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Practical business lessons for the real world.

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Great pod! Really quick short pod with loads of helpful information!

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Just came across this podcast, a few episodes in and I’m hooked.

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Quick helpful Info!

By njwilson32 - Jan 24 2020
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Great pod! Really quick short pod with loads of helpful information!

Great listen

By MarioG8 - Jan 05 2020
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Just came across this podcast, a few episodes in and I’m hooked.
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Rank #1: MBA858 Are You A Good Enough Leader?

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To succeed, a business needs competent leadership. But what makes a great leader? Is it drive? Is it the confidence to bear authority? Or is leadership about more than just ambition? Today we discuss 8 key personal characteristics that define great leadership, from confidence to emotional intelligence. As our own software company, WebinarNinja, grows, we’ve found that leadership is more important than ever.

Leadership is about far, far more than power. It’s about open-mindedness, empathy, and the ability to inspire productivity rather than demand it. We believe leadership is a matter of learned behavior— behavior that can be consciously nurtured. We believe leadership is a choice that every entrepreneur can make, not an inborn trait that entitles someone to authority. And we believe that if you can develop the personality traits discussed here, you can lead your business anywhere. Click play!

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Jan 16 2017

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Rank #2: MBA1323 Guest Teacher: Shaan Patel- How To Build A 7-Figure Side Hustle Without Quitting Your Full-Time Day Job

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Interested in entrepreneurship, but afraid to quit your day job? We’ve got incredible news: you don’t have to. 

This week’s special guest, Shaan Patel, built a multimillion-dollar business on the side, while working full-time as a doctor. He’s the cofounder of ClearHat digital marketing, a best-selling author, and a successful Shark Tank contestant — and he did it all without giving up his 9-to-5.

Today, Patel explains exactly what it takes to build a viable, profitable business in your spare time. From finding your niche, to marketing efficiently, to taking your first steps, Patel’s got the strategies that work. 

And yes, he also explains how to find the time!

You don’t have to risk it all to start your own business. With a little discipline, a little creativity, and a smart approach, you can venture into entrepreneurship without losing your stable income. Patel did it; others have done it. How about you? Click Play!


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Aug 05 2019

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Rank #3: MBA1229 How Paying Yourself First Puts Your Business First

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It’s often said that the captain should go down with the ship. What we don’t say too often is that if the captain goes down, the ship is likely to follow.

Taking care of your own financial needs is not an act of selfishness. It’s not a sign of disloyalty to your team. It doesn’t mean that you’re not putting yourself on the line for your business. It means that you’re keeping yourself strong enough to lead your company.

If you can’t afford to pay you, you won’t be able to pay anyone else for long.

Today, we discuss how the “pay yourself last” model is a recipe for disaster. Your own financial (and emotional) health is one of the pillars of your business. Self-preservation, therefore, isn’t self-centered.

Stable, happy leaders are in a position to make better decisions and take smart risks. Entrepreneurs who aren’t sure how to pay the rent…not so much. Hear all about it — Click Play!

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Mar 26 2019

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Rank #4: MBA852 Stop Trying To Discover Your Passion [REBROADCAST]

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Passion is overrated. That’s the message we’ve been pushing for a while now, and it’s gotten no less controversial. That’s why we’re airing this archived episode that inspired quite a bit of feedback! While following your passion is a nice idea, it’s definitely not a requirement for an entrepreneur. Instead, we advocate a different approach- one centered on identifying your value to the market. Forget the passion. Find the value! Click play!

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Dec 29 2016

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Rank #5: MBA1184 What Customers Really Want

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What do your customers want? If you don’t have the answer to that question, you don’t have a business.

It may sound obvious, but entrepreneurs overlook this question way too often. When creating our products and building our businesses, it’s strangely easy to forget about being customer-centered. We fall in love with our own ideas, our own visions, and we forget that success means discovering, defining, and fulfilling customers’ wishes.

Today, we discuss how to keep your eye on the ball of customer desire. By focusing on their problems (instead of your ideas), you can build a foundation of sustainability for your business. We’ll show you how to assess your business for customer-centeredness, and help you figure out exactly what you need to promise (and deliver) to win your audience over.

Remember: it’s not about you. Click Play!

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Jan 22 2019

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Rank #6: MBA976 How to Build a Business On The Side P1

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You want to build your own business, but you already have a job. And you don’t want to lose it (just yet).

You’re not the only one. Building your business on the side while maintaining your primary income isn’t just common, it’s smart! So how can you invest the time and resources necessary to really start a business? Can you make real progress with nothing but your nights and weekends?

We’ll show you how —  exactly the way we did.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on building your business on the side. Today’s and tomorrow’s episodes are PACKED with detailed information on how to manage your schedule, stay productive, and minimize personal financial risk while plotting your escape from the 9-to-5. By keeping your day job and putting in a good ol’ fashioned side-hustle, you can pursue your business with a safety net in place.

Start playing the long game now. Click Play!

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Apr 05 2018

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Rank #7: MBA1098 Must Read: Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk

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Ready to take on social media marketing?

Gary Vaynerchuk is a teacher, leader, best-selling author, and an omnipresence on social media. The man is everywhere in the online entrepreneurial space. His book Crush It was an instant classic, and an inspiration to countless independent business people.

Now, he’s back with a sequel, and it’s this week’s Must-Read: Crushing It.

We love this book for several reasons, but mostly because it challenged our viewpoints. Anyone who listens to this podcast knows we don’t buy the hype when it comes to social media, taking a restrained approach to Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. But Crushing It forced us to reconsider our approach, and ultimately have a little more respect for the power of the medium.

We learned some things from Crushing It, and so can you.

Today, we discuss this book’s lessons on the usefulness of social media, how to choose the right platform for your business, and Vaynerchuk’s 7 principles of producing great content. Crushing It is the ultimate guide to personal branding, from a highly successful consultant, speaker, and thought leader. Hear what you can learn — Click Play!



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Sep 24 2018

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Rank #8: MBA1074 Can You Start a Business With No Experience?

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Everyone has to start somewhere.

If you’ve never built a business before, can you really pull it off? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.

However, your odds of success will depend on your willingness to face certain hard truths, do some hard work, and otherwise face down some difficulty. That doesn’t mean it has to be endlessly stressful — it just means you have to know what you’re getting into.

Today, we share exactly what you need to do in order to get your feet wet, establish yourself as an entrepreneur, and earn your stripes. Your entire perspective, your entire mindset, might have to shift. But you can do this.

Our host Omar would know. He transitioned from conventional employment to entrepreneurship, and failed many times along the way. What he learned, you can apply. Get past the intimidation. Grow your confidence. Get ready to start your first business. Click Play!



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Aug 21 2018

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Rank #9: MBA1326 How to Please Your Customers in Their First 5 Minutes

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It might’ve taken months, or more, to earn a customer’s business — but you don’t have that long to make sure you keep it.

The first phase after the initial transaction is where the most important impressions are made. Before the purchase, the customer’s excitement about your product is theoretical. Once money has changed hands, though, it’s reality time. Either this customer will get the most out of your product and trust you for the long haul, or not.

If not, you’re wasting some of your investment in sales and marketing. 

Churn kills. The customers you have are a far greater source of revenue than the customers you don’t have yet. Treat them right from the jump, and you invest in something that will sustain your business for years. Today, we’ll discuss how to give your new customers the early wins and immediate satisfaction that kicks off a long, mutually beneficial relationship.

When the cash register rings, you’ve got one more sale to make: the one you just made. Tune in, and learn how. Click Play!

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Aug 08 2019

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Rank #10: MBA1533 Guest Teacher – Rich Allen – How to Explain How Your Business Works Using a Bike

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Communication is everything when you’re leading a team. So how can you better explain why everyone’s work matters?

With a bicycle.

Rich Allen is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and consultant whose success in small business has a lot to do with great team management. His bike analogy is the centerpiece of a results-driven approach that lets every employee know where they fit into the bigger picture.

In other words, a bike is more than the sum of its parts – and so is your business.

Today, Rich is here to go into detail about the bike, and how you can use this powerful analogy to get the most from your team. Ditch the “my job”  mindset and cultivate what Rich calls “radical engagement.” 

Sometimes, it all  starts with a better way of explaining things. Click Play!



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May 25 2020

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Rank #11: MBA1276 How to Stop Procrastination Every Time

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You’ll get around to it…right?

Of course not. Procrastination is a classic business-killer, one that’s derailed many an entrepreneurial dream before it even got anywhere. The road to independent success is littered with fallen entrepreneurs who just never got around to this, that, or the other thing.

If that’s a problem for you, it’s time to address it. Now.

Avoidance, conscious or otherwise, is a common problem. To beat it, you have to understand why you’re doing it, and develop a crucial skill: catching yourself doing it. With the system we discuss today, you can train yourself to get the ball rolling on anything, anytime.

Learn our step-by-step method to see procrastination coming, cut it off, and leave it in the dust. Get business handled, from the first minute. Click Play!

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May 30 2019

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Rank #12: MBA955 Q&A Wednesday: How did you know it was time to quit your job?

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Entrepreneurship: how long should you look before you leap?

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a great question for everyone on the verge of leaving their day job behind: how do you know when it’s time? Our host Omar was an educator for many years before he finally decided to trade in all that security for a shot at independent success. But he didn’t just drop his chalk and walk out — he created an action plan based on solid information and rational goals.

Tune in, and learn when — and how — to quit your day job. We discuss exactly what steps to take, review the deciding factors, and give you the framework for a smooth transition from the 9 to 5. Click Play!

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Mar 07 2018

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Rank #13: MBA1517 How To Move From Working In Your Business to Working On Your Business + Free Ride Friday

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You’ve built a business. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to stop building it.

Seriously.

One trap entrepreneurs fall into is failing to take Marshall Goldsmith’s old advice: “What got you here won’t get you there.” In this case, it means hanging on to responsibilities that shouldn’t be yours anymore — things you handled at the beginning, but only because there was no one else.

In other words, it’s time to let others work so you can lead.

Today, we’ll discuss what tasks you should be handing off to your team. Your role as founder has to be sharply defined, or you’ll end up being sucked into endless day-to-day stuff that keeps your business running, but doesn’t move it forward. 

If you’re not ready to expand your team accordingly, that’s ok too. We’ll discuss alternatives, as well as how to map out a long-term plan for making the right hires. The goal: to have everyone in your company — including you — doing only what they’re best at, not just what needs to be done.

Plus, we’ll offer a few tips on where to turn for even more help, inspiration, and advice for finally, truly taking the lead. Click Play!



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May 01 2020

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Rank #14: MBA1431 What Will Stop You From Making 2020 a Success

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This is your year…unless it isn’t.

We all hit January wide-eyed and full of big plans. But why do some entrepreneurs hit the goals they set, while others don’t? Why do some businesses actually make the progress their founders envision, while the rest of us keep dreaming? 

What’s stopping us?

Today, we’re discussing a few things that get entrepreneurs off track. Year after year, a few common pitfalls derail all the would-be could-be independent business people, leaving them right where they started come December. 

The good news? You can neutralize these notorious derailers pretty easily.

We’ve got some almost shockingly simple steps you can take to preempt interference from these business-killers. With some basic mental adjustments, you can get on course, stay on course, and end 2020 with milestones reached — not wished for.

Don’t wait ‘till February to make these adjustments. Start 2020 on track, and keep it that way. Click Play!

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Jan 02 2020

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Rank #15: MBA1178 Must Read- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

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Where is your small business going? More importantly, how is it getting there?

The author of this week’s Must-Read for entrepreneurs, Gino Wickman, has an answer. Traction: How to Get a Grip on Your Business is far more than its title lets on. It’s not just advice. It’s not just inspiration. It’s an instruction manual with detailed, specific steps any entrepreneur can take to get their business moving.

Whether you’re a solopreneur or helming a large team, this incredibly practical book can teach you how to structure your business and its processes for maximum effect. Even better, Wickman teaches a values-centered approach to business, one that ties your core beliefs and mission to your success.

Anyone starting or running their own business can learn something from Traction. Best of all, it’ll be something concrete. Click Play!

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Jan 14 2019

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Rank #16: MBA1307 How To Stop Second Guessing Yourself + Free Ride Friday!

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If there’s one quality every entrepreneur needs, it’s decisiveness.

Going into business for yourself is a bold decision, the first of many. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have so many important decisions to make — and you don’t have time to mull them over for too long. For every huge call you have to make, there’s another one coming just around the corner, so confidence is key.

With the stakes high, doubt can creep in. That leaves all of us at risk for a common entrepreneurial ailment: Analysis Paralysis.

We can help. Today, we’ll help you learn the difference between healthy self-questioning and harmful self-doubting. We’ll discuss specific, strategic ways to deal with Analysis Paralysis, and where to reach out for support. This episode will help you win the psychological battle that every entrepreneur has to fight sometimes.

As independent business people, we don’t have someone making decisions for us. Learn how to focus on decision-making as a skill, rather than obsessing over individual decisions. Learn what it takes to make the call, every time, with confidence. Click Play!

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Jul 12 2019

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Rank #17: MBA1314 5 Low Cost Ways to Boost Team Morale

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Motivation: it’s not all about the money.

When you’re running a lean startup, every cent counts — and there often aren’t that many of them. Plugging away day after day for a long-term result can get tiring, even demotivating for your staff. So how can you keep your team genuinely excited about what they do, and wanting to do their best?

Today, we’ve got 5 answers to that question.

We’ve built our own businesses from the ground up, and couldn’t always afford big trips or fancy dinners. We’ve learned from experience that (besides money) appreciation is the most valuable thing you can offer a dedicated employee. By going out of your way to show someone how much they’re valued, you invest in a productive relationship.

Money buys their work. But appreciation buys their best work.

Check out our creative, low-cost ways to show the love, and see how they work for your team. Click Play!

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Jul 23 2019

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Rank #18: MBA1153 Must Read: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

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Sometimes, you consult exciting new voices in business leadership. Sometimes, you consult the legends.

Peter Drucker basically invented business management, and is seen as one of the founders of corporate culture. His extensive studies and writings on effective business leadership are the foundational canon for budding executives — and entrepreneurs.

Today, we review his classic The Effective Executive.

This Must-Read teaches you the most important concepts in hiring, delegating, and generally managing. It explores how poor leaders waste time, and great leaders leverage it for maximum effect. The book’s subtitle says it all: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done. Learn how to be the best leader you can be, in small business or big. Click Play!

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Dec 10 2018

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Rank #19: MBA855 Q&A Weekends: Do you make New Year Resolutions? Why or Why Not?

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It’s a new year, and we’re kicking things off with a very special question! This one doesn’t come from a normal listener, though. It comes from in-house, and the dynamic mind of our own co-founder Nicole! She asks about the value of New Year’s resolutions. And whether they can actually have a positive impact on business. We discuss the limitations of resolutions, as well as the tools required to turn them into meaningful action. Happy New Year! Click play!

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Jan 01 2017

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Rank #20: MBA1239 4 Personal Business Principles For Success

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Experience is the best teacher, and we’ve had plenty.

Today, we put aside the specifics of day-to-day business, and focus on the principles that carry us through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. We’ve got 4 principles that years of struggle, doubt, anxiety, and ultimate success have ingrained in our brains.

Learning how to cut through self-defeating impulses and focus on what matters can work wonders. By adopting the right mindsets, you can excel as exactly who you are, no matter the industry or niche. From emotional self-regulation to realistic goal-setting, these are the principles that work for every business.

Learn how to take control of your outlook, rather than letting circumstances and market forces do it for you. Click Play!

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Apr 09 2019

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MBA1540 Q&A Wednesdays: Should I open my shop doors with COVID restrictions?

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This is math we’ve never had to do before.

Trying to stay in the black during a pandemic involves a lot more than simple numbers. Navigating the rules, assessing the risks, and operating with one (or both) hands tied behind our backs can be overwhelming – especially when the rules vary from place to place and time to time.

But we have to make these decisions, one way or another.

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’re helping one listener decide whether to reopen with the most recently announced restrictions in place. Is he putting the staff at risk by opening, or starving them by staying closed? 

What’s the “right” thing to do when all our options seem like lesser evils?

We’ll discuss this listener’s specific situation, so you can make decisions about your own business and its variables. Do what’s right for you, your team, and the world – whatever that turns out to be. Click Play!



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Jun 03 2020

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MBA1539 Do You Need A Degree To Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

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What’s a formal education really worth? Since this is The $100 MBA, you might expect us to say something along the lines of “not much.”

But not necessarily.

There are things you can only get in college. Whether or not you need you need those things depends on your goals, your entrepreneurial vision, and your personal definition of success.

Plus, not being required doesn’t make a thing not beneficial.

The “Do I need a degree?” debate came up during a recent TV interview with our intrepid host, Omar, who tongue-in-cheekily refers to himself as a “business school dropout.” Naturally, he prefers the brass-tacks, real-world business education approach. 

But that doesn’t mean formal education has no role in your journey.

Tune in, hear what you really get out of post-secondary education, and figure out if your path needs to detour in that direction. Or not. Click Play!



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Jun 02 2020

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MBA1538 Guest Teacher – Matt Johnson – How To Use Podcast Interviews To Build Relationships.

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Get on a podcast. Now.

It doesn’t have to be this one. But the value of being heard on a good podcast goes way beyond the exposure and brand awareness you stand to gain. In fact, this week’s special guest teacher might argue that the networking opportunities you get are just as valuable.

Or maybe even more so.

Matt Johnson is a podcast marketing expert who helps other entrepreneurs get on the virtual air. Today, he’ll explain what you need to do in addition to being a great podcast guest, in order to leverage your appearance into potentially game-changing networking wins.

Tune in, and learn the real value of being on a podcast. Discover a few relatively simple steps you can take once you’ve booked yourself to turn every conversation into a huge boost for your business. 

Plus, do so in a way that’s genuine, appreciated, and doesn’t seem all…thirsty. Click Play!



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Jun 01 2020

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MBA1537 4 Essential Purchases When Starting a Business + Free Ride Friday

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Digital or physical, online or brick & mortar, every business needs a few things at the start. 

These are the non-negotiables, the 4 things that every single business can’t really function and thrive without. These are your first investments, literally the cost of doing business when you’re first getting started. This is where to spend your capital!

Get these things covered, and don’t waste money on non-essentials (until you’re profiting).

Today, we’ll list the 4 must-haves, and explain why they’re so fundamentally necessary. We’ll also discuss a few things you don’t need, but that far too many new entrepreneurs waste resources on. 

Invest wisely, and put your business on a firm footing from Day One.

Remember — for small business, debt is rarely your friend. That’s why it’s so important to put profit first. By focusing on the bare essentials early on, you can establish a healthy bottom line to grow from. Click Play!



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May 29 2020

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MBA1536 How To Build Your Network Despite a Pandemic

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Being stuck in lockdown doesn’t have to stop you from networking. 

Even though we can’t go to conferences and the like, networking is still possible — and it’s still incredibly important. It’s one of the most powerful methods for building your business, one that’s worth an intentional investment of time and effort, pandemics be damned.

So how can you network from home?

Today, we’ll lay out a specific, step-by-step plan for making and nurturing the most important connections. It’s a little something we learned from a friend and fellow podcaster whose networking know-how has been truly game-changing for him, and us.

Don’t let the current situation stop you from building your business. Adjust, adapt, and use our networking plan to make yourself a known quantity in all the right circles. Click Play!



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May 28 2020

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MBA1535 Q&A Wednesdays: Should I raise my prices during a pandemic?

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Price hikes can be scary. Will you turn customers off? Will people feel betrayed or surprised — especially during a global crisis?

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got one listener who can’t get his business in the black without some fresh revenue. With no room for paid ads in the budget, and the lockdown depressing business generally, it seems like bumping up prices is the only option.

Or is it?

Today, we’ll discuss a few ways to create revenue that don’t involve price hikes. These revenue-raising strategies might be just the solution you need to get your business through COVID-19. When it’s time to balance the books, there are always options.

That said…

We’ll also discuss how to raise prices, when it’s appropriate to do so. Raising prices doesn’t have to be the end of the world, especially when you have well-served customers whose loyalty you’ve earned. Remember: a small increase doesn’t hit individual customers too hard — but it can make all the difference for you.

Tune in, learn what you can do besides raising prices, and how to raise prices in a way that won’t hurt the good will you’ve built up. Click Play!



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May 27 2020

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MBA1534 4 Big Opportunities in 2020

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This year isn’t all bad.

I mean, it’s bad. It’s awful. But if every crisis presents opportunities, the Year of COVID is no exception. Through pandemics, murder hornets, and whatever fate dreams up next, success comes to those who adapt the quickest.

So how can you navigate the new normal in a way that grows your business?

Today, we’ll discuss 4 specific ways you can lean into the new reality, and come out of 2020 stronger than when you went in. Some are easier than others, but all are doable, and all can radically change the game for you and your business.

Meet the crisis head on, adapt, and remember that what you can’t control isn’t the only factor. Click Play!



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May 26 2020

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MBA1533 Guest Teacher – Rich Allen – How to Explain How Your Business Works Using a Bike

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Communication is everything when you’re leading a team. So how can you better explain why everyone’s work matters?

With a bicycle.

Rich Allen is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and consultant whose success in small business has a lot to do with great team management. His bike analogy is the centerpiece of a results-driven approach that lets every employee know where they fit into the bigger picture.

In other words, a bike is more than the sum of its parts – and so is your business.

Today, Rich is here to go into detail about the bike, and how you can use this powerful analogy to get the most from your team. Ditch the “my job”  mindset and cultivate what Rich calls “radical engagement.” 

Sometimes, it all  starts with a better way of explaining things. Click Play!



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May 25 2020

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MBA1532 Google vs. Facebook Ads + Free Ride Friday

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Digital advertising is suddenly a lot cheaper. But it’s no less confusing.

When you’re deciding how and where to spend your advertising budget, it’s important to have a clear strategy. What are your priorities? One of the first, most fundamental decisions you have to make is to choose between the two super-powerhouses of online ads: Facebook and Google.

You definitely need one or the other, or both. But which one do you need more, right now?

Today, we’ll discuss the advantages and limitations of both options, so you can choose the right one for your next campaign. Neither is “better” inherently — but one is better for your business and its current needs. We’ll discuss how each option reaches people, what objectives each option is best at achieving, and how to decide between them. 

We’ll also outline simple experiments you can conduct to see which option will get you the best results. Now is a great time to buy online ad space — if you have a solid plan. Click Play!



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May 22 2020

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MBA1531 2020’s 5 Most Common Online Business Mistakes

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Just getting started? Here’s what not to do.

So far this year, we’ve seen various businesses make some of the same blunders. The mistakes aren’t just holding people back; they’re a mortal threat to any company trying to get off the ground. These are potentially devastating mistakes that negate all the hard work people put into their independent success.

So let’s do something about it.

Today, we’ll review some of the super-common, super-deadly missteps that plague new businesses. Just as often, they’re positive things we’re neglecting to do, as opposed to active screwups. But the results are the same: time, effort, and resources down the drain.

Tune in, and see if you’re making any of these mistakes. If so, it might just be the change you need to see real progress. Click Play!



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May 21 2020

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MBA1530 Q&A Wednesdays: So many things to improve in my business. Which one first?

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Analysis Paralysis: it’s that frozen feeling you get when there’s so much to do, you can’t do any of it. 

Sometimes, just knowing where to start is the first challenge, and the key that unlocks all your forward progress. When your business has multiple areas in need of help, what’s the priority? What takes precedence when everything seems important?

How can you be sure? 

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who just doesn’t know where to begin. He wants to take action, but for every problem he tackles, others go un-tackled in the meantime. 

Today, we’ll help put it all in order.

There’s a single question you can ask yourself to make a valid decision about what needs your attention most, and soonest. Once you ask it, you won’t only have a place to start, you’ll have the confidence to proceed with less anxiety about everything else —  all of which you’ll get to in due time.

Businesses are many-headed hydras, and entrepreneurship is a never-ending game of problem solving. By embracing the challenge, anyone can look at a laundry list of problems, improvements, and fixes with a calm and proactive approach.

You just have to get started. Click Play!



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May 20 2020

16mins

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MBA1529 When Should You Hire A Bookkeeper?

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There’s only so much time and money. A bookkeeper can save you tons of both.

Today, we’ll explain exactly what a bookkeeper does, and why one is so vital to your business after a certain point. Different from a full-blown accountant, a bookkeeper helps you handle what no one should tackle solo — that is, once your business reaches a certain volume.

We’ll explain how to recognize that volume, and know when it’s finally time to get help.

Certain metrics will tell you that it’s time to hand the books to an outside pro. If you wait too long, you risk creating a mess that’s harder and more costly to straighten up — like we did. 

As Omar can personally testify, the time and money you save with a bookkeeper is worth much more than you’ll pay for one. Find out what books that need professional keeping look like. Be proactive, and you won’t regret it. Click Play!



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May 19 2020

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MBA1528 Guest Teacher – Oli Bridge – How to Build Video Funnels for Your Business

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How powerful is video? As a medium, it’s quickly gone from a marketing “maybe” to a “must.”

Video can’t replace written content for every purpose, but used strategically (and created efficiently), a little video can be a huge differentiator. Oli Bridge specializes in using video content in ways you might not have considered — for results that might surprise you.

Today, Oli stops by the podcast to explain his system.

By using video in places most marketers don’t, you can cut through the noise and stand out among the countless others clogging up customers’ inboxes. By using it in a highly personalized way, you can turn regular customers into long-term “superfans” who drive new business.

It works, because science.

Hear Oli explain the psychology behind video’s extraordinary effectiveness. Once you understand the conversion potential, the time and effort required to produce videos (even short ones) will seem like a very wise investment. Click Play!



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May 18 2020

19mins

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MBA1527 Focus on The Things That Don’t Change + Free Ride Friday

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Entrepreneurship isn’t just about innovation. Sometimes, understanding that which doesn’t change is just as important.

Real long-term success requires a strategy that’s built around a few key principles; eternal truths about your industry that aren’t subject to the whims of the market. No matter what, consumers will always want their food to be tasty, their apps to be user-friendly, their trains to be on time. 

So when you’re trying to come up with that unique “twist” on a product, start with the unchangeables. 

Maybe your product does something in addition to the unchangeables. Maybe it addresses one unchangeable far better than the competition does. What your business does differently is crucial, but what consumers want to stay the same is equally so, and should never be forgotten.

If in the quest for innovation we forget the fundamental, basic needs behind our product category, we set ourselves up to flop. Today, we’ll share examples of those permanent truths, and how successful companies keep them at the heart of their strategies. Click Play!



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May 15 2020

15mins

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MBA1526 How to Get Great Customer Reviews Quickly

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Your business needs good reviews. 

These days, people don’t buy a paperclip without seeing how many stars it got on Amazon. We live in the “social proof” era, where consumer opinions carry far, far more weight than any of your marketing or advertising. 

If people can’t find reviews of your product, it creates uncertainty, if not outright suspicion. More importantly, you can’t stop people from voicing their opinions about your product — and statistically, the haters are far more likely to post a review than the lovers.

Fortunately, there’s a way to make sure most of your reviews are positive.

We use a system that harnesses the social proof power of our happiest customers. By encouraging our “evangelists” to spread the word, we ensure that unhappy customers aren’t disproportionately represented, which is exactly what happens if you don’t take a proactive approach.

Tune in, and hear our system for cultivating good word-of-mouth with honest reviews from satisfied customers. Click Play!



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May 14 2020

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MBA1525 Q&A Wednesdays: Do I need an About Page if it’s just me and my EA?

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Every business needs a website. But does every business need an “About” page?

Yes.

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who’s building their (very) small business website, and wonders whether showcasing his tiny “team” sends the wrong message. Can an About Page backfire, or make visitors take you less seriously?

Not if you do it right.

Today, we’ll discuss the real value of your About Page, and why it’s critical for traffic and SEO. We’ll explain what a good About Page needs, and how to tailor one for smaller businesses – even those run by solopreneurs.

Don’t miss out on the marketing potential of your website’s About Page – no matter how small your company is at the start. Click Play!



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May 13 2020

11mins

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MBA1524 Add-Ons In Your Business The Right Way

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Ever get annoyed when businesses try to tack on little upsells? 

What if we took a different approach, one that puts added value first and added revenue second? That’s a better way to approach the optional features customers can add to your product – or not.

Today, we’ll explain how to determine what should be the core base of your product, and what should be reserved for add-ons, as well as how to package and sell those add-ons in a way that doesn’t feel scammy.

These aren’t one-time upsells, but permanent or recurring benefits that are genuinely worth the added investment for some, but not all, of your customers.

We’ll discuss the best times and ways to offer add-ons, as well as the difference between add-ons and pricing tiers. Plus, we’ll share some examples of add-ons done right from successful companies. Click Play!



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May 12 2020

15mins

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MBA1523 Must Read: Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

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The book isn’t new, but the review is timely. This is the best guide to running a remote team available, from two guys who helped pioneer and popularize the concept.

Fried and Hansson are the co-founders of Basecamp, the tool we use here at The $100 MBA to coordinate the work of about two dozen employees on four different continents. Their approach can be described as radical, and the pair haven’t always made friends with their committed approach to letting people work from home.

But now might be a good time to revisit their advice.

This book will help you understand how to make remote work work. More importantly, it explains why; whatever happens with COVID-19, many businesses will have the option of not going back to normal…and that can be a really, really good thing.

Learn why remote work isn’t just necessary in a crisis, but preferable all the time. See what pitfalls are common, and how to address them. Start planning your company’s transition to a fully (or partially) remote team long-term. Click Play!



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May 11 2020

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MBA1522 Set Up a Home Office on a Budget + Free Ride Friday

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Our company has always been remote, and we’ve always worked from home. 

With millions suddenly forced to do business from the same building they live in, we figured a little advice on effective home office setup might be helpful. The good news? It’s pretty easy, and not that expensive.

If you’re used to working in a conventional office, you may not be going back to it for a long time — or ever. 

That’s not because COVID-19 won’t be under control; it will be, sooner or later. But the benefits of remote work for employees and employers will remain. Remote work was always an excellent alternative for many businesses; coronavirus just forced many of us to give it a try.

You might not want to go back!

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a professional, comfortable, productive home office space. Even if you have to buy a few furnishings and pieces of equipment, a modest investment can create a perfectly efficient space you might actually prefer to your good ol’ cubicle.

Today, we’ll share our best tips for the perfect setup, with loads of specific recommendations (we hope you like IKEA). Remote work can be liberating, especially if you plan the space right. Click Play!



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May 08 2020

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MBA1521 First Steps In Setting Up a YouTube Channel

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YouTube: ignore it at your peril. 

It’s the world’s second largest search engine, and its content often dominates the results of that other search engine. It’s a powerful marketing channel, as powerful as any blog or social media account.

So how do you get started?

Today, we’ll explain how to get your own YouTube channel up and running with minimal hassle. With step-by-step instructions and loads of online resources, you can claim your space on this increasingly vital platform.

We’ll discuss how to manage realistic expectations, and how “standing out” on this very crowded platform is less important than finding your niche. With a reasonable investment of time and effort, you can reap major traffic from YouTube — even if you’ve never shot a video before.  Click Play!



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May 07 2020

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By njwilson32 - Jan 24 2020
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Great pod! Really quick short pod with loads of helpful information!

Great listen

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Just came across this podcast, a few episodes in and I’m hooked.