Pop Quiz, Monday with Matthew Burr

Matthew Burr

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?
Matthew Burr

What is your job role?
HR Consultant/Assistant Professor of Business Administration/On-Call PERB Mediatior-Fact-Finder

Tell us about your company?
Burr Consulting offers the Southern Tier of New York affordable human resources consulting for both profit and not-for-profit organizations. Regardless of the size of your business, Burr Consulting will provide you and your team the knowledge, skills, strategies, and tools necessary to succeed.

What do you love most about your job?
The unique challenges every organization presents me with weekly, I work on a variety of topics and these topics impact all of my other clients.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The goals and challenges I have set for myself.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work alone as a consultant, in my academic role I openly communicate within my division and move initiatives forward.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Flexible scheduling is the best option.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The unique challenges every client brings to me. Working on a variety of projects each week can be confusing and overwhelming, planning and communication are necessary.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Fully understand the project scope, I have underbid projects and overbid projects, know the details and know the time it will take to deliver. Deliver a quality project that is done efficiently and through open communication channels. Under promise and over deliver. Most of my clients are word of mouth, and project success means a great deal.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Read the book Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weis and start to map out your path to success. Know the organizations in your area, begin networking and expect slow growth. It took me 2-years to begin taking draws from my business.

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:

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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