Small Business Startup School – Learn The Psychology Of Retail And Financial Awareness - For The Reasonable Optimist

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Are you starting a small business or buying an existing business? Do you know that personal circumstances may differ, but broad business patterns are same as ever? Then, what better way to begin than by leveraging knowledge from people who have navigated the road ahead of you? This podcast - ’Small Business Startup School’ shares perspectives using the psychology of retail and financial awareness – all with a reasonable dose of optimism. This show promises to give startup solopreneurs insightful strategies, tips, and practical solutions that inspire confidence and mindset to execute business projects. My name is Ola Williams, the host. I’m a retail entrepreneur, fin-techpreneur, and business coach with over two decades of frontline retail and finance expertise. Currently, I proudly serve as the President of Cornish’s Variety, a thriving retail company in Nova Scotia, Canada. Let’s learn together with positivity and great exchange of ideas. My promise to you – you will get actionable takeaways by learning broad patterns of business successes and failures. I encourage you to listen in, connect, and learn! read less
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Episodes

EP. 36 – The Reasonable Optimist
Mar 6 2024
EP. 36 – The Reasonable Optimist
The episode features a compelling conversation with our special guest, Dalene Allen, the Executive Director of BNI in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. Dalene shares her personal journey using affirmation cards and provides an insight into the power of recognizing personal pains, standing against limiting beliefs, and stepping out of comfort zones. In a deep dive into positive affirmations, we hear life-changing stories of people moving from worry and negativity to an uplifted state of happiness and positivity. Dalene shares a chance encounter with affirmation cards that shaped her mindset and led her to a successful career full of love for life. Learn the power of affirmations to transform views on money, happiness, attitude, beliefs, and commitment in our lives. This enlightening journey is a perfect guide for anyone striving for daily inspiration, a positive outlook, or curious about the power of affirmation cards. Don't miss an episode full of inspiring narratives, essential tips, transformative lessons, and more! Do you have questions or comments? Your feedback ensures that we continue to give you content that adds value to you, fuelling our commitment to providing high-quality content and fostering a community of informed and successful entrepreneurs. Leave your voice note here   Connect with the guest, Dalene Allen: Podcast: https://networknetworth.buzzsprout.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bnimaritimes/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bnimaritimes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnimaritimes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BNIMaritimeslatest   Connect with the host, Ola Williams: Website Instagram Linkedin Let’s chat!
EP. 35 – Leveraging Voice and Media To Drive Customer Engagement
Feb 28 2024
EP. 35 – Leveraging Voice and Media To Drive Customer Engagement
Join the Small Business Startup School podcast as host Ola Williams engages with Colin Alexander, founder of Conduit Voice Media, in this insightful episode titled " Leveraging Voice and Media To Drive Customer Engagement". In this digital era of accelerated content consumption, the episode brings to the forefront the importance of maintaining authenticity in voice media. From overcoming recording nerves to achieving a professional voice quality, Colin shares his industry expert tips and real-life success stories. Additionally, gain insights into the best tools in the field and how technology can add new depths to podcasting and voice media. This enlightening discussion also navigates through the power of customer familiarity and comfort in the retail industry brought on by voice media. Discover the potential of word-of-mouth conversations driven by meaningful customer interactions and shared experiences. Rounding up this episode is an encouraging message urging resilience and a continuous learning attitude among businesses. Learn how to leverage valuable technologies like AI and voice media to level up your business without fear. Remember, in the world of digital content, “done” is always better than “perfect”. Tune in now! Do you have questions or comments? Your feedback ensures that we continue to give you content that adds value to you, fuelling our commitment to providing high-quality content and fostering a community of informed and successful entrepreneurs. Leave your voice note here   Connect with the guest, Colin Alexander: LinkedIn: /Colinalexander Facebook: Conduit Voice Media Website: www.conduitvoice.com   Connect with the host, Ola Williams: Website Instagram Linkedin Let’s chat!
EP. 34 – Pitch Deck Presentation Tips For Startups
Feb 16 2024
EP. 34 – Pitch Deck Presentation Tips For Startups
Welcome to another enlightening episode of Small Business Startup School. In this episode, our guest speaker, Samuel Adeniyi - Founder, Kierep and Winner of the December 2023 Volta Pitch Competition - strips back the details of establishing 'Kierep', a startup fuelled by its purpose to combat the shortage of caregivers in Canada. He elucidates the challenges involving the recruitment and certification procedures for caregivers, providing an understanding of the prevailing market dynamics. Learn the significance of a compelling pitch deck and the vital role of a passionate delivery in convincing listeners. Diving deeper into business aspects, our guest touches upon the significance of a robust business model, scaling strategies, and the influence of cultural and racial nuances in business discussions. He stresses the role of ceaseless experimentation and learning in entrepreneurship, inspiring listeners to see failure as a stepping-stone, not a stumbling block, towards success. Don't miss this dialogue loaded with practical advice, entrepreneurial wisdom, and an uplifting tale of one startup’s journey from an abstract concept to a solid reality. Tune in now and fire up your entrepreneurial spirit to kick-start your startup journey today! Do you have questions or comments? Your feedback ensures that we continue to give you content that adds value to you, fuelling our commitment to providing high-quality content and fostering a community of informed and successful entrepreneurs. Leave your voice note here   Connect with the guest, Samuel Adeniyi: Website: https://kierep.framer.ai Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/deniwealthflow Instagram: instagram.com/deniwealtflo   Connect with the host, Ola Williams: Website Instagram Linkedin Let’s chat!
EP.33 – How to Read and Interpret a Balance Sheet - Part 8
Jan 31 2024
EP.33 – How to Read and Interpret a Balance Sheet - Part 8
Whether you're launching a startup or taking over an existing business, understanding balance sheets is critical to your success. This concluding part of the series spotlights an often-overlooked aspect of business finance – receivables. Perspectives were shared on the importance of regularly reviewing accounts owed to you and scrutinizing long-unpaid debts. Don't just wish and wait; take action to ensure your assets are not tied up in bad debts. This episode wraps up with a comprehensive recap of how to read and interpret balance sheets, equipping start-ups with non-finance backgrounds with practical, simple strategies. If you find this episode beneficial, we encourage sharing it with other entrepreneurs. Remember, constant learning and positive connections are keys to successful entrepreneurship. This episode is part of an ‘8-series’ show on how to read and interpret a balance sheet. This is part 8, bringing us to the end of the series.   Do you have questions or comments? Your feedback ensures that we continue to give you content that adds value to you, fuelling our commitment to providing high-quality content and fostering a community of informed and successful entrepreneurs. Leave your voice note here We are arranging to bring a guest who recently won a pitch competition to share ideas on effective ways to pitch ideas as entrepreneurs. Ahead of the show, let’s know if there are questions you would want answered during the show. Take a listen here and reply, if you’d like your input featured Connect with the host, Ola Williams: Website Instagram Linkedin Let’s chat!
EP.32 – How to Read and Interpret a Balance Sheet - Part 7
Jan 31 2024
EP.32 – How to Read and Interpret a Balance Sheet - Part 7
Welcome to another exciting episode of Startup Your Small Business and Learn. Hosted by Ola Williams, this podcast aims to enable budding entrepreneurs with the psychology of retail and enhance financial awareness, all while staying positively optimistic. In this episode, we continue to delve into the world of balance sheets, explaining how you can negotiate your payables to effectively improve your financial standing. Entrepreneurial success comes down to strategic management of liabilities—something that has been discussed extensively in previous episodes. It's all about your business's ability to not feel pressured and to have the freedom to operate smoothly. But what about the warning signs on your balance sheets? Are there obvious signs of danger? And are there practical steps you can take to maintain balance? Drawing from years of experience as an accountant, Ola Williams advises that assets must be capable of generating cash to ensure your business's survival. The secret lies in turning these assets into liquid cash, often referred to as 'working capital'. Further, your current assets could be cash in the bank or items that can easily be converted to cash. But if you're finding that your current liabilities exceed these, then you may be in financial distress, and it might be time to reassess your small business's financial standing. By the end of this episode, you should understand balance sheets better - from a non-finance background lens and you should be equipped to spot trouble in your finances and, with the strategies shared, be able to navigate through them. Remember to apply these lessons according to your personal circumstances and seek professional advice when necessary. Please do share the show to foster a community of startup solopreneurs learning together. Stay tuned for the concluding episode of the series. This episode is part of an ‘8-series’ show on how to read and interpret a balance sheet. This is part 7.   Do you have questions or comments? Your feedback ensures that we continue to give you content that adds value to you, fuelling our commitment to providing high-quality content and fostering a community of informed and successful entrepreneurs. Leave your voice note here We are arranging to bring a guest who recently won a pitch competition to share ideas on effective ways to pitch ideas as entrepreneurs. Ahead of the show, let’s know if there are questions you would want answered during the show. Take a listen here and reply, if you’d like your input featured Connect with the host, Ola Williams: Website Instagram Linkedin Let’s chat!