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The Self-Starter Podcast

The Self-Starter Podcast

By Nichole Lauren

How do I run a successful small business? How can I keep the balance between my 9 to 5 and side hustle? What are the essentials creative entrepreneurs needs to know? What are the best ways to market myself? How can I build credibility and attract my ideal client? If you’re asking these small business questions, you come to the right place.

Welcome to The Self-Starter Podcast, an attorney-led business, entrepreneurship, and marketing podcast with Nichole Lauren. This is a safe space for female entrepreneurs to feel empowered that YOU are the girl for the job.

New episode every Monday!

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027: Boosting Your Wedding Day Confidence for Photographers
027: Boosting Your Wedding Day Confidence for Photographers
I recently asked for your feedback with this fun QUIZ. I really enjoyed your responses and read some of them on today's episode. This topic was inspired by what you told me. I hear how you are scared about different aspects of photographing the wedding day. I want to come alongside you to cheer you on and teach you the ways to succeed. Lets start with boosting your wedding day confidence for photographers! Plus, scroll down for a special announcement!! :) *Announcing the Wedding Walkthrough course!* This is an all new course that launches officially tomorrow and will only be available (for now) through Small Business Saturday. For reference, that's November 22-26, 2022. It's a chance for you to be my virtual second shooter and gain experience shooting a wedding without ever leaving you couch! Sound like a plan. Learn more about the course HERE. Make sure you're ready to place your order this week. This course is only open for a limited time. (Seriously, the next time it opens won't be for several months, and the investment will be higher at that time.) Plus, you'll get an exclusive bonus from me for joining this week-- it's a 60-minute one on one coaching call with me! I can't wait!! See you inside the course. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Join the Wedding Walkthrough: Mini Course on sale NOW (through November 26). Sign up for my FREE 3-Day Challenge: Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photographers, take this QUIZ and provide insight. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
31:25
November 21, 2022
026: Confidently Plan the Wedding Day Timeline and Shot List
026: Confidently Plan the Wedding Day Timeline and Shot List
Being prepared means knowing what to do and when to do it. In Day #3 of the Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer challenge, I'm breaking down exactly how to plan the wedding day timeline and shot list. Want to watch the original video of this lesson and snag the accompanying PDF template? Join the free CHALLENGE for all the goods. See you inside! You are the expert! Your couple chose you as their photographer for a reason. Own it! No matter how you may feel with imposter syndrome or doubt creeping in, lean into this truth. You are here to guide your couple on their journey through an amazing, stress-free wedding day. You truly hold so much responsibility in your hands as the keeper of their memories. Don't forget to grab my free timeline template and shot list by joining the CHALLENGE! Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Sign up for my FREE 3-Day Challenge: Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photographers, take this QUIZ and provide insight. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
18:38
November 17, 2022
025: Pricing for Profitability and Ease in Your Business
025: Pricing for Profitability and Ease in Your Business
Pricing is often a vague, sometimes scary. But getting it right can truly feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders. In Day #2 of the Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer challenge, we dive deep into this topic as I share my exact pricing formula with you. It's time to start pricing for profitability and ease in your business! Want to watch the original video of this lesson and snag the accompanying PDF workbook? Join the CHALLENGE. See you inside! The goal is to get to a place where you are not resenting your clients and respecting yourself to set boundaries for what your time is worth. This helps protect against burnout, attract the right clients, and be financially stable as a business. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Sign up for my FREE 3-Day Challenge: Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photographers, take this QUIZ and provide insight. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
16:51
November 16, 2022
024: How to Master Your Inquiry and Booking Process
024: How to Master Your Inquiry and Booking Process
Join my free 3-day challenge, Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer HERE. There you will find the video version of this audio lesson as well as a free, value-packed download! This episode is Day #1 of the challenge where we discuss how to master your inquiry and booking process to maximize success and book more. Stay tuned for all the days of the challenge in this 3-part series! Free email inquiry response template for YOU. Want to snag my exact email inquiry response template? It's the companion PDF for this lesson. Sign up for the CHALLENGE this audio training is a part of, and it will be delivered straight to your inbox! Plus, you'll be able to access the exclusive video version of this lesson. See you in the challenge! Listen to the episode all about how to master your inquiry and booking process! Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Sign up for my FREE 3-Day Challenge: Scared to Prepared Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photographers, take this QUIZ and provide insight. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
21:31
November 15, 2022
023: It's Not That Deep
023: It's Not That Deep
I watched the Elvis movie recently, and loved it. But it actually taught me about life and my business too. We're also studying the book of Ecclesiastes in church. And strangely enough, it's been teaching me the same things. Mainly that it's not that deep. Let me explain... “What's your definition of success?” This question hit me like a ton of bricks at the end of the movie. Elvis is one of the most (if not THE most) famous people who ever lived. But his life ended tragically, chasing after things that didn't really matter. He died alone and very unhappy even though, on the outside, he seemed to be doing really great. In the same way, the book of Ecclesiastes points out the fleeting nature of life. “A chasing after the wind” describes it perfectly. All we really have is the here and now. And what we are striving for daily is not always what truly matters. It's not that deep. Listen in to today's podcast episode for a short and sweet little heart to heart. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
17:33
November 07, 2022
022: How to Plan Your Brand Photo Session
022: How to Plan Your Brand Photo Session
Seriously, I can get behind the camera all day long and make my clients feel super comfortable in their own skin. But getting in front of the camera myself is a whole other story. You feel me? To be honest, the only way I'll ever get fresh branding photos for my business is making it a priority. Tune in for tips to plan your branding photo session! You need branding photos ASAP! I believe in frequent branding photos so much that I make sure to get updated photos once per year if not more than that. Why??? Professional photos of myself boost my brand's credibility. Branding photos showcase my personality and help my followers and potential clients connect with me. Hiring someone else alleviates the stress from me having to create content alone. (Hint: It usually gets pushed back and never ends up happening.) There are endless reasons why you need a branding photo session for your business ASAP. Want to learn more about hiring me to take your branding photos? Get on my calendar for a free phone consult HERE. Come along with my planning process of getting ready for my own branding session on the podcast today. We discuss tips for making the most of your session, discovering your “personality points,” and how to determine the intentional goal of your session. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Get on my calendar for a free branding photo consult HERE. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
19:25
October 24, 2022
021: How I Plan for Vacation in My Business
021: How I Plan for Vacation in My Business
As solopreneurs, taking time away can be daunting on multiple levels. For one thing, it's likely just you in your business, which means the success of your business rises and falls on your efforts alone. Secondly, it can feel easy to be pulled into the lie that rest is not productive or you simply can't take the time to be away because of guilt. Or maybe you, like me, LOVE your business and actually really enjoy working in it. (Which is AMAZING, by the way. It's something not everyone can claim.)  Can I let you in on a little secret? Since quitting my job in June of this year, I've taken 3 full weeks (and several random days) off in my business. Crazy, right?! Actually, you can do it too. This week's episode is all about pulling back the curtain and showing you how I prepare for intentional time away from my business and how I actually make money while I'm away! Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Visit the blog for my Rosemary Beach Travel Guide! Maine Travel Guide coming soon! Listen to the Digital Calendar Planning episode. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
36:08
October 17, 2022
020: Marketing and Branding Lessons I Learned From ClassPass
020: Marketing and Branding Lessons I Learned From ClassPass
I forgot to cancel my free trial of ClassPass (😬). But it worked out really well! Since I paid, I felt obligated to actually attend some classes. What resulted was one week of trying a different gym everyday to try to use up my credits. I ended up loving it! It did WONDERS for my productivity and energy. But that week was also very educational. I learned so much about marketing and branding in that one week of attending a different gym each day! Listen in to this longer episode as we deep dive into my findings and apply it to our businesses. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Try ClassPass with a 14-day FREE Trial! Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Free Resources and Tools HERE. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
33:28
September 26, 2022
019: How I Plan My Week on a Digital Calendar
019: How I Plan My Week on a Digital Calendar
Several weeks back, I had been feeling unproductive, on the path to burnout, and tired. The boundaries between life and work were becoming blurred. And even though I'm a night owl and love working on my business in the evenings and sleeping in late, I knew something had to change. You know the cycle. Staying up late, sleeping in or staying in bed on my phone, and repeat. I didn't quit my 9-5 job a couple months ago to spend less time with my family. Since then, my business has been transformed with two minor tweaks! 1) Working out consistently! (more on this next week), and 2) Scheduling EVERYTHING on my digital calendar. Curious? Tune in this week to hear my exact process and how it's revolutionized my energy and productivity! I got this idea and made it my own after listening to this episode of Elizabeth McCravy's podcast! Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Try Toggl! (Nichole's time tracker) Try Calendly! (Nichole's calendar scheduler) Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
34:26
September 19, 2022
018: 10 Steps to Host Your Own Styled Shoot
018: 10 Steps to Host Your Own Styled Shoot
Last week, we talked about the importance of attending styled shoots. This week, I'm going to teach you how to host your own styled shoot. Maybe you're not near me and unable to attend The Styled Event. This one is for you! After hosting styled shoots for over seven years, there are plenty of things I've learned that have worked well and have been things to avoid. We are walking through the 10 steps to host a successful shoot. Questions after listening to this episode? Email me! hello@nicholelaurenphotography.com Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Try Canva Pro! (Nichole uses this to create her mood boards.) Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
19:53
September 12, 2022
017: 3 Reasons You Should Attend a Styled Shoot
017: 3 Reasons You Should Attend a Styled Shoot
When I first started my wedding photography business, I had no portfolio to show prospective clients. Because of that, I had a hard time building credibility with my prospective brides and struggled to book. That's why I turned to styled shoots early on in my business! Styled Shoots are typically mock weddings with a focus on luxury or unique details for the purpose of building your photography portfolio or getting published. Now that I've built my photography business, I want to help you build yours. I think a big way you can do that is by attending a styled shoot. Listen in for three top reasons why! You can also join in and attend one of the shoots I host in person. More information on upcoming shoots at The Styled Event. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
27:43
August 29, 2022
016: Not Everyone Likes You...and that is OK! Your Ideal Client Will
016: Not Everyone Likes You...and that is OK! Your Ideal Client Will
NEWSFLASH: not everyone likes you! Shocker, right? But I think so often in our businesses, we can try to play the game of being the most popular or likable to either feed our egos or win over tons of customers. But, truth is, we want to speak directly to our single ideal client. We want to get so targeted with our messaging to them that we are actually turning away those that aren't a good fit. Why? Because attracting clients who truly fit in your business is a service to your clients before they even become one. To serve your people the best, you have to first attract the ones you can serve the best. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
22:10
August 22, 2022
015: 10 Things to Do When Starting a Business
015: 10 Things to Do When Starting a Business
How do I start a business? What are the most important first steps to take? How can I avoid the common business mistakes? Am I ready to be an entrepreneur? This week, we are covering the top 10 steps to take when starting a business. I'm walking through the essentials. And the good news is these are easy tasks you can complete this week! Have questions about any of these topics? Contact me! And enjoy the episode. Are you a wedding photographer? Grab my free 10+ page E-guide to Jumpstart your Photography Business. DISCLAIMER: *While this educational blog post and advertised e-guide was created by a licensed South Carolina attorney, the information in both are purely educational. The information in this blog post and guide is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.** Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
22:30
August 08, 2022
014: Top 3 Things that Changed my Business with Sarah Elizabeth Photography
014: Top 3 Things that Changed my Business with Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Sarah is back on the podcast, and we are each sharing 3 important business tips that changed our lives. This was such a good episode, even if it was late at midnight after an IHOP run. Classic. Interested in learning more about Sarah? Head to her website HERE! Enjoy the episode, and don't forget to leave a rating and review. ✨ Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
38:22
August 01, 2022
013: Your Business Does Not Matter...Why Having a Service Mindset is Important
013: Your Business Does Not Matter...Why Having a Service Mindset is Important
When we think back on our lives, what do we want to have accomplished? Will we wish that we spent more time working or more time spending with the ones we love? When we really consider what's important in life, you quickly realize that your business doesn't matter. Yep, I said it! The bottom line and profitability really aren't the most important thing in the grand scheme of things. What truly matters is the bigger picture. It's the people in this life you get to serve and the impact your life has on others. That is what will last. Hear more about this and how to align your focus on the lasting things with a service mindset in this week's episode. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
16:19
July 25, 2022
012: 5 Steps to Form an LLC in South Carolina
012: 5 Steps to Form an LLC in South Carolina
Wanting to start an LLC but don't know how? Wondering how to start your business on the right foot, legally? Creating an LLC is a great place to start. LLC's offer many benefits that we discuss in this week's episode. Don't forget to grab my new 10+ page complete E-guide: How to Form an LLC in South Carolina, complete with all the links and documentation you need! DISCLAIMER: *While this educational blog post and advertised e-guide was created by a licensed South Carolina attorney, the information in both are purely educational. The information in this blog post and guide is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.** Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Grab the LLC Formation E-Guide. Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
28:01
July 18, 2022
011: Lacking Motivation in your Business? Protect your Calendar! Plus, my WFH Weekly Schedule...
011: Lacking Motivation in your Business? Protect your Calendar! Plus, my WFH Weekly Schedule...
Lacking motivation in your business? Do you feel scattered, burnt out, or like you are taking on too much? As a business owner, it's so important to set boundaries! The easiest place to do this is with your calendar. Use this simple calendar hack in your business! This week, I'm sharing my top tips for scheduling that will help you protect your motivation in your business. Don't forget to grab my brand new FREEBIE: Weekly Schedule Planner for Creatives (Canva template) just for you! Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Grab the Weekly Schedule Planner for Creatives (Canva Template). Use my calendar scheduling system, CALENDLY.  Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
27:41
July 11, 2022
010: Biz Girl Talk with Sarah Elizabeth Photography
010: Biz Girl Talk with Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Sarah and I go way back to the days I was living in her city, attending law school. We connected over our mutual love for concerts, and I encouraged her to pursue love for photography professionally. Now she runs a successful wedding photography business, and we are still BFFs. This week's episode is a casual peek at our businesses. We take a look at how much our businesses have changed amidst a global pandemic and the challenges we all face as small business owners. It's like entrepreneur girl talk, and it was so fun to record! Enjoy. Links Mentioned: Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Follow Nichole on INSTAGRAM. Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **Attend the HUGE workshop- The Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!).
29:43
July 04, 2022
009: I QUIT MY 9-5 JOB- The Full Story + How I crushed my Self-Limiting Beliefs
009: I QUIT MY 9-5 JOB- The Full Story + How I crushed my Self-Limiting Beliefs
How can I quit my 9-5 job? What does it take to go full-time in my creative business? You already know I went through law school and became a full-time real estate attorney. But I've always had a tug and internal pull toward my business since I started it 7 years ago. The only problem was I let doubts and self-limiting beliefs hinder my ability to pursue what I loved full-time. Listen in for the full story on why I quit my 9-5 and how you can also crush your own self-limiting beliefs. I'm cheering you on! Follow along--- Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Visit the podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. **I just launch the HUGE Styled Event: Wedding Walkthrough to be held on September 21. I hope to see you there!** Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's Favorites--- PhotoMechanic: Cull through images at lightning speeds with this app Nichole loves. Lightroom: Nichole edits 99% of her work in this Adobe app. She subscribes to the monthly photography plan which also includes Photoshop. Pic Time: This is Nichole's image gallery delivery system. Use code "YRWR66" for one month free! Google Workspace: Nichole uses several apps within Google like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive, and more! I's essential to her business. Calendly: Nichole uses this app to convert inquiries to booking clients. This calendar signup system makes booking consultations very easy and works seamlessly with Google Calendar. Square: This is the management system Nichole uses to send invoices and sign contracts online. Trello: This is an amazing system to keep track of workflows. Nichole just released a companion product for Trello. (See below.) *NEW PRODUCT: Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business.* More of Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Packlane $25 off!
30:15
June 27, 2022
008: Small Business Affirmations for Creative Entrepreneurs- that you can use in your biz!
008: Small Business Affirmations for Creative Entrepreneurs- that you can use in your biz!
As small business owners, we are probably either the only or one of the few people in our business. All that lack of human interaction can leave us feeling alone and sometimes wondering whether we are on the right track. It's so important for us to keep a positive mindset at the forefront of everything we do. If we don't believe in what we have to offer, who will? Join me today as we practice business affirmations to start our days with positivity and attract success in our businesses! Follow along--- Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Visit the podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's Favorites--- PhotoMechanic: Cull through images at lightning speeds with this app Nichole loves. Lightroom: Nichole edits 99% of her work in this Adobe app. She subscribes to the monthly photography plan which also includes Photoshop. Pic Time: This is Nichole's image gallery delivery system. Use code "YRWR66" for one month free! Google Workspace: Nichole uses several apps within Google like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive, and more! I's essential to her business. Calendly: Nichole uses this app to convert inquiries to booking clients. This calendar signup system makes booking consultations very easy and works seamlessly with Google Calendar. Square: This is the management system Nichole uses to send invoices and sign contracts online. Trello: This is an amazing system to keep track of workflows. Nichole just released a companion product for Trello. (See below.) *NEW PRODUCT: Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business.* More of Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Packlane $25 off!
19:13
June 07, 2022
007: Why "Ideal You" is HURTING your Business (and your LIFE)!
007: Why "Ideal You" is HURTING your Business (and your LIFE)!
How can I be the best version of myself? When will I FINALLY be happy with the current me? We might not explicitly think these questions, but our brain fog and generally negative stream of consciousness can really mess with us. We look around for benchmarks to let us know how we are doing. Oftentimes, we feel discontent because we are always striving to be "better" yet never actually achieving that in a meaningful way. This week, we unpack how your ideal self is NOT actually the most impactful version of you. And how embracing your current self, flaws and all, is actually better for your life and business. Follow along--- Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Visit the podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's Favorites--- PhotoMechanic: Cull through images at lightning speeds with this app Nichole loves. Lightroom: Nichole edits 99% of her work in this Adobe app. She subscribes to the monthly photography plan which also includes Photoshop. Pic Time: This is Nichole's image gallery delivery system. Use code "YRWR66" for one month free! Google Workspace: Nichole uses several apps within Google like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive, and more! I's essential to her business. Calendly: Nichole uses this app to convert inquiries to booking clients. This calendar signup system makes booking consultations very easy and works seamlessly with Google Calendar. Square: This is the management system Nichole uses to send invoices and sign contracts online. Trello: This is an amazing system to keep track of workflows. Nichole just released a companion product for Trello. (See below.) *NEW PRODUCT: Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business.* More of Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Packlane $25 off!
19:52
May 24, 2022
006: Work from Home with a New Puppy- Our Story & Tips
006: Work from Home with a New Puppy- Our Story & Tips
We welcomed a little bundle of joy into our family- his name is Copper, and he is a cavapoo puppy! This week, I'm sharing about how we found him, taking a "paw"-ternity leave, and working from home with a new puppy. Plus, I share all the best "non-work" puppy tips that have SAVED us. Listen in and leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow along--- Take me to the SHOW NOTES (on the blog). Visit the podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's Favorites--- PhotoMechanic: Cull through images at lightning speeds with this app Nichole loves. Lightroom: Nichole edits 99% of her work in this Adobe app. She subscribes to the monthly photography plan which also includes Photoshop. Pic Time: This is Nichole's image gallery delivery system. Use code "YRWR66" for one month free! Google Workspace: Nichole uses several apps within Google like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive, and more! I's essential to her business. Calendly: Nichole uses this app to convert inquiries to booking clients. This calendar signup system makes booking consultations very easy and works seamlessly with Google Calendar. Square: This is the management system Nichole uses to send invoices and sign contracts online. Trello: This is an amazing system to keep track of workflows. Nichole just released a companion product for Trello. (See below.) *NEW PRODUCT: Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business.* More of Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Packlane $25 off!
22:28
May 17, 2022
005: Why Shiny Object Syndrome will Destroy your Business
005: Why Shiny Object Syndrome will Destroy your Business
When we are distracted by the next new thing, it can lead to a lack of commitment, or even worse, discontentment! It's important to listen to yourself. Ask the part of you that gets easily distracted, WHY it feels that way. Shiny Object Syndrome is often fueled by something deeper like an unmet desire or burnout.  Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business. It's $10 off this week! Visit our podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's AMAZON Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole loves her podcast website templates from EM SHOP. Nichole loves photo galleries with PICTIME. (Use code "YRWR66" for one month free!) Nichole loves PACKLANE for sending client gift boxes (click for $25 off)!
20:26
April 25, 2022
004: 7 Systems and Apps That Make my Business AMAZING!
004: 7 Systems and Apps That Make my Business AMAZING!
Running a successful small business all starts with getting help where you need it. While outsourcing is essential, implementing amazing systems and apps can be life-changing and a great first step. This week, Nichole breaks down the top 7 systems and applications that help her wedding photography business run as efficiently as possible and allow her to serve her clients well. Listen in and leave a review on Apple Podcasts! PhotoMechanic: Cull through images at lightning speeds with this app Nichole loves. Lightroom: Nichole edits 99% of her work in this Adobe app. She subscribes to the monthly photography plan which also includes Photoshop. Pic Time: This is Nichole's image gallery delivery system. Use code "YRWR66" for one month free! Google Workspace: Nichole uses several apps within Google like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Drive, and more! I's essential to her business. Calendly: Nichole uses this app to convert inquiries to booking clients. This calendar signup system makes booking consultations very easy and works seamlessly with Google Calendar. Square: This is the management system Nichole uses to send invoices and sign contracts online. Trello: This is an amazing system to keep track of workflows. Nichole just released a companion product for Trello. (See below.) *NEW PRODUCT: Launching today is our brand new product in the Nichole Lauren Education Shop. Grab Nichole's brand new Trello Wedding Workflow TODAY! This is the exact workflow she uses to keep her wedding clients on track in her wedding photography business. It's $10 off today only!* Show Notes COMING SOON (on the blog). Visit our podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). More of Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop  Packlane $25 off!
34:41
April 18, 2022
003: YOU are the Girl for the Job... I'll Prove it!
003: YOU are the Girl for the Job... I'll Prove it!
In a world full of comparison traps, it's so easy to doubt ourselves. The world glaringly brings us every reminder that we are not good enough or not doing enough to achieve success by everyone else's standards. But can I let you in on a little secret. Pssst...no, lean in a liiitle closer. YOU are the girl for the job. No questions asked! Listen to this episode for my case in point why you are exactly where you need to be, doing what only YOU can do.  Show Notes COMING SOON (on the blog). Visit our podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Photo galleries with Pic Time. (Use code "YRWR66" for one month free!) Packlane $25 off!
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April 11, 2022
002: 5 Surefire Ways to Lead to Burnout in your Business
002: 5 Surefire Ways to Lead to Burnout in your Business
Burnout is so common, especially as creative entrepreneurs. If we can avoid getting burnt out in our business, we can lead more profitable, happier, and more productive lives. Listen to this episode for the most common ways our lives can quickly lead to us feeling burnt out. Plus, stick around for tips to combat the most common burnout culprits. Show Notes COMING SOON (on the blog). Visit our podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Photo galleries with Pic Time. (Use code "YRWR66" for one month free!) Packlane $25 off!
18:47
April 11, 2022
001: My Business Story- From Law School to Entrepreneurship
001: My Business Story- From Law School to Entrepreneurship
As a law school student, my peers didn't understand me. I was running a full-time wedding photography business while studying to become an attorney. Listen to this week's episode for my full business story and all the small decisions that got me here. Hopefully it's a good reminder that your story does not have to make sense to everyone. It just has to be right for YOU! Show Notes COMING SOON (on the blog). Visit our podcast WEBSITE! Follow along on INSTAGRAM. Educational resources at The Nichole Lauren SHOP (with freebies!). Shoot with Nichole at The Styled Event. Shop Nichole's Amazon Favorites (including gear, biz books, and more!). Nichole's faves! (discounts + links below) Website Templates from EM Shop Photo galleries with Pic Time. (Use code "YRWR66" for one month free!) Packlane $25 off!
24:55
April 11, 2022
Welcome to The Self-Starter Podcast
Welcome to The Self-Starter Podcast
How do I run a successful small business? How can I keep the balance between my 9 to 5 and side hustle? What are the essentials creative entrepreneurs needs to know? What are the best ways to market myself? How can I build credibility and attract my ideal client? If you’re asking these small business questions, you come to the right place. Welcome to The Self-Starter Podcast, an attorney-led business, entrepreneurship, and marketing podcast hosted by Nichole Lauren. This is a safe space specifically for female entrepreneurs to feel empowered that YOU are the girl for the job.
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March 10, 2022