How To Join A Google Hangout

I started to use Google Hangout more and more… so I thought I would give you all the resources to join a “hangout.”

What Is A Hangout?

A hangout is a broadcast. It is when a bunch of people get together (up to 50+) and can video chat. ….OR…we can make the settings so that it is just he and I and a guest.

All hangouts that are broadcasted, are instantly posted on Youtube.
The page it ends up on just depends if it was Bella or Josh who started it. We will usually post link after we are done.

Personally, Josh and I love this method because you can see and hear us and we can see and hear you!

In order to join a Google+ hangout you need a google+ account. It is free and takes 60 seconds to set up.
It is like in order to chat on FB, you need a FB account. If you already have a gmail email, then you already have a google + Just sign into your gmail and it will say your name at the top left corner w a plus in front of it. That is your page.

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Here is how you join a hangout:

Sign into your google account
Tap the post of the person who is hanging out (so from Josh or I’s page)

It is that easy! 🙂

What devices support Google Hangout?

They all do. Just download the one of the apps shown at this link:
We hope to “See” you on our next hangout!

Important to know:

In order to be on Google Hangout, you do not have to be on camera. But let’s face it, if you are NOT on camera, it is no different than our facebook groups! 🙂 So we encourage you to get that camera out. After all I threw on some make up and fluffed my hair for YOU! 🙂


I Could Have Lost My Business If I Had Independent Contractors When This Happened:

As I continue to build up all the articles on Employees I came across this situation that really happened. But first I am going to remind you oof my own personal story, before telling you this pet sitter’s story.

If you are reading this and are either:

(a) Trying to decide which way to go
(b) Have Independent Contractors (ICs)

Then this article is for your eyes and brain. Please read this and understand the financial implications that a company incurs when choosing to have independent contractors. Especially in the pet industry. Pets that my own staff had been visiting every day in the middle of the day, every week, had a moment and SNAP causing over $29,000 in medical bills. I would probably be out of business if I had independent contractors when that incident happened.

Read more about it here.

MYTH: IC’s cost less.
FACT: The cost of your labor is 100% dependent on what you decide to pay. (*This all goes out the window if your IC gets hurt)

MYTH: I will only get good workers if I pay a lot of money.
FACT: If you pay a lot of money, you will attract people who are motivated by money.

As Paul Harvey used to say…and now, the rest of the story
told from a fellow and very well respected pet sitter in California:

If a company “hires” staff as IC’s, even if the IC has their own medical coverage, you, the employer, can still get into hot water.

Here is a real example of what happened to a pet sitter I know in California. This pet sitter hired employees. About 4 years ago one of her employees was going out to get the client’s mail, slipped and fell. Long story short, she broke her leg in two places, needed surgery, was in a skilled nursing facility for about 4 months.

Now, the owner of the pet sitting company did not offer health insurance (nor are they required to offer health insurance in case anyone is wondering). Yes, the employee had her own medical insurance.

Had the employee put this through her own medical insurance, the second her insurance company learned it happened on the job, they would be going after the pet sitting company for reimbursement.

Because the owner of the pet sitting company hired employees, she had them covered under WC, as required in the Sate of California. All of the injured employee’s medical bills were covered by WC .(I don’t know what the final bill was on all of this, but the first bill for just the first 3 or 4 days of hospitalization was over $10K). Also, one of the provisions with WC is that an employee cannot try to later sue the employer for their injuries.

Had this employee not been covered by WC, the employee could sue the owner. Even if the employee’s own medical insurance paid for her injuries, they would turn around and go after the owner of the company for reimbursement. The owner of the company would easily have been out of business in a heartbeat.

I would think long and hard, especially in the State of California, before anyone decides to classify their workers as IC’s. The State of California has previously told me “pet sitters” are employees and not IC’s. The State of California does not care how the IRS views it.

So you see, this is why it i very important to seek wise counsel.  When I coach pet sitters I tell them they can answer their own question about the IC v Employee debate by simply answering this question:

How much risk are you willing to take?

If you can answer this question, there your answer will be. No matter how many documents you have ICs sign, no matter how much you call training “suggested procedures” it is a matter of time before something happenes in your business where you are forced to prove yourself in a court of law. Whether it be the state or feds, their sole job is to get you to say something wrong to incriminate yourself. Personally, I don’t want to take that risk. Personally, I want the control in my business and that is why I chose employees.

So tell me below, how does this information make you feel?

What Kind Of Boss Are You?

So this week I had a interesting conversation.

One of my good friends was speaking about how much they HATE THEIR JOB.

I don’t just mean like I can’t stand it. I mean like day in and day out HATE it.

You know…after church on Sunday their anxiety starts setting in because they are dreading having to go back on Monday. They spend their entire Sunday despising the next day.

Each work day, they come home from work thinking, “Is it Friday yet?” Just so they can be caught in the rat race the following week again.

What a horrible life! Read more

3 Reasons Why You Need To Trust Someone And Hire Them!

“But I don’t trust anyone to do as good of a job as I do Bella. I do 110% and no one will do that as a worker for me, or I will have to pay them a lot of money!”

There you go again with the stinking thinking! It isn’t that you can’t trust them. You can’t trust yourself to make the right decision.

Did you read me right?

First of all, you can’t give 110%.

You can only give 100%.

That is all you have to give.

So right there, it is telling me that you are already exaggerating your problem.

You don’t want someone as good as you. If they were as good as you, they would take your business. Here are 3 area’s I think every employer needs to address within themselves to help them push past the barrier that is preventing their business from growing. Read more

It Costs To Have Pet Sitting Employees: Payroll Taxes

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One of the first objections I hear when talking about employees is “They cost a lot.”

I was even one of those people at one time. But guess what?

Having a business costs money, and you have to spend money to make money.

In a world where everyone is sue happy and the government is teaming up with the states and coming after businesses who misclassify workers because they need money, do employees actually cost money or do they save you money and your sanity?

Stay with me here… we are about to go on a journey. Read more

5 Reasons Why Power Pet Sitter Is The Best Software for Petsitters.

Power Pet Sitter is by far the best software on the market. As a business coach with a lot of pet sitting business owner clients, as well as running my (former) pet sitting company, Bella’s House & Pet Sitting, I have done my fair share of investigating software systems. Here is why I believe that Power Pet Sitter (PPS) is the best.Power Pet Sitter Read more

Why You Can’t Afford Not To Have Employees, From the Insurance Company’s Mouth

Every day you are using Independent Contractors in your business, you are taking a risk.

There. I said it and I really mean it. I know, I know, you are sick and tired of hearing this debate. But this is different.  Why? Dennis Stowers, insurance agent for pet sitters, from Mourer-Foster explained all the below to me, and approved this article. So this isn’t just me typing away. Are you ready?

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Why You Can't Afford Not To Have Employees, From the Insurance Company's Mouth

Every day you are using Independent Contractors in your business, you are taking a risk.

There. I said it and I really mean it. I know, I know, you are sick and tired of hearing this debate. But this is different.  Why? Dennis Stowers, insurance agent for pet sitters, from Mourer-Foster explained all the below to me, and approved this article. So this isn’t just me typing away. Are you ready?

Read more