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The Life-Friendly Business Podcast

The Life-Friendly Business Podcast

By Erin Thomas Wong

Welcome to the Life-Friendly Business Podcast where we lift the lid on the reality of running a business around family life and shine a light on the mindset gremlins which may well be stopping you from stepping in to your zone of genius.

Business Coach and Mentor, Erin Thomas Wong, will be digging in to the topics that matter to YOU and sharing the stories of women striving to build life-friendly businesses on their own terms.

If you want to grow and scale a business that works in harmony with your family and your life, this podcast is for you!
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Ep 50 - Simplify

The Life-Friendly Business PodcastFeb 01, 2023

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Ep 50 - Simplify
Feb 01, 202313:29
Ep 49 - Community and connection
Jan 25, 202315:37
Ep 48 - Delegate To Grow
Jan 18, 202321:30
Ep 47 - Reignite Your Biz Mojo
Jan 11, 202317:51
Ep 46 - Part time hours but full time pay
Jan 04, 202329:56
Ep 45 - What Will You Say No To?
Dec 28, 202211:07
Ep 44 - The Hard Truth About Running A Business
Dec 21, 202217:32
Ep 43 - Leading The Way In Surveying
Dec 14, 202240:41
Ep 42 - Taking A Fear Inventory
Dec 07, 202214:58
Ep 41 - 34 Days Away From My Business

Ep 41 - 34 Days Away From My Business

Welcome back for Season 3 of The Life-Friendly Business Podcast! Today I'm sharing how I was able to take 34 days away from my business - what I put in place to make that possible, and the unexpected lesson I learned from it.

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I help women build life-friendly businesses on their own terms through my membership, mastermind and podcast.

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Nov 30, 202215:35
Ep 40 - When You Feel Like Giving Up...
May 11, 202218:46
Ep 39 - The Power of Masterminding
May 04, 202213:03
Ep 38 - The Secret To Progress
Apr 27, 202216:01
Ep 37 - It's Time To Speak Up

Ep 37 - It's Time To Speak Up

Have you found yourself desperate to put your hand up in a busy room to share your opinion or expertise, but you just can't bring yourself to? Have you had 1:1 conversations with people talking about their challenges, and you KNOW you could help them, but you hold back from saying anything because your inner critic is going wild? This episode is for you.

Listen now for tips on how to put those mindset gremlins to rest and get out there to share your message with the world.


Download your FREE Life-Friendly Business Checklist at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/7-steps

Apr 20, 202213:06
Ep 36 - Charging As A Heart-Led Business
Apr 13, 202230:56
Ep 35 - When The Kids Are At Home

Ep 35 - When The Kids Are At Home

Whether you have the kids at home for school holidays, or they are unexpectedly off sick, the dynamic of your working day will change.

I share my 3 top tips for balancing business and kids during these times.

Manage expectations - this is a 3 pronged approach so listen for more Focus on your 5% activities - I explain what these are Take the pressure off - what this means

Listen now and implement these strategies when you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to do everything.


For more tips and support visit www.lifefriendlybusiness.com

Apr 06, 202216:27
Ep 34 - Building A Business On Amazon

Ep 34 - Building A Business On Amazon

6 years ago Gina Smith gave up a career teaching to pursue a business making visual communication resources to help young children plus those with autism, speech and language difficulties and other types of neurodiversity, to communicate. Since then she has grown a successful business selling on Amazon and through her own website Create Visual Aids.

Gina shares why she's passionate about the need for visual symbols for all children, and how's she's learned to bring on support in order to scale and still keep her business life-friendly.

Connect with Gina at www.createvisualaids.com


Want to make your own business more life-friendly? Check out the support available to you in The Cocoon www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/cocoon

Mar 30, 202233:03
Ep 33 - When To Invest
Mar 23, 202217:10
Ep 32 - The Power of Pinterest
Mar 16, 202227:55
Ep 31 - The Importance Of Being Heard
Mar 09, 202226:18
Ep 30 - Think Like A Business Owner

Ep 30 - Think Like A Business Owner

Are you fed up of people treating your business like a hobby? Or do you struggle to see yourself as a 'business owner' and cringe every time you have to introduce yourself?

If you're feeling self doubt or low confidence about your business, you will undoubtedly be projecting this to the outside world. It's time to make a change and show up as the business owner you want to be.


Get the support you need to build your confidence as a business owner in The Cocoon VIP Membership. Take a look at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/cocoon

Mar 02, 202216:36
Ep 29 - The Evolving Journey

Ep 29 - The Evolving Journey

Today I'm speaking to Margaret Shenken, a Litigator turned Fitness Franchise owner turned Habit and Mindset Coach.

This conversation is one about finding your passion, evolving your business and not being afraid to niche down.

We also talk about our changing identities as mothers and business owners, how she measures her success and how she's adapting to her kids leaving the nest.

Listen now and feel inspired to keep evolving!

Connect with Margaret on Instagram


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✨ Have you written your prescription for a life-friendly business yet?

The Life-Friendly Business Podcast is all about carving your own path, and doing it at your own pace.

But I know that’s not easy to do.

You get busy and squeeze in extra working hours.

You flex the hours you’re available to be accommodating.

You take on work you’d rather not because you feel like you need the money.

I’ve made all these mistakes and so have my podcast guests.

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Get your copy now: https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription

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Feb 23, 202236:12
Ep 28 - Creating A Well-oiled Machine

Ep 28 - Creating A Well-oiled Machine

Hannah Martin is the Founder of Talented Ladies Club, an online magazine and training academy that unlocks the potential of women. Hannah is also an award-winning copywriter with over 23 years’ experience working for the world’s top advertising agencies and brands, and a qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. She is also a member of two All Parliamentary Groups in the House of Commons, and participates in a coaching and mentoring advisory group.

In this interview Hannah shares her journey over the last 9 years of building TLC from the ground up, and we chat about how she keeps her work life-friendly, and about why she made a stand against MLM's (Multi Level Marketing companies).

Listen now

Feb 16, 202236:38
Ep 27 - Dealing With Rejection

Ep 27 - Dealing With Rejection

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when someone says no to you? and you were sure they were going to say yes? or perhaps you felt soooo awkward already that you kind of expected a no, but to hear it still felt just as bad?!

As small business owners we will all face some kind of rejection on a regular basis because not everyone is going to buy from us. But even though we know this logically, it can be a hard pill to swallow.

Hear my tips on how to turn negative feedback in to positive action in this episode.

For more support visit www.lifefriendlybusiness.com

Feb 09, 202214:52
Ep 26 - What Do You REALLY Want?

Ep 26 - What Do You REALLY Want?

Welcome to Season 2 of The Life-Friendly Business! Today we're talking about setting our intentions for the year ahead and reflecting on how things have been so far. How do you want to feel this year? How do you want things to look for your life and business?

We discuss the questions you need to ask yourself and how to set realistic intentions for your business. It's all about keeping it life-friendly!


Find out more about how I can support you in your business at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com

Feb 02, 202219:36
Ep 25 - Time To Reflect

Ep 25 - Time To Reflect

As the first season of this podcast draws to a close with this final episode, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of taking time to reflect.

It's so easy to overlook this when we are busy with our heads down in the day-to-day, but it's crucial to review how things have been going in to order to make positive change going forward.

In this episode I talk through the 5 questions you can ask yourself to start this process:

How has your business grown in the last year? What hasn't worked so well? What would you like to do more of? What would you like to do less of? What are you most proud of?

I have loved creating these episodes for you and look forward to returning in the New Year, but I would also LOVE your feedback on what you'd like more of in the next season. Please reach out to me at erin@lifefriendlysbusiness.com


Want to find out more about working with me? Visit the website and drop me a message! www.lifefriendlybusiness.com

Nov 24, 202117:13
Ep 24 - Making Sales Less Icky
Nov 17, 202115:33
Ep 23 - How To Make An Impact
Nov 10, 202116:30
Ep 22 - Building A Product Based Business
Nov 03, 202124:05
Ep 21 - Signs You Need A Brain Break
Oct 20, 202118:52
Ep 20 - Recovering From Relationship Breakdown with Viv Allen
Oct 13, 202127:43
Ep 19 - Thinking Big with Rebecca Newenham

Ep 19 - Thinking Big with Rebecca Newenham

After a corporate career in buying for retail giants Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca was looking for a flexible work solution that could fit around her lifestyle and three daughters. Having grown up with a successfully self-employed mother, Rebecca knew it was possible to work as well as be there for school drop off and pick-ups. Her mum was a real inspiration and Rebecca grew up knowing that she wanted one day to run her own business just like her mum did.

Rebecca is now the Founder of Get Ahead - Your Virtual Agency and with a team of 50 virtual specialists and 10 franchisees under her belt, and is growing a global agency.

In this interview Rebecca shares her tips for thinking big, getting the right support, securing more ideal clients and making sure your diary stays manageable.

Enjoy!

Connect with Rebecca on social @GetAheadVA


CREATE YOUR OWN LIFE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRESCRIPTION WITH THIS FREE WORKBOOK

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Download this free workbook and spend 20ish minutes reflecting on what ‘Life-Friendly’ means to you, and the changes you may need to make to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

Once you have made these decisions, you can add them to your own printable ‘Life-Friendly Business Prescription’ that you can put on your wall to remind yourself that YOU have the power to design your very own Life-Friendly Business! https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription

Oct 06, 202133:42
Ep 18 - Scaling My Business During The Pandemic
Sep 29, 202116:19
Ep 17 - Overcoming Adversity with Maddy Alexander

Ep 17 - Overcoming Adversity with Maddy Alexander

In this episode I speak to Maddy Alexander, the CEO of multi award winning money saving app My VIP Rewards, about her journey of scaling her business despite facing multiple challenges, which include recovering from post partum psychosis and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Not only that, but being faced with a Pandemic, Maddy undertook an epic battle to save her business.

My VIP Rewards are both a B2C and B2B organisation covering the whole of the UK , specialising in providing benefits to corporate and SME businesses to help them with their corporate social responsibility and people retention.

You'll hear how Maddy's businesses have been inspired by her own experiences of becoming a mother and how she has surged forward with grit and determination to bring them to reality.

Connect with Maddy at myviprewards.co.uk


CREATE YOUR OWN LIFE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRESCRIPTION WITH THIS FREE WORKBOOK

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Download this free workbook and spend 30ish minutes reflecting on what ‘Life-Friendly’ means to you, and the changes you may need to make to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

Once you have made these decisions, you can add them to your own printable ‘Life-Friendly Business Prescription’ that you can put on your wall to remind yourself that YOU have the power to design your very own Life-Friendly Business! https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription

Sep 22, 202130:29
Ep 16 - When People See Your Business As A Hobby
Sep 15, 202116:27
Ep 15 - Ready To Step Up? Don't Do This
Sep 08, 202113:46
Ep 14 - Beating The Isolation Of Solo Working

Ep 14 - Beating The Isolation Of Solo Working

When I chat to women about their experiences of running a small business, often as a solopreneur, one of the common challenges they face is how incredibly lonely it can be. Especially if they've come from a corporate background where they worked in a team of people.

This is why it is SO important to find your tribe, and to connect with like-minded women who understand the trials and tribulations of running a business (and juggling a family), but who are also just as driven and motivated as you are.

It's a huge transition to go from working in an office to working at home alone, but there are simple things you can do to beat the feeling of isolation and in the short episode I share 3 to get you started. Listen now.


Everything I do is about creating community and connection, so if you'd like to surround yourself with the right kind of people to support you in making your business a success, join us in The Cocoon or the Evolve Mastermind now!

Find out more at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com

Sep 01, 202115:22
Ep 13 - You CAN Control This
Aug 25, 202111:58
Ep 12 - Taking Back Control

Ep 12 - Taking Back Control

This week my guest is Awena, the founder of Motherhood Transitions and The Awoken Woman Journey. She is an Occupational Therapist, Coach, Matrescence expert, co-researcher, and trainer. Her personal experiences with motherhood, and in life, have led her to creating a certified Maternal wellbeing practitioner training program and develop a second business for soul led entrepreneurs. 

In this interview Awena explains how when she first started her business, she was swept up with the relentless online chatter about becoming a 6 or 7 figure business owner within a matter of months of starting your own business. She was so passionate and focused on growing and scaling that it became all consuming, that she realised she was neglecting the thing that was most important in her life - her family.

Awena shares that for her, Lockdown for Covid-19 was a huge turning point in deciding to do things on her own terms and it was a catalyst for creating a better and more aligned work/life balance. One which has resulted in more success, abundance and happiness in her both her business and her life.

Listen and share in our Facebook group your thoughts on the topics discussed. 


Join Awena and a hundred other awesome women all building businesses on their own terms in The Cocoon VIP Membership. Find out about the support available to you here.


Aug 18, 202132:08
Ep 11 - Battling Imposter Syndrome
Aug 11, 202109:54
Ep 10 - Keeping It Life-Friendly
Aug 04, 202128:18
Ep 9 - Is 'Mumpreneur' A Dirty Word?

Ep 9 - Is 'Mumpreneur' A Dirty Word?

Little did I know over 5 years ago when I launched my business that I would find myself in a storm of controversy around the term 'Mumpreneur'.

Further to being invited on the BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, in this episode we discuss the ongoing debate about whether highlighting our status as mothers when talking about our businesses is a good or a bad thing.

Take a listen and I'd love to hear your views - tag me on social with @lifefriendlybiz


Sources

You can read The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship here


CREATE YOUR OWN LIFE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRESCRIPTION WITH THIS FREE WORKBOOK

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Download this free workbook and spend 30ish minutes reflecting on what ‘Life-Friendly’ means to you, and the changes you may need to make to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

Once you have made these decisions, you can add them to your own printable ‘Life-Friendly Business Prescription’ that you can put on your wall to remind yourself that YOU have the power to design your very own Life-Friendly Business! https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription

Jul 28, 202111:46
Ep 8 - Nailing The Work/Life Balance
Jul 21, 202136:24
Ep 7 - The Truth About Visibility

Ep 7 - The Truth About Visibility

It took me 8 years to finally step up and feel confident about getting visible. I don't want you to wait that long, so in this episode I'm sharing the mindset shifts that I had to get me to that point, so that you can start putting yourself out there today.

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can be daunting, in fact, sometimes it can feel downright terrifying. But if you want to get your message out there, to sell your product or service, to help more people, and to make more sales, then you need to do this one thing.

Listen now and let me know on social whether you will take up this challenge!


If you'd like help to get visible and push yourself through your comfort zone, come and join us in The Cocoon VIP Membership and get the support & inspiration you need to step up. Find out more at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/cocoon

Jul 14, 202114:54
Ep 6 - Keep The Engine Warm

Ep 6 - Keep The Engine Warm

When everything feels too much because you're wearing too many hats - caring for kids, caring for relatives, dealing with stress, life admin, it can be tempting to take a step back and press 'pause' in your business. But it's important that you put things in place to keep the engine warm (i.e. your business!) so that you don't lose the momentum you have built. 

In this episode we talk about planning ahead and getting systems and processes in place, so the wheels keep turning, even when you need to take much needed time out. 

If you'd like more support to get these systems and processes in place, check out The Cocoon VIP Membership where you have 24/7 access to training, expert advice and sisterhood to keep the momentum in your business going. Find out more at www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/cocoon

Jul 07, 202115:60
Ep 5 - When Employment Is Not An Option

Ep 5 - When Employment Is Not An Option

This podcast is all about doing it on your own terms, and my guest today, Laura Robinson from Worditude is most certainly carving her own path. 

Laura is a digital copywriter and conversion specialist with more than 10 years experience helping online businesses make more sales through their website, sales funnels and launches.

She speaks candidly on how employment was just not an option, and shares how she has had to adapt and evolve her business around home-schooling her two children. You'll hear how she has been forced to be super strategic, how no two days are the same, and yet she has been able to build a thriving business with flexibility at the forefront.

Ready to be inspired? Listen now.

Connect with Laura:

https://worditude.co.uk

https://facebook.com/worditude 

https://www.instagram.com/laura.worditude/


CREATE YOUR OWN LIFE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRESCRIPTION WITH THIS FREE WORKBOOK

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Download this free workbook and spend 30ish minutes reflecting on what ‘Life-Friendly’ means to you, and the changes you may need to make to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

Once you have made these decisions, you can add them to your own printable ‘Life-Friendly Business Prescription’ that you can put on your wall to remind yourself that YOU have the power to design your very own Life-Friendly Business! https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription


Jun 30, 202135:07
Ep 4 - Are You Missing These?
Jun 23, 202111:41
Ep 3 - How Do You Measure Your Success?

Ep 3 - How Do You Measure Your Success?

Do you spend way too much time comparing yourself to others? Feeling like you're not achieving enough? Not earning enough? Not progressing enough? Instead of focusing on our own measures of success, and what that looks like to us, we get paralysed by trying to compete with what we 'think' success means to everyone else. 

I'm going to say something a bit controversial here... for me, 'success' isn't just about how much money I make. It's about how I FEEL.

In this episode we discuss measuring your success through a different lens, and I encourage you to reflect on what running a successful business actually means to you and how you can stop that comparitonitis in its tracks!

Find me on social at @lifefriendlybiz and share with me your takeaways from this episode.

CREATE YOUR OWN LIFE-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRESCRIPTION WITH THIS FREE WORKBOOK

To help you decide what a Life-Friendly Business looks like for you AND stick to the boundaries and commitments needed to create that, I’ve created the Life-Friendly Business Prescription.

Download this free workbook and spend 30ish minutes reflecting on what ‘Life-Friendly’ means to you, and the changes you may need to make to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

Once you have made these decisions, you can add them to your own printable ‘Life-Friendly Business Prescription’ that you can put on your wall to remind yourself that YOU have the power to design your very own Life-Friendly Business! https://www.lifefriendlybusiness.com/prescription

Jun 15, 202114:42
Ep 2 - My Story
Jun 15, 202116:46
Ep 1 - What is a Life-Friendly Business?
Jun 15, 202113:50
Life-Friendly Business Podcast Trailer

Life-Friendly Business Podcast Trailer

Welcome to the Life-Friendly Business Podcast where we lift the lid on the reality of running a business around family life and shine a light on the mindset gremlins which may well be stopping you from stepping in to your zone of genius.

Business Mentor, Erin Thomas Wong, will be digging in to the topics that matter to YOU and sharing the stories of women striving to build life-friendly businesses on their own terms.

If you want to grow and scale a business that works in harmony with your family and your life, this podcast is for you!

Jun 09, 202100:45