E68 Strategies to Scale from $0 to 7-Figures in Under a Year With Carina Gardner

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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 an 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.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • 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

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