Let’s be Honest...about business!

Let’s be Honest...about business!

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By Morgan Mendez
An honest podcast all about helping small business owners in their first five years tackle those obstacles we all face when building our empire.

Whether you're listening in your car, or curled up on the couch, you’ll be able to put these actions into work in your own life for a better, more sustainable business!

For your chance to win coffee on me, review this podcast in iTunes! 3 winners each month!

For more information visit www.ladyilgphotography.com and my Instagram @ladyilg
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24: 5 Things to Know When Transitioning in Your Business
Your business should evolve and grow with you and chances are that if it is, you likely will experience a transition at one point or another...but knowing how to navigate that is so important! In today’s episode, I’ve created 5 simple steps to consider when transitioning in your business.
11:45
July 31, 2019
23: Opening up about mental health in business
There is a mental health epidemic today on our country; however, out of these struggling, entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to report having a mental health condition. In the past, people relied on their physical strength to perform tasks like farming, labor, or other work tasks. But today, good mental health is essential for knowledge work in the 21st century. This is a conversation that needs to be had, and today, I’m interviewing Lauren from L Rae Design where she also opens up about her journey with struggling while owning her business. Follow Lauren on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/lraedesign Lauren’s website: www.lraedesign.com
38:39
July 17, 2019
22: Overcoming fears in the midst of running your business
I think it’s safe to say that we will all experience fear at one point or another while running our business. But it’s what we choose to do with our fear that will either make or break it for us. When I think of someone who has learned to conquer fear in business, I can’t help but think of Danielle Ryan, owner of Lifestyle by design studio. Danielle offers amazing insight in today’s episode on how to overcome imposter syndrome, she gives tips for better productivity, she talks about what to do when things do go as planned, and so much more! Danielle is amazing and I'm so excited to bring her on today! Follow Danielle on Instagram: Instagram.com/lifestylebydesignstudio_ Danielle’s website: www.lifestylebydesignstudio.com
36:13
July 10, 2019
21: Playing to your strengths to run a successful business
Picture this: you start your business, you're so excited about what it is that you have to offer, you open up an instagram account and you start following others in your industry because "community over competition", but then over time, you see those other creative business owners doing something in thier business that really works for them....maybe a type of promotion, or way of getting thier audience to interact with them, so for kicks you tell yourself to try that too, because maybe if it worked for them, it might work for you....so you try it, only to find out that it didn’t work quite as well for you... As a business owner, you have strengths, and the strengths you have are not always the same as the business owner next to you. And you have to learn to play to your own strengths in order to run your business successfully. Back in February of this year, I had the opportunity to fly out to Seattle to photograph an elopement, and while I was there, I was able to make a new friend in the indursty. Her name is Aryn Graves. Aryn is the owner of her business Sojourn art and Ink where she creates stationery, custom maps and pet portraits and calligraphs vows. She's amazing at what she does but one thing that really stuck out when I met her was our conversation about playing to your strengths as a business owner in order to run a successful business....or, in other words, being your authentic self in business and allowing that to attract your ideal clients. Aryn is amazing and I'm so excited to bring her on today! Follow Aryn on Instagram: Instagram.com/sojourn_artandink Aryn’s website: www.sojournartandink.com
30:21
June 26, 2019
20: How to navigate your current season of business
Most of life and business can be summed up in 4 different seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall. And if we manage those seasons wisely, we will grow and reap our harvest and our business will grow. In today’s episode, I talk about how to navigate each season, and also share the current season I’m in. Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me! Visit my website: www.ladyilgphotography.com Email me with questions/suggestions/episode ideas or just to chat at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyilg
10:44
June 12, 2019
19: How to Manage Your Money Wisely in Business and Life
It can be so hard to know how to manage our own personal and business finances. Especially as a creative business owner, but luckily for all of us, Cory and Treslyn from 30 something millionaire are passionate about educating others on how to have wealth—but not just wealth for the sake of having wealth—wealth in every area of our lives. Follow Cory and Treslyn on Instagram: @thirtysomethingmillionaire Their website: https://www.thirtysomethingmillionaire.com/ Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me! Visit my website: www.ladyilgphotography.com Email me with questions/suggestions/episode ideas or just to chat at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyilg
56:38
June 5, 2019
18: Take your business from side hustle to full time
Whether you’re just now starting your business or you’ve been hustling for years, at some point you might question: “how do I go full time?” In today’s episode, we dive into everything you need to know about going full time in your biz... Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me! Visit my website: www.ladyilgphotography.com Email me with questions/suggestions/episode ideas or just to chat at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyilg
20:37
May 29, 2019
17: How to start saying “no” for better “yes’s” in business
When you first started your business, you likely were taking on anything and everything that came your way, but after a while, you more than likely got to a point where you realized that in order to make your business grow, you needed to start saying “no”. Maybe you haven’t reached that point...or maybe you’re currently there and don’t know how to say no without feeling like you’re disappointing someone. Today’s episode is for you! I interviewed Elisabeth from ElisaAnne Calligraphy because in the past year, she’s really started to hone in on her no’s and yes’s, and her insight from today’s episode will truly help you when it comes to knowing how to navigate those icky “no’s”. Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me and Elisabeth! Elisabeth’s Instagram: Instagram.com/elisaannecalligraphy Elisabeth’s website: www.elisaannecalligraphy.com Visit my website: www.ladyilgphotography.com Email me with questions/suggestions/episode ideas or just to chat at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyilg
34:56
May 22, 2019
16: Why specializing is crucial to making your business grow
In 2017 I made the transition in my business to strictly only take on wedding jobs. Before that, I was taking on everything under the sun. Though the transition was hard, I truly had no idea how specializing in just one thing would absolutely help my business grow. Today, I’m unpacking ALL of that for you! I hope this episode inspires you to take a look at your business to see how you can make the change for more growth. Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me @ladyilg! Visit my website: www.ladyilgphotography.com Email me with questions/suggestions/episode ideas or just to chat at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyilg
27:54
May 15, 2019
15: How to balance your work and personal life
When running a business—especially if you work from home—it can become quite difficult to learn how to balance your work and personal life. How do you create time for yourself? How do you set boundaries with your clients? Allison from As You Wish has answered all of these questions and I’m so excited to share our interview with you today! Find Allison on Instagram: @asyouwishco Alison’s website: https://www.asyouwishcolorado.com/ Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me @ladyilg!
33:15
May 8, 2019
14: HOW to find your story and why to share it in business
Chances are, if you’ve listened to episode 9 and 13, you might be realizing how important story is when it comes to business...but HOW exactly is this done? We unpack all of this in episode 14. In this episode I’ll give you practical ways to find your story...your personal story and your clients stories so that you can share for impact. Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me @ladyilg!
30:26
May 1, 2019
13: How your personal story will make your business boom
More people these days want genuine connection. We see ads and scroll right past them. So in a world where we are constantly pounded by information, how do we make our business stand out? How do we sell for impact? The simple answer: with our personal stories. No one is better at this than my sweet friend, Ashley Craft. In today’s episode we dive into just how to get our customers to fall in love with our brand through our stories. Follow Ashley on Instagram: @ashleymargaretcraft Ashley’s website: https://www.ashleymargaret.com Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me @ladyilg!
43:29
April 24, 2019
A Quick Update
Just a quick update for this week! No new episode but I have some amazing content headed your way next week and the weeks to come ;).
01:10
April 17, 2019
12: How to navigate loss while running a business
Is it ok to take a break when we experience the loss of a loved one? How do we let our clients know? Should our losses be something we share about publicly? How do we even continue to run our business in the midst of such a crippling loss? These are all questions we answer in today’s episode with Julie Theis—business coach and psychology marketing expert. Julie lost her dad in the beginning of 2019 and continues to show up in her business and uses the loss of her father as his legacy for her to keep moving forward. I hope today’s episode helps you, friend. And know that if you’re experiencing a loss, we’re right here with you. Follow Julie on Instagram: @_julietheis Julie’s website: https://www.julietheiscourses.com/ Please remember to review this podcast for your chance to win coffee on me each month! Screenshot and share this episode if you loved it and remember to tag me @ladyilg!
36:18
April 10, 2019
11: The biggest mistakes I’ve made in business (and what I’ve learned from them)
Mistakes in business are inevitable and today, I’m dishing alllll the dirty deets on the mistakes I’ve made while running my business. Oh Lordy, this is a frightening one to share! But I hope you learn from my mistakes! Have a question for me? Email me at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com or reach out to me on Instagram @ladyilg Please rate and subscribe to this podcast! Each month I will be buying 3 people coffee for leaving a review!
25:47
April 3, 2019
10: How to create and foster genuine relationships in the wedding industry
When it comes to running a business, the relationships we have can either help us succeed, or bring us down. Today, I’m really excited to bring on an amazing guest—Jessica Gillespie from White Birch Weddings and Events. We talk all about how to create and foster genuine relationships in the wedding Industry, as well as how to use those relationships to help better your business. If you’re just starting out in your creative biz, this podcast episode is for you. For more information about Jessica, visit her website: https://www.whitebirchweddingsandevents.com/ Or follow her Instagram: @whitebirchweddings Have a question for me? Email me at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com or reach out to me on Instagram @ladyilg Please rate and subscribe to this podcast! Each month I will be buying 3 people coffee for leaving a review!
34:20
March 27, 2019
09: How to increase your profits by 400% with storytelling in your business
Have you ever wondered why some businesses seem to just “get it” when it comes to marketing and selling? Today’s guest, Park Howell has cracked the code when it comes to selling your product or service, and after listening to what he has to say, you’ll want to start bringing story into your business as well. Park teaches companies how to sell for impact and make more than double what they were making before. For more information about Park, visit his website: https://businessofstory.com/ To listen to Park’s TedX talk visit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2FM0MQnVRCE Have a question for me? Email me at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com or reach out to me on Instagram @ladyilg Please rate and subscribe to this podcast! Each month I will be buying 3 people coffee for leaving a review!
57:59
March 20, 2019
08: Comparison and Envy—how to live a compare free life
Comparison, if not checked, can often turn into envy, and today, I’m sharing the one thing I’ve personally been struggling with lately, I hope this episode helps at least one person. Have a question for me? Email me at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com or reach out to me on Instagram @ladyilg Please rate and subscribe to this podcast! Each month I will be buying 3 people coffee for leaving a review!
17:26
March 13, 2019
07: How to book your dream clients
Our guest today is the girl you want to go to if you want to learn how to market to a specific niche in order to book your dream clients. Molly Stevens if For the West and Wild a wedding photographer for western and boho brides. You’ll learn incredible insight from how to repel and attract, to how to create an ideal client profile and so much more! Find Molly at: www.forthewestandwild.com Instagram: @forthewestandwild For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com. If you’d like to know more about me or my brand, you can follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
39:40
March 6, 2019
06: 4 ways to close on more of your leads
Do you hate it when leads ghost you? Do you feel like you have to discount your services just to book clients? Do you wish you could book more of your leads? Chances are, you’re not for everyone, and that’s ok! But today, I’m sharing how you can close on more of your leads while still keeping your value! Have a question for me? Email me at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com or reach out to me on Instagram @ladyilg or my website at www.ladyilgphotography.com/podcast Please rate and subscribe to this podcast! Each month I will be buying 3 people coffee for leaving a review!
15:17
February 27, 2019
05: Why every business owner needs to hire a lawyer
We don’t really think about what repercussions could happen...until they happen! In today’s episode, I sat down to talk with my amazing lawyer, Zach Warkentin about why businesses should hire legal help. To reach out to Zach, visit his website at www.warkentinllc.com For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com. If you’d like to know more about me or my brand, you can follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
43:01
February 20, 2019
04: 10 things no one tells you about owning a business
Does running a business seem like it’ll be glamorous? Have you dreamt of staying in bed all day in your PJs with a coffee by your side and then realized that running a business is not at all as glamorous as you thought? I’ve been there so many times before! Today’s topic is 10 things no one tells you about running a business and how to combat those! For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com. If you’d like to know more about me or my brand, you can follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
21:20
February 20, 2019
03: How to balance a marriage and business with Frank
When you’re married and also running a business, it can be really hard to balance both. In today’s episode, I interview my husband Frank to talk about how we’ve learned to navigate this difficult yet fulfilling act. I also answer a question from Instagram: do you ever feel guilty for not doing work because you need to spend time with your husband? For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com. If you’d like to know more about me or my brand, you can follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
23:29
February 20, 2019
02: 5 things to do when business is tough
In this episode I discuss the 5 steps you can take when business is tough. We’ve all been there, so I hope this episode is encouraging and gives you the strength to keep pushing through those hard times! I also answer a question from Instagram: how do you consistently come up with fresh content?  For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com. If you’d like to know more about me or my brand, you can follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
18:35
February 20, 2019
01: Intro to Let’s be honest...about business
Welcome to the let’s be honest about business podcast! In this episode I discuss the reason behind the name, a little bit about me, your host, and what you should expect from here on out. For questions or concerns, please email me directly at morgan@ladyilgphotography.com to learn more about me or my brand, follow me on Instagram at @ladyilg or visit www.ladyilgphotography.com I encourage suggestions for future interviews and topics! Please also feel free to rate this podcast and share on your insta stories!
09:32
January 31, 2019
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