Episode 47 | How to position yourself as an industry expert with PR pro Kristen Elworthy

  Anyone building a personal brand knows that the more attention, the better. But how do you gain the right kind of attention—media features and audience growth—that positions you as an expert in your industry? This discussion with public relations pro Kristen Elworthy details the intersection between a personal brand and PR, and offers practical […]

Episode 46 | How to become your own boss in 12 months with Melinda Emerson

  When I started my business as a side hustle in 2009, I dreamed of becoming my own boss someday. I know what it’s like to look to people who are doing the thing and wonder, how the heck did they get there? In this episode, Melinda Emerson, known as America’s #1 small business expert, […]

10 top business tools that will transform your small business

I started my business back in 2009 alongside a full-time teaching job at an international school in the Dominican Republic. And I’m the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing. I based early decisions off The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, a book that inspired me with the idea that I could make a […]

Episode 45 | From 9-to-5 to full-time creative with Kate Peterson

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to break the 9-to-5 and run a business completely of your design? Kate Peterson, author-illustrator of the newly released travel journal, Around the World and Back Again, did just that. In this episode, she shares how she journeyed from unhappy, full-time employee to landing a […]

Episode 44 | Ask Stacy: How do you make time to create and write?

In this episode, I answer your wonderful questions, gathered from a recent survey sent to my email list. They include: How do you make time to create and write? Aside from growing your business, what work-related topics are you interested in (my answer goes beyond work!)? Can you dig into how to build an audience? […]

I really needed a vacation—and you do too

I started my business in 2011 while living in the Dominican Republic. At the time, I was teaching high school English language arts at an international school in the capital city, Santo Domingo. English teachers, as you probably know, work a lot. And given it was my first year, I had zero teaching experience and only […]

Episode 42 | How to successfully market a book with Stephanie Chandler

This episode is a must-listen for authors at any stage of the publishing journey, even if you’re in the writing process. Stephanie Chandler is an author, publishing industry expert, and the founder of Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA). We discuss her phenomenal journey from corporate America to bookstore owner to NFAA founder, including some of the […]

Episode 41 | Copyright and Intellectual Property 101 for Writers with Attorney Brad Frazer

In this episode, I talk with copyright and intellectual property attorney and novelist Brad Frazer. We cover his professional journey (which is fascinating!), the basics of copyright and intellectual property for writers, what constitutes “fair use” and when to attribute a source, and at what point an author needs to retain an attorney for their […]

What it’s like to live in Portugal nearly two years in

In early 2019, we were living in southern Thailand on the island of Phuket. We’d been through what felt like endless obstacles during our short time there: a bat infestation in the house we rented; multiple hospitalizations; severe and constant sickness pulsing through our home. The kids had a bout with hand-foot-and-mouth that lasted two […]

5 mistakes while building a location independent business

On a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis, I meet a new individual looking to build a location independent (LI) business. If you’re new to this term, running an LI business means you can run the business from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t mean that you’re generating the fabled “passive income” while sipping piña coladas […]