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Episode 31 | Be Grateful or Be Messy


Episode 31 | Clear the Messy with Gratitude

On our expert segment today we are going to be talking to Scott Colby. He is the founder of Say It With Gratitude. He is going to share how to use gratitude to grow a business and the benefits of unplugging.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

Expert Scott Colby

How do you stay motivated and positive when you are lacking a good support system?

  • First, start by focusing on what you can control. We can’t control other people’s thoughts and actions. See where you can have more gratitude and appreciation in your life.
  • Model the way with gratitude!
  • You can’t spread it to others if you don’t feel it and live it in your heart.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Don’t only journal what you are grateful for, but go deeper and express why you are grateful for it.
  • What can you do to flip the gratitude switch and find the awesome in negative situations? Take a minute to appreciate what you do have at that moment. It will help you to have a more grateful heart.
  • Handwritten notes are a great way to express gratitude and have a profound effect on others. It takes a small effort from us but makes a huge impact especially in this digital age. This works great in our business and personal lives too.
  • Your goal is to develop a habit of gratitude and really live it. When you are truly living a life of gratitude you can spread it to others.
  • Sheila suggests writing encouraging messages on index cards, carry with you, and give them out to others.
  • Start with looking inward. You can not affect what is outward until you affect what is inward.

Often done is better than perfect!

It’s alright if clients see some of you messy back-end. It lets them see that you are really human. They connect with you and resonate with you more. Download and Subscribe now for the full story! Scott’s Offer: Go to www.SayItWithGratitude.com to download a digital copy of his book, The Grateful Entrepreneur, as well as a tips sheet: 29 Ways To Use Gratitude To Grow Your Business
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ANNIE lacroix

Annie lacroix

Podcaster at Brainy Boss Podcast | Speaker | Business Strategist | Entrepreneur | Massage Educator

Annie is a parallel micropreneur and host of the Brainy Boss podcast. Annie, a self-proclaimed brain science geek, is passionate about teaching leaders and owners to protect their time with a vengeance. Therefore, her bio is short, saving you time to get other stuff done. If you want more, go to Brainy Boss and find it there.

Episode 30 | All Systems Mess Means Full Stop


Episode 30 | Solve Messy Hiring

On our expert segment today we are going to be talking to Jo Dodds. She is known for her 5 business fundamentals that help with productivity and business success.

“In order for any business to succeed, it must first become a system so that the business functions exactly the same way every time down to the last detail.” – Rick Harshaw

How do I evaluate if my systems are working for me and how can I adjust them so I can live my life and not my business?

First, if you are living your business and not your life that is a good evaluation that your systems are not working for you.

Start with what you want your outcome to be. Be really clear about what you want your business and your life to look like. Take the time to work it out and plan it out.

Systems are fluid and may need to be changing or adjusting. It is really trial and error figuring out what systems work best for you.

You can just change the process if it is not working or tweak it. Once you recognize that something is taking too long then it is time to change the process.
Jo uses Asana for her systems. She also recommends To Doist, Evernote or even pen and paper.

When you get stuck in procrastinating you may want to consider outsourcing or you could automate with a program like Zapier. Every time you find yourself putting something off there is a problem with your process.

How do you figure out what you need to do on a consistent basis?

Often if we don’t have a process, it just won’t happen.

If something seems to be too hard or too long, I try to find a tool for that. Zapier is a tool that Jo has used. You could also set up canned responses in your e-mail.

If it tires you out, hire it out!

Tracking is an important part of systems.

You can use your tracking to evaluate your systems and if their working.

We all have messy back-ends.

Link to Jo’s Offer: http://www.powertolivemorecalm.com

JO dodds

Jo works with one based coaches and consultants to improve their productivity, well-being and business success in these days of overwhelm, whether that be physical, mental or digital, using her POWER to Live More 5 Fundamentals of Simplify, Systemise, Share, Self Care and Sustain. She does this via her ‘POWER to Live More CALM’ membership site providing Community, Accountability, Learning and Materials for home based coaches and consultants.

Episode 29 | Self Doubt is Messy


Episode 29 | Self Doubt is Messy

In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our expert, Dana Pharant teaches us how to overcome the self-judgment and self-doubt that holds us all back.

“Stay out of the court of self-judgment, for there is no presumption of innocence.”
-Robert Brault

DANA pharant

Business Performance Coach | Author | Speaker

Breaking the Loop of Perpetual Judgement

We talk about the fraud syndrome and feeling like an imposter and that judgement comes up and lies to us. It is important to have tools in place to shift that mindset.

We actually have the ability to pick up the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of everyone around us whether they are in the same room are we are scrolling through social media. The majority of what we are feeling isn’t even ours. What if all the crud you feel is not even yours.

You are the culmination of the top five people you spend your time with. Let’s start talking even bigger. There are so many people feeling like a fraud, not good enough, etc. and that amplifies our feelings and we think there is an insurmountable problem we can’t overcome when most of those feelings aren’t even ours.

We have to decide what energy we are going to let in and amplify. We need to focus on positive energy.

If we take our energy field and just allow it to extend out as big as the universe, then you are so spacious that nothing can stick to you. You can still be aware of everything going on around you, but it doesn’t have to impact and stay stuck in your body.

Expanding out all of the time and being aware that the majority of what you perceive is not even yours are the huge keys to unlocking this constant self-doubt.

The Wind and The Wall – If we imagine that other people’s stuff (emotions and energy) is post-it notes when we contract in and do the shield and bubble we are a wall. You can stick a ton of post-it notes on that wall. If you expand out like the wind and become really spacious you can’t stick a single post-it note on the wall. You end up feeling like you have more space, freedom, ability to move, and dance around what’s coming at you because you have more awareness and can sidestep it.

Dana’s Offer: Free copy of Become a Badass In Business – www.innerdominatrix.com

STEVE dotto

STEVE dotto

TV Show Host l Executive Producer l Speaker

Steve Dotto is Canada’s most respected geek. For over 15 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show, Steve entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology.

Currently the host of a radio and on-line version of Dotto Tech, Steve continues to teach Canadians how to master their technology.
Steve has a passion for the social impact of technology, dealing with the issues of generational differences wrought by technological change. His DVD Cybersafe with Steve Dotto, teaches parents and caregivers about the opportunities, dangers and challenges of social networking.

But it is not all serious, from printers and scanners to smartphones and digital camera’s Dotto Tech has been a trusted source for great “how to” advice as well.
A very popular speaker, Steve is in demand addressing audiences on the changes technology is bringing to the workplace, and our society.

Episode 28 | Messy Tools Can Create Havoc


Episode 28 | Messy Tools Can Create Havoc

In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our Expert, Steve Dotto, TV Show Host, discusses how to choose and use the right tools for your business.

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas Edison

STEVE dotto

TV Show Host l Executive Producer l Speaker

How do you choose the right tools for your business?

The tools that we use are so important in the success our businesses have. Often we think the wrong tool could even be detrimental and unfortunately, we don’t have time to test and evaluate all tools. We often become paralyzed and don’t even apply the tools.

You look at the tools you are interested in and make sure they can do the tasks that you need them to be able to do.

The key is to make a decision in a reasonable amount of time. You make sure it is the right decision by fully vesting in that product. You learn to use the product. You don’t spend all your time wondering about features it doesn’t have. You figure out how to make your business work with the features it does have.

You make it the right decision by how you embrace the tool.

Switching over once you have invested and really embraced a product it is so much work that is almost never worthwhile. It doesn’t matter if another tool would do one thing more elegantly. I will get that process done because I know how to use that tool. Once you have made the decision, don’t look back.

Once you are on a capable platform, what you do moving forward is going to determine your success. Learn the tool inside out.

What do I do if technology scares me?

You just need to dive in. Make a decision and learn everything there is to learn about that program.

How do you know when you need to hire your technology out?

Once you know the tool intimately, then you are able to hire it out. Check out Michael Hyatt and figure out what your time is worth. Once you break it down and figure out the value of your time. When you know the tool really well that helps you to hire the right person as well.

It is your responsibility to learn all the levers and powers in your business.

Episode 27 | Balancing the Mess


Episode 27 | Balancing the Mess

In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our expert, Christy Ogle talks about how to have that family and work-life balance.

“I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.”
-Doug Hutchison


Coach l Trainer l Author l Speaker

I am so busy with my business and family. What is the secret to having a good life while I am building my business?

Many of us build a business to have the freedom and flexibility to put our family first.

Have a calendar with the kids’ stuff and family stuff that you don’t want to miss. It is important to keep family first and that starts with putting it on the calendar. You only get 18 summers with your children.

Treat your business like a business.

Put the phone away and other distractions, so you focus on running and building your business. You can’t build a business by putting out fires all day.

When you are done working for the day be done.

Christy protects her evening family time for family dinners and other family things and will not schedule work meetings or commitments in the evening. Be present in family times! Be 100% focused on them during family time.

Setting boundaries and holding tight to them is very important.

If we break out boundaries one time in the evening by replying then that gives them permission to break your boundaries.

She protects her personal cell phone number only her business number and e-mail. They don’t need to get ahead of you 24 hours a day.

Work on your business when you are working and be with your family during family time.

Set expectations with clients right from the start by sharing business hours and expectations. Once you break that boundary once they are going to expect it from you every single time.

If you don’t put yourself first, you can’t take care of your family. If you don’t put your family first, you can’t take care of your business. Your business is so that you can spend time with your family.

Christy’s Offer: You are just one decision away from freedom, flexibility & breaking free from that box life. Go to the onedecisionawaychallenge.com & see if Sometimes Spouse can help you put your family first.

Episode 26 | Messing Up the Hiring


Episode 26 | Messing Up the Hiring

In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our Expert, Ryan Kohler, Entrepreneur, teaches us how to build our team from the ground up.

“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.” – Malcolm Forbes

Bootstrap Hiring

We start out as ourselves, but as we start to hire the more trust you need to have and train them. It is a fallacy that at some point we will get to a point and things will get easier.

If you are successful and growing things will never get easier.

The problems continue, but we get better at dealing with bigger and better problems. As we grow we need to be able to release, trust, create processes, trust other people’s opinions, elevate them, and mentor them. There is a progression where you go from being the doer to people to help you do to you help other people do.

As you grow you have more challenges, but you are more prepared for them. If you put in the systems and processes being able to overcome those problems becomes easier.

Am I ready to hire?

Any time one thing takes up 20-30% of your time then it is time to hire someone to do that task.

A big mistake is that we often focus on the cost and budget. You will never get rich pinching pennies. Figure out how to drive revenue. We should constantly be hiring to drive revenue up.

You should always be looking for someone to help you move to the next level.

As entrepreneurs, we think we can do everything, but we shouldn’t. When you hand something off, it isn’t because you can’t do it. It is because you shouldn’t be doing it.

Every time we do something that is not about vision, marketing, our offering, or revenue and we waste our time at something that isn’t pointed at that it is holding us back.

What should our process be for hiring?

You need to do what is best for you and your specific business. Don’t copy what anyone else is doing.

You have to be willing to be wildly pragmatic. You need a clear vision for the job you need to be done. Be pragmatic about the options. Don’t force yourself to fit in the constraints that are out there.

Ryan’s Offer: Start finding your next best hires today! Get started with a free trial of ApplicantPro and see how you can hire smarter, quicker, and better. https://www.applicantpro.com/applicantpro-free-trial/

Episode 25 | Starting This Mess


Episode 25 | Starting This Mess

In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our expert, Amy Rasdal shares how to avoid the 3 major mistakes and pain of starting a business.

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I am hesitant to start my consulting business or grow it for fear of making a mistake. What kinds of things should I be looking out for?

Making mistakes happens to everyone, but often they make a big impact on your business.

She shares her 3 major mistakes so it can save you a lot of heartburn and money.

  1. The first mistake is not charging enough. We need to charge what we are worth. We often don’t because of fear. It is the fear that if we price too high we won’t get the work. It is the fear that you are not worth it. The fear that they will throw up their hands and laugh in your face. It is always fear!

Have the courage to charge what you are worth. I earned it. I deserve it and I am worth it.

2. The second mistake is taking up residence. If you give one client 40 hours of your space then you become an employee. You don’t have the benefits of a real full-time employee, but you lose the benefits of being a consultant. People often do it for stability. Decide what your superpower (zone of genius) really is.

Be a superhero with superpowers earning super pay.

3. Mistake number three in consulting is thinking that you can bill more than 30 hours a week. If you think you are going to work 50 hours a week than there is a tendency to set your rate too low. If you are billing more than 30 hours a week you will not be able to take the time to build and grow your own business. If you choose to bill more than 30 hours a week you are going to stop networking, marketing, business development and some months down the road your pipeline is going to dry up.

It is important to have time to work in and on your own business.

Amy’s Offer: 3 Action Steps to Generate Revenue NOW! Free Course