Work at Home RockStar Podcast

Are you a Work @ Home RockStar or do you want to be one? Host Tim Melanson interviews self-employed Home Business "RockStars" to learn how they have built their businesses from the comfort of their own home.
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Dec 11, 2017

In December 2005, Cliff began podcasting as a hobby. One year later, he launched where he has since helped tens of thousands of individuals and organizations successfully launch a podcast through one-on-one coaching and online courses. If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients who have been trained by Cliff.

Today, Cliff focuses on his role as a business and life coach. He mentors coaches, consultants and thought leaders through the transition from their unfulfilling day job to their own responsible and profitable online business so that they can live the life of their dreams and do the work they feel most called to do in this world. Be sure to check out one of his Next Level Workshop.



  • How Cliff became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Cliff shares his biggest mistake
  • The importance of participating in a mastermind
Nov 13, 2017
Officially known as an Inspiration Engineer®, Cauveé [kaw-vay] is an American strategist, investor, lifestyle coach, entertainer, philanthropist, and speaker.


As the Founder of Cauvee Global. (the Early Stage Empire – see more), Cauveé is building a unique and cutting-edge empire centered around helping others find freedom and fulfillment.

Featured in Huffington Post, labeled the Coach Who Is Dramatically Changing the GameCauveé is reverse engineering success for everyone he inspires.



  • How Cauveé became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Cauveé shares his biggest mistake
  • It’s ok not knowing exactly what to do, just make sure you test out different things
  • Check out for an “advisory board”
  • Listening to motivational materials
  • How to take advice, and make the most of it
  • A skill can always be learned, character is much less likely to change
  • Productivity and focus tips
Nov 6, 2017

As a passionate Thought Leader in Automated Experience Design (such as email sequencing, workflow automation, etc.), Paul enjoys the challenge of leveraging automation for your business, so that YOUR customers have the best experience possible.

Paul loves to share his knowledge and understanding of why automation works so well (see “Under The Hair” below).

For example, did you know with good automation, your prospects and customers should have difficulty identifying which emails were automated and which were legitimately sent 1:1 from someone in your organization? Automation should only enhance the relationship, always.

When you speak with him, you’ll enjoy his masterful blending of technology, human psychology, process methodology and sales philosophy to create a world-class customer journey that’s optimized for YOUR specific business.

He is frequently sought after for his ability to break down the customer journey into the empirical assets and then adding the human touch to everything in the marketing/sales/fulfillment process.

“Paul offers so much more….and I really think of him as my business partner rather than just a consultant. If anyone is looking for such well rounded expertise, I highly recommend him and would be delighted to speak with anyone about his services.” – Meghan Alonso, IMUA Services

Paul likes to work with a whole range of people from A-Listers to companies that just want a little help every month and, while Paul isn’t accepting any private clients currently, he likes to work B2B tech space and B2C product space (particularly music).

In closing, if you’d like some free automated experience design wisdom sporadically, sign up for Paul’s “Under the Hair” newsletter at



  • How Paul became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Paul shares his biggest mistake
  • Choose the clients that you want to work with
  • Tips for finding great clients
  • Build your network before you need it
  • Using a termination to kick off your business
  • Work / Life integration
Oct 23, 2017

Bryan oversees the product development life cycle for a range of customers from matured startups to mid-sized and large customers. With a prime focus on establishing an MVP to vet assumptions and get to market. Incipient is a leader in creative technology solutions, fueled by a passion for growth.



  • How Bryan became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Bryan shares his biggest mistake
  • Great tips on pricing your product appropriately
  • Identify key variables that go into product pricing
  • Always continue learning
  • Interviewing tips for how to find good people
  • Bryan is an early riser
  • Bryan discusses work / life balance
Oct 9, 2017

Business ghostwriter and authority architect Derek Lewis has written with thought leaders on five continents, including an Olympian, a Texas oil tycoon, a Turkish economist, an IT startup millionaire, a Brazilian federal judge, and a military governor. His authors work with the International Monetary Fund, General Electric, DaimlerChrysler, SAP, Pixar, Disney, the US Marine Corps, and the Red Cross.
Today, he is one of the foremost authorities (in the admittedly niche field) of business thought leadership books, having authored the leading guide to the subject, The Business Book Bible. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



  • How Derek became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Derek shares his biggest mistake
  • Give your mind a problem to solve before you go to bed
Oct 2, 2017

Terry Ogburn is the renowned owner and Lead Business Coach of Ogburn’s Business Solutions. His proprietary coaching system and personal devotion to the development of others has contributed to the success of hundreds of small to large business ventures.

Terry began his business career in 1979 when he invested his last $118.42 to start an air conditioning service business. At that time, he had no car or truck, but he did have the knowledge and ability to build relationships. By 1983, he was a top 5 nominee for Small Businessman of the Year.

In 1984, he won the award for “Outstanding Young Businessman of the Year” for the State of Florida.

In 1985 successful in his business and recognized as a leader in the business community, he began to mentor other small business owners. In 1989 he developed his own business success program based on his experience and the teachings of his favorite business books.

His program was so successful that in 1992 Terry was asked to join UniGlobe Active Travel as a Director of Operations to boost individual store performance. Within months, he took the store to a $2.5 million Dollar Travel Agency. He then took the program national to improve performance organization wide. In 1994 he became a founding team member of EXA Travel International and took on the role of Director of Training & Development and within two years the company grew to 11 regional offices, with over 2000 franchisees and went public in late 1996.

Following the success of EXA, Terry embarked on a series of successful partnerships involving turning around performance with corporations as:

Radio Shack MetroCall Paging

AT&T Wireless Century 21 Real Estate

In December 2005, Terry chose to return to his true passion helping Independent Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners plan, launch and develop their businesses.



  • How Terry became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Terry shares his biggest mistake
  • Start your business with the intention to sell it in 18-24 months
  • The power of hand written thank you notes
  • The customer is at the top of the organizational chart
  • How to work effectively with contractors
  • 4 Habits to Success: Decision, Discipline, Decisive, Visualize
Sep 25, 2017

Chi is a business growth consultant, digital marketer & direct response copywriter. He helps clients in the healthcare industry grow their businesses and achieve long term success through his digital marketing training, personal development coaching & entrepreneurship mentoring services.

He quit his 9 to 5 job to start an ecommerce company in his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria. The venture failed and had to be closed down but Chi viewed the experience as valuable education in his entrepreneurial journey. He then decided to launch another business to help entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome some of the key issues that lead to business failure.

He currently works with several small and medium scale enterprises in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He’s a frequent contributor to large publications like the Huffington Post, Influencive and more. In addition, he hosts a podcast titled The Bulletproof Entrepreneur where he interviews entrepreneurs, thought leaders and creative artists.



  • How Chi became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Chi shares his biggest mistake
  • The risks of relying on currency prices
  • He shares why he has a coach
  • Working with family
  • The power of referrals
  • Chi tells us why he keeps flat screen TVs on the bed
  • Chi’s playlist
  • Work in short bursts
Sep 11, 2017

A near death experience led CEO of Alitura Naturals, Andy Hnilo, to develop a cutting-edge natural skincare line that is revitalizing the skincare market.

Andy was hit by two large vehicles while crossing a busy street in 2011. A former model and high-level athlete, he relied on his body to make a living and knew that even if he recovered, his life may never be the same. He vowed to rebuild his body and spirit using the healthiest ingredients and products he could find. Alitura — Latin for “feeding and nourishing” — was created to offer consumers natural, soothing and effective skin remedies.

“The most critical tool for healing my exterior was a handcrafted blend of unique, specialized ingredients from around the world that I formulated myself. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and here we are.” – Andy Hnilo, Founder & CEO



  • How Andy became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Andy shares his biggest mistake
  • The power of aligning with the right people
  • You don’t need to be overly “salesy”
  • Just get out there and do what you do!
  • Pushups til failure
Aug 31, 2017

Randy Rayess is the cofounder of Outgrow, a growth marketing platform focused on increasing customer engagement and boosting demand generation through highly converting calculators & viral quizzes. He is passionate about demand generation, content marketing and personalized marketing. He also cofounded VenturePact and previously worked in private equity at SilverLake Partners, in machine learning and in payments.



  • How Randy became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Importance of delegating and hiring a team
  • Interview tips from Randy
  • Randy shares some tips on how to get the most out of your workspace
  • Winning habits and rituals to get the blood flowing
  • Randy’s advice to his younger self
Aug 21, 2017

Frank Cottle is CEO of Alliance Virtual Offices and Chairman of the Alliance Business Centers Network.  He is a recognized expert on flexible working, the virtual office movement and ‘third place’ working.  Prior to creating the Alliance brand, Frank successfully operated his own portfolio of business centers in multiple locations across North America.  Frank has spent almost the past 30 years delivering business services that are finely tuned to the workplace needs of startups, entrepreneurs, and growing SMBs.  Over the years he has worked with tens of thousands of business owners and, coupled with a unique global management perspective, has become the go-to authority on flexible and remote work.


  • How Frank became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • What it’s like growing up in an entrepreneurial family
  • Quote : “I don’t want to be tired and hungry” – Getting business for the sake of business is not a good strategy
  • Watch the economic cycles
  • Keep correcting course… Small pivots are more important than large changes
  • How to find good people
  • If possible have a dedicated room for your office
  • Start by hiring a virtual assistant
Aug 14, 2017

Ross and Rachel are the founders of Trill Media, an Instagram marketing agency that is on a mission to help brands boost their influence and leverage the power of viral marketing. Unlike other agencies, they focus only on the Instagram marketing tactics that gain 100% real, organic followers – no bots, no automation, and no spam. Ross and Rachel have used these strategies to form partnerships with influencers, create a network of over 100 million users, and develop a personal following of over 450,000 targeted followers.



  • How Rachel & Ross became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • The advantages of outsourcing
  • The alternative to university
  • Have patience! Stay consistent
  • Money = Trust
  • Value your time and take inventory of your daily schedule
Aug 7, 2017

Dwayne Roberts started as an entrepreneur selling knock off perfumes at the age of 19 then progressing to real estate until he found the world of online marketing. Dwayne has made over 1 million dollars using online lead generation techniques and now teaches others business owners how to duplicate his success for their business or to run their own Digital Marketing Agency. 



  • How Dwayne became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • The difference between experts and novice is the expert has made more mistakes
  • How to find help in your business
  • Dwayne never hires the lowest bid, and he never hires the highest bid… Find out why
  • How Dwayne deals with dream stealers
  • Dwayne shares the details of his “Jam Room”
Jul 31, 2017

Meliss Jakubovic is a Facebook Ads Expert and Marketing Specialist. She’s a self-proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur and a hustler full of passion. Her ad agency, Meliss Marketing helps businesses and entrepreneurs put their product or service in front of the right client or customer so they can scale their business strategically and spend time doing what they love to do.

As a single mom of two boys, it is incredibly important for Meliss to use her time efficiently and effectively and that’s why she is determined to get sh*t done for her clients.

Meliss is an extremely hard worker and loves to help people achieve their goals. Problem-solving and resourcefulness are some of her best qualities.

She attributes her success to being an entrepreneur herself and her love of learning new systems and strategies. Meliss believes that the learning and creative process never ends.



  • How Meliss became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • Take action on your instinct
  • One failure leads to the next success
  • The more good people you have on your team the more you can get done
  • Meliss paints a picture of her jam room
  • Making your own schedule and maximizing productivity as a single mom
  • The importance of “Me Time”
  • Meliss shares tips for first steps to starting your own home business
Jul 24, 2017

Lisa England is a writer, storyteller and creative coach helping high-achieving, heart-centered women set their creativity free and attract their best customers and fans by speaking freely. Her two programs, Creative Momentum and the Passion Profit Jumpstart, offer a creative woman everything she needs to get into her natural artistic flow and then turn her passion into a profit. Lisa lives and works on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI.



  • How Lisa became a Work @ Home RockStar
  • What you need to have in place before you build your website
  • You should prove your business through a facebook page
  • Step by step how to build your audience and get sales
  • Lisa has a huge band to help her in her business
  • Lisa shares the details of her jam room
  • The habits and rituals that keep Lisa healthy and productive
  • “If we are not keeping our minds, thoughts in the place we want to go to, then we are going to keep us stuck in the place we come from”
Jul 18, 2017

Suzanne Adams is a bestselling Author, Transformational Speaker, & Life Purpose Consultant that is sharing her zest for life with audiences around the globe. Suzanne was a Speaker at the 2016 Hay House World Summit and has recently been featured on TV on NBC and FOX.

Suzanne is thrilled to be leading workshops and retreats around the world. She also loves to share her secrets to success with you through her books, digital courses, and inspirational talks. Suzanne believes that having fun and following your passion are the keys to finding true happiness and living a life of fulfillment and joy!



  • How Suzanne became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Suzanne shares with us how she found her life purpose
  • Meditation’s importance for those who are self-employed
  • Be careful who you share your dreams/business with when you first get started to avoid the dream stealers
  • How to overcome money blocks when charging for your services
  • Finding the right people to help you with your business
  • The habits and rituals that lead to Suzanne’s success
Jul 11, 2017

Terra Winston, Ringleader of inTerractions and Principal of  inTerract Consulting, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee.  She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience.  Terra has a flexible style that has driven results in boardrooms and on plant floors, for Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups, alike.



  • How Terra became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • What did Terra’s family and friends think when she started her business
  • The importance of setting up systems for your business
  • Why a “Home Business”?
  • Terra thinks it’s important to have someone to hold her accountable
  • How Terra finds good people
  • Terra has a “thinking day”
  • Proper planning!
Jun 26, 2017

Jeff Elder is the founder and owner of Sync Three, an inbound marketing and sales agency located in Dublin, Ohio. His company helps B2B companies develop and implement strategies that combine inbound marketing, proven sales approaches and technology to create trust-building human experiences that drive revenue.

Jeff’s passion and mission grew out of the closure of a colleague’s business. This was the result of a lack of understanding about how to market and sell to today’s consumer. Unfortunately, there is a major disconnect between many companies and today’s buyer. Jeff knows very well that one of the toughest marketing and sales challenges for many companies today is to make real human connections with these consumers.



  • How Jeff became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • The power of the why
  • Jeff shares the details of what his “band” looks like
  • Using bartering and joint venture as a business building strategy
  • Why would a marketing firm hire a marketing director? Brilliant!
  • Airplane mode time and scheduled task for that time
  • Jeff shares his home office setup
Jun 5, 2017

Donna Brown helps her clients find their fabulous!  She is a mindset coach, Reiki Master, crystal healer and author and speaks on topics such as power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction. She recently shared her story in a collaborative work entitled “Women Who Ignite”. She is thrilled to empower others to live the life of their dreams; her desire is helping others find their fabulous by assisting them to uncover their true passion. She enjoys guiding her clients to find the crystals that speak to them and provide the healing energy they are seeking.   She especially loves sending her Reiki infused crystals to her Crystal of the Month Club members and often receives messages that the crystal was exactly what they needed.   



  • How Donna became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Donna shares how she overcame her greatest challenge
  • Listen to Donna’s story about when she jumped off a cliff
  • Be a role model for your kids and be accountable
  • Donna talks about her “tribe”
  • The power of the Moon!
  • “When you are grateful, you find more things to be grateful for”
  • How to enlist the support from those around you
May 30, 2017

Tiffany Stokes is the Healthy Accountant. She helps hard working women with big vision who struggle with pain, uncertainty and lack thrive in their health and finances by getting right to the source of their stress, so they can bring their whole life into a place of consistent well-being. Through years of financial and health struggles and then experiencing a traumatic health experience a few years ago, she realized that there was a direct connection between health and finance. Now she strives to help other women with their health, and finances if needed, so they don’t have to spend years struggling as she did.



  • How Tiffany became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Transitioning from a government job to self-employment
  • The Power of a good coach
  • How to get the kids involved in business
  • Tiffany shares her habits and rituals for a healthy life and business
  • Find your gifts and passions and build a business around it
May 15, 2017

Elizabeth DeRosa is a mom, author and holistic health coach. She shares her knowledge, passion and past medical challenges to help individuals and families find the right balance in their own lives. In her book, Finding the Way, Elizabeth explores the connection between chemicals and toxins found in our daily lives and the rise of disease that continues to be seen in both children and adults today. Elizabeth believes that a healthy balance in all aspects of your life creates unstoppable wellness and abundance.



  • How Elizabeth became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Business is about solving problems
  • Elizabeth shares how she turned a failure into a learning experience for her daughter
  • She shares her habits and rituals
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Use a diffuser and appropriate oils for the right mood
  • Do some research on what you want to do on social media before starting your business
  • Join Facebook groups to learn about struggles and get ideas and also to find a coach
  • Be vulnerable and ask for help
May 8, 2017

Joe Bernstein is an expert in creation and destruction. He is a coach and the owner of Drop the Armor Wellness. After spend the first 30 years of his life obese and disempowered, Joe lost 160 lbs and has kept it off. His process of external transformation was lead by internal transformation, not diets or intense exercise. After healing his own obesity, anxiety, body image issues, fear based thinking, dysfunction in relationship and sexual disempowerment, Joe set out on a mission to devoting his life to helping people understand that who you are today does not have to be who you are in the future.

In his coaching practice Joe helps you understand the process of transformation and how to stick with it through triumphs and challenges. Clients work with Joe to do anything from losing weight, to having more sex, to training for 600 mile bike races, to creating amazing transitions in career and relationship. Whatever obstacles you are facing in life Joe will help you Drop the Armor and create a pathway to overcoming them. Even his clients who have created an amazing life have desires that are unmet and Joe helps them do what it takes to become the creator of what they deserve.

So you know that one thing that you have always thought you could never change about who you are? Or that one thing that you have always wanted but you believe is impossible within the context of your life? Joe knows that destroying the old way of being or creating the new way is not only possible, but it is your calling in life to evolve and grow in that way. He helps you see what is possible and walks along the path with you for the entire journey.



  • How Joe became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Joe shares his personal story of his struggles with his health
  • He tells us about his mentors and his circle of influence and support
  • Make space to try new things and meet new people
  • Joe shares his daily habits
  • Start small and get a win!
May 1, 2017

Jen’s mission is to ‘Love’ humanity forward by supporting awakening women and awakened women through personal transformation and spiritual growth so that each person can witness their own divine radiance.

She is a voice for the light and has dedicated her life to helping individuals manifest their dreams.

Jen is a Spiritual Alchemist; an Educator, Energy Healer, Master Life Coach, Manifestation Expert and creator of The Mavros Method of Manifestation. A student of holistic self-mastery, she is an Internationally certified and licensed Life Coach having received training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming [NLP] and currently obtaining her Doctorate Degree in Metaphysical Science. She has a comprehensive understanding of energy through her work as a Reiki and Pranic Healing Practitioner and her studies in Metaphysics and Meditation.

For the past two years, she’s supported over 5500+ entrepreneurs, healers, coaches, and network marketers, to co-create the lives and businesses they truly desire.



  • How Jen became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Started her business part time, but had a cushion
  • Shares how she started a business with no clients and made it work
  • So many people told Jen they would hire her but didn't when she started her business
  • Things got moving when she hired her first mentor
  • Never wait for things to be perfect
  • Listen to your intuition
  • It’s ok to try the advice of mentors, but it may not actually work just take the learning experience
  • You are who you hang out with!  Find a mastermind and a coach
  • Jen shares her habits and rituals
Apr 24, 2017

Ken Course has helped thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs world-wide reach their goals. He’s generated over $50 million in revenue online for clients and partners in over 10 years of digital marketing ranging from sales training to real estate to personal development. He has been a featured speaker and trainer at over 150 events in the US, Canada, Australia, and UK. He has shared the stage with Les Brown, Kevin Harrington, Rick Frishman, Mark Victor Hansen and many more.

Ken teaches entrepreneurs how to create 6 figure businesses, how to find new customers with digital marketing, creating funnels to make more money from every customer, developing powerful and profitable programs, how to scale your business, how to become a passionate, influential leader, and how to develop your vision for success.


  • How Ken became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Ken shares his advice on delegation
  • The job of a coach is to see the things in you and in your business that you don’t see
  • Ken changes coaches frequently, but keeps the same mentors
  • The joys of doing business with friends
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Normally your first reaction isn’t your best reaction
Apr 17, 2017

Cassie Parks loves the ocean, dancing for no reason and the power of possibly. Her best-selling books include the topics of money, business and lifestyle design. She is a mentor for those who want to turn their wildest dreams into their dreams come true. Manifest $10,000 hits bookstores in May 2017.




  • How Cassie became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Cassie shares the dangers of going “all in” and quitting your job to start your business
  • Going full time doesn’t necessarily make you more productive
  • Get clear on what you really want
  • Choose work that you want to say yes to
  • Get clear on what you want from the people you hire and outline it for them immediately
Apr 10, 2017

Jeremy Barnhart is a co-owner and VP of Franchise Development at Apex Fun Run. He has a background in accounting/finance and a variety of other business ventures. Apex Fun Run’s passion is to help teachers (10% of the funds raised go to the teacher), as well as students and schools. The company partners with schools to raise funds for equipment and other campus needs. The concept incorporates a two-week character building and leadership program that culminates with a student “run” to raise donations for schools. Students ask people they know to pledge money for each completed lap, between 26-36. Young and enthusiastic Apex staff members lead the program, and all students get jerseys and prizes for jobs well done. Apex Fun Run raises more money for schools than any other fundraiser, averaging about $23,000.



  • How Jeremy became a Work @ Home RockStars
  • Diversify!
  • Jeremy explains why an office is not necessary
  • How to handle serious business calls when you have children interrupting
  • Why not learn about failures from someone else instead of making your own mistakes
  • Everyone can be a leader
  • Focus on strengths
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