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If you’re anything like us, you’re a dreamer, a doer, and a risk taker. You’re audacious, intentional, hard working, and just a little bit irreverent.

We created this podcast so that family-minded entrepreneurs could come together to build a business AND family life they love. Welcome to our community of truly unconventional and truly exceptional families.

 

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Podcast #14- When it's time to hire and mistakes you don't want to make

Podcast # 14: When it’s time to hire and mistakes you don’t want to make

Every entrepreneur comes to a point in their journey when they realize they simply can’t do it all on their own.

The question is… how do you know when that time has arrived? When is it worth spending money to hire help? Can waiting too long actually hold back business growth?

Along with the decision to hire comes a whole slew of new challenges. Choosing the right person, knowing exactly what the job should include, how much to pay, learning to manage another team member, and the dreaded thought of having to fire someone.

If these are questions you’re thinking about, we hope you’ll join us for today’s discussion as Ryan and I talk about when we first realized we needed to hire help, mistakes we’ve made along the way, our lessons learned, and why we think bringing on more team members is one of the greatest ways that you can leverage the work you’re doing and effectively grow your business.

If you’ve already begun the process of working with a team, we hope you’ll be encouraged to hear our own journey in this area, and that you’ll share some of your experiences and wisdom in the comments!

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How to figure out if hiring help is really worth it from a financial standpoint.
  • How to decide which tasks you need to be doing yourself, and what you can hand off.
  • Why you probably aren’t as irreplaceable as you think, and how we figured out that lesson while traveling the world.
  • Ways to determine the right person to hire, and why Ryan has potential new hires take a personality test.
  • How to conduct an interview and be sure that you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to candidates.
  • Why how much you like someone isn’t the best criteria for hiring them.
  • That it’s actually NOT mean to fire someone, and how to do it in a way that protects their dignity.
  • Why you should avoid the $5 T-shirt! In other words, hiring the cheapest person is not usually the best decision.
  • That it’s really valuable to write out a thorough, concise job description, even if you are a very small business.
  • That hiring help is the only way that you can actually make more time than 24 hours in a day.

Resources from this podcast:

Eternity Time Log — the app Ryan used to track his time and help determine what tasks he could hire out.

Strengths Finder — a way to determine your personal strengths and the strengths of your team members, which we find helpful in the hiring process

The right way to hire the right people — a podcast from Michael Hyatt

As well as our ever-growing page of resources.

 

Quotable:

“The bootstrap mentality is exactly what you need to get started but at some point it actually starts to hurt you …. We all hear that you only have 24 hours (in a day), but that’s not true. They way that you get more hours is by hiring more hours.” ~ Ryan Langford

Go ahead and listen by clicking on the play button right here at the top of the post.

Or, listen directly through iTunes or Stitcher!

Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!

What has been your experience with hiring and firing people? Do you have stories to share?

Top image credit: David Joyce

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EntreFamily Podcast #13 - Embracing unconventional roles & making family time a priority with Lexie and Stephen McNeill

Podcast # 13: Embracing unconventional roles & making family a priority with Lexie and Stephen McNeill

Did you become an entrepreneur by accident?

That’s what happened to Lexie and Stephen McNeill. When they first got married and imagined life together, it certainly didn’t include them running two businesses from home, but that’s exactly what happened. And after a few years of living this lifestyle, they’re pretty sold on it.

That’s not to say that everyone around them naturally appreciated or accepted their changing family dynamics at first. As they embraced unconventional roles in their home and family, learning to really divide and conquer the work of making a home, raising a family and earning an income, they had to forge new ways of doing things (regardless of whether others understood their lifestyle choices or not).

Overall, it’s been a journey they’re happy to be on, and they share how they’ve learned to prioritize family time with each other and their girls, their keys to keeping their marriage strong, and lessons they’ve learned about comparing and being the best them they can be.

Join Ryan and I have as we have a conversation with Stephen and Lexie!

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Podcast #12: Six Things We Learned From Our Most Recent Product Launch

This photo of a spaceship launch caught my eye as I was preparing this podcast, because isn’t that how a business launch feels sometimes?

Such a tremendous amount of time, energy, hard work, passion, investment, sacrifice and emotion go into the preparations we make to launch something new with our business, whether it’s a product, an event, a storefront, a website, a new division of the company… and for all of your preparations, you sometimes wonder if that thing is really going to take off or if it’s all just going to crash and burn.

Though we’ve been doing large-scale product launches for several years now, we often feel the same way each time.

A week and a half ago, our team at Ultimate Bundles wrapped up yet another successful product launch, this time our 3rd annual Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

It was a tiring but excellent experience with so many take-aways for us to ponder (as always). So as we transition back into podcasting after a much-needed break (so that we could, well, launch our product), Ryan and I are excited to share with you some of the lessons we learned or realizations we had during this last big event!

In this episode you’ll hear:

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Podcast #11: Leaps of faith and finding work/family balance with Bob and Linda Lotich

One of the greatest parts of this podcast for us is getting to connect with other inspiring, like-minded couples, and this podcast was no exception.

Ryan first connected with Bob on a bundle project early last fall, and then I met both Bob and Linda briefly at a conference in October. We were both impressed with the work they had done to build up their blog, ChristianPF.com, into their family’s sole source of income.

What I love about their story is how they’ve bravely jumped into this lifestyle of being entrepreneurs, even though it was never the original plan, and in the midst of a difficult layoff. Their quick success with the blog is testimony to their hard work and especially Bob’s tenacity in testing, experimenting and learning how he could best optimize the site and maximize their revenue.

I know you’re going to be inspired by hearing their story, so let’s get right to it…

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Podcast #9: Tips for traveling with kids and loving it – with Kyle and Tsh Oxenreider

“If you can change how you think of travel and the purpose of travel as a whole,  it’s not to see all the things — it’s to experience a place, it’s to understand a place better. Yeah – see a few things, but with the main goal of better understanding a place and your place in the world.”

This quote from Tsh (taken from this podcast) is the perfect introduction to a show about traveling with kids. Because no, you won’t do and see everything. Travel comes at a different pace when it’s done as a family. But that’s not necessarily the point.

For many EntreFamilies, you desire to travel, have adventures and explore the world (or maybe just your own country or even your own local region) because you want to raise children who are flexible, risk takers, big dreamers, confident, savvy, humble, holistically-educated, globally-minded, creative, compassionate, and on and on the list goes.

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