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.


Kathleen joins Emily today to discuss the ever-evolving nature of business branding, defining what exactly branding is, what to do with your brand when your business becomes more complex, and what to do when your ideas outgrow the business and brand that you’ve already built.

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Boss friend Ellen Matis joins Emily in this episode to talk about creating boundaries for social media, the impact that local community involvement can have on your life and business, and why it’s important to invest in your community and neighbors.

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Being productive can be a challenge for entrepreneurs. In fact, a majority of Being Boss subscribers admit that time management is their biggest struggle. Emily and Kathleen team up in this episode to share the tips, resources, and hacks they use to better manage their workload, which includes how they handle distractions, how they deal […]

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A happy life doesn’t just fall in your lap, so we’ve brought in Stephanie Fleming of Happy Planner to talk about how to plan out your happy life. We’re also talking about navigating pivotal life moments, cultivating happiness and creative freedom, fraudy feelings, and so much more.

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Whether it’s once a quarter or once a year, there’s never a bad time to do some business planning. To get 2020 off to a great start, Emily and Kathleen discuss the different methods for creating a plan, what types of plans you can benefit from making, and how to commit to actually following through […]

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This time last year, Emily and Kathleen felt burnout that prompted them to scale back their workload. One year removed from that fatigue, they’re looking back at what caused the burnout and how it affected their businesses, personal health, and partnership. And with all of that in the past, they are also ready to share […]

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Practicing gratitude is essential for being a boss, so Emily and Kathleen are using this episode to talk about why gratitude is so important, how and why to implement gratitude into your relationships, and practices for showing appreciation in your work and life.

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Friendships and connections are important when you’re running a business, so Kathleen and Emily are taking some time to talk about cultivating a community, finding your wolfpack, nurturing relationships with business besties, and more. “Your community is not your market.” – Emily “Your wolfpack is the people that you want to hang out with but […]

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Our long-time boss boyfriend, Jason Zook, is back on the podcast today to talk with us about the tangle of work + identity, the things you learn from sticking to your entrepreneur path, and owning your weird.

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Fresh off of their trip to Guatemala, Emily and Kathleen are ready to talk about traveling, the importance of seeing new places, and the positive impact your business can have in the world. They are also opening up about their experience in Guatemala, meeting their sponsored kids, and taking life for granted.

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This month we’re talking about boundaries. We’re diving in with defining what boundaries are, how to tell when you need better boundaries, and how to create healthy boundaries professionally and personally.

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With social media and email marketing having become so popular in recent years, it’s easy to forget that word of mouth marketing is a tried and true method that has consistently worked throughout time. In this episode, Emily and Kathleen break down what word of mouth marketing is, they explain how it works, and they […]

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When did you last take time to practice your craft? In today’s episode, Kathleen and Emily discuss how to get better at what you do by finding ways to continue educating yourself, whether it be with books, new tools, school, or even a mentorship. They also explore the idea of pivoting versus evolving, Kathleen getting […]

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Some of you may have noticed changes in Instagram and blogging lately, so today we’re talking Instagram and our potential breakup with hashtags, the ever changing landscape of blogging and whether or not we think it’s dead, content marketing strategies that suit your specific business, and we’re wrapping up the episode with audience questions about […]

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This month, we’re talking about making the most of a photoshoot, sharing growth goals with your entire team, the charitable #BeingBossGuatemala trip, our monthly intentions, and all things speaking: how to get speaking gigs, what to charge, and the do’s and don’ts.

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