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Shitty Idea Time: a celebration of bold business experiments

61 EpisodesProduced by Tess BallWebsite

I help small business owners access their creativity, stop censoring their own ideas and experiment like a boss. Through interviews with business experts and entrepreneurs on unconventional journeys, we prove that there's no such thing as a bad idea.

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You don't get to decide what your brand becomes, a solo story with Tess

September 4th, 2021


In this solo episode, I share the story about how my brand evolved as a small business owner. The thing about branding can plan, prep, and …

Leaving space in your business for magic, with foam wig artist Toshie

August 18th, 2021


Toshie is the owner and lead artist at, where she makes large-scale foam wigs. She’s currently working through the trials of being a small business owner as this hobby takes on a life of its own. While …

What my 3 favorite brands have in common, a solo show with Tess

August 5th, 2021


In this solo episode I talk about the 4 things my favorite brands all have in common and how you can put it into practice in your own business.


Top …

Embracing the unknown & unplugging from the matrix, with Nicole BZ

June 24th, 2021


Before becoming a coach, Nicole B-Z spent over a decade in the music industry. She started a recording studio and record label in Australia, managed …

Investing in your business relationships, with Tracey Warren

June 10th, 2021


Tracey Warren’s firm belief that community is the key to success in life and business has led her to become the founder and CEO of InSpark Coworking and the driving force behind the “Ignite Your Champions'' movement. …

Launching her sustainable fashion line, with Nazia Siddiqui

May 27th, 2021


Nazia Siddiqui has a career in finance but a passion for fashion design so she founded Transcend, a Seattle-based women’s fashion brand focused on art and sustainability. With Transcend, she combines hand-embroidered …

How my brand values have helped me build an awesome team. Part 4 of 4 with Tess

May 26th, 2021


In this solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values makes building a team SO much easier! If you're a solopreneur or small …

Disrupting the auto repair industry with Eli Allison

May 20th, 2021


Eli started his career in the nonprofit sector focusing on supporting families experiencing houselessness and economic hardship. Eli also worked in …

If selling is awkward, look at your brand values. Part 3 of 4 with Tess

May 18th, 2021


In this LIVE solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values makes selling feel way less awkward! If you've struggled feeling natural …

Taking big risks to pursue what makes your soul happy, with Gracia Sotomayor

May 13th, 2021


Gracia Sotomayor seemed to have it all—a promising career, her own house, and a relationship. But when she found herself unhappy despite having all these things, she left her job, made her way across Europe with the …

How brand values help you connect with your ideal audience. Part 2 of 4 with Tess

May 11th, 2021


In this LIVE solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values helps you connect with your audience! If you've been over-thinking your …

Why core values are important in business. Part 1 of 4 with Tess

May 6th, 2021


In this LIVE solo episode I talk about how getting clear on your core values helps you make quicker, more effective decisions in business! If you're …

The importance of accountability & hiring a good team, with Amber Hawley

April 22nd, 2021


Amber Hawley is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with high performing/entrepreneurial couples and individuals helping them have …

Decolonizing fitness by running Slow AF, with Martinus Evans

April 15th, 2021


Martinus Evans is a marathon runner, author, run coach, and award-winning speaker who helps plus-size individuals be active without the pressure of weight loss. He is also the host of the 300 Pounds and Running Podcast …

Relationships, CRMs, & iteration, with Toni Chowdhury

April 8th, 2021


Toni Chowdhury a business coach who helps creative and spiritual women find and attract their dream clients using a step-by-step process so that they …

Why today is my favorite holiday as a marketer, a LIVE show with Tess

April 1st, 2021


In this LIVE solo episode I share my top April fools marketing pranks, and why having a laugh with your audience is critical in the "know, like, …

Dismantling "good girl" conditioning with Sarah Schneider

March 25th, 2021


Sarah Schneider is a Good Girl dismantler, an executive coach, leadership trainer, and CEO of the leadership coaching firm Sarah Schneider & Co.. For over 18 years, Sarah has been having candid conversations with …

Personal brands & ending dishwasher disputes with Nik Scott

March 18th, 2021


Trading the groundbreaking world of a natural hair influencer with nearly 18 million YouTube views for the high-power world of a business coach, Nik Scott teaches women entrepreneurs proven personal brand strategies to …

Mental health, entrepreneurship, & comparison, a solo story with Tess Ball

March 4th, 2021


In this solo episode I share a story about backpacking the Grand Canyon in the dark and my journey to get there. This trip was the culmination of …

Brand messaging, transformation, & popcorn with Kristine Schwartz

February 25th, 2021


Kristine Schwartz is a business coach, consultant & public speaker. She activates female, impact-driven brands to confidently build their …

Customer experience, marketing mistakes, & worms with Samantha Irwin

February 18th, 2021


Samantha Irwin’s deep desire is to help business owners kill it when it comes to creating a fabulous customer experience. Way more than just …

Coloring books & leveraging your limitations, a solo story with Tess

February 11th, 2021


In this episode I share about how my relationship with coloring books as a kid shows up in my business today. As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get …

"You're closing the wealth gap by sending snail mail to creditors?!?" with Tierra Bonds

February 4th, 2021


Tierra Bonds is the CEO of Take Charge Consulting and offers credit repair, business credit and business consulting. She has helped hundreds of …

Style, sustainability & creating your own rules with Maggie Greene

January 28th, 2021


A passionate ally, communicator, and fashionista, Maggie’s on a mission to transform how women see themselves at work. She creates space to empower other women and helps reduce global fashion waste by challenging others …

Willpower, Lunchables, & shaving my head, a solo story with Tess

January 21st, 2021


In this episode I tell the story of how one rowdy Vegas experiment turned into one of the greatest business lessons of all time. I also talk about Lunchables and willpower to help you understand why systems and …

Crop tops, building community & being unapologetic with Bri Seeley

January 14th, 2021


Google’s #1 Entrepreneur Coach, Bri Seeley, helps entrepreneurs create long-term, sustainable and scalable success… on their terms! Bri distills her …

My annual rant about resolutions, a solo episode with Tess Ball

December 31st, 2020


This is my 4th or 5th year sharing my resolution story and giving this glorious rant...I'm thrilled it's now in podcast form!

Dream big and then …

Systems, common biz mistakes, and matchmaking with Diane Lam

December 17th, 2020


Diane is the founder and CEO of Diane Lam Co. Diane is a Queenmaker and business systems and ops expert. She builds self-sustaining empires for ambitious 6-figure online service providers.

In this episode we talk about …

Understanding your "why" and creating cultural change with Aliko Weste

December 10th, 2020


Aliko Weste is a culmination of so many things through his identity and through his work. Aliko was born Alika, to a French Jewish mother and …

Why faking it until you make it is a terrible idea, with Ross Dexter

December 3rd, 2020


OMG guys! I get to talk to my partner!!! Ross Dexter & I talk about faking it til you make it and how to build true expertise.

Ross and I usually have these conversations over morning coffee, but we’re coming at …

Unpopular opinion: Simple is NOT always better, a solo episode with Tess Ball

November 26th, 2020


In this solo episode I share an unpopular opinion: simple is NOT always better. When it comes to business, simple can be boring! We talk about all of …

"You teach people how to" with Cori Myka

November 19th, 2020


Cori Myka co-owner of Orca Swim School and creator of the Foundations of Change learning method. For over 20 years Cori has been taking adult …

Writing a book, trademarks & marketing strategy with Olamide Michelle

November 5th, 2020


Olamide Michelle is a licensed attorney and business strategist based in Atlanta, GA. She recently left her corporate career and started two new businesses! She loves the dynamics of entrepreneurship and is excited to …

Impostor syndrome, entrepreneurship & being a lefty, with Gina Fresquez

October 29th, 2020


Best selling author, international speaker, and success and leadership coach, Gina Fresquez, is an advocate for gender equity and an inclusive environment where people thrive, be their best self, do their best work, and …

"You've built a life of purpose selling insurance?" with Rashida Gaye

October 1st, 2020


Rashida Gaye is a Penn State Graduate with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, & Institutional Management. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA but has lived in different cities along the east coast and moved to the …

"You empower people by picking up rocks?" with John Odden

September 24th, 2020


Since he was a child John Odden has been fascinated with improving his health, fitness and athleticism. He was a tall, skinny, awkward kid growing up who always lacked confidence, especially in the gym. So after begging …

50 marketing ideas that are free or cheap, part 1, a solo episode with Tess

September 11th, 2020


In this episode I offer 50 free or cheap marketing ideas. These ideas were first written for a blog post that you can find right here.

Before jumping …

Marketing, gurus & self care with brand strategist Chrystal Robinson

September 11th, 2020


Chrystal Robinson is your friendly, slightly corky brand designer. She has an intense passion for business and entrepreneurship and helps her clients …

Trademarks & hot sauce with attorney Yasmine Salem Hamdan

August 27th, 2020


Attorney Yasmine Salem Hamdan is a business & brand protection lawyer based in Dallas, TX. She supports online educators & entrepreneurs …

The marketing experiment that transformed my business, a solo story with Tess Ball

August 20th, 2020


In this solo episode, I share a story leading up to the "shitty" marketing decision that completely changed my business. Here are the 4 key takeaways:

Email marketing & internal monologues with Cindy Liu

August 13th, 2020


Cindy Liu of Liucy's Digital has 10 years experience in digital marketing and loves helping people grow their business through building connections. She enjoys creating content and lives by the motto "promote good shit, …

"You promote sustainability by looking at trash?" with Moji Igun

July 30th, 2020


Moji Igun is the founder of Blue Daisi Consulting which offers zero waste and sustainability consulting services for small businesses. She offers …

Bookkeeping, biodiesel & badassery with Ean Price Murphy

July 23rd, 2020


Ean Price Murphy founded Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching Inc in 2003 to work with businesses deeply engaged with their work but frequently not comfortable with the numbers. Moxie’s core promise is to make your …

Innovation, pageants & Mr. T with Coonoor Behal

July 16th, 2020


Coonoor is Founder & CEO of MIndhatch, a creative consultancy specializing in Design Thinking, Organizational Improv™, and Diversity & …

Contracts, hairless cats & Frida Kahlo with Taylor Carrillo

July 10th, 2020


Taylor is a Colorado attorney. She loves small business owners, A LOT. That's why she got into this niche and started her practice. Helping business …

"You make money creating paper flowers?!?" with Janita Court

July 2nd, 2020


Janita Court is the founder of My Woolly Mammoth and a self-taught paper florist selling on Etsy for the past 9 years. She hosts a monthly membership …

"You make money saving bees?!?" with Mikaila Ulmer

June 26th, 2020


Mikaila Ulmer is a social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, author, educator and student. She's the founder and CEO Me & the Bees Lemonade and of The Healthy Hive Foundation. She's an investment winner on ABC's hit TV …

Bookkeeping, bowling shoes & travel with Pam Balentine

June 18th, 2020


I was born in Flint, MI and excelled through high school; graduating Valedictorian. I went on to earn my Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Accounting …

Patents, products & baton-twirling with Kae Gruner

June 11th, 2020


When Start Up Heart Up Founder, Kae Gruner, became an intellectual property lawyer, she noticed that friends and acquaintances started sliding into her DM’s to ask questions about their business ideas. She organized the …

Copywriting, reality TV & magic with Cari Twitchell

June 4th, 2020


Cari Twitchell is the Chief Word Nerd of Custom Content Solutions, a copywriting agency that helps business owners find their voice, connect with …

50 shitty anti-racism actions you can take today

May 31st, 2020


This podcast episode is a shitty brainstorm to help demonstrate that there's no right way to fight racism, I used to be afraid of doing this work “wrong,” but learned (thanks to many black educators and teachers) that …

"You make money painting with gold?!?" with Ashley Jo George

May 28th, 2020


Ashley creates euphorically glamorous, traditionally crafted gold gilded glass original art pieces the same way her great grandfather did in the …

Shitty Mission Statement Advice

May 28th, 2020


In this solo episode, we examine the top mission statement advice offered by Google. I’ll rate the following advice on “Shittiness” scale of 1-10 and …

Mindset, high heels & bees with Bridget Cobb

May 21st, 2020


Bridget is a mindset coach and founder of The Passionpreneur Experience, a community and podcast for side-hustlers growing their businesses while …

"You make money nerdy rapping?!?" with Schaffer the Darklord

May 14th, 2020


Schaffer the Darklord (or STD) is a New York City-based rapper and comedian with material best-suited for brainy and/or drug-addled audiences. With manic energy fueling a cartoonishly commanding stage presence, STD …

Accounting, tank tops & growing a business with Erin Rue

May 7th, 2020


Erin Rue is a CPA based in Portland, OR who has made it her mission to help business owners get comfortable talking about money.

In this episode, we talk about scalability & tank tops, and play an epic game of …

"You make money sitting in ice baths?!?" with Sungho Spark

May 7th, 2020


Sungho is a Korean American, a software engineer, and Wim Hof Method instructor in Portland Oregon. He loves surfing, yoga, Jiu Jitsu, and eating a plant based diet.

In this episode, we talk about fear, ice baths and …

Shitty content marketing advice with Tess Ball

May 7th, 2020


In this solo episode, we examine the top content marketing advice offered by Google. With 12 years of experience in the content marketing industry, …

Shitty ideas, intuition & fear with Tess Ball

May 4th, 2020


In this solo episode, I share my story of perfection, failure, fear and starting over. I talk about the importance of shitty ideas and of being …

Storytelling, soap operas & soul music with Nick Demos

May 4th, 2020


Nick Demos is a Tony and Olivier Award winning producer, award winning filmmaker and writer. He has been teaching yoga, pranayama (breath work), meditation and creativity for over a decade. Additionally, he coaches …

"You make money producing burlesque wrestling shows?!?" with Bunny Buxom

May 4th, 2020


Known as the Beauty and the Beast of Burlesque, Bunny Buxom is a New York based burlesque performer and producer of Rabbit Hole Productions, an …

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