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46: Bootstrapping It w/ Vince Carter

EP. 46Today’s show is a rebroadcast of my appearance on the Vince Carter’s podcast, ‘Bootstrapping It.’
{Key Takeaway Notes taken from www.BootstrappingIt.com/?p=210}

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes to move forward we have to move backward.
  • Lessons learned:
      1. Risk of leverage – This risk can be minimized by taking a cyclical instead of straight-line approach to growth
      2. Risk of not concentrating on core business
      3. Pay attention to being in the right place and the right market delivering the right thing
  • As a result of this experience, Brian is committed to bootstrapping his future business endeavors. His current focus is business consulting. His advice for aspiring bootstrappers looking to start a business:
  1. Find your passion (the right niche). Once you find that passion:
  2. Go after it. Be persistent!

 Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Find your passion (the right niche). Go after it. Be Persistent!”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes to move forward we have to move backward.”]
  • [Tweet “Pay attention to being in the right place and the right market delivering the right thing”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR46

40: Town Hall – 5 Ways to Manage Business Stress

EP. 40Biblical Entrepreneurship

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Key Takeaways

  • Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We don’t have to live under bondage.
  • There are practical things that we can do to manage the stress in our lives and live in freedom.
  • We don’t want to suppress our emotions. We want to harness and empower our emotions.

5 Ways to Handle Business Stress

  1. Harness your emotions.
  2. Manage your energy.
  3. Engage Relationships.
  4. Strengthen your spirit.
  5. Grow your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We don’t have to live under bondage.”]
  • [Tweet “There are practical things that we can do to manage the stress in our lives and live in freedom.”]
  • [Tweet “We don’t want to suppress our emotions. We want to harness and empower our emotions.”]

 Resources

YouTube Videos

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR40

Tear up the Score Card

Photo Credit - Munir Hamdan

Photo Credit – Munir Hamdan


Are you a highly competitive business owner and entrepreneur like myself?  Our competitive nature is what gives us an edge in business.  It motivates us to work hard, set goals, and strive for something more.
But that drive, which is one of our greatest strengths, can also be very destructive.
Here’s the problem.  Competition requires us to keep score.  This is very helpful for analyzing and managing our businesses…. But, when when we keep score on ourselves and our relationships, we have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!
[Tweet “We have this dirty little tendency to only keep the negative score!”]
Have you experienced this in your own life?  You get discouraged because the list, in your head, of your own failures is a mile long.  Or, maybe it goes this way, you start to get frustrated and angry with a friend for family member because of your list of disappointments.
A few months ago, I found myself at this place… I received a challenge that I am going to give to you. 
Joe White, spoke at the Ignite Men’s conference and told us that God’s grace was like “tearing up the scorecard” in the game of golf.
[Tweet “”God’s grace is like tearing up the scorecard” – Joe White @Kanakuk”]
Do you need that kind of grace today?  Do you need to “tear up the scorecard” that you have been keeping on yourself and others?  Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, mistakes and failures.  Why to we insist on keeping a negative score?
We don’t have to go forward living under the weight of the scorecard.  TEAR IT UP TODAY!
Live in the freedom that Jesus bought you on the Cross and have a great day!

  • Brian

31: Town Hall – 4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve their Health

EP. 31In this Friday’s Town Hall Show, Victoria and I talk about the importance of our physical health in building our businesses and fulfilling the call of God on our life.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”  ~ Philippians 1: 21-24

 Key Takeaways

 Why improve your health?
 “You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain”  Kary Oberbrunner
 A study by economists in Finland studying 5000 identical twins found that those that exercised regularly earned 14-17% more than their more sedentary counterparts.  They found that those that exercised were more persistant in the face of challenges.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
– Tony Robbins
“Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.”
– Michael Hyatt

4 Strategies for Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Health

  1. Capitalize on their competitive nature
  2. Have a plan
  3. Build a team
  4. Get a coach
So this is our plan…
Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race.  We are going to be entering the Spartan Race here locally at Wintergreen
Our plan is to kick off our training with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. This is a plan that includes, exercise, nutrition supplementation and healthy eating.
We are putting together a group of people to do this together.  If you would like to join us either locally or virtually you can message us through the form below.  We will kick things off with a grocery shopping trip.
Our coaches are Jeff and Christina Mininger who have been helping others through this journey for 6 years.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Exercising is like funding your 401K, shorting the contribution only shorts yourself.” – Michael Hyatt”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t accomplish great things if your body can’t handle the strain” Kary Oberbrunner”]
  • [Tweet “Our competitive nature is fueled by entering a race. “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR31
To find our more about our 24 Day Challenge Group fill out the form below.

25: Town Hall – You Were Created for More!

EP. 25On today’s Town Hall meeting I share some of my story as I learned to step out of my box and pursue my true calling. I will be sharing with you six steps to help you find your own personal calling. Whether you are living your calling or aren’t quite there yet, I believe that you were created for more.
“The revitalization of small business is also a revitalization of the family.  The integration of biblical principles in today’s business as well as today’s family is much needed.  Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.”  ~ Anthony Witt

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you do not know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.”  ~Ecclesiastes 11:6

 In order for a business to be successful it is a good idea to have a business plan, but before that you need a life plan.  You need to understand what you were created to do.
  • Do you know what your life is to be about?
  • Do you know what you want your life to look like?
  • Do you know what your purpose and your calling is?
You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. 

Six Steps to Finding Your Calling

  1. Understand what a “calling” is – It is the unique place in God’s purpose and plan of redeeming the world and showing His glory that your were created to fill.
  2. Embrace the Journey, not the destination.
  3. Take a deep look inside.
  4. Lean into the resistance. 
  5. Let go of something you are holding onto.
  6. Take action to move forward. If we aren’t moving forward, God can’t direct our steps.

Tweetable Quotes

  •  [Tweet “You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. “]
  • [Tweet “Before you have a business plan you need to have a life plan.”]
  • [Tweet “Even if you are living your calling, you were created for more.”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace the Journey, not the destination.”]
  • [Tweet “Lean into the resistance.”]
  • [Tweet “If we aren’t moving forward God can’t direct our steps.”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR25

16: Town Hall – What I Learned About Rebounding From Failure

Town HallIn today’s podcast I am going to share what I learned about myself… and the recovery process of overcoming failure.  I am going to dive into my own personal journey.  This is not easy for me, but I think it is important.  We don’t talk about failure, and therefore many people suffer in silence.
I believe that through sharing my story, others who are struggling can find hope.  Maybe that person is you.  Maybe that person is a friend or family member.  (If so share this with them)  I want you to know that you are not alone.
After my construction business failed in bankruptcy in 2009, I really struggled.  I was stuck in the failure and the past and unable to move forward.  I had to learn how to start over…  but I was a wreck.  Everything I had poured myself into, and all of my hopes and dreams were dashed.  My self confidence was shot, my “good name” ruined and I was depressed.
I wondered if anyone would ever need me and if I could ever make a positive contibution again.  I wondered if I could ever provide for my family.
These were dark days.  I tried to help small businesses then, but I wasn’t in any shape to be able to do that.

Looking back, These are the three things I did to get Unstuck.

  • I paid attention to what was going on inside of me emotionally
  • I shared with friends and family who were close to me
  • I started doing something productive.  (Almost by accident)

Doing something productive got me going in a forward motion… the worst thing was sitting at home, filling out applications, and collecting unemployment. For my own morale, I needed to contribute.
This past spring I had a similar experience… I had left my job to start my own business doing construction work, so that I could figure out my path.
Then I got hurt, and we lost our income for a month and a half and it was a slow road back.  During that time, I figured out that I wanted to help people and not continue in construction.  I tried to launch an organic farm ititiative, but was unsuccessful and I had to keep searching.   But this time, I got moving much faster, I went to work with a landscape company and built from there.
We all experience failure.  Don’t quit.  The sun comes up tomorrow.  Grow as a person.  Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.
[Tweet “Don’t quit. The sun comes up tomorrow.” @brianmininger”]
[Tweet “Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.” @brianmininger”]

[Tweet “To get un-stuck, you have to start moving.” @brianmininger”]
Resources

 
For complete show notes with click-able links www.BrianMininger/SBR16

15: Creatives and Small Business w/ Valerie Reilly

EP. 15Today’s Guest is Valerie Riley, a former real estate agent who is now a Creative Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner, and Freelance Graphic Designer.  She is dedicated to helping small businesses make a BIG impression. She connects small businesses to the creatives that can help their business get to the next level. Doing it first in the first state – Delaware (freedom day – 12/7).
“As a former Realtor (small business owner) I quickly understood the challenges that we face to stand out in a saturated market. What is the secret “juice” that the successful small businesses have? As a creative freelancer (we are small business owners as well), I saw the challenges that us right brained folks have…” – Valerie

Key Takeaways

  • A business mentor will greatly help you as you are seeking to start your own Small Business. You have to help yourself first.
  • “I wanna work with people and not for people and I don’t want them to work for me. I think really we need to work together.”
  • Take some time to slow down and take a break. Don’t over-work yourself.
  • Market towards past clients. Contacting through email, phone calls. Get to know them personally.
  •  “But just as you abound in everything, in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you see that you abound in this gracious work also.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 8:7

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”I think really we need to work together.” @DivineImaging”]
  • [Tweet “I wanna work with people and not for people.” @DivineImaging”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR15

Simplified Office: The Basics {Series Post #1} – From Victoria

Simplified Office Series Post 1 w logoBack Office =The physical or virtual office in which the administrative work of a business is carried out.

Can we be honest and say that most people hate dealing with the back office portion of their business.
Part of the issue is that we often view back office work as only dealing with annoying administrative tasks, but the truth is, the back office is what runs your business.  
Think of it like this: The back office is the engine (the guts) to your car.  It is what makes the car run.  The better you take care of the engine, the better performing your car will be. [Tweet ” If you are fueling your back office with inattention and lack of care, guess how your business is going to run eventually? “]
Two Cars w logo
Time after time I have worked with clients who, for one reason or another, failed to tend to the engine of their business from the beginning.  What resulted, was wasted time and energy looking for needed information, that was not in the right place or useful at the right time.   The resulting mess required hours, weeks and sometimes months of clean up.
But that’s not what I want for you.  There is a way to run your back office simply and efficiently.  Ways that help build and fuel your business, instead of slowing killing it from the inside.
But I will warn you. It comes with hard work.   You have to be willing to be consistent and vigilant about the details.  (So if you’re not about the details, there may come a point where it is wiser to hire that detail oriented person – but that’s a later post).  Is your business worth that kind of time and attention?  I hope you think so.
Here are some first action steps (and questions to ask) to start simplifying your back office.

  • Make A Plan
    •  What is the current state of your back office? (Get gut level honest here – it’s important)
    • What does your ideal back office look like when it is running well?
    • What do you need to do to accomplish a well run back office?
    • Set a time to get started and then stick to that plan.
  •  Clean up your desk:
    • It can be difficult to get a handle on your back office if your desk is a mess.  Start by sorting the items on your desk; pens, paperclips, paper, books etc.Once you sort out the things on your desk, find a home for those items.  If the items are no longer needed, consider donating them to the thrift store if they are still in good condition.
  • Sort out the papers:
    • I realize you may be groaning over this one, but the papers will not go away on their own.  We must deal with ALL aspects of our business, including the paperwork.  Sort them by vendor, expense, banking, taxes, insurance, etc.
    • Once you have them sorted, determine if the paperwork needs immediate attention, filed in the current year files, or if they should be filed, boxed and stored.
  • Pace Yourself:
    • Remember – Your back office did not get this way overnight (often it creeps up on us slowly) therefore, you will not be able to fix it overnight.  Have patience with yourself and pace yourself.  Set aside an 1/2  hour a day to work on your back office, and over time these small steps will accumulate and make a huge difference.

This week I challenge you to take time to make a plan. Once you have the plan in place, set aside 1/2 hour (or more) each day and focus on cleaning up your desk and sorting out your papers.   Remember to pace yourself.  Progress will come if you remain consistent.
Next week we will begin to talk about key functions of the back office and how to successfully navigate these important aspects of your business.
Do you have specific challenge and/or question about your back office?  Feel free to submit them HERE and I will get back to you with my thoughts and possible solutions.
Keeping it Simple,
~Victoria
 

11: The View From The Top w/ Aaron T Walker

EP. 11Today’s Guest is Aaron T. Walker of ViewFromTheTop.com
“Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.”

Key Takeaways

  • “As leaders we don’t need to empower people. We need to create an environment for others to empower themselves.”  Charles Weathers
  • Have a mastermind/accountability group to encourage and lift you up in good and bad times.
  • “Embrace the tension, because it’s not going to go away.”
  • When you are struggling, go to the Scripture, pray, or get people around you that can lift you up and provide help.
  •  “We are the sum total of the people we hang out with and the books we read.”
  • Be careful who you ask for advice from.
  • Intentionally build relationships everyday. Build long-term relationships and more relationships more often.
  • Take plenty of time to pick and hire a new team member.
  • “Cant couldn’t do it and could did it all.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet ” “We are the sum total of the people we hang out with and the books we read.” @vtfcoach”]
  • [Tweet “”Embrace the tension, because it’s not going to go away.” @vtfcoach”]
  • [Tweet “”As leaders we don’t need to empower people. We need to create an environment for others to empower themselves.” @charlesweathers“]
  • [Tweet “”Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all.” @vtfcoach”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR11

06: Lessons From the Landscape Business w/ Chip D. Thompson

PODCAST EP. 06Today’s guest is Chip D. Thompson the Host of the ‘Out of the Box Local’ podcast.  Through the years he has built a portfolio of business experience that includes, landscaping, real estate, handyman and computer sales.

Today my focus is about getting more business for my clients. It is interesting to look back over my life and find what pieces have come together from each one of my experiences to give me the perspective I have today.
I enjoy the fact that now I work with businesses or B2B, in truth I’m working with the owners of those businesses. If you want to see me in my prime, meet me at the next networking event when surrounded by happy energetic business owners! – Chip D Thompson

Key Takeaways

  • You need to understand why you excelled at what you did, because it may not be what you were supposed to do. Then you are able to move on to something else.
  • If your gonna be an entrepreneur, why not take the initial ‘out of comfort zone’ approach?
  • Take time to slow down and listen to your family when they want to talk.
  • Focus on one thing, set your mind to those tasks for the day, and get them done.
  • Social Media is a great networking tool. It is a great way to connect with others and get to know many different people.
  • Start with networking and find someone that challenges you and get referrals from them.
  • Try to get tools that will work on your computer and your phone. This will give you easy access when you need it.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The two things that will change a life is the people you meet and the books you read.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”It’s not about the money, it’s about their experience. The money will flow afterward.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”Make one solid connection today, instead of following fifteen people today.” @ChipDThompson”]
  •  [Tweet “”If you happen to help other people get what you want then you’ll get what you want.” (paraphrase of Matthew 7:12) ~Zig Ziggler @ChipDThomas”]

 Resources

Complete show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR06