81 - How To Take Lessons Learned From Tragedy To Create Something Amazing With Andy Hayes

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

When tragedy strikes, you have two choices you can pick yourself up and walk on or you can wallow in your tragedy. Andy tells us his story of having to pick himself up and create something amazing from it.

Tell us about your journey and the path that it created. While working for a huge software company, traveling the world, long hours, working with great leaders and mentoring others, all good things came to an end. He was the victim of several business acquisitions and in the end he kept trading money for opportunities but loosing a little bit of himself in every trade. At the end he found himself in a very toxic work environment with many different health issues. Along the way he had always been told that he would make such a great consultant but would always counter the idea and say that he could not be trusted in a risk-taking situation. But the toxic work environment opened his eyes to see that it was more of a risk to take and stay in the environment than it was to take...

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80 - Tip Tuesday - Tips to Making Podcasts Go From Good to GREAT with Jeff Brown

podcast | Dec 01, 2017

Reading is essential part of growing and being in tune with what you do.  As some of us go about our daily lives much like Jeff he found himself just not enjoying reading much at all. However, in 2003 that all changed when he was working for a radio company.  The leader of the company decided that the heads of the departments were going to read important, world-changing, and life changing business books together and meet about them weekly.

Jeff was a stranger to the world known as business books. They were just not on his radar and something that he now is ashamed to say.   So when he opened up his first business book called the “Purple Cow “ by Seth Godin he just fell in love with reading again. Now, as a host of the podcast Read to Lead, he is reading fifty plus books a year,. However, going from not reading to really enjoying books was a huge life change. He realized by reading that he was truly missing out. One of the best quotes from Dan...

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79 - Nick May - How Almost Losing It All Made His Business Stronger

podcast | Dec 01, 2017

A painting business is not just about selecting a color or slapping some paint up on the wall; it is a large artistic canvas to some. Take the journey with us as we go from a dream of a college student to the life of a businessman with all of the in, out, ups and downs.

Nick shares with us how he conquered the fears of entrepreneurship and has flourished with his painting company. He can literally look back and say that he has been to hell and back and has the business today to thank for it. What's great is that he still has ability to say that he loves being an entrepreneur and being in business.

Painting was something that you thought you enjoyed at first and then you slowly thought you should work a corporate job and went back to painting. If you will tell us your story of how you got started painting. Nick took a summer job when he was in high school painting for a friend of his moms since he was getting ready to go off to college. The reality was he would help them paint...

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78 - Tip Tuesday - Tips To Make Your Show Notes Lure Listeners With Lara Loest

podcast | Dec 01, 2017

As the popularity of podcasting increases, it's more important than ever that what you do stands out about the rest.  Not only is the interview important, but so are the show notes.  Today Lara Loest breaks down what it takes to have great show notes attached to your podcast, so that it grabs the reader's attention and wants them looking for more.

There are many ways to have show notes, one for one, notes that give the highlights and then just a very brief description of what you will find when you listen to the podcast.

What do you feel constitutes great show notes? Are you trying to do the whole thing or are you pushing for the listener to press play? There are really two parts to it for me and for my clients. One is to give the readers content and give them something tangible that they can take away and leave them wanting more. So they do press play and they do download, because as we know in the podcast world downloads are BIG.

What makes a great copywriting? Where do...

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77 - Diane Gardner - A Story of Making Something Amazing From Losing Almost Everything

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

The ever loved tax accountant went from big city California to small town northern Idaho, with a change that could almost bring anyone to his or her knees. Instead she found her inner mindset and is making a difference in the personal lives and those around her in the business world as well.

Diane started out owing her own accounting business in California and had the opportunity to adopt a two-year-old little girl. She sold her business and moved to Idaho so she could be a mom. With the need for income to still come into the family she was doing accounting out of her home while still juggling the mom duties of the household. However, things took another drastic change when she also became a single parent and was left to support her and her daughter alone.

At that point she had to start bringing in more business, more clients and making sure that things were taken care of for her family. She went door to door in the small northern Idaho town and gathered clients, but when 2008 hit...

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76 - Tip Tuesday - Learn How to Give Fear the Boot with Jodi Aman

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

Becoming an entrepreneur can be one of the most stressful times in your life.  There's uncertainty, added stress, and a multitude of problems that you've never had to deal with before.  Yes, the rewards are coming, but there's a bit of an uphill climb until you get there.  Most of us end up feeling alone in this journey, but when you're starting to hear the doubts and starting to feel a little crazy, you're really feeling what everyone else feels.  Jodi Aman of Give Fear the Boot breaks down the signs, and what we can do to handle the anxiety as it comes.

Fear can be a funny thing as many of us don't recognize it, but it really is holding most of us back.  Everyone is so afraid to be egotistical that they don't trust themselves, and shame really is the ego that's holding you back.

There's always someone feeling this way.  You can call it different words, fear anxiety, but it's such an invisible thing.  However, everyone is walking around with it....

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[VLOG] 4 Steps to Successful Networking

vlog | Dec 01, 2017

Networking to a lot of people can be terrifying or a lot of people claim they have tried it and it just does not work for them. But networking can be one of the most powerful, incredible tools for your business.

I backed into networking.  When I started my first business, I had just move to Dallas and did not know anyone. Someone invited me to a networking event, and I had no idea what it was.  I attended the event and was blown away by the potential to meet these incredible entrepreneurs. After coming from the corporate world they were amazing to me because they were positive, upbeat and excited about what they were doing, and I loved it. It was my lunchtime to get out and make new friends in the right groups.

What I see, is people doing it wrong. They say that it doesn’t work for them but it truly can work. I got to the point where I was literally getting phone calls from people years after a specific...

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75 - Creating a Virtual Assistant Business with Lyndsay Phillips

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

Virtual Assistants are all the rage in the online world.  It can allow for flexibility in a schedule, if you just want to do a couple of hours a week.  Or you can take it to another level, where you actually have others working for you, and you're working with a ton of different clients.

Lyndsay has a great story of how she wanted a little more flexibility in her life while she was raising her kids.  She knew a few people where she could do the VA thing on the side, and she realized she really enjoyed it.  She was juggling two jobs for a while.   When she decided she wanted to make this a full-time thing, she contacted one more client who she knew she could help, and then dove all in.

Since you had business experience, what were you able to leverage, and then how did you figure out where to concentrate your training?  Lyndsay is really organized and a control freak when it comes to setting up systems and files.  She's great at scheduling, plus she...

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74 - Tip Tuesday - Breaking Down the Mystery of SEO with Joe Youngblood

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can be a mysterious thing, but it's extremely crucial to the growth of your business.  As you're starting out, adding one more thing to think about can be daunting.  However, it's definitely a step that you don't want to miss.  Joe Youngblood, an SEO Expert and Founder of WinnerWinnerChickenDinner.co, stopped by to give some great tips on where to start, how to find out what your competitors are doing, and how to set-up a strategy where you're always staying on top.

What would you tell that beginner person on where they should begin?  The first thing Joe recommends is if your business is built around you, you need to make sure you're ranking for your name.  People typically will remember your name versus your business name, etc.  The way to do that is to build a page all about you, write a unique bio for yourself, almost like a LinkedIn Profile, and then link to that wherever you can.  Your goal is to get...

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[VLOG] What Do You Create A Business Around?

starting a business | Dec 01, 2017

I get asked this question all of the time. When I was working in Corporate America it seemed to be more black and white. I didn’t understand all of the gray that was out there. Either you created a product and worked really hard to get the patent, or then you either sold the product to the public or sold the product to a company. Or you were an entrepreneur, and that meant you opened a business, and sold something there, or even a restaurant.

When I started exploring the whole entrepreneur world, I realized that there are a bazillion shades of gray on what you could do.

You do have to be passionate, but you do have to be careful about it because sometimes when you wrap a business around a passion it can take the passion from it.   I would really recommend that it is something you’re passionate about, or at least something you love.

I always say in my other videos that behind every business should be a passion and a really solid why that drives you and go with...

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