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Practical business lessons for the real world.


MBA1537 4 Essential Purchases When Starting a Business + Free Ride Friday
May 29 • 14 min
Digital or physical, online or brick & mortar, every business needs a few things at the start. These are the non-negotiables, the 4 things that every single business can’t really function and thrive without. These are your first investments, literally the…
MBA1536 How To Build Your Network Despite a Pandemic
May 28 • 14 min
Being stuck in lockdown doesn’t have to stop you from networking. Even though we can’t go to conferences and the like, networking is still possible — and it’s still incredibly important. It’s one of the most powerful methods for building your business,…
MBA1535 Q&A Wednesdays: Should I raise my prices during a pandemic?
May 27 • 16 min
Price hikes can be scary. Will you turn customers off? Will people feel betrayed or surprised — especially during a global crisis? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got one listener who can’t get his business in the black without some fresh revenue. With no…
MBA1534 4 Big Opportunities in 2020
May 26 • 17 min
This year isn’t all bad. I mean, it’s bad. It’s awful. But if every crisis presents opportunities, the Year of COVID is no exception. Through pandemics, murder hornets, and whatever fate dreams up next, success comes to those who adapt the quickest. So…
MBA1533 Guest Teacher – Rich Allen – How to Explain How Your Business Works Using a Bike
May 25 • 18 min
Communication is everything when you’re leading a team. So how can you better explain why everyone’s work matters? With a bicycle. Rich Allen is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and consultant whose success in small business has a lot to do with great…
MBA1532 Google vs. Facebook Ads + Free Ride Friday
May 22 • 18 min
Digital advertising is suddenly a lot cheaper. But it’s no less confusing. When you’re deciding how and where to spend your advertising budget, it’s important to have a clear strategy. What are your priorities? One of the first, most fundamental decisions…
MBA1531 2020’s 5 Most Common Online Business Mistakes
May 21 • 17 min
Just getting started? Here’s what not to do. So far this year, we’ve seen various businesses make some of the same blunders. The mistakes aren’t just holding people back; they’re a mortal threat to any company trying to get off the ground. These are…
MBA1530 Q&A Wednesdays: So many things to improve in my business. Which one first?
May 20 • 16 min
Analysis Paralysis: it’s that frozen feeling you get when there’s so much to do, you can’t do any of it. Sometimes, just knowing where to start is the first challenge, and the key that unlocks all your forward progress. When your business has multiple…
MBA1529 When Should You Hire A Bookkeeper?
May 19 • 18 min
There’s only so much time and money. A bookkeeper can save you tons of both. Today, we’ll explain exactly what a bookkeeper does, and why one is so vital to your business after a certain point. Different from a full-blown accountant, a bookkeeper helps…
MBA1528 Guest Teacher – Oli Bridge – How to Build Video Funnels for Your Business
May 18 • 19 min
How powerful is video? As a medium, it’s quickly gone from a marketing “maybe” to a “must.” Video can’t replace written content for every purpose, but used strategically (and created efficiently), a little video can be a huge differentiator. Oli Bridge…
MBA1527 Focus on The Things That Don’t Change + Free Ride Friday
May 15 • 15 min
Entrepreneurship isn’t just about innovation. Sometimes, understanding that which doesn’t change is just as important. Real long-term success requires a strategy that’s built around a few key principles; eternal truths about your industry that aren’t…
MBA1526 How to Get Great Customer Reviews Quickly
May 14 • 14 min
Your business needs good reviews. These days, people don’t buy a paperclip without seeing how many stars it got on Amazon. We live in the “social proof” era, where consumer opinions carry far, far more weight than any of your marketing or advertising. If…
MBA1525 Q&A Wednesdays: Do I need an About Page if it’s just me and my EA?
May 13 • 11 min
Every business needs a website. But does every business need an “About” page? Yes. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who’s building their (very) small business website, and wonders whether showcasing his tiny “team” sends the wrong message. Can…
MBA1524 Add-Ons In Your Business The Right Way
May 12 • 15 min
Ever get annoyed when businesses try to tack on little upsells? What if we took a different approach, one that puts added value first and added revenue second? That’s a better way to approach the optional features customers can add to your product – or…
MBA1523 Must Read: Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
May 11 • 14 min
The book isn’t new, but the review is timely. This is the best guide to running a remote team available, from two guys who helped pioneer and popularize the concept. Fried and Hansson are the co-founders of Basecamp, the tool we use here at The $100 MBA…
MBA1522 Set Up a Home Office on a Budget + Free Ride Friday
May 8 • 13 min
Our company has always been remote, and we’ve always worked from home. With millions suddenly forced to do business from the same building they live in, we figured a little advice on effective home office setup might be helpful. The good news? It’s pretty…
MBA1521 First Steps In Setting Up a YouTube Channel
May 7 • 14 min
YouTube: ignore it at your peril. It’s the world’s second largest search engine, and its content often dominates the results of that other search engine. It’s a powerful marketing channel, as powerful as any blog or social media account. So how do you get…
MBA1520 Q&A Wednesdays: I Want To Sell My Books. Do I need a Website?
May 6 • 11 min
Standing out as a writer is tough. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to shoot for the New York Times’ best-seller list. You just have to find your audience, and grow it. But for today’s authors, that begs the question: does Amazon help with that, or…
MBA1519 How to Create a Demo Video for Your Product
May 5 • 18 min
No matter what you’re selling — product or service, physical or digital — a great video can be a marketing game-changer. Videos are an efficient way to get attention, get your message across, and nurture leads faster. As content goes, video is almost as…
MBA1518 Guest Teacher – Angela Henderson – How To Use Human to Human Marketing In Your Business
May 4 • 22 min
You’ve heard of B2C and B2B. But H2H is still important, no matter what kind of business you run. Angela Henderson is an entrepreneur, consultant, and marketing expert. Her focus on the human aspect of lead nurturing and customer relationships might sound…
MBA1517 How To Move From Working In Your Business to Working On Your Business + Free Ride Friday
May 1 • 15 min
You’ve built a business. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to stop building it. Seriously. One trap entrepreneurs fall into is failing to take Marshall Goldsmith’s old advice: “What got you here won’t get you there.” In this case, it means hanging on to…
MBA1516 How to Manage Support Coverage During Holidays
Apr 30 • 12 min
What happens to your company’s Customer Support during holidays? More importantly, what happens when it’s a holiday for some of your employees or customers, but not for others? It’s a global economy, and if you run a global business like ours, this…
MBA1515 Q&A Wednesdays: I need to make some layoffs. Should I do it slowly or all at once?
Apr 29 • 15 min
If you’re anxious about letting employees go, you are not alone. Unemployment rates are at absurd levels, as company after company is forced into mass layoffs. Small businesses are no exception. The only difference? Axing team members can hurt more when…
MBA1514 Why Now Is The Best Time to Create More Content
Apr 28 • 13 min
Whether you blog or vlog, work in words or graphics, it’s time to turn the content machine up to 11. Like, now. It’s not just a way to pass the time while we’re all cooped up inside. For all the downsides, the current lockdowns aren’t just a way to save…
MBA1513 Must Read: Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday
Apr 27 • 20 min
One of our favorite authors is back with another mindset-altering book we can’t wait to share with you. Ryan Holiday’s Stillness Is The Key is required reading for anyone looking to be their best in business and life. No, it’s not a meditation instruction…
MBA1512 3 Must Do Online Security Tips + Free Ride Friday
Apr 24 • 19 min
Cybersecurity has never been more important, as COVID-19 forces more and more business online. As we learned from the Zoom debacle, leaving your business vulnerable can lead to some serious losses, potentially losses you can’t recover from. Let’s protect…
MBA1511 Is Now a Bad Time To Sell a Business?
Apr 23 • 13 min
Maybe you were just getting ready to sell when COVID-19 hit. Maybe you’re thinking about getting out because of COVID-19. Either way, it’s a bit of a buyer’s market generally, so selling a business during this crisis must be approached with caution and…
MBA1510 Q&A Wednesdays: How long should I plan for COVID-19 to affect my business?
Apr 22 • 17 min
This corona thing is gonna be with us for a while. The question is: how long is a while? More importantly, what can you do about it as an entrepreneur or small business owner? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener with a question that’s surely on…
MBA1509 Things to Consider Before You Change Your Brand Name
Apr 21 • 14 min
Rebranding – is it worth the trouble? Sometimes, the answer is yes. But we have to stress the key word here: sometimes. Rebranding can be a lengthy, difficult, costly process that only moves your business forward in very specific circumstances. Do your…
MBA1508 Guest Teacher – Clay Staires – How to Create Repeat Business and Customer Service Experiences That Wow in the Digital Age
Apr 20 • 22 min
Customer service is your difference. It’s one of the best ways for a small business to stand out from competitors and build a loyal following. You don’t have the marketing and advertising budgets of bigger operations, but you can devote a larger portion…
MBA1507 The Fastest Way To Sell Your Physical Products Online + Free Ride Friday
Apr 17 • 15 min
You sold merchandise IRL in a brick & mortar store or public marketplaces. Now you can’t. There is a way forward. Today, we’re not just discussing how to start selling your physical goods online. We recognize that this is a business emergency, and you…
MBA1506 How to Use Content Swaps To Grow Your Audience
Apr 16 • 15 min
Sometimes, the best way to find your audience is to borrow someone else’s. Content swapping is a classic, tried-and-true method of growing your brand awareness. It’s so well-established, it doesn’t even feel right calling it a “hack.” But whatever you…
MBA1505 Q&A Wednesdays: How do I balance quantity vs. quality and not get overwhelmed?
Apr 15 • 14 min
Not everyone is binging Netflix during this quarantine. As COVID-19 forces countless people to learn new ways of doing business, some companies and entrepreneurs are suddenly inundated with inquiries, new customers, and…just work. How can we handle it…
MBA1504 Should You Run Competitive Ads?
Apr 14 • 17 min
Online advertising is cheaper than ever. Cost-per-Click is down, and the whole world is moving their business to the web. It’s a very noisy Internet right now. Should you stand out from the competition by calling out the competition? Today, we’ll discuss…
MBA1503 Must Read: The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham
Apr 13 • 17 min
As you might be able to tell by the title, this week’s Must-Read is, um…direct. That’s the best thing about it. Keith Cunningham’s The Road Less Stupid isn’t blunt for blunt’s sake. It strives to be practical, immediately applicable, and just as useful as…
MBA1502 Who to Partner with When Markets are Down + Free Ride Friday
Apr 10 • 15 min
COVID-19 is cratering the economy. But not everyone is losing business. Just ask Netflix, Amazon, or your local takeout place. Even if your business isn’t naturally quarantine-proof, you can still find a way to thrive. By identifying and partnering with…
MBA1501 Lessons Learned from Vlogging Daily
Apr 9 • 13 min
He’s been stuck in the house for 14 days. At first, it seemed like an inconvenience. So he turned it into an opportunity. We just came back from some time abroad. During the COVID-19 crisis, that made things a little awkward when we touched back down at…
MBA1500 Q&A Wednesday: How do I sell a $10,000 program on a webinar?
Apr 8 • 14 min
Price doesn’t matter. Value does. When it comes to sales, the only thing that a high price changes is the amount of trust you have to build in order to convey the real value of the product. It might take more time or effort, but if the value is there, the…
MBA1499 How to Manage Your Cash Flow During a Crisis
Apr 7 • 20 min
For your business to be stable, your revenue stream needs a minimum level of predictability. That’s where smart, proactive cashflow management comes in. As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you have to have a plan for the ups and downs, for all the…
MBA1498 Guest Teacher: Brian Hamilton – How and Why To Use your Accountant for Much More Than Taxes
Apr 6 • 19 min
A qualified accountant is a clutch hire, no matter the size of your business. If a penny saved is a penny earned, a penny well-managed is just as valuable. CPA (Certified Public Accountants) don’t just count beans – they increase the bean count, and make…
MBA1497 How You Feel is How You Perform + Free Ride Friday
Apr 3 • 14 min
Nothing is “just business.” Feelings affect everything we do, no matter how calculated or logical we think business is. It’s time to stop trying to separate emotions from business, and instead learn to navigate the emotions around business. Pretending our…
MBA1496 Lesson Learned From My Trip to Japan
Apr 2 • 15 min
Just before the corona-crisis descended, our intrepid co-founders Omar and Nicole headed to Japan for 10 days of decompression. It wasn’t a business trip, just pure travel for the fun of it. But as they explored this new culture for the first time, they…
MBA1495 Q&A Wednesday: How do I shift my team to remote work?
Apr 1 • 12 min
Let’s tackle the most FAQ about business in the COVID-19 era. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners (actually, make that a ton of our listeners) is suddenly forced to run a team remotely. How the heck do you manage people who are nowhere near you?…
MBA1494 How to Work From Home and Stay Sane
Mar 31 • 14 min
You knew this episode was coming. During the coronavirus pandemic, so many people suddenly have to work from home. When your kitchen table becomes your office, how can you keep from losing your grip? How can you protect your home and personal life — not…
MBA1493 Must Read: Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
Mar 30 • 18 min
Where does innovation come from? What about the greatest game-changers lets them see opportunities the rest of us miss? What is genius? Walt Disney is a perfect case study. Neal Gabler’s Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination is the most…
MBA1492 Are You Paying Too Much For Your VA? + Free Ride Friday
Mar 27 • 13 min
Virtual assistants can be invaluable – but exactly how valuable are they? Having a dedicated person to handle administrative tasks online is a massive advantage for small business owners. We’ve used a VA since the early stages of our business, and she’s…
MBA1491 How Often Should You Offer Training To Your Team?
Mar 26 • 12 min
Professional development is key, no matter what you do. As a small business owner, how much of your team’s development is your responsibility? How much training, resources, and opportunities should you provide? No matter how big or small the team, it’s a…
MBA1490 Q&A Wednesday: Do I need to have a dedicated server for my website?
Mar 25 • 13 min
Are you being served? Most of us use shared servers for our websites, at least at first. Whether you’re on WordPress, SquareSpace, Weebly, or another host, you’re probably sharing server space with a few hundred “roommates.” So when is it time to leave…
MBA1489 Hiring a Website Manager
Mar 24 • 14 min
Does someone need to take the wheel at your website? Stop right there: this is not an episode only for the technologically…disinclined. Your website doesn’t have to be a mess for you to consider an outside expert. In fact, if your business and website are…
MBA1488 Guest Teacher: Timothy Clark – How To Lead your Team Through The 4 Stages Of Psychological Safety
Mar 23 • 18 min
Are you getting the best from your team? If they’re not psychologically safe…probably not. In order to perform to their potential, employees have certain work environmental needs, aligned to commonly understood human needs. If that all sounds a little…
MBA1487 How Stress Has Affected My Business + Free Ride Friday
Mar 20 • 19 min
This episode isn’t about your health. Well, it’s about that, too. But this is a business podcast, and here’s the bottom line: stress doesn’t only hurt your body and mind. It can destroy your business. It can make you think you’re “working hard” when…
MBA1486 Lessons & Actions You Can Take When Googling Your Business
Mar 19 • 13 min
Ever Googled your own business? Sure you have. But what were you trying to accomplish? Today, we’re discussing how to use Google’s search results strategically. No, this isn’t exactly an SEO lesson. But it’s a way to use Google to shape and act on your…
MBA1485 Q&A Wednesday: How do I know if my business will succeed?
Mar 18 • 17 min
Nothing is guaranteed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t evaluate the viability of a business idea in advance, and give ourselves the best chance of success. But how? It’s like poker: while there are elements you can’t control, knowing the odds and acting…
MBA1484 3 Tough Lessons I’ve Learned in The Past 12 Months
Mar 17 • 15 min
This is how we screwed up. Every mistake carries the gift of a lesson. Learning those lessons makes those mistakes valuable — to you, and anyone who can learn from you. To get the most value out of our stumbles, blunders, and fails over the last 12…
MBA1483 Must Read: The 1% Solution for Work and Life by Tom Connellan
Mar 16 • 15 min
Are you stuck at “average?” This week’s Must-Read for entrepreneurs is all about making real change, one little bit at a time. Whether you’re not progressing enough, quickly enough, or at all, it’s time to take action. Because average will only get you so…
MBA1482 The Best Time to Send Your Email Newsletters + Free Ride Friday
Mar 13 • 12 min
Email is still the most important marketing channel you have. But your emails won’t do much for your business if no one is reading them. Part of getting those open, read, and click rates up is finding the right time for your message to hit the inbox —…
MBA1481 How to Use Automated Webinars to Sell Your Online Course
Mar 12 • 11 min
Ready to extend your reach way beyond your daily working hours? If you have a course to sell, there’s a method that can save you a ton of time and energy, all while bringing in passive leads and sales. Automated webinars. Some people call them “evergreen”…
MBA1480 Q&A Wednesday: How do I tell my lifetime members I need to charge them?
Mar 11 • 13 min
Lifetime memberships can be tricky, especially as your business grows. When something changes, how can you honor your long-standing arrangements without losing money? How can you change the terms of your service without ticking off your earliest…
MBA1479 How to Just Get Started With Your Business Today
Mar 10 • 13 min
Almost everyone has a cool idea for a business. Almost no one will actually do it. Will you? Today, we’ve got your first step. Do this one thing now, and you’ll be closer to actually starting your business than most of the would-be entrepreneurs who never…
MBA1478 Guest Teacher: Graham Brown – How To Influence, Engage, And Create Change Through Storytelling
Mar 9 • 21 min
The best product doesn’t win. The product with the best story wins. Narrative is how we learn. More importantly, it’s how we’re convinced. Stories take a lesson, person, or product past the gates of our conscious decision making and into the most…
MBA1477 Outsourcing Your Most Time Consuming Tasks + Free Ride Friday
Mar 6 • 17 min
Forget the dollar, the euro, the pound. The most valuable currency on Earth is time. So let’s get you more of it. Odds are, you’re doing things you don’t have to. These tasks are thieves, robbing you of the precious resource of time — a resource that…
MBA1476 How To Use Newsjacking to Promote Your Business
Mar 5 • 13 min
Current events can produce more than anxiety. In fat, they might just be your secret marketing weapon. “Newsjacking” is a tried-and-true trick in which you tie your marketing to national and global events. Whatever the media’s fixated on, you can leverage…
MBA1475 Q&A Wednesday: How do I create an MVP for my physical product?
Mar 4 • 16 min
Always, always test the MVP – no matter what you’re selling. If you don’t know, the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is the first iteration of a product you can sell. It’s the barest-bones, cheapest-to-produce version of something you can still sell at a…
MBA1474 The Worst Time To Make Big Decisions
Mar 3 • 16 min
Sometimes, it’s not how you make decisions, but when. When you’re faced with a major choice, with significant stakes on the line, you have to make sure of one thing before you decide. You have to make sure that the context in which you make your decision…
MBA1473 Must Read: Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Mar 2 • 14 min
Still thinking about starting a business? Stop. This week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs is a classic. It’s a short, simple analogy that our intrepid host Omar first got as a gift from an old boss. Who Moved My Cheese? is all about getting out of your…
MBA1472 Are You Confusing Your Customers? + Free Ride Friday
Feb 28 • 17 min
Marketing only has a few unbreakable rules. One of them is to never overwhelm the prospect with too much information. Confusion is kryptonite for sales. But it can be incredibly hard to know when you’re confusing your audience. That’s because it’s…
MBA1471 Quality vs Deadlines: When to Choose What
Feb 27 • 12 min
What matters most: quality, or fulfillment? What disappoints customers more: failure to deliver on time, or substandard performance? Meeting deadlines and maxing out quality can be opposing goals. Today, we discuss how to balance them. We’ve had this…
MBA1470 Q&A Wednesday: I never hit my goals. Am I setting them too high?
Feb 26 • 13 min
We all want to reach our goals. But where do we set them? How do we know which goals are realistic, and which are just setting us up for failure? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who misses goal after goal. Is it because they’re too lofty? If…
MBA1469 How Many Support Agents Do You Need?
Feb 25 • 17 min
At our software company, we pride ourselves on customer support. We differentiate ourselves with it, and always have. It’s kind of our thing. So we weren’t surprised to field several questions about customer support when we attended a recent conference.…
MBA1468 Guest Teacher: Chris Meroff – How To Develop A Company Culture That Fulfills Every Employee
Feb 24 • 22 min
Company culture isn’t something we always think about. And when we do, it’s often…after-thinking. But it matters. If you don’t intentionally build a culture, that lack of intention becomes your culture. And in a culture like that, there’s no way to get…
MBA1467 My 3 Biggest Takeaways from Funnel Hacking Live + Free Ride Friday
Feb 21 • 19 min
If you haven’t heard of ClickFunnels, you will. The company’s massive conference, Funnel Hacking Live, is like Coachella for marketing nerds. The energy is huge, the excitement is palpable, and the attendees are…devout, to say the least. But is there any…
MBA1466 Simplify Your Marketing Efforts
Feb 20 • 15 min
Keep. It. Simple. The problem entrepreneurs often have with marketing is totally overcomplicating it. Too many channels, too much content, and no idea what’s working and what’s not. It’s time to stop being a jack of all things, and become a master of…
MBA1465 Q&A Wednesday: How often should I raise my rates?
Feb 19 • 13 min
Did you forget to raise your rates again? You’re not the only one. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a business coach who hasn’t raised prices in years. Whether you’re a coach, a freelancer, or selling a product, keeping prices flat for that long is slow…
MBA1464 Are You Willing to Redo It All?
Feb 18 • 14 min
Get back in the saddle — even if you never fell out. Sometimes, we put our whole selves into building a business or product, only to watch it bomb. That’s normal. In fact, that’s good. Failure isn’t just a rite of passage in entrepreneurship. It’s a…
MBA1463 Must Read: The Five Minute Journal by Alex Iconn
Feb 17 • 14 min
This week, you’re writing the Must-Read book. We couldn’t resist. After using The Five Minute Journal by Alex Iconn for a while, we just had to recommend it — even if it’s not a “book” per se. It’s an app, or a hardcover analog journal if you prefer, that…
MBA1462 3 Key Ingredients to a Successful Facebook Group + Free Ride Friday
Feb 14 • 14 min
Facebook groups can go really well, or really badly. They can increase engagement and loyalty, or they can embarrass you. They can drive growth, or they can hurt your reputation in the space. Let’s make sure your next Facebook group moves your business…
MBA1461 The Only 3 Ways You Can Differentiate and Compete
Feb 13 • 14 min
That’s right: we said “only.” In our considerable experience, we’ve only found 3 ways to make our business stand out. In fact, we’ve only seen other businesses stand out in one of these 3 ways. Whatever you sell, you have to differentiate in order to…
MBA1460 Q&A Wednesday: Will I put off customers if I share my political and religious views?
Feb 12 • 13 min
We live in a golden age of political bipartisanship, religious tolerance, and cooperation among people of diverse viewpoints. Just kidding, we live in a never-ending mosh pit of political and social rock-hurling. So what does that mean for your business?…
MBA1459 How Amazon Can Help You Create Your Next Product
Feb 11 • 11 min
There’s a ridiculously valuable, totally free resource you’re not using. It has all the information you need to target an audience, build them the perfect product, and stand out in your space. That’s right, Amazon (you read the title, didn’t you?). The…
MBA1458 Guest Teacher: Grant Baldwin – How To Find & Book Speaking Gigs
Feb 10 • 18 min
Have you started speaking yet? You don’t have to be Tony Robbins to use the power of public speaking to grow your business. Even if you don’t plan to make a living off your speeches, you can build incredible authority and elevate your brand by delivering…
MBA1457 How to Meet Industry Leaders with Dinners + Free Ride Friday
Feb 7 • 16 min
Who do you wish you could get to know? They say the fastest way to an entrepreneur’s heart… Ok, no one says that. But one meal can have a massive impact on your future, if you plan it right. Hosting a dinner is the ultimate networking power move, one…
MBA1456 Should You Sell a White Labeled Product?
Feb 6 • 14 min
Who says you have to build a product to build a business? “White Label” products let you market and sell someone else’s creation, under your own brand. It’s a tempting alternative for entrepreneurs whose strengths lie more in marketing and sales than in…
MBA1455 Q&A Wednesday: How do I deal with a customer that threatens me?
Feb 5 • 13 min
Online bullying: it isn’t just for middle schoolers. Every business will eventually have a customer who turns rabid, threatening to blast your company all over the Internet if you don’t cave to their (often unreasonable) demands. Here’s what to do next.…
MBA1454 Does Sponsoring a An Online Summit Work?
Feb 4 • 14 min
Conferences were always going to go digital. Enter the online summit, a virtual gathering of industry pros that might offer the same (or similar) benefits to the analog version. These summits are more popular each year, with entire businesses built around…
MBA1453 Must Read: Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
Feb 3 • 16 min
Conventional wisdom: how wise is it? That’s the question Eric Barker asks in Barking Up The Wrong Tree, a super-entertaining challenge to everything you thought you knew about business. In this highly original, inventive look at the usual advice about…
MBA1452 Should You Hire Friends and Family of Team Members? + Free Ride Friday
Jan 31 • 14 min
Hiring the best employees is no easy task. That task is further complicated when the perfect fit happens to be the relative, friend, or significant other of someone on your team. Trust me, we’ve been there. When you get a referral from a trusted employee,…
MBA1451 4 Low Cost Ways to Gather Customer Feedback
Jan 30 • 15 min
Customer feedback is like fertilizer for your business growth. Way too many entrepreneurs try to “figure out” what would appeal to customers, when a smarter solution is there all along: just ask some. Today, we’ll discuss the incredible, underappreciated…
MBA1450 Q&A Wednesday: Should I refund customers past the refund deadline?
Jan 29 • 14 min
Almost every business goes through this: you set a refund policy, and a customer violates it — but they still want their money back. The terms were clear, but the customer isn’t. Or they are, but they want an exception. This is especially common when your…
MBA1449 What Exactly Is a Funnel? (and How to Build One)
Jan 28 • 14 min
It’s something every marketer studies endlessly. If you’re in business, you’ve heard of it by now: the “funnel.” There’s a good reason this concept is so common. Understanding the funnel and applying it to your business is crucial to your company’s…
MBA1448 Guest Teacher: Kim Speed – How to turn your clients into your greatest sales team
Jan 27 • 16 min
There is no better salesperson than someone who doesn’t work for you. Think about how you decide to purchase something. While marketers, advertisers, and actual sales people have a goal in mind, other consumers have nothing to gain by encouraging you to…
MBA1447 How Much Money Do You Need To Start a Podcast? + Free Ride Friday
Jan 24 • 18 min
What does a podcast cost? It’s a good question, and one you should definitely ask before you get on the mic. The good news is that it’s more affordable than ever to produce a decent quality, competitive podcast in your space. But a good entrepreneur…
MBA1446 The Best Time To Start A Business
Jan 23 • 13 min
What are you waiting for? No, seriously. What should you wait for before starting a business? One of the first, biggest hurdles new entrepreneurs face is taking the first step into the game. You’ve researched, you’ve planned, you’ve studied. But when is…
MBA1445 Q&A Wednesday: Do I need to also buy the .net and .co for my domain?
Jan 22 • 10 min
Every business needs a website, and therefore a good domain name. But do you need all the domains with that name? Good question. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know if you should buy up the .com alternatives: the .co, the .net, even the…
MBA1444 How To Minimize Stress When Traveling For Business
Jan 21 • 16 min
Business travel got you stressed out, tired, and feeling low? It’s not just you. Traveling for work can absolutely suck. The airports, the baggage, the time zones, the bad food, and a million other inconveniences can turn any trip into a draining…
MBA1443 Must Read: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Jan 20 • 13 min
We’re not good at understanding each other. And that’s bad for business. Malcolm Gladwell has made a massive career out of noticing — patterns, syndromes, common social threads. He’s sold millions of copies of books like The Tipping Point and Outliers.…
MBA1442 3 Simple Ideas To Improve Your Customer Service + Free Ride Friday
Jan 17 • 12 min
Customer service: the forgotten weapon. The power move. The brand-defining differentiator that sets you apart from the competition. The secret to long-term customer retention and increased CLTV (Customer Lifetime Value). It’s kind of a big deal, so you…
MBA1441 How To Feel Good About Your Decisions
Jan 16 • 10 min
Second-guessing: some would say it’s a sign of healthy skepticism. But if it becomes a habit, it’s fatal to entrepreneurs. When you run your own business, you are constantly faced with high-pressure decisions — way more often than people with conventional…
MBA1440 Q&A Wednesday: What’s the biggest difference between a content business and a software business?
Jan 15 • 12 min
Content business vs. software business: which is right for you? Today’s episode is a good place to start answering that question. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener understand the biggest, most fundamental difference between the two…
MBA1439 How Do Your Customers Decide to Buy?
Jan 14 • 14 min
To get more wins, study the ones you have. The “buyer’s journey” is a much-studied topic that CRM (Customer Relationship Management) experts have spilled thousands of gallons of digital ink on. What is the process by which people go from awareness of your…
MBA1438 Guest Teacher: Dr. Cindy McGovern – How a Simple “THANK YOU” Can Make You a Better Leader
Jan 13 • 17 min
Thank you. Was that so hard? Actually, effective gratitude is more than just stringing two words together. It’s something today’s special guest teacher, Dr. Cindy McGovern calls a “lost art” — the ability to thank employees in a way that values,…
MBA1437 Lessons Learned From a 1:1 with Every Team Member + Free Ride Friday
Jan 10 • 15 min
What do your employees really think? It can be hard to find out. People are naturally more reserved in meetings, and can feel “evaluated” or cornered if asked too much in front of others. That’s why we decided to do individual, one-on-one sit-downs with…
MBA1436 Sharing Your Long Term Strategic Plan With Your Team
Jan 9 • 14 min
You and your team: are you in it together? Recently, we made a significant decision. We decided to share our biggest, longest-term, most ambitious goals with our entire team — every single employee. While we used to reserve our Grand Plans for ourselves…
MBA1435 Q&A Wednesday: How can I successfully pre-launch an online business?
Jan 8 • 13 min
Prepare for launch! Actually, scratch that. We need to start even further ahead, with a pre-launch strategy. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is wondering how to maximize their launch by marketing well in advance. This doesn’t just apply to the debut…
MBA1434 Do You Need to Work More Than 40 Hours a Week to Be Successful?
Jan 7 • 16 min
Is hustling effective? Does more work mean more results? Maybe not. Today, we’re discussing the math on work hours. While it might seem logical to assume that more work = more success, that approach forgets a key principle of productivity: working smart,…
MBA1433 Must Read: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Jan 6 • 16 min
Sometimes, abandoning logic is the most logical decision. That’s the (somewhat controversial) premise of this week’s Must-Read book, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. While it’s tempting to think that fact-based, rational reasons are the most…
MBA1432 Paid Marketing Ideas for Under $300 + Free Ride Friday
Jan 3 • 17 min
What kind of growth can you get for $300? The answer might surprise you, but only if you’re willing to experiment. If your marketing budget isn’t exactly…flush, but you need a nice boost, it’s time to think outside that proverbial box. This is the beauty…
MBA1431 What Will Stop You From Making 2020 a Success
Jan 2 • 16 min
This is your year…unless it isn’t. We all hit January wide-eyed and full of big plans. But why do some entrepreneurs hit the goals they set, while others don’t? Why do some businesses actually make the progress their founders envision, while the rest of…
MBA1430 Q&A Wednesday: Not enough cashflow to pay my cofounder a salary. Should I buy him out?
Jan 1 • 12 min
Your co-founder wants in. You need them out. This is awkward. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a doozy. One listener co-founded a business a while back, but the co-founder in question took a back seat — only just maintaining their involvement while they…
MBA1429 Why You Should or Shouldn’t Change Your Brand Name
Dec 31, 2019 • 12 min
To rebrand or not to rebrand? That is the question. Today, anyway. If you feel like you chose the wrong name for your business, or something about your business name is holding you back, it might be time to rechristen. But you can’t do so without…
MBA1428 Guest Teacher: Kenneth Aldrich – How to Create an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Dec 30, 2019 • 19 min
Skills don’t matter, without the right mindset. There’s a ton of advice out there about what to do if you want to start and run a business. But there’s not enough about how to be, mentally and emotionally. If your frame of mind isn’t optimized, it doesn’t…
MBA1427 5 Takeaways From SaaStock Aus 2019 + Free Ride Friday
Dec 27, 2019 • 14 min
SaaStock rocked — and we brought back some lessons for you. This annual convention for SaaS (Software as a Service) businesses is a magnet for startups, freelancers, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the globe. This year, our intrepid host…
MBA1426 How To Perform a SWOT Analysis & Stay Ahead of Challenges
Dec 26, 2019 • 13 min
SWOTing: it’s not something you do to flies. It’s a simple but powerful exercise anyone can use to refocus their business and plan for whatever comes next. A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis lets you look around the bend to…
MBA1425 Q&A Wednesday: I’m exhausted all the time. What do I do?
Dec 25, 2019 • 17 min
Business draining you? Feeling exhausted? You’re not alone. But you have to fix it. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is simply out of gas. The freedom of entrepreneurship has a cost, and that cost is a workload and mental burden that few of the…
MBA1424 Improving Your About Page
Dec 24, 2019 • 10 min
You’re missing a huge marketing opportunity. That’s the case for most entrepreneurs with a business website, at least. Statistically, the “About” page is one of the most visited pages on a given website — second or third behind the home page, usually. And…
MBA1423 Must Read: What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz
Dec 23, 2019 • 15 min
What is company culture, why does it matter, and how can you build it? The answers to that and more come from one of Omar’s favorite business books ever: What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz. Horowitz is a venture capital legend whose wisdom and…
MBA1422 Why Online Courses Fail + Free Ride Friday
Dec 20, 2019 • 15 min
Online courses: more popular than ever. A great source of revenue. A perfect way to monetize your expertise or passion. And yet… So many courses bomb. For every course that thrills its students and grows the business, there’s a ton that go nowhere. Our…
MBA1421 Why and How to Plan All of 2020 Today
Dec 19, 2019 • 11 min
2020 starts now. I know the ball hasn’t dropped yet, but if you want certain things to happen next year, it’s already time to take the first step. It’s time to plan out your entire year, right now, today. All of it. The best part? It won’t even take that…
MBA1420 Q&A Wednesday: Do I close for the holidays and give my team time off?
Dec 18, 2019 • 12 min
It’s that time of year. We don’t all celebrate the same way — or at all — but “the holidays” are a reality of business. Crucially, the holidays mean that your team will have personal and family obligations. Part of your job as a leader is to balance the…
MBA1419 Ideas You Can Steal From Elon and The Tesla Cybertruck
Dec 17, 2019 • 14 min
Ever seen a win that — at first — looks like a fail? Elon Musk is the king of confounding expectations. When he unveiled Tesla’s take on the good ol’ ‘Merican truck, he did what he does best: surprised everyone, for better or worse. Even a demonstration…
MBA1418 Guest Teacher: Ashley Micciche – How To Value Your Business in 30 Minutes For Free
Dec 16, 2019 • 20 min
What’s your business worth? Even if you’re nowhere near selling your business, it’s important to know. And thanks to today’s special guest teacher, it doesn’t take long to find out. Ashley Micciche is the CEO of True North, a retirement advising firm.…
MBA1417 Low Cost Team Retreat Options + Free Ride Friday
Dec 13, 2019 • 14 min
Let’s start here: a retreat is not a frivolous expense. For teams of all sizes, a retreat can have an incredible, valuable effect on motivation, cohesion, and productivity. It’s the definition of the term “investment:” something you spend money on because…
MBA1416 Building a Chrome Extension Business
Dec 12, 2019 • 13 min
There’s apps — and then there’s Chrome extensions. It’s a fantastic, emerging niche-among-niches. As Chrome becomes an ever more popular browser, the need for the Chromified version of this or that software become ever more important. Halfway between a…
MBA1415 Q&A Wednesday: How do I find a great business coach?
Dec 11, 2019 • 13 min
The first sign that you’re really serious about moving your business forward? You’re ready to hire a coach. A successful entrepreneur is two things: brave enough to try on their own, and smart enough to know their limits. The ones who make it know when to…
MBA1414 4 Business Expenses You Should Never Go Cheap On
Dec 10, 2019 • 14 min
Yes, we all want our startups to be lean. Profit first, we always say. But like any fundamental truth, there’s an equal and opposite consideration you should never forget: You get what you pay for. Today, we’re discussing a few things you should never…
MBA1413 Must Read: Built To Last by Jim Collins
Dec 9, 2019 • 15 min
The 90’s gave us a few classics: Nevermind, Clueless, flannel in general. But for entrepreneurs, one classic work defined a new approach to business and echoed into the next century — even as the Internet changed everything. That classic was Jim Collins’…
MBA1412 Have a Team But Still Overwhelmed? How To Assign Ownership + Free Ride Friday
Dec 6, 2019 • 19 min
You’ve made the hires. You’ve got a great team ready to rock. So why are you still overworked? One of the trickier aspects of leading a growing business is handing off responsibility to new team members. For some of us, it’s hard because we don’t want to…
MBA1411 My Top 3 Vacations for Entrepreneurs
Dec 5, 2019 • 13 min
Everyone needs a break: especially entrepreneurs. This isn’t an episode that tells you where to go. This all about the types of vacations that are most restful, useful, and valuable for independent business people. These entrepreneur-friendly trip types…
MBA1410 Q&A Wednesday: How do I stay on top of my email with everything else I need to do?
Dec 4, 2019 • 13 min
We’ve all had the sensation: Inbox Dread. The knowledge that you’re so behind on emails, the list of black, bolded “unreads” will just be too much to bear. How can you dig out of email overwhelm, and still get things done? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re…
MBA1409 My Top 5 Books for 2019
Dec 3, 2019 • 15 min
If you know our intrepid host Omar, you know he’s a reader. Omar plows through over 50 books each year, searching for those golden lessons that resonate and have a real impact. That’s because he believes a book has the greatest ROI in terms of…
MBA1408 Guest Teacher: Suzanne Chadwick – How To Create a Stand-Out Brand Experience
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
The market is a crowded place. One of the first hurdles new entrepreneurs struggle with is the old classic: how the heck do you stand out? Fortunately, we’ve got an expert in just that. Suzanne Chadwick has turned standing out into a full-time occupation.…
MBA1407 Where to Start When You Have No Ideas + Free Ride Friday
Nov 29, 2019 • 15 min
You know you want to start a business. But that’s about all you know. You’re not alone! So many people think that entrepreneurs start by having some grand product idea, but that’s rarely the case. More often, entrepreneurship starts with nothing more than…
MBA1406 3 Golden Rules When Starting a Software Company
Nov 28, 2019 • 16 min
Ready to start a software company? These are the most important things we learned from building ours! It took time to learn them. It took a lot of trial, and no small amount of error. Software as a product type has exploded, especially the SaaS (Software…
MBA1405 Q&A Wednesday: How do I get a better work/life balance?
Nov 27, 2019 • 15 min
Entrepreneurs are in a tough spot. We take on tremendous responsibility to improve our lives, but sometimes it comes at the expense of our lives. We know that a happy, healthy entrepreneur is more successful than an overworked one, but business doesn’t…
MBA1404 How To Manage a Bad Day
Nov 26, 2019 • 14 min
Bad days will happen. What matters is how you respond. Our intrepid host, Omar, is no stranger to rough days at work. He’s learned how to feel it coming; the insurmountable To-Do list, the shift in mood, the feeling that nothing can go right while this…
MBA1403 Must Read: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
Nov 25, 2019 • 19 min
It starts with posture. Jordan Peterson is a controversial figure, ever since he left academia and touched many a nerve with his hugely successful self-help career. His landmark book, 12 Rules for Life, lays out a philosophy guided by deceptively simple…
MBA1402 Is Growing Your Business Pages on Social Media Still Important? + Free Ride Friday
Nov 22, 2019 • 14 min
Social media is a fickle thing. One year it’s the key to your business, the next year all your “likes” don’t translate to a dime in sales. The social media Powers That Be (that’s Facebook, Insta, and the like) are constantly updating their algorithms and…
MBA1401 How to Start Getting on Stages
Nov 21, 2019 • 14 min
So you’re ready to speak in public. Kudos. Public speaking — especially at industry conferences — can be a massive brand-builder. It can turbo-charge your networking. It’s not for everyone, but the effects on a small business are undeniable. Somewhat…
MBA1400 Q&A Wednesday: Why is my website not getting any traffic?
Nov 20, 2019 • 13 min
It’s an SEO emergency! It’s the first big, scary challenge that many entrepreneurs face: how the heck to get people to your website. There are literally hundreds of millions of websites out there, many of which are filled with advice on how to get…
MBA1399 Should You Write a Book in 2020?
Nov 19, 2019 • 14 min
“You should write a book.” “I could write a book.” “One day I’ll write a book.” We’ve all had the thought, the suggestion, even the plan. But as a marketing strategy, is it smart? Are books still relevant in a digital economy? Does the (considerable)…
MBA1398 Guest Interview: Ramit Sethi – Creating Your Rich Life
Nov 18, 2019 • 45 min
What do personal finance, entrepreneurship, “money dials,” and the importance of fitness have in common? Answer: Ramit Sethi. If you’re a regular listener, you know our intrepid host, Omar, reads a ton of books. Perhaps the most impactful one for him was…
MBA1397 4 Ways to Turn Your Business Around + Free Ride Friday
Nov 15, 2019 • 13 min
The best part about failing? It’s an opportunity to try something bold. If your business isn’t making it, you shouldn’t give up too soon. But you also shouldn’t keep trying the same strategies that got you into trouble in the first place. If you’re stuck…
MBA1396 What Is NPS, and How Can It Improve Your Customer Retention?
Nov 14, 2019 • 10 min
What’s your NPS? If you don’t know, you need to find out. Your “Net Promoter Score,” or NPS, is a simple but super-powerful metric for measuring…well, love. Based on a single-question survey, it gives you a snapshot of how much your current customers love…
MBA1395 Q&A Wednesday: My churn is out of control. How do I reduce churn ASAP?
Nov 13, 2019 • 11 min
Don’t just look at growth. Look at churn. If the latter outpaces the former, you have a huge problem. Churn destroys businesses, even ones that grow at a decent pace. If you don’t already know, churn is the rate at which a business loses recurring…
MBA1394 Why Knowing Your Buyer’s Journey Is So Important
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
Sometimes, we forget to focus on the customers we already have. Your “buyer’s journey,” the steps your customers took from stranger to lead to revenue source, is crucial to keeping your business alive and thriving. Knowing exactly how you got people…
MBA1393 Guest Teacher: Jonathan Slain – How to Look Forward to the Next Recession
Nov 11, 2019 • 17 min
A recession is coming. That’s a fact. How do we know? Because a recession is always coming. Business is cyclical, and smart entrepreneurs don’t hope against economic downturns — they prepare for them. Jonathan Slain was hit hard by the Great Recession of…
MBA1392 What Does Growing Too Fast Look Like? + Free Ride Friday
Nov 8, 2019 • 11 min
Catastrophic success is real — and dangerous. Unchecked growth has the same effect on a business as it does on a body: it overloads the systems and puts you at risk for collapse. Yes, growth is necessary for a business to survive. But if that growth isn’t…
MBA1391 Great Bonus Ideas For Your Offer
Nov 7, 2019 • 14 min
Sometimes, you’ve gotta sweeten the deal. But like literal sweeteners, bonuses have to be applied strategically. Today, we discuss how free swag, extra content, and other bonuses can move the needle on conversions. When a relatively small investment can…
MBA1390 Q&A Wednesday: My employee is asking for a HUGE raise. What do I do?
Nov 6, 2019 • 11 min
Do you know what your employees are worth? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners has a valuable employee with an inconvenient request: a 40 (yes, 40) percent increase in salary. That’s a hard bargain to drive, but driven it is. What’s an…
MBA1389 Recording Content While Traveling
Nov 5, 2019 • 12 min
Travel can be a great part of entrepreneurship. It can also hurt your content production — but only if you let it. You don’t have to choose between travel and content productivity. Whether you need to record podcasts or videos, you can stay on schedule…
MBA1388 Must Read: Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink
Nov 4, 2019 • 12 min
Discipline isn’t scary. That’s a core belief of former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, and the central message of his latest book, Discipline Equals Freedom. Willink has experienced the toughest kind of discipline, but it didn’t just help him succeed in the…
MBA1387 The Dangers of Free + Free Ride Friday
Nov 1, 2019 • 15 min
“Free” can really cost you. If you’re giving away too much, it’s not just hurting your bottom line. It’s hurting your future chances of success by building an expectation you can’t escape. It’s also creating a very unfavorable impression about your…
MBA1386 How to Fight and Beat Your Impostor Syndrome
Oct 31, 2019 • 16 min
You can do this. You are doing this. And it’s not a mistake.Impostor syndrome affects almost everyone, but it’s especially vicious among entrepreneurs. Because we’re off the beaten path, making our own decisions and living according to our own ideas, it…
MBA1385 Q&A Wednesday: What businesses can I start without funding?
Oct 30, 2019 • 13 min
No rich parents or angel investors? You can still start a business. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know what kinds of businesses you can start without a dime in funding. Well, we’ve got it down to about $100. With only that much, you can…
MBA1384 4 Simple Health Hacks That Will Improve Your Productivity
Oct 29, 2019 • 20 min
Tired? Sluggish? Over it? Here’s the thing about your health: not only is it more important than your business, it’s also crucial to your business. Unhealthy, fatigued, tired entrepreneurs simply don’t have the energy required to get things done. And that…
MBA1383 Guest Teacher: Tom Cronin – How to Handle Stress and Work in Peace
Oct 28, 2019 • 17 min
Stress hurts. That’s not a complaint; it’s a fact. Excessive mental and emotional stress — the kind that seems to permeate modern life and business — hurts you, and your business. It diminishes health, and it kills performance. If you are stressed, you…
MBA1382 How Much Do You Really Need To Retire? + Free Ride Friday
Oct 25, 2019 • 14 min
Let’s talk about the endgame. No, not the vaguely disappointing superhero movie. We mean your ultimate, ultimate goal, your plan for the time period after you’ve made it in business, and are ready to rest on your laurels. We mean the “golden years” of…
MBA1381 Hotels vs AirBnB for Business Travel
Oct 24, 2019 • 13 min
Travel: it’s one of the perks of entrepreneurship. But when your accommodations feel less like home and more like hassle, travel can quickly become a chore. Which brings us to a classic question: to AirBnB, or not to AirBnB? The disruptive home-sharing…
MBA1380 Q&A Wednesday: I sell physical goods. How would webinars work for my business?
Oct 23, 2019 • 11 min
Think digital marketing is only for digital products? Come on now. Webinars work. We’re not saying that because we run a webinar software company, WebinarNinja (ok, we’re not only saying that because we run a webinar software company, WebinarNinja). We’re…
MBA1379 Why Pay Less When You Can Pay More
Oct 22, 2019 • 13 min
No, today’s title is not a typo. It’s a famous quote from marketer Dan Kennedy, whose understanding of value — and how to communicate it — made him one of the most successful copywriters ever. Kennedy understood that price isn’t just a number that…
MBA1378 Must Read: The Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt
Oct 21, 2019 • 16 min
What’s a great coach worth? Bill Campbell was a legend among legends. From coaching football to coaching the likes of Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, Campbell’s ability to get the absolute best out of people echoes across business today. In Trillion Dollar…
MBA1377 Does Business Get Easier as You Grow? + Free Ride Friday
Oct 18, 2019 • 17 min
Spoiler alert. It doesn’t get better — but you do. If you’re an entrepreneur suffering from early-stage burnout, you may be asking yourself if this gets any easier. It’s an understandable question; sometimes, we plug away beyond the point of reason…
MBA1376 3 Ways to Market Your Business with Podcasts
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
We are living in the Podcast Era — and smart marketers know it. We recently spoke at the Click Engage Convert digital marketing conference in Melbourne, and couldn’t wait to explain how podcasting changed everything for our business. In fact, our own $100…
MBA1375 Q&A Wednesday: Where should I start with running Facebook ads?
Oct 16, 2019 • 12 min
You’ve heard that Facebook ads work. You’ve also heard they can be expensive, time-consuming, and hard to understand. Well, you heard right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t figure Facebook advertising out! It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one…
MBA1374 Creating Your Presentation Slides For a Conference Talk
Oct 15, 2019 • 16 min
Got stage time at a conference? It’s time to perfect your deck. If you’ve ever spoken at a conference, you know that the right slideshow can make all the difference. But too many people think that more is…well, more when it comes to your slides. They…
MBA1373 Guest Teacher: Trivinia Barber – How to Create Business Momentum with Virtual Teams
Oct 14, 2019 • 15 min
Can’t get your business ball rolling? Maybe you need a (virtual) hand. A little help can mean the difference between staying on your current plateau and leveling up. In the early phases of building a business, it might feel premature to make hires. But…
MBA1372 Negativity Detox For You and Your Business + Free Ride Friday
Oct 11, 2019 • 17 min
Negativity kills businesses (among other things). Negative, unhappy entrepreneurs are rarely successful. Negative, unhappy teams are rarely productive. The downsides to the downside are endless. And too often, we don’t address negativity in our businesses…
MBA1371 The Do’s and Don’ts of Comparison Pages
Oct 10, 2019 • 15 min
Comparison pages cut right to the point, showing why your product is better than the competition’s. But are they always effective? Spoiler alert: no, they’re not. Unless you know what you’re doing, of course. Today, we discuss what makes a comparison page…
MBA1370 Q&A Wednesday: What should I spend my marketing budget on?
Oct 9, 2019 • 13 min
You’ve only got so much money to spend on marketing. How do you get the best ROI? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener figure out how to prioritize their marketing needs. Making those marketing dollars work efficiently is a must-have skill…
MBA1369 What Exactly Is Great Service?
Oct 8, 2019 • 11 min
More and more, customer service is key to any business’s sustainability. Things are different now. As business niches down and democratizes, consumers simply expect more: more personal attention, more help, and more results. No matter the product or…
MBA1368 Must Read: Extreme Revenue Growth by Victor Cheng
Oct 7, 2019 • 13 min
How can you create revenue momentum? If you’re ready to watch your revenue growth snowball, you need to have the right systems in place from Day One. That’s the subject of this week’s very readable, endlessly useful Must-Read book for entrepreneurs.…
MBA1367 4 Print Marketing Tips To Save You Money + Free Ride Friday
Oct 4, 2019 • 13 min
Good ol’ fashioned print marketing: it still exists, even for digital entrepreneurs like us. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten any cheaper. Anyone who’s ever purchased an ink cartridge knows how ridiculously expensive printing things can be. So what’s an…
MBA1366 5 Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading
Oct 3, 2019 • 14 min
Never stop learning. Part of being a successful entrepreneur is keeping up on the latest ways to be better at…well, everything. But especially marketing. Of course, there’s a ton of content out there, and roughly eighty bazillion “gurus” with blogs full…
MBA1365 Q&A Wednesday: I can’t find a payment processor for a Nigeria-based business. Help?
Oct 2, 2019 • 11 min
We keep hearing it’s a global marketplace out there. Unfortunately, not all of the globe has access to the same resources and services that make entrepreneurship possible. What’s an international business person to do? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a…
MBA1364 How To Compete In a Highly Competitive Market
Oct 1, 2019 • 12 min
There’s a ton of competition for you, but you’re ready to play anyway. So how do you win? If you’re diving into a crowded, highly competitive market (think fitness coaching or social media app development), there’s a single fact you have to accept: having…
MBA1363 Guest Teacher: Steve Kaufmann – How To Learn A New Language
Sep 30, 2019 • 14 min
Every entrepreneur has a toolkit. Adding to that toolkit adds to your potential. There’s one tool that’s undeniably valuable, and can instantly multiply your reach: speaking another language. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs never think of it. Others…
MBA1362 3 Things You Can Learn From Netflix as a Business + Free Ride Friday
Sep 27, 2019 • 16 min
Netflix…am I right? I mean, they did it. They really did it. Netflix took a perfectly un-disrupted industry (movie rentals) and coolly demolished a corporate behemoth (remember Blockbuster?), seemingly without breaking a sweat. And before you knew it,…
MBA1361 Why Every Company Is Becoming a Media Company
Sep 26, 2019 • 12 min
Billboards just won’t cut it anymore. Today, it seems like every kind of company is investing in media: everything from books to series to full-on films, all for marketing purposes. Is it a wise investment? Does someone who sells shoes or auto parts or…
MBA1360 Q&A Wednesday: Do I need to have a registered business as a solopreneur?
Sep 25, 2019 • 11 min
Where’s the line between you and your business? Legally speaking, it’s a question worth asking. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener decide when it’s time to register a business as a separate entity from themselves. A solopreneur is still…
MBA1359 How To Form A Leave Policy That Works For Your Business
Sep 24, 2019 • 11 min
We all need a break. That includes your employees. As your team grows, it’s inevitable that your team members will ask for some downtime. For that reason, it’s important to have a set policy in place that defines when and how they can access a little R&R.…
MBA1358 Must Read: Shape Up by Ryan Singer
Sep 23, 2019 • 12 min
How did they do it? It’s a question entrepreneurs ask about other successful startups all the time. Very rarely do we get a full, honest answer. Even more rarely do we get an answer that’s completely original. But every once in a while… Shape Up by Ryan…
MBA1357 3 Big Things I Learned From Customer Interviews + Free Ride Friday
Sep 20, 2019 • 15 min
Market researchers obsess over figuring out what customers want. We have our own method. We just ask them. Customer interviews are an underutilized strategy that can cut right to the heart of product development. When you get on the phone and learn…
MBA1356 Grandfathering Your Customers, Revisited
Sep 19, 2019 • 11 min
We all love our customers — especially the ones who first bought our products and helped us build the foundation of our business. But “grandfathering,” the policy of keeping prices eternally low for those early adopters, may not be a sustainable long-term…
MBA1355 Q&A Wednesday: How do I learn to say no?
Sep 18, 2019 • 12 min
Enough already! When you’re new to business, it can feel impossible to turn anything, or anyone, down. But if you’re not careful, you can “yes” yourself into a total productivity breakdown — leaving your business worse off than if you’d simply had the…
MBA1354 Should You Hire a Marketing Agency or Hire In-House?
Sep 17, 2019 • 17 min
Marketing: should you hire out, or hire in? It’s kind of like deciding whether to cook or call for takeout. On the one hand, you have ease, convenience, and the experience of specialists. On the other, you have a chance to create something that’s yours —…
MBA1353 Must Read: The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
Sep 16, 2019 • 15 min
What are you worth? That’s the essential question of this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs, Bob Burg’s The Go-Giver. It’s a book that’s simple, highly readable, digestible, and fun. But the lessons it imparts are as profound as they are practical.…
MBA1352 Are You Doing Your Job as CEO? + Free Ride Friday!
Sep 13, 2019 • 18 min
What’s a leader’s job? As our business grows, we can find ourselves plateauing. That’s because a business founder has to make a difficult transition: at first, you’re the person responsible for everything. But ultimately, you have to let go of more and…
MBA1351 Does Your Offer Address the Biggest Pain Point?
Sep 12, 2019 • 14 min
Before you try to sell, ask yourself: what’s the point? All products, and all marketing, should address the pain point. It’s about being customer-centric. Customers will choose your business if they think it offers the best cure for their pain. In other…
MBA1350 Q&A Wednesday: How do you deal with cold email pitches?
Sep 11, 2019 • 11 min
It’s gonna happen. If you make even a modest name for yourself in business or media, your inbox will become a very crowded place. Potential investors, partners, and guest writers and speakers will find your email address and fire away. We all want to…
MBA1349 Should You Build Your Website with Webflow?
Sep 10, 2019 • 19 min
What’s the right website hosting platform for you business? There’s no shortage of options. Recently, we pondered whether Webflow would be a better fit for certain businesses, including ours. Omar did some intense research, comparing and contrasting…
MBA1348 Guest Teacher: Nir Eyal- How to become Indistractable
Sep 9, 2019 • 20 min
Every one of your goals depends on mastering one skill: what we normally call “focus.” Nir Eyal thinks of it a little differently. He knows that cutting out distractions and getting in the zone is the key that unlocks all doors. But rather than “focus,”…
MBA1347 Is it Better To Be The Best at One Thing or Good at Many? + Free Ride Friday!
Sep 6, 2019 • 14 min
Who wins in business: the jack of all trades, or the master of one? It’s one of the most important questions an entrepreneur can ask about their business. Should your product be defined by versatility, mass appeal, and all-around utility? Or is it best to…
MBA1346 4 Essentials When Hiring a Developer
Sep 5, 2019 • 13 min
What makes a good developer? More importantly, how can you find one? If you’re building an app, a website, or any other kind of digital product, your business is only as good as your devs. We know — we’ve spent the last several years building our own…
MBA1345 Q&A Wednesday: Is my blog working? How do I know?
Sep 4, 2019 • 13 min
If your content isn’t marketing, you’re not content marketing. Blogs are fun to write, and valuable for your audience. But if they aren’t converting, they’re worth bupkus to your business. Today, we discuss how to move past the “spray and pray” method of…
MBA1344 How to Create Momentum in Your Business
Sep 3, 2019 • 14 min
We all want to move our business forward. But true success means reaching a point where your business moves itself forward. That’s momentum, and that’s the topic of today’s episode. At some point, you need to stop pushing the boulder uphill, and get over…
MBA1343 Must Read: Explosive Growth by Cliff Lerner
Sep 2, 2019 • 18 min
How do people make it in business? Every once in a while, a successful entrepreneur writes a book that helps answer that question. Explosive Growth has a title that sounds like it’s a bit much, but the content lives up to it. Clif Lerner is a startup…
MBA1342 How To Use Podcasting To Make More B2B Sales + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 30, 2019 • 15 min
Most people think of podcasting as more of a B2C thing, reaching out to a wide audience of consumers to establish your reputation. But we’ve got a secret: podcasts are incredible marketing tools for B2B sales, too! Selling to other businesses is all about…
MBA1341 How to Have a Free Plan Alternative That Won’t Cost You Money
Aug 29, 2019 • 15 min
Thinking about offering a free version of your service? Do the math first. A free plan for your recurring payment/subscription model can be an incredible marketing and sales tool. Just ask Google: the free service can haul potential paying customers in by…
MBA1340 Q&A Wednesday: How can I convince a customer they don’t need a refund?
Aug 28, 2019 • 16 min
Refund requests happen. They’re unavoidable. But how you respond can make all the difference in the success of your business. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener learn how to turn those refund requests into opportunities — to keep the sale,…
MBA1339 Not Enough Time? How To Add More Hours to Your Day.
Aug 27, 2019 • 13 min
So. Little. Time. It’s every entrepreneur’s curse. But there might be more time than you think — if you know how to manage it properly. We all wish there were more than 24 hours in a day, and we’ve all hit our pillows anxious about what we didn’t…
MBA1338 Guest Teacher: Ali Smith- Tips to Avoid A Trademark ‘War of Words’
Aug 26, 2019 • 17 min
When it comes to branding, words are everything. Trademark rules are complicated, and new entrepreneurs face two dangers when choosing company names, product names, and any other brand-identifying language. First, there’s the risk of running afoul of…
MBA1337 Do Business Lunches & Dinners Still Work? + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 23, 2019 • 15 min
The business meal: effective relationship builder, or Mad Men throwback? While the 3-martini lunches of the past may no longer be in vogue, buying someone a meal can be an incredibly good investment. A meal can add a layer of personal connection that’s…
MBA1336 Is Gated Content a Good Idea?
Aug 22, 2019 • 14 min
We usually think of content as something we give away. But should you be getting something in return, besides exposure? Today, we discuss whether to build the wall — the paywall, that is. Or at the very least, whether you should require an email address…
MBA1335 Q&A Wednesday: I am a business coach. What is the best laptop to buy?
Aug 21, 2019 • 16 min
Success requires the right tools. For entrepreneurs, tool #1 is usually the laptop. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener decide which laptop is best for her business. She’s an online coach, so her window to the online world will have a major…
MBA1334 Why We Decided Against Renting an Office
Aug 20, 2019 • 15 min
We work from home. Why? More importantly, should you? Some of the reasons are obvious, like the convenience of having no commute and the money saved on renting a space. But those aren’t the only reasons we’ve chosen to run our entire business — remote…
MBA1333 Guest Teacher: Laura B. Janusek- How to Estimate How Long a Group Project Will Take
Aug 19, 2019 • 19 min
How long will this take? It’s a question we have to ask about every task, big or small. One of the toughest parts of managing a team is coordinating a long-term project with some sense of timeliness. Multiple people, multiple agendas, all adding up to one…
MBA1332 What is TikTok and Do You Need To Start Using It? + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 16, 2019 • 14 min
Social media can be hard to keep up with. But for entrepreneurs, every marketing opportunity counts. So what’s up with TikTok? There’s always a “next big thing” in social media, and many platforms are more hype than usefulness. But TikTok is making waves,…
MBA1331 My Top 5 Free Productivity Tools
Aug 15, 2019 • 15 min
Get better at what you do. Get faster. Get more efficient. Get things done. Today, we’re highlighting the 5 best productivity tools an entrepreneur could ask for — when the budget is $0. It’s almost shocking that these tools are free, because the value…
MBA1330 Q&A Wednesday: How do I get ready to take the leap into business?
Aug 14, 2019 • 13 min
Entrepreneurship is challenging. But the biggest challenge is the mental challenge to leave guaranteed outcomes behind, and strike out on your own. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a risk-averse listener who’s terrified of failing in business. He needs…
MBA1329 How to Reclaim Your Weekends
Aug 13, 2019 • 15 min
So you want to start your own business. What’s taking so long? Here at the $100 MBA, we battle a myth. We battle it day in and day out, because it’s the one thing holding more entrepreneurs back than anything else: the belief that you need huge amounts of…
MBA1328 Guest Teacher: Jaryd Krause-How To Buy Website Businesses Instead Of Building Them
Aug 12, 2019 • 18 min
You don’t need to start a business to be an entrepreneur. You just need to find one. Sometimes, there’s an alternative path we just don’t see. Jaryd Krause saw one, as a working plumber who wanted to get into business for himself. Instead of creating a…
MBA1327 Why Apple Is Still The Most Profitable Company In the World + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 9, 2019 • 18 min
Apple does not sell the most devices. Apple does not bring in the most revenue. Apple does not dominate the market. But Apple makes more money than literally every other company. Today, we discuss how, and what it can mean for you. Your business isn’t the…
MBA1326 How to Please Your Customers in Their First 5 Minutes
Aug 8, 2019 • 14 min
It might’ve taken months, or more, to earn a customer’s business — but you don’t have that long to make sure you keep it. The first phase after the initial transaction is where the most important impressions are made. Before the purchase, the customer’s…
MBA1325 Q&A Wednesday: HELP! I have a huge project with no framework or instructions. Where do I start?
Aug 7, 2019 • 10 min
A big project is like a big meal: you can’t swallow it all at once. When the task before you is huge, where do you start? It’s Q&A Wednesday! We’ve got a question from a listener with a conventional job, but a problem that’s very common in…
MBA1324 How to Stay Motivated with Large Projects
Aug 6, 2019 • 12 min
Staying focused and motivated over the course of long projects is one of those skills an entrepreneur simply has to have. It’s one of the key differences between entrepreneurship and conventional work — you’re responsible for the long term, not just the…
MBA1323 Guest Teacher: Shaan Patel- How To Build A 7-Figure Side Hustle Without Quitting Your Full-Time Day Job
Aug 5, 2019 • 18 min
Interested in entrepreneurship, but afraid to quit your day job? We’ve got incredible news: you don’t have to. This week’s special guest, Shaan Patel, built a multimillion-dollar business on the side, while working full-time as a doctor. He’s the…
MBA1322 Where to Find Your Next Business + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 2, 2019 • 13 min
In many ways, the earliest phase of starting a new business is the most fun. The possibilities are endless. The sky’s the limit. The only boundaries are imagination. But eventually, you have to make a decision. Today, we discuss some general, universal…
MBA1321 5 Ways To Save When Hiring
Aug 1, 2019 • 11 min
Finding great employees takes time and money. But are you getting the most from your hiring budget? No entrepreneur should be afraid of investing in great team members. That said, there are smarter, less costly ways to find the right fit. With a little…
MBA1320 Q&A Wednesday: Hey Omar! What’s your office setup look like?
Jul 31, 2019 • 12 min
Your workspace matters. Efficiency, productivity, and overall well-being are greatly influenced by the feng shui of your office. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is curious about our own setup, specifically the workspace of our intrepid host, Omar.…
MBA1319 How to Give Your Site a Quick SEO Boost
Jul 30, 2019 • 11 min
SEO means traffic, and traffic means sales. If you’ve hit an SEO plateau, we can help. Today, we offer a few simple fixes that can really move the needle on your website. Search Engine Optimization is a cottage industry, with loads of experts claiming to…
MBA1317 How to Take a Content Creation Break + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 26, 2019 • 14 min
Every entrepreneur knows you gotta keep the marketing content coming. But life being life, everyone needs a break sometimes. So how can you pump the brakes without losing momentum — and disappointing your audience? There is a way. Whether you host a…
MBA1316 Upgrading Your Website Hosting When You Grow
Jul 25, 2019 • 13 min
You have too much website traffic. What a great problem to have! As your business grows, so will your site hosting needs. You can’t afford to have a slow website that loses all the traffic you’ve worked so hard to gain. This is one of those crucial…
MBA1315 Q&A Wednesday: I don’t enjoy writing. Can I hire out a writer for my blog?
Jul 24, 2019 • 11 min
Writing ain’t easy, but it’s necessary. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know if it’s ok to farm out the blogging. The written word is irreplaceable as a form of marketing content, especially when it comes to SEO. People love blogs — and so…
MBA1314 5 Low Cost Ways to Boost Team Morale
Jul 23, 2019 • 15 min
Motivation: it’s not all about the money. When you’re running a lean startup, every cent counts — and there often aren’t that many of them. Plugging away day after day for a long-term result can get tiring, even demotivating for your staff. So how can you…
MBA1313 Guest Teacher: Anne Grady- Stop Reacting to Office Drama
Jul 22, 2019 • 17 min
Office drama is unavoidable. But how you respond to it is your choice.Today, we have a ridiculously qualified guest teacher, Anne Grady. She’s a speaker, consultant, and academic with more expertise on the psychology of intra-office relations than just…
MBA1312 Are You Ready To Start a Business? + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 19, 2019 • 16 min
Are you ready for this. Really ready? Here at The $100MBA Show, we don’t sell “the dream.” We want our audience to go into business for themselves armed with the knowledge they need. Sometimes, that means asking extremely tough questions, and accepting…
MBA1311 Should You Start Using Quizzes for Lead Generation?
Jul 18, 2019 • 13 min
Which Spice Girl are you? Which Skittles color matches your personality? Take our quiz and find out! Many, many companies and websites use quizzes to capture email addresses. But for all their silliness, is there a serious lead generation strategy here?…
MBA1310 Q&A Wednesday: Can I sell my course without being an overhyped sales personality?
Jul 17, 2019 • 18 min
Nobody likes a huckster. There’s an unfortunate trend in the online course business: hype-heavy “personalities” trying to seduce their audience with flair instead of substance. In this week’s Q&A, one listener wants to know how to sell a course on its…
MBA1309 Your Procedure When Someone Leaves Your Company
Jul 16, 2019 • 14 min
All things come to an end, including employment. When the inevitable parting of ways occurs, you shouldn’t just wing it. For the sake of your team, you need a plan. Today, we discuss what procedures your business should have in place when someone moves…
MBA1308 Guest Teacher: Justin Lokitz- How to Create a Go-To Market Strategy by Developing Multiple Business Model Options
Jul 15, 2019 • 19 min
Every entrepreneur tries to validate their product idea before they try to sell it. But what about validating your potential business model? Today’s special guest teacher, Justin Lokitz, believes that business model validation is just as important as…
MBA1307 How To Stop Second Guessing Yourself + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 12, 2019 • 15 min
If there’s one quality every entrepreneur needs, it’s decisiveness. Going into business for yourself is a bold decision, the first of many. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have so many important decisions to make — and you don’t have time to mull them over for…
MBA1306 Does Your Business Need a Sales Team?
Jul 11, 2019 • 17 min
Sales is changing. As business models evolve, and lean startups do more with fewer people, is the dedicated sales team a thing of the past? It depends. Today, we discuss when businesses need a full-time sales team, regardless of the product. In some…
MBA1305 Q&A Wednesday: Should I attend a mastermind retreat that costs $5K?
Jul 10, 2019 • 14 min
Mastermind groups are all the rage, but are they worth the (sometimes hefty) price tags? This week’s Q&A comes from a listener who has an opportunity to attend a pretty exclusive Mastermind, at a pretty substantial cost. At $5,000, it’s worth taking a…
MBA1304 How to Improve Customer Retention Quickly
Jul 9, 2019 • 12 min
Is your business leaking? We’re gonna say it: Customer retention is just as important as customer acquisition. If you’ve got a churn problem, the time, money, and effort you put into attracting and converting is being wasted. Let’s put a stop to that,…
MBA1303 Must Read: Jobs to Be Done by Anthony W. Ulwick
Jul 8, 2019 • 14 min
Your product might be the most important employee. There’s a new approach to product development and marketing. Rather than focus on features, or even benefits, this new outlook takes it a step further. Your product has a job. The customer is the…
MBA1302 How to Make Video Creation Easier + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 5, 2019 • 19 min
At this point in the content marketing game, video isn’t an option: it’s a requirement. Video content works to help you build an audience. As we like to point out, YouTube is technically the world’s second-largest search engine after Google. But we also…
MBA1301 How to Hire a Great Executive Assistant
Jul 4, 2019 • 16 min
For entrepreneurs, time is the single most valuable resource. So how can you get more of it? Executive assistants are not just for Fortune 500 CEOs. Any time you can get work off your plate, it’s an opportunity to spend more time doing more important…
MBA1300 Q&A Wednesday: What are the pros and cons of bootstrapping my business?
Jul 3, 2019 • 14 min
Go it alone, or get some help? Every entrepreneur has to ask this question, and the answer isn’t always obvious. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is weighing the ups and downs of full independence. When you “bootstrap” your business (as we did), you…
MBA1299 Are You Happy with Your Business?
Jul 2, 2019 • 14 min
If a question seems scary, it’s probably worth asking. So be honest — are you really happy? This deep, fundamental question is a must-ask every so often. When you first get into independent business, the initial excitement is great. But that early buzz…
MBA1298 Guest Teacher: Sarah Wirth- How to Use Feedback to Drive Improvement
Jul 1, 2019 • 19 min
Your team won’t improve on its own. That’s the task of leadership: to get the best from your team by helping them grow. Sarah Wirth is a professional development expert with extensive coaching and corporate experience. Today, she’s here to show us how to…
MBA1297 Build an Audience First or Product First? + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 28, 2019 • 11 min
When you’re starting a business, there’s a big, fundamental question you have to ask before you do anything else: build the audience first, or the product? There are advantages to both options. In fact, we’ve built businesses both ways, and seen all the…
MBA1296 4 Takeaways From Our First Team Retreat
Jun 27, 2019 • 17 min
Considering a team retreat? We just got back from our first, and we learned a ton. We took the whole team to Bali, Indonesia for some work, play, and all-around bonding. From all over the globe, our remote employees flew in and met face-to-face for the…
MBA1295 Q&A Wednesday: Should I start with live or automated webinars?
Jun 26, 2019 • 12 min
Webinars work! When it comes to connecting with an audience, converting them into customers, and keeping them around, you can’t beat the personal touch of a webinar. But if you’re new to the webinar game, should you jump right into live webinars? Or is it…
MBA1294 Should You Offer Your Product in Different Languages?
Jun 25, 2019 • 12 min
Are you missing out on millions of potential customers because you don’t speak their language? Whether you sell books, courses, or even services, translating your content could open doors. But the time and effort required might not make sense, depending…
MBA1293 Must Read: Product-Led Growth by Wes Bush
Jun 24, 2019 • 13 min
What if your product could do the sales and marketing for you? That’s the premise of this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs, Product-Led Growth by Wes Bush. It ranks pretty high on our all-time list of great business books, because it explains a…
MBA1292 Getting Your Team On Board with Your Vision + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 21, 2019 • 13 min
The toughest part of being a leader? Leading. It’s one thing to have a vision, and the ability to pay people to carry out tasks. Anyone can do that. But truly building a motivated team that can sustain a business long-term takes something more. It takes…
MBA1291 What Celebrity Chefs Can Teach Us About Making More Revenue
Jun 20, 2019 • 12 min
As we like to preach, exchanging time for money is just about the worst deal in business. No other kind of entrepreneur understands that better than the celebrity chef. From Ramsay to Oliver to Ray, these entrepreneurs used their talent to generate…
MBA1290 Q&A Wednesday: I get asked to speak on stage but I hate it. What should I do?
Jun 19, 2019 • 12 min
Hate public speaking? You’re not the only one. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener who’s got a perfect opportunity to raise brand awareness, gain credibility, and get that all-important exposure. Thing is, it means talking in front of…
MBA1289 How to Get to $5K a Month as Fast as Possible
Jun 18, 2019 • 14 min
The key to sustainable small business: minimum profitability. The $5k per month mark is a crucial one, known as the “escape velocity” at which revenue generation is strong enough to actually, truly sustain a company. If your business can make it to $5k…
MBA1288 Guest Teacher: Nancy Gathecha- 5 Best Practices to Simplify Social Media For Business
Jun 17, 2019 • 20 min
Social media marketing: we all have a vague idea that it can work. But without a good strategy, it can be a massive waste of time and resources. Today, we’ve got a guest teacher who can help. Nancy Gathecha is a Germany-based consultant and author who…
MBA1287 Starting a YouTube Channel in a Competitive Market +Free Ride Friday!
Jun 14, 2019 • 15 min
If you’re not on YouTube, you’re not marketing. YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world, after Google. And just as every entrepreneur seeks to climb the ranks of the Big G, you should be putting content onto humanity’s favorite video…
MBA1286 Is the Future of Social Media Private?
Jun 13, 2019 • 13 min
Social media is changing. So is social media marketing. If you’ve seen the news, you know that Facebook, Twitter, and the rest are doing a walk of shame after failing to protect user privacy. And as the public generally gets tired of overexposure, the…
MBA1285 Q&A Wednesday: How do I get reviews and testimonials for my product?
Jun 12, 2019 • 12 min
Social proof is a marketing must. So how do you get it? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener needs reviews and testimonials for their website. Whether it’s for your homepage, or just to get your credibility going on review-heavy sites like Yelp or Amazon,…
MBA1284 Why You Would Want to Keep Your Business Small
Jun 11, 2019 • 14 min
Sometimes, a small business should stay that way. Not everything has to scale. Entrepreneurship isn’t about creating the biggest company possible; it’s about creating the life you want for yourself. And if that life doesn’t involve making billions, or…
MBA1283 Must Read: Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
Jun 10, 2019 • 12 min
We’re all great leaders when things are going well. But how does a great leader handle a crisis? If you’re looking for an overall leadership model, you shouldn’t look any further than Abraham Lincoln. As President, he led his nation through the worst-case…
MBA1282 Refining Your Messaging to Attract Your Ideal Customers + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 7, 2019 • 11 min
You don’t need to reach the most customers. You need to reach the right customers. Big-tent marketing, reaching out to the widest audience possible, is a thing of the past. Modern marketing is all about targeted campaigns aimed at people who would love…
MBA1281 Nail Your Value Metric and Make More Revenue
Jun 6, 2019 • 13 min
There’s a powerful number you have to discover: your product’s value metric. The value metric is the exact measure, in dollars and cents, of what your product is worth to customers. It’s not what the product is worth in raw materials, or what it costs in…
MBA1280 Q&A Wednesday: Can I start a business without being the face of it?
Jun 5, 2019 • 13 min
We talk a lot about the importance of personal branding. But do you have to be the face of your business? Yes and no. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener has a great product idea but no desire to stand in front of the crowd. Think of all the brands that…
MBA1279 How To Get The Best Out of An Interview Candidate
Jun 4, 2019 • 13 min
Interviews can be tough…for the interviewer. There’s nothing more awkward than struggling to find out if the person you’re interviewing is right for the job. Even worse, passing on the perfect fit because you didn’t get the information you needed is just…
MBA1278 Guest Teacher: Heather Saffer- PR Hacking: How To Score Free PR Without Hiring An Expensive Publicist
Jun 3, 2019 • 17 min
You can’t just sell the product. You have to sell your story. Heather Saffer is the queen of DIY public relations. Without any help from high-priced professionals, she managed to tell a tale that built a narrative foundation for her brand. As an…
MBA1277 Does Your Business Have a Diversity Problem? + Free Ride Friday!
May 31, 2019 • 12 min
It’s time to put aside politics, and focus on business. Diversity matters. Monoculture is a weakness. Diversity is just as important for your business goals as it is for anyone’s social goals. Today, we’ll explain why a team that looks, acts, and thinks…
MBA1276 How to Stop Procrastination Every Time
May 30, 2019 • 17 min
You’ll get around to it…right? Of course not. Procrastination is a classic business-killer, one that’s derailed many an entrepreneurial dream before it even got anywhere. The road to independent success is littered with fallen entrepreneurs who just never…
MBA1275 Q&A Wednesday: How do you get mentions and write ups on popular websites?
May 29, 2019 • 13 min
Our humble little business has been mentioned (positively) by some of the biggest dogs in business media. Forbes, HuffPo, and the like have kind words for us, and we’re proud. So how the heck did that happen? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to…
MBA1274 Why You Should Get Your Business Ready for Sale Now
May 28, 2019 • 14 min
It’s time to get ready to sell your business. We’re serious. Even if you are nowhere near moving on from your current enterprise, it’s important to keep your business in selling shape. Keeping your business super organized is just good practice. Being…
MBA1273 Must Read: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
May 27, 2019 • 15 min
It’s time to clean up your digital life. Digital distractions are deceptive. Because they don’t take up physical space, it can seem like they’re not overwhelming you the way, say, laundry or tchotchke can. But if random websites, social media platforms,…
MBA1272 How to Market for Free with Quora + Free Ride Friday!
May 24, 2019 • 14 min
You’ve seen it in your search returns. Quora is a massive online forum, where potential customers ask about anything and everything under the sun. It’s also a traffic crossroads that’s just waiting for you to tap in. You can use Quora to drive your…
MBA1271 What to Say To a Customer When You’ve Failed Them
May 23, 2019 • 12 min
It’s gonna happen. Whether it’s your fault or not, some customers will use your product and come away disappointed. What matters is what you do next. Customer satisfaction is your responsibility, even when dissatisfaction isn’t your fault. Planning in…
MBA1270 Q&A Wednesday: How much do I charge for my paid webinars?
May 22, 2019 • 13 min
You’ve used free webinars to build your audience and establish yourself as a trusted source of information. Now, you’re ready to take it to the next level and start charging. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know what a paid webinar should…
MBA1269 Do The Price Increase Experiment
May 21, 2019 • 11 min
Are you charging enough? Entrepreneurs can get a little nervous about raising prices. But there’s a way to find out how high you can go that’s low-risk, high-yield, and potentially eye-opening. If your business needs an influx of revenue, consider doing a…
MBA1268 Must Read: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
May 20, 2019 • 15 min
A business owner owns a business. A business leader owns its performance. We can apply lessons from all avenues of life to business. The military is no exception. Jocko Willink is a decorated Navy SEAL from one of the elite group’s most honored units.…
MBA1267 Why You Need To Keep Changing Your Friends + Free Ride Friday!
May 17, 2019 • 16 min
The company you keep affects the company you want to build. Your friends make a difference. Before you balk at the title, this episode isn’t about growing a cold heart and forgetting about the people closest to you. It’s about making sure that the circles…
MBA1266 Should You Be Using a Chat Bot on Your Site?
May 16, 2019 • 12 min
Whether it’s marketing, sales, onboarding, or support, communication is key. Enter the chatbot, considered by many to be a communications shortcut for your website. They’re ubiquitous now: those little bottom-right corner bubbles that offer to answer…
MBA1265 Q&A Wednesday: What have been your biggest regrets in business?
May 15, 2019 • 12 min
“I wish I had done that differently.” It’s a phrase any entrepreneur with any real experience has thought, or said, more than once. Independent business is all about screwing up, learning from it, and applying the lesson. Here at the $100 MBA, we are no…
MBA1264 5 Takeaways From MicroConf 2019
May 14, 2019 • 19 min
Conferences are always opportunities. Mostly to network, but often, to learn. MicroConf, the annual conference for small (mostly software) businesses, lived up to the potential. Our intrepid host Omar made the trip to Sin City for MicroConf 2019, and he…
MBA1263 Guest Teacher: Ken Coleman – How to Use the Proximity Principle to go from Day Job to Dream Job
May 13, 2019 • 22 min
The career you want is closer than you think — it’s only as far away as the right people. Today’s special guest teacher, Ken Coleman, believes that proximity is the key to moving forward. Whether you’re transitioning from side hustle to full-time…
MBA1262 Is it OK to Lower Your Prices? + Free Ride Friday!
May 10, 2019 • 12 min
Every business owner would love to get more money for each unit they sell. Raising your prices is understood to be a natural part of growth as the years go by. But what about lowering them? Is it ever appropriate? Is it ever smart? It’s easy to assume…
MBA1261 Should You Work When on Vacation?
May 9, 2019 • 13 min
Entrepreneurship is a full-time gig. But is it so full-time that you can never truly be on vacation? Are independent business people doomed to stay forever connected to the company, no matter where they escape to? Yes and no. Today, we discuss whether…
MBA1260 Q&A Wednesday: How do I come up with a topic for my first webinar?
May 8, 2019 • 14 min
You know webinars work to convert subscribers to customers. You have the tools and knowledge to conduct webinars. You’re almost ready. You just don’t know what your first one will be about. It’s a super-common question, and one we’re answering for today’s…
MBA1259 How Much to Pay Yourself When Starting a Business
May 7, 2019 • 13 min
What are you worth to your company? When creating a business plan, new entrepreneurs often forget to budget for one extremely important item: their own salary. Thing is, your personal financial health is just as important to your business as any other…
MBA1258 Must Read: The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker
May 6, 2019 • 15 min
There’s no substitute for experience. Fortunately, experience can be shared. Peter Drucker had a long, legendary career in business. One of the earliest professional business management experts, Drucker literally wrote the book(s) on how to frankly assess…
MBA1257 Managing Disagreements in Your Team + Free Ride Friday!
May 3, 2019 • 14 min
Arguments can be productive. Conflict can lead to growth. When people don’t see eye-to-eye, it’s a sign you’ve got a team that’s capable of great things. Disagreement is good! Today, we explore the positive side of disagreement, and explain how to get the…
MBA1256 Should You Do Things That Don’t Scale?
May 2, 2019 • 13 min
Is everything scaleable? Are the things that aren’t scaleable worth your time, even as your business grows? No, and yes. Today, we discuss the things you should always do the old-fashioned way: personally, without automation, and without delegation. Some…
MBA1255 Q&A Wednesday: How do I choose the right CRM platform?
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
In online marketing, customer relationships are everything. That’s why an entire industry devoted to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has evolved. But with so many options, which CRM service is right for your business? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one…
MBA1254 How To Offer The Right Salary When Hiring
Apr 30, 2019 • 12 min
As your business grows, so grows your team. As you hire, you’ll find yourself repeatedly faced with the question: what should I be paying? Today, we explain how to do the math for new hires. We discuss all the factors involved, from budget to experience…
MBA1253 Guest Teacher: Don Scott – Leading From Within
Apr 29, 2019 • 20 min
Leadership doesn’t start with your example. It starts with something deeper — something others can’t see, but that informs everything they can see. Leadership starts with your innermost beliefs. Today’s guest teacher, Don Scott, has decades of business…
MBA1252 Does Business Get Easier? + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 26, 2019 • 11 min
Entrepreneurship isn’t easy. But is it ever easier? No one would doubt that the first few years of starting your own business are tough. No matter the industry, entrepreneurship is demanding, mentally and emotionally (and sometimes even physically). But…
MBA1251 Is It Too Late to Start a Business After 50?
Apr 25, 2019 • 10 min
Is entrepreneurship a young person’s game? Or can the wisdom of age apply to independent business? We often hear from would-be entrepreneurs who worry that they’re too old to get in the game. Usually, they’re retirees who are ready to hang up a lifetime…
MBA1250 Q&A Wednesday: How important is the name of my business?
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
A business by any other name — is the profit just as sweet? It’s Q&A Wednesday! We’ve got a listener who’s ready to start a business, but is wondering how much time and effort to put into the business’s name. What kind of impact does it really have? Does…
MBA1249 Why You Can’t Sprint Forever
Apr 23, 2019 • 11 min
In case you haven’t realized it yet, business is a marathon. LIke any long-term commitment, knowing how to slow down strategically is just as important as flipping on the afterburners. Too much of anything — like work and stress — does not pay off. The…
MBA1248 Must Read: When by Daniel Pink
Apr 22, 2019 • 12 min
Timing is everything. That’s the central argument of this week’s Must-Read for entrepreneurs, When by Daniel Pink. Pink is a Yale graduate who’s spent plenty of time on the bestseller lists. He’s also a data-obsessed life and work hacker who’s pored…
MBA1247 Hiring Your First Manager + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 19, 2019 • 15 min
Your business has grown to the point where you can’t manage everything. It’s a wonderful achievement, but it’s also pretty scary. You have to let go. You have to trust someone else with your baby. You have to pass responsibilities on. You have to hire a…
MBA1246 5 E-Commerce Mistakes To Avoid
Apr 18, 2019 • 14 min
E-commerce is a different game. Not quite entirely physical, not totally online, e-commerce has its own rules, challenges, and considerations. As it happens, Omar built his own e-commerce company way back when, in his early years as a budding…
MBA1245 Q&A Wednesday: How do I choose a location for my team retreat?
Apr 17, 2019 • 13 min
Few things are more satisfying than rewarding your team with a retreat. It’s a chance to bond, an opportunity to gel professionally, and a statement of how far you business has come. Most of all, it demonstrates how much you value the team that’s helped…
MBA1244 Taking Control of Online Reviews
Apr 16, 2019 • 12 min
No matter what you do, your business will have a story. The question is: who’s writing it? Getting a handle on your business’s online narrative is key to protecting your brand. Whether your business is brick-and-mortar or strictly digital, you have an…
MBA1243 Must Read: Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher
Apr 15, 2019 • 14 min
Entrepreneurs can have many lives. One business idea at a time, we remake ourselves as we take on new challenges. Starting over — and over — is the challenge, and the fun, of independent business. This week’s Must-Read for entrepreneurs is James…
MBA1242 Where To Find Ideas For Your Content + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 12, 2019 • 14 min
The first rule of content marketing: you gotta keep the content coming. Whether it’s blogs, podcasts, videos, or pics, you need a basically endless supply of ideas to generate content from. Fortunately, you have one — in your life, your experiences, your…
MBA1241 Free Tiers Vs Free Trials
Apr 11, 2019 • 11 min
Tiers and trials: twin incentives to get users on board. But which one will work best for your business? Today, we explore how entrepreneurs selling digital products (like software services) can benefit from each. We explain the difference between the…
MBA1240 Q&A Wednesday: How do you find guest teachers for your show?
Apr 10, 2019 • 12 min
You’ve got a great podcast, but you want great guests. How in the world do you get them? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a question from a fellow podcaster who’s looking to bring fresh voices to his audience. Knowing how to find quality guests — and…
MBA1239 4 Personal Business Principles For Success
Apr 9, 2019 • 16 min
Experience is the best teacher, and we’ve had plenty. Today, we put aside the specifics of day-to-day business, and focus on the principles that carry us through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. We’ve got 4 principles that years of struggle, doubt,…
MBA1238 Must Read: Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Apr 8, 2019 • 14 min
It’s time to get more specific with your business goals. That’s the theme of this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs, John Doerr’s Measure What Matters. Doerr is a milestone master, helping organizations like Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates…
MBA1237 The Best 5 Business Podcasts in 2019 + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 5, 2019 • 14 min
So many podcasts, so little time. Which ones are worth it for you?Today, we’re putting the spotlight on the 5 most valuable, insightful, useful business podcasts out there (besides our own, of course). Believe it or not, we actually listen to our…
MBA1236 How to Attend Conferences For Less
Apr 4, 2019 • 12 min
Conferences aren’t getting any cheaper. In fact, they’re getting more and more expensive — for those who don’t know some money-saving tips and tricks. Today, we discuss how to shave every possible dollar from the cost of your next conference. With some…
MBA1235 Q&A Wednesday: Should I get funding before I launch?
Apr 3, 2019 • 11 min
You want to launch a business. Should you bootstrap down and go lean, or take a hefty investment from an outside source? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners is pondering whether to take money from an investor or bank. Is a pile of outside money a…
MBA1234 Do You Really Want To Be an Entrepreneur?
Apr 2, 2019 • 15 min
A simple truth: entrepreneurship is not for everyone. That’s not a judgment, but a helpful statement of fact. Just because you have a great product idea, or simply want to quit your day job, does not mean you should go into business for yourself. The…
MBA1233 Must Read: Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pulizzi
Apr 1, 2019 • 14 min
Content marketing: is there any other kind? If you’re getting into business, you need to get into the content game. Blogs, videos, pics; whatever the medium, it’s a necessary skill set. Content is the key to traffic, and traffic is the source of any and…
MBA1232 Managing Inconsistent Sales in Your Business + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 29, 2019 • 11 min
To everything, there is a season. Some businesses just don’t rake in the cash all year long. In fact, most business have their slow spells at the same times every year. So how in the heck can you stabilize your revenue stream, and keep your business on an…
MBA1231 5 Tips To Getting Work Done On a Plane
Mar 28, 2019 • 11 min
The jet-setting lifestyle of an entrepreneur requires a little work on the road. But what if the jet you’re setting on doesn’t have WiFi? We’re always traveling. Finding the time, space, and resources to handle business in transit can be a challenge.…
MBA1230 Q&A Wednesday: I’m too distracted at home. Should I join a co-working space?
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Ah, working from home. For some, it’s the dream. For others, it’s a guarantee that you won’t get much done. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners has a problem. He’s trying to build a business on the side, but the second he comes home from the day…
MBA1229 How Paying Yourself First Puts Your Business First
Mar 26, 2019 • 10 min
It’s often said that the captain should go down with the ship. What we don’t say too often is that if the captain goes down, the ship is likely to follow. Taking care of your own financial needs is not an act of selfishness. It’s not a sign of disloyalty…
MBA1228 Must Read: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Mar 25, 2019 • 15 min
We review a lot of books. But every once in a while, a gem comes along that stands out from the rest. Our expectations for The Laws of Human Nature were high. Robert Greene is a legendary author, and one of Omar’s personal faves. Greene’s 48 Laws of Power…
MBA1227 The 4 Sins of Podcast Interviewing + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 22, 2019 • 12 min
There’s no shortage of podcasts out there, but some are (way, way) better than others. With so many podcasts in interview format, how can you make sure yours stands out? If you’re trying to attract great guests, and give your audience something to talk…
MBA1226 Does Offline Marketing Still Work in 2019?
Mar 21, 2019 • 11 min
Paper ads. Billboards. Sponsoring the local little league. It’s how our grandparents did business, but can it still work for us? Is the offline world still a viable source of traffic for your business, or is physical advertising over? Today, we discuss…
MBA1225 Q&A Wednesday: Is there a best time to send emails to my list?
Mar 20, 2019 • 9 min
Content marketing is all about the numbers. And when it comes to numbers, email open and click-through rates are some of the most important numbers by far. Of all the factors that can affect those rates, is time one of them? Does it matter what day or…
MBA1224 Do Small Incentives Help Motivate Your Team?
Mar 19, 2019 • 9 min
How can you measure motivation? How can you quantify the effect of appreciation on your team? When you don’t have a lot of cash to throw around, do the little ways of saying “thank you” really matter? Today, we share our experience using small incentives…
MBA1223 Must Read: Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules by Napoleon Hill
Mar 18, 2019 • 14 min
It seems like there’s a new self-help book for business people every day. But sometimes, it pays to look back to the old-school masters. Napoleon Hill was born in the 1800’s, but his wisdom has held up well into the 21st century. His best-seller Think and…
MBA1222 How To Convert More Sales with Pricing Page FAQs + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 15, 2019 • 12 min
Your website’s pricing page: it’s the page where visitors are closest to making a purchase. It’s also the page where websites lose the most visitors, as cold feet stop visitors from becoming customers. How can you convert them? How can you get a visitor…
MBA1221 Is Hiring Part Time Employees a Good Idea?
Mar 14, 2019 • 10 min
What do you do with a dedicated, talented worker who’s exactly the kind of employee you need — but only sometimes? Employing part-timers has unique advantages, but it also comes with some challenges. Give them too much work, and they’re not part-time.…
MBA1220 Q&A Wednesday: Any tips when hiring remote employees from the Philippines?
Mar 13, 2019 • 11 min
There’s a huge talent pool on a sunny set of islands in the Pacific. If you hire remote workers, the Philippines is one of the best places you can look. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is ready to make the very smart move of recruiting Filipino…
MBA1219 Failed Payments. Are You Leaving Money on The Table?
Mar 12, 2019 • 11 min
Is your revenue leaking? Every month, businesses lose hundreds and thousands of dollars to failed payments. Whether it’s an expired account, insufficient funds, or a cancelled card, recurring payments that don’t go through account for an astonishing…
MBA1218 Must Read: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Mar 11, 2019 • 15 min
Don’t think you’re a leader? That’s actually a good place to start! This week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs is Brene’ Brown’s Dare to Lead. In it, Brown explains how to find your own innate ability to take charge and lead, however hidden it might be…
MBA1217 How To Choose The Right Conference Ticket + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 8, 2019 • 15 min
Conferences can be a very wise investment. As you decide which conferences you’ll attend this year, you have to make another decision: which ticket is right for you? Conference ticket options — and prices — range widely. From a seat in the nosebleeds to…
MBA1216 How to Conduct a 15 Minute Post-Mortem After Projects
Mar 7, 2019 • 12 min
Every project is a learning opportunity — but only if you take advantage of it. After each and every project, our team takes a few minutes to reflect, learn, and (most importantly) improve. We are constantly raising our game, because we never let a…
MBA1215 Q&A Wednesday: How do you read so many books while running a business?
Mar 6, 2019 • 16 min
Reading: it may be the smartest investment an entrepreneur can make. The ROI of a good book is hard to exaggerate. For less than the cost of a sandwich, you can completely alter your perspective, grow professionally, and find inspiration you never had.…
MBA1214 Does Cold Emailing Work in 2019?
Mar 5, 2019 • 15 min
You want to network. You want to make the connections that’ll help your business grow. You want to make the right friends and partners. Should you just reach out? Cold emailing is an option some entrepreneurs consider. Without any connection or previous…
MBA1213 Guest Teacher: Greg Winteregg – How to Be More Fulfilled with Your Business
Mar 4, 2019 • 20 min
Entrepreneurship shouldn’t suck. That’s the essential message of Greg Winteregg’s career. In his decades in business, he’s been a prolific speaker and management consultant, and a well regarded business author. Today, he’s here to explain how no one can…
MBA1212 How To Avoid Chargebacks + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 1, 2019 • 14 min
Chargebacks are a hot topic of inquiry these days. With banks and credit card companies pledging to stand by their customers no matter what, it’s way too easy for someone to force a refund — even when they’re in the wrong. In this climate, knowing how to…
MBA1211 My Paid Mastermind Experiment. Is It Worth It?
Feb 28, 2019 • 13 min
We’ve discussed Mastermind groups, those collections of experienced entrepreneurs who meet to share their wisdom with each other, before. And some groups, frankly, are more valuable than others. But are some Masterminds valuable enough to pay for? Our…
MBA1210 Q&A Wednesday: How do you get started when you have the ideas but need engineers?
Feb 27, 2019 • 15 min
For entrepreneurs, ideas come easy. Often, it’s the next step we stumble on. Transitioning from idea to initial product can be a doozy, especially if your idea is a tech or software product. If you’re not an engineer, and you don’t have any handy, how in…
MBA1209 5 Tools for Shooting Video on a Budget
Feb 26, 2019 • 13 min
Video marketing is the latest must-have skill for 21st century entrepreneurs. While the power of text to drive traffic hasn’t waned, video is where smart entrepreneurs are finding their competitive edge. From social media marketing to YouTube SEO, video…
MBA1208 Must Read: Cut Costs Not Corners by Colin Barrow
Feb 25, 2019 • 16 min
You can avoid wasting money without being cheap. In fact, you kinda have to. New, independent businesses depend largely on their founder’s ability to keep quality high but expenses controlled. You can’t spend yourself out of business, but you can’t…
MBA1207 Being OK With Where You Are In Business + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 22, 2019 • 13 min
Entrepreneurship: it’s fun and exciting at the start, but after a while, some uncomfortable questions may start to creep in. Usually, those questions have to do with your progress. Are you successful enough? Are you “making it,” whatever that means? It’s…
MBA1206 How to Know What To Work On First
Feb 21, 2019 • 10 min
Your “to do” list is out of control. That’s entrepreneurship for you. Sometimes, just getting started is the biggest challenge of every day. With so many potential tasks and projects on the horizon, you need a way to prioritize. It has to be efficient,…
MBA1205 Q&A Wednesday: How long should I be side hustling?
Feb 20, 2019 • 11 min
Are you in a position to transition? Many of us entrepreneurs started out side-hustling, building our little businesses while holding down a 9-to-5. But at some point, you have to decide if and when it’s time to ditch the day job and invest fully into…
MBA1204 Why Integrations Are Good For Business
Feb 19, 2019 • 10 min
Every barrier between your customers and your product is an opportunity for lost business. One of the easiest ways to remove those barriers? Integration. Whether you’re selling a course, software, or even a physical product, integrations are and important…
MBA1203 Guest Teacher: Martin Moore- How To Handle Tough Conversations with Your Team
Feb 18, 2019 • 18 min
Leadership can be tough, and so can the conversations. When it comes to criticism, course correction, and other awkward talks, only the leader can (and must) buck up and say what has to be said. It has to be done smoothly, professionally, and in a way…
MBA1202 Is Getting Up Early Really Good For Business? + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 15, 2019 • 12 min
Rise and shine, entrepreneurs. The early bird gets the profit. Or does it? Expert after expert, guru after guru, claims that jumping out of bed at the you-know-what-crack of dawn is the key to productivity and efficacy. But does that hold true for…
MBA1201 Crafting The Perfect Welcome Email For Customers
Feb 14, 2019 • 14 min
What entrepreneurs focus way too much on: customer acquisition. What entrepreneurs focus way too little on: customer retention. Onboarding and retention are key to long-term sustainability. The first step? The initial welcome email your new customers…
MBA1200 Q&A Wednesday: How do I improve my public speaking skills?
Feb 13, 2019 • 16 min
In business, public speaking is a must, even if it’s only occasionally. Communication is everything. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is ready to make a conscious effort to become a better public speaker. As it turns out, our host Omar wasn’t always…
MBA1199 How To Learn From Cancellations and Refunds
Feb 12, 2019 • 13 min
When a customer taps out, it’s generally a sad, defeated moment. But not all is lost. Cancellations and refunds are going to happen, period. But each one is an opportunity to learn something that will improve customer retention going forward. There is…
MBA1198 Must Read: Lead with a Story by Paul Smith
Feb 11, 2019 • 15 min
Stories have power. Stories are the way human beings fundamentally comprehend everything, from their history to their personal trajectory. When you want people to understand something, the best thing to do is tell a story. Especially if you want them to…
MBA1197 Dealing with Email While Traveling + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 8, 2019 • 12 min
Travel is possibly the best fringe benefit of the entrepreneur’s lifestyle. But when you’re on the road, the emails can pile up fast. No one likes coming home to a crammed inbox. So how can you keep the backlog low? Whether you’re traveling for business…
MBA1196 Why Theming My Days Has Been a Game Changer
Feb 7, 2019 • 13 min
No matter how long you’re in business, there are still incredible, game-changing strategies to be learned. We just found a new one. For the past few weeks, we’ve been using a technique suggested by a keen business mind to increase our productivity. And…
MBA1195 Q&A Wednesday: Where do you recommend I post my open job positions?
Feb 6, 2019 • 11 min
It’s a big world, and there’s talent all over it. So how can you attract the right employees for your team? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener’s expanding business is ready to take on new blood. But with so many options for posting job openings, what’s…
MBA1194 How to Get a Handle on All Your Domains
Feb 5, 2019 • 16 min
What’s in a name? If it’s a domain name, quite a bit. As entrepreneurs, we often impulse-buy domains, hoping to lock them down for our next great business idea. But all too often, we end up with nothing more than a pile of unused domains draining our…
MBA1193 Guest Teacher: Steve Glaveski- How to do Rapid Experimentation
Feb 4, 2019 • 18 min
“Fire and adjust.” It’s a military metaphor that works wonders in business; you put something out there, watch it miss, and use that information to hit the target the next time. Or 3 times later. Or 10 times. Whatever it takes. The point is,…
MBA1192 How to Create Accountability With Your Team + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 1, 2019 • 14 min
As your team grows, it becomes tougher to manage. Keeping everyone on task, and getting the results you’re paying them for, gets a little more complicated with each new hire. We’ve got a strategy that keeps everyone on point by keeping everyone…
MBA1191 My Video Message Productivity Hack
Jan 31, 2019 • 13 min
We used to think time is money. Since then, we’ve come to realize that time is way, way more valuable. Every way to save time is worth more than its weight in gold, and we recently stumbled on something that takes hours — yes, hours — out of our workweek.…
MBA1190 Q&A Wednesday: How do you come up with all your content ideas?
Jan 30, 2019 • 11 min
The toughest part about content marketing? All that content doesn’t create itself. To keep your audience engaged, you have to produce consistent, quality content. And if you’re truly committed to producing podcasts, blogs, pics, and videos week after…
MBA1189 When & How to Kill a Product That’s Not Selling
Jan 29, 2019 • 15 min
Business is failure, and failure is business. Knowing when you’ve lost — and how to move on — is an absolute requirement of entrepreneurship. No matter how much success you create, you will also create flat-out duds, products that miss the mark and just…
MBA1188 Must Read: Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Jan 28, 2019 • 16 min
The bad news: you’re on your own. The good news? That’s not such a bad thing after all. Since the 2008 financial crisis, what’s been called the “American Dream” (along with similar dreams globally) has collapsed. The days of just getting a job and…
MBA1187 How To Outlast Your Competition + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 25, 2019 • 14 min
As entrepreneurs, it can be hard to define our goals for our business. Do we prioritize growth? Revenue? Reach? What is success, anyway? Today, we offer one possible answer: longevity. Every business, big and small, has competition. Companies rise and…
MBA1186 How to Make Massive Improvements in Your Business
Jan 24, 2019 • 14 min
Let’s shake things up. If you’ve been in business for a while, you may have experienced a good ol’ fashioned rut. You’re stagnant. You’ve plateaued. You need a major boost to your biz, but you’re not sure what you can do to relight the fire and make a…
MBA1185 Q&A Wednesday: Should I share my religious beliefs as an entrepreneur?
Jan 23, 2019 • 13 min
In business today, we don’t just sell our product. We sell ourselves. Personal branding, authentic connection with our audience, and sharing the journey is de rigueur for aspiring entrepreneurs. But where do we draw the line? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve…
MBA1184 What Customers Really Want
Jan 22, 2019 • 13 min
What do your customers want? If you don’t have the answer to that question, you don’t have a business. It may sound obvious, but entrepreneurs overlook this question way too often. When creating our products and building our businesses, it’s strangely…
MBA1183 Guest Teacher: Paul Jarvis- Why growth might be the worst thing for your business.
Jan 21, 2019 • 19 min
Too much growth can kill your business. That might sound a little crazy to many entrepreneurs, but catastrophic success is a real and dangerous problem. Business after business has shot into the stratosphere, taking in investment and expanding their…
MBA1182 Tips to Managing Time Zones with a Remote Team + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 18, 2019 • 17 min
Business is global, and that comes with incredible advantages. Today’s entrepreneurs can draw talent from all over the world, finding skilled, affordable remote team members wherever they are. But all that far-flung talent comes with one little drawback:…
MBA1181 Creating a Refund Policy That Works
Jan 17, 2019 • 15 min
Refunds: they’re gonna happen. More importantly, offering the option of a refund is critical to earning your audience’s trust. With an entire Internet’s worth of competitors to choose from, today’s customers demand more information — and more guarantees —…
MBA1180 Q&A Wednesday: How do I know I have what it takes to start a business?
Jan 16, 2019 • 13 min
Can you do this? Are you entrepreneur material? You’re not the only one asking. In fact, it’s the “Q” in this week’s Q&A! It’s a big, scary question mark for those who want to break out on their own, but haven’t taken the leap just yet. So what makes…
MBA1179 How to Grow with Facebook Groups
Jan 15, 2019 • 12 min
Yes, we’re recommending Facebook as a business tool. That may come as a shock to longtime listeners, who know what we think of the overrated, underperforming so-called “power” of social media marketing. Bear with us. Facebook Groups offer a wonderful…
MBA1178 Must Read- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
Jan 14, 2019 • 14 min
Where is your small business going? More importantly, how is getting there? The author of this week’s Must-Read for entrepreneurs, Gino Wickman, has an answer. Traction: How to Get a Grip on Your Business is far more than its title lets on. It’s not just…
MBA1177 How To Validate a Course Before You Create It + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 11, 2019 • 14 min
Online courses are one of the most lucrative products you can sell on the Internet. With price tags in the thousands, selling your expertise to knowledge-hungry customers is a proven business model, one that’s worked well for many an entrepreneur. But how…
MBA1176 How To Add Value To Your Offer At No Cost
Jan 10, 2019 • 14 min
Here’s a golden rule of business, one we can’t stop repeating: people buy a product when — according to their own internal math — its value exceeds its price. That means the only way to move your product is to increase the only kind of value that really…
MBA1175 Q&A Wednesday: Do I need to make my site https? If so, how?
Jan 9, 2019 • 12 min
Is your business website secure? As more and more business is done online, cyber security is beyond important. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know if it’s possible to run a successful business with an “http” address, rather than a full on…
MBA1174 Off Social Media for a Year: Lessons Learned
Jan 8, 2019 • 16 min
Social media is like fire. It can be incredibly useful and beneficial, but once it gets out of control, it can consume everything. That’s why Omar quit. Our beloved host made a decision, over a year ago, to take an extended break from all things social…
MBA1173 Guest Teacher: Chris Hogan- How to Become an Everyday Millionaire
Jan 7, 2019 • 19 min
What does a millionaire look like? A trust-fund baby? A hedge-fund bro? Nope. As it turns out, millionaires aren’t the exotic species we think they are. Overwhelmingly, they’re not born into privilege. And shockingly, they don’t tend to have high-powered…
MBA1172 How To Sell Your Online Business + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 4, 2019 • 11 min
You built it. It succeeded. Now, it’s time to cash in. Maybe you want to retire, or devote yourself to a whole new project. Whatever the reason, saying goodbye to your successful independent business is no easy decision. It’s important to end this chapter…
MBA1171 How To Pivot With Your Product
Jan 3, 2019 • 11 min
A product launch doesn’t always go the way you want, or expect. Despite your best-laid plans and highest hopes, sometimes the market takes a look at what you’re offering and gives a resounding “meh.” Now what? In business — especially independent business…
MBA1170 Q&A Wednesday: Should I build my own product or go deep into affiliate marketing?
Jan 2, 2019 • 11 min
We’ve devoted many an episode to the ups and downs of affiliate marketing. Usually, we’re discussing the merits and drawbacks of affiliate marketing for those wondering whether they should get into it. But today, we’ve got a question from a listener who’s…
MBA1169 Goals: Should You Set Them?
Jan 1, 2019 • 14 min
Happy New Year! It’s officially 2019, and we’re ready to hit the ground running with all new lesson to help you make this the best year ever for your business. Speaking of which, what are your goals for the year? More importantly, do goals matter? What’s…
MBA1168 Must Read- Disney U by Doug Lipp
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
Business doesn’t get any bigger than Disney. How did a patch of swampland in central Florida become one of the biggest revenue-generators in the history of American industry? It all starts with the employees, and how they’re motivated. This week’s…
MBA1167 Is It Too Late To Start a Blogging Business? + Free Ride Friday!
Dec 28, 2018 • 14 min
It’s a question many would-be entrepreneurs are asking themselves: can you still make a living with a blog? About 10 years ago, people started earning serious money just by blogging. Has the business model survived? Can you still earn enough to live the…
MBA1166 Are You Selling Enough?
Dec 27, 2018 • 13 min
Wish you were making sales? Well it may sound painfully obvious, but…you’re not selling enough. That’s not to say you’re not trying to close. It’s to say you’re not “selling” in the ultimate sense — the 24/7, all-encompassing sense that goes way beyond…
MBA1165 Q&A Wednesday: Love the show’s new cover art. Why did you change it?
Dec 26, 2018 • 10 min
You can’t judge a podcast by its cover. But your visual branding needs to reflect what your business is offering. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener noticed something different about our little old business podcast. We updated our cover art, changing…
MBA1164 3 Skills That Will Save You Money When Getting Started
Dec 25, 2018 • 15 min
Getting ready to start a new business? If so, you probably know that every cent counts. Having started quite a few businesses ourselves over the years, we’ve learned what skills and abilities can save you the most. If you learn them, you’ll not only have…
MBA1163 Must Read: To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink
Dec 24, 2018 • 17 min
No matter what your independent business is, you have to be a sales person. E-commerce, SaaS, freelancing, artisan pretzel-making; whatever the business, you can’t escape the need for salesmanship. It is everything, even if you don’t consider yourself a…
MBA1162 How To Find a Mentor + Free Ride Friday!
Dec 21, 2018 • 15 min
No entrepreneur is truly independent. We all need guidance, support, and help. One of the most important relationships you can cultivate in business is a mentorship. The most successful entrepreneurs, big and small, have always had at least one mentor.…
MBA1161 How to Deal With Not Reaching Your Goals
Dec 20, 2018 • 14 min
You will fail. If you’re an entrepreneur, you won’t always hit the mark. It’s part and parcel of independent business to establish a goal, strive for it, and come up short. As the year winds down and we evaluate our performance, we should take stock of…
MBA1160 Q&A Wednesday: What tools do you recommend to create Squeeze Pages?
Dec 19, 2018 • 10 min
A page by any other name is just as sweet. Whether you call it a squeeze page or a landing page, conversions are the name of the game. A well-constructed squeeze page shouldn’t take too much time or effort — if you have the right tools. Today, we tell one…
MBA1159 Why I Wear My Own T-Shirts
Dec 18, 2018 • 11 min
They say to dress for the job you want. But if you’re already an entrepreneur, you can dress for the job you created! Our host Omar almost always rocks a branded t-shirt featuring our software company, WebinarNinja. The reasons for doing so, however, go…
MBA1158 Must Read: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
What can we learn from failure? And not just any failure — total, massive, beyond-epic, multi-billion-dollar failure? In this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs, we find out. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou is many things: an engrossing page-turner, an…
MBA1157 How To Create a Presentation Deck in 1 Hour + Free Ride Friday!
Dec 14, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes, you just have to bang it out. Whether you’ve got a webinar, pitch, or demo, a quality slide deck is a must. Despite how daunting it can seem, putting one together doesn’t have to be a nightmare or a monumental task. It can be a simple,…
MBA1156 Do Sales Calls Work in Business Today?
Dec 13, 2018 • 10 min
The sales call: is it a lost art? More importantly, should it be? What’s the role of outbound marketing in an almost completely inbound world? Is there still value in reaching out personally for a conversation? Can the time you and your sales people spend…
MBA1155 Q&A Wednesday: I’m launching a web app. Do I also need to have a mobile app to go with it?
Dec 12, 2018 • 10 min
Does every web application need a mobile version? If not, which ones do? Most major software companies have a version of their product for every device under the sun. But for lean startups, you’ve gotta put your time and effort into what returns the best…
MBA1154 How to Handle a Request for a Raise
Dec 11, 2018 • 11 min
It’s gonna happen. As your business grows and your team members ponder their futures, they’ll want to know how much you value them. Like, exactly how much. Whether you employ freelancers, full-timers, or contractors, shelling out the dough to keep the…
MBA1153 Must Read: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
Dec 10, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes, you consult exciting new voices in business leadership. Sometimes, you consult the legends. Peter Drucker basically invented business management, and is seen as one of the founders of corporate culture. His extensive studies and writings on…
MBA1152 How to Save on Office Space as You Grow + Free Ride Friday!
Dec 7, 2018 • 12 min
Your business is growing. Your team is growing. Your space needs to grow, also. It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!!, and we’re discussing how to scale your business in the one way entrepreneurs often forget to consider. Your office space has to be flexible enough to…
MBA1151 When to Use Squeeze Pages to Maximize Conversions
Dec 6, 2018 • 13 min
Call it a landing page, or call it a squeeze page. Either way, it’s the key to conversions. These stripped-down, bare-bones pages have one purpose and one purpose only: to collect email addresses. One page can move visitors down the funnel at incredible…
MBA1150 Q&A Wednesday: I can only go to two conferences next year. How do I choose?
Dec 5, 2018 • 10 min
Conferences are a big investment of time and money. How do you know which ones are worth it? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is in a bind: with only enough time and resources for two conferences, choosing the best is no easy task. Fortunately, we’ve…
MBA1149 Lessons Learned When Launching a New Product
Dec 4, 2018 • 20 min
As always, our experience is your guide. Recently, we undertook the difficult — but enlightening — task of launching an entire new product. What we learned was valuable to us, and will definitely be valuable to you. We’ve got a new product, but this…
MBA1148 Must Read: Atomic Habits by James Clear
Dec 3, 2018 • 13 min
We are our habits. That’s the lesson author James Clear understands, and it’s the topic of this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs. Atomic Habits is a valuable primer on forming the right habits, and ditching the bad ones. One habit at a time, you…
MBA1147 5 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising + Free Ride Friday!
Nov 30, 2018 • 16 min
David Ogilvy invented modern advertising. What can you learn from him? In a still text-driven online marketplace, effective copy writing is just as important now as it was in the 1960s. As the real-life Don Draper, Ogilvy used meticulous research to find…
MBA1146 Should You Sell Your Products on Amazon?
Nov 29, 2018 • 12 min
Amazon giveth, and Amazon taketh away. The online retail behemoth is a double-edged sword, a massive marketplace that can give you huge exposure to millions of potential customers — but not without a price. Without a doubt, Amazon makes many things easy,…
MBA1145 Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Break Up With My Business Partner?
Nov 28, 2018 • 10 min
Breaking up isn’t easy. But sometimes, it’s necessary. A business partnership is like any other: a mutual investment of time, effort, and resources. When it ends, it can go very badly. But when both partners are forthright and genuinely committed to an…
MBA1144 Lessons Learned at The Flea Market
Nov 27, 2018 • 14 min
Ah, the flea market. The tables, the booths, the smells, the locals…the lessons. These markets are a microcosm of the business world, a stripped-down space where the simple rules of supply and demand are on full display — along with a ton of valuable…
MBA1143 Guest Teacher: Iz El-Bahnasy- How to Optimize Your Conversion Rate
Nov 26, 2018 • 15 min
If you can’t convert, you can’t sell. Turning website visitors into customers is an exact science, one with years of research behind it. Today, an expert in conversion optimization strategy stops by to give us a thorough breakdown of exactly how to move…
MBA1142 Saving Money When Paying in Different Currencies + Free Ride Friday!
Nov 23, 2018 • 13 min
It’s a big world out there, and the Internet allows entrepreneurs to find the best, most affordable talent wherever it is. But with that freedom comes a unique, modern hassle: losing money as you do business across national borders. Today, we discuss how…
MBA1141 Should You Have Sponsors?
Nov 22, 2018 • 11 min
Sponsors: are they worth the effort? Whether it’s a blog, YouTube channel, podcast, or live event, sponsorship can be your biggest source of revenue. It can also be a major pain in the tuchus. Yes, sponsors pay you. But that money doesn’t come free, and…
MBA1140 Q&A Wednesday: What gear do you recommend for my webinars?
Nov 21, 2018 • 13 min
We know webinars work. So what tools do you need to make them work better? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener choose the best gear for the job. There are a million audio/visual gadgets out there, but we’re focusing on the must-haves, the…
MBA1139 How to Get Out of a Bad Mood For The Sake of Your Business
Nov 20, 2018 • 15 min
Having a bad day? In entrepreneurship, that’s gonna happen. Fires will erupt, and putting them out is every independent business person’s burden. But if you let a rough patch sour your mood, the damage will be compounded by your own emotional imbalance.…
MBA1138 Must Read: It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
Excessive stress is not a requirement of entrepreneurship. At least that’s what Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, authors of this week’s Must-Read book for entrepreneurs think. It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work is a radical treatise on the…
MBA1137 4 Steps to Make Enough Passive Income For Your Personal Expenses + Free Ride Friday!
Nov 16, 2018 • 15 min
You want to start a business, but you’re terrified. You’re terrified that you could find yourself unable to fund your basic needs like housing, food, and Netflix (ok, maybe that last one’s not technically a “need,” but still). Entrepreneurship is risky,…
MBA1136 3 Steps to Make an Extra 20% in Sales This Month
Nov 15, 2018 • 10 min
Need a revenue boost? Look no further. Today, we discuss 3 steps you can take today that’ll jazz your numbers up and get you through a slow month. These immediately applicable, effective steps can give you just the edge you need to see moderate growth…
MBA1135 Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Stop Scammers From Abusing My Affiliate Program?
Nov 14, 2018 • 12 min
Affiliate marketing can be a powerful, positive tool for growth. But like many business opportunities, it can also create the conditions for some seriously shady misbehavior. Don’t let the scammers win! Today, we discuss 5 simple strategies you can use to…
MBA1134 3 Steps to Gain 10 Productive Hours This Week
Nov 13, 2018 • 14 min
Time is more valuable than money — and we’ve only got so much. What would you be willing to trade for substantially more time, each and every week? Today, we’ve got 3 steps you can take to drastically increase your time by drastically improving your…
MBA1133 Guest Teacher: Dan Schawbel- How to Create Strong Relationships with Your Team
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
Do you have employees, or do you have a team? It’s one thing to be in charge, but having strong relationships with your team can have a serious positive impact on your business performance. The quality of your product, the efficiency of your systems, and…
MBA1132 How Often Do You Need to Meet with Your Team? + Free Ride Friday!
Nov 9, 2018 • 14 min
Meetings: is there anyone who actually likes them? For most businesses, meetings are a must, at least occasionally. Very rare is the business in which the team never gets together, either virtually or in person. However, too many meetings are just as…
MBA1131 Paying Staff Hourly vs. Salary
Nov 8, 2018 • 12 min
The age old question for entrepreneurs with growing teams: when does is stop being smart to pay by the hour? When is a salary the right move? Depending on the employee, how you pay them can make all the difference in both their productivity and your…
MBA1130 Q&A Wednesday: How do I create Facebook ad images without a designer?
Nov 7, 2018 • 13 min
Facebook advertising works, but only if you do it right. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who’s ready to advertise, but not sure how to design ads that convert — and more importantly, don’t waste the advertising budget. Fortunately, you don’t…
MBA1129 How to Know if Entrepreneurship is Not For You
Nov 6, 2018 • 15 min
So you want to start your own business. What’s taking so long? Here at the $100 MBA, we battle a myth. We battle it day in and day out, because it’s the one thing holding more entrepreneurs back than anything else: the belief that you need huge amounts of…
MBA1128 Must Read: Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Nov 5, 2018 • 12 min
Tim Ferriss is at it again, with another book of Grade-A entrepreneurial wisdom. But this time, it’s not just from the man himself. Tribe of Mentors is a fantastic collection of condensed wisdom from experts in various industries. Easy to read,…
MBA1127 Should You Write a Book to Promote Your Brand? + Free Ride Friday!
Nov 2, 2018 • 15 min
Will writing a book help your business? It sounds like a no-brainer: write a book, and your credibility will spike, leading to more traffic. Done right, a book can be one of the most powerful branding and marketing tools imaginable. But done incorrectly,…
MBA1126 My Favorite Business Tools in 2018
Nov 1, 2018 • 14 min
Entrepreneurs have to stay on top of the latest. Any tools that can make us more effective, more efficient, and better prepared to compete are a must. In business, we all need an edge. 2018 has offered exactly that, with apps and programs that make a…
MBA1125 Q&A Wednesday: I heard you use a standing desk? What are the benefits?
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
It’s time to take a stand! The health and productivity drawbacks of sitting all day at work are well-documented. As people in every business look for ways to work healthier and more effectively, the standing desk has become all the rage. As entrepreneurs,…
MBA1124 My Personal Website Results
Oct 30, 2018 • 13 min
Considering building a personal website to boost your brand? In addition to business and product-specific sites, sites devoted to your personal outlook and character can have a powerful marketing impact. They can help consolidate and leverage your most…
MBA1123 Guest Teacher: Pete Vargas- Crafting a High-Converting Signature Talk
Oct 29, 2018 • 15 min
One talk can do it all. It can propel your independent business, and keep it growing year after year. The right signature speech can be the foundation of your entire personal brand, boosting your credibility and growing your following. Today, we’ve got a…
MBA1122 5 Ways to Recharge for Under $100 + Free Ride Friday!
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
Relax. That’s not a suggestion. It’s not even advice. It’s a requirement for any entrepreneur who really wants to succeed. A burnt out, overworked, overtired person cannot meet their full potential, and is not fit to run a business. In order to make…
MBA1121 Is Your Business Growing Too Slowly?
Oct 25, 2018 • 12 min
Is your small business succeeding? Growth can be a difficult thing to measure. Often, new entrepreneurs need help to determine whether they’re on the right track. What exactly constitutes the right speed of growth is hard to put your finger on, especially…
MBA1120 Q&A Wednesday: Do you have any crucial advice you’d give to a fresh blogger?
Oct 24, 2018 • 15 min
Just getting started blogging? There’s a ton to learn. There’s a ton we wish we’d learned before we started. Fortunately, we’ve learned it since, and today we share it with you! It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know exactly what advice we’d…
MBA1119 5 Ways to Get More Leads at Conferences
Oct 23, 2018 • 13 min
Conferences can be excellent opportunities to network, build partnerships, and yes, build your audience. Whether you’re a speaker or just an attendee, there’s no substitute for the face-to-face, in person connections you build at conferences. But you have…
MBA1118 Must Read: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Oct 22, 2018 • 11 min
What’s the secret to creativity? How do great product designers, artists, and content marketers create original work that’s unlike anything consumers have seen before? They don’t. This week’s Must-Read book for the entrepreneur, Austin Kleon’s Steal Like…
MBA1117 Long Term Facebook Marketing Strategies + Free Ride Friday!
Oct 19, 2018 • 19 min
For new businesses, Facebook is a long game. The power of social media marketing is often, frankly, overhyped. But that doesn’t mean there’s aren’t serious gains to be made with the right approach. In particular, Facebook’s ability to directly target…
MBA1116 How to Upgrade Your Computer for Less
Oct 18, 2018 • 14 min
Computer running sluggish? You can’t let your tech slow down your business, but what if you can’t afford a brand spanking new piece of equipment? Worry not, friends. You don’t have to drop a couple G’s on the latest hardware. There are alternatives.…
MBA1115 Q&A Wednesday: I have too many ideas for my business. How do I implement them all?
Oct 17, 2018 • 13 min
Entrepreneurs have active minds. Our brains are always coming up with new ways to innovate, grow, and evolve. Ideas, as they say, are a dime a dozen — but only if they’re not executed in the real world. So how can you make sure you’re getting the most out…
MBA1114 How to Prepare for The Holiday Season To Get More Sales
Oct 16, 2018 • 13 min
The holidays aren’t exactly around the corner. But for businesses, it’s time to get ready for the season of giving, right now. Today, we discuss why prepping for the holidays early is the best way to make the most of this annual opportunity. As November…
MBA1113 Guest Teacher: Shep Hyken- How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition & Creates Fierce Loyalty
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
Every entrepreneur has to ask themselves: how can my business stand out? You need to find an edge, a place where you can do what other businesses can’t, or won’t. For so many industries, an entrepreneur can make a huge splash by offering better customer…
MBA1112 5 iPhone Launch Strategies to Apply to Your Business + Free Ride Friday!
Oct 12, 2018 • 17 min
If you haven’t heard, Apple does a pretty decent job of selling iPhones. So what can we as entrepreneurs learn from the king of the tech sector? Apple just launched the the iPhones XS, XS Max, and XR. This is something Apple does every year, and every…
MBA1111 4 Movies That Will Make You Re-Think Your Business
Oct 11, 2018 • 15 min
Movies offer some of the best lessons in life and business. No, we’re not talking about Wall Street (though that’s a really good one, too). We’re talking about movies that aren’t the biggest blockbusters, but that have some of the deepest insights into…
MBA1110 Q&A Wednesday: How do I write employee contracts?
Oct 10, 2018 • 12 min
As your team grows, it’s important to set the terms of employment. Otherwise, you and your business can be left vulnerable, legally speaking. Crafting solid employee contracts doesn’t require a law degree (though you should have someone with a law degree…
MBA1109 Why Most Entrepreneurs Quit
Oct 9, 2018 • 15 min
Before you throw in the towel, listen to this. Actually, listen to this immediately, whether you’re just getting started, or you’re established in your independent business. Because most entrepreneurs quit, and most of those who quit aren’t defeated —…
MBA1108 Must Read: Open by Andre Agassi
Oct 8, 2018 • 17 min
A business person needs to be a champion. Perseverance, heart, and the will to dig deep for the best in yourself are the basic qualifications for entrepreneurship. Nowhere can we find better lessons for all that than in the memoirs of literal champions…
MBA1107 How to Prepare for Growth + Free Ride Friday!
Oct 5, 2018 • 15 min
You’re about to blow up. Are you ready? When big things are on the horizon, you have to prepare your business. “Catastrophic success” is real and dangerous, and businesses that aren’t prepared to handle a sudden spike in recognition and sales can founder.…
MBA1106 5 Ways to Save Money To Start A Business
Oct 4, 2018 • 13 min
What’s stopping you from starting your own business? If you said money, you’re not alone. In fact, a lack of startup cash is among the primary reasons people never get their big idea off the ground. So how can you break free from a lack of capital,…
MBA1105 Q&A Wednesday: How do I validate an idea for a niche subscription box business?
Oct 3, 2018 • 16 min
The subscription box: it’s all the rage, as enthusiasts of all kinds sign up to get a fresh collection of hobby-specific goodies each month. But how specific can you get? How niche is too niche to sustain a profitable box-driven business? It’s Q&A…
MBA1104 How to Quickly Create Tutorials for Your Product
Oct 2, 2018 • 14 min
When it comes to keeping customers, onboarding is everything. Getting your customers immediately engaged with your product is key to reducing churn and getting a return on all your marketing and advertising investment. It’s also key to creating…
MBA1103 Guest Teacher: Kate Erickson- How podcasting can help grow your business
Oct 1, 2018 • 15 min
You know that podcasting is a powerful marketing tool. You know it can build brand awareness and accelerate the growth of your business. You know it works. You’re just not sure how, exactly. Well, we’ve got the special guest teacher for you. Kate Erickson…
MBA1102 Do Giveaways Work? + Free Ride Friday!
Sep 28, 2018 • 12 min
Everyone loves a freebie. But if you do a promotional giveaway, are you getting anything in return? Contests, random drawings, and other giveaways are definitely fun, and they definitely generate some buzz. But if you’re not careful about how you…
MBA1101 One Thing That Will 3X Your Work Productivity
Sep 27, 2018 • 10 min
Get. More. Done. Every independent business person wants to be more productive. The more we get done, the faster our business grows — and the more time we have to enjoy the lives we build for ourselves. We’ve discussed a zillion productivity hacks on this…
MBA1100 Q&A Wednesday: How do I know I can trust my customer support team with my company’s financials?
Sep 26, 2018 • 12 min
It’s a question every growing business has to face once they scale: can I trust new team members with sensitive information? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener is in exactly that pickle. Support staff in particular need to have access to banking details…
MBA1099 How Many Pricing Options Should You Have For Your Product?
Sep 25, 2018 • 13 min
Does one price fit all? Or should you offer different strokes for different folks? If so, how many different pricing tiers make sense for your business? That’s the question we’re pondering today, as we discuss the number of price options you should…
MBA1098 Must Read: Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Sep 24, 2018 • 16 min
Ready to take on social media marketing? Gary Vaynerchuk is a teacher, leader, best-selling author, and an omnipresence on social media. The man is everywhere in the online entrepreneurial space. His book Crush It was an instant classic, and an…
MBA1097 How Much To Spend on Building Your Website + Free Ride Friday!
Sep 21, 2018 • 15 min
Every (every) business needs a website. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated, but it has to work. What it costs will vary depending on your needs, but what’s the bare minimum? You could argue that no investment is too great for your online storefront.…
MBA1096 How to Manage All Your Passwords Securely
Sep 20, 2018 • 11 min
Forgot username or password? We’ve all clicked it. We’ve all needed it. We’ve all lost track of the dozens of passwords that pile up when you’re running a business and have multiple accounts for chat, banking, CMS, email, and more. So how can we eliminate…
MBA1095 Q&A Wednesday: Can I create a software company with no technical knowledge?
Sep 19, 2018 • 13 min
Got an idea for an app? Dying to create software that will change how everyone does…something? Are you bursting with ideas, but totally lacking the technical knowledge to actually develop the tech yourself? You’re not the only one. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and…
MBA1094 Why Exercise Is a Must For an Entrepreneur
Sep 18, 2018 • 16 min
A healthy entrepreneur is a successful entrepreneur. Conversely, an entrepreneur who’s out of shape is physically, mentally, and emotionally less equipped to handle the challenges of running a business. We’re not the first (or the only) ones to say it,…
MBA1093 Guest Teacher: Michael Koral – The Right Sales Funnel For Any Small Business
Sep 17, 2018 • 14 min
It’s time to toss the funnel. Yes, that funnel; the marketing and sales funnel that’s been the gospel of online business strategists for just a little too long. While the premise of attracting an audience, converting that audience into leads, and turning…
MBA1092 How to Set Your Rates as a Service-Based Business + Ride Friday!
Sep 14, 2018 • 12 min
What should you be charging? It’s a question every freelancer and service-based business owner has to answer. Setting the right rates is crucial to the ROI and long-term sustainability of your business. Whether you’re a photographer, developer, writer, or…
MBA1091 How to Have More Fun While Running a Business
Sep 13, 2018 • 13 min
We all know entrepreneurship is hard work. But if it’s not fun, what’s the point? In order for your business to be successful, it has to be enjoyable. That’s not some feel-good naivete — it’s a cold, hard fact of business. If it sucks, it isn’t…
MBA1090 Q&A Wednesday: How do I make my employees stay committed to my team?
Sep 12, 2018 • 13 min
Even for entrepreneurs, business is a team sport. So how can you keep your best players loyal to the squad? How do you inspire commitment over months and years? How do you create motivation beyond your employees’ paychecks, so they want to give their…
MBA1089 My 4 Personal Hacks for Daily Inspiration
Sep 11, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like it. We’ve all glared at the alarm clock with that death stare. We’ve all laid in bed for far too long, dreading the work ahead. We’ve all wasted time because of a lack of motivation. We’ve all been tired, depressed,…
MBA1088 Must Read: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
Wondering how to get more customers? How to appeal to the people to whom you’re trying to sell? Start by learning how their brains work. Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist who’s studied the science of human decision-making for decades. His book Thinking,…
MBA1087 How to Make the Most of a Slow Month in Sales + Free Ride Friday!
Sep 7, 2018 • 15 min
Every business has its slow season. But just because you’re not swamped with sales, it doesn’t mean you can’t sustain your revenue and continue to grow your business! It’s possible to maintain both your revenue and your momentum through the slow periods,…
MBA1086 The Best Investments You Can Make in Your Business
Sep 6, 2018 • 13 min
You’re making sales. You’ve got solid revenue. Now, it’s time to reinvest in your business. But what’s the best way to do so? Where can you spend your money so that it will have the greatest impact? Today, we discuss the best ways to invest in your…
MBA1085 Q&A Wednesday: Should I invest in a $10,000 business coaching program?
Sep 5, 2018 • 14 min
With so many professional development opportunities available to entrepreneurs, it can be tempting to overspend on courses and coaching programs. So how do you know what’s worth your time and money? Especially when the price tag is big (like, four figures…
MBA1084 Why You Need to Become a Better Teacher
Sep 4, 2018 • 13 min
In modern business, teaching is everything. Marketing, sales, and team management are all about your ability to educate both consumers and employees. Savvy digital-era customers don’t want a sales pitch, they want to be empowered. They want to know how…
MBA1083 Guest Teacher: Jakob Heuser- Learning & Development on a Shoestring Budget
Sep 3, 2018 • 14 min
Your business is only as good as your team. So how can you keep your team at the top of their game? Jakob Heuser is an engineer and instructor who’s built successful teams at companies like LinkedIn and Pinterest. HIs human-centered approach to…
MBA1082 How to Prevent Software Overload in Your Business + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 31, 2018 • 15 min
Business software: from CRM to CMS to accounting and more, running an agile, lean business requires some digital products. But after a while, those products can start to pile up. Next thing you know, you’ve got dozens of accounts, usernames and passwords…
MBA1081 Why You Need Product Documentation
Aug 30, 2018 • 13 min
An entrepreneur has to be a planner. We plan everything about our business, from our budgets to our marketing strategy to our launch. So why on Earth don’t we plan the one thing our whole business depends on? We don’t we plan the product? Product…
MBA1080 Q&A Wednesday: What are the advantages to having co-founders?
Aug 29, 2018 • 12 min
Are two heads better than one? In a lot of ways, we like to think so. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know what advantages co-founders have over solo entrepreneurs. Our host Omar has run businesses without a partner in crime, so he knows…
MBA1079 The Importance of Ignoring Vanity Metrics
Aug 28, 2018 • 16 min
Sit down for this one: your “likes” don’t matter. One of the easiest traps for entrepreneurs to fall into is chasing meaningless forms of validation. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have, or how “big” your business is. What matters is whether…
MBA1078 Must Read: The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Aug 27, 2018 • 12 min
Business, like life, has patterns. But just as those patterns can help you understand what’s likely, they can blind you to what’s possible. That might sound like a deep statement, maybe even a little philosophical for a business podcast. But this week’s…
MBA1077 How to Have a Faster Support Response Time + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 24, 2018 • 16 min
What’s taking so long? If your customers are asking themselves this question, your business has a problem. Customer support is all about speed, especially for certain kinds of software products. Without fast, reliable support, your customers may not…
MBA1076 5 Effective Email List Growth Strategies
Aug 23, 2018 • 15 min
“The money is in the list.” If you’ve done online marketing anytime in the current century, you’ve heard this maxim. And we can tell you from experience: it’s true. Your email contact list is the heart and soul of your marketing efforts. The bigger and…
MBA1075 Q&A Wednesday: Should I have a co-host on my podcast?
Aug 22, 2018 • 11 min
Does it take really take two to make a dream come true? Every podcast is different. But there’s no denying that sometimes, the dynamic between podcast co-hosts is the reason we keep listening. But is it necessary? Would your podcast do better if you…
MBA1074 Can You Start a Business With No Experience?
Aug 21, 2018 • 12 min
Everyone has to start somewhere. If you’ve never built a business before, can you really pull it off? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes. However, your odds of success will depend on your willingness to face certain hard truths, do some hard work, and…
MBA1073 Guest Teacher: Jeet Banerjee- How To Find Out Fast If Your Business Idea Will Succeed
Aug 20, 2018 • 17 min
Will it work? Every entrepreneur has to ask this question. Idea validation is the first step to founding a successful business, so it’s crucial to figure out whether your next product has real potential. Jeet Banerjee is a serial entrepreneur who’s built…
MBA1072 How to Evaluate Your Employees + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 17, 2018 • 14 min
Do you have the best employees? How do you know? Evaluating team members can be tricky business. Depending on the size of your team and the scope of their work, it can be difficult to know who’s doing what, and who’s doing it well. For our business, we…
MBA1071 Do you need to offer phone support for your online business?
Aug 16, 2018 • 13 min
Customer support via phone: has it gone the way of the landline? These days, calling up and speaking to a live support agent may not only be unnecessary, it may be detrimental to the quality of your customer service. With live chat and email available, a…
MBA1070 Q&A Wednesday: How much has your podcast helped grow your businesses?
Aug 15, 2018 • 12 min
We love podcasting. But we didn’t get into it just for kicks. The $100 MBA show has a purpose: to build an audience, and demonstrate our credibility to those who may eventually choose to do business with us. It’s our way of offering something to people as…
MBA1069 How to Quit Your Job
Aug 14, 2018 • 14 min
Ready to take the leap? Listen to this first. Leaving your 9-to-5 might be the biggest, most game-changing moment of an entrepreneur’s life. This is the moment in which you invest yourself fully into your independent goals, leaving the conventional life…
MBA1068 Must Read: A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
Aug 13, 2018 • 16 min
We all remember Breaking Bad as the tale of a plucky (if desperate) “entrepreneur” of sorts. But the story of Walter White is just one chapter in an even more incredible rise to the top: the story of actor Bryan Cranston. Before he became The One Who…
MBA1067 Affiliate Program Pitfalls + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 10, 2018 • 14 min
Affiliate marketing can go either way. Done right, it can be a revenue-boosting, word-spreading win that moves your business forward. Done wrong, it can be a total scam. Today, we discuss what can go badly with affiliate marketing. Trust us; we’ve learned…
MBA1066 How to Create Something Different Enough
Aug 9, 2018 • 12 min
Find your niche. That’s the motto of every smart entrepreneur, as we look to carve out our unique place in the market. Building a successful business involves a careful balancing act. On one hand, you have to be original; your product or service has to…
MBA1065 Q&A Wednesday: Do you do your own accounting? How much time do you spend on it?
Aug 8, 2018 • 12 min
Do you know where your money is? Accounting can be a little intimidating for those of us who aren’t mathematically inclined, or aren’t exactly experts in the latest tax and regulatory issues. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know how we keep…
MBA1064 How do you know you have too much on your plate?
Aug 7, 2018 • 10 min
There’s a difference between busy and burnt out. We get it: motivated, driven entrepreneurs aren’t scared of a little hard work. We want to tackle everything ourselves, because we’ve chosen independence as a way of life. But working for yourself doesn’t…
MBA1063 Guest Teacher: Travis Chappell- Why Overcoming Rejection Is Necessary For Your Business
Aug 6, 2018 • 19 min
It takes some practice before you’re good at getting rejected. The more it happens, the better you are, the more easily it rolls of your shoulders. No, this is not one of those “fail up” lessons, where we tell how you should treasure every bad moment. We…
MBA1062 How to Create a Simple Marketing & Sales System PT2 + Free Ride Friday!
Aug 3, 2018 • 14 min
You’ve marketed. You’ve built your audience. You’ve grown your contact list. Now it’s time to sell. In Part I of our sales + marketing tutorial, we took you through the process of driving traffic to your website, capturing leads, and setting yourself up…
MBA1061 How to Create a Simple Marketing & Sales System PT1
Aug 2, 2018 • 15 min
Who’s ready to smarket? Anyone can create a product. But sales and marketing are complementary, mutually supportive efforts that turn your products into an actual business. Especially at the beginning, crafting a holistic approach that integrates these…
MBA1060 Q&A Wednesday: This podcast is huge! How did you grow your podcast audience?
Aug 1, 2018 • 14 min
This week’s Q&A Wednesday started with a (much appreciated) compliment. One loyal listener noticed that our little ol’ podcast has grown exponentially since we started it, and wanted to know how we pulled it off. Well, we’re happy to share exactly how we…
MBA1059 Do You Need a Personal Assistant?
Jul 31, 2018 • 16 min
Before you say “No,” hear us out. Personal Assistants aren’t just for the rich and famous. These days, it can be affordable (and well worth the investment) to hire a little help — especially for busy entrepreneurs. As we like to remind everyone, time is…
MBA1058 Must Read: Getting Things Done by David Allen
Jul 30, 2018 • 17 min
Let’s work on that “To Do” list. Crossing tasks off your list is a good feeling, and not just because it means forward progress for your business. It also means more time for you, for the things that matter, for the life you built your business around.…
MBA1057 Free Trials: With or Without a Credit Card Required? + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 27, 2018 • 15 min
The free trial: it’s an old, effective, tried-and-true way to turn leads into sales. But there’s one aspect of the free trial that business owners can’t seem to agree on. Should you require a credit card, or not? On the one hand, taking credit card info…
MBA1056 The 1 Thing You Should Never Outsource
Jul 26, 2018 • 11 min
As your business grows, you can’t do everything yourself. However, there are some things no one else should do for you. In fact, there’s one thing you can never, ever delegate. It’s healthy and necessary to hand off responsibilities as time goes by.…
MBA1055 Q&A Wednesday: How often do you update your website?
Jul 25, 2018 • 14 min
Your website is everything to your business. And like your business, it can’t afford to stagnate. It’s got to change, grow, and evolve in order to stay effective. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who wants to know exactly how often a business…
MBA1054 5 Reasons Masterminds Fail
Jul 24, 2018 • 16 min
Mastermind groups can be a fantastic way to get and give valuable advice, accelerating your growth as an entrepreneur. These small groups of industry peers are more and more common, as entrepreneurs reach out to each other for help, support, and…
MBA1053 Guest Teacher: Dr Tyson E Franklin – The 6 Pillars of Marketing
Jul 23, 2018 • 14 min
Let’s take a step back. Let’s look at marketing differently. A rounded, grounded approach to marketing is a powerful thing. By planning your marketing strategy around certain universal principles, you can maximize its effects. By taking advantage of all…
MBA1052 Starting a Blog From Scratch P2 + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 20, 2018 • 14 min
If you’re not blogging, you’re not marketing. Yesterday, we took a look at how to establish your blogging goals, and how to systematize your writing schedule for maximum effectiveness. Today, we discuss the down-and-dirty technical aspects of starting a…
MBA1051 Starting a Blog From Scratch P1
Jul 19, 2018 • 13 min
Effective online marketing comes down to one thing above all: content. And while pics and videos are great, the written word is still the most important factor as regards your ultimate reach and SEO. Long story short: you need to blog. Even if you’re no…
MBA1050 Q&A Wednesday: Which email marketing software do you recommend?
Jul 18, 2018 • 14 min
Here at the $100 MBA, we live by a few unquestionable business truths. One of them is that when it comes to marketing, email. Is. King. When you’re starting your business, one of the most important things you can do is establish a system for email…
MBA1049 How to Start Thinking About Retirement
Jul 17, 2018 • 15 min
What does retirement mean to you? If you’ve never tried to answer that question, the time to start thinking about it is now — no matter your age. Retirement doesn’t have to mean lounging in Florida at 65; it can mean anything from reducing your workload,…
MBA1048 Must Read: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Jul 16, 2018 • 14 min
Every day is a new opportunity! Your morning routine can have a huge impact on your long-term success. In fact, a common thread among some of the most successful modern entrepreneurs is a commitment to making the first few hours of the day count. Today,…
MBA1047 How Much Should You Test Your Product Before Launch? + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 13, 2018 • 15 min
Is your product ready for launch? How can you know? Spending too much time in the beta phase can hurt your business. Excessive testing and endless tweaking can delay launch of the only product that matters: the MVP (Minimum Viable Product). As we often…
MBA1046 Simple Steps to Onboarding a New Employee
Jul 12, 2018 • 13 min
Onboarding: it’s not just for customers! Your new team members need to hit the ground running, feeling comfortable and confident from the start. They’ve got to gel with established team members, find their space, and work out the best ways to contribute.…
MBA1045 Q&A Wednesday: What Is The #1 Skill I Should Work On as a New Entrepreneur?
Jul 11, 2018 • 14 min
You’re just starting out as an entrepreneur. You know you’ll need versatile skills, but you can’t do everything well. If you’re gonna be a jack of several trades, which skill should you focus on most? Which ability will have the biggest impact on your…
MBA1044 How to Create a Team Handbook For Your Company
Jul 10, 2018 • 15 min
Ditch the old-fashioned employee handbook. Today’s dynamic companies have a new approach. Rather than carving company info in stone and handing it down, new entrepreneurs can take a much more creative angle. We recently attended the Running Remote…
MBA1043 Guest Teacher: Dan Stones – The 5 Steps to Building An Unbeatable Team Culture
Jul 9, 2018 • 19 min
Want to keep your team happy, productive, motivated, and on point? It’s all about the culture. Today, we’ve got a special guest teacher with years of experience helping businesses build teams that work. Dan Stones knows team culture — what kind of culture…
MBA1042 Is Money That Important? + Free Ride Friday!
Jul 6, 2018 • 17 min
How much does money matter? Where’s the line between realism and materialism? How much of your business’s value can be expressed in dollars and cents? Today, we discuss money’s true worth. As entrepreneurs, we don’t work for pay. We work for a vision, for…
MBA1041 How Small Gifts Can Make a Big Difference
Jul 5, 2018 • 12 min
A little gift can go a long way. It’s not a bribe. It’s not an act of manipulation. It’s simply an expression of genuine appreciation for someone you’d like to work with. Today, we share how the simple psychology of gift-giving can forge business…
MBA1040 Q&A Wednesday: What do you include on a pre-launch product page if you don’t have product creatives or app screenshots?
Jul 4, 2018 • 13 min
To get your business rolling, we always advocate for the MVP (Minimum Viable Product). But when it comes to marketing that product, you’ll need another MVP: a Minimum Viable Page on your website! It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who’s ready to…
MBA1039 How to Hire Motivated Players
Jul 3, 2018 • 16 min
Your business deserves the best. But where do you find it? It starts with redefining “best.” While many employers look for the most talented prospects with the right skill sets, a much more important metric for an employee’s true potential is motivation.…
MBA1038 Must Read: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
Jul 2, 2018 • 13 min
Sometimes, the best advice comes from unexpected places. Scott Adams is a cartoonist, but anyone who’s read his classic comic strip Dilbert knows he’s an expert in business and corporate culture. A sarcastic, controversial expert, but an expert…
MBA1037 Do You Need a Personal Website? + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 29, 2018 • 17 min
Your business has a website, promoting your brand and product. But do you as an entrepreneur need another website, to promote…y’know, you? Many business owners maintain separate websites about themselves, giving potential customers a deeper look into…
MBA1036 Strategies for Getting Started with Outbound Sales
Jun 28, 2018 • 14 min
Inbound, inbound, inbound. These days, it seems like all we hear. But what about the good ol’ fashioned way of moving product? What about getting out there and bringing your product to customers? There’s still room for the outbound approach. As your…
MBA1035 Q&A Wednesday: How do I run a promotion without devaluing my product?
Jun 27, 2018 • 12 min
Sale prices can draw customers — but they can also send a bad message. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one listener wants to know how to cut prices without harming the product’s real and perceived value. Whenever you lower the price of your product, even…
MBA1034 How to Market When You’re Starting From Scratch
Jun 26, 2018 • 18 min
You have no contact lists, no followers, no fans, nada. How in the heck are you supposed to start marketing? Everyone starts somewhere. Today, we discuss how to jump-start your marketing efforts from Square One. You can build a foundation from…
MBA1033 Guest Teacher: Justin Jackson – How to use podcasting as a marketing tool for your business
Jun 25, 2018 • 18 min
Ready to podcast? This is the episode for you. We know a thing or two about podcasting, having made it all the way to our 1,033rd episode. But we’ve got a special guest teacher with even more experience and knowledge, someone who helped us along the way.…
MBA1032 How to Get the Most Out of a Meetup + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 22, 2018 • 16 min
The Internet is great, but sometimes you can’t beat some good ol’ fashioned real-world networking. Physical meetups are more prevalent than you might think, and more affordable, too. Depending on your industry, there’s a good chance of finding a valuable…
MBA1031 Is Google AdWords Marketing Dead?
Jun 21, 2018 • 14 min
Google AdWords: is the party over? There was a time when AdWords was everything: a valuable, cost-effective way to get your website to the top of the results page without all that pesky manual SEO. Massive chunks of marketing budgets were devoted to…
MBA1030 Q&A Wednesday: Is Starting a YouTube Channel a Good Idea?
Jun 20, 2018 • 12 min
Are videos the new blogs? Many marketing experts have pointed out that YouTube is the world’s second-biggest search engine, but does that mean every entrepreneur needs to break out the tripod and start filming? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners…
MBA1029 Unexpected Speed Bumps in Starting an Online Business with Matt Jenks
Jun 19, 2018 • 26 min
The road to independent success could use a few warning signs! If you’re starting your first online business, this is the episode for you. In a special interview, we’re sitting down with someone whose entire job is helping new entrepreneurs get the most…
MBA1028 5 Tips for Becoming a Paid Public Speaker
Jun 18, 2018 • 15 min
Your knowledge and experience are valuable — and not just to you. In fact, your knowledge and experience are worth paying for, if you have the public speaking and presentation skills to deliver them effectively. Being a public speaker can do wonders for…
MBA1027 How to Put The Spark Back Into Your Business + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 15, 2018 • 14 min
The excitement can’t last forever. When the honeymoon’s over, the founding obstacles are cleared, and the initial fires are put out, it’s just you and your successful business. At that point, you’re no longer facing the drama of starting a new business,…
MBA1026 How Often Do You Need to Upgrade Your Computer?
Jun 14, 2018 • 12 min
To do the best job, you need the right tools. But even the best tools don’t last forever. If you’re like us, your business depends on your computer. Whether you’re on a desktop or laptop, Mac or PC, your computer is your primary weapon in the fight for…
MBA1025 Q&A Wednesday: Where can I hire great remote team members?
Jun 13, 2018 • 13 min
We’d say remote teams are the future, but they’re already here. More and more, smart entrepreneurs are taking advantage of a whole planet’s worth of talent, as the Internet erases borders and puts top-notch talent at your fingertips. In fact, the only…
MBA1024 Get A Handle on Tracking Your Expenses and Receipts
Jun 12, 2018 • 13 min
Accounting can get out of hand, quickly — even when you have an accountant! With a million little business expenses going out every day, it can be maddening to try and keep track of each transaction. Factor in multiple team members using different methods…
MBA1023 Guest Teacher: David Burkus- How To Make The Connections You Need To Grow Your Business
Jun 11, 2018 • 23 min
Networking: you’re (probably) doing it wrong. Networking is crucial to the development of any business. We like to say that the relationships you build as an entrepreneur are the most valuable asset your business has. But acquiring contacts and building…
MBA1022 How To Work On Weekends Without Burning Out + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 8, 2018 • 13 min
Entrepreneurs need weekends, too. Building a business on the side is no easy feat. But even the hardest working, most dedicated side-hustler has basic human needs: rest, relaxation, and a general enjoyment of life. To deprive yourself of these things…
MBA1021 How To Get Feedback About You From Your Team
Jun 7, 2018 • 15 min
How are you doing so far? That’s a question every business owner needs to ask their team from time to time. Asking, of course, is easy. Getting honest answers, though…that’s something else. You need to improve as a business owner and leader. If you’re not…
MBA1020 Q&A Wednesday: How do I create an online course on a budget?
Jun 6, 2018 • 13 min
Got something to teach? Something to share? Ready to make a business out of it? It’s time to start your first online course. But if you’re like today’s Q&A listener, you’ve got one problem: a tiny budget. Not to worry! WIth low-to-no-cost tools available…
MBA1019 How to Transition from Self-Employed to Business Owner
Jun 5, 2018 • 14 min
Your future is bigger than yourself alone. There’s a huge difference between self-employment and business ownership. Being self-employed gives you freedom, and many prefer it to conventional 9-to-5 work. But self-employment means the whole enterprise…
MBA1018 Must Read: Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
Jun 4, 2018 • 16 min
Every once in a while, go back to the classics. Tony Robbins is one of the original “self-help gurus.” While that kind of title might be scoffed at by some, the substance of his work is real and valuable. His 1986 book Unlimited Power isn’t some…
MBA1017 How To Make The Most of a Bad Day + Free Ride Friday!
Jun 1, 2018 • 16 min
The truest measure of yourself is what you do when times are toughest. In business, tough times are never in short supply. Even the most successful business people have those WTF? days. It’s just gonna happen. What matters most is not avoiding those days,…
MBA1016 Should You Start a 2nd Business on the Side?
May 31, 2018 • 13 min
We get it. Entrepreneurship is addictive. Sometimes, while we’re developing one business, we see an opportunity to start another. Currently, we’re juggling two companies ourselves. But at some point, you’ve got to set limits on the number of plates you’re…
MBA1015 Q&A Wednesday: How much time should I spend consuming content?
May 30, 2018 • 12 min
Content: there’s plenty of it out there. Much of it can help you grow as an entrepreneur. With the wealth of online educational resources available today, you could spend your whole day learning about business and your own industry. Without setting foot…
MBA1014 Is a Custom Built Website Worth It?
May 29, 2018 • 16 min
You’re starting a small business. You need a website. But you’re not a website developer. Welcome to the most common of marketing conundrums. Can you make do with a drag-and-drop DIY website builder, or should you pony up for a fancy custom job? Can you…
MBA1013 Guest Teacher: Clay Clark – How to Increase Your Sales by 300% in 30 Days
May 28, 2018 • 16 min
Ready for some top-notch business coaching? Clay Clark is in demand as a business consultant. SBA Entrepreneur of the Year and a bestselling author, Clark knows the strategies that create revenue for all kinds of businesses. That’s why he’s been…
MBA1012 8 Essential Metrics Every SaaS Should Track P2 + Free Ride Friday!
May 25, 2018 • 17 min
Let’s get SaaSy. It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!!, and we’re finishing up our two-part series on the metrics that matter most to your SaaS business. If you haven’t listened to Part I, make sure you do (we’ll just wait right here). In that episode, we identified…
MBA1011 8 Essential Metrics Every SaaS Should Track P1
May 24, 2018 • 15 min
Metrics matter. But which numbers should you really keep your eye on? If you’re running a SaaS (Software as a Service) business, you’ve got plenty of numbers to choose from. You can study analytics on everything from conversions to daily active users to…
MBA1010 Q&A Wednesday: How can I save money with my payment processor?
May 23, 2018 • 16 min
Payment processing fees are part of the cost of doing business. But does the cost have to be so high? Nope. It doesn’t. Depending on your business, you may be able to finagle more preferable transaction charges, lowering the percentage of revenue you lose…
MBA1009 5 Things You Need To Know About GDPR
May 22, 2018 • 16 min
GDPR: if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will. It takes effect in a matter of days, and it’s likely to affect almost every business with an online presence. GDPR is Europe’s reaction to the threat of privacy breaches that have lately made headlines,…
MBA1008 Must Read: The Everything Store by Brad Stone
May 21, 2018 • 17 min
Ever read a book that changes your whole outlook? That’s the case with our latest Must Read Book Review, this time the true story of the world’s richest man and his landscape-changing company. The Everything Store by Brad Stone tells that tale of Amazon.…
MBA1007 How to Adapt Spotify’s Business Model + Free Ride Friday!
May 18, 2018 • 12 min
Give. Hook. Upsell. Repeat. The Spotify business model is genius. It’s also increasingly common practice, one currently adopted by businesses big and small. Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and many more take the same approach: provide an incredible free…
MBA1006 5 Common Mistakes When Starting Your First Business
May 17, 2018 • 18 min
You’re starting your first business. Are you nervous? Don’t be! Even though it’s your first time, you’ve got the advantage of our experience, right here on this podcast. There are so many things we wish we knew when we first got started. Today, we share 5…
MBA1005 Q&A Wednesday: How do I close my business for good without upsetting my customers?
May 16, 2018 • 13 min
Goodbyes are tough. When you’re closing your doors, how should you address it with your customers? That’s what one listener asked us for this week’s Q&A Wednesday. There are perfectly good reasons to close a business, from a lack of profitability to plain…
MBA1004 How to Run a Successful Cross Promotion
May 15, 2018 • 18 min
They say two heads are better than one. How about two marketing campaigns? Cross-promotion is a smart, simple way to instantly double your exposure, and it costs you almost nothing. All you need is a partner with a complementary product, and you can…
MBA1003 Guest Teacher: Timothy Armoo- How to Leverage Snapchat to Tap into a Young Demographic
May 14, 2018 • 17 min
If you want to reach the young, you need to speak Snap. Snapchat owns the under-30 market, with more teenage users than Facebook — despite Snapchat being a fraction of the size. As it grows, the temporary image and video-based platform will only extend…
MBA1002 Removing Friction From Your Business + Free Ride Friday!
May 11, 2018 • 16 min
Friction (noun): that which slows us down. We all want our businesses to run smoothly. Today, we’ve got some tips on how to identify and eliminate sources of friction, those areas of inefficiency where goals are held up. Friction can come from many places…
MBA1001 How to Find Great Talent Via Your Staff
May 10, 2018 • 14 min
Good help is hard to find. But it’s easier when you’ve got staff who care about your business. Whenever it’s possible, finding new hires via your old ones isn’t just cost-effective. It’s ideal! While anyone can comb through resumes and find appropriate…
MBA1000 Q&A Wednesday: How Do You Work & Live With Your Significant Other?
May 9, 2018 • 12 min
It’s been a long road, but here we are: 1,000 episodes! Don’t worry — we won’t spend too much time celebrating, because we’ve got business to discuss. Specifically, many of our listeners want to know how our co-founders, Omar and Nicole, balance their…
MBA999 5 Email Promotion Tips To Increase Sales
May 8, 2018 • 13 min
Email, email, email. We never miss an opportunity to point out that email is king when it comes to online marketing and sales. Because the recipient has to opt in to receive it, and because every email requires some action to resolve (even if it’s just to…
MBA998 Must Read: Damn Good Advice by George Lois
May 7, 2018 • 12 min
In business, good advice is worth its weight in gold. For this week’s Must-Read Book Review, we go one better: Damn Good Advice (for people with talent) is a treasure trove of insights, witty observations, and hard-earned truths from George Lois,…
MBA997 Advanced Email List Building P2 + Free Ride Friday!
May 4, 2018 • 15 min
Build the list that’ll build your business! Yesterday, we started our 2-part series on email list-building with a talk on website optimization and opt-ins. Make sure you’ve listened to that one, so you have a firm foundation for today’s in-depth lesson on…
MBA996 Advanced Email List Building P1
May 3, 2018 • 16 min
In online business, email is everything. That’s no overstatement. Email remains the single most important tool you can use to turn website visitors into customers. Collecting addresses, starting the conversation, and nurturing your leads requires…
MBA995 Q&A Wednesday: How much should I spend on my logo?
May 2, 2018 • 10 min
Every business needs a logo. A smart, eye-catching symbol that encapsulates your brand and mission can do wonders for your reach. It can generate interest, create associations, and bring your company to mind when potential customers are looking for…
MBA994 5 Ways to Work Less
May 1, 2018 • 16 min
Don’t work too much! That might sound like odd advice from a podcast about building your independent business, but it’s crucial. Burnout kills businesses, and ruins health. Work is like anything else: quality always trumps quantity. By increasing the…
MBA993 Special Guest Lesson: Exactly How To Start An Online Store with Katie Swett
Apr 30, 2018 • 26 min
Selling physical goods online? Setting up your ecommerce store is easier than ever, given the tools available. But whichever service you choose, it’s important to know the basics of creating an online store that’s optimized for sales. Today, we’re trying…
MBA992 Growth You Should Aim for in Year 1 + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 27, 2018 • 14 min
Is your business growing fast enough? If you’re just getting started, that’s a question you might be asking. The answer, though, isn’t as simple as being big enough, soon enough. The right pace of growth isn’t necessarily the fastest pace. In fact,…
MBA991 Guest Teacher: Carrie Olsen- How to get better results with your sales page using 3 principles from acting
Apr 26, 2018 • 14 min
What can artistic performance teach us about sales performance? Quit a lot, we think. And so does our next special guest teacher, Carrie Olsen. Carrie is a veteran voice actor, having provided narration for companies ranging from Tiffany’s to Taco Bell.…
MBA990 Guest Teacher: Dan Martell- How To Build a Scalable Systems Playbook
Apr 25, 2018 • 18 min
As your business grows, organization becomes more and more crucial. At some point, the systems you establish will be the difference between getting things done, and scrambling to keep up. That’s why it’s so important to establish procedures, protocols,…
MBA989 How to Get Ready For Some Time Off
Apr 24, 2018 • 15 min
We all need a break. But how do you make sure your break doesn’t hurt your business? Burnout is a real and dangerous thing. It’s not only bad for your health and well-being, it’s devastating to your business. Only the best you — the healthiest,…
MBA988 Must Read: SEO 2018 (No-BS) Strategy by Casey Henry
Apr 23, 2018 • 13 min
Need to update your SEO strategy quickly? We’ve got the most efficient, to-the-point 2018 SEO guide available. It’s not a best-seller from a renowned author. It’s just something we stumbled on while looking for useful new SEO resources. SEO 2018 (No…
MBA987 5 Ways to Increase Your Email Open & Click Rates + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 20, 2018 • 16 min
Email is still king. Even in today’s world of viral social media, email remains the most effective, important tool for online marketing and sales. As they say, “The money’s in the [contact] list.” So how can you maximize the impact of your emails? You’ve…
MBA986 4 Ways to Improve Your Customer Service Today
Apr 19, 2018 • 15 min
It’s easier (and less costly) to keep your current customers than to earn new ones. When you think of the importance of customer service, always remember that equation. Too many entrepreneurs put too many resources into product development, marketing, and…
MBA985 Q&A Wednesday: What would you do differently if you started your software company all over again?
Apr 18, 2018 • 15 min
Hindsight is a beautiful thing. What would we do differently? We’ve learned so much over the course of building and running our SaaS business, WebinarNinja. Of course, like many entrepreneurs, we wish we knew then what we know now! For this week’s Q&A…
MBA984 How to Have More Patience with Your Business
Apr 17, 2018 • 15 min
In life, patience is a virtue. In business, it’s a necessity. We all want success as quickly as possible — especially those of us who take the risk of striking out on our own as entrepreneurs. We want to reach our goals yesterday, and have the life we…
MBA983 Guest Teacher: Joey Coleman- How to Counter Buyer’s Remorse
Apr 16, 2018 • 19 min
Keep. Your. Customers. As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time and resources on customer acquisition. We pour effort into getting more and more new customers, because that’s how we grow our business. But in doing so, we cannot neglect the customers we…
MBA982 How To Empower Your Team To Manage Themselves + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 13, 2018 • 16 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! Today, we discuss the most important thing an entrepreneur can do to reduce stress, increase efficiency, and genuinely enjoy your business: trust your team. When it’s your business, the temptation to micromanage is strong. But too…
MBA981 Fighting Depression in Entrepreneurship
Apr 12, 2018 • 19 min
No one said this would be easy. Business is tough. Entrepreneurship can be even tougher. We think it’s healthy, productive, and good for your business for you to acknowledge this struggle. If we can’t face the valleys, we won’t reach the peaks! That’s why…
MBA980 Q&A Wednesday: How do I know my business idea is a good one?
Apr 11, 2018 • 13 min
Ideas: we all have them. Some of them are even good. But is your idea good enough to sustain a business? You don’t have to guess. If you have an idea for a great product or service, you can find out — in the real world — whether it can actually sell. You…
MBA979 How I Prepare for a Public Speech
Apr 10, 2018 • 19 min
Public speaking is many people’s biggest fear. But for entrepreneurs, it can be one of the most powerful business-building tools. As intimidating as it can be, getting up in front of people and explaining yourself does wonders for your marketing, sales,…
MBA978 Must Read: Exactly What To Say by Phil M Jones
Apr 9, 2018 • 16 min
Nervous about sales? There’s a Must-Read Book Review for that. Exactly What to Say by Phil M Jones is exactly what the title promises: a collection of phrases that will help you make sales. These key phrases encompass sales strategies that work for every…
MBA977 How to Build a Business On The Side P2 + Free Ride Friday!
Apr 6, 2018 • 24 min
Ready to make your side gig your full-time career? Yesterday, we laid out the first phases of our detailed action plan for building your own business on the side while maintaining your regular 9-to-5 job. Today, we continue that lesson with the final…
MBA976 How to Build a Business On The Side P1
Apr 5, 2018 • 22 min
You want to build your own business, but you already have a job. And you don’t want to lose it (just yet). You’re not the only one. Building your business on the side while maintaining your primary income isn’t just common, it’s smart! So how can you…
MBA975 Q&A Wednesday: What sales guides or resources do you recommend for non-sales people?
Apr 4, 2018 • 11 min
It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re here to help! Today, we address a question from a listener with a very common issue: they’re not exactly an expert in sales. For new entrepreneurs, salesmanship is often the first stumbling block. Per our listener’s request,…
MBA 974 How to Make Big Decisions in Your Business
Apr 3, 2018 • 13 min
Decisions, decisions. Entrepreneurship means having more control — and more responsibility — than your average person. Sometimes, the sheer importance of the decisions you have to make can be overwhelming. All too often, the anxiety and pressure that…
MBA973 Guest Teacher: Jordan Harbinger – How to Build Relationships for a Rainy Day
Apr 2, 2018 • 16 min
We’ve said it before, and it remains true: the relationships you build are the greatest asset you’ll ever have in business. Through ups and downs, from one business to another, your relationships are the one constant resource you can rely on — but only if…
MBA972 When to Raise Prices + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 30, 2018 • 14 min
Times change, and so do prices. If your business is growing, you’ll eventually have to raise rates for your products or services. Even if it’s just to keep pace with inflation or the cost of living, your prices just can’t stay flat forever. Of course,…
MBA971 How To Improve the Quality of Your Email List
Mar 29, 2018 • 17 min
Sit down for this one: your email list might be too big. When it comes to email contacts, quality beats quantity every time. Besides that, excessive quantity can actually hurt your bottom line. Making sure you have a “lean list” is crucial to getting a…
MBA970 Q&A Wednesday: Should I hire a family member?
Mar 28, 2018 • 12 min
Family is family, but business is business. Should the two mix? Many entrepreneurs have to ask themselves this very question. What’s the risk/reward balance of hiring and managing the people closest to you? For some businesses, it can work beautifully.…
MBA969 Is Buying a Physical Business a Good Idea?
Mar 27, 2018 • 15 min
We all know online business is fertile ground. But is there still room for entrepreneurs to thrive in the physical world? If you’re considering taking on a good ol’ fashioned brick & mortar business, you already know that it comes with risks and…
MBA968 Must Read: The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
Mar 26, 2018 • 15 min
Marketing not your forte? Well, have we got a book for you! Despite the title, Allan Dib’s The 1-Page Marketing Plan is an entire book, and it’s made our list of entrepreneurial Must Reads for very good reasons. This book offers a strategic, intentional,…
MBA967 4 Sales Page Hacks To Increase Conversions + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 23, 2018 • 12 min
We all love traffic on our websites. But what are we doing with it? If you’re not converting, your visitors may as well not visit! To make your site effective, you’ve got to keep the endgame in mind: sales. By creating and engaging new contacts, you move…
MBA966 How to Choose The Perfect Launch Partners
Mar 22, 2018 • 13 min
Why launch alone? When you’ve got a new business, product, or even just a new feature, teaming up with another company might be the best way to spread the word. By sharing your news with a bigger audience than your own, you can maximize the impact of your…
MBA965 Q&A Wednesday: I am not in love with my customers. Am I in the wrong business?
Mar 21, 2018 • 13 min
What’s love got to do with it? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and that’s what one listener is wondering. Can you run a business if you don’t exactly adore your customers? Does serving your customers require…y’know, liking them? We all have a few customers we…
MBA964 How to Choose The Best Domain Name For Your Business
Mar 20, 2018 • 14 min
What’s in a name? Everything. Choosing the right domain name can have huge implications for your branding, marketing, and SEO. Your web address matters! For customers to be able to find you, you’ve got to make it easy, and that starts with the right…
MBA963 Guest Teacher: Dr. Christopher Croner- Never Hire a Bad Salesperson Again
Mar 19, 2018 • 14 min
Ready to sell? You don’t want just anyone pushing your product. You want the best. You want people with innate selling skills, including the kind of drive and self-motivation that can’t be taught. You want a hunter. Dr. Christopher Croner knows…
MBA962 Low Priced vs. High Priced Products + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 16, 2018 • 16 min
Go high, or go low? When it comes to the price of your product, the decision you make will dictate your approach to everything from marketing to sales to customer service. While both the high-end and the affordable markets have their ups and downs, each…
MBA961 Why You Are Not Getting Enough Press
Mar 15, 2018 • 13 min
For entrepreneurs, attention-seeking behavior isn’t a bad thing. To widen our reach and attract our audience, we all need press. Everything from brand awareness to SEO is dependent on being mentioned (in a positive light) by industry websites, popular…
MBA960 Q&A Wednesday: When is the best time of year to run a conference or event?
Mar 14, 2018 • 13 min
Conferences and other real-world events can be a huge boost for your business. Scheduling such events for maximum attendance takes strategy, planning, and wisdom — exactly the kind we offer on today’s episode. The right time of year makes all the…
MBA959 How to Reduce Meetings in Your Business
Mar 13, 2018 • 14 min
Let’s just say it: no one likes meetings. No one has ever liked meetings. Meetings are things you get through, and if you play your cards right, have as few of as possible. Yes, they’re necessary to get people on the same page sometimes, but there’s a…
MBA958 Read: How to Stop Worrying & Start Living By Dale Carnegie
Mar 12, 2018 • 14 min
Worry: it’s an entrepreneur’s constant companion. But does it have to be? Today, we review another Must-Read business book, an all-time classic from an author whose legacy transcends time and technology. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale…
MBA957 How To Spend Less on Travel + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 9, 2018 • 16 min
Travel: it’s one of the best parts of being an entrepreneur. Whether it’s traveling for business or pleasure, entrepreneurs get to do more of it. But as we all know, it can get pretty, pretty pricey. Today, we discuss strategies for saving on everything…
MBA956 How to Turn Monthly Subscriptions into Annual Subscriptions
Mar 8, 2018 • 11 min
Running a monthly subscription service is a wonderful way to achieve predictable, reliable revenue. Even more reliable is a yearly subscription, which allows you to spend fewer resources on retention and pass the savings on to customers. But how can you…
MBA955 Q&A Wednesday: How did you know it was time to quit your job?
Mar 7, 2018 • 14 min
Entrepreneurship: how long should you look before you leap? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a great question for everyone on the verge of leaving their day job behind: how do you know when it’s time? Our host Omar was an educator for many years before…
MBA954 How to Create an Effective Morning Routine
Mar 6, 2018 • 15 min
Rise and shine, entrepreneurs! The first few hours of your day are the most important for your overall productivity. A consistent, intentional morning routine is the best thing you can do to reach your short and long term goals. You don’t have to be an…
MBA953 Guest Teacher: Rob Rawson- How to Manage and Scale a Remote Team to Over 60 People
Mar 5, 2018 • 18 min
Remote employment isn’t just the future; it’s the present. All over the globe, more and more work is getting done by people who never meet their employers. Naturally, with remote work’s undeniable advantages come some challenges. Rob Rawson is a remote…
MBA952 Your Most Important Asset in Business + Free Ride Friday!
Mar 2, 2018 • 15 min
What assets matter most? In business, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Your talent. Your expertise. Your inventory. But there’s one overarching asset that binds the rest together, and gives each their value. There’s one asset that can follow you from…
MBA951 Should You Sell Premium Support?
Mar 1, 2018 • 14 min
There’s something else you could be selling. More and more companies offer premium support packages as add-ons to their product. With tech-savviness varying wildly from person to person, some of your customers might need more help than others, especially…
MBA950 Q&A Wednesday: Should I get a business loan to grow faster?
Feb 28, 2018 • 11 min
Sometimes, you should just say no — to money. Today on the $100 MBA Show, we help one listener with a question many entrepreneurs face: whether or not to seek a business loan. A big pile of money can be a very tempting thing, especially if it can take…
MBA949 4 Untapped Traffic Strategies
Feb 27, 2018 • 13 min
Let’s click “Refresh” on our traffic approach! While the tried-and-true standards of great content, SEO, and standard promotion still work, entrepreneurs always need an edge. Today, we discuss 4 underutilized, creative traffic-boosters that scrappy…
MBA948 Guest Teacher: Chris Ducker – 5 Ways to Monetize Your Personal Brand
Feb 26, 2018 • 13 min
You have a forté. You want a business. This is how you turn one into the other. Chris Ducker is serial entrepreneur, having been in the business of monetizing skills and expertise for years. He’s the acclaimed author of Virtual Freedom and Rise of the…
MBA947 3 Stories You Should Know By Heart + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 23, 2018 • 14 min
What do you do? For the conventionally employed, that’s a pretty simple question. But for entrepreneurs, the question isn’t just complicated — it’s an opportunity. Whether you’re networking with other business people, establishing your credibility with…
MBA946 How To Have a Productive Home Office
Feb 22, 2018 • 15 min
Working from home: it can be the greatest. No commute, no cubicles, no dress code! But if your home office isn’t conducive to work, it can backfire. We’ve tried everything from private offices to shared coworking spaces, but in the end, we settled on the…
MBA945 Q&A Wednesday: I’m launching a podcast. Any advice?
Feb 21, 2018 • 14 min
Thinking about starting a podcast? You’re not the only one. To stand out, you’ll need to know what you’re getting into. Fortunately, we have *some* experience in the podcast game. 4 years and 945 episodes in, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works…
MBA944 How to Shoot a Sales Video without a Camera
Feb 20, 2018 • 16 min
Lights, camera, action! Great sales videos are a must for your business website. But many of us are intimidated by the thought of producing one. We think it requires a lot of specialized A/V equipment, including a camera (besides the one in our…
MBA943 Guest Teacher: Russ Stoddard – How to Build a Purpose-Driven Company
Feb 19, 2018 • 22 min
Do well, by doing good. For most businesses, the endgame is profit. But in recent years, a new model has risen up, one focused on the bigger picture. If your motivation for building a business goes beyond dollar signs, if you have an entrepreneurial…
MBA942 The Biggest Lie in Business + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 16, 2018 • 15 min
Someone is lying to you. Actually, several someones are. They all have one thing in common. They promise something that doesn’t exist. They tempt you with a fantasy whose sole purpose is to empty your wallet. They show you photos of laptops on beaches and…
MBA941 Your 3-Step Sales Process
Feb 15, 2018 • 15 min
Selling is a skill. The good news? It’s easy to learn. Too many folks think that sales are the result of great ideas or “perfect” products. Meanwhile, salesmanship is under-studied. We’re not talking about some slick process of manipulation. Selling your…
MBA940 Q&A Wednesday: I’m an Online Business. Do I Need Business Cards?
Feb 14, 2018 • 13 min
It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping a listener with a very good, very 21st-century business question: do online businesses need business cards? It’s easy to see why some would question whether paper business cards are still relevant in a digital…
MBA939 How to Deal With Evil Customers
Feb 13, 2018 • 15 min
No, they’re not always right. Some customers are wrong. Some customers do not have valid complaints, or problems that your business can solve. Some customers do not seek solutions, but aim to cause problems. Some customers have issues that have nothing to…
MBA938 Must Read: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Feb 12, 2018 • 18 min
Bruce Springsteen knows music, but he also knows business. From his extremely modest upbringing to the top of the charts, the legendary rocker is a model of financial discipline, business sense, and plain old savvy. While other artists were blowing money…
MBA937 3 Business Rules You Should Never Break + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 9, 2018 • 17 min
Someone once said that rules were made to be broken. They were wrong. At least they were wrong about these rules. Today, we discuss 3 immutable, no-exceptions, absolutely unbreakable rules of business. No matter the business type or size, these 3…
MBA936 Top 5 Cities For Digital Nomads
Feb 8, 2018 • 16 min
Location independence is a beautiful thing. If you work online, you’re free to live where you want, when you want. That leaves you with literally a world of choices. That’s a good problem to have — but it’s still a problem! What should you look for in an…
MBA935 Q&A Wednesday: I had a lot of firings recently. Am I a horrible boss?
Feb 7, 2018 • 14 min
It’s not you, it’s me. Or is it? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a tough question from a listener about an uncomfortable subject: firing. Almost every successful business has to let people go at one time or another. But after a few too many firings, is…
MBA934 How to Start Saying NO. Practical Strategies
Feb 6, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes, you just have to say no. While entrepreneurs are driven to be positive, affirmative, and happy to take on a challenge, limits are our friends! And while fostering good relationships means helping people when you can, overextending yourself can…
MBA933 Guest Teacher: Stefan Pretty – Stop Losing Customers! How to Reduce Churn
Feb 5, 2018 • 17 min
As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to get customers. But are we doing enough to keep the ones we have? Today on The $100 MBA Show, we’re talking churn: the rate at which your business loses customers over time. To help understand…
MBA932 Creating & Selling a Mobile App P2 + Free Ride Friday!
Feb 2, 2018 • 14 min
Have a great idea for a mobile app? We’ve got your back! Today is Part II of our series on developing and selling your mobile app, from start to finish. Yesterday, we discussed how to design and build your app, with a focus on user experience and customer…
MBA931 Creating & Selling a Mobile App P1
Feb 1, 2018 • 17 min
What’s an idea worth? Without execution, nothing! That’s why we’re devoting two episodes this week to executing something that plenty of folks have ideas about, but aren’t sure how to carry out: mobile apps. If you have a great idea for a mobile app,…
MBA930 Q&A Wednesday: I don’t get the whole customer avatar thing. Do I just make one up?
Jan 31, 2018 • 12 min
It’s marketing 101: the “customer avatar,” also known as the “buyer persona.” In theory, every business keeps an imaginary customer in mind when crafting…well, everything. From the product itself to the marketing content, everything is designed with the…
MBA929 Off Social Media For 4 Months. The Results So Far.
Jan 30, 2018 • 15 min
What is social media costing you? What is it gaining you? The answers to these questions — and finding the right balance between them — could mean as much to your business as it does to your personal life and well-being. Our host Omar decided to find out…
MBA928 Must Read: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Heart
Jan 29, 2018 • 13 min
What can you learn from someone who made millions out of nothing? No capital, no connections, and no fantastic product idea? That’s the story of popular comedian Kevin Hart. His autobiography I Can’t Make This Up is the subject of this week’s Must-Read…
MBA927 Does Free Content Still Work? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 26, 2018 • 12 min
Not all content is created equal. There was a time when a simple weekly 500-word blog post, stuffed to the brim with keywords, was all you needed to get the attention of consumers. Not any more. Today’s content market is bigger, more sophisticated, and…
MBA926 Why You Don’t Need to Love Everything About Your Business
Jan 25, 2018 • 12 min
Some days, you just don’t feel like it. That’s ok! One myth of entrepreneurship is that you should love every second of running your business. A fantasy of doing what you love and “never working a day” pervades the laptop-on-a-beach culture of easy…
MBA925 Q&A Wednesday: How do I prevent someone from stealing my idea?
Jan 24, 2018 • 13 min
You’ve got a great business idea, but you’re keeping it to yourself. If you let your million-dollar cat out of the bag too soon, surely someone will come along and beat you to market with it, right? Not exactly. Today, we address a frequently asked…
MBA924 How to Create a Successful Version 1 of a Product
Jan 23, 2018 • 17 min
Get ready for launch! Sometimes, entrepreneurs struggle to get their product market-ready in time. It’s no secret that we believe strongly in the principle of launching the MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, as soon as possible. So while we never recommend…
MBA923 Guest Teacher: Sean D’Souza- 3 Ways to Write Intensely Curious Headlines
Jan 22, 2018 • 18 min
What makes you click? Whether it’s a blog, email, or sales page, you’ve got about 2 seconds to convince your potential customer to read what you have to say. That’s why your headline may be the most important few words in any piece of content. Sean…
MBA922 Creating An Effective Pre-Launch Page + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 19, 2018 • 15 min
You’ve got the product. Great! Now how will you get people excited about it? Too many entrepreneurs leave out a key marketing tool, one that’s easy to create and use. Its value is underestimated, but its impact can be profound. Today, we discuss exactly…
MBA921 Why Hard Work Is Not Enough
Jan 18, 2018 • 15 min
Hard work pays off, or so we’re told. But on today’s podcast, we’re discussing something that isn’t easy to say, or hear: Hard work by itself just won’t cut it. Lots of people work hard, really hard, and don’t see success. Your work ethic is immensely…
MBA920 Q&A Wednesday: How many people is too many for a group coaching program?
Jan 17, 2018 • 12 min
Online group coaching is one of the best ways to monetize your expertise in a given field. Whether it’s fitness, life coaching, or professional skills, this business model is most coaches’ best opportunity at building a client base. But how many clients…
MBA919 Lessons Learned From Apple’s Airpods
Jan 16, 2018 • 15 min
Great businesses can teach great lessons. The same goes for great products — and Apple’s AirPods are beyond great, both as a product and a study in product rollout. No, this is not sponsored content. In fact, we discuss how Apple didn’t exactly release…
MBA918 Must Read: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
Jan 15, 2018 • 17 min
Do you still quote Seinfeld or The Simpsons? Do you still listen to U2 or Mozart? Ever read Shakespeare? Art is a product, and like any product, the truest measure of its success is longevity. On today’s podcast, we review a Must-Read book about the art…
MBA917 How Much Does It Cost To Sponsor a Major Conference? + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 12, 2018 • 18 min
Is it worth it? That’s the first question you should ask yourself about any marketing expense, especially a significant one like sponsoring a major conference. Between the cost of the actual sponsorship, and the associated costs like travel and materials,…
MBA916 What You Can Learn From a 30 Year Business Run Buy One Man
Jan 11, 2018 • 15 min
What is success? On a recent trip, we ran into someone whose business accomplishments inspired us to devote an entire podcast episode to him — not just because he’d “made it” in business, but because of how he’d made it, and how he’d defined “making it”…
MBA915 Q&A Wednesday: I have a course idea. How do I find a way to make it more interesting?
Jan 10, 2018 • 15 min
It’s Q&A Wednesday, and class is in session! Not just our class, but yours! This week, one $100 MBA member wants to know how best to improve his online course. Specifically, how can a course be made more interesting? Fortunately, our host Omar knows a…
MBA914 Does Giving Out Free Swag Work?
Jan 9, 2018 • 17 min
Startups and swag go together like peanut butter and chocolate. But do all the T-shirts, water bottles, stickers, and USB drives work? Does the money spent on giveaways come back in the form of conversions? The coolest swag in the world doesn’t help your…
MBA913 Guest Teacher: Brian Dean- How to Optimize Your YouTube Videos for Higher Rankings (and More Views)
Jan 8, 2018 • 21 min
YouTube has been called “the world’s 2nd biggest search engine” behind Google. While so many entrepreneurs are striving to climb the Google rankings, are we leaving potential customers on the table by ignoring YouTube? Our first guest teacher of 2018…
MBA912 What I Learned From My Biggest Challenges in 2017 + Free Ride Friday!
Jan 5, 2018 • 17 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! For the first time in 2018, we’re giving away a special gift to one lucky listener. We’re also looking back at 2017, and discussing the lessons learned from the most intense business challenges we had to face. And boy, did we ever…
MBA911 How To Keep Business Simple
Jan 4, 2018 • 13 min
Today, we’ll teach you how to KISS. No, we’re not celebrating Valentine’s early. We’re showing listeners how to do the most important thing a lean, growth-focused independent business can do: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Of course, we don’t think anyone smart…
MBA910 Q&A Wednesday: What do you do when you run out of cash?
Jan 3, 2018 • 12 min
It’s our first Q&A Wednesday of the year, and we’re kicking 2018 off with a tough one! It’s uncomfortable to think about, but what should an entrepreneur do when resources dry up? The accounts are low, spending is outpacing revenue, and it looks like all…
MBA909 How To Make Sure You’re Doing What Works
Jan 2, 2018 • 16 min
Is this working? If you’re not asking that question about every aspect of your marketing, sales, and finance strategies, you’re leaving money on the table. It’s vital to know when your efforts produce fruit, and when you’re wasting your time. Knowing how…
MBA908 Must-Read: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Jan 1, 2018 • 15 min
Happy New Year! It’s 2018, and we’re back with our DAILY podcast! We’ll be bringing you 5 practical business lessons every week, including our popular Q&A, guest teacher, Free Ride Friday giveaway, and Must-Read book review episodes. Steve Martin might…
MBA907 Do Bonuses Increase Sales?
Dec 25, 2017 • 20 min
‘Tis the season — let’s talk giving! Offering free bonuses is a common sales-boosting strategy, used by everyone from the smallest mom-and-pops to the biggest corporations. But do these giveaways work? If you’re starting or running your own business, it’s…
MBA906 5 Things I Learned From 5 People in 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 22 min
It’s that time of year! No, not that. Even better: it’s time to reveal this year’s 5 lessons from 5 of the greatest business teachers around! Every year, we choose 5 entrepreneurs whose unique approaches, strategies, and styles inspired us, educated us,…
MBA 905 Solopreneur vs. Entrepreneur
Dec 11, 2017 • 30 min
There’s more than one way to start your own business. When plotting out your entrepreneurial path, it’s important to establish something early on: what kind of independent business person you are. Would you make a better entrepreneur, or solopreneur?…
MBA904 5 Businesses You Can Start Today
Dec 4, 2017 • 26 min
So you want to start your own business. What’s taking so long? Here at the $100 MBA, we battle a myth. We battle it day in and day out, because it’s the one thing holding more entrepreneurs back than anything else: the belief that you need huge amounts of…
MBA903 Not Selling During Holidays?
Nov 27, 2017 • 17 min
Every business is different. So why assume that what works for some businesses will work for yours? It’s pretty standard practice in most industries to ramp up sales for the holidays. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — to generate…
MBA902 Better to Hire Early or Late?
Nov 20, 2017 • 20 min
Is it time to hire? As your business grows, this can be a tough question. As entrepreneurs, we all want to be proactive. Why wait ‘till tomorrow when you can do it today? But when it comes to personnel, it’s not quite so simple. Growing your business is…
MBA901 Why I Quit Social Media
Nov 13, 2017 • 18 min
Are you addicted to social media? More importantly, is social media having a negative impact on your business? There’s lots to love about Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest. For business owners, social media is an undoubtedly useful tool for outreach and…
MBA900 How Much Money Do You Need?
Nov 6, 2017 • 25 min
What do you want? It’s the most basic of questions, underlying the motivations behind everything we do in life and business. What’s it all for? Why are we striving to make our businesses successful? What’s the point of profit? For all of us, the money…
MBA899 Must Read: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Oct 30, 2017 • 23 min
What to say about Steve Jobs? He’s the first person that comes to mind when you think of the word “entrepreneur.” He changed the world we all live in, by virtue of his commitment to a business vision. Much has been written about, by, and for him. What can…
MBA898 The Top 5 Tasks to Outsource
Oct 23, 2017 • 23 min
What’s the best return on investment? What’s the most valuable thing an entrepreneur can gain from any expense? Time. Time is the greatest ROI. Some say time is money, but money pales in comparison to the value of time, the one resource you can never…
MBA897 Turn Your Ecommerce Store into a SaaS
Oct 16, 2017 • 26 min
For a predictable revenue stream, nothing beats the subscription model. Customers sign up to pay a fixed rate, monthly or annually. The business owner gets to map their budget and growth goals with greater confidence and stability. Everyone wins. But…
MBA896 Should You Buy a Business Instead of Starting One?
Oct 9, 2017 • 20 min
Most people think that being an entrepreneur means starting a business. But there’s another option, an alternative path to independent success: buying a business! We don’t often think of this option, but with some capital and a smart purchase plan, it can…
MBA895 Guest Teacher: Dorie Clark – Practical Steps to Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship
Oct 2, 2017 • 29 min
So you want to be an entrepreneur. Honestly, who doesn’t? Who hasn’t occasionally dreamed of that freedom and self-determination? Who isn’t intrigued by the thought of making their own living on their own terms? Of course, dreaming is one thing. Doing is…
MBA894 Are You a Terrible Boss?
Sep 25, 2017 • 22 min
Worst. Boss. Ever. We’ve all had a terrible boss. As entrepreneurs, we never have to have one again. But as our independent business grows, how can we avoid becoming one? That’s the topic of this week’s deep-dive lesson, and it’s one worth exploring. Do…
MBA893 Do You Need a Product Road Map?
Sep 18, 2017 • 22 min
The product is never perfect. Smart entrepreneurs realize that in order for a business to grow, the product has to grow with it. But what if you could direct (or at least guide) the evolution of your product? What if you could time that evolution, and set…
MBA892 How To Master The 3 Branches of Your Business
Sep 11, 2017 • 23 min
A successful business has many components, but all of them fall into one of 3 main categories. These 3 branches of business are the basic aspects of commerce. They are the pillars that hold up any company, big or small. And like any tripod, without each…
MBA891 Guest Teacher: Dale Beaumont- How to Use Marketing Partnerships to Scale Fast
Sep 4, 2017 • 27 min
No man is an island, or so they say. By the same logic, no entrepreneur succeeds entirely on their own. Independent business doesn’t mean going it alone or taking a solitary approach. It just means you get to choose the terms upon which you partner with…
MBA890 Must Read: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Aug 28, 2017 • 23 min
Independent business is never easy. If it was, everyone would do it! Because we choose the path less traveled, we entrepreneurs need to reckon with challenges and obstacles that the conventionally employed never face. At first, that might seem like a…
MBA889 How to Grow Your Business With Webinars
Aug 21, 2017 • 23 min
At The $100 MBA, we’ve always believed in the philosophy of ABM: Always Be Marketing. Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes more than a great product and a can-do attitude. While starting a business takes some work, it’s maintaining and growing a business…
MBA888 Guest Teacher Troy Stites- Three Strategies to Automate Your Business Growth
Aug 14, 2017 • 21 min
What’s your website doing right now? If it’s not growing your business for you, it’s not doing its job! Optimizing your website to promote growth is key to your survival in businesses. It’s also the whole point of having one! Too many entrepreneurs put…
MBA887 The Working While Traveling Experiment P8: Would I Work While Traveling Again? My Take-Aways From This Experiment
Aug 7, 2017 • 31 min
All good things must come to an end. Our incredible 8 week trip around the world is no exception. But with every ending comes a new beginning— and the end of this journey signals the start of something BIG for ourselves and our listeners! We’re in the…
MBA886 The Working While Traveling Experiment P7: How to Stay Focused in a Busy Time
Jul 31, 2017 • 24 min
So much to see and do, so little time. We’re on week 7 of our map-hopping adventure, finding out just what it takes to build a business while seeing the world. If you’ve ever dreamed of working independently and remotely, this is the series for you! We’re…
MBA885 The Working While Traveling Experiment P6: What Makes a Business a Great Global Business?
Jul 24, 2017 • 26 min
Go global! We’ve hit the road to learn how seeing the world while growing a business can work. But traveling isn’t the only upside to doing business in a web-connected world. Our ability to market to the whole planet— not just our corner of it— is what…
MBA884 The Working While Traveling Experiment P5: My Working While Traveling Challenges
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
Ah, Venice. We’re floating through the canal-strewn dreamscape of Northern Italy, soaking in the culture and beauty of this bucket-list destination. But it’s not all gondolas and gelato; we’re running an independent business— and we’re here to find out…
MBA883 The Working While Traveling Experiment P4: Learning From Businesses Abroad
Jul 10, 2017 • 28 min
What can the best Italian meal of your life teach you about running a business? How can the warmth of a Sicilian barista inform your customer service philosophy? How much can you grow as an entrepreneur by consciously, thoughtfully enjoying the world…
MBA882 The Working While Traveling Experiment P3: Applying Your Travel Experiences to Your Business
Jul 3, 2017 • 29 min
Fasten your seatbelts, and return your seats and tray tables to the upright position! We’re crossing the globe to find out if it’s really possible to build a business while seeing the world. If location independence is on your list of entrepreneurial…
MBA881 The Working While Traveling Experiment P2: Making Time to Work & Play
Jun 26, 2017 • 23 min
Can it be done? We’re continuing our great experiment with the ultimate entrepreneurial dream: working while seeing the world. We’re building towards one of the biggest project launches of our lives (the release of our webinar software, WebinarNinja 5.0),…
MBA880 The Working While Traveling Experiment P1: Preparing for Travel
Jun 19, 2017 • 21 min
Travel while working. Make money while seeing the world. Grab your laptop and hit the beach. We’ve all been tempted by The Dream. But is truly mobile entrepreneurship possible? Can you run— and grow — a business from the road? Here at The $100 MBA, we’re…
MBA879 Missed Deadlines. What do you do?
Jun 12, 2017 • 21 min
So you’ve missed a deadline. Whether you missed it yourself, someone on your team missed it, or your whole team collectively missed it, missed it is. Spoiler alert: this is going to happen. It shouldn’t happen regularly, but when it does, it’s important…
MBA878 Do You Need an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)?
Jun 5, 2017 • 21 min
There’s a new obsession in entrepreneurial circles, and it’s time we looked at it with a critical eye. Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) seem to be all the rage, as independent business people look to protect their new ideas with the legal equivalent of the…
MBA877 Stop Talking About Your Business That Way
May 29, 2017 • 20 min
Few people love their work the way entrepreneurs do. So why do we have trouble discussing it? Most of us can pitch, but how many of us can simply talk about what we do in a way that’s concise and understandable? How many of us can describe our business in…
MBA876 Guest Teacher Andy Molinsky – How to Successfully Reach Outside Your Comfort Zone
May 22, 2017 • 20 min
The comfort zone: we all have one, but not all of us manage to leave it. If you’re in business, it’s not just healthy to evolve beyond what you’re used to. It’s necessary! Your products, your skills, your work ethic; all of these things matter. But none…
MBA875 Lessons Learned After a Year of Facebook Ads
May 15, 2017 • 24 min
Facebook ads: are they worth it? That’s a question many an entrepreneur asks themselves. Fortunately, we’ve got some insight. We’ve spent the last year running targeted ads on Facebook for our software, WebinarNinja. We’ve seen what the costs- both stated…
MBA874 Optimizing Your About Page
May 8, 2017 • 24 min
What’s the most visited page on your website, after the homepage? Check your analytics, and odds are it’s your “About” section. So many entrepreneurs mistakenly undervalue this page, saving all the thought and pizzaz for the rest of the site. While it’s…
MBA873 How to Shoot a Demo Video
May 1, 2017 • 17 min
For most products (especially the digital kind), you want a demo video. Actually, you need one. Nothing helps sales more than showing your customers what a product does and how it works. Whether it’s a course, a service, or a software, your visitors need…
MBA872 Guest Teacher Matt Bodnar- High Leverage Thinking
Apr 24, 2017 • 19 min
What’s the difference between hard work and success? Leverage! Many people work hard— heck, most people do. But for hard work to become true and lasting profit requires an extra ingredient. It requires an efficiency of effort that maximizes the impact of…
MBA871 How Travel Can Improve Your Business
Apr 17, 2017 • 22 min
Do you dream of travel? Many who go into business for themselves do so partially to be free to see more of the world. But what if travel isn’t just the end to your business’ means? What if travel itself can help your business? That’s what we believe, and…
MBA870 The One Skill Every Entrepreneur Must Have
Apr 10, 2017 • 23 min
Beyond marketing and sales, beyond projections and accounting, even beyond innovation and creativity, there’s a skill. One skill makes an entrepreneur successful no matter their background or training: problem solving. What makes or breaks a business is…
MBA869 The Surprising Truth About Sleep & Success
Apr 3, 2017 • 19 min
How many times are you hitting “snooze?” If you’re tired of being tired, or just wondering if your sleep schedule is holding you back, this is the podcast for you! With so much advice and so many schools of thought on sleep, how do you decide when to set…
MBA868 How to Approach Launch Partners & Affiliates
Mar 27, 2017 • 28 min
Done right, partnerships and affiliations can add an incredible boost to your product launches. By tying yourself to a whole new audience, you can sell exponentially more! So how should you choose your partners? More importantly, how can you make sure…
Bonus: Guest Teacher Steve Glaveski – Selling to Big Corporates
Mar 21, 2017 • 14 min
Surprise! This week we’ve got a special bonus episode featuring a special guest teacher! It’s Steve Glaveski, founder of collectivecampus.us and host of the Future Squared Podcast. If you’re running a business-to-business business, you know how hard it…
MBA867 Building a Customer Support Team
Mar 20, 2017 • 18 min
Customer service isn’t just support for users of your product. It’s part of the product! The price should represent not only what’s sold, but also what your customers know will happen when they need to reach out. Ensuring that customer service is done…
MBA866 How To Stay Focused with Large Projects
Mar 13, 2017 • 24 min
Go big! When a large project is looming, how can you prepare yourself to tackle it? With so much to be done, how can you create a feasible timetable? Today, we’re outlining exactly how to plot and execute long-term projects. Our biggest project ever,…
MBA865 Starting a Business in a Crowded Marketplace
Mar 6, 2017 • 18 min
Have a great business idea, but afraid there’s too much competition? Well, we’ve got great news: there’s no such thing! Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually easier to compete in a crowded marketplace than it is to be first. Creating demand for a kind…
MBA864 The Tough Thing About Tough Decisions
Feb 27, 2017 • 19 min
There are tough decisions, and then there are tough decisions. In business, difficult choices are almost run-of-the-mill. They have to be made every day by someone who can handle the mantle of responsibility. But every once in a while, the entrepreneur is…
MBA863 4 Habits I Had to Kick To Succeed
Feb 20, 2017 • 25 min
Habits create a business person, for better or worse. Your habits, however subtle and unconscious they might be, define your chances of success! I learned that lesson the hard way after realizing that some of my habits were holding my businesses back. It…
MBA862 How To Know Your Business is Failing
Feb 13, 2017 • 21 min
Every new business owner has doubts. That’s healthy! If you’re in that crucial first year or two, it’s important to be brutally honest with yourself in order to make sure you’re on track to succeed. Are you really making it? How can you best answer that…
MBA861 A Marketing Strategy That Works & How To Do It
Feb 6, 2017 • 30 min
If there’s one topic our listeners want to know more about, it’s marketing. You could have the best product in the world, but without marketing, you don’t have a business. In fact, the ideal marketing strategy is in place before the product is! That’s the…
MBA860 How to Re-Launch a Product P2
Jan 30, 2017 • 21 min
Welcome to Part 2 of our very, very in-depth lesson on (re) launching your products! We want you to master the art of the launch, because it’s a skill you’ll need over and over again. With our formula, launching can become second nature. With a little…
Bonus: Guest Teacher John Lee Dumas – Master Productivity, Discipline & Focus
Jan 24, 2017 • 14 min
Get the most from your time! John Lee Dumas is a productivity expert, having taught countless entrepreneurs how to get things done through EOFire, The Freedom Journal, Podcaster’s Paradise, and his newest release: The Mastery Journal. Today, he’s here to…
MBA859 How to Re-Launch a Product P1
Jan 23, 2017 • 26 min
You’ve validated the idea. You’ve built the business. You’ve launched the product. Now comes possibly the most important part of all: RE-launching the product! Every successful business has to master the art of the relaunch (just look at how many iPhones…
Bonus: Must Haves- Noah Kagan’s New Podcast: Noah Kagan Presents
Jan 18, 2017 • 7 min
It’s a banner week for bonus content! Today, we’ve got a special preview of an exciting new podcast from friend-of-the-show and all-around entrepreneurial genius Noah Kagan! His new series, Noah Kagan Presents, is a daring, original, raw look at what…
MBA858 Are You A Good Enough Leader?
Jan 16, 2017 • 23 min
To succeed, a business needs competent leadership. But what makes a great leader? Is it drive? Is it the confidence to bear authority? Or is leadership about more than just ambition? Today we discuss 8 key personal characteristics that define great…
Bonus: Guest Teacher Danny Iny- How to Start Selling Courses as a New Revenue Stream, and Get Paid Immediately
Jan 10, 2017 • 12 min
Online courses are becoming more and more central to the way consumers learn. With the demand for new skills in an ever-changing market growing— and the value of traditional education coming into question— now is a fantastic time to sell know-how. So what…
MBA857 How To Upgrade Your Business’ Talent
Jan 9, 2017 • 25 min
A successful business is the result of hard but necessary choices. One of the hardest is the decision to transition between old and new team members. While your original team is to thank for your current success, it’s often the case that new talent is…
MBA856 How To Know When It’s Time to Make a Change
Jan 2, 2017 • 17 min
It’s time for a change! The $100 MBA Show has been a blast to produce and share with our fantastic, insightful, loyal listeners these last few years. Now, we’re refocusing our efforts towards a more specific, in-depth examination of what it takes to build…
MBA855 Q&A Weekends: Do you make New Year Resolutions? Why or Why Not?
Jan 1, 2017 • 13 min
It’s a new year, and we’re kicking things off with a very special question! This one doesn’t come from a normal listener, though. It comes from in-house, and the dynamic mind of our own co-founder Nicole! She asks about the value of New Year’s…
MBA854 Q&A Weekends: Should I give free access to my product to influencers or should I charge them? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 31, 2016 • 11 min
You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of a specific, important question about marketing. When an influential person in the market wants to check out your product, should you charge them for it? The answer, like…
MBA853 5 Things I Learned From 5 People in 2016 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 30, 2016 • 16 min
Over the course of the year, we’ve done our best to learn. We’ve read, we’ve studied, and we’ve experimented. But the greatest lessons we’ve gotten have come from people. Colleagues, friends, even complete strangers have opened our eyes and made us better…
MBA852 Stop Trying To Discover Your Passion [REBROADCAST]
Dec 29, 2016 • 13 min
Passion is overrated. That’s the message we’ve been pushing for a while now, and it’s gotten no less controversial. That’s why we’re airing this archived episode that inspired quite a bit of feedback! While following your passion is a nice idea, it’s…
MBA851 My Top 5 Books in 2016
Dec 28, 2016 • 15 min
The year’s almost over, and what have we learned? A lot, apparently. And no small thanks are due to the fantastic books we’ve read. We’ve reviewed 26 books this year, and today we give high praise to the best 5. We explain how they’ve impacted our…
MBA850 When Should You Seek Investment? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 27, 2016 • 11 min
When your business is struggling, seeking outside investment can be a very tempting idea. But is it the right move? We talked about that very thing a while back, but we still get questions about it regularly. That’s why we’re rebroadcasting this archived…
MBA849 Must Read: Grit by Angela Duckworth
Dec 26, 2016 • 14 min
Welcome to another Monday, and another fantastic must-read book for the entrepreneur! This week’s review is of Grit by Angela Duckworth. A lot of buzz has surrounded the release of this one, and for good reason. It’s an eye-opening look at the value of…
MBA848 Q&A Weekends: Is it too late to start a podcast?
Dec 25, 2016 • 10 min
Podcasts are everywhere. Does yours stand a chance? Today’s listener Q&A is about the saturation of the online marketplace with new podcasts, and what it takes to make one successful. We talk about the realities of the market, the size of the potential…
MBA847 Q&A Weekends: I want to open a restaurant/ cafe. Any advice? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 24, 2016 • 11 min
If there’s one industry out there that’s tougher than most, it’s the restaurant industry! In this rebroadcast listener Q&A, we helped one audience member get ready for the realities of the business. We discussed the factors that make food and beverage…
MBA846 How To Have Less Meetings Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 23, 2016 • 14 min
Meetings are necessary. But all too often, they end up wasting time that could be better spent. By minimizing the number of meetings you hold, you can maximize their usefulness and free your team up to do their jobs. Today we discuss how to cut down on…
MBA845 Making the Most Out of a Slow Time in Business [REBROADCAST]
Dec 22, 2016 • 13 min
You’re not always busy. That’s a good thing! Cyclical slow periods are a boon if utilized properly. With the extra time, you can make the improvements to your business that make the next rush even better! From professional development to research to…
MBA844 How to Use Webinars to Validate Course Ideas
Dec 21, 2016 • 13 min
So you’ve got a great idea for an online course. Will it sell? There are lots of ways to find out, but we think webinars hold the key! Webinars are underutilized for idea validation, but with the right structure, you can accurately gauge interest levels-…
MBA843 Open Registration vs. Registration Windows for Your Products [REBROADCAST]
Dec 20, 2016 • 15 min
What’s the best way to structure signups for your online course or other service? While some businesses keep registration open, others deploy the registration window strategy. Does limiting signups to windows create scarcity and drive interest? Does…
MBA842 Guest Teacher: Briana Borten – How to Set and Get Goals with Soul
Dec 19, 2016 • 14 min
Why are you in business? How does what you believe inform the way you do business? These questions are a little on the esoteric side, but they’re vital for entrepreneurs. That’s why we’ve welcomed today’s special guest teacher, Briana Borten. She’s here…
MBA841 Q&A Weekends: How do you not get lazy when creating so much consistent content?
Dec 18, 2016 • 11 min
Content marketing requires a lot of (wait for it) content! So what’s the key to consistently creating enough to meet your needs? Today’s listener Q&A is all about the strategies we use to keep the content flowing, and the laziness at bay. We share some…
MBA840 Q&A Weekends: I need to fire an employee. Any advice? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 17, 2016 • 12 min
Firing happens. It’s a reality of business, and it’s important to do it right. In this popular archived episode, we went over how to fire employees the right way. By offering your firee dignity, respect, and hope for the future, you can make the tough…
MBA839 The Advantages of Selling High Ticket Products & Services Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 16, 2016 • 13 min
What’s your product worth? Many business owners assume that the lower the price, the better the chance it’ll sell. But the high-end market has its own logic, one that anyone can understand. Today we discuss the benefits of selling high-value products at…
MBA838 How To Raise Prices & Have Your Customers Love You For It! [REBROADCAST]
Dec 15, 2016 • 15 min
Scared to raise your prices? You shouldn’t be! Done right, a price hike can give your business a boost. It doesn’t have to cost you a single customer. In fact, it can bring you more. In this rebroadcast, we explained how to raise prices in a way that…
MBA837 Why Loyalty Always Beats Money
Dec 14, 2016 • 12 min
Loyalty is the greatest asset. In today’s episode, we explain how earning personal loyalty is better in the long run than earning money. While money has an immediate, quantifiable effect, loyalty pays off in ways that drastically improve your bottom line-…
MBA836 Why Not Having Fun Can Cost You Your Business [REBROADCAST]
Dec 13, 2016 • 15 min
Fun matters! In this archived episode, we took on a topic that’s ignored way too often: the need to have fun in business. This isn’t feel-good fluff; your level of enjoyment in the business directly affects the bottom line. We discussed how, and what to…
MBA835 Must Read: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Dec 12, 2016 • 13 min
Looking for a brutally honest approach to life and business? Have we got the book for you! This week’s must-read for the entrepreneur is Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and the title tells you exactly what makes this book great. Direct…
MBA834 Q&A Weekends: Do I need to write a book to be an authority in my market?
Dec 11, 2016 • 8 min
Our listeners have questions, and we have answers! This weekend, someone wants to know if writing a book is truly a must. Can you really establish your credibility without being an author? We discuss why books are such powerful tools for building your…
MBA833 Q&A Weekends: How long should I expect it will take to be profitable? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 10, 2016 • 10 min
We know what weekends are for: listener Q&A! Today we revisit a question from the archives about profitability. One audience member wanted to know how long it takes for a new business to become profitable. With examples ranging from weeks to years, what’s…
MBA832 Are You Having Fun? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 9, 2016 • 11 min
Business is fun! At least, it should be. While we believe that entrepreneurship is hard, challenging work, we also believe it should be enjoyable. Today we discuss how to check in with yourself, and be honest about the level of fun in your working life.…
MBA831 Is Time Really Money? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 8, 2016 • 13 min
We’ve all heard the phrase “time is money.” But we think this little nugget of wisdom might just be past its sell-by date. Is giving up time for money a good investment? How much of your time is money really worth? Let’s go back and discuss why time is…
MBA830 Free Plans Vs. Free Trials
Dec 7, 2016 • 12 min
Getting customers to commit to subscription services takes finesse. Offering free trials is one way to do it; offering a free plan is another. One is time-sensitive and allows you to showcase the full strength of your product. The other is open-ended but…
MBA829 Four Ways to Be More Confident in Business [REBROADCAST]
Dec 6, 2016 • 12 min
Confidence matters. In business, it’s a prerequisite for success. That’s why it’s important to actively build your own confidence, grounded in your actual value and accomplishments. Today, we reach back into the archives to share four proven strategies…
MBA828 Guest Teacher: Jordan Harbinger – How to Reach Out to Influencers The Right Way
Dec 5, 2016 • 15 min
Let’s start the week right! Today we’ve got another fantastic guest teacher with more incredibly valuable advice. Jordan Harbinger is an expert in using the social sciences to network and build relationships. Today, he teaches us how to get in good with…
MBA827 Q&A Weekends: How do I break up with my business partner?
Dec 4, 2016 • 10 min
It’s not you- it’s me. Sometimes business partnerships have to end. Like any relationship, they should be ended in the most amicable, mutually respectful way possible. Today we help one listener learn how to “break up” with their business partner. We…
MBA826 Q&A Weekends: Is a sales video a must for selling my online course? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 3, 2016 • 10 min
Sales videos are definitely effective, but are they a requirement for online courses? Today, we rebroadcast an episode in which one listener wants to know exactly how necessary they are. We discussed the costs, the benefits, and the resources available…
MBA825 How Giving Up Control Makes Better Products Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 2, 2016 • 14 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! On today’s episode, we take on a broad but important topic: how to let go. As your business grows, it becomes more and more necessary to take your hands off the reins. Hiring dependable people and trusting them is a skill, and not…
MBA824 Are Some Customers Better For Your Business Than Others? [REBROADCAST]
Dec 1, 2016 • 13 min
There are customers, and then there are customers. Some customers can do so much for you business that it’s worth putting extra effort into pursuing them. It may even be worth it to give your product away to certain people! Tastemakers, influencers, and…
MBA823 The #1 Growth Hack That Has Helped Me
Nov 30, 2016 • 12 min
Growth is always the goal, and the Internet is full of tips on how to achieve it. Of all the tricks, hints and hacks, there’s been one piece of advice that’s done more for our business than any other. It’s broad, but actionable. It takes some practice,…
MBA822 Can You Build a Successful Business Alone? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 29, 2016 • 11 min
Business is usually a team sport. But can a lone wolf be successful? In this popular archived episode, we discussed solopreneurship, its advantages, and its limits. Committing to a one-man or woman operation has its up sides, but it may require redefining…
MBA821 Guest Teacher: Stephen Warley- 4 Steps to Get Unstuck in Business
Nov 28, 2016 • 15 min
We all get stuck, in business and in life. When you’ve hit an obstacle or plateau, what can you do? What’s the best course of action when you can’t see a course of action? Today, special guest teacher Stephen Warley helps us get over the hump. Warley has…
MBA820 Q&A Weekends: How do I get more people to show up to my webinars?
Nov 26, 2016 • 12 min
Webinars are one of the most powerful tools for connecting with your audience. So how can you make sure people show up to yours? That’s what one listener wants to know for this week’s Q&A Weekend session. We discuss the best strategies for advertising…
MBA819 Q&A Weekends: I want to partner with someone in their business. How do I approach them? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 26, 2016 • 10 min
Doing it alone works for some, but not everyone is cut out to be a solopreneur. For today’s Q&A Weekend session, we’re rebroadcasting a classic episode in which one listener asked how to approach a potential business partner. We discussed how to identify…
MBA818 Why Google Alerts Are So Important Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 25, 2016 • 13 min
Keeping your finger on the pulse of the market can be tricky. What if there was a way to know what’s being said about your industry (and your business specifically) as soon as it’s said? Welcome to Google Alerts! This vital tool lets you stay engaged with…
MBA817 How to Craft an Effective Newsletter For Your Subscribers [REBROADCAST]
Nov 24, 2016 • 13 min
If you’re not emailing, you’re not marketing. That’s why we dedicated this archived episode to crafting the best possible regular newsletters. With humor, honesty, and creativity, you can send emails that customers want to read, not delete. More…
MBA816 Art That Can Help You & Your Business
Nov 23, 2016 • 11 min
Motivation matters. And sometimes the best motivation can be an inspiring piece of art, be it a film, a book, or in our case, a painting! Today we discuss how great art can make you a better entrepreneur, and how one renowned piece helps keep us here at…
MBA815 Is Co-Working a Good Choice for Your Business? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 22, 2016 • 14 min
The traditional office isn’t the only option for small businesses. While many work from home, more and more are choosing co-working spaces for the cost and convenience. But are they right for your business? We’ve used them ourselves, and in this archived…
MBA814 Guest Teacher: Stephen Kane- 5 Tips for Dealing with Disputes
Nov 21, 2016 • 16 min
Disputes happen, including the legal kind. That’s why we’ve brought today’s special guest teacher onto the show! Stephen Kane is a skilled small business attorney who’s seen every kind of legal kerfuffle an entrepreneur is likely to face. He stopped by to…
MBA813 Q&A Weekends: How do you know it’s time to let go a low performing employee?
Nov 20, 2016 • 10 min
Letting an employee go is almost never easy. But when someone isn’t adding the value you’re paying them for, it’s got to be done. For today’s Q&A session, we help one listener figure out when it’s time to say goodbye, and how to make sure it’s the right…
MBA812 Q&A Weekends: Do discounts or offers alienate past customers? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 19, 2016 • 11 min
Change is the nature of business. But when you make a change in pricing with a nice promotional discount, are you being unfair to the people who’ve already paid? That’s the question one listener asked in this archived episode, and we decided to…
MBA811 Is Sharing Your Business Journey Effective? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 18, 2016 • 14 min
Sharing is caring, or so we’re often told by guidance counselors. But is there such a thing as too much sharing when it comes to your business? Today we take a look at entrepreneurs who let their audience in on the process, and strive to conceal as little…
MBA810 How to Make Decisions in Business [REBROADCAST]
Nov 17, 2016 • 14 min
Decision-making is one of the biggest obstacles for many new entrepreneurs. In fact, the decision to become an entrepreneur is intimidating enough! That’s why today’s archived episode is worth another listen. We’ve got a specific strategy for making…
MBA809 How Breaks In Your Day Can Help You Get More Done
Nov 16, 2016 • 13 min
Give yourself a break! Actually, give yourself several. That’s the lesson of today’s episode, and it’s not because we want you to relax. Taking strategically timed breaks doesn’t trade productivity for relief. It actually helps you do more! We discuss the…
MBA808 How to Budget for Your Business [REBROADCAST]
Nov 15, 2016 • 10 min
Many entrepreneurs aren’t business people at first. They’re just people with a skill or talent they want to monetize. That’s why episodes like this are so important, and why we decided to rebroadcast this one. Business budgeting is a learned skill, and it…
MBA807 Must Read: Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nov 14, 2016 • 15 min
It’s Monday, and time for another great must-read book recommendation! This week’s author is one of the biggest names in sports, movies and politics— a true Renaissance entrepreneur whose dreams are the only things bigger than his pecs. Arnold…
MBA806 Q&A Weekends: How important is it to have an audience prior to launching your podcast show?
Nov 13, 2016 • 16 min
It’s time for another round of listener Q&A, and this time we’ve got a tough one! Podcasting is one of the best kinds of content marketing. But is it the “front line” of a great marketing strategy, or is it the result of one? Which comes first, the…
MBA805 Q&A Weekends: I want to start an online business but life gets in the way. How do I get started? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 12, 2016 • 12 min
It’s the weekend! That means we turn our attention to our listeners and their insightful questions. A while back, we were asked how it’s possible to start a business when all the distractions of life are present. This question was so relevant, and our…
MBA804 How to Stick to Client Deadlines Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 11, 2016 • 14 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! That means two things: one lucky listener gets a free subscription, and we’ve got a stellar podcast lined up! Today we discuss how to meet deadlines in your work. Staying on schedule can be absolutely, deal-breakingly vital to…
MBA803 How to Identify Your Strengths and Use Them [REBROADCAST]
Nov 10, 2016 • 11 min
Everyone has strengths. Often we’re taught to focus on improving our weaknesses, but what if we simply “doubled down” on the things we’re best at? That’s the topic of today’s archived episode. Finding out what you absolutely rock at is the key to…
MBA802 How to Run a Successful Email Promotion
Nov 9, 2016 • 14 min
Here at The $100 MBA, we believe that email is still one of the most powerful, effective marketing tools your business can have in its arsenal. Emails can’t be ignored, even if it’s only to delete them! So what steps can you take to make your promotional…
MBA801 How to Manage Frustration in Your Business [REBROADCAST]
Nov 8, 2016 • 10 min
Feeling frustrated? We definitely know what that can be like! Today we’re rebroadcasting an important episode about how anger can derail your performance as an entrepreneur. Red tape, endless bureaucracy, and unexpected disappointments are part of the…
MBA800 SPECIAL: #100MBAStories Celebration!
Nov 7, 2016 • 18 min
Welcome to the 800th episode of The $100 MBA Show! It’s been a long road, and today we’re celebrating with a special episode dedicated to all our listeners. So many audience members have benefitted from this podcast that we’ve invited them to share their…
MBA799 Q&A Weekends: How much time do I need to know if my blog is working?
Nov 6, 2016 • 13 min
It’s Sunday, and we’ve got another fantastic question for Q&A Weekend! Consistent blogging establishes credibility, maintains a relationship to your audience, and (maybe best of all) helps your website climb the search engine rankings. But how do you know…
MBA798 Q&A Weekends: Do product launches work? If so, why? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 5, 2016 • 10 min
Are product launches an effective sales tool, or just hype? It’s Q&A Weekend, and one listener wants to know. Capitalizing on the sheer newness of a product can be a valid strategy, but only when it’s done with finesse. We discuss the positive effect a…
MBA797 How to Plan Your Next Year PT2 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 4, 2016 • 16 min
2017 is around the corner. Time to get ready! Today we air Part 2 of our 2 part series on planning out your whole business year, from start to finish. We discuss how to prioritize your business needs and choose the specific goals that will have the…
MBA796 Is Upselling Scammy? [REBROADCAST]
Nov 3, 2016 • 11 min
Upselling: everyone from waiters to electronics sales people do it. But is it ethical? Is it a trick? Is it a way of manipulating a customer into spending money they shouldn’t? We think that’s up to you! Today we discuss the right ways and the wrong ways…
MBA795 How to Plan Your Next Year PT1
Nov 2, 2016 • 14 min
New Year’s is only 2 months away. Why does that matter? Because NOW is the time to start planning 2017! We believe that mapping out the whole year in advance is the most efficient (and motivating) technique you can use. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.…
MBA794 The 5 Mistakes to Avoid with Affiliate Marketing [REBROADCAST]
Nov 1, 2016 • 12 min
If you’re thinking about affiliate marketing, this is the podcast you need to hear! Affiliate marketing can be useful (and profitable), but it comes with a unique set of pitfalls. Doing it too much or with the wrong partners can risk your brand and the…
MBA793 Must Read: Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
Oct 31, 2016 • 14 min
It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow up to one of the most influential books on business! Robert Cialdini’s Influence made a splash when it was published in the 80’s. Now, Pre-Suasion delves even further into the psychology of persuasion. Using…
MBA792 Q&A Weekends: How many pages do you recommend your ebook to be?
Oct 30, 2016 • 10 min
Another weekend, another great question from the audience! For today’s Q&A, we respond to a listener who wants to know how long an e-book should be. The answer depends on the goals of the book. From promotional freemiums whose value lies in what the…
MBA791 Q&A Weekends: You’ve had physical and online businesses. Which one do you prefer and why? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 29, 2016 • 12 min
It’s the weekend once again- time for some listener Q&A! Today, one audience member asks whether online or offline businesses are preferable. We’ve operated both, and we definitely have a favorite. More importantly, one is far more accessible to new…
MBA790 The 4 Worst Pricing Mistakes You Can Make Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 28, 2016 • 15 min
Pricing can be a tricky subject. It makes many entrepreneurs nervous. How much is too much? Too little? On today’s episode we’ve got the answers. We discuss price-setting policies that make sense for your business (and no one else’s). Plus, we help you…
MBA789 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business Part 3 [REBROADCAST]
Oct 27, 2016 • 10 min
Welcome to the third and final installment of our classic archived series on starting a new business! Parts 1 and 2 covered the basics of determining the nature of your business and setting it up. In Part 3, we discuss how to “onboard” your first…
MBA788 Four Things You Can Learn From Samsung’s Note 7 Disaster
Oct 26, 2016 • 14 min
Is there a better skill in business than overcoming and learning from mistakes? For an extreme recent example, we need to look no further than Samsung and their flaming phone debacle. When Galaxy Note 7’s started bursting into flame, many assumed the…
MBA787 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business Part 2 [REBROADCAST]
Oct 25, 2016 • 12 min
We’re back with the second edition of our classic series from the archives! Starting your first new business is tough. In fact, it may be the hardest part! Fortunately, we’ve got actionable steps that anyone can follow. Cut through the mountains of…
MBA786 Guest Teachers: Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez – 4 Tips to Communicating Change to Your Team
Oct 24, 2016 • 12 min
A change is gon’ come. But how should you address it with your employees? Today’s special guest teachers are here to tell us just that. Nancy Duarte and Pattie Sanchez are the co-authors of Illuminate, a comprehensive guide to inspiring communication.…
MBA785 Q&A Weekends: There are so many choices. How did you choose the business you run? How do I choose mine?
Oct 23, 2016 • 14 min
You’re ready to start an independent business, but deciding what kind can be incredibly tough! Today’s listener Q&A brings us the first question every entrepreneur has to answer: What business am I going into? Narrowing the huge variety of choices down to…
MBA784 Q&A Weekends: I got a couple of comments that were horribly rude on my blog. Should I take these nasty comments with validity? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 22, 2016 • 11 min
Hate is the price of success. The more your business grows, the more critics you’ll have to deal with. While many may be constructive and helpful, there’ll always be the trolls, the haters, and the misanthropes. In this classic Q&A episode, we helped one…
MBA783 How to Offer an Online Coaching Program Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 21, 2016 • 14 min
Programming, weightlifting, crochet, you name it- if you have a skill, you can monetize it! Online coaching services are a great way to turn your own knowledge and experience into profit. The best part? You don’t have to be an expert or a guru. You only…
MBA782 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business Part 1 [REBROADCAST]
Oct 20, 2016 • 12 min
You want to start a business, and you’ve done the research. Problem is, there’s just too much information to sort through! When you’re overwhelmed by the amount of decisions to be made to get your business running, it’s important to take it step by step.…
MBA781 How To Make Big Decisions
Oct 19, 2016 • 12 min
Big decisions can be intimidating. How can we take the stress- and the indecision- out of the process? There are ways! We’ve got some specific strategies to systematize your decision-making. By following these guidelines, you can make big, scary decisions…
MBA780 How To Know If Your Business is Not Right For You [REBROADCAST]
Oct 18, 2016 • 11 min
There’s no such thing as success if your heart’s not in it. We’ve learned that the hard way ourselves. So how can you know when the business you’re in isn’t suited to you? In this classic episode from our early archives, we discuss the signs that your…
MBA779 Must Read: Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei
Oct 17, 2016 • 13 min
We should be smart about how we schedule our week and our month. But how smart are we when it comes to scheduling our day? This week’s must-read offers a whole new perspective on time management and getting the most out of your day. Manage Your Day-To-Day…
MBA778 Q&A Weekends: Do I need to have affiliates for my next product launch?
Oct 16, 2016 • 9 min
It’s the weekend, and that means another great question from the audience. Today we’ve got a listener who wants to know if taking on affiliates is the best way to go when launching a new product. We weight the ups and downs, discuss the alternatives, and…
MBA777 Q&A Weekends: My business is not doing well. Should I take out a personal loan? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 15, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s Q&A Weekend episode is a particularly serious one. That’s why we decided to bring it out of the archives and rebroadcast it for the benefit of all our listeners. A while back, one audience member asked if it was a good idea to take out a personal…
MBA776 Digital Products You Can Create for Less than $100 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 14, 2016 • 15 min
Happy FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! We’ve got a fantastic episode for anyone looking to jump-start their entrepreneurial career the only way we recommend: by getting in there and selling something! With very little capital, anyone can create valuable products that…
MBA775 Four Things to Avoid When Dealing with Customers [REBROADCAST]
Oct 13, 2016 • 12 min
What keeps customers loyal? What inspires them to bring more customers your way? Keeping the people who pay your bills happy takes some mindfulness. It also takes a conscious effort to avoid the slip-ups that plague so many inexperienced business people.…
MBA774 How to Build Relationships with Sponsors
Oct 12, 2016 • 11 min
Sponsors aren’t just sugar daddies there to pay the bills in exchange for exposure. Ideally, they’re your partners in serving your audience. Today we discuss how sponsorship shouldn’t just be a transaction. It should be a relationship. Like any…
MBA773 Knowing When To Quit [REBROADCAST]
Oct 11, 2016 • 12 min
Are you a quitter? Depending on the context, that might not be a bad thing! Giving up on what clearly doesn’t work allows you to focus on what does. While determination is an essential ingredient in entrepreneurship, clinging to a sinking ship is more…
MBA772 Guest Teacher: Shama Hyder- Facebook Live and the Impact it Can Have on Your Business
Oct 10, 2016 • 14 min
Facebook Live is here! Today, we’ve got a special guest teacher to tell you exactly how you can take advantage of it. Shama Hyder is the woman behind marketingzen.com, and she knows a thing or two about content. She’s also convinced that Facebook Live…
MBA771 Q&A Weekends: What options do I have for video content?
Oct 9, 2016 • 12 min
It’s easier than ever to produce and feature video content. But how can we add a little variety? That’s the question behind today’s listener Q&A, and we’ve got lots of answers. From live feeds to narration to animation, there’s lots of ways to spice up…
MBA770 Q&A Weekends: Should I start my business around a passion or a skill? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 8, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and we’ve unearthed a classic episode from the archives that bears rebroadcasting! So many people are encouraged to “follow their passion” in business, but is that really the way to go? One listener seemed a little suspicious, and…
MBA769 Build Your Email List Before It’s Too Late! Free Ride Friday!
Oct 7, 2016 • 13 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! And have we got an important episode for you! We’d like to think we know a thing or two about marketing. If there’s one key to successful marketing, one fundamental ingredient that no business can afford to neglect, it’s the email…
MBA768 Can You Hustle Too Hard? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 6, 2016 • 11 min
Business is a marathon, not a sprint! Sometimes, when we move too fast and push too hard, the effect is counterproductive. We addressed this very problem on the podcast over a year ago. Now we’re bringing the episode back for those who haven’t heard it,…
MBA767 How to Deliver Bad News To Customers
Oct 5, 2016 • 12 min
Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. And sometimes, it negatively affects your customers. When you’ve got bad news for the people that support your business, how should you break it to them? From small businesses like ours to giant companies like…
MBA766 Can You Grow Too Fast? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 4, 2016 • 9 min
Sometimes a lesson is so good it’s worth hearing again! Today we’re bringing you this classic from the archives, as it was no longer available to newer listeners. It’s a fundamental lesson on something that we often forget to look out for: growing too…
MBA765 Must Read: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Oct 3, 2016 • 16 min
It’s Monday, and we’ve got a top-shelf must-read for all the budding entrepreneurs out there. Shoe Dog is the autobiography of Phil Knight, founder of Nike. Today, Nike is arguably the most successful sporting goods producer worldwide- but it didn’t get…
MBA764 Q&A Weekends: I’m new to Facebook Ads. How much should I spend at the start?
Oct 2, 2016 • 11 min
Facebook ads are effective, but they’re not cheap. So how much should a new advertiser spend? That’s the question we’re asked for today’s listener Q&A, and we’ve got the answer. By keeping the right advertising goals in mind, you can truly get your…
MBA763 Q&A Weekends: Affiliate offers- How much is too much for my subscribers? [REBROADCAST]
Oct 1, 2016 • 12 min
Ask, and you shall receive! It’s Q&A Weekend, and that means we’re here to field whatever questions our listeners have. Today, one listener asks about affiliate marketing. How much can you do before you start to alienate your own customers? It’s a tricky…
MBA762 How to Increase Profit Instantly Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 30, 2016 • 14 min
Believe it: you can increase your profits any time you want. We do it in our business a few times a year, simply because we can. There’s no mysterious secret behind it, just a simple, effective, actionable approach to saving money. And the more your…
MBA761 Five Business Secrets I Learned From Steve Jobs [REBROADCAST]
Sep 29, 2016 • 12 min
Today on The $100 MBA Show, we reach back into the archives for one of our best episodes, only available here. As aspiring entrepreneurs, we can all look up to Steve Jobs, the controversial, legendary businessman behind Apple. The bold decisions he made…
MBA760 What is Twitch & Can it Help Market Your Business?
Sep 28, 2016 • 12 min
There’s a web service out there that’s more popular than Facebook, more popular than YouTube, and has access to a massive market of informed, passionate consumers. What if you could market through this platform? Guess what…you can! It’s called Twitch, and…
MBA759 Don’t Get Scammed! What to Look Out For When Buying Business Products. [REBROADCAST]
Sep 27, 2016 • 12 min
The scammers are out there! On an Internet where anyone can sell anything, there’s bound to be a few unscrupulous actors. So how can you tell what business products are bupkus? We discussed that very question a while back, and the episode was so helpful…
MBA758 Guest Teacher: Jeremiah Miller- Do Less, Lead More: How To Go From Manager To Leader
Sep 26, 2016 • 16 min
What does leadership really look like? Some think that it means being in the trenches with your employees and leading from the front lines. Today’s special guest teacher begs to differ! Jeremiah Miller is an expert in cultivating leadership, and he’s here…
MBA757 Q&A Weekends: How do I deal with haters on social media?
Sep 25, 2016 • 9 min
The haters are out there! Today for Q&A Weekend, we advise a listener on the art of handling online jerks. While the impulse to defend your business is understandable, it’s also important not to waste time on pointless confrontations. We discuss the right…
MBA756 Q&A Weekends: What hardware & software do you recommend for a new podcaster?
Sep 24, 2016 • 12 min
Today on The $100 MBA Show Q&A Weekend, it’s time to talk tech! We’ve got a listener who’s just getting ready to jump into the podcast game, and he wants to know what hardware and software we recommend. Getting these things right is crucial to the quality…
MBA755 What is Reddit and How Can it Help Your Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 23, 2016 • 10 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! Besides a free subscription for one listener, we’re offering everyone a crash course in how to use the popular site Reddit to promote your business. Reddit is not a sales site, and it’s no place to push your product directly. But…
MBA754 Are You Thinking Enough?
Sep 22, 2016 • 10 min
In business, there’s always something to be doing. But why are you doing it? Today we discuss the need to slow down, stop, and think about your business, its goals, and the motivations that move your business forward. Thinking may not seem like doing…
MBA753 In-Person Sales Techniques
Sep 21, 2016 • 14 min
In business, everyone has to sell. Having the skills to make a sale in person (even if your business is online) is invaluable and necessary. At some point, we’ve all got to convince someone of the value of our product- to their face. That’s why today’s…
MBA752 The Best Service To Use To Sell Tickets for Your Live Event
Sep 20, 2016 • 10 min
Getting ready to host a live event? Today’s episode is all about the ticketing! We break down 3 of the best options for ticket sales and processing for every event size and budget. From small Masterminds to huge conferences, we’ve got services to meet…
MBA751 Must Read: Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling
Sep 19, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s must-read for the entrepreneur is as short as it is sweet! Rob Walling is one of the foremost experts in micropreneurship, and his book Start Small, Stay Small is a testament to the power of little things. By focusing on marketing hard to a…
MBA750 Q&A Weekends: How do I start promoting my product with no email list?
Sep 18, 2016 • 10 min
You’ve got the product, but you don’t have the audience. How can you start pushing when you’ve got no one to push to? For today’s listener Q&A, we explain how to get in front of an audience that’s already there. With the right kind of networking, you can…
MBA749 Q&A Weekends: How long did it take you to go from learner to entrepreneur?
Sep 17, 2016 • 11 min
It’s the weekend, and that means we turn to our fantastic listeners for a little Q&A! Today, one audience member wants to know how host Omar went from being a learner to being a full-fledged entrepreneur himself. The answer reveals some valuable lessons…
MBA748 Why Sales Are Suffering in Your Business. Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 16, 2016 • 15 min
Happy FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! When sales are in a slump, the first step to take is diagnosing the problem. It might mean facing some uncomfortable realities, but your business deserves the truth! Today, we discuss why sales decline, and how improving your…
MBA747 Take The Writing Challenge & See Your Traffic Grow
Sep 15, 2016 • 13 min
If you want to attract an audience, you’ve got to write. Great content is the heart of marketing, and writing is the heart of great content. Honing your writing skills and being consistently productive is the best way to build your reputation and grow…
MBA746 Five Reasons Customer Surveys Fail
Sep 14, 2016 • 12 min
It’s a universal rule: know your customers. Surveys are the primary method used to determine what customers like and don’t like about a business, and how it can be improved. But surveys can be misleading. In fact, they can even paint a false picture! In…
MBA745 Does Your Business Matter?
Sep 13, 2016 • 11 min
Is your business worth it? Is it having an impact commensurate with the effort you’re putting in? Asking yourself the tough questions is key to staying motivated and finding the way forward. That’s why we’re sharing 8 questions that cut to the heart of…
MBA744 Guest Teacher: John Pope- Lessons Learned From Bootstrapping a Business
Sep 12, 2016 • 18 min
Building a business is hard, but building a business from nothing? That’s a special kind of challenge. Today’s guest teacher, John Pope, knows a little something about that. As a founder of Jive, he built a $100 million company with zero industry…
MBA743 Q&A Weekends: You seem to have a lot of determination. Where do you get that?
Sep 11, 2016 • 12 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and today’s question is a personal one Omar is happy to answer. One listener wants to know about the sources of his personal drive and determination. He reflects on how his backstory keeps him grounded, how knowing how good he has it…
MBA742 Q&A Weekends: Should I add tax to my prices or absorb it in the asking price?
Sep 10, 2016 • 8 min
It’s the weekend, and that means Q&A! Today, we field a very specific question about tax policy: is it better to fold applicable taxes into the original asking price, or to itemize taxes at checkout as a separate charge? The answer is complicated to say…
MBA741 Strategies for When You’re Not Sure What to Work On. Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 9, 2016 • 11 min
Happy FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! Entrepreneurs have to make their own schedules and set their own tasks. Sometimes, knowing what to do next can be as tough a challenge as actually doing it! Today, we offer advice on what to do when you’re stuck between various…
MBA740 Are In-Person Masterminds Worth Going To?
Sep 8, 2016 • 11 min
Online Mastermind groups are a relatively easy way to learn potentially game-changing things from qualified peers. But are in-person Mastermind sessions worth the cost of time and travel? Having been to a few of these, I can tell you what to look for,…
MBA739 Four Instant Growth Challenges You Can Do Today
Sep 7, 2016 • 12 min
Always be growing! As an entrepreneur, if you’re not developing your skills, you risk stagnating. That’s why today’s episode is all about the ways you can instantly challenge yourself. By trying any one of these exercises, you can activate your “growth…
MBA738 Choosing The Right Office Space
Sep 6, 2016 • 9 min
Location, location, location. We always hear that in reference to attracting customers, but what about the effect of location on you and your team? Today we discuss choosing the right environment for your business, and how the office space itself can be a…
MBA737 Must Read: Deep Work by Cal Newport
Sep 5, 2016 • 14 min
What does work mean to you? On today’s episode, we review another must-read book for the entrepreneur, Deep Work by Cal Newport. Newport’s philosophy really struck a chord with us, challenging us to rethink the value of our work. What may seem like…
MBA736 Q&A Weekends: Is Facebook Live a good marketing tool?
Sep 4, 2016 • 8 min
It’s time for some listener Q&A! Today we field a question about Facebook Live, the new (potential) marketing tool from the social media giant. Can it be useful in building your brand and pushing your product? We discuss how this new feature can best be…
MBA735 Q&A Weekends: How long does it take to create a website?
Sep 3, 2016 • 13 min
It’s the weekend, and that means listener Q&A! It’s a given that your small business should have a website. But how long will it take to get up and running? Depending on the business, you’ll have different needs- and different options for building a site…
MBA734 Can Big Purchases Save You Money? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 2, 2016 • 13 min
Many people (often advertisers) advocate spending money on big purchases, arguing that it ultimately saves the money you won’t have to spend in the future. But is it valid, or just a sales trick? Today we discuss all the ways laying out big cash really…
MBA733 Four Ways To Grow Your Business While Commuting
Sep 1, 2016 • 14 min
Many people see their commute as a painful chore. But it’s an opportunity! The time you spend on the train, on foot or in the car is time you can convert to results for your business. Today we discuss all the ways you can safely utilize that extra hour or…
MBA732 How to Motivate Your Team When Money is Tight
Aug 31, 2016 • 12 min
Let’s face it: the money isn’t always there. So how can a business leader motivate the team when there’s no room in the budget for financial inducements? As it turns out, money isn’t the only way to light a fire under your employees. In fact, it may not…
MBA731 5 Killer Presentation Secrets
Aug 30, 2016 • 12 min
Good presentations are never accidents. Whether it’s public speaking, a webinar, or even a video, your presentation game has to be strong in order to make conversions. Today we share 5 secrets that can turn you into the presenter your business needs.…
MBA730 Guest Teacher: Ari Meisel – The Three D’s Decision Matrix and Inbox Zero
Aug 29, 2016 • 14 min
Today we welcome special guest teacher Ari Meisel. Meisel is the fella behind lessdoing.com as well as several other resources for maximizing productivity through personal efficiency. He’s here to give us an incredible technique for slicing through your…
MBA729 Q&A Weekends: I want to start a business but I’m in debt. Any advice?
Aug 28, 2016 • 12 min
Welcome to another round of Q&A with our fantastic listeners! Today’s question comes from an audience member in a fairly common predicament: he wants to start a business, but he’s in debt. Can it be pulled off? Fortunately, there are ways to start a small…
MBA728 Q&A Weekends: How do you handle your fear of failure?
Aug 27, 2016 • 15 min
Fear is universal. So is failure. Anyone who claims not to fear failure isn’t being honest with themselves. For today’s Q&A, we respond to one listener’s request for advice on handling their fear. We’ve got some great tips and techniques on developing the…
MBA727 When is The Best Time To Take a Break? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 26, 2016 • 16 min
Taking a break is good for you, and it’s good for business. But what should your break look like? How long should it last? And when is the best time for it? There are good times and not-so-good times to step away from work, and choosing the right ones can…
MBA726 Why Being Everywhere Can Hurt You
Aug 25, 2016 • 14 min
Trying to dominate the Internet by conquering every social media platform? Stop! Being all over the web might seem like the way to earn business, but it’s really stretching yourself too thin. Today, we discuss the smarter online marketing strategy, and…
MBA725 Dealing with Failed Recurring Charges
Aug 24, 2016 • 13 min
If you run a SaaS or other business with recurring charges, you know what a pain it can be when payments fail. Over time, the cost of failed payments can really add up! That’s why it’s important to have tools and systems in place to deal effectively (and…
MBA724 Can You Really Set Your Business on Auto-Pilot?
Aug 23, 2016 • 12 min
There’s a lot of talk about “passive income” and the ability to make money without having to work all the time. But is it real? Can you build a business and then let it run itself? Today, we discuss the reality behind passive income, and why even the most…
MBA723 Must Read: The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Aug 22, 2016 • 12 min
Why do small businesses fail? Today’s must-read book for the entrepreneur answers that question. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber deconstructs the old entrepreneurial formulas and replaces them with a new outlook on small business growth. It lays…
MBA722 Q&A Weekends: How did you decide on the ticket price of your live event?
Aug 21, 2016 • 9 min
So much goes into producing a great live business event. So much value is on offer to attendees. So how is the price of a ticket decided? We like to think that our own event, WebinarNinja Live, was a great value for the money. A lot of careful thought…
MBA721 Q&A Weekends: How do you dress for a webinar?
Aug 20, 2016 • 11 min
It’s the weekend, so it must be time for some Q&A! Today we’ve got a question about webinars. It’s not a software question, or even a content question. It’s about what to wear! Presenting yourself in a way that’s both professional and genuine to your…
MBA720 Five Lessons Learned Running a Software Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 19, 2016 • 14 min
Running a software business comes with a unique set of challenges. It also requires some unique skills to be successful. Our software company, WebinarNinja, has been up and running for a few years now, so we decided to let other budding entrepreneurs…
MBA719 Four Signs You Are Actively Leading Your Team
Aug 18, 2016 • 12 min
You may be a business owner, but are you a business leader? It’s vital that someone play the role of Captain, and play it well. While some business owners are uncomfortable with the idea of leadership, it’s important to remember that it’s not just about…
MBA718 The Advantages & Disadvantages of Serving a Beginners Market
Aug 17, 2016 • 13 min
When your business is about helping people learn a new skill, there are some unique factors to consider. Beginners, no matter what it is they’re beginning, have certain needs. Serving them also has certain advantages. Knowing your customers is the best…
MBA717 How to Prune Your Email List
Aug 16, 2016 • 13 min
Believe it or not, your email list can be too big. As your business grows, it’s important to focus on the quality of your subscribers, not just the quantity! Sending emails that are never opened is a waste of money on your end, and a hassle on theirs. By…
MBA716 Must Read: Web Marketing That Works by Adam Franklin & Toby Jenkins
Aug 15, 2016 • 12 min
With so many different ways to market your product online, actually creating a consistent marketing strategy can be tough. That’s where this week’s must-read book comes in! Web Marketing That Works by Adam Franklin and Toby Jenkins doesn’t just show you…
MBA715 Q&A Weekends: Do you ever refuse service to customers? When and why?
Aug 14, 2016 • 11 min
Values are the heart of any good business. Sometimes, upholding those values means refusing to do business with certain customers. For today’s listener Q&A, we describe the times (and the reasons) we chose to refuse service. The circumstances varied, but…
MBA714 Q&A Weekends: How do you record your podcast when traveling?
Aug 13, 2016 • 8 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and today’s question is a technical one: how do we podcast on the road? The answer is…we try not to! When we have to, though, there are a few tips and tricks that can make the job easier. We also share some recommendations for podcasting…
MBA713 Why Take a Social Media Break Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 12, 2016 • 12 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! Today, we advocate for a difficult, controversial practice: taking breaks from social media. Yes, even business people should step away from Facebook, Instagram, and the all the rest once in a while. While social media presence is…
MBA712 Are Online Summits Worth Creating?
Aug 11, 2016 • 12 min
Online summits can be a fantastic way to bring an audience together and network with industry leaders. Ultimately, hosting one drastically boost your outreach. But what makes a successful summit? When is it really worth the time and effort required to put…
MBA711 Are your prices too low?
Aug 10, 2016 • 10 min
Many independent business people balk at the idea of raising prices. Will it scare off new customers? Will it drive away old ones? Lower prices attract more business, right? Not always. Today, we go over 6 signs that your prices are too low, and that…
MBA710 Positioning Your Business in a Noisy Marketplace
Aug 9, 2016 • 11 min
You’ve got your product. But what’s your position? Standing out in a crowded marketplace with noisy competitors requires more than just the right product. It requires the right philosophy, the right stance, and a unique appeal to a specific set of…
MBA709 Must Read: Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Aug 8, 2016 • 15 min
Is your ego getting in the way of your success? Probably! Even if you’re not overtly egotistical, remember that all of us have to overcome ourselves. That’s the topic of today’s incredible must-read for the entrepreneur, Ego is the Enemy. The author, Ryan…
MBA708 Q&A Weekends: I hate my customers. Should I sell my business?
Aug 7, 2016 • 14 min
Every business owner has customers they love, and customers they…well, don’t. For today’s listener Q&A, we advise one entrepreneur who is so fed up with awful customers that he’s considering selling the business! We explore the reasons annoying customers…
MBA707 Q&A Weekends: Do you ever speak at events for free or do you have a minimum fee?
Aug 6, 2016 • 9 min
It’s the weekend, and that means more listener Q&A! Today, one audience member wants to know if our loveable host Omar ever does free speaking engagements, or if there’s a minimum fee to get the man himself on stage. As an experienced speaker who’s worked…
MBA706 Steps to Improving Your Product P1 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 5, 2016 • 15 min
Happy FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! Today’s episode is an exciting first. It’s Part I of a recurring series on a topic so important, we need a few podcasts to cover it! That topic is product improvement. When it comes to perfecting your product (no matter what kind…
MBA705 How Much Selling Do You Need To Do In Your Business?
Aug 4, 2016 • 12 min
Love your business, love your product, love your customers, but hate selling? You’re not the only one! Today we discuss exactly how much selling an entrepreneur needs to do. The twist? Selling doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it shouldn’t be! Click…
MBA704 How to Defend Your Business On Social Media
Aug 3, 2016 • 11 min
Haters are everywhere, but social media seems to be the haters’ true paradise. So what should you do when the online peanut gallery starts hurling invective your way? Today we discuss how to shut down the worst offenders, professionally and effectively.…
MBA703 How to Create Effective Thank You Pages
Aug 2, 2016 • 12 min
Thank you! It’s a simple phrase, but your Thank You Page (or Confirmation Page) needs to say so much more! Today, we discuss everything that page needs to be and do. It’s a crucial part of the onboarding process that should move your customer to the next…
MBA702 Guest Teacher: Kary Oberbrunner- How to Turn your Book into 7 Additional Streams of Income
Aug 1, 2016 • 14 min
Once again, it’s time for a stellar lesson from a stellar guest teacher! Today we’re visited by Kary Oberbrunner, an expert in the art of turning writing into revenue. He’s not here to teach you how to write a book, or even how to sell one. He’s here to…
MBA701 Q&A Weekends: What are your thoughts on investing in a $2000 online course?
Jul 31, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and today we’ve got a question about some seemingly high-priced online courses. Is $2k too much to spend on a course? The answer depends on several factors. We discuss the signs of a course that’s worth it, red flags common to courses…
MBA700 Q&A Weekends: How much time do you spend on SEO in your business?
Jul 30, 2016 • 9 min
Welcome to our 700th episode, and another round of Q&A! Today, we’re asked how much time we spend on our SEO. For those who don’t know, Search Engine Optimization is everything you do to climb the Google rankings. But is it actually possible to manipulate…
MBA699 Should You Sponsor an Event? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 29, 2016 • 11 min
Live events are a great opportunity for presenters and audience members. But are they great opportunities for sponsors? In this episode, we discuss the benefits of event sponsorship, and how to know which events represent the best likely return on your…
MBA698 How Much Time Does it Take to Be Profitable?
Jul 28, 2016 • 12 min
Success requires delayed gratification. But how much delay is acceptable? Many go into business resigned to not profiting for months or years. How long is too long? Our answer may surprise you. Today, we discuss the problem with the waiting game, and why…
MBA697 How to Filter for Superstars When Hiring
Jul 27, 2016 • 13 min
You want to hire the best. We all do. So how can you sift through the crowd and find the real keepers? There is a way! Several ways, actually, and we use them for all our businesses. Our practical, actionable techniques make the application process an…
MBA696 The First 3 Positions You Should Hire For as a Solopreneur
Jul 26, 2016 • 10 min
No one does business alone- even solopreneurs. If you’re starting up all by your lonesome, success will eventually require you to bring in some outside help. Today, we discuss the first three people you should look for. Adding the right skill sets to your…
MBA695 Must Read: Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Jul 25, 2016 • 13 min
Get ready: today’s must-read is one of the single best books ever written about business! Peter Thiel is one of the founding members of the “PayPal Mafia,” the legendary group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs whose influence is still being felt. His book…
MBA694 Q&A Weekends: How can I scale my coaching business?
Jul 24, 2016 • 10 min
Another weekend, another poignant question from a listener! Today, we’re asked how it’s possible for an independent coach to scale their business up. How can one person expand their reach to a whole living’s worth of clients? There is a way, and we’re…
MBA693 Q&A Weekends: How did you come up with the name The $100 MBA?
Jul 23, 2016 • 10 min
What’s in a name? That’s the topic of this week’s listener Q&A, with one loyal audience member wondering how we came up with this whole “$100 MBA” thing. Our name reflects our mission, and so should the name of your business. Listen in to hear how we took…
MBA692 Are You Playing Business or Doing Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 22, 2016 • 13 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!! We’ve got another great podcast today, and this one packs a punch! Are you serious about your business? Are you really taking the steps- and the risks- necessary to move forward? So many of us are afraid to really commit because…
MBA691 Do Different and Get Different
Jul 21, 2016 • 12 min
Change it up! That’s one thing you can’t be afraid to do. To reinvigorate your business, you’ve got to be willing to abandon the same-old, same-old and take a new direction…even when it’s scary. We’ve had to learn the hard way ourselves that in order to…
MBA690 Use Stories and Never Be Ignored
Jul 20, 2016 • 12 min
It’s a crowded marketplace, and you need to be heard. So what’s the best way to cut through the noise? Storytelling. Stories are the language of learning, so using narrative is a great way to reach your audience. It’s worked for business people the world…
MBA689 Stop Complaining. You Can’t Afford It.
Jul 19, 2016 • 12 min
Stop complaining! Seriously, folks. It drains time and energy, and worst of all: it doesn’t create solutions! Today’s episode is all about the detrimental effects of complaining, whining, and otherwise opining about what you should be changing. We discuss…
MBA688 Guest Teacher: Matt Giovanisci- How to Create Original and Engaging Landing Pages
Jul 18, 2016 • 14 min
Break out the good linens, because we’ve got a special guest! Today’s lesson comes courtesy of Matt Giovanisci, the self-made entrepreneur behind Swimuniversity.com and Moneylab.co. He’s here to give us the honest dish about landing pages. His approach…
MBA687 Q&A Weekends: Do you ever wake up & not want to do what you do? How do you overcome that?
Jul 17, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s listener Q&A is all about motivation! One of our audience members wonders if I ever wake up and just plain don’t feel like handling business. The answer is a firm YES! Today, I discuss how I motivate myself to push on when work really feels…
MBA686 Q&A Weekends: How do you organize your day dude?
Jul 16, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and today’s listener question is one I hear kind of a lot: How on Earth do I organize my day? I’m a busy guy with multiple projects and products in motion, so scheduling myself efficiently is paramount. Today I share my basic routine,…
MBA685 When Should You Hire an Accountant? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 15, 2016 • 13 min
As our business grows, we have to (get to!) decide which responsibilities we’re ready to hand off to new team members. So when is the right time to put an accountant on the payroll? Knowing why you should is the key to knowing when you should. Today, we…
MBA684 Is Business About Having the Perfect Idea?
Jul 14, 2016 • 13 min
Many of us think that real entrepreneurial success depends on having a groundbreaking, dynamite original idea. But what if that’s not the case? Spoiler alert: it’s not! Implementation, innovation, and the ability to make ideas work is what counts. Today,…
MBA683 The Advantages of Drip-Feeding Content
Jul 13, 2016 • 14 min
Take it slow! Bombarding your customers with content might seem like giving more, but it’s counterproductive for both of you. Today we discuss why drip-feeding your content in manageable, digestible bites is the best way to give your customers the…
MBA682 Is it OK to Delay Launch Day?
Jul 12, 2016 • 10 min
Sometimes, not everything goes according to plan. When you’re faced with unexpected last-minute hurdles, is it ok to delay the launch of a product, service, or whole business? What effect does this have on sales? Today we discuss the right time to delay,…
MBA681 Must Read: Beyond Trying by Mike Vardy
Jul 11, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s episode is another super-informative, wildly helpful must-read book for the entrepreneur! Mike Vardy is a best-selling author, fellow podcaster, and founder of Productivityist. His short e-book Beyond Trying is a bite-sized master-class in…
MBA680 Q&A Weekends: How did you come up with the pricing for your SaaS, WebinarNinja?
Jul 10, 2016 • 11 min
It’s Q&A Weekend, and today’s listener query is about prices! Specifically, how did we decide what to charge for our SaaS, Webinar Ninja? SaaS pricing can be tricky, with prices ranging wildly from service to service. Finding the sweet spot in terms of…
MBA679 Q&A Weekends: What are the advantages of paying a monthly subscription to Leadpages VS a one-time fee plug-in?
Jul 9, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekends, and thanks to one listener we’re faced with a choice: Leadpages or a Wordpress plug-in? One requires a one-time fee, and the other is a monthly subscription. But which is best for your business? Both approaches have their ups and downs,…
MBA678 Five Tips to Killer Screen Cast Tutorials Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 8, 2016 • 11 min
When it comes to sales and customer onboarding, few things are as useful as a well-made screencast tutorial! If you’re unsure how to make the best ones possible, we’ve got good news- it’s easier than ever! You just have to have the right tools and basic…
MBA677 Creating Consistency in Your Customer’s Experience
Jul 7, 2016 • 10 min
Consistency is key, in business as in life. Today, we discuss how to create the consistency in your customers’ experience that will keep them around for the long term. Consistency breeds familiarity, and familiarity breeds trust. By keeping it simple and…
MBA676 Metrics. What Do You Need To Track in Your 1st Year?
Jul 6, 2016 • 9 min
So many metrics, so little time. Good analytics is crucial to making sure your business is actually succeeding, but which numbers matter most? Today, we discuss which specific metrics are most important to track in the first year of your business. Every…
MBA675 Should You Accept Guest Posts on Your Blog?
Jul 5, 2016 • 8 min
As your blog grows, it’s going to attract the attention of more than just readers. Other bloggers will want to get a piece of the action and expose their talents to your audience. The question is: should you let them? There are pros and cons to doing so,…
MBA674 Guest Teacher: Chandler Bolt- How To Write Your First Book In One Week
Jul 4, 2016 • 13 min
Writing your first book can be such an intimidating prospect that most people don’t even consider it, let alone actually do it! But this week’s special guest teacher is here to show you just how doable it really is- in one week! That’s right, friends.…
MBA673 Q&A Weekends: How do I fight a charge back?
Jul 3, 2016 • 8 min
It’s the weekend, and that means Q&A! Today, one loyal listener needs advice on how to handle attempted charge-backs by banks. Sometimes, it’s a customer trying to force a refund after the return date. Sometimes, it’s just a misunderstanding. Whatever it…
MBA672 Q&A Weekends: I love your emails. Where do you find all those great GIF’s?
Jul 2, 2016 • 7 min
You gotta love gifs! They’re a great way to add some dazzle to your marketing, which is why we use them all the time. Today’s listener Q&A comes from someone who enjoys the gifs in our emails so much, he just had to know where we get them. We’ve got a…
MBA671 How to Avoid These 4 Common Small Mistakes Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 1, 2016 • 13 min
Is it just me, or is it FREE RIDE FRIDAY!!!? Today, we discuss 4 very common little mistakes that entrepreneurs make. They’re little enough to not be obvious, but big enough to have a negative impact on your business! Listen in, and find out how to avoid…
MBA670 What is Product Hunt? & How to Get On It
Jun 30, 2016 • 9 min
Looking for a way to get the word out on your product? Looking for the most honest possible feedback? Product Hunt may be right for you. Nope, they’re not a sponsor, but Product Hunt may be an important tool for entrepreneurs- providing they know how to…
MBA669 Should You Be Using Facebook’s New Instant Articles?
Jun 29, 2016 • 10 min
You may have noticed something different about the content businesses provide on Facebook lately: instant articles. That’s right, friends. It’s now possible to publish full-length articles and blogs that customers can read without leaving Facebook. Why…
MBA668 Overcoming The Challenges of Being a Young Entrepreneur
Jun 28, 2016 • 11 min
We all start somewhere, and most of us look back wishing we knew a thing or two. With that in mind, here’s our best advice for the young entrepreneur who’s just getting started. Or the not-so-young entrepreneur who’s just getting started. Or anyone,…
MBA667 Must Read: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
Jun 27, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Monday, and we’ve got yet another exciting must-read book pick for the entrepreneur! This week, we take a look at Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. This insightful portrait of the controversial,…
MBA666 Q&A Weekends: What are your thoughts on work-life balance? Any Advice?
Jun 26, 2016 • 7 min
It’s Q&A Weekends, and today’s topic is work/life balance. What’s the best way to achieve a healthy one? While our situation as one half of a partnership that’s both business and personal isn’t common, it can still shed some light on how to navigate both…
MBA665 Q&A Weekends: Why did you change your Twitter handle? Did the change hurt you in any way?
Jun 25, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Q&A Weekends! A while back, Omar changed his Twitter handle from @BizRepublic to @TheOmarZenhom, and one listener wants to know why. Well, he’ll tell you why. He’ll also tell you why it made sense, what the ramifications of losing the old handle…
MBA664 What Are The Lowest Cost Online Business Options? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 24, 2016 • 12 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY again! In today’s episode, we discuss the online business opportunities with the lowest initial costs. For an extra-lean startup, these kinds of businesses are the cheapest way to get your entrepreneurial wheels off the ground.…
MBA663 How to Support International Customers with Major Time Differences
Jun 23, 2016 • 10 min
In case you haven’t heard, it’s a global economy. That means having customers (and team members) all over the world. So how can you deal with the time zone problem? Can you provide reliable customer service from the other side of the planet…even in your…
MBA662 Is Allowing Your Customers to Self-Cancel a Good Idea?
Jun 22, 2016 • 11 min
If your business is a membership service, the cancellation process has to be carefully designed. While some prefer to let dissatisfied customers self-cancel, others insist on making it a two-way decision. Which is best? The answer will depend on you, but…
MBA661 How to Budget For Marketing
Jun 21, 2016 • 10 min
When you’re just starting out, spending money on marketing can seem risky. Thing is, it’s money you should be spending. In today’s episode, we show you how to budget appropriately for marketing, bearing in mind both your costs and the importance of…
MBA660 Guest Teacher: Ramon Ray- How To Strengthen Your Personal Brand
Jun 20, 2016 • 11 min
Personal branding is a crucial aspect of business branding. That’s why we’ve brought in yet another extra-special Guest Teacher to help you master the art! Ramon Ray is the founder of Smart Hustle Magazine and an expert in all things branding. In today’s…
MBA659 Q&A Weekends: How do you choose the books you read?
Jun 19, 2016 • 11 min
If you know our host Omar Zenhom, you know he’s a voracious reader. In today’s episode, he discusses how he chooses the books he reads. By systematizing his reading choices, Omar gets the maximum benefit from the time he sets aside for professional…
MBA658 Q&A Weekends: I just graduated. I have no money to start a business. Is getting a job a bad choice?
Jun 18, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Q&A Weekends and today we’ve got an audience member with a conundrum: He’s a recently graduated aspiring entrepreneur with no money to start a business. Should he just get a conventional job? Would regular work hurt his ability to start his own…
MBA657 Fielding Feedback For Changes From Customers Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 17, 2016 • 11 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY! What better way to celebrate than with an exciting episode? Today, you’ll learn how to deal with all the requests for changes to your product that customers will inevitably suggest. We’ll show you how to be responsive to feedback…
MBA656 How to Close The Sale On Your Sales Page
Jun 16, 2016 • 9 min
Your sales page does a lot of work for you - but is it doing a good enough job of closing the sale? In today’s episode, we discuss the features every sales page should have in order to guarantee the sale goes through. By addressing common last-minute…
MBA655 Product Tutorials: Video VS Text
Jun 15, 2016 • 9 min
No matter what you sell, quality onboarding is essential. So when it’s time to offer product tutorials, what’s the best format? Some say text-based, others prefer videos. In today’s episode, we discuss both. Which works best? Can they be combined? Find…
MBA654 Three Blog Posts You Should Start With
Jun 14, 2016 • 10 min
So you’re starting a blog. Good! But what should you start with? In today’s episode, we discuss the 3 kinds of blogs that make for a killer debut. With these opening blogs, you can make your mark, stand out from the crowd, and start earning credibility…
MBA653 Must Read: The Brain Audit by Sean D’Souza
Jun 13, 2016 • 11 min
Customer psychology isn’t always easy to understand. Fortunately, this week’s must-read book helps! Sean D’Souza is the founder of psychotactics.com. His book- The Brain Audit, is a comprehensive and understandable tour of basic consumer psych. By knowing…
MBA652 Q&A Weekends: No one I know gets what I’m trying to do? How can I meet new business friends?
Jun 12, 2016 • 11 min
Entrepreneurship can be alienating. When your normal-job friends don’t get what you’re doing, who can relate? In today’s episode, we discuss the places you can go to meet like-minded fellow independent business people. Both online and offline, the…
MBA651 Q&A Weekends: Has podcasting changed? Is it still a viable content marketing platform?
Jun 11, 2016 • 11 min
It’s Q&A Weekends, and today’s episode is about…podcasts! Are they still a viable way to content market? With the increasing popularity of podcasts, the competition has never been fiercer. That doesn’t mean you can’t step in and grab YOUR share of the…
MBA650 How to Easily Read 50 Books a Year Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 10, 2016 • 13 min
Frequent reading is a fundamental habit of the entrepreneur. It increases your knowledge, skills, and critical business thinking immeasurably. But how can you find the time? We’ve got a system that’ll have you cruising through the pages and finishing up…
MBA649 How to Learn How to Code
Jun 9, 2016 • 11 min
Coding is becoming one of those basic life skills like reading. For the entrepreneur, it’s essential. Yes, you can hire out, but learning basic coding skills can lessen your dependence on that. So where should you go? In today’s episode, we share our…
MBA648 Is Outsourcing Your Life Good for Business?
Jun 8, 2016 • 9 min
Can your business benefit from outsourcing your personal chores? Can you better manage your business with someone else managing your life? It’s possible. In fact, we did our own little experiment with exactly that! We had pros take over some of our…
MBA647 Three Emails Your Subscribers Should Get
Jun 7, 2016 • 12 min
You’ve built your email list. Now what? In today’s episode, we offer the three kinds of emails that every one of your subscribers should be getting. These emails will keep your customers on the hook and develop the relationships that eventually lead to…
MBA646 Guest Teacher: Travis Sherry – Build a Business While Travelling the World.
Jun 6, 2016 • 15 min
Can you build an independent business while travelling the world? Our special Guest Teacher thinks so, and he’s here to tell you how! Travis Sherry has been on the road for years, and he’s got the tricks to making it affordable, sustainable, and…
MBA645 Q&A Weekends: I’m redesigning my sales page. How do I do it without taking my current one down?
Jun 5, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekends, and today one listener wants to know how to redesign their sales page without taking the current one down. Redesigns are always needed from time to time, so how can we pull them off without disrupting the flow of business? There is a…
MBA644 Q&A Weekends: What do I look for when hiring a video editor?
Jun 4, 2016 • 9 min
Video is one of the best ways to communicate with your audiences, so finding the right editor is crucial. While anyone can point and film, it’s the editing that makes your sales and content videos effective and professional. In today’s episode, we discuss…
MBA643 How to Find Great Graphics & Icons Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 3, 2016 • 14 min
The internet world is big out there and there’s no shortage of graphic and icon services. How do you choose the right one for you? In today’s episode, we share our recommendations for getting the best logos and artwork at a price that works for you. Plus,…
MBA642 How to Handle Haters
Jun 2, 2016 • 13 min
Haters: It’s rumoured that they’re just gonna hate. Today’s episode is a topic near and dear to our hearts. Haters come in many forms. Some can even be useful to your business. Others, not so much. Click play and learn how to deal with your worst critics…
MBA641 Should You Publish Daily Content?
Jun 1, 2016 • 11 min
Publishing daily content is no easy feat. What goes into it? How is it possible to publish quality blogs, videos, and all the rest day in and day out? Well, friends, it can be done. We do it, and we’ll show you how in today’s episode. Learn how to plan…
MBA640 How to Add Personality to Your Product
May 31, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s entrepreneur shouldn’t chase the crowd. Instead, we’re all about letting your product reflect who you are, and marketing it as an extension of your own values. In today’s episode, we discuss how to add personality to your product. By letting your…
MBA639 Must Read: Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
May 30, 2016 • 11 min
Gary Vaynerchuk is a big deal in the world of online marketing. An early YouTube pioneer, he was one of the first to realize that the internet had levelled the playing field for entrepreneurs competing against big companies. His first book, Crush It, is…
MBA638 Q&A Weekends: How do I transition out of freelance work?
May 29, 2016 • 9 min
Tired of freelancing? Looking to finally live independently of your clients and establish your own business? Today’s listener question is about the transition from hired gun to something new. How to balance your current clients with your new venture, how…
MBA637 Q&A Weekends: How did you know it was time to end your first podcast?
May 28, 2016 • 10 min
It’s the weekend, and that means one thing: listener questions. Today, we tell the story of our first podcast, People Who Know Their Sh*t. There were plenty of reasons it didn’t pan out, but what’s important is how we knew when enough was enough. Click…
MBA636 Five Ways to Use Evernote in Your Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 27, 2016 • 14 min
It’s FREE RIDE FRIDAY, and today you’ll learn how to use one of our favorite apps in the entire wold: Evernote. Omar loves him some Evernote, and here he shows you how to make the most of its features. No, this is not sponsored content. This is…
MBA635 Can You Pause Your Business?
May 26, 2016 • 11 min
Is it possible to take a break from your business? Life happens, and sometimes it makes us temporarily unable to run our businesses. How can we press pause? What effect will it have on our brand and customer relations? In this episode, we discuss when you…
MBA634 Sales Video Alternatives For Your Product
May 25, 2016 • 10 min
Sales videos are incredibly effective, but are they the only way to push your product? Maybe you don’t have the time or resources to produce a slick flick. Maybe you want to add some variety. Today, we talk about the best alternatives to sales videos.…
MBA633 How to Say “No” To An Opportunity
May 24, 2016 • 10 min
Too many great opportunities is a wonderful problem to have- but it’s still a problem. When you’re stretched too thin, the quality of your work suffers. Ultimately, saying “yes” to everything will backfire. So how does one refuse great offers graciously?…
MBA632 Guest Teacher: Nick Loper: The 3 Fastest Ways to Earn Job-Free Income
May 23, 2016 • 11 min
Break out the good china, ‘cause we have a special guest! Nick Loper of sidehustlenation.com stops by to teach a lesson on the art of earning extra income. Side hustling is an addictive feeling when you’re doing it right. With Nick’s 3 methods to make…
MBA631 Q&A Weekends: What is the cost of your content manager & how did you find/hire Cyndi?
May 22, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekends and today’s question is about our team here at The $100 MBA. Who is our enigmatic Content Manager Cyndi and how did we find her? Plus, what does someone like her cost? We tell the tale of how this virtual assistant rose through the ranks…
MBA630 Q&A Weekends: How do I apply my business training as a singer/ songwriter musician?
May 21, 2016 • 8 min
It’s Q&A Weekends! Today’s session is about music. No, we’re not sharing our motivational playlist. Our listener wants to know how business skills can be applied to a musician’s career! An artist still has something to sell, and knowing how to sell it can…
MBA629 The Importance of Personal Rewards Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 20, 2016 • 12 min
You reward your clients. You reward your employees. But what about rewarding yourself? As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to make sure to have your own incentives in place. We all need that external motivation sometimes. Click play and hear how self-rewarding…
MBA628 What to Work On When You’re Just Not Feeling It
May 19, 2016 • 12 min
Unmotivated? In a slump? Just not feeling it? That’s okay. It happens to everyone. What’s important is that you don’t give in to the urge of doing nothing. In today’s episode, we discuss the best ways to get out of that funk. By working on certain aspects…
MBA627 Four Dead Simple Sales Principles
May 18, 2016 • 12 min
Worried about your salesmanship? You don’t have to be! In today’s episode of The $100 MBA Show, we break down 4 simple principles of sales. These principles don’t involve manipulating or cajoling anyone into buying anything. They represent a fresh…
MBA626 Three Steps to Tackling Large Projects
May 17, 2016 • 14 min
Big projects can seem intimidating. Whether it’s a new product launch, writing a book, or even starting a business, you can’t go in without a plan! In today’s episode, we discuss how to break your big projects down into manageable pieces and build the…
MBA625 Must Read: How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook by Noah Kagan
May 16, 2016 • 11 min
Today on The $100MBA Show: It’s our weekly Must-Read Book review! This week’s entrepreneurial tome is How I Lost $170 Million: My Time as #30 on Facebook by Noah Kagan. Kagan is a friend of the $100MBA, and has even been a guest teacher on this podcast.…
MBA624 Q&A Weekends: How do I let go of a long time employee in my business that is not working out?
May 15, 2016 • 10 min
It’s Q&A Weekends, and today we answer a doozy: How do we let a long-time employee go? Businesses change, and sometimes that means firing people. It can even mean firing someone who’s been with you for a while. The good news is that there is a way to do…
MBA623 Q&A Weekends: What’s one piece of business advice you would tell your younger self?
May 14, 2016 • 11 min
It’s Q&A Weekends! Today, Omar gives one listener (and the rest of us) the answer to a tough question: What’s the one piece of advice you wish you could give your younger self? There’s ONE big thing 2016 Omar wishes he could tell fresh-faced, eager young…
MBA622 How Much Should You Follow Up? Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 13, 2016 • 14 min
Waiting too long on a reply? Following up on discussions and queries can be a little awkward. How much following up is too much? How much is not enough? In today’s episode, we discuss the best strategy for keeping a conversation going - even when it’s a…
MBA621 How to Make Professional Introductions
May 12, 2016 • 10 min
Making introductions doesn’t only help the people you’re introducing. It can help you establish yourself as an authority. It can grow your reputation as a maker of connections, a value broker who’s worth knowing - and worth being introduced to yourself.…
MBA620 Alternatives to Free Content for Email List Growth
May 11, 2016 • 10 min
You know we’re all about content marketing here at The $100 MBA Show. But believe it or not, great content isn’t the only way to build your audience! In today’s episode, we discuss a few great ways to grow your email list that aren’t content-based. Click…
MBA619 Should You Refund Customers Past The Refund Deadline?
May 10, 2016 • 13 min
Refunds can be a tricky topic. In today’s episode, we discuss whether or not it’s a good policy to refund customers after the refund deadline has passed. How do you balance the need for a great customer service reputation without being taken advantage of?…
MBA618 Guest Teacher: Tom Hunt – How To Hire The Ultimate Virtual Assistant (+Bonus Content Marketing Lesson)
May 9, 2016 • 17 min
In today’s episode of The $100 MBA Show: Special Guest Teacher Tom Hunt! Hunt is the founder of Virtual Valley, an online Virtual Assistant Agency. He’s also been a TEDx speaker and contestant on the British version of Shark Tank. In this episode, Hunt…
MBA617 Q&A Weekends: Do I need an SEO expert to work on my website?
May 8, 2016 • 9 min
Should you hire an expert SEO consultant? The search engine manipulation industry is a big one, with loads of folks who promise to get Google’s attention for you. But can they really? If so, is it worth what they charge? We dive into the myths and facts…
MBA616 Q&A Weekends: How do you juggle 2 businesses/ projects at once?
May 7, 2016 • 11 min
It’s Q&A Weekend on The $100 MBA Show! Today we dive into a doozy from a listener: how do we juggle multiple businesses and projects? The short answer is that it isn’t easy. The long answer? It’s doable. With smart scheduling, consistency and discipline,…
MBA615 How to Choose Your Customers Wisely Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 6, 2016 • 13 min
Not all customers are created equal. Some require a greater investment of time and resources before your business can see a return. Frankly, it’s not always worth it. In today’s episode, hear how we identify the best customers for our products. By going…
MBA614 Is Giving Out Free Swag a Good Marketing Strategy?
May 5, 2016 • 12 min
Is swag an effective marketing tool? We’ve all got a few free T-shirts, pens, and flash drives emblazoned with company logos, but do they actually work? In today’s episode, we discuss how, why, and when free swag can lead to sales conversions - and why it…
MBA613 Seven Steps to 1,000 True Fans
May 4, 2016 • 11 min
A while back, Kevin Kelly wrote a game-changing blog post called “1,000 True Fans”. In it, he argued that an entrepreneur can make a stable living with only 1,000 customers - provided they were exceptionally loyal followers. So how do you make it happen?…
MBA612 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Give Up
May 3, 2016 • 12 min
Is your business struggling? Are you thinking about throwing in the towel? Not so fast! Before you decide to pull the plug, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Starting over (or getting out of entrepreneurship altogether) may be the right…
MBA611 Must Read: Money. Master The Game by Tony Robbins
May 2, 2016 • 11 min
This week’s must-read for the entrepreneur is Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins. Robbins is a giant in the motivational speaking and self-help industries and this is his first book in over 2 decades. In it, he teaches readers how to make their…
MBA610 Q&A Weekends: I noticed you use Zendesk for Customer Support. Why did you choose them?
May 1, 2016 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekend on The $100 MBA Show! In today’s episode, we take a question from a listener who noticed that we use Zendesk for our Customer Support needs and wants to know why. Let’s be clear: this is not an advertisement. Zendesk isn’t sponsoring this…
MBA609 Q&A Weekends: Is working for Uber a good idea while I try to build my business?
Apr 30, 2016 • 8 min
Entrepreneurs know the struggle: building a business while earning a living is no easy feat. One increasingly popular side-hustle is Uber, the famous ride-sharing service that has taxi companies shaking in their boots. In today’s Q&A session, we field a…
MBA608 How to Prepare for an Interview Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 29, 2016 • 11 min
Being interviewed for a colleague’s podcast, blog or vlog can be a major marketing coup! To make the most of the opportunity, you’ve got to prepare. In today’s episode, Omar shares what he’s learned from dozens of interviews with fellow entrepreneurs.…
MBA607 How Often Should You Email Your Paying Customers?
Apr 28, 2016 • 11 min
Your existing customers are your biggest asset. How often should you email them? You put a lot of work into earning their business, so don’t waste the chance to build on that trust! In today’s episode, we outline all the reasons a sustained email…
MBA606 Ten Incredibly Successful Bootstrapped Companies
Apr 27, 2016 • 13 min
Small businesses need creativity, drive, and ingenuity to succeed. They don’t need big investors, big budgets, or the big hassles that come with them. In today’s episode, we show you 10 (or so) examples of hugely successful companies that were built from…
MBA605 What Are Content Upgrades and How to Use Them
Apr 26, 2016 • 11 min
We know content marketing works, but what are the best ways to convert that valuable content into sales? One proven method is content upgrades. Content upgrades allow you to leverage the success of your existing content by offering more. They can…
MBA604 Guest Teacher: Tucker Max – How To Write Your Book 10x Faster (And Better)
Apr 25, 2016 • 17 min
You want to write a book. You know you should write a book. But most people who aren’t professional writers think they don’t have the time or skill to actually pull it off. Well, today’s special guest teacher has news for you! You have the skills, you…
MBA603 Q&A Weekends: How much does it cost to start and run a podcast?
Apr 24, 2016 • 13 min
Thinking about starting a podcast? At least one of our listeners is, but they’ve got a very important question first: What does it cost? It’s Q&A Weekend, and today we break down what you’ll have to spend to get your podcast up and running. Pre-production…
MBA602 Q&A Weekends: What are the benefits of making one’s business B-Corp certified?
Apr 23, 2016 • 8 min
It’s time for Q&A Weekends! On today’s episode, we tackle one listener’s very specific—and very important—question: what are the benefits of getting your business B-Corp certified? Have no idea what that is? Well, this is the podcast for you! While the…
MBA601 Free Courses vs. Free eBooks. Which converts better? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 22, 2016 • 14 min
We know content marketing works. But what kind of content works the best? In this episode, we discuss the two most effective things you can offer your customers: free online video courses and free e-books. Listen in and find out why these are the most…
MBA600 How to Make The Most of Weekends to Build a Business
Apr 21, 2016 • 17 min
Starting a side business while working a full-time job? On today’s episode, we show you how to use your weekends to maximum effect. By following a few simple rules, you can maximize your efficiency on the two days that matter most. Also, IT’S OUR 600th…
MBA599 Should You Go Deep or Wide With Your Business Relationships?
Apr 20, 2016 • 10 min
What’s the best approach to networking? Should you try to build the biggest network possible, or forge the closest relationships possible? Should your network be deep or wide? Or both? Is both even possible? In this episode, we discuss the art of making…
MBA598 Short Term Business Collaborations
Apr 19, 2016 • 11 min
Thinking about a short-term business collaboration? There are a few things you’ll want to consider. It requires careful planning and forethought to make sure that everyone gets an equitable share of the workload, the risks, and—of course—the profits.…
MBA597 Must Read: Hooked by Nir Eyal
Apr 18, 2016 • 12 min
Want to design products that keep customers coming back for more? That’s the topic of this week’s must-read book for the budding entrepreneur. Hooked by Nir Eyal teaches you how to create products that don’t just solve problems—they form habits. By…
MBA596 Q&A Weekends: Are there healthcare resources for business owners once they make the leap?
Apr 17, 2016 • 9 min
Let’s face it, jumping into full time entrepreneurship can be quite stressful. People tend to worry about their benefits - especially their Health Care coverage. Today’s episode will be about Health Care coverage options for start-up and seasoned…
MBA595 Q&A Weekends: I’m a chiropractor. Should I focus on building the brand of the office or my own personal brand?
Apr 16, 2016 • 7 min
It’s hard to know what to focus on when it comes to branding, especially in the Service Industry. In today’s episode, Omar will talk about his personal insight on which brand will actually make you stand out among the rest. Got yourself stuck in the same…
MBA594 4 Killer Hacks For Easier Writing Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 15, 2016 • 14 min
Do you like writing but don’t know where to start? Worry no more! Today, you’ll learn how to get the ball rolling and how to get your ideas on paper while making things a little easier on yourself. Excited? Hit Play!
MBA593 Starting a Sports Based Business
Apr 14, 2016 • 14 min
Sports is a multi-billion dollar industry. People all over the world love it! Good thing there’s more than 1 way to build a business around it. Learn to leverage the power of sports. Go ahead and hit play!
MBA592 5 Powerful Ways to Use Slack in Your Business
Apr 13, 2016 • 14 min
Communication is vital in every business, and Slack can definitely help you with that! Today we’re going to talk about how cool and effective this software is. And yes, we’ll let you in on 5 powerful ways to use Slack in your business. Curious? Press play…
MBA591 4 Ways to Increase Your Customer Lifetime Value
Apr 12, 2016 • 11 min
Acquiring a customer takes time, effort and money. It’s harder than most people think. So when you do get a customer, you have to take care of them, you continue to give them value and you do everything you can to keep them happy. A customer who has…
MBA590 Guest Teacher: Hani Mourra- How to Create & Sell a WordPress Plugin
Apr 11, 2016 • 20 min
Today’s guest teacher is an expert when it comes to building and selling WordPress plugins. If you’ve ever thought of getting into the software business, this lesson is for you! Hani is going to show you how a WordPress plugin could be an entry point into…
MBA589 Q&A Weekends: What are my first steps when starting an online business?
Apr 10, 2016 • 10 min
Are you planning to create an online business but you’re not sure where to start? Let us help you take your first steps by sharing with you the 3 precise steps to creating an online business. These steps is where we want you to start and we want you to do…
MBA588 Q&A Weekends: How do I deal with rude clients?
Apr 9, 2016 • 10 min
The reality is as a business owner you’re going to get customers that are just flat-out rude. How do you deal with these kinds of clients? It’s tough but you have to face them and in this lesson, we’re going to share with you a short term solution and as…
MBA587 Customer Onboarding 101 Part 2 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 8, 2016 • 14 min
Before you listen to part 2, make sure you have already listened to part 1 and have done the exercise from that lesson. If you’re ready, then listen to this because we’re going to teach you the exact strategies on how to create a low-cost, simple, clean…
MBA586 Customer Onboarding 101 Part 1
Apr 7, 2016 • 16 min
Customer onboarding is a big lesson and we’re splitting this lesson into 2 parts. And even though this lesson is covered in 2 episodes, we are only covering the fundamentals of this topic. What is onboarding? Why do we need it in our business? How does it…
MBA585 Is Being Better Enough? How to Compete in a Competitive Market
Apr 6, 2016 • 13 min
Often, entrepreneurs enter a market where there already is an established player, the go-to resource for whatever niche they’re in. How are you going to compete with them if they already have taken a huge slice of the pie? Is having a better product or…
MBA584 The Easiest Way To Know How To Improve Your Product
Apr 5, 2016 • 11 min
Here’s some news for all business owners out there. You are the expert when is comes to your business and how best to use your products and services. That’s for sure! The other news is, you are not the best when it comes to improving your products or…
MBA583 Must Read: The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow
Apr 4, 2016 • 13 min
This book will surely give you a different perspective when it comes to membership business models with recurring charges. It highlights the huge benefits of having a business with this fee structure and shows you how you can apply this business model…
MBA582 Q&A Weekends: Is blogging dead in this age of video marketing?
Apr 3, 2016 • 9 min
No doubt video marketing has become huge and people are trying to get on it as much as possible. We all can consume information through a video very quickly that’s why it’s the fastest medium nowadays. Does this mean that blogging is dead? Today, Omar is…
MBA581 Q&A Weekends: Is it better to use single opt-in for email marketing?
Apr 2, 2016 • 10 min
You know the drill. When you sign up for something with your email address, the standard process is to confirm the subscription by going into your email and confirming that you actually did sign-up. This is really helpful if you want each and every opt-in…
MBA580 Do Contests Work For Marketing Your Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 1, 2016 • 12 min
Running a contest can be a great way to market your business. But just how effective is it? Do you have to give away a really big prize and how can you make sure that it’s successful? In this episode, we’re going to share with you some advice and the…
MBA579 How Fast Should Your Email List Be Growing?
Mar 31, 2016 • 10 min
Your email list is a big part of your business. It’s the number one way to reach your audience. The larger your audience, the more you can reach and affect people. Now if you’re just starting to grow your list, you might be wondering why your list isn’t…
MBA578 What is The Best Day and Time To Run a Webinar?
Mar 30, 2016 • 11 min
Recognize the fact that if you’re going to run a webinar, your audience may not be in the same timezone. It’s a big world and your audience may be watching your webinar from another country. What you think is the best time and day to run a webinar is…
MBA577 How to Get on Stage and Speak at Industry Conferences
Mar 29, 2016 • 11 min
If you are an entrepreneur, getting on stage to speak at an industry conference is a huge deal. Doing this automatically makes you an authority. And when you are an authority, your credibility and brand builds up. Basically, it just makes you and your…
MBA576 Guest Teacher: Adam Franklin- How Your Web Marketing Universe Fits Together
Mar 28, 2016 • 16 min
Our guest teacher, Adam Franklin, is one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs. He has a hugely popular blog and is the co-author of a best-selling book, Web Marketing That Works. Today, he’s going to break down the complex nature of business marketing for…
MBA575 Q&A Weekends: Would you ever consider selling your businesses?
Mar 27, 2016 • 9 min
If you’ve considered selling your business, then we ask you, Why? What are the reasons? Omar has had businesses in the past where he had to consider this so in this lesson, he’ll give you his personal take. He’ll also share with you some of the factors…
MBA574 Q&A Weekends: How do you come up with a new lesson every day?
Mar 26, 2016 • 10 min
With over 500 episodes published, Bill is wondering how we come up with a new lesson every day. Omar will now reveal his secrets, how he comes up with all our lessons on the show! If you are a podcaster, a blogger, a YouTuber who’s scrambling to come up…
MBA573 Access vs. Ownership Products Plus Free Ride Friday!
Mar 25, 2016 • 13 min
Thinking of buying that on DVD? Probably not if you’ve got Netflix for example. These days it’s access that counts. Many people would even prefer access to a product or service over actually owning it. And this idea extends to bigger and more expensive…
MBA572 The Fastest Way to Create an eBook
Mar 24, 2016 • 12 min
Thinking of writing an eBook? Do you already have some content ideas? You may want to start writing now, as in, right now! With this super simple tool I’m sharing with you, you will not have any reason not to. Whether you’re on your computer or you only…
MBA571 Ten Reasons Why Online Businesses Fail Part 2
Mar 23, 2016 • 15 min
Here’s part 2 of this two-part lesson! If you haven’t listened to Part 1 yet, click here to catch up! Because today, we’re going to give you the last 5 reasons why businesses surely fail. By learning these, you can avoid pitfalls and succeed with whatever…
MBA570 Ten Reasons Why Online Businesses Fail Part 1
Mar 22, 2016 • 14 min
Do not miss this two-part lesson! If you are a business owner, whether it’s a physical or online business, this lesson is applicable and insightful for you. Know the 10 reasons why businesses surely fail because by knowing these, you can avoid pitfalls…
MBA569 Must Read: Profit Hacking by Steven Daar
Mar 21, 2016 • 13 min
In today’s MUST READ episode, we review Profit Hacking by Steven Darr. It’s an easy and concise read in only 97 pages, but it’s a real mind-opener. The book shows us exactly what we should focus on in order to increase our profits. Best of all, the ideas…
MBA568 Q&A Weekends: Is dropping my prices on my SaaS product a bad decision?
Mar 20, 2016 • 10 min
So you’ve analyzed how your business has been doing and figured that you need to change the prices on your SaaS. Whatever your decision is, you would want to keep your existing customers in the loop. Whether you have to raise or drop your prices, your…
MBA567 Q&A Weekends: Is creating a mobile app a good business idea?
Mar 19, 2016 • 9 min
Software and apps have been a growing market in our business. We see many mobile apps these days that are making a lot of money or making a lot of buzz. But you also have to know that a lot of mobile apps are also not making any profit at all. So, is…
Bonus: How to Manage Your Calendar (Rebroadcast)
Mar 18, 2016 • 13 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 21st, 2015. This one is also back by popular demand! Are you the kind of person who sucks at time management? Does your calendar help you manage your daily life schedule or are you having trouble…
MBA566 Is Location Independence a Real Thing With Online Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Mar 18, 2016 • 14 min
Is it really possible for us to live in different locations and run a business at the same time? If so, how can we make this possible? What are the challenges that we may face if we want to be location independent? If you dream about traveling and running…
Bonus: How to Bounce Back From Failure (Rebroadcast)
Mar 17, 2016 • 12 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired January 29th, 2015. You know we handle some heavy topics here at The $100 MBA. Here’s another favorite from the archives. Failures are inevitable, but they do not dictate your fate. Today we will…
MBA565 Do You Need New Friends as an Entrepreneur?
Mar 17, 2016 • 12 min
When you become an entrepreneur, you change. You become someone different, someone who changes the way they spend most of their wakeful hours. Your mindset changes too. When this happens, which it will, you have to accept that some of your relationships…
Bonus: How to Build a Business That Pays the Bills PT2 (Rebroadcast)
Mar 16, 2016 • 13 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 8th, 2015. Part 2 of this 2-part lesson goes deeper and delves into the details to give you the honest truth on how to do what you want for a living and be your own boss! Listen and learn with…
MBA564 How to Spend More Time on What Helps Your Business
Mar 16, 2016 • 10 min
An entrepreneur’s life is crazy-busy! So it’s really important for you to know as an entrepreneur where your time is going. Are you spending your time on things that are really helping your business? Let Omar walk you through an exercise to really help…
Bonus: How to Build a Business That Pays the Bills PT1 (Rebroadcast)
Mar 15, 2016 • 12 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 7th, 2015. Back by popular demand, Part 1 of this 2 part lesson begins the discussion on how you can make enough money with your business to live comfortably. How long will it take? Find out and…
MBA563 How to Not Let Personal Challenges Affect Your Business
Mar 15, 2016 • 11 min
We’ll always have challenges in different areas of our life. They can consume our time and most importantly can affect our business. If you have personal struggles and you let them affect you, your business will suffer. Why? Because you are in charge of…
Bonus: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better Entrepreneur (Rebroadcast)
Mar 14, 2016 • 14 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 17th, 2015. If you missed this one, we got you covered. The fact is we can never settle as entrepreneurs. We always aspire for better things and greater achievements. Tune in to today’s episode so…
MBA562 Guest Teacher: Brandon Turner- How to (Finally) Write a Wicked-Awesome Book in 100 Days or Less
Mar 14, 2016 • 15 min
Brandon Turner is the VP of growth and communications over at BiggerPockets. They have an incredibly successful real estate investment website plus a super successful podcast on iTunes called BiggerPockets. But the episode title says, “How to (Finally)…
MBA561 Q&A Weekends: What’s the big deal with Snapchat? Do I need to be using it?
Mar 13, 2016 • 11 min
Have you heard about Snapchat? Do you know what it is and what it does? You may have heard about it because it’s making a buzz these days. So, how does this relate to us entrepreneurs? How can we use this for our business? Should we even use Snapchat?…
MBA560 Q&A Weekends: Do you have any beginner tips for Facebook marketing?
Mar 12, 2016 • 11 min
If you’re on Facebook (which is most likely the case), we’re pretty sure that you’ve see all kinds of ads posted on the sidebar and even in your news feed as you scroll through. Often, these ads are very engaging and relevant to you. They passively invite…
Bonus: Must Read: The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss (Rebroadcast)
Mar 11, 2016 • 13 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 27th, 2015. New listeners to the show and old alike will benefit from hearing this serious favorite. Today’s MUST READ episode is the amazing and fun to read book by Tim Ferriss: The 4-Hour Work…
MBA559 When is Rebranding Your Business a Good Idea? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Mar 11, 2016 • 11 min
If you are a business owner for some time now, you already know that some things or everything in your business may change. Your colors, logo, and even the product itself, anything can change. In times like these, rebranding your business can greatly…
Bonus: Creating a Content Production Schedule (Rebroadcast)
Mar 10, 2016 • 15 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired February 10th, 2015. Yesterday you heard from blogging BOSS, Chris Brogan, so let’s take you back to a super helpful and much loved lesson that will fire your engines for content production mania!…
MBA558 Is Starting a Physical Business a Bad Idea?
Mar 10, 2016 • 12 min
Many people when they think of starting a business, the first thing that comes to mind is starting a physical business. But right now, you hear many entrepreneurs making their success online and you start to wonder, is starting a physical business a bad…
Bonus: Guest Teacher Chris Brogan- Blog Like a Boss in Under an Hour a Day (Rebroadcast)
Mar 9, 2016 • 16 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired April 13th, 2015. This episode was a huge hit and was featured on the front page of iTunes. Today we have the distinct pleasure of a lesson by the best name in blogging, Chris Brogan. In this guest…
MBA557 What to Expect on Your First Launch Day
Mar 9, 2016 • 16 min
Are you ready for launch day? Are you excited, nervous, or both? Don’t worry. In this episode, our aim is to help you make sure that on your very first launch day, you got everything under control. We’re going to walk you through some of the things that…
Bonus: How to Deal with Doubts (Rebroadcast)
Mar 8, 2016 • 12 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired November 25th, 2014. If you weren’t with us then, you’ll love it. Every entrepreneur experiences doubts when starting a business. It’s completely natural! However, doubts, if not managed properly, can…
MBA556 How Much Free Content Should You Create?
Mar 8, 2016 • 13 min
Some entrepreneurs think that giving away content for free, is a waste. But some entrepreneurs continuously give an unlimited amount of free content. So what’s your take on how much free content you should create and give out for free on a regular…
Bonus: What Makes a Great Manager? (Rebroadcast)
Mar 7, 2016 • 9 min
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that first aired October 8th, 2014. For new listeners this is a must listen topic. Great entrepreneurs need to be great managers. In this episode you’ll learn how to become one. This episode is sure to take your…
MBA555 Must Read: The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert
Mar 7, 2016 • 12 min
The Boron Letters is a book written while the author was in prison. Yes, during Gary Halbert’s prison time, he wrote letters to his son which is where this book is based from. For those who don’t know who Gary is, he’s was of the most successful…
MBA554 Q&A Weekends: Do you prefer using slides when speaking on stage?
Mar 6, 2016 • 10 min
When you’re speaking on stage, do you need to have slides? Are slides helpful and does it make your speaking gig more engaging? Well, Omar has recently split tested speaking on stage with and without slides and what we found out, surprised us. Want to…
MBA553 Q&A Weekends: My mind races with business in bed. Do you have any techniques to shut off at night?
Mar 5, 2016 • 10 min
Our business can unknowingly lead us to overthinking and overworking. Taking breaks from your business is essential. In fact, without breaks or some good shut-eye, you can get burnt out. Without sounding too dramatic, this could even lead to your…
MBA552 How to Sell From The Stage Without Being Salesy Plus Free Ride Friday!
Mar 4, 2016 • 12 min
The art of selling not only involves critical choice of words. It also comes down to the way that you deliver those carefully chosen words. You wouldn’t want to drive any potential customer away just because you couldn’t sell in a way that is enticing to…
MBA551 How to Not Get Angry When Things Suck
Mar 3, 2016 • 12 min
As much as we might hate it, we all go through tough and challenging situations that can leave us, well….angry. Anger is a very strong emotion that can be difficult to deal with, especially for our business’s sake. In this episode, we talk about this…
MBA550 How to Reply to Emails 4X Faster
Mar 2, 2016 • 12 min
Do you find yourself spending too much time on emails? Sure, it is important to make time for emails but it doesn’t have to take up half of your day. In this episode, we give you tips to cut down your email time to a much shorter period, and how to…
MBA549 Can You Have It All In Business & In Life?
Mar 1, 2016 • 14 min
Can you really have it all? Can you really have everything you desire in your life and in your business? Is it possible to tick all the boxes on our list? But is it even ideal to seek that kind of life? We’re going to give you a reality check today…
MBA548 Guest Teacher: Tim Paige – How to Create Compelling Lead Magnets
Feb 29, 2016 • 17 min
In this guest teacher episode, we’re bringing you an absolute expert when it comes to conversion and lead magnets, Tim Paige! He is a conversion educator over at LeadPages and he is also the host of the hit podcast, ConversionCast. Tim is going to teach…
MBA547 Q&A Weekends: I can’t find a good .com. Is .co, .net or .biz alright?
Feb 28, 2016 • 12 min
This is a problem that many new entrepreneurs and new businesses have because .com’s are few and far. If you do find it, it’s quite expensive. We all know that the internet has been around for a while so you may not find your .com that’s short and…
MBA546 Q&A Weekends: What are some great tools & templates for making blog photos easier to pump out?
Feb 27, 2016 • 13 min
Most of the time, when you have a feature image or an image that we see at the top of the blog post, you’ll notice that people are more enticed to read your published content. Feature images are quite important because it’s the preview to your post, it’s…
MBA545 How Do You Hire a Software Developer? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Feb 26, 2016 • 14 min
If you want to start a software business and wondering how you can hire a software developer then you’re in for a treat! Today, we’ll share with you how you can hire the right developer. Somebody that can work with you and implement your ideas that are in…
MBA544 When Should You Seek Investment?
Feb 25, 2016 • 11 min
When your business is rolling, should you seek investment? Or can your business continue to run without ever getting an investor at all? We know that some of you may be thinking about getting investment for your business. To grow, to expand or to keep…
MBA543 Is Fast Money Possible Online?
Feb 24, 2016 • 11 min
Is it possible to make a significant amount of money quickly? Is it possible to make like a million dollars within weeks by running a business online? We know that you hear stories about people having an online business and making lots and lots of money.…
MBA542 Do You Need a Business Coach?
Feb 23, 2016 • 11 min
Do you really need a business coach to take you where you want to go with your business? And if you don’t have a coach, does it mean that you won’t get to your destination? Where do you find a great business coach and how do you find the right one? Let us…
MBA541 Must Read: Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
Feb 22, 2016 • 13 min
We’re featuring a second Ryan Holiday book as a Must Read. This book is so well-written and well-researched that after reading, you’re a better person for it. You can’t say that often about a lot of books! Get ready to change your mindset when it comes to…
MBA540 Q&A Weekends: What’s your opinion of Amway and multi-level marketing?
Feb 21, 2016 • 15 min
Is multi-level marketing a real business? We’re sure many of you have heard of Amway or MLM, or you may have even almost joined one of these. Can we consider this type of business as entrepreneurship? Do we recommend it? We’ll break it all down for you in…
MBA539 Q&A Weekends: How can I use testimonials without looking cheesy?
Feb 20, 2016 • 12 min
Testimonials can really help boost your business. In fact, it worked for our businesses. So in this lesson, we’ll teach you how you can use testimonials for your products or services without looking too cheesy. We’ll teach you how you can make sure that…
MBA538 Free Trials vs. Money Back Guarantees Plus Free Ride Friday!
Feb 19, 2016 • 13 min
What’s the difference in revenue when you do free trials for your products or services versus doing money-back guarantees? Which one makes you the most money and which one has you keeping the most money when it’s all said and done and you’ve accounted for…
MBA537 How to Manage Risk in Your Business
Feb 18, 2016 • 14 min
Every single business out there will have a margin of risk. Even if your business is the best in the game. But what’s important is that you know how to manage and control that risk. That is, whenever you make a decision, you have to also see and plan for…
MBA536 How to Hire Your First Manager
Feb 17, 2016 • 12 min
You didn’t start your business to do everything yourself, right? At some point in your business, you’re going to start growing and you’re going to need to start delegating so you can start working on the bigger picture. In this episode, we will define…
MBA535 Four Tips to Becoming a Better Teacher in Your Business
Feb 16, 2016 • 13 min
If you can show how your products are relevant or how they can add value to people’s lives, then that immediately builds credibility and trust with your audience. When there is trust, there are sales. We buy from who we trust. In today’s lesson, we’ll…
MBA534 Guest Teacher: Chris Ducker – The Business of You
Feb 15, 2016 • 18 min
Chris Ducker is very well known for his Youpreneur program and podcast that’s smashing iTunes right now. He’s an expert when it comes to building a business on your own as a solopreneur. We knew we had to get him here on The $100 MBA Show to show you the…
MBA533 Q&A Weekends: I closed my website store and kept my Etsy store open due to the volume of orders. Did I make a mistake?
Feb 14, 2016 • 13 min
Juggling two stores at a time is not easy. In some ways today’s question is a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem. Our listener- ThirteenThieves, chose to keep the Etsy store open to continue their business and closed their own website store…
MBA532 Q&A Weekends: Would it be worth it to have products translated into different languages?
Feb 13, 2016 • 12 min
Many people don’t realize that there are a lot of untapped markets out there underserved because of a language barrier. But are those markets worth getting into? What kind of resources do you need to get into those them? Let’s answer Jim’s question right…
MBA531 How to Deal with Embarrassments in Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Feb 12, 2016 • 14 min
Whether you like it or not, a time will come that you will be embarrassed. I’ve had my share of embarrassments and I had to deal with them. If you’re caught in this situation, how do you deal with it? How do you address this embarrassment? How do you make…
MBA530 Open Registration vs. Registration Windows for Your Products
Feb 11, 2016 • 15 min
What’s the difference between having an open registration and registration windows? Which one of these tactics have you tried for your business? A lot of people think that this is just another business strategy but is this more than just a strategy? Are…
MBA529 What is a Shopping Cart and Do You Need One?
Feb 10, 2016 • 12 min
Many of us think that using a shopping cart on our business website is a must, but that’s not always the case. How do we know if we need one? In the next 10 minutes, we’ll share with you when we have to use it and what tools we recommend you to use…
MBA528 Is Offering Private Label Rights Products a Good Idea?
Feb 9, 2016 • 10 min
Private Label Rights is a product, it can be a course, an article, a video series, an ebook, or anything that’s created by somebody else and is allowing you to buy the product. By buying their private label products, you can put your own label on their…
MBA527 Must Read: This Book Will Teach You How to Write Better by Neville Medhora
Feb 8, 2016 • 11 min
Before you start saying “I’m not a writer! I can’t relate to this book.” Remember that as an entrepreneur, you are a writer. Every day, you write for your emails, sales copies, script for your speeches, podcasts and videos and much more. Understand that…
MBA526 Q&A Weekends: How much has public speaking impacted your bottom line?
Feb 7, 2016 • 11 min
Omar attended and had done public speaking to a total of 15 live events last year. Does public speaking directly impact our business revenue? Does it ultimately help our business or branding? And other than doing public speeches for business purposes, why…
MBA525 Q&A Weekends: How did you decide on your color scheme with your businesses?
Feb 6, 2016 • 9 min
Our answer to the question today may be over simplistic, but the great thing about it is you can easily follow and apply what we did for our businesses. A lot of us spend too much time on deciding and choosing on these things when we don’t need to.…
MBA524 How Important is Sleep as an Entrepreneur? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Feb 5, 2016 • 13 min
This is a topic that you may not be thinking about but should. Are you getting enough sleep? What happens when you don’t get enough sleep? Let’s take a look at what the research says! How much sleep should we be getting? How will it affect our performance…
MBA523 Does Swearing Hurt Your Business?
Feb 4, 2016 • 11 min
You all know what we mean. Those colorful 4-letter word that we often hear or use. If you produce content online and even offline, such as blog posts, podcasts, videos or any kind of content, you may want to step back and think about whether you’re going…
MBA522 What Michael Jackson Can Teach You About Business
Feb 3, 2016 • 13 min
Michael Jackson fans love him because his music is timeless and he’s one of the best performers of all time. Obviously however, this is not why he’s the star in today’s lesson. Whether you recognize it or not, MJ was in itself a business. He built a brand…
MBA521 Is Time Really Money?
Feb 2, 2016 • 13 min
When people say time is money, is that true? What is the value of time and does time automatically equate money? In this lesson, we’ll help you reflect on what you spend your time on everyday in your life and in your business. And by reflecting on what’s…
MBA520 Guest Teacher: Kate Erickson – How to Create Systems in Your Business
Feb 1, 2016 • 14 min
You are in for a treat today! Kate Erickson from Entrepreneur On Fire is going to be teaching us how to create systems in our business. Kate has done all the work for you already so all you have to do is follow the steps! Because everything you do in your…
MBA519 Q&A Weekends: I’m swamped with email. How much time do I spend on email a day? Any advice?
Jan 31, 2016 • 12 min
We are pretty sure that many can relate to this question. Many of us are so swamped with emails that it takes too much of our time like it’s the only thing that we’ve ever done for the entire day! Well we have some advice and strategies to share on how…
MBA518 Q&A Weekends: Should I give free access to my product to influencers or should I charge them?
Jan 30, 2016 • 11 min
Mandy has a product and somebody big in her marketplace has shown interest in her product. Her question is: should she give this product for free to this somebody? Or should she charge him/her just like any other customer? This is a great question and it…
MBA517 Four Great Ways to Use Google Apps in Your Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 29, 2016 • 15 min
Google Apps for business is one of the lowest investments and one of the best investments you could ever make for your business. With just an astonishing $60 a year, you can sign up for Google Apps. What a great deal! So, how do we use it to run our…
MBA516 How to Become a Guest on a Podcast
Jan 28, 2016 • 12 min
Do you want to be a guest on a podcast? Because a lot of the podcast shows today are interview-based. It’s a great opportunity for an entrepreneur to be a guest on a podcast because you will get in front of an already-built and targeted audience. How do…
MBA515 How to Create a Resources Page
Jan 27, 2016 • 12 min
Here at The $100 MBA, our Resources page is the 3rd most visited page on the site. It’s one of the most visited because it’s a page that provides great value for our audience. There are a couple of reasons why entrepreneurs put together a resources page.…
MBA514 5 Must Watch YouTube Channels for Entrepreneurs
Jan 26, 2016 • 12 min
Let us tell you why you should hit subscribe to these 5 YouTube channels that we are going to be sharing with you today. We’ll tell you what kind of content they produce and how they would help you as an entrepreneur. Become better at business through…
MBA513 Must Read: How to Get a Grip by Matthew Kimberley
Jan 25, 2016 • 10 min
How to get a grip is a book written by Matthew Kimberley. It’s classified as a self-help book but it’s a whole lot more than that. It is so worth the read that we recommend every entrepreneur on Earth must read this book. If you want your business to be…
MBA512 Q&A Weekends: How do I get over my fear of raising prices?
Jan 24, 2016 • 11 min
A lot of people don’t feel like raising prices because they think that it’s discouraging to customers even though they know they have to raise prices. Remember that pricing is not written in stone. It can always be changed! But how to get past this fear…
MBA511 Q&A Weekends: Is a sales video a must for selling my online course?
Jan 23, 2016 • 10 min
Of course you can sell your online course with just a basic sales page. A sales page with images and text describing what your course includes and why somebody would need your online course. But as an entrepreneur who’s selling a course online, we would…
MBA510 Should You A/B Test in Your Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 22, 2016 • 13 min
Did you know that when President Obama ran for his first term in 2008, he A/B tested his website? In order to see what converts best, he did split testing. That’s because they know and we know that A/B testing works. A/B testing helps us make decisions in…
MBA509 How to Plan for Future Challenges
Jan 21, 2016 • 15 min
Having a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook in general is a great trait. But you can’t deny the fact that in life there will always be challenges to overcome. However, if you’re prepared and planned when it comes to overcoming these difficulties,…
MBA508 How to Optimize Your WordPress Site Speed
Jan 20, 2016 • 9 min
How do you make sure that your site’s load time is quick? How do you see to it that your website visitors are having a great experience? This episode is a “how-to” episode. We’ll teach you how to optimize your WordPress site on your own and save money! So…
MBA507 How to Create an Effective Pricing Table
Jan 19, 2016 • 11 min
If you have a business website, of course you have a pricing table, it’s mandatory. Creating a table for your prices highlights the differences in your prices, packages, tiers and even the value of your product or service. How do you create one that’s…
MBA506 Guest Teacher: Pat Flynn – How to Define Your Ideal Customer
Jan 18, 2016 • 19 min
Pat Flynn is one of the biggest entrepreneurs online. He also has a very successful podcast called Smart Passive Income that’s consistently at the top of the business section. In today’s lesson, he will teach us his way to define our ideal customer, who…
MBA505 Q&A Weekends: Why did you start a software business in such a competitive space?
Jan 17, 2016 • 8 min
Most of you may know that we run a software business called Webinar Ninja - an all-in-one solution for webinars. Yes, this industry is very competitive and Conrad is asking why we ventured into this space. In this episode, we will share with you why we…
MBA504 Q&A Weekends: Why does everyone seem to use Infusionsoft? Do you recommend it?
Jan 16, 2016 • 10 min
Many entrepreneurs use Infusionsoft. We hear about this platform often. If you’re not using this platform, then you might have the same questions as today’s topic. In today’s lesson, we will tell you what Infusionsoft is, why you would need it, who’s…
MBA503 Will Someone Steal Your Idea? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 15, 2016 • 17 min
If you think that your business idea is a secret, think again. Most people think that their business ideas are so valuable and they worry about them being stolen by somebody else. In fact, it’s the number one fear of every new entrepreneur! Well, it’s…
MBA502 How to Start a Clothing Line Business P2
Jan 14, 2016 • 14 min
This is part 2 of our 2-part episode about how you can start your own clothing line business. In part 1, we learned the first 3 crucial steps and you’re about to hear the 4 final steps in this lesson. The next steps will have you roll up your sleeves,…
MBA501 How to Start a Clothing Line Business P1
Jan 13, 2016 • 14 min
This is it! Omar is finally sharing with you today how you can start your own clothing line business! He should know as he had one in the past and it was one of his largest businesses. This is a 2-part lesson and in this first part, he’ll be teaching us…
MBA500 The Advantages of Selling High Priced Products
Jan 12, 2016 • 16 min
Many entrepreneurs don’t want to sell expensive or high-priced products because they’re afraid that maybe nobody is going to buy. Omar is here to debunk that and tell you why high-priced products can be great for your business if done right! Celebrate…
MBA499 Must Read: The Dip by Seth Godin
Jan 11, 2016 • 12 min
The Dip by Seth Godin goes into a topic that a lot of people don’t want to talk about in business. Some may even refuse to agree or believe. It’s about knowing when to quit or when to hang on and keep persevering. We know everyone can relate to this but…
MBA498 Q&A Weekends: How do you and Nicole divide responsibilities as co-founders?
Jan 10, 2016 • 10 min
This is a great episode especially for those who are thinking about having a business partner or a co-founder in business. How do we divide our responsibilities? How do we make sure that we’re both accountable? Our responsibilities change as time goes by…
MBA497 Q&A Weekends: How long should I expect it will take to be profitable?
Jan 9, 2016 • 11 min
Carey is asking the golden question. The question is often asked by entrepreneurs when they first get started. We’re going to give you our take on this question. We’re going to give you some advice on the kind of mindset that you should have when it comes…
MBA496 Properly Using Music in Your Marketing Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 8, 2016 • 14 min
Music is very powerful. It influences how we feel about certain things. That’s why a lot of businesses, including us on The $100 MBA Show, utilize music for marketing to amplify our message. But with any other material that we use for our business, we…
MBA495 How to Craft an Effective Newsletter For Your Subscribers
Jan 7, 2016 • 13 min
Crafting an effective newsletter can really help you keep your subscribers engaged and interested about what you have to offer. It also helps you grow your relationship with them. So how can you create a newsletter that’s super effective? How can you…
MBA494 How to Easily Sell a Small Information Product
Jan 6, 2016 • 12 min
Yesterday, you learned how to create a small informational product. Today’s episode is about how you can sell it or offer it for free easily and effectively. Complete the blueprint by tuning in right now! Click play!
MBA493 How to Easily Create a Small Information Product
Jan 5, 2016 • 13 min
If you’re stuck creating your first informational product, start with a minimal viable small informational product. It’s a lot quicker and a lot easier. Learn how to create a very simple small informational product with our 3 different examples in today’s…
MBA492 Guest Teacher: John Lee Dumas- How to Set SMART Goals
Jan 4, 2016 • 15 min
Our guest teacher today is a good friend of ours and a highly successful podcaster and entrepreneur, John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire. He is also the founder and the author of the Freedom Journal which just got released. In this book, he shows you…
MBA491 Q&A Weekends: Can I use New York in my product name? With Guest Teacher: David Lizerbram
Jan 3, 2016 • 12 min
A big shout out to Reggie for asking his question to us before making any decisions or taking any further steps for his business. He’s asking if it’s okay to put the word New York in his product name and even have it printed on the product itself. The…
MBA490 Q&A Weekends: You publish an episode everyday, even on holidays. How do you have a life?
Jan 2, 2016 • 10 min
Yes, as you know, we produce an episode for the show each and everyday without a skipping a beat. Even if it’s Christmas Day, New Year, or any other holiday in the world, we got your back. There are reasons why we do this. If you want to know why you can…
MBA489 Why Are You Building a Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jan 1, 2016 • 13 min
This New Year’s day, instead of setting goals or moving forward, we want you to take this day to reflect. Ask yourself why you are doing this, why you are running this business. This question is so important because it can really help your business become…
MBA488 How to Create a FAQ Page
Dec 31, 2015 • 12 min
If you don’t have a solid frequently asked questions page now, we’ll help you create one. Now’s the time to do it. You can get a lot of benefits by just having FAQs page or section on your site. Boost sales, lower your customer service tickets, show your…
MBA487 How to Create Your Terms and Conditions on Your Website
Dec 30, 2015 • 11 min
One of the most important pages of your website is your Terms and Conditions because it protects you. This page is so important and you have to make sure that it’s in conjunction with your checkout. We will break down our own terms and conditions on our…
MBA486 Do You Need a Lawyer as an Entrepreneur?
Dec 29, 2015 • 11 min
As an entrepreneur, do you need a lawyer? Why would you need them? What are some of the things that they might handle for you in your business? And if so, how do you choose one? We know that you thoroughly take care of your business, that’s why we are…
MBA485 Must Read: Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
Dec 28, 2015 • 11 min
This is Robert Kiyosaki’s second book which in many ways, was more enjoyable than the first book, Rich Dad Poor Dad. It’s more practical, more tactical and it gets into the nitty gritty of financial education. CASHFLOW Quadrant was written for those who…
MBA484 Q&A Weekends: I want to partner with someone in their business. How do I approach them?
Dec 27, 2015 • 9 min
Vince wants to partner with someone in their business and is asking how to approach this person. Partnering up is a great idea but how do you know that it’s the right move for you, if this is something that you really want? How can you tell them that you…
MBA483 Q&A Weekends: I want to start an online business but life gets in the way. How do I get started?
Dec 26, 2015 • 11 min
Tony wants to start an online business but the problem is, there’s a lot on his plate right now. We’re sure that many of you share the same question and we’re going to give you our honest, personal advice. If you’re fighting through this situation, there…
MBA482 5 Things I Learned From 5 People in 2015 Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 25, 2015 • 17 min
Back in 2014 I wrote a blog post dedicated to 5 people who taught me some great things that year. As we’re wrapping up the year 2015, it’s time to share with you my 5 people of this year. They don’t know who they are yet, but you can discover what I have…
MBA481 How To Raise Prices & Have Your Customers Love You For It!
Dec 24, 2015 • 13 min
It’s nice to think about raising your prices and not only have your customers feel okay with it but fall in love with you again. Good thing that we have a game plan laid out for you in this episode on how to raise your prices that works really well…
MBA480 Are You Too Old To Start A Business?
Dec 23, 2015 • 11 min
If you’re asking the same question, you are not alone. Many people ask this question but is there any validity to this? Is it true? Can you be too old to start a business? Let’s get to the truth of the matter. Waste no time and press play!
MBA479 5 Tips When Working with a Freelancer
Dec 22, 2015 • 14 min
Hiring a freelancer can be a great way to get the job done in a specific amount of time in your budget. However, it’s a different kind of relationship. It’s not like hiring somebody full time. You need to look out for and do specific things when you’re…
MBA478 Must Read: Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
Dec 21, 2015 • 14 min
This book changes the way you think about marketing. It not only gives you specific insights about how to market your business on a budget, it also emphasizes why marketing is so important and how to keep it at the top of the line. We’re going to give you…
MBA477 Q&A Weekends: Why do you use Wistia over Vimeo for your videos?
Dec 20, 2015 • 9 min
Karen wants to know why we use Wistia over Vimeo for all our videos, both for The $100 MBA and Webinar Ninja. This is a deliberate choice that we made so our answer today is going to be based from our experience. Our reasons may not be applicable to your…
MBA476 Q&A Weekends: I need to fire an employee. Any advice?
Dec 19, 2015 • 11 min
Mitch is not in a fun situation right now. He needs to fire an employee and he’s asking for an advice. Maybe Mitch is hoping to do it without feeling bad or guilty. Firing an employee is never pleasant but there are ways to do this right. Firing is not…
MBA475 Is Your Business What It Should Be? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 18, 2015 • 13 min
What if you have a business that’s doing great but annoys you? That doesn’t make you feel okay? Are you sure that your business is on the right path? Are you working on the right things? If you think that you yourself are asking the same questions, then…
MBA474 4 Ways to Be More Confident in Business
Dec 17, 2015 • 12 min
We’re going to give you 4 surefire strategies to make sure you feel confident- what you can do to build your confidence as an entrepreneur. If you’re hindered by your own opinion or if you keep comparing yourself to others, it’s also a surefire way to…
MBA473 Why Not Having Fun Can Cost You Your Business
Dec 16, 2015 • 14 min
If you have a business that’s not making you happy, not inspiring you to go on and work, then you’re in trouble. If you have a business and you’re not having fun with it, it will affect everything in your life and eventually cost your business. You have…
MBA472 Is Co-Working a Good Choice for Your Business?
Dec 15, 2015 • 13 min
Here at The $100 MBA show, we see to it that you always have choices. If you have just started your own business and you’re looking into finding your own space, have you considered coworking? Is it a good choice? What is it? What are its advantages and…
MBA471 Guest Teacher: Josh Elledge – How to Get Free PR for Your Business
Dec 14, 2015 • 15 min
If you want to get on major publications like The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Forbes or Inc., if you want to get that kind of publicity out there for your business then listen up! We have the perfect guest teacher for you today and that is Josh…
MBA470 Q&A Weekends: Who writes your marketing emails? Any tips?
Dec 13, 2015 • 12 min
Gloria wants to know who writes our marketing emails? That responsibility is split between the founders of the company, Omar and Nicole. If you’re wondering why we haven’t hired someone to write these for us, then you have to listen to this episode. You…
MBA469 Q&A Weekends: How do I know what I should focus on in my business for 2016?
Dec 12, 2015 • 11 min
Now that the year 2016 is fast approaching, Sal is wondering what to focus on in the coming new year. A lot of us, we like to create, improve or focus on something new at the start of the year. If you listen to this, we’ll give you a game plan on knowing…
MBA468 Short Form vs. Long Form Content Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 11, 2015 • 13 min
You know us as the podcast that delivers practical business lessons in around 10 minutes. That’s our intention for the show: short form content with no fluff. You also know other podcasts or videos that offer lengthier content, even an hour plus. This…
MBA467 Is Blogging Still Effective?
Dec 10, 2015 • 12 min
Is having a blog on your site or having a regular blog post still effective in today’s business world? With so many different types of platforms coming out- videos, images, social media and podcasting, is blogging still effective? Is it still relevant…
MBA466 Must Know Insights for Female Entrepreneurs
Dec 9, 2015 • 11 min
Every episode of the show is applicable to everyone, male or female. But today, we want to give specific insights about female entrepreneurs. We’re inspired to do this because we have seen and worked with some of the best female entrepreneurs in the…
MBA465 Why Comparing Yourself to Your Competition is Dangerous
Dec 8, 2015 • 11 min
We cannot avoid competition. They are always there in every kind of business. We tend to observe and watch out for our competitors often instead of watching out for ourselves. How does looking at our competition with no game plan hurt our business? Let us…
MBA464 Must Read: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
Dec 7, 2015 • 11 min
We face challenges every single day. How do we tackle these obstacles head on and come out as a better person and entrepreneur? Not to worry because today, we’re going to share with you a book we’ve recently read- The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday.…
MBA463 Q&A Weekends: I want to open a restaurant/cafe. Any advice?
Dec 6, 2015 • 11 min
Chris wants to open a restaurant or a cafe and he’s asking for our advice. This isn’t an easy question because physical businesses especially in the food and hospitality industry need to focus on service rather than the food or drinks you serve on the…
MBA462 Q&A Weekends: My site is over a year old & I only have 320 subscribers. Should I quit?
Dec 5, 2015 • 12 min
Jackie’s question is a tough and direct one. She’s asking if she should quit after running her site for over a year with only 320 email subscribers. This is a very frustrating situation that many of us can relate to. When your audience is not growing and…
MBA461 Are Some Customers Better For Your Business Than Others? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Dec 4, 2015 • 14 min
The thought of someone you admire, an influencer in your market, being your customer is a really exciting one. Are these kind of customers more valuable? Are you going to treat them differently to your other paying customers? We’ll talk about this…
MBA460 When Do You Stop Planning?
Dec 3, 2015 • 12 min
When you have an idea, you start planning for it. You go through all the details on how to turn this idea into a business, how to launch it, and how to sell it. The thing is, we tend to get stuck on planning. When do we just start implementing? If you…
MBA459 Does Every Dollar Count in Business?
Dec 2, 2015 • 11 min
Many of us entrepreneurs count every cent and look at our expenses in minute detail. We often take so much time to think and overthink about how much we should pay or spend on our business. Is it worth our time to actually look and compare to save dollars…
MBA458 How Twitter Polls Can Help Your Business
Dec 1, 2015 • 10 min
There’s a new feature that has launched on Twitter called Polls. With this, you can ask questions and get information that you need from your audience. How can this feature help your business? How should we set this up and what are some great uses of…
MBA457 Guest Teacher: Corbett Barr- 5 Steps to Launch Your First Product
Nov 30, 2015 • 13 min
Here’s another special episode for you guys! A guest teacher episode featuring the founder and CEO of fizzle.co, Corbett Barr. He has been doing business for quite some time and we really like his perspective when it comes to building businesses. Let…
MBA456 Q&A Weekends: Do I need a tagline for my business?
Nov 29, 2015 • 10 min
Thomas asked us if it’s really necessary to have a tagline to describe your business or brand. We see taglines almost everywhere but what value does it add to your business? Press play and find out!
MBA455 Q&A Weekends: What’s most important when creating my logo?
Nov 28, 2015 • 8 min
Hank is trying to create a logo now so he wants to know what’s important when creating this. Creating a logo is actually simpler than you think. A lot of people over complicate this and in the process, they come out with a subpar logo. We want to make…
MBA454 3 Important Business Lessons From Shark Tank Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 27, 2015 • 12 min
We know a lot of people love watching Shark Tank. We love watching it, too. But Shark Tank is a show, it is built for entertainment. Are there things that we can learn from this and apply in the real world? Let’s see what we can take away from this…
MBA453 How Often Should You Update Your Sales Page?
Nov 26, 2015 • 11 min
What is a sales page? How frequently should you be updating it? Why does it have to be updated in the first place? Can you just set it and forget it? Our promise is to deliver quick but concise business lessons everyday and to cover even those overlooked…
MBA452 Organizing Random Ideas and Implementing Them
Nov 25, 2015 • 11 min
Do you find yourself coming up with great ideas for your business randomly? You’re in a cafe drinking your coffee and an idea about how you can improve your existing product suddenly pops up? Or you’re at an event and suddenly a new product idea presents…
MBA451 5 Signs You Shouldn’t Be an Entrepreneur
Nov 24, 2015 • 12 min
Not everybody can be an entrepreneur and that’s the truth. Not everyone has what it takes. Don’t get us wrong, we would love for you to become an entrepreneur. But if you do have one or more of these 5 signs, then maybe you should think about if…
MBA450 Must Read: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
Nov 23, 2015 • 15 min
This book is a pretty short one. Just a hundred pages and you can read it in one sitting. It may be short but we’ve read a lot of books this year and this one ranks high on the list. Derek’s life story is so inspiring and his writing style won our hearts.…
MBA449 Q&A Weekends: Not sure if we should lower the MSRP. How do we find the right price?
Nov 22, 2015 • 10 min
Brian is a board game publisher and he’s having trouble deciding on the price of one of his successful games. He’s just got a large print run for a lower manufacturing cost for this game he’s concerned with but now he’s not sure if he should also lower…
MBA448 Q&A Weekends: Should I partner with an existing manufacturer or try to go find my own manufacturer?
Nov 21, 2015 • 9 min
Peter is starting a business with a physical product that needs manufacturing. This is his first product and he’s looking for a way to manufacture this product in an efficient way that’s reliable as well as cost effective. Peter is in luck because Omar…
MBA447 5 Lessons Learned From Being on Stage 11X This Year Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 20, 2015 • 13 min
I really wish somebody had told me these 5 things beforehand. The lessons I’ve learned by being on stage 11x this year have changed the way I see public speaking, whether it’s on stage, on camera or even on a webinar. I guarantee that if you apply at…
MBA446 Customer Onboarding 101
Nov 19, 2015 • 11 min
What does customer onboarding mean? When a customer purchases a product or a service from your business, it’s extremely important to consider what the customer will actually experience. Especially if it’s their first purchase. Through this, it will either…
MBA445 Are You Offering Enough Offers?
Nov 18, 2015 • 10 min
Some of us forget that there are members in our audience looking for ways to benefit from different offers. Some of your existing customers may even want to buy more from you, but there’s nothing left to buy. There are just no more offers. This episode…
MBA444 Stop Trying To Discover Your Passion
Nov 17, 2015 • 12 min
They all say, “Find your passion. Build a business around it and everything else should follow.” As many already know, a lot of people actually struggle when trying to find what their passion is. This is not only frustrating but it also stops you from…
MBA443 Guest Teacher: Frank Bria- The 4 Keys to Scaling Your Business
Nov 16, 2015 • 14 min
Our guest teacher today is an entrepreneurial veteran and has become the go-to expert when it comes to scaling your business, Frank Bria. He is the author of a popular book- Scale: How to Grow your Business by Working Less. Listen to this episode if you…
MBA442 Q&A Weekends: My email list is not growing fast enough. HELP!
Nov 15, 2015 • 14 min
Everybody probably knows that building your email list is a pain point. It’s one of the challenges in business that a lot of people are concerned about. We want to share with you some benchmarks that you should look for so you would know if your list is…
MBA441 Q&A Weekends: I need to redesign my website but I’m on a budget. What do you recommend?
Nov 14, 2015 • 11 min
If you’re looking to redesign your website but you’re on a budget, let us help you. In this episode, we’ll share with you some options to redesign your website. Hopefully one of these options will fit your budget. Don’t forget to take notes and hit play!
MBA440 Are You Working Hard Enough? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 13, 2015 • 14 min
This is a delicate subject and we want to make sure that we deliver this lesson in the right way. We all want to make our dreams and ambitions happen. But what does it really take to make those happen? How much effort do we have to put into our work, our…
MBA439 Is Using LinkedIn Important as an Entrepreneur?
Nov 12, 2015 • 9 min
LinkedIn has become one of the biggest social media platforms out there today. If you still don’t have a profile on LinkedIn, you may know some of your friends who have one. It is a very popular site for people who are currently employed or practicing…
MBA438 Should You Invest in Headshots?
Nov 11, 2015 • 10 min
Are you wondering if you should spend time and money for headshots that are professionally done? How much would it cost in terms of time and money? Are there any benefits to getting it done professionally? Does it mean more sales? And most importantly, do…
MBA437 Should You Offer an Affiliate Program For Your Products?
Nov 10, 2015 • 13 min
If you need a boost in sales for your business then having an affiliate program might be one of the best ways to do it. But are there any downsides to it? What are the things we need to look out for and what are our options when it comes to building an…
MBA436 Must Read: Brand Against The Machine by John Michael Morgan
Nov 9, 2015 • 11 min
This book is simply the best branding book I have read. I highly recommend this because it’s simple. It breaks down what is branding and why it’s so important. Too many books out there are over-complicated and a lot of us get branding and marketing…
MBA435 Q&A Weekends: My business is doing well but I don’t feel fulfilled. What do I do?
Nov 8, 2015 • 10 min
You are not alone to feel this. Many entrepreneurs go through this stage. You want to make sure that you’re spending your time on things that bring happiness in your life on a daily basis. Before you make any decisions, let us share with you some things…
MBA434 Q&A Weekends: How do you get your sponsors?
Nov 7, 2015 • 14 min
When we’re out at events, we’re often asked about how we got the sponsors for our show. It’s probably the number one question we’re asked because everybody would like to monetize every bit of content they have. So I’m going to share with you today how we…
MBA433 Mobile Optimizing Your Website. Does It Really Matter? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Nov 6, 2015 • 10 min
If your website looks great on a desktop browser, does it really matter if it doesn’t look great on a mobile device? Are you leaving money on the table if you don’t ensure that your site is not mobile-optimized? Are you losing audiences members and…
MBA432 Do You Need to Be Using Periscope?
Nov 5, 2015 • 10 min
One of the apps that’s really getting a lot of attention right now is Periscope. Some entrepreneurs use this app in their business to connect with and grow their audience. Is this something that we should be doing too? Why do people talk about it so much?…
MBA431 Should You Have a Business Address When Working From Home?
Nov 4, 2015 • 9 min
A lot of us when we start our business, we start from home. Our home doubles as our office, our headquarters. So when we need to, do we use our home address as our business address or do we get a separate address? Let us tell you what we think! Hit play!
MBA430 How to Choose a Business Name
Nov 3, 2015 • 10 min
Sometimes, the first roadblock for people getting started with their business is choosing a business name. People get stuck at this stage when, in fact, this shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Let us break down some really great strategies in choosing your…
MBA429 Guest Teacher: Avoid These 5 Crowdfunding Mistakes with Clay Hebert
Nov 2, 2015 • 17 min
One great way to validate your business idea or to see who’s willing to pay for something is through Crowdfunding. It also gives you a financial kick start to get your business or idea going but it is not as easy as it may seem. Luckily, we have had the…
MBA428 Q&A Weekends: I’m doing my first live event. Any pointers?
Nov 1, 2015 • 13 min
We have wrapped up Webinar Ninja Live last September, our first live event. So this question is so timely that in fact, if you really focus on the pointers that we will share to you today, it’s really hard for you not to be successful with your first…
MBA427 Q&A Weekends: If I do not like my customers, am I in the wrong business?
Oct 31, 2015 • 9 min
If you’ve experienced the feeling of not liking your customers, it’s OK. This feeling can arise when the loud, irate minority pipes up more often than the happy and content, silent majority. This lesson will help you evaluate your business, your customers…
MBA426 When To Move Your Website From a Shared Host to a Dedicated Server Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 30, 2015 • 13 min
In case you don’t know, there’s a really big difference when it comes to shared hosting versus dedicated hosting. The experience of your visitors to your website can be affected, so you have to know when to make the move. If you’re about to purchase…
MBA425 Making the Most Out of a Slow Time in Business
Oct 29, 2015 • 12 min
Whether you celebrate holidays or not, they are just around the corner and are fast approaching. Some businesses sell the most during these times. For some, it may just be a slow time but it does not mean that it has to be a bad time for business. When…
MBA424 Can You Build a Successful Business Alone?
Oct 28, 2015 • 10 min
Can you build a business that can monetize, grow and be successful when you’re a lone wolf? A solopreneur? Somebody who doesn’t have any employees or partners? Can you do it alone? If you’re a new entrepreneur wanting to go solo, we recommend you listen…
MBA423 How to Make Decisions in Business
Oct 27, 2015 • 13 min
We believe that decision-making is the biggest roadblock for all new entrepreneurs. It’s what stops them from taking action and action is what builds a business. Let us show you how you can make decision-making quick and easy so you can start implementing…
MBA422 Must Read: Notes From a Friend by Anthony Robbins
Oct 26, 2015 • 13 min
Tony Robbins has a lot of best selling books. But the book that we are going to feature today is actually quite small compared to his other books. He is known and admired for his very large books but let us tell you why you also must read this little…
MBA421 Q&A Weekends: Do product launches work? If so, why?
Oct 25, 2015 • 10 min
Product launches have been all the buzz in the last few years. A lot of people in the online space feel like a product launch is something they need to focus on just as much as the product itself. But does it work? Does it help your business? Learn more…
MBA420 Q&A Weekends: Do discounts or offers alienate past customers?
Oct 24, 2015 • 10 min
If you have some sort of sale in your business, will that upset your past customers? Will you alienate them in any way? If that’s the case, how do you offer sales or discounts for your products or services? Let us answer your questions in today’s episode.…
MBA419 The Business of Charity in Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 23, 2015 • 12 min
There are many new businesses now that are incorporating charity into their business model. How does charity fit into business? Is incorporating charity into your business a good idea? If you’re not going to do it, are you a bad person? Let’s answer all…
MBA418 How to Spend Your Profits
Oct 22, 2015 • 12 min
What do you do with the monetary successes that you make in your business? When your business starts making money and you start making profits, we get excited and forget about spending it wisely. We know that not a lot of people talk about this topic so…
MBA417 Your Business Debt Action Plan
Oct 21, 2015 • 12 min
Being in debt in business is not a fun feeling. We know. We went through this same situation and thankfully got out of it. In this lesson, we want to share with you what we have done to resolve it- our action plan to get out of debt in business. This…
MBA416 Is Your Credit Score Important in Business?
Oct 20, 2015 • 10 min
Nowadays, our credit score seems to be more important than how much money we are actually making. It determines if we can get a loan, a credit card or even a mortgage. Is our credit score something that we need to worry about or can we just let it be?…
MBA415 Guest Teacher: Lewis Howes- Creating a Clear Vision of Exactly The Business You Want
Oct 19, 2015 • 16 min
As entrepreneurs, we all want success and significance. And we want to make some money too. But we all know that it’s a lot easier said than done. Often, the problem is that we have dreams but we don’t know how to follow them. In this super awesome…
MBA414 Q&A Weekends: I’m simply not funny. Do I need to try to be funny in my writing?
Oct 18, 2015 • 8 min
It seems that everybody on the internet is funny and successful. So one of our listeners asked, do I need to be funny and entertaining or can I just be myself and not worry about being funny? Our answer for this question can be applied to anything-…
MBA413 Q&A Weekends: Who edits your amazing videos? How can I find a great video editor?
Oct 17, 2015 • 10 min
At some point you’re going to have to produce a video for your business. It could be because you’re launching a new video-based course or you need to promote a product or service for sale. It could even just be for your website content. Here at The $100…
MBA412 Can You Dream Too Big in Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 16, 2015 • 10 min
What is your take on this? Can you dream too big in business? Is there a danger of dreaming too big and having too big of a goal? How do you know you are dreaming too big and if so, is that a problem? We’re going to give you our honest opinion on this so…
MBA411 What To Do After The Sale
Oct 15, 2015 • 10 min
After you’ve gained your customer’s trust and earned their business, how do you make sure that they are happy with the experience and that they stay that way? We know that this is not easy and it’s often harder than making a sale but if you adopt this…
MBA410 Creating a Sales Page That Converts P2
Oct 14, 2015 • 13 min
If you haven’t listened to part 1 of this two-part lesson, hit pause, go back and listen to part 1. As soon as you’re done, let’s continue with today’s part 2. We are going to talk about your checkout page and your risk reversal. How do you make sure that…
MBA409 Creating a Sales Page That Converts P1
Oct 13, 2015 • 12 min
Creating an effective sales page converts people into buyers. It’s essential for a thriving business. In this two-part lesson, we’re going to cover exactly what you need to have on your sales page to make sales. We’re going to get very interactive by…
MBA408 Must Read: The Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono
Oct 12, 2015 • 15 min
The Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono is an international best seller. It’s one of those classic books that you just need to read. It’s not strictly a business book but it will definitely help you become a better entrepreneur and help you make better…
MBA407 Q&A Weekends: I’m about to do business in Dubai. You have experience there, how should I prepare?
Oct 11, 2015 • 12 min
Omar has stayed, worked and done business in Dubai in the past. Dubai has its own nuances and traditions especially in business. It’s a lot different than doing business in a western country. So we are going to answer this question specifically and we are…
MBA406 Q&A Weekends: Affiliate offers- How much is too much for my subscribers?
Oct 10, 2015 • 11 min
As a business owner, you have your own brand and you also have a couple of people in the market that you admire and support. Making affiliate offers from other businesses that you support is expected. But how often do you have to send an email to your…
MBA405 How Important is Being Known in Business? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 9, 2015 • 11 min
We know a lot of big brands that have faces behind them and they are successful. So if we want to have success, do we need to be famous too? Do people have to know us in order for our business to grow? Or can we stay behind the scenes and have a thriving…
MBA404 What is Bitcoin & Should My Business Accept It?
Oct 8, 2015 • 11 min
You may or may not have heard of Bitcoin before but Bitcoin is becoming a mainstream topic. As you might have noticed already, more and more businesses are now accepting it. What is it exactly? Can you buy things with it? Can you convert it to cash? We…
MBA403 Does Your Online Business Need to Accept PayPal?
Oct 7, 2015 • 11 min
PayPal is the oldest and most well-known payment processor out there. However, purchasing these days can be done very easily by using credit or debit cards. Therefore having this option will not require your potential customers to sign in to or create an…
MBA402 How to Get Out of a Slump in Sales
Oct 6, 2015 • 11 min
When things start to slow their pace, we start to doubt ourselves. Maybe we just got lucky when we first started our business and made a lot of sales. But when things start to taper off, how can we jump-start sales in our business again? Let’s find out in…
MBA401 Guest Teacher: Michael Port- How to Steal the Show in Every Performance in Life
Oct 5, 2015 • 15 min
Today is a very special guest teacher episode. This awesome person is both a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon best seller. He wrote some of the most influential books and founded two of the best coaching and speaking programs in the industry. Yes,…
MBA400 Q&A Weekends: What have been your greatest struggles in business this past year?
Oct 4, 2015 • 13 min
Having been on this entrepreneurial journey for several years now, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. Especially challenging was our transition from part-time to full-time to growing our team. A lot of things have happened and we want to share with you our…
MBA399 Q&A Weekends: Is it appropriate to repost interesting blogs to my biz blog making sure to cite & credit?
Oct 3, 2015 • 9 min
There are tons of great blog posts and articles out there. Sometimes, you can’t help but feel the need to share one of them again in your own blog. Either because you liked it so much or maybe you just ran out of time to create your own winning piece of…
MBA398 Five Business Secrets I Learned From Steve Jobs Plus Free Ride Friday!
Oct 2, 2015 • 14 min
Steve Jobs was not perfect but he is a legacy. There are many things that he has done exceptionally well as a business builder. Today we are going to share with you these 5 things that define the reason why he is successful. They’ve helped me tremendously…
MBA397 Don’t Get Scammed! What to Look Out For When Buying Business Products.
Oct 1, 2015 • 12 min
Whether you’re buying a software, a training program or a coaching program, you have to know what to look out for when buying business products. There are a lot of products out there that are just complete scams and not worth a penny. They ruin the…
MBA396 How to Attract The Right Employees
Sep 30, 2015 • 14 min
Whether you’re hiring or not, this episode is applicable for you. As your business grows, you will definitely want to hire rock stars. How do you make sure that you attract the people you actually want to hire? It’s very hard to hire and fire people in…
MBA395 What Every Entrepreneur Should Pack When Traveling
Sep 29, 2015 • 15 min
We know the pain of forgetting something very essential when you’re traveling for business. We travel a lot and we have definitely experienced forgetting a thing or two in the past. That’s why we made this checklist to fight this problem. Plus we made…
MBA394 Guest Teacher: Matthew Kimberley- Two Daily Activities for a Better Business
Sep 28, 2015 • 17 min
Matthew Kimberley is the head of the “Book Yourself Solid School of Coach Training” and is the author of a self-help classic “How To Get A Grip”. Matthew is a really great sales person but he didn’t get there overnight. His daily routines and what he did…
MBA393 Q&A Weekends: My business is not doing well. Should I take out a personal loan?
Sep 27, 2015 • 11 min
We all worked so hard for our business and we don’t want to see it fail. If it is under a financial stress, everything else in our life is greatly affected too because our business is so personal. When this happens, some of us often think about taking out…
MBA392 Q&A Weekends: Why did you decide to start a podcast?
Sep 26, 2015 • 12 min
In this episode, we are going to share with you our story, why we’ve gone with the medium of podcasting. I’ll share how it all started, how we evolved and and how we improved. There were a lot of realizations and our road to podcasting wasn’t all rosy at…
MBA391 Building a Personal Coaching Business 101. Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 25, 2015 • 13 min
In this lesson, you’ll learn the fundamentals of starting a personal coaching business. We’ll lay down some rules for you so you can understand how to build it right. Whatever kind of coach you are, we aim to help you build a strong personal coaching…
MBA390 Creating & Selling a Mobile App 101
Sep 24, 2015 • 11 min
If you’re thinking about creating a mobile app to sell, you have to think about and plan for it very carefully. Some people think that mobile apps are just small gigs or sidelines but they have actually become a very popular way to build a business.…
MBA389 Is Selling Ads on Your Website a Viable Business?
Sep 23, 2015 • 10 min
We hear a lot of stories of people making hundreds or thousands of dollars with Google AdSense and different types of ads on their website. Is this real? Is this actually happening? Is this a viable business model? Let’s find out! Hit play!
MBA388 Why a Little Crazy is Good For Your Business
Sep 22, 2015 • 10 min
In today’s lesson we explore how great entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks and do a few things in their business even when some of their ideas are a little crazy. When does crazy work and when doesn’t it? Let us give you some real examples of crazy…
MBA387 Must Read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Sep 21, 2015 • 13 min
We can’t think of a book that’s more well known in the business section. This book has sold over 15 million copies and it’s been translated in over 38 different languages. The audio version alone has sold over 1.5 million copies. So obviously and to be…
MBA386 Q&A Weekends: When you go on vacation, do you work? Or do you completely shut off?
Sep 20, 2015 • 10 min
This is the dilemma of a lot of entrepreneurs when they go on vacation. It’s even hard for some people to decide whether they should go on vacation for fearing that if they leave their business behind, things could get messed up real quick. But we believe…
MBA385 Q&A Weekends: Has anyone in your family influenced you as an entrepreneur? How?
Sep 19, 2015 • 11 min
As an entrepreneur, there might be someone in the family who has influenced you and put you on the path of entrepreneurship. I’m gonna share with you today who those people are in my own family. They have taught me some insights that I learned by just…
MBA384 Should You Go To Business School? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 18, 2015 • 16 min
This is a question that we get asked a lot. You probably heard me in a previous episode talk about how I dropped out of the renowned Wharton business school. There is a reason behind that. Let me share with you some examples and scenarios where going to…
MBA383 Three Software Options to Handle Customer Support Emails
Sep 17, 2015 • 13 min
Customer Service is a huge part of your business. You need to have a great system in place to manage, to organize and to track your customer service emails. This will make managing customer service a lot easier for you and will allow you to focus on other…
MBA382 Do Squeeze Pages Work?
Sep 16, 2015 • 12 min
Squeeze pages (and Splash pages) have become a technique that many entrepreneurs use on their websites. Today, we’re gonna tell you what these types of pages do for your website and we’re gonna tell you what we honestly recommend for you to use. Buckle up…
MBA381 How to Deal with Disagreements in Your Business
Sep 15, 2015 • 12 min
If you have somebody else helping you out with your business, like a business partner or a teammate, remember that you’re not always going to agree. At some point, disagreements about business decisions and the next steps in your business are going to…
MBA380 Guest Teacher: Lou Mongello- How to Turn a Passion into a Viable Business
Sep 14, 2015 • 19 min
We can’t think of anybody more perfect to teach you this incredible lesson. Turning your passion into a viable business, that’s dreamlike. But there’s a real and a perfect example that we can share with you and that’s Lou Mongello. He left his law…
MBA379 Q&A Weekends: I’m curious why you do a one time fee for your course instead of a monthly or yearly subscription?
Sep 13, 2015 • 10 min
A lot of our peers in the business ask us why we only charge a one-time fee of $100 for a lifetime membership to The $100 MBA. Why don’t we make it a monthly fee? Why don’t we make it a yearly fee? How does the profitability vary between the two models?…
MBA378 Q&A Weekends: How do you manage a daily podcast production schedule? Let’s say 10 min episodes.
Sep 12, 2015 • 11 min
Producing a daily podcast, in particular a high quality one, is very demanding and very hard to do. What we do with ours, The $100 MBA Show, is that we have a great system in place which makes the show happen, on schedule, every day. Today, we’re gonna be…
MBA377 How to Smash Self-Doubt in The Face Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 11, 2015 • 11 min
The number one cause of failure for many entrepreneurs is…self-doubt. How much you believe in yourself plays a huge factor on how successful you are as an entrepreneur. Let us give you our proven strategies to help you smash self-doubt head on when you’re…
MBA376 Three Tech Skills I Recommend You Learn
Sep 10, 2015 • 12 min
Even if you’re not big on tech, you will be surprised how quickly you can get the hang of these skills. Not only do we recommend that you learn these, but we also guarantee that if you acquire these skills, it will greatly improve your business. These 3…
MBA375 If Everyone Loves You, You’re Doing It Wrong
Sep 9, 2015 • 13 min
If part of your wishful thinking is that everyone loves you, your business, your product or service, then think again. In the real world, you will get people that will not like what you offer. When you get people that don’t like what you do or don’t agree…
MBA374 Five Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Physical Goods
Sep 8, 2015 • 13 min
These five mistakes are actually common mistakes that entrepreneurs make. You wanna make sure that you avoid these at all costs. But with the strategies that we’re gonna be teaching today, you will be assured that you are doing the things the right way…
MBA373 Must Read: The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
Sep 7, 2015 • 11 min
The only thing about this book I’m not a fan of, is the title: The Ultimate Sales Machine. That’s because this book is not just about making more sales, it covers a lot more than just sales. It is a national best seller and it’s a great all-around…
MBA372 Q&A Weekends: Do you memorize your public speeches or do you use your slides as cues?
Sep 6, 2015 • 10 min
I’ve got a very strong opinion when it comes to this question. Public speaking in my opinion is a performance. Therefore, we have to give it our best and make sure that we wow the crowd and make it a memorable experience for the audience. So how do I do…
MBA371 Q&A Weekends: How many conferences a year do you recommend attending? Why?
Sep 5, 2015 • 9 min
We all know that building a business, especially if you’re a one-person team, is an extreme hustle. So do you think about attending conferences? Today, we will share with you why you would want to attend conferences and for what reasons. We’ll also give…
MBA370 Do Press Releases Work? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Sep 4, 2015 • 12 min
A press release let’s the media know you opened up for business, you released a new product or service. It’s a kind of invitation to let the media write about you. But both media and business have changed a lot in the last 10-15 years. So does this still…
MBA369 Why Everything is Marketing
Sep 3, 2015 • 11 min
Marketing is everything. It should be done 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is every department in your business, every employee and everything you are. Every single thing you do reflects the way people perceive you, your business and your brand. We’ll…
MBA368 What Drug Dealers Can Teach You About Business
Sep 2, 2015 • 11 min
Before anything else, please keep in mind that drugs are very bad! But sometimes we have to see past the actual product or service someone offers in order to learn some of the very important lessons in business. Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) from the…
MBA367 Why Teaching is The New Marketing
Sep 1, 2015 • 11 min
If marketing and making sales talk is not your thing, then you’re gonna love this episode. Teaching is the new marketing. Teaching is the number one way to build credibility with your audience and show that your business is worth their dollar. We’re gonna…
MBA366 Guest Teacher: Nicole Baldinu- 5 Essentials to Managing a Remote Team
Aug 31, 2015 • 17 min
Yes! You have read that right. Our teacher for today’s episode is our very own Nicole Baldinu and you’ll finally hear her voice on the show. Nicole is my better half and as well as my partner in business. She is the producer of this show, the co-founder…
MBA365 Q&A Weekends: How do I know my side-business is ready to be my full time thing?
Aug 30, 2015 • 10 min
We get it. It’s not easy to think about leaving a job or a career that provides for you and your needs and is something that you’ve known all your life. This is a tough question for this weekend but we can share insights from our own personal experience…
MBA364 Q&A Weekends: What has your experience been working with your partner in life?
Aug 29, 2015 • 11 min
As you all probably know, Nicole is my life partner and also my partner in business. With the kind of relationship we have, both in business and in life, I can say it works and for a few reasons. I’m gonna share with you today what it’s like to be working…
MBA363 How to Turn Cold Leads into Raving Fans. Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 28, 2015 • 13 min
Business relationships are just like any other relationship. You gotta build trust. This is something that we know really well, and we know that if you build a relationship with your audience, they’ll want to gobble up everything you offer. So how do you…
MBA362 Do Free Trials Work?
Aug 27, 2015 • 11 min
Many businesses offer a free trial because it’s a great way to get people to try what you offer in your business. It’s simply a great lead-generation strategy. But do these free trials really work? If they don’t, what are the alternatives? Today, let’s…
MBA361 3 Analytics You Should Always Care About
Aug 26, 2015 • 14 min
If you’re the kind of person who’s so obsessed with stats and metrics, like how many followers you have on Twitter or how many likes you have on Facebook, then you should listen to this lesson today. We’re gonna give you the 3 most important analytics…
MBA360 5 Bootstrapping Tools & Tricks To Look Pro for Less
Aug 25, 2015 • 14 min
If you’re tight on cash and you’re trying to squeeze every dollar into your business then you’ve got to listen to this episode! We use some of these tools personally, some of them are highly recommended by our friends and colleagues in the business. These…
MBA359 Must Read: Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Aug 24, 2015 • 12 min
Rework is a book that has been recommended to us by many entrepreneurs but I’ve just got around to read it for the first time recently. It is definitely a must read because it’s very honest, has no fluff and it makes you rethink the process of your…
MBA358 Q&A Weekends: Are blogs a necessary requirement to go along with your podcast?
Aug 23, 2015 • 11 min
This is a really good question that we’re more than happy to answer it in today’s episode. Because we have noticed that there is some confusion around this area. When you produce a podcast episode, do you create a blog post around it or do you create show…
MBA357 Q&A Weekends: How do you come up with a Minimal Viable Product when you want your business to be based around information?
Aug 22, 2015 • 10 min
Yes, you can definitely come up with a minimal viable product when you have a business with an information-based product. In this lesson that we’re gonna teach you today, we aim to help you come up with your own minimal viable product and share with you…
MBA356 How Big Should Your Team Be? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 21, 2015 • 12 min
How many people do you need to have working with you in order to be successful? This is a very important lesson because this is where you make the decisions of growth. We’re gonna take a look at some real world examples and what challenges you face when…
MBA355 How Often Should You Have Meetings?
Aug 20, 2015 • 11 min
Communication in your business is essential. That’s why meeting with your team is important, too. Even if it’s just you and somebody else in your business, you’re still a team and you need to meet every so often. How often do you have to meet with your…
MBA354 Should You have Comments on Your Blog?
Aug 19, 2015 • 11 min
This is a heated debate in the online world. Should you allow comments on your blog posts or should you not have comments at all? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having comments on your blog? We’ll give you our personal opinion on this so if…
MBA353 Which Social Media Platforms Should You Be On?
Aug 18, 2015 • 10 min
How do you a choose a few social media platforms that will work best for you, your business and your target audience then focus on it? How do you make sure you have a presence and that you’re reaching your target audience? This is sometimes overwhelming…
MBA352 Must Read: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Aug 17, 2015 • 10 min
There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve heard about Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, probably the most popular online shoe store on the net. He is also known for the way he runs his business. And in today’s episode, we’re going to share with you why you…
MBA351 Q&A Weekends: Do you recommend I offer more than 2 prices/packages for my online course?
Aug 16, 2015 • 9 min
We know a lot of people are worried about having too many choices on their sales page. We try our best not to overwhelm our potential customers. Having 2 options in your sales page, do they work? We’re answering this question in today’s episode. Press…
MBA350 Q&A Weekends: Does print media still work? Do you recommend it?
Aug 15, 2015 • 8 min
Business cards, flyers, postcards, banners…are they still effective for our business? With almost everything done online, does print media still work? We can’t wait to answer this question today on our Q&A Weekends episode so let’s hit play!
MBA349 Does My Business Need a Physical Office? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 14, 2015 • 13 min
This is a very popular discussion especially if you’re running an online business. Does your business need a physical space? Or can you run your office completely virtually? What are the advantages and disadvantages? We’ll answer all that and more in…
MBA348 Is Your Business Affecting Your Personal Life? How to Handle It.
Aug 13, 2015 • 12 min
Building a business is overwhelming. Unlike traditional jobs where your mind is off of it as soon as you reach home, your business is always on your mind. This can greatly take over every aspect of your life. Learn how to handle this in today’s episode.…
MBA347 Why Would You Host a Live Event?
Aug 12, 2015 • 10 min
Live events are a big deal these days and for a good reason. They work. But live events aren’t for everybody. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of hosting a live event and why you would want to do it. Let’s get down to it! Click play!
MBA346 Is Starting a Podcast a Good Idea For Your Business?
Aug 11, 2015 • 10 min
Guys, today is the show’s 1st birthday and without you, our listeners, we wouldn’t be here. As a present for all of you, we’re sharing our personal advice about starting a podcast for your business. Does it help your business? What are the things to look…
MBA345 Guest Teacher: David Lizerbram- The 3 Legal Must Do’s For Your New Business
Aug 10, 2015 • 14 min
This is the episode you’ve been waiting for because today, our guest teacher David Lizerbram- Attorney and business strategist, will teach us the 3 most important things for you to set up and do, to make sure your business is legally sound. We all want…
MBA344 Q&A Weekends: How do you handle non-responses to those you reach out to?
Aug 9, 2015 • 9 min
There will be times when you’ll try and reach out to people in your industry to either collaborate, consult with, or even just get to know. There’s the chance that you will not get a response. Why does this happen and how do we handle such a situation?…
MBA343 Q&A Weekends: What challenges do you face practicing what you preach?
Aug 8, 2015 • 8 min
This is a tough question for us but let’s face it, this is something that we all face. It’s tough to answer because we speak and teach daily for the show, The $100 MBA, in Webinar Ninja and even outside our business. Hopefully, we’ll shed some light on…
MBA342 The Power of Being Nice Plus Free Ride Friday!
Aug 7, 2015 • 10 min
This lesson is especially important if you start seeing success in your business and you are letting it get to your head. Today, we’ll show you how being nice can greatly affect your business in a positive way. Let’s click play now!
MBA341 Is Showing Off Good Marketing?
Aug 6, 2015 • 9 min
Does showing off how much money you’re making work to help your business? Is it a good strategy? Why do you think other people do this? We’ll answer all that and more in today’s episode so let’s hit play!
MBA340 How Important Are Financial Goals?
Aug 5, 2015 • 10 min
How important is it to sit down and decide how much money you wanna make for your business in a week, a month or a year? Is this necessary to do? Let’s listen to this episode and find out. Press play!
MBA339 Are Lifestyle Businesses Real?
Aug 4, 2015 • 11 min
In this episode, we’ll get real and talk about something that’s been growing in the entrepreneurial space. This concept of a lifestyle business, what is it and is it really possible to be working a couple of hours a day by the pool or beach, travelling…
MBA338 Must Read: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
Aug 3, 2015 • 12 min
We’re sharing with you why you must read this book in this episode. Learn how marketing is just as important as is building your business. There are timeless insights, principles and takeaways that we have taken out of this book and applied straight to…
MBA337 Q&A Weekends: How do you come up with new content daily for your podcast? What strategies do you use to generate new ideas?
Aug 2, 2015 • 11 min
We know you’re wanting to ask us this question and today we’re sharing with you how we come up with new content for our daily podcast. And not just our podcast for The $100 MBA Show, we also have to generate new ideas for our business training and…
MBA336 Q&A Weekends: I’m having trouble with a client not paying me. How do I get paid without ending our business relationship?
Aug 1, 2015 • 8 min
If you are working with a client who’s not paying you for your products or services, you are in a difficult situation. This could happen in any kind of business and many of us have been there! However, this can be solved. Find out how you can resolve this…
MBA335 How to Create a Killer Slide Presentation Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 31, 2015 • 12 min
A great keynote or powerpoint presentation can really add a lot of value to your performance. And today, we’re going to help you create a killer slide presentation with great strategies and tips so listen up to this episode!
MBA334 4 Must Do Strategies When Defining Your Audience
Jul 30, 2015 • 10 min
If you know who you are serving in your business, it’s easier to sell what you are selling. If you’re not familiar with the people that you serve, you’re gonna have a hard time growing your business. We’re teaching you this lesson today so you can…
MBA333 Should You Own a Franchise?
Jul 29, 2015 • 11 min
Let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a franchise so we can help you decide if you should own one. You’ll hear our personal opinion when it comes to franchise businesses. So if you’re thinking to own one, you should listen to this…
MBA332 How to Reprimand an Employee
Jul 28, 2015 • 11 min
Our employees are important. We truly value them. Sometimes however, an employee will do something that’s not according to our culture or rules. As owners or managers of our business, we have to have people skills so we can handle situations like this.…
MBA331 Guest Teacher: Erik Kerr- How to Ensure Your Value is Communicated Properly To Your Audience
Jul 27, 2015 • 16 min
Erik Kerr, Co-Founder of The Draw Shop, is on our show today to teach us in six steps how we can ensure that our value is communicated properly to our audience. Communication is the mother of all skills! If we don’t communicate properly, we will be…
MBA330 Q&A Weekends: Would you recommend using a forum or a Facebook private group for my community?
Jul 26, 2015 • 9 min
A great way to cultivate a community for your business is to have a forum or a Facebook private group. Regardless of what your business is about, having this is important. Let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a forum and a Facebook private…
MBA329 Q&A Weekends: What is the minimum amount of money that I need to start an online business?
Jul 25, 2015 • 8 min
Like offline businesses, you will also need money to start a business online. There are a few factors that are going to dictate how much money you will need to start an online business and we’re gonna share them with you in today’s episode. Press play!
MBA328 Do Coupon Codes Work? Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 24, 2015 • 12 min
We all know that coupon codes give our customers a reason to buy our products or services right now or for a limited time. Some businesses do it regularly, some do it very rarely and some don’t do it at all. Now today’s question is, do they work? How do…
MBA327 How to Create an Online Course P3
Jul 23, 2015 • 11 min
Today is the last part of our three-part lesson about how to create an online course and this episode is about marketing and selling your course. You are done with it so it’s time to market and sell this thing! Let’s finish this!
MBA326 How to Create an Online Course P2
Jul 22, 2015 • 12 min
We’re continuing our three-part lesson and it’s all about delivering your course and what platforms to use with your online course. Turn to the next page as you jot down notes from today’s lesson and let’s get down to it!
MBA325 How to Create an Online Course P1
Jul 21, 2015 • 11 min
We at The $100 MBA know a thing or two when it comes to making online courses. Not only here but we have also created a couple of online courses outside The $100 MBA. Today, we’re gonna share with you how to create one in this three-part lesson so ready…
MBA324 Must Read: The Sales Acceleration Formula by Mark Roberge
Jul 20, 2015 • 11 min
We highly recommend you to read this book because it has affected our business in a positive way. The author, founder of HubSpot, shared how they got started and how they were able to grow from a small team of 3 through his Sales Acceleration Formula.…
MBA323 Q&A Weekends: I have a million ideas. How do I choose just one to implement?
Jul 19, 2015 • 9 min
We know. It’s overwhelming, confusing, and you just can’t decide which one to work on because you think that each one of your ideas is great. Let us help you choose that one business idea that’s gonna work. Press play!
MBA322 Q&A Weekends: Do you recommend Leadpages or Optimizepress for website creation?
Jul 18, 2015 • 11 min
In this episode, we are making a comparison between two great tools that can be used to create our webpages and landing pages. We are also going to share with you other creation tools that we recommend. Click play to listen!
MBA321 Five Lessons Learned Starting a SaaS Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 17, 2015 • 13 min
If you’re thinking about starting a SaaS business, then this episode might be of great use. As you know, we recently started a SaaS business ourselves, Webinar Ninja, and we’re sharing with you the 5 most important lessons we’ve learned from it. Let’s…
MBA320 Why You Should Spoil Your Subscribers
Jul 16, 2015 • 10 min
Do you wonder why your conversions or sales are low? Even though you consistently remind your email subscribers to purchase your product or service? Maybe one of the reasons why is because you’re not spoiling them. Learn why you should spoil your…
MBA319 How to Set Your Refund Policy
Jul 15, 2015 • 11 min
Whether your business is a product or service, you have to have a refund policy. Having one shows that you are confident with what you offer and that you’re willing to put your money where your mouth is. Let’s learn how to set a refund policy for your…
MBA318 How to Be First in Your Market
Jul 14, 2015 • 11 min
Being the first in your market often means that you are the leader in your market thus giving you a great edge in the business world. But does this mean that you have to have a completely different product or service in order to be first? Let’s talk about…
MBA317 Guest Teacher: Caroline Winegeart- How to Make Serious Revenue with Low-Priced Products
Jul 13, 2015 • 16 min
It’s a little hard to imagine making serious revenue when you sell lower-priced products in your business. It is possible but it’s not magic. Let’s listen to our guest teacher for today’s episode, Caroline Winegeart, on how she managed to successfully…
MBA316 Q&A Weekends: Should I start my business around a passion or a skill?
Jul 12, 2015 • 10 min
It’s nice to think you can successfully start and run your own business from something that you enjoy, you love or you’re good at. But we’re pretty sure, just as every entrepreneur who is already running a business would say, this idea isn’t a walk in the…
MBA315 Q&A Weekends: Can I make enough money online to replace my current income?
Jul 11, 2015 • 10 min
If you’re currently hustling on the side and feel that you want to move forward, leave your job and go full time with the business, you may want to listen to this first. This episode will help you make your transition to full time entrepreneur smoother.…
MBA314 How to Budget for Your Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 10, 2015 • 12 min
Have you heard of “Zero-sum budgeting”? It’s a very effective method of budgeting for your business and it has helped us budget for ours, too. Especially if you’re bootstrapping your business, this can help you stay on top of your finances. Let’s learn…
MBA313 How to Identify Your Strengths and Use Them
Jul 9, 2015 • 11 min
So many people start a business around things that are just not their strengths. This can hurt your business or your life as you do things in your business that you’re just not good at. Today, let’s talk about how we can identify our own strengths and use…
MBA312 How to Manage Frustration in Your Business
Jul 8, 2015 • 10 min
Things will get frustrating at times. Knowing how to handle this properly will really make a big difference in the success of your business. In today’s episode, we are dedicating some surefire ways to manage your frustrations and challenges in your…
MBA311 What We’ve Learned Doing Over 300 Episodes
Jul 7, 2015 • 14 min
This is a very special episode because we’re gathering some of the things that we’ve learned creating more than 300 episodes for The $100 MBA Show. We also want to share with you our takeaways so you can benefit from our experience! Listen up!
MBA310 Must Read: Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Jul 6, 2015 • 13 min
Are you the kind of person who thinks you can do it all but you find that you are stretched too thin and you’re way too stressed out? Are you “majoring in minor activities”? Enter the way of the Essentialist. Essentialism by Greg McKeown is high on our…
MBA309 Q&A Weekends: How can I learn how to get started with Facebook Ads?
Jul 5, 2015 • 13 min
Facebook ads have become very popular recently. If done right, they are very effective in driving traffic or sales to your business. If you have just got started, today is your lucky day because we’re giving you valuable resources today about where you…
MBA308 Q&A Weekends: What’s a good email hosting service other than Gmail?
Jul 4, 2015 • 10 min
If you’re a business owner, you always want your email to look pro. Your business email has to have your domain name on it or else it won’t look professional. So, other than Gmail, are there any other email hosting services that does this for your…
MBA307 How To Handle Customer Demands Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jul 3, 2015 • 12 min
You will always get feedback or demands from customers if you sell products or services. This is unavoidable. But what’s important is that you can handle and reply to your customers’ demands the right way. Listen to our episode today and learn to take…
MBA306 Is Upselling Scammy?
Jul 2, 2015 • 12 min
Often, upselling is perceived as scammy especially in online businesses. So you better be careful on how you do it because there is a right way of doing it. We’ll share with you our personal thoughts on this topic and some important points on how to…
MBA305 The 5 Mistakes to Avoid with Affiliate Marketing
Jul 1, 2015 • 13 min
If Affiliate Marketing is a big part of your business, check this out and see if you’re making some of the mistakes mentioned in the episode. These mistakes are common but can be avoided if you know what they are! Listen to the episode and learn more!
MBA304 How to Plan and Execute a Joint Venture
Jun 30, 2015 • 12 min
What is a Joint Venture? How does it help your business? How do you do it right? We’re answering all these questions and more in today’s episode so listen and learn!
MBA303 Must Read: Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
Jun 29, 2015 • 11 min
Here on The $100 MBA Show, we showcase a book that we feel you MUST read especially if you are an entrepreneur. Today, we’re featuring Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey and you’re right! The book title is a combination of the words entrepreneur and…
MBA302 Q&A Weekends: I’m opening up an old school video arcade. Should I buy the property or rent?
Jun 28, 2015 • 10 min
When it comes to making a decision between buying or renting out a property for your business, it needs to be dealt with seriously. With buying or renting out, which one can help your business significantly? Let’s answer today’s Q&A so click the play…
MBA301 Q&A Weekends: I got a couple of comments that were horribly rude on my blog. Should I take these nasty comments with validity?
Jun 27, 2015 • 11 min
If you’re out there online, in the public space, you will get people who are just gonna hate. They will disagree with you and say bad things about you or your business. Should you take them seriously? Hear it in today’s episode!
MBA300 Five Reasons Why You Should Build a Business Today Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 26, 2015 • 17 min
Today’s the day and we’re on our episode 300! Thank you to everyone for supporting us and our show! Looking forward to more episodes, fun and inspiration when it comes to building your business! Speaking of building a business, which is what our show is…
MBA299 How To Know If Your Business is Not Right For You
Jun 25, 2015 • 12 min
One more episode tomorrow and we’re finally on our episode 300! Super excited! And you shouldn’t miss our 299th episode today! Find out now if you’re working on a business that’s right for you! Because In the long run, it’s not just about the money. You…
MBA298 Crash Course in Google Analytics PT2
Jun 24, 2015 • 11 min
Let’s jump into part 2 today in this Crash Course in Google Analytics! Yesterday we talked about traffic sources a little bit. Today we’re going to share with you why it’s important to know where your traffic is coming from so you can make smart decisions…
MBA297 Crash Course in Google Analytics PT1
Jun 23, 2015 • 10 min
If you are an entrepreneur who has a business website but don’t know what is or how to use Google Analytics, then we have a problem. But not to worry because in today’s episode, we’re going to be giving you a crash course about Google Analytics and some…
MBA296 Guest Teacher: Scott Stratten- Marketing Ethics
Jun 22, 2015 • 16 min
We’re giving you a kick-butt show in today’s episode with our Guest Teacher Scott Stratten, a renowned public speaker, best selling author, and the co-host of the hit podcast, The UnPodcast. He’s going to teach you about the ethics of marketing and why…
MBA295 Q&A Weekends: How do I choose my colors for my brand?
Jun 21, 2015 • 7 min
Before you jump right into choosing the colors for your brand by yourself, listen to this episode first and hear some of our recommendations and great resources. So you can choose the colors for your brand and business the right way! Click play now!
MBA294 Q&A Weekends: What is an SSL certificate and why do I need it for my website?
Jun 20, 2015 • 9 min
Many of us are familiar with this: SSL Certificate. But do we really know what it means? How important it is and how we can use it for our business? We’ll learn exactly what it is in today’s episode of The $100 MBA Show! Click play!
MBA293 When to Stop Bootstrapping Your Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 19, 2015 • 12 min
For new entrepreneurs, we always recommend bootstrapping your business first. But overtime as your business grows, you will need to stop bootstrapping so you can grow out of that stage and start focusing on growing even more and building your team. Find…
MBA292 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business PT3
Jun 18, 2015 • 10 min
You already heard the first 6 steps on what to do when you want to get over with your overwhelm and just start your new business. In part 3, we’re going to share with you the last 3 steps you need to make your business happen. Press play!
MBA291 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business PT2
Jun 17, 2015 • 12 min
Yesterday, you heard the first 3 steps on what to do when you’re overwhelmed and you don’t know where and how to start your new business. Listen to this 2nd part of the 3-part lesson to learn the next steps to make your business happen. Press the play…
MBA290 Overwhelmed? Where and How to Start Your New Business PT1
Jun 16, 2015 • 12 min
This is the first part of our three-part lesson about getting started with your business and just making it happen. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed with all our ideas running through our head and we don’t know just where and how to start our new business.…
MBA289 Must Read: The 5 Levels of Leadership By John C. Maxwell
Jun 15, 2015 • 12 min
In this Must Read Episode, we’ll be talking about a book written by a powerful public speaker, John C. Maxwell - The 5 Levels of Leadership. John C. Maxwell is the authority when it comes to leadership. We’ll talk about the different levels of leadership,…
MBA288 Q&A Weekends: I want to quit my job but I still do not have a business idea? Should I quit?
Jun 14, 2015 • 9 min
Quitting your job is not an easy thing to do. But if you want to become an entrepreneur, you will have to quit, one way or another, eventually. So, is it okay to quit your job whilst not having a business idea yet? We’re answering that in today’s episode!…
MBA287 Q&A Weekends: How do I choose my domain name? Does it have to be a dot com?
Jun 13, 2015 • 10 min
When picking a domain name for your business, is it a huge factor to choose a dot com extension? Learn what’s important when choosing a domain name nowadays, what to consider, what to avoid and how to come up with a great domain name for your business.…
MBA286 How to Market on Autopilot Plus Free Ride Friday!
Jun 12, 2015 • 13 min
We’re all busy with our lives and we have tons of things to focus on. Wouldn’t it be cool to just automate some of the different aspects in our business so we can do other important things? How do we do that? Today, we’re gonna cover some great ideas and…
MBA285 How to Reach New Customers
Jun 11, 2015 • 13 min
As a business person, you always want to find and build relationships with new people. In today’s episode, we’re going to share with you some strategies on how to find and reach new customers so you can build your business on an on-going basis. Press play…
MBA284 3 Must Know Marketing Principles
Jun 10, 2015 • 14 min
What does marketing really mean? Is it advertising your business? Is it trying to get people to come to your website? Is it convincing people for sales? In today’s lesson, we’re gonna clear up what marketing really is and how to do it effectively. Press…
MBA283 4 Steps to Becoming a Well Read Entrepreneur
Jun 9, 2015 • 13 min
Most great entrepreneurs are well read. Reading is a habit that successful people have so if you want to be successful, reading needs to become one of your habits. Learn the 4 steps to becoming a well read entrepreneur. Click play
MBA282 Must Read: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Jun 8, 2015 • 10 min
As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to manage yourself, your time, and your habits. The better your habits are on a daily basis, the more you will see better results not just in your business, but in your life, too. That’s why we highly recommend you…
MBA281 Q&A Weekends: Is starting a business around faith or spirituality a bad idea?
Jun 7, 2015 • 10 min
Is making money from a business based on spirituality or faith, right? Many people see faith and spirituality as a selfless idea, so mixing it with business or money kinda feels contradictory…Well, let’s talk about it. Today, you’re going to hear our…
MBA280 Q&A Weekends: I’d like to start a small coffee shop. What are my first steps?
Jun 6, 2015 • 9 min
Today we answer a question from one of our listeners. She wants to know how to start a small coffee shop business. Listen to the episode and learn strategies on how to wisely take your first step! Click Play!
MBA279 How to Find Great Teachers Plus Free-Ride Friday!
Jun 5, 2015 • 11 min
If you need to learn something specific, like a new skill, you’ll need to find a teacher that’ll be available to help you. In this episode, we’ll be talking about how to find teachers that can teach you skills that you are looking for. Press play and…
MBA278 Should You Sell on Ebay or Amazon?
Jun 4, 2015 • 10 min
Ebay and Amazon are great platforms particularly if you sell physical products. But is selling on Ebay and Amazon a good idea? Is there any good business with it? Tune into today’s episode and find out!
MBA277 Creating an Effective Sales Video PT2
Jun 3, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s lesson is the Part 2 of the two-part lesson of creating an effective sales video. In this episode, we’re going to get a recap of the steps from yesterday’s episode and cover the remaining steps so we can learn to sell what we’re selling in a short…
MBA276 Creating an Effective Sales Video PT1
Jun 2, 2015 • 11 min
We all know the power of a video, it conveys a powerful message in a short amount of time. That explains how powerful a video is when you put it on a sales page. So, how do you put one together to create a compelling sales video so you can drive success…
MBA275 Guest Teacher: Adam Urbanski- How to Turn Your Know-How into a Cash-Cow
Jun 1, 2015 • 14 min
Do you notice that people often turn to you for a solution to their problem because they think you can resolve it for them? Do they ask advice from you because they see you as someone who knows how to do that particular thing? Then you should consider…
MBA274 Q&A Weekends: What are the benefits and drawbacks of selling software?
May 31, 2015 • 12 min
You may be one of today’s entrepreneurs who’s very interested in software business. Listen to this episode and learn the benefits and drawbacks of selling software so you can get ready and take care of your software business successfully. Press the play…
MBA273 Q&A Weekends: I can’t get anyone to believe in me or my business? How do I break through?
May 30, 2015 • 10 min
If you’ve just started your business, then you know how it feels like when it seems that you’re working very hard but can’t seem to get people to believe in your business and your ideas. In today’s episode, we’re going to answer a common question about…
MBA272 How to Use Infographics in Your Business Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 29, 2015 • 13 min
Infographics are awesome! They look very cool, they’re easy to consume, a great way to convey valuable information to your audience and best of all, it’s also a great way to build your email list! In today’s episode, let’s learn how to utilize…
MBA271 6 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should See & Why
May 28, 2015 • 12 min
In today’s episode, Omar compiled his personal top 6 films that he would encourage any aspiring entrepreneurs to watch. You’ll find the list of movies both entertaining and as well as useful when it comes to entrepreneurship. Put one or all of them in…
MBA270 How to Pre-sell Your Product PT 2
May 27, 2015 • 13 min
In today’s Part 2 of the two-part lesson: How to Pre-sell Your Product, we’re going to dive deep into marketing your pre-sell products, how to drive traffic to your actual sales page, make sure your sales page is ready for your customers to buy, the tools…
MBA269 How to Pre-sell Your Product PT 1
May 26, 2015 • 12 min
Ever wondered how to pre-sell a product? This is part one of a two-part lesson about why you would want to pre-sell a product and how to do it. We’re going to go through how to price it, how to sell it and how to deliver your products to your early…
MBA268 Guest Teacher: Michael Miller- How to Get More Support Than You Need For Life & Business
May 25, 2015 • 14 min
We simply can’t create anything of significance alone. To create the lives that we dream about, we have to do it with the support of others. That’s what Michael Miller is going to share with us today. Getting more support for us in life and in business.…
MBA267 Q&A Weekends: Do you recommend selling on stage at an event? Is it effective?
May 24, 2015 • 7 min
Is selling on stage at an event a good move? Let’s learn how to do it if you choose to do it and we’ll share some of the things to look out for so it doesn’t backfire on you in today’s Q&A Weekends episode! Press play!
MBA266 Q&A Weekends: How important is an email list? Can I just build an audience with a podcast or YouTube channel?
May 23, 2015 • 9 min
Some of us might think that just because we have a lot of subscribers on our YouTube channel or to our podcast, we wouldn’t need to build an email list anymore. Find out in today’s episode about how important building your own email list is for your…
MBA265 How to Motivate Your Team Beyond Money Plus Free-Ride Friday!
May 22, 2015 • 15 min
Most of us think that money is the key motivator but the fact is that it is not. There are of course other things beyond money that can motivate your employees to not leave you and find other jobs. We’ll find out in today’s episode about how to motivate…
MBA264 Can You Work with Family?
May 21, 2015 • 12 min
Many people have family members working with them in their business or they’re in a family business. And when you work with family, it involves a lot of emotions, personal connections, thoughts, and sensitivity. In today’s episode, we’ll learn how to deal…
MBA263 Know What To Spend Time On
May 20, 2015 • 12 min
We may have different skills, different talents, different resources but we all have the same amount of time. Do you spend your time wisely? How we spend our time is really the only factor that can change results in our life and in our business. We’ll get…
MBA262 No Is a Complete Sentence
May 19, 2015 • 13 min
Why is it that some of us find it very hard to say no? We keep on saying yes to everything like we’re able to do everything that we end up making a huge mistake. Today, let’s find out the reasons why it’s hard to say no and learn 7 ways on how to simply…
MBA261 Guest Teacher: Ian Altman- How to Get Your Clients to Find You
May 18, 2015 • 16 min
How can we make it easy for clients to approach us in our business? What do we have to do so we’re not chasing down clients and instead, they come to us? Ian Altman, CEO for Grow My Revenue, a Forbes contributor and a Bestselling Author is going to teach…
MBA260 Q&A Weekends: Is it really possible to build and run a business while traveling long term?
May 17, 2015 • 12 min
A lot of people like to start online businesses so they can travel the world or so they can be location independent. But is that really possible? Building and running a business while traveling long term? Hear my personal opinion in this episode of the…
MBA259 Q&A Weekends: I need to buy a new computer for under $1500 for my business. What do you suggest?
May 16, 2015 • 11 min
A computer is an entrepreneur’s necessity. Today’s question is about what option is best with a budget of under $1500. What’s my recommendation? Click play and find out!
MBA258 Four Things to Avoid When Dealing with Customers Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 15, 2015 • 13 min
Without your customers, you have no business. So you have to make sure that you treat them right. But sometimes, you’ll have to face difficult customers. In today’s episode of The $100 MBA Show, we’re going to go through 4 things to avoid when dealing…
MBA257 Should You Have a Mentor?
May 14, 2015 • 12 min
In business and in life, it’s often talked about that one should have a mentor. But I actually don’t think you should have a mentor. Want to know why? Tune in today on The $100 MBA Show to find out my take on this topic.
MBA256 Can You Grow Too Fast?
May 13, 2015 • 9 min
Growing a business too fast might seem very appealing. It also happens more often than you might think. But in this episode, we will tell you why growing too quickly can have some serious drawbacks. Get ready to learn today on The $100 MBA Show!
MBA255 Watch Your Back! You Can’t Trust These People.
May 12, 2015 • 12 min
It’s just a fact of life that you can’t trust everyone. There are some people that won’t always have your best interest in mind. You need to know how to identify these people and how to stay away from them. Click play to find out how.
MBA254 Must Read: First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham
May 11, 2015 • 14 min
How do the world’s greatest managers nail it at being incredible at what they do? Do you wonder why their employees seem happy and satisfied working for them? How can you achieve this? This must read episode can help you answer these questions…
MBA253 Q&A Weekends: You’ve had physical and online businesses. Which one do you prefer and why?
May 10, 2015 • 13 min
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur and haven’t actually started your own business yet, deciding whether to put up a physical or online business is what may have been holding you back. Well today on The $100 MBA Show, you’re going to hear something that’s…
MBA252 Q&A Weekends: How has your rise impacted your older friendships/relationships?
May 9, 2015 • 13 min
Sometimes, growth and success can result in you losing touch with old friends/relationships. You may even get people feeling resentment or jealousy if you’re successful at what you do. This is often out of your control. Today, Omar will be sharing some of…
MBA251 How to Not Become Something You’re Not Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 8, 2015 • 14 min
As an entrepreneur, whether your business is online or offline, often we strive very hard to grow our business and not noticing that we’re growing very quickly. And with that, our personality changes and we are often unaware of who we’re becoming. How do…
MBA250 Can You Hustle Too Hard?
May 7, 2015 • 11 min
When we say hustle, it means working hard. And when we say working hard, it also means sacrifices. Hard work is very important especially in your business. But is too much hard work okay for us? What can we do about it? Let’s find out if we can hustle too…
MBA249 Are You a Great #2?
May 6, 2015 • 11 min
How do you know if you’re not good at being a leader? What if you are not meant to lead but still want to a great role-player in your business? What are the signs of being a great number 2? Know if you’re a great number 2 in today’s episode of The $100…
MBA248 What makes a great CEO?
May 5, 2015 • 11 min
What do CEOs like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? What qualities do they have that make them exceptional? Today’s lesson is about learning the values and skills great CEOs have and recognize them in yourself or in another…
MBA247 Guest Teacher: Jason Zook – How to Get Sponsorships for Anything
May 4, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s guest teacher is a very talented and creative guy who’s going to teach you in a very practical way how you can get sponsorships for ANYTHING. There’s no magic bullet here, only tried and true ways that Jason has proven worked for him and they can…
MBA246 Q&A Weekends: How do I set my personal coaching rates? I’m just getting started.
May 3, 2015 • 9 min
It’s time for Q&A Weekends and today’s question is about setting rates when you’re just getting started. What are the things to consider when setting how much you charge clients? Pricing questions are always tricky but we’ll help you set up and decide…
MBA245 Q&A Weekends: I can’t get myself to focus and get things done. How do I motivate myself to get going?
May 2, 2015 • 10 min
Do you have a project or something to do but you can’t get it done because of a lack of motivation? Today’s the day for Q&A Weekends episode and we’re going to talk about this issue. How do we get pumped-up? How do we finish what we have started? Let’s…
MBA244 Three Lessons You Can Learn From Success Plus Free Ride Friday!
May 1, 2015 • 12 min
We often hear, “learn from failure,” and so most of us don’t pay attention to the lessons that we can get from our successes. In this episode of The $100 MBA Show, we’ll share 3 lessons you can learn from a win. Also, we’ll be announcing this week’s…
MBA243 How to Make Time For Professional Development
Apr 30, 2015 • 11 min
Constant professional development is very important. If you don’t make time for it, you won’t get to learn new ideas and knowledge to improve your skills professionally. But the question is, how do you make time for it? How do we squeeze it in our…
MBA242 How to Crush Your Fear of Missing Out
Apr 29, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s episode is about your fear of missing out (FOMO) and how to crush it. What causes this fear of missing out? How does it affect us? And how do we get out of this feeling? Let’s all tune in to The $100 MBA Show!
MBA241 Traditional Book Publishing VS Self-Publishing. Which One is Best?
Apr 28, 2015 • 14 min
You might be thinking about writing a book but you’re not sure which is the best route to take; traditional or self-publishing? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? This is an important decision and you want to make sure that you make the…
MBA240 Must Read: The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Apr 27, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s the day for a brand new MUST READ episode and we’re going to feature an amazing and fun to read book by Tim Ferriss: The 4-Hour Work Week. The title itself is very interesting and many have found this book very influential. Entrepreneurs and even…
MBA239 Q&A Weekends: Do I need to show a picture of myself on my business website or can I be anonymous?
Apr 26, 2015 • 9 min
It’s Q&A Weekends and we’re answering this question for today. Do I need a picture of myself on my business website or can I be anonymous? This is actually not an uncommon question especially for someone who values privacy. Most of the time we want to be…
MBA238 Q&A Weekends: I need to buy hosting. Do I get a shared hosting plan? A VPS? A Dedicated Server?
Apr 25, 2015 • 10 min
Today, almost every business has a website. So you might have wondered what’s the perfect website hosting plan? Since every website and its needs are different. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in today’s episode. Know the answer by clicking…
MBA237 Integrating Social Media with Your Site Plus Free Ride Friday!
Apr 24, 2015 • 9 min
Where does your business take place? Is it on your website or through social media? How exactly do we integrate social media with our website to drive traffic and potentially make our business grow? Today’s topic is all about your website and social media…
MBA236 How Important Are Images to Your Business?
Apr 23, 2015 • 9 min
A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why we like images. We use them in many ways: in social media, blogging, on our websites and in our business. Today, we’re going to talk about the importance of images and how it helps our business. The $100 MBA…
MBA235 How Important Is Your Site Design?
Apr 22, 2015 • 10 min
Your website is a huge part of the existence of your online business. But some entrepreneurs tend to just create it without actually giving enough attention to their site design. Remember that your website design will affect how trustworthy you appear to…
MBA234 How to Manage Your Calendar
Apr 21, 2015 • 12 min
Are you the kind of person who sucks at time management? Does your calendar help you manage your daily life schedule or are you having trouble keeping up with it? Learn how to efficiently manage your calendar in today’s episode. Get helpful strategies and…
MBA233 Guest Teacher: Dorie Clark- Finding Your Breakthrough Idea
Apr 20, 2015 • 16 min
We got an amazing episode for you today with guest teacher, Dorie Clark. Dorie, author of the book, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, will teach you some excellent ways in which you can find your breakthrough…
MBA232 Q&A Weekends: I hate to write. Do I HAVE TO start a blog for my online business?
Apr 19, 2015 • 10 min
Every online entrepreneur knows that blogging is one of the most effective ways to get your business up and running. When done right, it can drive traffic to your website, increase sales and establish your business as an authority in the industry. But…
MBA231 Q&A Weekends: Is there a wrong time to start on onlin