Deborah Stewart has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years. Her membership site, The Honey Bee Hive, helps teachers create strong foundations for young people. She provides proven strategies they can use to keep kids engaged in learning activities, play, and exploration in the classroom. However, before launching her membership site, Deborah struggled to turn her unique skill set into a sustainable business. She built an online following and was providing valuable resources to a growing audience – but realized that as long as she continued to give her materials away for free, she was both losing money and making it harder to pitch her membership site. Today, Deborah joins the podcast to talk about getting over her fears, coming to terms with the fact that it’s okay to make money, and why you can’t waste another moment waiting to launch.

Key Takeaways

  • The first challenges Deborah faced as she turned 30 years of experience in early childhood education into a sustainable business.
  • Why doing what you love for free will ultimately cost you money, no matter what your intention is – and how a membership site solves this problem.
  • Why building an audience and a following on social media without launching a membership site is like giving away money – and how it sets you up for burnout.
  • How Deborah got out of the mindset that teachers aren’t supposed to make money – and the positive changes that came with it.

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Memorable Quotes

“If all you want to do is reach out and influence people and you don’t care about making a dime, you still need to make a dime to keep doing that over time.” – Deborah Stewart “By launching in beta, you learn to have a better sense of what people really want versus what you think they want.” – Deborah Stewart

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