Strategies to Scale from $0 to 7-Figures in Under a Year with Carina Gardner

loyb podcast Apr 19, 2022

You’ve heard of passive income but have you heard of residual income? It’s income that one continues to receive after the completion of the income-producing work.

Carina Gardner is a fabric and paper designer. She has a PhD in design, taught at the University of Michigan for 5 years and is the Founder of  Design Suite, the only program that teaches designers how to make money while they learn how to design. 

In under a year Carina scaled her business from $0 to 7-figures and now her passion is helping other artists and designers do the same; fulfill their creative dreams and make money as a designer. Her number one secret to success is learning how to make the work you create (applicable in any field) continue to make revenue for you, long after you’ve stopped creating it. 

Regardless of the industry you’re in, there is opportunity to create residual income (usually through a scalable, signature offer). Listen to Episode 68 of the Lean Out Your Business podcast to find out how Carina created residual income in her business and get some inspiration on how you might be able to as well.

Show topics include:

  • Creating residual income in a challenging industry
  • How to fully optimize an opportunity once you find it
  • How strategy, systems, and teams are key pillars of growing a successful business
  • The mindset shift required from moving to the doer to the delegator
  • How Carina is taking her business to 7-figures in less than a year
  • The power of authenticity within your business
  • The importance of treating customers like individuals, not just numbers
  • What it really takes to achieve accelerated business growth
  • How to find the things that move the needle in your business


References Mentioned:

Want more time with Carina? Visit her website at There you can sign up for any of her courses including:

    • Designer Bootcamp - a $27 course that teaches creatives the 5 strategies they need to succeed at making money as a designer
    •  Design Suite - the only program that you teaches you how to make money while you learn how to design
    •  Join Ink Club - a creative membership that is powered by creators, designers and sewers
    •  Listen to the Make and Design podcast
    • Follow Carina on Instagram @carinagardner

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by Crista Grasso

Crista Grasso is the go-to strategic planning expert for leading global businesses and online entrepreneurs when they want to scale.  Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact to scale a business simply and sustainably. She specializes in helping businesses gain clarity on the most important things that will drive maximum value for their clients and maximum profits for their business.  She is the creator of the Lean Out Method, 90 Day Lean Out Planner, and host of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast. She is also the founder and CVO of the Profitable Planner Co and Criscara Jewelry.


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