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10 Pet Sitting Business Podcasts You NEED to Be Listening To

In this day and age, many people have podcasts. Why? Because podcasts are extremely handy for when you’re on the go, but still want to listen and learn. Since there are so many podcasts out there, it can be difficult determining which ones are worth listening to. But did you know there are a number of incredible pet sitting business podcasts that you could be taking advantage of in your business?

Today, I bring you my personal top 10 favorite pet sitting business podcasts (in no particular order).  Note that not all of these pet sitting business podcasts have to do with the industry of pet sitting, but I believe they all share important lessons that can help pet sitting businesses.

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1. Build Your Tribe – Chalene Johnson

If you don’t know Chalene Johnson, you need to! SShe is an expert in both fitness AND business – a double threat. Her podcast, Build Your Tribe addresses important business topics such as:

  • How to influence people and be an influencer yourself
  • How to create a healthy work-life balance
  • How to connect with your community and solidify your brand.

2. Glambition Radio – Ali Brown

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Ali Brown is seriously KILLING it as a woman entrepreneur with her 250,000+ followers! In fact, she was named the “Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” by Business News Daily

Glambition Radio is one of the top podcasts for women entrepreneurs. Every two weeks, Ali Brown holds powerful interviews with today’s top entrepreneurs and passionate business builders. She currently has over 100 episodes.

3. The Solopreneur Hour Podcast – Michael O’Neal

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Michael O’Neal is totally unique, and here’s why: As a former web designer, he realized about 10 years ago that he is unemployable. He didn’t want to be in the rat race anymore. That’s when network marketing and internet marketing found him.

Now he runs his podcast, The Solopreneur Hour – Job Security for the Unemployable. Its aim is to show the other unemployable people of the world how to find business success in a way that works for them. With currently over 550+ episodes, Michael has had the chance to interview a plethora of incredible guests. Definitely worth the listen!

4. The Social Media Marketing Podcast – Michael Stelzner

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Michael Stelzner is one of the leading pioneer of the social media marketing world, and pesonally one of my favorites!  He is the founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner. He’s also the brains behind Social Media Marketing World that I attended earlier this year. Not to mention, he hosts the Social Media Marketing Podcast – an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

If you want to learn how market on social media, you absolutely need to start listening to Michael Stelzner.

5. The Pawsome Podcast: Marketing Tips To Grow Your Pet Business – Kate McQuillan

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Hopefully, you all know my friend, the marketing expert, and insanely successful pet sitting business owner,  Kate McQuillan. Not only does she continue to run her thriving pet sitting business, she runs her own social media company, Pawsome Media.

The Pawsome Podcast is yet another way Kate connects with her audience. She discusses topics such as how to grow successful email lists and run an engaging Facebook page. She’s not only brilliant in the marketing world, but the fact that she understands our industry makes her an even more valuable resource. Plus, she has a really great accent to listen to! 😉

6. Online Marketing Made Easy – Amy Porterfield

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Amy Porterfield is a picture perfect example of a girl who was tired of corporate work life and decided to make it on her own as an entrepreneur. Now she runs a 7-figure a year online business without working 40-80 hour work week. She is a story of success, which is one reason why her podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy, is so motivational. When I was in isolation with Olivia after coming home from the hospital, I used to walk my neighborhood with Amy in my ears. 

With over 150 episodes, Online Marketing Made Easy brings listeners expert interviews and mini execution plans. Her mission is to make everything you listen to as actionable and profitable as possible.

7. The #AskGaryVee Show – Gary Vaynerchuk

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Directly out of college, Gary grew his parent’s wine business from a $4 million business to a $45 million business in just five years. Yeah. Wow. Now he’s a venture capitalist, angel investor, and the brains behind VaynerMedia.

He also is the host behind the #AskGaryVee Show where his audience asks questions and he answers them in form of a podcast. It’s an extremely unique approach and one that’s worked well for him. It’s allowed him to share his knowledge of how to build a successful business while connecting with his audience.

8. Mad Marketing – Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion

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Marcus Sheridan is one of my mentors, and a truly inspirational marketing expert. He is a former pool guy turned sales and marketing expert, as well as founder of The Sales Lion. Marcus is the go-to guy for content marketing.

His podcast, Mad Marketing, is really unique in that he rarely, if ever, interviews other people. He takes his audience’s questions and answers them, in an honest and transparent way. That’s why Marcus is great – he’s not going to sugar-coat anything. He tells you exactly like it is.

9. Entrepreneur On Fire (EOFire) – John Lee Dumas

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John Lee Dumas is an example of a guy who was SICK of the corporate life and knew there was something better out there. That’s when he decided to start EOFire, a now award-winning podcast with over 1600+ episodes. He’s interviewed some of the best-of-the-best including Gary Vaynerchuk (see above!) and Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank. He now inspires millions with his story and his expert advice.

10. VLog Boss Radio – Amy Schmittauer

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Amy Schmittauer is another one of my inspirations, because she’s absolutely dominating YouTube with her VLogs . That’s why she’s the VLog Boss! Amy believes that if you believe you have a message worth sharing, you should be creating a vlog presence to get it out there.

In her podcast, VLog Boss Radio you can discover the strategies, ideas, stories, techniques and secrets to a killing vlogging platform. Amy also shares her experience both as a growing personal brand and as a video marketing consultant.

So there you have it – my top 10 pet sitting business podcasts that not only inspire me to be a bigger and better entrepreneur, but most importantly, a better coach. All of these pet sitting business podcasts share a unique perspective on business. So listen to them, absorb them, and learn from them! I guarantee you’ll be left with some incredible business advice, as well that extra motivation you need to follow through.

To listen to any of these podcasts, be sure to go to iTunes or Stitcher and type in the name of the show. Don’t forget to subscribe to always get the latest shows!

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Hiring Staff Or Switching From IC’s Without Losing Your Mind!

One of the scariest things to do as a pet sitting business owner is hiring staff or switching from IC’s to staff. I mean think about it – you’re literally changing the structure of your business. You’re going from hiring people who have their own company, who know how to do a job to someone who doesn’t have their own company, who wants to be trained, who you get to control & check up on. Those personalities are two totally different things.

Today I bring you 6 steps to successfully make the jump from IC’s to staff, designed personally by myself and Kate McQuillan from Pawsome Media. If you don’t know Kate, she helps pet business owners around the world with their social media and marketing in their business. Be sure to check her out here.

Hiring Staff Or Switching From IC’s Without Losing Your Mind!

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Step 1: The IRS Blessing

Little known fact: There’s this awesome government program called the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) that can serve as a HUGE help when making the switch from IC’s to employees.

To simplify it down from the legal mumbo-jumbo, your business pays a small fee and in return you NEVER have to worry about being audited for employment tax again. Consider this as a safety net and an investment for your business. Read more about it on the IRS website, or check out this detailed article I wrote breaking it down for you. 🙂

Step 2: Pricing

You HAVE to figure out your margins.  You deserve to make money – you’re dedicating so much time and energy to your business, that you deserve a handsome paycheck 🙂 If you’re not, let me help you get on track.

People fear when switching from IC’s to staff that there’s going to be all these extra costs, but the reality is you can RAISE your prices and see an increase in business. Seriously! I have NEVER seen a person say “OMG I raised my prices and my business crashed. Never.”

Not everyone has to raise their rates, but that’s when the numbers don’t lie. You have to pay yourself, pay the business, and pay for the labor.

If you’re still unsure how to price your services/figure out your margins to get ready for hiring staff or switching from IC’s, I have an entire guide dedicated to this. Take a look at my Pricing Guide Structure & Strategy, and never be confused again!

Step 3: Building A Team

Gather people you can trust to advise you on payroll, laws, operations, websites, hiring, and cash flow. Without a team in place, you will not be able to efficiently and professionally accomplish everything you need to. The art of delegation will be learned during this step!

You have to evaluate your business and find what your needs are. Picture the perfect demographic of what you’re looking for, and then FIND THEM! You don’t want to compromise – you have to stick to what you need and what you’re looking for. If you do this, finding the right people is as easy as checking off boxes.

Step 4: Creating A Manual

First you need to decide if you’re going to have one big fat employee manual, or are you going to have an employee manual AND a training manual? What’s even the difference between the two? Are you going to have a training manual for each position (i.e. pet sitter, dog walker, office manager etc.)

Ensure that your new staff will understand the rules and regulations of your company. Outline your exact operations and the philosophy of your business so each member can work harmoniously as a team with consistent service time and time again

These are all important questions you have to figure out before you even pick up that pen & paper. When hiring staff or switching from IC’s, you want to have all of your processes and procedures in place beforehand. This will create a successful work environment for everybody.

Hire for attitude, train for skill.

Step 5: Interviewing

You need to learn how to ask the same question in many different ways to see if their answer changes. But most importantly, if you get it wrong: correct and continue.

Learn how to determine the right type of person for your business to grow with. Determine what interview questions, screening, and hiring processes will bring you the best candidates. This is the toughest part of the 6 steps!

Don’t use the all too common excuses of “I can’t hire” or “Nobody can do it as good as me” Hiring staff  or switching from IC’s to staff is an ON-GOING problem. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You always need to be hiring!

Step 6: Operations

Basically, you have to figure out how to make everything run smoothly. Nobody will want to work for you if they have to ask you questions for every single client they go and see. Communication has to flow through you, the clients, the pet sitter, and even other pet sitters.

You’ll want to have your client feel like you’re at the home and you know exactly what’s going on. That they’re hiring a COMPANY and not just the pet sitter. That nothing’s going to slip through the cracks.

Bottom Line: Operations can make or break you.

Now, I want you to take a deep breath. Is this a lot of information? YES. Does it mean that you can’t do it? NO. I believe in you – which is why I have SO many resources to help you achieve your goals and fit different learning styles.

Download My 6 Steps To Switching To Employees Infographic – FREE!

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