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The Freedom Focused Podcast

Daran Wastchak

Are you struggling and frustrated as a small business owner? Do you wish that your business ran smoother, with employees who were more engaged and productive? Do you spend so much time running your business that you have little if any time to do the things you really love to do? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then The Freedom Focused Podcast is made for you! With over 20 years of experience as a small business owner, Daran Wastchak shares his knowledge of how to run a business that is "Freedom Focused." In this podcast, you will learn just how to do that, and in the process make greater personal and professoional freedom as a small business owner a reality rather than just a dream! To learn more about Daran and Freedom Focused, check out his website at www.DaranWastchak.com. Stay focused on your FREEDOM! www.DaranWastchak.com

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Trailer for The Freedom Focused Podcast
Jul 14 2021
Trailer for The Freedom Focused Podcast
In this special podcast, made just for small business owners, host Daran Wastchak talks about how to increase both your personal and professional freedom as a small business owner.More specifically, Daran shares his formula for greater freedom called "Freedom Focused."On a regular basis, the podcast includes special episodes with guests called "Freedom Secrets." Guests will share what they've done to create greater freedom in their own small businesses and provide a peak into what they do with the greater freedom they've been able to achieve.To learn more about Daran and Freedom Focused, visit his website at DaranWastchak.comStay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
026 How Small Business Owners Can Escape the Struggle Between Work and Leisure
Jun 16 2022
026 How Small Business Owners Can Escape the Struggle Between Work and Leisure
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a struggle that’s been going on for mankind for thousands of years, and is as strong today as it’s ever been.The struggle he's referring to is with time.The time we devote to work, and the time we devote to leisure, when we’re not working.Daran's going to take a philosophical look at work and leisure, how the struggle between the two is actually a relatively new phenomenon in our evolutionary history as a species, and how, while this struggle may seem inevitable, and something that most everyone has simply resigned themselves to, it doesn’t have to be that way for everyone.In particular, it doesn’t have to be that way for small business owners.Join Daran for this week’s episode and he’ll explain exactly why and how.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
025  The #1 Challenge for Small Business Owners
Jun 2 2022
025 The #1 Challenge for Small Business Owners
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about the biggest challenges identified by small business owners in today’s economy, with particular focus on the number one challenge that rises to the top of most business owner’s list.Research shows that “cashflow” and a “lack of capital” were the number one issue for the past decade or so, but current events and significant swings in the economy caused by the traumatic disruptions of the global pandemic have caused a new champion to rise to the top.Join Daran for this week’s episode to learn what this challenge is, how business owners have been responding, and what you can do, contrary to what other business owners are doing, to overcome this and other critical challenges to the success of your business.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
024 The #1 Reason Why Employees Become Business Owners
May 19 2022
024 The #1 Reason Why Employees Become Business Owners
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about the primary reasons why people, by the hundreds of thousands every year, give up the safety of their job to start a business.More specifically,Daran will be sharing with you what business owners have consistently said, in multiple studies, their number one motivation is for starting their business.Here's a hint: it’s not money!Listen to the show to learn what it is, and also how to make it a reality, not just a dream, for you and your business.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
023  Rejuvenation - Guest interview with Ben Weiss
May 5 2022
023 Rejuvenation - Guest interview with Ben Weiss
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by a special guest, Ben Weiss.Ben took a very special nine-week long road trip with his family, beginning exactly one year ago today in April, to see the United States.His daughters were still in school, and Ben continued to work and meet with clients…. but he made this trip a reality anyway.Learn a little about why he took the trip, how he made it possible, and how it impacted his life and business in a profound and positive way.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
022 Winning the "Great Resignation"
Apr 21 2022
022 Winning the "Great Resignation"
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a troublesome employment issue that was brought to light by a management professor at Texas A&M University in the Spring of 2021.Prior to this, most employers knew that something very strange was going on in the labor markets, but now, thanks to this professor, they had a name for it.We all know it now as, “The Great Resignation”.Daran's going to talk about what the Great Resignation is and the primary drivers of this major shift in employee behavior. More importantly, he's going to talk about how you, as a small business owner, can overcome the challenges that are a direct result of the Great Resignation.In particular, how to win the intense battle with all other businesses, large and small, for recruiting and retaining the best employees.Enjoy the show and don't forget to... Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
021 Living Your Life Rather Than Your Business
Apr 7 2022
021 Living Your Life Rather Than Your Business
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple but essential ingredient to Freedom Focused.That ingredient is “rejuvenation.”It’s both necessary to achieve Freedom Focused as a small business owner, and at the same time a product of being Freedom Focused.He'll begin by sharing a story from a small business owner that he recently met who by all measures has been very successful, but after 25 years is tired, burned out, and full of regrets.As a bit of a counter point, he'll then share with you the positive steps he's taken, over his 20 plus years as a small business owner, to minimize burnout, overwhelm, and most importantly, regrets.Lastly, he'll share how you can do the very same thing when you build a Freedom Focused business that creates greater freedom and allows for critically important rejuvenation time.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
020 Maximizing Freedom with a Well Organized Team
Mar 24 2022
020 Maximizing Freedom with a Well Organized Team
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple business management tool, that’s been around for a long time, but many small business owners don’t take advantage of.He's talking about an organizational chart.You might be thinking to yourself, “org charts are a waste of time because I only have a handful of employees, and we all know what each of us do.”As you might expect, Daran will clarify that org charts are for ALL organizations, large and small, public, private and nonprofit.They aren’t sexy, but org charts are a key element in creating a Freedom Focused organization, with a team that is more enthusiastic, engaged, and bought-in to the work they do every day.In this episode,Daran will tell you exactly how… and why, so you don’t miss the opportunity to create greater personal and professional freedom not only for yourself, the owner, but also for the rest of your team.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Note:
019 What Is the Best Exit Strategy For A Business?
Mar 10 2022
019 What Is the Best Exit Strategy For A Business?
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about, “The best exit strategy for a business.”To be clear, he's NOT going to be saying that you need to sell your business… or even HOW to sell your business.Instead, he's going to tell you how to build your business so that it’s ready for you, the owner, to exit...When you choose, that provides you with maximum income, and maximized freedom.Every listener will have an opportunity to answer a very simple question that will tell them, right away, how free they are as a business owner.For those that answer the question, Daran will be sharing what many, many other small business owners have said in response to this same simple question.The results may surprise you, but then again, maybe they won’t!Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
018 Have You Reached the Pinnacle of Freedom?
Feb 24 2022
018 Have You Reached the Pinnacle of Freedom?
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a couple ways to think about the highest level of personal and professional freedom for small business owners.What he calls “the pinnacle of freedom.”First, he’ll talk about a really BIG IDEA that was shared with the world in the 1940’s but remained relatively unknown for a couple of decades.When it finally did get noticed by the business management world in the 1960's, it really took off and is now one of the most popular management theories printed in text books and taught in business management schools all over the world.Next, Daran is going to talk about the Four Levels of Freedom for small business owners and how the pinnacle level of freedom, where every small business owner hopes to be some day, relates to the “BIG IDEA” just mentioned.At the end of the show, listeners will have an opportunity to identify where they are on the Four Levels of Freedom, and also learn how they stack up against other small business owners.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
017 Employee Reviews You and Your Team Will Look Forward To
Feb 10 2022
017 Employee Reviews You and Your Team Will Look Forward To
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the biggest missed opportunities small business owners have to create much greater employee buy-in, engagement, and happiness.That opportunity is... regular employee performance reviews.Daran admits that for the first 15 years he was in business, he didn’t think employee reviews were all that important.However, he realized later, when rebuilding his company in 2016, that the employee review process was a tremendous missed opportunity, and in this week’s episode, he's going to make that point very, very clear.Additionally, he's going to share with his listeners the simple but effective employee review process that he created to make his team stronger, and helped him to realize greater personal and professional freedom as a small business owner.Every listener will learn how to take advantage of a FREE GIFT that will allow them to implement their own employee performance review process that everyone will actually look forward to!Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
016 How to "Never work another day in your life!"
Jan 27 2022
016 How to "Never work another day in your life!"
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about how to make work more like “play” by working as much as possible on activities that fall within your “unique ability”.By doing so, you will love the work you do and it will no longer feel like “work”.In this way, your professional life will feel much more like “never working another day in your life!”This is the maximization of both personal and professional FREEDOM.He's looking forward to sharing how to achieve all of this personally, and as a small business owner.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
015 Productivity Secrets with Ben Weiss
Jan 13 2022
015 Productivity Secrets with Ben Weiss
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be interviewing Ben Weiss as a guest for our “Productivity Secrets” podcast series.Ben has been the top sales person at his company for the past two decades and is the all-time leading sales person in his company’s 43-year history.This level of success doesn't happen by accident.It requires a very disciplined approach to each and every day in order to maximize his productivity.Ben is going to share with us exactly what his formula is to maximize his productivity and to achieve the high level of success that he does.You won’t want to miss this episode!Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
014 Productivity Secrets - Quality Time to Think
Dec 30 2021
014 Productivity Secrets - Quality Time to Think
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about taking time out of your daily routine for quality time to think.Time to think is important not just for big important decisions, but also for the smaller decisions that we’re faced with every day as small business owners related to:Personnel, customers, the products and services we provide, marketing, sales, and finances.He’ll talk about the best way for you to make the most of any time you set aside for quality thinking, and as always, the positive impact doing so can have on your personal and professional freedom.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
013 Productivity Secrets - Rejuvenation
Dec 16 2021
013 Productivity Secrets - Rejuvenation
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about Rejuvenation.What it takes to truly unplug, relax, and recharge your batteries.He’ll be sharing with you exactly how to make certain that you always have time in your schedule for rejuvenation, so you can better manage the stress, overwhelm, and burnout that too many small business owners have to endure.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
012  "Dream Team" Builder Course Debrief
Dec 2 2021
012 "Dream Team" Builder Course Debrief
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be doing a debrief on the online course he just finished launching, “Dream Team” Builder.Joining Daran for this discussion is one of the students in the course, Ben Weiss.Ben is not an ordinary student. He’s created his own online course, and so can provide critical feedback on what worked and what didn’t as he moved through the modules and lessons in the course.Ben has worked in a small business for many, many years, so he also understands the challenges that many small business owners are faced with.It’s this unique perspective that Ben brings to the table that Daran will be tapping into as he and Ben debrief and talk about “Dream Team” Builder in retrospect.If you missed participating in the “Dream Team” Builder course, or were on the fence about joining Daran for the next launch, you won’t want to miss this episode!Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
011 Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
Nov 18 2021
011 Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be bringing together all that he's talked about in the past several episodes (i.e. core values, vision, pre-employment quizzes) to show you how, collectively, everything works together to help you to hire exceptional people for your organization.People who will be a right fit for your team, aligned with your core values, engaged, and energized to help you achieve a bigger and better future for your organization.As noted in a previous episode, hiring the wrong person can be very costly, anywhere from five to fifteen-thousand dollars, depending on the level of compensation for the person.No one wants to waste money, or time.Instead, learn Daran's proven process for hiring a “dream team” of individuals who will be around for the long term and help you to create a truly Freedom Focused organization.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
010  Know Thyself...and Others Too!
Nov 4 2021
010 Know Thyself...and Others Too!
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple process for getting to know people better so that when you bring someone new into your organization, you'll have greater confidence that they'll be a good fit, hit the ground running from day one, and stick around for a while.He's going to first talk about a couple of ways to gather very useful data from the people in your organization, and also from those who you're considering joining your organization.One of these methods many of you are already familiar with, and the other will be brand new to most of you.For the one you’re familiar with, Daran's going to show you a whole new, state of the art version.For the new one, he's excited to be able to share with you a simple, but powerful way to look at the roles each of us play when working together as a team.Lastly, he’ll talk about how to take maximum advantage of the data you’ve collected to greatly increase your confidence when making a hiring decision.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
009  The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It!
Oct 21 2021
009 The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It!
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the most powerful ways to boost morale, team cohesion, productivity, and excitement in your organization.Something that every small business owner already has, but few take full advantage of.He's talking about a VISION for the future!If you underestimate the value of creating and writing down your vision for the future, you would not be alone.Many if not most small business owners do not have a written vision, and their employees are left to wonder what the future holds, where they're going, and how the work they do each day fits into a larger picture...Something that would give the work they do purpose and greater meaning.Daran will get you excited about creating a vision for your future, and then tell you how to do it.For those who are anxious to get started right away on clarifying your vision for the future, click here to download the FREE tool mentioned in the show: "Vision Builder".Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
008 The Key to Greatness Is Already in Your Hands
Oct 7 2021
008 The Key to Greatness Is Already in Your Hands
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about an important item of your business that many, if not most, small businesses never put in place, robbing them of a competitive advantage and a very important opportunity to achieve significantly better results, even greatness, in everything they do.This important item is core values.Daran will share the process he teaches small business owner's to "discover" their core values by putting in place three key elements to create greater team alignment, greater efficiency, and greater productivity for your business.Once discovered, it is essential that your core values are integrated into as many areas of your daily operations as possible.Daran will share with listeners the most impactful ways to do this, from the first day a potential employee is introduced to your organization to the regular performance review process.For those who are anxious to get started right away on discovering their personal core values, click here to download the FREE tool mentioned in the show: "Personal Core Values Discovery".Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes:
007 Productivity Secrets with guest Dirk Haupt
Sep 23 2021
007 Productivity Secrets with guest Dirk Haupt
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be interviewing Dirk Haupt to learn what his tips and tricks are for greater productivity.Dirk has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years and during this time has started 4 businesses and sold 2. He has an MBA from Arizona State University and taught classes for ASU's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute as well as various business classes at Paradise Valley Community College.With his current company, Professor Quick, LLC, Dirk provides bookkeeping, back office help, and coaching for small businesses, helping owners to run their business in a way that is flexible, fulfilling, and fun! Dirk calls this the “Small Business Lifestyle”.Listen to this episode to hear more about...The "Small Business Lifestyle".Dirk's "3 Big Ideas" for greater productivity that he's developed over his entrepreneurial career, and that he shares with small business owners.The meaning behind the name of his company, "Professor Quick". Very interesting, and creative!Be sure to join us to hear great advice on how to become more personally and professionally productive.Enjoy the show and don't forget to...Stay focused on your freedom!Show Notes: