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Welcome to Fridays with Flea Style Season Two!

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 7:

Master Accountant Marie Kelly: Taxes, Budgeting and Valuing Your Brand

Master Accountant Marie Kelly: Taxes, Budgeting and Valuing Your Brand

Episode Summary

Ready to learn all the ways to handle your money, honey? Listen up! KellyCPA founder Marie Kelly and her all-female staff walk us through the things you must know to stay out of trouble with the IRS and set up your business for success.

Tips and Takeaways

File all taxes on time and properly! The penalties are steep and the agencies are unforgiving even for minor mistakes.

Set aside a percentage of money each month to cover your quarterly or annual taxes (sales tax, self employment tax, etc.) so it’s not shocking — or missing from your account — come tax day because you didn’t budget properly.

Have a seperate business banking account to keep your books clean and easy.

Episode 6:

The Vintage Round Top’s Smoot and Paige Hull: The Keys To Small Business Success

The Vintage Round Top’s Smoot and Paige Hull: The Keys To Small Business Success

Episode Summary

The former nightclub owner and model agency exec chat about following their heart to open a hip hideaway in Round Top, Texas. Today their lodging company includes retreats, workshops, an online shop and private hotel apothecary label. Learn how they’ve built their business with intention slowly over time for longterm success thanks to their passion and past work experiences.

Tips and Takeaways

Work for somebody — or some companies — for 5-10 years before starting your own to gain invaluable business advice, lessons and experience on their dollar.

Show me the money! You must understand your expenses, how to value yourself and your perfect price point to turn a sustainable profit to make it in business — period.

Pay for the best employees or help/freelance work you possibly can. You get what you pay for and it will grow your business quicker even though your pocketbook might suffer in the early days.

Lighting is everything from how you shoot a product to how somebody sees themself in your store or business. You can create a mood or feeling from the right lighting that will ignite sales and user experience.

Episode 5:

Attorney Amanda Montgomery: Legal Real Talk for Creatives

Attorney Amanda Montgomery: Legal Real Talk for Creatives

Episode Summary

We sit down with our go-to girlboss lawyer to get easy-to-digest answers to legal questions and scenarios budding business owners often face. From handling copycats to candid contract and trademark tips, she walks us through all the things to keep your business protected and on the right side of the law.

Tips and Takeaways

Write a contract to the best of your ability and send to a lawyer for them to tweak and fine tune to save on legal fees.

Registering your company entity (i.e. an LLC) not only makes you look more professional, but keeps your personal property protected.

Read through contracts! Ask lots of questions for clarity or seek legal advice before you sign something that doesn’t add up or smell right.

Episode 4:

All The Wire Founder Tori Gonzales: How To Make Your Mark

All The Wire Founder Tori Gonzales: How To Make Your Mark

Episode Summary

Five years ago Tori and her sister Desiree founded the personalized hand-stamped fashion accessories label to tell people’s stories. Today the company is in stores all over the country and has outfitted celebrities from Miranda Lambert to the Duck Dynasty ladies. Tori gets real — real fast — to talk about the good, bad and ugly sides of small business life and how to push through to find success, authentically.

Tips and Takeaways

Create a dream list of influencers to talk about your company and then design personalized product for them, reach out to them via email or social media and send care packages to them directly.

Plan to pour every ounce of yourself — and often your savings — into your dream to have a chance at success. You must spend money to make money.

Be prepared to do every single aspect of small biz life yourself for a long time and always be a student of your own company to grow.

Episode 3:

Fashion Influencer B. Jones Style: How to Successfully and Stylishly Beat to Your Own Drum

A Recipe for Success with Foodstirs founders Sarah Michelle Gellar, Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman

Episode Summary

The fashion blogger and YouTube star sits down with us to talk about growing her various small business platforms to create a full time job in the noisy influencer space. From her early blogging days in 2007 to pausing her biz to have children and now playing dress up for a living on social media and YouTube, Beth Jones talks through all the highs and lows of the fashion world and how to carve out a corner that’s authentically you — and pays the bills.

Tips and Takeaways

If you rely on social media for your business, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be candid with your audience. If you were a realtor, you’d be plastering your face all over town and talking to every person you could!

Sometimes you have to take a break and regroup. Beth reflected on her place and perspective in the influencer space while pregnant with her second child and came back refreshed and with a new business plan post-delivery.

Direct message, cold call and email people and companies you want to work with to start collaborating with brands and monetizing your company. Many influencers use agencies but Beth still uses the good old fashion forms of communication.

Have the right tech tools in your handbag always. Listen to the podcast for her specific gadgets that get the best photos and footage.

Episode 2:

A Recipe for Success with Foodstirs founders Sarah Michelle Gellar, Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman

A Recipe for Success with Foodstirs founders Sarah Michelle Gellar, Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman

Episode Summary

We sit down with this wildly smart (and sassy!) trio to talk all things small business from startup advice and stories to the beauty of drowning a bad day in a good brownie.

Tips and Takeaways

Sweat equity is the name of the game in the early days. Direct message influencers, craft your own public relations campaigns and network tirelessly until you’re ready to pay for services and help.

Try lots of things while you’re young. Your 20s and 30s are a time to experiment various professions and fields to set you up with a wide range of skills for future success.

Support your company’s early adopters — neighbors, friends, social media followers — and shower them with info (and product if possible) to help spread the word authentically about your biz.

Episode 1:

You Have To Slow Down to Go Fast with The Simple Sol’s Taylor Madison

You Have To Slow Down to Go Fast with The Simple Sol’s Taylor Madison

Episode Summary

Taylor Madison is living the dream. The 29-year old has re-invented the old-school travel agent profession to own her own small business while traveling the world in style. But through her extensive treks she’s learned what’s important in life and imparts that advice on us all.

Tips and Takeaways

Do not rely mostly (or solely!) on social media to build your company. Instead, think of it as a portfolio to showcase your work and focus on face-to-face interactions and human conversations (phone calls, emails) to build a lasting and longterm profitable book of business.

Reflection, meditation, prayer – whatever helps you get centered and focused – is an important part of professional growth. Some of Taylor’s best biz ideas came from time of pause and setting intentions.

If you work from home it’s essential to find ways to stay connected to people, build a healthy routine and keep motivated to be successful. For Taylor that ranges from working at local coffee shops weekly to limiting social media check-ins and setting a regular bedtime.

Traveling teaches so many life lessons culturally, socially and personally. But most importantly it’s taught Taylor the importance of work/life balance and putting down roots near the ones you love.

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Fridays with Flea Style Season One Guests

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