EP 375: Is this really a new economy? (Time & Money 4)

EP 375: Is this really a new economy? (Time & Money 4)

I’ve been talking about the “new economy” since about 2010. But more and more, I recognize that the economic possibilities created through the internet aren’t nearly as new or innovative as I’d first thought (and hoped). It seems that the old economy is just making itself over as the not-so-new economy. In this episode, I explore 3 processes of the old economy—speculation, financialization, and liquidation—to pinpoint how they’re showing up in our digital world of independent work.

I weave together the housing market, creator economy, Great Recession, and crypto promises to help you situate yourself in this strange, not-so-new world. At times, it’s a bleak story—but ultimately, understanding where we’re at gives us a better opportunity to make different, more humane choices.

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EP 374: How do you measure quality time? with Elisabeth Jackson (Time & Money 3)

EP 374: How do you measure quality time? with Elisabeth Jackson (Time & Money 3)

There’s more than one way to measure success—and there’s more than one way to measure time. How do you account for the time you spend working? And is it really the most effective—for you—to spend it? In other words, what constitutes quality time when it comes to the way you work? I talked with business operations coach Elisabeth Jackson about how she changed her overwork habit, how she measures quality time for herself & her clients, and why she doesn’t love the word “productivity.”

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EP 367: Moving Into A New Chapter with Darden Creative Founder Tamera Darden

EP 367: Moving Into A New Chapter with Darden Creative Founder Tamera Darden

Why Darden Creative founder Tamera Darden decided to shut down her business at the end of 2022—and how that decision evolved. How she wrestled with the practical, emotional, and financial questions around this big decision. The experience that led her to reclaiming her original vision for the business. How she’s planning to move forward and what it means for the way she works in her own business

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EP 360: Slowing Down To Make Sustainable Choices

EP 360: Slowing Down To Make Sustainable Choices

Today, you’re going to hear from 4 other business owners who have also found that slowing down has helped them operationalize their values in their businesses.

You’ll hear from Sarah Cottrell, the founder of Former Lawyer, Gracy Obuchowicz, a self-care consultant for companies & organizations, Yvette Ramos-Volz, a glass artist & aromatherapist, and Jennie Morris, the founder of Vegology.

Each one is finding ways to create the necessary space to check in with their core values before making decisions about their business—big or small. By slowing down, they make their values a core operational consideration, instead of merely good copy on a website.

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EP 357: Building A Business Based On What Matters With Coach Mara Glatzel

EP 357: Building A Business Based On What Matters With Coach Mara Glatzel

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how much we take existing systems and ways of working for granted—and then find ways to operate within those conventions that make us feel like we’re honoring our values. Instead of getting clear on what actually honoring our values looks like and then deciding whether we can participate in existing systems and ways of working—or whether we need to create something new.

And that’s where today’s conversation with coach, podcaster, and writer Mara Glatzel begins. Mara is the host of Needy, the creator of Tend, and the kind of person I naturally think of when I think about operationalizing values. But what you’ll hear Mara tell me first is that, a while back, she realized that the kind of life and work she wanted for her clients wasn’t the kind of life and work she had structured for herself.

That’s easy to understand since Mara’s values and the values her business is built on run counter to the values of capitalism and workism.

What I’d love for you to think about as you listen to this important conversation is what you take for granted as you build your business. What assumptions do you bring with you? What shoulds and supposed-tos get in the way of fully realizing—and operationalizing—your business’s values?

Mara and I unpack how she did that for herself and what’s come out of the process—and I think you’ll find the conversation a creative jumpstart for considering how you could do things differently too.

Now, let’s find out What Works for Mara Glatzel.

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EP 356: Creating A System Of Care

EP 356: Creating A System Of Care

Today, I have 3 more contributions to this month’s discussion about systems. Each one tackles a different aspect of this idea that “systems just are.”

Writer Mary Beth Huwe shares a beautiful definition for systems as a whole and how that applies to the way she approaches working with her clients.

Krysta Williams, an artist and systems support person for small businesses, shares how seeing businesses as systems has led her to a more holistic approach to business-building support.

And Amy Kuretsky, an acupuncturist and business coach balancing two businesses, shares how she created a care system for herself as an entrepreneur to make sure she has what she needs as her businesses see massive growth.

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Host of What Works

Tara is a podcaster, small business community leader, strategist, and speaker. She’s been helping small business owners build stronger businesses for over a decade.