Check out what’s in this week’s podcast!
- Meet Jill and Brad and what Breaking Down Your Business is all about!
- Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios, a Chicago web design firm, talks about taking business risk. Find him on Twitter and Google+.
Top 5 Business Owner Fears:
- Brad and Jill share their biggest fears as a business owner.
- Mana Ionescu of Lightspan Digital, a Chicago digital marketing company, talks about her struggle to get employees to deliver work on time. Find her on Twitter and Google+.
Tool of the Week:
- Keepy. Keepy takes pictures and stores of your kid’s bad thoughtful artwork they made at school so you don’t have to ‘keep’ them all.
- EnMast.com, a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners
- The Founding Moms, a collective of offline meetups and online resources where mom entrepreneurs can exchange, connect and learn from one another.
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
- Air Guitar Nation: A must check-out for hilariousness.
- UberSuggest.com: Site tool that gives you a ton of suggested search phrases to help you research keywords.
- Concentration App: One of Mana’s favorite apps to that helps you eliminate distractions and stay focused.
- Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon “hashtag” video: A total must-see.
Top 5 Business Owner Fears:
It’s something totally taboo in the small business owner world — you NEVER talk about touchy, vulnerable things, or reveal that things aren’t going well. Well, Jill and I take it head on and share our top 5 business owner fears.
5. I’m afraid no one will ever hire me again.
It’s not everyday, but sometimes I worry if I’ll ever get hired again or bringing in enough business to stay afloat. This makes Jill feel depressed because I’ve been in business a long time and shares the same fear and hope it was because she thought that fear would eventually dissipate as you are in business longer.
4. I’m scared to death of missing a client meeting/deliverable.
This is a common on-going fear for us both. Last week Jill was supposed to teach a business class at 1871, and thought it started an hour later than it actually did. That happened Monday – not a long time ago. I’m also afraid to miss a client meeting or show up late, or not having a deliverable for a client when it’s due. It’s happened in the past, and it’s an awful feeling.
3. I’m scared my industry is going to change and my business is no longer relevant.
Industries are changing rapidly and I’ve seen some of my clients go through big changes that crushed their business. Brad’s business has evolved a lot since when he started it, and afraid if it’ll keep changing and his business won’t be relevant.
2. I worry about what would happen if I were to get injured or sick.
When you’re the only one bringing in the sales in your business, and you get injured or sick, you’re screwed. If I was in the hospital or lose my voice, I can’t do my job. That means I don’t make any money.
1. Economic collapse freaks me out.
In 2008, my business was fine. 2009, it was nuclear winter. Sure everyone else was hurting during that time, too. But it taught me that cash is king, and so holding on to cash is the way to go. But if there’s an economic collapse, I would be done-for.
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