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Summary: Host Natalie Eckdahl, MBA is a coach to high performing women. She is married with three children ages 3-16. Natalie helps women entrepreneurs own their role as CEO through her business trainings, on air coaching calls and expert interviews. Learn how to master your mindset, grow as a leader, refine your strategies, build your team and gain visibility in your industry. Natalie is also an expert in outsourcing at home and at work. Meet Natalie and fellow listeners at her annual leadership conference for women entrepreneurs, BizChix Live!
How do you move your business from the startup stage to the multiply stage? Emily Countryman, CEO of a chain of wellness centers, joins me on this episode to share her success story at the multiply stage: of scaling up a business with a physical location from one location to a chain of FIVE centers. Emily and I also discuss business struggles, financing and funding growth, as well as teams and transitioning from the manager of the business to the CEO of your business.
Product-based businesses can be tough when it comes to dealing with manufacturers, inventory and distribution. But that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to rapidly grow and scale. Minna Khounlo-Sithep, founder of Lil’ Labels, waterproof writable labels for school and for daycare, joins me to share her journey scaling up to a 6-figure business in just one year.
Letting go of control is something we all as business owners struggle with to varying degrees. When the time comes to scale your business, letting go of control is most difficult and most essential. Join me as I coach Deanna Gillingham through her struggles with letting go of control and stepping into the role of CEO in her business. As Deanna moves towards scaling up her business, I help her to see that growing a team and having other people take on more responsibilities means letting go of control.
Social media is always top of mind for businesses these days, and social media specialists face a unique challenge in their business - to either specialize on one platform, or specialize in one industry on multiple platforms. Louise Brogan, social media specialist, joins me on this on air coaching call to discuss her business of helping people figure out how to use social media for their businesses. We dive into how to capitalize on Louise’s success creating visibility in her local space and much more.
What’s the next step for an entrepreneur who has built and rapidly scaled her service-based business to multi-six figures? Marcella De Laurentiis, founder and solopreneur of HelpWithApps.com, joins me on this On Air Coaching call to discuss her next steps. Since Marcella launched her business about a year ago, she has grown and scaled it rapidly. Now, she’s ready for the next step: creating more passive income streams.
Anne Torrez joins me on this on air coaching call as we continue this series on the stages of entrepreneurship. As you move from the startup stage to the validate stage, you need to define your niche, and this is exactly what Anne and I pick apart in this episode. As a triathlon coach who is also certified as a running and cycling coach, Anne’s biggest struggle is confidently choosing between a few potential avatars (aka target markets), and then figuring out how to articulate her niche.
We continue this series on the stages of entrepreneurship with an on air coaching call with Casey Gromer, who is moving from the startup to validate phase in her business. Casey and I dive into the challenges Casey faces on where to focus her efforts and how to connect with the type of clients she is most gifted at serving. Join Casey and me as we discuss defining her service offerings based on her specialized skill set, while diversifying to cater to different clients.
We continue this series on the stages of entrepreneurship with an on air coaching call with start up entrepreneur, Michelle Allen. This is the most challenging stage, with so many options and moving parts, things to learn, and things to distract you. Michelle and I talk through her new business idea, including answering the key question “Are you solving a big enough problem?”, figuring out her target audience or avatar, and some strategies to expand beyond her neighborhood.
Did you know that 25% of new businesses do not reach the 5th year in business? I have watched businesses come and go, and at BizChix, we want to help you build you grow a profitable business that supports your lifestyle goals. This episode is all about the BizChix Entrepreneur Growth Framework, something I developed and first presented at BizChix Live 2017. The framework helps us have a common language to share about our businesses.
A question clients ask me all the time is: Should I launch an online course? How do I go about doing it? Online courses can be a great part of your business, but only if its done right. Join me on this round table discussion with two experts, Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media and Kelly Snyder of Adore Your Wardrobe. We talk about what is working now in online courses, what you need in your business to have a successful online course, and how to replicate that success.
A lot of us can feel intimidated by numbers and financial statements and reports. You may need help with your business in this aspect, but may be wondering: What does a bookkeeper do, vs a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) vs a Chief Financial Officer (CFO)? Hannah Smolinski, long-time valued member of the Biz Chix Coop and founder of BrightenUp Financial, joins me to shed some light on this topic.
So many people have the possibility of a high end offer in their business and they don't realize it. Carol Cox of Speaking Your Brand joins me today to talk about high end offers, VIP days and how powerful they can be for your business. What do VIP days look like? Why didn’t we have them from Day 1? Could we have? Carol and I answer these questions on how we offer VIP days in our businesses (both virtually and in person), and how we approach them differently!
I recently had the opportunity to appear on Getting Social with Sarah, a Facebook Live show hosted by Sarah Frink, CEO and Founder of Real Marketing Solutions, and I’m excited to share my interview with Sarah! We get into some juicy topics like how I first started out, how I use social media in my business, and the link between my podcast, my email list and Facebook Group. I also share what my group was like when I first launched it and the challenges that came with growing that following.
Having boundaries in every area of our lives can be a challenge, but boundaries in our business can be especially difficult. I've invited one of my clients, Janelle Photopoulos, on to the show to share how she navigated some uncomfortable situations to successfully deal with boundaries in her business. Janelle shares some of her client experiences and how she has managed to hold boundaries in a professional way and maintain excellent working relationships with clients.
If you're thinking other women entrepreneurs really have their act together, think again. As someone who works with hundreds of these women, I'm here to tell you that everyone is a mess. With social media, branded lifestyle images, and professional head shots peppering Facebook and Instagram, it can seem like everyone else has a perfect business, and that things are easy for them! I'll let you in on a secret: everyone's a mess, including me!