If you’re so exhausted and overwhelmed by your status quo that you can’t even figure out a way to add GOOD things into your life, you need this weekly podcast. Hosts Betsy & Warren Talbot know how to remove what's not working so you can have more of what you love.

Do you have a great idea for a new business or product, but you’re not sure if it will work? This insecurity stops some people in their tracks, and others ignore it and build anyway, then wonder why their new business isn’t successful. In today’s show, you’ll discover how to tell if your idea has a shot BEFORE you spend a lot of time and money on it. Plus, you’ll learn what to unclutter so you don’t get distracted by bright shiny objects.

This is episode 150, and today we’re closing out the Unclutter Your Work Series with something special for those of you who want to start your own business or side hustle. Today you’ll learn what’s important (and what’s not) when starting your new endeavor BEFORE you spend a lot of money or quit your day job. 


This is episode 134 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re going to talk about what it’s like to be down to the wire in making a big decision. We've given ourselves one week to decide what we're going to do and six weeks to ramp up for 2016.

We know where we messed up before, and it is really strange how we keep coming up with ideas that repeat those same mistakes! Thankfully we've had the help of readers, listeners, and friends to both clarify and confuse the situation!

We are getting close to a solution, and in this week's show we work through some of the remaining concerns and zero in on a probable solution. But will it last another seven days? Or will we have a last-minute burst of inspiration?

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Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 3:30am EST

This is episode 133 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re continuing to give you a behind-the-scenes look as we negotiate some big changes here at Married with Luggage! Join us for a candid discussion of changing paths and making hard choices about the future.

Today we discuss our thoughts on the recent survey you completed and what it tells us about our future direction here with the Married with Luggage podcast and business. We share our own thoughts of what interests us most going forward and agree to a deadline for this decision.

Today's episode is longer than usual, which is not surprising given we are deep in the throes of a major decision for our business.

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This week's episode is a bit different. We are at the earliest stages of considering some big changes here at Married with Luggage, but we have yet to determine a direction or a plan. However, we thought it would be interesting to give you a peek behind the scenes as we go through making a big change.

Over the next few weeks we'll share with you the conversations we're having, the challenges along the way, and we're sure a few "heated discussions" (aka fights) as we look to outline our path forward. Making big changes in life or business can be challenging and we hope that sharing our own struggles will help you to frame those decisions you face in going after your best life. 

This is episode 131 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re talking about change. Specifically, how messy it looks and feels on the inside, even when you’re doing the right thing.

Direct download: Podcast_131_-_Considering_a_big_change_of_direction.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Podcast 109: Create Your Portable Business to Have Freedom to Live Where You Want w/Natalie Sisson

In today’s episode, you'll learn the first key steps of creating your own portable business, long before you start worrying that your savings will run out.

Back in 2011 we sat in a pub in Scotland, more than six months into our journey around the world. I remember telling you I didn't want this to end - ever. Right about that time the bartender set down our beers and said something like, “There’s more where that came from!”

He knew where his next beer was coming from, but we didn't. We were at a crossroads, wondering how to finance the lifestyle of our dreams. Our savings wouldn’t last forever, and taking a conventional job would mean giving up the life we'd worked so hard to create.

That day, at the pub in Scotland, we decided to start our own business, even though we had no idea what it would look like.

Direct download: Podcast_109_-_Start_a_Mobile_Business_with_Natalie_Sisson.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Episode #45 comes to you from Tangier, Morocco. If you've always wanted to make a living from your creativity, this episode is for you.

Whether you are a writer, singer, entrepreneur, or designer you can find value in this discussion today. We're chatting about the keys to success in making money using your creative gifts. We also dispel the myth of the "overnight success" and share a more predictable route to turn your passion into long term success you can actually achieve. In the process you'll learn what separates those who make their dreams come true and those who don't.

This week we are delighted to be chatting with Juliana Finch who "sounds the way a good bourbon tastes." She's a Georgia-based singer/songwriter who shares how she's made her passion her career and the secrets you can apply to do the same, regardless of what that passion may be. Check out her amazing and sultry music at her website, JulianaFinch.com. Her next CD, The Walls of Pompeii, will be released in March 2014, and you can preorder it online by clicking here.

Direct download: Podcast_45_-_Life_as_a_musician_Julianna_Finch.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Episode 41 coming to you from Lubrin, Spain. We're chatting today about starting a business with a crazy idea and growing it beyond your biggest dreams.

Have you ever had a big, crazy idea that you let go of after too much thinking and not enough action? We're talking about the importance of actions in going after a big goal in today's episode. We dish on how our own crazy idea of working together is working out. In addition, we're talking to an eBay guru who started her business selling shoes online and grew it into a multi-million dollar success. Listen and learn how you can take the steps in your own life towards making your big, crazy idea come true.

Our guest today, Beth Marbach, left her executive recruiting career to build DowntownGal Shoes & More, an eBay store specializing in high-end designer shoes and accessories. In a little over a decade and exclusively from her basement office, Beth sold over $4 million dollars in footwear to clients across the globe. She's currently writing a book about how she made it happen and you can sign up for updates at DowntownGal.com.

Direct download: Podcast_41_-_How_a_crazy_idea_can_earn_millions_Beth_Marbach.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Are you confusing busyness with progress? It's an easy mistake to make, working all day long and wondering why you made no progress. Today's guest, Joel Zaslofsky, talks about why simplicity from the inside out will give you more of what you want in life. And he even taught Betsy a way she can finally love spreadsheets...

More about Joel: He is the creator of unsexy tools that result in a very sexy life. What he can teach you at  Value of Simple is to focus on what really matters in your life instead of pushing it to the side or waiting for "leftover" time.

Too busy to journal? Wondering how you'll ever finish your bucket list? Concerned about where your money is going (or not going)?

Joel has practical answers to all these questions, and you know how much we love practical tips. Check out his website, and listen in below for a great conversation about what really matters.

Direct download: Podcast_37_-_Value_of_Simple_Living_Joel_Zaslofsky.mp3
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Episode #31 is coming to you from Istanbul, Turkey: Today we're talking about how to merge your experience and goals to build a dream.

You don't have to start from scratch or throw out your past to create a new future. Most of what has gone into building who you are now can be repurposed to create what you want to be in the future.

Our guest today is Nathan Agin, a seasoned actor who has now gone into producer mode to create and host a television show about finding healthy food no matter where you are. Nathan has figured out how to be healthy anywhere, and is sharing his insights on how he went from actor, to world traveler, to starting his own cooking show.

Find out more about Nathan at NonstopAwesomeness.me.

Direct download: Podcast_31_-_Follow_Your_Dream_with_Nathan_Agin.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Today we’re sharing the fears, insecurities, and self-doubt we have when putting our words and ideas out into the world. We’re guessing you may have these as well as you work to create new projects, write that book, or start a company. You may hear those voices telling you – “It’s not good enough.” “No one is going to by this.” “Why are you wasting your time?”

In this episode we’re here to let you know You Are Not Alone. These anxieties are more common than you think and exist in authors, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to share new concepts with the world. The big surprise, it does not matter how often you do it, the voices just don’t shut up.

Our guest, Tim Grahl, is the founder of Out:think, a firm that works with authors to build their platform and sell more books, and is the author of Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book. He works with many of the top authors in the world, including Daniel Pink, Barbara Corcoran, and recent podcast guest Pam Slim, and has helped to launch multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling books. Find out more about Tim at OutthinkGroup.com

Tim shares his recent experience as he shifted from talking about other people’s work and going out and writing his own. Tim documents his insecurities and worries in this fascinating journal he kept the last month before launch. It is a rare look behind the scenes at the thoughts many of us have but don’t share.


What is the secret to completing a big project? How do you move from concept to actually doing?

Today we're exploring how to get from the idea you have for something great to the actual process of making it happen. It is a challenge that so many people face that it has spawned entire industries and hundreds of books have been written on the subject. However, the answer is surprisingly simple and we reveal it all today in the show.

We are joined by the talented and always busy creating, John Lee Dumas. John is the host of Entrepreneur On Fire, where you can learn lessons from today's most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs every day of the week at EOFire.com. We were excited to be on his show a few weeks ago and loved his energy and thoughtful questions.

In today's podcast John provides his insights for taking that first step and we turn the tables on him to discover what he would create with only a week and $500. You don't want to miss the wisdom he shares.

Direct download: Podcast_24-_Going_from_Idea_to_Execution_John_Lee_Dumas.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 2:47am EST

Have you toyed with the idea of starting your own business, but never moved forward due to doubt or uncertainty? Do you struggle to see yourself as an "entrepreneur"? Do you want to start something but have no idea what business to start? Today's show is all about you then.

We're diving into what it means to be an entrepreneur, the ways to get started small, and why you ARE the best person to start that business. Listen to hear how martial arts, Justin Bieber, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe can each provide motivation and actions to help you take the steps towards your dream business. We also dispel the myth of "overnight success".

We're honored to be joined on this episode by best-selling author Pamela Slim. You probably know her from the bestselling book and website, Escape from Cubicle Nation. She's coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from martial arts studios to software startups, and she's even worked her magic on gang members. If your dream is to go from employee to entrepreneur, this is the woman who can help you get there.

Direct download: Podcast_21_-_Going_from_employee_to_entrepreneur_Pam_Slim.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 7:48am EST

The greatest competitor you’ll ever come up against is self doubt. ~John McGrath

Do you dream of starting your own business? What's standing in the way? What's holding you back? Why do you continue to put off your vision until "some day", knowing it may never come?

Too often we let self doubt, excuses, and a lack of confidence keep us from creating the business we envision. We let the voice of fear creep up and stop us from moving forward. This week we talk about how to you will overcome your concerns by building a strong network of supporters, feeding your spark of an idea, and putting one foot in front of the other to make it a reality.

We're pleased to be joined again by the wonderful Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle.co, a training forum for entrepreneurs with solid advice, high quality videos, and experienced teachers. He's back this week for part 2 of our interview where we share:

  • How to prepare to become an entrepreneur
  • When to hire people
  • Learn why Betsy compared Corbett to Magic Mike (include link to the post of Copyblogger)
  • How to "sell" your message with no sales pitch at all - building trust with your audience
  • And much more

Finally, this week you'll get (or have to, depending on your perspective) hear me sing a song from my childhood that continues to inspire my life today.


“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cant.” - Anonymous

One of the most common dreams we hear is the desire to start a business. Many of you have a vision of working for yourself, building a thriving business you are passionate about, and sharing your creations with the world. However, so many people never take the first step towards the life they crave because of fear, self-doubt, and a feeling of being completely overwhelmed. In this episode we talk about how you can start your business small and deliver advice for overcoming the fear by giving you steps you can take.

We are pleased this week to have Corbett Barr drop by the podcast. You probably know him from the incredibly useful site, ThinkTraffic.net. We discuss why people put off their entrepreneurial dreams and how to start your business for as low as $250 and a few hours each week. Plus, learn the #1 question Corbett gets from potential entrepreneurs and how it can help you get started on your dream business today.


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