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Mar 25, 2018

The business cycle can be crazy.  We can work nonstop and it can feel like we are not getting anywhere. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are working on what is important? Join Kristin and Jeff as they explore this important topic.

 

What we talk about in this episode

  • 5 ways we waste our time
  • The 3 things all small business owners should spend their time on
  • 5 things we can start doing now to stop the cycle

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Mar 18, 2018

Do you have tax liabilities in another states or countries and not even know it? Nexus is a term that you might have heard but you aren't really sure what it is. Most small businesses don't think about it because it must be something only bigger businesses deal with but states and other countries are getting smarter.

What we talk about in this episode

  • What is nexus?
  • How is nexus created?
  • Do I have presence in the European Union (EU)?
  • What is taxable?
  • What do I do if my shopping cart doesn't collect taxes?
  • How do I determine if I have nexus?

How do I get more help with this?

First, I would talk to your CPA. If your CPA is not knowledgeable about nexus issues, find a consultant who is. If you need help with this, feel free to email Kristin@smallbizlife.com to book an appointment to discuss if you have nexus issues. For general support and questions join our Small Biz HQ Community

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Mar 11, 2018

Kristin and I have both created many proposals in our 30 years of experience.  We have seen a growing trend in proposals. Listen to today's episode as we discuss this trend and why, if you use it, this tactic it is hurting your business and different ways to change it to your advantage.

What we talk about in this episode

  • Kristin's Trade show blues
  • The problem tactic that needs to be fixed: Proposals without end dates
  • Why is it used?
  • Other times we have seen it
  • Problems with the tactic
    • Either risk future margins or unduly raises the price you can offer today
    • A customer accepts your offer 5 years down the road
    • Focuses time and energy on inquiries that might never be hot leads
    • lose scarcity advantage
    • Might cause 
  • Counterpoint: Should you use it?
    • You have anchored the price in their head (Sticky prices)
    • Really need evidence 
  • How can it be modified?
  • Focus on upping your proposal game

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Mar 4, 2018

Kristin and I easily have hundreds of discussions a year about websites with Small biz owners.  So in this episode, we will be talking about the most common myths we hear about websites and give some simple advice on how to deal with your website.

  1. Homepages need to cover everything
    1. This is like the avatar problem, if you have it all on one page, the page will fail to serve anyone.
  2. Advanced marketing websites are very expensive to set up or
  3. Yeah but they are too difficult to DIY
  4. You get a boost to traffic when you launch your website
  5. You need to wait until your website is Completed to launch it!

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