Business Questions Answered Here

By J Cleveland Payne

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J Cleveland Payne takes 20-plus years of working in various aspects of business and answers question submitted by listeners from his perspective.

Episode Date
Episode #047 - Should I Be On Clubhouse?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
- Should I be on Clubhouse? (Ervin)
- How do I manage the massive time zone difference and maintain sanity?
(Lucia)
- How can we effectively use advertising, and since we have never had much use of it before?
(Darren )

This week’s question to you is, “What is your business’ go-to social media platform?”

This week’s podcast is sponsored by Blinkist. Get a free trial of the app and get caught up on all the books you’ve been putting off reading by visiting http://businessquestionsansweredhere.com/blinkist
Apr 22, 2021
Episode #046 - How Do I Manage My Relationship With Former Peers After A Promotion?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
- How do I manage my relationship with former peers after a promotion? (Joy)
- Should I ‘Google’ myself and do companies really care about what they find in online searches? (Jermaine)
- Should I invest in my friend's company? (Sergio)

This week’s question to you is, “How do you just personally when you have a change in status at work?”

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Apr 15, 2021
Episode #045 - How Do I Get My Employees To Do More Work For A Company Doing Poorly Financially?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
- How Do I Get My Employees To Do More Work For A Company Doing Poorly Financially?
(Frederick)
- What are some project management tools I can try? (Gabriel)
- What are some advantages and disadvantage of owning the building your company works out of? (Cecil)

This week’s question to you is, “What incentive do you offer your employees to get them to accept beyond their normal scope?”

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Apr 01, 2021
Episode #044 - What Are People Supposed To Do Whenever They Get Fired From A Job?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
- What are people supposed to do whenever they get fired from a job? (Scott)
- Should I feel guilty about the co-workers left behind when I escaped a toxic workplace? (Robyn)
- How do I get more sales from potential customers I may have insulted? (Alton)

This week’s question to you is, “What is the most important thing to do as soon as you are fired from a job?”

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Mar 25, 2021
Episode #043 - How Do I Hire For A Small Issue That Could Grow To A Larger One, But Also May Not?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
-How do I hire for a small issue that could grow to a larger one, but also may not? (Carla)
-How to get support and mentorship in entrepreneurship if I don’t know any entrepreneurs? (Zak) -Should I feel guilty about poaching talent from my competitors? (Mikki)

This week’s question to you is, “Are you in the position to hire emergency help?”

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Mar 11, 2021
Episode #042 - What Is The Real Impact On A Small Business With A Higher Minimum Wage?
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Business questions answered here this week include:
- What is the real impact on a small business if they are forced to raise their wages by up to 100%? (Jim)
- What is it about my marketing and messaging that is not working to bring in the customers that should jump at my offers? (Kari)
- How do I support my sister’s media company when I do not have much of a following myself? (Edgar)

This week’s question to you is, “Do you support a $15 federal minimum wage?”

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Mar 04, 2021
Episode #041 - Does My Packaging Really Help Me Sell My Products?
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For this week’s podcast, Ken asked, “Does my packaging really help me sell my products, or is it just an unnecessary expense that limits my revenue potential?”
 
JoAnna asked, “What do I need to consider in making hiring decisions?”
 
And Micah asked, “Can you take advantage of an over-saturated market if all you are running is a side hustle?
 
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Jan 21, 2021
Episode #040 - Can I Keep An Employee Working Past Their Two-Week Notice?
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This week, Brigitte asked, "I had a situation with a troubled employee that caused to stellar employees to put in their notice of leaving. One gave 2-weeks notice. The other gave four based on the scheduled release of a deliverable. We have been working to get rid of the troubled employee for a while, but terminating him may take two weeks on its own through our HR process. Is there a way to ignore the notice requests and insist on the good employees staying on?"

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Dec 12, 2019
Episode #039 - How Do I Fix The Finances Of A Business That Is Already Running?
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This week, Shane asked, "I started a mobile entertainment business with my two brothers because we love to have fun together, and we thought we could make some real money in the process. What we found out was that we are really bad and holding each other accountable and getting the bills paid on time. We have hired on enough extra people that I can run the business with little to no help from my brothers, and I still believe this small idea could sustain itself. But as is, it’s a drain on cash which makes it a drain on time and not very fun. How do I get our finances in check, and should I buy my brothers out of the business before I initiate that plan?"

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Dec 05, 2019
Episode #038 - What Can I Do To Get A Business Off The Ground?
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This week, Tandy asks, "I have worked hard for the past six years trying to launch several businesses, with no positive results. Everything from MLM programs to online t-shirt shops has been tried, and all have failed. I have heard that the best way to monetary prosperity is becoming a businesswoman who answers to myself. I know that running a successful business is hard, but why is it so hard to just get one started?"

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Nov 21, 2019
Episode #037 - Are Rich People Really Trying To Hide The Keys To Their Success?
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This week's episode is a question I came up with after reading the article "4 financial secrets rich people don't want you to know" at USAToday.com yesterday, and reviewing the glut of commentary put out on the article. You can read the original article at https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2019/03/20/investing-tips-secrets-financial-planning-could-make-you-rich/39198991/
Mar 21, 2019
Episode #036 – How Do I Manage A 'Hard To Manage' Employee?
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And we ask you, "Do you have a process for documenting poor employee performance?'

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Jan 04, 2019
Episode #035 – How Do I Tell My Employees The Business Is Currently Not Doing Well?
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And we ask you, "How do you deliver bad news to your employees?"

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Dec 27, 2018
Episode #034 – What 'Year End' Activities Should I Do For My Business?
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And we ask you, “How are you getting your business affairs in order in preparation for the new year?”
Dec 20, 2018
Episode #033 - Can You Go Too Far In Worshiping Your Rock Star Employees?
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And we ask you, "Are you giving too much attention to your organizations’ ‘Rock Stars?’"
Nov 22, 2018
Episode #032 - So I Really Can't Have Work-Life Balance?
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And we ask you, "Are you still trying to make work-life balance possible?"
Nov 15, 2018
Episode #031 - Do I Need To Create New Social Media Accounts For A New Project?
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And we ask you, "Are you running separate social media accounts for yourself and your business?"
Nov 08, 2018
Episode #030 - Is This A Part-Time Job Or A Side Hustle?
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And we ask you, "Are you working your own side hustle or just being 'entrepreneurial?'
Nov 01, 2018
Episode #029 - Where Are The Five Guys I'm Supposed To Be The Average Of?
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And we ask you, "Who are the five business people that you support most often?"
Oct 25, 2018
Episode #028 - Does Marketing With Free Giveaways Really Work?
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And we ask you, "Is free stuff an appealing thing for you when you are being marketed to?"
Apr 11, 2018
Episode #027 - How Do I Ask For More Money To Coincide With My Expanded Role?
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And we ask you, “How do you manage situations of being unfairly taken advantage of with 'other duties as assigned?'”
Apr 04, 2018
Episode #026 - Is The ‘Coaching’ Industry Full Of Scammers?
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And we ask you, "Do you have an business or accountability coach?"
Mar 27, 2018
Episode #025 - Do I Have To File An Annual Report?
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And we ask you, "How frequent are your company’s reviews and evaluations?"
Mar 20, 2018
Episode #024 - Time To Get A Regular Job?
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And we ask you, "When do you leave your day job?"
Mar 13, 2018
Episode #023 - Should I Open My New Boutique At The Mall?
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This week’s question comes from Solange, who asks, “I finally have enough business to move my dress making and alterations business out of my parents basement and into a real storefront. A family friend is a leasing agent helping me find the best location for my budget, and he had me talk to the management at our city’s largest shopping mall. The mall offered me a great price for a well trafficked section, but my friend is skeptical because it is 'at the mall.' Does being at the mall sound that bad?”
Mar 06, 2018
Episode #022 - A Good Company Name, A Bad Temp Employee, & Revisiting Fears Of Choosing The Wrong Career Path
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How to name your company for success, waiting out the poor performance of a temp employee, and rethinking going out to get your MBA.
Nov 08, 2017
Episode #021 - Trusting Coaching, Battling Bad Reviews & Revisiting Raising Prices To Match Clients
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This week, we answer questions for Lisabeth, who is skeptical of the merits of business coaching, Gita, who thinks she knows who's trying to besmirch her family business, and Candice, revisiting a question raising prices to attract new clients she posed in Episode #10.
Oct 25, 2017
Episode #020 - Work Relationship Crossroads, Business Mixer, & Revisiting Promotion Through Snapchat & Other Social Media Platforms
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This week, we answer questions for Terri, who has found herself at a relationship crossroads with a former peer, Geena, who does not want to go to the bar for a business mixer, and John, revisiting a question on Snapchat and other social media platforms he posed in Episode #11.
Oct 17, 2017
Episode #019 - Upgrading Materials & Prices, A Steady Schedule For More Side Hustling Time, & Revisiting The Pros Of 'Content Marketing'
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Business Questions Answered Here returns with a new format featuring more question and answers from J Cleveland Payne.

This week, he answers questions for Cass, who wants to convince her sister to buy better quality material and raise prices accordingly, Kenny, who wants more time for his side hustle but consistent time from his employer, and Sasha, revisiting the question on 'content marketing' she posed in Episode #16.
Oct 09, 2017
Episode #018 - How Do I Make My Side Hustle Legit-Legal--Next Year? (Quincy)
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Quincey asks, “What do I need to do to take my side-hustle legit--next year?”
Apr 18, 2017
Episode #017 – Getting People To Respect Continuity (Debra)
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Debra asks, "Is the possible reward of creating office continuity worth the risk?" Continue reading →
Mar 28, 2017
Episode #016 – Is ‘Dead Tree' Advertising Worth The ‘Dead Tree' Dollars I'll Spend? (Dale)
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Dale asks, "Is print advertising still worth paying for?" Continue reading →
Mar 21, 2017
Episode #015 – Why Is Everyone Give Away So Much For Free? (Sasha)
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Sasha asks, "What is the payoff from all the work that goes into content marketing?" Continue reading →
Nov 29, 2016
Episode #014 – Why Aren't They Selecting Work From The Low Bidder? (Arsenio)
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Arsenio asks, "Shouldn't being the low bidder for a project give me a better chances of winning gaining more business?
Oct 18, 2016
Episode #013 – Is Crowdfunding A Business Project A Bad Idea? (Trev)
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Trev asks, "Is crowdfunding a good way to get development cash for smaller experimental projects?"
Sep 20, 2016
Episode #012 – Why Are My Employees Not Getting Their Work Done? (Paula)
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Paula asks, "Why are my 'rock stars' employees not doing great work?'
Sep 13, 2016
Episode #011 – Do I Need To Be On Snapchat? (John)
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John asks, "Is Snapchat, or any social media site, worth the effort?"
Sep 06, 2016
Episode #010 – Is It Time To Raise My Prices? (Candice)
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Candice asks, "If clients balk at my low rates, should I raise them?"
Aug 30, 2016
Episode #009 – Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Brandon)
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Brandon asks, "Should I bail on my unfulfilling job and my new career in business?"
Aug 23, 2016
Episode #008 – My Self-Service Customers Want Me To Do All Their Work (Lisa)
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Lisa asks, "How do I handle self-service customers who want me to do their work, but do not want to pay me?"
Aug 16, 2016
Episode #007 – How Can I Keep My Small Business Funded? (Travis)
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Travis asks, "How Can I Keep My Small Business Funded?"
Aug 09, 2016
Episode #006 – Where Can I Find Space To Do Business Work? (Colt)
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Colt asks, "Where Can I Find Space To Do Business Work?"
Aug 02, 2016
Episode #005 – Do I Need To Be A Podcaster? (Ollie)
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Ollie asks, "Do I Need To Be A Podcaster?"
Jul 26, 2016
Episode #004 – How Do I Find Time For My Side Hustle? (James)
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James asks, "How do I find more time for my side hustle and get some rest?"
Jul 19, 2016
Episode #003 – Is Work/Life Balance Even Possible? (Susan)
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Susan asks, "Is really possible to find balance in work and life?"
Jul 12, 2016
Episode #002 – I've Got To Many Ideas (Tyler)
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Tyler asks, "How do I pare down some of my ideas?"
Jul 05, 2016
Episode #001 – Do I Really Have To Advertise? (Oscar)
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Oscar asks, "Is advertising really worth it?"
Jun 28, 2016
Episode #000 – An Introduction Episode
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So why did I launch a podcast to answer business questions?
Jun 28, 2016