After the 2008 real estate bubble more and more people are wondering if buying a house is really worth it. Mike gives the pros and cons of both and offers advice and warnings about buying a single family residence.
Mike tells about his plans to give listeners a FREE book. He also talks about the importance of experimentation when it comes to a businesses marketing mix.
Today we hear from Dan, an entrepreneur in Michigan that is wanting to start a party and events planning company. Mike answers his question and gives advice on how to START your business the "bootstrapping way."
Today Mike gives a big announcement on a chance for business owners to get their questions answered! Also, he explains more about standardization of prices and how it can be used in the service industry to generate more loyal customers and a better bottom line.
What are your goals in business? Is your current business/industry going to get you there? If not, you need to plan the steps that will.
Today Mike gives insight for business owners that have seasonal businesses. How do you increase sales during a time that most clients aren't thinking about your product and service? Also, what is the sales pyramid and why is it important when making a marketing plan?
Today Mike shares more info about the new business he is starting called BioShakes.
Today Mike shares one way to get ranked high on Google searches. It's simple, but it works. Content marketing is the name of the game and Mike has a strategy to win the game.
Today, Mike answers the question of one of the listeners. Are how an offline business can go online, build an audience and then generate revenue.
Today we talk about the common misconceptions and business myths surround entrepreneurship.
Today Mike tells you the steps to taking your BIG idea and making it into a BIG business. Its all about execution! Ideas are a dime a dozen!
Today Mike talks about the 10 main obstacles small business owners face... and how to get through them all!
Mike talks about his own entrepreneurial struggles and some of the issues brought up by listeners. Today the main topic, amidst others, is the low valleys that a small business owner goes through.
Want to hire a team to take your business to the next level? Does it seem like you cant take the step? Want to grow, expand, and scale your business?
Mike identifies the barriers that are keeping you back from blowing your business up!
Today Mike digs into his email and finds a question from a podcast listneer. Laurel is trying to start her videogrpahy business and asks for tips and help from Mike. This is not just for those behind cameras! Everyone can learn something here!
Today Mike gives caution to those who WANT to be an entreprneur but never attain their goals. He talkes about how to stop planning and pull the trigger. If you want to go from idea to product, product to scaling a business, listen here!
Today Mike talks about the indicators in your business that prove you need to pivot and change the direction of your company. Mike talks about 3 stages of a business 1.) Expand 2.) Quitting 3.) THE PIVOT. Making the correct pivot will save you from quitting!
In today's special edition Mike tells about an idea he has for a business in the food and tech industry. This is the start of a great adventure and this is the first update. Lots of tips and advice shared today for those that have an idea for a company/business.
The most successful companies in the world are the ones that have create fans and fanatics around their product/service. Mike shares 7 tips on how to keep customers coming back time and time again and then sharing their experiences and referring you to others.
Mike has recently done some self-reflective tests in his MBA class. He shares his results from his tests and tells listeners how they can become better managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Build on your strengths and fortify your weaknesses.
Your business will undoubtedly come to times of hardship. Its not a question of IF, but WHEN. Mike shares how to prepare for these tough times when things are going good. Go on the offensive!
What does success mean to you? Monetary, familial, spiritual? That is the question that must be answered before deciding on HOW to get there. Get clear on your destination before you strategize your journey.
Today, Mike shares an audio clip that he sent to a listener of the podcast. Mike shares tips and strategies on how to scale the business and make it more profitable. Just a taste of what the webinar is going to be this THURSDAY!
Mike listened to Michael Gerber's book "The E-Myth" and talks about how it relates to his business. Mike talks about how to get out of the technical aspect of your business and truly becoming the visionary lead as an entrepreneur. He also gives some info about the upcoming LIVE webinar.
Today Mike shows the alternative way to get a business started when cash is tight and you have little startup capital. Start producing content and publsihing it to the masses using social, digital, and other forms of media. Build and audience, become an authority, and monitize later. This has low starup costs but requires more time, energy, and patience.... and could be the most rewarding experience of your life!
Remember the last time you went to a networking event? If so, you probably recall seeing the infamous business card throwing and hand-shaking want-repreneur. It’s obvious and annoying to all that this individual is desperate for sales. For many business people when times get tough a sense of urgency sets in. That’s a good thing. However, the tendency to take the wrong actions during these tough times is prevalent. Entrepreneurs spend too much time, money, and resources trying to drum up sales in an urgent attempt to keep the business afloat. Here is 4 ways to sell more product or services during tough times.
Revving up for summer many people try and get their body in shape. The pinnacle of achievement seems to be the washboard, 6-pack abs that every craves. There are myths surrounding HOW to get a six pack. What can we learn about business and success from these myths?
All solo entreprneurs come to that moment when their business is growing and they have to make the jump to becoming an employer. WHEN to do this is always the big question. Do it too soon and potentially ruin your finances. Do it too late and potentially lose business or your sanity.
Ever had an anrgy client? No? Ever had an unhappy friend, spouse, or family member?
Today's Mike Minute will give you steps to deal with angry people and achieve the main objective of agreement and moving toward a solution. Retain customers and build relationships. Make your haters your most loyal customers and sources of referrals.
Todd Tresidder was in the hedge fund business and now has created an online business by coaching people and their finances. Todd gives great advice on push/pull marketing, content marketing, and how to charge a premium in the marketplace.
A.C.T.I.O.N is the key differential when it comes to being succesful and breaking out of being average.
Have a business idea? Think your product or service is too niche or not a "respectable" industry? Today we talk with Matt Miller, an entrepreneur that has created massive success through vending machines, something most entrepreneurs don't salivate over, much less talk about.
Today Mike talks about the millionaire mentality and what it takes for teens, 20's and young people to make it BIG in life, business, and all aspects of your world.
In 1994 Erin Baker had a dream. Little did she know 15 years later she would be grossing over $10million in annual sales and in a legal dispute with Kellogg. Hear her story from door-to-door sales and her personal kitchen until now her cookies are sold in Walmarts and across the world. Losing 60% market share or $200,000 in one day doesn't stop Erin and she tells all her advice and stories on this episode.
Make your goals bigger! Dont have any goals? Learn how to do it right! Achieve your business and life dreams today.
Want to double your income in one year? Think that's impossible? Think again!
Eric wrote in and is wondering how to make more sales and generate better revenue at his used car dealership.
Today we talk about what is holding back many businesses today. What do you need to do to get recognized? In a crowded marketplace how do you STAND OUT!?
Today Mike talks about the three general areas of investing: stocks, real estate, and business. There are more than these three catagories but today we focus on the pros, cons, and details of each.
Dai Manuel is owner of a chain of fitness retail stores. He shares with us his business experiences and the process of scaling Fitness Town and then he tlaks about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. A proper diet and fitness regime is what makes average great!
Losing is not healthy. Failing shouldn't be glorified. This "experiment" of starting a business is pathetic and entrepreneurs should fear failure and do whatever it takes to flee the "learn from your mistakes" mentality.
Long live the Soap Queen! Today, Mike interviews a wanna-be FBI agent turned entrepreneur. Anne-Marie Faiola turned her passion for art, stationary, and people into a retail store and website portfolio worth millions. She shares her story and tips for small business owners.
Everyone has always told you to go to school, get a job, pay taxes, and then die. It has generally thought that an employee makes more money than entrepreneurs. Why? It takes a lot of money to start a company and then it costs a lot to grow and hire as you expand the business. Mike is oging to show why the wealthy are rich and what tactics entrepreneurs use to become more affluent.
Internet marketing can seem daunting and complicated but Mike has helped many small businesses rank higher in Google Search and today he is going to share his top 3 tips for small businesses that want more customers viewing their site.
Today Mike shares some of the worst phrases that are spoken on a daily basis in the work place. Sharpen your communication skills with this power-packed 10 mins!
Dan Barnes owns Phonesoap, a UV cleaning technology for cell phones and mobile devices. He shares his experience of starting and growing the business until he and his cousin, Wes, went onto ABC's TV show, Shark Tank and raised $300,000.
On this edition of MikeMinute we talk about the power of saying THANK YOU and how to do this to creates relationships and market to your existing clients and future prospects.
On this MikeMinute edition, we look at the lowering oil prices as well as a Japanese CEO and compare/contrast the mentality of upper management.
Today, Mark, a personal trainer wants to start his business and become an entrepreneur. Mike gives him the path to follow in developing a startup that is lean and not cash-intensive.
In this Q&A session Sasha, a baker and business owner, wants to know how to BLOW UP (ie. grow) her business.
In this Mike Minute edition we dicuss the fast-casual restaurant service, Chipotle. We analyze their marketing and emphasize the points that all small business owners and entrepreneurs can learn from. Also, Mike shares an item from his business bucket list.
Melissa Krivachek shares how entrepreneurs can "have it all" by living a bold lifestyle.Melissa shares some of her tips for starting, growing, and saving a business, including: focussing on your ideal client and the power of publicity. She would know because she's been on Forbes, CNN, and every other big name news network.
Ely Delaney shares concrete, real-world, acitonable marketing tips for small business. Ely shows that asking "How can I help you?" is one of the most powerful networking and advertising tools.
Today we take a look at the way the sales process SHOULD go and we see how that is in complete opposition too traditonal selling advice.
Doug Hess was in a motivataional seminar when he had an idea and decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Follow us on his journey of publishing a book based on the movie, "Wall Street"
Today, Mike tells you why you need to stop the bidding war - stop being a cheap skate. Dont be the cheapest, be the best. Focus on profitability and profit margins by being the BEST.
Dean Roberts was going through an ugly break up, his business was falling apart, and he was becoming depressed. How did he get through it all? Find out how he came back and built a company that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars each month. We catch up with Dean today as he is on a road trip across America.
Today Mike digs into why McDonalds has had a 3 year sales slump and how they can turn things around.
Linsi Brownson owns a digital marketing and web design business. She offers insight into a very simple, yet effective way of planning a buiness in terms of money, vision, and goals. The times of 40-50 page business plans is over. Linsi will also share the importance of web design and marketing strategies.
We take a look at the advertising tactics of companies that show commercials on Superbowl Sunday. Hear interesting Superbowl stats and audio bites from the NFC Championship game that give awesome insight into what a leader / business owner should do on a day-to-day basis.
Mark designed an electric car before he turned 18. He developed a technoology that he sold to General Mills when he was 21. Now he is building a wallet factory and has a growing business of more than 13 employees. Get some great advice on fear, failure, and achieveing your dreams!
Ready to sweat? ITS BOOTCAMP TIME!
Today Mark, a young programmer from Seattle, WA, will get actionable advice from Mike on how to start his web design business. Marketing and creating a USP (Unique Selling Proposition) are the keys Mike will be discussing.
Pamela Gockley shares with small business owners how to effectively market their comapnies online and offline by creating a reputation factor. Great actionable tips and advice for website and social media intereaction.
Leslie Hassler gives advice on the most valuable (and limited) resource we have -- time! Time management is key during the startup phase in order to keep life balanced. Great listen for mom-preneurs or business owners that feel maxed out and pulled in 100 different directions.
One tip: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
It was a hot day in Texas and Julie Austin was a dehydrated runner... it was then she had an idea. Follow her journey from that moment until several years later she owns a production and distribution business that produces a NASDAQ award-winning product that's shipped around the world.
Mike Cook instructs entrepreneurs on the importance of relationship building within and organization.
Also, Mike co-hosts the show at the beginning by taking a quesstions from Gilbert, a co-founder of a CPA firm in Florida.
Chris Miles is a personal and business finance guru. He shares with us the importance of cash flow analysis and how to save money from leaking through the cracks.
Chris gives advice and challenges your business and personal budgeting ideologies.
Today Mike takes three questions from REAL business owners. Emmanuel, Art, and Kate submitted questions about starting/growing/saving their businesses.
We will learn about starting a franching, expanding a coffee cafe company, and salvaging a clothing company that is about to close.
In 2008 Marc Mawhinney had a thriving real estate business with over 100 employees. The year later, he had nothing and was deep in debt. Marc shares with us his advice and reflections on how to bounce back from adversity.
Today Mike takes three questions from REAL business owners. Dave, Anna, and Kevin submitted questions about starting/growing/saving their businesses.
We will learn about pros and cons of Shark Tank, expanding a floral shop, and salvaging a pressure washing company that needs help standing out in the marketplace.
In this podcast listeners are going to learn about SO much!
let me try to "summarize" the subjects we will touch on=)
Small business ownership, entrepreneurship, employees, hiring, budgeting, raising capital, startup, growing company, small business management, marketing, advising, consulting, business marketing, networking, money managment, careers, technology, finance, online marketing, social media marketing, interviewing, public speaking, advertising, network marketing, running a business, scaling business, saving business, etc, etc, etc