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Episode 196: Resiliency, Black Swans, and Perseverance Through the Darkest Times

Resiliency, Black Swans, & Perseverance Through The Darkest Times

 

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Since 2012, Asha has owned and operated Hoby Dogy serving Hoboken, NJ. Having annihilated stage-four cancer, Asha’s a warrior who strives to counsel from deep wisdom won from a life going to battle. She works hard to get better every day and, in so doing, be a light in the world. When not serving others, Asha takes long walks with her dear husband Jan and their dreamy puppies Lovey and Savey who they met and rescued on the streets of Colombia.

 

Asha Olivia

Show Highlights

  • [1:40] – Who is Asha Olivia?
  • [5:00] – What is a Black Swan moment?
  • [8:00] – Can you describe the differences between “fragile,” “resilient,” and “antifragile?”
  • [9:30] – How did you feel in that moment when you received your diagnosis and how that play into the different mindset conditions?
  • [14:30] – What is the story of Vice Admiral James Stockdale and what is the Stockdale Paradox?
  • [18:00] – How do you become antifragile?
  • [22:00] – What do you suggest that the audience starts to ponder in order to maintain antifragility?

 

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Episode 195: The Scientific Way To Choose A Pet Sitting Software

 

The Scientific Way To Choose A Pet Sitting Software

Choosing a pet sitting software is not an easy task. Maybe you’re overwhelmed with all of the different options out there, or even tried them all but just can’t decide. It’s difficult to determine which features are important to YOU and then to match those needs up with software. In this episode of Bella In Your Business, I sit down with Kristin Young, where she shares her scientific process for successfully choosing a pet sitting software to use in your pet business.

 

 

After 20 years in corporate real estate and business, Kristin “woke up” one day realizing she wanted more ownership over her own time and to escape the common cubicle. With two young kids and a supportive husband, she began the search for an income model that she could manage, grow, and LOVE. In January of 2019, she decided to buy NOT ONE, but TWO cat sitting companies, with the intent to merge them into a single business. With a passion for business, love of animals and affinity for cat puns, Kristin uses her inner “geek” to make data-driven decisions in her cat sitting business and create processes that allow her to start stepping out of day-to-day operations and spend more time working ON her business, instead of IN her business.

 

Kristin Young

Kristin Young

Show Highlights

  • [1:30] – Who is Kristin Young?
  • [5:00] – What was the driving force behind switching pet sitting software companies?
  • [7:00] – Can you describe what an “RFP” is?
  • [9:15] – How did you come up with the methodology for RFP and choosing a pet sitting software company?
  • [19:15] – How long did you try each pet sitting software for? Are you happy with your choice in software? What advice would you have for someone that is stuck trying to choose a pet sitting software?
  • [23:00] – Where can you find Kristin online?

 

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Episode 193: How To Utilize Video For Your Dog Walking Business

How To Utilize Video For Your Dog Walking Business

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been squawking about the use of video for your dog walking business for YEARS. Video is the present and it is seriously skyrocketing – especially right now with everybody being home. If you haven’t gotten in yet on the video game, believe me when I say you need to! In this episode, I am going to teach you exactly how.

 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

  • Video connects you to your audience. You don’t have to do it every day, and you don’t have to do it for hours, but I would challenge you to try to do it at least once a week for one or two weeks. It will make a world of a difference. If your clients are browsing and see your videos, chances are they will feel a deeper connection with you. Not because you are perfect on camera, but because you are showing vulnerability by BEING on camera. It shows that you are human. That ALONE goes a long way – especially when the people who are searching on your social are trying to decide if they can trust you.

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Show Highlights

  • [2:45] – What types of video apps are out there?
  • [5:45] – What is the purpose of going live?
  • [7:20] – Better Marketing With Bella Marketeer Shoutouts!
  • [13:25] – What are the different ways to go live?
  • [16:00] – How can I partner with you?

 

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Ultimate Apps and Ways to Use Video in Your Dog Walking Business

When my clients think about going in front of the video camera, it typically scares the heck out of them. I have been squawking about the use of video for years and all the predictions have only proven to be true.

Video is The Present.

The social media feeds have exploded with ways to show a video like Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Instagram TV, and a myriad of apps now available to help you edit together video clips you might have taken and look like a pro!

Today, I really want to blow the lid off any fear of using video in hopes that I can show you there are many different methods you can apply to reap the incredible benefits.

Video use on Social

All the apps

  • Wave.video – this is on desktop and one of my favs. They have a library, they will adapt the video to the size of the platform you want to post on, and they are very affordable. I also know the CMO and he is a really nice guy :). Check them out here.
  • Canva for gifs – I have been using the software for a long time and only recently started using the gif feature. It is really neat to be able to design a graphic and then have it fly in from the sides as you save it as a Giphy. I especially like this for IG and FB stories
  • Giphy to make GIFs – Do you know how you can comment with a gif on Facebook? What if I told you there was a way that you could type in your name or business name into the comments and a video you created from your business comes up? Want to see what I mean? Go type in Bella Vasta in the search bar of the Giphy and you will see a few that my friends did of me.
  • Quic – this is a great app if you have a few videos that you need to splice together and want a one-touch filter on them that make you look like Steven Spielberg.

 

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  • Filmora-this is an app on your phone and desktop that requires a little more work than something like Quic but also has hundreds of downloadable special effects packages that you can purchase. If you want something retro, bachelorette party, Hawaii themed… this is the app to use. It can really change up the feel for what you want to do.
  • iMovie – if you are an Apple user, iMovie is on your phone and desktop. The phone version is a “lite” version and you can’t do as much Jason desktop but honestly, it is what has used for most of all the videos you see on my Youtube channel.
  • Animoto – This is an old but goodie. Personally, I haven’t used them forever – just not my style, but they are still popular which does say a lot about them. It is nice to see software still relevant 5 or 6 years later.
  • Final Cut Pro – This is a step up from iMovie with a little more bells and whistles. Honestly, I purchased it (expensive) and admittedly still stick to iMovie. Many of you might think I am saved when it comes to this stuff but mostly I like to stick with what I know and the path of least resistance.

 

The Importance of Going Live

Going live doesn’t always have to be your face. Sue, in the Mastermind, said her reason for not going live is because she doesn’t like the sound of her voice. Well, she and I both! But I want you to imagine if you never saw me online? If I never did any videos? Would you feel as close to me as you do today?

Probably not.

Video connects you to your audience. You don’t have to do it every day, and you don’t have to do it for hours, but I would challenge you to try to do it at least once a week for one or two weeks. It will make a world of a difference.

 

Introduce Yourself

 

Another important thought I need you to consider is that social media is a SECOND thought. Hardly anyone will see you on social media and think, “Gee, I am glad they popped up on my feed I want to hire them“.

It just doesn’t work that way.

The way it DOES work is that they find your website… typically through google…and then they click on your social media icons to “see” more of you. If they are browsing and see your videos, chances are they will feel a deeper connection with you. Not because you are perfect on camera, but because you are showing vulnerability by BEING on camera. It shows that you are human. That ALONE goes a long way – especially when the people who are searching on your social are trying to decide if they can trust you.

 

Video During COVID-19 Has Been So Important

Especially while we are all isolated in our homes everyone from a five-year-old to the 90-year-old great grand parents have developed video skills. The time is now. So many of our Better Marketing with Bella clients have taken it by storm.

Let me show you Poop’d Out going live with tips and tricks:

 

And then there is another Better Marketing with Bella client, Woofin’ It who has gone live just to reach out to her clients and followers:

 

 

And yet again, another Better Marketing with Bella client, using his stand up skills to use to his community:

 

 

Then there is Rockey’s Retreat where she actually did a scavenger hunt in her community! Ahhh all of these marketeers make me so happy… and this is just the tip of the ice burg!

 

 

Ways to Go Live

FB share your screen

Facebook recently came out with a feature allowing you to share your screen while on live. It could be neat to do videos to show how to sign up with your company using this new feature. No one else is doing it and you would stand out.  The only downside is that once you go live showing your screen, that is all there is. You can’t flip back to your face.

FB live on location with pets

This one is the obvious one. But how about making it fun?

How long until Fido finds the perfect place to potty?

How long until Fido goes potty?

How many throws until Fido is tried?

How many bites will it take him to eat his food?

How fast will he eat his food?

IGTV

The best part of this is that you can reuse the content. So if you have a video that you have already created and you want to upload to IGTV, go for it! You also have the option for it to show up in your IG feed, it will play the first minute and invite people to go watch the full thing. Keeping this in mind, make the first one minute as engaging as possible.

Snapchat glasses

Honestly, I think this is one of the BEST video features for pet sitters and dog walkers. But first, let me ease your worries, you do not have to be posting onto Snapchat for this to happen. These are actual sunglasses that you wear on your head and press a button to take a picture or hold it down to take a 10-15 second video. Once back at home, you can upload them to your social media or device and edit the clips together (if you want).

The point of view from these glasses is like watching from someone’s eyes. Take a look here as I show you in the pool with my daughter:

Are you Convinced Yet?

Showing up on social media through videos is huge. These videos give potential clients the opportunity to see who you really are and what your business represents. Do you do video on the regular? Why or why not? How can I partner with you to help you?

Did you know that the Better Marketing with Bella program helps coach you through all of this? Yup! Just like you saw above – a lot of our members gain the confidence, know how, and content to go live through our program. The doors are closing the beginning of May 2020 . If this interests you – join us. Don’t be left behind. I would love to help you!

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Does all this social media management seem like a lot? You can actually get all the social media content with Better Marketing with Bella

Join us for a six-month contract to get all the graphics, captions, square videos, cover videos, vertical videos, blog/video outlines, emails, individual and group coaching calls, and more.

Episode 192: 7 Day Pet Business COVID-19 Grand Re-Opening Challenge

 

7 Day Pet Business COVID-19 Grand Re-Opening Challenge

By now, most of us are in the “acceptance” phase when it comes to the COVID-19 Pandemic. That means it’s time to start thinking about how we are going to JUMP back into full-force once everything clears up. We have to be honest with ourselves and realize that not every client and staff member is going to come back. Some businesses themselves may not even be able to come back – and I want to make sure that’s not you.

That’s why Liz Illg, Erika Godwin, & myself have created the 7-Day Pet Business COVID-19 Grand Re-Opening Challenge to make sure you are fully equipped with everything you need to bring your business back to life!

 

 

 

 

Show Highlights

  • [2:00] Bella & Liz’s Big Announcement!
  • [5:30] – Why are we hosting this 7-Day Challenge Group?
  • [15:00] – How do we fight through all of the ups and downs?
  • [21:00] – What is “back-office” prep?

 

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Episode 191: How To Recession-Proof Your Small Business After COVID-19

 

How To Recession-Proof Your Small Business After COVID-19

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! You’ve heard me say this time and time again. Today, I bring you Marilyn Parham, CPA & Jessica Mae Stafford from The Bottom Line CPA. The Bottom Line® CPA is an award-winning, 100% Xero cloud accounting practice serving as industry leaders for Amazon FBA, eCommerce, and Online Business owners. Founded in 1996, TBLCPA launched into the online world circa 2013, quickly becoming the Certified Profit Pros behind many elite online brands. We are also home to ProfitHERO™ where we serve as virtual Profit Partners who are just as passionate about the businesses of our growing family of online DIYers as they are.

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Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

  • KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! You’ve heard me say this time and time again. In this episode, you’ll learn how to secure your financial foundation, how to understand your financial facts, and how to understand your financial funding. At the end of the day, we have to fully grasp where our cash is coming in and where it is being spent so that we can stay PROFITABLE.

 

Show Highlights

  • [1:00] – Who is Marilyn Parham & Jessica Mae Stafford?
  • [2:45] – How can we secure our financial foundation?
  • [5:30] – What are the ways to understand our financial facts?
  • [8:00] – What is the Pocket More Profit Masterclass?
  • [9:15] – How can we understand our financial funding?

 

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Episode 190: How To Move The Mountain In Your Life

 

How To Move The Mountain In Your Life

 

Nicholas Trevillian

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

  • We all have rock bottoms. It may be physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, or something else. If you look at your
    “rock bottom” as being at the bottom of a mountain, it becomes easier to take that first step. It’s really important to focus on “winning” that first 24 hours, and from there – the first week. Day 1 will always be the hardest, but by spending just 15-20 minutes a day climbing your personal mountain, you’ll be surprised at h0w much progress you can make to move the mountain.

 

move the mountain

 

Show Highlights

  • [2:00] – Who is Nicholas Trevillian?
  • [6:30] – What is the difference between a victor vs. a victim mindset?
  • [8:00] – The “3 To Be” Method?
    • What Do I Want?
    • What Do I Have?
    • How Do I Get There?
  • [10:30] – What do we need and what do we NOT need in order to take the first step to change your life?
  • [17:30] – How can momentum in your personal life spill over to affecting your business?
  • [25:00] – The 3 things that successful people do every day
  • [26:00] – Where can our listeners connect with you online?

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Episode 184: Quality Over Quantity Of Your Social Media Content

Quality Over Quantity Of Your Social Media Content

It’s no shock that being on Social Media is a must for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking businesses. But, what platforms are best for us? How should we be using them? And what kind of content should we be creating?

To share his 15 years plus years of digital marketing experience, I’ve brought on Dan Willis.

Social Media

Dan Willis brings insights into the power of relationship marketing, video content and the emerging millennial/gen. Z marketplace leading your brand to learn how to not only succeed today but how to build success for the future. 

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

Don’t spread yourself thin trying to be active on all social media platforms when the biggest platforms for dog walkers and pet sitters are Facebook and Instagram. Create content that best expresses your brand, use video, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t get a bunch of interaction on any given post. As Dan said, if you can create content that inspires one person to appreciate what you’re doing, that content was of value. 

Don’t just produce a large quantity of content but make sure you’re placing quality over quantity for your social media content.

Show Highlights

  • What networks are the most beneficial for dog walkers and pet sitters? [3:01]
  • The importance of video content [5:28]
  • Social media listening [10:38]
  • Creating quality content [19:16]

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Episode 183: Video Training In Your Pet Sitting Company

Why You Should Do Video Training In Your Pet Sitting Company

Whether you have new hires or you want to give current staff a refresher on your business, planning a training session can be time-consuming and overwhelming! You want your employees to be able to jump right into things, but what’s the best way to support staff learning within your pet sitting business? Video training is the answer.

Video training

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

Video training in your pet sitting company offers a level of versatility that is not offered through any other form of training. Whether that be reading pages and pages of your systems and processes or hands-on learning, if your employee is not alert, they will not learn. Thus, video training offers the ability for your employees to train when they feel alert and able to fully comprehend the content.

Show Highlights

  • Video improves learning results [3:32]
  • The importance of having a staff training foundation [4:45]
  • Video training tips [6:18]
  • Online training when your employees alert [7:24]
  • Video training is more likely to be consumed [8:58]
  • It doesn’t have to be boring! [10:26]
  • Incorporating video into your onboarding process [11:10]

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Episode 182: Using Video To Increase Sales In Your Pet Business

Using Video To Increase Sales In Your Pet Business

The use of video is becoming exceedingly necessary in order to get your pet business known. To teach how to use video to increase sales in your pet business, I brought on my good friend Daniel Glickman.

Video

Daniel Glickman is an internationally recognized marketing leader, speaker, and author. As chief marketing officer of Wave.video, an innovative video solution for creators and small businesses, he leads and manages digital marketing, advertising, and PR activities. His blog, newsletter, and international Meetups—all under the title CMOConfessions—offer a frank, creative, and humorous take on the underbelly and undercurrents of today’s most pressing, exciting, and confounding marketing issues.

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

Making videos doesn’t have to be scary.

There are three different types of videos you can utilize to increase sales in your pet business. You can do a right here, right now video. These videos require the least amount of production and are perfect for showing your followers what you’re doing at that moment. The second video, promotional videos, will be more produced than the first and have content that it is on brand and message. Finally, there’s the most produced video in which you produce a series of shows that repeat weekly and stay on a topic each week.

In order to excel, pick the type of video you’re best at and start filming!

 

Show Highlights

  • Why are small businesses using video? [3:27]
  • Resizing video, the importance and what it means [4:46]
  • Why video seems scary [7:51]
  • When do people stop watching a video? [12:03]
  • As a dog walker/ pet sitter, what could be an interesting video? [13:26]
  • How do we know when it gets boring? [15:13]
  • Viral videos [18:52]
  • Wave.Video community [22:47]

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Episode 181: Remote Managing Your Pet Business

Remote Managing Your Pet Business

 

I know there’s plenty of you wanting to have the luxury of traveling or maybe even relocating away from your pet business but you’re afraid of trying to manage your pet business remotely.

That’s why I brought on one of my personal friends and client, Tiffany Lewis, who manages her business remotely from across the country.

Remote Manage

Tiffany Lewis founded Pet and Home Care in Potomac, Maryland in 1999 as a one-person pet sitting business. She has since expanded PHC to offer a full team of dog walkers, pet sitters, pet care experts, and home care service employees.

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

The biggest factor in remote managing your pet business is having a support team that you can trust and wrapping your mindset to support your goals. From there, the rest is in the technology, systems and processes and your ability to stay engaged with your business. With the right set of tools, you’ll be able to remotely manage your pet business in no time!

Show Highlights

  • When did you start remote managing? [3:14]
  • How did you make the transition? [5:00]
  • What was it about changing technology that helped you? [7:05]
  • How do you handle hiring and firing? [8:47]
  • How do you stay active in the community? [12:22]
  • Do you spend more or less time in your business? [15:56]

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Episode 180: How The 90/10 Rule Can Get Your Dog Walking Business Back On Track

How the 90/10 Rule Can Get Your Dog Walking Business Back On Track

Do you feel like content marketing is taking over your business? Like you have to consistently be posting on every social media platform possible and creating all the content you can in order to properly market and grow your business?

Don’t stress!

Today, I brought on Andrew and Pete to tell you how the 90/10 rule can get your dog walking business back on track!

Dog Walking Business

Andrew and Pete, international keynote speakers, authors and YouTubers, are the multi award winning fun business duo who help small business owners scale their business so they can stop swapping time for money.

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

If you try to post on all aspects of content marketing then you are doing none of them remarkably well. Instead, pick one aspect of marketing and do that one thing remarkably well. In doing so, you will be known for that aspect and will no longer be wasting your time on the other platforms that aren’t performing well for you. Follow your data, find out what works best for you and your business and spend 90% of your time there and 10% experimenting elsewhere.

In following the 90/10 rule, you are guaranteed to get your dog walking business back on track.

Show Highlights

  • About Atomic [4:23]
  • What is the 90/10 rule? [7:20]
  • How do you figure out the one thing for you business? [10:40]
  • Conclusion [18:22]

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Episode 179: 2020 Predictions in Your Pet Business

As a coach in the Pet Industry, I have the opportunity to work with pet businesses from all over the world at all different stages of their business. Due to this, I’m able to see trends that spread from the starter businesses to the six-figure businesses and identify what trends are being used to help their business growth and what’s simply not working. Thus, every year I write my yearly predictions leading me to the 2020 predictions in your pet business.

2020 Predictions

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

In order to excel in your business, you need to know the 2020 predictions for your pet business. With businesses such as Rover and Wag not going anywhere, the sooner you’re able to adapt, the better. Adapting can mean making educated business investments, getting smarter with technology, utilizing dark social or simply fixing your mindset.

Show Highlights

  • More Educated Business Investments [2:05]
  • Using Rover to Your Advantage [3:20]
  • Get Smarter Using Technology [5:43]
  • Dark Social [7:48]
  • Mindset [9:43]

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2020 Predictions

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Episode 178: How to Get Your Pet Business in the Media

We talk a lot about social media presence and making your business known on the media. However, we don’t often get the chance to talk about how to get your pet business in the media such as newspapers, magazines or even on TV.

To teach us how to get in the media I’ve brought on Rachel Spencer, a journalist, and blogger for the Pet Industry who helps pet businesses create content and promote their work in the media. 

Pet Business in Media

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

When pet businesses are everywhere and companies like Rover and Wag are soaring with popularity, getting your business out there and validated as credible, has never been more important. If someone is searching for a dog walker or pet sitter, you want to be the business that comes up on google. A good way to guarantee you show up first is by having media coverage. Thus, providing you with credibility and building trust in your business.

Show Highlights

  • How can media coverage help a pet business? [4:29]
  • What kind of stories do journalists like to get from pet businesses? [6:10]
  • What story I should be telling about my business? [8:35]
  • How do I figure out what publications to approach? [11:21]
  • How do I prepare to talk to a journalist? [14:28]
  • Is all of this advice applicable for visual media too? Such as TV [17:35]
  • How do I make the most of the media coverage? [20:07]

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Episode 177: Staying Compliant with Staff In Your Pet Business – The Best Kept Resource!

Today I want to share with you the best-kept resource in staying compliant with staff in your pet business. The Pet Industry Coalition is an organization dedicated to educating and advocating for the regulation and compliance of the Pet Industry. To tell you all about it, I’ve brought on two of the four co-founders, Lauren Cora and Katie Pape.

Compliant with Staff

Lauren is the owner of Dogs Deserve It, a dog walking company based out of Chicago, IL. Dogs Deserve It recently celebrated 10 years of service and has over 55 employees.

Staff in Your Pet Business

Similarly, Katie’s business Windy City Paws, is located in Chicago and has been in business for 10 years now. Katie has over 75 employees.

 

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

With the pet industry being a rather unregulated business, staying compliant with staff in your pet business can be difficult. Thus, the Pet Industry Coalition was developed. Through the coalition they work to ensure businesses are aware of the differences between independent contractors and employees, as well as, the consequences of misclassifying staff.

 

Show Highlights

  • The start of the Pet Industry Coalition [5:02]
  • Mission of the coalition and who it’s for [8:18]
  • The difference between an employee and an independent contractor [9:20]
  • What to expect as a member of the Pet Industry Coalition [17:02]
  • The consequences of misclassifying staff [25:40]Pet Industry Coalition

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Episode 176: Planning for Your Dog Walking Business in 2020

I know with being six days away from Christmas that planning for your dog walking business in 2020 is probably the last thing on your mind. However, I strategically posted this before Christmas so that you have time to get your thoughts flowing.

I want to help you come up with a plan to grow and exceed your expectations for business planning in 2020.

 

Dog walking Planning 2020

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

There’s a major difference between planning for your dog walking business and goal setting. Where making plans can include a to do list that never stops growing, setting goals are concrete, quantifiable and specific. When you set a goal you need to give yourself an end date and start breaking down the processes necessary to get there.

Most importantly, you need to hold yourself accountable or get an accountability partner that can.

Show Highlights

  • 90 Day Goals [4:20]
  • 30 Day Goals [5:50]
  • Accountability [8:00]
  • What’s so different about 2020? [9:10]
  • Where to begin [10:38]
  • Can you hire out? [13:35]

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Episode 175: How Your Pet Business Systems Save Your Profit

I want you to think of all of your pet business systems. Now, think about a time where maybe you told your staff to do something and gave them all of the direction needed to do it but for some reason, they didn’t do what you wanted them to do. Do you know what caused the problem?

Today I brought on a very special guest, Liz Illg, to share the importance of systems and processes for your pet business.

Liz is the Owner of Puff & Fluff Grooming and Pet Sitting with five locations in Phoenix area. Not only has Liz turned her passion for animals into a thriving business, she is an expert when it comes to creating an environment of growth for your business as well. In fact, as an Operational Strategist, Liz specializes in working with small business owners and entrepreneurs. She can assist with everything from streamlining systems to creating manageable training and operational manuals. Liz received her Bachelor’s in Business from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University.

Liz Illg Headshot

Biggest Take Away You Don’t Want To Miss

If you’re ever going to grow your business, you need more than an Employee Handbook and Training manual. You need business systems and processes. You need a step by step how-to on how to complete each individual tasks that you do every day. It’s not as easy as telling your staff to do something. In order for it to be done correctly and the way you want it, you need to tell them exactly how you want it done.

You want to engage your employees and feed into them.

Show Highlights

  • How Liz was able to expand her business from 1 storefront to 5 [2:15]
  • Switching your mindset from blaming others to recognizing your own downfalls [7:20]
  • The difference between an Employee Handbook and Training manual and having processes and systems [9:33]
  • The strategy behind the processes [14:01]
  • Tone and Style of writing [23:30]
  • Why is the process never complete? [29:33]
  • What does it look like to work with Liz? [32:45]

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Want More Liz?

If you LOVED hearing from Liz Illg, you can hear more from her in the hour long training she did with our members last summer. She has already transformed a lot of their businesses when they hired her. It works! 😉 

 

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Self Care for Pet Sitters

Episode 174: Self Care For Pet Sitters Over the Holidays

Do you think it’s impossible to maintain self-care for pet sitters over the Holidays?

Tis’ the season for a booming business, kids asking when Santa will come multiple times a day, family festivities and holiday cheer. Yet, you’re stuck worrying about your business, keeping your head above the water and possibly planning for 2020.

Don’t let being an entrepreneur ruin your holiday spirit, instead tune in as I hand out some advice on how to maintain self-care for pet sitters over the Holidays!

Self Care for Pet Sitters

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

As pet sitters, self-care is something that needs to be taken more seriously. The Holiday’s are full of hustle and bustle but it’s imperial that you remember you are the most important person in your business.

 

Treat yourself as such.

The best thing you can do is allow yourself time to relax and properly schedule block in your calendar events/times that you want to focus on self-care.

 

Whether that’s

  • Reading a book
  • Decorating the house
  • Spending time with friends/family
  • Getting a massage

Whatever it may be, make yourself a priority this holiday season.

Self Care for Pet Sitters

Show Highlights

  • Time for Family [1:00]
  • Time for Yourself [5:15]
  • Plan Ahead on Gifts [9:20]
  • Decorate Your House [15:10]
  • Remember Why You’re in Business [16:25]

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Pet Sitter Holiday

 

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Holiday Pet Events

Episode 173: Holiday Pet Events You Can Copy in Your Town

One of the best ways to gain exposure to your pet sitting or dog walking company is to host or participate in a holiday pet event. But oftentimes we have no idea what to do, where to do it, or just feel like it takes way too much energy.

When I used to have my company, Bella’s House & Pet Sitting for 14 years, I would participate and host many events.

These events gave me an opportunity to get my name out to the community and a good excuse to walk up to people and talk about my company in a way that didn’t seem sleazy.

Through a lot of trial and error, my events became very successful.

With a little bit of my magic, I’m going to show you how hosting a holiday pet event can be successful in your hometown area too.

Holiday Pet Events

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want to Miss

Hosting a holiday pet event doesn’t have to be overwhelming! With my list of holiday pet events you can copy, you too can host an event with all sorts of:

  • Prizes
  • Giveaways
  • Photographer
  • Alcohol sponsors
  • Rescue groups getting piles of money
  • Signs prominently hung outside of businesses with your logo on them.

The Holiday season is the perfect time to host events and spread awareness of your company.

Show Highlights

  • Yappy Hour/ Mutt and Mingle [2:03]
  • Dog Walking Club [3:10]
  • A Dog Hiking Club [4:48]
  • Dog Park Date [5:40]
  • Santa Paws [7:14]
  • The main purpose of the events [8:26]
  • How to have a howling event in your town [9:13]

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Episode 172: How To Build Trust In Your Pet Business On Social Media

The idea of being human is so obscure when you think of it. Obviously we are all human. However, nowadays it’s becoming more and more necessary to prove that you are human. Especially when it comes to the internet and consistent technological advances.

How do we remain human in a fast-paced technological world? 

The answer isn’t as simple as we would think. Remaining human has a lot to do with identifying who we are, what we represent and what we want our clients to see. Then, it’s about transferring that human quality not only in face to face contact but through our social media as well.

Thankfully, Bryan Kramer, the founder of the H2H movement as well as Keynote Speaker, TED Talk Speaker,  Coach, and CEO of H2H Companies, a Business Performance Coaching Company, came on the show to teach us more about human to human interactions and how you can build trust in your business on social media. 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want to Miss

What makes us uniquely human is the way we talk and interact with others. Living in the land of automation has left us with the necessity of differentiating ourselves from online robots and the way to do that is to sound more human. Remaining human is going to be the key factor in building trust in your business!

How do we remain human? How do we make sure we aren’t taking all of the new apps and programs too far?

Your Purpose. 

Your purpose is made up of an equal balance of your inspiration, your vision, and your innovation.

Make sure to prove you’re not a robot and listen in to this week’s podcast with Bryan!

Show Highlights

  • What is H2H? [0:52]
  • How to figure out who we are as a human [3:30]
  • Our why and our purpose [5:05]
  • How do we remain human in a fast-paced technological world? [7:42]
  • The different ways we share in person vs. social media [11:02]
  • How can we find out what traits we innately have? [12:34]
  • 6 categories of sharers [13:41]
  • Body language and first impressions [17:25]
  • What does an agreement look like? [21:35]
  • How do we get away from not delegating and trusting? [25:16]

Uniquely human

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Holiday Tips

Episode 171: Hiring Tips for Finding Staff During the Holidays

Its that time of the year again! When September/October hit and everything turns into all holidays, all the time. The time when every store is confused about what to celebrate first with multiple isles of Halloween, Thanksgiving and the MASSIVE Christmas section.

I think we can all admit that September through December, Holiday preparation takes over.

What’s wrong with that, right? The holiday season is loved by so many! But not everyone has to deal with the stress of trying to hire during the Holidays. We get burnt out trying to find staff during the holidays because people are either only seasonal or not applying at all! Then we get burnt out and it results in an altogether disappointing feeling.

Take back your Holiday season!

Dive in with me as I discuss tips and mindset shifts that we all need in order to take over hiring during the Holiday season.

Hiring During the Holidays

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss

Finding staff during the Holidays can and needs to be taken advantage of! What you need to do is first, check your mindset, make sure you’re going in with a positive, go-getter mentality. Second, streamline your process now! Don’t wait until you’re in extreme need of staff. You need to set up a process now, create a fast system, delegate the hiring tasks, and find your ideal Holiday candidate.

You can take back your Holiday!

Show Highlights

  • Embrace hiring in the Holidays [2:07]
  • Streamline your process [3:06]
  • Create a fast system [5:52]
  • Delegate [6:25]
  • Find your ideal candidate [7:44]
  • Should you hire for long term or seasonal? [11:30]

Hiring During the Holidays

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How Good vs. Bad Graphics Effect Your Business with Annette

Since marketing was invented, the need for graphic design has been ever-growing. However, graphics aren’t used to simply sell your business like they’ve been used in the past, instead, they represent your business.

Graphics are the foundation of your brand.

They not only represent how you present your company but also whether or not potential clients feel a connection with your company, whether your company can be taken seriously to not only clients but possible employees.

Today, I partnered up with Annette Mcdonald, the founder of Easil, an online DIY Graphic Design solution for brands and teams, as well as, MD of Copirite, a leading design, print & digital agency located on the Gold Coast, to teach you a little on what it entails to have Good vs. Bad Graphics. 

Good vs. Bad Graphics

The Importance of How You Portray Your Business

In order to grow your business, it is so important to create a quality design that can live in many different elements. Whether you using graphics for print, on the web, or for social, the most important thing you can do to create a quality design is making sure your graphics are consistent.

While your voice and style may change amongst the platforms, your brand style needs to remain the same. The best way to manage your brand style is through a Brand Style Guide and a Brand Voice Guide.

Brand Style Guide

Your Brand Style Guide is a guide to remain consistent about how you want things to appear in relation to your business.

This includes:

  • Brand Colors
  • Fonts
  • Selection of Imagery
  • Logos
  • Explanation of How You Use All of the Above

Brand Colors

Your brand colors should be 3 or 4 colors that you want to represent your brand. Now, it’s important that you don’t just say “pink and blue” this is where you have to be specific. A pink and blue hue can show up differently in different programs, on different mediums and all together can range from light to dark.

You’ll want to get the exact number from your color wheel and document it in your Brand Style Guide.

Fonts 

The fonts included should be two or three fonts you’ll use to represent the personality of your business.

Selection of Imagery 

Your selection of imagery will be ever-changing but should include things like a variety of headshots you’ll use, or different images you want to be the face of your business.

Logos

I’m sure you know you need a logo for your business but it’s actually a good idea to have a couple of logos drafted up so when making your graphics, you’ll have the perfect logo for all mediums.

How You Use All of the Above

In this section, you’ll want to explain how you use all the other items on your Brand Style Guide. Whether that’s where you position your logos, what colors you like to pair together, when to use a certain font, or any other details that you deem important for creating connections through your graphics.

Voice Guide

Your voice guide should show off the voice of your personality. Are you light-hearted or are you serious? Do you say puuurfect or perfect?

All of the simple things that design your company. 

Emotion in Graphics

Evoking Emotions through Graphics

The way your graphics present to the viewer can evoke so many emotions. Like when you saw the adorable sleeping kitten, you probably felt a small connection to how sweet, simple and cute it is!

When it comes to evoking emotion, you want to make the viewer feel a human connection with your company. For our industry, you’ll want to come off as caring and compassionate in all interactions. Always associate your business with natural emotions. 

We’re lucky! 

Everyone uses pet images to promote that human connection because everyone loves going on social media and commenting on pets.

Play the cards you were dealt and use all the animal-loving to your advantage! 

The Effects of Bad Graphics

When it comes to creating the best graphics that resonate the most with viewers, less is more.

Keep your graphics clear and concise. There is nothing worse than trying to jam-pack your graphic with every element possible.

You know how you feel when you go to work and your desk is cluttered with papers, pens, sticky notes, anything and everything that could be in your way?  That uncomfortable feeling, sometimes even anxiety-inducing feeling, is exactly how it feels to look at a graphic will too much going on.

Take Apple, for example, their design is as simple as it gets yet it evokes so many emotions! When you see Apple, you see the company leading the industry, you may even have a sigh of relief knowing everything will be made simple.

Sometimes we will only remember how something makes us feel rather than what was said. 

The 7 Deadly DIY Design Sins

7 Deadly DIY Design

If you’re struggling to put these concepts into practice, Annette’s article, the 7 Deadly DIY Design Sins, is a great way to further your knowledge on what will make or break your graphics.

Annette and Better Marketing with Bella

Have you loved learning from Annette’s 20 years of graphic and design experience? But are you left feeling like there is just no way you can add creating graphics to your daily tasks?

We’ve got news!

Better Marketing with Bella is stepping up our graphic game for 2020 by partnering up with Annette as our graphic designer! Join us for a six-month contract to get all the graphics, captions, square videos, cover videos, vertical videos, blog/video outlines, emails, individual and group coaching calls, and more.

Conclusion

Corresponding your graphics from social, to print, to the web, is necessary for growing your business and becoming recognized and trusted in your community. You’ll need to create a brand style guide and a voice style guide to really lay the foundation of how you want to be perceived by the public.

So much of your business is portrayed through your graphics, they need to be top-notch.

You want people to recognize your company in your graphics immediately from your use of consistent brand identifiers and be able to feel your compassion and love for your work through your images. 

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5 Strategies To Show Up On Social Media When You Don’t Have Time

Today, I am going to explain to five strategies to show up on social media when you just feel like you don’t have the time.

Let’s face it, I’ve never, ever had anyone come to me and say…

“Oh, I have all this time, and I need to do something.”

These tips are going to be quick and dirty because I know how busy you are.

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5 Strategies To Show Up On Social Media

Here they are:

  1. Find time for things that are important
  2. Recycle your posts
  3. Schedule time in your calendar
  4. Use scheduling software
  5. Hire someone for the creative and the strategy

Let’s go over these in a little more depth!

 

1. Find Time For Things That Are Important

If you really want to do something, you’re going to find the time. So let’s just acknowledge that first.

So, if we’re not finding the time, what is the reason why we’re not finding the time?

Do we not really want to do it? Do we not really see the value in what social media can do? And, what are you doing where you could easily be recording?

After you get off the phone, you could write a post.

You could say…

“I just got off the phone with this brand new cat client. She usually never has a pet sitter, but her grandmother passed away and she needs to fly. And, the only thing she’s really concerned about is with her cat. So, we were able to help her by doing x, y and z.”

What I’m saying is, tip number one is to find the time, seize the moment, and figure out the different things that are going on in your life right now that you actually could leverage.

 

2. Recycle or Up Cycle Your Posts

The second tip is to recycle your posts.

You have all this amazing effort and energy that you’ve done. Why waste it?

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by Brian Fanzo

It’s very easy to go into the insights of your Facebook page. And, the charts there will show you what’s performed well.

You can go back to those posts and reshare them or copy and paste them to schedule the post again.

Your insights will show you what your community is actually reacting to.

 

3. Schedule Time In Your Calendar

Schedule time in your schedule like you would have pets.

I know that many of you would never actually miss out on a dog walk.

Let’s make social media a priority.

That can be 10 or 15 minutes a day, every other day, once a week, something, but if you aren’t scheduling it in like something that you absolutely need to do, it’s going to be really hard to show up on social media when you feel like you don’t have any of the time.

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4. Use Social Media Scheduling Software

Number four is to use scheduling software.

There are software programs like:

The one that I really love is Agora Pulse because it is like the Lamborghini of social sharing.

One of the best features is social listening, which means anytime anyone says your name, your company’s name, or maybe your area and name, you get an alert for in your Agora Pulse.

Now, I do not suggest that you actually allow Agora pulse to give you notifications in your email, because that can get a little overwhelming.

Sometimes, people say I don’t want to use scheduling software, because it won’t show up on social media. And, that just is not the case.

I have scientific evidence that shows that posting from a third party platform does not actually make it not get seen. I think there was a time like two years ago when that happened, but not now.

If it makes you feel better, you can use Facebook’s native scheduler.

While you can automate the scheduling, you cannot automate engagement. You really do want to just check-in and try to talk with people.

 

5. Hire Someone For The Creative And The Strategy

Now, the fifth and the very last one is going to be to hire someone for the creative and the strategy.

This is a more expensive option, but it ensures that the job gets done.

You can create the graphics and then let the other person schedule them. Sometimes the problem with this is that they don’t know when to post it or what to say.

 

Conclusion

To recap, here are the five strategies to show up on social media we discussed:

  1. Find time for things that are important
  2. Recycle your posts
  3. Schedule time in your calendar
  4. Use scheduling software
  5. Hire someone for the creative and the strategy

But how do you actually come up with the stuff, right? How do you come up with ideas when your brain is just like wants to explode?

You’ve got:

  • So much stuff going on
  • So many different projects
  • Clients calling
  • Employees asking you questions
  • Your kid tugging on you
  • Your husband or wife wondering what’s for dinner tonight,
  • To pick up the kid pick up from school

Right?

Better Marketing with Bella

So the last thing that most of us as business owners have is the ability and the time to be creative.

This is where Better Marketing With Bella comes in.

We only open up the doors twice a year and it’s coming up.

Here’s our process for new people joining:

  1. People already in the program have the option to join again
  2. We ask our waitlist if they’re interested
  3. We open the program up to the public

You can join the waitlist here.

See you inside the program!

Episode 166: How To Use Email Marketing In Your Pet Sitting Business

Email marketing is something that a lot of business owners have an adverse reaction to. They think they’re bothering people, no one opens them, and they don’t know what to say. Despite being able to batch them and schedule emails, not many choose this path. But why?

In a world where Rover is killing it in the inbox by sending emails to the people on their list at least once a week, why can’t professional pet sitters who can surely be even more effective, intimate, and relevant do this? Today, I want to break it down to show you how I use email marketing and how you can, too.

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

Email marketing is a great way to keep your audience up to date with what’s going on in your business and humanize your business. Send weekly updates and use the P.S. section to ask them to respond, opening up the line of communication. Your emails don’t need to be long and drawn out, they should simply add value to your reader’s life. With each email, you’re able to show a bit of your personality, this is what people connect with, so be as personal as you can. Specifically, videos are a great way to show your personality and personalize your emails. And remember, on social media, you don’t own your audience, But with your email list, you do!

If you’re still not sure what to write or really don’t have the time to focus on email marketing, I get it. That is why we provide you with two short and fun emails to send to your clients each month in the Better Marketing with Bella program.

Show Highlights

  • How can you recap your week in an email? [3:20]
  • What should you put in the P.S. section? [4:30]
  • How do you segment your audience for better email marketing? [5:35]
  • How can you add value? [6:30]
  • What can you do to build a bond with your audience? [7:00]
  • What’s one of the best ways to share current sales you have? [7:40]
  • How can you personalize your email marketing with videos? [8:05]
  • What does it mean to “own” your audience? [8:30]

 

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How To Get Your Community To Know About Your Pet Sitting Business

One of the biggest challenges marketers (that’s you!) face is getting their community to know about their pet sitting business.

We don’t need the entire world to know about our services, just a saturation of those geographically the closest to us.  We need to get them so excited that they are the top of the mind when the need arises for themselves or their loved ones.

I specifically say excited because being known typically means that you have a certain emotion that is being evoked, which means people might not always remember exactly what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

This is the secret sauce.

But how exactly can we become known to our community beyond the usual posting on Facebook, having a blog, a website, Instagram, and shaking hands and meeting other pet business professionals in the area?

This phenomenon is what is your brand saying about you when you are not there? Do you know? Or, not saying anything because people don’t know you can be just as bad.

What Do You Want To Be Known For?

Getting known has to do with getting clear on what you want to be known for. What makes your business unique? There are hundreds of businesses in your area that take care of pets and there are a lot of friends and family that can do it, too.

So, what really makes your business unique and different?

Often times this isn’t the facts or what you do, but it is the how you do it all that matters. That leaves the feeling that gets people talking.

Answering this question will be the key to your success.

Your Unique Competitive Advantage

If your brain is coming up blank I want you to take a minute and listen to this podcast episode when I had Jennifer Diepstraten on. She talked about quantum benefits and it was really enlightening to see how our businesses really were different.

I want you to try to think of 3 – 5 things that your competitors can’t say that you can.

Use these questions below to help you fill in the blanks:

Are you memorable for your:

  • Story?
  • Name?
  • Logo?
  • Operations?
  • Cost (high or low)?

Use this in all your marketing.

Talk about it at events. Make it apart of your unique story that no one else can tell. Mark Schafer is really good at this. He is the author of KNOWN — The handbook for building and unleashing your personal brand in the digital age.

He presented in the Mastermind and really pushed our beliefs on how exactly we were accomplishing this in our own marketing…

How we were going to stand out and actually hold space for the pet parents in our community to actually belong.

Check this out:

 

 

Pretty powerful, right?

That is the type of goodness we have in the Mastermind.

It was really eye-opening as to how to stop doing the same things that everyone else does and start doing the unique things in our own business marketing.

So How Can We Stand Out On Social Media To Be Known In Our Community?

Ah!

This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

I mean we know that 68% of Americans use Facebook. Oddly enough the same exact percentage also have pets according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey

(Side note…I thought that was crazy that they are BOTH 68% when I was writing this article too! LOL) 

There is no doubting the fact that our clients are on Facebook. Instagram is close behind. They are the sister to Facebook and growing just as fast.

Did you know that over 70% of users are under 35 years of age? Do you also realize that the buying power of this segment is major with many waiting until much later in life to start a two-legged family so they are able to pour a lot of their discretionary income into their four-legged loved ones?

We have to know the latest trends in social media.

We have to know how to connect with others, but we also have to know how to get them to:

  • Reshare content
  • Spread it virally in their local community

Even though likes are going away on Instagram, (did you know that?) we can still show the social proof of the engagement of the people who actually stop their scroll long enough because they find us interesting or relevant enough to interact and respond to our posts.

The Value Of Being A Resource In Your Community

Do you want to be a drive-by or a destination in your community for the best pet sitting business?

Imagine being the first thought of pet resource in your community. I am talking about getting all the calls from people saying things like…

“I need something for my pet — I know you don’t provide it, but I thought you would know.”

This basically means they are thinking of you as the thought leader or expert in your town.

This is powerful.

This is top of the mind awareness. But if you have no unique presence, no professional presence online…

Then this is going to be pretty hard to accomplish.

We need to stand out on social media by having professional graphics, captivating captions, and reactive engagement with our communities.

 

Here is Exactly What You Can Be Posting Every Month To Be Known (And Shared) In Your Communities:

 

How to get your community to know about your pet sitting business

 

Here are my thoughts on ways to be seen in your local community:

  1. Facebook Lives and Blogs: Write two blogs that are meaningful and follow them up with a Facebook live (record the video to embed in the blog post)
  2. Professional Graphics: Post at least 8-10 professionally made graphics with an interesting description that reflect your branding, logo, and colors. The graphic is there to capture attention and the copy is there to engage the reader.
  3. Videos: Once a week, create a square video for Instagram and be sure to convert it to vertical for Facebook to have the most visibility across platforms. Be sure to keep it to a good time limit and not to overpower the message as an advertisement.
  4. Facebook Video Cover: To give an impression that you keep up with your marketing, are trustworthy, and up to date on all the new things, impress your viewers with a new Facebook video cover each month highlighting something relevant to the time of year.
  5. Email Marketing: Since Rover is sending emails out weekly, I highly suggest that you do yours at least twice a week. Make it about your clients, be relevant, use minimal design elements. The sole purpose of this is to elevate you as a thought leader. Even if they don’t open it.
  6. Instagram and Facebook Stories: The viewership of these two platforms is growing exponentially. Creating stories in real-time WITH professionally produced graphics that link together for a common message is powerful and underutilized. Not to mention, very much reusable as you build an arsenal.
  7. Thought Leaders: Follow social media thought leaders like Mari Smith, the Queen of Facebook and Jenn Herman, the world’s forefront blogger and author on Instagram to stay in the loop. They’re both my friends. 🙂 Follow them. Read every update.

 

Conclusion

If you do all of this, you will be well ahead of your competition and other pet sitting businesses in your area.

You will be perceived as a thought leader, someone who is on top of it all, and someone they can trust.

You will want to connect with other key influencers in your area and prompt them to share your hard work so you can be helpful to them and their brand, their communities, and of course expand your own.

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If any of this seems overwhelming, you can actually get all that is listed above and more for the lowest price ever offered via Better Marketing with Bella.

Join us for a six-month contract to get all the graphics, captions, square videos, cover videos, vertical videos, blog/video outlines, emails, individual and group coaching calls, and more.

 

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

Want to learn all the ways you can automate a pet sitting and dog walking business?

If you are a solo sitter, this is especially important because there is only one of you and you need to make every minute of your day efficient.

If you are in the process of building and scaling your business, it is even more important. You are going to want to make sure you have as much automated as possible so when you hand the baton off to an office manager they will have the most efficient workflow and you won’t spend extra money on extra hours! Let’s dig in.

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

There are lots of ways you can arrange your business to flow. In the end, it is all an individual choice but we have to understand that we need to use tools to help us because there just certainly isn’t enough time in the day to do “all the things.”

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Episode 135: Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Bobby Klinck

Bobby Klinck is a lawyer, but he’s not your typical lawyer.

Sure, he went to Harvard Law School and worked prestigious law firms, but if you look at the big whiteboard in his office, you won’t see much about the law. It’s filled with tasks related to platform building, inbound marketing, and sales funnels. Bobby is a full-fledged online entrepreneur, whose area of expertise is the law. He helps other online entrepreneurs safeguard their online businesses.

 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

No two businesses are alike. That’s why it’s important to have a lawyer and a CPA that you can trust and understand. Don’t just follow advice blindly. You want someone that can explain to you WHY they’re making certain recommendations for you.

 

Show Highlights

  • What’s the difference between an S-Corp & an LLC? [2:45]
  • What should we know legally-speaking about being an S-Corp vs. an LLC? [7:45]
  • Can you give us the run-down on partnerships and the legalities behind them? [11:45]
  • What does an LLP do? [13:00]
  • From a legal standpoint, can we uphold our service contracts through click-here-to-agree contracts? [17:15]
  • Where can our audience find Bobby online? [19:45]

 

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Episode 134: Social Selling In Your Pet Business With Rebekah Radice

Rebekah Radice is the founder of RadiantLA, a digital marketing training and development company, International Keynote Speaker, creator of the PREP Performance Method, and the author of, “Social Media Mastery: A Comprehensive Guide to Strategic Growth.”

With over 20 years of experience, Rebekah has trained thousands of growth-driven leaders on her PREP™ Performance Method.

Through this four-step process, entrepreneurs to enterprise get the skills, systems, and processes necessary to improve social media engagement, generate quality leads, turn conversations into conversions, and increase revenue.

 

social selling

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

  • Being authentic on social media is more important than ever in order to use social selling to cultivate our audience. We can leverage social media to gain new clientele by telling stories and just sharing what goes on in our lives in the day-to-day. Social media might be the first place people find you, the last, or somewhere in between – but it is crucial nonetheless.

 

Show Highlights

  • What’s the difference between social media, social selling, & social networking? [2:30]
  • How can we use social media to create new customers? [10:00]
  • Do you think that social media for service-based businesses is a first-line or second-line of ‘attack’? [15:00]
  • What ONE social media site drives the most amount of traffic, generally? [19:30]
  • Where can our listeners find you online? [21:00]

 

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transform your business

Episode 133: How To Transform Your Pet Business In Just 365 Days With Becki Davis

Becki founded her business, Prefurred Pet Care Services, in 2016 after an incredibly difficult period of personal change and loss. Her hobby quickly became serious, and Prefurred is now an award-winning business employing 13 people!

 

 

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Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

The way that we respond to life, not react to it, determines what happens to you now and in your future. We have to make the lives that we want, and not just wait for it to fall into our laps.

 

 

transform your business


 

Show Highlights

  • Who Is Becki Davis? [2:20]
  • What happened with one of your IC’s? [3:20]
  • What was it about the Employee Quickstart & Bosses In Charge Mastermind that helped you? [5:45]
  • What’s the difference between a regular pet sitter Facebook group & the Bosses In Charge Mastermind? [7:45]
  • What did your business look like in December of 2017 and what was the big goal you set for yourself in January of 2018? [10:30]
  • How did being able to look back at all the progress you made over the past year make you feel? [13:15]
  • What advice do you have for other pet business owners that want to transform their business, but aren’t sure how? [15:50]
  • Tell us your story about when you were waiting tables and you learned that the restaurant was closing. [18:00]

 

 

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Episode 132: Leveraging Live Streaming For Your Business With Stephanie Liu

Stephanie Liu is an award-winning digital marketing strategist and live streaming expert. As an ad agency veteran, she spent the last decade and a half helping Fortune 500 companies go from unknown to unforgettable by using social media. As the host of Lights, Camera, Live®, she shines a spotlight on the best and brightest marketers in the industry. Her signature course Lights, Camera, Live is the only online interactive course that teaches you how to turn your ideas, skills, and experience into a captivating live stream.

Biggest Takeaway You Don’t Want To Miss

  • With the Internet and social media as a whole moving further and further away from written content, and closer to audiovisual content, live streaming has become a dominant marketing opportunity that you DON’T want to skip out on. When your audience has the chance to interact with you and your business in a raw, authentic, and live way – it can really build a meaningful relationship.

Show Highlights

  • Who Is Stephanie Liu? [1:00]
  • Why should business dive into live-streaming? [2:45]
  • What’s the biggest mistake you see business owners make when live streaming? [5:30]
  • What is the snooze function on Facebook? [6:20]
  • How can we brand our live streams? [7:20]
  • What can we do to get our audience to watch our live streams? [10:00]
  • The Why/What/How/What-If Formula [11:25]
  • What are some advanced tips regarding live streaming? [14:45]
  • How can we take a live stream and repurpose it in different ways? [16:00]
  • Any final thoughts you’d like to share? [18:00]
  • Where can we connect with you online? [19:15]

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