Good Note : Took a giant risk to break away from her network to build her own brand from scratch.
Bad Note : Lack of support from the media accreditation association made it so much harder.
Practice Makes Progress : I asked Janette how she handled releasing content from her own makeshift studio when she was used to the quality from a professional studio.
Learning from the best : Don't be afraid to spend the money on the specialized coaching that you need.
Executive Producer, Janette Burke Productions, Host/Creator of the 4-time award-winning online lifestyle show Janette’s TV and Janette’s TV Podcast (in Season 11, with over 500 aired episodes), Media Personality, Mentor & Trainer and Former Publicist, Janette Burke left the studios behind with only 700 Facebook followers to build a world-wide audience of over 5 million. Having interviewed countless A-list celebrities, thought-leaders, game-changers, influencers, and experts in various fields, she knows what it takes to assume the spotlight and effectively spread your message. So she also Media Mentors & Trains entrepreneurs, professionals, coaches, book authors, speakers and content creators who want to garner more media attention how to tell & sell their story, improve their presentation, performance & communication skills on-camera (for media, pod & webcast interviews, videos, LIVES), as well as on-stage (as a solo, panel, or TEDTalk speaker).
Bad Note : Heavily weighted as a public speaker, so the lockdowns killed all his gigs.
Jam Room : Lots of books!
Band : Full time VA in the philipines, coaches. Use technology to stay connected with the team.
Learning from the best : Always had coaches, but the real learning came when he started his business.
Trav Bell is The Bucket List Guy…The Worldʼs #1 Bucket List Expert.
As a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ, Trav helps people live their Bucket List before it’s too late! His unique life-engagement message really wakes you up, stops ground-hog days and helps you to experience more fulfilment.
He says, “A Bucket List is a tangible Life Plan…where our Business Plan or Career Plan should fit into our Life Plan & not be the other way around.”
No one practices what they preach more than Trav. His ‘crazy’ globetrotting adventures are contagious, hilarious & always fresh. He is the author of the best-selling book, the MY BUCKETLIST BLUEPRINT, a TEDx Thought Leader, a Certified Speaking Professional & is also the Founder CEO of Bucket List Coaches who are now on a mission to help 10 million BucketListers #tickitB4Ukickit.
Before Trav became ʻThe Bucket List Guyʼ, he founded & franchised a chain of personal training studios across Australia. Starting with 1 client, he & his team went on to do over 2 million personal training sessions & motivated 10’s of 1000’s of clients.
This is why Trav is now regarded as one of the world’s most in-demand motivation speakers.
Good Note : Took a client’s revenue from 100k to half a million in revenue
Bad Note : Did not like the sales conversation and avoided learning how to improve.
Jam Room : Started off in a spare bedroom but when the business became full time, she bought a home that had a dedicated office. She hired an interior designer to set it up for her.
Keeping the Hat Full : Leveraging systems to keep the pipeline full.
Learning from the best : Jump on any opportunity to take business related training. Nadia took a sales position to learn sales.
She is a sales strategist, consultant, trainer, and founder of The Doyenne Agency. A sales agency that works with business owners, companies, and corporations to multiply revenue and awaken the consistent closer within your sales team using the Consistent Sales Method™. Nadia helps women learn to play the career game in business to advance their careers and professions.
When it comes to sales, women come to her timid and shaky about going after the money – they leave her strategic, strong, emboldened, and most importantly, paid.
Nadia brings over fifteen years of leadership experience, powerful conversations, achieving goals, and respect for people to develop a comprehensive sales process to increase closing rates and satisfied client retention. As a result, Nadia’s clients have seen tremendous results, such as raising their rates, decreasing their refund requests, and doubling or tripling their annual revenues, including helping clients increase their yearly revenue by 800%.
Good Note : There is no big success… There are just a lot of little successes along the way.
Bad Note : Just like success, there are lots of little failures too. You have to expect them. You are going to fail, but that doens’t mean you are a failure.
Learning from the best : The big names in business Gates, Jobs, Buffett, Dell even wake up with headaches from their business. Things happen to everyone and that is inpiring.
Keeping the Hat full : Just because you are making sales, doesn’t mean you have cashflow. Look at your transactions every day, or be sure you have someone hired to do it.
Instruments of choice : If you can’t find a tool that does everything you need, then create one that does.
Joe DiChiara is an entrepreneur with a CPA license. He has worked with thousands of business owners over a 35 year career. Eager to help people succeed, it troubled him that most new businesses fail and was determined to find out why. In 2010, after reading “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles and “Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill he got his answer.
Success starts with Mindset and Intention, subjects they don’t teach in CPA school. Joe learned that this was the true culprit in business failure on top of an overly complex tax and compliance system making it nearly impossible to start a business and stay in business. His primary purpose has become teaching entrepreneurs the fundamental principles of success combined with the practical knowledge acquired as a CPA.
New business owners start out with the odds stacked against them and the solution is education and guidance. Joe provides affordable business training and guidance through www.bedrockuniversity.com. and a full range of accounting services at a fraction of what most CPA firms charge through www.bedrockbusinessbuilders.com. You can book a free chat with Joe by visiting www.timewithjoe.com
Good Note : Started a side hustle as an amazon ecommerce seller while working as a teacher. Ended up growing that business to full time.
Bad Note : Holding on to the security blanket of a job and ended up not putting in the full effort into his first venture and it never did take off.
Assembling the Band : Found a group of Virtual Assistants though LinkedIn. Started by getting on a screenshare and just worked while the team watched. This allowed them to learn what he was doing and also creating content at the same time.
Gathering Fans : When starting off, you can have a lower price point to build up a clientele and build testimonials.
Keeping the Hat Full : Put time in and do things manually at first rather than spend the money on tools.
Kirk Cooper is the CEO and founder of Ecom Automation Gurus. Living in Aurora, Colorado, Kirk was a former high school teacher who got tired of the 9-5 life and decided to take a leap of faith and build his own company from the ground up. Now, EAG builds fully automated eCommerce stores for its users, supplying them with all of the manpower and tools to run their business, passively. Kirk is also the author of “Scratch and Claw: The Path To Entrepreneurial Greatness.”
Good Note : Working on Network TV at the View. Wasn’t moving up in her career and knew that something was missing. Came up with an idea for an invention, patented it and started going to tradeshows. Grew slowly and steady.
Bad Note : Don’t be stubborn. She created an acronym NOMPI (no more poison ivy) and wanted to name her gloves nompi gloves… but the market didn’t know what that meant and eventually knew that she had to change the name.
Practice Makes Progress : Practice makes permanent. If you practice enough, you permanently engrain it.
Keeping the Hat Full : The most important thing is to not let success get to your head. Don’t turn down smaller local opportunities that might not net you as much as the big ones.
Learning From the best : Joined a mastermind of woman business owners. They meet once a week and cover their hits and misses for the week. This has been very big for Lynne. She met key people to help her bring her business to the next level and so much more.
The idea for Garden Sleeves by NOMPI gardening gloves came about when I contracted poison ivy after tending to my vegetable garden. I wanted a sleeved gardening glove that was lightweight, breathable and machine washable. So I made myself a pair, LOVED the result, and couldn’t wait to share them with my fellow gardeners! Keeps arms free from scratches, sunburn, poison ivy, mosquito bites, wild parsnip burn, stinging nettles and so much more!
Good Note : In business for 8 1/2 years as work from home stay at home dad.
Bad Note: Highly recommed that you get a lawyer to look over your contracts.
Practice Makes Progress : Subscribe to newsletters, podcasts, youtube. Constantly living a breathing the craft.
Getting Fans : Using fear and psychology to sell.
Assembling the Band : Subcontract work overseas to contractors. There are plenty of thing like upwork, fiver and others to find contractors. Establish long term connections with the ones that work well.
Naresh Vissa is the Founder & CEO of Krish Media & Marketing – a full service e-commerce, technology, development, online, and digital media and marketing agency and solutions provider. He has worked with CNN Radio, Clear Channel Communications, J.P. Morgan Chase, EverBank, The Institute for Energy Research, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, the American Junior Golf Association, Agora Financial, Agora Publishing, Stansberry Research, and TradeStops. He is the #1 bestselling author of FIFTY SHADES OF MARKETING: Whip Your Business into Shape & Dominate Your Competition, PODCASTNOMICS: The Book of Podcasting… To Make You Millions, THE NEW PR: 21st Century Public Relations Strategies & Resources… To Reach Millions, TRUMPBOOK: How Digital Liberals Silenced a Nation into Making America Hate Again, and the new book FROM NOBODY TO BESTSELLING AUTHOR! How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book. He is the co-host of The Work From Home Show. He has a Master’s Degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has been featured on USA Today, Yahoo!, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Businessweek, MSN Money, Business Insider, India Today, Hindustan Times, and other domestic and international media outlets.
Bad Note : Vinay spent time, money and had investors for a product that he realized the market didn’t want. It was very hard to recover from that funk.
Gathering Fans : Try to create a connection with the people you meet. Ask questions and see if there are things you have in common.
Assembling the Band : Be more interested in finding the people who have similar values. Allow them to feel empowered to solve problems.
Learning from the Best : Getting coaches and mentors is all about getting a different perspective, it has little to do with intelligence. Someone on high ground will be able to see the storm before someone in the valley.
He has built decision-making tools that help you more deeply understand your people and your company. It tells you how you are performing so that you can optimize the behaviors of your employees and managers so they align employees with the business outcomes you want.
Vinay has worked and learned from prominent people. He loves when people help him raise his game. “I love to pay it forward. I have made lives easier for thousands of owners, senior leaders, and employees across the United States”. said Vinay.
His mission is to help business leaders improve employee retention, engagement, and productivity using data. If you want to maximize your business success, He’ll show you the path, with your data, Other than that, He is eager to help them identify blind spots and everything that holds them back from success.
Vinay helps them see the Blindspot(s) and how to punch it through with the help of CAARMO’s Business Blind Spots Exposed podcast. He has been able to host the podcast and speak with different international guests from business leaders, business coaches, trainers, mentors, managers, marketing directors, and more.
With the ongoing Business Blind Spots Exposed podcast event, Vinay and his team aim to reach out to audiences about how the team can help them and provide solutions to their needs.
Good Note : After the shutdown, dental practices are back up and things are going well.
Bad Note : Planning for success. If you grow too fast, you can fall behind on jobs and hurt your quality and reputation. Always be looking for people that would fit well with your company culture.
Gathering Fans : Write the processes and procedures and hire people to run the business. Then spend your time growing the business.
Keeping the Hat Full : Take any opportunity for publicity, get booked on podcasts, develop free content for your target market and create a buzz of activity.
Learning from the Best : Found a mentor who taught him how to niche down. Currently still participating in a mastermind.
Before starting his dental marketing agency in 2009, Chris worked for online marketing giants AOL & MapQuest. He holds several online marketing certifications and is trained by Google on how dentists & other businesses can get the most out of their marketing efforts. He’s also the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Internet Marketing for Dentists.” Chris resides in the Denver, CO area with his wife Michele and two kids Kaitlyn & Brody.
Good Note: With low self-esteem from a young age, Chris always found himself in dead-end low paying jobs. Even landing himself a job paying 1£ an hour. Chris had a calling in life that he always wanted to help people but didn’t know how to make income in doing so. It started by helping with youth groups and disabled people with activities which came naturally to him. Later being asked to become a forklift instructor for the company he worked for, because of the “magic whisper “ that helped anxious colleagues.
Bad Note: Bad notes happen all the time. With that same forklift job, Chris had to go assess other company drivers. Along with that came writing which Chris had a hard time with being dyslexic. He managed to find a methods that helped him better understand spelling in a way that just made sense to him and enabled him to persevere. With new ways and perspectives, there is always a way.
Practice makes Progress: It becomes a subconscious thing with a lot of practice. Life is like learning a musical instrument, you hit your bad notes until you become aware of what it is you’re doing, and what can be done about it. Then the confidence in the subject will spread to different areas in your life. Momentum creates motivation.
Instruments: All about asking right questions to get people to think in a certain way.
Learning from the best: It doesn’t always need to be a professional paid coach, it can be friends and family depending on who you surround yourself with. Reassurance is good but mentors will pick it apart and challenge you to grow. Mentors come in all different ways such as books, films, music, etc… Listen and reflect constantly.
Chris Delaney is an interview coach, hypnotherapist, and author of ‘what is your interview identity’ Chris helps career professionals to succeed in job interviews.
Bad Note: Dealing with imposter syndrome. Struggling with the decision of “ How do I approach this. ” Allison’s method is explained through the three C’s. Clarity, Content & Consistency.
Practice Makes Progress: Implement and get consistent. Regroup whenever you feel stuck and reignite that passion of why you are doing it. Acknowledge when you are not feeling creative and give yourself a grace period. Practice a “ brain dump ” to know what you need to get done each week and put them in categories.
Getting Fans: The three V’s for an online strategy. Variety, Video & Value.
Instruments of success: Creating your own planner that is linked to your devices. Having boundaries for your work life and know when you have time off.
Allison has been featured on The Stefanie Gass Show, F.I.R.E.D. UP Podcast, She Makes An Impact Podcast, The Confident Podcast and more. She’s also been featured on OSSAcollective.com as a featured Podcaster and in Podcast Magazine featured in the Second Annual Top 50 Moms In Podcasting.
Good Note: Ibrahim started his business and resigned from his head marketing job in high fashion the same month as the world wide lockdown. Started marketing personal development industry personalities. Releasing 25 books to have enough money to pay the salary of two full-time employees, then continued to scaled the business.
Bad Note: Diverting the question from business to a childhood experience. Being chastised as a kid for everything he said wrong, one day he was picked to speak in front of his school about sustainability. A paper that was completely memorized. After only stating his name, he completely forgot what to say. After going back to class the teacher pulled him aside to congratulate him on saying his name for the first time in front of that many people. That totally re-framed the way to think about your mistakes.
Getting Fans: Starting with the strategy of not going big. A deep discount for his clients that would go to the standard rate if they were to continue with his services. After 3 thousand discounts, 1 stuck around that eventually got him 20 more clients. Get 1 client and serve them well. Once you’re on the track of getting referrals, then you can continue with marketing and branding.
Tools: an emailing list for people to subscribe to. Once he realized that his social medias were a waste of time they were deleted so more time could be utilized elsewhere.
Ibrahim Dar is a UAE-based public speaker and the author of ‘Charm Like a Narcissist,’ a book about cultivating personal magnetism and improving social status. Dubbed ‘the motivational Machiavelli‘ by The Milestone Mag, Ibrahim’s approach to personal development is ruthlessly pragmatic and thoroughly practical. His style of deconstructing and tackling problems from a practical perspective has propelled his blog, Ibrahim in your Inbox, into the ‘Top 20 Most-Engaging Newsletters’ list compiled by the Impact Tribune.
His book, ‘Charm Like a Narcissist,’ has been translated into 7 languages and distributed in over 45 countries. It has found its way into several international reading lists and is discussed, cited, and studied in classrooms and student book clubs in over 12 universities.
As a professional speaker, Dar talks about attracting attention, building a narrative, and creating connections. His words have reached over 2 million people, with 18,000 returning to consume his content regularly.
He has given over 80 talks on improving social skills, accumulating personal power, and grabbing attention, including one at Middlesex University Dubai, a university from which he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, Media, and Public Relations.
Good Note: Michal started his entrepreneur journey in 2017 as an author and advertising books. He reached out to his first client to help the client with sales. He brought the book sales from 5 to 100 in the first month. He then realized that he could provide value and continue with his business.
Bad Note: After selling one best seller after another, things seemed to be going good. The next book ended up flopping even after trying to revive the book several times. Discouraged by the lack of sales you take the lesson and carry on. Learn to write for the people that you will connect with. Do your market research in coming to that conclusion.
Learning from the best: Starting in the self help sector, you quickly realize that it’s about learning from others more than making things work by yourself. Learn from a successful self publisher on Amazon. By joining groups with similar interest, things started snowballing. Connecting with people was the one thing he wished he had done sooner. Now he is in the business of teaching others.
Practice Makes Progress: Deliberate practice takes energy, time & focus. There are different levels to it. As this is hard to keep up, try practicing in smaller increments to stay sharp and to not burn out. Learn from you critics and your compliments.
Keeping the Hat Full: When you have income, you must know how to divide it. Taxes, fixed cost, payroll, reinvestment, etc… Having multiple bank accounts to keep income in order.
In 2012, Michal read the book titled “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson, and he started to turn his life around. In the next nine years, he lost weight, broke over 200 personal fitness records, developed dozens of daily habits, doubled his income, started a book advertising business, liberated his wife from a day job, and published eighteen books sharing how he achieved all of the above.
He regularly blogs at ExpandBeyondYourself.com and the story of his life’s transformation was featured in the re-release of “The Slight Edge” in 2013.
Good Note: Being a life sensei, everything that she was able to work through, let go of & release in life has enabled generations going forward. Whether that was through her own family or helping clients break childhood trauma & break harmful family cycles. It is able to stop creating your future from your past.
Bad Note: Any failure is looking at the situation and realizing what opportunity is being given to learn. Nancy’s coaching business was a side hustle while she worked her full time corporate job. When she was going through her divorce she felt like there was nothing else to lose so she made the transition to work on her coaching business full time without a plan. Everything slowly started to happen with the manifestation of making it work.
Practice makes Progress: Everyday reassuring yourself with your vision. Your story is your vision. Reminding yourself of what you’ve done and where you’re going. When you’re truly empowered and know you are here for a reason, are debating on if you can do it or are you stepping into it.
(Example in the podcast)
Jam Room: Having an “I love me wall” as a reminder of your successes and what you do to practice self love, anything that raises you vibrational energy. You must be able to look around and change your environment mentally and light your fire.
Getting Fans: Whatever is causing you to doubt yourself, you must be able to step into the best vision of yourself. If you can say it and believe it, the way you come off to others is more relatable when they can feel it.
“ At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel “ – Maya Angelou
As the founder of Mastering Your Beliefs, Nancy’s clients usually refer to her as their “Sensei” a title from her days as a student, competitor and teacher in the Martial Arts.
Martial Arts taught Nancy that her strongest weapon is not her physical strength, it’s her inner strength.
During her journey to do whatever it was going to take to free her mind from the unresolved experiences of her childhood, she lost everything. Once she learned to let go of the past, she became unstoppable.
Nancy has experienced the joys of marriage, motherhood, being a home owner, becoming a grandmother, a great grandmother and the fulfillment of being an entrepreneur.
She’s also known the gut wrenching experiences of miscarriage, divorce, physical pain, trauma, childhood abuse that escalated to sexual abuse by the age of 12 and limiting beliefs about who she is and what she’s capable of.
Nancy loves working with entrepreneurs to teach them how to heal their inner child; so they can free themselves from their own unresolved childhood experiences. Mastering Your Beliefs is the way to stop allowing the negative experiences of your past to affect your future, thus enabling you to abandon your lack beliefs in favor of abundance – something every entrepreneur deserves to understand if they are going to take their business beyond their vision and discover the infinite possibilities they’re capable of!
Good Note: Being a social psychologist and leadership strategist, once COVID hit the world many companies started reaching out in regards to what they could do. She was successfully at helping companies shift their entire business from working in a store to working remotely.
Bad Note: At the beginning of lockdowns Kinga lost 70% of her contracts due to panic. It was the first time in her 17 years of remotely working where things dropped that much. Her over head was low and having savings helped in pushing forward.
Jam Room: Having a room for yourself will make the difference. Even if you don’t have a room, designate a corner or space. This area is for work and will help your brain distinguish what the task at hand is in that spot. You carry the work for your business at all times, use different areas to your advantage.
Band: 3 full-time employee and 2 consultants to help grow the business. Building relationships in real life and by having recommendations with LinkedIn profiles helped to find the right people. The people that will learn your work flow. With modern technology it makes it much simpler to hire locally and/or from around world.
Instruments: Simpler the better. Zoom calls to be able to engage 1 on 1 with a client or employee. Spreadsheets to navigate what needs to be done. Canva being easier to use than Photoshop.
Dr. Kinga Mnich is an international social-psychologist, educator and speaker specialist in emotions, positive psychology and gender. Her work solves myths of emotions by breaking down the complexity of the social & cultural concepts. Through her extraordinary research she brings new ways of understanding how we can use emotions to be who we want to be, create impact and flourish in life (and business).
Kinga started her first company at the age of 20 working from home and since then has never giving up her home office. No matter where in the world she is.
In her private practice she helps high-achievers & leaders reach their full potential by expanding their minds through the power of emotions.
Bad Note: Not taking a deep dive into the industry before launching. Preparing better by calculating cost and expenses would have made a difference in the business. Hire a consultant to go over a marketing budget.
Jam Room: Having a multi-purpose room for other members of the family to use. A light set-up and customizable backdrop for zoom, a quiet corner to study with table and couch.
Bandmates: All the bandmates had the same focus in providing higher education for students wether that was looking for the right people or the right people finding you from existing content. Bringing in management and HR leaders made that possible. Use your communication skills to the fullest extent while showing your sincerity and intent.
Instruments: Use hope as your tool. Focus on the task at hand and through the process you will learn what you need. You don’t need to delegate each task to someone, if you have an idea of the outcome, you can make it happen. Education is seamless.
Dr. Vaneeta Aggarwal, founder of L’strategyq Advisors is award winning Woman Entrepreneur, author & speaker, former Educationist from Delhi University, India with PhD in Semiconductors. With experience of 26 years, she developed 3 core business areas for globalising education & empowering employable skills:
• Higher Education Global M&A Advisors (L’strategyq Advisors)
• L’strategyq Online Skill Academy
• Business Strategy E-Magazine & Bizemag Podcast
Featured in Forbes (digital) India, The CEO India, with publications & Interviews in National & International media, she is dedicated to her cause of making education & business strategy as seamless fields across the international borders.
Good Note: Quitting her attorney job to work in the arts. Getting a call from one of her friends with nothing but compliments that then linked her with a celebrity that opened huge doors for her. Even when you think no-one is watching, people are watching. The validation will come with the results.
Bad Note: With the art industry being a Muti-billion dollar market, it is very small in terms of how everyone knows everyone. You need to protect your relationships. Stay within the rules of the community wether they are unspoken or not. The more you push yourself into a certain business the more mistakes will happen.
Practice makes Progress: Never get complacent with anything, learn as much as you can. Every industry will continuously go through changes to always better the situation. Do your due diligence with any step that you take. Get informed.
Getting Fans: Early adoption and original ideas. She noticed that art advisors didn’t have social media branding and jumped at the opportunity. Concentrate in what you have by not over stretching yourself. You get fans by doing & sharing.
A Harvard graduate, originally from Venezuela, her first monograph “Out There” published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2013, was the recipient of the Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design Categories. In 2015 Brito was selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World and in 2020 she was named by ARTNEWS as one of the visionaries who gets to shape the art world.
She has written for publications such as Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Elle, Forbes, Artnet, Cultured Magazine, Departures, and the Gulf Coast Journal of Literature and Fine Arts from the University of Houston, Texas. For several years, Maria has taught her creativity course in companies and, in 2019, she launched “Jumpstart”, an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art.
Good Note: Leaving her public service job to start her business. She wanted her own time and not to be missing out on living. She did everything possible for the change in lifestyle including implementing things her employer was already doing and maximizing her. With an emergency fund she made the transition.
Bad Note: You don’t need to invest so much in every aspect of your business. With hindsight she figured that too much money was spent on her website & branding. Don’t give total power for someone to make your decisions. Use and spend your money wisely.
Instruments: Social media allows you to get to get connected with multiple people but you don’t need to be on every platform. Use the appropriate social media for what message you’re trying to get across. Tag people you’re working with on instagram or say what you’re doing on twitter. Don’t simply copy and past to every platform.
Sharita M. Humphrey is a nationally-recognized, award-winning finance expert and money ambassador. Having previously been broke and homeless herself, Sharita knows first-hand that financial freedom has a blueprint and she’s committed to helping women change the financial trajectories of their lives.
Sharita is a certified financial educator, speaker and coach. At her namesake financial consulting company, Sharita helps minority women better understand, manage and grow their money. Sharita also helps Black and Brown entrepreneurs learn how to accelerate their businesses and secure funding through her other company, BH Ventures which offers a comprehensive education program.
Sharita was named the 2020 National Financial Educator of the Year for her work within her local community and across the country. Sharita recently expanded her educational services internationally, collaborating with the U.S. Embassy in Namibia to educate entrepreneurs in Africa. Sharita regularly contributes to entrepreneurial outlets including Startup Nation and the blog for America’s Small Business Development Centers. She has been featured in top-tier media including CNBC, iHeartMedia, Forbes, Yahoo Finance and BBC World News.
Good Note: Having a career in online advertising she never felt fulfilled. With a craving to make an impact she decided to go back to grad school, with getting a masters in spiritual psychology. Finally launched her own coaching practice while simultaneously managing a sales team and raising a family. A very proud feeling.
Bad Note: Membership programs have always been quite popular, but even with good content, spending money and figuring out the back end, 2 people joined. Without a community or clients she found that she was trying to take a short cut. It’s really easy to compare yourself to others even though you are in a completely different position. Build foundation.
Learning from the best: The coaching business has turned into a billion dollar business. The downside is the bar is so low to get in. The people that make phenomenal coaches are the ones that walk the talk. Finding coaches that are different ages can benefit you as well as for different kinds of skills such as parts of your business or personal development.
Instruments: Have a space to work that feels good & organized. Structure your time to have your goal come to fruition.
Practice makes Progress: “ Clients aren’t made outside of a conversation. ” Practice by being in uncomfortable positions and learn from the feedback.
Sarah is a leading Success Coach who works with prominent Creative Executives and Entrepreneurs in the Arts & Entertainment Industry and specializes in helping them thrive at the intersection of creativity and impact. Sarah’s recently been featured by London Daily, Thrive Magazine, and just wrapped an interview with world-renowned photographer Jeff Lipsky on her own Legacy Talk series.
She is a digital media vet working for giants like Amazon, MySpace, and Newscorp in the early days leading their sales teams both domestically and in London and is also a mother of 3 boys.
She’s obsessed with helping people live their legacy, through refining their leadership because how folks show up and relate to people, situations, etc is the only thing they truly have control over.
Good Note: It’s always good to show your client the data points. After looking through their businesses using web tracking methods they can pick apart what could be needed to get more traffic.
Bad Note: While working with certain clients on their online presence, Eric had ran into a situation where the client was using copyrighted material for their blogs. Turning into a real problem when working with google.
Practice makes Progress: Keep doing it & testing it. Never stop educating yourself on the subject especially technology. Just look at the innovation in the past 10 years.
Bandmates: Picking colleague based on referrals. When in business you take care of your clients the referrals will follow. You can also offer free audits.
Getting Fans: Wether it is local or international, the campaign is different when helping a business get leads. Lock in to key words for your business and how your competitors are being found.
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Good Note: After going from commercial fishing to sales, Shopanova dialled in their own marketing for customers and it really took off. Creating a business that solved the problem of their first video production business.
Bad Note: During the transition of jobs, there was about a year of grinding and making mistakes. Hiring someone for sales too early on ended in a way only generating enough income to pay the employee. It took learning and having other jobs to make it all work.
Learning From the Best: Finding someone who already made a successful agency and learning from them. The slowest way to learn, is to learn from experience.
Practice Makes Progress: Through repetition, take every hardship and mistake as motivation. When you have that lens you can start to view them as gifts to something better. Continue showing up and be patient.
Getting Fans: Running their own paid add campaigns. Celebrate your clients stories to encourage them and show others.
Shopanova is the go-to agency for scaling e-commerce stores. We get our clients up-and-running with a trajectory for growth quicker than ever.
Good Note: Using the time during COVID to redo their entire app that hadn’t been redesigned in over 7 years.
Bad Note: There have been many pivots over the years, it took realizing that the 1 type of customer that they had been revolving their business around was not best customers to look for. Redesign the old model and track your metrics.
Bandmates: Working personally harder will only get you so far, you can’t be good at everything let only give it their 100% focus. Alleviate it with bandmates to spread the work accordingly. With the expense of hiring, you will make it back in the long run whether it been personally or financially.
Cash Flow: Being a very conservative company, they determine what’s left over and how to allocate that. Take the time to think things through. Don’t go too crazy with your money and don’t be too stingy.
Instruments: In the early days it was more about working with what you have. Later to realize there are many different types of tools to help with being more efficient. Tools for project management, messengers, dropbox etc.. Even if they are not necessary you can always give them a try.
teelaunch is a leading print on demand fulfillment company. We take your design ideas and orders and fulfil them from start to finish. When someone orders on your website, we will print the product, ship the product and act as a customer liaise if anything goes wrong. Put simply, you don’t need any inventory, any large investments or anywhere to store and ship your products. You ONLY pay for the items printed, so you ONLY pay if you sell something! Focus on what you’re good at and what’s most important to your business – and we will take care of the rest!
Good Note: Being a health care chiropractor by trade he never felt fulfilled with his own lifestyle. He said he must change something and then released his first small program to show people how to get more clients. Then immediately realized he was undervaluing himself.
Bad Note: When things are not going well, try and change it with hindsight. Rather than making the solution complex. Simple businesses scale, complex business fail.
Bandmates: You can go fast when you’re alone and go far when you have a team. The most important hires that James did were all personal positions such as a maid & child care to get his time focused.
Getting Fans: Ask yourself what is your sales journey to get these clients.
In 2019, James launched an online program to help healthcare practice owners to fill theirpractices with their ideal clients so they can generate more revenue and impact morepeople. With eight months he grew it to 7 figures – fast forward to now without hundredsof healthcare practice owners all over the world and in dozens of industries to transitionfrom underpaid practitioner to well-paid business owner where they have control overtheir business and the freedom to have the lifestyle they want because of it.
There are a lot of wonderful and skilled health professionals and practice owners who aregreat at getting results for their patients but don’t have the same ability to reach andattract these patients into their practices because they are often not the entrepreneurialor business types. They are health professionals at heart and so they are stuck relying onreferrals from other providers, spending all hours networking, hustling at health fares andbeing overwhelmed with all the social media and online platforms, and getting taken for aride by marketing gurus and agencies. James wanted to disrupt the allied healthcareindustry by taking the power back from the marketing gurus and agencies and give itback to the health professionals and practice owners and show them how they can havecontrol over their success the big message is that you can have a successful practiceand not have to be a marketing or business genius.
Good Note: During Covid utilizing the time and all of the skills he has learned to generate more income & success. Taking on work with a medical technology company that is now ready by having time working from home.
Bad Note: During his 13 years in the business there has been many bad notes whether it was work for himself or other corporations. Ultimately time gets away from you, getting caught up in doing the ‘best’ you can do. Thinking you can do everything. Constantly being away from your family and stressing about something you could have finished. Loosing money and not giving yourself time to train yourself to develop.
Bandmates: At first there was no band, no delegating which took nothing but time away from him. After working for certain companies when there was a lot to do, he started utilizing people efficiently by marking down who was doing what, then work load deminished big time. Recognize what you do and what you don’t do.
Practice makes Progress: Plan out your calendar weekly or even daily to tackle what needs to be done. Schedule out your time for the different hats you need to wear, customer service, manager, employe etc.. Be the boss for yourself. As for scheduling other people, make sure they plan their personal time first!
Mike is the author of the book, “Slacking Off: A Successful Way to Work from Home” and he wrote it especially for those who are considering to work or are working from home and for anyone who has experienced the same things I mentioned earlier.
He has been a work-from-home entrepreneur for OVER 15 YEARS (talk about experience) and worked with major corporations such as Cox Automotive, Verizon Super Pages, and Major Commercial Finance companies. His journey wasn’t a smooth sailing one since he is also human like us (if you are reading this, you must be too), and he made many mistakes along the way. But he lived to share some wisdom from his own experience to help people on their work-from-home journey and create their own successful actions.
Good Note: After graduating college Samit tried his hand at various businesses from travel to hair and beauty. Failing at all of them and being down on his luck for years, it took just one more try to help raise 1.6 million for a campaign. Afterwards the work came flooding in even before starting his agency.
Bad Note: Tons and tons of mistakes. From the amount of work from different businesses and industries became the foundation for learning. After doing a deep dive he found that
Practice makes Progress: Consistently learning from experience is right, but with what we have now reverse engineering anything out there. You can learn lots from your competitors and understanding your competitor landscape.
Getting Fans: Local networking events and making relationships within the industry. Getting reviews and testimonials will help getting traffic. Use your personal brand when building trust from a customer, put yourself out there.
Bandmates: Using freelancers right away. Be involved and document the process. Everything that you don’t need to do, hire to fill that position.
I have been a successful/ failure entrepreneur for around 15 years, starting off as a nightclub promoter in London to help pay for university tuition fees and making over $1,000 a week. I graduated in the worst financial crisis in 2009 and tried my hand at various businesses, failing at all until I started a social media agency that became successful only to be kicked out by my business partner.
I was rock bottom in 2015, after multiple failures I had lost faith in my entrepreneurial journey. I had 0 to my name, I had various legal issues due to my previous business partner and I gave up. It took a freak accident to throw me back in the path of an entrepreneur and is the reason for the success I enjoy. I have been running a successful agency since 2015 that has helped raise over $43 million through crowdfunding. So far I’ve helped hundreds of products in over 47 different industries.
I am a practitioner first and a speaker second, I became a speaker after people started recognizing my work and wanted me to train others. I have been given the loving name of ‘‘Product Launch sifu’ while I was in Asia recently, I’ve helped coach and train 1000s of people around the world.