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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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Feb 26, 2024

Join our host, Tim, as he dives into the complexities of a tech entrepreneur's journey with Brian Childress, the fractional CTO who mastered the tightrope walk between traditional employment and the wild frontier of freelancing. They discuss client management challenges across time zones while steadfastly honoring contractual commitments. Brian gets personal about a defining moment—returning a hefty deposit to a client— which underscores the value of recognizing when to walk away and the indelible mark of professional integrity. Brian also shares how to stay at the forefront of technology, which requires a commitment to lifelong learning. He also talks about his work-life balance and productivity approach that extends beyond traditional methods. 

 

Who is Brian Childress?

 

Brian Childress, Chief Technology Officer at goLance and Fractional CTO at Summit Labs, is a seasoned tech expert who thrives on knowledge acquisition and dissemination, guiding numerous software engineers in their careers.

He is a recognized authority in application security, developer productivity, and software best practices. His intense concentration on application access control has made him a sought-after resource for insights and advice throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). His expertise in technology has been shared on international platforms.



Connect with Brian:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-childress/ 

Website: https://brianchildress.co/

Github: https://github.com/brian-childress 

X: https://twitter.com/_brianchildress 

Email: brian@brianchildress.co

 

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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
0:36) Story of success
(1:20) Freelancing and moonlighting
(3:37) What didn't go as planned
(6:50) Process of handling red flags
(8:49) Keeping up with the changes in the industry
(10:59) Jam room
(13:45) Staying productive
(17:30) The differences when he had a job and having a business
(19:43) Hiring coaches and finding the right ones
(23:28) Brian's guest solo
(25:11) Ideal client and onboarding process
(27:00) How to connect with Brian
(27:27) Outro

Feb 19, 2024

Unlock the transformative power of joy in business as Tim speaks with James I. Bond, a behavioral management maestro, in a laughter-filled episode that's as strategic as it is side-splitting. James shares intriguing tales of how small shifts in behavior and mindset can have monumental impacts on financial outcomes. He introduces the concept of 'brain tricks,' a method that uses humor to establish connections and create a favorable impression, leading to support and success. 

 

Who is James I. Bond?

 

James I. Bond is a renowned American marketing figure and a leading Behavioral Management specialist. With a career spanning over two decades, Bond has revolutionized how businesses approach marketing strategies and consumer behavior. His innovative methodologies have been instrumental in shaping the marketing campaigns of numerous Fortune 500 companies.

 

Bond’s expertise lies in his unique ability to understand and predict consumer behavior, enabling businesses to tailor their marketing strategies for maximum impact. His work in Behavioral Management has provided valuable insights into how consumers make purchasing decisions, leading to more effective and targeted marketing campaigns.

 

Bond, a sought-after speaker and consultant, is known for his dynamic presentations and actionable advice. His contributions to the field have earned him numerous awards and recognition, solidifying his position as one of America’s leading Marketing and Behavioral Management experts.



Connect with James:

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

His book “Brain Glue”: https://cf.fasterbuyer.com/brain-glue 

Website: https://fastbuyer.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:
(0:46) James' story of success
(5:17) Success stories of people who used the same method
(13:22) Roadblocks 
(22:01) Sell emotionally
(25:07) Maintaining cash flow
(36:05) James' guest solo
(37:37) Working with clients
(38:59) Outro

Feb 12, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of business and personal development, the path to success and financial freedom is often perceived as a rigorous and time-consuming endeavor. Today, Tim is joined by Nicky Billou, who shares the transformative power of coaching and mentorship. Nicky shifted from fitness coaching to business coaching. During this conversation, he focuses on the impact of decisive action and the importance of investing in oneself through personal development and coaching.

 

Who is Nicky Billou?

 

Nicky Billou, the author of the book Finish Line Thinking™: How To Think & Win Like a Champion, is a former corporate executive who has transformed into THE trusted adviser for CEOs and top performers in real estate, focusing on optimizing high performance and personal health. His impressive track record includes working with Olympic Gold medalists Donovan Bailey and Mark McKoy, assisting Theresa Dugwell in setting three ultra-distance athletic Guinness World Records, and currently coaching Steve Anderson (aka the Gold Medal Coach), Head Coach of the Canadian National Team Beach Volleyball Program, in energy, fitness, and performance optimization. 

Nicky’s expertise extends to business leaders and top performers across various industries. As a sought-after speaker in the entrepreneurial world, he shares insights on How to Think & Win Like A Champion.



Connect with Nicky:

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

Website 1: https://www.ecircleacademy.com/ 

Website 2: https://finishlinethinking.com/ 

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicky.billou 

 

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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) Story of success

(7:08) Things that didn't go as planned

(12:03) How to stay sharp

(25:04) How Nicky got started

(27:41) Hiring coaches

(36:48) What's exciting in his business right now

(40:40) How to connect with Nicky

(42:30) Outro





Feb 5, 2024

Have you ever wondered how a crushing setback could unexpectedly pave the way to success? Katie Santoro, the CEO and founder of River City Virtual Assistance, joins Tim with a tale that's as enlightening as it is empowering. She opens up about her journey from closing a business during the pandemic to pioneering a new venture that champions work-life balance and combats burnout. To achieve sustainable growth, Katie emphasizes the importance of developing processes and systems that prevent burnout. She discusses time management, delegation, and creating a supportive team environment as vital components of her business's success. 

 

Who is Katie Santoro?

 

Katie Santoro is the founder of River City Virtual Assistants, which she established in 2020 at the height of the global pandemic. After years of considering virtual assisting, Katie was pushed down a new path due to burnout. She combined her years of experience in the legal and insurance industry with the experience gained running her first business venture, a yoga studio, to assist clients in various industries, from basic admin tasks to marketing and website building. 

 

Katie’s vision to grow RCVA happened faster than expected. Still, she has been fortunate to grow her team with others like herself who want true balance between household responsibilities and career aspirations. Working virtually allows the team at RCVA to take care of house and home while keeping their skills relevant and contributing financially to their families. RCVA is dedicated to providing intelligent assistance. Each assistant is college-educated and brings experience from diverse career backgrounds. RCVA is also committed to providing meaningful employment at a living wage to individuals within the USA.

 

Connect with Katie:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiesantoro/
Wesbite: https://rivercity-va.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rivercity_va 

 

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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
(0:34) The positive note
(1:20) What didn't go as planned
(4:43) Katie's jam room
(14:57) Delegating tasks
(22:14) Handling contractors
(27:15) Making sure cashflow is positive
(34:40) Katie's guest solo
(36:02) Ideal clients
(39:21) Matching process
(40:49) How to connect with Katie
(42:15) Outro

 

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