Get Smart | w/ Oz du Soleil | Ep. 112

Top 5 things you need to learn now (and where to learn them)

What’s In This Episode:

Has it ever hit you that what you don’t know outweighs the things that you do know? Would you like to know how to fix that? Jill and Brad will give you some tips on the many resources available as they discuss the Top 5 Things You Need to Learn Now and where to learn them. Also, they talk with Oz du Soliel, a Microsoft Excel wizard about how to better manage time. Listen in! »

http://breakingdownyourbusiness.com/?p=2410Guest:

  • Oz du Soliel is a Microsoft Excel MVP who uses his knowledge of the program in order to build databases on pretty much anything by his use of scraping. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

Sponsor:

  • The Founding Moms Community: It’s the place to be! It offers many video courses, forums, entrepreneurial opportunities, guidance and so many more things to do. Come join this community and open up the door to many different opportunities.

Rant:

Jill has found the power in using apps such as Operator and Fancy Hands in order to get her work complete, but she’s not quite sure if this is getting her work done or adding more along the way.

Tools:


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Download This! | Carol Soares | Ep. 111

Top 5 ways to keep up with new technology

What’s In This Episode:

How do you keep up with all of the new technological thingies in this day and age? Brad and Jill debate whether there are people who are early adopters and those who are not, or whether everyone can learn ways to stay on top of the newest apps and gadgets that come out. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Keep Up With New Technology in this episode and welcome coach Carol Soares to the show. Listen in! »

Carol SoaresGuest:

Tool:

  • Zapier :: It makes your web apps talk to each other. It’s awesome. Both Jill and Brad highly recommend it.


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Out Of Cash | Kathy Katona | Ep. 110

Top 5 things to do when money gets short

What’s In This Episode:

See many deadbeats in your work day? Alllllllll those people who make it challenging for you to get paid — the folks who don’t pay on time, who don’t pay at all — are a pain, and that’s an understatement. Brad and Jill share their thoughts on the epidemic that hits small businesses regularly and what they’ve experienced. They also talk about the Top 5 Things To Do When Money Gets Short in this episode and they welcome product brainstormer and mother of Jill, Kathy Katona, to the show. Listen in! »

Kathy KatonaGuest:

  • Kathy Katona is a professional brainstormer who’s been coming up with great product ideas since Jill was born. She’s also Jill’s mom. Find her avoiding Twitter, shrugging at Facebook, and having no idea about what Google+ is. 

Sponsor:

  • SurePayroll is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? When you need to run payroll, trust SurePayroll.com to get it done. SurePayroll.com has been dedicated to supporting US small businesses since 2000 and their award-winning, top-rated service makes it easy because they automatically file and pay federal, state and local payroll taxes online, every time. Go to BreakingDownYourBusiness.com/SurePayroll today for a free, personalized price quote. Or give them a call at 866-996-8524.

Tool:

  • FancyHands :: It’s a team of assistants ready to work for you right now via an app on your phone. Their assistants are based in the US, but work for clients worldwide. Get 50% off your 1st month, rates start at $29.99 for 5 tasks.


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Shake It Up | Mary Dombrowski | Ep. 109

Top 5 ways to deal with simultaneous work and life chaos

What’s In This Episode:

Do you like moving? Love when major changes happen in your life while you’re running your business? Brad thinks it’s the worst. Jill loves it. So you can imagine the banter that ensues.  They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Deal With Simultaneous Work And Life Chaos in this episode and they welcome Mary Dombrowski to the show. Listen in! »

Mary DombrowskiGuest:

  • Mary Dombrowski helps business owners realize higher levels of consistent cash flow by improving their business development efforts and their cash flow. Find her on LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • The FMC – The Founding Moms Community is 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.

Turn The Tables:

  • Brad needs your help. He loves taking notes electronically. But he’s always avoided taking notes on a laptop because he feels that the laptop screen is a barrier between him and the person he’s talking to…so it is acceptable now to take notes on a computer, or is it still considered rude? Call him. Tell him. (708) 872-7878.


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Are You Charging Enough? | Angie Maguire | Ep. 108

Top 5 signs you are not charging enough

What’s In This Episode:

When did you realize that you’re not charging enough? Are you realizing it right now? Jill and Brad share what they’ve done, how they handle pricing increases, and what they do to keep up with the changes (and the Joneses’.) They also talk about the Top 5 Signs You Are Not Charging Enough in this episode  and they welcome Go! Go! Go! Fundraising’s Angie McGuire to the show. Stay tuned for Jill’s crazy rant, too. Listen in! »

Angie MaguireGuest:

Angie Maguire is part of Go! Go! Go! Fundraising, an organization that helps folks fundraise by providing fans with a healthy product that fits today’s fast paced lifestyle. Find her on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

Rant:

Jill can’t stand automated scheduling systems. Brad is pretty sure she’s the only one — but catch her riffing on booking meetings throughout her day.


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Intern, Get Me Some Coffee | Reva Minkoff | Ep. 107

Top 5 lessons from creating an internship program

What’s In This Episode:

Were you ever an intern? What kind of experiences filled out your professional life, or sucked the life right out of you? Jill recounts the olden days when interned at modeling agencies, software companies, and restaurant guide giant Zagat Survey (it’s pronounced “za-GAT” like “the CAT.”) and what life was like before the Internet.They also talk about the Top 5 Lessons From Creating An Internship Program (with Greg Jaffe!) in this episode and they welcome DigitalGroundUp’s Reva Minkoff to the show. Stay tuned for Brad’s latest rant, too! Listen in! »

Reva MinkoffGuest:

Reva Minkoff is the founder of DigitalGroundUp, an interactive technology platform that helps its users learn digital marketing through its interactive software. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Rant:

Brad has a few things to say about people who don’t reply to emails. Don’t miss the rage that ensues…


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Find Your Tribe | Kathy Stowell | Ep. 106

Things to look for in a networking group

What’s In This Episode:

What do you look for when you go to a networking event? Do the type of people attending matter more, or do you prefer to focus on what speakers will be presenting? If this entire topic makes you cringe, do you value networking events for your business at all? If for nothing else, what about the free pizza that shows up at every single networking event Jill has ever been to?  Jill and Brad cover the best parts about networking events and what you should look for in a group when they go over the Top 5 Things To Look For In A Networking Group in this episode. They also welcome Bliss Beyond Naptime’s Kathy Stowell to the show. Listen in! »

Kathy StowellGuest:

Tool:

  • Periscope :: Explore the world through someone else’s eyes. You can video livestream anything you’re doing at any moment in time and people can watch you — and interact by chatting with you — in realtime. You can also watch other people do the same thing around the world!


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Stop The Insanity | Ryan Evans | Ep. 105

What’s In This Episode:

How do you stay sane in a busy workday? There’s a lot that goes on in a day, let alone the things that happen when you run a freaking company. Are there routines you rely on? Ways that help you breathe better? Jill and Brad talk about how they make things a lot easier with the goal of keeping their sanity by covering the Top 5 Ways To Stay Sane In A Busy Workday in this episode. They also welcome Tend’s tech tinkerer Ryan Evans to the show. Listen in! »

Ryan EvansGuest:

  • Ryan Evans is the founder of Tend, a platform that helps you to easily figure out what’s driving customers to your website. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Turn The Tables:

  • Brad needs your help in this episode. He wants to attract clients who want to get more done without using terminology like “business therapist.” How can he talk about it — what words can he use — to offer his services in a way that gets his message across? Call in and help! (708) 872-7878.


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I Know A Guy Who Could Do That… | Mike Michalowicz | Ep. 104

What’s In This Episode:

Are you an expert at hiring other people? If you’re nodding your head, you’re lying to yourself. You couldn’t be. None of us are. (Well, except for our co-host, Brad.) So listen up, listeners! Jill and Brad throw down about the Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Hiring Other People in this episode. They also welcome the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz to the show. Listen in! »

Mike MichalowiczGuest:

Sponsor:

  • The FMC – The Founding Moms Community is 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.

Tool:

  • Tactick :: Create a checklist for a process that you want to do over and over again. If there are things in your business that you want to make sure other folks are doing and check them off together, this is a tool for you.


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Incorporate Your Family | Melissa Lagowski | Ep. 103

Raising kids is like building a business

What’s In This Episode:

Got kids? If you do, you know that raising them is a lot like building a business. Don’t have children? You still get it; Running your company is a lot like dealing with the ins and outs and ups and downs of child-rearing. Since Jill and Brad are parents who know better than anyone (except you — who knows just as well as they do) — they talk about the Top 5 Ways That Raising Kids Is Like Building a Business in this episode. And they welcome Big Buzz Idea Group’s Melissa Lagowski to the show! Listen in! »

Melissa LagowskiGuest:

  • Melissa Lagowski is the founder of Big Buzz Media Group, the ideal event management team for all corporate, community, non-profit, and private events in Chicagoland. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Tool:

  • Topsy :: Find people who are using the links you post to social media and connect with them!


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