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The BS-Free Service Business show takes you behind-the-scenes of running a business as a freelancer, creative or agency with a focus on fluff-free lessons to help you grow your own business and get paid. If you work with clients and want to create a simple AND sustainable service business, you're in the right place.

The show is hosted by Scoop Studios' Maggie Patterson. You can learn more about the podcast and Small Business Boss at http://www.smallbusinessboss.co and get access to all of our shows at http://www.smallbusinessboss.co/podcast.

The BS-Free Service Business Show Maggie Patterson

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The BS-Free Service Business show takes you behind-the-scenes of running a business as a freelancer, creative or agency with a focus on fluff-free lessons to help you grow your own business and get paid. If you work with clients and want to create a simple AND sustainable service business, you're in the right place.

The show is hosted by Scoop Studios' Maggie Patterson. You can learn more about the podcast and Small Business Boss at http://www.smallbusinessboss.co and get access to all of our shows at http://www.smallbusinessboss.co/podcast.

    The Problem with Income Claim Marketing

    The Problem with Income Claim Marketing

    “I make 7 figures and you can too! All you need is my proven system!”

    Bet you’ve seen this sort of claim so many times you’ve lost count and it’s totally eye roll worthy. 

    The online business world is full of people making BIG income claims. And as the years pass, these claims seem to continuously escalate. First it was 5 figures, then it was 6, and now we’re at 7 or 8 figures. 
    But you know what? The reality of the online business world is that most people are NOT making this kind of money. They’re simply not.

    Even worse, these claims generally have little to no evidence to back them up. But people see these numbers and feel like they’re failing. 
    In this episode we’re diving into what you, as a consumer, need to know about income claim marketing.
    Get the inside scoop: https://smallbusinessboss.co/income-claim-marketing/

    • 22 min
    Your Burning Questions Answered

    Your Burning Questions Answered

    Have you ever had a question and thought “hmmm, I wish there was another biz owner I could ask about this”?
    Over the past year I’ve had a great time interacting and answering.  questions over on Instagram. And that’s exactly why I decided to bring those questions to the podcast and share them all with you. 
    In this episode, I’m answering listener questions from how to deal with procrastination to what to do about pricing to if wanting to burn down your business is normal.
    Get the inside scoop:
    smallbusinessboss.co/frequently-asked-questions

    • 18 min
    Sustainable Visibility & Pitching Podcasts with Mai-Kee Tsang

    Sustainable Visibility & Pitching Podcasts with Mai-Kee Tsang

    Have you ever been given the advice that you need to work on your visibility as a business owner? 
    While on the surface this is true, one of the things that holds many people back is feeling that visibility = an extroverted, loud, in-your-face approach.
    Totally not my style, and probably not yours either.  And that’s okay! Because we do, in fact, have alternatives. 
    In this episode, guest Mai-kee Tsang joins me to talk about her approach to visibility, and pitching yourself as a guest on podcasts.
    Get the inside scoop:
    smallbusinessboss.co/sustainable-visibility

    • 42 min
    Paying Your Team: What You Need to Know

    Paying Your Team: What You Need to Know

    One of the most common questions I get asked is about how much people should be paying their employees or contractors.
    While the actual amount will always vary depending on the role, having a strategy for determining what rates to offer is critical.

    An important part of running an ethical online business is about NOT trying to get the largest amount of work for the least amount of money. 

    It’s time to put people before profits and not listen to the exploitative hiring BS celebrity entrepreneurs teach. 
    In this episode, we’re diving into what you need to know about paying your team.
    Get the inside scoop:
    smallbusinessboss.co/paying-your-team

    • 14 min
    How to Spot a Celebrity Entrepreneur (2021 Edition)

    How to Spot a Celebrity Entrepreneur (2021 Edition)

    When you’re trying to figure out who to trust online, you can’t just look for something sleazy or sketchy as a sign that you should skip doing business with someone.

    It’s much more complex and nuanced than looking at the FB ad with a guy on a yacht and thinking, next.

    It’s much more complicated, and sometimes a scammer looks and acts like your BFF or your fave academic researcher. And their marketing is designed to lure you with that image and act. 
    In this episode, we’re diving into the world of celebrity entrepreneurship with fresh updates for 2021.
    Get the inside scoop:
    smallbusinessboss.co/2021-celebrity-entrepreneur

    • 19 min
    The Basics of Capacity Planning

    The Basics of Capacity Planning

    Have you ever felt so overwhelmed in your biz that you’re ready to light a match and burn the whole thing to the ground? 🔥
    Been there, done that.
    The reality of being of a biz owner is that even when things seem to be going great, the tide can turn quickly. Even something awesome like bringing a client onboard can start to make you feel like you're falling apart at the seams if you don’t actually have enough support to get all the work done. 
    So how do we turn it around so we don’t end up in that position in the first place? 
    It starts with capacity planning, where you get a better handle on the supply and demand of your business.

    In this episode of the BS-Free Service Business podcast, I’m giving you a crash course on the basics of capacity planning.
    Get the inside scoop:
    smallbusinessboss.co/capacity-planning

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

sumeena gupta ,

Tune in to really know what’s going on!

I tune in regularly to this podcast to keep upto date and informed on what’s really going on in the industry. I always learn something new and valuable. The variety of guests and topics really ties together well for anyone running a small business. So good!

Bohobecky ,

True Star and Business Guru. ;)

I've followed Maggie for years as I love her style and vibe with her honest, down to earth advice and humour. She has never steered metering and has always been the voice I turn to when contemplating what I should be doing. She keeps us away from business fads that appear overnight and on the straight and narrow - but honestly it's the humour and delivery I keep coming back for.

Maiks T ,

A Goldmine of Wisdom-Filled Nuggets!

Maggie knows how to pack a tonne of value in the small possible frame of time. Her quick episodes are jam packed with actionable, no fluff strategies for us Small Biz Bosses to implement the second the episode finishes.

And for when you’re wanting a larger dose of value, her longer episodes with her Guest Stars will satisfy your binge listening needs!

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