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Entrepreneurs are always talking about masterminds, coaching and mentors, but how do you actually find this epic support system? Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall are two female business owners who are also licensed psychotherapists. As biz besties, they’ve experienced how meaningful relationships with…

Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall


    • Dec 8, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    107. Boycott Your Brain Biases in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 24:46

    If you're like a lot of business owners, you take a pause on Fridays and wonder, “Where did the week go?” We have so much going on and mayyyybe we don't have a plan of action before we start our week. The result is less productivity and a lot of feeling like we're not making forward progress. This is your brain bias in full action. We have so many “shoulds” and “have-tos” in our lives, and we start to look at our calendars and to-do lists with resentment. At the same time, I'll bet you're looking at someone else's social media life and lamenting why that's not your life too. On this week's episode, we're talking all things brain bias--what's happening inside your brain, why it's happening, and how to protect yourself from things like time blindness, planning fallacy, and the bike shed effect. Because if you're a business owner, whether you're neurodiverse or not, you have these and more holding you back. And we want to make sure they're less of a factor in 2022. Listen in now! And don't forget to sign up for the What's On Your Plate workshop on Jan. 7, 2022 to make sure you're not spreading yourself too thin. Links and Resources: What's On Your Plate workshop Time Stamps: [1:08] Speeding to the end of year [1:30] Looking at plans for next year [1:40] Important to take time to set vision and intentions for next year and make adjustments [2:25] An exciting opportunity if you don't have a plan [3:17] Supporting neurodiverse people [3:38] Optimizing your schedule challenge [4:10] Many different brain biases [5:22] Make your schedule something you're looking forward to [6:20] Shift how you're looking at your business [7:04] Look at all your commitments first [7:25] Planning fallacy [9:02] Counteracting planning fallacy [10:22] Time blindness [11:18] Normalizing brain bias & Negative reinforcements [13:10] Bike Shed Effect [14:48] If we're spending so much time on things that don't matter, we're not getting to the goal [15:09] Failing to plan = Planning to fail [17:07] How meal planning can help [17:52] Steven covey first things first [19:48] How to support yourself

    106. Five Minutes A Day To Take Control Of Your Finances with Nicole Barham

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 37:06

    If you're a busy entrepreneur who doesn't know how to make sense of your business profit and loss statement---let alone figure out how to create one for your accountant to review---well, you are definitely not alone. There are so many of us out there running six-figure businesses and yet we're not actually on top of our finances. I have been guilty of this, and so has financial coach Nicole Barham, my guest on this week's podcast.  A few years ago, Nicole found herself in financial straits when revenue from her successful online business suddenly plummeted. Bouncing back from bankruptcy, she learned from her mistakes and created the 5 Minute Bookkeeper™, a painfully simple system to help fellow solopreneurs get up close and intimate with their own numbers. I'm a big fan---especially because five minutes a day is very doable for my ADHD brain. Nicole and I are talking about money mindset and confronting financial shame head-on with preemptive action. Her inspiring story shows that it is possible to flip your financial situation, no matter how deep you think you're in it.  Tune in!   About Nicole Barham: Nicole Barham is a Finance Coach who created and founded Design Your Wealth to help women solopreneurs go from stressing about money to financial peace of mind by showing them how to be not just the boss in their business but also the boss of their finances—all in just 5 minutes a day. Over seven years ago Nicole started an online business when affiliate marketing was just beginning to be cool, and her business exploded! She made more money than ever before, traveled the world, and was living the dream. Then, in the blink of an eye, her business slowed down. When she finally took her head out of the sand and looked at her finances, her business was six figures in debt. She had to file for bankruptcy and start all over again, literally from scratch. With a strong background in accounting, bankruptcy wasn't supposed to happen to her, but it did. From that day forward Nicole vowed to never ever find herself in that position again. She went back to her accounting roots, figured out the secret formula to financial peace of mind, and created Design Your Wealth to share that formula with entrepreneurs, particularly solopreneurs, everywhere looking for an easy way to manage finances. Through her 5 Minute Money suite of digital products including her flagship, 5 Minute Bookkeeper™, Nicole shows just how easy it is to put a super-simple, efficient financial system in place with just five minutes a day—so finances never have to be left for "later" again. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook.   Links and Resources: Design Your Wealth   Time Stamps: [2:07] - Nicole's bankruptcy was the catalyst to creating 5 Minute Bookkeeper™ [4:34] - Amber has paid the ADHD tax [7:26] - Getting your hands dirty in your finances [12:39] - Nicole's Friday money dates provide support and accountability [13:50] - Money shame related to not keeping up with your finances [19:06] - The more you look at your money, the more you take care of it [22:59] - Strategies emerge to achieve business goals when you pay attention to your finances [25:18] - Can't forget your silent partner [27:00] - How Nicole regrouped with a positive mindset after bankruptcy [31:45] - 5 minutes a day with your finances helps counteract ADHD impulsiveness [34:07] - Reaching seven figures doesn't necessarily mean you're profitable [35:30] - Where to find Nicole and 5 Minute Bookkeeper™

    105. The Benefits of Productive Procrastination

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 24:21

    After getting a bad case of COVID recently (and despite being fully vaccinated), I found myself really wiped out and unable to find my way back to “work mode.” My energy was low, and yet at the same time, I felt restless, an urge to do something remotely useful, but not necessarily vitally important. You know the feeling? If you have ADHD like me, or even if you don't, you probably know exactly what I mean. This week on the podcast, I'm talking about productive procrastination. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it even possible to “productively” delay getting stuff done by doing other stuff? Or is it better to do nothing at all and just practice self-care instead?   I think we've all been there, somewhere at the intersection of overwhelm, distraction, and guilt, when we're doing busy work but we're not addressing what's at the very top of our to-do list. Take a deep dive with me on the subject of productive procrastination and where I think a happy medium might be found, in prioritizing goals and not just movement. Don't put this one off! Tune in now!   Links and Resources: Your One Thing Workshop   Time Stamps: [1:03] - Amber had a bad case of COVID [2:14] - Productive procrastination, good or bad? [6:45] - Riding waves of energy to get things done, for ADHD peeps [10:27] - Examples of productive procrastination that are less helpful [13:00] - Wasting time staying present instead of resting [14:15] - Amber's favorite form of productive procrastination [15:07] - Setting boundaries on time and scope when you're productively procrastinating [16:26] - When to give in to productive procrastination [17:47] - Working on your One Thing [20:06] - Prioritization is an important skill [22:32] - Black Friday deal for Amber's quarterly workshop

    104. Clutter and Organization Strategies For Adults and Kids with Laurie Palau

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 46:04

    Getting organized can be especially challenging for neurodiverse people. Sometimes it seems as if our environments fall in either one of two extremes—everything neatly in place or everything in total chaos. It's like a battle of the OCD versus the ADD.  But one woman's clutter might be another woman's “I'm okay with this!” We all have a unique pain point when it comes to organization and time management. Can't we slide along the spectrum instead of living in the extremes? How do we create a functional environment for ourselves within all of our stuff—one that reduces stress and overwhelm, and fosters productivity? And can we teach our kids to do the same? This week on the podcast, my guest is a fellow podcaster, author, and clutter expert Laurie Palau. With neurodiversity in her own family, Laurie has figured out a way to meet adults and kids where they are, by giving them strategies to tackle their unique issues with all types of clutter—both tangible and intangible.  Clutter is really a symptom of something bigger, Laurie says. If we determine “the why of clutter,” we can take actionable steps to make our lives simpler and easier. Warning: You may have to dive deep into some emotions, like guilt and fear. But I know you can do it. If just the idea of getting organized freaks you out, listen in to our conversation for practical, tactical advice on where to get started. And for ways to communicate with your kids to help them manage their clutter too. (You'll never tell your kid to “go clean your room” the same way again!)   About Laurie Palau: Laurie Palau is the author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED; host of the popular weekly podcast This ORGANIZED Life; and founder of Simply B Organized, a lifestyle company helping people live simply and work smarter. Her advice has been featured in national publications including Real Simple and The New York Times. Laurie speaks on the topics of clutter, parenting, and entrepreneurship. Her CLUTTER CLINIC™ is a nationwide workshop providing strategies to help your team, group, or organization feel more empowered to tackle the areas where they feel most overwhelmed. Her latest work connects the dots between personality type and clutter, through the lens of the Enneagram. A self-described homebody and coffee lover, Laurie lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband Josh, two (almost grown) daughters, and dog, Jeter. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.   Links and Resources: simplyborganized.com Time Stamps: [2:30] - Neurodiverse kids and adults need extra strategy and support to get organized [3:21] - Organization takes Amber to her calm place [5:58] - The why of clutter [6:46] - Sustainable and lasting change is better than Instagram-worthy  [10:35] - Clutter is a symptom of something bigger [13:08] - Organization is a learned skill [14:36] - Modeling behaviors that you want your kids to adopt [18:36] - Being intentional and specific about what “clean” means [20:35] - Amber's husband's body doubling strategy and distraction with music to help the kids clean their room [25:01] - Laurie's three main types of clutter [24:59] - Emotional clutter stems from guilt or fear and causes decision fatigue [26:46] - People with ADHD struggle with calendar clutter  [29:54] - Resistance to wasting and the sunk cost fallacy  [33:01] - How Laurie empowered a boy to let go of his stuffed animals [36:27] - The last 10% of the project is the real feeling of accomplishment [39:47] - Which room to declutter first if you're overwhelmed [44:31] - Put time on your calendar to deal with clutter

    103. Deciding What's “Next” in Business (and Life!) with Julie Fry

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 28:04

    How do you decide what's “next” for you, without falling into the trap of doing something because it's what you've always done...or it's what is expected of you. Or, even worse, sticking with something because doing something different would look like failure to others. COVID has shifted life and business ownership for so many of us, and one of the gifts it's given us is the ability to see what's important to us. Time with family, taking care of our mental health, doing what lights us up (AND makes us a living) all come to mind. This week on the podcast, Julie Fry is sharing why she sold her profitable and growing business, what prompted her to start her current business, and what she did in between. (Spoiler alert: She got a j - o - b. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Promise!) Just because you're doing something now doesn't mean you have to do it forever. Our businesses change as we grow, and our lives and circumstances change as we get older. It's time we embrace that change and make decisions that fit where we are and where we want to be. Are you ready? Tune in now!   About Julie Fry: Julie Fry is the founder of Your Expert Guest, a podcast publicity and booking agency. Her secret sauce is creating meaningful connections between people that become clients, collaborators, resources, mentors, and friends. Prior to Your Expert Guest, she founded a national networking organization supporting women balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship. She also honed her relationship-based sales strategies as the first employee for Chuckit!, the recognizable line of dog toys. She's passionate about supporting small businesses and helping experts share their messages with larger audiences. When she's not working with clients, you can find her walking her crazy chihuahua-Jack Russell, having dance-offs with her kids, being mildly obsessed with Conan O'Brian, enjoying life with her husband, and listening to some of her favorite podcasts. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn.   Links and Resources: Your Expert Guest Business Among Moms

    Forge Your Own Path with Casey Gromer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 43:27

    Are you good at being a manager? We have the wonderful Casey Gromer, who just might be able to answer all your dreams, on the show to talk with us about taking your business to serving your needs, and encouraging entrepreneurs to make their own business plans.Casey is the founder of SHE-Suite Boutique, and calls herself a Fractional Integrator. Her goal is to help women step out of their day-to-day tasks so that they move into their creativity. Casey is also the host of the Female Founders Breaking Boundaries Podcast where they talk all about supporting other business women.We discussed how you don't have to be the manager to be the CEO. And that having the right people surround you in your business, those who know how to balance the company needs and can work with you, not against you, based on skills and strengths. People who can help move your business forward. Casey gives examples on how your team is going to be a huge part of how you succeed and run your day to day operations. You don't want to be holding up the progression, you want innovative people who can help you think through the process and be able to take the next steps to elevate your company.There is nothing wrong with who you are and how you want to run your business, Casey shares with us. That just because your description, tasks, plans, etc is different from the traditional format, does not mean that you aren't doing what is right for you and your company. You don't need to change anything about how you want to run things as an entrepreneur, you just need to make sure that the path you are following is in the best interest of you and your business.Links & ReferencesAmber HawleyCasey GromerSocial MediaAmber Hawley on FacebookAmber Hawley on InstagramAmber Hawley on LinkedinCasey Gromer on FacebookCasey Gromer on LinkedInFemale Founders Breaking Boundaries PodcastSHE-Suite Boutique AssessmentSpecial MentionsAttention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Gretchen RubinLove the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Join The Easily Distracted Community today:FacebookInstagramJoin the Inner Circle

    4 year anniversary episode! My favorite 4 tools for staying on track and a giveaway!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 17:12


    Happy October friend! First off, how is it October already?!? I think the covid has turned time into that old parenting adage, the days are long but the years are short. Time seems to drag and then rush on past you.I know for me the last month has been on warped speed. There were a lot of extra events in September. I also had a few employees transition some in new roles and some to their next adventure, which meant having to shift priorities, look for new people, and reassess the next quarters plans and commitments. Never before has adjusting in business been more needed. Adjusting your workload, your expectations and even adjusting who and how you serve your clients.This has been my journey as well in the last year as both of my businesses have had so many changes and shifts and I saw the needs for many business owners who were struggling to stay on track, stay focused or consistently show up for their clients. Which is why I will be talking more about those needs and struggles to support you in having more fulfillment in your business. So last week was the podcasts 4 year anniversary. I was excited to celebrate with you all, those who have been listening since the beginning and those we have recently joined us. But as I said the last couple of weeks have been filled with illness and all kinds of urgent but not on my schedule things and things got pushed back. I honestly thought after all the planning and thinking about how to celebrate with everyone am I just going to let this milestone pass my by. The exhausted part of me considered it but then I realized this is one of those times to adjust. So like a woman in her 20's that celebrates her birthday all month that is what we are doing! So I want to hear from you. I'm giving away a bunch of my favorite things this month to anyone who writes a review in their favorite podcast app and then take a snapshot and email it to hello@amberhawley.com between now and Oct 31st. If you have already given a review you can also leave a review on LinkedIn or FacebookI will be giving away some of my favorite books that were released this year like Rachel Rodgers- We should all be Millionaires and Melina Palmer's What Your Customer Wants and Can't Tell You, and some other favorite journals and goodies. And one lucky listener will also receive a free clarity coaching call where you can get some strategy and support with something that you are feeling stuck or struggling with. And to honor of the podcasts 4th anniversary I want to share my 4 favorite tools right now that are helping me stay on track and adjust. AlexaRemarkableGoogle CalendarThe power of the one thingI hope that was helpful. And thank you again for being a listener and supporter of the podcast. And don't forget to send in your review snapshot to hello@amberhawley.com and be entered to win some fun podiversary prizes!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »Join The Easily Distracted Community today:FacebookInstagramJoin the Inner Circle


    Tips To Utilize Social Media For Your Business with Andréa Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 36:12

    Does the thought of creating content for your social media account sound overwhelming? I hear that all the time, entrepreneurs feel that pressure to do all the things but they struggle with social media. Our special guest, Andréa Jones, is a Social Media Strategist who helps her clients with everything from do-it-yourself (DIY) to done-for-you (DFY). Andréa demonstrates many ways that social media can be a business tool and really awesome tips for getting onto social media.Andréa discusses how finding a place on social media to help you grow your business is a challenge and she provides examples on how to do it. Andréa covers the three most important questions for social media strategy and she also reveals three methods for reaching your end goal. We all know that being a business owner means you are handling many aspects of running your business but you need to remember that social media is a segment of those running parts.Andréa and I also address how building content is a learned skill and it takes time to develop, especially if you are trying to build sustainability content. We also talk about being discouraged when comparing your status to other high level influencers, that each business works differently, and has its own levels of creating content. There is a difference between being on social media as a content creative versus being on social media as a business owner.Everything takes time and creating healthy habits with social media is important and the best way to reach those goals is to set aside time to prep. Another topic we touch base on is don't forget that the behind the scenes is just as important and you need to figure out what works best for your business. Listen to your community. It is more than just the follower count, it is about the interaction and engagement.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »Join The My Biz Bestie Community today:My Biz Bestie FacebookLet's Connect on Instagram

    Resilience and Resistance with Marisol Solarte-Erlacher

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 33:21

    Therapist and wellness consultant Marisol Solarte-Erlacher joins me in this episode to discuss her position as a trauma therapist and her views on trauma, especially amongst women within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. Marisol and I met at a thought leadership program, and after getting to know a little bit more about her and the wonderful things that she does, I knew that I had to have her on the podcast!You would probably be hard-pressed to find someone who has not been impacted by trauma in one way or another in their life, but people – especially women – within the BIPOC community tend to have an even extra layer added to that due to societal problems like sexism and systemic racism. There is often extra pressure and responsibility – pressure to be a good representative of and for your community and to be a voice, and taking time to focus on yourself is therefore often seen as selfish. Marisol encourages such people to give themselves permission to take that time to themselves and to not have to constantly be that voice at the table.She and I also talk about how important it is to create space for other people's humanity. That tends to be, in fact, one of the reasons why there is that extra layer of trauma and struggle for BIPOC women because they are so often dehumanized and objectified and consequently don't have that space. They frequently develop further coping mechanisms such as extreme independence, and even though, as Marisol points out, all coping mechanisms are helpful in some way or else we wouldn't use them, there are times when they are unhealthy and not helpful. That's why taking that time to ourselves is so important.I am so excited to have had Marisol on the podcast because this topic is so important and is far too often overlooked. Small decisions that most other people would likely take for granted are exaggerated, causing all of that extra pressure that we talk about in this episode, and it is, again, so important that we address this and talk about it. Be sure to check out Marisol's podcast Resilience and Resistance Podcast and to also be on the lookout for her new podcast Work Trauma Is Real which is launching very soon!Links and ResourcesMarisol's WebsiteResilience and Resistance PodcastResilience and Resistance Podcast - Instagram PageBessel van der Kolk M.D. - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

    Productivity Strategy for the Neurodiverse / ADHD business Owner with Special Guest Maelisa Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 40:30

    I have a super special guest today that I'm pretty dang excited about. I'm joined by the one, the only Dr. Melissa Hall! That is right, my biz bestie is back! (At least for today!)The reason we wanted to do this episode together, besides it being more fun is that we're going to talk about an ADHD strategy for getting things done. And you know, both of us have ADHD. We specialize in ADHD. We love supporting our ADHD community.So if you're about to tune out because you don't have ADHD, do not worry. The strategy actually works for everyone and it can be really helpful, but it's particularly helpful for all of our neuro-diverse peeps out there. Today we are doing a deep dive on body doubling. Body Doubling is one of those things that sounds so simple but it is a really great strategy. It may have been something that you are already doing and not even aware of it. I actually just kind of intuitively did this without knowing that I was doing this well before I understood, or even before I knew I had ADHD or that this strategy is actually a thing. We're going to talk about different ways to utilize the strategy and kind of our experience of things that do work and don't work so well.We go into what is Body Doubling, how to structure it, what can make it not as effective and why we think you should give it a shot. (It's research based ya'll).If you want to try it out with a pro, head on over to amberhawey.com/innercircle to learn all about the Inner Circle where we cowork EVERY month.Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed psychologist, nail design enthusiast, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Through her business QA Prep, she empowers therapists through trainings and consultation on clinical documentation. Maelisa focuses on the “why” behind the usual recommendations and encourages clinicians to think outside the box, while also keeping their ethics intact. A true ENFP, Maelisa aims to make sure all of her endeavors are meeting a need in the community while also allowing for plenty of laughter and fun.Website/Business Links: QA Prep https://www.qaprep.com/ Social Media Links: Instagram @maelisahall https://www.instagram.com/maelisahall/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/maelisa-hall-psy-d-28923177 QA Prep YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytXRIFI17MtbmTh5QTJhsg Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »Join The My Biz Bestie Community today:My Biz Bestie FacebookLet's Connect on Instagram

    A Ten Second Strategy for Success and Happiness

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 8:33

    If you have been around me in the past few months you would have heard me singing the praises of my favorite new show! I have been telling EVERYONE and I do mean everyone about it. From parents at my daughters soccer games, to people at stores, my esthetician and all my friends and family. I'm obsessed! And for good reason, it's a fresh and much needed bringer of joy and love show called Ted Lasso. I can't get enough. Literally. I have watched the premiere 10 episodes so many times I can't even count. It was suggested to me by a friend when I was having one of those particularly rough days that happen in entrepreneurship and it was leading me to an existential crisis of sorts. She gave me kind support and then suggested that I watch the show. It was 9pm and I immediately found it on AppleTV and started watching. I watched straight through all 10 episodes. Sitting in bed with my ipad and headset. My husband came in and went to sleep and I kept watching and finished at 3:30 in the morning. I laughed and I cried and I felt renewed. I had faith in humanity again and I felt inspired to do my best and be my best. Seriously, it was the best pep-talk ever!I have so many favorite moments that I think speak to leadership, striving to be the best, having goals that can at times feel like they defy the odds but there is one that occurs in episode 2 that I think every entrepreneur should have in their arsenal.Ted Lasso delivers his charmingly unique brand of coaching, and a brilliantly simple strategy for keeping your head straight in business when things go wrong. AND THEY WILL!Ted: “You know what the happiest animal on earth is?” Sam: “No” Ted: “A goldfish, you know why? Because it has a 10 second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam.” When you make a mistake yes you should try to rectify the situation if possible, be honest, be accountable but without a doubt BE A GOLDFISH! Let the weight of the emotion leave you, don't go down a shame spiral but acknowledge and move on. Give yourself ten seconds to feel bad then move forward as the badass biz owner that you know you are. Now I know that sometimes our missteps can have bigger consequences or hit us in a particularly vulnerable area or time so maybe we need more than ten seconds, maybe we need fifteen minutes or an hour or a day. Allow yourself to feel those feelings but then move forward. Don't let mistakes define who you are or what you think about yourself. Then you can try to repair the situation and make any changes necessary to your approach or your systems. So my strategy and hope for you this week is to be a goldfish!If you feel like you could use some extra support about dealing with the emotional side of business such as mindset, overwhelm, adhd and burnout then head on over to amberhawley.com to find more resources and ways to work with me.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »Join The My Biz Bestie Community today:My Biz Bestie FacebookLet's Connect on Instagram

    A story about change, getting unstuck and doing scary things.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 9:01

    In today's episode I share a story about getting unstuck, making changes and doing something that felt scary. Which included an important announcement about the podcast.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here's How »If you are someone who would like some extra support with staying focused on what matters in your business head on over to mybizbestie.com/inner-circle for more information on the monthly membership.

    How to cultivate your own thought leadership with Carol Cox

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 44:29

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    Considerations When Hiring Employees With Niki Ramirez

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 54:13

    It can be tempting to just surround yourself with the people whose company you enjoy, but from an HR perspective, you need to take some things into consideration to ensure that you’re hiring for fit. HR consultant Niki Ramirez spends time with Amber Hawley in this episode to walk us through some of these hiring considerations that are extremely important but quite frequently overlooked. Whether you’re a small business owner who’s in the process of looking for their first hire or a more established company who wants to review the previous additions to your team, now is a good time to learn how to navigate the world of hiring and HR compliance. Listen in as Niki shares some great tips on everything from making job descriptions to interviewing short-listed prospects. Plus, learn how you can get hold of her HR checklist that can be useful for your prospecting efforts!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join The My Biz Bestie Community today:My Biz Bestie FacebookMy Biz Bestie Instagram

    Finding Your Entrepreneurial Purpose With Rachel Proctor

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 43:29

    Given what 2020 has thrown at us, many people are questioning how they have structured their businesses and their lives. While some are trying to figure out if what they’re doing still works for them, others are reexamining what they want to get out of their business and day-to-day living. Joining Amber Hawley in this episode is virtual business mentor Rachel Proctor. Rachel teaches and coaches entrepreneurs how to be better in their business. Today, Rachel and Amber talk all about finding your entrepreneurial purpose and structuring your life so that it's something you want to do.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join The My Biz Bestie Community today:My Biz Bestie FacebookMy Biz Bestie Instagram

    Biz Bestie Bite: Decision Fatigue

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 14:50

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    Pink Collar Crimes With The Fraud Hashtag Queen, Kelly Paxton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2020 47:18

    You’d probably never know an embezzler if you’d see one, as many of them can be normal, nice-looking people. That is part of the reason why detecting and dealing with these so-called pink-collar crimes are not as easy as you think. To make matters worse, the embezzler can be someone you trust, someone you have […]

    Pink Collar Crimes With The Fraud Hashtag Queen, Kelly Paxton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2020 47:25

    You’d probably never know an embezzler if you’d see one, as many of them can be normal, nice-looking people. That is part of the reason why detecting and dealing with these so-called pink-collar crimes are not as easy as you think. To make matters worse, the embezzler can be someone you trust, someone you have built a relationship with, making the matter more intimate and much trickier to handle. Amber Hawley talks about why these pink collar crimes occur and what its effects are with certified fraud examiner, licensed private investigator and social media intelligence analyst, Kelly Paxton. Also known as the “Pink Collar Crime Lady” and the “Fraud Hashtag Queen,” Kelly specializes in investigating women embezzlers and fraud therapy. Coming in from the world of law enforcement, she was used to investigating “bad guys.” Nothing about it could have prepared her for the whole new universe where “honest” people steal. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Parenting 2020: Making Tough Decisions For Your Children And Your Family During COVID-19 With Mercedes Samudio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2020 66:57

    Parents have always taken it upon themselves to feel responsible for their families, especially their children. With everything that’s going on in 2020, parents are confronted with challenges that none of their predecessors have ever experienced before. Tapping into this topic with Amber Hawley is Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a parenting coach, speaker, bestselling author of Shame-Proof Parenting and founder of Diversity in Parenting. Together they discuss the major challenges parents are facing during the era of COVID-19. As the school year opens up, do you choose to send your children to school, learn online or skip the year altogether? How do you assist in your child’s learning now that you are all staying at home? How do you achieve family-life balance while working from home? These and a lot more difficult questions are causing mental and emotional stress to every well-meaning parent out there. How do you somehow get through all these? The key is to cut yourself some slack and be confident that you’re doing your best under the circumstances. Join in on the conversation and learn a lot more! Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Parenting 2020: Making Tough Decisions For Your Children And Your Family During COVID-19 With Mercedes Samudio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2020 66:48

    Parents have always taken it upon themselves to feel responsible for their families, especially their children. With everything that’s going on in 2020, parents are confronted with challenges that none of their predecessors have ever experienced before. Tapping into this topic with Amber Hawley is Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a parenting coach, speaker, bestselling author of […]

    How The Brain Works With Melina Palmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 45:22


    With so much turmoil going on right now, our world has been turned upside down in so many ways. Many people, including business owners, are feeling this pressure to get a lot of things done or try to make an impact or shift. At the same time, they also are overwhelmed with not knowing where to focus, and so they feel stuck. Joining Amber Hawley on today’s podcast is Melina Palmer, the host of The Brainy Business and a sales conversion expert with a personal mission to make your business more effective and brain friendly. Don’t miss this episode to learn more about how the brain works and how to avoid productive procrastination to actually get things done. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram


    How The Brain Works With Melina Palmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 45:16


    With so much turmoil going on right now, our world has been turned upside down in so many ways. Many people, including business owners, are feeling this pressure to get a lot of things done or try to make an impact or shift. At the same time, they also are overwhelmed with not knowing where […]


    How To Create A Drama-Free Culture In The Workplace With Patti Perez

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2020 52:08

    One of the greatest reasons why employee turnover is high in an organization is the workplace environment. After all, who would want to stay in a place that is bringing more stress than fulfillment? In this episode, Amber Hawley sits down with Patti Perez to talk about how to create a drama-free culture in your business. Patti is the founder and CEO of PersuasionPoint Inc., a modern-day consulting firm dedicated to teaching leaders and teams on how to create and sustain healthy, inclusive, and profitable workplace cultures. With her book, The Drama-Free Workplace, she shares with us some of the tools and techniques on creating a nontoxic, anti-racist, and positive environment for ourselves and, most especially, our employees. She also provides some great insights from a legal aspect and lays the massive risks, disadvantages, and opportunities the kind of workplace culture causes to the entire organization. Tune into this important conversation to learn more about how you can create a safe space for your employees to thrive and feel the rewards of their job. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    How To Create A Drama-Free Culture In The Workplace With Patti Perez

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2020 52:04

    One of the greatest reasons why employee turnover is high in an organization is the workplace environment. After all, who would want to stay in a place that is bringing more stress than fulfillment? In this episode, Amber Hawley sits down with Patti Perez to talk about how to create a drama-free culture in your business. Patti […]

    Being Mindful Of How We Cope In These Uncertain Times With Katie Read

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2020 55:37

    The COVID-19 pandemic undeniably turned our lives upside down. We slept one night only to wake up in a whole different world where our day to day routines have been disrupted. With all the stress and anxiety we feel in this situation, we then try to rebuild our lives in various ways in order to cope. However, before we lose ourselves through it all, it helps to rethink the ways we are handling this uncertain time. In this episode, Amber Hawley talks to Katie Read, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about coping during the pandemic, especially on how we draw the line when the ways we cope do not do us any favors anymore. They talk about the pressures we put on ourselves, as well as the lack of, to be productive, and impart some advice on staying centered and grounded amidst it all. Katie then shares a couple of great resources that can help you get through these challenging times, reminding you of the now. Ultimately, do what you can to cope, but be mindful of where these things are taking you. Let Amber and Katie help you in this conversation. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Being Mindful Of How We Cope In These Uncertain Times With Katie Read

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2020 55:29

    The COVID-19 pandemic undeniably turned our lives upside down. We slept one night only to wake up in a whole different world where our day to day routines have been disrupted. With all the stress and anxiety we feel in this situation, we then try to rebuild our lives in various ways in order to […]

    Breaking Barriers: Women In Business With Maggie Frank-Hsu

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2020 41:33

    Despite the fact that there are so many women in business who give their all to thrive, they still face challenges unique to their identity. There are numerous expectations placed upon women in business that they must overcome, but with a little help, they have shown time and time again that they’re perfectly capable. Amber Hawley is joined by Maggie Frank-Hsu, a writing coach who helps entrepreneurs who want to go from invisible to high-profile. Amber and Maggie discuss some of the challenges and expectations that women in business have to overcome. Let Amber and Maggie’s conversation inspire you to continue breaking barriers, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Breaking Barriers: Women In Business With Maggie Frank-Hsu

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2020 41:28

    Despite the fact that there are so many women in business who give their all to thrive, they still face challenges unique to their identity. There are numerous expectations placed upon women in business that they must overcome, but with a little help, they have shown time and time again that they’re perfectly capable. Amber […]

    How To Keep Your Business Healthy In This Uncertain Time With Hannah Smolinski

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 60:00

    In times of so much upheaval and shifting, how can you keep your business healthy? This is the question that Amber Hawley’s guest for this episode is going to answer. She has over Hannah Smolinski, the founder and CEO of Clara CFO Group—a virtual CFO company that helps small business owners reach their goals. Highlighting first the strengths of small business owners, Hannah talks about the nimbleness that they can use as an advantage to move through the changing tides of the business environment. She discusses how they can keep their personal and business goals in line as well as make good financial decisions, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Amber lists down some ways you can cut down expenses, prepare for the worst-case scenario and the future, and even alleviate the demands you put on yourself and save your employees. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    How To Keep Your Business Healthy In This Uncertain Time With Hannah Smolinski

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 59:52

    In times of so much upheaval and shifting, how can you keep your business healthy? This is the question that Amber Hawley's guest for this episode is going to answer. She has over Hannah Smolinski, the founder and CEO of Clara CFO Group—a virtual CFO company that helps small business owners reach their goals. Highlighting first the […]

    How To Manage Life In Quarantine With Laura Reagan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2020 53:40

    As many people around the world have surely experienced by now, life in quarantine is difficult. Life in quarantine means not being able to go outside for a run or to see a movie, or basically most of the activities people use to cope, but you still have to find a way through. Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and the owner of the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She sits down with Amber Hawley to talk about the best ways of coping with life in quarantine. Remember, you are not alone in this experience of crisis. Let Laura and Amber guide you through this world-changing event. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    How To Manage Life In Quarantine With Laura Reagan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2020 53:32

    As many people around the world have surely experienced by now, life in quarantine is difficult. Life in quarantine means not being able to go outside for a run or to see a movie, or basically most of the activities people use to cope, but you still have to find a way through. Laura Reagan, […]

    Strategies For Working From Home With Maureen Werrbach

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 57:19

    Many people are finding themselves suddenly working from home mainly because of the global pandemic. How do we balance the expectation or need to get work done, with all the distractions of being at home can bring? Join Amber Hawley and Maureen Werrbach, as they discuss some strategies for staying productive and sane while being sequestered. Maureen is a therapist and a multiple business owner with a large team to lead and two kids at home. This episode was originally streamed to the My Biz Bestie YouTube channel and you can find the video there as well. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Shifting Priorities

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 38:19

    You may be doing something you really love, but sometimes you have to make decisions that appease your heart. In this episode, Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall chit chat about Maelisa’s decision to step back from the My Biz Bestie podcast. Changing the structure of how everything works these days and shifting priorities has become a common move for almost everyone. With this, Maelisa takes change to a more personally satisfying level by doing a major shift. Join the girls as they reminisce about some episodes, talk about priorities, seek out new friendships, and so much more. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    When The Other Shoe Drops: What To Do When Changes Happen With Katie Krimitsos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 63:46

    When changes happen in your life, it’s natural to feel a certain degree of difficulty and emotional turmoil. To work through those kinds of changes, you need to allow yourself the space to absorb, process, and even grieve, if you must. Otherwise, you risk burnout. Katie Krimitsos is a mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster, business coach and strategist, seeker, and change maker. She joins Amber Hawley to discuss how to carry yourself when big changes happen in your life. If this is a process you have difficulty grappling with, know that you are not alone, and Katie has a lot of rich, actionable advice to help you through it. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Strategies For Working From Home With Maureen Werrbach

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 57:11

    Many people are finding themselves suddenly working from home mainly because of the global pandemic. How do we balance the expectation or need to get work done, with all the distractions of being at home can bring? Join Amber Hawley and Maureen Werrbach, as they discuss some strategies for staying productive and sane while being […]

    Shifting Priorities

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 38:14

    You may be doing something you really love, but sometimes you have to make decisions that appease your heart. In this episode, Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall chit chat about Maelisa’s decision to step back from the My Biz Bestie podcast. Changing the structure of how everything works these days and shifting priorities has become […]

    When The Other Shoe Drops: What To Do When Changes Happen With Katie Krimitsos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 63:37

    When changes happen in your life, it's natural to feel a certain degree of difficulty and emotional turmoil. To work through those kinds of changes, you need to allow yourself the space to absorb, process, and even grieve, if you must. Otherwise, you risk burnout. Katie Krimitsos is a mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster, business coach and strategist, […]

    Profit Planner: Creating The Business Profit You Deserve With Danielle Hayden

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2019 32:34

    Many businesses and entrepreneurs don’t know how to meet their goals and set profit because they don’t have a planner that can help them with their accounting. Danielle Hayden, co-owner of Kickstart Accounting and Profit Planner, helps entrepreneurs get accounting off their plate. In this episode, she talks about creating zero accounting overwhelm with her Profit Planner for business owners to create the profits in their business and take home a paycheck they deserve. She breaks down to us the process of incrementally meeting weekly goals and bring your business to new heights. Listen to the story your numbers are telling you as Danielle guides us into this episode. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Profit Planner: Creating The Business Profit You Deserve With Danielle Hayden

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2019 32:34

    Many businesses and entrepreneurs don’t know how to meet their goals and set profit because they don’t have a planner that can help them with their accounting. Danielle Hayden, co-owner of Kickstart Accounting and Profit Planner, helps entrepreneurs get accounting off their plate. In this episode, she talks about creating zero accounting overwhelm with her […]

    Strategic Planning For Your Business With Natalie Gingrich

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2019 46:46


    Are you done doing and want to start leading your company? Then you have to know the not-so-fun part of a business, that is, operations and strategic business planning. In today’s episode, Biz Besties Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall chat with The Ops Authority Natalie Gingrich. Natalie reveals the reality of an entrepreneur’s burnout and the eventuality of needing an operator to scale your business. She shares seven objectives that you need to consider and emphasizes how you should set your priorities. She goes on to talk about her Strategic Mapping ModelTM, the Biz Planning Bootcamp course, and her group program, A-Team, which allows her to support women entrepreneurs to learn the skills needed to get their operations running smoothly. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram


    Strategic Planning For Your Business With Natalie Gingrich

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2019 46:39


    Are you done doing and want to start leading your company? Then you have to know the not-so-fun part of a business, that is, operations and strategic business planning. In today's episode, Biz Besties Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall chat with The Ops Authority Natalie Gingrich. Natalie reveals the reality of an entrepreneur's burnout and […]


    The Pace Of Your Business: Finding Your Business Bestie And Your Inner Circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2019 37:47

    Business moves differently for different people. Some may be in start-up mode, while others are in growth mode. No matter where you are, it is important to think about how aligned you and your team are with the overall pace of your business. In this episode, Amber Holly and Maelisa Hall dive deep into the pace of your business, what it says about your business growth along with where you are in life. Humans as we are, we encounter many things in our personal lives that keep us from that growth pace in business. With this, Amber and Melissa share the challenges that may come our way and how to overcome them. They also talk about the importance of keeping the same pace as your business partners and helping your team keep pace with their roles. What is more, they share some pointers about how to create space to find the right people to be in your inner circle. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    The Pace Of Your Business: Finding Your Business Bestie And Your Inner Circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2019 37:42

    Business moves differently for different people. Some may be in start-up mode, while others are in growth mode. No matter where you are, it is important to think about how aligned you and your team are with the overall pace of your business. In this episode, Amber Holly and Maelisa Hall dive deep into the […]

    Difficult Conversations And Your Conflict Personality With Lara Curie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2019 38:07

    Are you a perfectionist, a victim, a pleaser or an avoider? How you handle difficult conversations depends largely on your conflict personality type. In this episode, Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall talk to podcaster, speaker, trainer, and author Lara Curie on having clear intentions and getting them across depending on the personality type of the person you’re having a conflict with. They also touch on pre-framing high tension situations and of letting go of control. Learn about the trouble of having assumptions and expectations that lead to judgment. If you didn’t do well on a conflict, take courage. Practice is key in getting better in dealing with difficult conversations. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    Difficult Conversations And Your Conflict Personality With Lara Curie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2019 38:02

    Are you a perfectionist, a victim, a pleaser or an avoider? How you handle difficult conversations depends largely on your conflict personality type. In this episode, Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall talk to podcaster, speaker, trainer, and author Lara Curie on having clear intentions and getting them across depending on the personality type of the […]

    The Seasons Of Business And Life With Leanne Kabat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2019 48:23

    Everybody’s journey can take many twists and turns. For Leanne Kabat, those twists and turns started with an almost nuclear explosion in her life. With two toddlers and a baby on the way, Leanne got up in the middle of the night super hot and super dizzy and fell on the floor paralyzed for over five hours. Eight months later with an undiagnosed brain condition, she was told she only had five years to live. In this episode, Amber Hawley and Maelisa Hall talk with Leanne Kabat about the seasons of her business and life as Leanne opens up about her battle with a brain crash and how she was able to get her life back through MamaConnects, helping and connecting with people, and writing. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    The Seasons Of Business And Life With Leanne Kabat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2019 48:23

    Everybody's journey can take many twists and turns. For Leanne Kabat, those twists and turns started with an almost nuclear explosion in her life. With two toddlers and a baby on the way, Leanne got up in the middle of the night super hot and super dizzy and fell on the floor paralyzed for over […]

    How Your Website Impacts Your Professional Reputation featuring Maelisa Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2019 37:54

    These days, no matter how small or big a business is, a website is necessary. Dr. Maelisa Hall, a licensed psychologist and the Founder of the digital marketing company called My Digital Maven explains why it’s important to have a website and digs into the three main reasons why people would seek out a website and explore it. With the need for having a business page also comes the necessity to make it functional. Maelisa highlights some of the challenges and key mistakes when creating business websites including linking the right people. She also shares the simplest but most vital information needed for a home page and the importance of having a site that’s easy to navigate. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

    How Your Website Impacts Your Professional Reputation featuring Maelisa Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2019 37:48

    These days, no matter how small or big a business is, a website is necessary. Dr. Maelisa Hall, a licensed psychologist and the Founder of the digital marketing company called My Digital Maven explains why it's important to have a website and digs into the three main reasons why people would seek out a website […]

    Building Your Entrepreneurial Support System with Rhonda Peterson and Teresa McCloy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2019 39:42

    Who are the folks in your entrepreneurial support system? Biz besties Rhonda Peterson and Teresa McCloy join the My Biz Bestie podcast to discuss their biz bestie relationship and how it is a part of their overall entrepreneurial support system. Rhonda is an executive coach for financial services and a 7 on the Enneagram. Teresa is an executive coach that works with small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is a type 3 on the Enneagram. Together they are a perfect 10. Find out how their biz bestie relationship plays a role in their business support system and why they are such a (super) match by listening to this episode of My Biz Bestie. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join The My Biz Bestie Community today: My Biz Bestie Facebook My Biz Bestie Instagram

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