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Startup BizCast #28 – Virtual Assistants for Your Small Business (Tracey Lawton)

Have you ever been so ridiculously busy dealing with the smaller details of your business (scheduling, record keeping, etc.) that you have no idea how you’re going to get it all done? Surely it’s happened to us all. But, does it seem to happen to you frequently? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for a virtual assistant. While it sounds like something out of Star Trek, it’s actually an assistant that works from a remote location. My guest this week is Tracey Lawton, who is a virtual business manager and virtual assistant. She runs down her duties and talks about how virtual assistants can be of assistance to your small business.

On this week’s BizCast Brief — Assistance for businesses damaged in the recent California wildfires, the US small business of the year, and gift suggestions for your small business.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Tracey Lawton (www.traceylawton.com)

Listener feedback hotline: (206) 984-0860

Startup BizCast is produced by EndGame PR Podcast Production. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, visit the podcast production page on the EndGame PR website.

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Dangerous Toys” by George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (12-19-07)

Here’s this week’s Small Business Recommended Reading! Details on some of these items are also available during the BizCast Brief segment in this week’s Startup BizCast episode.

US Small Business of the Year Award
US Chamber of Commerce

Aid Coming for California Wildfire Victims
Los Angeles Times

Holiday Gift Picks for Spoiling your Small Business
PC World

The intern opportunity
Financial Post (Canada)

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Startup BizCast Holiday Schedule

Ho ho ho everyone! Just a quick post to let everyone know what the Startup BizCast holiday schedule will look like. Here’s the podcast schedule for the next few weeks:

Week of December 16:
Episode 28 will publish on Wednesday, December 19

Week of December 23:
NO new episode due to Christmas holiday

Week of December 30:
Episode 29 will publish on Wednesday, January 2, but it will be an abbreviated episode

Happy Holidays from Startup BizCast, and may 2008 be a successful one for your business!

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Startup BizCast #27 – How to Form an LLC (John Meyer)

What’s going to happen to your business if a customer sues and wins? If your business is a simple sole proprietorship, they could take everything … including your house, car, and personal bank account. Scary? For sure. That’s why separating your personal assets from your business assets is so important. Forming a corporation helps solve the problem, and that’s this week’s small business advice on Startup BizCast. My guest is John Meyer from The Company Corporation, a firm that helps businesses form entities such as limited liability corporations (LLC). He gives tips on why it’s important to incorporate, and how to get it done.

In this week’s BizCast Brief, I have news on small business optimism continuing to plummet, telecommuting small business owners, and small business owner dyslexia.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
The Company Corporation (www.corporate.com)

Listener feedback hotline: (206) 984-0860

Startup BizCast is produced by EndGame PR Podcast Production. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, visit the podcast production page on the EndGame PR website.

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Dangerous Toys” by George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (12-12-07)

Here’s this week’s Small Business Recommended Reading! Details on some of these items are also available during the BizCast Brief segment in this week’s Startup BizCast episode.

Telecommuting top work choice for small business owners
Telecommunications Magazine

Small Business Optimism Falls to 1993 Low
CNBC

Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia
New York Times

Three Things Every Business Must Have In Order To Create Powerful Marketing
The Leland Tribune

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How Can You Help?

This is going to seem like an odd topic for a blog post, but please bear with me.

Startup BizCast is a free podcast, of course. And, while I did briefly have a sponsor, I’m largely unpaid. I’m not complaining about that fact … believe me. I enjoy producing this podcast and it’s good for my business. But, if you’re a listener of the show and you enjoy it, you might be wondering how you can help me. Even if you’re not wondering that, I have some suggestions, and all but the last one are free!

1) Digg the podcast and the individual episodes. The more times this show is voted for on Digg, the higher it will rank in search results!

2) Link to the Startup BizCast blog. The more links point to this site, the higher it will rank in the search engines, and the more people will be able to find it!

3) Submit feedback, either via voicemail, email, or blog post. Keep me busy!

4) Suggest new topics that you think I should cover. I certainly don’t have the market cornered on good ideas, and I’d love to hear yours.

4) Hire EndGame PR Podcast Production to create a custom podcast for your business! This one might only appeal to a few of you, but if you’ve been thinking that podcasting might help your business, please contact me!

Apologies for the self-indulgent post. Here’s a preview of the next episode, by the way: I plan to provide tips on advice on whether you should form an LLC for your business and, if so, how to do it! Barring any interview scheduling difficulties, the episode should publish on Wednesday, December 12.

Thanks!

-Steve

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Startup BizCast #26 – Local Marketing Mistakes (Nathaniel Stevens)

Everyone makes mistakes. But, what if you could be given a “heads up” about those mistakes before they happen? While I can’t stand in your office and hold up a sign warning of impending doom, I do have some help this week. My guest in this episode is Nathaniel Stevens, President and Founder of online local lead generator Yodle. His company has compiled what it says are the top five local marketing mistakes that small businesses make. He runs through them one by one for us.

In this week’s BizCast Brief, I have stories about fraud accusations against the SBA, the cost of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and help during the holiday rush.

Also this week … listener feedback!

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Yodle (www.yodle.com)
Top Five Local Marketing Mistakes, from Yodle (PDF)

Listener feedback hotline: (206) 984-0860

Startup BizCast is produced by EndGame PR Podcast Production. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, visit the podcast production page on the EndGame PR website.

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Dangerous Toys” by George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (12-5-07)

Here’s this week’s Small Business Recommended Reading! Details on some of these items are also available during the BizCast Brief segment in this week’s Startup BizCast episode.

SBA Accused of Falsifying Small Business Contracting Data by the American Small Business League
MarketWire (News Release)

Small Firms Pay More to Comply with Disability Law
Washington Post Small Business Blogs

MoreBusiness.com Adds Over 100 Business Plans [...] (trackback)
PRWeb (News Release)

Ten Penny-Pinching Ideas for 2008
BusinessWeek (via Yahoo)

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