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Small Business Straight Talk | Productivity, Time Management, Business Systems, & Mindset

Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist For Small Business Owners

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If you’re a small business owner who wants to learn effective business strategies, improve time management, and elevate productivity to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most, this podcast is for you! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer and the creator of Leverage Lab®. Amber gives small business owners the straight talk on what it takes to reduce stress, be productive, and grow your business. Tune in and subscribe to get the straight talk on ...
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Should I be doing my own bookkeeping and accounting? Is QuickBooks the best software for me to use in my business, or is there another accounting software I should be using? What’s the best way for me to process my payroll? How can I track my money and cash flow? How do I prepare for my business taxes? What do my financial statements really mean? How can I bring my business to the next level? How can I grow my business? What is the best way to create my business strategy? Should I start a si ...
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Do you wish you felt like you belonged in a room of successful, motivated women? A community of unbiased, no judging, supportive women? Do you want actionable solutions to everyday issues in your small business? Then this podcast is for you and girl, I’ve been right where you are! Hi! I’m Emily, entrepreneur, designer, renovator, mover & shaker! That’s ME!!! We will implement actionable solutions for your small business. We will give you tips and tricks for to help with the back end of your ...
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Join James Eling as he discusses the strategy and tactics of Small Business and the strategy and tactics of histories great generals. Growing a small business is tough. We look at leadership, innovation, technology and how to wrap it all up to build a fast growing company. James runs 3 companies, generates over 5,000,000 page views a year and has customers in 5 countries. Learn how you can marry the latest technology with the ageless principles of Sun Tzu for your business today.
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It’s time to run your business – and stop letting it run you. One Next Step, hosted by BELAY CEO and author Tricia Sciortino and Lisa Zeeveld, CFO and COO, is the most practical business podcast in the world. It provides tangible takeaways and actionable insights for listeners every week so leaders can affect change in their business immediately. Because after working with thousands of entrepreneurs, executives, and organizations, powerhouse virtual staffing company BELAY has the real-world ...
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Your employees or independent contractor expenses are likely one of your highest expenses in your business and as a smart business owner, you want to make sure you are monitoring these expenses to ensure maximum efficiency. Over the last few years, your business may have had the need to shift to a more remote or virtual workforce. Many business own…
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In this episode of the Small Business Straight Talk Podcast, I sit down with Marcel Petipas, the CEO & Co-Founder of Parakeeto, a company dedicated to helping agencies measure and improve their profitability by streamlining their operations and reporting systems. We dive into how you can interpret your important operational metrics to help you take…
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As a business owner, you are always looking for ways to save time in your business, but you want to make sure you are not cutting corners in one place and causing additional problems down the road. This holds true when you are doing your bookkeeping as well. I always tell my clients when they are setting up their bookkeeping systems to make sure th…
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I dive into how you can ruthlessly starve your distractions and feed your focus so you can consistently show up your best during scheduled work time. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What You Can Do To Starve Your Distractions ✔ What you Can Do To Feed Your Focus ✔ Resources To Help You Implement Each Of Those ✔ How Environmental Factors & P…
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When you think about how far you’ve come in your business, do you feel proud of yourself? Most business owners will answer this question by thinking not really or talking about where they need to go in their business as they dismiss the question so that they don’t feel like they are being annoying or overconfident with themselves. It is easy to com…
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I sit down with self-care strategist and the owner of B.Nourished.com, Katie McDonald, to dive into her journey to becoming an expert on self-care which began with a long period of self-neglect which led to self-destruction and a life-changing epiphany. Katie shares strategies for committing to nourishing self-care and getting on the path towards a…
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Obtaining credit for a business is critical so that they can borrow additional funds if needed. Establishing and building business credit is essential for any business owner, whether they are looking to expand and grow their company with financing or even if they don’t intend on utilizing any financing. By establishing a good credit history with le…
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I dive into strategies to create time to work ON your business so you can stop spending so much time working IN your business and instead, invest your time in the activities that will grow it. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How I Became The Productivity Specialist ✔ Why It’s Important To Create Time To Work ON Your Business ✔ What That Mea…
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As a business owner, it is important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to tax preparation. You want to make sure that you are ready for any unexpected decrease in expenses or increases in income so that you don't have any surprises when it comes time to pay your taxes. The rules and regulations change every year, and if you are not prepared,…
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I sit down with Nick Hutchison, the visionary force behind BookThinkers and author of Rise of the Reader, to dive into strategies to consume information in a way that makes an impact and supercharges your success by applying your learning. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Nick Became A Book Guy ✔ What Helped Him Stop Living Below His Pot…
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Whether you set goals at the beginning of the year or you have resolutions you have promised yourself you’d do in the new year, now is the time to make sure you are on track so that you can follow through with your goals and resolutions for the remainder of the year. I’m sure that you’ve heard that most people will quit their resolution after just …
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In this episode of the Small Business Straight Talk Podcast, I reflect on the last year in my business and give you a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges I overcame, as well as my thought process on determining the right solutions for myself and my business which included holding the line. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Productivity R…
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When you own your own business, you are always learning something new. Making sure that you have a team to support you where you lack skills or lack the time to devote to certain tasks will not only help you sleep at night, but you will also have the confidence knowing that your business is operating at an efficient level. In today’s podcast episod…
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I sit down with the CEO and Founder of Work On Your Game Inc., Dre Baldwin, to dive into what he believes is the real key to showing up consistently and achieving success in business and life: self-discipline. This episode is jam-packed with golden nuggets of wisdom you can apply to your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Dre Sta…
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When you want to be successful, you need to make sure you are taking advantage of every minute of your day. Some people make their success seem so simple. Most successful entrepreneurs follow a routine that they know they can stick to on a consistent basis to get the results they ultimately want to achieve in life and in their business. In today’s …
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Not every idea or project is worth pursuing. Not every goal is worth creating. When deciding what you want to accomplish in your business this year, make sure it honors your vision of success, otherwise you could be sabotaging many of your personal goals in the name of a successful business and wind up ringing in 2025 feeling like you deserve a big…
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If you have a business or do bookkeeping for business owners, you know now is the time you need to wrap up your year-end financial statements. If you’ve heard the phrase closing the books, this is exactly what it means. You simply make sure you have all your money coming in and money going out of your business recorded and reconciled so that your f…
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Understanding your numbers and keeping up to date on your finances is key to the success of your business. When you actively keep a pulse on your business finances, you will certainly make better business decisions. If you are thinking that you are just not a numbers person, you’re not good when it comes to numbers or math, or you are afraid to mak…
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I’ve been getting quite a few messages from business owners saying that they are struggling to create a budget for their business. Some are just getting their business up and running, and others have been in business for a few years. Either way, having a budget for your business will allow you to dictate how you want your money coming in and out of…
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I dive into committing to one new microhabit that will help you enjoy the journey of being a business owner so you can be sustainable for the long haul and that is celebrating your wins, both big and small. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Focusing On Microhabits Is Important ✔ The Key To Success With Any Microhabit ✔ Why You’re Not Cele…
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With the end of the year coming to a close, you want to make sure that you have everything done correctly in your business, right? One of the many important year-end tasks is to make sure that you are correctly paying and classifying wages. There are many different entity types that businesses can be set up as, and depending on how you’re your busi…
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ChatGPT has been the biggest game changer for Small Business looking for productivity improvements. There has been a lot of talk about what AI can and can't do and what you should and shouldn't do with AI. Last week I uploaded our P&L and Balance Sheet because I wanted to get some advice on how our company is going. I think this will be something t…
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The W9 form is an important form, and more than likely, you’ve either had a request for this form, or you yourself may be requesting them from your vendors. This form is used to collect information about others, but knowing in advance that you need to request this information will not only save you valuable time but it will also give you the inform…
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I dive into how taking time to gain clarity on what hasn’t been working in your business this year and cleaning the slate of that baggage this month can help you start fresh in 2024. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ An Easy Way To Reclaim A Lot Of Time & Energy ✔ 3 Powerful Questions To Ask To Gain Clarity ✔ What You Need To Leave In 2023 ✔ …
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There’s often a misconception when it comes to figuring out what you’ll be taxed on in your business. This is normally referred to as your net income. Many business owners will take a look at their business bank account and think this is the number they will use for their net income or what they will be paying taxes on, but it isn’t an accurate way…
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Navigating the year-end chaos is often top of mind for many business owners, professionals, and accountants during this challenging time when there is so much to do not only in our professional lives but in our personal lives as well. During this year-end rush, it’s easy to worry about how you’ll manage the stress and ensure you not only get everyt…
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I dive into some of my favorite task management strategies I use in my business and discuss how they can easily be implemented into your personal life to reduce stress and accomplish more. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ 5 Fundamental Task Management Strategies For Your Personal Life ✔ What Those Strategies Look Like In Your Business ✔ Easy…
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When you think about the end of the year, do you have goals that you’ve set that you still need to achieve? When you take the time to be intentional about elevating your year-end success, you’ll be sure to end the year with a sense of satisfaction, knowing you’ve done everything you could to wrap up this year not only with achievement but also mome…
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Payroll might not be the most glamorous topic, but it’s a large part of your business if you have employees. If you don’t have any employees yet, understanding how to add payroll to your business will be extremely important. When you have employees, you need to create a process of paying your employees, ensuring they receive their money on time and…
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I’m going to share with you a big decision that I recently made in my business and why I made it to help you determine if you are in need of making a big decision. Why? So you can take action to make sure your business goals align with your personal goals in this season. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Goals For This Upcoming Season ✔ Th…
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As a business owner, you want to maximize your potential, both in your finances and in your personal growth. Learning how to invest in yourself so that you can become a better business owner is essential to not only your growth but the growth of your business as well. When you grow as an individual, you not only reap the benefits in your personal l…
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I sit down with the owner of Growing Your Team, Jamie Van Cuyk, to dive into some effective strategies to help you to grow your team by quickly attracting the right candidates and simplifying the hiring process! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Biggest Hiring Challenge Business Owners Face (And What To Do About It) ✔ Why Business Owners Ofte…
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We need to bridge the world of business ownership or your career with your personal development. Taking the time to navigate the complexities of being a business owner or having a career while finding balance in your life is important, but when we start to add the complications of burnout, it really starts to leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelme…
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Being highly sensitive is a real thing! Discover how highly sensitive people can be highly successful! Listen as I talk with Heather Dominick about her story and how she helps other women in small business get past this! You can meet Heather Dominick at: www.businessmiracles.com If you would like to chat with me or do a discovery call, then email m…
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I dive into strategies to organize your workspace effectively so you can significantly increase your efficiency and improve your productivity. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Disorganization Is Costing You ✔ The #1 Reason You’re Not Organized… Yet ✔ Positive Proof You Can Get Organized ✔ The Magical Power Of A Reset ✔ How Improved Orga…
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Have you ever wondered if starting a business is right for you? Starting a business is both an exciting and challenging endeavor, and recognizing the right time to start is crucial. Determining the right time to start your own business can be a daunting decision. In today’s episode, I help you determine when you’re truly ready to take the plunge in…
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Do you want to learn how you can build confidence and harness it to be a more effective, successful business owner? Then tune into today’s episode of Productivity Straight Talk in which I sit down with author and leader strategist, Nicole Kalil, to take a deep dive into all things confidence. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Confidence …
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When you stay on top of your bookkeeping, you’ll feel more confident and relieved knowing you have financial information you can count on to make smart business decisions. When it comes to your business finances and particularly your bookkeeping, I often hear business owners who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed because their bookkeeping has sta…
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Well, we made it! 300 episodes of Productivity Straight Talk. Wow! It seems like only a few short months ago I was coming up with ideas for my very first episode. Yet here we are, six-and-a-half years later, producing our 300th episode. It’s been a great ride and I appreciate you being along for part of the journey! In this special 300th episode, I…
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Now that we are finding ourselves in the fourth quarter of the year, it’s time to start wrapping up this year on a high note, and I’m here to guide you through the essential steps you should be taking in this last quarter. If you are anything like me, these last three months of the year go by so quickly, and before I know it, January is here, the h…
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I sit down with the founder and CEO of business consulting firm Golden Key Partnership, Lauren Goldstein, to dive into the world of fractional COOs and discuss what they can bring to the table of a business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Role Of A Fractional COO ✔ The Benefits Of Having One ✔ How To Know If Your Business Is Ready To H…
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Finding insights and strategies for streamlining your business operations and boosting your bottom line will include maximizing productivity with the workflows in your business. Being efficient will save you time, and since we only have so much time each and every day, you want to make sure you are maximizing all the efficiencies you can in your bu…
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If you find yourself thinking you need to grow before you can start bringing on help, you might have it backwards. Often, investing in the right people can free you up to focus on growing far more efficiently than you could on your own. Today’s guests are a powerful team who have learned this truth through firsthand experience: Geoff Welch and Trúc…
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I dive into how you can get started creating systems in your business so you can gain more control, diminish overwhelm, and run a more efficient, profitable business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A Business System Is ✔ The Results Of Not Having Effective Systems ✔ The Benefits Of Having Business Systems ✔ Where To Start Creating Sys…
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As a business owner, bookkeeper, or accountant, you want to make sure that you are utilizing your time as wisely as possible, which includes processing your bookkeeping in the most efficient way possible. There are many options for you to do this when you are using a computerized software system for your bookkeeping, but making sure you are utilizi…
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What is my greatest asset as a business owner and how do I leverage that? How do I as the CEO of my small business get out of the day to day operations and have time for CEO level work??? Let's listen with Donna as she helps us with the 6 Habits to success Website: www.ceoamplify.caFB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ceoamplifyLinkedIn: https…
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I sit down with the My guest on today’s episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with the CEO and Founder of Powered by Aspire, Renie Cavallari. Renie is an expert at helping people defeat their head trash so it stops holding them back from reaching their potential in their business and life. Tune in and learn how to dump your head trash t…
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You may hear the word perseverance a lot in the world of entrepreneurship, but what does it really mean for you and your business? How have you persevered in your business? How will you stay on course and continue to persevere in your business in the future, no matter what comes up? Persevering is all about being able to stay committed to your goal…
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In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into numerous ways you can stay true to yourself and take your marketing and visibility back to the reliable basics, all so you can strategically nurture your past and current client relationships and continue building long-term success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Most Important…
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