The Biz Blog

Helping creatives grow their businesses and change the lives of themselves and their families is what I’m super passionate about. So here on the biz blog, dig into some tips for your own business, and for weekly encouragement and business strategy, check out my podcast, The Jennifer Allwood Show.

Everything You Need to Know About Clubhouse

What is Clubhouse? It’s basically if Zoom and Voxer had a baby! Another comparison would be a live podcast, or doing a Facebook or Instagram live without the video. Users of Clubhouse can drop in and voice chat with thousands of people about whatever topic interests them. The people hosting the conversation are called “Speakers” […]

How to use Instagram Guides (for Small Biz Owners!) 

Have you seen the update on your Instagram app, yet? If you’re trying to grow your following on Instagram and/or using it for business…you’re gonna want to pay attention and look into using those guides! What are Instagram Guides?  Instagram guides are it’s latest feature! You can create your own series of recommended posts with […]

Equipped 2020 Worship Songs

Equipped 2020 Worship Playlist: Click here for full Spotify Playlist: See A Victory by Elevation Worship Way Maker by Leeland Another in the Fire by Hillsong UNITED Reckless Love by Cory Asbury Defender by Jesus Culture and Katie Torwalt On Earth as in Heaven by Red Rocks Worship Surrounded by UPPERROOM Heaven Fall by The […]

Equipped Virtual Vendor Fair

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Best Worship Songs for the Creative Business Owner

Friends, I have referenced my favorite worship songs multiple times on my Podcast, Facebook Lives, Instagram Stories, etc. I’m SO EXCITED to finally create a blog post with a list of my favorites so you can enjoy them, too! Whenever I find a worship song that ministers to my heart, I tend to listen to […]

My Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2018

Friends… can you BELIEVE that we’re almost done with 2018?? We say it every year… but dang, time keeps flying by SO fast! Well, my podcast, The Jennifer Allwood Show, was one of my big focuses for my business this year. We brought lots of AMAZING guests to our listeners in 2018. Carrie Robaina, Amy […]

10 ways to reduce overwhelm as a business owner

Your plate is SO full when you’re rockin’ and runnin’ your business. I know you have so many things on your mind – so many to-do’s on your list, and so little time. And that to-do list list feels amplified when you’re a creative because you naturally want to do ALL OF THE THINGS. So, […]

Kids need to see their moms passionate about SOMETHING other than just them

When we sold our house and went through 14.5 years of stuff, I was looking for an easy win so I started cleaning out a coat closet.  In my old painting coat pocket, I found something that made me cry – my boys’old pacifiers.  Let me explain. I started my painting company before I had kids, and […]

How to Stop the Noise and the Distraction … and Get Focused in Business

My daughter used to take horse lessons, and that got me thinking about why these strong, smart animals wear blinders when jumping and racing… What are they so scared of?? And how we sometimes need them as business owners to keep our focus in business. Here is a Facebook Live about Focus in Business, if […]

The creative mind: You are not a spaz. Or a mess. And you do NOT need “to get it together”.

I am fascinated by how the minds of creative people work.  It is a fascinating mixture of endless ideas and crazy passion and project brilliance and often frustration. I find that so often creative people feel isolated and “weird”. Creatives tend to feel like they often don’t fit in because other people just do not understand HOW they are […]

I love you, but ‘I am scared” is a lame excuse!

I coach thousands of business women and a common theme is always always always FEAR. Why? Because when you’re truly an entrepreneur you are self employed and you never have security. (In the form of 401Ks, paid time off, raises, bonuses, etc.) It just causes a lot of fear and anxiety in people. It just does. […]

Why I don’t love Free Facebook Groups in a Sales Funnel

There is a lot of information out in the market trying to convince people that free Facebook groups are the way to build your business, get more clients, and use as a way to sell something. Well, I tend to disagree!!! (Note: This is strictly my opinion, and like any opinion you should measure it […]

Stage One: The Player This is you, if you are: super talented doing creative work for free clueless to how you can make money with this “thing” lack the confidence confidence to go for it multi-talented and can’t decide which idea to pursue Trainings for the Player Here are my trainings to help you move […]

How to Charge Friends and Family for Your Creative Talent

My creative business friends, why is is to hard for us to start charging friends and family for our creative talents? Why do we make stuff for free and feel guilty about giving it away to those closest to us? How do we quit doing this??? I spend a lot of time with creative people. […]

The Ultimate Conflict: The Kids are off for Summer Break and YOU Work from Home

Ok maybe “ultimate conflict” isn’t the best choice of words. Maybe I should have called this “10 ways to get work done while your little people are home from school”.   I know you love those amazing kiddos who call you mom or dad and I know you try to make the most out of every summer that they […]

Jen’s Top Apps

If you’re here, then you are probably a mompreneur trying to kick butt in her business while doing it all for the family. I know the struggle! I have been a WAHM (Work at Home Momma) for 16 years and I love to encourage those mommas who are in the thick of it and still […]

Why Etsy isn’t Enough for Any Business

A Facebook fan asked me, “Why are you so anti-Etsy?” The better question is, “What role should Etsy actually play in your overall business strategy?” I’m not anti-Etsy, I’m anti-putting-all-of-your-eggs-into-any-ONE-basket, especially if it’s Etsy. My answer is really: It’s never just Etsy … it should be “Etsy and… YOUR OWN WEBSITE.” Let me explain … […]

How to Get Out of the Holding Pattern of Serial Learning

Today’s topic is one that many people may not like to talk about.  And it may ruffle a few feathers.  But hopefully this blog will promote self-examination, which in turn will result in changed behavior.  Because, let’s be honest, that’s really how we move our business to the next level! So, today I want to […]

Hiring and Outsourcing Help for your Business

Are you unsure if you need to hire help in your business or your personal life?  Are you having a hard time letting go of control? Do you feel like you don’t know where to start in finding the perfect person to help you? These questions pop up in all of our heads as we […]

Tips for Time Management so you can UP your Productivity

There’s no prize for being busy, my friends.  How you use your time and your productivity is what leads you to work less and make more money! People often say to me…you seem really busy but you never seem frazzled or hustled. How do you do it all??  Today, I’ll give you time management tips […]

How to Tell When It’s Time to Leave Your Day Job

When do I know it’s time to leave my day job? When do I make my side hustle a full-time business? These are some of the most commonly asked questions in my business coaching. I wish I could that I could say that there was some magical formula you could dump into a program to […]

Three Reasons Stay-at-Home Moms Make Great Entrepreneurs

I remember well those days not so long ago of having to juggle my life as a new business owner and as a new mom. I remember stressing about my business while I was with my baby and then worrying about my baby while I was working. I am so thankful for God’s gentle guidance, […]

How to Understand + Fix your Business Burnout

I talk to so many women each month about burnout issues. They’re tired of talking about the same old thing over and over. They can’t figure out why the very things they once enjoyed, just seem like drudgery now. Then they start feeling guilty because maybe they’ve quit a job to pursue their dream, or […]

How to Calm your Creative Chaos

Whenever I’ve asked my Facebook followers how chaotic they feel their lives and businesses are at on a scale of 1-10 most replied, 11, 13, 999! Not surprising that many, many of us creative people feel very chaotic much of the time. So if chaos is part of our creative selves, how to do we […]

My Ultimate Business Advice: Stay in your Lane

People often ask me about how I built my business both online and in the field to the size it is.  They wonder if it’s advertising?  Or luck? Or if I have a “secret” to success? And it makes me giggle because it’s none of that.  Yes I advertise and yes I’ve been in the […]

How to Decide Which Creative Talent to Pursue as a Business Idea

Do you want to start a business but just can’t decide which of your many creative ideas to pursue? Trust me, you’re not alone. I call this the creative person conundrum. Creative people in a conundrum are usually multi-talented but bad at talking about their talents. In fact, many don’t even see their creative skills […]

7 Things I wish I had Done Sooner in my Business

Recently I was pondering what things I could share with business owners that would help them with their online businesses. I ask myself what wisdom could have blessed me when I first started? What do I wish had known sooner? Well I want to share my nuggets of wisdom with you so that you can […]

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Creative Business

Maybe you have an idea but aren’t sure if you have what it takes to be a business owner? Maybe you question whether you could make it being self-employed? Or maybe you already started your business, but it’s not doing as well as you had hoped. In coaching hundreds of creative business owners over the […]

6 Ways to Make Money as a Creative Person

There are so many ways to make money using your creative talents, and today I’d like to share 6 different ways you may not even realize. Not every profitable creative endeavor must be done by trading time for money. In other words, you can make money with your creative talent besides physically refinishing a piece of furniture […]

How to Build your Email List with Opt-ins

  An opt-in is so much more than just a newsletter subscription form! You have to give something to get emails. Hopefully you read my email marketing advice first so you have that set up.  You will use your email marketing platform to build pop-ups, form fields and links. Opt-in Places Pop-up (I’ve used Popup […]