56 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.

    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

    • 35 min
    How my brand values have helped me build an awesome team. Part 4 of 4 with Tess

    How my brand values have helped me build an awesome team. Part 4 of 4 with Tess

    In this solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values makes building a team SO much easier! If you're a solopreneur or small business owner who's starting to add members to your team, this one is for you!
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣  When you don't have the energy to live up to your values, it's time to get help.

    2️⃣  Choosing team members who are on the same page values-wise has been really beneficial.

    3️⃣  Knowing how I want to show up for my team has allowed me to see when I'm not being the leader I want to be. It helps me grow.
    Be sure to SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE to watch future solo episodes LIVE! 
     
    🖤  Shoutout to the amazing people I love working with:
    Dave Visaya, podcast production - https://podcastengineers.com/ Marissa Abao, Pinterest marketing - https://marissaabao.com/ Yasmine Salem Hamdan, legal - https://yasminesalemhamdanlaw.com/ Pam Balentine, CPA - http://vikingcpagroup.com/   
    🖤  Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com   

     
    🖤  Connect with me:
    ► The S****y Idea Time Business Collective (send me a DM on Instagram for 20% off your membership)
    ► Instagram
     

    • 12 min
    Disrupting the auto repair industry with Eli Allison

    Disrupting the auto repair industry with Eli Allison

    Eli started his career in the nonprofit sector focusing on supporting families experiencing houselessness and economic hardship. Eli also worked in domestic violence intervention. After several years in this field Eli decided to shift gears back to his passion for cars. Eli went back to school to get a degree in Automotive Science and became a Certified Mechanic.
    After several years of hard work and rejection as a queer person working in a highly misogynistic and patriarchal industry Eli decided to open his own repair shop, Repair Revolution. Repair Revolution disrupts the automotive repair industry as an unapologetic feminist and LGBTQ+ owned and operated business in Seattle since 2012. Repair Revolution is a community driven business with a social justice heart that aims to educate and empower customers. This business has also created an opportunity for woman and LGBTQ+ mechanics to have a safe place to work that honors their identity. Eli has also served on several nonprofit Board of Directors and advisory boards and enjoys volunteering to support small business and queer community whenever possible.
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣ Cars are a critical (& often overlooked) component of social justice.
    2️⃣ Telling your story is a way to show other people what’s possible.
    3️⃣ As a mission- driven business, you’ll probably need set some uncomfortable boundaries.
    4️⃣ If you’re goal is to create change, your values should guide every piece of your business.
     
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com/54   
    Connect with Eli Allison at:
    https://autorepairrevolution.com/ 

    • 44 min
    If selling is awkward, look at your brand values. Part 3 of 4 with Tess

    If selling is awkward, look at your brand values. Part 3 of 4 with Tess

    In this LIVE solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values makes selling feel way less awkward! If you've struggled feeling natural and confident while selling, this one is for you!
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣ Selling is so much more than a sales call script or the copy on your product page.

    2️⃣ If you’re out of alignment with your own values, you’ll feel awkward. If you feel awkward, your people will feel awkward.

    3️⃣ As a business owner, you set the tone for your sales process. If you value humor, make it humorous. If you value integrity, have integrity. If you value impact, make that core to the selling process.
    Be sure to SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE to watch future solo episodes LIVE! 
     
    🖤  Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com   

     
    🖤  Connect with me:
    ► The S****y Idea Time Business Collective (send me a DM on Instagram for 20% off your membership)
    ► Instagram
     

    • 9 min
    Taking big risks to pursue what makes your soul happy, with Gracia Sotomayor

    Taking big risks to pursue what makes your soul happy, with Gracia Sotomayor

    Gracia Sotomayor seemed to have it all—a promising career, her own house, and a relationship. But when she found herself unhappy despite having all these things, she left her job, made her way across Europe with the help of friends and strangers, and found power and growth through artistic cycling. She is currently using artistic cycling in her home country of Peru and throughout South America as a tool to empower and inspire people through social organization. 
     
    In this episode, we talk about traveling, happiness, and female empowerment. Gracia looks back on her literal journey to find herself, sharing the challenges that she had to overcome and the lessons that she has learned. She also presents her business plan to bring artistic cycling and unicycling to the world, especially in Latin communities.
     
    Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com/52   
    Connect with Gracia Sotomayor at:
    https://www.instagram.com/iam.gracia.artisticcycling/ https://web.facebook.com/gracia.sotomayor

    • 41 min
    How brand values help you connect with your ideal audience. Part 2 of 4 with Tess

    How brand values help you connect with your ideal audience. Part 2 of 4 with Tess

    In this LIVE solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values helps you connect with your audience! If you've been over-thinking your messaging, this one is for you!
    Top takeaways:
    1️⃣  Like attracts like. If you want to attract customers or clients that are the right fit, you have to know what you're bringing to the table first.
    2️⃣  It's not what you say it's how you say it. The same thing can be said 100 different ways and land differently with 100 different people. Make sure your tone fits with your values.
    3️⃣. Being clear about your values helps your weed out the wrong clients or customers. It helps both you and them understand if it's a "hell yes" or "hell no."
    Be sure to SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE to watch future solo episodes LIVE! 
     
    🖤  Episode details and video can be found at:
    http://shittyideatime.com   

     
    🖤  Connect with me:
    ► The S****y Idea Time Business Collective (send me a DM on Instagram for 20% off your membership)
    ► Instagram
     

    • 9 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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