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MBA2112 Do You Need a Business Coach? + Free Ride Friday

Let’s just say it: coaching isn’t always a good idea. There are times when it’s the best way to grow and advance as an entrepreneur. And there are times when it’s a colossal waste of time and money. Over years of developing businesses, Omar has had quite a few coaches. And of course, he’s been […] The post MBA2112 Do You Need a Business Coach? + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2112/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

18m
Aug 12
MBA2111 Should You Diversify or Go All In With One Business?

You’re supposed to diversify and spread risk. But ideally, you’re also supposed to focus on one thing at a time. What’s an entrepreneur to do? For some of us, businesses are like potato chips or tattoos — it’s hard to have just one. That’s why so many independent founders have 2, 3, or more brands […] The post MBA2111 Should You Diversify or Go All In With One Business? https://100mba.net/mba2111/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

13m
Aug 11
MBA2110 Q&A Wednesday: Am I paying myself enough?

It can be easy to forget when you run your own business: you’re an employee, too.  As such, you need compensation as much as anyone else on the team. No one can run a business when they can’t pay their rent. But too often, we feel like every dime we take for ourselves is somehow […] The post MBA2110 Q&A Wednesday: Am I paying myself enough? https://100mba.net/mba2110/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

14m
Aug 10
MBA2109 Why Should Invest in Your SEO Now

Think of small businesses as David, and big businesses as Goliath. SEO is your slingshot. Paid advertising is getting wildly expensive, rapidly approaching the point where it’s out of reach for new and small businesses. Paying for attention and traffic can quickly deplete your resources. Bottom line: it’s not sustainable. But getting organic traffic from […] The post MBA2109 Why Should Invest in Your SEO Now https://100mba.net/mba2109/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

17m
Aug 09
MBA2108 Must Read: Sell It Like a Mango by Donald Kelly

You can get better at selling, just by thinking about it differently. Too many of us approach sales as an intimidating or mysterious skill — or worse, as a form of manipulation. As a result, we shy away from it. We think of it as one of those necessary evils that we just have to […] The post MBA2108 Must Read: Sell It Like a Mango by Donald Kelly https://100mba.net/mba2108/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

14m
Aug 08
MBA2107 Why You Are Being Ignored + Free Ride Friday

When you put a lot of effort into your marketing, there’s nothing worse than the sound of crickets. So many of us blog, vlog, tweet and post, only to get nothing out of it. We pump what we think is great content out into the Internet, and then…nothing. How can you turn this around? What […] The post MBA2107 Why You Are Being Ignored + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2107/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

13m
Aug 05
MBA2106 Tips for Being Interviewed on a Podcast

It’s one of the most effective ways to grow your following. But how do you pull it off? Here’s the good news: almost every podcast needs guests — lots of ‘em. Most of the time, your average podcast would be thrilled to have someone who knows their area of expertise and can carry a good […] The post MBA2106 Tips for Being Interviewed on a Podcast https://100mba.net/mba2106/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

12m
Aug 04
MBA2105 Q&A Wednesday: How much of a raise should I give my employees?

What are your employees worth? What will it take to keep them? It’s a question every founder has to ask themselves, especially once the ball gets rolling. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who’s finally making decent profits — enough to start spreading the wealth to the team that helped make it happen. […] The post MBA2105 Q&A Wednesday: How much of a raise should I give my employees? https://100mba.net/mba2105/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

12m
Aug 03
MBA2104 Why You Should Run an AppSumo Deal

If you sell digital products, you need to know about AppSumo. AppSumo is the GroupOn of digital deals aimed at entrepreneurs and other business people. Today, we explain how putting your own offer on AppSumo can boost your business. …in fact, we’re offering our own deal on AppSumo, to help promote our SaaS business. Learn […] The post MBA2104 Why You Should Run an AppSumo Deal https://100mba.net/mba2104/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

13m
Aug 02
MBA2103 Guest Teacher – Frida Leibowitz – How to Identify a Niche in Your Market

Don’t go for the biggest audience. Go for the right audience. Finding your niche might be the most important early step in creating a business. If you can find the people only you can serve best, you don’t just create sales. You create loyalty. …and best of all, you do an end-run around the competition. […] The post MBA2103 Guest Teacher – Frida Leibowitz – How to Identify a Niche in Your Market https://100mba.net/mba2103/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

17m
Aug 01
MBA2102 How To Reduce Stress In Your Business + Free Ride Friday

Stress is not a sign of a great work ethic. It’s a liability. It’s crucial not to underestimate the toll stress can take on you and your business. The myth is that we trade our mental health for better business outcomes. But the reality is just the opposite.  Today, we discuss the effects of excessive […] The post MBA2102 How To Reduce Stress In Your Business + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2102/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

18m
Jul 29
MBA2101 What Is No-Code Development & Is It Right For Your Business?

You don’t have to be a developer to develop an online business. These days, “no code” business-building is all the rage. With third-party solutions for everything from creating a website to building an online community to designing an app, your average non-engineer can pretty much do anything…within certain limits. But is it smart? There are […] The post MBA2101 What Is No-Code Development & Is It Right For Your Business? https://100mba.net/mba2101/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

14m
Jul 28
MBA2100 Q&A Wednesday: Am I too nice to be an entrepreneur?

In business, can you get respect without being ruthless? Can you command a team without being commanding? Do entrepreneurs need a mean streak to survive — or even a cold one? It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener with a team that basically walks all over them. For some reason, the employees are not […] The post MBA2100 Q&A Wednesday: Am I too nice to be an entrepreneur? https://100mba.net/mba2100/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

18m
Jul 27
MBA2099 How to Make More Revenue With Salutation Offers

Ready to create (and keep) more customers? A while back, we started experimenting with something in our SaaS company, WebinarNinja. We authorized team members who have daily contact with leads and customers to offer what we call “salutation offers.”  …and it worked like a charm. Today, we explain how this tactic is boosting our revenue, […] The post MBA2099 How to Make More Revenue With Salutation Offers https://100mba.net/mba2099/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

12m
Jul 26
MBA2098 Guest Teacher – Rochelle Clarke – How to Protect Your People, Profits, and Growth From Unplanned Events With a Business Continuity Plan

In business, anything can happen — including bad things. You have two choices: be prepared, or be blindsided.  Rochelle Clarke is an expert in ensuring business longevity through continuity. She helps businesses plan for the worst, so they can bounce back and keep on keeping on. Think of your business like a car; most of […] The post MBA2098 Guest Teacher – Rochelle Clarke – How to Protect Your People, Profits, and Growth From Unplanned Events With a Business Continuity Plan https://100mba.net/mba2098/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

18m
Jul 25
MBA2097 Why You Should Start a Services Business + Free Ride Friday

Not sure what kind of business you want to start? There’s a perfect go-to answer. Service-based businesses are uniquely suited to first-time entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and people with day jobs. Today, we explain why. With a low barrier to entry, limitless growth potential, and more flexibility than any other model, the services game is pitch-perfect for […] The post MBA2097 Why You Should Start a Services Business + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2097/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

13m
Jul 22
MBA2096 5 Ways to Use The Gym to Improve Your Business

Call it the ultimate productivity hack: blurring the line between the office and the gym. There are so many ways to make progress on your To-Do list while you’re on a treadmill or under a barbell. The kind of repetitive exercises most of us use for conditioning are a perfect opportunity to make headway on […] The post MBA2096 5 Ways to Use The Gym to Improve Your Business https://100mba.net/mba2096/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

12m
Jul 21
MBA2095 Q&A Wednesday: I hate sales but love my business. What do I do?

We’re not all salespeople. It comes naturally to some. For others, nothing is more awkward than trying to get someone to buy your thing. But here’s the good news: you really don’t have to “sell” if you don’t want to. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and one of our listeners has a thriving business, ripe for expansion. […] The post MBA2095 Q&A Wednesday: I hate sales but love my business. What do I do? https://100mba.net/mba2095/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

12m
Jul 20
MBA2094 Are You Starting or Running the Wrong Business?

Ever have doubts about the business you’re in? That’s natural. In fact, it’s healthy. But sometimes, we’re scared to ask ourselves if we chose the wrong path — and to answer that question honestly. Today, Omar shares a single guiding principle he’s learned over decades as an entrepreneur, having founded almost a dozen independent businesses. […] The post MBA2094 Are You Starting or Running the Wrong Business? https://100mba.net/mba2094/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

16m
Jul 19
MBA2093 Must Read: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Why do you make the decisions you make? How? It’s a huge question, with huge implications for how you run your business. Today, we dive into Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. This book by economist, psychologist, and nobel laureate Kahneman unpacks the mechanics of decision-making — and how to better optimize it. If that […] The post MBA2093 Must Read: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman https://100mba.net/mba2093/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

17m
Jul 18
MBA2092 How to Improve Your Writing in 30 Days + Free Ride Friday

For entrepreneurs, there’s no way around writing. No matter what you sell, the written word is your primary tool for reaching potential customers. Even if you’re a great speaker or vlogger, writing will still be mostly how you market, sell, and communicate generally — even when you’re writing what you’ll say out loud. So how […] The post MBA2092 How to Improve Your Writing in 30 Days + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2092/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

13m
Jul 15
MBA2091 Are You Afraid to Start a Business?

Thinking about starting a business? For how long now? Getting honest with ourselves about our motivations — and our fears — might be the most fundamental step toward becoming an entrepreneur. “Am I afraid to do this?” is the first question you have to answer. And you have to answer it truthfully, for better or […] The post MBA2091 Are You Afraid to Start a Business? https://100mba.net/mba2091/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

15m
Jul 14
MBA2090 Q&A Wednesday: How do I mend a business relationship?

Business can get emotional — but you can’t let emotions hurt your business. The ability to navigate strong feelings and prioritize relationships over ego is a must-have skill in entrepreneurship. If networking is key, most of us can’t afford bad blood. It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener who had a falling out with […] The post MBA2090 Q&A Wednesday: How do I mend a business relationship? https://100mba.net/mba2090/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

17m
Jul 13
MBA2089 4 Quick Revenue Strategies for Tight Times

Experts agree a recession is on the horizon. Most small businesses will have to keep a closer eye on their budgets, very soon. Which means now is the perfect time to shore up your reserves, and stockpile revenue to weather the coming storm. But how can you get some extra pennies in the piggy bank, […] The post MBA2089 4 Quick Revenue Strategies for Tight Times https://100mba.net/mba2089/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

14m
Jul 12
MBA2088 Must Read: The Coaching Habit by Michael Stanier

What kind of leaders do employees love most? According to this week’s Must-Read, the best leader isn’t someone who commands. It’s someone who coaches their people, unleashes their fullest potential, and trusts them to be their best. The Coaching Habit by Michael Stanier is two things at once: a primer on a coaching-based leadership philosophy, […] The post MBA2088 Must Read: The Coaching Habit by Michael Stanier https://100mba.net/mba2088/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

15m
Jul 11
MBA2087 5 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Today + Free Ride Friday

Don’t dream about starting a business. Do it! You don’t have to start by quitting your job or borrowing a ton of money. You don’t need the “perfect” product or service idea.  You just need time, and practice. Today, we share 5 low-risk, low-investment businesses you can literally (yes, literally) start today. With minimal time, […] The post MBA2087 5 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Today + Free Ride Friday https://100mba.net/mba2087/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

14m
Jul 08
MBA2086 How To Drastically Improve Your SEO on WordPress

The written word is still the biggest key to your website’s traffic. Fortunately, nailing the words you need to rank on search engines is much easier than it used to be — especially if your site is hosted on WordPress. With the tools available now, even non-professional writers can get help making sure their page […] The post MBA2086 How To Drastically Improve Your SEO on WordPress https://100mba.net/mba2086/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

15m
Jul 07
MBA2085 Q&A Wednesday: How Much Should I Charge for Group Coaching?

This isn’t the question you think it is. Normally, pricing coaching comes down to a fairly standard formula. You determine how much a client stands to make based on your training, and set your price at about a fraction of that. “For just $XXXX, you can be qualified to charge $XXXXXX!”  But what if your […] The post MBA2085 Q&A Wednesday: How Much Should I Charge for Group Coaching? https://100mba.net/mba2085/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

15m
Jul 06
MBA2084 How To Deal With Free Trial & Refund Abuse

Risk reversal is a must for most products and services. But inevitably, someone tries to turn a fair shake into a ploy for free stuff — at your expense. So how can you prevent someone from using your free trial offer as a way to get…more than a trial? Today, we share all the ways […] The post MBA2084 How To Deal With Free Trial & Refund Abuse https://100mba.net/mba2084/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

22m
Jul 05
MBA2083 Guest Teacher – Chloe Thomas – How to Build Your Customer Masterplan

Your customers are out there…somewhere. You just have to give them a path to your door.  The art of creating and converting leads takes practice, experimentation, and (of course) a plan. Today’s special guest teacher is an expert at identifying, attracting, and winning over the people who are the best fit for your product or […] The post MBA2083 Guest Teacher – Chloe Thomas – How to Build Your Customer Masterplan https://100mba.net/mba2083/ appeared first on The $100 MBA https://100mba.net.

21m
Jul 04