Welcome to Entrepreneurs IRL - a podcast that dives into the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship by sharing the incredible stories of fellow entrepreneurs that are making their way through the messy middle.
I’m your host, Elizabeth Miner, author, business coach, location independent business woman, AND founder of Thrive This Day. My previous career as a corporate paralegal provided me the opportunity to work with businesses from solopreneurs to iconic companies. Over the last 15 years I have focused on coaching people around the globe to help them bring their business dreams to reality. I’ve met entrepreneurs just like you, from all over the world and I've come to realize although our businesses are unique, we all travel a similar rocky road.
Each week join me in intimate conversations with real-life entrepreneurs as they share their stories about the ups, downs, obstacles and triumphs of building a business you care about. It’s my hope that you’ll see a bit of yourself in these stories and you’ll be encouraged to know you are not alone and inspired to hear how others are moving through the journey. This is not the billionaire glossy version of their past, these are the stories of the perseverance, resilience, fear, and courage needed as an entrepreneur. This is our story, this is Entrepreneurs In Real Life.
22. Entrepreneurial Evolution, featuring Vanessa Tharp
Today’s guest is Vanessa Tharp, a change-maker and action-taker, who helps people to share their message and shine while leveling up. Vanessa shares how she has evolved since leaving her career in education.
21. How Saying Yes Led to Success for Steven Li, Photographer & Marketer
Today Elizabeth speaks with Steven Li, CEO and Founder of Steven Li Photography, about his learning along the entrepreneurship path, and how following his personal interests led to him building his business. Steven’s recipe for business success came from him saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity that came his way, along with combining the things he loves.
20. A Conversation With Kate Melendez About Rising After Burnout
In this episode Katy Melendez, the founder of Receptive Giving, a brand development studio and networking community for entrepreneurs, shares her story of burnout in the hustle culture, and the road to where she is today. Katy shares her challenges and view on energy management as a key element to longevity in entrepreneurship.
19. Working In the Tropics with Dorothee Upchurch
Have you ever dreamt of quitting your job and moving somewhere exotic? Maybe it's to the mountains, maybe a cabin by the lake. Today's guest on EIRL, Dorothee Upchurch, did just that! After joking about selling t-shirts on a beach, she now has three businesses in Panama - Coronado Concierge, Colibreeze Tee’s & Gifts, and Panacific Relocation Tours. Dorothee shares her inspiring journey from a snowy day in Chicago to running multiple businesses from a beach in the tropics.
18. To Quit or Not To Quit - Exploring Options with Ben Fanning
Are you thinking about quitting your day job to become an entrepreneur? In this episode, Ben Fanning -- Founder and CEO of The Fanning Group, Executive Coach, Speaker & Host of The CEO Sessions podcast shares his stories to help you navigate the road to entrepreneurship
17. Serving Students In New & Innovative Ways
Elizabeth’s guest today is Michelle Jones, entrepreneur, founder, and Chief Academic Officer of Wayfinding Academy. In this intimate and personal conversation, Michelle shares how an exercise she created for her students ultimately led her to develop a new approach to higher education.
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I love this podcast. I’ve always wanted to have my own business one day and this podcast is REAL and talks about it all. I recommend it, 10/10!!!
Much needed perspectives!
This show zigs when everyone else zags. Love that the host focuses on the journey, the struggles, and the “messy middle” as opposed to only the shiny, flashy, overnight successes. This show gives lots of practical advice for people thinking about starting their own business!