The 2 Cents Business Podcast

The 2 Cents Business Podcast

By Joyce M Washington, CPA
The 2 Cents Business Podcast with Joyce M. Washington, CPA: Money isn't the easiest topic to talk about, especially when there's misinformation and a bunch of jargon to contend with. That's why I created the 2 Cents Business Podcast to bust money myths and cover business money topics like budgeting, business planning, business growth, cloud bookkeeping, team building and profitability without all of the bookkeeping and accounting jargon. Join me every Monday to dive into the money & metrics matters for business owners & entrepreneurs.
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033 - Planning That Makes Money
Success leaves clues...if you pay attention you can use your past to efficiently & effectively plan for your future.  A future that makes sure that your business is as profitable as possible as soon as possible. In this episode, I will run you through my planning process for the year and how I break it down to the quarter and months for optimal profits and time off. Mentioned in today’s episode: My CEO Debriefs:  012 - Quarter In Review: My Q2 CEO Debrief and 027 - Quarter In Review: My Q3 CEO Debrief CEO/CFO Half Day Intensive - schedule a consultation to discuss it here. Pre-Order Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday Sale - Bookkeeping Bootcamp; don’t forget to use the code: BSC100 Remember, this is an open discussion.  If you have a question that you’d like me to answer on an upcoming episode, send an email to podcast@thecommoncents.com. If you’re hanging out on social media, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. For complete show notes & links, go to:  thecommoncents.com/033
12:16
November 29, 2019
032 - Stop Hiring The Wrong People
This episode is a bit of a rant/what grinds my gears because I’m tired of seeing small business owners taken advantage of by so-called virtual bookkeepers. What kicked this up for me was seeing a post about rules for a group that didn’t want there to be “negativity” in the group surrounding calling out inexperienced bookkeepers. So in this episode, I run down why all of this bothers me, the ulterior motives of some group owners, why it’s hurtful to business owners and professionals...and what to do about it. I also invite you to join the notification list for a rare sale that’s coming up for Black Friday (you can join here:  thecommoncents.com/bootcamp) RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
15:33
November 22, 2019
031 - Coaching Vs Consulting - What's the difference?
The difference between coaching vs consulting is subtle but there IS one...and it’s one that could make or break your business.  I know it is dramatic but true. That’s why we’re going to settle the debate between the two and give you a few clues as to who you need and when in your business. Highlights of this episode: 01:47  The great debate between coaching & consulting 02:54  My grip/rant & soapbox 05:00  What is coaching?  And the sports analogy 07:17  The good and the bad of the ease of entry into the field of coaching 08:38  What is consulting? And continuing the sports analogy 10:22  Who you may need to work with and when RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
11:54
November 14, 2019
030 - Stop Fighting Profit First: Implementation Tips & Alternatives
Profit First is still a thing.  Although the concept is easy enough to grasp, for some CEOs, implementation can be elusive. In this episode, I walk you through if the Profit First system is right for you and your business, as well as - what it is (and isn’t), how to implement it, who it works best for, does it actually work...some alternatives and recommendations. If you’d like to get my eyes on your business and get a personalized implementation plan, grab some time on my calendar by going to thecommoncents.com/consult Highlights of this episode: 02:15  What Profit First is 06:29  What it is not 09:00  How can it be implemented with ease? 10:45  Some questions to contemplate before implementing this type of system 13:55  Who does Profit First work best for? 14:48  Does this system actually work? 16:00  A few alternatives to Profit First and recommendations 18:45  What to skip for now and what to do instead 21:19  How can you customize to your habits and business needs 26:00  Should you use a system like Profit First at all… RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
28:56
October 30, 2019
029 - Messy Money Costs Money: Steps To Clean Up Your Accounting Records
Messy bookkeeping and accounting that has gone undone and unchecked for too long can cost you not only money but time and tax deductions. If you’d like some assistance with tidying up your messy accounting records, schedule a consultation so that we can chat about how we can work together. Highlights of this episode: 00:48  A few ways that messy accounting is costly 02:29  A Messy Money Horror Story 03:03  Messy Money Lesson #1 - never give complete control of your finances to your accountant/bookkeeper 05:29  Messy Money Lesson #2 - when outsourcing anything do NOT put your head in the sand, do NOT disappear - be present and available, participate in the process 07:42  The 6 Steps to Clean Up Your Messy Accounting Records + a couple pro-tips to help you get it done RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
21:31
October 24, 2019
028 - Online Business Strategies: What’s Working and What’s Not
Getting started and staying motivated can be hard.  Especially if you’re going it alone and it seems like everybody is doing all of the right things and you’re not.  If you’re feeling like for every step forward, you get knocked back 5. In this episode, I’m talking about the top 3 online business strategies that aren't working as well as they used to…but I’m not all bad news.  I’m not going to leave you hanging because I’m going to give you alternative strategies...what’s working now. Highlights of this episode: 02:20  What are the top three strategies that aren’t working anymore? 02:48  Why ads aren’t working as well as they used to 06:03  Alternative 1 - problem solving for your warm audience 09:27  Alternative 2 - guest interviews and guest posting 11:08  Why income report aren’t working/connecting to audiences like they used to 14:25  Alternative - try a (free or paid) mastermind for inspiration, aspiration and accountability 15:36  Why the “big launch” doesn’t work like it used to 17:15  Alternative - the beta launch, what it is and how to make it work for you How to get strategies that work for you - book a complimentary consultation with me RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
21:49
October 18, 2019
027 - Quarter In Review: My Q3 CEO Debrief
Quarterly CEO/CFO debrief is on tap for this episode...Not only do I run through a sampling of the questions I ask myself and my clients but I also run through the answers. Did I hit my revenue target this quarter?  What am I going to focus on in the fourth quarter?  You’ll have to listen to find out. Highlights of this episode: 01:42  The questions to ask yourself when looking back and doing your debrief 05:29  The questions to ask yourself when planning your coming quarter (or year) 08:29  The focus for the fourth quarter RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
12:28
October 11, 2019
026 - Kill The Vanity Metrics - Challenge Wrap Up
Over the course of 3 days - via 3 episodes, I conducted the Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge. To practice what I preach, I wanted to give you a little peek behind the scenes, to recap and discuss my goals and metrics as they pertained to the challenge. Highlights of this episode: 01:07  my 2 fold goal for the challenge (growing my email list & growing my Instagram following + the engagement there) 01:50  deeper dive into goal #1 (growing my email list) 02:44  deeper dive into goal #2 (growing IG following + engagement) 04:45  how I’m able to rattle off my metrics (hint: because I track them) 06:26  An invitation for you to grab a copy of the money metrics tracker I use to keep it all straight. Additional resources: The challenge episodes - Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
06:33
September 23, 2019
025 - Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge - Day 3
The episode is the big finish… number 3 of 3 day Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge where we are focusing on the metrics that matter and help you to maximize your productivity and profitability. Highlights of this episode: 01:23  How you finally tie day 1 and day 2 together with a bow 02:00  Recap of day 2:  select 1 mirror metric from each of the 3 categories 02:54  Some questions you can ask yourself so that you can dig deeper into what your chosen Mirror Metrics really mean 05:40  Recap of day 1: dream big - what does your dream business look like?  What are your big business goals? 05:52  Recap of day 2: mirror metrics - what can you track to get you to your dream business and help you achieve your big goals? 06:08  Your day 3 activity & challenge action - dive in, start tracking your goals (and how) Mentioned in this episode: Money Metrics Tracker Bundle RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
12:14
September 18, 2019
024 - Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge - Day 2
This is episode 2 of 3 day Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge where we are focusing on the metrics that matter and help you to maximize your productivity and profitability. Highlights of this episode: 01:29  Find you “mirror metrics” 01:40  All about Mirror Metrics… and what they heck they are 03:04  The 3 types of metrics to focus on 06:52  Your day 2 activity & challenge action RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
08:15
September 17, 2019
023 - Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge - Day 1
Focus on the metrics that matter and help you to maximize your productivity and profitability with the Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge. This episode is day 1 of 3 fun filled days.  Each episode contains a task in the form of a question or action… and an invitation to compete in the #KillVanityMetricsChallenge contest because healthy competition never hurt anyone, right? Share your progress with me on Instagram at @thecommoncents, don’t forget to use the hashtag #KillVanityMetricsChallenge, especially if you’re participating in the contest. Highlights of this episode: 01:12  The specifics of the challenge 02:00  How it’s going to work 02:50  The details of the contest 04:01  The hashtag:  #KillVanityMetricsChallenge 04:30  Your day 1 activity & challenge action RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
07:42
September 16, 2019
022 - A Conversation About Decluttering Your Life with Heather Clark
In this episode, I welcome Heather Clark of HomeAndOfficeDetox.com as my guest to have a conversation about decluttering your life. Clutter can arise in various ways, shapes and forms.  From the physical to the digital to the mental clutter and it can wreak havoc on your health and well-being. Every problem has a solution so we discussed not only the roots of clutter but also a few steps and tips to begin the journey to minimize it... For complete show notes & links, go to:  thecommoncents.com/022
37:15
September 9, 2019
021 - Do Less/Play More...Outsourcing Like A Boss
Outsourcing doesn’t have to be a chore… it’s actually one of my go to when it comes to growing and scaling my business.  The step that I recommend taking before hiring a more permanent team (aka employees). But before you go on a team building spree, you have to know the 3 tests that defines an independent contractor relationship...and pass them. Once you’ve passed the test...all systems are a go.  Go forth and team build to grow. Get back into your zone of genius, your core activities… by doing less (yourself) so that you can play more. Highlights of this episode: 1:12 timed highlights 00:45  What is outsourcing? What’s the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? 01:30  What are some tax implications you should consider when outsourcing 03:09  What are the tax guidelines for defining an independent contractor relationship 08:49  Advantages of Outsourcing 11:09  Disadvantages of Outsourcing 13:03  Examples of general tasks to outsource 13:45  Examples of accounting tasks (note: not every accountant does all of these tasks and this isn’t an exhaustive list) 14:50  Who should outsource their accounting 15:34  Why you should outsource your accounting 16:00  How to outsource your accounting 16:29  Three steps to a smooth transition 21:00  How to work with us RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
22:21
September 2, 2019
020 - Time or Money...Bootstrapping Like A Boss
Starting and growing a business is a bit of a dance… and a bit of a game.  Imagine a seesaw, one that balances time and money. At the beginning, and throughout the dance of business ownership, there’s a constant strive to balance them. There will be times when you have more time than money...and times when you have more money than time.  But what about when the seesaw is broken and you have limited reserves of time AND money… This episode is all about being a master bootstrapper.  Taking the time and money that you do have and making the absolute most of it… Mentioned in this episode: Invitation to chat with me - schedule a consultation My personal reading list...especially excellent for bootstrappers Highlights of this episode: 00:46  The time and money seesaw but what if your seesaw is broken 02:19  What to do instead of running to your credit cards (especially if you’re not sure if your business idea is a profitable one) 03:09  When and why you shouldn’t use credit cards 03:50  Why bootstrapping applies to all levels of business, not just the beginner or startup business owner 04:42  Why you may need to say no to a few things 06:06  How being laser focused will help you with time 06:35  How to get over your procrastination + check out Episode 17 06:58  Why documenting things now will help you in the long run 08:13  Why you should implement a “cash only” policy 09:26  How to decide when to invest and when to defer 11:23  How much of cash reserve is recommended RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
14:47
August 26, 2019
019 - Chess, Checkmate, and Cash
What do chess and business strategy have in common?  A heck of a lot if you ask me… In this episode, I walk through my process of treating strategic business planning like a game of chess…thinking more than 3 moves ahead and you’ll win at successfully achieving any business goal you set for yourself. Highlights of this episode: 01:18  Why strategic planning is a lot like planning and playing a game of chess 03:33  What 3-4 moves you’ll make to set and achieve your business goals 04:20  Why you need to start with your long term goals 06:45  Why you need a WHY as your starting point 07:35  Why the B-word (budget) shouldn’t freak you out 08:49  How to break down your goals into a strategy and an action plan 10:27  What to consider and the questions to ask yourself when reviewing and breaking down your goals 11:15  Why you have to keep asking yourself questions and making adjustments to your action plan 13:50  What two KPIs determine your conversion “runway” 18:02  What strategies should you include in your action plan 20:03  How often you should check-in and when you should pivot or stay the course RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
22:56
August 19, 2019
018 - A Conversation About Credit Breaches with Nikki Tucker
My very first guest episode is with my gal pal, Nikki Tucker.  She’s a personal finance phenom and we talk about all things credit, including how to handle the recent (and not so recent) credit breaches that have impacted millions… maybe even you.   In this episode, we’re talking about everything from personal credit, how the breaches not only impact your personal credit but your business credit as well, and what you can do about it… to proactively protect yourself.   This is definitely an episode where you’re going to be taking a lot of notes.   For complete show notes & links, go to:  thecommoncents.com/018
47:52
August 12, 2019
017 - Procrastination is Costing You Money
There are few things that kill momentum and cost you more money than procrastination. Lack of planning, and lack of productivity don’t exact;y help the cause either. I know because I admit it, I’m a recovering procrastinator. For instance, it took me a week longer than it should have to get off my axx and batch record the podcast episodes for August (including this one). So I guess that this episode is sort of a case study in my own attempt at getting back on track, recovering and reminding myself how to be a lot more productive and get stuff done…so that I can actually outsource a few things, spend a lot less time working and more time hanging out with my friends and family. Tips that you can use if you’re a newbie, a side-hustler or veteran business owner. Highlights of this episode: 01:38  Why procrastination wastes everything - momentum, time, and money (and what to do about it) 01:53  The 3 Ps - productivity, planning and procrastination 02:02  Why multitasking is crap and another time-waster 04:39  What I purchased helps me unplug and how it changed everything 08:29  What hobby I accidently fell in love with 08:45  Why being disorganized is related to procrastination 09:45  What the tomato (pomodoro) technique is and how it always gets me back on track 13:00  Confession of a serial procrastinator… 16:01  How multitasking, disorganization and procrastination is costing you money RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
19:17
August 5, 2019
016 - Bank Reconciliations: The What, When, & Why
Bank reconciliations aren’t just for bookkeeping and accounting professionals. They aren’t some useless report that we like to do for the heck of it… This is a report that can actually save you for losing money… so I bet you’re wondering… What the heck are bank reconciliations? And why do you need to do them? (yes, NEED)... and since you NEED to do them, when should you do them… Mentioned in this episode: Answers to all those questions briefly touch on for how you can get it done with the help of accounting software (if you’re already using it). Additional resources: Software recommendation:  Xero (affiliate link) Product recommendation:  Money Metrics Tracker Bundle Checklist recommendation:  Money Matters Checklist Highlights of this episode: 01:22  What is a bank reconciliation? (or a credit card reconciliation) 02:39  Why you want to do your bank reconciliations 03:32  When you should be doing your bank reconciliations 05:06  What you should get from your reconciliation report and what various parts of it means 05:55  Recap of the what, why and when of bank recs RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
08:07
July 29, 2019
015 - Getting Paid: How To Pay Yourself (Part Two)
Still not sure how to pay yourself from your business?  Or what to pay yourself? Or how much you should put to the side to pay income taxes? Last week, we discussed deciding what you should pay yourself as a solopreneur (DBA, single member LLC treated as a sole proprietor, etc)... but what do you do when you’re a S-Corporation, C-Corporation, etc? Deciding what you should pay yourself as a business owner can be a confusing matter to resolve but I’ve got you covered. Note:  This episode is especially for you if you're the owner of a corporation (S-Corporation, C-Corporation or Partnerships).  There is a separate episode for a solopreneurs (DBAs/doing business as; sole proprietors or a single-member LLCs treated as a sole proprietor). Mentioned in this episode: the question you should ask yourself before you start transferring money from your business what you need to have in place (like a board of directors) what you may want/need to get in writing how to figure out a reasonable salary Highlights of this episode: 00:57  Part Two of Question:  “How do I pay myself as a self-employed business owner?” 01:35  The Caveat:  How you pay yourself depends on the legal structure of your business (see Episode 014) 02:33  How to pay yourself as a multi-member LLC, partnership, S Corporation, C Corporation, etc), legal structures that are separate or treated as separate entities 03:46  What tax documents do you get as the owner of these types of businesses (K1s and W2s) 04:55  How to pay yourself as an SCorp and how to define a “reasonable salary” 05:48  How to pay yourself as a multi-owner corporation or a partnership 08:14  Quick recap and some things to consider when paying yourself RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
10:55
July 22, 2019
014 - Getting Paid: How To Pay Yourself (Part One)
Not sure how to pay yourself from your business?  Or what to pay yourself?  Or how much you should put to the side to pay income taxes? There are a lot of percentages and formulas floating all around but is it right for you and your business?  How can you be sure? Deciding what you should pay yourself as a business owner can be a confusing matter to resolve but I’ve got you covered. Note:  This episode is especially for you if you're a solopreneur (DBA/doing business as; sole proprietor or a single-member LLC treated as a sole proprietor). There's a separate episode for business owners of corporations. Mentioned in this episode: the question you should ask yourself BEFORE you start transferring money from your business the quick calculation you can use to figure how much to pay yourself The Pay Yourself Calculator (part of the Money Metrics Tracker Bundle) Highlights of this episode: 00:38  Question:  “How do I pay myself as a self-employed business owner?” 01:49  Why paying yourself depends on your legal & tax business structure 02:35  How to pay yourself if you are a sole proprietor, a DBA/doing business as or a single member LLC (treated as a sole proprietorship) 02:52  How to pay yourself if you’re anything else (multi-members LLC, partnership, S Corporation, C Corporation, etc), legal structures that are separate or treated as separate entities (continued in Episode 015) 04:05  More on how to pay yourself as a solopreneur (1040-Schedule C businesses) 05:07  What are the recommended distribution percentages 06:59  Why I recommend that you pay yourself from the very beginning 08:24  How often do you pay yourself RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
09:06
July 15, 2019
013 - Getting Paid: Do You Need A Separate Bank Account For A DBA
 Wondering if you need a separate bank account as a DBA?  As a sole proprietor? As a solopreneur? When you start a business, there are a lot of things to do.  It’s really easy to be unsure of yourself. What do you NEED to do right now?  What can you save for later? In this episode, I answer the question “Do I really need a separate bank account for my new business?” The answer should be no surprise…in addition to answering the query, I give you accounting, tax and just practical reasons to back up my answer, I go into quite a bit of detail behind WHY you should absolutely have a separate bank account for your solo-business. Mentioned in this episode: The various reasons supporting my answer - from the practical, to the accounting based, to the IRS-audit based reasons A quick tip - the first place you should look to open a business bank account Highlights of this episode: 00:57  Question:  “Do I really need a separate checking account/bank account for my business?” 01:16  Answer is two fold - from the accounting perspective and from a practical perspective 01:30  Why the short answer is always YES, you do need a separate business bank account 02:50  The longer answer - practical reasons & starting with at least one bank account for your business 04:06  Why doing business and personal banking at the same place makes your life easier 04:56  The longer answer - accounting reasons & starting with “tidy” money management 06:33  Why separating business and personal transactions makes your life easier 07:08  Why I think you should have a separate bank account even if you’re a DBA RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
11:48
July 8, 2019
012 - Quarter In Review: My Q2 CEO Debrief
What is a CEO Debrief?  What does a CFO really do?  I’m so glad you asked! In this episode, I run through a sampling of the questions I ask myself and my clients each and every quarter to get down to what’s working and what’s not working...so that I can help them hit and exceed their money targets. Mentioned in this episode: The 12 Week Year by Moran & Lennington* Smart Leaders Sell by Lorimer* What is a CEO/CFO Debrief? The questions to ask yourself when looking back and doing your debrief The questions to ask yourself when planning your coming quarter (or year) The answer and action that surprised even me Business pruning and readjustments that I needed to make How to break down your goals into money goals Money Metrics Tracker Bundle *Both on my Amazon reading list here _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
17:45
July 5, 2019
011 - Getting Paid: How To Request Payment
Requesting payment for outstanding invoices doesn't have to be a manual affair.  Chasing invoice payments isn't fun...especially if it leaves you stuck in your inbox when you'd rather be following your purpose and providing extraordinary services to your clients. Once you have all of the tech stack pieces in place, this is actually something that you can easily automate. In this episode, I’m going to walk you through what you can do today to start automating your payment requests so that you don't have to babysit your invoices and your inbox. Mentioned in this episode: What you can do today to automate the payment request process What you can do going forward, like setting boundaries, establishing rules for your business and outlining consequences for nonpayment How you can automate the process with accounting software like Xero or business management software like Dubsado My everything checklist to help you keep all of your money matters straight so that you don’t forget anything - Money Matters Checklist Highlights of this episode: 01:21  Summary of the Question:  “How can I invoice and get paid timely, instead of spending all of my time chasing payments?” 01:59  Two levels of recommendation - one for now/short-term and another for long-term 02:34  How and when to send manual invoice/payment reminders 03:09  Sending request for payment through systems like Paypal, Stripe, Freshbooks, Xero and Quickbooks Online 04:04  Payment alternatives: timing, requiring a deposit, etc 05:33  How to automate invoices/payment reminders with accounting software 06:59  How to automate with business management tools like Dubsado _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
11:25
July 1, 2019
010 - Getting Paid: Ways To Transfer Money
For the record, not everyone is a scammer.  There are way more legitimate businesses out there than those that are out here scamming people.  So imagine how shocked I was when that was the overall sentiment in a recent group discussion. I get it, sometimes we don't know what we don't know.  In this case, the original poster had expressed concerns because their new client didn't want to pay by credit card...they wanted to pay by wire transfer.  And as a result, the client needed the poster's bank information *gasp* Not only are there legit reasons to ask for and accept wire transfers and ACHs as a form of payment but there are also legit ways to get it done WITHOUT giving up your bank account number. In this episode, the first of the “inspired by” topics, I’m giving up the goods and telling you exactly how to do that. I'm giving you a list of my top 3 alternatives to credit card payments (plus a bonus one) and I issue a very strong warning about what NOT to do/use for money transfers. Mentioned in this episode: 4 Alternatives to Wire Transfers Why you shouldn’t use personal money transfer systems like the Friends & Family option in Paypal or Zelle or Venmo or CashApp when conducting business Highlights of this episode: 01:28  Question:  Should you allow international clients to pay via wire transfer or ACH?  How can you do them and protect your banking information? 02:21  Question (continued):  (a) Is this person a scammer?  (b) Are there alternative solutions to wire transfers? 02:55  Short answer:  big business norms 05:20  A few service providers that are created to be ACH/wire transfer third parties 05:51  Four companies I recommended - Veem, Transferwise, Stripe ACH, Western Union 06:47  What additional steps you may need to take to confirm information 07:42  Another option for those with multiple bank accounts & using Profit First 09:58  A few “not to do”s...like using personal money transfer services for business purposes (ie: Friends & Family option in Paypal, Zell, Venmo, CashApp, etc) _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
15:25
June 24, 2019
009 - Bookkeeping Basics You Can't Ignore
Bookkeeping can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.  It can (and should be) a tool that you can use to plan and scale your business… sooner than later. In this episode, I’m giving you four quick tips to get you on board with bookkeeping.  Just the basics. Afterall, we have to start with a foundation, right? RIGHT! Mentioned in this episode: Bookkeeping basics and tips to make it less intimidating and overwhelming Episode 008 - The 3 Bad Money Habits That Drive Your CPA Crazy Leaving notes for your accountant in Xero Accounting Software Upcoming Webinar - The 3 Money Mistakes That Are Keeping You Stuck and Killing Your Profit Highlights of this episode: 00:45  Introduction of this episode’s topic - bookkeeping and preventing messy money 01:22  Tips to make bookkeeping a little less intimidating and less overwhelming 02:12  Some accounting jargon every business owner should know 03:34  How to record more complicated transactions 03:47  How to get feedback from your accountant (leaving numbers notes) 04:34  How to figure out tax deductibility 06:08  How frequency and consistency can make bookkeeping less overwhelming 08:24  Do you know your numbers?  A quick walkthrough of financial statements, “the reports”, and what it all means _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for listening.  Don’t miss an episode - subscribe on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find all the links and additional show notes at:  https://www.thecommoncents.com/podcast
13:55
May 17, 2019
008 - 3 Bad Money Habits That Drive Your CPA Crazy
These 3 bad money habits not only drive your CPA crazy… but they're probably killing your productivity AND your profits. In this episode, I’m giving the 3 things that drive me absolutely bonkers about messy money habits… and what you can do to turn it around quickly! Mentioned in this episode: 3 bad money habits Money & Metrics episode upcoming money metrics tracking webinar Highlights of this episode: 00:47  Bad Money Habit #1 - Why saying “I’m not good at math” is stunting your business growth 03:38  Bad Money Habit #2 - Why the lack of interest around your business money/cash flow is concerning 05:31  Bad Money Habit #3 - Why messy money and having bits and bobs everywhere is confusing 08:58  Recap of the 3 Bad Money Habits and how to fix them _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find the show notes at:  thecommoncents.com/podcast
11:39
May 10, 2019
007 - Building A Business On Purpose
Building a growing, thriving, successful business isn’t a given.  It won’t just fall out of the sky… you can’t just build it and the customers will come. Over the years, I’ve made a few observations, my informal case study, into what makes for a successful business. Mentioned in this episode: The crazy stats - few businesses make it to their 5 year anniversary & even fewer make it to their 10th anniversary and beyond. The 3 things that I’ve noticed among the successful businesses around me… what they do that others don’t do (or don’t do consistently). Highlights of this episode: 01:12  What does it take to start, build and grow a successful business? 01:46  Why you need more than goals...why you need a plan of attack 02:13  Why you need to invest in yourself and your business in various ways 03:44  A few of my business game changers at different price points to help you invest in yourself and your business 06:32  Why you should take stock in what you’re doing and why you’re doing it BEFORE you invest 07:10  Why tracking (and it’s frequency) matters to your overall ROI 09:33  Recap...top three things to do to make it to 10 years and beyond Here's a list of the books & resources mentioned in this episode*: 12 Week Year - Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months - by Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington Traction - Get a Grip On Your Business by Gino Wickman Smart Leaders Sell by Jessica Lorimer (she also has a 90 Day Sales Planner) You’re a Badass & You’re A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod I also mentioned my very own business trackers & spreadsheet templates.  If you'd like to get access to the business trackers that I'm working on...join the wait list here. Additional Building A Business Resources: 50 Steps Every Entrepreneur Must Take To Build A Business - Entrepreneur.com Top 20 Tips for Building A Business from Successful Entrepreneurs - Thinkfic.com What Percentage of Small Businesses Fail? (And Other Need-to-Know Stats) - Fundera.com *This is a link to my Amazon shop so you may find more than the books/resources listed in this posting. _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates _________________ You can find the show notes at:  thecommoncents.com/podcast
10:52
March 19, 2019
006 - The Truth About 6 Figures
Six Figures isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, especially when there seems to be a moving target & every changing definition that suits the exclaimer… I’m calling BS on 6 figure claims in marketing…it’s bothersome and frustrating unless you ask the right questions and shift your focus.  It’s easier than you think and it’s probably not what you think it is. In this episode, I have a few questions for you.  What to contemplate and ponder whenever you hear the works “6 figures” touted somewhere on someone’s sales copy... I’m not saying that it’s not true 6 figures but what I am saying is be cautious and read between the lines - IE: revenue versus profit or billed versus cash collected. The words barely register but there is a huge difference. And let’s not forget positive cash flow. That’s the second layer to ponder… Mentioned in this episode: Where you can schedule a coffee chat consultation with Joyce: thecommoncents.com/consult Happy Birthday to my sister :) Highlights of this episode: 00:33  How do you feel about the whole “six figures” era? 02:30  The two biggies that bother me about the mystique of importance 03:26  Why being vague is bothersome 09:53  Why random “magical” measures of success are bothersome 10:23  What to focus on instead (profit & positive cash flow) 16:45  Birthday shout out _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find the show notes at:  thecommoncents.com/podcast
17:53
March 11, 2019
005 - Surviving Tax Time
Tax time can be stressful for anyone but it really doesn’t have to be.  As a reformed tax preparer, I have a few tips, tricks & hacks that will de-stress tax time for you, your family and your tax person (if you have one). Mentioned in this episode: What to do before, during and after you do your taxes. My favorite thing to do - it may or may not involve wine Bonus tips to help you stay on track all year Highlights of this episode: 00:46  Why you need to be mindful of estimated taxes 01:57  What to be mindful of when selling physical products (sales and use taxes) 02:40  What about other taxes and filing fees? 04:27  Who needs to prepare W2s?  Who gets a 1099? 06:34  What simple steps you can take to get ready for tax day to make it a lot less stressful 10:59  What you can actually DO to not stress out _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find the show notes at:  thecommoncents.com/podcast
16:52
February 25, 2019
004 - Money & Metrics
Every Monday is affectionately referred to as Money & Metrics Monday here with Team Common Cents.  It’s when we stop and take stock of our progress and make plans for the coming week. It’s also what we do for our clients on Client Time Tuesdays. Mentioned in this episode: The money numbers we check…and it’s more than just keeping an eye on revenue The money metrics that we check (and what makes them different than money numbers) The 3 things I want you to do Highlights of this episode: 00:41  What do we actually check?  RE: money numbers 01:13  Why do we check money numbers?  Like cash flow, net profit, revenue, and budget versus actual reports 03:01  Why you should review unpaid invoices and unpaid bills 05:06  What to look at in terms of positive or negative cash flow 05:43  What indicators of business health should we all be looking at 06:50  What do we actually check?  RE: money metrics 07:55  Why do we check money metrics?  Like pending service agreements, consultations scheduled, conversion rate, website traffic and email signups 09:30  How to use your sales conversion rate to set your sales goals & benchmarks 11:06  Your Homework:  Three Things 11:39  First thing - What numbers are the real indicators that show you if you’re getting closer to or further away from your money goals? 11:55  Second thing - set an unbreakable appointment with yourself.  Treating your business like you would treat a client - set aside some time to work ON your business. 13:25  Third thing - Using your numbers and the time you set aside for your business, what actions can you take? _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening.   Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents. You can find the show notes at:  thecommoncents.com/podcast 
16:39
February 18, 2019
003 - Selecting The Right One For Your Business (The Right Accounting Software)
If you’re in any small business groups on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ve probably seen this question or if you’re running a business, you may have asked this question yourself.  “What accounting software should I use?”  The question is easy enough but it’s complicated at the same time as it requires a little more information before a thoughtful recommendation can be offered… Before pointing any client (or group participant) in any direction, I ask a few questions...the answers help me figure out what software might be the best fit for that person and their business.  Both now and in the foreseeable future.  Mentioned in this episode:  What to ask yourself to narrow down the alternatives My top 2 accounting software recommendations How to grab a cents chat if you’re stumped & need help selecting the right software for you & your business Highlights of this episode: 01:02  The question of the hour - What accounting software do you use?  What accounting software should I use? 02:34  What information you need to provide to get a proper accounting software recommendation 04:00  Our case study - starting with the assumptions 04:45  What to consider before diving into the features and benefits of an accounting software package 05:03  What my questions are (rapid fire style)...What’s in your tech stack? 06:08  What’s your techno IQ?  06:34  What are your growth plans? 06:40  What are the minimum features you need from your software selection? 06:54  My top two accounting software recommendations 07:04  What to check before you commit to one 07:51  Why you want to automate your transaction information 09:11  Are you actually going to USE it?  10:55  Invitation to a Cents Chat 12:15  Episode recap/summary of all the goods 14:32  The 5 questions 15:04  Top Tip - BE CONSISTENT _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents.
16:14
February 14, 2019
002 - Fall in love with your business...by the numbers
Falling back in love with your business isn’t easy, especially when you don’t like your business very much anymore because you’re overwhelmed and burned out… That’s what happened to me, Joyce (your host). Take a listen to hear my story, what I did to get that old feeling back and how I rediscovered the why that got me started in the first place. Mentioned in this episode: The 5 steps to falling in love (or back in love) with your business Kemberli Stephenson’s goal setting challenge:  http://bit.ly/ReadySetGoal19 Cents Chats aka consultations with Joyce:  thecommoncents.com/consult Highlights of this episode: 00:27  My business love story - going way back to when I first got started 01:09  Saying goodbye to offices & corporate clients 01:17  Really quick evolution of Common Cents 02:02  When unhappiness and burnout set in 04:08  Deciding to fix what’s obviously broken 06:17  The Goal Setting Challenge 08:13  Why I “broke up” with my business 09:34  Why taking a breather is necessary 11:28  How gaining clarity is essential to moving forward (step 1) 12:00  How to get outside perspective (step 2) 12:24  Why a peer support was important (step 3) 12:53  How I sifted through the BS (step 4) 13:15 How to reacquaint yourself with love (step 5) 14:38  Invitation to Cents Chats 15:27  How to fall (back) in love with your business (in five easy steps) - the episode recap _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents.
22:10
February 14, 2019
001 - What To Expect From The 2 Cents Business Podcast
In this inaugural episode, our host, Joyce M. Washington, CPA, introduces herself and gives you the skinny on why she started this podcast.  It may involve some choice words and tears. (Not really). Mentioned in this episode: How this podcast escaped from the idea pile in Asana The backstory of our host, Joyce and the company she started TheCommonCents.com What you can expect from this podcast, the format and when you can expect new episodes Highlights of this episode: 1:20 My fascination with analytics and spreadsheets and numbers is part of my “why” 2:33 Quick professional background - degreed accountant, licensed CPA (check out more here) 4:20 Why Common Cents Consulting was started 4:59 Why The 2 Cents Business Podcast got started 6:05 The REAL truth about starting, building and growing a business 7:06 Why your frequency (or lack thereof) can make or break your business 7:52 How WE are going to make numbers a lot simpler _________________ RESOURCES Kill The Vanity Metrics Challenge Money Matters Checklist Resources List WORK WITH COMMON CENTS Virtual Accounting, Bookkeeping & CFO Services Courses & Programs Templates Planners & Printables _________________ Thanks for stopping by and listening. Want to make sure you don’t miss an episode?  Don’t forget to subscribe and listen on:  Anchor, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Want to chat and hangout with me, Joyce?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…as @thecommoncents.
11:40
February 14, 2019