Episode 135 - How to make next year's taxes suck less

 

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Kristin always likes to talk about the problems of tax season.  However, for most of you, it is not a season, but a rush of pain to get information to your accountant to fulfill you're a duty to your country.  Listen now, as Kristin, with the help of Jeff, will talk about the 4 easiest ways to save time and stress preparing your taxes! 

  1. Know what to expect
    1. Know what you need to give your accountant
    2. Keep a list of all of your accounts, jobs, etc. to match up documents 
    3. If using QBO, you can just share access with your accountant
  2. Update everything at least monthly, including personal stuff
  3. Simplify your bookkeeping
    1. Stop writing checks
    2. Make it easy for clients to pay you electronically 
  4. Summarize - do not give detail unless there is a question
    1. Use the same summary next year
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Episode 134 - 5 ways you can do better

 

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When we are surrounded by problems it is easy to get frustrated or flounder. Join Kristin and Jeff as they discuss ways you can do things without burnout and the drama that can accompany any changes that we make. 

Also, we would like to give a shout out to Cyn Hendrix from The Pharmacist Awnesrs podcast for a great analogy during the live recording on our facebook page. 

The 5 ways you can do better

  1. Assess what you can control
  2. Set expectations
  3. Be Present
  4. Make small changes
  5. Check-in regularly

 

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Episode 125 – Is Social Media hurting your business?

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We have been seeing all the headlines about how social media and how it hurts people.  So Kristin and I pulled together the list of how we thought social media was hurting our small business and did some research. 

So check out the latest episode and learn what shocked us... how our business is really being hurt by social media and how to fix the problem.

What we typically think:

  1. Spending too much time
  2. Bad reviews
  3. My competition is watching what I am doing

What’s really happening:

  1. Comparison
  2. Jealousy
  3. Social Isolation
  4. Effect on sleep

Solutions:

  1. Have planned social media time and objectives
  2. Unfollow pages, groups, or people
  3. Use group shortcuts and the pages app to manage your activity
  4. Turn off notifications
  5. Close windows when not planned time
  6. Only use SM on your computer
  7. Pick one or two networks and automate the rest

References 

Why...

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Episode 123 – Leaving room for their dreams

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So often we hear that spouses are not respecting our dreams, but then in the next post we see people angry with their spouse for wasting your time. Respecting each other is a key to having a happier marriage and is key to living the small biz life.

  • Episode 25 - Family buy-in and business success upside down
  • You should not expect them to understand your dreams, you do not have to understand theirs
  • Commit to looking for Win-Win resolutions
  • NEVER SCORE
  • Marriage is a team, successful teams
    • Respect each other
    • Know who is in charge of what
    • Who is in charge of what
    • Set common goals, look for overlap share results
    • Open communication
    • Willingness to sacrifice for the team
  • Resolve the conflicts better
    • Do not engage the spouse
    • Understand what could make it work better for you
    • What are you willing to give up, to get what you want?
    • Have a good knowledge of the problem
    • ...
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Episode 121 – No more excuses

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Are you stuck in a funk growing your small biz?  Have you been putting off improving your health? Have your relationships suffered? Have you not been sleeping? It is the time that we all start living the small biz life and stop being lived by it. #NoExcuses 

You are not alone

Kristin and I have spent much of 2017 with you. We have had many excuses. Some real, but most where just extensions of our fear. Leading us to waste a lot of time, that is so precious. Join us in this podcast episode as we look at some of our biggest excuses, and some of the excuses we hear all the time. And how we can start working past them to live a year with no more excuses.

Any of these problems sound familiar?

  • What held us back?
    • Small goals
    • Using the pregnancy as an excuse early in the pregnancy
    • Lack of focus
    • Fear of selling
    • Too much to do, not enough planning
  • What is...
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Episode 109 – The Truth about working with your significant other

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Kristin and I have been working with each other in small business since 2005. We have seen lots of good and bad times since we started working together. We have learned the most important truth about working with your spouse. 

A family business is no place for a weak marriage

The truth is maintaining a great marriage is work. No matter how much you love each other. Between survival, family, and friends many marriages strain. In 2015 16.9 divorces happened per 1,000 married women according to researchers at Bowling Green State University.  That is over 1.1 Million woman in 2015 alone and that was a good year.

You risk going from husband and wife to business partners.

However, all is not lost. There have been many family businesses that have stood the test of time. They have not only survived the marriage, they have not gone out of business....

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Episode 105 – Dealing with the Equifax Breach

Before you panic

It is best to be concerned about your data. Between all of our smart devices and services that connect our data over the web. It seems like it is only a matter of time before we have our identity stolen. 

However, panic is never a plan. We need to understand how the latest breach effects us and what we need to do to better protect ourselves.

 My biggest concern with the Equifax Breach 

Equifax is one of the three credit reporting agencies in the United States.  This breach exposes the name, address, birthday, and Social Security number of 143 million people. 209 thousand people had their credit card information lost. And 182 thousand lost documents by Equifax according to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. The first thing you need to do is go to  www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

What to do now?

Chances are you or someone in your family have been exposed.  Here are the quick steps you need to do if you are part of the 143 million.

Ways...

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Episode 104 – How to get it all done

We all have so much to get done. Our small businesses can turn us into workaholics. Our family and friends are always trying to distract us. And all those hobbies take time. So can we really get it all done?

Human nature says no

Think of how much life has changed for humans since the dawn of recorded history. We have created air conditioning, air planes, escalators, teddy bears, the Theory of Relativity and all those major changes happened in the first 5 years of the 20th century.

As a species, we are driven to make our life, and the life of our family members better.  It has taken humans from small tribes of hunter gatherers to data scientist in ~5,500 years. So stop worrying about getting it all done, until we reach a utopian state we will always come up with new tasks to do next.

So stop trying to get it all done

Your time is better spent trying to learn how to figure out what to do and how to do what you are doing better to get to your next goals. And...

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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 82 – Breaking out of your burnout

Hi my name is Jeff, and I spent years burned out.

If I was ever going to start a self-help group, each speaker would start off saying that statement.

A couple of years ago, I started breaking out of nearly permanent burnout. My work was suffering, my relationships were suffering, and I was just not happy.

I questioned my ability to be a proper husband. Maybe, I was a total failure.  I believed it was only a matter of time before every else knew the level of failure that I had achieved.

I even spent several long afternoons with a therapist trying to figure out why I felt guilty not getting killed in a war.

The therapy helped some. I knew part of why I felt so guilty. However, I did not break out of my funk. I was stuck. I was burned out, and to defend my therapist, I never asked for help with burnout. I just wanted to get past my survivor’s guilt.   

Then I finally recognized that was burned out.

My wife, Kristin gave me Jon Acuff’s book “Start...

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