Being Boss Archive

A podcast for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side-hustlers. Tips for mindset, habits, routines, and boundaries when starting a business.

What does it take to make money doing the work you love? How do you position yourself as an expert? How do you find fulfillment as a creative and wrangle the responsibility of being a business owner?

In the Being Boss Archives, welcome to the first 275+ episodes of the award-winning, chart-topping, media-touted Being Boss podcast for creatives, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Listen along as co-hosts and business besties Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon navigate their paths as creative entrepreneurs in over 5 years of conversations about mindset, boundaries, habits, and routines. Join in on personal conversations and illuminating interviews with both working creatives and industry leaders, including Dr. Brené Brown, Brooke Castillo, Marie Forleo, Melissa Hartwig, Lisa Congdon and more, in an effort to help artists, makers, designers, side-hustlers and more to take control of their work and live life on their own terms.

These Archives include episodes from 2015 - mid-2020. To listen to current episodes, search for Being Boss wherever you listen to podcasts.


In this final part of the biggest conversation we’ve ever shared at Being Boss, Michelle Khouri wraps up her interview of Emily and Kathleen by covering how they’ll share content that they created together, what support systems they leaned on for this decision, what’s next for Kathleen, and what the future holds for Being Boss. […]

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In this landmark Being Boss episode, Emily and Kathleen are interviewed by Michelle Khouri about their burnout and how it led Kathleen to make the decision to sell her ownership stake of Being Boss. Listen to Part 2 of this interview: https://beingboss.club/podcast/future-of-being-boss

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Live from the “Make Time to Shine” Being Boss Conference, Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki joins Emily and Kathleen to explore the topics of personal branding and marketing with authenticity. The three of them also talk about finding gaps in the market, battling fraudy feelings, what’s changing in the world of ecommerce, and so much more.

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Emily is taking this special episode to recap the wisdom that was dropped during the virtual Being Boss Conference back in April. You’ll hear from Tara McMullin on why you should still promote your business in uncertain times, Autumn Witt Boyd on a very creative marketing idea, Vivian Kaye on the importance of displaying your […]

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How do you make sure that the business you start will be everything you want it to be? A business plan can help put you on the right path. Being Boss has partnered with Freshbooks to create a Business Plan Template; and in this episode, Emily walks you through every step of using that template […]

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Live from the “Make Time to Shine” Being Boss Conference, Emily and Kathleen discuss the most powerful tool of Being Boss: conversation. They dive into ways in which conversation can elevate creativity and how to have conversations with yourself, your community, your business partners, and your customers.

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Connections are an important part of growing as a business owner, so Emily’s business bestie Megan Flatt is on this episode to talk about networking, how to share resources and knowledge, recognizing when relationships aren’t a good fit, and how you can find your own business bestie.

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Business owners don’t always know how to react to the world around us, so Emily is diving into the steps that you can take to build a mindful and responsible business, touching on the themes of values, how to uncover your most impactful action, and more.

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Author and business owner Maia Toll joins to talk about using your business as an outlet for your creative expression, how to use intuition in your business, and how you can stay motivated for the long haul. Maia also took some time to tell us the fascinating story of how she became an entrepreneur and […]

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Putting aside the strict business talk, Emily and Kathleen discuss the importance of being a creative, the difference between a creative process and a business process, what being creative actually looks like, cooking, and how to keep going when you get blocked.

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Finance expert Danetha Doe joins Emily in this episode to talk about addressing your money stories, combating scarcity mindset, tips for building a solid financial foundation, how the shifting economy is changing our relationships with money, and so much more.

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Ebbs and flows are inevitable, so having sustainable business practices is key for long-term success. Kathleen joins Emily today to talk about those basic practices, which include starting small and bootstrapping, leveraging what you already have, marketing tactics, not over-committing to social media, and big picture CEO-level management.

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Emily recently hosted a Q&A session in the Being Boss Community, and now we’re publishing her answers in a two-part series. In this second episode, Emily answers questions about scaling a business based on highly personalized services, dealing with the lack of inspiration, readying your business for starting a family, and more.

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Emily recently hosted a Q&A session in the Being Boss Community, and now we’re publishing her answers in a two-part series. In this first episode, Emily tackles navigating uneasy feelings around onboarding a contractor into your top-secret processes, how to overcome overwhelm as a multi-passionate and totally prolific creative, how to maintain company culture as […]

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In this special episode, Emily and Kathleen take some time to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic, the lessons you can learn from it, the opportunities you can find in it as a creative business owners, and our top tips for working from home (especially if your kids are home with you.)

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