Pop Quiz, Monday with Deborah Sweeney

Deborah Sweeney

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?
Deborah Sweeney

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
MyCorporation provides online filing services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our startup bundles include corporation and LLC formation and trademark and copyright filing services.

What do you love most about your job?
Our team! I love all of the talented team members I work alongside each and every day.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Our customers. We help incorporate new businesses every day. It’s exciting to be a part of an entrepreneur’s startup journey from the beginning and to get them on the right track.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Our team members want to know what else they can do to help out. They always take initiative, work hard, and look for ways to improve existing processes.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We host potlucks to celebrate the holidays, hold ‘Camp MyCorp’ events in the summer and have ’12 Days of Magic at MyCorp’ for the winter holidays.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
This is a challenge many entrepreneurs face, but I think a big one is trying to determine where to allocate my time each day. A given day only affords so much time, so it’s important that you make good decisions and fill the day with the best agenda items that show you are thoughtful about the way you spend your time.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
It’s not exactly a project, but over the years as our company has grown, we have hired new team members. Sometimes, this can create cultural challenges with ‘lifers’ who may see the new team members as competition. We involve as many different team members from different parts of the company in the hiring process as possible and open up communication to enable everyone to get to know one another. Doing so allows us not too stagnant and continue to grow while giving everyone on the team the opportunity to contribute and be involved.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Incorporate or form an LLC for your business. This is key for anyone starting a company because it allows you to protect and separate your personal and professional assets and establish credibility.

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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