45 episodes

Soul Traders is a weekly podcast for creatives and freelancers who want to build an intentional business in alignment with their life and their values.
Freelancers Bo Wong and Amy Snoekstra delve into topics such as pricing, marketing and community building, setting goals, working from home, resilience, mindset, outsourcing and finance. And they’re only just getting started.
Bo is a photographer, Amy is a writer and digital strategist.

Soul Traders Amy Snoekstra & Bo Wong

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    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Soul Traders is a weekly podcast for creatives and freelancers who want to build an intentional business in alignment with their life and their values.
Freelancers Bo Wong and Amy Snoekstra delve into topics such as pricing, marketing and community building, setting goals, working from home, resilience, mindset, outsourcing and finance. And they’re only just getting started.
Bo is a photographer, Amy is a writer and digital strategist.

    Learning to take breaks

    Learning to take breaks

    When you're self employed, taking time away from your business can be challenging. But if you don't integrate rest and downtime into your business, you risk stress, exhaustion and even burnout.

    In this episode Bo and Amy discuss the idea of taking breaks as a creative business owner. Bo speaks about the self funded creative sabbatical she's planning for 2022. They also speak about some of the community feedback from the past few episodes and Amy's dramatic u-turn on inbox management.

    Links:
    Find all the details about the Soul Traders retreat here: http://soultraders.net.au/retreat/

    Amy's switched to multiple inboxes to manage her emails. This article by Andreas Klinger explains the system.

    Bo recommends listening to Phil Wang on How to Fail by Elizabeth Day, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Helen Garner's lockdown dairies, 2021 on The Weekend Read, Who is Daniel Johns on Spotify and Delwyn Everard's podcast 'Running the Show'

    Both Amy and Bo have been listening to Madeline Dore's podcast Routines and Ruts

    Amy's been reading This One Wild and Precious Life and listening to The Guardian's Full Story podcast

    Amy recommends following Penny Wong and Sean Doherty on Instagram.
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    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 54 min
    The lowdown on legals: a Q&A with Riz McDonald from Foundd Legal

    The lowdown on legals: a Q&A with Riz McDonald from Foundd Legal

    Creatives tend to be very DIY in spirit with lots of optimism and zero experience in legal agreements. The learning curve for creative business owners is huge and we can find ourselves in tricky waters when it comes to the legal aspects of our business.

    Thank goodness for legal brains like Riz McDonald. Riz is the founder and director of Foundd Legal. She's been a lawyer for 16 years and an e-commerce entrepreneur over the last decade. Her mission is to make legalese easier to understand. Bo speaks to Riz about contracts and agreements, what terms like 'moral rights' and 'intellectual property' actually mean and how to avoid scope creep for good.

    Links:
    Find Riz online at founddlegal.com You can browse her free tips and checklists and find helpful contract templates tailored to creative business owners.

    Check out Riz's podcast Legals and Biz with Riz

    Bo also recommends Delwyn Everard's podcast 'Running the Show' and Michael Tucak from Creative Legal for more legal support for artists and creatives.

    Riz recommends reading 'Profit First' by Mike Michalowicz
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    If you've enjoyed this episode of Soul Traders please, please take a moment to recommend it to a friend. It's the best way to make sure the podcast reaches new ears.

    Also, review us on iTunes! Go on! We love reading them!

    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 30 min
    Creative Wellbeing: a Q&A with craft based designer Kitiya Palaskas

    Creative Wellbeing: a Q&A with craft based designer Kitiya Palaskas

    Kitiya is a craft-based designer who lives in Melbourne. Her work is easily recognisable with its vivid colours and playful designs. She's worked with big names like Adobe, Etsy and Lego producing props, installation and illustrations and facilitating workshops.

    She's also an advocate for what she calls 'creative wellbeing'. Initiating important discussions around issues that creatives face including setting boundaries, navigating creative ruts and imposter syndrome.

    Links:
    Find all the details about the Soul Traders February retreat here: http://soultraders.net.au/retreat/

    Find Kitiya online at www.kitiyapalaskas.com You can also sign up for her popular email newsletter there. She's on Instagram as @kitiyapalaskas

    'Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome' an article by Ruchika Tulshyan and Jodi-Ann Burey

    If you've enjoyed this episode of Soul Traders please, please take a moment to recommend it to a friend. It's the best way to make sure the podcast reaches new ears.

    Also, review us on iTunes! Go on! We love reading them!

    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 37 min
    The agonies of an overflowing inbox

    The agonies of an overflowing inbox

    When did our inboxes get so out of control? Can we blame the pandemic? Or is this problem much bigger? Thousands of unread messages. Constant interruptions to the focused work we need to get done and the perception that we need to be always on top of our emails. We're calling it inbox overwhelm.

    In this episode Bo and Amy discuss email and how they navigate their inboxes. Bo is a proponent of inbox zero. Amy uses tabs and filters. They also discuss the new retreat dates and what they've been listening to, reading and working on.

    Links:
    Find all the details about the Soul Traders retreat here: http://soultraders.net.au/retreat/

    This is the tweet that started it all

    Cal Newport's book 'A World Without Email'

    Cal Newport interviewed by Lisa Leong on This Working Life

    Subscribe to Tess McCabe's excellent email newsletter Sylloge

    Josh Spector's 40 One Sentence Email Tips

    Read short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

    Bo recommends listening to 'Everybody Knows', and reading Sally Rooney's 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' and enjoying the commentary surrounding it

    Amy's has been working with Tess McCabe on her Creative Minds project

    Amy recommends @iamthirtyaf for lols

    If you've enjoyed this episode of Soul Traders please, please take a moment to recommend it to a friend. It's the best way to make sure the podcast reaches new ears.

    Also, review us on iTunes! Go on! We love reading them!

    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 49 min
    Shared values: a Q&A with Shannon and Bryce of Studio Bonum

    Shared values: a Q&A with Shannon and Bryce of Studio Bonum

    Shannon Palmer and Bryce MacDonald of Studio Bonum truly want to make a difference in their community. They are intentional and thoughtful both in the work they produce for their clients but also in their approach to their business.

    Amy spoke to Shannon and Bryce about launching a creative business at a time of global uncertainty, the values they bring to their business and how they hope to attract clients with a similar social conscience.

    Links:
    If you'd like to join Amy and Bo for the Soul Traders retreat in November from the 11th until the 14th head to the retreat page soultraders.net.au/retreat/ and click on the link to email your interest.

    Find Studio Bonum online at studiobonum.com.au/ and on Instagram as @studiobonum

    If you've enjoyed this episode of Soul Traders please, please take a moment to recommend it to a friend. It's the best way to make sure the podcast reaches new ears.

    Also, review us on iTunes! Go on! We love reading them!

    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 28 min
    A Soul Traders retreat

    A Soul Traders retreat

    Exciting news: Bo and Amy are planning their very first in-person retreat!

    It will be a nourishing weekend for creative business owners who want to overhaul their businesses, go deep and get clear on what they want and need to happen in 2022.

    In this episode Amy and Bo talk about their plans for the retreat including an impactful program of workshops and activities. And food, don't forget about the amazing food. They also describe the incredible venue, New Farm Denmark, and cover the essential details.

    If you'd like to join Amy and Bo for the Soul Traders retreat in November head to the retreat page http://soultraders.net.au/retreat/ and click on the link to email your interest.

    Links:
    Find all the details about the Soul Traders retreat here: http://soultraders.net.au/retreat/

    If you've enjoyed this episode of Soul Traders please, please take a moment to recommend it to a friend. It's the best way to make sure the podcast reaches new ears.

    Also, review us on iTunes! Go on! We love reading them!

    You can find Soul Traders online at soultraders.net.au and on Instagram as @soultraderspodcast Have a question? Just DM us, we love questions!

    Intro music kindly provided by Lucy Peach. Production by Sound Mind.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

JocBrod ,

Inspiring & motivating!

Heard about this a while ago and finally making time to listen. These wise women are so well spoken, friendly but will shift me into gear I think! Thanks Amy & Bo!

My son9999999 ,

Super Show

Such a great accessible, informative show. A must for all creative freelancers.

Jenny Feast Photography ,

I actually look forward to Thursdays for this

Funny, I didn't know how much I needed this in my life before I heard Soul Traders. Listening to Amy and Bo talk about things that resonate so much to me as a Sole Trader, the helpful tips and they way they frame some of my challenges, and make me giggle. This is brilliant, genuine, engaging and generous. Thanks Ladies, it's one of the highlights of my week (and not in a sad, my week is looking lame way either haha)

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