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Episode 77: Competition & Consistency With Kate McQuillan

This week on Bella In Your Business, Bella sits down with long-time friend, Kate McQuillan to discuss how she started and grew her website, www.PetBusinessOwners.com.  They discuss Kate’s story of how she scaled her successful coaching business, and how it can be applied to pet sitting business owners. Bella & Kate tackle a number of topics including: […]

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Episode 76: The Importance Of Client Follow Up With Celeste Walmsley

Celeste Walmsley from Modern Marketing Advantage is an expert in social media marketing specializing on Facebook to get you in touch with new clients, keep you in touch with your old, and keep you top of mind.  She helps solopreneurs, ages 40-65+ harness the power of marketing, on a small budget, to grow their businesses successfully. […]

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Episode 75: Order Taker To Problem Solver With Aaron Pierson

“Worry less about the impressions your brand will get, worry more about the impression it will leave.” –Aaron Pierson   On this episode of Bella In Your Business, Bella and Aaron Pierson, International Branding Consultant, sit down to discuss how he went from an order taker to a problem solver. Bella & Aaron discuss important […]

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Episode 74: Web Development & Social Media With Ian Anderson Gray

In this episode of Bella In Your Business, Bella sits down with Ian Anderson Gray, the founder of Seriously Social; a blog focused on social media tools. Ian & Bella discuss all things social media including how pet sitting and dog walking business owners can effectively use Facebook, Instagram, and LIVE video. Here is what […]

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4 December Pet Sitting Blog Or Video Ideas

December is here! That means snow, cold weather, the holidays, and time with the family. As a pet sitting business owner, it also means that you’re gearing up for the busiest month of the year. Many clients will be taking trips out of town for Christmas and New Years, which means that you will have […]

Episode 73: Say YES To LESS With Joy Evanns

As business owners, sometimes it’s hard to remember to block out free time for ourselves and just RELAX. To figure out how to solve this problem, I sat down with Joy Evanns, the “Say No Like A Pro” mentor. Joy Evanns is the author of Saying YES to LESS.  A recovering perfectionist, Joy travels the world to […]

Episode 72: Your Why and Mindset With Awilda Rivera

Did you know that your MINDSET is one of the biggest determiners of success in your business? The way you approach problems and work towards solutions can be the deciding factor between successfully remedying a problem versus making it 10x worse. So what type of mindset should you have and what strategies can you use […]

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Episode 71: Lessons In Customer Service With Liana Sanders

As pet sitting business owners, difficult clients are inevitable. However, the way you as a business owner chooses to react to the situation is what truly defines you and your business. Liana Sanders of Wet Noses Pet Sitting in Fort Collins, Colorado, expertly handled a major customer service issue in her business, so I decided to bring […]

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4 November Pet Sitting Blog Or Video Ideas

The Fall season is coming to an end, and Winter is quickly approaching as we enter into November. So what does this mean for you as a business owner? Well, it means Thanksgiving and Black Friday are coming up, the weather is starting to change, and people will be taking a number of holiday trips! […]

Episode 70: Facebook Bots 101 With Surbhi Sinha

Have you heard about Facebook Bots yet? If not, now’s your chance. It’s a brand new feature that has come to Facebook in order to help market your business, while reducing the amount of time you’re spending online! On this episode Bella speaks with Surbhi Sinha from PerfectingProfit.com. They discuss the in’s and out’s of […]

Episode 69: Lessons Learned When Buying 5 Pet Sitting Businesses With Crystal Hammond

Are you thinking about buying a pet sitting business? Then you NEED to hear what Crystal Hammond has to say. She’s been through the process a number of times, and is an expert in making deals. Listen as Crystal & Bella to discuss: WHY people sell their businesses The 3 things you MUST know about […]

Episode 68: The COPE Method For Social Media With Perri Collins

“Stop dreaming and start doing.” When it comes to using social media to explode your business, that’s Perri Collins’ mantra. But, it’s hard to stop dreaming until you actually know WHAT you need to be doing. That’s where Perri comes in. Listen in as Bella & Perri discuss: What Perri loves most about social media […]

Episode 67: Stress, Meditation, & Mindfulness In Your Pet Sitting Business With Dr. Kathy Gruver

Being a business owner can be STRESSFUL. So this week, we took a step back to discuss how business owners can manage their stress through meditation and mindfulness. Listen in as Bella and Dr. Kathy Gruver discuss: The definition and warning signs of stress What meditation is and what other coping mechanisms are for stress […]

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How Are Credit Card Rates Calculated For My Pet Sitting Company?

Since my last post on credit card processing and pet sitting software companies, I have gotten lots of questions about how credit card rates are determined. I know it is a taboo topic we don’t often talk about. The purpose of writing this is to be able to use it as a resource again and […]

Episode 66: WordPress & Website Hosting With Shauna & Javier Lee

On this episode of Bella In Your Business, Bella talks with Javier and Shauna Lee from Geek Ghost, LLC and Tampa Pet Sitters on all things website hosting and WordPress! Listen in as they dissect: What is a virtual private server and who needs one? Biggest mistakes business owners make when web hosting Why is […]

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The Truth About Credit Card Processing And Pet Sitting Software Companies

I couldn’t understand when a handful of clients came to me and said they couldn’t use more than one credit card processor in their pet sitting software system. (They all had the same one.) It bugged me, as their coach, looking out for their bottom line…. so I reached out to their software company. The […]

Episode 65: Local Marketing With Facebook & Instagram With Bruce Irving

On this episode, Bella spends time with Bruce Irving from SmartPizzaMarketing.com. Bruce Irving is the marketing visionary behind SmartPizzaMarketing.com and host of the weekly Smart Pizza Marketing podcast. On his podcasts, he interviews the leading minds of the pizza restaurant industry. You can listen to his Smart Pizza Marketing podcast at www.smartpizzamarketing.com. In addition, Bruce […]

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Episode 64: Maximizing & Analyzing Your SEO With Bethanie Nonami

SEO, or “search engine optimization,” is an extremely important aspect of your business in terms of gaining new clients. Why? Because it dictates how your website will show up on Google results! So how can you improve your SEO and how will you know if your efforts are working? Bethanie Nonami of Marley Nonami has […]

Episode 63: Keynote Speaker & Author are Being Added To My Resume

Throughout life, our paths are constantly evolving. I break the normal rhythm of interviews in my podcasts to spend this next episode sharing my big announcement. No, I am not pregnant. It is something that actually started in my life back in 2012 and I take you on this journey how this seed has evolved […]

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The Problems With Getting More Dog Walking Clients

It can be a scary moment in any dog walking business when you start to notice a decline in new clients. While dog walking clients are usually consistent in their bookings, there’s no telling when a loyal client may choose to stop service. This is why it’s SO important to consistently have new clients coming […]

Episode 62: The Do’s & Don’ts Of Hiring Pet Sitting Employees

One of the most challenging hurdles pet sitting business owners encounter is hiring. Many reach a point where they absolutely cannot take on anymore clients, unless they bring on some extra hands. What some business owners don’t consider is how much truly goes into making sure you’re hiring a HERO rather than a ZERO. So […]

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4 September Pet Sitting Blog Or Video Ideas

Summer is coming to an end and we are quickly approaching the Fall season. But what does this mean for you as a business owner? Well, it means the kids are going back to school, Labor Day is coming up, and there are numerous opportunities for you get new clients. However, they will never know […]

Episode 61: Overcoming Procrastination With Eric Twiggs

Procrastination is something that EVERYBODY struggles with – and Eric Twiggs, expert in overcoming procrastination, knows that. But is there anything you can do about it? Join Bella & Eric on this episode of Bella In Your Business where they discuss: Why procrastination is something you need to tackle and overcome NOW A few easy […]

Ten Things You Need To Know About Being A Pet Sitting Employees VS. IC

Good help is hard to find, as any business owner knows. With the variety of web-based services which offer Independent Contractor (IC) opportunities for aspiring pet sitters and dog walkers, why would a pet lover choose to work for a traditional business as a pet sitting employee rather than working independently and possibly bringing home […]

Episode 60: Surefire Social Media Tactics For Pet Sitters With Calvin Wayman

On our 60th episode of Bella In Your Business, we have Calvin Wayman. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the CEO of a social media agency  called CobbsMedia designed to make corporations, small businesses, and personal brands grow and stand out through the power of social media.    He recently published his first […]