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leveraging technology

Episode 118: Leveraging Technology in Social Media With Brian Fanzo

Leveraging technology can take many different forms: video, audio, social media, and more. The real key ingredient is one-to-one interactions in a public forum. This week Brian Fanzo discusses how to do just that. Brian Fanzo inspires, motivates and educates businesses on how to leverage emerging technologies and digital marketing to standout from the noise and reach the Millennial and Generation Z consumers.

 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

  • There’s a lot of noise in this world between the Internet, the 24-hour news cycles, and more. The best way to cut through the noise is to just press the damn button! It doesn’t have to be video or audio. It can be any one-to-one conversations in a public forum. This can extend to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to help build trust online and keeping that trust online (the hardest part!).

 

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Show Highlights

  • What is “press the damn button?” [2:20]
  • How do you lose trust from your online audience? [5:45]
  • What is the best way to build people’s trust and keep it? [6:45]
  • Tell us the name of your podcast and where can people listen? [9:00]
  • How can we get over trying to be perfect? [11:00]
  • What is upcycling? [17:00]
  • What’s the difference between recycling and upcycling? [19:00]
  • How can people find you online? [24:00]

 

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instagram secrets

Episode 116: Instagram Secrets For Your Pet Business With Jenn Herman

It’s no secret that Instagram can be a powerhouse social media platform for your business – but I see so many business owners that are just NOT using it to its fullest potential. If you’ve been wanting to dive deep into the inner working of Instagram and learn useful Instagram secrets, then today is your day!

Jenn Herman is a social media consultant, speaker, and globally recognized Instagram expert. She is the forefront blogger on Instagram marketing and her blog, Jenn’s Trends, has won the title of a Top 10 Social Media Blog in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Through her blog, consulting, and speaking Jenn provides tips, resources, and training for small to medium sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies. Her business background includes Administration, Sales, Human Resources, and Marketing and she enjoys bringing all these skills together to help you grow your business. Jenn has been featured in Inc., Fox News, Yahoo Finance, HuffPost, The Verge, CBS Radio LA, and numerous other podcasts and publications. She is the author of “Instagram for Business for Dummies”, “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram” and “Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy”. Learn more about Jenn on her website http://jennstrends.com.

 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

  • Above all, you have to have a consistent strategy. Being active and taking the time to implement the strategy you develop is key.  Your processes will drive the results that get you clients, regardless if you have 50 followers or 50,000 followers. What matters is who’s going to find you and bring you business. Build an amazing community of the followers you have and use strategic efforts (i.e. hashtags, stories, following events) to turn that into business.

 

Show Highlights

  • Who Is Jenn Herman? [1:00]
  • Why Do I Need Instagram In MY Business? [3:00]
  • What Are The Different Ways Consumers Can Use Instagram? [5:30]
  • How Do We Figure Out HOW Our Audience Consumes Instagram? [9:00]
  • What Tactics On Instagram Can We Use To Build Our Local Following? [11:45]
  • Should You Always Use A Location Tag? [16:00]
  • What Kind Of Strategies Can I Use For Hashtags? [17:00]
  • How Often Should You Post On Instagram? [25:00]
  • Why Should I Have A Kick-Butt Instagram Page? [28:00]

 

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Special Offer

  • Pick up a copy of Jenn’s book, Instagram For Business For Dummies, on Amazon here: http://bit.ly/IGBizDummies

 

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life goals

Episode 115: How Your Pet Business Can Support Your Life Goals

Carrie Wallick is the owner iCare4pets. She has been in business for 4 years and started using employees for almost a year and a half. Carrie was a former teacher for 8 years until she decided she wanted a career change and began brainstorming ways she could use her passion for animals to support her life goals. 2-3 months later, Carrie was using Facebook groups and word of mouth to get pet sitting clients, and her business was born. Learn more about Carrie’s business at icare4pets.com

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • When first starting your business, it’s really important to determine a set service area. You want to know if your model is going to be expansion vs. saturation. Expansion would mean that you cover many different areas of the city (or even multiple cities). Saturation would imply focusing on one specific city or even area within a city and honing in your marketing efforts to that region. Carrie describes how that after driving for hours on end every day for months, that she quickly decided that saturation and micro-targeting an area was going to be the best fit to support her life goals. Which model do you think would support yours?
  • Sometime it can pay to be picky! We often think that we have to say yes to every person that calls or emails us – but this is not the case. In fact, a lot of the times you will be spending MORE time and energy on “problem clients” than you’re gaining. Be picky not just geographically, but make sure your clients fit your client avatar/buyer persona. Accepting only the clients that fit your business model will end up being MUCH more worth it in the long run.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • Who is Carrie Wallick and how did she start iCare4Pets? [1:00]
  • What were your initial goals for your business? [3:00]
  • What was a typical day when you first started your business? [4:00]
  • How did you decide that covering a huge area wasn’t an option for you? [6:00]
  • What advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting out? [9:00]
  • How did the stress of starting out affect your home life? [10:00]
  • Why didn’t the IC route work for you? [14:00]
  • How do you fight and push past your demons? [18:00]
  • What was it like adopting your new baby? [20:00]
  • How did your business adjust during Hurricane Irma? [22:00]life goals

 

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partner with your pet business

Episode 114: How To Have Your Community Begging To Partner With Your Pet Business

Imagine if you could have the town talking about your business? Or if you could have other pet businesses contacting you to work with you and partner with your pet business?
Maybe the local pet store having a flyer in every bag that leaves their store with a purchase and your company’s name on the tip of the tongue of the local vets, trainers, and groomers? Wouldn’t it be nice if your business was the business always popping out the best and most valuable and relevant news.

Today we are going to show you exactly how to become the talk of the town and start partnering with people to help elevate your level of “expert” in your community and become known.

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What Businesses Should I Partner With?

The first thing you’ll want to do is look on a prospective business’s social media pages. You want them to have a social media following that you can leverage. It is a partnership, which means you BOTH have to pull your weight. I would almost go as far to say that if they don’t take social media seriously, you shouldn’t try to partner with them.

BELLA TIP: The book “Known” by Mark Schaefer will help explain all of this in greater depth.

 

How Do We Approach A Business I Want To Partner With?

It can be scary approaching a potential business that you want to partner with, especially if you are a smaller company or not that well known (yet!). The first thing you can do is to like, comment, and share their content on social media. You can also message their business page and ask questions. Try to find out WHO is controlling their social media (this is often their designated media person). Use what Erika and I did as an example! 🙂

 

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How Can I Offer Value In A Partnership?

One idea is that you can offer to interview them on either your business page or their’s. It will help them get more exposure while you are providing a valuable resource for your audience! You can also pitch them to be a guest blogger on your website, or you to be a guest blogger on their website. Again – gets you exposure and you are providing value to your community. Lastly, don’t be afraid to simply just ask them what their needs are. Maybe they want more advertising, clients, or employees. Whatever it may be, find out and brainstorm some ways you can help! Don’t be afraid to pitch ideas of how they can partner with your pet business.

 

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social proof

Episode 113: How Social Proof Can Help Increase Your Conversion Rate

Social proof can be an excellent way to establish trust and credibility for you and your pet sitting business. When we talk about social proof, we mean borrowing third-party influence to sway/persuade potential customers. Today, Erika & I will discuss the different types of social proof, the pro’s and con’s of each, and how you can use social proof to enhance your pet business!

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

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What Is Social Proof?

Social proof is borrowing third-party influence to sway/persuade potential customers. Some examples of social proof would be Bella’s endorsement on Barketing.co, testimonials on your website from influencers, or even a testimonial from someone who had the same problem as a prospective customer that you solved for them. Social proof helps consumers connect to your business at an emotional level as well as gain trust and confidence, which then helps them make a purchasing decision. Genuine reviews on native platforms are the best. If friends and family have used your services and tell people how trustworthy you are and how they had peace of mind while away, that’s money right there!

 

What Is Negative Social Proof?

Negative social proof is something you NEVER want to use. It means that you don’t publicly bash another company. Focus on your pro’s and not other companies’ cons. Focus on why you need a professional pet sitter instead of why you shouldn’t use a tech company (i.e. Rover or Wag!). Be positive! The negativity towards a competitor can actually be damaging to you.

 

Six Types Of Social Proof

 

1. Mini Case Studies 

This is when you tell a story that hits potential clients emotionally. Did you save someone’s house from a flood? Maybe you stopped a break-in? Did you go above and beyond? Do your daily dog walks keep dogs healthier? You’ll want to talk about the outcome the customer had with you and what the outcome would have been without your services. If you have facts to back it up, that’s even better! Mini case studies are an especially powerful tool for dog trainers.

 

2. Testimonials/Reviews.

This is when you ask your clients to reviews your services on websites such as Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews! A happy client will happily write you a review. Be sure to add a link to review websites in your thank you emails that you send out post-service. Use these reviews on your website and add them to your social media strategy (with the clients’ permission of course!). Be sure to use images when you’re posting on your website and to link to the original review to show it’s real. Feature your happy customers on your website. This can also display what type of pets you accept (and if you offer retail, this is a great tool!). You’ll never, ever want to use fake testimonials or review your own services. Use quotes that are short, specific about the value of your service/product, include a picture, and make sure they match your buyer personas!

 

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3. Social Media 

When customers share your business with their Facebook friends or on Instagram, that is another form of social proof! Monitor and save all of this positive promotion (can you say free marketing!?). Encourage social proof on social media by posting photos of pets in your care and tagging/telling their pet parents. There’s a good chance they will share the photos so make sure you add your watermark! Encourage sharing. Other ways social media can serve as social proof is through a referral program, leveraging local Facebook groups, encouraging geotagging on Instagram, adding social sharing icons to your blog posts, and finding ambassadors that will recommend you to their friends, family, and groups on social media!

 

4. Trust Icons

Trust icons are a form of social proof that makes sense sometimes but not always. If you have special certifications, won an award, or were mentioned in a well-known publication, this can help boost social proof. Do you have recommendations from a trusted Vet, real estate agent, or divorce lawyer? Publish them and play it up to your advantage! Use quotes from influencers (that your customers know) about the importance of professional pet sitting. If you have any media mentions or even a celebrity client that endorses you, that could be huge. Try to think like your customer and ask yourself if it would influence your buying decision (i.e. Chamber of Commerce might not impact your decision but being certified in Pet CPR or being insurance and bonded just might!)

 

5. Data/Numbers/Facts 

A single number can be worth a thousand words. What makes you stand out? Have you walked over 100,000 dogs? That shows something – experience! More examples would be 25,000 tired dogs when parents get back from holiday vacations, being a top-ranked service for the past 10 years, an official service provider for the airport, or helping avoid euthanization of 153 dogs because you trained them from aggressive to pet-friendly.

 

6. Other Social Proof Ideas 

Promoting limited availability can be a great tool. Using language like “only a few spots left for the long weekend!” This shows you are an in-demand service and instantly increases your reputation. Waiting lists also make your service sound exclusive. You can also ask your clients to send post-service videos or photos to show a job well done (or change in behavior). Last but not least, use urgency, fear of missing out (FOMO), and time clickers for special offers

 

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facebook contests

Episode 112: What Your Pet Business Can Gain From Facebook Contests

Facebook Competitions can be proven to be a very useful tool in your business for becoming active in your community and even signing on new clients. However, It’s important to realize that when you run a competition you are not going to get 100’s of new customer inquiries. What you will get though is an increase in your following and brand awareness.

It’s then your job to convert those new followers into customers in the future.

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

 

Why Run Competitions on Facebook?

 

Facebook competitions are a great way to increase your visibility in your area. If you are trying to build your Facebook following, then competitions can be a great way to get in front of new people that perhaps would not have heard of you. People tend to share competitions with friends and family, so it’s a great way to get more people to see your business.

They can also help you create a loyal following. If people enter your competitions’ there are lots of ways to then get them to follow more of your channels and content. You could collect email addresses, invite them to like your page or invite them over to another social channel.

Facebook contests are a cheap way to grow your audience. Running a good competition can be a relatively cheap way of growing your following. If you collaborate with another brand, then you are tapping into an audience you would otherwise have to pay for. Also, people tend to share competitions more freely than they do blog posts or ads for your services. So, this can be great for brand awareness.

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The Best Type of Competitions On Facebook

  1. Caption This

  2. Spot the Difference

  3. Guess The….Breed/Location etc?

  4. Share a Picture/Story

  5. Annual Competition

 

Should You Always Give Away A Prize?

I wouldn’t advise giving away a prize every time you run a competition. If you do, then your page will attract people who enter every competition online regardless of the product/Service/Brand. These people are probably not your ideal customers. You could decide that maybe you will run a number of small competitions each week/fortnight and then have one larger competition with a prize every month/quarter/year. Don’t be tempted to run competitions where you give away things like iPads or non-pet related gift vouchers. Again, you will attract the wrong type of person.

Instead, think of people you can collaborate with you have a larger audience you can leverage. For example, there might be a popular pet store in town that would be happy to share your competition on their Facebook Page in exchange for promotion with your client base. It also means you share the cost of the prize.

 

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How to Convert Entrants to Customers

  1. Invite them to like your page
  2. Every time someone likes your post you can go into that post and invite them to like your page. If you do this as soon as they have liked the competition post it’s likely that they will like your page.
  3. If you continue to create interesting and engaging content, then it’s likely they will continue to follow you and engage with more of your content.
  4. Create a downloadable freebie that is related to the competition

Can you create something that people can sign up to after the competition, so you can capture their email address? For example, if you were doing a competition about baking for your pets could you create an ebook full of recipes or them. Gather email addresses for larger competitions. If you are running a large competition, then you should get people to provide an email address for entry so that you can market your services to them afterward. Make sure you are clear that you are going to be sending them emails when they enter.

RESOURCES: 

Podcast with Kate telling about her competition:
https://jumpconsulting.net/episode-77-competition-consistency-kate-mcquillan/

Kate’s contest: https://www.facebook.com/noseoftralee/

Kate’s page: https://www.facebook.com/PetSittersIreland/

Pictures for the competition: https://petbusinessowners.com/facebookcompetitions/

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buyer personas

Episode 111: How To Use Buyer Personas To Reach The Right People

It’s difficult to start marketing for your business if you don’t know who you’re selling to. This is where buyer personas come in, a.k.a your “dream client.” In this episode, Erika & I sit down to discuss all things buyer personas such as what they are, how to make them, and how you can use them for your business advantage!

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

 

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What Are Buyer Personas?

Buyer personas are fictional, generalized representations of your ideal customers within your target audience. Think of it like a sketch of a key segment of your target audience. BUT, be sure to keep it realistic. Buyer personas can be used to help you understand your customers, prospects, and who you should be focusing your time on targeting. They can help you tailor content to fill the needs, behaviors, concerns, and triggers of different target audience groups.

 

How Do You Make A Buyer Persona?

First, you’ll have to do some market research and gain insights from your current customer base. Start small. The number of personas you have should depend on the size of your business. Specific targeting allows you to target to get more out of your marketing efforts. You can do research, send out surveys, and interview your target audience. Remember to define from your client’s perspective when creating buyer personas.

 

What Are Negative Personas?

Negative personas are fictional, generalized representations of individuals that you DON’T want as customers. This will help you “get over” people who don’t fit so you can move on. They allow you to not beat yourself up when you pass on a potential client and when new clients try and bargain your rates. In other words, negative personas will save you time! Knowing the type of person you don’t want as a customer is sometimes more important than knowing your customer.

 

How Can You Use A Persona?

Personas allow you to personalize and target your marketing to better relate to segments. For best results, use your buyer personas to create content for your prospective clients to hit them at different stops along their buyer’s journey. For example, you won’t want to use the same messaging to a persona who is in the awareness stage and another who is in the decision stage. Other things to try are:

  • Try segmenting your email marketing. Create campaigns targeted at different personas at each stage of the buyer’s journey.
  • Make a newsletter for each persona.
  • Create Ads and create audiences on Facebook and boost the ads to the appropriate
  • Use negative personas to filter out those who are a bad fit to lower your clicks from ‘bad leads’

 

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To Set Up Your Persona…

You’ll need to give them a:

  • Name & Photo.
  • Background
  • “A Day In The Life” Story
  • Goals, Hopes, & Dreams
  • Challenges, Worries, & Fears
  • Digital/Online Habits
  • Biggest Influencers
  • How Your Company Can Help Your Persona
  • Common Objections
  • Real Quotes
  • Marketing Messaging & Elevator Pitch

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marketing for your pet business

Episode 106: Bootstrap Marketing Ideas For Your Pet Business (Gain An Extra $10k Per Year!)

When we talk about marketing, there is truly an endless arena of ideas and tactics that we can use for pet business owners to get our name and our brand out there. It can be digital or old-fashioned pounding of the pavement. It can be print or even just a simple graphic on social media. But, which one is going to get me the best bang for my buck? Which one is going to help me grow my business? 

On this episode, Bella sits down with Erika Godwin to take a look at all things bootstrap marketing and advertising for pet sitting businesses. After delving into the world of what makes up a good advertising campaign, Bella shares some of her own personal successful advertising methods that she used in her pet sitting company. Erika Godwin is the Co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of ProPet Software, a boarding kennel, dog daycare and pet grooming management software. She is also an expert on website creation, maintenance, and SEO.

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

  • There are a number of major problems that pet businesses run into when it comes to advertising. A lot of the time, pet business owners have HUGE time constraints. They’re in the field 10-14 hours a day and are just too tired to work on the business itself. Money also poses an issue, as it can be confusing how much or how little to spend – or there’s just nothing in the budget at all for advertising. Sometimes pet business owners are afraid. They don’t want to do it wrong, lose money, or run the risk of not finishing what they started.
  • For any successful advertising campaign, there are a few key items that need to be looked at. These usually consist of: correct advertisement placement, use of brand colors, use of white space, a specific message, and a specific call to action (CTA). More information about defining your message for your pet sitting or dog walking business can be found here.

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  • Pet sitters & dog walkers need to know what they are selling (hint: it is NOT pet sitting or dog walking!). When we look at the big picture, pet sitters are actually selling peace of mind (that you will show up), trust (that you won’t steal from them), and security (that you will keep their information secure). Understanding this mindset and tailoring your advertising to play off of it is key.
  • There are a couple of different ways that we can sell emotions through our advertising. Usually, this is done through colors and images. Different images can elicit different emotions depending on whether you’re using stock photos, professional photos, or even just the casual selfie. All of these can be effective in their own ways, but all of them must be relevant and timely.

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scaling a dog walking business

Episode 104: Scaling A Dog Walking Business Fast With Unique Internal Office Systems

Heather Gaida is the founder, owner, and operator of Trusty Tails Pet Care in Hoboken, New Jersey. Heather started walking dogs in 2006 when she was working on her master’s degree in education. Upon graduating, she loved walking dogs SO much that she decided to continue dog walking instead of going into teaching. Heather prides herself on holding her business to very high standards and is passionate about providing the best pet care around. She is always looking for ways to improve her business’s systems, technology, training, and development for the team. Learn more about Heather and her business on her website, trustytails.com

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

  • If you feel overwhelmed in your business and like you’re just spinning your wheels, consider a complete overhaul of your business. It might sound terrifying, but you can truly come out of it with some INCREDIBLE results. This may include raising your prices, developing an employee handbook and training manual, and really narrowing down the services you provide. If we focus on too many things, then NOTHING gets 100% of your attention. Don’t try to be everything to everyone!
  • Do you live in a metropolitan area and feel like you’re constantly hiring and hiring and hiring? Heather found a unique solution to this problem by hiring a human resource manager. An HR manager keeps an eye on where you need more staff or even have too much. They also make sure there is a steady stream of interviews coming in. While it might not work for everybody, it may work for you! This is just one of the unique ways Heather has been scaling a dog walking business. Get in touch with Bella or Heather to learn more.

 

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Show Highlights

  • Who is Heather Gaida and what is Trusty Tails? [1:45]
  • At what point did you realize that you needed a complete overhaul of your business? How did you start scaling a dog walking business? [4:00]
  • When you first started your business, what were all of the services you were trying to provide & what did you end up narrowing them down to? [6:20]
  • How did your life and your business change once you started saying NO to everyone else? [7:00]
  • When did you realize that there were certain functions of your business that you needed to delegate? [9:15]
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes you made in your business and what did you do to rectify them? [12:00]
  • Describe some of your best delegation tips for somebody that’s terrified of that word or has tried it before and failed? [16:45]
  • What are some of your long-term goals and where do you see yourself in a few years? [21:00]

 

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perseverance

Episode 102: After The Death Of A Partner, How One Pet Sitting Business Owner Kept Going

Laura Wright is the owner and founder of PAWright Pet Services. She started this business in 2012 with her husband, Erik, after she was laid off from an insurance company. Neither of them wanted to start over in the corporate world. Since they both had extensive experience with animals, they decided to begin a pet-related company. After Erik passed away, Laura struggled with finding the inspiration and motivation to keep going. Today, Laura describes how she was able to persevere and explode her business after such a tumultuous time.

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

  • How did you make your first leap from going solo to hiring empl0yees? [3:00]
  • What was your first experience like hiring a bookkeeper and a CPA? [7:00]
  • How did you deal with the death of your spouse in terms of deciding to continue on the business? [11:15]
  • The transition from doing the job of one to doing the job of two [14:15]
  • What kind of advice would you give to business owners that experience trauma? [16:30]

 

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Show Highlights

  • If you’re just considering the idea of starting a business, seek out what resources are in your local town. Google “small business” and call up the Chamber of Commerce! There are tons of free and low-cost resources that can provide you with priceless knowledge
  • While someone will never experience the exact same experiences as you, there will always be people that go through very similar events. Lean on those people and let them empathize with you. There will always be someone that can understand what you’re feeling and help you cope. Don’t isolate yourself or beat yourself up about things that you can’t change.

 

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dog walking employees

Episode 101: Goal Crushing From 0 To 15 Dog Walking Employees With Pam Curry

Pam Curry is the owner and operator of Toronto Dog Walking. She and her dog, Holly, moved to Toronto in 2012 with the sole focus in mind of working with animals. In 2015, she founded Toronto Dog Walking and Pam has continued to grow the business at a rapid pace ever since. Currently, she has 15 dog walking employees and is continually adding more. Pam is also one of the most active members in the Jump Mastermind, along with her accountability partner Kristen Corral. In fact, they have been the reigning champions of our monthly accountability challenge for 5 months in a row – wow! Learn more about Pam at torontodogwalking.com

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

  • With the help of Bella & the Jump Mastermind, Pam was able to take her business to the next level. When she joined the Mastermind, she was working IN her business non-stop. Her to-do list had a to-do list. 6 months later, she is completely out of the field and has FIFTEEN dog walking employees! Writing down her goals and ambitions was one of the ways Pam was able to keep herself on track along with a team holding her accountable. Instead of being reactionary, she is now productive.
  • Start with a major goal, and then break it down into smaller tasks (mini-goals) that you need to complete in order to achieve that major goal. Try to complete those small tasks every single day. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, and you will feel satisfaction from completing something each day. Before you know it, you will have reached your goal!
  • It’s so easy to hate conducting interviews – but as your business grows so will you, as a person. You will gain more confidence and experience after going through the process again and again. Getting yourself on camera or live video really helps with confidence as well.

Show Highlights

  • Who is Pam Curry & what is Toronto Dog Walking? [2:00]
  • Pam’s Mastermind Success Story [4:00]
  • How did you get rid of your “to-do list” and turn it into long-term goals? [7:30]
  • How do you keep goal-crushing when you have bad days? [9:00]
  • What piece of advice do you have for business owners that feel overwhelmed? [10:50]
  • How did you go from hating video to now having your own talk show? [14:50]
  • What does the future look like for you and Toronto Dog Walking? [22:00]
  • Where can you follow Pam on social media? [24:00]

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Episode 100: Solving The 2 Major Problems In Your Dog Walking Company

As we celebrate the 100th episode of Bella In Your Business Bella sits down with you personally to solve the 2 major problems every dog walking company faces.

But first, did you know that as of the recording, the podcast has reached almost 40,000 downloads?!?! None of this would have been possible without all of you! In fact, it is the longest-running and most popular podcast in the pet care industry.

 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

  • Whether you’re managing a pet sitting or a dog walking company, one thing is for certain. You can’t do it alone! Seeking the right kind of help that you’re able to delegate tasks to will help you EXPLODE your business. Even with this podcast, there are multiple people working behinds the scenes to produce the audio, write the show notes, create graphics, promote it online, and so much more!
  • Marketing works 2-4 months before you actually hear from that new client. The key is consistency and staying on target. You can do this with social media by creating videos or asking engaging questions. Be different & be disruptive. Ask yourself, “How am I consistently trying to get new clients?” Whatever it is, it has to be visual, attractive, and showing-and-telling.
  • Hiring is disruptive. But you need to make sure that you are always OVERSTAFFED. Otherwise, your business will not grow because you will have to step in the next time someone quits, gets sick, etc. Be an advocate for your business.
  • We’re not always in growth mode and that is okay. At the end of the day, you have to take care of yourself. It’s okay to take a personal breather and be on cruise control.

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Show Highlights

  • The two things you will ALWAYS be doing in your pet sitting business [3:00]
  • Staying consistent with your marketing to gain new clients [6:00]
  • Solving the challenge of hiring [15:00]
  • How to hold yourself accountable [20:00]
  • What do you want to see from Bella In Your Business? [23:00]

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Episode 97: Optimizing Your Website Using Google Analytics With Brandy Lawson

Brandy Lawson is the founder of FieryFX, a boutique digital agency, and a Chief Online Officer for-hire. Her mission is to help entrepreneurs maximize their impact and success by making the right digital decisions for their business. Brandy’s zone of genius is connecting business goals with marketing & technology strategies. Her superpower is analogies. Sure, it’s not as impressive as teleportation, but it does help clients grasp new concepts faster than a speeding bullet.  Brandy is a mother, a wife, a native of Montana, a current Phoenician, and a co-host of the Northwest Phoenix WordPress meetup. She is also a lover of ridiculous shoes, a captain of her boat on Lake Pleasant, and doesn’t miss an episode of Jeopardy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Google Analytics

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • Brandy started with a pretty unique position in a large company. She was a product director for GoDaddy, she sat between the consumers and the developers. She had to understand the market on multiple levels in order to produce for both interested parties.
  • What is a heat map? It is basically the analytics tool that looks at where people are actually looking on your page. It’s more than just seeing the link that they click on. You can see how far down do they scroll and how long they spend on your sit. Also, it will let you know what are your hot spots on your site. 
  • Jump Consulting has changed so much for the better after seeing the analytics. Looking at the metrics of what is working and what is not. Are you building trust? Measure that! Are you trying to sell items or packages? Then you need to create indicators of trust and what it is people are looking for when they look at your business page.
  • How do you start a conversation with someone that can help you with your analytics? Think of it as a building a house. Each part has a different purpose, just like a home you need an architect, a plumber, an electrician. A website is very much the same. You need the analytical data to back up what you are trying to achieve in your business.
  • It is important to start collecting your data as soon as possible. You don’t even have to understand it at first. But if you are gathering the data, then when you are ready for the next step you will have a base. Once you hire someone or have time to learn, you will already have a place to start.

Google Analytics

Show Highlights:

  • Living at the intersection of Marketing and Technology [1:00]
  • The importance of Google Analytics. Our businesses are online, websites drive business and you need to understand how to make the data work for you. [5:00]
  • Why you need a heat map with on your site. Check out Hot Jar.  [7:00]
  • How does one measure trust? How do you know if people visiting your site trust you as a business?  [10:45]
  • Building your analytics house for your website. [14:30]
  • What is an order taker? And why you need someone who will ask you, “why?” They will add value by understanding your larger technique. [18:00]
  • How to start with improving your website and incorporating Google Analytics on your website. [20:00]

 

Google Analytics

Links:

Check out Brandy Lawson and connect with her online at FieryFX.com

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Episode 95: Coaching Your Pet Sitting Employees To Success With Niki Ramirez

Today we welcome our friend, Niki Ramirez! She is a Human Resource specialist at HRAnswers.org, who provides full-service HR consultation, compliance support and employee training for small businesses. Their mission is to take care of “HR” so that their clients can focus on their business. Today we’re talking about how to be a coach to your pet sitting employees and why it is so important. 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • We are all natural coaches. But the way that we interact and socialize makes it difficult. Be mindful and focused to practice the skills that are already within us.
  • Coaching is an opportunity to point out what you do well and also offer immediate ways to adjust. It is also  a top opportunity to build relationships and report with our pet sitting employees
  • How often should we be coaching people? We don’t want to be a “mother hen” and we don’t want to go overboard. It is more important to go hard during the introduction time period. When an employee is new you want to coach them more.
  • Counseling vs coaching where do you draw the line? As a leader, you have to send questions ahead of time that guides your thinking. You have to identify that they are going through something but work through it quickly. Let them know you value them and you have a support base for them if needed. But you can’t “counsel” them.
  • Where do you draw the line of counseling or coaching and those personal boundaries? You can’t always get too personal, even though you may want to. You have to have a distinct boundary line
  • Can staff members coach each other? Definitely! In fact, they are a great resource for team building. Find who is doing a wonderful job that will help you grow. Tap into that and help them grow naturally within your company.

 

Show Highlights:

  • What is coaching and why should we coach? We don’t always feel like natural coaches or understand the mindset of how to become an effective coach. It is a way we can change the outcome of the “game” as it progresses. [5:00]
  • What do great coaches do to unlock the best potential of their employees? They often provide a vision for their employees [9:20]
  • Are there different types of coaching? And when should we implement these techniques and why? [13:20]
  • Is there any easy way to say “I’m going to be coaching you?” [15:00]
  • How can you coach stubborn pet sitting employees? We want to boost performance but think about coach vs. discipline. If you coach first, you will probably not have to discipline. But sometimes you have to put them on notice. [19:00]
  • How can you find Niki and tap into her resources? [24:00]

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Find and contact Niki for a quick and easy consultation at HRAnswers.org

 

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Episode 94: Creativity & Content Marketing With Chris Marr

We are honored to be talking to the multi-award winning entrepreneur, Chris Marr. He believes content marketing is the only way to set business leaders free from the world of mediocre interruption marketing.  Chris is the Founder and driving force behind CMA, the UK’s largest membership organization of its time. He is raising the bar for talent curation, leadership, personal development, and community building. His pioneering work has changed the lives of hundreds of businesses, all through the power of Content Marketing. So, if you’re wanting to learn all about content marketing then make sure to tun into to this special episode of Bella in Your Business. 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

 

Always be learning and always be growing.

Life is a journey of growth; figuring out who you are and becoming stronger and better. You can’t stop trying to develop your skills or philosophies and beliefs, you have to evolve.

What is content marketing?

Basically, it is a deep understanding of your prospective customers and how they find and use the information to make a buying decision.  When you learn about content marketing, you are learning about how you have to market a business today. It is a set of techniques, skills and understanding of how to attract customers to your business in the new age of technology. Using all your resources available to access consumer behavior. You have to help people find you.

Develop your unique voice and challenge your own education about your own business.

Growth is important, you need to learn more and become an expert. And content marketing has a huge impact on your personal growth. It can be philosophical, strategic and also, very commercial. You have to learn how to implement it correctly to impact you and your business in a positive way.

Is content marketing social media?

No, it is not. Social media can come out after you have your website and business model set up. Create content that you own on your website that generates leads and sales first, then worry about social media marketing. They are not one in the same.

How do you integrate content into the sales process?

It’s being proactive and intentional with your content. Always be listening to what your customers are saying or asking you when you talk with them. Then when someone new contacts you, you can predict what they will say and you can have your answers ready. Or you can send them content as they go through their consideration stage to the purchase stage. It helps customers feel that they are doing it on their own time, but you are still helping to direct them through that journey a little faster.

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Show Highlights:

 

  • Who was Chris before he started CMA? He has always been a very real and down to earth guy. But if you go back 10 years ago, he started as a manager at University of St. Andrews in Scotland as a straight-laced business-type manager for about a decade. Slowly, he branched out as he discovered himself as a square peg in a round hole. [2:00]

 

  • In order to figure out what your voice is as a business owner, you have to figure out who you are. What do you and your business stand for? This voice connects with your content marketing. [6:00]

 

  • How do different industries use what they have learned about content marketing to find their customer base? It boils down to sales in all industries. And you have to feel confident that it will drive your business forward. [12:00]

 

  • Audio, Video, Written are your three major rich sources of content that will help buyers purchase your products faster. [15:15]

 

  • What is the buyer’s journey? It includes being a stranger contacting, considering and purchasing your product. [18:40]

 

  • Examples of content marketing with videos and emails and how they have been working for Chris and Bella. [22:00]

 

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Links:

  • Learn all about the CMA Live Conference with tons of amazing speakers that will help you learn more about content marketing at https://cmalive.co.uk/
  • Find out more about Chris and CMA at http://www.cmauk.co.uk
  • Looking to contact Chris directly? He’d love to hear from you! Connect with him on Twitter – @ChrisMarr101 or email him at chris@cmauk.co.uk

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Episode 91: Becoming Known In Your Community With Mark Schaefer

Talking to Mark Schaefer is always an inspiration. Not only does he have advanced degrees in marketing and organization, he is the author of five best-selling books and a professor at Rutgers. You can find his books are even being used as textbooks. And he’s so approachable and humble. Today we are getting to know all about his new book Known and soak up all the knowledge he has to offer.  So, how do you raise awareness in your community about your business? Mark has the answers and we’re ready to listen! 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • How do you go about building a connection with the community?  You have to have a permanent and sustainable advantage in your community as a company. And it’s not about being a huge influencer, it’s more about having a presence as well as an authority to give your business a real chance. Ultimately you want to show your community why your business matter.
  • Is there a right way or wrong way to create an online presence? How do you get started becoming known in your community online? If you want to have a business you have to have a plan, you can not just have a passion. There is no set way, podcast or blog that will undoubtedly lead you to success. However, you do have to have some kind of content. If you’re not having fun, your audience will know, so find a way to express your passion. People will gravitate towards you if you show excitement.
  • What’s the best social media to use? It’s great that in our society that we have so many mediums in order to get your business out there. Previously, you had only had print, now there are tons of options. It’s not true that you have to be in all mediums. All you have to do is pick one content source and focus on that. In short, pick the one that you that brings you joy. Have a 30-month mindset before you even think about giving up.

Show Highlights:

  • What is the difference between being well known and being a celebrity? [2:00]
  • How to create a plan for getting your business known in your community [5:30]
  • What is needed to really become known? [10:00]
  • Mark’s personal branding notebook and how it helps [14:30]

Tweetables:

Links:

Make sure to check out the brand new revised edition of Known on Amazon today!

Find out more about Mark Schaefer at his website BusinessesGrow.com. Here you can tap into his knowledge through his blogs, books, and social media connections!

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Episode 90: Questions To Ask Your CPA & Tracking Expenses for Tax Time

It’s that time of year again. Something we all have to do, but none of us like it. That’s right, it’s TAX TIME. And that’s why today we are welcoming Jake Randall, the CEO of Taxbot. Taxbot is a mobile app that focuses on automating your expense and mileage tracking and staying IRS compliant. This is something we all need to know since we all deal with taxes. There is an easier way to keep track of your business and new laws you need to know about. Listen in for all the details! 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • How has the structure of the tax system changed for small business and solo-preneurs? A lot of the news on corporate tax doesn’t apply to us, we’re mostly just small businesses. The biggest change for us is a new bonus deduction. You get to take your income and multiply by 20% and you get that back. For example, if you make $50,000 in a year you can multiply that by 20% which gives you $10,000 as a deduction. Plus, all rates have mostly gone down, which is great for all small businesses.
  • Have there been any changes that aren’t so good for small business owners? Overall the new tax laws are great, but the entertainment deduction isn’t the best for us. You can’t deduct certain entertainment events. You can still deduct meals, but if you’re taking your clients out for just entertainment activities they may not qualify.
  • What are the chances of being audited? They are actually pretty low in any given year. But what you don’t realize that it can compound. You have a chance every year. Mathematically, if you’re in business for about 20 years then you have a 1 in 3 chance of being audited. This increases as you grow, if you make about mid-six figures then you’re more likely going to be a target for auditing.
  • How can Taxbot help you with keeping track of mileage and receipts? The app can automatically track your trip. It knows when you start driving and you can then easily track your work miles. Plus, it will match up your bank transactions with business expenses. It will prompt you about certain transactions, ask you details about them (for example, with whom were you meeting and what was the topic?) then you can confirm them in your Taxbot. It makes all the headache of keeping track of these minor details so much easier.

Show Highlights:

  • Don’t miss out on the new 20% bonus deduction for small businesses [2:30]
  • The difference between expenses and deductions [8:00]
  • What you need to know about the possibility of being audited [9:20]
  • How did Taxbot get started? [14:30]
  • What you can do to learn more about taxes and how to drive your own tax conversation with knowledge [22:00]

Tweetables:

Links:

Learn more about the benefits of Taxbot and connect with Jake Randall at Taxbot.com

Also, don’t miss some great educational information and video’s on the Taxbot Mileage and Expense Tracker on Facebook!

Downloadable Offer:

Jake is offering a 14 day trial for Taxbot. You can watch the magic happen for yourself and get the most out of your taxes.  Simply go to taxbot.com/bella to get start your trial today. Also, get a risk free 50% off of Taxbot’s educational tax course when you sign up. Plus you can bundle them for even more 

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Episode 89: Optimizing Your Facebook Advertising With Robert Vance

Want to learn how to do Facebook advertising to it’s fullest it potential? Join my guest Robert Vance and I to learn all about it!

Robert is a husband, father, author and business owner. He spent the first part of his life saving lives as a Fireman, Paramedic and a Police officer. Robert now helps businesses succeed using the internet and marketing automation to grow and expand their business giving them more free time to do the things they love and have the resources to do them.

He got involved with the internet in 1997 when he built his first website and has been marketing on the internet in one form or the other since then. Robert has been working with Adwords since 2003 and with Youtube since 2008.

Furthermore, he has created several successful funnels for clients that create exponential ROI. In 2015, he became an Infusionsoft certified consultant to further help his clients. And he has been using Infusionsoft to run his business since 2009. Robert is an expert in setting up sales funnels and making sure you can get those that do not sign up or become customers the first time back to your site so you have a better chance to convert them.

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • How to get the bang for your buck in Facebook marketing ads. Retargeting is very similar to seeing ads for something you searched for on Amazon pop up on other sites. Basically, Amazon is retargeting their ad to find the same customers over and over again. 
  • Why does retargeting work? The more times your content is seen by a potential client or customer the more likely it is that they will click on your advertisement. In fact, you can use both Facebook advertising and Google advertisements to retarget to each other and Google to retarget elsewhere. For this reason, it is best to have a combination, then you are getting retargeted twice and there’s is an increased chance they will interact. It takes an average of 7-14 touches before someone makes a decision to interact.
  • Understanding your target market is imperative. For the most part, you need to identify your demographic area. Also, you need to find the most profitable area and the most profitable customers to target. Then, make sure you have one specific redirect page, not your homepage. Your homepage can be very distracting. Create a page that only requires one action (ex: fill out a form) for the most interaction.
  • What does all this data tell me? Ultimately, all of the data thrown at from Facebook advertising us can be confusing. That’s why hiring someone to help you with your marketing may be the right choice to be more lethal in your Facebook ads. Yet, you need to have a certain mindset to make the relationship work. In addition, as a business owner, you will have to help bring information to the table to help deceiver the data. 
  • Personal connections matter. Make sure to have immediate interaction with someone once they fill out any form on your website. Use bots, but don’t solely rely on them. All in all, they can be a tool for instant gratification, however, you need to follow up personally with them as soon as possible.

Show Highlights:

  • What is retargeting and how does it help my business?[1:40]
  • Are there certain elements needed to retarget to the right customer? [4:30]
  • The type of information can we learn from our Facebook advertising that can help us learn about our customers? [7:00]
  • How can a dog walking company attract an audience in their community? [9:50]
  • The benefits of working with a person like Robert and what you need to know about creating successful ads. [14:15]
  • What is the bigger funnel? [16:30]
  • A quick success story from Robert and how you can apply it to your business. [19:30]

Tweetables:

Links:

Connect with Robert Vance online! Visit his website at https://www.nitrogomarketing.com

Downloadable Offer:

Visit the website and request a consultation from the link on the website to find out how Robert can help you.
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Episode 84: How Self-Care Can Help Your Business THRIVE With Bonnie Roill

Bonnie Roill is a “Lifestyle Architect.” Her boutique private practice, B3 Nutrition,  specializes in helping women develop their customized blueprint for eating, moving, and daily habits that create a “livable and health-generating lifestyle.” Bonnie’s background includes a practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 35 years along with accreditation as a Hormone Support Coach, a certified Health & Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer.  Her mission is to teach women how they can impact their health destiny through their food, focus, and feet.  Her vision is a world where women have the resources to control their health destiny no matter their age or where they live on the planet.

 

Nutrition

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • The number one thing people don’t understand is how to fuel their body properly. You have to fuel your body to have energy. If you don’t, you will have an insulin rollercoaster which gives you a drop and results in cravings. People need to eat in the morning to start the engine then properly fuel throughout the day.
  • The lunchtime let down will definitely affect how you feel later in the day. Your bio-individuality (your unique situation and genetics) does play a factor, so sometimes you may still feel sluggish no matter how healthy you eat. However, you shouldn’t feel like you need a nap every afternoon. Your circadian clock can work against you. Natural sunlight helps serotonin which is a natural pick-me-up.

  • What should you eat and drink? The best food is fiber containing carbs such as root vegetables like carrots and beets. Fiber slows down digestion which helps regulate your blood sugar. And don’t forget your protein for energy and a small amount healthy fat (ex: avocado). We also need water, lots of water! Often hunger is mistaken as thirst. A cold glass of water can energize you and also increase your metabolism.
  • Does dog walking count as exercising? One problem is that you don’t get your heart rate up to the level you need, but the fact that you’re getting out and about is very helpful. You can easily be meeting the minimal requirement for exercise. But if you are trying to lose weight you will probably need an extra boost of exercise to go along with the walking. Resistance training is a great way to amp up exercise for weight loss.
  • Women often don’t realize their obstacles that are often anchored in our habits. Medical history, eating habits, medications and thought processes are all the root of figuring out what is stopping you from feeling your best and bringing your best to your business.


Show Highlights:

  • How hormones and age can affect women’s daily performance and business [2:30]
  • The importance of and how to alter your circadian rhythm [6:45]
  • How much water you need and the benefits you get from it [10:30]
  • The benefits and drawbacks of claiming dog walking as exercise [16:00]
  • Exactly what is B3 Nutrition? [19:40]
  • How self-care makes you strong for your business as well as the people in your life [22:00]

Tweetables:

Links:

Find out more about Bonnie Roill and the B3 Nutrition by visiting:

https://www.B3Nutrition.com

Downloadable Offer:

Sign up for the session at www.B3Nutrition.com under the header Free Consultation. It takes about 30 minutes. Share my free breakthrough session “Eat Clean(er)*Feel Great* Look Awesome, including my Hormone Profile Self-Assessment checklist.

Also, sign up for FREE 5 Strategies for Success Slimming.

Join me for my Free 7 Day Healthy Habits for Happy Hormones challenge at  www.B3Nutrition.com and select the header “Healthy Habits Challenge.”

 

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Episode 83: Balancing Business & Family With Mompreuner Katie Westerfield

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Joining us today on Bella in Your Business is Katie Westerfield of Homeward Bound Pet Care out of Historic Centerville, Ohio. She is an entrepreneur (and mompreneur) in the Pet Industry. She is well versed in juggling life and business ownership as a mother of four and wife. In this episode, Bella and Katie discuss the struggles she has faced and how she became a success while managing to raise a family and be a superstar mother!

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

  • The moment you realize you need a staff is when you are turning clients down. They will always find someone who will be able to fit their needs if you can’t. That is when you need to grow to a point where you can hire someone to fill in the gaps.
  • Knowing how to hire and retain staff is key to success. You need to fully invest in them as a person, support them individually and in the workplace. Motivate them to do the job, coach them instead of harping or nagging. You want them to feel like they can come to you. You don’t want to always be a slave to your phone, but you don’t want to miss clients and hurt business. That’s why you need a reliable management team to pass along some of the responsibilities.
  • Being open to change is important to growth. It’s a privilege to be able to have a staff and it can be scary to grow, but it is extremely important. A staff is not a burden, but a great asset to your business. Your business will never grow unless you can delegate your workload. 
  • Don’t forget to separate your emotions from your business. You have to know when to move on from things that aren’t working, regardless of how much time you’ve spent on it. Always keep in mind where you want to go and continue to move towards it. Do not lose your positive mindset no matter setbacks or naysayers, just go for it. If you fully believe you will succeed, you will.
  • You want to have options, you don’t want to have all your eggs in one basket. That’s why you need to have more than one person that you rely on to help out. You could have one bad egg hold your business hostage. You may have to fire someone who is not a good fit, or you may have a worker or their child may fall ill. That’s why you need to have more than one option. You never want to have your hands tied in a situation because a staff member didn’t work out or is unavailable.
  • Show your staff you appreciate them. It’s easy, a simple text message if you know they are upset. A little gift for special occasions like wedding anniversaries, their kid’s events, or birthdays. You need to be able to separate a barrier between staff and friendship, but still, let them know your door is open and you are there for them. Knowing that someone cares goes a long way in helping them succeed.

Show Highlights:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of running a business from home with children [4:45]
  • Struggles of hiring and retaining staff [7:20]
  • Delegating your responsibilities to your staff [8:40]
  • Being open to change [14:30]
  • How mindset plays a big role in growth [17:30]
  • The business success and the importance of having a staff [20:00]
  • Ideas to reward your staff and show them that you care [22:30]

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Episode 82: Scaling Your Business Into A Well-Oiled Machine With Randa Clark

Today’s Podcast features the inspiring Mompreneur, Randa Clark, from Tailchasers Pet Heroes Inc. Randa started Tail Chasers Pet Heroes Inc. in 2004 with the mission to help people discover, develop, and nurture the human and animal bond with their pets. She offers dog walking, pet sitting, dog training, and pet first aid classes to pets and their families in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Tailchasers Pet Heroes Inc. received the Super Service Award from Angie’s List in 2016 as well as the People Love Us On Yelp Award.

In this episode, Randa and Bella discussed some of the strategies that Randa used to turn her pet sitting company into a pet business empire. Do you struggle with multitasking, being a control freak, or successfully balancing the business between you or your spouse? Then this episode is for you! 

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Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:

Instead of devoting your entire life to the business, make your business fit into YOUR life. Scheduling business operations around your day-to-day tasks like picking up the kids from school or spending time with family will help you find that work-life balance that all business owners so desperately need. Also, be sure to give yourself some time each day to work on advancing the business to the next level. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the pet sits and dog walks, but ensuring you’re taking strides in your business instead of running in place is crucial to success.

An office manager is NOT going to be exactly like you – and that’s okay! An office manager is a person that is going to allow you to really grow and scale your business so much more than you’re able to if you continue to do day-to-day operations yourself. At the end of the day, there are qualified people out there that can answer the phone and answer emails just as good as you do – you just have to find them (and give them the tools to succeed!). Empowering and valuing your office managers to make them feel needed is what will allow them to be successful in their role.

A fact-based mindset is a key tool that will help you deal with crises and emergencies that inevitably arise in any pet sitting company. Taking the emotions out of your response and deciding what you can do to mitigate the situation factually will allow you to make the best decisions for your client. In other words, you can’t change the past, but you CAN change your response to it!

The more time you can spend out of the field, the more time you can spend advancing your business. Randa’s advice? Build up a route of clients, and then hand it off to an employee! The more you do this, the more income you’ll have on hand, and the less time you’ll have to spend in the field. The goal is to have the client’s alliance with the COMPANY and not to the DOG WALKER.

Show Highlights

  • How Randa learned to multitask to get work done quickly [2:30]
  • Evolving your business and focus; Pet Sitting Vs. Dog Walking only [3:15]
  • Decision making for a better business [7:00]
  • The Good and the Bad of Hiring an Office Manager [10:45]
  • How to let go of control [15:00]
  • Managing a business with your spouse [16:15]
  • Separating yourself from the field for success [19:00]

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Episode 81: Using Photography To Make Your Business Shine With Crystal Hollman

crystal clear photographyToday’s episode features Crystal Hollman, owner of Crystal Clear Photography AZ. Bella and Crystal discuss the importance of photography, graphics and visual appeal to websites and blogs.

Show Highlights:

  • Where do you use styled stock photos and why? [5:45]
  • Key things you need to do when shooting your own photos. [9:35]
  • Advantages of hiring a professional for your business images [12:45]
  • What should we look for in photographers? [18:45]
  • The importance of copyrights and business release of your images [20:00]

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Episode 80: How The Orion Survey Can Make Hiring EASY With Bill Gelderman

Bella welcomes guest, Bill Gelderman, the President of the Steering Group. He not only founded The Steering Group in 1995, he is also a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst, a Certified Attribute Index Analyst. He also has certifications in the renowned TriMetrix and DNA Systems. Find out more about Bill on his website www.thesteeringgroup.com

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  • What is the ORION Survey and why should all pet sitters use it for hiring? [3:30]
  • How ACCURATE is the Orion survey about potential hires? [6:00]
  • What is the best way for pet sitters to use the Orion tool? [11:00]
  • What does the REPORT look like from an applicant’s survey and how can business owners interpret it? [12:45]
  • How can pet sitters use the Orion survey as a MARKETING TOOL? [18:45]

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As a gift to our audience, Bill will offer $50 OFF the Orion enrollment fee for anyone signing up before April 30th if they mention Bella. Don’t delay!

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Episode 78: Video Creation To Aid Your Sales Process With Dave Feinman

At Viral Ideas, Dave Feinman creates to Inspire. He believes everyone has the right to be fulfilled. He believes in shared creativity. He believes in the power of defining your why. He shares this message through the creative process of making videos!

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David Feinman – Viral Ideas Marketing

Learn more about Dave at his website: http://viralideasmarketing.com

Show Highlights:

  • How can you embed videos into your emails? [5:25]
  • What kind of camera and equipment do I need to make videos? [7:40]
  • What do you need to look for before hiring a freelancer or agency to help you with video production? [10:50]
  • What do pet sitters need to include in their videos & what does the anatomy of a successful video look like? [12:45]
  • What are the three stages of clientele that builds pet sitting and dog walking sales funnels? [16:45]
  • Biggest mistakes companies make when creating videos [20:00]
  • What are the best ways business owners can market their videos on social media? [21:40]

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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.

Client Follow Up:

Do you ever have questions for a client, or potential client, but are nervous about doing a client follow up? Or, do you feel like you are trying to hard to “sell” to a client? Celeste Walmsley, an expert in social media marketing, understands, which is why Bella sat down with her to discuss the ins and outs of follow up.

Here Is What We Talk About:

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Celeste & Bella explore all aspects of following up including:

  • How often should pet sitters follow up?
  • What should pet sitting business owners say when following up?
  • How can they sound like they’re not “selling”?
  • What effects will a business owner experience when they follow up?
  • How can pet sitters effectively collect information during consultations to set themselves up for successful follow up?

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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 they chat about:

 

  • Biggest misconceptions about social media
  • The worst mistakes business owners make on Facebook & Instagram
  • Tips for maximizing your presence on Facebook, Instagram, and live video
  • Differences between web developers and web designers
  • What business owners should look for in a web developer

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    Ian Anderson Gray – Seriously Social

 

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Ian is an international speaker, trainer, teacher, web developer, and consultant. He has a passion for making the techno-babble of social media marketing easy to understand. Ian is co-founder of Select Performers – a family run web agency. As well as being a geek, husband, and dad to two kids, Ian is also a professional singer and lives near Manchester in the UK.

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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 support high achieving women who are tired of feeling drained and spread too thin. She helps them discover where to find time for long vacations, guilt-free lazy afternoons, and quality time with their families.  By learning to set boundaries and say YES to LESS in her own life and in her former career as a graphic designer for clients such as Nike & Adidas, she eliminated resent from her relationships, increased her income, and healed chronic asthma and back pain.  She is an award-winning author and her second book, Achieve MORE by saying YES to LESS, is due out November, 2017. boundaries

Listen in as Joy & Bella delve into how business owners can carve out more free time for themselves by discussing:

  • What it means to say YES to LESS & NO like a PRO
  • The importance of setting boundaries, and how you can stick to them
  • How business owners can take vacations and not feel guilty!

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Learn more about Joy on her website: joyevanns.com

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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 to be successful? To answer this question, Bella sat down with Awilda Rivera, a results-oriented success coach that helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and career professionals achieve the success they desire. Bella & Awilda talk about:

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  • Awilda’s success story in building her business and brand
  • Laying down a foundation by believing in yourself
  • The idea that what you focus on is what you will act on
  • Why it’s important to have a WHY
  • Why spirituality & faith should play a part in your business

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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 this new technology including:

    • What are bots?
    • How can pet sitters use Facebook bots to their advantage?

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      Surbhi Sinha – PerfectingProfit.com

    • What happens to your bots if nobody messages your business’s Facebook page?
    • What is the success rate of Facebook bots?
    • Why is it important that I implement bots NOW?

How did this all start? Bella wanted a bot for the Jump Consulting Facebook page, so she searched her network and found Surbhi. She was able to create “Jumpy Bot” on the Jump Consulting Facebook page (go there now and test it out!), and got incredible responses from those who experienced it. So she thought she would have Surbhi on the show!

Surbhi Sinha is the owner of PerfectingProfit.com She provides done-for-you bots for online and offline entrepreneurs.

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facebook bots for pet sittersWhat you are seeing here is a broadcast I did to my network of subscribers on my Facebook bot. Within one hour, I had a 75% open ratio and a lot of them replied back to me. Bots can be so powerful in your business.

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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:

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Crystal Hammond – Sitter For Your Critter

  • WHY people sell their businesses
  • The 3 things you MUST know about a business prior to purchasing
  • HOW to transition the businesses clients to the change in management

Crystal Hammond has been in the pet sitting industry for almost 10 years. She started her first pet sitting business, Sitter for your Critter, back in 2008 with a handful of clients and have since grown her operations to service over 4,000 clients. She’s acquired several of  our competitors companies over the years and started new pet sitting businesses to expand our service areas.  Last but not least she’s the proud mama of an 80 pound adorable English Bulldog named Capone.

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