Outside General Counsel for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
@edebont Yeah, the comments definitely added to the post.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on How I Quadrupled My YouTube Subscribers in 8 Months [200th VIDEO!]
Congrats on #200. Quite the accomplishment, especially when you think of all the people who have only posted 1 or 2 videos before giving up. Here's to the next 200.
My favorite episode of SSS is the one on doing it all (http://savvysexysocial.com/2013/02/04/doing-it-all/). I think it is important that people realize when it is time to bring in help so you can focus on making the money and they can handle some of the other non-money-making stuff.
BTW, what color exactly are your walls now? They look darker, but it's hard to tell on my screen just what. Black maybe?
Great post Amy. I think people often get hung up on worrying the process will be too complicated or it will cost too much to incorporate their business (or as you call it, "make it official"). Often times that isn't the case, but they don't know if they don't look into it or talk to a business attorney about it. At least here in Ohio, once you know what type of entity is best for you (I recommend working with a lawyer here to make sure you choose the right one) the process is pretty straightforward and something I tell most people they can do on their own in about 5 minutes.
The one big reason to incorporate a business that you didn't talk about is to get liability protection. If your business is just you (not an "official" company) and someone sues the business, they can come after your house, car, or personal bank accounts. But if you have an entity set up and someone sues the business, absent some exceptions they can only go after the assets of the business and not your personal stuff. And even if you don't really own anything that someone could go after, it is always better to incorporate your business now because you will get busy later and forget and not have the protection in place when you need it.
1 month, 1 week ago on 3 Reasons to Make it Official by Filing Your Business [VIDEO]
To add a different take to the discussion, I saw this article this morning that makes the argument that Miley's twerking (still don't know exactly what that is) might have been a great career move for her: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130903113711-5670386-miley-cyrus-best-career-move-ever
3 months, 1 week ago on How To Avoid Personality Overkill Like Miley Cyrus [VIDEO]
So what you are saying is that you weren't a big fan of Miley on Sunday night...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How To Avoid Personality Overkill Like Miley Cyrus [VIDEO]
@schmittastic and congrats on being a TWiT...er, I mean being on TWiT
3 months, 4 weeks ago on How To Define Your Niche [VIDEO]
+1 for Book Yourself Solid
Great tip from the video: Facebook is connecting with people who are already your friends, while Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage with those who you aren't otherwise able to connect with.
4 months ago on Taco Bell’s Sexy Social Media Strategy [VIDEO]
Some good statistics on email marketing http://www.inc.com/jana-kasperkevic/email-sales-crush-social-media.html?nav=river
5 months, 1 week ago on Email is NOT Dead [VIDEO]
Practice and experience. I am always looking for opportunities to speak because I know the more presentations I give, the better I am going to get and more comfortable I will be doing it (very important for an introvert!).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 Presentations to Help You Prepare to Speak
I had no idea about Foursquare brand pages. I thought it was just limited to location check-ins. You can guess what I have been doing for the last 20 minutes... Thanks for the great tip.
7 months, 1 week ago on Foursquare Brand Pages for Web Update [VIDEO]
I think most entrepreneurs get office space because they think they need it. Not for space reasons necessarily, but because having an office makes them feel "legit" or successful - when you work from home it can still be a hobby, but having an office to go to each day makes it a real business. Plus they have something to show off to family and friends when they ask what they have been up to. I am pretty sure my wife thinks I just sit around and watch tv all day when she asks why I haven't swept or picked up anything when she gets home.
Office space is one of the biggest expenses for small businesses (after employees). Yeah you may ultimately get to deduct it on your taxes as a business expense, but you still have to pay it out in the first place. I always advice new business owners to not rush into renting (or buying!) space unless and until they really need it. As a new small business, you should enjoy your flexibility as long as you can - it is easy to give up, but hard to get back once you start growing.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Office Space Debate [VIDEO]
@schmittastic I figured that since you were right on your recommendation of Book Yourself Solid, I would trust you on this one too.
Plus it is really your money I spent :)
8 months ago on Amazon Gift Card Winner!
Thanks for the gift card and the link love. I used the gift card (well part of it) to buy The Tipping Point for my iPad based on your recommendation (I had a picture of me holding the iPad to show off the cover page, Vanna White-style, but I couldn't figure out a way to get it on here).
I'll be listening for your screams of joy in a couple of weeks when they announce the winners.
This is why your fans love you - you aren't afraid to soul puke on the page (or in a video), and you put the real you out there for everyone. I constantly find myself struggling with wanting to do that while maintaining the "professional" appearance that is expected of me.
For the writing, a good piece of advice I received is to take the first hour of your day and just write. If you don't think you can spare an hour, get up an hour earlier. No excuses, just do it. The key is knowing that you have that hour set aside for writing and getting in the habit of doing it first thing each day. Of course this is easier said than done, but much like you support other people vlogging through #SSSVEDA, others can help support your writing and keep you on track.
I hope you enjoyed the Twix! And if you ever need someone to rant to about being an entrepreneur, because we've all been there, let me know.
8 months, 1 week ago on On Writing
Great tip Amy. I saw videos on your LinkedIn page the other day and was (enviously) wondering how you did them. Having portfolio items really makes your profile stand out.
8 months, 1 week ago on Adding Portfolio Items to Your Linkedin Profile [VIDEO]
Congrats on the 100th post. I think you might mean 2PM EDT for the celebratory hangout on Friday though. Silly time change this past weekend and all.
9 months ago on Happy 100th Video! Vote For Me For ColumBEST Blogger! [VIDEO]
I generally agree with your points. When I started practicing law I told everyone, including myself, that I needed an office because I just knew I wouldn't be able to get anything done at home. So I had an office. One of the problems I quickly ran into was that as soon as I was surrounded by other people, I tended to chat with them rather than actually get my own work done. So while I wanted an office so I could focus more on my work, I wasn't getting my work done anyway.
Now I work from home and feel I have somewhat dispelled the self-myth of needing an office, but I definitely think it depends on the person. I am introverted, so I enjoy time by myself to get things done. But I also agree that it is important to get out with other people (as much as I love my four-legged kids, they just aren't the same). That is why I try to schedule meetings with others to force myself out a couple of days a week - for a breakfast, lunch, or even just coffee. Especially here in 2013, business success isn't really about what you know but who you know, so building your network is critical.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Working at Home Sucks (and Ways to Improve the Lifestyle) [VIDEO]
@schmittastic Thanks, that is very helpful. Now if only I could share on G+ straight from TweetBot without having to open in Safari first...
10 months ago on Google Plus Tips From Guy Kawasaki [VIDEO]
Like I suspect with most people, I have just recently jumped on the Google+ bandwagon because it looks like it is going to be the future of Google. My big tip would be to get on G+ now, especially if you are a small business or entrepreneur. If you want people to be able to find you through a Google search, you will need to be active on G+
I have two struggles with G+:
1. Deciding what gets shared on G+ vs. Twitter vs. Facebook vs. LinkedIn vs. whatever other platform is out there. I realize this is an issue of coming up with a marketing/social media plan, which is something I am working on. Right now I tend to share things on each platform based on where I originally found it: if found on G+, then I share on G+, and so on. Probably not the best way though.
2. Easily sharing things on G+ I find on the internet. There are still many sites and blogs that don't provide a button to easily share the content with G+ (some don't even have buttons for Twitter or Facebook!). There are many third-party apps and browser extensions for Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn, but there isn't much for G+. Do Share looks like it could be good for Chrome, but it doesn't help if I am using a different browser or my iPhone. Any other suggestions?