The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur with Emily Chase Smith (@emilychasesmith)

Emily Chase Smith


Jared Easley interviews entrepreneur, Emily Chase Smith, and the author of The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur:  Navigate the Money Maze of Running a Business.  She is also the host of The Money Morsels Podcast.  She will be speaking at The Podcast Movement in August 2014 in Dallas, Texas.  A bankruptcy lawyer by profession, Emily seeks to help entrepreneurs avoid the painful path of bankruptcy by helping them become financially savvy and thus be able to make and keep more money.  In this episode, Emily also shows off her ukelele and singing skills making this a light, fun show, and ultimately making this one of Jared’s favorite episodes.


In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The impact business and entrepreneurship in her family had on her
  • Her transition from early lawyering to becoming the bankruptcy lawyer expert
  • Her Aha! moment defending the mobile home park manager
  • What makes a good law.
  • The value of putting a system in place in your finances.
  • The painful process of bankruptcy.
  • The best $25-$35 she ever spent when she she purchased Michael Hyatt’s eBook.
  • How she managed to finish her book.
  • Traditionally published book vs. self-published book.
  • The value of attending conferences and her advice to conference attendees.


The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur by Emily Chase Smith

The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur by Emily Chase Smith

Items mentioned:

  • Emily grew up knowing her grandparents were very self-made and her dad being a successful architect.
  • Emily started law school at 19, but eventually realized that it wasn’t a good fit for her.  She eventually found her niche in bankruptcy law.
  • She works with almost exclusively small business owners.
  • A good law is understandable and can be applied.
  • Entrepreneurs need to understand the law  It is something you need to dive into.
  • Keep your finger on the financial pulse of your business.
  • You need to have systems in place so you can look at your business financially.
  • What compelled Emily her into writing her book, The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur
  • She bought Michael Hyatt’s eBook to help guide her in writing her book.
  • She also got the book from Amazon, the 2013 Book of Literary Agents, all organized by subject matters at the back and set her query out from one agent after another.
  • Writing the book was harder than the whole process of getting an agent and getting it sold.
  • She decided to go for a traditionally published book primarily because of the media attention and it opened up a door of opportunities for her.
  • She never misses attending the New Media Expo.  This year she got to meet Dan Miller who ended up writing an endorsement for her book.
  • Conferences can give you access to people you never would’ve thought you’d have access to.
  • Emily encourages people to read books related to their niche.
  • Other celebrities who endorsed her book:
    • John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing
    • Jared Easley (and this was his Aha! moment)



  1. Bruce Cross on July 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Absolutely, positively enjoyed this podcast. Never heard of Emily until now and her attitude was so infectious and refreshing! Thinking of reaching out to connect with her. Thanks for sharing this episode…Happy 4th

    • Jared Easley on July 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you Bruce! Happy 4th of July to you & your family as well :)

  2. Stephen Lahey on July 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Emily Chase Smith is going places – great advice and a great book!

    • Jared Easley on July 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Well said Stephen!

  3. Dan Miller on July 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Loved this interview. Emily’s enthusiasm for life is wildly contagious. She definitely knows how to “starve the doubts.”

  4. Lucrecer on July 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Emily has an incredible spirit and I truly enjoyed listening to her interview.

  5. Kent Julian on July 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Emily is the real deal! She’s a great entrepreneur and has a outstanding business mind!! Plus, her laugh is contagious…always puts a smile on my face.

    I was listening to the episode at 1.5 speed. The ukulele jams at that speed :)

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