iTunes’ Best New Podcast: Breaking Down Your Business with Jill & Brad

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Brad Farris & Jill Salzman got together to tackle the most complex small business questions of our day. Why can’t I hire competent employees? How do I take over the world? All wrapped up in 60 mins of 41% mediocre business advice and 54% tomfoolery.

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Collaborating on Authorpreneurship – The Business of Creativity (Part 2)

Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards

This is the second post in a two part series from Guest Author Hazel Edwards. Read the first installment here.  

Guest Post by Hazel Edwards :: My other collaboration was with cartoonist Sheila Hollingworth. With collaborations I’m a great believer in choosing excellent people who are highly skilled and let them get on with it.

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Collaborating on Authorpreneurship – The Business of Creativity (Part 1)

Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards

This is the first of a two-part series. Read the second installment here

Guest post by Hazel Edwards :: Rarely do I dedicate a book, because those for whom it is NOT dedicated get upset.

However, ‘Authorpreneurship’ is dedicated to my e-mentor Kim Edwards who is my daughter.  Without her, this format-challenged author would have had even more challenges. In a way, we typify the cross-generational collaboration of the old and the new, the literary and the technological.

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Crib Sheet #91: Michele Kay Photography’s Michelle Kaye Staniels

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Michelle Kaye Staniels

Michelle Kaye Staniels started working as a photographer in college – and seven years ago took the plunge to make it a full time job. Read on to learn about how her love of instant gratification plays into the favorite part of her job.

What business did you start up?

Michele Kay Photography, focusing on wedding and portrait photography.

What motivated you to do it?

I studied photography through college and after that. At a certain point, I was getting so many requests and you can’t keep making money for others. So I decided to jump in both feet. 

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Crib Sheet #90: Bombay Threads’ Sonu Kumar

Sonu Kumar

Sonu Kumar

Sonu Kumar was in need of baby-friendly traditional Indian clothes but couldn’t find any. After her designs were a hit at parties, she was inspired to start Bombay Threads. Read on to learn how this fashionable mother balances work, kids and a growing business.

What business did you start up?

Bombay Threads is a children’s apparel line featuring traditional Indian designs on modern kids’ clothing.  

What motivated you to do it?

We were invited to an Indian event. Traditional Indian clothes are not always easy to manage for potty-training or diaper-changing.  At the time, my boys were either in one phase or the other.  Rather than dress them up in traditional outfits, I decided to look for toddler clothes with authentic Indian designs.  To my surprise, I didn’t find much!  What else could I do except to make it for them?  At the party, my creation caused a buzz. My sons were getting compliments on their outfits. My main motivation was to see how genuinely excited people were about my product. A few months later, Bombay Threads was launched. 

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Life As Both Distiller and Mother

 

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Inna Feldman-Gerber

Guest Post by Inna Feldman-Gerber :: Early in 2012, the call came from my father: “Start the permits, we’re opening a distillery.” Having a daughter for a business partner who is also a lawyer comes in handy.  My first thought; tomorrow, after I drop off the kids at school, I would start.  And I did…

It was a dream 33 years in the making. My father is a third-generation master distiller, who made vodka and other spirits in Russia.  When we immigrated to the U.S. in 1979, he wanted to continue his business, but everyone thought he was crazy.  No one believed an individual person could put together a distillery from scratch, let alone run one.  But he never let go of his dream, and here we are making our first product in our own distillery: Real Russian Vodka.  “Real Russian” is my father’s nickname, and I’m proud to say that we are the only American handcrafted vodka made by Real Russians.  It’s an amazing process, and I love being a part of it (even if it means cleaning the mash tank every now and then).

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Crib Sheet #89: Flow Chiropractic’s Dr. Jill Aardema

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Dr. Jill Aardema

 

Dr. Jill Aardema spends her days giving natural, drug-free chiropractic relief to newborns, children and adults. She’s a new mom herself (as of this month!) and comes to entrepreneurship with a skillset most women explore after having a child. Read on to learn about her experience as wellness mom entrepreneur.

 

What business did you start up?

I am the owner of Flow Chiropractic, a family and wellness chiropractic office.  I care for newborns, children, young and older adults who are looking for drug-free solutions for health care.  From birth trauma, digestive issues to back and neck pain, I can help.

What motivated you to do it?

I have always been interested in how the body works and chiropractic has given me a venue to help people heal without the use of drugs or surgery.  I decided to open my own practice so I would be able to see a wide variety of patients with a wide variety of health issues and restore health.

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Crib Sheet #88: Dittany Baby’s Shannon Krieger

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Dittany Baby’s products

Shannon Krieger was worried by the bumps and scrapes that her children experienced when learning to crawl and walk. Her solution? Her startup baby, Dittany Baby. Read on to learn about how she created the only officially licensed collegiate leg and arm warmer company for babies and kids!

What business did you start up?

I started Dittany Baby the only place that carries officially licensed collegiate leg & arm warmers for babies & kids.

What motivated you to do it?

Our line of licensed collegiate warmers was the perfect blend of our love of college football and a way to protect my kids legs & knees as they learned to crawl and walk.  For some reason 2 of my 3 children both dragged one leg as they learned to crawl, causing rug burn and sores from their knees to their toes.  Our warmers are made here in the US, out of super soft cotton, and are not thin, like many warmers made overseas.  I wanted a product that was fun and served a purpose.   Due to the fact that our warmers are made in the USA, they not only protect, but they continue to support an industry here in the US that was once thriving but has diminished due to outsourcing.  

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Crib Sheet #87: MM&J Consulting’s Jennifer Evers

Jennifer Evers

Jennifer Evers

Jennifer Evers realized, as a single mom, she would need to create a career to fit her lifestyle. So she embarked on a journey into the world of social media. Read on to learn about the job she built.

What business did you start up?

I started MM&J Consulting, a social media consulting, training and event promotions business.

What motivated you to do it?

I fell in love with social media while studying travel at my local community college.  I realized several years ago that as a single parent, the best option I had for working full time was to create a career that I loved instead of trying to fit my life in to a job that was necessary.  It seemed that the more people in travel that I talked to about my love of social media, the more I realized that there are tons of people that have no idea how to use things like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to market their companies.  In addition, I  have a meeting and event planning background, so social media event promotion was a natural fit for me.

How many children do you have, and how old are they?

I am the mother of three daughters: 21, 7 and 4.  Yes, I am completely insane. Read more

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