OMG – It’s podcast launch day! I’m so nerve-cited and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it after you listen!
We’re kicking things off with an unpopular opinion in the online business space because I’m a little sick of seeing things in our industry that don’t make sense & everyone just accepting them as gospel.
Which brings us to the (potentially controversial) topic of today’s episode…
Community Over Competition is BS.
Yeah, I said it.
You’ve heard the catch phrase “community over competition” a million times, I’m sure. It’s usually promoted as the way we’re supposed to interact with other people who do what we do in our businesses.
They say if we want to be supportive, “abundant”, and successful we have to follow, consume, refer, and promote our peers.
I call BS.
Listen to the very first episode of On Your Terms to find out:
- Why “community over competition” can be problematic and negatively impact you as a coach or online service-provider
- How this showed up for me in my first business and what I’m doing differently in my current business (and what a HUGE difference it’s made)
- My top tips for navigating this aspect of business so you can grow your business guilt-free, protect your mental & emotional energy, and more!
I want to help you re-think the dominant narrative and question this idea that’s so pervasive in our industry.
I’m ready to serve up a new way to approach your business.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:00:09] Hey, friends. It’s Sam Vander Wielen, and I’m the host of the On Your Terms podcast and the founder and CEO of Sam Vander Wielen LLC. I hope online coaches and service providers legally protect and grow their online businesses using my DIY legal templates and my signature program, the Ultimate Bundle. I’m an attorney-turned entrepreneur who’s driven to make the usually stuffy, boring, and intimidating world of legally protecting your online business easy, cozy, and less stressful. Yes, I said cozy, I swear, hang with me, you will see.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:00:47] I’m not only passionate about helping you learn how to legally protect your business, I’m just as passionate about helping you to build a business on your terms. To me, that doesn’t mean how many figures you’re pulling down each month or how many followers you have on Instagram, but how much time, flexibility and contentment you’ve got to.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:01:05] On the podcast, I’ll chat with you each week about how to legally protect your business with the right contracts, website policies, strategies, and scope of practice tips, as well as how to build a legit evergreen business that helps support the life that you actually want to live, not the one that’s being thrown and sold at you on Instagram, all while throwing in a sprinkle of my signature, no-BS, what’s-really-going-on-behind-the-scenes business-building advice.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:01:33] I’ll interview entrepreneurs building businesses on their terms to show you so many diverse examples of what kind of business you can build. I’ll also bring in top experts on the show to help you learn about things like Facebook ads, branding, email marketing, building out your programs, health care for solo entrepreneurs, money and investment strategies, and so much more.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:01:56] After practicing law for five miserable years as a corporate attorney, I left the law in 2016 to start my own health coaching business. Even though health coaching wasn’t really the right fit for me, it helped me to bridge the gap between being an out-of-touch lawyer with what you really need to know to legally protect your online business and what it really takes to start an online business in the first place. In 2017, I shut down that health coaching business and opened up the doors to Sam Vander Wielen LLC, the business that you see today, and started helping people create legally legit businesses.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:02:29] There is definitely no turning back now because over the past five years I’ve built a seven-figure business with thousands and thousands of happy customers all over the world. But what’s most important to me is that I’ve built a life around the values that mean the most to me – time, flexibility, and freedom.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:02:49] Whether it’s the brain surgery I had shortly after I started my business or my dad’s terminal leukemia diagnosis recently, I’ve truly experienced how much building your own business can afford incredible freedom, opportunity, and most surprisingly, a chance to heal your inner wounds.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:03:06] I want all of my listeners to know these three things. One. Yes, you have to legally protect your business, and it doesn’t have to be as complicated or boring as you think. Two, there are a million ways to build your own business, show up online and work with your clients. You don’t have to do what she’s doing on Instagram. You truly can build a business on your terms. And three, the legal glow-up is real. Wait until you see how much of a sigh of relief you’ll have when it comes to legally protecting your business. This really can be the key to moving forward and doing the dang thing. I’ve seen it so many times.
Sam Vander Wielen: [00:03:44] Thanks so much for listening to the On Your Terms podcast. Make sure to follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts. You can also check out all of our podcast episodes, show notes, links, and more at samvanderwielen.com/podcast. You can learn more about legally protecting your business and take my free legal workshop five steps to legally protect and grow your online business at samvanderwielen.com. And to stay connected and follow along, follow me on Instagram at @samvanderwielen and send me a DM to say hi. So grab something cozy and let’s get into it. I can’t wait to dive in together and help you build a legally legit business on your terms.
P.S. There’s still time to get the secret episode of On Your Terms!
I’m giving away a BONUS episode called “How I Built This Funnel” to celebrate the launch of the podcast.
Here’s how you can get immediate access:
- Check out On Your Terms Episode #1 on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
- Tap the “follow” button to become a follower of the show,
- Screenshot the show on your podcast app, and share on IG stories that you’re tuning in and be sure to tag @samvanderwielen so we see it!
- Then we’ll send you the link to listen to the secret BONUS episode in the DMs! Don’t use Instagram? You can email a screenshot of the podcast app after you follow the show to [email protected] and we’ll email you the link to the secret episode instead!
I appreciate the love and support so much. Thank you!