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15 Minute Freelancer is your snack-sized guide to being your own boss and building a business and life you love. In this podcast for freelancers, you'll get practical strategies and behind the scenes stories from your host, freelance health copywriter Louise Shanahan, so you can create a freelance business that works for you.
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Get inspired with Vistaprint's small business podcast, 'Small Business Stories.' Listen to entrepreneurs share the motivation behind their businesses, tips for success, advice for overcoming challenges, and so much more. We're on a mission to become the best entrepreneur podcast out there, so we're focusing on business owners in a variety of industries...you'll find conversations with everyone from fashion designers to food service experts. Whether you're pursuing a side-hustle or running a ...
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Business advice for ACTUAL small businesses and solopreneurs. Small business used to mean mom & pop grocery stores, auto repair, the neighborhood pharmacy, etc. Today, "small" businesses can have up to 1,000 employees and $500 million in revenue and still qualify as "small" in the eyes of the government and financial institutions. As attention spans have gotten smaller, small business has gotten bigger, and the term is unfortunately now essentially meaningless. The problem is that owners of ...
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Treaka Young was elected last month to the Jefferson City City Council, but previously worked as an ombudsman for the state. A long-term care ombudsman is often a volunteer who helps families and individuals ensure their rights and needs are being respected and preserved in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes. Treaka spoke a little about …
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Paige Spears has been incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections for nearly 35 years. At the age of 26, he was given a life sentence plus 30 years for an armed robbery he committed in 1988 – where no one was physically injured. He’s now 62. We met up with his family in January-Wabash Park in north county St. Louis recently and spoke abo…
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Paige Spears has been incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections for nearly 35 years. At the age of 26, he was given a life sentence plus 30 years for an armed robbery he committed in 1988 – where no one was physically injured. He’s now 62.Betty Cummings is his mother, and still lives in Ferguson, Missouri. She’s now 87-years-old and sp…
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Kari Utterback is a senior planner at Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services – focusing on coordinated entry and homelessness. She spoke about some of the resources unsheltered and unhoused Columbians have this winter, as well as about some of the roots causes of homelessness in our community.…
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Sam Vosburg is a retired veteran and three-time cancer survivor who lives in Aurora – in southwest Missouri. He was recently selected for one of state’s first cannabis microbusiness licenses. He spoke about how marijuana helped him with his own health – and about his plans to expand his hobby into a full-fledged business.…
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Paige Spears has been incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections for nearly 35 years. He was given a life sentence plus 30 years for an armed robbery he committed in 1988 – where no one was physically injured. He spoke a little about how he’s changed while being incarcerated and what he hopes to accomplish if he’s released.…
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Karren Ganschinietz lives and works in Boss, Missouri. She’s been a CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant, for nearly 40 years – working in assisted living facilities and home care. She spoke with Missouri Business Alert about the shortage of CNAs in Missouri and how that could impact our healthcare systems, as well as the care patients receive.…
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Sabrina Weaver is a nurse in Columbia and created the non-profit, Defense Against Diabetes, which helps people manage their Type 2 diabetes and helps prevent the onset of the disease in the first place. She spoke about some of the challenges people can face when they're working to establish new healthier habits.…
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In this episode, our host Ryan Koch demystifies Generative AI and large language models, discussing their potential, risks, and ethical implications. We confront misinformation, privacy issues, and explore questions around authorship and economic impacts. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking a balanced understanding of these pivotal tec…
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LaKisha Redditt is a Black doula and the founder of Virtuously B’Earthed Doula Services in St. Louis. She spoke about how much more education black birthing people have to do to keep themselves and their babies safe – and about how a doula can help in that process.By KBIA
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Sabrina Weaver is a nurse in Columbia and created the non-profit, Defense Against Diabetes, which works with people with diabetes, as well as people before they get diabetes – helping them establish new, healthier habits.She spoke about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, how both of these can impact children and families and about …
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We're joined by[Marina Nitze(https://twitter.com/MarinaNitze) to talk about their book Hack Your Bureaucracy(https://www.hackyourbureaucracy.com/). We'll discuss tactics you can use to get things done in all sorts of organizational environments.### Resources and Shoutouts:- Recoding America (book)(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61796680-recodi…
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Did you know this podcast has been going for 2 years? That's a lot of freelancing chat. In this episode, I share some thoughts about where the podcast is going in 2023 (spoiler in the title?). And in case you're pondering a similar conundrum about how to move forwards (or not) with a particular project, I'm sharing some questions to consider to hel…
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This is part two of my conversation with visual storytelling expert Jude Charles. If you haven’t yet listened to part one, go back and check that out first. “As a freelancer in 2023, it is no longer an option whether or not you tell stories, it is imperative for you to tell stories.” In this episode, Jude shares more tips and examples of how visual…
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We're pulling one out of the archives to start off 2023!This time we talk discovery sprints! We're joined by Jenn Noinaj (https://www.linkedin.com/in/actuallyjenn/)} and Kathryn Jurick(https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynjurick/), authors of the United States Digital Service guide to discovery sprints. We'll chat about what these are, how they're ru…
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How can a pair of white shoes help someone land a new client? Jude Charles is an expert in visual storytelling – and specifically, using video to tell stories that build trust with potential clients. Because Jude had SO much brilliant advice to share, this episode is split into two parts. In this first part, Jude explains how to harness the power o…
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Today we're taking a look at what the future of freelancing might look like as working culture evolves. My guest is Paul Evans, director of Fourth Estate Creative and creator of the Freelance Fellowship platform. As a small business owner and someone who hires freelancers, Paul sees the opportunities and challenges from both sides. Our conversation…
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Keeping the project pipeline flowing means we always need to be on the lookout for the next lead. But rather than chasing down new clients, why not focus on creating an amazing experience for your existing clients? Happy clients are more likely to come back again and again – and refer you to their contacts. My guest today is Gigi Davarashvili from …
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We are joined by James O'Brien, CX Lead at Seam Social Labs(https://www.seamsociallabs.com/our-team ) for a conversation about community engagement, including chats about inclusion, co-creation, bias, and the power of language.### Resources and Shoutouts:- Winning on Purpose (book)(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58090620-winning-on-purpose)- F…
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Support the podcast! If you find this episode helpful and you'd like to show your appreciation, consider leaving a tip over at ko-fi.com/15minutefreelancer. Donations help cover the cost of running the podcast and are very much appreciated :) It's the last episode of 2022, which means it's time for everyone's favourite format at this time of year: …
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Just imagine - what if you didn't have the constraints that you think you do. Like... What if you're wrong? On the other hand, what if you imposed constraints on purpose to see what would happen? These are the things I think about on the treadmill. Microbusiness owners face an incredible number of limitations, hurdles, and constraints. Some exist b…
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This week I take you behind the scenes at the Magazine Street conference. (You may remember my interview with Nikki Simpson, organiser of Magazine Street, back in Episode 75.) I share my top takeaways from a few of the many brilliant speakers who shared their stories of creativity, resilience and problem-solving – relevant to all freelancers, not j…
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Black Friday is the worst best idea that capitalism ever had. Let’s start with this though – do you even know the origin of the term “Black Friday”? When I was a kid I remember thinking it must have something to do with Black people, but I could never figure out why that would be the case, or why everyone seemed to be okay with that. Later when I l…
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"All freelancers should have an email newsletter for their business, 100%, without a doubt!" My guest today is Eman Ismail, email strategist, email copywriter extraordinaire and host of the excellent Mistakes That Made Me podcast. If you've been thinking about starting a newsletter, this episode is packed with tips to help you get set up, grow your…
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Are you missing a trick if you don't use TikTok to market your freelance business? My guest today is Chloe Barnes, a freelance copywriter at The Write Chloe who successfully operates a TikTok-first marketing strategy for her business. Chloe shares her top tips for navigating the platform and makes creating “real person TV” easy and effective, inclu…
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I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This epsiode discusses everyone's least favorite topic: paperwork. It's on my desk, it's on my couch... it's everywhere. Staying on top of it is difficult at best, from taxes and business licensing to processing new d…
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I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach ou…
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I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach ou…
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It's the health episode! Working alone, from home, jumping from one task to another – it's all too easy to forget to take care of our physical and mental well-being properly. Sally Duffin is a freelance writer and nutritional therapist, and she joins me to share some of her favourite healthy habits to help you feel and perform at your best. We pack…
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I decided what the world REALLY needs is another podcast. There just aren't enough people sharing their expertise, trying to put enough hooks in their content to make you circle back and make you hop, skip, and jump on a call. Cringe. My podcast is different. Just like everyone else's. I've decided to just record them in one shot without going back…
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One way to charge more (and work less) as a freelancer is to shift from implementing the client's brief to selling strategy. When you help to set the direction for a project, you're also far less likely to find yourself navigating the awkward gaps in expectations that can arise from missing or outdated strategies. But how do you transition to selli…
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We are joined by Jeremy Hartman(https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyhartman2022/), VP of Venture Forward and Community Engagement at GoDaddy(https://www.godaddy.com/)to talk about accessibility and sustainability on the web.### Resources and Shoutouts:- The Accidental President (book)(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35106890-the-accidental-presid…
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Do you have a niche or specialism as a freelancer? Choosing a niche can be a powerful way to use your expertise to stand out, attract clients and charge more – but what if you want to change your mind? People have big opinions on this topic, but the truth is you can run a perfectly successful business whether you decide to niche or not. And crucial…
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So you know you should be working ON your business as well as IN it, but how do you actually do that when you're busy? If you've got more work than you can handle, need some help to trim your to-do list, or want to outsource but are not quite sure where to start, this episode is for you. Outsourcing expert Lisa Tennant runs a virtual assistant serv…
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We are joined by Mike Gifford(https://twitter.com/mgifford, Senior Strategist at Civic Actions(https://civicactions.com/)to talk about accessibility and sustainability on the web.### Resources and Shoutouts:- https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40864002-a-psalm-for-the-wild-built- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57094295-termination-shock- h…
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Want to attract great freelance clients? You've probably tried content marketing and cold pitching – but what about PR? My guest for this episode is Melissa Hobson, a PR consultant who is here to help us with how to get started with PR and get those all-important eyes and ears on our businesses. We discuss: Why you shouldn't overlook PR as a strate…
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Regular listeners know that I love hearing how other freelancers stay organised – if you do too, I think you'll enjoy this episode. Bonnie Harrington, freelance writer, host of Tomato Tuesdays, and Pomodoro enthusiast joins me to discuss: The life-changing magic of the Pomodoro technique Using Pomodoros for time tracking so you can charge correctly…
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Are you worried about what the current economic situation might mean for your business? If so, please know you are not alone. In this solo episode, I share the questions I'm considering to prepare my freelance business for economic disruption, including: How is the downturn affecting my niche? Should I change my services? Should I raise or lower my…
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Do you need to make a change in your business? Feeling a bit daunted? This episode is for you. My guest is Heather Pownall, a media marketing and comms specialist who has been making some big changes in her business. Heather shares what prompted her to pivot and how it’s going so far. We discuss: The scary vs exciting aspects of change Reframing ch…
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We are joined by Joseph Tajaran (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tajaran/), organizer and Brigade Captain of Code for Chicago (https://codeforchicago.org), to chat about what it takes to lead a sustainable volunteer organization.### Resources and Shoutouts:- Chicago UX Book Club (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/)- The Conscious Creative (book) (https:…
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