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Productivity Affects Profitability

065: Productivity Affects Profitability WITH AMBER DE LA GARZA Amber De La Garza is on the podcast today. She is a productivity specialist who helps entrepreneurs create actionable solutions to maximize profit, reduce stress and to focus on what matters most to them. Amber also hosts a podcast, Productivity Straight Talk. She and I met at Podcast Movement, a conference for podcasters in late summer. After realizing how many connections we had in common over a lunch meeting, we hit it off....


Married to an Entrepreneur

064: Married to an Entrepreneur WITH JOEL AND MICHELE WILLIAMS On the podcast today, I have my husband Joel. I am pretty excited and just a little bit scared about the conversation that we're going to have…but I think it's going to be fun for many of you. My listeners have asked what my husband thinks of what I do, so I'm going to ask him some questions. Topics Mentioned: Thoughts from Joel and Michele: Socials: References and Resources: Profit FirstThe Designers' Inner Circle


063: Legal Assistance Supports Profitability

063: Legal Assistance Supports Profitability WITH JAMIE LIEBERMAN Jamie Lieberman joins the podcast today. Jamie is a lawyer and founder of Hashtag Legal. Jamie describes her firm as not only your lawyer, but a partner in your business. I love that description. Her firm focuses on helping you maximize your profit while protecting your assets. And who can’t get behind that! Jamie and I met at Podcast Movement this summer. And as you can hear me share with Jamie in our discussion – she was...


062: Courage for the Journey

062: Courage for the Journey WITH RICHELLE PLETT Richelle Plett, of RLP Interiors is with us on the podcast today for a second time. Richelle joined us initially on Episode 8 in 2018 entitled, Stepping Back can be a Growth Strategy. At that time Richelle shared that she was closing her custom upholstery shop after many years and many iterations – as well as the difficulty she was facing from not having a scalable business – and not digging into the financials earlier. Since then, Richelle...


061: Help and Encouragement for Designers

061: Help and Encouragement for Designers WITH AMY FERRER On the podcast today is Amy Ferrer of Miko and Boone Home. Amy and I have been friends for quite a few years. Probably since 2013 when I met her through another colleague. Amy is just one of a kind and I'm so excited to bring this podcast to you today. What we're going to talk about is her journey and how she uses that to encourage others. Amy started off as a drapery workroom and she definitely has a heart for designers. I don't...


Trust is What You are Selling

060: Trust is What You are Selling WITH MICHELE WILLIAMS On today’s podcast we are talking about trust. What is it, how to tell if you have it, and why it matters. Topics Mentioned: Thoughts from Michele: Socials: References and Resources: EP. 052 with Michele WilliamsThe Designers' Inner Circle


Embellishment for Self-Expression

059: Embellishment for Self-Expression WITH JANA PLATINA PHIPPS With us on the podcast today is the Trim Queen – Jana Platina Phipps. Jana is an expert in all things trimmings and as the title of this episode of the podcast, she believes embellishment is a creative form of self-expression. Jana will share with us her start with embellishments and where it has taken her. Topics we cover include unexpectedly finding a passion that you were not actively seeking, stepping out in faith and not...


Creating A Board of Directors That Supports You

058: Creating A Board of Directors that Supports You WITH JENNIFER SMITH With me today is Jennifer Smith of JLS Designs in middle Tennessee (just outside of Nashville). Jennifer began her business almost 20 years ago focused on window coverings. She now offers design services to her clients as well. Jennifer has a vast portfolio of clients. She has completed design projects for Fortune 500 executives, some of the country’s most talented music and athletic industry professionals and...


Client Service Strategies that WOW

057: Client Service Strategies that Wow WITH ASHLEY UHL Ashley Uhl is the owner of Ashley Uhl Consulting which offers client service consulting for designers. Ashley has been cultivating a love of service her entire lifetime. Traveling extensively throughout the world early on in life, she developed an incredible respect, understanding, and interest in the five star service she encountered. Eager to expand her knowledge of service, Ashley gained her degree in psychology and minor in...


Year One of Profit Is A Choice

056: Year One of Profit is a Choice WITH MICHELE WILLIAMS Wow, I cannot believe that we are a year into this podcast journey of Profit is a choice. I am not sure if you all heard my beginnings in podcasting – but I started investigating a podcast in 2016. At that time, I determined the amount of time it would take was time I did not have available – so I shelved it. Then in 2018, I was able to create sustainable time in my calendar to create and produce the podcast. And now – here we are....


Creative Confidence Leads to Business Confidence

055: Creative Confidence Leads to Business Confidence WITH COURTNEY MCLEOD Joining me today is Courtney McLeod. She is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning Manhattan-based full-service design studio. An avid colorist at heart, Courtney draws from a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create rooms evocative of one emotion above all others - joy. Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad - including the cover...


Community and Connection Even as an Introvert

054: Community and Connection Even as an Introvert WITH CAT FRENCH Cat French, founder of Catherine French Design, LLC. Cat runs a full-service interior design studio located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and a Specialization in Historic Preservation. After teaching the Environmental Design Studio at UNCG and giving presentations on interior design and historic...


Bookkeeping for Success

053: Bookkeeping for Success WITH EMILY MOORE On the podcast today is Emily Moore. She owns and operates the Bean Countery which is a Certified Profit First full-service accounting and advising firm. What started as a side hustle to save her soul from Corporate Finance has grown over the past decade. It is now a full-time passion of hers to meet entrepreneurs where they are and improve their business finances and overwhelm so they can live the life they crave. Emily lives near...


Confidence By Design

052: Confidence by Design WITH MICHELE WILLIAMS Today's podcast is another solo episode. In it, we're going to talk about confidence. It is really a big topic and one that I think we can all say is important as business owners. As well as, talk about how confidence relates to our profitability. As we jump in, in just a few minutes, we're going to talk about what is confidence. We're going to look at how our confidence can be shaken and some of the things that we can do to restore that...


Mother Daughter Design Team

051: Mother Daughter Design Team WITH EMMA CAROLE PARADIS AND KIMBERLY CAROLE On the podcast today is Emma Carole Paradis and Kim Carole, the owners and designers of Impeccable Nest, based in Bedford, New Hampshire. They are a mother-daughter team with a love of design. Originally from a beach town in California, now in New Hampshire, they bring a Southern California cool and a New England tradition to their design. Emma and Kim are going to share with us the unique challenges of starting...


Hiring Exceptional People to be Profitable

050: HIRING EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE TO BE PROFITABLE WITH EILEEN HAHN With us today is Eileen Hahn. She is a principal in the San Diego based management consulting firm, Organization Effectiveness Consultants (OEC). She partners with leaders of organizations to establish new levels of performance, financial results, teamwork, and employee work passion. Eileen is a delightful and engaging professional speaker and university instructor. She combines practical knowledge, tools and techniques with...


Design Psychology for True Connection

049: DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY FOR TRUE CONNECTION WITH MONIQUE BECKER Joining us today is Monique Becker of The Enlightened Nest (and Becker Home). Monique lives with her husband and sons in rural southeastern Pennsylvania in an imperfectly-perfect Victorian farmhouse. She offers design and custom window treatments to her customers. Monique has studied the psychology of design and shares that with us today. She believes houses are living, breathing entities, and are a direct reflection of who we...


Summer Stress Removed

048: SUMMER STRESS REMOVED WITH MICHELE WILLIAMS Today, on the podcast is me. This is going to be a solo podcast and we're going to be talking about a topic that I keep seeing online and discussing with my one to one clients in private. We will talk about the summer slow down. So we're going to dig into some options on how to handle the summer chaos with maybe kids at home. Also, how not to give up on your business during that time. As well as not missing out on an entire summer of fun...


Profit First Success Stories

BONUS: PROFIT FIRST SUCCESS STORIES with Kristin Mathis Joining me on the podcast today is Kristin Mathis. She is the owner of Distinctive Windows in upstate NY, a custom drapery workroom. She began sewing as a young woman, and when Kristin purchased her first home, she found a severe lack of quality ready-made window treatments available. Using her natural talent to sew her own window treatments, she fell in love with interior design industry. Today, Kristin is a member of the Window...


Business Protection is Necessary

047: BUSINESS PROTECTION IS NECESSARY WITH ANGIE AVARD TURNER, ESQ. On the podcast today is Angie Avard Turner, an attorney who loves pattern and color. After over 20 years in retail, 14 years in wholesale, and 8 years in licensing, Angie decided to meet a glaring need of creatives—an attorney who was familiar with the needs of creative entrepreneurs and an understanding of the law. Angie believes that her entrepreneurial experience coupled with her legal education uniquely situate her to...