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Special Guest Expert, Tara Gentile—Founder of Quiet Power Strategy® | Episode 05

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Today on the show we have a special guest expert, Tara Gentile. Tara’s an author, speaker, and entrepreneur who works with other entrepreneurs, many of whom are building their businesses as side projects or transitioning side businesses to full time work.

I first came across Tara when I was in my life coach training program a few years ago and looking for ideas to build my business, and I have been an avid follower ever since. She’s super smart and has a really fresh perspective in how she approaches business building.

And be sure to listen all the way through, because Tara’s also got a new side project of her own!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Find Tara at TaraGentile.com

  • On how Tara journey to entrepreneurism started with quitting her original plan to go to grad school to become a religion professor, and then working in retail management at a Borders bookstore (AKA mini-business school)

  • Tara’s used everything she learned at Borders in first entrepreneurial venture and started with a website business, which led to buying a second website business—and with time her business has evolved to where she is now

  • How we tend to discount our previous experience, but how valuable previous experience in whatever jobs you’ve held over your life, are so important to  how you can look at approaching your entrepreneurial ventures.

  • How Tara helps idea-driven entrepreneurs, many who start their business on the side, find focus in their work—this is so important because for these types of businesses, as Tara says, “the message is the money”.

  • Tara’s recommendations for finding focus in your entrepreneurial venture

  1. Give yourself the space

  2. Know what you will say no and yes to

  • String the answers to these four questions together into a statement and this becomes your framework for what you will say no to, and what you will say yes to in your business:

  1. What do you want to create

  2. How do you want to connect with people

  3. Who do you want to create for

  4. How do you want those people to respondWhat do you want to create

  • Tara’s new side project that came about because it’s something she’s been looking for since age 13 and how she realized recently she was the person to bring it to life!

  • Tara’s Creative Live podcast, Profit. Power. Pursuit.

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Episode 04: Office Manager + Jewelry Designer, Kylie Watts of Watts in Maine

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On today’s episode I’m talking to Kylie Watts of Watts In Maine—her line of jewelry inspired by the fishing and lobstering culture of Maine. We talk a lot about the challenges of balancing a growing business on top of her full time job, how she often needs to move slower than she might like—because she just doesn’t have all the time in the world to run the business.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Kylie’s website

  • Kylie’s “Fur Baby” Catahoula Leopard Dog keeps her extra busy

  • Her interest in fashion, jewelry led to her first product, a bracelet made from the brass lobster gauge

  • Maine Makers, LL Bean, Seabags, rope bracelets

  • Husband is from Vinalhaven, Maine

  • How Kylie jumped in and started to reach out to stores very early on, starting with K Collete a store she admired in Portland

  • How she’s chosen to focus on the product over trying to make the brand “perfect, and now working to refresh her brand and website and launch ecommerce (in Fall 2016)

  • Launching a lobster gauge style ring in rose gold and silver and a new bracelet—follow Kylie on Instagram to keep updated on her product line

  • On staying close to the way of life in Maine, fishing and lobstering and expanding beyond jewelry into other accessories rooted in the fishing/lobstering industry and Maine aesthetic

  • Kylie’s advice to those who want to start a business on the side is to go with your own gut, and don’t pressure yourself to take on more than you can.  

  • How Kylie’s husband helps her stay centered and grounded when she can’t do everything she might want to be able to do.

  • On how Kylie feels it’s important to be authentic about the effort and challenges that go into the business and how it helps her build close connections with her customers and others in business.

Kylie's Watts in Maine jewelry:

Images: Watts in Maine on Instagram

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Episode 03: Ryan Cochrane / Advertising Copywriter + Winemaker

Episode 03: Ryan Cochrane / Advertising Copywriter + Winemaker

In today’s episode I’m talking to Ryan Cochrane, an advertising copywriter and winemaker on the side. Grab a glass of your favorite vino and settle in for my chat with him about how he got into winemaking, and how he juggles his business selling handcrafted California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with his advertising career.