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This podcast exists to help you avoid working 24-7, eliminate overwhelm, and live your ultimate life WHILE you figure out how to make money from your ideas 🏄‍♀️

This podcast is hosted by me, Stephanie Holland, Founder of StephanieHolland.Co, a boutique startup agency for freedom seeking humans that helps you launch your ideas so you can live the life you really want.

I have 18 years experience working with the world’s most formidable brands as a digital strategist, as well as a consultant and coach for game-changing startups and solopreneurs.

Having burned out fast within launching my own online business in 2014, and witness my clients do the same, I had an epiphany: taking extraordinary care of ourselves is a strategic imperative. I made it my mission to teach my clients how to take care of their most important business asset.

On this podcast I’ll be sharing strategies, tips & resources for minimizing the pain, drama & burnout of launching your ideas. So you can live your ultimate life while you figure out how to make money.

You can connect with me with any questions or inquires via @StephTHolland on Instagram.

And if you love this podcast, I’d love you to leave a review and share it with your friends. That would be awesome 🤗

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This podcast exists to help you avoid working 24-7, eliminate overwhelm, and live your ultimate life WHILE you figure out how to make money from your ideas 🏄‍♀️

This podcast is hosted by me, Stephanie Holland, Founder of StephanieHolland.Co, a boutique startup agency for freedom seeking humans that helps you launch your ideas so you can live the life you really want.

I have 18 years experience working with the world’s most formidable brands as a digital strategist, as well as a consultant and coach for game-changing startups and solopreneurs.

Having burned out fast within launching my own online business in 2014, and witness my clients do the same, I had an epiphany: taking extraordinary care of ourselves is a strategic imperative. I made it my mission to teach my clients how to take care of their most important business asset.

On this podcast I’ll be sharing strategies, tips & resources for minimizing the pain, drama & burnout of launching your ideas. So you can live your ultimate life while you figure out how to make money.

You can connect with me with any questions or inquires via @StephTHolland on Instagram.

And if you love this podcast, I’d love you to leave a review and share it with your friends. That would be awesome 🤗

    Ep #68: 10 Things To Do Before You Apply To A Remote Company

    Ep #68: 10 Things To Do Before You Apply To A Remote Company

    When you’re looking for your first remote role, you might think that any remote role will be a great remote role. But that’s not always the case. 
    In fact, you’ll have to resonate more with the role and the company and be 1000% more committed to your personal career goals and the company goals than usual, because you’ll have no one checking over your shoulder to make sure you show up for work and DO the work, and because you’ll be accountable to specific outputs and outcomes, not just ‘being seen’ — which in the past has allowed a lot of lazy and untalented people get ahead in the 9-5 work place. 
    Remote culture focuses on output over hours, so only those with strong work ethic and commitment to the company vision, mission and values need apply. To help you find the right culture and career fit, in this episode we go through the 10 things you need to check out before you apply to a remote company. We cover:

    What to look for on the company website, even if it’s missing!
    How to experience the company as a customer before you apply
    How and why you should research the founding team

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    We’re still going through the 9 steps in detail, the ones we mentioned in ep 63: the 9 steps to get a remote job. And this episode we’re talking about how, after you feel excited by the job posting, doing a little more research about the company to make sure it’s a really good fit for you.
    I think the reason companies get upwards of 3,000 applications is because many people looking for a remote role for the first time think that any remote role would be a good remote role, and that’s not true at all. 
    In previous remote roles I’ve had there are a couple of things I wish I had looked at before applying and accepting the offer – things that I could have seen very easily just by having a quick & easy look at their website and content.
    So, in episode 63 I said:
     
    “It’s good to do some research to make sure you really want to help them achieve their vision and mission. It will benefit you to really care about their cause, or motivated by the goals when there’s no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re showing up for work! Check their website, try out their product if possible, look at customer reviews, read their blog, check out their social media and what other people say about them.”
     
    So let’s do this step by step, and bare in mind doing all this take LESS than 20 mins. (A tiny amount of time considering you may invest over an hour in preparing a quality application.)
     
    Head over to the company website:
     


    Look at their about page and look for their story 



    Why was the company started? 
    What problem are they solving, and for whom? 
    Do their vision, mission and values resonate with you?Do they even talk about their vision, mission and values?

     


    Navigate around their website



    Is their website friendly & unique? Is it dry, dull and very corporate? You can get a sense of their values and way of working just from navigating their website! Is it easy to navigate? 
    Do their aesthetics, voice, tone and style appeal to you? Remember, their website is the way they present themselves to the world, and how they present themselves to the world – how they ‘package’ themselves and talk about themselves – is who they are.
    What do you find unique or interesting about them?
    Is this a company you can envision being a part of, making changes to, and helping them grow and reach their goals?

     


    Look at their careers page


    Here’s where you want to try to get a sense of their people values and what it’s like to work there.

    Do they talk about YOUR experience of working with them? Do they mention the qualities and at

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    Ep #67: How To Vet A Remote Role Before Applying

    Ep #67: How To Vet A Remote Role Before Applying

    *FYI The audio quality in the video is not amazing this week, so listen to the audio podcast above if that will bother you.*
    Remote job posts yield so much great information about the role and the company, especially if you read between the lines…
    … and notice what’s missing!
    From knowing how to assess the remote fit, to envisioning how it would feel to be in the role day to day and understanding how their mission vision and values align with your own, you can make an informed decision about whether to apply.
    Or not.
    In fact, far from applying to every remote role that seems remotely relevant to you, I urge you to become very particular and intentional about which roles you do apply for.
    These means preparing fewer, more high quality applications for roles that you’ll succeed in.
    In this episode I talk you through how to scan & interpret the job posting — including when there’s no salary bracket! — so you can ensure the role meets your needs before you apply. We cover:

    How to assess the remote fit, and whether it’s in line with your work style and lifestyle
    The kind of information you need to visualise yourself succeeding in the role
    What do to when the salary or salary bracket is omitted

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    Let’s talk about how to analyse and interpret a job posting. It’s good to get into the habit of really looking at what’s included and what’s not included so you can sense the role, the company mission, vision and values, and most importantly, the culture!
    The BONUS in the podcast pack is a video tear down of a job posting, where I walk you through exactly how I review and scan a job posting, what questions I ask, what are red flags etc. Grab the pack here.
    Ok, so first things first… say you’re on a remote job board and you’ve clicked on a link for your ideal job title, say: Marketing Manager. 
    You’ve landed on the page, so what next?
    Here are the main things I’d pay attention to, to get a sense of the role and the company.
     
    1. Is it a ‘remote fit’?
    Straight away you want to assess your remote fit. Usually the remote descriptor is either in the headline, or just below. Scan until you find it. Not worth applying until you know for sure. 
    It might be 100% remote. It might be flexible working, work from home 3 days a week, or remote restricted to a continent, a country or a time zone. Make sure to search for this info first before you spend a lot of time on your application. Don’t apply unless you match the remote criteria, or can and are eligible to move to fit the criteria.
    One recent spec I was looking at specified: Anywhere, plus or minus 4 hrs UTC/UK. So you might have to learn the time zone vernacular!
     
    2. About the role
    Firstly you want to read and digest the details of the role summary. What does it involve? Does it give you a picture of the day to day expectations and deliverables, as well as the regular outputs and longer term goals and targets? You want to get a real feel for the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly expectations for the role, and be able to visualise yourself in the role. Does it give you a good feeling? Does the nitty gritty of the role excite you?
    Hopefully they’ve listed the skills they are looking for:

    Can you tick at least 50% of them?
    Are they skills you enjoy using?
    Are they skills you’d like to learn?

    They might also list responsibilities:

    Can you imagine doing these day to day?
    Would you enjoy this? Would you thrive on this challenge?
    Would any of this drain you?
    Does it feel uplifting to imagine yourself doing this every day, working on your own without any supervision?

    Hopefully they list the qualifications they are looking for:

    Do you match the qualifications?
    Do you have alternati

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    Ep #66: 6 Places to Look For Remote Jobs

    Ep #66: 6 Places to Look For Remote Jobs

    The #1 question on everyone’s mind is: “Where do I go to look for remote jobs?! That’s a funny question, because when you know where to look, they are everywhere!
    There are 6 places I go to find remote jobs, all with different search criteria and strategies, but all effective. You need only choose one strategy, but knowing where else to look when your search leaves you underwhelmed can keep you motivated AND finding new opportunities.
    So before you shrug off the whole remote job search with: “There’s just nothing out there, I’ll never find anything!” listen to episode #66 on the Thriving Empire Podcast so you can get cracking with your search, find a remote job, and build your career and the life you really want simultaneously. In this episode we cover:

    The difference between job boards & job aggregators (and which I prefer!)
    A search ‘trick’ for LinkedIn that yields more remote job results
    A new type of newsletter that does all the ‘looking’ for you!

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    In the last 2 episodes we’ve covered how to create the perfect remote job CV, and your linkedin profile, and these are sequential steps so if you haven’t watched listened to those yet, head over to episode #64 and #65 and then come back here, because today we’re talking about exactly where to look for remote roles!
    You’re in luck because there are quite a few places to look, and quite a few tools & individuals looking on your behalf. Well over 100, in fact!
    The first 2 most obvious places to look are remote job boards, and remote job board aggregators. So what’s the difference between the two? 
     


    Remote Job Boards


    A remote job board is where employers post jobs directly to a particular platform or ‘board’. Remote job boards work differently, some the job seeker has to pay a membership or access fee, some the company has to pay a fee, and some are free for both parties.
    I recommend job boards that charge a fee to the company for posting a job spec. This means you get a higher quality employer dedicated to the remote job search, and it means the job board will have salaried employees looking after the job board and maintaining quality and integrity of all the postings on the site.
     
    2. Remote Job Aggregators
     
    Remote job aggregators on the other hand are like specialised search engines for remote jobs. They scour job postings on other remote job boards, and in fact all over the net, giving you wider reach beyond the job boards. Typically you can see where the job has been sources from, be it a job board, a company website, a professional association website, etc, so it really does cast a wider net. It’s a one-stop shop for searching for a particular role, industry or salary across a variety of sources, and makes it easy to search for specifics like part-time, full-time or start date etc. They are efficient, save you time looking at job boards individually, and give you a high-level view of the number of opportunities in your field.
     
    3. Curated Newsletters
     
    The curated newsletter is increasing in popularity. This is where individuals like career coaches actively scour remote job opportunities, vet them for legitimacy and email up to 10 specific opportunities to their subscribers weekly. Personally I prefer to do a wider job search myself, because I know exactly what I’m looking for and where to look. But if you’re new to the remote job search, this might be a nice start because they also come with interesting & inspiring tips, insights and information to inspire your search and your remote career. And some are specialised, such as remote jobs in the UK.
     
    4. Linkedin
     
    And of course LinkedIn! There are 3 ways to use linkedin to find remote jobs:
    1. Your

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    Ep #65: Set Up LinkedIn To Find A Remote Job

    Ep #65: Set Up LinkedIn To Find A Remote Job

    LinkedIn is such a powerful networking and job searching tool that you can use to position yourself as an expert in your field, as well as an ideal remote candidate for the 1,000s of companies actively scouring the global talent pool for you!
    Not only is it a way to be discovered by remote companies and headhunters, but most remote companies request your LinkedIn profile, and they head right over there once they receive your cover letter and CV. They look at your network and it’s size, how you’ve positioned yourself, your activity, and more!
    And since you can add so much detail about yourself on LinkedIn, it’s the perfect place to show yourself off. In this episode we talk about how to set up your LinkedIn Profile to empower your applications. We cover:

    A sneaky trick I use to increase my search appearances to 835 per week
    Why your ‘activity’ matters (even if you think no one is reading!)
    Your experience, skills & endorsements and how they complement your CV

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    Whether you have a LinkedIn profile or not, it’s a really good idea to create one or spruce it up, because once you’re set up you have a great ‘landing page’ for remote companies once they receive your application, and a way to be discovered by companies actively searching for new talent. The LinkedIn search function is powerful.
    Let’s get started by going through the most important parts of your profile one by one.
     
    1.Your Profile Name
    You have two input fields for your first name and last name, but I used these a little differently! I use the first input field for my first name, last name and a comma, and the second input field I have ‘Remote Marketing Strategist’, so my name shows in my profile and in all my comments as: ‘Stephanie Holland, Remote Marketing Strategist’. The first week I made this change I started getting 835 search appearances, which is where your profile is discovered based on someone else’s search. Pretty cool, right?!

    2. Your Profile Headline

    This is your who, what, why. 
    This is why knowing your own passion, purpose, vision, mission and values is really important, so you can find the right role for you, and attract attention from the right kinds of people and companies. 
    I’ve been experimenting with various formats of this, which is two-fold for me, because not only am I a remote marketing strategist, but also a remote career mentor, and I use LinkedIn to attract companies and mentees. So I have TWO headlines that I use depending on whether I’m actively looking for a remote role or not.
    For example, I’m going to share mine with you but obviously don’t copy them, that would be seriously uncool and just irrelevant to you. Use them to inspire you to create your own highly relevant headline that perfectly captures who you help, what you offer and why.
    When I’m looking for a remote role my who, what why is:
     
    Strategist & Comms Planner Helping Game-Changing Brands Magnify Their Message, Profit & Impact | 100% Remote
     
    When I’m promoting my remote career sessions, why who what why is:
     
    I Help Marketers Find & Succeed In A Remote Job To Build Career & Life Simultaneously | 1:1 Remote Career Consults | Thriving Empire Podcast

    Use keywords, dividers, and structure it how you like! You can also use emojis if you like. You don’t have to put ‘remote’ in your headline, but you can. Remember, companies are looking for the right talent and most will be willing to onboard you as a remote newbie.
    Here’s a funny quirk: if you change your headline with the iPhone app, you get more characters to work with. I have an Android phone, so I don’t have that luxury. I actually like being forced to use less words, because it keeps me concis

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    Ep #64: The Perfect Remote Job Resume or CV

    Ep #64: The Perfect Remote Job Resume or CV

    This is a cool episode, because this is your first chance to get super creative and really show your personality & tech skills as well as your professional skills, experience and qualifications. 
    And this week in the study pack I share a REAL version of my CV with you, so you can see how I position myself when applying for a remote role. Because of course I do this too! So before we talk about format and layout, what do you need to include in your resume or CV?
    We talk:

    The 8 chunks of information you must include
    3 interesting things about you to help you stand out from the crowd
    A summary of the golden resume rules!

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    1. Your Profile Photo
    First up, a picture speaks a thousand words! Yes, as scary as it sounds, I do recommend putting a photo of yourself on your resume. It instantly shows confidence & personality and helps you stand out from the crowd. There’s something that clicks — and lights up! — in someone’s brain when they can put a face to a name. As Rob Asghar says in his Forbes article:
    “We now live in a visual, multimedia age.”
    But don’t over think it. Give yourself 5 seconds to decide, then do it or don’t do it. Keep this a drama-free decision, ok? If it gives you chills or your worried about discrimination, don’t do it. Done. I think there’s something so bold and unapologetic about showing up visually, loud and proud. That’s my personal opinion.
     
    2. Your Name
     
    Include your first name and last name. Keep this really simple.
     
    3. Your Summary
     
    Include a 3-5 sentence overview of yourself and your career. You can use this as a chance to share your values, your career path, your vision of your career future, the kinds of companies & industries you’ve worked in, and the kinds of clients and customers you’ve served. It gives a snapshot of who you are, what you do and why.
     
    4. Your contact information
     
    Include your email address, your phone number with country code, your time zone, and your website or portfolio if you have one.
    Up until this point all of these details can stay the same, so you can set up a template where these areas remain fixed and you just edit and adapt the rest of your information as I’m about to walk your through.
     
    5. Your Job Title
     
    This will depend on what you’re applying for. Sometimes I use a generic job title/ role like: Media Strategist & Communications Planner, other times I might write Product Marketing Strategist, Community Strategist or Comms Strategist, depending on the role I’m applying for. All are true, I have a lot of experience and different companies have different labels for the same thing. Just make sure it’s aligned with the role you’re apply for.
     
    6. Your Core Skills
     
    This is a useful 5-7 bullet-point list of your core capabilities that create an at-a glance impression in seconds, and useful since the digital age has turned us all into skim readers.  I include my core competencies like marketing strategy, media strategy, communications planning as well as skills relevant to the role I’m apply for e.g. digital transformation strategy or remote culture strategy. This about which 5-7 skills are the most relevant for the role and BULLET them!
     
    7. 3-5 Most Relevant Work Experience
     
    I have almost 2 decades of work experience in media & marketing alone, not including University internships & 2 roles in investment banking before that — including everything would be a train wreck. So, I pick the 3- most relevant experience that align with the skills & experience they are looking for, then write a line underneath that says: full work experience in LinkedIn’ and hyperlink that line to my LinkedIn profile (which we’ll talk about in more detail in an epis

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    Ep #63: The 9 Steps to Get a Remote Job

    Ep #63: The 9 Steps to Get a Remote Job

    So what exactly do you need to do to get a remote job? Well, there are 5 things you can do to create a great job search foundation, and then 4 daily steps that lead up to a great application. That is of course if your remote job search is your priority. Maybe you’re searching on Saturdays, or Wednesday evenings, but whatever your flow, having a system in place that helps you sort the wheat from the chaff will save you a lot of time. We talk:

    The critical first step you might not realise is integral to your success 
    The 5 steps that set you up with a great job search foundation
    The daily 4-step system to find the right remote job for you

     
    Get the Podcast Study Pack 3 and receive a worksheet, guide or checklist workbook for every episode, so you can make your remote career & transition a reality ASAP.
     
    In the last 10 episodes I hope you’ve been getting the true picture of the scale of the opportunities for you when it comes to remote work. The opportunity is growing, more and more companies consider it a strategic imperative that’s a win: win on both sides, and it will continue. It’s not a fad, and most of all, they are actively scouring the globe for YOU and your skillset!
    So let’s help you get a remote job!
    There are 9 steps, the first 5 are set and forget steps, and the last 4 are the regular/daily jobs search steps. I’ll go into more detail about some of these steps over the coming episodes so you know exactly how to do what I’m going to share.
    If you’re listening to this episode and at any point thing OMG how do I apply this to me, don’t worry, you can work with one 1:1. I offer 30-min remote career consults, just head over to https://stephanieholland.co/careerconsult for more information and to book!
     
    How long does the remote job search take?
    It’s a piece of string. I think it depends on the quantity of quality applications you do daily. When I’m looking seriously, at the end of a creative project like this one, I’ll be doing 2-4 quality applications a day, and I’ll find a role within 2-4 weeks.
    It depends on what you’re looking for, and mostly, on how fast you get your application in. A word of warning, some roles will receive upwards of 3000+ applications, but don’t let this put you off. People who are on the ball and ready to hire will be watching the applications role in and switching off the job post before it gets out of control.
    These quality employers WILL send you an email confirmation that your application has been received and WILL follow up with you. If they don’t, you don’t want to work with them anyway.
    If they don’t have a formal process and workflow in place for their hiring, other parts of their business will be disorganised, too. More on that in a future episode about RED FLAGS!!

    STEP 1: Believe in yourself
    The most important ingredient of the remote job search is that you believe in yourself and what you can bring to a role and company. But this is the key to achieving everything, isn’t it? This goes so much further than your skills and qualifications alone. This will affect the roles you apply for, the quality of your application, and how you show up for the hiring process. When you know you have the 6 ideal traits of a remote worker (ep 54), the most important skill (ep 60), and the essential characteristics (ep 61), then you’re off to a great start, and that should make you feel confident alone. Your professional skills & experience will be the icing on the cake, and you’ll start strong.

    STEP 2: Know what you’re looking for
    It’s really good to have 3-4 different search criteria so that you can unearth more opportunities, but you really need to know exactly what you’re looking for first. If you have the podcast pack you crafted a vision for your lifestyle and work style, and then in worksheet 3 you compiled your dream company criteria, a

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