Independent Business

Independent Business

We’re on a mission to uncover the science of self-made success. Join host Akua Konadu each week as she interviews some of the most brilliant minds in business—digging deep into the details and uncovering the strategies that turned entrepreneurial dreams into reality. The Independent Business podcast is powered by HoneyBook, the all-in-one platform for anyone with clients. Book clients, manage projects, and get paid faster with HoneyBook, and have business flow your way. Natalie Franke was the host for season one of the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


November 22, 2023 34 mins

Did you know that 82% of consumers will shop from brands whose values align with their own? Now more than ever, people are looking to brands to do good—a brand that does this very well is Ben and Jerry's. 

In this episode, Sean Greenwood, Director of Public Relations and Communications at Ben and Jerry’s is joining us to discuss some of his favorite brand campaigns. Sean highlights the unique approach he and his team take with ...

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What would you do if you lost 14,000 followers in one week? That is exactly what happened to Instagram growth coach Brock Johnson, and what he learned from that might surprise you. Brock is a seven-figure entrepreneur who has a passion for helping business owners grow their following and their businesses all on Instagram. 

In one year alone, Brock gained 400,000 followers. Instagram has been a tough platform to navigate the...

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Love it or hate it, the Pumpkin Spice Latte marks the beginning of fall for coffee lovers everywhere. How did Starbucks turn the PSL drink into a major lifestyle brand? On today’s episode, Jen Olmstead of Tonic Site Shop is breaking down some of Starbucks’ most genius marketing and branding strategies, while sharing how we can create some of these iconic moments in our own business as well.

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Have you been sleeping on LinkedIn? If so, you are not alone. On this episode of the Independent Business podcast, we have Lakrisha Davis, who is a LinkedIn branding expert and business coach joining us to share explosive six-figure business strategies for LinkedIn.

Lakrisha was able to build a six-figure business using only one social media platform: LinkedIn. As a branding expert, Lakrisha is teaching us how to gain more visib...

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The journey to success is never linear. There are lots of ups and downs, but the key to building a sustainable business is learning how to adapt and innovate. That's why I'm so excited to have videographer and podcast host Alberto Mendoza on the show. 

In the midst of the pandemic, Alberto decided to take the leap and fully invest in his business. That investment led to him hitting six figures in his first year and he is ju...

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Did you know that 60% of independent business owners are already using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their business? AI has been the most talked about topic this year—making us all the more excited to dive deeper into what’s out there. 

Today on the podcast, we are joined by Scott Wyden-Kivowitz, the Community Manager at Imagen AI. Scott joins us to share the benefits of AI, how you can adapt it to truly impact and improv...

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We’ve been busy behind the scenes at the Independent Business Podcast and we’re excited to share some news with you today! In this bittersweet episode, Natalie Franke is passing the reins to a new host—one you’re already familiar with! You may remember Akua Konadu from a few bonus episodes we dropped earlier this year and we’re excited to welcome her as the new host of the Independent Business Podcast!

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Welcome to CollabCast, an innovative bonus series where we're diving into the world of podcast crossovers. In today's bonus episode, we've joined forces with an incredibly talented podcaster and former guest, Tori Dunlap. On her chart-topping podcast, Financial Feminist, Tori recently sat down with Shannah Game to discuss money stories, working through money trauma, and finding healthier financial practices. 

If you love th...

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One of the most critical components of running a successful independent business is sales. You’re constantly trying to determine how to book your next client and do it strategically so that you’re only working with the right clients.

Today’s guest, Chris Do, is an Emmy Award-winning designer, Director, CEO, and the founder of The Futur, an online education platform set to support 1 billion entrepreneurs in the pursuit of doing w...

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September 27, 2023 48 mins

When you start an independent business, the odds are stacked against you. But what if you could defy them? That is precisely why I am sitting down to speak with Diana Wei Fang, a systems architect and breakthrough coach. 

Diana has supported hundreds of businesses in architecting their systems such that people can do more of what they love, and the business can run even when they're sleeping. On this episode, we talk about ...

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Did you know that 85% of small businesses agree that word-of-mouth marketing brings them the most new customers? Despite this, most marketing advice for independent business owners centers on social media instead of the power of community-led growth.

On this episode, Matt Gartland joins us to discuss the future of growth for your independent business. As an entrepreneur with 10-plus years of experience and four exits under his b...

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Did you know that 72% of independent business owners didn't know that they were going to become entrepreneurs when they started their career? Today on the podcast, I have the honor of speaking with Ashley Menzies Babatunde, a Harvard law graduate who became an accidental entrepreneur.

Ashley is the host of the No Straight Path podcast, a career coach, storyteller, and extraordinary entrepreneur. She’s giving us a behind-the-scen...

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Are you one of the 96% of people who don’t feel as though they’re living up to their fullest potential? Or are you one of the 4% that truly believes they've maxed out their capacity in terms of everything they are capable of? 

I had the opportunity to sit down with the New York Times best-selling author of All It Takes Is a Goal, Jon Acuff. All It Takes Is a Goal is Jon Acuff's eighth book. Jon talks to us about goal settin...

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Imagine that the very opportunity you’ve been working for your entire career has been handed to you. You get handed a contract that you sign right away. Ten years later, that very contract threatens to take away the industry that you love, the work that you've done your entire career, and even your name. Today on the podcast we are talking with former bridal designer Hayley Paige, now known as Cheval. After leaving her former emplo...

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Welcome to our first CollabCast, an innovative bonus series where we're diving into the world of podcast crossovers. In today's bonus episode, we've joined forces with an incredibly talented podcaster, friend, HoneyBook educator, and former guest of the show Ellen Yin. On her chart-topping podcast, Cubicle to CEO, Ellen recently sat down with Amy Porterfield to talk about her $7.5 million launch and the strategies that got her ther...

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What would it look like if you were to stop allowing fear to hold you back, get out of your own way, and go for your dreams? What does it take to be gutsy? My brand-new book, Gutsy explores just that. 

On today’s episode, Akua Konadu steps into the role of podcast host here on the Independent Business Podcast to ask me about my upcoming book. Gutsy is a rallying cry for all current and hopeful independent business owners. I...

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What does it really take to run a multi-seven-figure business as a photographer and educator? Today on the podcast, I have the honor of chatting with a long-time friend of mine and also one of the most world-renowned photographers in my lifetime. 

Katelyn James is a trailblazer and a trendsetter who has built a business that generates over $250,000 every single month. In this conversation, we pull back the curtain and talk abou...

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Ready for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look into success on TikTok? Today's guest turned a single TikTok video into 100,000 email subscribers, and she’s sharing her secrets on today’s episode. Tori Dunlap is a financial expert and the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Financial Feminist. She’s an incredible creator and I’m so excited for you to learn from her success.

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How do you combat self-doubt and imposter syndrome as an independent business owner? Jeffrey Shaw started his self-employment lifetime career at the age of 14 years old, selling eggs door to door. In this episode, he’s empowering you with the tools you need to move past the hurdle of self-doubt to pursue your dreams.

As an adult, Jeffrey Shaw created a highly successful portrait photography business, where his images now hang in...

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When it comes to AI, one of the biggest challenges that business owners face is discerning when to lean into this new technology and when not to use it. How do you take advantage of automation and streamline your business while still maintaining a fingerprint on the outcome?

On today’s episode, I sat down with technology educator and content creator LaShonda Brown to talk about this very dilemma. LaShonda does an amazing job of ...

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