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178: How I found time for a whole new business

Finding time for a new venture when you already have one successful creative biz can sometimes feel impossible. But it’s not! Find out how I created time to start a whole second business on this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm at: TaraSwiger.com/podcast178

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In April of 2017, after 8 years of self-employment, shifting my business focus a few times and having my best year ever in 2016, I started an entirely new business…while keeping my current business almost exactly the same. I record a weekly video and audio podcast, hold live weekly chats, teach classes around the country and started a whole second business, based in collaboration. How the heck did I find the time for it?

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How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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Mindfulness: our favorite tools with Kara Gott-Warner

Mindfulness is essential to success in your creative biz, listen in to this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm to listen to Tara Swiger and Kara Gott-Warner chat about about their favorite mindfulness tools. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast177

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In today's episode I talked with Kara Gott-Warner of The Power Purls Podcast, we talked about mindfulness, and some of our favorite mindfulness tools including apps and of course essential oils.

Kara is a knitter, podcaster, business coach, and also a certified nutritional consultant. She focuses on working with individuals who wish to create a holistically – balanced life and business that converges creativity with mindful living, – “knitting together” creativity, body, mind and spirit.

Be sure to visit The Power Purls Podcast for more about Kara's favorite mindfulness tools!

Links I mentioned:

How to listen

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).
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Habits make the business

Success in business is about focus and consistency. But how do you remain consistent when life get’s overwhelming? The simple answer is HABITS. In this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm with Tara Swiger where we talk all about creating solid, sustainable habits so you can keep your creative biz successful even when life gets chaotic - listen in at: TaraSwiger.com/podcast176

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If you read any business book, it all comes down to the same things: your business is built from your beliefs, which affect your actions, and the most important of those actions need to become habits. Habits are what you consistently do day after day, and, as we talked about in last week’s episode, those habits build up to create success (or failure).

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How to listen

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).
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Are you limiting yourself?

Do you ever tell yourself you’re “not the type of person who…”? Did you know this is a form of limiting yourself? Learn more about how to stop subconsciously limiting yourself (both in life and in your creative business) on this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm with Tara Swiger: TaraSwiger.com/podcast175

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I'm not the kind of person who….
makes a lot of money
has a super successful business
would ever be good at sales
could ever be self-promotional

How many times have you caught yourself saying a version of this: “I'm not the kind of person who….” I know I do it all the time, and my recent experience is the inspiration behind this episode. We'll talk about why it's true that you really aren't that kind of person and how to become the kind of person who reaches your goals and lives your dream. It all comes down to the habits you have now and the habits you can create.

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How to listen:

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).
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YAY! It’s episode 100! It’s a call-in show!

YOU GUYS! It's episode 100! I can't believe that we have been hanging out for 100 episodes (I can't believe I stuck with it! I can't believe YOU stuck with me!). To celebrate, I did something all new - a call-in show! I invited you, in episode 98, to call me with your questions. And you did - yay! And boy, your questions were awesome! The first question got me so fired up that I created a totally new worksheet for you, to help you figure out your own best email opt-in! To listen in and get the FREE worksheet visit TaraSwiger.com/podcast100

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YOU GUYS! It's episode 100!

I can't believe that we have been hanging out for 100 episodes (I can't believe I stuck with it! I can't believe YOU stuck with me!). To celebrate, I did something all new – a call-in show! I invited you, in episode 98, to call me with your questions. And you did – yay!

And boy, your questions were awesome! The first question got me so fired up that I created a totally new worksheet for you, to help you figure out your own best email opt-in! Click here to get it in your inbox!

In this episode, I answer questions about:  

  • What to send email subscribers
  • How to use your opt-in to get MORE email sign-ups
  • Where to start creating a new blog (I mention this workbook)
  • How to decide where to spend your time
  • Getting started making videos (you can see all of my videos here)

 

How to listen

Find all the podcast episodes here.

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The Time Management Fallacy

the time management fallacy

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You do not need to get better at “managing your time.” You need to take action. This is not about getting more done. It's about spending the time on the things that matter to you (including your business!).

In this episode I'll share

  • Why “time management” is a terrible goal
  • What you should focus on instead.
  • How to stop wasting time
  • Where to find time if you're too busy already

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How to listen

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Just Say No: How to say it {PODCAST}

Just say no

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Tired of saying “yes” when you want to say no?

In today's episode you'll learn:

  • How to get comfortable saying no.
  • 4 ways to say say no
  • My exact scripts for getting more time, avoiding aggressive askers, and saying no.

This is the second part of a three-part (free!) mini-class on Saying No (for fun + profit). Part 1 is here, Part 2 is today's podcast, and Part 3 is a worksheet (to apply this to your own business), only available if you sign up below.

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      The FREE worksheet is available if you sign up below!

 

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Podcast: Enthusiasm – your business needs it

Why your business needs your enthusiasm, on TaraSwiger.com

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Welcome to the second episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm! 

This week we're talking about ENTHUSIASM. It's right there in the name of the podcast + it's a vital tool in a sustainable business. We'll cover why it matters, what to do when you don't have any, how you can learn from your craft, and how to make even the most boring tasks more fun. I also share a bit about my own crafting funks, some burn-out horror stories and what I've learned when I follow the enthusiasm in my own business.

Links mentioned in the podcasts

How to listen

Your turn!

How do you follow your enthusiasm in your business? What have you learned?
If you're feeling burned out or bored, how are you going to start experimenting with your enthusiasm?

 

 

Introducing my new podcast – Explore Your Enthusiasm

Explore Your Enthusiasm, with Tara Swiger - The Podcast!

Like I said yesterday, I've been falling in love with podcasts (and their hosts) since 2005. Podcasts introduced me to some of my favorite friends-in-person people: Guido of It's a Purl Man (he took me on a tour of his neighborhood when I taught at Gather Here); Diane of CraftyPod, now real-life friend + collaborator; Abby of While She Naps (she totally won me over with her straight-talk about money over a chai in Wellesley).
All along, I wanted to jump in and join the fun. In my real life, I talk…a lot. I love leading live explorations (ie, workshops) and I live for long conversations with creative women + biz explorers. Writing just can't communicate the easy flow that comes when I'm teaching a class or having a great conversation.

When the idea hit me again two weeks ago, I wrote all the reasons I shouldn't do it. Then I wrote the reasons I should. And after reading over what I wrote, I added one more line:
FOLLOW YOUR ENTHUSIASM. DO IT.

(I'll talk more about how I launched a podcast tomorrow).

So here it is, my brand new, weekly podcast, Explore Your Enthusiasm.

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In the inaugural episode, I share what I hope to do with the podcast, and what I hope it does for you. I want a casual space to talk about the more complex issues that I write about: motivation, profitability, and map-making. I want to introduce you to crafters that are doing their own thing, experimenting and following their enthusiasm, and making it work. I want you to know you're not alone, in whatever it is that feels like a struggle in your creative business: making money, finding motivation, being consistent.

I also share a bit about my own story of becoming a full-time crafter and the real story behind how my yarn company started. (I don't think I've ever told this story!)

I'll be adding new episodes each Wednesday + sharing them with you here on the blog. There are already a few bonus episodes in iTunes – podcast versions of my most popular videos! These are shorter than normal episodes and will be added to the podcast feed whenever I make a new video lesson (about once a month).

How to listen

I'd love to know what you want to hear and who you want to hear from! You can leave a comment or email me privately. You could also give me some ideas by filling out this 5 question survey!

More than anything, I hope you like it. I hope this helps us connect in a new way and helps you feel supported, encouraged and part of this great community of amazing makers.