as well. Time Saved. If you’re learning everything through trial and err ...…
 
In episode 45, I cover the really tough topic of how you can get your business done without feeling like you’re sacrificing your kids - and therefore, get rid of the stress and guilt about it. This episode talks about four specific actions you can take to make this happen, even when you’re working crazy hours. Make your kids a part of what you’ ...…
 
In episode 44, I answer some great questions from my interview with JV Crum III about how to find your calling and the steps you can take to be a more conscious business owner. I also answer questions about how to talk to your teenagers and how to avoid “buying” your kids’ love when you get them gifts and favors. Finding your calling. Every ent ...…
 
In episode 43, we talk about how to leverage the people and resources in your life to get the most out of your business without having to work yourself to the bone. Not only will you feel less ragged and burnt out, but your family will appreciate the extra time they get with you. What is leverage? Anything you use and develop for your business ...…
 
In episode 42, I talk to JV Crum III, who, among a laundry list of other impressive accomplishments, is the founder and CEO of the Conscious Millionaire Institute LLC and host of the Conscious Millionaire Podcast. Money isn’t the answer. At 25, JV had just enough money to realize it wasn’t the answer. This stemmed his growth into the Conscious ...…
 
In episode 41, I answer some great questions from our interview with Greg Lintz, as well as some questions about episode 39 about keeping your family happy during your business’s growth stage. Avoiding an argument when you talk about your business. It’s common to argue with your spouse about your business. Try to avoid talking about negative th ...…
 
In episode 40, I talk about how to keep your family the biggest fans of you and your business by sharing your excitement, checking in with them personally, leaving notes and giving gifts, and keeping your family’s goals in your planning. Share your excitement. Keep your family involved in the business by sharing what’s exciting you and asking f ...…
 
In episode 39, I dig into an important topic: how to keep your family strong and together when your business is booming and you need to dedicate a lot of time to it. Learn to balance how to share in your excitement without upsetting your family and how they can share in the growth. See it coming ahead of time. This sets the stage for the other ...…
 
In episode 38, I answer some great questions from our most recent episodes and interviews on what kind of hats parents should and should not wear, how to get the kind of “friends” you want in your life, and explaining a little bit about what a business incubator is and why one may be good for you. Two kinds of gut check. There are two kinds of ...…
 
In episode 37, I talk to Greg Lintz, who is married to an entrepreneur. Greg talks about the difficulties and challenges, as well as the great rewards, of being married to a woman who started her own business. About Greg. Greg is married to one of my business partners, and he’s got a typical job while she’s self employed. He and his wife have o ...…
 
In episode 37, Norman Smith joins us to talk about entrepreneurship and parenting, specifically the biggest challenges and what it takes to succeed. About Norman Norman has 30 years of experience in executive management, specializing in startups, cutting edge innovations, and international business development. He’s founded nine successful star ...…
 
Hey SEP Family! There's no Q&A today because my family and I are on our family vacation! We're headed down to Lego Land. Be sure to catch the next episode, where I interview Norman Smith, a local entrepreneur and parent, about balacing his kids and his career. Have a wonderful week! I'll see you next Friday.…
 
In Episode 34, I interview Keri Lehmann, a self-employed parent who runs a skin-care product business, Savvy Boheme, while wrangling three amazing kids. Learn more about Keri’s biggest wins as a parent, as a business owner, and what she does to take care of herself in the midst of it all. Running business for the non-business minded. Keri knows ...…
 
In Episode 33, I talk about the amazing kind of people you want in your life, from the optimist to the friend to the partner. These are the kinds of people that will help you thrive in business and make you happier at home. The Optimist This is the person who is the best to throw new ideas by. They get you inspired and they can see really great ...…
 
In Episode 32, I answer a couple of great questions about how to keep your kids from picking up your bad habits, such as snacking and self defeat, and some general questions about sourcing and custom work. I also talk about some cool suggestions our listeners had about fun toys to bring in to enhance the time you spend with your family. Managin ...…
 
In episode 31, I talk about something a little hard for some of us to do but critically important to keeping our businesses and our families happy and healthy. These three kinds of people usually cause more harm than good in our lives and should be limited to make sure we’re successful - both as business owners and as parents. The Pessimist Thi ...…
 
In episode 30, we go over the five ways being an entrepreneur has helped me grow not only as a business person, but as a parent as well. These things have changed everything about the way I run my company and the way I interact with my family in the best ways. I understand the value of time. When you’re “always busy” and never have a lot of tim ...…
 
In episode 29, I answer a few great questions from episode 24 about outsourcing work without sacrificing quality and episode 25 about using personality profiling to better your business and all your relationships. Freelancing preferences and skills I use different freelancing sites for different projects. Elance, 99 Designs, and oDesk are ones ...…
 
In episode 28, I take a break from the serious topics to tell you about six awesome toys I really love and that I think you’ll love, too. I wanted to play with my kids more, and these were awesome ways to do that without having to break out the dolls or action figures. The best part? These were a way for me to spend QUALITY time with my family. ...…
 
In episode 27, we talk about how our kids pick up on what we say and do automatically, which means we may find them displaying unwanted behavior they learned by watching us. Here are four things we may be misleading our children about. Family is most important We all say this, but a lot of the time we spend way more time working than we do spen ...…
 
In episode 26, we bring Chris Shaffer back to answer some of your questions about selling on Amazon. He covers how to handle having limited skills in writing and photography, how to set up a store without a lot of time, product varieties, and categories. Check out Chris’s interview! Before you go on, you may want to listen to the interview with ...…
 
In episode 25, we cover one of my favorite topics: personality profiling. I’ve been using personality profiling in my own relationships and business for years, and it’s improved my life immensely. Here are four ways you can use personality profiling to make everything in your life better. Know yourself. Determine what your limitations are so yo ...…
 
In episode 24, I talk about how to outsource the work you don’t want to do, shouldn’t be doing, and don’t have time for successfully, which not only will help your business grow and thrive, but will give you back the time with your family you’ve been looking for. Test, test, test. Check out all the different freelancing and outsourcing sites to ...…
 
In Episode 23, we answer some awesome questions from the last few weeks, particularly about how to teach our kids to be confident without being cocky, how to manage and prioritize your family and business, and how to handle a client you hate that your partners may not want to get rid of. Make money doing what you love. Figure out what you want ...…
 
In episode 22, I finish off the interview with Chris Shaffer, my go-to guy for all things Amazon, with a ton of great information about how you can start selling on Amazon today. Chris has done this for several companies, from break-out brands to huge products with massive audiences. Private label versus retail arbitrage. With private labeling, ...…
 
In Episode 21, we begin our first interview with Chris Shaffer, my business partner and manager of our Amazon business. Chris will go over why we should be selling on Amazon, which products are best for Amazon, how to sell on Amazon when you don’t have any experience with online sales, and what the future of Amazon actually looks like. About Ch ...…
 
In episode 20, we’re going to look the things we could be teaching our children that are leading them down a path of NOT being self-employed, and how this actually also affects our businesses. There are three limitations here, and each of them are things most of us are teaching to our children without realizing how damaging they are. Limit One: ...…
 
In episode 19, we cover the hard-learned lesson that being busy does NOT equal being successful. By answering every phone call and filling up my time with busy work, I was taking away from not only my family, but from my business, too. Prioritize your business tasks. If you make sure all your task items (business AND personal) are prioritized b ...…
 
In episode 18, I answer some great questions viewers had about episodes 14, 15, and 16, concerning how to leave stress from work at the door when you come home, how to tell if that stress is affecting your family, and what to do when you can’t really afford to hire someone to do the work you shouldn’t be doing in the first place.…
 
In episode 17, we talk about how devastating it can be for your business (and yourself) if you take on clients you don’t like. This can be even WORSE for your business when you’re struggling and feel like you “just need someone” until you can make ends meet.
 
In episode 16, I talk about how being a “Jack of all Trades” may sound like a benefit, but it can really cost your company time and money. While it can be hard, sometimes the best thing for our business is to step back and let someone else handle the tasks we can’t - or shouldn’t - do. These are three clear ways to tell if you’re working on som ...…
 
In episode 15, we cover a bit more about what we talked about in episode 14 - why it’s important to leave the stress of your business out of your family life. This time, we focus on how you can achieve that goal to take care of you, your family, and your business.
 
In Episode 13, I answer questions from episodes 11 and 12. We cover a bit more about goal setting in particular situations with your children, how being self-employed actually offers more job security than the standard alternative, and my secret to opening up my time while running a business.
 
In episode 12, we go over how to make goal setting a game that’s fun for your kids. Help them learn not only to set goals, but why setting goals can help them achieve more than they ever thought and get what they want.
 
In this episode, I go over some of the often-forgotten benefits to being a self employed parent, from your flexible schedule to the fact that you’re your own boss. Even though it can be a real challenge, it’s important we remember the great gifts being a self employed parent gives us and our families.…
 
In episode 10, I answer questions about how to distance yourself from clients who bring you down without causing drama, how you can start up a business even if you are short on cash, and why you shouldn’t confuse being busy with being successful.
 
In episode 9, I discuss how to talk to your children about work related responsibilities that take time away from them - such as deadlines, meetings, and projects - in a way that helps them understand and clears up misunderstandings that may lead your kids to think that you don't want to spend time with them.…
 
In episode 8, I answer some important questions from viewers about how to tell when you’re getting stressed, how to manage a bad employee who desperately needs the job, and what you can do to help your family understand and support your need for time to yourself. I also go into managing a schedule and managing 360 reviews with your family.…
 
In episode seven, I talk about something a lot of us don’t have much of anymore: time to ourselves. This episode covers why it’s so important for us to get downtime, how we can know when we need to take some time to ourselves, and how to do it when it feels like we’re up to our ears in work appointments and kids’ baseball games.…
 
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