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So, you are DOING your business, but are you actually having any fun? I truly believe that if it isn't fun, at least most of the time, then you shouldn't be doing it. Taking things too seriously really slows down the process and the temptation to quit is always in the back of your mind. Learn how I changed by own tune and started having fun in my own business and how I help others starting their packaged food business have more more fun inside Food Business Success®!Read More
You know that failure is part of the deal...in theory. I'm not talking about a typo in an email or a photo that isn't your best on social media. I'm talking about real #adulting things. Have you decided ahead of time what you will do when "bad" things happen in your business? Will you fall apart and make it mean that you are a failure and should quit? This is one option.
The other option is to see this as part of the plan that is making you a better foodpreneur and human and to learn from it to make your business even better.
If Steve Jobs didn't know the how to create the amazing Apple brand, what makes you think you should too?
Your need to know the "how" before you start may be the biggest excuse I see that stops want to be foodpreneurs from taking action and moving their business forward. Learn how to identify when you are in how greed and how to move past this entitlement excuse that doesn't serve you or your dream.
My guest today is Andrea Blau, owner of AVA Manufacturing, and we are going in deep to help you feel more confident about when the right time is to find a manufacturer, what to expect when you start reaching out, how to form a great working partnership and how to work with a copacker when something isn't quite right.Read More
Hard things are a part of life and I tell myself and my clients all the time that "we can do hard things". This phrase has helped so many of you as you build a business (which is about as hard as it gets in my opinion, but I don't have kids).
Today I am taking this one step further and inviting you to strengthen your "hard things" muscle by purposefully doing hard things on purpose! Listen in as I share a few of the hard things I have done this summer. It is so much easier to do them on your own terms and the benefits of doing hard things is huge! Not only do you build up confidence and trust in yourself, but you also build up resiliency and evidence for future hard things that you will get through it too.Read More
Do you have the right license? Are your labels compliant? Do you need a trademark? What about contracts with suppliers?
These questions come up a lot in my work with clients and one of the experts I turn to is Lauren, a CPG focused attorney. Don't avoid these issues but also don't be fearful. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself by listening to today's podcast episode about your risk when starting a packaged food business.
Are you letting anxiety steal your dreams of starting or growing your packaged food business? I see this in my clients a lot (and myself), especially women. The fear of feeling anxiety stops you from doing hard things, from taking action and moving your business forward. What if anxiety was no big deal. That is was the price of admission to living your big life and contributing your amazingness to the world?
In this episode, I share some aha's and some tools I have used to transform anxiety in my own business and have seen work with my clients to go after big dreams. These are just my own thoughts. I am in no way diagnosing or treating anxiety. I am a coach, not a psychologist.
Have you ever thought about your feelings from an academic perspective? We aren't taught about feelings in school. How to process them and to let them in and that they are totally normal. Emotions often seem like they are happening TO us, especially negative ones, and that we are powerless over them.
In this episode, I break down what feelings are, why we WANT to feel the full spectrum of emotions, which feelings are useful and not useful and how to use feelings to drive massive action to help you reach your goals.
Founder of Empact Bars, Melonie has gone all in on her brand's voice and identity to achieve amazing things in her business. This conversation covers so much including making the big leap to go all in on yourself to start your dream. Empact is a great example that puts into practice the last three episodes featuring guest experts on your branding and connecting to your customer.
This really does work if you do it! Don't miss this step win your business.
Connecting with your customer doesn't have to be boring! Let's have a little fun (don't you want to do business with brands who inspire you and help you feel a certain way?).
My guest today is one of the most creative people I know. Peggy has pushed me for years to uplevel my work with fun brainstorming sessions, and now you get the benefit of what she does to help so many creative entrepreneurs. And yes, you are in the culinary ARTS, so welcome to the creative club.
Ok, so you know who your customer is and you get that you need to make them the priority. Now what? My guest today, Anna Bradshaw, is an amazing CPG copywriter who helps her clients craft that perfect sentence that helps their product fly off the digital shelf.
Anna breaks down your home page and several email sequences that need to be a part of your marketing strategy to start and continue that conversation with your almighty customer. There are so many great tips and ideas in this episode, you will want to listen again to get them all down!
There's you, there's your customer and there is your competition. You really only have control over two of the three and often I see entrepreneurs put too much emphasis on themselves. My guest today, Katie Mleziva of Real Food Brands, is a master at explaining why we need a brand story and how it will help make your life so much easier AND increase your sales.Read More
Do you consider yourself a resourceful person? We have more information than ever at our fingertips, and yet, we look to outside sources to give us the answer or we quickly give up when we can't find it.
I know many of you are fueling your business on your dream, and that is great, but wishing and hoping don't buy packaging or pay rent at the kitchen. On the last segment in this money series, I share with you some mindset tips to creating more resources (including money) in your life.
What does starting your business and going on a 2-hour ocean jet skiing adventure have in common?
Listen to today's podcast to find out (this is a super fun one)! Then join the conversation in the private Facebook group.Read More
You have proven your concept and now you want to take your business to the next level. Every time you scale up you need to plan further ahead to raise the larger capital needed to scale. How do you find the money and are you ready to take on stakeholders in your business? My guest today is kind of a big deal in the industry!
Eliott Begoun is a veteran of the CPG and helps brands level up to be ready to take on equity partners. He is also the buddha of mindset and offers his insights on daily money habits the founders and CEOs adopt to achieve amazing success.
The conversation about cash continues and this week we are getting into the practical side of money management AND why it is so important in your business with Lorne Noble of Simple Startup. From cash flow, inventory management and quickbooks setup up, Lorne has great tips and knowledge on how to do it right in your business and why it matters that you do.
As he says, "just start". Don't hide your head in the sand where money is concerned. When you know your numbers you can make better decisions. All successful entrepreneurs have to overcome their money matters to stay in business over the long haul. So, let's jump in.
Do you have a money intolerance? A WHAT? Most of you are thinking, "of course not! I want more money!!"
But really think about how you might be blocking abundance in your business. If money was a person, how would you describe your relationship with it? As a jilted lover or an adoring grandparent who just soaks it all up?
In today's podcast, I give you some easy money tools to shake up your money blocks and start allowing more abundance to flow into your life and business.
It is time to talk about MONEY! This is a topic many of us don't want to talk about. Why can't we just want to make our product and make people smile with our delicious product, right?
But then we have to start selling and put ourselves out there to be rejected and that's where things start to unravel. Before we tackle the practical side of running a business, we need to start with your money mindset and the money lies we have been telling ourselves.
My guest today is money mindset coach, Jill Wright and you are definitely going to hear your money lie(s) reflected back to you in this interview. But don't worry, this is normal. Once you know them, you can start taking action from awareness and empowerment and crush the lies that keep you stuck or quitting all together!
In April we are talking about all things MONEY on the podcast. Want to bring up all of your money drama...start a business!
I want to invite you to join me for an exercise, a generosity challenge, in April to shake loose some of your drama and start creating more wealth in your life and your business.
I would love to hear about your experience and how you spend your money from the challenge I give you on the private Facebook group.
If you want to watch the video of this podcast, head over to the YouTube channel and while you are there like and subscribe!
Are you looking for the magic formula, the one way, to launch or grow your food brand? In today's episode, I offer a different way of thinking. Thinking like a scientist is how I have watched hundreds of entrepreneurs create the business they want.
I was inspired by Adam Grant's book Think Again and highly recommend it for thinking about everything in your life, but most definitely in your business.
Are you willing to experiment, to cast off the biases that can lead to wasted money and time, and fail 100 times on your way to success? This is what every successful entrepreneur will tell you is THE formula.
Now you are clear on the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. I am sharing another tool to help you build the bridge to your goals. Tapping into your future self in a great way to help you get clarity on the decisions and actions to take NOW to become the person you want to be.
This episode came together at the perfect time just in time for Women's month! I'm talking with four Food Business Success clients who are starting or growing their packaged food business and getting expert guidance, accountability and support from me.
This interview with Yvonne of LeafBerri, Tania and Leonor of Miami Food Co and Sara of SaraBell Soups is so inspiring! Each of their products and journeys are so different and you will be excited and inspired to keep taking action for your dream.
Everyone has a gap in their business. It is that goal far off in the distance. But how you close that gap can be difficult or easy. This episode gives you six strategies to close the gap and help you get to where you want to be in your life and career.Read More
A year ago we were all reeling from lockdowns and uncertainty. Brandon Hernandez, co-founder of Whole Brain Consulting was at the forefront of working with large and small brands on their food safety protocols and manufacturing operations and supply chain.
Food safety is top of mind for a lot of businesses, more than ever with COVID. If you aren't taking your food safety and manufacturing operations seriously or don't know where to start, then you definitely want to listen to this episode.
Shannon Roddy is my go-to Amazon expert, especially for clients who want to take a more DIY approach, but want the guidance of an expert so they don't royally f*&K it up (which is easy to do on Amazon).
In this episode we go over the three biggest mistakes entrepreneurs (you) make and how to avoid them when you are ready to go on Amazon. His monthly membership to get his full Amazon Brand Success Academy is amazing for only $97 a month and I highly recommend it (I have gone through it myself and it is amazing all the things I didn't know, but needed to).
I am getting so many questions about farmers markets lately and so I recruited a friend who runs a large market in Denver and we are having a frank conversation about COVID and how vendors can be more successful at a market.Read More
Are you in the grind of your business and wondering if there is a light at the end of the tunnel? My guest today, Chelsea Ford, is a fellow CPG food industry expert helping women with operations and scaling up their business to get to the breakthrough cycle (where they can hire people and not work so many hours and wear all the hats). This is probably why you started your business in the first place!
Join us as we discuss three phases in the foodpreneur's roadmap to reach the much anticipated phase of your business.
Not getting the results you want in your business? It may be time to check your beliefs before you take any action. Are you coming from a belief that supports your goals and dreams or from a place that says you "always mess it up" or "it's too hard or too expensive".
This week's episode is all about creating a belief plan first BEFORE taking any action. I share my belief plan and give you ideas for what might be in yours.
Many of my clients wonder if they need a digital strategy. My answer is it depends...on your goals and your product. But, there is no question that the opportunity is huge on Amazon and my guest today, Luke Tierney, founder of Eco D2C, specializes in capitalizing on the opportunity. He helps brands large and small be more successful on Amazon and their own ecommerce websites.
If you are considering going online and are wondering how much it will cost and what to expect, you definitely want to check out this interview!
What if you took a completely different approach this year to get closer to your impossible goal? Instead of trying to avoid failure, you actually leaned into it and did it on PURPOSE?!
I know...sounds crazy, but it works! And there are huge benefits that come from getting better at failing. This week's podcast is the third in the series on your Impossible Goal and you don't want to miss it!
By his own admission, Christopher, founder of Vukoo Nutrition, shouldn't even be here after a near death experience, let alone a be a successful packaged food founder. He was a food industry nubie going into the very competitive bar category AND it was a refrigerated bar, so people weren't even looking for it.
Our interview is a deep dive into what it really takes to launch a product into retail and online. We talk about the many failures and what it takes to be a self-funded successful brand in today's environment.
So, you have your impossible goal defined. Now what? Remember, we are doing things differently so we actually create a sustainable system. This week's podcast lays the groundwork and gives you two actionable, and VERY doable, steps to take this week to kick off your year of doing the impossible.Read More
What do you want to achieve for yourself in 2021? If you are thinking about starting a packaged food business or you want to grow the one you have, you can't just set a small goal. Tune in to today's episode about how and why you need to set a BIG goal that seems impossible to generate enough action to achieve something amazing and blow your own mind.Read More
Perfectionism will steal your dreams. It keeps you safe and allows you to never get it out into the world. Whether it is a product or a social media post or an email. I see it all the time with my clients. They stay stuck under the thumb of perfectionism.
I offer all of my clients the 80% rule and I give them permission to put it into action. Learn more about this and three ideas you can put into action to get more done and achieve your goals!
Whatever your measure of success, from a great day at a farmers market to a $15M exit and everything in between, you need to hone your data story to increase your sales and profitability over time. My guest today is Doug Helbig, VP of Sales for Alter Eco and previously brands like Wandering Bear and Dang Foods.
We get into a ton of topics around growing your business into wholesale including how to use...
We need you more than ever. Entrepreneurs really will save the world! They always have during downtimes, and this is no different. There is so much opportunity right now to share your delicious foods with the world and step into the entrepreneur you want to be. Now is the time to take the risk. What are you waiting for...a pandemic?
It isn't going to be easy, but nothing worth having is. Being an entrepreneur means it is all on you, the good and the bad. If you are ready to go on this journey...
Many states have a law called the Cottage Food Act that allows certain products to be made in a home kitchen and sold directly to a consumer. My guest today, David Crabill, is who I turn to as the expert on all things Cottage Food with his website Forrager.com.
David shares his own cottage food journey...
This is not your typical Thanksgiving week gratitude podcast. Believe it or not, we often use gratitude against ourselves to stay in the status quo and not go after our dreams. Instead, I give you three exercises to try to use gratitude in an active way that fuels your action and gets you past the fear and discomfort you feel when you think about starting your business. Try one of them on this week and see how it feels. I hope you feel more empowered and ready to start your business this year!Read More
My guest this week is Lara Fordis, a former corporate market researcher turned independent who loves helping small brands validate their idea and make sure they know their target customer and whether they will be successful in the marketplace.
Lara has great ideas on how to do market research on a small scale and tips to avoid to get false positives. In fact, it has gotten easier to do marketing research during COVID!
My big piece of advice for any entrepreneur is...
This week I sit down and chat with Karyn Savory, Owner & Creative Director of Sweet and Savory Designs to discuss the importance of solid visual branding and taking your products to the next level.
Karen Savory is a design connoisseur with a food fetish. She helps restaurants and food & beverage companies create top-shelf visual brands that directly impact both the vitality of the business and the bottom line. Using visionary thinking, a commitment to excellence, and a deep understanding of the industry, she can create everything a delicious brand requires.
This is week 10 of the podcast and I am celebrating this small victory! What are you celebrating today, this week, this month? Focusing on the small wins are what add up to your big successes. It is so important that you break down your big goal into small, bite sized pieces and celebrate yourself along the way. Join me as I will share some of the wins my clients are having and some ways you can get better at celebrating your wins!Read More
I was reflecting back on this time two years ago when I was ready to throw in the towel and go get a "real job". I dug deep and leaned on my hard why to double down and go all in on my purpose to serve early stage packaged food business entrepreneurs just like you start or grow their delicious dream. That was when I created Food Business Success™ and started on this journey.Read More
If you think email is dead, think again! The only customers you truly own are ones that have given you their email. If you aren't leveraging this resource, you are definitely missing out on sales from loyal customers and raving fans who just need to be reminded about how awesome you are!
Sarah Shuda of Lynn Design Co. has some great strategies even the earliest stage brands...
I have a special guest today, colleague, mentor and fellow badass woman helping CPG brands, Alli Ball. If you don't know her yet, she is the creator of Retail Ready and host of the Food Biz Wiz podcast and you definitely want to...Read More
Feeling a lot of discomfort with starting or growing your business? Me too. This episode is something we all need to hear and be reminded of. I am guilty of this myself - thinking that once I decide to start my business or a project that it will just be easy without any discomfort - success entitlement.
The key is to first accept, feel the feelings and then...
Alli and Matt launched Sweet Logic a year and a half ago on Amazon and they have big dreams to become a big brand.
Alli shares her learnings about Amazon, product R&D, email marketing, re-branding and working with her husband.
Starting or growing your packaged food business is hard! You need a compelling reason that is strong enough to overcome your doubt and desire to quit. It doesn't have to be noble, but it has to be true for you.Read More
I get this questions ALL the time, especially now. In fact, I am probably talking with more people interested in starting their packaged food business BECAUSE of COVID...Read More
Join me in this podcast as special guest Tera Johnson and I discuss the importance of managing your cash flow as a startup business, especially during a pandemic...Read More
This episode brings it all together. Understand why you set a goals to start or grow your packaged food business and then immediately freak out and stop taking action.Read More