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Thanks for listening to The Be FABBO Podcast, episodes full of candid conversations that speak to the hard truth that it takes more than hustle and luck to be your own CEO. Being a creative entrepreneur & running a business is not all the glam you see on Instagram or reality TV, the truth is it’s showing up every single day, putting in the blood, sweat and yes lots of tears, and oh-- let’s not forget the hard work!! Your host, Bobbi Brinkman, photographer, coach, speaker, wedding industry educator and Diet Mt. Dew Addict (you see why right?) is hitting pause on that hustle and luck myth button. It’s more than getting a really cute website or hanging a bright open sign. Not just waving that magic wand and having all the success, money and clients lining up to hire you! Hope is not a business strategy, and along with her guests, the goal of the podcast is to motivate, educate, and celebrate creative entrepreneurs discussing topics and information that will help get you and keep you in that CEO mindset through these candid conversations. You’ll hear stories from other creatives at different stages along their career journey, sharing the same struggles you have, as well as business insights, tools and foundations that they have in place to keep their business moving forward, not matter what kind of sh*t tries to knock you off your career path! Bobbi wants to challenge you to unapologetically keep showing up to attract your ideal clients, serve them in the most fabbo way while collecting a purpose driven paycheck. Empowering you to create a career that you not only love and are proud of, but also one your clients will love & support even more!

Be Fabbo - A Wedding + Creative Business Podcast Bobbi Brinkman

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Thanks for listening to The Be FABBO Podcast, episodes full of candid conversations that speak to the hard truth that it takes more than hustle and luck to be your own CEO. Being a creative entrepreneur & running a business is not all the glam you see on Instagram or reality TV, the truth is it’s showing up every single day, putting in the blood, sweat and yes lots of tears, and oh-- let’s not forget the hard work!! Your host, Bobbi Brinkman, photographer, coach, speaker, wedding industry educator and Diet Mt. Dew Addict (you see why right?) is hitting pause on that hustle and luck myth button. It’s more than getting a really cute website or hanging a bright open sign. Not just waving that magic wand and having all the success, money and clients lining up to hire you! Hope is not a business strategy, and along with her guests, the goal of the podcast is to motivate, educate, and celebrate creative entrepreneurs discussing topics and information that will help get you and keep you in that CEO mindset through these candid conversations. You’ll hear stories from other creatives at different stages along their career journey, sharing the same struggles you have, as well as business insights, tools and foundations that they have in place to keep their business moving forward, not matter what kind of sh*t tries to knock you off your career path! Bobbi wants to challenge you to unapologetically keep showing up to attract your ideal clients, serve them in the most fabbo way while collecting a purpose driven paycheck. Empowering you to create a career that you not only love and are proud of, but also one your clients will love & support even more!

    Transform Your Business with Automation + Workflows- Dahlia Orth

    Transform Your Business with Automation + Workflows- Dahlia Orth

    Planning to make some shifts away from your pain points? Want to have the life you dreamed while still being a creative entrepreneur without all the extra stress +things that overwhelm you on the admin side? This high energy episode with the vibrant Dahlia Orth will help you to transform your business by setting up strategic systems that she feels don't have to be overwhelming in order to cut your work time, be present with family + increase your revenue.

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    Meet Dahlia   
    Starting her journey as a photographer, she soon discovered she couldn't keep up with the admin side and forgot why she became a photographer in the first place. This led her to become a virtual assistant helping others with their pain points and now wants to automate your workflows, and help you create a business that feels effortless to manage & scale.
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    Episode Takeaways Worth Repeating
    Don't wait to setup a system until you realize you need one. The way someone else sets up their system will not necessarily work the same for you. When considering which system to pick for you business, always remember that it has to work for both you and your business. There is such thing as poorly executed workflows Start with a CRM first and then choose more systems to add. Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Ticket To Freedom! A customized Workflow + Systems Setup tailored to refine, automate, and scale your creative business in 2 weeks flat.
    Honeybook
    Dubsado
    Asana
    Tave
    Flodesk
    Calendly
    Zapier

    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners
    Struggling to Get Client Testimonials? We've Got a FREE Guide For That!
    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00
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    ✨✨✨ If you loved this episode…FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate YOU! We want to keeping bringing this content to creative earbuds everywhere. So can you help us to continue cheering on creatives, by posting a review & some positive feedback on iTunes?
    💡 Remember to snap a photo or screenshot of you listening, post it to your IG stories +tag @befabbopodcast so we can give your business a shoutout!
    Looking for coaching to refresh & re-energize you and your business? Then schedule a strategy or Discovery Call with Bobbi!

    • 56 min
    Bet On Yourself- Bobbi Brinkman

    Bet On Yourself- Bobbi Brinkman

    We're in the last quarter of 2020 and what Bobbi hears most from her coaching students + other wedding pros is that in this season they are exhausted/scared/worried-not because they worked weddings/ events but if and when will they get back to working.  In Episode 55 Bobbi encourages you to not let fear creep in and to stop for a moment of gratitude for yourself because you are still standing.  As someone who is supportive and your best cheerleader, she's reminding you there is fabbo coming to you, your business and the industry in 2021 so keep betting on yourself, you deserve this last quarter victory lap.  
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    Meet Bobbi
    Bobbi is on a mission to empower you to make an impact as the CEO of your business. Helping ambitious creatives build a sustainable business that they love & their clients love more is my joy. Because when you do well, you can do good!
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    Candid Conversation from This Episode

    2:19   You wonder, am I where I'm supposed to be? Am I doing what I'm supposed to be doing? How will I serve my clients? If I can't feel that I'm serving myself? If you think you can, or you think you can't? Either way, you're going to be right.
    3:31   I want you to stop for a minute, look in the mirror, look in the rearview mirror, just stop for a second and go wow, I am still here. I'm standing.
    10:15  2020 has given us plenty of opportunities. And I really have tried to look at it that way I've looked at it as here's the opportunity for us to refresh, reinvent, recharge.
    15:07  Few people have seen our sacrifices and our dark days and our depressions trying to figure out what we're going to do. This might have just been the opportunity for us to take a hard look at some of the things that we're doing right.

    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners

    Looking for coaching to refresh & re-energize you and your business? Then schedule a strategy or Discovery Call with Bobbi!
    Struggling to Get Client Testimonials? We've Got a FREE Guide For That!

    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00

    Not using Flodesk? You're going to want to have them on your email marketing team. 50% off monthly with our code.

     Looking for easy to use beautiful gallery delivery? Shootproof! 
    ✨✨ If you loved this episode…FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate YOU! We want to keeping bringing this content to creative earbuds everywhere. So can you help us to continue cheering on creatives, by posting a review & some positive feedback on iTunes? 

    💡 Remember to snap a photo or screenshot of you listening, post it to your IG stories be sure to tag @befabbopodcast so we can give your business a shoutout!

    • 31 min
    54: In Person Sales- Luci Dumas

    54: In Person Sales- Luci Dumas

    We're nearing the end of 2020,  a decidedly difficult year for most creative entrepreneurs. Should you consider doing sonmething different? Joining Bobbi and Luci Dumas for Episode of the Be Fabbo Podcast will allow you to jump start that conversation for yourself and your business. In Person Sales, DO your clients indeed deserve more than digital files?  
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    Meet Luci
    An award winning PPA Master Craftsman Photographer, business coach, and podcaster-Luci Dumas has enjoyed a successful, profitable and creatively satisfying full time career for over 38 years. Her first 12 years was as a high end wedding photographer. Luci switched to portraits  and is the “ baby whisperer" photographing Children, and Families in San Diego. Her “super power” is selling 3 to 8 wall portraits and albums to almost every client.  
    A teacher at heart, she also loves coaching  supporting other talented photographers and creatives who are passionate about creating the business of their dreams, or just want to make a great business even more successful. 
    The Profitable Photographer Podcast is her new addition to her career which has had listeners in over 60 countries so far.
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    More From The Candid Conversation
    6:00   Well, I do absolutely owe my career to the professional photographers of America, both the national, the state and the local organization that is affiliated with it.
    13:08   I've planted seeds all along the way for them to be visualizing purchasing while portraits and albums and I keep it very simple. I don't have a lot of different choices because confusion leads to no sales.  
    15:57   I feel deep in my heart that if someone is photographing a wedding or another important event, and they are not producing a finished album, or wall portraits, and they're just handing over files. For me, they're not doing their job as a professional photographer.
    21:12   I'd say learn how to sell, I'd say get a mentor, have have somehow learn a system, learn how to separate your art from your work as a product.
    39:14    I help people shift their intention from just trying to figure out how to sell their stuff, to how do I serve my clients best? And to set up systems.


    Resources Mentioned in This Episode

    10 “create the business of your dreams” strategy sessions to Be Fabbo Podcast listeners
    Professional Photographers of America
    Ideal Client Attraction Guide for Photographers
     
    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners\
    Struggling to Get Client Testimonials? We've Got a FREE Guide For That! 
    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00
    {Affiliate links may be mentioned. Please know we only share resources with you that we use, trust, and love.}
    ✨✨✨  If you loved this episode…FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate YOU!

    • 57 min
    53: YOU are What Sets Your Business Apart- Bobbi Brinkman

    53: YOU are What Sets Your Business Apart- Bobbi Brinkman

    Known widely as one of the most energetic as well as encouraging mentors in the business, Bobbi Brinkman is always that breath of fresh air that a burned out creative entrepreneur needs! As we find ourselves entering fall in the year of Covid, she's heard from many of her coaching students; they're exhausted from comparing themselves, or feeling as if they are not enough. This episode of the Be Fabbo Podcast is here to say that YOU are enough, and you're what sets your business apart. 
    Episode 53 of the Be Fabbo Podcast will not only encourage you, but remind you that you're the best at being you-- who you are--- in your business. 
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    Meet Bobbi
    "For over 40 years I’ve had the honor of capturing love stories as a wedding photographer for fabbo couples in authentic moments from coast to coast. Along the way I’ve met some of the most talented and hard-working business owners, many of whom I’m proud to call friends. Working alongside them, the conversations we shared often turned to burnout, frustration, and the loss of excitement, they felt their purpose was gone. It’s those conversations that led me here today, ready to cheer you on."
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    More From The Candid Conversation
    2:48  I am your cheerleader, whether you have $1 in the bank, or you have a million dollars in the bank, I'm going to cheer you on the same, because I want you all to treat everybody the same.
    9:39 The way I built my business is by relationships. I want to have people around me on the wedding day team that will elevate not just myself but my couple so that we can elevate everybody. And it's it's hard. There are days that I think man, this is awesome.
    10:15  I want you guys to keep telling yourself, that what you're doing right now is important, and it will help you grow. I want you to get over the imposter syndrome.
    20:57  I want you to stop worrying about the imposter syndrome, I want you to remember that you need to be one of your biggest fans.
    25:45  Nobody can do what you do the way that you do it.
     Episode Takeaways Worth Repeating

    You're exactly where you're supposed to be. Start right now, start at this moment, and realize that the privilege to work is a gift. And that the power to work is a blessing. And that no matter what you do, you are successful.
    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners

    Struggling to Get Client Testimonials? We've Got a FREE Guide For That!
    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00
    {Affiliate links may be mentioned. Please know we only share resources with you that we use, trust, and love.}
    Join Fabbo-Ville in Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/groups/fabboville 
    ✨✨✨  If you loved this episode…FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate YOU! We want to keeping bringing this content to creative earbuds everywhere. So can you help us to continue cheering on creatives, by

    • 27 min
    52: Virtual Assistant Mentor- Shelly Criswell

    52: Virtual Assistant Mentor- Shelly Criswell

    How do you know when it is time to hire a Virtual Assistant? When you get to the place where it's time to hire a qualified person to help you run your business, what do you do first?  With so many differences in rates and even specialties, you might wonder exactly what to do in order to get the best VA for you. 

    The biggest question is often how do you know when your time is better spent serving your clients and not doing a particular task in your business? How do you know when you can afford not to be doing the things you don't want/need to do--- and hire that Virtual Assistant? Maybe you ARE a Virtual Assistant. Adding value to your clients might involve seeking out a virtual assistant mentor. Hiring a business coach/mentor is the best way to get on track and quickly see measurable results. 

    Knowing how to choose a VA, making sure you have a contract, & thinking about a non-disclosure agreement are all parts of the very important decision to hire a new team member. Episode 51 of the Be Fabbo Podcast dives in to how to decide and get this done in the way that will best benefit you and your business.
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    Meet Shelly
    As a creative entrepreneur who became a Virtual Assistant and moved on to mentoring and teaching others how to be a VA, Shelly learned that It's ok to try different things before you figure it out. She is a Virtual Assistant who has dabbled in a lot of different "specialties" before I finding out what she liked. 
    Growing her VA business as a side hustle and teaching herself along the way, she's the first one to tell you that at the beginning she had no idea what she was doing! But she figured it out and now her goal is to teach others.
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    More From The Candid Conversation

    48:54    Three pieces of advice? Just. Do. It. Don't be scared. Just do it. start somewhere. 
    Episode Takeaways Worth Repeating

    "There are only so many hours in a day! You get to a point when you have to invest in someone so that you can get to the money generating activities for your business."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode

    Start Your VA Biz in 3 Days Workshop  *Then you're in for a treat because this workshop is designed to get you up and running in only 3 days!! And the best part? It's FREE!

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    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners
    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00
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    ✨✨✨  If you loved this episode…FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate YOU! We want to keeping bringing this content to creative earbuds everywhere. So can you help us to continue cheering on creatives, by posting a review & some pos

    • 49 min
    51: Dave Shay-Building a Purposeful & Profitable Business

    51: Dave Shay-Building a Purposeful & Profitable Business

    What is it about building a purposeful & profitable business that can seem so far out of reach? Dave Shay joins Bobbi for a must listen interview discussing that topic, of creating a work-life balance, and about how automating your business may be exactly what you need to pull it all together.
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    Meet Dave
    Dave may describe himself as a "Wedding Photographer. Father and Husband. Taco Hunter Extraordinaire", but this Raleigh based wedding photographer is the whole package. His years of industry experience as well as his work as a brand ambassador allow him to help photographers across the spectrum think big picture and be at their best.
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    More From The Candid Conversation
    15:35   But what a good CRM is going to do is not just manage people in organizational fashion, it's going to manage them and give them direction. 
    23:49    I love marriage. I and it's, it's important to me and I believe that like in my core, that better marriages equal better families equal better communities equal a better nation.
    40:14   You need to have a big picture view of your business, a lot of photographers are like firefighters, they look at the job that has to be done today. They just do the single thing that's in front of them today and don't ever think about the big picture of their business. 
    51:01    Take one task a week, and automate it so you never have to do it again. You do that for one year, and your business will be night and day different in a year's time. 
     Episode Takeaways Worth Repeating

    "Don't confuse a busy life with a purposeful one!"
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode

    Magmod
    Fundy
    Táve
    Shootproof
    Calendly
    Zapier
    IFTTT
    Rescue Time
    SLR Lounge
    Special Offers For Fabbo Listeners

    50% off a 12 month subscription to Táve code: befabbo  Mention this code when you talk to them and also receive account setup free!
    Grab a Fabbo Chat with Bobbi for $129.00
    Join Fabbo-Ville in Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/groups/fabboville
    ✨✨✨  If you loved this episode-FABBO! Our goal is to always Motivate, Educate and Celebrate! We want to keeping bringing this content to creative earbuds everywhere. So can you help us to continue cheering on creatives, by posting a review & some positive feedback on

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Bamboo Dreams Photography ,

Perfect motivation!

Episode 50 is the perfect motivation and perspective to tackle this new month! Thank you for your ongoing commitment to helping all creatives build and maintain a sustainable AND profitable business during the best and the most challenging times!

The Lady Griffith ,

What a fabbo podcast!

Whenever I need advice for my wedding business, I turn to the Be Fabbo podcast. Bobbi is really the hard of the podcast — she’s spent 40 years in the wedding industry and has a unique perspective. I know if Bobbi recommends someone on her podcast, I’m going to love them. Keep up the great work, Bobbi & Tina!

Coastal Chic Studios ,

Fabulously Fabulous!

Todd and I had a blast with Bobbi! We were so honored to be able to share our business (Coastal Chic Studios) with her and all of her amazing listeners. Bobbi is a wonderful photographer and educator who is happy to shine a light on our amazing wedding vendor community. We are so thankful for her support! Keep it up Bobbi, we appreciate all you do for our community.
-Ang + Todd
Xoxo

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