Episode 100 - What a long strange trip it's been

We can't believe it's been 100 episodes and almost two years since we started Small Biz Life. In this episode, Jeff and Kristin reflect on where they were on episode 1 and where they are today. 

A lot has changed since we launched the show on September 15, 2015. Join us as we discuss what we've learned and how our lives have changed. 

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Episode 92 - Simplifying your life

We spend a lot of time trying to simplify our businesses, but how often do you think about simplifying your life? In this episode, we discuss tips for simplifying your life. 

Simplify your home

  • Minimize your stuff
  • Automate your home maintenance
  • Have a cleaning kit
  • Pick up 15 minutes each day
  • Choose quality first

Simplify your money

  • Automate your bills
  • Pay off your debt
  • Have an emergency fund
  • Wait 24-48 hours for major purchases
  • Live simply
  • Be grateful
  • Find the root reason for overspending

Simplify your routine

  • Having a morning and evening routine
  • Create a monthly meal plan
  • Recreate leftovers
  • Have a few Plan B meals in the freezer or pantry
  • Don't get the mail until you are ready to deal with it

Other mentions

Episode 86: Finding your daily focus

Episode 33: Quick dinner tips

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

72 ways to simplify your life by Zen Habits

Dyson cordless vacuums

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your...

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Episode 63 - Gratitude

Are you displaying gratitude in your life? Do you take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for? In this episode, we discuss why gratitude is important and how you can show more of it in your daily life.  

We want you to know how grateful we are that you listen to this show and share it with others. We also want to give a special thank you to the members of our Facebook group, who keep us motivated to push forward. You are amazing!

Shout outs and mentions this week

Worldbuilder's Anvil Podcast

Jon Acuff

Tim Grahl

Michael Hyatt

Gary Vaynerchuk

Brendon Burchard


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Episode 37 - Mastermind groups

In this episode, we discuss the value of mastermind groups, how to get your own group started, and how to run them. We are huge fans of mastermind groups, and believe they are one of the most important tools to have in your tool box. We also discuss accountability partners.

Accountability Partners

Accountability partners are best when you are trying to achieve a particular goal, like getting up early or getting particular tasks done. Just remember that as an accountability partner, you are not just accountable for yourself, you are also accountable for the person who is your partner. When you are first starting out, or if you have a lot on your plate, this might not be a good option for you. This is why we are big fans of mastermind groups. The accountability portion is spread out among the members of the group, so there is less pressure on each individual member of the group. 

Mastermind Groups

A mastermind group is like a board of directors for your small business. The...

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Episode 36 - Getting your business ready for a vacation

In this episode, we discuss getting ready to step away from your business to take a vacation. It may seem impossible, but really it is not. We all need to step away from our businesses to take a break. we discuss things you can do before you leave so that you can enjoy your vacation.

Getting your business ready for a vacation

Accounting and Sales

  1. If you have employees, make sure that payroll is scheduled or that you have an administrator who can schedule payroll for you.
  2. Pay any bills that will be due before you return and a few days after you return.
  3. Make sure there is enough money in your business checking account to cover any payments that will hit your account while you are gone. Don't forget about automatic payments.
  4. Contact your large clients to let them know you are going on vacation and to see if there is anything they need help with before you leave. We recommend doing this two weeks before you go to allow time to help them with anything they may need you for before you...
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Episode 34 - Mama said there'd be days like this

Have you ever had those days when you just don't think you can keep going? Days when you wonder if you should keep going? We all have those days. In this episode, we talk about what to do when you are having a day (or week) like that.

Tips for surviving a bad day

  1. Remember why you are doing this.
  2. Remember that everyone has bad days; most people just don't talk about them.
  3. Add some mindless tasks to your task list each week for days when you might be in a funk.
  4. Do a small task to have a small win to motivate yourself to keep going.
  5. Break large tasks into small tasks to make it manageable.
  6. Find accountability through either a mastermind group or an accountability group. Check out our Small Biz Life Group.
  7. Pour into others to give yourself some perspective and remember that people do need your product or service.
  8. Think about what is causing your funk. Do you have the ability to change the situation or do you need to accept that you cannot change what is happening?
  9. Remember that you...
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Episode 31 - Networking

In this episode, we discuss various ways to find networking opportunities and how to work those opportunities to grow your business.

Networking 101

Know your scope

Are you are local, regional, or national business? This will help determine the type of networking you want to do. Even if you are a national business, it is important to do local networking. This will allow you to built trust, practice your messaging, and generate testimonials.

Know your avatar

Is your ideal customer a consumer or a business? Knowing if you are business-to-consumer (B2C) or business-to-business (B2B) type company will help you generate a networking plan that works best for your business. If you haven't listened to our episode on identifying your ideal customer, you can find it here.

Ideas for  In-Person Networking

Chambers of Commerce

This is how I built my business. Chambers are great for B2B because most of the people there are business owners. Other members are executives at larger businesses....

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Episode 21 - Don't let fear hold you back

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.


Google Chrome gets ready to mark all HTTP sites as "bad"


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.


My Fitness Pal


Electronic Freedom Foundation

Let's Encrypt

Start by Jon Acuff

An Instinct for Dragons by David E. Jones

Gardul and...

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Episode 17 - New Year, New Beginnings

In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss the new year and new beginnings: focusing on what worked last year, areas of improvement, and thankfulness.

In the News

Five free WordPress backup solutions

Strategies: 16 small business resolutions for 2016

New Year, New Beginnings

Take a look at the following things as you start 2016:

  1. What worked in 2015?
  2. What are areas of improvement for 2016?
  3. Don't dwell on the negative
  4. Have a plan
  5. Be thankful
  6. Stop searching for all the answers and DO!

Tip of the Week

Write down your 2016 beginning odometer reading. MileIQ is currently offering 20% off their normal annual rate with promo code SMALLBIZLIFE20.

App of the Week

Carbonite Cloud Backup

Other Mentions

Start by Jon Acuff

Coloring books by Scott Cuzzo

Breaking the Maya Code by Michael D. Coe

The Remodeling Clay Podcast

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