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Breaking Down Your Business

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Brad Farris & Jill Salzman tackle the most complex small business questions of our day. "Why can't I hire competent employees?" "How do I make more money without driving myself nuts?" "How can I take over the world". They’ll get to the bottom of these mysteries with help from entrepreneurial geniuses, product pushers, brilliant branders and a ragtag team of moguls intent on magnifying profit.

Brad Farris & Jill Salzman tackle the most complex small business questions of our day. "Why can't I hire competent employees?" "How do I make more money without driving myself nuts?" "How can I take over the world". They’ll get to the bottom of these mysteries with help from entrepreneurial geniuses, product pushers, brilliant branders and a ragtag team of moguls intent on magnifying profit.
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Chicago, IL

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Brad Farris & Jill Salzman tackle the most complex small business questions of our day. "Why can't I hire competent employees?" "How do I make more money without driving myself nuts?" "How can I take over the world". They’ll get to the bottom of these mysteries with help from entrepreneurial geniuses, product pushers, brilliant branders and a ragtag team of moguls intent on magnifying profit.

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@BDYBiz

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English


Episodes

Top 5 Excuses for Not Taking Time Off w/ Amelia Forczak

11/21/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Jill and Brad are still talking about taking time off, 'cause business owners NEED it. They ponder the longest they went without taking a vacation. For Jill, her longest span was 2 years. Brad went 4 years without taking a bonafide vacation. If it's been more than six months, please, please, please book a vacation (or a staycation, or just a break where you don't do work). You need it. "If you start small, you might accomplish all of the things you want to do." -...

Duration: 00:23:08


Top 5 Reasons You Need More Time Off w/ Renee Epstein and Lisette Kreuzer

11/14/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Who needs a break? Jill 'n Brad are on a mission to make sure that business owners take more time off. Jill thinks that some people don't want to take time off because they don't want to miss anything (FOMO, anyone?). Others fear that the business won't survive without them. Or worse, people think that their customers will hate them if they take time for themselves. Brad also points out that it takes so much momentum to get started again once you've gone away for a...

Duration: 00:22:02


Top 5 Things You Should Do Less Often w/ Muhga Eltigani

11/7/2017
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What’s In This Episode: What are your bad habits? For Jill, she says yes to things she doesn't need to say yes to (coffee dates can wait). Brad overschedules himself and has too many piles of papers on his desk. And while they both agree that social media is a bad habit, Jill thinks that's sort of a necessary evil for small business owners. "I'm really good at pretending that things are going well in certain areas when they're not." - Jill Muhga Eltigani, creator of the fresh fruit hair...

Duration: 00:22:54


Top 5 Things You Should Never Quit Doing w/ Jared Hecht

10/31/2017
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What’s In This Episode: What do you believe in? Jill believes in the gut-check. Brad believes in giving in any interaction - that a client or a prospect walked away with more than they came with. Both are essential to business. "As a business gets bigger, your gut gets disconnected with what's happening in the business." - Brad Jared Hecht, superstar to his 11-month-old son and tech guru, calls in to talk about his new startup, Fundera. He's really proud of what Fundera has...

Duration: 00:22:33


Top 5 Things That Are Better The More Frequently You Do Them w/ Kimberly Johnson

10/24/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Does practice make perfect? Brad seems to think so. Not only because we practice, but because the benefit increases the more we do something. Jill agrees, especially when it comes to business: the operations and managerial tasks get easier, as well as figuring out how to pitch properly so that you get a response! In fact, that might be the difference between a bad entrepreneur and a good one. "Good entrepreneurs pay attention and aren't mindlessly doing the same...

Duration: 00:24:18


Top 5 Reasons You Should Quit Doing Things That Aren't Working w/ David Feinman

10/17/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Brad just wants to automate things - is that too much to ask? He loves Zapier. He wants to make things better, and optimize them, and make them run more efficiently! Over time, however, business owners need to keep in mind that your business will change, along with the perspective on your business. Jill says that the more efficient you get, the more you see where you actually need to do the work... instead of letting a computer do it for you. So there may be a...

Duration: 00:19:40


Top 5 Money Hang Ups Business Owners Have w/ Joanna Black

10/10/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Jill and Brad conclude their series on money and wonder aloud why talking about money is so weird. Jill remembers that she was offended the first time someone asked her what her money-making model was. She takes a much more private and personal approach to the topic because it's one that is a source of pride as well as a vulnerability for many. Brad thinks that if you just talked about pricing outright, things wouldn't be so uncomfortable. Social entrepreneur...

Duration: 00:23:57


Top 5 things That Are More Important to Your Business Than Money w/ Katarina Stetz

10/3/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Jill and Brad take a trip down memory lane and talk about why they started their businesses. When Jill started her first business, she focused on money. Now into her third enterprise, money matters a bit less and it's more about enjoyment. Brad agrees with Jill (it doesn't happen often, but it happens!): When you have a baseline, it becomes easier to build the type of business you want. Fun fact that we didn't know about until this episode: Vanilla custard and...

Duration: 00:21:52


Top 5 Money Rules You Need to Follow w/ Sara Lingenfelter

9/26/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Are you a rule follower or a rule breaker? That's the topic of the day for Jill and Brad. They discuss if entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, rule breakers or rule followers. Both consider themselves to be rule breakers, but rule followers shouldn't feel left out: Followers are vital to entrepreneurship. (Hooray!) Sara Lingenfelter, entrepreneur and all-around awesome person, calls into the show and asks for help with finding her target audience. This leads...

Duration: 00:21:00


Top 5 Reasons We Don't Know Our Numbers w/ Karen M Carlson

9/19/2017
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What’s In This Episode: In this episode (the first in a series about that cash money), Jill and Brad talk about the things they don't know but everyone else seems to: For Jill, it's accounting. For Brad, it's fashion (thank God we just have to hear him, then, right?). They talk with Karen M. Carlson, the "absolute best, therapeutic relaxation expert east of the Mississippi" who calls in to discuss whether some of the products she's offering should be on a separate website other than the...

Duration: 00:25:05


Top 5 Reasons To Slow Down w/ Karen Friedman

9/12/2017
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What’s In This Episode: We all hear about the speed of business and how we need to be faster, but is that speed good in itself? Jill gets a bit math-y and talks sine curves and parabolas, but eventually shares that we fall into the same pattern. You start off in a big rush trying to get everything done and figure it all out, but then something changes. Maybe it's burn out, tons of success, or simply age and experience -- whatever it is, you eventually realize you can slow down. We should...

Duration: 00:24:17


Top 5 Ways To Get Your Team GOING w/ Matthew Olivieri

9/5/2017
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What’s In This Episode: What was the best team you were ever a part of? Jill was part of a powerhouse team at Elektra Records; they pushed each other to be better, could make fun of each other, but most importantly, were respectful of one another. For Brad, each person on his team thought they were the worst performer so they worked hard to not let the group down. That kind of respect for each other is a big part in making a team successful. Do you already have a strong team but want to...

Duration: 00:19:09


Top 5 Ways To Know That It's "GO TIME" + Tool Time

8/29/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Do you ever get that feeling that your business is about to take off? Jill definitely knows that feeling - it's exciting and re-energizing! It infuses life into the business and even though it may not pan out, it's a sign that good things are happening. Brad used to chase that feeling but has come to realize he'd rather have steady progress instead. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Know That It's "GO TIME" in this episode and they share which apps they've...

Duration: 00:15:36


Breaking Down Your Business EP 220

8/22/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Do you talk to yourself? Jill does all the time! What, you don't? She thinks there are two types of people in this world, those who talk to themselves in their head and those who do it out loud. And sometimes, Jill even gets answers from herself! Brad thinks that's just called thinking.. and you're not really getting answers (which is why you should call us at 708-872-7878 with your questions!). They also talk to each other about the Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself...

Duration: 00:25:57


Top 5 Ways To Feel Less Overwhelmed (And Make More Progress) w/ Mark Fromson

8/15/2017
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What’s In This Episode: How's your to-do list looking? Brad noticed that no matter how many things he crosses off, he's left with more than he started with. How does a to-do list become a three-do list? (Groan). But really, can he declare bankruptcy on his list and make it go away? Jill teaches Brad the trick of just tearing off a new sheet of paper and starting a brand new list the following day. Yes, actual paper. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Feel Less Overwhelmed (And Make...

Duration: 00:22:57


Top 5 Ways To Have A Happier Team w/ Josh Haynam

8/8/2017
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What’s In This Episode: What was the happiest team you were ever a part of? The first thing that popped into Jill's mind was a dance troupe her and her sisters were a part of. #Adorable. Brad recalls being part of a small team that led an organization for 1.5 years. It was a high pressure position but the group still remains in touch. They discovered that each person thought they were the weakest link of the bunch and continually worked hard in order to not let the group down. Everybody...

Duration: 00:21:03


Top 5 Ways To Build Your Business When Things Are Slow

8/1/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Why is Jill soaked? Well, she followed her own advice. She woke up this morning, did not look at her phone, then hopped on her Vespa to head to the studio. 20 minutes into her ride, it started raining. And then it started hailing. If only she had looked at her weather app! New rule: Don't look at your phone when you wake up, unless you're going outside and traveling in an open air vehicle. They also address the summer lull you may be feeling in the Top 5 Ways To...

Duration: 00:17:58


Top 5 Business Problems You’ll Never Fix

7/25/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Are there problems you have outside of work that you've had forever? (Um, yes, how about all of them?!) The older he gets, the more Brad figures out what are problems, and what are just tensions to manage. For example, he wanted more fresh veggies in his life so he planted a garden. But now he has too much zucchini and doesn't know what to do with it all! That's just something he has to manage while enjoying his fresh food. Also, don't be surprised if you receive a...

Duration: 00:19:26


Top 5 Ways To Stop Working All The Time

7/18/2017
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What’s In This Episode: Why is Brad yawning? Well, yesterday was pretty eventful. He came home to find maintenance folks outside his house inspecting a suspected gas leak. That somehow turned into a broken gas line, and then a broken water line. Which have to be fixed with very loud tools. What?! Brad #canteven. So, he didn't sleep at all. He wonders about the crew outside his house though; have they been working for 14 hours straight? When do they go home? Speaking of which, Jill and...

Duration: 00:26:29


Top 5 Ways To Be With Your Family, When You Are With Your Family

7/11/2017
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What’s In This Episode: When you take a vacation with your family, does it really count as a vacation? Probably not. You don't get any rest, constantly have to be "on," and likely have a lot of anxiety around past issues. At the same time, it is nice to spend time with people you don't get to see very often. Also, as kids start coming home from college, Brad realized something - kids think of their parents as frozen in time, just as parents see their kids frozen in time as a certain age...

Duration: 00:20:23

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