#MerryBiz

#MerryBiz

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MerryBiz will show you how to live your most epic life through the stories and experiences of the world's most amazing entrepreneurs. Join your hosts Emma & Carla Papas, The Merrymaker Sisters and get your #MerryBiz on.

Episodes

71: How We Got Our App to Rank #1 with the Merries  

In today's episode we're pretty darn excited because our app went to #1 in the App Store during launch! We chat all about how we did it (the un-plan) and why we decided to make an app! Haven't downloaded it yet? You can here! themerrymakersisters.com/app

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69: The Coffee Table Book for Every Entrepreneur with Nathan Chan  

We’re so super excited for our friend Nathan Chan to be launching his brand new coffee table book TONIGHT!  It’s going to be an amazing book and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!  We interviewed him once before about his journey but THIS TIME we got stuck into the book! Why a book, why Kickstarter and SO much more!   Some questions we asked… Why the book?  Let’s get a bit of a back story on where this idea even come from? Who does this book belong to?  Why did you decide to go with a Kickstarter campaign?  How are you going with the printing process? Who’s is your favorite entrepreneur in the book? Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Why Kickstarter is a great place to build community.  How a book can boost your brand and identity. The importance of quality printing. Project management is key when it comes to any product… especially physical products! GRAB THE BOOK TODAY! 

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67: $0-$100K in 8 months with Meryl Johnston of Bean Ninjas  

Today's guest is the co-founder of Bean Ninjas, a productized service style bookkeeping business which helps businesses keep their books up to date. Now if you're thinking BORING... accounting! Think AGAIN!  Bean Ninjas grew from $0-$100k annual recurring revenue in just 8 months! The business is now 14 months old, has a monthly recurring revenue of $15k and a distributed team of 12 based in Australia, USA and United Kingdom. #EPIC!  Meryl Jonhston shares some absolute GOLD in this episode... you don't wanna miss it! "Think about what makes you happy... not about what makes other people happy." Some questions we asked… Where did you start from? How did this idea become about? How did you come up with your service offer? What are your tips for business owners to stay on track with money? What tools do you use in your business? How do you think bigger when you have a business? How do you figure out what your vision is? "You need to figure out what's important to you... and go after that." Some AHA! Moments in this episode… You need to set up your foundations to create an epic business. The importance of scheduling your time. Trusting that although it feels you're only making small changes... you are improving what you're doing. Why you need to find the right people for your team.

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66: Live Interview with Melissa Ambrosini, Epic Chats: Relationships, Meditation, Mindset and SO Much More  

In today’s epic episode we welcome Melissa Ambrosini back into the studio! If you missed her first episode on #MerryBiz, head back to episode 7! But this one has some serious EPIC moments that will leave you feeling extra inspired and generally amazing. If you want to be the best version of yourself you’ve got to say “yes” to you. This sometimes means saying “no thank you” to  others. Some questions we asked… What’s happening in your world? How’s work going? What’s new? Can we even call it work? What do you call it? How do you choose what you do next in your business? What about if you feel like you’re ‘full’ but you fall in love with someone who isn’t ‘full’? How often do you meditate? What type of meditation do you do? (Social Media and Email) How do you deal with making sure you’re still taking action to reach your goals but you’re doing in a way where you’re tuned in? “You can’t control what’s going to happen in the world. But you can control the way you react.” Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Following your gut is always a feeling, you can’t really logically explain it, where fear is more dialogue in your head. We can choose in every moment to react how we want to react. Why relationships are an incredible playground for personal growth. The way you cultivate awareness is by coming back inside to your true self. The power of changing your state. Why you need to learn to be fully present. “Don’t wear multitasking as a badge of honor… just be present.”

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65: How to Live a Bold Life and Stop Caring What Others Think with Kimberly Rich  

Today's guest is the creator of The Bold Life Movement; a success coaching firm and popular podcast on iTunes. She empowers people worldwide to embrace unconventional living, to create life on their own terms and to live audaciously in the pursuit of happiness. We are so super excited to welcome Kimberly Rich to the #MerryBiz podcast. This episode is THE GOODS!   "Allow some room for a little magic." Some questions we asked… What is the bold life movement? What does it mean to live a bold life? What’s your feelings around fear? What do you do to get over fears? What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned lately? How important is it to really nurture real life relationships? How do you 'find' your authentic self? Do you have a morning ritual? Take us through your goal setting process. "What does your ideal life look like? Set goals to reach that." Some AHA! Moments in this episode… The importance of balancing masculine and feminine energies (further listening here). Why learning to say "no" is so powerful. How to understand your business desire and link it to your personal desires.  Why you need to listen to those gut feelings, do not ignore them.  "My business is growing at the exact rate that I can handle."

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BONUS: 100 Spots Available! Join the First #MerryBiz Hustle!  

Where our MerryBiz-ers at? Yay! We're super freaking excited to tell you about our very first round of the #MerryBiz Hustle! And no... it's not a dance but there will be dance breaks! If you wanna get more stuff done and make some huge, awesome changes to your blog/social and business... then we created the #MerryBiz Hustle for you. 4 weeks of fun and hustle to create an epic blog and social to grow your business! Yay! And you'll have us on your side the whole entire way! We start on 2 November and there are only 100 spots! Learn more at: www.themerrymakersisters.com/merrybiz-hustle

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64: Get the Know How to Crowdfund Your Next Project or Business with Khierstyn Ross  

In episode 64 on #MerryBiz we chat with our online digital advisor friend that specializes in online product launches through crowdfunding.  In fact, she's helped drive over 7 figures online through crowd funding and she's super passionate about sharing how she does it.  We had the pleasure of hanging out earlier this year on a tropical island, having fun, drinking cocktails and we are so excited to welcome our friend Khierstyn Ross to #MerryBiz! YAY!   "You’d be surprised how much you learn from screwing up." Some questions we asked... How did you get into crowdfunding? Why are you so interested in it? What is crowdfunding? Can you pinpoint the things that you think make up a successful crowdfunding campaign? Is there anyone that you look to you for inspiration every day?  What does it take to create an epic email list? "Just show up!" Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Why crowdfunding is the new age of funding a business. The importance of talking to your customer and understanding their needs. How to decide the amount of money to aim for in your crowdfunding campaign. Why you can't just launch... you need to build an audience first. Where to spend your dollars when creating your campaign. "Crowdfunding is not just a way to make money, it’s a way to launch a business."

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BONUS: Create or Hate, Successful People Make Things with Dan Norris  

We're epically enthused about this podcast episode with Dan Norris. They're always the most fun because a. we get to do them live in his office/studio, b. we go 0n all the weird and wonderful tangents and c. becuase it's THE Dan Norris.  During this chat we mostly discuss the topic... idea... no, the MAGIC of creativity. Because Dan has a brand spankin' new book out: Create or Hate. Check it out here! (for free this week!). Far out even the title is freaking amazing.  But wait, we gotta talk about that sub-title: Successful People Make Things. ARGHHH. It's like oh yeh, duh! We gotta make stuff to be successful. Yes, making things can bring in the dollars (yay) but what about the joy, fun, love, inspiration and life changing stuff these 'things' also brings? Steve Jobs made the iPhone (um epic and makes our lives a whole lot easier), Frida put her magical reality on canvas (talk about inspiration), The Beatles made music (joy, sadness, hope, love, bliss... every emotion) and Erica our old neighbour creates a garden oasis year after year, after year. Not sure about you but when we look at a beautiful garden we instantly feel happy and calm... see, magic. Just make something! Make something for fun. Make it to earn money. Make it to help people. Make it to spread a positive message around the world a billion times. This is from the back of Dan's new book...   Most of us have always wanted to make something, but for any number of reasons haven’t. Maybe you used to make things as a child, but stopped some time into adulthood.   What is that something for you? Writing a book? Creating a blog? Learning photography? Starting a podcast? Launching a business?   This book exists for only one reason, to help you create that something.   We are all creative — there is a creator in you.    But there is also a force called Hate, which will work against your creativity and stop you from making things.    Hate can be controlled, and overpowered and your creative side can be nurtured and grown.    This book will show you how.  Dan talks about all sorts of stuff we love... How negative self-talk will limit you and that your thoughts matter. The magic of synchronicity. Maybe these small signs are giving you a message that you're on the right track. Failure = course correction. Failure is a good thing, what we like to call a 'blessing in disguise'.  Gratitude is a game changer. More gratitude equals more creativity and less negativity. It kills anger and stress. You know how we feel about gratitude.  Following the flow, the momentum... the bliss.  He also gives a bunch of action steps to help you create and overcome hate.  Our key message from Create or Hate was to keep on creating. Create for fun. Create for health and happiness. And in the words of Dan... create so much they can't ignore you. 

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63: Lunch Lady Lou Creating Healthy Lunch Orders and Changing Lives  

In episode 63 on #MerryBiz we chat with Lunch Lady Lou! She creates real food (wholefood lunches) for the time-poor health conscious corporates. That's right, she's in the business of delivering your healthy lunch to your desk. Daily. Giving you the time and space to get on with the rest of your to-do list. Sounds good to us! She's on a mission to transform how we think about, cook and eat our food. We're so excited to welcome to #MerryBiz Linda Ellis, aka Lunch Lady Lou!   "You're only limited by your own creativity." Some questions we ask… How did you end up cooking healthy lunches for busy corporates? How did you start? How did you get over that block of thinking I don't know how to do this?  What do you say to people who have fear around leaving their secure jobs and following their dream? How has social media played a part in your business? Some AHA! Moments in this episode… How rock bottom can create the person you need to be.  Why food is one of the most important things you can change to positively impact your life. Even though you might not be doing what you want to do... the skills you're learning are preparing you for what's next.  Why it's ok to think small first... then think bigger.

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62: From Breaking Even to Million Dollar Biz, Beginning Boutique with Sarah Timmerman  

We are SUPER excited about today's #MerryBiz guest! She's the founder of one of the world's top boutique fashion sites, Beginning Boutique. Starting the business in 2008 after a trip to Paris, facing struggles and triumphs, the business now turns over millions of dollars every year and has a big focus on their customer, one of the reasons of their huge success. We can't wait to learn more and share it all with YOU! Welcome to the show Sarah Timmerman of Beginning Boutique! "There's always room to grow." Some questions we asked… Take us back to 2008. Where did the inspiration come for BB? What has the journey looked like... from then until now? Take us through the challenge of going from bankrupt to profit? What was going through your head? How did you overcome it? Did you have a team then?  How do you inspire your team?  How did you develop your on point brand? Will you ever think about bringing in investors? What's the coolest, craziest thing that's happened to you because of BB? How do you reach out and meet new people? "You gotta do what you can with what you have." Some AHA! Moments in this episode... The importance of knowing what needs to be done each and every week to reach your big goals. How meeting new people is key for business growth.  Why you need to focus on building a happy team environment to = a successful business. Always leave room to grow and learn.  Focus on balance, focus on health.   

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61: Your Brand Perception and How to Change it with Christo and Franziska from Basic Bananas  

In episode 61 on #MerryBiz we chat with not 1 but 2 guests! They're internationally renowned speakers, have been featured on TedX and Mindvalley, entrepreneurs and adventurers, known for their thought-leadership and doing things a bit differently. Leaders in small business marketing and co-founders of Basic Bananas and The Business Hood. We're super excited to welcome Franziska and Christo to MerryBiz! Some questions we asked… How did you guys meet and become co-founders? Tell us the story. How can we work out what perception we actually want for our business and ourselves? What helps you stay balanced during your busy work days? Who influences you and who do you turn to when looking for trends? "Don’t take everyone’s advice." Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Why you need to listen but now take everyone's advice as gospel. How to use your values to work out your brand perception. The 3 questions you need to ask yourself about your business to come up with your brand values. Why your brand is the most fundamental part of your business... before anything else. The main reason why small business is struggling... is lack of brand awareness. "Have fun every single day."

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55: How Merrymaker Sisters Self-Publsihed and Launched 2 Hard Copy Books  

“You’ll see it when you believe it.” – Wayne Dyer This week we jumped into the podcast studio to chat all things self-publishing! As you probably know, we launched pre-orders for our SECOND hard copy cookbook this week. Both books we’ve gone down the self-publishing road. And it’s a pretty cool road. It was a totally unknown road for us 1 year ago when we decided to create our first book. We learnt OH. SO. MUCH and it has been totally amazing being able to actually implement the things we learnt last time round… this time round! Look at some of the deliciousness inside our new book! If you’ve been thinking about writing a book… then episode 55 is for you! We cover all the lessons (aka blessings in disguises), why creating physical products is good for your business (even if your audience knows you from the online world), the exact steps to create a book and get it to launch stage as well as our launch strategy (yes, it involves an epic giveaway!). Oh! We also get into the mindset and blocks that might pop up when creating products and exactly how to deal with these struggles (the Wayne Dyer quote above gives you a clue!). Nothing will be able to stop you once you get our mindset flip tips! There’s going to be plenty more to share on this journey once we have the final product in October later this year, so count this as part 1!  We really are SO excited about this book, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the epic launch giveaway you can enter! You just have to pre-order our epic book! Alright! Put aside 52 moments this week to listen to our episode all about publishing books! Yay!   Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla 

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