The boring sh!t in business Podcast with Amy Bajada

Ahh the boring sh!t in business .. you know the sh!t I'm talking about! Profit margins, cash flow, forecasting, strategy .. oh my! Eyes rolling? Then you've come to the right place! I have developed a platform here to break the stigma attached with the boring components of business. It's here to provide education, fun, provoke discussion and challenge the notion that our numbers may actually not be as boring as they seem. Don't believe me? Have a listen! A x

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5 days ago

Snoop Dogg once said ... "I've got my mind on my money and my money on my mind" ... Whilst he isn't hailed one of the masterminds of this area of expertise, you can't deny that he has a really good point! ...  Money and mindset go hand in hand, and I know you already know that!  As a financial coach I see this all too often .. many business owners convinced that they just aren't good with money because maths wasn't their best subject in school.  Now whilst that's a watered down version of the many conversations I've had with business owners over the years, the one thing remains constant, there is a real problem with mindset when it comes to money and in particular business owners wanting to participate in the financial side of their business. For some reason there is this real fear, or even disregard for the importance of knowing more about this in our businesses.  And for all the power that it holds, I'm surprised time and time again when this isn't the first thing business owners want to know when they start a business. There are many reasons this problem is created, and throughout this episode I explore a few of them along with of course providing nuggets of valuable ways we can shift this mindset and these blocks for run more financial freeing businesses. Check out the conversation here.   For free financial resources to help you improve margins, profitability and cashflow ... head to my website www.amybajada.com.au   My Small Business Cashflow Course ... opening again on the 30th May 2022, www.amybajada.com.au/sbcc   To discuss 1:1 coaching opportunities ... simply book a discovery call at www.amybajada.com.au/discoverycall   And to join my inner circle ... www.amybajada.com.au/signup  

Wednesday May 11, 2022

"Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs : the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so." - Unknown Mindset is such a powerful thing, and in this episode I get to sit down with Mindset Coach Kim Gray.  Kim hales from over 30 years experience in the education sector, and has recently moved in to the mindset space with the goal of inspiring as many women as she can during this journey.  With a focus on personal development and wellbeing, Kim is driven to motivate and inspire those in search of their own clarity and empowerment in their lives. Living a life by design is a goal of most .. throughout this episode, Kim tells me all about how her world aligned thanks to a fateful email reminder, taking her to where she now gets to live hers.  We discuss how we have the choice to our life and how it's important to stay true to ourselves.  As well as so much more!  So be sure to take a listen. A x   Kim can be contacted through the following channels; email - kimgrayconsulting@gmail.com phone - +61 412 634 396 facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KimGrayConsulting instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kimgray_consulting/   Links to other discussion points; the business boardroom - contact Amy Bajada on amy@amybajada.com.au cashflow mindset - through The Small Business Cashflow Course www.amybajada.com.au/sbcc  

Wednesday May 04, 2022

"There are some people who sign up for the goal, but don't sign up for the discomfort that comes with achieving the goal." Being in business is hard ... choosing the right "team" to work with you can be even harder.  With the term "Coach" more prevalent than ever, coaches are under the spotlight when it comes to deliverables.  And in many cases rightfully so. But the role of a coach often becomes blurred with the expectations placed upon them.  Whilst it is a coach's responsibility to "instruct, direct or prompt", many lose sight of the effort required on their part to achieve the goals as promised by the coach or coaching program. And here in lies the problem.  Let's explore this further. A x   Programs discussed throughout this episode ... Small Business Cashflow Course (Back May 2022) ... www.amybajada.com.au/sbcc Book a discovery call with me ... www.amybajada.com.au/discoverycall Join my community ... www.amybajada.com.au/signup  

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

If you are anything like me and love a good organising system, or if you're not and would like to try one, I recommend Trello.  Traditionally a pen and paper kind of gal, I found that the more my business evolved, and the busier I got, having numerous note pads laying around just didn't cut it.  I needed something that I could have on hand, and that would be easy enough to organise everything in the one spot. It wasn't an easy transition for me going digital like this, but it's one of the best things I could have done for my business and if I'm being honest, for life in general. So in this episode, I just wanted to showcase how I use Trello for my business.  I understand that every business is different, therefore this isn't a "do it this way" kind of episode.  But more of a "this is how I use it, perhaps you may need something like this to assist you also" kind of episode. Be sure to take a listen, you just never know what kind of organising spark it might ignite in you to assist you in this area of your business. A x   Those topics covered that may be of interest to you ... What is Trello? [1:27] 1st Use - Idea Capture [3:31] 2nd Use - Course Creation [8:21] 3rd Use - Social Media Planning [12:45]   Relevant Links ... Trello : https://trello.com/ Join my Small Business Cashflow Course Waitlist (which is going live again in May 2022) ... https://www.amybajada.com.au/waitlist   Book a Discovery Call with Amy Bajada ... https://www.amybajada.com.au/discoverycall Join my community ... https://www.amybajada.com.au/signup        

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

For those that know me, know that I'm one of the biggest supporters of businesses going around.  I love and celebrate all types of business structures.  My guest today, Zoe George .. the Subtle Mummy ... took a moment out of her very busy schedule to spend some time to educate me on the business of being a Public Figure.   As subtle as a brick in the face, in her words, Zoe tells it like it is, not only on her blog and social media profiles, but here on this podcast.  We talk about the art of staying true to your brand, the reality of what it takes to run her brand and a very honest understanding of the cost savings of hiring Public Figures to promote brands.  Join Zoe and I as chat ... Ways to get in contact with Zoe .. Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/thesubtlemummy Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thesubtlemummy Website : http://www.thesubtlemummy.com/  

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022

It's April. It's the beginning of the last quarter of our financial year here in Australia.  And it's no time to put the brakes on in your business!!!! In all the years I've been doing this, I have seen many business owners get to April and convince themselves that it's time to start gearing up for the new financial year, and winding down from the one coming to an end.  STOP!!  Mindset is such a powerful tool to achieving the results you want, and it's no different now.  You still have 3 months, 12 weeks, 90 days to make a huge impact on your business results and on your cashflow ... so now is certainly not the right time to slow down and wrap up. In this episode, coming at cha with the high energy you should have right now, I take you through the 10 things you can do right now to make the last quarter of this financial year count!! Here is the outline of what you can expect to hear; #1 : Get clear on what record keeping tasks still need to be completed [0:47] #2 : Perform your product stock takes and understand the impact of your stock levels and align these with your plans for the new financial year [2:04] #3 : Get your Superannuation up to date [3:17] #4 : Understand what your deductibles are, but don't buy deductibles you don't need [4:07] #5 : Review your actual results against your forecasted results .. it's never too late [5:06] #6 : Develop your Financial Forecast / Business Plan for the new year [6:10] #7 : Understand what resources you will need to execute your new year plans .. never too early to start brining yourself up to speed and ready to go [7:21] #8 : Check in your liabilities ... include these in your plans [8:22] #9 : Check that your pricing strategy is effective enough to achieve your results [9:33] #10 : Perform a Business Systems Review [10:46]   This should keep your energy up, your goals on track and you busy for now!  Go make it count my friend!! A x   Resources to assist you along the way .. A FREE Guide to Business Forecasting (7 page PDF download) www.amybajada.com.au/freeforecastingguide 3 things you can do daily to improve your cashflow (PDF download) www.amybajada.com.au/cashflowpdf   Don't forget to join the waitlist for my Small Business Cashflow Course which is back in May/June 2022 www.amybajada.com.au/waitlist  

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

I often joke about leaving my 9-5 job to open my business so that I can work 24/7.  But is it really a joke.  This statement is false in two parts ... the first, since entering the world of corporate finance, I have never worked a 9-5 job EVER.  And the second was that it was a joke ... because it is no joke.  There are moments where I feel like I work 24/7 and moments when I actually do.  And perhaps this is the first mistake all these leading coaches will tell me, that I'm making ... but when you run a business, when you are passionate about something like I am about what I do, there have been plenty of mistakes I've made along the way, but I don't think this is one of them. So join me as we unpack this ...   Mistake 1 : Thinking work would just land in my lap [4:44] Mistake 2 : Trusting my immediate network would carry my business in the early stages [6:35] Mistake 3 : Assuming what I had on offer was for everyone [8:10] Mistake 4 : Thinking I knew what tech I needed to run my business [9:57] Mistake 5 : Stretching myself too thin just to get work done [12:33]   Whilst these weren't the only mistakes I made, and continue to make, I might add, I love learning ... I'm sure you can relate.  Come take a listen. A x   Tech mentioned throughout the episode Canva [Graphic Design program] www.canva.com Sked [Scheduling program] www.skedsocial.com Convertkit [Creator Marketing program] www.convertkit.com Audacity [Audio Editing Software program] www.audacityteam.org Trello [Visual Work Management program] www.trello.com Kartra [Online Business program] www.kartra.com Squarespace [Website Builder program] www.squarespace.com Podbean [Podcast Platform] www.podbean.com   Other links mentioned throughout : Episode 72 : Mum Guilt   If you would like to learn about the ways we can work together, please head to www.amybajada.com.au To schedule a FREE no obligation Discovery Call with me, simply follow the prompts at www.amybajada.com.au/discoverycall  

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

My guest on this episode is no stranger when it comes to dealing with small business ... Michelle Crutcher has had over 20 years business experience working for some of the largest global organisations in the procurement space. Having had seen the struggles and challenges small businesses face when trying to compete with large organisations she is on a mission to help small businesses become more competitive in their market whilst creating profitable and sustainable businesses that fuels their purpose and passion and lights them up every day. I first met Michelle last year, when we both embarked on the journey to take our talents and businesses online.  I clicked with Michelle immediately due to our joint love of bringing big business thinking to small business owners.  In this episode, Michelle and I not only talk about her new program the "Business Growth Mindset" | a 3 month Online Program designed to take your business to the next level and set you up for profit and sustainability, but also time management, procrastination in business and travelling to Italy. It's a great episode packed sure to get you thinking about how you run your business and whether there is room for improvement. Be sure to join us ... A x   Links on how to get in contact with Michelle to find out more about her program ...   Business Growth Mastermind Waitlist : https://www.michellecrutcher.com/businessgrowthmastermind Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/michelle.crutcher.12/ Small Business Success Facebook Group (run by Michelle) : https://www.facebook.com/groups/308144417852924 Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/michellecrutcher03 LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-crutcher-8186b526/ Website : https://www.michellecrutcher.com 2022 Planner Free Resource : https://www.michellecrutcher.com/2022planner   Other links as mentioned in the episode ...   My Small Business Cashflow Course waitlist : www.amybajada.com.au/waitlist  

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

In my lifetime I have been an accountant, a CPA member, a CFO, a Director of Possibilities, a Commercial Manager, a CEO, a Financial Coach .. but the minute I gave birth to my son, the only title that seemed to matter to the outside world was "Mum".  And perhaps a little more internal than I gave it credit for.  But essentially from the moment I met my son .. my world and my perception of me in it changed.  I was flung into a feeling of guilt I'd never felt before. Guilt because my business was where I felt more at home, more drawn to ... but I now have a child that needs me, that I love more than any other love I've known before .. but there just isn't enough hours in the day to be everything for everyone. This episode is a glimpse into how my world changed when I had my son.  How every day since has been a combination of carrying my laptop around to get a moment of work in between my duties as a mum, how I feel the most aligned to my work whilst still figuring this mum stuff out and of course the steps that I take on a daily basis to combat these feelings. I know I'm not alone in this .. and perhaps this is my way of changing the narrative, changing the words .. eliminating the term guilt and just recognising that more needs to be done to ensure that we educate our children along with ourselves on the premise that there is a human side to being a mum and how we have more outside of our "mum" world and that we have other things we need to attend to. Take a listen ... let me know what you think. If you like what you hear, please support my podcast by hitting that subscribe/like/follow button (who knows that it is these days as it's different for each platform where you may be listening) If you'd like to know more about what work I do outside of being a mum, and how I can assist you with your business, schedule a FREE NO OBLIGATION DISCOVERY CALL here ... www.amybajada.com.au/discoverycall If you are a business owner and would like to join my community and get early access to trainings, courses, free content and business support ... JOIN MY MAILING LIST here ... www.amybajada.com.au/signup  

Thursday Mar 17, 2022

Whilst I have the pleasure of working with business owners on their financial strategies, the downside to this type of work is understanding the financial pressures and pains that business owners go through.  Downside only from the point of view that I really wish they didn't have to go through such pain to get to a better place. So it pains me to no end, when I see on various forums like Facebook groups, business owners asking for something either for little fee or worst still ... for free!  Really? I call time on this!  It's time to start to value small business more.   In a recent scroll through Facebook groups as a way to keep my engagement up, I found myself getting more and more frustrated by the recurring theme of questions being asked ... One in particular sent me over the edge and prompted the discussion on this episode today ... it went something along the lines of "I'm about to reignite my coaching business and I need a website, but I have a very little, to no budget and was hoping someone could help me out" ... non threatening enough I hear you say, but when you dissect what this person is asking, is it really in the spirit of supporting small business, or just looking for something for nothing because it is posted in a way that disguises these questions as friendly support for other businesses ... lets chat about this. If this is a recurring theme for you and you would like to work on this to improve your financial foundations for your business, let's book a free, no obligation discovery call where we can talk about strategies to get you to your desired outcome for your business.  Simply book your call here >>> FREE DISCOVERY CALL Perhaps you're interested in my Small Business Cashflow Course and would like to join the waitlist >>> JOIN WAITLIST HERE Other free resources that could provide assistance with your financial strategies ...  30 Cashflow Challenge >> https://amybajada.kartra.com/page/Cashflowchallenge Elements of an effective Pricing Strategy PDF >> https://amybajada.kartra.com/page/freepricingdownload    

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