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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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Jan 29, 2024

Today, Tim talks to Ken Paskins, the CEO of ShiftSpot, who offers an illuminating perspective on managing a business and catalyzing substantial growth within it. Drawing parallels between the strategic shuffling of top operators in SEAL teams and fostering strong middle management, Ken underscores the idea that growth through people is a fundamental business tenet. He candidly shares early setbacks faced by Shiftspot and the importance of cultivating a business support system that aligns with the company's goals. His journey provides a roadmap for entrepreneurs to navigate the complex terrain of audience engagement and resilient business development.

Who is Ken Paskins?

Ken Paskins is the Founder of GCE Strategic Consulting and The Shift Spot™. He has a wealth of experience in leadership, including operations, sales, acquisitions, strategic planning, and P&L management (up to $500M) while leading teams north of 400+ people across North America and Europe for Fortune 100 companies such as Oracle. 

Ken grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University. He watched his father and grandfather try to make businesses work while learning on the job, and not having the experience needed to truly know how to run a successful business, so he decided there had to be a better way and worked his way up the corporate ladder learning the skills needed to run a business the right way.

Ken has been a fractional COO for over 3 decades, helping companies from pre-revenue to $50M. His clients include HVAC, accounting firms, legal practices, software companies, etc. Additionally, he has experience in PE, VC (including Sequoia) and M&A.


Connect with Ken:

Website 1: https://www.facebook.com/TheShiftSpot

Website 2: http://www.gcestrategicconsulting.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpaskins/ 

Email: ken@gcestrategicconsulting.com

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Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 

WHR Facebook Page 📌

https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 

 

Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:

 

Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 

Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 

LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 


In This Episode:
(0:36) The good note
(3:26) What didn't go well
(8:28) Leadership and accidental entrepreneurs
(12:04) Organizing the jam room
(14:05) The importance of fitness
(19:10) Finding clients
(22:21) Getting referrals
(23:55) Building your team and delegating
(27:47) Ken's guest solo
(28:32) Target market
(32:56) How to connect with Ken
(34:05) Outro

Jan 22, 2024

In this episode, Tim is joined by Neil Twa, Voltage's visionary CEO, who shares the raw trials and triumphs of leaving the security of corporate life for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Neil reveals a trove of strategic wisdom for making an indelible mark in the competitive digital landscape. Together, they dissect the art of crafting offers you can't refuse and the decisive moves that can catapult you from obscurity to influence. Neil outlines Voltage's ambitious trajectory and focus on acquiring e-commerce companies, signifying a shift towards a more acquisition-focused strategy. This portion of the conversation guides those looking to understand the nuances of e-commerce and how to identify and capitalize on opportunities within this dynamic field.

 

Who is Neil Twa?

Neil Twa is the founder and CEO of Voltage Holdings, a company that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses and achieve financial freedom. He is also the host of the High Voltage Business Builders podcast, where he interviews successful business owners who have made their next million through passive income streams. Whether it's e-commerce, consulting, real estate, M&A, or anything else, his guests share their stories, insights, and tips on how they built their empires from scratch. You'll learn how they leveraged systems, hard work, and a passion for business-building to create wealth and impact.

 

Connect with Neil:

Website: https://www.voltagedm.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neiltwa 

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0CgYlYXz4IdYwtwaymoVUg 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neiltwa/ 

Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/voltagefba 

 

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I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.

 

Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 

WHR Facebook Page 📌

https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 

 

Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:

 

Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 

Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 

LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



In This Episode:

(0:00) Intro
(0:39) Neil's story of success
(2:07) What didn't go as planned
(8:07) Make an irresistible offer
(11:04) Treat your side hustle as a real business
(20:18) Moving physical products
(23:35) Organizing the jam room
(32:42) Adjusting this gameplan
(35:38) Evolving business
(38:04) What is exciting in his business right now
(41:07) Ideal client
(44:36) How to connect with Neil
(45:25) Outro




Jan 15, 2024

When you blend the harmonious world of symphony with the dynamic pace of entrepreneurship, you get a masterclass in managing cash flow and achieving success from the comfort of your home. In this episode, Tim talks with Uroš Lovišček, an experienced and licensed tax advisor at Optitax Financial. With a narrative that resonates like a well-composed melody, they dive into the nuances of creating a successful home office, balancing work and life, and, importantly, orchestrating a business's cash flow to hit high notes of profitability.

 

Who is Uroš Lovišček?

Uroš Lovišček is an experienced and licensed tax advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. He is skilled in accounting, financial analysis, and financial reporting. Uroš is a corporate and personal tax consultant working on optimizing your taxes. He provides full service for companies looking to incorporate in Slovenia. Uroš and his team help businesses write an effective business plan followed by weekly, biweekly, or monthly cash flow analysis and planning.

 

Connect with Uroš Lovišček:

Website: https://mfcfo.pro/ 

LinkedIn: https://si.linkedin.com/in/uro%C5%A1-lovi%C5%A1%C4%8Dek-24b8b9119 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcH8Mk8eoEkEjIvGdESKIRA 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uros_themfcfo/ 

 

 

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I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.

 

Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 

WHR Facebook Page 📌

https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 

 

Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:

 

Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 

Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 

LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



In This Episode:

(0:00) Intro
(0:44) Story of success
(3:32) What did not go as planned
(9:21) Trusting your gut
(10:52) Handling cashflow
(22:50) Irregular income
(27:51) Setting up a successful home office
(35:22) Hiring team members
(39:01) How to connect with Uroš
(44:04) Outro

 

Jan 8, 2024

In digital marketing, SEO stands as a towering presence, often dictating the success or failure of online ventures. In this episode, Tim talks with Brandon Leibowitz, founder, and operator of SEO Optimizers, and they dive into the world of search engine optimization and how it serves as a cornerstone for building a formidable online presence. Brandon shares insights that would act as a guiding light for businesses navigating the competitive and ever-changing SEO landscape. His expertise goes beyond mere tactics; it encompasses a holistic understanding of digital marketing that includes leveraging the burgeoning potential of artificial intelligence.

 

Who is Brandon Leibowitz?

Brandon Leibowitz, the brains behind SEO Optimizers, jumped into the digital marketing world in 2007 after studying Business Marketing. Starting with little know-how, he learned the ropes by devouring books, videos, and chatting with other marketers.

He and his company were both newbies in the digital game. They learned together, attending classes and workshops, and soaking up all the knowledge they could get. This teamwork inspired Brandon to start teaching SEO workshops.

SEO Optimizers help small and medium-sized businesses get noticed online, bringing in more customers and boosting sales. Brandon’s journey shows how learning together can spark big ideas. As a mentor, he keeps paving the way for businesses to shine in the digital world.

 

Connect with Brandon Leibowitz:

Website: https://seooptimizers.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonleibowitz 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/brandonleibowitz 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leibowitzbrandon 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandonLeibs 

 

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I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.

 

Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 

WHR Facebook Page 📌

https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 

 

Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:

 

Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 

Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 

LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



In This Episode:

(0:00) Intro

(0:38) Brandon's story of success

(3:55) Things that didn't go according to plan

(7:00) What to focus on in marketing

(11:54) Tools to use

(14:00) DIY vs. hiring someone to do it

(17:50) How to stay on top of the changes

(20:44) Organic vs. paid strategies

(23:26) How much does it cost?

(28:39) What's exciting in Brandon's business right now

(34:24) How to find Brandon

(34:58) Outro 

Jan 1, 2024

In today’s episode, Tim is joined by Richard Parker, the business acquisition wizard behind Diomo and RichardParker.com. They talk about Richard’s journey, from leveraging a cold to clinch the Sega Video rights deal in Eastern Canada to outlining the strategic imperatives that fueled his trajectory across 13 company purchases. It's a story that resonates with anyone who's faced financial adversity and highlights the necessity of forging one's path in the unpredictable business world. Richard's story is about the triumphs, the setbacks, and what they taught him. Ti and Richard also discuss their skepticism about the modern-day university system, debating its effectiveness in preparing students for the workforce. It's an episode that balances practical insights with heartfelt advice, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in business acquisition or entrepreneurship.

 

Who is Richard Parker?

Richard Parker has been helping people achieve their dreams of owning a business for over 30 years. His ‘How To Buy A Good Business At A Great Price’ program has sold over 100,000 copies in over 80 countries. The Dalio family office hired him and, for several years, worked as a mentor to one of Ray Dalio’s sons, teaching him the art of buying small businesses. He has personally purchased 13 of his own companies plus one co-investment with purchase prices ranging from $50,000 to over $200 million. Richard has appeared in Forbes, The New York Times, TheStreet.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., and has over 200 published articles to his credit.

 

Connect with Richard Parker
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@richardparkerbuybusiness 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardParkerDiomo 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richardparkerdiomo/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richparker1/ 

Website 1: https://richardparker.com/ 

Website 2: https://www.diomo.com/ 

 

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I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.

 

Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 

WHR Facebook Page 📌

https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 

 

Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:

 

Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 

Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 

LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



In This Episode:

(0:00) Intro

(0:57) The good note

(5:44) The bad note

(8:34) Know what you don't know

(10:13) The optimism gene

(13:09) The band

(17:46) The employee mindset

(22:32) Willingness to help others

(25:00) Staying good at what you do

(28:58) Focusing on the weakness vs. what you're good at

(35:08) Richard's guest solo

(44:59) Outro




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