6 episodes

Business advice for ACTUAL small businesses and solopreneurs. Small business used to mean mom & pop grocery stores, auto repair, the neighborhood pharmacy, etc. Today, "small" businesses can have up to 1,000 employees and $500 million in revenue and still qualify as "small" in the eyes of the government and financial institutions. As attention spans have gotten smaller, small business has gotten bigger, and the term is unfortunately now essentially meaningless. The problem is that owners of truly small business (read: micro business) have few resources to help them that are specific to businesses which are actually small in size and scope. Instead, we are stuck following millionaire moguls, 7-figure influencers, and government and finance industries -- all of which are gearing their advice towards larger "small" businesses. At best, you're following advice that just doesn't work; at worst, you're destroying your own business by focusing on the wrong things. As a fellow microbusiness owner, my goal is to talk about and explore concepts in small business, in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. Putting out as much free content as I can is part of my plan, so I encourage you to subscribe here, join my email list and blog at microbizmentors.com, and get in touch with me at pete@microbizmentors.com if you have questions or want to hear an episode or read a blog post about a particular topic. You can also visit microbizmentors.com/questions for a direct line to the microbusiness help desk - I read all messages and your question might just be featured in a future episode!

The Microbusiness Help Desk Peter Buck

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Business advice for ACTUAL small businesses and solopreneurs. Small business used to mean mom & pop grocery stores, auto repair, the neighborhood pharmacy, etc. Today, "small" businesses can have up to 1,000 employees and $500 million in revenue and still qualify as "small" in the eyes of the government and financial institutions. As attention spans have gotten smaller, small business has gotten bigger, and the term is unfortunately now essentially meaningless. The problem is that owners of truly small business (read: micro business) have few resources to help them that are specific to businesses which are actually small in size and scope. Instead, we are stuck following millionaire moguls, 7-figure influencers, and government and finance industries -- all of which are gearing their advice towards larger "small" businesses. At best, you're following advice that just doesn't work; at worst, you're destroying your own business by focusing on the wrong things. As a fellow microbusiness owner, my goal is to talk about and explore concepts in small business, in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. Putting out as much free content as I can is part of my plan, so I encourage you to subscribe here, join my email list and blog at microbizmentors.com, and get in touch with me at pete@microbizmentors.com if you have questions or want to hear an episode or read a blog post about a particular topic. You can also visit microbizmentors.com/questions for a direct line to the microbusiness help desk - I read all messages and your question might just be featured in a future episode!

    Constraints: How they impact us and how we can use them to succeed.

    Constraints: How they impact us and how we can use them to succeed.

    Just imagine - what if you didn't have the constraints that you think you do. Like... What if you're wrong?On the other hand, what if you imposed constraints on purpose to see what would happen?These are the things I think about on the treadmill. Microbusiness owners face an incredible number of limitations, hurdles, and constraints. Some exist because of real-world shortcomings and roadblocks, some exist because of our particular market or industry, and some - believe it or not - are se...

    • 33 min
    Does Black Friday Hurt Microbusinesses?

    Does Black Friday Hurt Microbusinesses?

    Black Friday is the worst best idea that capitalism ever had. Let’s start with this though – do you even know the origin of the term “Black Friday”? When I was a kid I remember thinking it must have something to do with Black people, but I could never figure out why that would be the case, or why everyone seemed to be okay with that. Later when I learned that it’s because it was designed to get businesses out of the red (negative financial territory) and in to the black, things made a lot mor...

    • 19 min
    Keeping on top of the paperwork

    Keeping on top of the paperwork

    I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses.This epsiode discusses everyone's least favorite topic: paperwork. It's on my desk, it's on my couch... it's everywhere. Staying on top of it is difficult at best, from taxes and business licensing to processing new dealer account applications for my bike shop. We'll discuss a few strategies I've implemented to help keep myself organized in an a...

    • 9 min
    The start of the Microbusiness Manifesto

    The start of the Microbusiness Manifesto

    I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses.This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach out to me at microbizmentors.com/questions any time. I read all submissions and I might just feature one on a future episode!Real small bu...

    • 9 min
    Episode Two - Overview of episodes to come, and some info about me

    Episode Two - Overview of episodes to come, and some info about me

    I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses.This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach out to me at microbizmentors.com/questions any time. I read all submissions and I might just feature one on a future episode!Real small bu...

    • 16 min
    Episode One - Just Get It Out There

    Episode One - Just Get It Out There

    I decided what the world REALLY needs is another podcast. There just aren't enough people sharing their expertise, trying to put enough hooks in their content to make you circle back and make you hop, skip, and jump on a call.Cringe. My podcast is different. Just like everyone else's. I've decided to just record them in one shot without going back to do editing, so that's fun. I've also decided to focus on the same business development crud as everyone else, excep...

    • 16 min

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