The Self Employed Life

The Self Employed Life

The Self Employed Life Podcast (formerly Creative Warriors) provides business and personal development strategies for self-employed business owners that create sustainable success. A community of self-employed and small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and ambitious individuals that need creative solutions in business. Being self-employed and a business Warrior is a mindset, a spirit and a challenge. We need a different way of doing business. This is business with a soul. We discuss marketing, branding, productivity, mindset, building meaningful relationships with customers and living a fulfilling life. In the self-employed life, it's all personal. Small business consultant, business coach for entrepreneurs and author of The Self Employed Life and LINGO, host Jeffrey Shaw, interviews bestselling authors and experts who will change your way of thinking and provide practical ideas that you can apply directly in your life and business. Two episodes each week- one content-rich interview with an expert and Coaching Break offers a 15-minute break to receive coaching from your host.... Show More

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October 28, 2020 42 min

More often than not, we are our own worst critics. Change the way you treat yourself - take time to set clear and exciting goals that you believe in. Try not to get caught up in how big the goals you set for yourself are - it doesn’t matter how big if you have no belief in yourself to accomplish that goal. Keep your ideas big, but take small steps on your path to success.

When you feel better, you do better. Give yourself permiss...
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Most often when we journal it's a more passive activity. Free-flowing, working things out, allowing thoughts to come. That's great and very useful! But there's also a way of journaling, active journaling, that can lead you to answers, solutions and clarity. Check out this episode and find out how!   Join 17,000 subscribers looking to do "business with a soul" and sign up to receive my Self-Employed Nutshe...
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In today’s social climate, when consumers are easily distracted and overloaded with content, it’s easy to feel unheard and even invisible. You have to find a way to grasp the attention and understanding of the consumer before they've even had a chance to think. The best way to do so is with a “block” - something simple and easy to understand but attention grabbing and monolithic. From there, this block becomes an icon in the m...
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    I posed the question in our community Facebook group about what you wanted coaching on. By far, the most common request had something to do with how challenging it is to separate our business from our personal lives. So, here you go! I share what I do myself as well as what I have suggested to coaching clients.   Contact Jeffrey -
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    Wisdom is not having all the answers, but knowing where to find them. Learning technology in business is similar in that you can not be afraid to fail because that fear will keep you from being your best self in business. You have to ask questions, play around with it, and remember that most of the time your peers have the same fears you do.   As a small business owner, don’t compare yourself to larger brands that have...
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    If you're looking for some coaching on how to get some business rolling, here are three ideas that won't cost you anything and have been very effective for many of my clients. These are some first step ideas to get things going which I understand is very much needed for a lot of businesses right now.   Contact Jeffrey -
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    You can never know when the perfect time to act on your self-employed dreams will tap you on the shoulder. Some would even argue that there is no such thing as the “perfect time.” And if there ever was, it’s always in hindsight. But there is such a thing as preparation. And the way to be fully prepared to seize those perfect opportunities is to find yourself a mentor.   Mentorship can mean something different to everyone. On S...
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    As the end of the year approaches many of us are starting to scramble to try to get all the things done that we had planned for this year. But this year has been...a lot. So many of us are also feeling tired, overwhelmed, anxious by all of the other things going on around us in addition to our goals.   Here are my tips on how to prioritize when all the things are equally important.   Contact Jeffrey -
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    Most of us struggle with forgiveness, however it can be a very powerful tool that can unlock future roadblocks. To take control of your life you need to forgive and make a plan. Stop winging it in life and decide on the non-negotiable values in your life. 

    When you deeply understand who you are, when you can identify your black sheep values and what makes you you, you will start living your life on purpose. It’s time to turn nega...
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    September 28, 2020 13 min
    With almost all of us making significant changes to ourselves and our businesses in the past several months, it introduces one of the most frustrating things I know of. Waiting. Let's face it. Patience tends to not be one of our strong suits as self-employed business owners. Especially after we've made changes, are more clear than we've ever been, are committed and ready to go, and now we're waiting for the payof...
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    So much has changed so quickly. A lot of us are reevaluating a lot of things right now. Whether it’s seeking your next dream or transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship, one thing is for sure. Many people are feeling stuck.   Sometimes what we need is a life audit. When we get clear on where we are and what our core values are, we can then take a look at our lives and decide where we need to go. But first we have to b...
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    As we start each day as busy self-employed business owners with lots of demands on us, we often think about everything we have to give. And we give it our all every day, don't we?   But what about what you'll gain? What would it look like if as you started each day you considered the energy you were going to gain from other people and from doing the tasks you love? Would it change how you felt about the day ahead?  ...
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    For my first official episode of The Self Employed Life, I’m very excited to share a life-changing conversation with one of my absolute favorite authors, Todd Henry. Today we define something that is often glossed over but is essential, not just for the self-employed, but for all of us trying to tackle some of the world’s current major challenges: motivation.

    Todd and I discuss what it means to crack your personal motivation codes ...

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    September 14, 2020 10 min

    A BIG and very Special Announcement! Be sure to turn in for the big news.

    The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you.

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    Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarriors.com and share your feelings and continue the conversation.

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    We are all more than one thing. But self-employed entrepreneurs have been told over and over again that we can’t have a division between who we are in business and who we are at home. Studies show, however, that having and sharing other dimensions make you better at your job.

    When I work with my coaching clients I help them connect the dots of who they are to figure out how they can serve their customers the most authentically. An...

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    September 7, 2020 15 min

    It can often feel in business, especially during challenging times that recovery is far away. Or that your business needs a complete overall or change of direction. That is often not the case. It may be that turning your business around is just a tweak or two away. This episode should give you hope!

    The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you.

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    When you are in business, you are in the wish-granting business. When you really think about it, what you offer is what helps your customers achieve what they’re wishing for. And when you can find a way to communicate what you stand for, how you will grant those wishes, and why you are unique in doing so, you will elevate the humanity of your business.

    But it begins with you; especially for the self-employed. What is your backsto...

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    Cyber attacks are not just against the big guys. The fact is that for a variety of reasons, attacks against small businesses are extremely common. We all need to be concerned, no matter how small or big our business is, especially during times of major distraction or disconnect, like, say, during a pandemic. 

    We’re in a weird social place right now, we’re stressed, some of us are even desperate. Cyber attackers prey on these time...

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    We face a big challenge as business owners in today's overload of information. What's good information and at what point does that information influence us so much that we lose the ability to be different than the rest? This is particularly true in trade associations which I am a big proponent of. Have a listen for an idea about how to handle the balance of information and influence.

    The Talking Stick is in your hands now. ...

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    Creativity is iterative. It is about possibility. True creativity is about the everyday making of things; of just doing and refining until we can eventually get to our genius. Sometimes all we need is the discipline to just start. So if we can give ourselves the permission to just start with whatever terrible ideas we have, we can often get into that sought after “flow state” even sooner. 

    Many creatives are binary when it comes ...

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