Show me the MONEY | Guest: Thomas Iwema | Ep. 92

Top 5 Things to Know About Crowd Funding

What’s In This Episode:

Ever thought about raising funds for your business via the crowd? What crowd, you say? Your crowd. The one that knows you, the one that likes you, and the one that wants to help you out. (Spoiler alert: It’s the same for everyone. That human kindness thing? It’s true.) Jill and Brad talk about Jill’s recent Kiva Zip campaign and rolls that into this episode’s Top 5 Things To Know About Crowdfunding. They also welcome college mogul Thomas Iwema to the show. Listen in! »

Thomas IwemaGuest:

  • Thomas Iwema is the founder of IKG Property Maintenance, Inc., a full-service property maintenance company built around the desire for higher standards in order to achieve superior quality in assisting companies and homeowners with maintenance solutions. He’s also a college freshman! Impressive.

Sponsor:

  • The Founding Moms Community - It’s the place to be for mom entrepreneurs who want to build better businesses. With value-packed video courses, an exclusive members-only forum, early access to entrepreneurial opportunities, personalized guidance and so many virtual high-fives, join the FMC waiting list to get in on the action.

Rant:

  • Brad is pretty annoyed about what marketers are doing in advertisements these days. Tune in to hear the rage that goes along with negative messaging and don’t make that mistake yourself.


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Oh, the people you’ll meet | Guest: Lakshmi Jayanthi | Ep. 91

The top 5 people to meet on your entrepreneurial journey

What’s In This Episode:

Do you meet interesting people in your work day? What makes them interesting, or what about them makes you tick? Jill and Brad talk about what makes them stay curious in their day-to-day when it comes to customers, clients and colleagues galore. They also talk about the Top 5 People To Meet On Your Entrepreneurial Journey in this episode and they welcome Lakshmi Jayanthi to the show. Listen in! »

Lakshmi JayanthiGuest:

  • Lakshmi Jayanthi is the co-founder of Roomations, a site that connects you with interior designers to help you visualize your space through photorealistic renderings that incorporate real products. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Tool:

  • Aha is an app that lets you easily access and organize your favorite content from the web into personalized, live, on-demand stations. Take them with you wherever you go on your phone and even sync it to your car.


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Top 5 Ways My Kids Make My Business Better | Guest: Sean Shafik | Ep. 90

Top 5 ways my kids make my business better

What’s In This Episode:

Does being a parent make you a better business person or entrepreneur? Or do you find that the little critters just get in the way? Jill and Brad argue about what society assumes, what they assume and wanna know what you think about kids and work in general. And now, in an amazing turn of events, there are ringtones available on the website of all the ridiculous things Jill and Brad say (or literally, their laughs are available for your enjoyment) and they want you to call in and be a part of their 100th episode. Call in and make fun of your favorite co-hosts at (708) 872-7878. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways That Our Kids Make Our Business Better in this episode and they welcome bottled tea visionary Sean Shafik to the show. Listen in! »

Sean ShafikGuest:

  • Sean Shafik is the founder and visionary of TK Hibiscus, a company that makes delicious hibiscus tea drinks that sells in 500 stores around the country. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Rant:

  • Brad’s pretty upset about crazy social media profiles in the world. And he wants to do something about it. You have to tune in to check out just how crazy the crazy drives him.


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You Can’t HANDLE The Truth | Guest: Elizabeth Ames | Ep. 89

Top 5 ugly truths about entrepreneurship

What’s In This Episode:

Want a ringtone of the ridiculous things that Jill & Brad say? Of course you do. Want to be a part of our 100th episode? Listen to this episode to find out how you can participate in more than one way — we want you to join us in celebrating the awesome progress of our podcast. Jill and Brad also talk about the Top 5 Ugly Truths About Entrepreneurship in this episode and they welcome autism expert Elizabeth Ames to the show. Listen in! »

Elizabeth AmesGuest:

  • Elizabeth Ames is the co-founder of EarlyVention, an organization that helps families start an early intervention program immediately after their child is diagnosed with autism. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Rant:

  • On Lists – Always remember to include a diversity of voices when you pretty much do anything, ever. When you make “Best Of” lists in any category about any thing in the whole wide world, don’t forget to include people who are not white guys. Hear Jill and Brad get pretty angry about the fact that a recent list didn’t have a single woman or man (or woman) of color listed.


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Don’t Be THAT Person. | Guest: Bobby Leach | Ep. 88

Top 5 Things That Get Me Fired Up

What’s In This Episode:

Ever have one of those days where you’re fired up? Are they all of the days as it is in the life and work of Brad Farris? It’s easy for any business owner to look around and think that everyone else running a company is have a great time. That nothing ever goes wrong for the other guy. But there’s oh so much that can happen in a workday that can wreak havoc on your morale, your energy and your bottom line. So, in this episode Brad and Jill talk about the Top 5 Things That Get Them Fired Up to shout a whole lot about it and they welcome Marriage Material’s Bobby Leach to the show. Listen in! »

Bobby LeachGuest:

Flashback:

  • Twist Marketing‘s Danny Schuman calls Jill & Brad to update us on what’s happened in his business since he was a guest wayyyyyyy back in Episode #3!

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Just Say “NO.” | Guest: Kaleigh Moore | Ep. 87

reasons to say no

What’s In This Episode:

Are you doing too much in your business? Have you started too many things and now you’re behind on most of them? Jill and Brad talk about all the power, the control and the flexibility that small business owners enjoy and how that can sometimes prevent you from seeing that focus is elusive but pretty darn important. And that doing too many things can actually take that power, control and flexibility away from you. They also talk about the Top 5 Reasons To Say No in this episode and they welcome writer Kaleigh Moore to the show. Listen in! »

kaleigh mooreGuest:

  • Kaleigh Moore is the co-founder of Lumen where she helps businesses and organizations expand their reach through social media and quality crafted content . Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Tool:

  • CannedEmails.com :: It’s a minimal site with prewritten emails. And it’s wildly helpful.

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We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This | Guest: Jim Ford | Ep. 86

improve meetings

What’s In This Episode:

Do you like to go to meetings? Is it part of your job? (Should it be?) Jill and Brad chat about what makes meetings great, when they should be considered a part of your business, and what it’s like for some introverts to spend their days face-to-face with other people. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Make Your Meetings Better in this episode and they welcome Desk Inc.’s Jim Ford to the show. Listen in! »

Jim FordGuest:

  • Jim Ford is the President of Desks Inc., a full-service furniture dealer based in Chicago. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Team Pete:

  • He’s back. And he’s here to make you more productive. OF COURSE HE IS.

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How To Get More Exposure | Guest: Lisa Katona | Ep. 85

how to get more exposure

What’s In This Episode:

How do you get more eyeballs on what you’re creating in your business? What strategies to you employ to attract more attention to all of the stuff you’ve worked so hard on? Jill and Brad talk about the ways in which they work the marketing magic (read: real and easy strategies) to make sure that more customers and clients come marching their way. You’re looking to do the same thing, no doubt. This episode’s a must-listen! And the main course? The Top 5 Ways To Get More Eyeballs On Anything along with superstar guest and certified sex therapist Lisa Katona. Listen in! »

Lisa KatonaGuest:

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Flashback:

  • Mare Swallow is back. She was a guest in Episode #32 and she relays what affect Jill & Brad’s advice had on her business. Tune in to hear what’s happened since she’s been on!

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Teach Your Children Well. | Guest: Diana Rothschild | Ep. 84

what kids learn from your business

What’s In This Episode:

Did you know that the thing correlating most highly to entrepreneurial success is having parents who were entrepreneurs? Did you know Diana Ross is still alive? Mysteries like that and more are revealed in this excruciatingly loud episode. Jill and Brad share about their entrepreneurial influences and how you probably have them, too. They also talk about the Top 5 Things Your Kids Are Learning From Your Business in this episode and they welcome NextKids’ founder Diana Rothschild to the show. Listen in! »

Diana RothschildGuest:

  • Diana Rothschild is the founder of NextKids, a coworking space with childcare that offers a new way of living, working, and caring for your children while getting your work done. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Sponsor:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Wanna get more prospects? You have to take the 30-Day Challenge where every day for 30 days, you’ll be told exactly what to do to get more prospects into that funnel of yours. Go get it here! HERE!

Tool:

  • VideoLean – Make videos for your business in minutes! Feed your content marketing by using their professional templates that are super easy to edit and voila! Moving pictures to move viewers to bring your better business.

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Admit It! Your Website Sucks. | Guest: Chris Arndt | Ep. 83

top 5 ways your website sucks

What’s In This Episode:

Ever visit a website that made no sense? Do you try to find the one thing that you’re there to do but you can’t locate the button or icon? Ever go to most sites and think, “Wow, this is a terrible website.” Jill and Brad talk about how infuriated they are by most business websites — even their own. If you think your site is fine, this episode is a must-listen. For serious. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways Your Website Sucks (And How To Fix It) in this episode and they welcome marketing consultant Michelle Koclanis to the show. Listen in! »

Chris_ArndtGuest:

  • Chris Arndt is the founder of Red Granite – The Entrepreneur’s CFO. They provide financial advice and accounting services to help Chicago’s start-ups scale profitably. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • Moo.com - They believe in great design and believe it can work wonders for every business. That’s why they make it simple to create beautiful, expertly crafted business stationery and promotional materials that’ll help you start conversations, open doors and strengthen relationships.

iTunes Reviewer of the Week:

  • KCintheOP – YOU ROCK! Everyone else: Go be like this person and leave us a review on iTunes, will ya?  Because see? We’ll read it on the air.

Team Pete:

  • He’s back. He’s taking on the persona of a high school boy and what it means to fail fast. Dig it.

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