Mind The Business: Small Business Success Stories

Mind The Business: Small Business Success Stories

Owning a small business can be one of the most rewarding and challenging things a person does. Amid an uncertain economy and ever-evolving consumer trends, there is a lot to figure out and navigate to ensure your business thrives. Join hosts Jannese Torres (Yo Quiero Dinero) and Austin Hankwitz (Rate of Return) as they connect with small business owners and hear their stories about managing the ups and downs of starting and growing a small business. Listen to "Mind the Business: Small Business Success Stories" and learn valuable lessons from their experiences that will guide you along the way through your own small business journey.

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July 16, 2024 54 mins

Change is inevitable in business, but understanding how each decision impacts your entire operation is crucial. In this LIVE bonus episode, Jannese and Austin sit down with Will Lucas. Will is the founder and CEO of Creadio, a marketing and production agency, and CEO and founder of the private social club TolHouse. He also hosts the podcast “Black Tech Green Money.”  

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It’s all up to you. When you’re wearing multiple hats and running your own business, all of the rewards and accomplishments are on you - but so are the setbacks and challenges. The incredible journey of solopreneurship is filled with ups and downs and those who have tasted that lifestyle often can never go back to a “normal job.” In this special season finale, Austin and Jannese share their very own stories about what inspired them...

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April 18, 2024 35 mins

No Solopreneur is an island. Even as we run our own businesses, the importance of building a community of other business owners is paramount. From sharing advice and support to building a thriving and competitive marketplace, networking and building connections can take your business to the next level. Jannese and Austin talk with Ciara Imani May who runs her own hair brand and is passionate about taking care of her customers and u...

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Congratulations, you’ve branched out into your own business and even found your first client or customer! Now what? As the orders come in, so do the invoices and payments. In this episode, hosts Austin and Jannese talk about the ins and outs of keeping organized books, tracking payments and keeping an eye on where your money is so you can make sure it’s working for you. Michael Behn, founder of Moshi Moshi Knife Sharpening, drops b...

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For small business owners, it’s important to celebrate every success, but it’s also important to remember that behind every accomplishment there are plenty of hardships, missteps, and valuable lessons. Going into business for yourself is not easy and often comes with economic ups and downs and hard-to-decipher tax codes - among many other challenges. That’s why persevering and learning how to adapt and overcome any problems that ar...

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The definition of winning can be different for every business. For some, it’s high profits, for others, it’s brand building, and for a special type of business, it’s launching the success of a client. Hosts Jannese and Austin detail their experiences with leading clients to accomplish their goals, and how that translates into real rewards in the form of expanding networks, marketing potential, and more revenue. And founder of No If...

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The lifeblood of a small business is its customers. Going the extra mile to provide easy payment methods and clear communication can mean the difference between a couple of sales, and a couple hundred. Jannese and Austin discuss what they love to encounter as customers patronizing a business, and the customer service strategies for their own endeavors. And Jordan Rose joins the conversation to talk about how she built her Etsy shop...

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Seeing your small business grow can be exciting, but staying on top of that growth can be difficult for a solopreneur or a small team. As demand increases, how do you keep dollars coming in and products and services going out without breaking your original business model? Unchecked expansion can lead to painful downsizing after the initial rush - which no entrepreneur wants to have to deal with. Hosts Jannese and Austin will be dis...

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For many, starting a business starts with a spark of inspiration, an idea that you just can’t shake and grows from a “side hustle” to a full-time job. While navigating the transition from employee to self-employed can be exciting, it can also be filled with challenges and self-doubt. Hosts Austin and Jannese discuss those crucial first steps with our Season 2 premiere guest, Grace Wells. Grace is the founder of Grace Wells Photo an...

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Your favorite podcast about the exciting journey of entrepreneurship is back for a second season! Join hosts Jannese Torres (Yo Quiero Dinero & Financially Lit!) and Austin Hankwitz (Rate of Return & Rich Habits) as they share more great stories from small business owners and entrepreneurs alike and guide you toward the best tools and resources to jumpstart your own business with the help of Intuit QuickBooks. Listen to new...

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We are live from the 2023 Intuit Innovation Summit. For this special live episode, Jannese and Austin are joined by EQ-certified business and leadership coach and solopreneur Mariela De La Mora. Discover how Mariela decided to go into business for herself and how she combats imposter syndrome while growing her business. Plus, hear the exciting news about season two of “Mind the Business: Small Business Success Stories.” 

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You have finally got your business in order and everything is running smoothly, so naturally you want to grow it. However, that may not be as simple as it sounds. The tools you used to survive won’t serve you as you attempt to thrive and you will likely need to make foundational changes in your organization to support the type of growth you wish to achieve. Chris Triebes, founder of The WC Social Club, joins us as he discusses the ...

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By coming out of a pandemic and entering into a period of economic downpour, it has been a challenging time for many small businesses. Sometimes you have to adjust your plans during the ever changing economy. Co-founders of INI Sips and married couple, Gulaid and Davina Ismail share how their ideal plans of owning a local coffee shop changed after the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. They discuss how pivoting into e-commerce helped them...

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Being your own boss is amazing, but you also need to think about maintaining a good relationship with your employees. From handling payroll to creating a culture that encourages employee retention; there is so much that goes into being a good boss. Kevin Wong, co-founder of Lunar Hard Seltzer, joins us to discuss how he has managed to grow his two-man team into a growing business that actively hires in multiple cities.

 

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You’re the boss, but that doesn’t mean it’s all on you. Early on in your business journey you may find that you are assuming all the responsibilities in how your company operates. However, as you grow, it is important to learn how to delegate those responsibilities in order to ensure you can focus your efforts on what matters most. We speak to the influencer and creator of the app, Clara for Creators, Christen Nino de Guzman about ...

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As a new business, it may take a few years before you reach profitability, but that doesn’t mean you can’t quickly reach success. Using a mix of the marketing, financing, and money management tools discussed in earlier episodes, many small business owners can create very achievable benchmarks in their early stages that support the path to profits. Emily Doyle and Mei Kwok, founders of Dune Suncare, share with us some of the early d...

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Congrats! You started making money from your business. Now how do you manage your finances so you don’t take any steps back? Hosts Austin and Jannese unpack the different types of business accounts and explain how to track your cash flow while determining which costs can be reduced. The hosts are later joined by Harlem Chocolate Factory founder, Jessica Spaulding who shares her story about how she learned to adjust her accounting p...

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Having a great product or service is just one part of having a successful business. You also need people to know about your business so that it becomes profitable. Hosts Jannese and Austin share how they effectively used social media to build their brands and explain different marketing strategies including loyalty/rewards programs, remarketing, SEO, one-to-one marketing, and email marketing. 

Viral marketer Andrea Casanova joins t...

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In business, you have to spend money to make money. But you also have to have money to spend it. Hosts Austin and Jannese discuss how to decide which type of funding makes sense for your small business and explain the differences between angel investors, VC funding, crowdfunding, small business loans, and grants.

Later, Ami Kumordzie, founder of fintech company Sika Health, joins the show to share her empowering story of beating th...

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There is so much excitement around starting a business, but hardly any insight on what it truly takes to be your own boss. To help unpack the necessary tools you need to jumpstart your business, Intuit QuickBooks, in collaboration with iHeartRadio, is bringing you "Mind the Business: Small Business Success Stories" Every episode, join hosts Jannese Torres (Yo Quiero Dinero) and Austin Hankwitz (Rate of Return) as they interview bus...

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