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Pop Quiz, Monday with Jamiah Elijah Hargins

Jamiah Elijah Hargins
Photo credit: Jamiah Elijah Hargins

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. 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 can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur 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?
Jamiah Elijah Hargins, which is a blend of my birth name (Harris) and my wife’s maiden name (Higgins).

Jamiah Elijah Hargins
Photo credit: Jamiah Elijah Hargins                                                                                              

What is your job role?
Inventor and CEO

Tell us about your company?
I think of radical, controversial ideas for society, sustained by business – not the other way around. Then I find the people to create and run the businesses, retaining up to 20% ownership for myself. As a serial entrepreneur since childhood, it’s just the way I am.

Under this approach, I have started three businesses so far:

  1. Wing app – connecting professionally trained wingwomen to singles at local lounges, farmers markets, and hot spots.
  2. OfficeSitters – a coworking and childcare concept that would fill a void in today’s work-life balance. The $5m campaign has been underway since July 2016.
  3. ToiletTrees – a product that sits on your toilet tank, and use that water to sustain an adult low-light and odor-eating plant. First orders will go out Jan 2019!

What do you love most about your job?
My job is to identify opportunities and push them to the ready-and-enabled. So I stay creative and leverage my background’s diversity to my advantage.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I have an owner’s mentality, so if I don’t do it, nobody will! I have counted, and similar to lyricist Kevin Gates, I’ve got six jobs, and I don’t get tired.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Being honest about your strengths – they’re excellent at that!

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We care for each other’s family issues like they were our own – it’s really quite lovely.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Keeping momentum while working alone can be difficult. So I speak with a colleague for a while or put on some live news in the background. Working at cafes, lounges, and hotels also adds some mix.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Hire people who are ready for the job – you don’t have time/money/capacity to train folks really early-on. Instead, save that kindness for after you’ve got more space. Hire people who are technicians, not cheerleaders.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Create your own industry.

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.bit.ly/ToiletTrees
Instagram: @BlackSuperDad

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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