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I felt like I was running out of time. I was a single mother in my 40s with no money, no assets, no retirement, no place to live and the sole support for my two children. This had happened TWICE. The 2nd time, I knew I had to create a foundation to protect me and my family. I began building small empires" for financial stability. In just 4 years, I had created $1.4m in income producing investments with just a W2 and some grit.Join me as I continue the pursuit of Financial Independence (FI), learn from the people who have done it and take away practical steps you can do today!This is my story...

Micro Empires Jennifer Grimson

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 62 Ratings

I felt like I was running out of time. I was a single mother in my 40s with no money, no assets, no retirement, no place to live and the sole support for my two children. This had happened TWICE. The 2nd time, I knew I had to create a foundation to protect me and my family. I began building small empires" for financial stability. In just 4 years, I had created $1.4m in income producing investments with just a W2 and some grit.Join me as I continue the pursuit of Financial Independence (FI), learn from the people who have done it and take away practical steps you can do today!This is my story...

    Building a Network of Disruptors with Ralph DiBugnara

    Building a Network of Disruptors with Ralph DiBugnara

    Ralph DiBugnara is a nationally recognized real estate expert who serves as President of Home Qualified – the digital resource for buyers, sellers and real estate agents driving today’s millennial market; and Vice President at Cardinal Financial, a nationally recognized mortgage loan company behind $28 billions of closed loans. A frequent industry commentator, Ralph is considered one of the leading voices across the next big trends in real estate.
     
    In this episode we are going to talk about the difference between how you invest when you've experienced losing everything you have, versus how you invest when you've never experienced losing everything, and why we think about the exit before we make an entry. We will also talk about Ralph's personal mission to empower the next generation of real estate investors to grow successful careers, live successful lives, and become future leaders. I hope you enjoy this episode! 
     
    [00:01 - 06:26] Opening Segment
     
    I welcome everyone to the show Join the Micro Empires Facebook community See links below  I introduce our guest, Ralph DiBugnara Ralph’s money culture Taught to save every penny


    [06:27 - 26:33] Rebuilding A Business 
     
    Ralph talks about his financial turning point How the great depression in 2008 affected  Went from making a lot of money to not making any money at all  Declaring bankruptcy Talking to a professional when declaring bankruptcy Discussing exit strategies  Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! Building a new business: Disruptors Network  Seek an advisor when starting   
    [26:34 - 40:22] Goals for Disruptors Network
     
    Building more leaders in the community  Experiencing business growth during COVID Refocusing and finding purpose  Importance of being prepared and taking advantage of the opportunities Must always keep moving and not give up  It’s never too late to get in  No reason to not start now  Keep innovating and improving 



    [40:23 - 41:59] Closing Segment
     
    Connect with Ralph through the links below  Final Words 



    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “It's always gonna be a compromise. What are you willing to compromise?/” - Ralph DiBugnara
     
    “I wanted to show people that normal people can do anything as long as you put the work in.” - Ralph DiBugnara
     
    “If you're willing to get in and start the work now, let's start taking one step in front of the other and go forward right now.” - Ralph DiBugnara 




    Connect with Ralph on Instagram, and Youtube. Or you can checkout his website at www.ralphdibugnara.com. 



    You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I’m excited to hear more about you. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at jennifer@micro-empires.com. You can call or text 213-973-7206



    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who wants to explode their business growth by sharing this episode or click here to listen to our previous episodes.
     
    This podcast is about YOU.  We all have a story, whether your story is a lot like mine or totally different. Maybe you have a good job, but you know in your heart that you want more. 



    Let's Work Together
     
    Are you ready to begin INVESTING in your future but you don't know where to start? Need more CONNECTIONS in the investing community? Sign up at https://micro-empires.com/investing-opportunities/ for investing opportunities!  
    I have created a NEW eBook called "You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Build Wealth" Click https://micro-empires.com/how-to-build-wealth/ for a FREE copy!

    • 41 min
    Smart, Stable, Financial Growth with Amanda Neely

    Smart, Stable, Financial Growth with Amanda Neely

    Amanda Neely is a small business and financial professional. She founded and ran Overflow Coffee Bar, L3C from 2008 through 2018. Now, she shares her experiential knowledge through podcasting and through developing personalized financial strategies for individuals and couples and profitability strategies for businesses. Her goal is to work with people to take charge of their cash flow, leverage their assets, and increase their profitability in ways that would   make their grandma proud.
     
    Today’s episode is very informative and interesting because Amanda walks us through her experience with money growing up and how this experience inspired the way how she runs her business today. She also tells us about the concept of a financial tool called Baking on Yourself. Make sure to tune in until the end because Amanda gives us all the details about it! 
     
    [00:01 - 10:04] Opening Segment
    I welcome everyone to the show Take a screenshot if you’re listening to this ep!  Tag me on social media  Join the Micro Empires Facebook community See links below  I introduce our guests, Amanda Neely  Amanda talks about Grandma’s Wisdom Financial wisdom pre-1980s Amanda’s Money culture  Growing up with a scarcity mindset  
    [10:04 - 42:01] How Grandma’s Wisdom Started 
    Having a business to help more people  Helping more people by building wealth  Asked help in implementing money learnings  Profit first concept Using own money to do things Starting a new business together  Earning money from helping other people  Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! Bank on Yourself tool  Going to yourself to borrow from yourself  Having complete control over repayment terms  How people can subscribe to this tool  
    [42:02 - 46:02] Closing Segment
    Connect with Amanda through the links below  Final Words 


    Resources Mentioned: 
    Documentary - Banking with Life


    Tweetable Quotes:
    “We can help more people by building wealth.” - Amanda Neely






    Connect with Amanda on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Or you can send her an email at amanda@grandmaswealthwisdom.com. 
     
    You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I’m excited to hear more about you. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at jennifer@micro-empires.com. You can call or text 213-973-7206



    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who wants to explode their business growth by sharing this episode or click here to listen to our previous episodes.
     
    This podcast is about YOU.  We all have a story, whether your story is a lot like mine or totally different. Maybe you have a good job, but you know in your heart that you want more. 



    Let's Work Together
     
    Are you ready to begin INVESTING in your future but you don't know where to start? Need more CONNECTIONS in the investing community? Sign up at https://micro-empires.com/investing-opportunities/ for investing opportunities!  
    I have created a NEW eBook called "You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Build Wealth" Click https://micro-empires.com/how-to-build-wealth/ for a FREE copy!

    • 46 min
    LIVE Financial Therapy Session with Nicole Iacovoni Part 2

    LIVE Financial Therapy Session with Nicole Iacovoni Part 2

    Welcome to Part 2 of the Live Financial Therapy Sessions with Nicole Iacovoni. In this episode, we are going to dive deeper into acknowledging Impostor Syndrome, understanding fear, and having the right to take up our own space and being our own advocate. Let’s dive in! 


    [00:01 - 01:28] Opening Segment
    Welcome back to part 2!  Join our Facebook group See link below Feel free to reach out through my socials and let me know what you think


    [01:29 - 28:19] Dealing with fear and Impostor Syndrome
    Impostor Syndrome is great because it is serving a purpose  You want to examine it  It shows that you care about other people  Don’t let it stand between you and your potential  Fear keeps us alive  Treat is as a guide  Don’t make it an obstacle  Asking yourself if you are a fraud proves that you are not You have the awareness and you’re asking the right question I share my story about Impostor Syndrome  Remind yourself that you are an expert in a million things Write down everything that you have done  Women in general find it difficult to charge because of patriarchy  We were taught to be nurturing and selfless People are paying for the whole package, not just for your service They are paying for you--your experiences, your knowledge, personality   We were taught our entire lives to bury fear Fear is related to trauma  Inheriting generational trauma  Financial trauma exists and we need to dig in there  Financial stress affects every part of your life Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! Letting go for fear related to money Recognizing money beliefs that no longer serve us  Having the right to take up space and being your own advocate 




    [28:20 - 31:26] Closing Segment
    Connect with our guest through the links below  Download the Free Date Your Money guide in her website  Final Words 



    Resources Mentioned: 
    The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker  
    Tweetable Quotes:
    “We don't want to eliminate it [Impostor Syndrome], we just want to be aware of it and explore what's there.”  - Nicole Iacovoni
     
    “It's really hard for women to charge money for their gifts, and their skills and their service. Because you know, patriarchy and all has taught us that women are supposed to be giving and nurturing and selfless.” - Nicole Iacovoni



    Connect with Nicole through here website www.nicoleiacovoni.com!
     
    You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I’m excited to hear more about you. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at jennifer@micro-empires.com. You can call or text 213-973-7206



    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who wants to explode their business growth by sharing this episode or click here to listen to our previous episodes.
     
    This podcast is about YOU.  We all have a story, whether your story is a lot like mine or totally different. Maybe you have a good job, but you know in your heart that you want more. 



    Let's Work Together
     
    Are you ready to begin INVESTING in your future but you don't know where to start? Need more CONNECTIONS in the investing community? Sign up at https://micro-empires.com/investing-opportunities/ for investing opportunities!  
    I have created a NEW eBook called "You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Build Wealth" Click https://micro-empires.com/how-to-build-wealth/ for a FREE copy!

    • 32 min
    LIVE Financial Therapy Session with Nicole Iacovoni Part 1

    LIVE Financial Therapy Session with Nicole Iacovoni Part 1

    Have you ever thought of having date nights with your money? In today’s episode we have Nicole Iacovoni share how she was able to develop a healthy relationship with money by going on financial date nights with it!  Nicole has 17 years of experience in psychology as a licensed psychotherapist and has spent most of her career in private practice providing individual and couple’s therapy to clients. Eventually, she took what she learned as a therapist and entrepreneur to help other women build businesses that are fun, successful, and make a positive impact in the world. All while helping them create money, freedom, and joy in their lives. 
     
    Be sure to tune in until the end because Nicole is going to walk us through how she went from being afraid of money, to having an almost romantic relationship with it. We are also going to be joined by a very special guest, Kelly Parsons, one of our listeners who agreed to be on the show and receive some live financial therapy. I hope you enjoy this episode! 




    [00:01 - 11:52] Opening Segment
     
    I welcome everyone to the show I introduce our guests Nicole Iacovoni Nicole’s money culture Have to work hard to get money  Tied self worth to her productivity  Nicole shares a little about her background  Fell in love with social work  Made a job for herself Made the mistake of growing too fast Applied framework in couple’s therapy to her relationship with money  
    [11:53 - 21:08] Money and Dating 
     
    Treating money like romantic relationships Having date nights with money and making it fun Approaching money with curiosity instead of judgment Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! Making money a priority and changing the feelings toward it  Importance of working on the psychological and emotional aspect of money  Started offering Money Therapy Working on the emotional side of money  Improving oney relationships Empowering women by making money pleasurable   
    [21:09 - 21:08] Money and Dating 
     
    I welcome our special guest, Kelly Parsons  Kelly shares about her money problem Shares about her pivot back to grad school Dealing with Impostor Syndrome Integrating two skill sets Our money is in some way tied to our self worth  Knowing your worth and charging your worth 


    [31:52 - 33:32] Closing Segment
     
    Stay tuned for the next episode for Part 2  Connect with our guest through the links below  Final Words 



    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “I would schedule weekly money dates for about an hour each week. I would make them sort of fun and flirty, like something I looked forward to instead of something I would dread. And then that would be a time where I approached my money with curiosity, not judgment.” - Nicole Iacovoni
     
    “In my opinion, what it means to be an expert is that you have awareness of how little you know, and how much more there is to learn. Whereas a novice thinks they know more than what they actually do.” - Nicole Iacovoni 




    Connect with Nicole through here website www.nicoleiacovoni.com!



    You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I’m excited to hear more about you. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at jennifer@micro-empires.com. You can call or text 213-973-7206



    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who wants to explode their business growth by sharing this episode or click here to listen to our previous episodes.
     
    This podcast is about YOU.  We all have a story, whether your story is a lot like mine or totally different. Maybe you have a good job, but you know in your heart that you want more. 



    Let's Work Together
     
    Are you ready to begin INVESTING in your future but you don't know where to start? Need more CONNECTIONS in the investing community? Sign up at https://micr

    • 32 min
    It's The Guys from The Money Guy Show; Brian Preston and Bo Hanson!

    It's The Guys from The Money Guy Show; Brian Preston and Bo Hanson!

    Today’s episode was so fun because I had the privilege of interviewing the guys from The Money Guy show, Brain Preston and Bo Hanson on the fly! Brian Preston is the founder and host of the award-winning Money Guy Show, and has been broadcasting for over 15 years. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bankrate.com, Newsweek, Kiplinger’s, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and more. Brian has been recognized by Investopedia as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Advisors”, by Nerd’s Eye View as “Top 50 Advisor Blog”, and by Brightscope.com as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors”.
     
    Bo Hanson on the other hand, is passionate about all things finance, and loves helping people make smart financial decisions. He knows it’s extremely fulfilling when solid financial planning “clicks” for the people he serves. He is also the co-host of award-winning podcast, The Money Guy Show, where he and Brian Preston share guidance and insight on topics ranging from clipping coupons to saving for retirement — and everything in between. He has been featured in and contributed to Fox Business, Bankrate.com, Time, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, US News, World Report, and more. 
     
    I had so much fun talking to these guys as they shared their money culture, their advice for women who are building their wealth and relationships, and their thoughts on hiring financial advisors in the digital age. I learned so much from them in such a short time, so make sure to tune in and listen until the end! 
     
    [00:01 - 06:29] Opening Segment
     
    I welcome everyone to the show I introduce our guests, Brian Preston and Bo Hanson Bo’s money culture Grew up in extreme poverty Knowing that his situation was different Thinking that poverty was the norm Brian’s money culture Growing up with a lot of love but not a lot of money Growing up with limiting money beliefs  
    [06:30 - 18:21] 
     
    Empowering women to take control of their money  Make use of the resources and equip yourself with financial knowledge Take nothing for granted in your roles  Encouraging spouses to be both involved in finances Providing equal access to financial resources Having a password management system to keep your finances safe Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! When to Seek for a Financial Advisor When  the value provided exceeds the cost of the financial advisor’s fee Explore free resources in the Internet Now is the best time to invest  So many resources are readily available So many free tools to help you invest  
    [18:22 - 23:38] Closing Segment
     
    Growing personal wealth between couples  Couples must respect the legal aspect of those assets that come in the marriage Turn the assets into ‘we're in this together’ on everything that's made within the relationship Make sure you have the same goals Always goes back to money culture  Connect with our guests through the links below  Final Words 



    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “I encourage that everyone should have a stake and understanding what's going on in financial life.” - Brian Preston
     
    “The only time it actually does make sense to hire a financial advisor is when you are certain that the value they can provide will far exceed the cost that they charge a relative, sort of a losing proposition for you.” - Bo Hanson
     
    “I always say keep life as simple as long as you can because success attracts complication.” - Brain Preston 
     
    “Whether you do everything jointly, or whether you do everything separately, you have to have an open communication about what's the whole purpose. Money is nothing more than a tool to allow us to do the things we want to do, so you have to arrive at the conclusion.” - Bo Hanson





    Connect with Brian Preston and Bo Hanson on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Listen

    • 23 min
    Money and Mental Health...Why it Matters to Me

    Money and Mental Health...Why it Matters to Me

    I always say that you can't separate money from gender, money from marriage, money from family, and money from your own health. And so, for World Suicide Prevention Day, I want to take the time to talk to you about how these are all connected by sharing a little bit of my story. 
     
    In this episode, we are going to dive deep about how money is connected to our mental health, how we should be more open about it especially during the pandemic, and how I was able to cope with my struggles. Let’s dive in! 
     
    [00:01 - 03:36] Opening Segment
     
    I welcome everyone to the show I introduce the topic for today in lieu of Suicide Prevention Day I talk about a study in American Journal of Epidemiology Research states who the financial strain is a significant factor for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts The pandemic can greatily impact economic suicide attempts  How these facts need to be recognized Money is connected to gender, marriage, family, and health  
    [03:37 - 26:21] Why Money and Mental Health are Connected and Why They Matter
     
    I share about my story and why this is important to me Experiencing the loss of someone special My theory on money and mental health It strikes to the core of who we are Thinking small or being as tiny as possible when struggling or facing a crisis Just remember to breathe Just remember to put one foot in front of the other The 10 - 10 - 10 Method Think about what you can do in the next 10 minutes, the next 10 hours, the next 10 days Read about this method in my book called Pivot and Thrive Coming up with healthy coping methods Sleeping as a healthy coping mechanism My emotional recovery nap Writing down 3 things that you can accomplish today Don’t be afraid to get help Talk about it Shoutout to my podcast producers: Streamlined Podcasts GET A DISCOUNT on your first month with Streamlined Podcasts by using this link! Find a champion Someone who holds your hand while you go through your struggles  Look for available resources Learn how to handle bankruptcy and reach out to an expert Don’t forget to take action   
    [26:21 - 30:38] Closing Segment
     
    Advice for those who are not struggling with mental health Proper way to approach a friend, a colleague, or a family member with suicidal thoughts Important hotline numbers to take note of: Text ‘TALK’ to 274-1741 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8275 Available 24 hours a day Call 911 Know that you are not alone Reach out to me through the links below  Final Words 



    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “And happiness is a choice, but loneliness is not. You can be a happy person, you can choose to be happy. But that doesn't change your level of loneliness,” -Jennifer I. Grimson




    You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I’m excited to hear more about you. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at jennifer@micro-empires.com. You can call or text 213-973-7206




    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who wants to explode their business growth by sharing this episode or click here to listen to our previous episodes.
     
    This podcast is about YOU.  We all have a story, whether your story is a lot like mine or totally different. Maybe you have a good job, but you know in your heart that you want more. 



    Let's Work Together
     
    Are you ready to begin INVESTING in your future but you don't know where to start? Need more CONNECTIONS in the investing community? Sign up at https://micro-empires.com/investing-opportunities/ for investing opportunities!  
    I have created a NEW eBook called "You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Build Wealth" Click https://micro-empires.com/how-to-build-wealth/ for a FREE copy!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Donald Trainer, MD ,

A hopeful podcast

As someone in his 40s who has had multiple setbacks (and also significant successes) it is nice to hear an authentic story from someone who has had her struggles yet still found happiness and success on her terms. It gives me hope that there are even better things out there for me.

I love the concept of “Micro Empires”. Striving and taking calculated risks are much more exciting when you frame it in the context of building your personal empire.

Looking forward to future episodes!

Nicole Ike ,

Accurate

I immediately fell in love with Jennifer and her podcast because she’s so authentic and genuine. She knows her stuff and serves up accurate money advice on each episode. She invites diverse guests on to the show, which makes for a valuable and entertaining way to learn more about money. There’s no better time to take a more active role in your finances, and this podcast helps you do it NOW.

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