S2E13: Being Your Own Boss... and Your Employee

S2E13: Being Your Own Boss... and Your Employee

In this episode, Emily and Sarah discuss the distinction between the roles of "boss" and "employee" in their small businesses. They talk about how each role has different tasks, goals and motivations, and why separating them in your mind can actually help you be more productive and feel happier in each role. They also talk about how to figure out if you wear the "boss" or "employee" hat more -- and how to achieve a healthier balance between the two.

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S2E12: Sharing More Of Yourself Online

In this episode, Emily and Sarah reflect on a talk given recently by their friend Allie Lehman from The Wonder Jam in which she shared: "The world wants more of you." They talk about why that notion is so profound to each of them and how they plan to stop trying to make themselves more palatable to their audience and to embrace sharing more of who they really are. This episode is an inspirational listen for anyone who's felt uninspired or anxious about sharing online or worries about how your audience perceives you.

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S2E11: Teaching Your Craft Via Workshops

S2E11: Teaching Your Craft Via Workshops

In this episode, Emily and Sarah chat about developing workshops as a part of your handmade business. Emily interviews Sarah about her experience as a workshop teacher, why she decided to start offering workshops and how that's become the most profitable branch of her business. Sarah gives advice for makers considering offering a workshop for the first time by outlining 6 aspects of teaching workshops to consider.

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S2E10: Sprinkle Positivity Confetti with Natalie Pariano of Natterdoodle

S2E10: Sprinkle Positivity Confetti with Natalie Pariano of Natterdoodle

Natalie Pariano is a hand lettering artist with a huge love for rainbows, unicorns and all things confetti. She creates work beautiful, rad, socially conscious artwork and spreads her personal philosophy -- “Sprinkle Positivity Confetti”-- in all that she does.

We talked to Natalie about how she created the larger-than-life brand Natterdoodle, why art is always political, and how her beautiful commitment to optimism and hope fuels her work and life.

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S2E9: Big Transitions

S2E9: Big Transitions

In this episode, Emily and Sarah reveal the big transitions that have been been impacting their lives lately. Hint: Emily's making a big move out of state and Sarah's tying the knot! They talk about how these transitions have affected their attitudes toward their small businesses and  shifted the way they work. They also chat about why making big leaps feels different as you get older, how to be kind to yourself when you're going through a lot, and why it's okay to slow down during transitional seasons.

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S2E8: Why We Do This

S2E8: Why We Do This

In this episode, Emily and Sarah discuss why they started their businesses and their motivations for continuing to run their own businesses. They discuss what it means to consider yourself a creative or an artist, how working for yourself feeds your sense of purpose, and how to reconnect with your why when you feel like you're in a slump. If you like chats about creativity and what it means to be a creative person, this episode is for you.

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S2E7: Being Beautifully Imperfect with Simi Botic

S2E7: Being Beautifully Imperfect with Simi Botic

Simi Botic is a health coach, blogger, and recently published author based here in Columbus, Ohio. Simi has an incredible talent for engaging authentically with her audience online, sharing unfiltered moments from her day to help women learn to eat intuitively, love their so-called imperfections, and live in the present.

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We chatted with Simi about transitioning from a corporate attorney to a health coach, how to tap into your intuition, and why she felt called to write her recently-published book "Letting Go of Leo."

 

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S2E6: The 100 Day Project

S2E6: The 100 Day Project

In this episode, Emily and Sarah chat about the 100 Day Project, a creative challenge that takes Instagram by storm every year from early-April to mid-July. The rules are simple: choose a medium or craft or theme and create something every day that fits into the parameters you've assigned yourself. Oh, and post a picture of what you create everyday to your Instagram page with your own unique hashtag. 

Sarah shares her experience participating in the 100 Day Project in 2016 and Emily chats about why she's decided to participate this year. We hope this episode will get you fired up to participate in this awesome creative challenge!

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S2E5: You Are A Badass

S2E5: You Are A Badass

In this episode, we review the bestselling self-help book "You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero. We talk about why the limiting beliefs we've adopted affect the way we see ourselves, how our thoughts shape our reality, and how to manage our limiting beliefs to manifest the reality you want. 

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S2E4: The Reality of Working Your Dream Job with Brooke Dusenberry of the Lovely Grain

S2E4: The Reality of Working Your Dream Job with Brooke Dusenberry of the Lovely Grain

Brooke Dusenberry is the founder and full-time maker at Lovely Grain Studio. We love following her adventures on Instagram, where she shares her process as she creates beautiful custom wooden signs, using power tools, lasers (!), and a keen eye for detail.

We chatted with Brooke about transitioning from side-hustling to being your own boss, why more people need to talk about how hard the first year full-time is, and how slumps are a natural part of being a creative person. 

If you want to find out more about Brooke, you can visit her website here and follow her on Instagram here

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S2E3: What to Do When You're Not Making Sales

S2E3: What to Do When You're Not Making Sales

In this episode, we discuss what to do when the worst happens: your shop isn't making sales. We delve into what mindset shifts, adjustments to your shop, and marketing you can do to encourage more traffic and sales in your shop. 

If you believe in your product, we believe in your product too. Listen on, and know that you've got this scrappy babe.

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S2E2: Branding 101

S2E2: Branding 101

In this episode, we discuss what branding means to us and how we each want to improve the brand identity behind each of our businesses this year. We talk about how our branding affects how customers experience our products and our businesses, and why the way we make our customers feel matters more than what we think our brand/business says about us.

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S2E1: Goals, Accountability and the New Year

In this episode, we revisit our 2017 4th quarter goals and tentative 2018 goals we made in October. We also talk about setting goals for your business in the wake of the New Year, how to recover when you backslide from your goals, and how working on your personal goals and habits can affect your business. 

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Episode 10: Setting Goals for Your Business

Our last episode of the season! Thank you so much for following along with us in this first season of Scrap Paper! We've learned a ton and have had so much fun along the way. Thanks, Scrappy Babes!

In this episode, we're talking all about goals. What goals are (hint: not to-do list items), why they're important, and how we can use the data we have and/or our intuition to set them. We use this episode to map out our goals for the 4th quarter of 2017 and 2018 as a whole. We hope this episode will inspire you to think of goals as big dreams that you're going to do the work to actually achieve!

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Episode 9: Creativity Through Grief with Hilary Buchanan of Creative Babes

Episode 9: Creativity Through Grief with Hilary Buchanan of Creative Babes

Hilary Buchanan is a creative human, dog mom, fitness enthusiast and co-founder of Creative Babes. In this episode, we chat with Hilary about what Creative Babes is and the role it plays for creative women in Columbus, OH, her philosophy about social media, and how grief has impacted the way she approaches creativity. This episode is a special one: Hilary has such an inspiring outlook on life and we loved having the opportunity to dive deeper into what fuels that outlook.

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Episode 8: Let's Talk About Money

Money is one of those uncomfortable topics that we rarely want to talk about. Despite that -- and maybe because of that -- getting real about money is one of the best things we can do to propel our business. In this episode, we get real about pricing (especially when you're first starting out in a product-based business), how to know when and what to invest in for your business, and how our personal money stories can shape the way we treat our businesses. This episode contains practical advice about making money in your business, and also served as a bit of a therapy session for Emily and Sarah as they discuss their own hang-ups about money. 

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Episode 7: Herbal Empowerment with Aniko Zala of Wild Origins

Episode 7: Herbal Empowerment with Aniko Zala of Wild Origins

Aniko is an herbalist who runs her own business called Wild Origins. She offers herbal products geared towards self-care like salves and balms, bath teas and herbal deodorant. She also teaches workshops all around Columbus with the aim of empowering others to use herbs to balance their bodies and to better their lives.

In this episode, we talk to Aniko about why herbs are so damn cool, how becoming a mother has affected her business, and her business origin story -- which was born from a place of trying to solve one of her own problems. Aniko's passion for herbs is absolutely infectious -- listen on to find out more! 

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Episode 6: Being Nice & Being Scrappy

This episode is all about the delicate balancing act between how we're perceived online and how that perception influences the way we interact with people. In the world of Instagram, sharing about yourself online can bring about a sense of intimacy with your followers -- which is a good thing! But sometimes that intimacy can lead to situations where you feel like your boundaries are being crossed or a follower/potential customer is asking too much of you. How do you handle that?

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Episode 5: Social Media & Ego

We spend this episode getting real about social media, specifically Instagram. Our theory is that everyone comes to social media wanting connection, but sometimes our ego gets in the way. We chat about how we so often equate our self-worth with our social media presence, how we really feel about our number of followers, and toeing the line between creating content that’s post-able and creating content because it’s post-able. We hope this episode speaks to your woes about social media and helps you feel a little less alone in the #instastruggle. Don’t forget: you’re more than your numbers.

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Episode 4: Being Realistically Optimistic with Kaylee Schanz of Florish

It's our first interview!

Kaylee Schanz is the lady boss behind Florish, a subscription-based floral company that provides arrangements to homes and businesses around Columbus, OH. We love Kaylee for her positive attitude, business savvy, and grit. She's fiercely committed to delivering a quality product and experience for her customers.

In this episode we pick her brain about launching a business and going full-time at the same time, listening to your gut vs looking at the numbers, running your own business while being a mom and if doing work for exposure is really worth it.

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