Aaron Draplin Loves You—Hates Kid Rock!

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If you enjoy this episode, subscribe and rate in iTunes Today is a momentous day because I'm talking with one of my design heroes. It seems weird to consider someone who is a peer a hero, but I appreciate Aaron Draplin for all he does, and that goes beyond the scope of his design skill. Aaron has a gift for telling it exactly as he sees it, and whether that's him edifying Kid Rock, or embracing the greater aspects of Americana and punk rock, you know whatever you hear during this interview is 100% genuine Draplin, and we wouldn't have it any other way... even with all the F-Bombs. Pre-Rollin I've opened the doors for pre-order on my program, Life After Christmas. This training is all about helping you build a sustainable, year-round business that become impervious to the sway of seasonal sales fluctuations. Relative Links Life After Christmas! Draplin Design Co Field Notes Notebooks Music - Side FX by Denetia & Sene Rate and Subscribe to the Show … [Read more...]

How Downton Abbey Can Change Your View on Business

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When it comes to serialized television, I'm a little slow to the take. In my house, we don't have traditional cable anymore, opting for streaming services only, so when people are talking about the next hot television series, I'm pretty much out of the loop. I'm always a season or two behind on Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy, I haven't finished Breaking Bad yet, and finally binged watched all seven seasons of Californication in the last few weeks. As you can assume, I don't get to excited about the new stuff unless it's House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, because those I can watch in real time. I'd heard people talking about Downton Abbey for awhile, but I just didn't feel the need to get into it. I have never been big on period pieces unless it was a Western, and the British aristocracy stuff made my butt clinch, so Downton had a hard row to hoe if it was going to win me over. I found myself at a weak point, and I started to watch it one night. The first episode was ok, … [Read more...]

Tara Gentile – Fresh From the Vault

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Digging deep into the archives today with this one, but still one of the best conversations I've had with anyone about creative business. Today, I'm sharing my chat with creative business specialist, Tara Gentile, and aside from the original gangster audio quality of this episode, I think you'll enjoy this one quite a bit. Tara Gentile is blowing up with, among other things, her deep immersion classes on Creative Live, one of which I going through right now, and like those courses, Tara brings a legitimacy to doing business online that a lot of would-be business coaches can't touch. So, enjoy this throwback and absorb the awesome. I promise, you will walk away smarter. I did, and this is my second time around. Relative Links Life After Christmas Pre-Order Tara Gentile's home base Tara on Creative Live Music - Jogalong by Rozi Plain Rate and Subscribe to the Fresh Rag Show Sign up for juicy stuff right in your inbox … [Read more...]

Flying Business Class with Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur

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Please Rate and Subscribe to the Show in iTunes! Many of us entrepreneurs have this dream of living a lifestyle that allows us to go where we want, travel to an fro, making tracks in any direction that we deem necessary, but very few of us seem to make the jump. We have 'responsibilities' like families, bills, a business that's rooted, and the idea of picking up stakes to head off into the next green pasture seems like a near impossibility. Lord knows I've wanted to travel more, spend more time abroad, and see wonders that I will never find her in the States, but then reality sets in and we always find reasons why we can't; I find reasons why I can't, but there are other options. Today I brought on Natalie Sisson, the Suitcase Entrepreneur to talk about such problems because she is living the life she wants, and it's not just because she gets to travel wherever her whims might take her. In fact, she does have dreams of settling down a little bit, but don't tell all her reader's … [Read more...]

Kristi Soomer Promises to Bring You Retail Bliss

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Don't forget to rate and subscribe to the show in iTunes I've got a special guest on the show today, Kristi Soomer of Retail Bliss and Encircled. The conversation revolves around the idea of starting your own shop on your own e-commerce site, specifically Shopify.com. I've mentioned Shopify several times in the past as a viable option for those of you who might be looking to take yourself away from marketplaces like Etsy and others, but I do not have any personal experience with Shopify, so it's been tough for me to talk about. I had been casually looking for someone to talk to about the site, but honestly not putting too much energy into seeking them out. In a moment of serendipitous discovery, I saw a post in a Facebook group from Kristi about how she was hosting a free webinar on the subject of Shopify, and it's happening soon, so I wanted to get this conversation out to you so you could take advantage of that opportunity. Even if you're not looking to start your own Shopify … [Read more...]

Michael Oneal of the Solopreneur Hour Kicked Me in the Right Place

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Make sure to rate and subscribe to the show via iTunes In the immortal words of ICE-T, "I'd rather be a New Jack Hustler," which is the overarching theme to this episode of the Fresh Rag Show, featuring podcaster, car nut, musician and entrepreneur, Michael O'Neal of the Solopreneur Hour. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at a podcasting conference back in August of 2014 and his keynote had a profound effect on me because it took what I thought I knew about my business model and turned it on it's head. After my his speech, and the follow-up Q&A session, I hopped in the car and headed back to the airport to head home from the conference. With time to kill in the airport, I spent the next few hours working out the future game plan of FreshRag, and I have Michael to blame for more of it. In this conversation we talk about many thing, and we diverge into some interesting areas, but here's a few items to tantalize you. What We Discuss How artists can use their voice to … [Read more...]