Dirty Secrets of Small Business

Dirty Secrets of Small Business

The Dirty Secrets of Small Business Podcast is here to give you the tools, knowledge and power to achieve success whether you’re starting a new small business or already have one.

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May 26, 2022 50 min
Today we were joined on the show by business partners Scott Freerksen and Chris Mosier. Scott and Chris are the owners of Lakefront Living International, a national real estate franchise focused only on lakefront properties. During the show Scott and Chris share the very different paths they took that eventually lead them each to a focus on lakefront properties.
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One of the toughest decisions for many business owners is deciding when it’s time to get rid of someone. That “someone” could be an employee, contractor, customer, or even a vendor. One of the things we love most about small business is that it allows for a heart whereas big business usually comes down to a number.
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May 12, 2022 27 min
So who’s in charge here? This is one of the first questions we ask when meeting with business partners. The initial response is usually something like, “we both are” or “we all are.” We and you know that isn’t the case. Someone is setting the priorities for the business.
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So do you work with family in your business? Or maybe it’s friends who are like family. Or both. Are you good at leaving the personal stuff at the door when you come into work every day? Not sure what that looks like? Well today’s show is for you!
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Today we were joined on the show by business owner Eric Robichaud. Eric is the owner of Green Goddess Supply, a supplier of premium quality smoking accessories and home grow products. During the show Eric takes us on his journey from software engineer/nerdy computer guy to now being the weed guy!
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Do you like being in the spotlight? Do you avoid situations where you know you’ll be asked to say something in front of a group? Or are you the first person to raise your hand when a speaker is finished and is looking for questions?
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April 14, 2022 19 min
We were talking with a coaching client recently who was struggling to justify increasing prices for one of their services. She kept using the word “justify” when trying to convince herself that it was OK to increase prices. Our discussion quickly shifted to talking about what made their service different from the competition. We also chatted about the mindset of their ideal customer.
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Today we were joined on the show by business owner and former MVP business coaching client Terry Walkerly. Terry is the owner of Filta Environmental NEO, a leading provider of cooking oil micro filtration services to restaurants and other food establishments. Over his career Terry has owned several business including ones he’s both started as well as purchased. Although he barely made it through high school, Terry describes him...
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March 31, 2022 32 min
Heard a good story lately? Who’s the best story teller you know? Are you a good story teller? What makes for a good story? These are just some of the questions we tackle in today’s episode.
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So you’re all excited because that new employee you’ve been searching for has finally accepted your offer. Now all you need to do is finish up the paperwork and complete a background check and they will be on the job before the end of the month! And then the background check comes back with a black mark. What should you do?
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Today we were joined on the show by business owner Peter Hans. Peter is the owner of Discover Map, the leading provider of curated guides to top tourist attractions in cities and towns throughout North America. During the show Peter shared his journey from a continent hopping investment banker to a business owner by purchasing a map business back in 2005. Along the way, Peter spent about 6 years at each of his respective stops u...
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March 10, 2022 30 min
Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up. We know it’s counterintuitive. The answer isn’t always to push harder or get more information. Believe it or not, it’s often best to do nothing. To sleep on it. For a small business owner this is easier said than done. Especially if you’re one of those very driven individuals who has trouble taking it easy and slowing down.
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March 3, 2022 29 min
Most business owners can relate to what it feels like to have debt in your business. Unfortunately, not too many owners are aware of how to get all that debt paid off. In fact, it seems too many business owners have come to the conclusion that it’s just the way things are when it comes to having debt. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.
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We were recently involved with some mock interviews with local high school students. The goal is to give these 15 and 16 year olds some practice at interviewing for a job. They are asked to complete an application, dress in nicer clothes, and then sit down for a 10-minute interview with some volunteer adults to “interview” for a job in a retail store.
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Did you ever wonder why most people look forward to tax day in the U.S. while business owners rarely look forward to April 15th? Most folks pine for tax day because they are going to get a refund on that day. It’s like a shot of dopamine to get you all excited with that extra “paycheck” or two. For business owners, they are usually writing a check on April 15th. But this should be viewed as a positive.
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February 10, 2022 28 min
Communication is always a challenge, whether in business or in life. We often meet business owners who lament about the challenges of trying to get their team on the same page. It might sound something like, “How do I make sure everyone knows what is going on?” Or “Why isn’t everyone rowing in the same direction?”
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February 3, 2022 25 min
We’ve heard from a lot of business owners over the years who are looking for a checklist to run their businesses. It’s often described as something like “do these 17 things in this order and you’re guaranteed to have success.” So is getting all these systems and procedures and SOPs in place really the answer for your business? Or should you focus on attracting and retaining the best people to be part of your Organization?
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January 27, 2022 41 min
If you’ve listened to our show for a while or if you know us off the air, you likely know that we are big fans of Inc. Magazine. Not only do they usually have great articles related to entrepreneurs that are easily digestible, they also have many inspirational stories. We saw a recent article addressing something that is impacting every business (large or small), The Great Resignation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Stati...
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January 20, 2022 30 min
Do you consider yourself successful? This is a question that’s easy to ask, but really takes some thought to answer. Too many small business owners wouldn’t use the word successful to describe themselves. You’re more likely to hear them use words with more negative connotations like overwhelmed, frustrated, or just simply worn out. I guess it’s a matter of what you focus on.
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Today we were joined on the show by entrepreneur Pete White. Pete is the co-owner of Abstract Ocean along with his wife Christal. During the show Pete shared his journey from a full-time job in the IT world to a business owner by pursuing a hobby related to their new Tesla vehicle back in 2013.
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