In this episode, we discuss why you need an email list, how to get started, and what to do once you have one.
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss stressful and crazy situations they encountered this week and the process used to get back on track: Pause, Reflect, Reset. They also discuss ways to track your efforts on social media and in advertisements to make sure your time and resources are going to the right places.
Jeff's other podcast, The Worldbuilder's Anvil
Kristin's other site, Accounting In Focus
Jaime Masters Eventual Millionaire
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As small business owners, our businesses are a huge part of our life. Our families are also a huge part of our lives. You cannot run your business without buy-in from your family. In this episode, we discuss tips for improving communication with your family regarding your business needs.
In this episode, we discuss something pretty controversial, the argument about privacy and security. We read and discuss the court ruling instructing Apple to unlock the phone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters. We also discuss why this is such an important issue for all users of technology, but especially business owners.
On February 16, a Court in California ruled that Apple must unlock an iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernadino shooters. In this episode, we discuss the ruling, including what the Government expects Apple to do and what this ruling means for individuals and small businesses. We encourage you to become well informed on this issue. Do your own research and develop your own opinion. Don't listen to the talking heads (us included).
Apple is right to defy the FBI over phone encryption - Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Putting the terrorist threat in perspective - Reason Foundation
Jeff's Bonus Article: Who has your back?...
We get so wrapped up in our businesses that we often forget to protect ourselves online. In this episode, we discuss some common sense ways to protect yourself and your business.
Since we are discussing security, let's start with why it's so important. Last week, the IRS suffered another data breach. With so many major breaches in the last few years, it is important to make sure you do your best to protect yourself online.
This week's episode is based on an article from ZDNet.
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss what you should look for in a new accountant. We also discuss copyright law and the recent IRS outage.
This week's topic was inspired by a question I was asked by Clay Shaver of the Remodeling Clay Podcast (one of my favorite podcasts). Clay asked, "What should I look for when hiring an accountant?" First, you are looking for a trusted advisor, not just a tax preparer. Here are some of the questions you should be asking when hiring an accountant to work with you and your business:
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss fear, how it can hold you back, the excuses you make because of it, and how to get past it to move your business forward.
Jeff and Kristin have a very frank discussion about fear and you get some history on how we got where we are today. We discuss our own fears and how we have been able to work through those fears. We also give you tips on how you can battle your fears.
If this episode really resonated with you, you should read Start by Jon Acuff. He does a great job discussing fear and how to overcome it.
Want to join a community to help you battle your fears? Check out the Small Biz Life Community on Facebook.
In the next two weeks, do something outside your comfort zone.
In this episode, Jeff and I discuss ways to increase your energy levels. We take you through an entire day with tips to use in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Seven Free WordPress Plugins To Make Your Life Easier (written by Lena Elizer, graphic artist and web designer who created our site)
Kristin's news is more of a rant about all the excitement revolving around "refund season". Kristin needs your help to spread the word about why people should not be excited to receive a refund.
Here are some of the tips we talk about in this episode:
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss the basics of Facebook profiles, pages, and groups. We also discuss some best practices for each of these and when and how you would want to use each of these.
In the News
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss taxes (ewww, right?). Kristin reveals five common tax errors that could cost you big time and three opportunities that could save you a bundle.
The last estimated tax payment for 2015 is due January 15, 2016.
Five Common Errors
Three Huge Opportunities
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App of the Week
Google Calendar and Nozbe
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