Episode 152: May Energy Reading

So You Wanna Be a Witch. Episode 152: May Energy Reading. 4 tarot cards on a stone wall.

Is money causing you grief?

In our society, money is not only the hard currency that allows us to get our basic needs met, it is also the currency of possibility. 

Money is power.

Money is the potential for action.

Money is the possibility of change.

There is grief in accepting this. There is grief in choosing to engage a broken system to take care of ourselves and contribute to our communities. When we look around at the disturbing relationship our culture has with money, it is easy to be repulsed by it. It is equally easy to give into the scarcity mindset that capitalism pushes and cling harder and harder to the resources we accumulate. 

Our tendency is to either push money away, in solidarity with people or push people away, in our fear of losing money.

May is calling us to be in a different relationship with money. May is calling us to embrace the currency of possibility.

What happens when we have enough money to thrive? 

What happens when our reaction to gaining resources is to draw people in closer? 

What happens when the power that comes with money is allowed to shift paradigms, instead of perpetuating them?

Tune in this week for our May Energy Reading to hear more about the change that is possible when we release our dreams of utopia to take action in the present world around us.

CW: This episode opens with talk about the Chauvin case and continued police violence

Show Notes:

4:11– Energy for the Month: Page of Pentacles. Possibility and wonder.

9:30– Action for the Month: Five of Cups. Grief and possibility.

13:01– Release Work of the Month: Seven of Wands. The battles we carry.

18:04– Outcome of the Month: Six of Pentacles, reversed. The long haul.

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Episode 151: Self-Funding Your Business

So You Wanna Be a Witch Episode 151: Self-Funding Your Business. Sarah Chappell smiling at the camera as she walks down a street.

Where does your business cash come from?

Small business loans! Seed funding! Investors! Start-up financing!

These options can sound intimidating, and may deter people from stepping into entrepreneurship. It’s a lot of paperwork that requires a lot of promises, and one of the top things that microbusiness owners want is flexibility.

The good news? You probably don’t need them!

Most of the businesses I help people with are self-funded, which means that they started small and use their own assets to grow their business. This can be as simple as pulling some cash out of your savings account, or keeping a part-time job on the side. But what about when you need to invest to take your business to the next level and you don’t have the money in your back pocket?

This week on the podcast we are talking quick cash so you can learn the steps of self-funding: what it means, how to do it, and when to implement it.

Tune in this week to hear about my favorite tried-and-true funding ideas and what my next adventures in leveling up are bringing to my business.

Show Notes:

2:00–How do new businesses get funded?

5:28–What is self-funding?

8:40–What to do and when to do it.

16:04–Easy, fast, big ROI.

23:09–How I self-fund.

Free Training: How To Create Consistent Income Without Doing All the Things.

Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wiedeman

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Episode 150: Customer Service for a Scalable Business

So You Wanna Be a Witch: Episode 150: Customer Support For Your Scalable Business. Sarah Chappell smiling at a counter and shaking someone's hand.

Are you prepared to support your incoming customers?

Y’all know how much I love talking about scaling as a way to make small businesses sustainable over the long-haul! Getting out of the 1:1 ratio of input to income is life-changing. But scaling is not some magic business-hack that means less work across the board.

The point of scaling is to find a way to let your work help more customers than it could if you were doing one-on-one work. Yes, that means LESS creation work. It also means MORE customers! And those customers will need SUPPORT.

This episode is all about making sure you are ready to support the customer load of your dreams. We are talking timing, systems, boundaries, and team! 

When do you need to implement more intensive customer support structures?

What systems will ensure that all of your customers are supported without you glued to your inbox all day?

What boundaries can you have with your customers and with your business to protect you from burnout?

What do you do when your customers need more support than you are able or willing to make time for?

I answer all these questions, highlight some of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs making in their scalable offers, and tell you about the tools and tips that have worked for me in my business.

Tune in this week and remember: the customer isn’t always right, but they do deserve the support you promised!


Show Notes:

2:45– Validating your offer: When to create more customer support systems

8:30– How do we scale customer service? Systems!

16:34– Boundaries are your best friend.

22:37– Ask for help! Hiring for your inbox.

Live Workshop: Your Sustainable, Scalable Offer 

Episode 122: Lessons From a Year in HBA

Missive

A World Without Email by Cal Newport

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Episode 149: How To Make Something New

So You Wanna Be a Witch Episode 149: How To Make Something New. Sarah Chappell open-mouth smiling and looking away from the camera.

Your ideas are not original!

Ouch. 

I know that sounds like a slap when we are all learning to tread around the idea of originality. The internet has exponentially increased how many ideas, concepts, and inspirations we are bombarded with daily and it can be overwhelming!

With so many good ideas out there, are there any left to be had?

If I was really inspired by someone’s concept, does it mean I am stealing their work?

Are you afraid of acting on your ideas because you’re worried they aren’t original enough? OR are you acting on every idea without a second thought to where they come from or what they’ll do for you?

If you have listened to me for a long time, you know that I believe that there is no such thing as an original idea, but I don’t find that discouraging and I don’t want you to, either! When we embrace the fact that we are inspired and influenced by everything around us, we can be intentional about WHAT we allow to influence us, HOW we create something from multiple sources of inspiration, and WHEN we credit others work.

In this episode, I take you through different ways of approaching ideation and what phases of business I find are the best fit for each. I talk about my own process for coming up with new ideas for my business and deciding which ones to chase. I also offer TONS of practical recommendations for apps, tools, and tips for starting to take your own thought-based labor seriously.

Tune in this week for an intensive on the science of creation and stay for my hot product idea: handknit underwear patterns. Seriously, who is going to run with it?

Show Notes:

1:10–What is an idea?

6:25– Two perspectives on ideation.

15:48– How to capture your inspiration and ideas.

21:22–Transforming inspiration into ideas.

37:28– Three step recap.

Katherine de Vos Devine: intellectual property expert

My Tools:
Obsidian
Instapaper
Ulysses

Apps:
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Pocket
MyMind
GoodNotes
Saga
Roam
Bear
Scrivener
Omm Writer

Tech:
Rocketbook
Apple Pencil

Books:
How To Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown
Cal Newport’s Deep Work
Peter Drucker

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Episode 148: Shame Is Not A Sales Tactic

So You Wanna Be a Witch Episode 148: Shame Is Not A Sales Tactic. Sarah Chappell standing among the trees.

Are you being shamed into purchases?

Current social media expectations can leave us feeling forced into a position previously reserved for celebrities: giving all of ourselves to the public. This is making it impossible to engage in the modern world and maintain privacy.

Over the past year, we’ve talked a lot on the podcast about boundaries and giving yourself the space to exist off screen. We often feel an urge to share, be it performance based or because it is effective in sales. We can exploit ourselves by sharing our feelings, hardships, and challenges because it speaks to the reality tv nature of our society. 

This week on the podcast we shift away from the recent themes of serious business trainings and into the feels. Y’all I talk. A lot. I talk about how I show up in my business and the structures that allow my business to function when my mental illness wants to take the reins. I dive into some of my fears and shame and how social media is fueling that shame under the guise of so-called ethical business and critiquing the status quo.

Some marketing posts are being designed to make you feel shame about your approach to business, about what you’ve been trained to do, or even about who you learned from and their way of teaching.

Join us this week as I welcome you into my feels to examine the social media trend that may be motivating your decisions: shame.

Show Notes:

5:00– Running a Business While Being Acutely Mentally Ill

21:30– Social Media Trend to Position Self As Against Status Quo

30:00– How This Creates Shame

43:00– What Can We Do Instead?

Episode 97:  Soul-Centered Business Magic with Ren Zatopek

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