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Episode 018: From Side Hustle to Self Employed with Amanda Amato

In the short amount of time I’ve been on my designpreneur journey, I can say more than half of the designers I’ve met are, or started as, “side hustlers” — working a whole other job full-time while pursuing a design business. That transition from "side hustle" to self-employed isn’t just quitting a job & starting a new one — it’s as much a financial & mental transition, as it is a physical one. So I am excited for you guys to hear today’s conversation with one of my fav people, Amanda Amato.

Last year Amanda made the decision to resign from her full time "day job" to pursue AMA Designs full-time. Today we’re digging into what it was like balancing the two roles, how she came to that ultimate decision to leave her full time job, and what the transition has been like. I am confident, even if you’re not a side hustler, that you’re gonna get so much value from our conversation, so let’s dive in!

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Q & Albie: You're A CEO So Act Like It with Veronica Solomon

If you tuned in last week then this minisode is gonna be a real treat because we are back with Veronica Solomon for a Q & A on #allthethings when it comes to being the CEO in your business. Veronica Solomon has been creating beautiful interiors for the last 10 years, and knows a thing or two about the ups and downs in the business. The landscape of interior design has changed dramatically over the years, and with all the changes, she has learned how to package her  services, market her business, and create an iron-clad process that clients see value in, and are willing to pay top dollar for. These processes and systems have grown her business exponentially. And not only did clients take notice, but so do publications, industry organizations, vendors and fellow designers. 

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Episode 016: You're A CEO So Act Like It with Veronica Solomon

Veronica Solomon has been creating beautiful interiors for the last 10 years, and knows a thing or two about the ups and downs in the business. The landscape of interior design has changed dramatically over the years, and with all the changes, she has learned how to package her  services, market her business, and create an iron-clad process that clients see value in, and are willing to pay top dollar for. These processes and systems have grown her business exponentially. And not only did clients take notice, but so do publications, industry organizations, vendors and fellow designers. 

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Episode 015: Getting Clear On Goals & Choosing To Be Excellent with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn is the co-owner of Window Works in Livingston, NJ, the author of The Making of A Well-Designed Business™ and the engaging host of the 5-star rated podcast A Well-Designed Business™. The podcast, A Well-Designed Business™ is the definitive resource for interior design professionals interested in operating a profitable and productive business. Known for asking questions that get to the heart of the subject, her show is down to earth and actionable. In our conversation we talk about how hard it is to run a systemized, profitable business, noting that it is not something done lightly but with commitment and intention, the rewards are far more reaching than financial.

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Episode 014: What People Never Told You About Business with Niki McNeill

Niki is a Raleigh, NC native and has  been working in the interior design industry for nearly 10 years. After being fired unexpectedly at the beginning of 2018, she decided to build her own design company, SingleBubblePop Design Studio. In less than a year, she’s grossed well over 6 figures and already starting to build our her team. When we decide to start our own businesses, for most of us, it’s a lot of trial and error. We can only hope that in those errors, we learn and continue to be better with each new attempt. That’s what Niki did. From starting her blog a decade ago to using previous design experiences to build her own business, nothing is lost in the trenches. Her design company has been profitable from day one because she applied business  principles to her design services, creating systems that maximize her profitability. She’s an entrepreneur first & designer second!

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Episode 013: Navigating Visibility Opportunities While Remaining On Brand & In Alignment with Rachel Moriarty

As something of a “visibility whisperer”, I got to discuss "Visibility Management" (as oppose to time management) with Rachel Moriarty. We talk all about what it’s like navigating visibility opportunities while remaining on brand & in alignment, with some examples from recent collaborations. Rachel Moriarty wears many hats — from being a leading home style expert to best selling author to product designer. As an expert in using her platform to fill her pipeline & build partnerships, I just know you guys  are gonna love our conversation. 

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Episode 012: Going Beyond the Projects & Clients with Cheryl Luckett

With an unwavering faith & charming southern style, designer Cheryl Luckett has built a brand that is hard to miss & even harder not to love. For more than 15 years Cheryl worked at a Fortune 500 company in Charlotte, North Carolina as a Registered Dietitian and later a human resources professional in diversity and inclusion. After much prayer and consideration, she realized that design wasn’t just her passion, it was her purpose and decided to take on interior design full-time. Cheryl has been able to parlay her passions into a design brand, with accolades that include serving as Brand Ambassador for NC based Revolution Performance Fabrics, be one of the featured designers participating in Southern Home Magazine’s Julian Price Home Showhouse (Greensboro, NC), and launching the Belle by Cheryl Collection for Sylvester Alexander.

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Q & Albie: Mastering Brand Sponsorships & Collaborations with Morgan Molitor

If you tuned in to last week’s episode then you already know that you’re in for a treat this week, because we are back with Morgan Molitor. 

Morgan is one half and co-founder of construction2style, and while not a “certified” interior designer, thanks to digital marketing and her passion for interiors, she’s been able to build a successful interior design + contracting business alongside her her husband Jamie Molitor.

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Episode 008: Mastering Brand Sponsorships & Collaborations with Morgan Molitor (Part 2)

If you tuned in to last week’s episode then you already know that you’re in for a treat this week, because we are back with Morgan Molitor. 

Morgan is one half and co-founder of construction2style, and while not a “certified” interior designer, thanks to digital marketing and her passion for interiors, she’s been able to build a successful interior design + contracting business alongside her her husband Jamie Molitor.

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Episode 007: Mastering Brand Sponsorships & Collaborations with Morgan Molitor (Part 1)

How many of you follower influencers across different industries, wondering to yourself how, you too, could work with brands & what that would mean for you as a designer? In today's episode, you're getting to get one step closer to mastering brand sponsorships and collaborations for your business.

Morgan Molitor, one half and co-founder of construction2style, specializes in collaboration. Always thinking about 100 different ways to optimize any project they’re working on, she attributes half of their business to brand partnerships and sponsored content.

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Episode 003: Understanding Your Audience & Turning Them Into Clients with Carmeon Hamilton

In today’s episode, Carmeon Hamilton shares with us her insights on some of my favorite topics & topics that I know y’all are gonna love too. We’re talking about setting boundaries to create balance, especially when you wear so many hats, understanding & converting potential clients, and how her instagram has grown a whole life of its own.

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