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Episode 152: BEST OF BELLA: They Ask, You Answer with Marcus Sheridan

This episode is part of the “Best of Bella” series. Bella chose this episode with Marcus Sheridan as one of the best for many reasons. Marcus is one of her favorite human beings, they go on a deep dive of content marketing and his book “They Ask, You Answer”. She doesn’t want you to be […]

What Happens To Your Business When You Join A Mastermind?

So many relationships have been built and broken on missed or targeted expectations and joining a mastermind is no different. When you join a mastermind you should know exactly what you can expect from the group, the leader, and what is expected of you. To make sure that everyone has a positive experience, we have […]

Episode 151: BEST OF BELLA: Interview with a Small Business State Auditor

This episode is part of the “Best of Bella” series. Bella chose this episode with a former state auditor as one of the best, because she loves being able to bring unique experts to you. If you missed this episode the first time around you’ll be pretty surprised by what you hear. Show Highlights Who […]

Episode 150: 150 Episodes!

My goodness, 150 episodes of Bella In Your Business! That is days worth of me talking in your ears. When I started my podcast, my friend Shannon Hernandez had a podcast class, and me being the one to follow the trends I wanted to jump on it but I had no idea what I was […]

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Why Rover Is Beating The Professional Pet Sitter

In May, we talked all about Customer Service and Experience in the Mastermind. As we do with every month, we have guest experts come in and speak with us. This month, it was Dan Gingiss. He simply blew us away with all his knowledge and his reflection on what professional pet sitters are really competing […]

Episode 149: What To Consider When Hiring A Pet Business Coach

I’m talking all about what to consider before hiring a business coach. Now, this might sound kind of funny coming from me since I am a business coach, but I have realized a lot of stuff from being a coach and from being coached. I’m wondering if any of you have had a coach or […]

Episode 148: What I Would Have Done Differently If I Started My Business Today

This episode, I want to get into the six things I did wrong when I started my pet business. If you have not been listening since episode 1, I started my pet sitting company in 2002 when I found out I could get paid to sleep with two dogs for my neighbor who traveled four […]

People vs Process How to Discover the Real Problem in Your Business.

I had a coaching call recently with a client who was upset that her employee started her own Instagram account sharing all of the dogs and cats that she was caring for. Understandably, the business owner was emotional over it as she has had two past staff members start their own companies. She felt threatened […]

Episode 147: Creating Balance with Work and Life: Myth or Truth?

Today I want to talk about balance, this mystical creature that everyone thinks exists but doesn’t necessarily exist. While I was preparing for this episode I recalled a video called Everything is Spiritual, in it Rob Bell talks about how perfectly balanced the world is and it’s so interesting to hear how if even one […]

Episode 146: All About Lock Boxes For Pet Sitters

The topic of lock boxes isn’t often talked about in blogs or on podcasts, yet it’s a question that comes up monthly in every Facebook group that I’m in. Today I’m joined by Natasha O’Banion of Walk with Renzo and Ruby, Dana McKellips of Peaceful Pets, and Tiffany Lewis of Pet and Home Care to […]

Switching ICs to Employees for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers

Most Common Problems When Switching ICs to Employees

Switching from independent contractors (ICs) to employees can be a challenging process to execute no matter what industry you are in. It is especially tough for the pet sitting and dog walking industry because they are often small businesses, they have limited funds, and little advisement or support from experts. Luckily for you, that is […]

Episode 145: Less is More – Using Video in Social Media

I recently went to Social Media Marketing World 2019 in San Diego and I wanted to share a little of what I kept hearing the entire time – the importance of using video on Social Media. It was pretty exciting because it basically validated everything I know and teach . . . but I thought […]

Episode 144: The Ins and Outs of Doing Payroll In Your Business

We are joined by Alexia Matak from Payroll Experts, they offer award-winning, cloud-based human capital management solutions that allow you to leverage technology to streamline every part of your employees’ lifecycle. A proud partner of the Kronos Workforce Ready platform and a proud sponsor of the Jump into Paradise Retreat, they bring together best in […]

The Biggest Mistakes Dog Walkers Make On Facebook

Ah, good old Facebook! It is exploding with growth, constantly changing, yet our behaviors as marketers haven’t changed much. Many people talk bad about Facebook. People think that you have to pay to play. People wonder how to “crack the code” despite Mark Zuckerberg himself coming directly out and giving us a roadmap on how […]

Episode 143: How to Use Video to Find People to Hire

You might have remembered a few weeks back this video about hiring dog walkers going viral, well that video was Chloe’s! Chloe is a 22-year-old from Australia and owns Chloe’s Canine Creche. Her business provides dog walking services to groups of dogs Monday-Friday.   Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss When you have an […]

Episode 142 : How Connections In Your Community Can Produce Tens Of Thousands in Revenue

Want to learn how you can build a 6-figure business without using social media? In this episode, Bella is going to share exactly how she was able to do this in her business, prior to Social Media along with all the tips and tricks that still work today. Get ready to learn how relationships will […]

The Top Mistakes Pet Businesses Make On Instagram

We live in a visual world. We like to look at pretty things. Our eyes are drawn to pictures and visuals…and all the social media platforms know this. As pet business owners, this is exciting because what is more fun than posting pictures of sweet loving pets on Instagram? I mean we have it pretty […]

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Episode 141: Social Media Tips and Tools I Use To Stay Sane

There are a lot of problems with social media because there are so many different things you can do and you can’t possibly do all the things. Bella is sharing some of the problems she has experienced with social media and then sharing all of the ways you can solve those problems and help you […]

Episode 140: 12 Ways To Automate Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business

Want to learn all the ways you can automate a pet sitting and dog walking business? If you are a solo sitter, this is especially important because there is only one of you and you need to make every minute of your day efficient. If you are in the process of building and scaling your […]

Episode 139: The Scientific Way You Can Increase Your Productivity 39%

  Daniel Clark has been in love with technology- and its potential to positively impact the world- for as long as he can remember. From building websites when he was 13, starting a design and advertising business at 18 and driving $2 million in revenue for multinational brands as a director for a boutique ad […]

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2019 Social Media Strategy: Less Is More from #SMMW19

  As I get back from Social Media Marketing World 2019 in San Diego, I wanted to bring a little of what I kept hearing the entire time – the importance of using video on Social Media. It was pretty exciting because it basically validated everything I know and teach . . . but I […]

Episode 138: Profit First With Mike Michalowicz

Mike is the author of Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan, and his newest release Clockwork. By his 35th birthday, Mike had founded and sold two companies – one to private equity and another to a Fortune 500. Today he is running his third multi-million dollar venture, Profit First Professionals. Mike is a former small […]

How To Automate Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business

Technology sure has grown since the start of this industry. In the 90s, we were doing everything with paper and pen.Paper schedules, our flip phones, if we even had that… and websites were just coming on the scene. Social Media wasn’t popular and the only real type of marketing and advertising was good old fashioned […]

Episode 137: How To Make Better Decisions In Your Business

With an uncanny knack for connecting quickly with warmth and humor, plus years of practical relevance and experience (ex-Google, ESPN, HubSpot, NextView VC; current founder/show host, Unthinkable Media), Jay Acunzo delivers keynotes that move people to action. Whether it’s with 40 global brand executives, 400 fire chiefs, or 4,000 fired up marketers, Jay challenges others […]

Episode 136: How Does Blogging Help Me Get Pet Sitting Clients?

Today, we’re answering a question I get all the time – how does blogging help me get pet sitting clients? Although we’ve talked about how important blogging is, we’ve never really dived into the strategy behind how it actually works! Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss In this day and age it isn’t about […]