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Two really important things for you today. The first is my new rap song.

I guess it’s not really a rap song. It’s more like a hook. Anyway, you’ll know what I mean when you watch the video.

The second, and perhaps more important, is about hiring people to support you.

After all, once you decide to go pro as an entrepreneur, you need to find the right pros to help you stay on track, off of the IRS’s radar and out of court.

You know, cool people like accountants, bookkeepers, lawyers, and such. Of course, if you’ve never hired people like this before, it can be intimidating.

In this video, you’ll learn three simple but important steps to take before you hire anyone to help grow your business.

As you know, I don’t pretend to know it all. I’m a lifelong student myself.

So I’d love to hear your thoughts. Got any tips or advice to share with us all?

Experiences or, heaven-forbid, hard lessons learned in the trenches?

Leave a comment and let us know.

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42 comments

  1. LOVE the biz nuggets! Seriously. LIVE FOR THE RAP… do it again. i have to watch it over:)

    • Marie F…Biz Nuggets!! That’s my girl! I want to be on the Marie Flor team…heck, Hire her for my business!! Need Help Girl!!!! Reach out…PLEASE! Im kool, Im Fly, Im a Diva and so ready to take my business to the next level!

      • Caroline - Team Forleo

        Hi Lucie, it’s so awesome that you’re looking to take your business to the next level! Although Marie doesn’t offer one-on-one coaching, we have some great intensive programs like B-School and The Copy Cure that can help give your business a boost.

        We also have MarieTV available anytime for free — we release a new episode each week, and we have an archive of nearly 250 episodes that you can check out anytime for great tips for your business and life.

        If you have any Q’s, feel free to reach out to us anytime at infoATmarieforleoDOTcom!

  2. Wow!! No doubt u have some seriously AWESOME rapping skills! :))

    Thanks Marie!! LOVE it 🙂

  3. rapping pearls of wisdom, once again marie! point 1, check. 2 to go!
    thanks mucho!

  4. This is some great advice – I don’t know why we don’t naturally ask our “most successful friends” how to do what they do. Thanks!

  5. lovin’ it!

  6. This couldn’t have come at a better time, since I’m looking for an accountant. Thanks for the tips, Marie!

    Oh and loved the rap, er, hook 😀

  7. Hiring people is so tough! I went through two terrible accountants when I first started my business and my current accountant is STILL cleaning up their mistakes. Lesson learned!

  8. Karie

    I just hired a lawyer in December for my business and it made me feel legit to say, “Let me contact my lawyer regarding that.” Haa! The little things that make us happy.

  9. Rich - LONGJOY ORG -

    Marie…Great! Very informative and clear. Intuition is key..Enjoyed your real energy…
    Have a Great Weekend!
    Rich -LONGGJOY . ORG –

  10. Brilliant advice – it is challenging to hire good people. I had an accountant that was doing some very slippery things and this made me really uncomfortable. I started to feel fearful that he would get me into trouble with the tax man so I decided to get rid of him. i started searching for a new person and began researching by asking my clients who were in the money industry if they knew someone who was good, ethical and followed the law. And I got the best guy in the world! I’ve been with him now for over a decade and so happy that I took the time to ask the right questions to the right people. 🙂

  11. Fun AND so useful! I’m looking for an accountant and I’m going to follow your steps, thanks.

  12. As usual, great stuff and purrfect timing.
    Thank you.

  13. Great biz nuggets! Thank you.

  14. Great advice! Finding someone who is an expert in their field – like taxes – definitely clears up mental space for you as an entrepreneur and lets you concentrate on what’s really important!

  15. Yet more great advice Marie!

    Thank you so much…can’t wait to hear about South Africa!

  16. you are so damn hot i can’t even take it.
    love your biz nuggets my dear!
    love the “pardon the interruption” GENIUS!
    i miss u. come to LA already!

  17. Great advice Marie!

    Finding first rate people to work with you on your team by asking other successful friends/people in the industry… so much easier than randomly trying to find the right pro’s.

    I especially like the part about calling their references too.

    Thank you thank you 🙂

  18. Jen

    Super great. Calling my CEO friends to ask who they’re using, because the one I have is mediocre, and that’s just not good enough.

  19. Eleanor

    Hey Marie,
    This video is SOLID GOLD & came at the perfect time – I cannot agree with you more about the 3 referrals that need to be called!!!
    Case in point: a guy called me up promising funding for a venture and presenting himself as working for a private investment bank where I have contacts. He actually said that he’d been hired by the bank to scout projects for investment but that he would charge me a “finder’s fee” (BIG red flag ;)). I called up my contact at the bank who said that he’d only been hired to fill out forms at City Hall for them & that he should not be charging “finder’s fees” using the bank’s name. Result: she told me to send her the project directly & he apparently got reprimanded as he sent me a pissy e-mail – thank the Lord I called & checked on the Chancer!!

    Bottom line: if people are what they present themselves to be, they should have no problems providing 3 references. If someone acts all ‘offended’ that you actually called, you can count your lucky stars since they’re showing their true colors & are probably misrepresenting themselves.

    For now on, I’m a 3-ref believer.

    Thank you Marie for sharing these pearls of wisdom!

  20. Great video Marie! The message was clear and concise. Getting personal recommendations and checking references makes all the difference. Love the editing and production. Fun to watch. Do you do the camera work yourself? Who does the fantastic editing?

  21. Awesome Marie! Bringing my business to the kitchen may make my cooking better! Thanks for the nuggets;-))))

  22. This is very timely since I just hired some VA lovin’ and I know that as I work to build my own business, I’m going to remember your 3 questions to ask…plus I just can’t help singing that biz nuggets rhyme. Girrrrrl Love This!

    I’m with Grasie…come to LA already!

  23. Ahhh, sweet Marie with business bites that even a newbie like me can digest- love quick and tasty tidbits that are full of substance, and FUN, too!
    Thanks Marie, Happy Friday 🙂

  24. Hey Marie! LOVE these tips – and the kitchen theme and rap was fun too. 😉

    I like the idea of the references and am definitely going to use that in the future! I find the idea of trying to find an accountant, financial planner, etc overwhelming and intimidating, but you sure broke it down and made it seem a lot more do-able! 🙂

  25. I just realized you are in So. Africa with @lkr. Jealous! I’ve seen Branson’s Island retreat. :)~

    Cool video. And people need not to be afraid of calling referrals references. And I wish I could say that I listen to my intuition. But sometimes my rationalization of why they might be ‘off’ conquers the intuition. Then I end up paying for it later. I trust in some people too much.

    • Eleanor

      Hi Christine,
      I have the same problem about feeling intimidated/scared to ask for references & call them. In the past, I usually opted for rationalization instead of realizing that anyone who is what they say they are will have no problem providing references & having you call them. I keep telling myself this as I’m going to have to do this tomorrow.
      Here’s to your post & listening to intuition!

  26. Biz nuggets are nibble-icious!

    Thanks, Marie!

  27. Marie you absolutely crack me up. I so love you girl. You truly beat/rap to your own drum and it is awesome and amazing how that truly works for who you are.

    Sparklewithin’s last blog Spreading Yourself too thin…. http://web.me.com/lisamarichal/Sparklewithin/Chat_Time/Entries/2011/2/2_spreading_yourself_too_thin…..html

  28. Thank you so much for the biz nuggets!!! Loved it!!! And loved your rap you go girl xoxo

  29. Hilarious and so full of great wisdom. Thanks!

  30. Love the video and the biz nuggets rock!

    Also, I LOVE your new juicer on the counter sweetie! Breville rocks and I am sure Kris is smiling ear to ear (as I am!). Ya gotta check out our recent little video together…I can send you the link or post here…let me know!

    Thanks again Marie!
    xo,
    Tina (Marie)

  31. I love your biz nuggets!

    Good human resources advice you are giving there. I think the best advice is following our intuition about the candidate. I also believe it is important applying some exams and determining whether these professionals are real professionals. I’ve had an experience in which I almost hired some one with all fake documents, even the references were false. Nevertheless, he did not passed the exam nor the psychometric exam. Thanks for sharing Marie.

  32. I once hired a webdesigner and my intuition told me not to, after a while I realised he was not what I was looking for…

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