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What To Say To The Applicants That Weren’t Select For An Interview {Letter Included}

  Recruiting and hiring the right employees is likely high on your list of priorities. Making the right hiring decision the first time provides long-lasting benefits to your organization. Communicating with job applicants and keeping them informed of their status, relative to your search, is a key step in managing a successful recruitment cycle. When […]

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Episode 37: Leadership, Strategic Planning, & Vision With Tarran Deane

On this episode, Bella discusses leadership with Tarran Deane, author of the new book,  “The Alphabet Principle: Your A – Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader”.   Tarran Deane is Australia’s Corporate Cinderella a Leadership Development Company. Tarran works with executives, entrepreneurs, experts and emerging leaders to increase their personal effectiveness, capability, communication and […]

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2 Fearless Pet Sitters Who Addressed Cost Head On

We know as business owners how serious pet sitting is. But, there is still a common stigma around the industry that is it more of  a “hobby.” To combat this, today I bring you 2 pet sitters who helped solidify the seriousness of pet sitting. They are doing this by educating potential clients on the […]

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3 Transparent Pet Sitters Who Go The Extra Mile On Their Websites

Transparency literally means you can see THROUGH something. It is a term that is thrown around a lot in business. But what does it actually mean? Transparency builds trust because the person, object, or business, isn’t hiding anything. If your viewer feels that you are being transparent, there is a higher chance they will trust you […]

Episode 36: They Ask, You Answer with Marcus Sheridan

On this episode Bella speaks with Marcus Sheridan, a former pool guy turned digital sales and marketing expert.  He is the President of The Sales Lion and a Partner at River Pools and Spas.   Bella and Marcus discuss: The philosophy of “They ask, you answer” Why business owners are afraid of just giving honest […]

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How To Get A Business Phone To A Pet Sitting Office Manager

To all of my pet sitting business owners with staff – this one’s for you! Are you considering hiring an office manager? Or maybe you’re just going away on vacation for a week or two and need a temporary office manager to fill in? Either way, you’ll need to consider how to get your business […]

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4 Pet Sitting Blog Ideas for March

Blogging can be difficult. So is finding the TIME to blog. As a pet sitting business owner you wear so many different hats, and “resident blogger” is one of them. So this month, as my gift to you, I’m compiling a list of 4 march pet sitting blog ideas that you can use. Hopefully these […]

Episode 35: Identifying and Overcoming Challenges As A Small Business Owner

On this episode of “Bella in Your Business” Bella spends time with Heather Dopson, Community Builder at GoDaddy. Heather has a passion for digital trends and innovation along with a deep understanding of social networks, consumers and branding. As a Community Builder at GoDaddy, she leverages her skills as a connector and her drive to […]

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SEO Practices That Just Aren’t Happening Anymore

SEO, or search engine optimization, is its own animal. Not only is it ever changing, but it’s complex and difficult to master. Good SEO practices are important because they’re how you can make your website rank on the first page of Google. For those of you who’ve been with me for awhile, you know that […]

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5 Major Pet Sitting Website Problems I See In The First Fold

Having a top notch pet sitting website is so incredibly crucial to your business. More specifically, the first fold of your website has got to be clean, organized, and attention-grabbing. So, let’s talk about the top pet sitting website problems that I see and how you can ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes. […]

Episode 34: “Click Here To Agree” Contracts, Sharing Client Photos, And Privacy Policies On Your Website.

On this episode Bella speaks with Sara F. Hawkins, an attorney who specializes in working with startups, entrepreneurs, marketing and advertising agencies, as well as major corporations where she regularly counsels clients on all aspects of federal and state marketing, advertising, sweepstakes and contests; international promotions; social media and internet law; copyright, trademark, and digital rights; […]

How To Enforce The Rules After Training Your Pet Sitting Employees

When an employee breaks the rules of your pet sitting company, most business owners go to Facebook for advice on what to do. They are frustrated because they feel their pet sitting employees should have known better and they simply don’t like conflict. They don’t want to be the “bad guy” and they aren’t sure […]

2 Of The Most Important Requirements To Establish With New Pet Sitting Employees

How exciting! You just hired a new pet sitting employee for your company and now comes the training period. But how exactly do you teach someone and ensure that they not only understand but will agree to all the policies and procedures you have created for your business? How do you make sure they respect […]

Episode 33: How List Building & Writing Helped This MicroPremie Mom Work From Home

  In this episode Bella speaks with Nicole Moore, a mompreneur who runs a marketing and promotions company for authors. She is also a mother to a micro-premie born at only 9.6 oz. Listen in as Bella and Nicole discuss a variety of topics including how Nicole was able to build her email lists, how working […]

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Reasons Why Most Pet Sitting Companies FAIL In Their Community

In the pet sitting industry, building community is extremely important. It’s up to YOU as a business owner to connect with your community and build meaningful relationships. Doing so will make your business relevant and well known. Over the years I’ve worked with a lot of pet sitting companies and am well versed in the […]

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4 Ways To Quickly And Easily Build Your Pet Sitting Community Online

Being a pet sitting business owner can undoubtedly be lonely and isolating. But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be? In fact, it shouldn’t be! It’s important that you are continually working to build your pet sitting community as often as possible. Not only will it allow you to make some great […]

Episode 32: Amy Schmittauer Explains Video In Her New Book VLog Like A Boss

In this episode of “Bella In Your Business”, Bella speaks with Amy Schmittauer from the popular YouTube series Savvy Sexy Social In this episode they discuss what a Vlog is, and how and why Amy got into it.  They also talk about how pet sitters can use video to enhance their business and marketing and […]

Why Your Staff Should Use Facebook Live For Your Pet Sitting Business Page

Technology is ever changing. And with new technology comes new ways for your business to connect with your clients. One of these ways is Facebook Live – a feature on Facebook where you can broadcast yourself LIVE to your Facebook friends. Cool, right? While blogging is still really popular, video is becoming where it’s AT! […]

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4 Ways To Find The Market Value Of Your Pet Sitting Business

Business owners may often wonder about the value of their business. Knowing the value of your pet sitting business helps business owners determine if they are pricing their services effectively. It can also help them better understand what they can do to improve the value of their business. Valuing your business service is an important […]

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Episode 31: Types of Apps

In this episode of “Bella In Your Business”, Bella speaks with Britt Alwerud from Handlr.  They discuss  the top 9 apps they think are great for the Pet Sitting business. The apps they discuss are: Google for Work Handlr Trello NextDoor Podcasts Grasshopper Instagram Waze SoundCloud Britt Alwerud lives in Los Angeles, CA with her […]

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5 Things To Consider When Choosing Pet Sitting Software For Your Business

Choosing pet sitting software is no doubt a daunting task. After all there are a TON of different companies, all with loads of different, innovative features. But how do you know which of those features you truly need? Today we’re going to talk about the 5 things you MUST consider when choosing pet sitting software in […]

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The Problems With Switching Pet Sitting Software Companies

Thinking of switching pet sitting software companies can be a big pain in the A$%, isn’t it? In fact, all the headache that goes along with switching is the single most important reason why I hear many pet sitters won’t do it. Even after we see the {free} comparison chart of all major 8 companies! As […]

Episode 30: Proven Social Media Marketing Methods

In this episode, Bella talks to Britney Young. Britney is a digital marketing professional and social media enthusiast. Her day-to-day life as a social media marketing manager includes: finding/curating relevant content to post to social channels, analyzing post data and post performance to see key trends or spikes in engagement, looking for relevant industry influencers […]

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The Best Pet Sitting Social Media Marketing Channels

In this day and age, there are SO many different types of social media marketing channels. So many in fact, that it is near impossible to manage accounts on all of them. Try to think of each social media outlet as a different channel on TV. Nick Jr. isn’t going to be attracting the same type […]

Episode 29: What Type of Pet Sitter is Best for Rover Type Websites?

In this Episode Bella talks with Walt Galvin, an independent contractor working for Rover.  They discuss how sites like Rover can be a viable option for some pet sitters and walkers who are just starting out or want to keep it simple. Some of the advantages include: Not having to handle payments from clients Saving […]