TBG – #26 – Interview: Ariana Smith

Here’s some free legal advice: trademark your s**t.
If anyone knows anything about new business formation, it’s Ariana Smith. Founder and managing attorney of AC Smith Law Firm, Smith helps entrepreneurs and small businesses secure their intellectual property via trademarks, contracts, more. We sat down with Smith to discuss her legal journey, how she started two legal firms, and what key advice she has for the next wave of lawyers.

TBG – #25 – Lifestyle Business

Most businesses fall into two buckets: those built for scale, and those built for maintaining a lifestyle. We peel back the layers of lifestyle businesses, a venture created solely for founders to maintain and enjoy a particular way of life. Breaking down the basic principles of creating a lifestyle business, we discuss key points to determine if this business type is right for you.

TBG – #24 – Topic Discussion: Taking L’s

Consistent winners are also the biggest losers. We’re conditioned to think that great ideas always turn into successful businesses when in fact, entrepreneurs fail more times than most. In this humbling episode, we dig through our past to uncover lessons learned from every L and how we used them to come out closer to the top the next time around.

We discuss avoiding unnecessary stress with kill fee clauses and F.U money, to finding harmony in partnerships with the proper vetting techniques.

TBG – #23 – Interview: Hugh Johnson – Founder of HAMJ Tax Services

If you decide to leave a good job and start your own business, Mr. Hugh Johnson advises staying away from wet blankets. As founder and president of HAMJ accounting services, Mr. Johnson learned not to share his dreams with everyone, especially those that would deter him from pursuing them. We walk through how he started his business with limited capital and tight deadlines, and succeeded by keeping quality service top of mind in everything he did.

TBG – #22 – Book Review: 4 hour Work Week

If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that there’s more than one way to work. But even pre-Covid, Tim Ferris was always in favor of dramatically changing the way we operate in the workplace. In this episode, we discuss Ferris’ best-selling book, 4 Hour Work Week, and the dramatic recommendations he suggests to improve your life. From reducing daily email checks to speed reading, we delve into the hacks that may (or may not) get you closer to working less and experiencing more.

TBG – #21 – Movie Review: Ford V Ferrari

Trying to make a good business decision? Check your ego at the door. We review the movie, Ford vs. Ferrari, a historical sports drama depicting the fierce battle between the two automobile giants. Along the way, we uncover character types and questionable business scenarios influenced by egos rather than expert advice and data.

TBG – #20 – Discussion: Non Profits

Did you know Ikea is a non profit? With so many types of nonprofits (and their close cousin, not for profits) it can be a confusing business setup. Simone Wellington, community outreach manager for various non profits, joins us to discuss the benefits, challenges and misconceptions of nonprofits, and why they’re important to society.

TBG – #19 – Case Study : Mailchimp

Email marketing isn’t sexy, but it is essential to a business’ success. Mailchimp may be a common name now, but during its 17 years of growth, the company was unlike any of the glorious startup valuations we’ve become accustomed to. Join us as we discuss Mailchimp’s beginnings, how they grew their business without venture capital, and how they continue to over serve their customer base of small to mid sized businesses.

TBG – #18 – Movie Review | Startup.com

Great ideas don’t always turn into great businesses. We discuss the chaotic dot com era and Startup.com, a documentary that covers the rise and rapid fall of one company, Govworks. Startup.com may be 20 years old, but the lessons we uncover from this cautionary tale are still relatable when starting a business today.

TBG – #17 – Topic Discussion: The Cost to be the Boss

Starting your own business can get pricey real fast, but it may not be as expensive as you think. We discuss some of the initial startup costs to consider when developing your idea. From creating a digital presence and advertising your services, to getting incorporated and hiring your first team members, we provide a quick primer on what it takes to be the boss.