The Dream Biz Podcast
By Christi Johnson
The Dream Biz PodcastNov 08, 2023
112 | How I Went from Wanting to Quit My Business to Tripling My Income in A Few Months
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111 | How to Build a Long Form Sales Page
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110 | Integrate Your CRM with Other Tools for Efficiency
If you're a business owner looking to work smarter, not harder, this episode is a must-watch. Learn how to harness the full potential of your CRM, email marketing software, project management tools, and more to make your dream business a reality. Don't miss out on this valuable information—hit that play button now and take your business to the next level!
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109 | Project Plans and Teams
In this episode, we delve into a topic close to my heart - Project Plans and Teams. As an online business manager, I've seen projects succeed and falter, all hinging on the project plan and team management.
Most plans fall short due to information overload, vagueness, or lack of actionable steps. I'll guide you through creating an effective project plan: Define the goal, break down milestones, prioritize, assign roles, and delegate tasks.
Team management is key. Establish a task management SOP, maintain regular status reviews, offer gentle nudges, and celebrate accomplishments. Your team is the backbone of success.
Join us to learn the art of turning ideas into action. Project plans and teams are your path to making your dream business a reality. Listen now to empower your business journey! 🚀📈
Don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment below to share your insights and connect with our vibrant community of creative entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for more valuable episodes!"
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108 | Why Airtable is My New Favorite Business App
In this episode, I'm diving into why I've fallen in love with Airtable. Discover how this dynamic software tool has transformed my content planning, task management, and launch management. Get the show notes at christijohnsoncreative.com/108
107 | Creating a Launch Plan
Discover the key to a successful launch. I’ll walk you through tips for creating your launch timeline, creating all of the pieces of your launch, and how to avoid common launch mistakes. We’re talking email list building strategies and marketing to make your next launch stress-free. Listen now to transform your launch game! 🚀
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106 | Leveraging Zapier in Your Business
Today's episode is all about leveraging Zapier in your business. Get the full show notes and transcript at christijohnsoncreative.com/106
What is Zapier?
What is a Zap?
Why would you use Zapier?
Connect various tools and apps to ensure seamless data flow across the organization.
Build multi-step workflows that perform complex actions based on specific triggers.
Create custom workflows tailored to the unique needs of the business, automating any repetitive tasks.
Here are 10 ways you can use Zapier in Your Business:
Lead Generation and Management:
Automatically add new leads from website forms, emails, or social media to a CRM system.
Notify sales representatives via Slack or email when a high-potential lead is identified.
Sync contact data between email marketing platforms and CRM systems.
Example: Move a lead from CRM (17Hats) into Email Platform (FloDesk)
Example: Add someone who purchases a product (Thrivecart) to your Email Platform (FloDesk) to send workflows
Send follow-up emails based on user interactions with previous emails.
Example: Add and remove from segments
Social Media / Content Management:
Monitor brand mentions on social media and receive notifications when mentioned.
Schedule and publish blog posts or social media updates at specific times.
Automatically share new content with subscribers via email.
Create support tickets in helpdesk software from customer emails.
Send automated follow-up emails to customers after resolving their support requests.
Notify the team when a new order is placed in an online store.
Update inventory levels in real-time across multiple platforms.
Data Backup and Management:
Automatically save email attachments to cloud storage.
Back up important business data to a secure location.
Employee or Client Onboarding
Send welcome emails with onboarding information to new hires or clients
Create tasks in project management tools based on new email requests.
Send project status updates to relevant team members.
Automatically register attendees for events and send confirmation emails.
Create calendar events and reminders for upcoming webinars or meetings.
Survey and Feedback:
Automatically send surveys to customers after a purchase or support interaction.
Record survey responses in a database for analysis.
105 | Creating SOPs for Your Business
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What is an SOP?
Standard Operating Procedure
Document that orients team members to a task or project
Includes all the steps needed to accomplish a task or complete a project
Why do you need SOPs?
To get all team members on the same page
To save time when hiring
To streamline your process
To give clear instructions on a task if you aren’t able to complete it yourself
What do you need in an SOP?
Goal: What is the purpose of this task or project in your business?
Related Documents: Are there any folders or other documents need to link to?
Clear instructions: What is the exact process you use to complete this task or project?
Include all information: Are there any insider definitions or processes you need to include?
How do you write an SOP?
Complete the task yourself and write down every single step you do, even the small ones
Consider recording your self go through the process and then write down everything you do
Go back through the SOP and organize the steps
Re-write the steps as if you were telling someone who has no experience with a business at all
Have someone proofread the SOP and tell you if they understand the process
SOP Dos and Don’ts
DON’T overthink it
DO write down every step
DON’T use insider or industry-specific jargon
DO write clearly and succinctly
DON’T use weird naming conventions
DO use consistent naming for your documents
104 | Why I Like 17Hats Better than HoneyBook
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Today's episode is all about why 17Hats is my favorite CRM for creative entrepreneurs. I like it even better than HoneyBook. There are so many crucial features that 17Hats has that I absolutely LOVE! And I'm sharing them all in today's episode. Listen in! Want help setting up your 17Hats account?
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103 | How to Get Started with a CRM
Discover the essential steps and strategies to kickstart your CRM journey and unlock the power of automation. We'll dive into it step-by-step. I'll teach you what need to have ready before you start your CRM journey and what the process will look like. Want help setting it up? Book your free consultation at christijohnsoncreative.com/consultation.
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102 | My Favorite Email Marketing Platforms
Ever wondered which email marketing platform can take your outreach to the next level? Look no further! I've done the legwork and uncovered the three contenders that have truly impressed me: FloDesk, ConvertKit, and MailerLite! FloDesk is a game-changer with its unlimited subscribers plan and gorgeously designed templates that'll make your emails stand out in a crowded inbox. ConvertKit brings analytics to the forefront, allowing you to fine-tune your strategy based on detailed insights. And MailerLite strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and automation, making email marketing a breeze. Ready to revolutionize your email game? Tune in to the episode below and get ready to supercharge your marketing efforts!
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101 | How to Consistently Improve Your Business
Wondering how to take your business to the next level? Today I'm sharing my best tips for consistently improving your business! We'll chat about taking care of yourself, implementing no-meeting days, staying on top of your CEO tasks, and bringing in coaches, VAs, and consultants to help you create the business of your dreams!
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100 | Unlocking Your Zone of Genius
WELCOME TO EPISODE 100! We've got a new name for the podcast! Introducing, the Dream Biz Podcast! Today's episode is all about Unlocking Your Zone of Genius in your business. We'll chat about why it's important to work in your Genius Zone, how to discover your Genius Zone, and how to make sure you're doing work that only you do best! Follow me on Instagram @christijohnsoncreative
99 | How to Know It's Time to Grow Your Team
Do you constantly have things left on your to do list? Or are you only doing client work and don't have time to level up your business? Then it may be time to grow your team! In today's episode, I'm sharing about some key ways you may know it's time to grow your team. Listen in for more!
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98 | Reducing Areas of Friction in Your Business
As an Online Business Manager, I'm ALL about streamlining and optimization. This all comes down to reducing friction in your business. How do you do that? That's what this episode is all about! Here are some key takeaways:
- Streamline your communication
- Automate your manual busywork
- Delegate as much as possible
- Improve your workflows
- Pivot based on your FAQs!
Want more? Then listen in for the full scoop!
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97 | How to Know What to Prioritize in Your Business
Let's face it. As a business owner you're faced with a million decisions everyday. Starting your day can be overwhelming! When everything on your to do list feels important, how do you know what to prioritize? I'm here to help with today's episode! Here are some key questions I ask myself when prioritizing:
- Is there a deadline?
- Are there any dependent steps?
- Is anyone waiting on me for anything?
- What are my longterm goals?
- What will make me more money?
- What will save me time?
- What will bring me closer to my values?
- What do I want to do?
I pick my top 3 after answering those questions and try to hit at least 3 tasks per day. You got this, friend!
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96 | Overcoming Procrastination: Tips & Tricks for Getting Stuff Done
Let's face it, we all struggle with procrastination! As an entrepreneur, we start our businesses hoping to find freedom but sometimes that freedom can be daunting and we don't know where to start. Today's episode is all about helping you overcome your roadblocks to procrastination! We'll talk about why you might be procrastinating in the first place and how to get stuff done.
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95 | How to Build a Sales Funnel
Does the thought of a sales funnel make you want to run away? It used to do that to me too! But once I realized that a sales funnel is just the series of steps that it takes for someone to purchase from you, I wasn’t so afraid of them anymore. Today, I want to demhstiy sales funnels. We’re going to break it down so that it’s easy! Let’s dive in.
94 | Mindset Shifts to Fuel Momentum: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Gouth
Today’s episode is all about mindset shifts to fuel momentum. We’ll talk about the power of mindset, how to overcome limiting beliefs as a business owner like “I’m not good enough” or “I’m a failure” and how to surround yourself with a supportive community and set SMART Goals. Listen in!
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93 | How to DIY a High-Converting Website with Alyssa Brooke Studios
In 2023, there is NO EXCUSE for not having an absolutely stellar website. Alyssa Brooke joins me today to talk about how to DIY a high-converting website. She's sharing the 3 things you absolutely must have on your website for it to be successful. Want help with your website? I offer template customization - just reach out! Ready for a complete brand strategy and professional web design? Reach out to Alyssa!
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92 | Managing Your Calendar: Strategies for Time Management & Productivity
Does your calendar look like a hot mess? As business owners, there is SO MUCH to keep track of and schedule to run our businesses. It can be OVERWHELMING. I want a life that I love, that is flexible, and that works for me. How about you? Isn't that why you got into business in the first place? It seems like often times the exact OPPOSITE happens. Well, my hope with this episode is to help you find more flexibility and freedom in your schedule. I'm sharing my top tips to manage your calendar, your time, and increase your productivity. Listen in!
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91 | How to Start Your Creative Business
In today's eisode, I'm sharing everything to help you get started in your creative business. We'll talk about vision casting, market research, creating your offer, setting up your business legally, developing great workflows, creating a website, marketing, and keeping records so you are ready for tax season. It's a jam packed episode that you don't want to miss! If you want more help with these step-by-step, sign up for my FREE 5-Day Challenge to Kickstart Your Business at christijohnsoncreative.com/kickstart.
90 | 5 Tips for New Business Owners
Are you a new business owner overwhelmed with all the steps it takes to start a business? Here are 5 tips to get you started and help you set your business up for success! Sign up for my FREE 5-day Kickstart Your Business Challenge.
89 | Top 5 Business Mistakes People Make when Starting Their Business
Are you a new business owner or struggling to grow your business? Today I'm talking about the top 5 mistakes I see people make when starting their business. We'll cover vision casting, marketing, messaging, getting set up legally, and productivity.
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88 | Increasing Your Productivity with Sarah Ziesler
Today's episode is all about how to increase your productivity with special guest Business Strategist Sarah Ziesler! Sarah talks to us about how to increase your productivity, move into feminine flow, and manage your time intuitively. Listen in for more! Sarah Ziesler specializes in Empowering Women in Business by designing a Strategy that fits Your nature of business in order to reach your Goals Successfully.
87 | Top 5 Apps I Use Every Day in My Service Based Business
86 | How a Virtual Assistant Differs from an Online Business Manager
If you're a business owner seeking additional help or are considering transitioning from a VA to an OBM, this episode is for you. We'll start with the basics about what differentiates a Virtual Assistant from an Online Business Manager.
A VA assists with specific tasks in your business. They're great for repeatable tasks and processes that you don't have time for anymore as you grow. A VA is an implementer, meaning they'll take your existing content and instructions and implement them. Some examples of tasks a VA can do include graphics creation, scheduling social media posts, sending invoices, and keeping records.
On the other hand, an OBM is a higher-level strategizer who works closely with you to manage and grow your business. OBMs are not just implementers but also provide strategic thinking, planning, and project management. They can help you streamline your processes, create systems, and improve your team's productivity. If you're a business owner who wants to focus more on your zone of genius and let someone else take care of the day-to-day operations, an OBM may be a great fit for you. They can help you manage your team, delegate tasks, and free up your time to focus on the big picture.
So, which one should you hire for your business, or which one should you become if you're looking to enter this field? If you're just starting out and need help with some basic tasks, a VA may be a good place to start. However, if you're looking for someone to manage your business and help you grow it, an OBM may be the better choice.
85 | How an Online Business Manager can Help Your Business
In this episode of the Crush Your Goals with Christi Podcast, we dive into the world of online business managers and how they can help you achieve your goals and grow your business. If you're not familiar with an online business manager, get ready to discover a valuable member of your team who can streamline your systems and processes, manage day-to-day operations, and even take care of some tasks. We'll explore the key services they offer, such as inbox and calendar management, as well as their ability to think on a high level and make decisions to help you achieve success. If you're feeling overwhelmed and ready to take your business to the next level, it's time to consider adding an online business manager to your team. Tune in to learn more!
84 | Creating a White Glove Client Experience
If you want to give your clients a white glove experience, it means you're going above and beyond to meet their needs and take care of them. By offering this kind of service, you can charge a higher price for your services. But how do you actuallly accomplish that? Today's episode talks about all of it! Not sure what a White Glove experience is? HubSpot has a great definition for this: "White-glove customer service is the process of surpassing clients' expectations by prioritizing their needs, genuinely caring about their success, personalizing their experience, and solving for issues before they arise." Let's talk about how to create that in your business!
83 | How Canva Can Revolutionize Your Business
Hi friends! Today's episode is all about one of the most powerful tools I use as a business owner. Canva! Seriously, I'm in Canva constantly. From creating douments, to pesentations, to visuals for my business, it's really a one stop shop for visuals for your business. Today I'm sharing 5 ways you can use Canva in your business plus how you can use Canva in tandem with a graphic designer. If you missed it, be sure to check out my other episode on Canva with Canva Expert Brenda Cadman.
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82 | Common Website Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Did you know that you have less than 10 seconds to capture someone's attention on your website before they will decide to click off or keep reading?
That's why having a clear customer journey for your website should be a TOP priority. People could be clicking off of your website simply because it's too confusing.
Every person who visits your website should be able to answer these 3 questions within 10 seconds of visitng your site:
- What do you do?
- Is it for me?
- How do I buy/book/contact?
Today on the podcast, I'm sharing all about the most common website mistakes that could be losing you money. We'll talk about simple solutions to fix them.
Plus, I'm sharing 5 things every website should have and 5 ways to elevate your website from DIY Disaster to Elevated Masterpiece.
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81 | Getting the most out of your CRM
If you're only using your CRM (HoneyBook, Dubsado, 17Hats, etc) to send invoices, you're doing it wrong. That's right, I'm calling you out! But I'm doing it with empathy, because you're not alone! And I want to help you get the most out of your CRM. Today's episode is all about the best workflows and automations you can set up to streamline things. We're talking about the top CRMs, how to know which CRM is right for you, and some processes you can put in place right now to save you time! Listen in!
80 | Understanding Your Clients
Today's episode is all about understanding your client's needs! Have you ever gotten to a sales page and wondered how they were reading your mind? It's because they did their market research! I'm sharing with you why getting to know their deep pain points is important and how you can do that easily. We'll talk about how to poll your past clients and how to chat with your ideal client. Plus, we'll talk about how to frame your services in a way that speaks to them emotionally and appeals to their deep desires so they aren't just making a decision based on price. It's all in today's episode! Join me!
79 | Level Up Your Client Communication to Land More Sales & Retain More Clients
Looking to take your client experience to the next level? Join me, Christi Johnson, on the latest episode of Crush Your Goals with Christi Podcast! As a business strategist, online business manager, and wedding photographer, I've learned a thing or two about client communication. In this episode, we'll dive into the essential touchpoints every service-based business owner should focus on to ensure their clients have a phenomenal experience. From making a great first impression to retaining clients with extra perks, I'll share my top tips to help you level up your client communication game. Don't miss out on this valuable insight – tune in now!
78 | Mastering the Client Onboarding Process
You have the power to create an unforgettable experience for your clients that they will rave about to their friends and family. But where do you start? Look no further than the client onboarding process. This is the first impression your clients have of your business, and it can determine whether or not they stick around for the long haul.
In this episode, we'll cover why the client onboarding process is so important and how to effectively onboard your clients. We'll talk about the key steps to creating a personalized onboarding plan that works for both you and your clients. We'll also share tips on how to automate the onboarding process to save time and energy, while still providing a boutique experience for your clients.
Join us as we dive deep into the world of client onboarding and learn how to create a process that will help you communicate your professionalism, personality, and provide an exceptional experience for your clients. Listen now to learn how to take your business to the next level!
77 | Demistifying Coffee Chats with Other Business Owners
Coffee chats are a great way to connect with other business owners, learn from their experience, and build meaningful relationships. But it can be intimidating and controversial. On the Crush Your Goals with Christi podcast, we're demystifying coffee chats and giving you the confidence to connect with other entrepreneurs.
We start by discussing why it's important to understand that not everyone is open to meeting for coffee. That doesn't mean it's anything against you, it's simply their personal preference. If someone does say no, don't take it personally.
Then, we go into the tips and advice for asking someone for coffee. Make sure you respect their time and don't take advantage of it. Don't expect them to give you free advice or keep asking over and over. It's okay to be curious, but it's important to have a humble attitude and be open to rejection.
We also discuss how to connect with other business owners, whether it's through messaging them on social media, looking for local groups, networking events, or mentioning it to friends and colleagues. We talk about the importance of community over competition, and why it's important to be humble and courteous when asking for coffee.
Finally, we discuss why it's okay to take in advice from multiple people, but not to take everything they say as gospel truth. Everyone has different ways of doing business, so don't feel like you have to follow their lead. Tune in to the Crush Your Goals with Christi podcast to learn more about demystifying coffee chats and connecting with other business owners.
76 | Sales Funnels Made Simple
This week, I’m talking about one of the most important things you need to know as an entrepreneur: sales funnels. Sales funnels are essential for creative entrepreneurs, and I’m breaking down everything you need to know about them.
In this episode, I’ll be discussing what a sales funnel is, how to build one, and some strategies to make sure it’s effective. I’ll be walking you through each step of the process, from identifying your target audience to measuring your results.
If you’re a creative entrepreneur looking to increase your sales and profits, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in and learn how to take your business to the next level with sales funnels.
75 | Guide to Email Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs
Hey friend! Are you a creative entrepreneur who wants to make more money from their business? If so, have I got a podcast episode for you! On this episode of Crush Your Goals with Christi, we're talking about why email marketing is an essential tool for creative entrepreneurs and how to get started - step by step! Plus, I'll show you how to start making money from your email list right away. So, if you're ready to start building an email list and becoming a master of email marketing, this episode is for you! Tune in to Crush Your Goals with Christi now and let's get started!
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74 | Delegating Tasks in Your Business
Do you struggle to delegate tasks in your business? Does outsourcing seem complicated? Or do you just not want to give up control over things in your business? Or maybe you're drowning in work you know you need to give to someone else but you just aren't sure where to start! This episode is for you! I'm busting the most common delegation myths and telling you how to make delegating SUPER easy. Listen in to today's episode to find out how!
73 | Goal Setting for the New Year
In today's episode, I'm walking through my entire yearly goal setting process.
We'll talk through how to celebrate your wins from last year, letting go of what's not serving you, brainstorming for the new year, and how to map things out in a way that is attianable.
It's all in today's episode!
72 | Making Your Offer Irresistible to Your Clients
Hi First name / friend!
Have you ever put a ton of effort into launching a product or service only to have it fall flat?
You put it out there ready for the world to see and then… crickets.
As business owners, we face failure a lot. We have to pivot quickly & see the failure as a part of the process of learning rather than a setback.
So how do you make sure a product or a service actually sells?
First, you have to do market research, which we covered a couiple of weeks ago.
But you also need to spend some time making your offer irresistible to your potential customers.
You know when you read some sales copy and you think they are talking directly to you? And you want to buy that thing immediately?
That's what you want! But how do you do that?!
It's all in today's podcast episode!
We'll talk about how to understand your client's deepest desires so that you can talk about your product in a way that is irresistible.
They'll be knocking down your door to buy your product or service!
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71 | Steps to Legalize Your Business
If you are confused by all the steps to register your business, register an LLC, and get your business started this episode is for you! I was overwhelmed by all of these steps when I first started my business, but once I finally did them I realized how easy it was. It doesn't have to be complicated! Listen in for some tips to make this process easy for you too.
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70 | Casting a Vision For Your Business
Have you ever wondered if you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing?
Do you second guess yourself a lot? You're not alone.
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To help me refresh my goals and understand what I want to focus on, I periodically cast a vision for my business.
Casting a vision will help you make sure your business is aligned with the life you want to create for yourself.
It's the guiding light that you can use to make sure you're on the right track.
It provides inspiration and motivation to get going.
What is a vision statement anyways? It's an ideal picture of the world that wouldn't exist without your business. What problem does your business exist to solve? That's your vision statement.
What about your mission statement? Your mission is how you will practically achieve your vision.
If you want to know how to create a vision statement and mission statement for yourself and your business, then you don't want to miss today's episode!
It's inspirational and is sure to help you get unstuck and make progress on building a life that you love!
Listen in now!
69 | An Easy Way to Do Market Research
Have you ever gotten an incredible idea for your business, but a bunch of time and energy into creating something, put it out into the world, and then no one bought it?
It's super disappointing, right?
Chances are, you may have forgotten one key step: Market Research.
Market research sounds boring, but it's an important step for anyone selling absolutely anything. Whether you're selling products or services, you should be doing market research.
Doing correct market research will help you know that you're creating something people actually want.
You won't have to convince them to buy from you. They'll be practically begging you to sell to them!
Market research is a really complicated subject with a lot of ins and outs. But today we're going to talk about one really easy way to do market research!
This will help you
- Know your customers pain points so you can create something that will serve them well
- Know their exact words they use to describe their problem so you can write irresistible sales copy
- Find people ready and eager to buy what you offer
It's all in today's short but sweet episode!
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68 | What to Do When You Want to Quit Your Business
Have you ever felt like you want to quit? Like nothing is working and this whole business thing is not worth it and you just want to throw in the towel? Friend, I've been there. In fact I was just there last week (: You are not alone!
As business owners, it's really easy to get in our heads and believe that what we're building won't work. That it will just come tumbling to the ground. But if you have a passion for what you do, you know that quitting is not an option. I've thought about quitting before and I quickly realize that is not what I want. I want to own a business. I want to help people. I want to keep doing this.
But when I get those feelings of overwhelm and feeling like it's not worth it, what do you do? How do you get out of the self-doubt spiral and move forward with purpose? I'm talking all about it on today's podcast episode. We'll talk through 5 steps to take when you feel like you want to quit.
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67 | Streamlining Your Booking Process to Save You Time & Make You Money
You know the feeling when you get a new inquiry in your inbox? It’s exciting, right?! Landing a new inquiry means your marketing efforts are working! Woohoo!
But getting a new inquiry is also a little bit stressful.
Now you have to close the sale!
I used to drop everything when I got a new inquiry and take time to respond to it right away. Even if it was 11pm or I was on vacation, responding quickly was my first priority.
I was so afraid of people ghosting me. In fact it happened a lot and I wasn't sure why.
Now? I don’t worry about responding asap anymore!
Because I have a booking workflow that responds automatically to inquiries, tells potential clients the next steps and makes me look good too!
I also know that whoever lands in my inbox is really interested in working with me and is really likely to convert into a paying client because I qualify the leads so that I'm only spending time responding to clients that actually want to work with me.
In today's podcast episode, I'm talking all about how to streamline your booking process to save you time, make you more money, and reduce your stress too!
We'll talk about things like:
- What to put in your contact form so people are more likely to inquire
- What to include in your inquiry reply so people are more likely to respond
- What to put in follow up emails so people are more likely to book
Ready? Let’s do this!
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66 | Top 3 Mistakes You're Making that Leave You Overwhelmed, Insecure, and Lonely
Sometimes I look at my schedule and I freak out in panic at the sheer amount of things on there.
And sometimes the tasks that I have to do seem insurmountable. Like there's no way it's all going to fit.
When that happens, I have a choice. I can either continue to cram things into the schedule, or I can make a pivot.
Our culture tells us we need to have packed schedules. They tell us we need to take care of ourselves and be the best at everything. And because we see everything on social media, we're constantly comparing ourselves to everyone else because that's the message we're fed. That you have to be the best, you have to be busy, and you have to be the boss. If you do that, then you'll find ultimate happiness and win at life and be happy forever!
But we've been doing that and it's not working. Instead of leaving us feeling accomplished, it leaves us feeling stressed out, insecure, and lonely.
If you're feeling this way, you're not alone, my friend. I've been right there where you are. In fact, I've probably been there this week.
Is there hope to change? Yes, absolutely. And it comes back to pivoting.
On today's episode, I'm talking all about the Top 3 Mistakes you're making that are leaving you feeling overwhelmed, insecure, and lonely. Listen in to figure out how to pivot and feel inspired, confident, and supported.
You're not alone, my friend!
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65 | How to Slow Down as a Business Owner
I know I've talked about busy season a lot these last few weeks. Maybe you're tired of hearing about it.
But if you're anything like me, fighting overwhelm is a daily battle. In fact, sometimes it's an hourly battle.
We have to give ourselves more reminders, more compassion, more grace to match the busyness of the season.
Here's a comment I saw online recently:
"I feel like my mental cup is overflowing and I'm spreading myself too thin."
Can you relate, friend?
I think we all know that the solution is slowing down. But how do you slow down during busy season? Is it even possible?
It might feel like it's not possible right now. And it's okay that it feels like that.
Slowing down is possible. But it won't happen unless you take the steps to actually slow down.
I really am passionate about this and want you to hear it because I don't want you to spend one second more in the pit of frustration, overwhelm, stress, grief than you have to.
On today's podcast episode, I'm sharing the exact steps you can take to slow down even during busy season.
What can you do to bring more energy, joy, and ease into your life?
It's all in today's episode! Listen to Episode 65 of the Crush Your Goals with Christi Podcast.
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64 | Lessons from a Failed Launch
A couple weeks ago I had a launch planned for my membership program. I created a masterclass to promote it and was off to the races.
Well, it sort of flopped!
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And today I'm pulling back the curtain on my launch plan and why I think it went the way it did and what I can do to have a more successful launch next time.
The truth is, this is not a failure (even though it certainly felt like it at first).
This is just another step on my journey.
The way my personality works is I don't fully process things until I've shared them someone. I knew that I wanted to move forward with the launch instead of push it back when I knew I wasn't going to have the time to work out all the kinks beforehand.
Was that a mistake? Maybe. But I am glad I did it beacuse now I can take the lessons from this launch and use them to make the next launch even better!
In today's podcast episode, I'm telling you all about my initial launch plan, how the launch actually went, and what I learned from it.
Listen in to Episode 64 of the Crush Your Goals with Christi Podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
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63 | Preventing Burnout in Entrepreneurship with Katrina Widener
Busy season is here whether we like it or not!
I don't know about you, but I am BUSY. In fact, busy season came EARLY for me this year. I wasn't fully prepared for it.
I told my husband the other day I feel a low grade sense of anxiety like... all the time.
Can you relate?!
I think it's especially important to guard ourselves against burnout in this season.
Every year I tell myself I'm going to put things in place that will make me not hate my life when October rolls around. While I still feel that busyness and anxiety right now, I do have to say I am closer to my dream reality this year than I've ever been.
Why? Because I've seriously been working on showing up how I want to show up and setting boundaries that make that possible.
Today on the podcast, Katrina Widener is telling us how to do just that and more
She's sharing exactly how to prevent burnout as an entrepreneur and what to do when you start to feel it coming.
Listen in to this episode for some much needed relief!
Katrina Widener is a business coach, podcast host, and community leader. Simply put, she helps established entrepreneurs make more by doing less — reaching full alignment in their business through Human Design, business strategy, and mindset. Say ‘see you never’ to draining compromises, and elevate your empire in a way that feels joyful and builds wealth.
PREVENTING BURNOUT IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Burnout and overwhelm are some of the most common struggles amongst all entrepreneurs. By approaching our businesses from a proactive — not reactive — place, we can strategically build them to prevent burnout from the beginning.