Finding the Money to Grow with Eda Henries
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by Susan Boles
1w ago
Cash is only easy to come by when you don't really need it. When things are going well, banks are happy to finance loans and lines of credit, and investors are easy to find when you're profitable and growing quickly. But we all know things aren’t always going well. For service-based businesses, where our products aren’t widgets but more often the intangible value of our brains and experiences, we tend to think that outside funding just doesn’t apply to us and our business model. But the truth is that you have more options than you think. And that’s what we’ll geek out about over the next few e ..read more
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The Structure & Policies That Support Your Team with Kate Tyson
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by Susan Boles
3w ago
Consider this scenario: a key employee unexpectedly needs to take an extended leave. Is your business financially and structurally prepared to handle that without a hitch? This is a challenge many small businesses face, and it's crucial to be prepared. As we wrap up our series on sabbaticals, leaves, and breaks, we will examine the policies and financial planning that underpin them. To guide us through this topic, we have the privilege of hearing from Kate Tyson, a seasoned professional from Wanderwell, a consulting and bookkeeping practice focused on small businesses and innovative business m ..read more
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Lazy Training, Fire Drills & Expecting the Unexpected
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by Susan Boles
1M ago
What happens when you unexpectedly need to step away from your business's operations? How can you prepare your business not just to survive but to thrive, even when key team members are away? In our continuing series on planning for leaves, sabbaticals, and breaks from your business, we’re shifting our focus from the personal side to the backbone of any business: operations. Layla Pomper, creator of Process Driven, joins me to delve into the empowering process of building operational resilience in your business. This process not only allows you to take a break more easily but also ensures your ..read more
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Planning for Parental Leave with Erica Courdae & India Jackson
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by Susan Boles
1M ago
How do you step away from your business for a necessary break without losing momentum or compromising your values? Deciding to take a leave or sabbatical, and then figuring out the best approach for you, how to maintain client relationships while you're away, or even ensuring you have enough financial security during your break are all complex challenges that many of us face. As part of my exploration of breaks, leaves, and sabbaticals and all of the different ways you can plan for them, I’m talking to Erica Courdae and India Jackson, the partners behind Pause on the Play, a resource library ..read more
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Navigating Breaks In Business and Life: Inside My Unplanned Hiatus
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by Susan Boles
2M ago
Sometimes, you just need a break. I know I did.   What was meant to be a quick breather turned into a transformative journey of two and a half years. The show (and my company) emerged with a new name, a new look, and a new perspective on what truly sustains a business—and a life. I say that I took a break from my business. But the reality is that I broke. I realized that I was burnt out to the point where I was physically, psychologically, and emotionally impaired.  In this episode, I share the whole story—the behind-the-scenes of what went wrong, what went right, and why I’m back. T ..read more
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Introducing Beyond Margins
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by Susan Boles
2M ago
Break the Ceiling is now Beyond Margins. I’m excited to bring back the show and introduce you to people thinking about operations, finance, and business-building with calm as their top KPI.  Do you know someone who could use a little more calm in their business? Someone who wants to think beyond margins? Share the show with them! And make sure you follow or subscribe in your favorite podcast app. *** Honestly, I don’t really want to 10x my business. There. I said it.  I want interesting work, enough revenue to be comfortable, and 10x the time spent riding my bike or paddling in my ka ..read more
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Examining Your Relationship With Your Business With Nicole Lewis-Keeber
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by Susan Boles
3y ago
You are not your business. Your business is something you are creating, which means you have a relationship with it. Like any relationship that we are in, the relationship that we have with our business can be complex and takes understanding, consideration, and work. And as with our personal relationships, the ones that we have with our businesses are shaped by our past experiences, for better or worse. We might have been told that we’re supposed to leave our baggage at the door when we come into work–we might even think we succeed–but that’s not how humans work. And when we ignore how our pas ..read more
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Busting Productivity Myths and Redefining Work Life Balance with Tanya Dalton
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by Susan Boles
3y ago
When was the last time you crossed off everything on your to-do list? Have you ever? Does even glancing at it make you feel overwhelmed and maybe a little bad about yourself? Hustle culture tells us that working 24/7, 365 will bring us success, that we have to grind it out to gain ground. But not only is that not realistic for real people with families and friends and lives we want to live, it’s not even true. There’s a ton of research out there that says resting actually increases your productivity, your effectiveness, your problem-solving skills and your creativity. We need rest to do our be ..read more
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The End Goal of Maintenance Mode, What it Is, and What it Isn't
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by Susan Boles
3y ago
Maintenance mode as a topic for the podcast actually came out of a personal capacity crisis. Like a lot of people, since March of 2020, I've been without child care. With my son in hybrid school all year long, I gradually started having less and less time to devote to ScaleSpark. I lowered the bar on my expectations for myself and what I could accomplish again and again and again, but there was still stuff that just wasn't getting done. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't sitting around doing nothing. I executed a big business model shift that included piloting my first group program and creating my ..read more
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Preparing Your Business So You Can Take a Real Break with Claire Pelletreau
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by Susan Boles
3y ago
The point of maintenance mode is to give you time and space to take a REAL break. Not a vacation where you're checking your email or you're stuck on your laptop kind of break. But a real, genuine break. That step back can feel kinda scary. It might feel like you're standing at a precipice, trying to figure out if you'll trip and fall over the edge, or if it's just a tiny step down to a solid surface. That step means that you have to trust that the systems you've built and the team you've trained can handle whatever comes up. That's the goal, to allow you to be able to take a break from your bu ..read more
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