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Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Treat Your Employees Like Family w/ Martin Rawls-Meehan

What’s In This Episode:

Are you looking forward to seeing your family this upcoming holiday season? Or are you just looking forward to lots of food and stretchy pants? Jill and Brad talk about what they love about seeing family this time of year, and what makes them so darn great! And maybe not so great. (Thank goodness for Adele. Google "SNL Adele Thanksgiving." Trust us.) Plus, they discuss the pros and cons to treating your colleagues like family, and what we really mean when we say "like family." Pro tip: assess your leadership style and think about how others may want to be treated. Speaking of family, they also talk about the Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Treat Your Employees Like Family in this episode and they welcome Reverie's Martin Rawls-Meehan to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

  • Martin Rawls-Meehan is the CEO of Reverie where they create unique sleep systems so you can sleep better and live better. Find him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_181.mp3
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Top 5 Small Business Headaches, And How To Stop Them w/ Maddy Osman

What’s In This Episode:

Do you have problems that feel impossible to solve? No matter what you do, something else is neglected? Or every time you solve one problem, another one pops up? These tricky balancing acts are necessary tensions to manage that keep your business going. How do we be efficient, yet still be present for others? Grow and build a successful business but still spend quality time with friends and family? Jill and Brad have some pretty unique work-life balance solutions that may or may not include cages. They discuss useful insights to help you cope with all your tensions, plus Jill has a meta moment about tensions.  They also talk about the Top 5 Small Business Headaches, And How To Stop Them in this episode and they welcome Maddy Osman to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_180.mp3
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The Top 5 Things You’ll Learn If You Create A Budget And Plan for 2017 w/ Ross Kimbarovsky

What’s In This Episode:

Do you have plans to change anything up in 2017? How are you going to track what you want to change? Brad thinks there are solid ways to measure the things you tweak, and Jill thinks it's much harder than Brad says it is to do (what else is new?) so if you tune in and hear the goals that they say out loud, you maybe wanna help them and weigh in about whether their goals are realistic or not. (Read: Please do. Pretty please?) So Brad and Jill cover the Top 5 Things You'll Learn If You Create A Budget And Plan for 2017 in this episode and they welcome crowd sorcerer Ross Kimbarovsky to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Ross Kimbarovsky is the founder of crowdSPRING where you can post your project, name your price and watch 182,000+ designers and writers submit ideas for you to choose from. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_179.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

5 Things About Owning A Business That Make You A Better Person w/ Joshua Latimer

How do you know that you're actually growing while you're busy running your business? Do you notice behaviors that you repeat and could potentially change? Ever see a situation where you realize that you grew a bit because you're doing things a bit differently? There are different measuring sticks for each business owner. It's always a good idea to make sure that you're tracking changes, somehow, so that you're moving forward. And it's hard to do it without other people. So it makes sense that Jill and Brad talk about the 5 Things About Owning A Business That Make You A Better Person in this episode and they welcome entrepreneur Joshua Latimer to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Joshua Latimer is the founder of SendJim.io, an effortless marketing tool that you can use to generate raving fans with just one button. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_178.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Scariest Things For Your Business (And What To Do About 'Em) w/ Andrew Cavitolo & Bobby Stern

What scares you? What brings out the fear in you during your business week? Jill and Brad reflect on what makes them shake in their boots -- from public speaking to making sales to feeling responsible for other people. So many fears, so little time. The funny part? WE ALL HAVE THEM. All the time. But what is it that makes us stay away from ever bringing them up with other people? So, they also talk about the Top 5 Scariest Things For Your Business (And What To Do About 'Em) in this episode and they welcome catering gurus Andrew Cavitolo and Bobby Stern to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Andrew Cavitolo and Bobby Stern are the co-founders of Riviera Caterers where they offer the best catering and event services to the world's largest brands. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Tool:

  • Heard about Snapchat's first product, Spectacles? They're glasses that have cameras inside of them to snap what you see. But BeASpectacle? You can try Spectacles on without buying them! Try it! (Note to only Brad: It's not another photo app so stop it.)
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_177.mp3
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The 5 Craziest Moments In Your Business Owner Life w/ Levi Baer

Jill & Brad finally have a listener! ONE LISTENER! Who wrote in and asked a question about whether his acupuncture practice should take insurance or not from patients who come to see him. So Brad and Jill lobby this one back and forth to decide what their one listener should do with his business. And they want you to weigh in, too, because should anyone ever stop taking insurance? It gets CRAZY, so you really do need to weigh in (which also gives Jill & Brad a second listener, so thank you in advance.) Speaking of crazy, they also talk about the 5 Craziest Moments In Your Business Owner Life in this episode and they welcome conversational entrepreneur Levi Baer to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_176.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Have More Committed And Engaged Employees w/ Kim Cook

What’s In This Episode:

Do you need your team to be more committed? And why do you expect that anyone is ever going to be as committed as you, the owner of the business? If you believe that employees or colleagues will be as committed as you are, perhaps you have a realistic expectation that should be met by a "better" team member. On the flipside, perhaps you're putting an unreasonable burden on your team to meet your needs when they're not the ones running the business. That's why Brad and Jill talk about the Top 5 Ways To Have More Committed And Engaged Employees in this episode and they welcome Teen World Confidential's Kim Cook to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

  • Kim Cook is the founder of Teen World Confidential where she offers adolescent sexuality health resources for parents, educators, and other caring adults that encourages honest, open, and intelligent conversation with young people. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tool Intervention:

  • Jill thought she'd be presenting a really cool tool, Artisto, that cartoonizes your videos. But Brad and Saul end up staging an intervention to try and get Jill to stop using, and talking about, photo apps. Do you think she mentions too many? Tune in and then send in what you'd contribute to this intervention.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_175.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Things That Take A Lot Longer Than You Thought (In Your Business) w/ Ty Crandall

What’s In This Episode:

How long does it take to get into shape? To get rich? To fall in love? It seems to Jill and Brad that everything has to happen quickly in this day and age. Instantaneously. And that's not been their experience as business owners to date. Society at large puts high expectations on us to make things go as fast as humanly possible, but is it sustainable? They address exactly that in this week's episode. Check out their Top 5 Things That Take A Lot Longer Than You Thought (In Your Business) and join them in welcoming Credit Suite's Ty Crandall to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Ty Crandall is the founder of Credit Suite where he's dedicated to helping entrepreneurs obtain credit and financing to build their businesses whether they have good or bad personal credit. Find him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Rant:

  • Brad is heartbroken. Tune in to hear about the conversation he had with a boss who's lost control of her business. Even though she's the boss. Hear his suggestions for ways to go about it if you ever feel like you're losing the battle that is your own business.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_174.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Reasons Your Labor Costs Are Going UP w/ Kerry Heaps

What’s In This Episode:

Did you ever have a job where you had to go ask for a raise? Did you ever get a big raise at a job you've held? Brad and Jill know that this is a tough area for most small business owners. Whether your employees have to find the courage to ask you for a raise, or you're thinking about doling generous raises out to your team, it's always a challenge to figure out how to do it right. And when to do it. And if you should do it at all. That's why they explore the Top 5 Reasons Your Labor Costs Are Going UP in this week's episode and they welcome Strictly Marketing Magazine's Kerry Heaps to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

Rant:

  • Jill can't stand what's going on in the world of investing. Why are so many venture capitalists supporting companies with millions and millions of dollars when there's barely any market validation for said companies' ideas? Tune in to hear how insane it all is and how it nearly sends her off a cliff...
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_173.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Get Someone's Attention Without Being A Pest w/ LeeAnn Webster

What’s In This Episode:

Why is it that all pitches we get are so predictable? How come so many business owners and PR folk have decided to make an ask the same exact way as everyone else? Brad and Jill are getting real bored of the same old templates showing up in their inboxes. They talk about what they'd like to see, how they'd like it delivered, and they wanna hear from YOU. If you have an idea about how to pitch a product or service that breaks the mold, send it in to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast so that they can talk about your biz on the air. So it makes sense that they discuss the Top 5 Ways To Get Someone's Attention Without Being A Pest in this week's episode, and they welcome Telesummit Queen LeeAnn Webster to the show.

Guest:

  • LeeAnn Webster is the founder of Totally Telesummits where she helps her clients produce telesummits and helps them add hundreds of thousands of subscribers to their email lists. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool:

  • Luxe :: It's the Uber for Spothero. Get a valet person to park your car for you, wherever you're going, and have them return it to you wherever you want.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_172.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT