79 episodes

Ashley Gartland isn't your typical business coach. She cares more about creating time freedom for you than she does about helping you do more or hustle harder or scale faster. And on Better Than Big, she's bringing you transparent conversations with real small business owners who've figured out how to run simple, sustainable businesses that match their definition of success and free up their time for what's most important.

In each conversation, Ashley and her guests explore the shifts they've made to their services, schedule, systems, team and personal habits so they can work less and live more. They talk about the decisions they’ve made, the things they’ve said no to and the choices and tradeoffs they’ve weighed to create a business that deeply serves their life and provides them with time for their families, health, personal development, hobbies and more. To learn more about the podcast, visit www.ashleygartland.com/podcast.

Better Than Big Ashley Gartland

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

Ashley Gartland isn't your typical business coach. She cares more about creating time freedom for you than she does about helping you do more or hustle harder or scale faster. And on Better Than Big, she's bringing you transparent conversations with real small business owners who've figured out how to run simple, sustainable businesses that match their definition of success and free up their time for what's most important.

In each conversation, Ashley and her guests explore the shifts they've made to their services, schedule, systems, team and personal habits so they can work less and live more. They talk about the decisions they’ve made, the things they’ve said no to and the choices and tradeoffs they’ve weighed to create a business that deeply serves their life and provides them with time for their families, health, personal development, hobbies and more. To learn more about the podcast, visit www.ashleygartland.com/podcast.

    How my business became the thing that created my simple fulfilling life

    How my business became the thing that created my simple fulfilling life

    In this episode, I take you behind-the-scenes to share how and why I got into entrepreneurship along with the pivots I’ve made over more than a decade as a business owner. I also talk about the north star that guides every decision I’ve made in my business and why it’s helped me create a simple, fulfilling life. Finally, I introduce the topics we’ll be exploring in this podcast that will help you find your focus and build a business that’s better than big.
    Connect on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ashleygartland/
    Learn more about Ashley: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 9 min
    What prevents you from building a business that's better than big

    What prevents you from building a business that's better than big

    You might think that the main challenges to building a business that’s better than big are tangible things like not having enough time to simplify your business or not knowing the right strategies to scale sustainably. But, more often, there’s something bigger at play that’s holding you back and that’s your own thoughts and feelings and beliefs.
    In this episode of Better Than Big, I share the three main beliefs that prevent my clients from growing a business that’s simple and sustainable and life-giving. This episode will help you identify them, understand them and create the kind of awareness that will help you overcome them so you can build a better than big business too.
    Connect on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ashleygartland/
    Learn more about Ashley: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 6 min
    Why I decided to scale slow

    Why I decided to scale slow

    When I first launched my coaching practice, I intentionally decided to scale slow to make space for my other priorities in life even when many peers and mentors hinted that faster growth was better. In this episode, I share why I was so certain that slow growth was the right path for me and also how that one decision created a domino effect that influenced everything from my services to my hiring needs to my marketing plan. If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to pursue slower, more sustainable growth, this episode is for you.
    Connect on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ashleygartland/
    Learn more about Ashley: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 7 min
    Susan Boles on Why Default Decisions Prevent Us From Scaling Smart

    Susan Boles on Why Default Decisions Prevent Us From Scaling Smart

    In this episode, Susan Boles, virtual CFO, operations advisor and founder of ScaleSpark joins me to talk about the default decisions we make in our business and how they prevent us from scaling smart. We talked about what she’s learned about making decisions after running 4 businesses and shared the decisions that can have the biggest impact on your ability to scale sustainably. Susan also revealed the most powerful question you can ask yourself if you want to make better, more aligned decisions, and it’s as simple as it is smart.
    Learn more about Susan Boles: https://www.scalespark.co/
    Learn more about Ashley Gartland: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 46 min
    On the decision to quit social media with Jenny Blake

    On the decision to quit social media with Jenny Blake

    In this episode, Jenny Blake, the founder of The Pivot Method, joins me to talk about her decision to run her business without social media and what it’s made possible in her business and life. We focus on why it’s important to question assumptions and ask if “sexy shoulds” like social media align with your values. Jenny also talked about how she adds value through her public original thinking on her podcast and newsletter. We also shared an exercise you can do in your business to help you explore your own relationship with social media in your business.
    Learn more about Jenny Blake: www.pivotmethod.com

    Learn more about Ashley: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 49 min
    On Deciding to Work Less with Gillian Perkins

    On Deciding to Work Less with Gillian Perkins

    Plenty of business owners desire to work less but don’t know how to scale back and make it a reality in their lives. In this episode, online entrepreneur and Youtuber Gillian Perkins joins me to talk about her journey to working less. We talk about how she went from running a local music school that demanded a lot of time and energy to creating an online business that allows her to support her family while working just 20 hours a week. We also discuss the importance of exploring new ideas without judgement, the benefits of focusing on doing less better and on the role mindset played in helping Gillian create the business she envisioned.
    Learn more about Gillian Perkins: www.gillianperkins.com
    Learn more about Ashley Gartland: https://www.ashleygartland.com/

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

AmandaGotchaMama ,

Refreshing and inspiring

Ashley offers thought-provoking ideas and strategies for small business owners who want to do business in a way that feels good and honors who you are as a human. Something you don’t find often in the online space. Love that she gives business owners permission to create and live in freedom by sharing how she does it. Always look forward to these episodes to infuse energy and inspiration into my week. I totally agree that bigger is not always better!

Eva Jannotta ,

Awesome show

I love Ashley's emphasis on sustainable scaling and embracing that "big" doesn't always equal "better." We all need a community like this! Ashley and her guests cover such a diversity of topics — from small and manageable mindset shifts to team management and high-touch communications. This is an warm and open show and you’ll always learn something new or hear a new way to think about a challenge in your business. Highly recommend!

A.Shrimanker ,

Deep gratitude for such rich insights

In a fast paced world of online marketing and hitting one goal post after another - Ashley’s message, wisdom, and authenticity are like a breath of fresh air. Just what every entrepreneur who’s building a sustainable business needs. Thank you, Ashley!

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