61 episodes

I help small business owners access their creativity, stop censoring their own ideas and experiment like a boss. Through interviews with business experts and entrepreneurs on unconventional journeys, we prove that there's no such thing as a bad idea.

S****y Idea Time: a celebration of bold business experiments Tess Ball

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

I help small business owners access their creativity, stop censoring their own ideas and experiment like a boss. Through interviews with business experts and entrepreneurs on unconventional journeys, we prove that there's no such thing as a bad idea.

    You don't get to decide what your brand becomes, a solo story with Tess

    You don't get to decide what your brand becomes, a solo story with Tess

    In this solo episode, I share the story about how my brand evolved as a small business owner. The thing about branding is...you can plan, prep, and create all the components, but ultimately it's up to your customers to decide what your brand means to them. 
     
    🖤  Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com   
    Talking about growing your business doesn't get results. Success comes from taking consistent action. Much like strength training, taking action is the hard part. As a long-time marketer and strength coach, I got you. I've basically created a gym for your business. If you’re an over-thinker, procrastinator, or perfectionist, these classes are for you. Get the accountability you need to take consistent, intentional action. Get your first 3 classes free by clicking here. If you show up, your marketing will get stronger. Period.
    You can also connect with me on Instagram at @shittyideatime
     

    • 21 min
    Leaving space in your business for magic, with foam wig artist Toshie

    Leaving space in your business for magic, with foam wig artist Toshie

    Toshie is the owner and lead artist at wigcraft.vegas, where she makes large-scale foam wigs. She’s currently working through the trials of being a small business owner as this hobby takes on a life of its own. While she has confidence in her “wigcrafting” and creative abilities, she is less comfortable with being an “entrepreneur.” Through it all, she can’t shake the urge to create. She is living in a high-contrast world and constantly contributing to new culture. If it is strange, she will probably be into it.
    In this episode, Toshie shares her thoughts on art, magic, and the challenges of entrepreneurship.
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣ Following your passion can be self-serving and also be in service of others.
    2️⃣ Being visible & creating a brand can feel selfish and highlight identity stuff. That’s normal.
    3️⃣ Leave some room in your business plans for magic.
    4️⃣ Give yourself permission to enjoy the ride.
     
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    https://shittyideatime.com/   
    Connect with Toshie at:
    https://wigcraft.vegas/ https://www.instagram.com/wigcraft.vegas/   
    For support & info about starting and growing your small business, join the S****y Idea Time Business Collective (formerly The Small Business Incubator) or find me on Instagram @shittyideatime

    • 42 min
    It's branding month! What my 3 favorite brands have in common, a solo show with Tess

    It's branding month! What my 3 favorite brands have in common, a solo show with Tess

    In this solo episode I talk about the 4 things my favorite brands all have in common and how you can put it into practice in your own business.
     
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣  Be unapologetically different.
    2️⃣  Give people something to belong to by making the world a better place.
    3️⃣  Infuse your brand values into every piece of your business.
    4️⃣  Get comfortable getting visible.
     
    My favorite brands:
    🍔  Slutty Vegan - https://sluttyveganatl.com/
    🌞  Athr Beauty - https://athrbeauty.com/
    🐢  Slow AF Run Club - https://members.slowafrunclub.com/
     
    🖤  Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com   
    For support & info about starting and growing your small business, join the S****y Idea Time Business Collective (formerly The Small Business Incubator) or find me on Instagram @shittyideatime
     

    • 26 min
    Embracing the unknown & unplugging from the matrix, with Nicole BZ

    Embracing the unknown & unplugging from the matrix, with Nicole BZ

    Before becoming a coach, Nicole B-Z spent over a decade in the music industry. She started a recording studio and record label in Australia, managed bands, and learned about business practices and the needs of creative leaders. Since then, she has become a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping other small business owners.
    In this episode, Nicole looks back on the times she failed but still struck gold. She also talks about her creative process and the steps that she takes when faced with a challenging project. Tune in for some advice on marketing and research.
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    https://shittyideatime.com/57   
    Connect with Nicole at:
    https://nicolebz.com/ Mobile number: +1 (720) 704-4865 https://twitter.com/thebzchannel https://www.instagram.com/thebzchannel/ https://www.facebook.com/thebzchannel/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/nbzcoaching/ https://discord.com/invite/sZ9Ye3Fefy  
    For support & info about starting and growing your small business, join the S****y Idea Time Business Collective (formerly The Small Business Incubator) or find me on Instagram @shittyideatime

    • 47 min
    Investing in your business relationships, with Tracey Warren

    Investing in your business relationships, with Tracey Warren

    Tracey Warren’s firm belief that community is the key to success in life and business has led her to become the founder and CEO of InSpark Coworking and the driving force behind the “Ignite Your Champions'' movement. She’s also an author and a motivational speaker with a penchant for content creation and supporting women in business. 
    In this episode, Tracey shares her thoughts on community building, the power of manifesting, and learning from failure. She also talks about how her coworking space came to be, and we envision a prom-like networking event for entrepreneurs.
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com/58 Connect with Tracey at:
    https://igniteyourchampions.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/thetraceywarren
    https://www.instagram.com/igniteyourchampions/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/thetraceywarren/
     
    For support & info about starting and growing your small business, join the S****y Idea Time Business Collective (formerly The Small Business Incubator) or find me on Instagram @shittyideatime

    • 41 min
    Launching her sustainable fashion line, with Nazia Siddiqui

    Launching her sustainable fashion line, with Nazia Siddiqui

    Nazia Siddiqui has a career in finance but a passion for fashion design so she founded Transcend, a Seattle-based women’s fashion brand focused on art and sustainability. With Transcend, she combines hand-embroidered textiles from South Asia with timeless silhouettes to bring unique, thoughtful and beautiful pieces that women want to wear again and again. In the future, she hopes to scale her business by working with a broad number of artisan groups and communities across the globe.
     
    In this episode, she introduces her startup and explains why she decided to focus on hand embroidery and watercolor prints. She also shares her thoughts on sustainability and ethics in relation to her business.
     
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com/56  
    Connect with Nazia at:
    https://weartranscend.com/ https://www.facebook.com/weartranscend https://instagram.com/weartranscend https://twitter.com/weartranscend  
    For support & info about starting and growing your small business, join the S****y Idea Time Business Collective (formerly The Small Business Incubator) or find me on Instagram @shittyideatime
     

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

The Happy Wardrobe ,

It’s the next best thing to spending time with Tess!

If you’ve ever met Tess IRL (or say, via Zoom, hello pandemic) you’ll know how she’ll brighten your day. Her podcast is the next best thing to hanging out with her and you’ll meet amazing women as well. Recommended!

Tracey Warren ,

I'm all in!

I have just recently discovered this podcast and love everything I've listened to so far. Great, conversational style interviews as well as informative and heart-full solo episodes. I'm excited to keep listening!

Sarah C Schneider ,

Amazing Conversations

Tess seems to be born to create conversations with her guests that are both entertaining and educational. She is real and pulls that realness from her guests as well. If you want to think about things differently and appreciate candid conversations - this is your podcast!

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