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Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast Shannon Jean & Dave Hamilton

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

    All About Apple Business Connect

    All About Apple Business Connect

    Apple rolls out its Business Connect service to get your Small Business listed across multiple Mac and iOS apps. Learn how you can increase the visibility if your business on Maps, Messages, Siri, and more. You can also tap into APIs for services that list your business on other platforms like Google and Bing while gaining access to services like Tap to Pay on iPhone and more.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #421 for Friday, February 3rd, 2023

    00:01:59 Travel Freedom Experiment Success!

    00:05:11 Listing Your Business Everywhere



    Apple Business Connect

    Reputation, Rio SEO, SOCi, Uberall, and Yext

    Google Business Profile

    Bing Places for Business





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    Maximizing Your Online Visibility: The Importance of Listing Your Business on Online Maps

    In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial for the success of your business. One important aspect of this presence is having your business listed on online maps such as Google Maps and Apple Maps. Millions of people use online maps daily to find local businesses, and being listed on these platforms can significantly impact your business’s visibility and success.



    * Increased visibility: Listing your business on online maps can help increase your visibility to potential customers. When someone searches for businesses in your area, having your business listed on online maps can help ensure that you appear at the top of search results. This can help drive more traffic to your business, both online and in-person.

    * Customer reviews: Online maps also allow customers to leave reviews of your business. Positive reviews can help boost your business’s credibility and attract more customers, while negative reviews can help you identify areas for improvement.

    * Accurate information: Online maps can also help ensure that your business’s information, such as your address, hours of operation, and contact information, is accurate and up-to-date. This can help avoid confusion and ensure that customers can easily find your business.

    * Mobile optimization: Online maps are optimized for mobile devices, which are increasingly being used by customers to search for businesses. By having your business listed on online maps, you can reach customers who are using their mobile devices to search for businesses while they’re on the go.

    * Competitive advantage: Not all businesses are listed on online maps, and having your business listed can give you a competitive advantage over those that aren’t. By being listed, you can reach potential customers who might not otherwise have been able to find your business.



    To ensure that your business is listed on online maps, you’ll need to claim your business listing and verify your information. This can typically be done through the platform’s business center. Once your listing is claimed and verified, you can update your information, add photos, and respond to customer reviews.

    Further Reading Resources:



    * Google My Business Help Center (https://support.google.

    • 12 min
    LLC or Sole Proprietor - What's Right For Your Business?

    LLC or Sole Proprietor - What's Right For Your Business?

    What’s the best structure for your business between a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a Sole Proprietorship? Join your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean as they talk about their experiences with both structures. What are the pros and cons to forming an LLC? What are the risks and obligations for a Sole Proprietorship? Let’s break down the benefits of both business types.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #420 for Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

    00:00:42 Successful Launch!

    00:04:12 Randy from Rocklin



    Beware the Onces!





    00:10:18 LLC or Sole Proprietor?



    California Sole Proprietorship Vs LLC





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    Choosing the Right Business Structure: LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship

    Starting a new business can be exciting but also confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the right business structure. The two most popular options are forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company) or becoming a sole proprietor. Both structures have their own pros and cons, and the right choice depends on your specific business needs.

    LLC (Limited Liability Company) Pros:



    * Liability protection: One of the biggest benefits of forming an LLC is the liability protection it provides. As the owner of an LLC, your personal assets are separate from your business assets, so if your business is sued or incurs debt, your personal assets are protected.

    * Tax flexibility: LLCs have the flexibility to choose how they want to be taxed, either as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S corporation or C corporation.

    * Credibility: Having an LLC can give your business credibility and make it easier for you to secure funding and attract investors.



    LLC Cons:



    * Cost: Forming an LLC can be more expensive compared to starting a sole proprietorship. This is because you’ll need to pay fees to file your articles of organization, obtain a business license and register your business name.

    * Complexity: The rules and regulations surrounding LLCs can be more complex compared to sole proprietorships. This means that you’ll need to invest more time and resources into understanding and complying with these regulations.



    Sole Proprietorship Pros:



    * Simplicity: A sole proprietorship is the simplest business structure and requires the least amount of paperwork and regulation.

    * Cost-effective: Becoming a sole proprietor is the most cost-effective option, as there are no fees to pay or forms to file.

    * Flexibility: As a sole proprietor, you have complete control over your business, which means you can make decisions quickly and change direction as needed.



    Sole Proprietorship Cons:



    * Unlimited liability: As a sole proprietor, you’re personally responsible for all of your business debts and liabilities. This means that if your business incurs debt or is sued, your personal assets are at risk.

    * Credibility: A sole proprietorship may be seen as less credible compared to an LLC, which can make it harder for you to secure funding and attract customers.

    * Limited growth potential: The growth potential of a sole proprietorship is limited by the amount of personal resources you have available. If you want to grow your business, you’ll need to find other sources of funding, such as loans or investment.



    In conclusion,

    • 19 min
    Overcoming Lies That Can Kill Success

    Overcoming Lies That Can Kill Success

    What is standing in the way of your success? What lies do you need to overcome when they try to sneak into your Business Brain? Join us as we destroy these myths and share with you methods to avoid the “Once’s”.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #419 for Friday, January 27th, 2023

    00:02:21 Seven Brutal Lies that Kill Your Success



    Everyone Will Laugh at Me



    Nobody Cares (Till Yer Dead) by Bitter Pill





    It Won’t Be Good Enough

    It’s Too Late/I’m Too Old



    Yet.





    I’m Too Good For This



    Being an entrepreneur is a blue collar job





    I Can’t Afford It



    Beware the “Onces”





    Somebody Else Probably Already Thought Of It

    If you want your idea to be worth a hundred dollars, write it on a $100 bill

    I Already Tried That





    00:13:43 BB 419 Outtro



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    • 15 min
    Can ChatGPT Help You Price Your Product or Service?

    Can ChatGPT Help You Price Your Product or Service?

    What is the best way to determine pricing for your products or services? Can an AI like ChatGPT help you make the best choice? We think ChatGPT can help tremendously, but probably in a different way than you are thinking about. Join us today for another bite-sized Business Brain episode to talk about pricing strategies.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #418 for Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

    00:01:25 The Slight Edge for Teens

    00:02:12 ChatGPT’s Pricing Example questions



    What price is too high?

    What price is so low that it tells you the product won’t be worth it?

    What price is starting to get “expensive”?

    What price is “a bargain”?





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    • 13 min
    Your Name Dot Com and Traveling Productively

    Your Name Dot Com and Traveling Productively

    How much would you pay for the website address of your name? What’s it worth to you? It was worth $1000 to Dave Hamilton. How much did Shannon Jean have to pay for his domain name? Listen in to find out! We also discuss travel productivity and more on this episode of Business Brain!



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #417 for Friday, January 20th, 2023

    00:01:12 Owning Your Own Name’s Domain



    Cloudflare DNS Registrar





    00:05:01 Traveling Productively



    ViewSonic VP16-OLED





    00:17:24 BB 417 Outtro



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    • 18 min
    Email Productivity Tips and Tricks

    Email Productivity Tips and Tricks

    Join us for another bite-sized episode of Business Brain as we ask: “Can you manage ALL email with just one mail application?” Listen in as Dave Hamilton explains how he manages one single mailbox for multiple businesses. Shannon takes the challenge and vows to give it a shot before he is buried in email overload.

    What email system are you using, and how productive are you?



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #416 for Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

    00:01:54 One Inbox to Rule Them All



    AirMail for macOS

    Fastmail (instead of Gmail)

    SaneBox





    00:21:42 BB 416 Outtro



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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Ashley Micciche ,

Really insightful questions

This podcast has some of the best and most insightful questions from the hosts that I’ve ever heard on a business podcast. So much great value from digging beneath the surface on business strategies! Love it! 100% recommend this show!

biz newbie ,

I truly love the show!

I’m in the process of starting a business and this podcast has been invaluable.Thank you Shannon and Jean for the wonderful insight, discussion, tips, and guests that are helping me in this new and exciting phase of my life. As you can tell by the title, I very much love the show!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a small business owner, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Shannon and Dave do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving organization, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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