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A Podcast By Small Business Owners, For Small Business Owners
What To Do With Year End Profit At Your Small Business (Podcast) | Episode #149
Apr 17 • 14 min
Are you a small business owner who’s unsure how to spend your most recent profits? While it might be tempting to use all that money to pay off any outstanding debt, you should also consider setting aside some of your profits and reinvesting them back into…
What To Do When Your Employee Wants To Take All Their Paid Time Off At Once (Podcast) | Episode #148
Apr 10 • 17 min
At first glance, a competitive vacation package might seem like one of the most reasonable benefits you could offer your employees. After all, everyone deserves an occasional break now and then. However, what should you do when a staff member decides to…
What To Do When You Can’t Reach the Decision Maker To Sell Them Your Business (Podcast) | Episode #147
Apr 3 • 19 min
When it comes to networking, open communication is the key to fostering strong relationships and building a solid customer base. But, what happens when your target audience consists primarily of high level decision makers who have an entourage of…
What’s the Safest Way To Share Files? (Podcast) | Episode #146
Feb 20 • 10 min
Are you concerned about the security of your shared business documents? You’re not alone. From hackers to data breaches, the internet can seem like a scary place for small business owners who need to share confidential information on a daily basis. Still,…
Should You Join Facebook Groups to Promote Your Small Business? (Podcast) | Episode #145
Feb 13 • 12 min
Are you considering joining a FB group to promote your business, but unsure whether it’s really worth your time? While various group page restrictions might make traditional advertising seem impossible, there are other approaches that small business…
How To Decide Which Vendors Are Right For Your Small Business (Podcast) | Episode #144
Feb 6 • 15 min
Entering a relationship with a supplier or vendor is one of the most important decisions that you will make as a small business owner. After all, your vendor’s performance can have a direct impact on both the efficiency and service quality of your…
Will My Small Business Be Impacted If I Set a Minimum for Credit Card Purchases? (Podcast) | Episode #143
Jan 30 • 11 min
Does your small business require customers to meet a certain purchase minimum before they can pay with their credit cards? While this idea might seem like a practical way to offset the additional costs of credit card fees, it can actually have the…
Should You Consider An Association Health Plan For Your Small Business? (Podcast) | Episode #142
Jan 23 • 10 min
Are you trying to find a more affordable alternative to your business’s existing health plan? As the price of health insurance continues to rise, association health plans offer small business owners the opportunity to provide their employees with quality…
Are You Burned Out From Running Your Small Business? Here’s What To Do Differently (Podcast) | Episode #141
Jan 16 • 12 min
Every small business owner is bound to experience moments when they’re tired of their work. However, in some cases, those feelings of exhaustion or disinterest might be more than just fatigue; they could be symptoms of burnout. So, what can you do to take…
Are Conferences Worth My Time As A Small Business Owner? (Podcast) | Episode #140
Jan 9 • 13 min
With the ever-mounting costs of running a startup, many small business owners find it difficult to justify the additional expenses of attending an industry conference, particularly when they have more pressing matters to attend to at the office. Still,…
What is “Brick and Click” and Why Is It Important For My Retail Store? (Podcast) | Episode #139
Jan 2 • 11 min
Are you ready to join the “brick and click” movement? For many years, the primary question among retail businesses has been whether to open a physical storefront or market themselves as a strictly online brand. Recently, however, it has become…
Is it Easier to Run an Online Business or Open a Physical Business? (Podcast) | Episode #138
Dec 26, 2018 • 18 min
Since the birth of online shopping, hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs have found themselves facing a “Bricks versus Clicks” dilemma of whether to open a physical or digital storefront for their small business. With each option presenting their own…
How Do I Determine the Cost of Each Employee? (Podcast) | Episode #137
Dec 19, 2018 • 15 min
They say that you can’t put a price on good employees, but contrary to this popular adage, you as a small business owner need to make it your responsibility to understand how much you are actually investing in every one of your employees. So, how do you…
Which Vacation Policy is Right for My Small Business? (Podcast) | Episode #136
Dec 12, 2018 • 15 min
At first glance, offering an unlimited vacation policy may seem like an obvious way to attract and satisfy the employees of your small business. Recently, however, studies have proven that this level of freedom can actually increase anxiety among staff…
Which Tax Incentives Will Benefit Your Employees? (Podcast) | Episode #135
Dec 5, 2018 • 13 min
Like many small business owners, you are probably already aware of the financial advantages associated with utilizing one of the government’s basic tax incentives. However, did you know that there are also specific tax incentives that will reward you for…
What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Posting Facebook Ads? (Podcast) | Episode #134
Nov 28, 2018 • 16 min
With their ever growing popularity, social media platforms have undoubtedly become the most effective way for small business owners to grow their client base. But, as simple as it is to post an ad on these sites, there are several pitfalls that you will…
When is It Appropriate to Send Your Client a Business Letter? (Podcast ) | Episode #133
Nov 21, 2018 • 18 min
From text messages to emails, there’s no denying that digital correspondence plays a pivotal role in keeping up with all your employees and clients. However, as convenient as these newer, more tech-savvy forms of communication might be, small business…
How Do I Successfully Pitch My Small Business Idea to an Investor? (Podcast) | Episode #132
Nov 14, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes it’s the smallest details that can make or break a deal and this certainly holds true when it comes to the length of your business pitch. If you make your pitch too short, your investors might wonder whether you’ve done enough research. If you…
How To Recruit Young Talent For Your Small Business (Podcast) | Episode #131
Nov 7, 2018 • 23 min
The business world is currently on the verge of a generational shift and with such a disparity in professional preferences, many older businesses owners are struggling to attract younger talent. So, what can you do to make your small business more…
How To Come Up With a Creative Name For Your Small Business (Podcast) | Episode # 130
Oct 31, 2018 • 17 min
What many business owners fail to understand is that the name they pick for their small business not only sets up the overall tone for their brand, but it can also significantly impact their ranking in online search engines. In episode #130, Gene Marks…
How To Cope As A Small Business Owner When You Have To Let an Employee Go (Podcast) | Episode #129
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
The decision to terminate an employee is never an easy one and with the various professional details that need to be settled prior to letting them go, the process is bound to take an extensive toll on you as the owner of your small business. So, how do…
If A Startup With a Great Idea Shuts Down, Can You Legally Take Their Idea? (Podcast) | Episode #128
Oct 17, 2018 • 8 min
Inspiration for a new business can come from virtually anywhere. However, if you as a small business owner decide to draw your inspiration from another recently closed startup, you might inadvertently be setting yourself up for a serious lawsuit. In…
How You Can Successfully Transition From 9-5 Employee to Small Business Owner (Podcast) | Episode #127
Oct 10, 2018 • 14 min
Have you ever fantasized about quitting your day job to pursue your side hustle full time? You’re not alone. In fact, for many aspiring small business owners, being able to leave their current 9-5 job is their ultimate goal. This being said, if you’re…
How Do I Prepare Myself to Speak in Public? (Podcast) | Episode #126
Oct 3, 2018 • 11 min
Does the idea of speaking in front of a large crowd terrify you? You’re not alone. In fact, for many small business owners who suffer from performance anxiety, the fear of public speaking can be absolutely paralyzing. But as difficult as it might seem,…
What is the Most Effective Way to Conduct an Interview? (Podcast) | Episode #125
Sep 26, 2018 • 21 min
There are few things in life more nerve-wracking than a job interview and in many instances, this process is more challenging for the person conducting the interview than the person applying for the job. With such a short time to get acquainted with your…