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Building a Business That Gives Us Flexibility While Managing Chronic Illness w/ Oksana

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Chronic illness and regular health issues can make our lives feel unstable, especially when it comes to our work, our businesses, and our ability to create things that are meaningful and impactful. 

It can seem like it’s impossible for us to build something that supports us while we’re contending with bouts of illness. Many smart, capable, and creative ladies feel defeated by this, but health issues don’t have to get in the way of our dreams. 

It is possible to work for ourselves, earn income even during downtimes, and run an operation that fits into the rhythm and flow of our lives. By building a simple business that runs on evergreen products, we can have success without compromising our health. 

How is an online business a great solution for dealing with health issues? How can creative people turn their passion into a successful, simple business? 

In this episode, I’m joined by the owner and the designer of Oksancia Textile Design Studio and School, Oksana Pasishnychenko. She shares her inspiring story and how online businesses empower people with chronic illnesses.

I believe that the real magic happens when people put their talents and creativity together to work on a common goal. And it makes it so much more fun to celebrate your wins together when you succeed! – Oksana


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. How your creative passion can turn into a great business
    Many people wonder if artistry, illustration, and creativity can be turned into a business with stable, recurring income. Through coaching, training, and course content, we can leverage our creativity, teach and impact others, make money, and scale what we do. 
  2. The danger of a launch-based business
    Going from launch to launch is incredibly draining and stressful, and if you’re already dealing with a health issue, or even the stress of lockdowns alone, they aren’t a good idea. An evergreen model allows you to work on perfecting and honing in on that one thing which gives you stability. 
  3. How online businesses are great for working with health issues
    A scaled-up online business that’s based on selling evergreen course content allows you to build something that won’t suffer instability when health issues cause downtime. It also means you won’t have to compromise on how much much you earn, and you won’t have to force yourself to work when you’re not feeling well. 

Guest Bio- 

Oksana is the owner and designer of the Oksancia Textile Design Studio and School. Her passions are to design unique fabric and products and to teach fellow artists how to start and grow a lifestyle business designing and selling digital repeat pattern designs. She has illustrated 2 published children’s books, and the products with her designs were for sale at Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and CVS pharmacy. She also created a portfolio of more than 10,000 vector illustrations and designs and collaborated on more than 100 client custom design projects.

Oksana is a happy wife of an amazing man and a mother of a sweet little girl. Together we love to cook, make arts and crafts, read funny books, and travel while collecting creative inspiration and adventures. For more information and to access Oksana’s free webinar on starting your own creative business + $80 discount on her Pattern It Up course for Boss Mom listeners, visit: https://oksancia.com/bossmom

Visit Oksana Online: YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn

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Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff is the Founder of Boss Mom and creator Nurture to Convert.
She is a mother, author, speaker, messaging strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She believes that too many brilliant moms are struggling to figure out how to grow their business while balancing all that is required to be a good mom, partner, and woman. So many moms are trying to grow their business using trends that feel inauthentic and aren't realistic for their inconsistent schedules. She has helped thousands of women become known for their brain and not their dance moves

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