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Welcome to Fridays with Flea Style

Step inside the world of Flea Style — a hub for massive curated pop up markets, cool educational conferences, artisan workshops and an online shop — and join founder Brittany Cobb as she interviews established and budding business owners, operators and influencers about their creative companies. On each episode, Brittany and her guests kick back with a coffee or cocktail and dig into start up stories, business pitfalls, regrets, lessons learned, advice they want to share and plenty of funny stories along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud and take lots of notes!

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Episode 3: You Never Know Who Will Land in Your Inbox with Melinda Jones, Founder of Read Between the Lines
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Brittany gets real with her dear friend and Read Between the Lines founder/CEO Melinda Jones. The two talk about Melinda’s popular paper company and retail shop and how she created the booming business – that has more than 350 accounts! – with no skills in the stationery world. They also dish about RBTL’s early days, working on shoestring budgets and hiring tips. They leave time for fun stuff from personal life balance hacks to dream dinner party guests.

Make a weekly meeting with mom (or whoever is important in your life). Balance your personal life by scheduling a regular coffee or phone call with somebody that fills your soul and happy space. Invest in people. Never hire with “temp staff” in mind; always hire for full-time. Even if new employees only work a few hours a week hire them with the hope to bring them on the team full time. They will be thankful you see their potential and you will also hire stronger candidates if you both have this mindset. Take the hiring process slow. New team members can turn into family so really vet them and take the process as slow as you need to make a good decision and one that fits with the company culture. She likes to start with a phone call, then a meeting, then a team meeting and then a review process for all.
Melinda Jones Read Between the Lines
Episode 2: How to Put Yourself Out There with Alli Koch
Episode Summary

We sit down with the artist, wall muralist and How to Draw Modern Florals author to learn how she got her start (with no art degree!), lands new business accounts and scored the mega-popular Dallas rewardStyle wall mural. Alli advises ways to muster up the courage to put your ideas and business in the public eye and also talks about staying true to her style and mission – and the changes she has had to make along the way – to create the job of her dreams.  Learn more about this incredible girl boss at Flea Style Summit in Dallas 9/23/17!

∙ Put your ideas out in the universe; if you don’t talk about your plans, hopes and dreams other people won’t either or be there to assist with job leads or networking tips. ∙ Networking is key. Alli likes to lean on social media to create new job leads in expected – and every unexpected – ways. Just wait until you hear how she landed the rewardStyle wall! ∙ Create a “board of directors” within your friend and family circle – people with various backgrounds that are honest, helpful and encouraging – to help you stay motivated and find new job leads.
Alli Koch
Alli Koch
Episode 1: Meet the Flea Style Team!
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Brittany sits down with her team to offer listeners an inside look at how Flea Style got its start and operates today. Meet full-time team members Alyssa Cates and Grace Dille and learn how they landed their jobs, what they do day-to-day and even some personal life 411. Brittany also opens up about her typical day and some exciting projects in the works.

Successful companies and ideas take solid time to grow and flourish. Don’t be disillusioned by social media’s sunny portrayal of other businesses or feel down if you’re not growing at a rapid rate. A solid resume is important, but so is the way you fit into a company’s culture. You don’t always have to have the perfect credentials to land a job if you have serious soft skills and a great personality fit. 
All experience is good experience when you’re trying to figure out #worklife. Seek out internships that are intriguing to you and often times working for free is a necessary first step to land your dream job. Many companies hire from their intern pool before looking on LinkedIn.
Successful companies and ideas take solid time to grow and flourish. Don’t be disillusioned by social media’s sunny portrayal of other businesses or feel down if you’re not growing at a rapid rate. A solid resume is important, but so is the way you fit into a company’s culture. You don’t always have to have the perfect credentials to land a job if you have serious soft skills and a great personality fit. 
All experience is good experience when you’re trying to figure out #worklife. Seek out internships that are intriguing to you and often times working for free is a necessary first step to land your dream job. Many companies hire from their intern pool before looking on LinkedIn.
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