Breaking Down Your Business | Small Business | Business Owners | Entrepreneurship | Leadership

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Top 5 Pitch Secrets w/ Janet Kraus

What’s In This Episode:

Have you ever received a great pitch? If you're nodding your head while reading this, what planet are you living on? Brad and Jill would like to meet you there. The co-hosts talk about why they're not getting great pitches, how people who write requests (of any kind) could do a whole lot better, and as per usual, there's as much shouting as there is complaining. Wanna avoid sending terrible pitches? Tune in to find out their Top 5 Pitch Secrets in this episode and hear all about the radical shift happening in the lingerie industry from guest and Peach CEO, Janet Kraus. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Janet Kraus is the co-founder and CEO of Peach where she's inspiring women to feel beYOUtiful every day with a fresh approach to lingerie & basics. Find her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Rant:

  • Brad tells a true story about a week in the life of his clients and wants you to know that STUFF HAPPENS. Read no more: You gotta tune in for this one.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_Ep_164.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Secrets To Making Progress On Your Goals (Even In The Summer) w/ Jason Blumer

What’s In This Episode:

Is summer a slower time in your business? If so, do you give in or fight the slow summer crawl like crazy? Every year, Jill pretends that she's gonna get through alllllll the work that she needs to catch up on and never does. Brad doesn't experience quiet until August but he's learned to stop fighting the fight and shut his technology off. Just hearing the co-hosts discuss how they work during the summer might just be enough to inspire you to think about how you can do it differently, too. So, in this episode they share their Top 5 Secrets To Making Progress On Your Goals (Even In The Summer) and they welcome marketing accountant Jason Blumer to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

Rant:

  • Will, a loyal listener and an engineer, emailed Jill & Brad about the fact that he needs to follow "best practices." Neither Brad nor Jill got very far into Will's email before they went OFF THE RAILS about said "best practices"...tune in to hear the glorious rant. (And thanks for the rant fodder, Will!)
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_163.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Things Everyone Else Is Doing Right And You Are Doing Wrong w/ Cody Lister

What’s In This Episode:

What's everyone else doing right that you're doing wrong? Do you think you might know? Do you feel like success is easy for everybody but you? Brad and Jill know that all the other business owners look like they're having an easier time than they are. And we've all seen it before: That Facebook post, or that press coverage, or that LinkedIn announcement that reveals the success of a colleague. You want to be happy for them. You know just how hard they've worked. And yet, you question yourself. What am I not doing right that they're doing right? Why are they getting the accolades that I deserve, too? In an effort to sort this out, the co-hosts talk about the Top 5 Things Everyone Else Is Doing Right And You Are Doing Wrong in this episode and they welcome content marketing expert Cody Lister to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Cody Lister is the founder of MarketDoc where he helps marketers, business owners, solopreneurs and bloggers get more customers from smarter content marketing with no-frills, step-by-step content marketing and content promotion strategies. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • Sage Summit 2016 – Join the world’s largest gathering of small and medium businesses in Chicago at McCormick Place on July 25-28 where business gets personal with celebrated speakers, business experts, tech innovations, mentor and peer networking, and off-the-chart experiences. You’ll get 3 days of learning, networking, and getting your hands on the latest technology available from over 150 vendors. There’ll be enlightening keynotes from A-list entrepreneurs and visionaries like Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deschanel, and the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank! And it’ll all end with a fun beach concert featuring a Grammy-nominated band. Go to www.SageSummit.com and register to attend for $99 when you use code BDYB99 before July 22 to receive this special offer.

Tool:

  • Annotable :: It's Skitch reincarnated. It's a phone app that's the most full-featured all-in-one image annotation tool. Brad's LOVING it. He couldn't recommend it more highly.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_162.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Top 5 Spiritual Practices You Need To Survive Self-Employment w/ Matt "Handshakin" Holmes

What’s In This Episode:

How do you make everything in your business stop spinning? In the craziness of a work week -- let alone a work day -- how do you know what to tend to first? Or what needs to be tackled last? Or whether you should do one thing before the other? It can drive any business owner nuts. So Jill and Brad discuss the ways in which they avoid spinning out of control when they're working...and the way that Jill deals with it actually gets Brad to stop talking (albeit for .00023 seconds.) That's why they talk about the Top 5 Spiritual Practices You Need To Survive Self-Employment in this episode and they welcome Matt "Handshakin'" Holmes to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

Sponsor:

  • Sage Summit 2016 – Join the world’s largest gathering of small and medium businesses in Chicago at McCormick Place on July 25-28 where business gets personal with celebrated speakers, business experts, tech innovations, mentor and peer networking, and off-the-chart experiences. You’ll get 3 days of learning, networking, and getting your hands on the latest technology available from over 150 vendors. There’ll be enlightening keynotes from A-list entrepreneurs and visionaries like Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deschanel, and the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank! And it’ll all end with a fun beach concert featuring a Grammy-nominated band. Go to www.SageSummit.com and register to attend for $99 when you use code BDYB99 before July 22 to receive this special offer.

Rant:

  • Guys. You get what you pay for. So if it's valuable, you should pay for it. Brad and Jill go on...and on...and on...and on...and on...about the ways in which people refuse to pay for things in business and how it HARMS EVERYONE ELSE. You gotta tune in for this one. Be prepared to get riled up, too.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_161.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Bring More Value To Your Webinars

What’s In This Episode:

What's the worst webinar that you have ever attended? What made it so bad? Could be the slides. Or the monotonous tone of the person giving the webinar. Or the volume. Or the lack of value. Stop writing outlines and turning them into Powerpoints that only you understand. Stop sucking the energy out of your viewers. Respect your audience, offer great content, and do it your way...or Jill and Brad are gonna send you to the highway. That's why they talk about the Top 5 Ways To Bring More Value To Your Webinars in this episode and they welcome MotherG's Dave Davenport to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Dave Davenport is the founder of MotherG, an IT company that acts as your technology guardian to deliver secure and stable technology, problem-free. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Sponsor:

Tool:

Brad experiences another Slack attack. Jill is convinced that Slack is unbelievably useful for your business. And Brad is not. (Shocker.) Find out why -- or why not -- Slack is fantastic, and CALL THE HOSTS to let them know your take. They need your help.

Direct download: Jill20and20Brad20EP20160.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Things You Should Have Started Doing A LONG Time Ago

What’s In This Episode:

Are there things you started doing a long time ago that have since accumulated a lot of value for your business? Say, starting a newsletter or a Twitter account or an event you host regularly? Jill and Brad dig into the things they thought were useless at the start but that have evolved into big wins for their companies. The changes have been huge but they wouldn't have thunk it without a little reflection and a lot of shouting. So it makes a lot of sense that they talk about the Top 5 Things You Should Have Started Doing A Long Time Ago in this episode and they welcome PartySlate's Julie Roth Novack to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Julie Roth Novack is the founder of PartySlate, a site that helps you find the inspiration and the pros to make your next event more meaningful and memorable. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Fight:

Mailchimp vs. MadMimi = WHO WINS? Tune in to find out. (Spoiler alert: Jill says Jill does, Brad says Brad does. You decide.)

Direct download: Jill20and20Brad20EP20159.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT