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Becoming a parent is a beautiful experience, but for those of us who want or need to continue to build our careers, the juggle can be a real challenge. Here at The Kenza Collective, we are passionate about educating and empowering parents to make the leap from captive employee to full time Independent Professional (aka freelancer, consultant, etc). When you work for yourself, you are free to build a life and a living that supports your family's needs. And in turn, this enables us to raise better humans, cultivate stronger relationships, and prioritize our physical & mental health. Join CoFounders Beth and Tiffany as they teach you what it takes to work for yourself so that you can find freedom in your schedule, your energy, and who you choose to work with. We break down complex financial and tax related topics, teach you how to land (and keep) clients, write proposals, manage projects, and protect your energy - all while juggling your family responsibilities. We also explore the various types of independent career paths out there through talking to parents just like you who've made the leap. Whether you're a parent who is curious about what it takes to go out on your own, or you’ve been doing it for years, this podcast will help you navigate the tricky (but oh so rewarding!) waters of working for ourselves while raising a family. Learn more and find great resources at https://www.kenzacollective.com.

The Kenza Pod The Kenza Collective

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Becoming a parent is a beautiful experience, but for those of us who want or need to continue to build our careers, the juggle can be a real challenge. Here at The Kenza Collective, we are passionate about educating and empowering parents to make the leap from captive employee to full time Independent Professional (aka freelancer, consultant, etc). When you work for yourself, you are free to build a life and a living that supports your family's needs. And in turn, this enables us to raise better humans, cultivate stronger relationships, and prioritize our physical & mental health. Join CoFounders Beth and Tiffany as they teach you what it takes to work for yourself so that you can find freedom in your schedule, your energy, and who you choose to work with. We break down complex financial and tax related topics, teach you how to land (and keep) clients, write proposals, manage projects, and protect your energy - all while juggling your family responsibilities. We also explore the various types of independent career paths out there through talking to parents just like you who've made the leap. Whether you're a parent who is curious about what it takes to go out on your own, or you’ve been doing it for years, this podcast will help you navigate the tricky (but oh so rewarding!) waters of working for ourselves while raising a family. Learn more and find great resources at https://www.kenzacollective.com.

    Season 4 Finale: Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Kenza, learn what it's like to be a Fractional CEO & CFO, join an upcoming workshop, and hear about Tiff's plans to explore the expat life. [Ep. 72]

    Season 4 Finale: Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Kenza, learn what it's like to be a Fractional CEO & CFO, join an upcoming workshop, and hear about Tiff's plans to explore the expat life. [Ep. 72]

    In this Season 4 Finale, Beth and Tiffany are taking you behind the scenes of Kenza and their consulting businesses! We discuss….
    How their fractional CEO and CFO roles are going and why this is a really interesting consultant path to explore.The plans that they have this summer, including Tiffany’s month-long scouting trip to Portugal as their family contemplates the expat life.How to take advantage of all of Kenza’s resources for parents who are freelancing or consulting (or curious about how to make the leap).Ways to work together through our mentorship programs or our one-off mentoring sessions (we love providing feedback and helping you work through specific scenarios in your business!).An upcoming workshop in collaboration with Kat Lee of Empowered Curiosity called “The Energetics of Money” on June 25th and 26th. Our intention in this weekend intensive is to bridge the gap between spirit and logic so that you can build a secure relationship with money and feel nourished by your business. Spiritual Business Mentor Kat Lee will lead us to unravel our trauma knots around money so that we can examine the outdated beliefs and narratives that block us from receiving or managing abundance. Beth will be teaching the basics of small business accounting, empowering you to make decisions that will help you build a sustainable business. Join the revolution of spiritual entrepreneurs who are building conscious businesses that honor ethics, cyclical rhythms, and intuition! Learn more right here. 

    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources



    Book a mentoring call with Beth or TiffanyExplore our library of Kenza Pod episodesJoin our email listLearn more about the Mama Collaborative courseLearn more about Lisa Cumes’s Upwork courseListen to the About Abroad podcastCheck out Boundless Life

    Join us on Slack


    Join our free slack group if you’re ready to get support from like-minded parents who are right there with you and in the trenches of entrepreneurship and parenting. Ask questions, get feedback, share your wins, struggles, and more. Join us here or feel to DM us on Instagram with any questions.

    • 43 min
    Understanding Neurodiversity to Improve and Deepen our Client Relationships, with Dawn Mortensen, Gaming Marketing Manager at Meta [Ep. 71]

    Understanding Neurodiversity to Improve and Deepen our Client Relationships, with Dawn Mortensen, Gaming Marketing Manager at Meta [Ep. 71]

    “It is so much more effective both as parents and as coworkers to embrace people’s neurodivergence and simply let them be who they are. When you do this, you’ll get to see their true strengths come out. And even better than that—you’re going to show them that you care about them as a human."
    As service providers, we work with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, age groups, and locations. Our jobs are heavily reliant on cultivating relationships, which means it’s critical that we’re continually improving our EQ (emotional intelligence) and taking the time to understand how to better collaborate with those we’re serving. 
    When we make the effort to understand the people we work with, and have compassion and appreciation for the ways in which we’re different, it increases the enjoyment of the work we’re doing and it leads to better outcomes for long-term business and for relationships as a whole. 
    In this episode, we are exploring the term Neurodiversity—what it means, how it shows up in our families and workplaces, and how we can compassionately work with someone who may fall under this umbrella. We also discuss resources for those of us who may identify as neurodivergent. 
    Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. And while neurodiversity encompasses all cognitive differences (which we all have), the term “neurodivergent” tends to be used for those with specific differences like ADHD, autism, Tourette's, dyslexia, dyspraxia, synesthesia and specific learning disorders. Others who may identify as neurodivergent are those who are gifted, and those with sensory processing disorder, bipolar disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder. 
    To walk us through this complex topic, we invited Dawn Mortensen to the pod—a neurodiversity advocate, Gaming Marketing Manager at Meta, and Tiffany’s Aunt!
    Across 25 years of working and parenting, Dawn has learned a lot about how to tap into the strengths of those who think and work differently. In her workplace and community, she's an advocate for those of us who are neurodivergent. 


    This episode is for you if: 
    - You want to deepen your emotional intelligence and improve your communication & collaboration skills with your clients and anyone else you work with.
    - You’re curious what the term “neurodiversity” means and how workplaces are evolving to embrace people who think differently. 
    - You want to learn how to get the best out of the people you work with by understanding and appreciating their unique strengths and gifts. 
    - You have children who are neurodivergent and you want to learn how to best advocate for them and support them on their journey. 


    About Our Guest 
    Dawn Mortensen is a wife, mom of two teenage girls, a Gaming Marketing Manager at Meta, and a neurodiversity advocate. Across 25 years of working and parenting, Dawn has learned a lot about how to tap into the strengths of those who think and work differently. She’s also leading the charge at Meta to advocate for those of us who are neurodivergent. 
    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources
    Connect with Dawn on Instagram 
    Connect with Dawn on Twitter
    Grab your copy of Differently Wired
    Learn more about REEL
    Check out the Stanford Neurodiversity Project
    Connect with Neurodivergent Activist, NeuroCla

    • 58 min
    How to Harness the Power of Our Emotions to Make Smarter Business Decisions with Kat Lee, Founder of Empowered Curiosity and Spiritual Business Mentor [Ep. 70]

    How to Harness the Power of Our Emotions to Make Smarter Business Decisions with Kat Lee, Founder of Empowered Curiosity and Spiritual Business Mentor [Ep. 70]

    “Intuition lives in our body, not in our minds. When you get an intuitive hit, it comes from the gut and heart space. So as you start rebuilding the relationship with your body and tuning into your body’s sensations instead of overriding them, that’s when your intuition can really come through."


    Does emotion have a place in business? And if so, how can we learn to tap into those emotions to make smarter, more aligned decisions?
    In this episode, Tiffany sat down with Kat Lee, Business Coach and Founder of Empowered Curiosity, to dive into the complexities surrounding these questions and gain incredible insight into the wisdom of our bodies. 
    You’ll learn about the power of trusting your “gut” or intuition, how to become less reactive and more responsive, ways to practice healthy boundaries to give your body and mind a chance to make more intentional decisions, and how to have compassion for yourself when having an emotional response to a situation. 
    When we are able to use our business as a spiritual teacher, we are able to learn so much about ourselves and how we show up in the world. Understanding how this all works together can be a true secret weapon for you to build an intentional, aligned, fulfilling, and successful business. This episode is filled with rich conversation as well as practical tools and techniques to help you grow as an entrepreneur, parent, and partner. 
    Plus, you’re not going to want to miss the sneak peek into the weekend intensive that we’re teaming up to bring to you called The Energetics of Money, coming up on June 25th and 26th, 2022. 


    This episode is for you if: 
    - You’re wondering how to handle emotional reactions to situations in your business and need practical tips to sit in responsiveness rather than immediately reacting.
    - You’re curious about how you can cultivate a better awareness of your intuition so that you can use your body’s cues to make smarter and more aligned decisions. 


    About Our Guest 
    Kat Lee is a trauma-informed spiritual business mentor and the host of the Empowered Curiosity podcast. Kat uses the tools of trauma-informed somatic and emotional alchemy to guide soulful entrepreneurs to guide their business as a spiritual practice. 
    Her work allows business owners to cultivate businesses that are rooted in conscious values, ethical marketing and purposeful service.  


    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources
    Follow Kat on Instagram
    Check out her website
    Listen to the Empowered Curiosity Podcast


    Join us on Slack
    Join our free slack group if you’re ready to get support from like-minded parents who are right there with you and in the trenches of entrepreneurship and parenting. Ask questions, get feedback, share your wins, struggles, and more. Join us here or feel to DM us on Instagram with any questions.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    So ya wanna be a... Business Coach, with Peggy James [Ep. 69]

    So ya wanna be a... Business Coach, with Peggy James [Ep. 69]

    “Decide what you want and don’t make excuses around it. Just go get it. Commit to the possibilities more than the excuses."

    In this episode, I sit down with Peggy James, a business and marketing coach, to discuss what it’s like to grow a successful coaching business.

    Peggy began her independent career by becoming a Virtual Assistant. Over time, she learned that she had a passion for leading, inspiring, and teaching others, so she evolved her business to coach and teach others how to become a VA. 

    Peggy shares how her first year of business was spent being stuck in tunnel vision and how her family life suffered because of it. She explains how her network of support allowed her to reach her goals and how she uses that experience to walk her clients through reaching their goals without sacrificing their personal lives. 

    We discuss what the qualities of a great coach are, how to identify if coaching is right for you, and why you need to look beyond the lucrative income and focus more on why you are doing this if you want to be successful. 

    Whether you’re an aspiring business coach or you’re a coach looking for a way to scale, this episode is perfect for you!

    This episode is for you if: 

    - You’ve been wanting to niche down in your business and are wanting to know what it looks like to be a business coach.

    - You’re interested in coaching but you’re unsure if you have the skills and qualities of a business coach and are looking for ways to identify if coaching is right for you. 

    - You are a business coach who is looking to scale and you need tips and strategies on how to grow your impact and work with more people. 

    About Our Guest 

    Peggy James works with online services providers, strategists, specialists, and rising coaches. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses by giving them both the structure they need as well as proven marketing strategies to help them scale quickly. 

    Her favorite part of being a coach is watching women own their superpowers, push past their fears and change their futures. When she's not working, you can find her wrangling her four kiddos or reading a self-development book.

    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources


    Connect with Peggy on Instagram Check out her websiteJoin the Grow Business & Marketing AcademyJoin her free Facebook group, The Confident CEOLearn How to Set Yourself Up For Success as a Working Mom

    Join us on Slack
    Join our free slack group if you’re ready to get support from like-minded parents who are right there with you and in the trenches of entrepreneurship and parenting. Ask questions, get feedback, share your wins, struggles, and more. Join us here or feel to DM us on Instagram with any questions.

    • 55 min
    Financial Planning for Solopreneurs, with Hunter Boyd, Founder of Solopreneur Financial [Ep. 68]

    Financial Planning for Solopreneurs, with Hunter Boyd, Founder of Solopreneur Financial [Ep. 68]

    “Putting your children on the payroll when it’s appropriate is one of the greatest business hacks I recommend to my parent entrepreneur clients. It’s a great way to teach your child responsibilities, you save on taxes, and you set them up for future financial opportunities when they’re old enough to make financial decisions."

    In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Hunter Boyd, Founder of Solopreneur Financial, to talk about specific tax and investment strategies for small business owners with families. 

    Hunter shares his favorite tax strategies geared towards parent entrepreneurs and he gives advice on how you can save on taxes as a business owner and parent. Plus, learn about the benefits of putting your kids on the payroll, find when they’re eligible, and learn how to best utilize them in your business! 

    Hunter also shares his tips related to cash flow and introduces us to his “hill and valley” system. This system is a great strategy to implement when you have a variable monthly income and it can help protect you from those unexpected expenses and slow-moving months.

    This episode is for you if: 

    - You’re a solopreneur who is handling your own finances and you need guidance on how to plan your budget and disperse your income appropriately.

    - You’re feeling overwhelmed with having a variable income and you need strategies that help you plan for the ebbs and flows that come with operating a business. 

    - You are curious about how you can add your child to your payroll and need to know when it’s deemed appropriate and how it impacts your tax responsibilities.

    - You’re interested in learning the benefits of tax planning and want to hear the long-term benefits of implementing it now rather than later.

    About Our Guest 
    Hunter Boyd, Founder of Solopreneur Financial, is a virtual financial advisor for solopreneurs. He noticed most financial planners were missing the boat when it came to solopreneurs and self-employed business owners so he started his own business to fill that void. 
    He and his team guide clients through a financial planning experience that covers investing, taxes, cash flow, exit planning, and so much more. Through this planning experience, they are helping their clients live their bucket-list life. 


    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources
    Connect with Hunter on Instagram 
    Check out his website
    Connect with him on LinkedIn
    Check out the You Can Do This course
    Grab your cash flow planning tool
    Book a mentoring call with Tiffany or Beth

    Join us on Slack
    Join our free slack group if you’re ready to get support from like-minded parents who are right there with you and in the trenches of entrepreneurship and parenting. Ask questions, get feedback, share your wins, struggles, and more. Join us here or feel to DM us on Instagram with any questions.

    • 54 min
    Words of Wisdom & Perspective from a Mama Who's Been in Business for 20 years, with Lisa Cook, Founder of Kids Swim LA [Ep. 67]

    Words of Wisdom & Perspective from a Mama Who's Been in Business for 20 years, with Lisa Cook, Founder of Kids Swim LA [Ep. 67]

    “In the very beginning, we don’t want to admit that we don't know something. We want to look like we know what we’re doing and we don’t want people to lose faith in us. It’s hard to admit what we don’t know. But as you gain experience and maturity, it’s easy to say what you’re not good at because you know someone else can do it better and faster."


    Imagine being able to talk to yourself 20 years from now—what advice would you give your younger self right now? 
    It was this question that inspired us to invite Lisa Cook to the pod! Lisa is the Founder of Kid Swim LA, a mother, and has over two decades of business ownership experience under her belt. 
    In this episode, we discuss how she got started with her business and how that business has grown since launching in 2001. Lisa describes what it was like to start and run a small business while raising her family. She talks about how her mindset shift of really owning the CEO title in her business helped her grow and become a successful entrepreneur. You’ll also learn how she has successfully built and managed a healthy and happy team over the years. 
    At the core of this episode, Lisa gives pro tips and perspective for us parent entrepreneurs who are in our beginning years of business. 
    You will also learn about her newest endeavor which is helping new business owners through financial tips, leadership, and marketing. In it, she gives you 20 years of experience in just 6 weeks. You can’t beat that!  
    If you’re looking for wisdom, perspective, encouragement, and vulnerability, then you’re not going to want to miss this episode! 


    This episode is for you if:

    - You’ve been suffering from imposter syndrome and need to hear how to shift your mindset toward becoming the CEO of your business.

    - You’re feeling held back from reaching your goals due to the responsibilities of parenthood, and you need to hear how you can manage your goals and still accomplish them while fostering that healthy parent-child relationship.

    - You are interested in hiring on a team and need strategies to help you pick the right people and to build a healthy team.

    - You’re feeling overwhelmed with starting your business and need a fully-packed resource to help kick-start your journey.


    About Our Guest 
    Lisa Cook, founder of Kids Swim LA, started her small business with a goal to teach kids how to swim while bringing in extra cash to her household. Lisa had an infant when she started her business in 2001 and at the time, she didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur.  
    Now more than 20 years later, she has built multiple successful businesses. She has increased revenue for Kids Swim LA to 20-25% every year through hard work and passion. 


    Links Mentioned + Other Helpful Resources
    Connect with Lisa on Instagram 
    Check out her business classes
    Sign up for swim classes
    Learn more about her nonprofit All Kids Swim
    Book a mentoring call with Tiffany or Beth


    Join us on Slack
    Join our free slack group if you’re ready to get support from like-minded parents who are right there with you and in the trenches of entrepreneurship and parenting. Ask questions, get feedback, share your wins, struggles, and more. Join us here or feel to DM us on Instagram with any questions.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Solopreneur Financial ,

Two thumbs up

What an awesome community and lineup of guests sharing helpful tips. If you are building a business as a parent, this may very well be your “tribe”.

Em Costa ,

My Go-To Resource as a New Freelancer

This was my most-listened to podcast in 2021 (and I’m an avid podcast listener). I took the leap into freelancing fulltime over the summer and quickly felt stressed by how much I didn’t know when it came to writing proposals, paying self-employment taxes, etc. The Kenza Pod has been my saving grace, truly. Sometimes turning to Google or other consultants for advice can be overwhelming, which is why I’m so thankful to have found a reliable (and free) resource on literally everything there is to know when it comes to freelancing, including things I never would’ve thought about until Kenza brought it to my attention. This podcast will save you SO much time and energy that we waste when trying to navigate and learn things on our own.

Baby Center Updates ,

New Listener

What a neat podcast! I'm a parent and am curious about the freelancing world. Just heard about The Kenza Pod through Instagram and started listening to the first episode of season 4. What a great group of ladies to listen to and relate to. Interested & Excited to learn more from them.

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