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How I Became SmallBizLady

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Welcome to the first episode of the SmallBizChat Podcast - the show that’s on a mission to help you improve your small business and avoid small business failure. I’m your host, Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady,” America’s #1 Small Business Expert.

I’m the CEO of the blog Succeed As Your Own Boss, where I’ve published more than 5,000 articles about how to start and grow a business. I’m also CEO of Quintessence Group and the author of multiple bestselling business books including Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, How To Become a Social Media Ninja, and my latest book: Fix Your Business. I’ve been a thriving entrepreneur for over two decades by developing marketing strategies and influencer marketing programs for Fortune 500 brands who target small business owners such as VISA, Chase, FedEx, American Express, and Staples.


On today’s episode, I share who I am, how I became known as the SmallBizLady, and the challenges I’ve faced throughout my entrepreneurial journey. I share how being on bedrest while pregnant with my son forced me to slow down and allowed me to discover the mistakes I’ve made as an entrepreneur. I share how I found inspiration and motivation from these mistakes and how it led me to help other entrepreneurs. I also share how the SmallBizChat Twitter talk show got started and what you can expect from each episode of the SmallBizChat podcast.


“Figure out what your calling is. Then, be ready to do the work.” - Melinda Emerson

This week on the SmallBizChat Podcas:t

  • My journey into entrepreneurship
  • The personal challenges I faced and expensive lessons I’ve learned throughout my entrepreneurial journey
  • How I gained inspiration from my mistakes and failures
  • How I became known as the SmallBizLady
  • The inspiration behind my first book and the challenges I faced to get that book to the market
  • How the SmallBizChat Twitter talk show was born
  • What to expect from each episode of the SmallBizChat podcast

Your SmallBizChat Action Point for the Week:

Figure out your calling and be ready to do the work. If you want fame, well fame costs. You will pay, but the reward is worth it.

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Let’s End Small Business Failure - Together!

Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the Small Biz Chat Podcast - the show on a mission to improve small business success. If you enjoyed this episode, head over to Apple Podcasts, subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating and review. Help us spread the word and end small business failure by sharing your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or YouTube for more great content, tips, and strategies to improve your small business.

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