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The Top 5 Times You Should Say "Yes" w/ Amanda Neely

What’s In This Episode:

Brad says that Vern Harnish says that business owners should say "no" about twenty times more than they say "yes." To everything. Do you do that? (This one's rhetorical.) Might you be one of the millions of business owners who need to say "no" more often? "Yes" should be few and far between, but it can get confusing as to which where when to say it. That's why Jill and Brad talk about the Top 5 Times You Should Say "Yes" in this episode and they welcome coffee shop owner Amanda Neely to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

Tool:

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Shout-Out:

  • We heart CBL88 and Brewla for leaving us iTUNES REVIEWS!!!!!! Handclaps for all. Jill and Brad read 'em on the air and they'll read yours, too. Stop by and leave one here.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_169.mp3
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What’s In This Episode:

Are there emails that you write over and over and over again? Ever thought about creating a template so that you don't have to re-write the darn thing on repeat? Over time, Jill and Brad have learned that it's good business practice to do so -- and they learned the hard way. While there are well over 285,492 emails that you could keep on file so that you don't have to think them up again, you may as well hone in on the Top 5 Emails You Are Going To Write One Million Times (So Make A Template). It does a body good. Tune in to find out exactly what, where, how, why and when to write those up, and hear all about Clean Forks' Shelley Davidescu and how she impacts thousands of lives. Listen in! »

Guest:

Rant:

  • Stop writing bad emails. JUST STOP. Brad reads to you the worst email ever written -- it was a cold pitch he received -- and you get to cringe throughout the read with him...and then ride through his rant on this type of pitch with him. He needs your support. Go on, tune in.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_168.mp3
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Top 5 Money Mistakes Small Businesses Make w/ Ali Mirza

What’s In This Episode:

Have you ever made solid money decisions for your business? Jill and Brad talk about the little tweaks that have brought in the big bucks and the big mistakes that have brought in next to nothing. There are ways to change up how you pay employees, mistakes to make in how you share value with folks on your team, and plenty of mistakes to be made along the way. Can you make more out of what you're bringing in? You're in charge of your income. It's helpful to remind yourself that from time to time...and that's why Jill and Brad talk about the Top 5 Money Mistakes Small Businesses Make in this episode and they welcome Rose Garden Consulting's Ali Mirza to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Ali Mirza is the founder of Rose Garden Consulting where he works with Atlanta business owners to increase their sales by developing a sales training program or by actually selling for them. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Rant:

  • What do YOU think about taking on other people's money to help you with your business? Jill and Brad have some pretty major concerns that they need you to know. Tune in to find out why there are more reasons to stay away from that kind of help than you'd ever guess. (And if you disagree, call in and let them know why you think they're wrong.)
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_167.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Say "Thank You" To Your Team w/ Nathan Hirsch

What’s In This Episode:

What does team-building look like in your business? Do you have regular meetings, bonfires at midnight, or cupcake wars to get it done? Jill and Brad discuss the many ways that they build teams: Brad's team is all in one place and Jill's team is spread out around the world so they build up their teams in very different ways. If you take your team to a baseball game, or you host calls with people who can't meet up face-to-face, what are the ways that your team responds to it? Do you find that it helps further your business or is it more of a distraction than anything else? That's why they talk about the Top 5 Ways To Say "Thank You" To Your Team in this episode and they welcome entrepreneur Nathan Hirsch to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Nathan Hirsch is the founder of FreeeUp where he helps businesses save time and money through hands-on outsourcing. Find him on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. (And tune in for the code you can use to hire a free worker!)
Rant:

Brad talks about how rich he is. For reals. Tune in to hear just how rich.

Direct download: Breaking20Down20Your20Business20EP20166.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Tell It's Time To Fire An Employee w/ Susan Solomon and Christina Papale

What’s In This Episode:

Was there ever a time in your life where it took you too long to let someone go? Maybe the employee who drank a lot of coffee and did very little rings a bell. Perhaps it was the intern who took up all of your time and left you with nothing. Or the colleague who left...and left you high and dry. Why did you wait so long to let them go? Jill and Brad talk about how long they've waited -- including recent experiences (even after years of running businesses) -- and what they wished that they'd done differently. That's why they talk about the Top 5 Ways To Tell It's Time To Fire An Employee in this episode and they welcome branding experts Susan Solomon and Christina Papale to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Susan Solomon and Christina Papale are the co-founders of Drive-Thru Branding where they know that time and money are in short supply so they help businesses drive in a company and drive out a brand in 10 days. Find them on Twitter and Instagram.
Story:

Instead of a rant this week, Jill shares a traumatic experience that she had earlier in the week and how the perspective it offered was literally life-changing.

Direct download: Breaking20Down20Your20Business20EP20165.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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