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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

The Top 5 Ways To Get Value Out Of An Online Community (As A Member) w/ Candice Caruso

What’s In This Episode:

Have you ever been part of an online community that gave you a ton of value? Have you had a great experience growing your business through a group on Facebook or LinkedIn Google+ or, say, a Twitter conversation? Brad and Jill discuss the ways in which they've found quality help in different online communities and want you to find that kind of help, too. Some folks wonder if it has to do with the quality of the people who participate in it. Others wonder whether it has to do with the size of said communities. What's your take on what makes a good community? And where are you finding value right now? Tune in to hear their Top 5 Ways To Get Value Out Of An Online Community (As A Member) in this episode and they welcome Pango Financial's Candice Caruso to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Candice Caruso is the President of Pango Financial, a business that offers a full suite of innovative funding solutions can help your business get the jump-start it needs. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Tool:

  • Acorns :: This app lets you invest spare change from everyday purchases into a diversified portfolio. Jill is confident that you'll love saving without having to do anything. Brad thinks the app steals your money. YOU decide.
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_158.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Top 5 Tools For Getting Work Done ANYWHERE w/ Emily Lonigro Boylan | Ep. 157 | Small Business | Entrepreneur | Leadership

What’s In This Episode:

What are your kids doing for the summer? Headed to summer school? Going to camp? Traveling abroad? Running away with the circus? Brad and Jill discuss what their kids are doing for the summer -- and between the two of the co-hosts, that's 7 children -- so they've got plenty of ideas for you if you're still thinking about what to do with them. They also talk about the Top 5 Tools For Getting Work Done ANYWHERE in this episode and they welcome Lime Red Studio's Emily Lonigro Boylan to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Emily Lonigro Boylan is the founder of Lime Red Studio, a UX agency that creates user experiences and shapes campaigns that build social impact. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5-Star Review:

  • JoyOfSolvingBoy left us an iTunes review! Be like JoyOfSolvingBoy over here! Jill and Brad read his kind words on the air and encourage you to do the same so we rave about you in the future, too.

Tool:

  • Marco Polo :: It's an app that helps you find your phone by shouting MARCO! Tune in to hear exactly how it works -- it's hilarious. You will fall in love. And you will get the app.
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_157.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What To Do On Your Summer Vacation w/ Matt Miller | Ep. 156 | Small Business | Entrepreneur | Leadership

What’s In This Episode:

So what are you doing this summer? Going far or staycationing it? Jill and Brad talk about camping, tech blackouts, and how they're going to spend the time off. It's nearly impossible for a small business owner to feel relaxed and comfortable about taking time away from the business, but it's important. And while entrepreneurs know that it's a necessity to take a breather, how long you can get away from your business and how much you can genuinely enjoy that break is different for everyone. So, tune in to find out What To Do On Your Summer Vacation in this episode and hear from School Spirit Vending's Matt Miller. Listen in! »

Guest:

  • Matt Miller is the founder of School Spirit Vending, a franchise business that provides a wide range of benefits to help school fundraising needs and helps professionals develop more freedom and security. Find him on LinkedIn and Google+

Tool:

  • ScannerPro :: This app allows you to scan paper documents (like receipts!) into PDFs that look clean and professional. Brad highly recommends you try this one out!
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_156.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways You Can Tell That The Prospect Is Not That Into You w/ Ryan Dohrn Ep. 155 | Small Business | Entrepreneur | Leadership

What’s In This Episode:

Are all of your prospects into you? Do you pitch to a prospect in, think everything's going swimmingly, and then it just doesn't happen for you? Why do people seem so into you one minute, and the next, they aren't interested or stop calling you back? Brad and Jill dig into what's going on when you're trying to close a deal. What happens, when you should really try and close the deal, and why they just might not be that into you. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways You Can Tell That The Prospect Is Not That Into You in this episode and they welcome Brain Swell Media's Ryan Dohrn to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Rant:

  • Jill really really really really really really really really really really really wants you to stop speaking for free. She gets all riled up during her public service announcement to everyone in small business who keeps taking speaking gigs that do not pay. No pay? No way. Tune in for the hysteria!
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_155.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Get Out More w/ Melissa Lanz | Ep. 154 | Small Business | Entrepreneur | Leadership

What’s In This Episode:

What does "getting out there" mean to you? How do you get out the world of business for your business? So much sales and marketing seems to be focused online today. Should we be so focused on staying there, or do you try to get folks offline and meet you face-to-face? Jill and Brad debate whether what's more important and throw in a conversation about whether PayPal money is real money. And they throw in a big fat fight about sales -- is it a dirty word??? They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Get Out More in this episode and they welcome The Fresh 20's Melissa Lanz to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

  • Melissa Lanz is an author and the founder of The Fresh 20,a meal planning service, created for busy families and singles who want to eat fresh, healthy meals, and save time and money. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Fight! Fight! Fight!:

  • Brad and Jill go after one another in a heated debate about whether sales is a dirty word. Because it is, says Jill. Except it's not, says Brad. Tune in to find out who wins!
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_154.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Top 5 Things Business Owners Say That Actually Mean The Opposite w/ Ben Seigel

What’s In This Episode:

Do you ever listen to the conversations going on around you at networking events? Is everyone having the exact same conversation? They're all doing really well. Super busy, making paper, things are just soooooo fantastic. But what if you slipped some truth serum into their drinks and heard what was really going on in their small businesses? Jill and Brad think that more business owners should stop the hype. Say what's really going on. Tell the truth. There's seemingly only one way that business banter has to go -- and so many of us would benefit from having it go the other way, even if only from time to time. So, they talk about the Top 5 Things Business Owners Say That Actually Mean The Opposite in this episode and they welcome Ben Seigel to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Ben Seigel is the founder of Versa Studio where he builds smart, creative, effective brands and web sites through a consultative approach. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Rant:

  • Why can't people commit to scheduling anything anymore??? There has been a rise of people not committing to phone calls or in-person meetings at specific times on specific days. What's with this "call me some time between these 3 hours" or "let's play it by ear" type of planning? It's crazy-making. And neither Jill nor Brad understand why this has become a thing. Do you know why?
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_153.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Top 5 Ways To Have A Better Business Conversation w/ Chris Thompson

What’s In This Episode:

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Unlike Jill and Brad, do you stick to them? If you’re resolving to get in shape, stop doing all the bad things and wanna sing Kumbaya more often: Good luck with that. Jill and Brad talk about how they make goals, not resolutions, and they plan ahead rather than making a few things up in the hopes that they stick to it. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Have A Better Business Conversation in this episode and they welcome Chris Thompson to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Chris Thompson is the founder of  truBrain and wants you shift to a focused state of mind using their nootropic drinks. Find him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Tool:

  • No More Voicemail :: This app helps you stop your voicemail box from becoming full, and from needing to check or return messages at all, by sending your unanswered phone calls to endless ringing.
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_152_2.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What’s In This Episode:

Do you know the difference between cash and accrual accounting? (YUCK.) If you're wondering how much money you've loaned to your clients, where would you look for that? (UGH.) Do you ever pay yourself distributions as opposed to salary? Are those expenses? (GRRR.) If you're like Jill, you can't stand this topic...and if you're like Brad, you know a lot more than she does. But they're pretty important principles, along with a slew of other number basics that any business owner should be familiar with when it comes to that whole money thing you're trying to conquer. So it's time, guys. Tune in to hear Brad lead us through the basics, and check out how they talk about the Top 5 Accounting things that actually matter. They also welcome app creator Angela Jackson to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Angela Jackson is the founder of Talent Flood, a central, instant marketplace for employers and employees to get matched based on who they are, not what they do. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Rant:

  • People have pitch problems. If you're sending a pitch, via email or otherwise, to media outlets or colleagues or sponsors or venture capitalists or customers or clients or anyone, really, to have them do something about it -- publish you, partner with you, pay you money -- you need to do a better job. Jill's been getting WAY too many poor pitches and while there's no one right way to do it, there are thousands of wrong ways to do it. Tune in to hear what's going wrong.
Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_151.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Top 5 Ways To Have A Better Business Conversation w/ Chris Thompson

What’s In This Episode:

We made it, guys. WE MADE 150 EPISODES!!! We can't believe it, either. Jill and Brad, in their disbelief, mull over the things that have surprised them the most as podcast creators. They talk about what they've found difficult in the making of what has become a top business podcast. They talk about what they've found to be inspiring along the way. Things they never considered, guests that they learned from, and the commonalities they've found across the board no matter what business folks run. Have you been thinking about doing your own podcast? Then you're in for a treat. In this episode, Jill and Brad go over the Top 5 Things You Need To Know When You're Podcasting. And they welcome NEW Breaking Down Your Business podcast producer and sound engineer Anthony Gravino to the show. (Hand claps, please!) Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Anthony Gravino is a Freelance Music Producer and Engineer who works on studio albums for the world's best artists and happens to produce the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, too. Find him in the studio and on Instagram.

Tool? Rant?

Direct download: Jill_and_Brad_EP_150_2.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EDT