Episode #13: No BS Business Plans, Part 1

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR8UNYe_Bnc[/youtube] Dean gives you 3 tips on creating a workable business plan without having to spend 10 days and kill 40 trees writing the thing.

LGS Episode #12: Taxes and Licenses

[metacafe]http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3795850/lgs_episode_12_licenses_and_taxes/[/metacafe] Okay, yeah I know this sucks and is boring, but it's necessary.  You need to know which licenses and taxes will affect your business.  These two factors are determined by what your business is, and what your business entity is.  Normally, these things aren't that expensive, but if you ignore them, the penalties that…

Episode #11: Choosing Your Business Entity

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJOKNArqReA[/youtube] So, hopefully you now what the heck you are going to do as your business. Now comes the boring, but necessary part - creating your business entity. There are 4 major business entities that I talk about: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, and corporation. Do NOT skip this part. It takes some research to enure…

LGS Episode #10: Back to Basics (Finding Your Business)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANSeuQv2G_M[/youtube] Okay, we are going back to the beginning.  Why?  Because I want to go through the entire process of starting a business from beginning to end.  One of the hardest parts about venturing out on your own is figuring out exactly what you want to do. For a lot of people, finding their passion…

LGS Episode #9: Don't Give Up, Like Me!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_wLcZG7ZHs[/youtube]A short one today.  Had a bit of a rough one, and instead of pushing through, I gave up.  I strongly advise never doing that!

LGS Episode #8: Low-Cost Custom Website

[viddler id=73d5c46c&w=437&h=370] If you are feeling uncomfortable using a free Wordpress template for your business website, that's okay.  There is another way to get yourself a custom made website at a fraction of the cost - outsource it! After you are done cringing at the prospect of having someone outside of the U.S. build your…

LGS Episode #7: Build Your Low-Cost Website

[viddler id=441756f&w=437&h=370] The web is not exclusive anymore, and it doesn't take thousands of dollars to give your business a website. In fact, it can cost around $0 dollars nowadays to get your web presence going. With Wordpress, you can make a website that will help you build your brand, and also build a community. …

Episode #6: Low-Cost Technology Infrastructure, Part 3

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlU-3AKzfG4[/youtube] Yes, I know the lighting is bad and that I look like Batman, but bare with me.  I had some ideas at my day job and I had to get them out  in the open.  Anyway, the topic for today was bookkeeping, and how to do it cost effectively.  As stated in the vid,…

Episode #5 Your Staff Makes Your Company

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkvX2I0JG5w[/youtube] Okay, I am going to make this short.  Big corporations inherently lose sight of what made their company great to begin with - people.  By hiring and developing great leaders in your company, the organization as a whole will thrive more than a company that's following the latest productivity or quality management system.  Don't…

Episode #4 Low-Cost Tech Infrastructure, Part 2

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BSZzMsG3IA[/youtube] Yesterday, I was all excited about operating systems.  Today, I feel, is even more important if you are running your own business - the protection and accessibility of data.  If your business is data driven, you MUST have some way to backup and restore it in case of an emergency.  If you don't, you…