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The Self-Employed Life Podcast (formerly Creative Warriors) provides business and personal development strategies for self-employed business owners that create sustainable success.

A community of self-employed and small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and ambitious individuals that need creative solutions in business. Being self-employed and a business Warrior is a mindset, a spirit and a challenge. We need a different way of doing business. This is business with a soul.

We discuss marketing, branding, productivity, mindset, building meaningful relationships with customers and living a fulfilling life. In the self-employed life, it's all personal.

Small business consultant, business coach for entrepreneurs, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and author of The Self-Employed Life and LINGO, host Jeffrey Shaw, interviews bestselling authors and experts who will change your way of thinking and provide practical ideas that you can apply directly in your life and business. Two episodes each week- one content-rich interview with an expert and Coaching Break offers a 15-minute break to receive coaching from your host.

The Self-Employed Life Jeffrey Shaw

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 221 Ratings

The Self-Employed Life Podcast (formerly Creative Warriors) provides business and personal development strategies for self-employed business owners that create sustainable success.

A community of self-employed and small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and ambitious individuals that need creative solutions in business. Being self-employed and a business Warrior is a mindset, a spirit and a challenge. We need a different way of doing business. This is business with a soul.

We discuss marketing, branding, productivity, mindset, building meaningful relationships with customers and living a fulfilling life. In the self-employed life, it's all personal.

Small business consultant, business coach for entrepreneurs, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and author of The Self-Employed Life and LINGO, host Jeffrey Shaw, interviews bestselling authors and experts who will change your way of thinking and provide practical ideas that you can apply directly in your life and business. Two episodes each week- one content-rich interview with an expert and Coaching Break offers a 15-minute break to receive coaching from your host.

    Coaching Break – The Challenge of Being Chosen

    Coaching Break – The Challenge of Being Chosen

    In business, we don't want to searchable or even to just stand out. We want to be chosen. That's what puts money in the bank. However, it is harder than ever to be chosen. Find out why, what you can do about it and why it's actually a good thing.

    Contact Jeffrey –
    Take the Self-Doubt Survey   Website  Books   Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share! 
    Valuable resources to help you –
    The Self-Employed Business Institute You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!



    Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.



    Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!




    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Coach, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.

    • 14 min
    Jon Ostenson – The Benefits of Franchise Ownership

    Jon Ostenson – The Benefits of Franchise Ownership

    In over 900 episodes spanning nine and a half years, we've covered an array of topics, but there's one conversation we've never explored—owning a franchise. In this episode, I speak to Jon Ostenson, CEO of FranBridge Consulting, about the unconventional world of franchising. We discuss the financial aspects, covering the typical investment range, franchise fees, and startup costs, shedding light on the diverse opportunities within this sector. Jon shares insights on marketing, royalty fees, and funding options, emphasizing the tangible benefits provided by franchisors. It's a unique way to be self-employed with countless opportunities!
     
    Jon is the CEO of FranBridge Consulting, a top .1% franchise consultant, and the bestselling author of ‘Non-Food Franchising’. Jon draws on his experience as a former Inc. 500 Franchise President and Multi-Brand Franchisee in helping his clients select their franchise investments.
    Jon is a frequent contributor on franchising for publications such as Forbes, Inc., and Bloomberg.


     
    And be sure to subscribe to The Self-Employed Life in Apple Podcasts or follow us on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don’t miss an episode.
     
    Everything you need can all be found at jeffreyshaw.com.
     
    Jon Ostenson, thank you so much for being here!



    Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.
    Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.



    Guest Contact –
    FranBridgeConsulting.com Non-Food Franchising: The Better Path to Business Ownership by Jon Ostenson Jon Ostenson on LinkedIn (in/jonostenson)
    Contact Jeffrey –
    SelfEmployedNewsletter.com Website Books Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share!  
    Valuable complimentary resources to help you –
     
    ·       The Self-Employed Business Institute- You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!
    ·       Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.
    ·       Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!

    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.

    • 38 min
    Coaching Break – How To Create an Unbreakable Bond Level of Service

    Coaching Break – How To Create an Unbreakable Bond Level of Service

    Customer service is one of the most talked about topics in business. But as small business owners, we are held to a higher standard if we want to stand out. In this episode I share a strategy to create an unbreakable bond level of service where your customers will feel so seen, heard, and understood that they would never leave your business.

    Contact Jeffrey –
    Take the Self-Doubt Survey 

    Self-Employed Newsletter 

    Website

    Books  

    Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share! 



    Valuable resources to help you –
    The Self-Employed Business Institute You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!



    Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.



    Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!




    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Coach, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.

    • 16 min
    Jim Vaselopulos – The Wisdom of Clarity

    Jim Vaselopulos – The Wisdom of Clarity

    I’ve always said that clarity is something everyone needs, and yet it is the hardest thing to sell, because, ironically, its outcomes and benefits aren't always immediately clear. In today’s episode, I chat with Jim Vaselopulos about the pivotal role of clarity in business success, exploring how it enables us to work smarter, not harder. Jim, a seasoned business advisor and author, shares actionable insights on overcoming common challenges by focusing on clarity as a guiding principle. We delve into the symptoms of a lack of clarity, the importance of addressing root causes, and practical strategies for achieving clarity in both business and life.
     
    Jim Vaselopulos is a C-level business advisor with a proven record as a leader, strategist, rainmaker, and new business development expert. With a reputation for principled leadership, strategic vision, and effective execution, Jim has built successful new enterprises, turned around underperforming organizations, and had several exits. As the founder of Rafti Advisors, LLC, Jim helps early-stage companies get off on the right foot, growth-stage companies push through plateaus, and mature organizations with strategic shifts and complex challenges. Jim teaches sales and professional development, is a frequent speaker on leadership and innovation, and volunteers regularly with veterans groups and business incubators.


     
    And be sure to subscribe to The Self-Employed Life in Apple Podcasts or follow us on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don’t miss an episode.
     
    Everything you need can all be found at jeffreyshaw.com.
     
    Jim Vaselopulos, thank you so much for being here!



    Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.
    Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.



    Guest Contact –
    BusinessWisdom.com Clarity: Business Wisdom to Work Less and Achieve More by Jim Vaselopulos Jim Vaselopulos on LinkedIn (in/jimvaselopulos) Jim Vaselopulos on Instagram (@biz.wisdom) Jim Vaselopulos on Twitter/X (@jim_vas) Business Wisdom Playlist on YouTube
    Contact Jeffrey –
    SelfEmployedNewsletter.com Website Books Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share!  
    Valuable complimentary resources to help you –
     
    ·       The Self-Employed Business Institute- You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!
    ·       Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.
    ·       Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!

    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker

    • 44 min
    Regina Lawless – The Secret to a MeaningFULL Life

    Regina Lawless – The Secret to a MeaningFULL Life

    I'm going to pose a question to you, but before you respond, I want you to consider your answer carefully – your answer to this question may be different today than it would have been a few years ago. The question: what does success mean to you? Today, I ask this question to Regina Lawless, seasoned guide for high-achieving women seeking purpose beyond their paycheck. As Regina recounts her journey of redefining success following the sudden loss of her husband, we explore the impact of grief, stress, and burnout. Regina’s insights on the importance of self-care and fully embracing joy are essential for those navigating the delicate balance of entrepreneurship and well-being.
     
    Regina Lawless helps high-achieving Black women find purpose beyond their paycheck in order to experience more bliss in their lives and sustainable success at work and at home. Before starting Bossy & Blissful, a community for Black women executives and business owners, Regina served as the head of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Instagram. Regina has worked with Fortune 500 companies across various industries, including Target, Intel and Micron Technology. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and lives in the Bay Area with her partner and teenage son. Her first book, Do You, will be published by Greenleaf Book Group, in partnership with Fast Company, February 2024.


     
    And be sure to subscribe to The Self-Employed Life in Apple Podcasts or follow us on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don’t miss an episode.
     
    Everything you need can all be found at jeffreyshaw.com.
     
    Regina Lawless, thank you so much for being here!



    Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.
    Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.



    Guest Contact –
    ReginaLawless.com Do You: A Journey of Success, Loss, and Learning to Live a More MeaningFULL Life by Reginal Lawless Regina Lawless on LinkedIn (in/reginalawless) Regina Lawless on Instagram (@regina.lawless)
    Contact Jeffrey –
    SelfEmployedNewsletter.com Website Books Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share!  
    Valuable complimentary resources to help you –
     
    ·       The Self-Employed Business Institute- You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!
    ·       Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.
    ·       Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!

    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life

    • 45 min
    Coaching Break – Two Tips to Kickstart Your Business Growth

    Coaching Break – Two Tips to Kickstart Your Business Growth

    I love to share a good story and this is a story I have never shared in a big scale public way. The story offers two great, easy, and actionable business ideas that you can apply right away to kickstart your business growth.
    Contact Jeffrey –
    Take the Self-Doubt Survey Self-Employed Newsletter Website Books  Watch my TEDx LincolnSquare video and please share! 
    Valuable resources to help you –
    The Self-Employed Business Institute You know you're really good at what you do. You're talented, you have a skill set. The problem is you're probably in a field where there is no business education. This is common amongst self-employed people! And, there's no business education out there for us! You also know that being self-employed is unique and you need better strategies, coaching, support, and accountability. The Self-Employed Business Institute, a five-month online education is exactly what you need. Check it out!



    Take The Self-Employed Assessment! Ever feel like you're all over the place? Or frustrated it seems like you have everything you need for your business success but it's somehow not coming together? Take this short quiz to discover the biggest hidden gap that’s keeping you from having a thriving Self-Employed Ecosystem. You’ll find out what part of your business needs attention and you'll also get a few laser-focused insights to help you start closing that gap.



    Have Your Website Brand Message Reviewed! Is your website speaking the right LINGO of your ideal customers? Having reviewed hundreds of websites, I can tell you 98% of websites are not. Fill out the simple LINGO Review application and I'll take a look at your website. I'll email you a few suggestions to improve your brand message to attract more of your ideal customers. Fill out the application today and let's get your business speaking the right LINGO!




    Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Coach, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

Andieo1997 ,

A Must-Listen!

The Self-Employed Life Podcast is a beacon of hope for those navigating the challenging yet rewarding world of entrepreneurship. Jeffrey Shaw, with his impressive line-up of experts, delivers not just business strategies, but soulful insights that resonate on a personal level. It's not just about doing business; it's about creating a meaningful life around it. A must-listen for anyone on the self-employed journey!

garydsy ,

Perfection!

Jeffrey does a fantastic job interviewing his guests, providing quality content and keeping listeners wanting more!

Taylor_MilanArt ,

A Must-Listen for Creatives!

This podcast is an absolute gem! As a self-employed artist striving to master the intricacies of running my own business, the self-employed life podcast is a reservoir of practical knowledge, source of motivation and a beacon on insight!

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