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Things that matter to us. This is where you will find our latest obsessions, insights, management tips, and technology hacks.
We mainly focus on the Property Management Industry but our interests are wide and we strive to create interesting content.

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September 17, 2020
Author: Fabi Sanchez
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Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Managing Remote teams, sharing from our experience. In this episode the Aspens share their experiences and stories of managing remote teams since 2009.  They discuss tips like how and why it is important to call out micro-emotions you see on webcam, how to deal with conflict […]

How to Manage Remote Teams

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September 7, 2020
Author: Jeremy Aspen
Reading Time: 3 minutes

How to Reclaim Control of a Stalled Task, Why Wait?

Whenever an employee, or a vendor, or anyone really, gives me a project update that they are “just waiting on…,” it makes me uneasy. As in angst-inspiring  uneasy. “Just waiting on” is the clear signal that a task is stalled, which tells me: We’re exactly where we were last time;  it sounds like the task […]

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September 2, 2020
Author: Jeremy Aspen
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Eviction Moratorium? What does it mean for our industry?

Honestly, it doesn’t seem like this moratorium is all that potent, in a good way or even a bad way. Although, let me be clear…we’d be better off without it. In Nebraska, where we run a property management company called Wistar Group, our Governor, Pete Ricketts, issued a moratorium somewhat similar to the one issued […]

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September 2, 2020
Author: Fabi Sanchez
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Sell Your Company for More ft. Byron McFarland

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Sell your company for more. Byron has helped companies of all sizes around the country transition ownership to key employees or family members. He creates “golden handcuff” compensation plans in the preparation phase, ownership transition plans, and helps the new owners get the financing they need […]

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September 1, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Write Your Own Obituary to Focus and Improve Your Time Management

I woke up on a Monday totally overwhelmed. As an avid bullet journaler, I was reviewing my goals, objectives and commitments for the week, the month and the quarter, which I typically do each Monday morning. I quickly realized there was no organizational strategy on earth that was going to help me execute what was […]

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August 26, 2020
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Taking Big Risks with Congressman/General Don Bacon

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. On this episode of Bootstrappers, we chat with Nebraska’s Second District Congressman, but we’re not talking to him about politics or his campaign. Instead, we want to know about his long and successful career in the US Airforce. We talk to him about those career risking […]

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August 19, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Winning Big with Founder of Complete Nutrition Cory Wiedel

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode, we hear about the trials, errors and boneheaded moves that Cory Wiedel survived, and how he persevered through it all to create a wildly successful company that sold for millions of dollars to a private equity firm. We talk to Cory about believing […]

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August 12, 2020
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Bootstrappers: All you need to know about protecting your brand, free legal advice from Claire Gibson.

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Claire Gibson at Gibson Law specializes in intellectual property law. In this must-listen episode she explains the costly mistakes many entrepreneurs make when naming and branding their business. She explains the steps every company should go through when they are getting started to ensure their marks […]

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August 5, 2020
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Bootstrappers: International Business Lessons From a Seasoned Pro, Sara Stupak

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode of Bootstrappers we discuss mistakes Americans make when working with people from other cultures, stories of our own boneheaded moves and the surprising delights of working internationally. We discuss the latest cutting edge technologies that are not used in the US but flourish […]

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July 29, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Everything You Need to Know About Franchises, learn from Curt Drew

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Franchises can be a way to augment your existing business or a way to get into the world of entrepreneurship with less risk and start-up time. Curt explains the best ways to find a franchise that meets your needs and how different franchises are set up. […]

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July 22, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Get More Done With Time Management and Organizational Skills That Really Work

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Jeremy and Gwenn dig into time management and their different ways of organizing their days at work, Calendar management, setting aside time for deep thinking, managing interruptions, meeting management, and more are covered in this episode of Bootstrappers. What is Bootstrappers? Bootstrappers is a program designed […]

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July 20, 2020
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Bootstrappers: When Do You Transition a W-9 Contractor to an Employee? ft. Mike Mapes

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode of Bootstrappers, we cover stress management, getting out of a business partnership that no longer works, and when it is time to take a W-9 contractor and transition them to an employee. Also, hear about Jeremy’s creative employee benefit he used to keep […]

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July 15, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Learn From Kara Eastman How To Work With Government Activists From The Business Perspective

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode of Bootstrappers we are talking to Kara about the best ways business organizations can work with government and nonprofits for the best results. We review real-life bills and how the investment housing community was able to change, improve, and impact housing in a […]

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July 8, 2020
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Bootstrappers: How to make your dreams come true, lessons from Jerry Reimer

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Jerry tells us his story of coming from humble beginnings and becoming one of the premier commercial and housing developers in the midwest. What design elements are essential to make your new development a success? How can you create that old neighborhood feel in a new […]

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July 1, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Building Sales Teams For Success What You Can Improve Now, Brian Gubbels

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Brian is known for his relationships based sales process that gets results. In this episode he explains how he passes on his approach to sales teams so warmth isn’t lost as the team grows. Brian breaks down his work culture of caring personally about people while […]

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June 24, 2020
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Bootstrappers: How To Market Your Business On A Budget. Ryan Horn Shares It All

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. Political marketers have to create ads that make an indelible impression on tight time frames and with tiny budgets. Ryan breaks down the creative process so you can get the most out of your marketing budget. Hear how Ryan coaches his clients on understanding their brand […]

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June 17, 2020
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Bootstrappers:Adventures Of A Serial Entrepreneur With Dave Paladino

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode of Bootstrappers Dave talks about the illness of being a serial entrepreneur,  his unique perspective on when to get into a business partnership, and how to use your org chart to manage people and hold them accountable. Dave also talks about how ‘The […]

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June 10, 2020
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Bootstrappers: Leadership and Accountability, insights from Chris Mangan

Stay Hungry, Break Things, This Is the Bootstrappers Show. In this episode, we talk about how to have an effective meeting, how to hold people accountable, and how to talk to people so they will listen. We also discuss the common error of trying to make an employee we love fit in a seat they […]

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May 20, 2020
Author: certified-admin
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Is Working From Home In Mexico a Good Option For You?

We have all heard stories from people who are working from home and how great it is, how much your life quality will improve or maybe, how much time people can save by working from home. Is this true?

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May 1, 2020
Author: certified-admin
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Nine Things That Clutter Up a Resume

Visual presentation is a very important part of any resume. This does not mean that you have to use bold borders or graphics. What you need is balance. The following ten things tend to clutter up a resume and make it look messy.

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April 28, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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The Real Estate InvestHER podcast ft. Gwenn Aspen on Virtual Assistants

Gwenn Aspen, President of Anequim talks about how Virtual Assistants (Remote Workers) can improve the efficiency of your business and reduce costs.

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April 27, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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Anequim is Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Managing and Monitoring Remote Workers Using Cutting Edge Technology. Find out how you can monitor your remote team by using the latest technology tools.

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April 1, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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Quick Tip for Managing Remote Teams: The Daily Huddle

One thing that has helped our remote teams stay focused on the day’s tasks is having a daily huddle. Huddles are 5-minute meetings every day at the same time.

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April 1, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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How Great Teams Prioritize Goals

There came a point where we felt like we were on a hamster wheel and living in the movie Groundhog Day. Was this all there was to our business? Was this as far as we were going to get as professionals? Was more even possible for people like us?

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March 1, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Cost of Ideas.

You’ve heard the adage “there’s no such thing as a bad idea.” Well, and we all know this, it just isn’t true. If there really is no such thing as a ‘bad idea’ how would be express a sentiment that an idea just didn’t work out, that it wasn’t good, or that it ended up being ruinous? We say it pretty much to get people who would otherwise not feel comfortable going out on a limb to, well, walk out on that limb. We know there is something about the phrase that works logically, but what is it?

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March 1, 2020
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Whether to hire a property manager

So here is what it boils down to; Did you buy the property to invest your money or to buy a job?

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September 1, 2019
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Get Your Home Ready For Winter

After summer, there is nothing better than welcoming the autumn. but It’s also a great time to get your home ready for winter.

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October 18, 2018
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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Property Management Mastermind Show ft. Gwenn Aspen from Anequim

Some people like to call them virtual assistants, but we prefer to think of them as virtual team members! Gwenn will help you understand more about the benefits and process of working with people in Mexico to help you run your property management business.

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August 21, 2018
Author: Gwenn Aspen
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Goal Attainment and Reflection on Failure

Happy New Year everyone! New Year’s resolutions are the name of the game this time of year and I just wanted to write a few thoughts on goal attainment and reflection on failure. Recently I was talking about goals with the wonderful John L. Hoich. He was kind enough to share with me part of his […]

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November 29, 2015
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Customer Service in a hostile situation

Today on my way to Atlanta there was a perfectly bad situation happening right next to me and it serves to demonstrate how a disconnected mission can muddle up an already bad situation.

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July 30, 2015
Author: Gwenn Aspen
Reading Time: 3 minutes

4 Simple Risk Management Tips

Owning residential real estate can be a fantastic investment. But like any investment there are risks and knowing how to hedge against these risks is crucial to ensuring your real estate investment remains profitable and healthy.  Here are four tips to live by when managing your asset: Water Risk: When was the last time you […]