Apr 28, 2015

Episode #173: Freelancing For Your Freedom

I only write when inspiration strikes, fortunately it strikes at 9am every morning. --William Faulkner

Freelancer: A person who works as a writer, designer, artist, performer or the like, selling services independently, rather than working for an employer.

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we have a conversation with freelance writers, Amy Souza and Amanda Miska about the freelancing lifestyle. We discuss tips on how to design the life you want by working for yourself. Amy Souza is a writer, editor and founder of the call and response project, Spark. Amanda Miska is the Editor-In-Chief of Split Lip Magazine. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published in a really long list of magazines, journals, blogs, and quarterlies.

Follow Amy on Twiter: @amy_spark   Follow Amanda on Twitter: @akmiska 

We also discuss a blog post by freelance web designer, Paul Jarvis, titled, "Stop Doing Shit You Don't Like." We discuss how empowering it is to have every life choice back in your power. Even just the ability to take time to stare out the window can be a small luxury when you work for yourself. Check out Paul's online course for freelancers called The Creative Class. You can also follow Paul on Twitter @pjrvs

Some Tips for Freelancers:

  • You have to be a show off and it will feel oogie. Oh well. Get comfortable showing people what you do.
  • Nobody is looking for you. Go to your audience.
  • You need a website/blog.
  • Be honest about what you love to do the most and do that as much as possible.
  • Define your customer--What is your specialty? (see above)
  • Don't play in the $5 sandbox. Find the unique thing(s) you have to offer.
  • Be a Follow-Up Freak.
  • Plant seeds with everyone you meet to fertilize your success.
  • Look and behave professionally online and in-person.
  • Distractions are your worst enemy. Eliminate them when you are working.
  • Put your portfolio together that will speak to the kind of clients you want.
  • You may have to do some free work to build your portfolio, but do it smart, and don't be shy about asking for a reference or testimonial as soon as the work is accepted.
  • You can't do it all on social media. You have to make face to face connections.

If you enjoyed the show, please head on over to iTunes or Stitcher and give us a glorious review. Thank you so much for supporting The JellyVision Show Podcast. Send comments and questions to jellyvisionshow@gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners.

Apr 21, 2015

Episode #172: Doing Business with a Rebel Mind

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. --Osho

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast we speak with Toni Langhorne, the co-founder of Tailored Rebels Clothing. Tailored Rebels is an online, small batch, original, tee shirt design company with a rebellious philosophy. Toni and her partner didn't let the over-saturated t-shirt market deter them from their vision of making statement tees worth collecting, dressing up, and wearing on the town. In addition to unique designs on American Apparel shirts, they put a lot of thought into their packaging to make the receipt of their products a memorable experience. Like smart rebels, they stared at the landscape and found a way to stand out in a crowded market.

How To Be A Rebel with Your Art, Business & Life:

  • Challenge the conventional and create alternatives to the status quote
  • Keep trying new things 
  • Don't follow trends, study everything around you and be on the bleeding edge of the NEXT trend. See the change before it happens.
  • Be a rebel with a cause--rebel to change things for the better, not for the sake of being rebellious.
  • Respect the power of a true rebel to lead, change people's lives and revolutionize the accepted standard.
  • Rebel against greed, prejudice, violence, corruption and small minds. 

Don't miss Tailored Rebels May 2nd at The Funk Parade where they will be doing live screen printing from 12-5pm. Follow them everywhere @TailoredRebels.

Apr 14, 2015

Episode #171: Breaking Average As A Creative Entrepreneur

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
-- Herman Melville

Innovation and success never happen in the averages. This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, Tim and Jelly discuss ways to gauge the fitness of your small business in order to break the average and stand out in exceptional ways to your customers and peers.

Some Big Questions From This Episode:

  • Are you profitable?
  • Is Your customer base growing? 
  • Are you thrilling customers with supreme customer service and a superior product or service?
  • Are you differentiating yourself from your competition and communicating that edge in your sales?
  • Do you know your target audience? 
  • Is your business giving you the lifestyle you desire?
  • Are you thinking and acting with the future in mind?
  • Are you networking Face to Face consistently?
  • Are you constantly curious and learning about your industry, current trends and trying to notice evidence of future trends that could effect your business?
  • Are you personal ethics and core values in your business? 

We ask these questions and more on this 171st episode of The JellyVision Show Podcast. If you enjoy the show, please let us know by subscribing/rating on iTunes and Stitcher. You can also email comments and suggestions to jellyvisionshow@gmail.com

Apr 7, 2015

Episode #170: Turn Your Rad Idea Into A Killer Business

The People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, actually do.

You too, can be an insta-CEO! This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we have a lot of fun exploring how to take action on your wild and crazy  ideas and turn them into real businesses. Squash your fear, define your goals, and believe in yourself. The cookie cutter life is not for you any more.

We also discuss "The Tens", Jelly's daily list of ten small healthy changes. Learn how The Tens resulted in Tim quitting weed and Jelly not drinking for 90 days. Self control and positive life changes are having a huge impact on the JVS team. Interested in trying The Tens? Here is Jelly's list, but feel free to come up with your own Tens and share them with us at jellyvisionshow@gmail.com.

The Tens are 10 small changes a day that will get you towards a larger goal.

   The Tens (Jelly's):

  1. No added sugar or alcohol  (test PH-should be 6.8 or higher. Sugar, alcohol and caffeine lower PH)
  2. Hydrate: drink 48 oz or more of water per day
  3. Balance Gut Bacteria with probiotics from Kefir or Kombucha 3x/week
  4. Eat healthy fat from nuts, chia seeds, flax, or coconut oil
  5. 1 green smoothie per day
  6. 1 Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar shot 1:4 ratio vinegar to water to lower blood sugar
  7. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  8. Get off electronics 1 hour before bed
  9. Circulate: exercise daily
  10. Exfoliate skin: try kefir or a honey turmeric mask