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Pop Quiz, Monday with Andrew Plofchan, Founder at Cornhole Covers

 

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business people. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you cannot learn in a classroom. We want to thank our interviewee for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz, Monday.


Can you please tell everyone your name?

Andrew Plofchan

What is your job role?

As a solo-preneur, I wear many hats. Generally, my role is to deliver value through the businesses I run.

Tell us about your company?

Currently, I am building two companies. HCD Technology, an IT recruiting firm focused on Cyber and Data Analytics, is the largest and is my primary focus. We specialize in identifying top technology talent in the competitive landscape that is the D.C. area IT market.

On the side, I am learning about eCommerce by running www.CornholeCovers.com. I invented Cornhole Covers a little less than 2 years ago and had taken it from concept to patented product. Now, I am learning how to scale a B2C product via online sales!

What do you love most about your job?

The best part about my job is the flexibility and sense of ownership it provides me. I enjoy knowing that I am driving value for my clients and that I can do so on my own terms.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?

At my core, I am a people person. I’m motivated to deliver for my clients by the personal connections I make with them, and by the sense of responsibility, I feel for the outcomes they have entrusted to me. The recruiting business can be a transactional one. My goal is to make sure that I make it as human and as relationship-based as possible.

How do your co-workers inspire you?

I’m in the process of bringing on full-time employees, so this doesn’t quite apply. That said, I am always inspired by the stories I hear from colleagues and other small business owners about their successes and failures. It is encouraging to understand that there are others out there working to build a business they can be proud of.

What are some of the challenges of your job?

Thinking big, while acting small. I’m definitely a “big picture thinker,” so I can see the path forward to scale and success. The biggest challenge on a daily basis is making sure that all of the small things (processes, procedures, etc.) are in place to achieve that desired outcome.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?

One lesson that is launching my product, Cornhole Covers, has taught me is that there is no such thing as an overnight success. I decided to fund the product development aspect of Cornhole Covers with a Kickstarter campaign and, while it was ultimately successful, it was much more complicated than I thought. In fact, I had to cancel my first campaign, adjust my approach, and relaunch before getting funded. Looking back, I realized that most of the “home run” campaigns are on platforms like Kickstarter are either heavily funded or are meticulously planned by a team of people with strong backgrounds in online marketing. So, if you are thinking about launching your own business, take comfort in knowing failure is part of the journey — the key is to keep trying until it works!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?

Put people first and take the long-term approach. Most of my recruiting clients are referrals that come from old clients or even from engineers that I have placed in good roles in the past. If you focus on the people in your business, the financial side will take care of itself.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

www.cornholecovers.com
IG: cornhole_covers
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-plofchan-39b8192b/

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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