Pop Quiz, Monday with John Hill

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?
John Hill

What is your job role?
Founder

Tell us about your company?
We work with small business owners and entrepreneurs to make sales more approachable. We create documented sales processes and match them up with a customized CRM solution so that we capture more data about sales.

What do you love most about your job?
Helping people understand that sales aren’t a natural talent, but a skill that you can improve on.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I enjoy talking about sales and helping people think about sales differently. There is such a stigma around sales and salespeople that many people who would be great at it will never even try it. I am trying to reduce that stigma.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
It is just me and some contractors for large projects.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
With it just being me, I make sure that I get everything done each day that I need to, to keep the business moving. I have great relationships with all my clients, and that keeps it fun.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
It can be lonely- I rely on my networking connections and friends to keep that at bay.

Prioritizing big work- I get lulled into black holes of time just like everyone else. I work on doing this less.

Scale- I am trying to make sure that I don’t do anything that will make this hard to scale in the future.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Assumptions- this is something I talk about a lot, but it is too easy to assume that your client knows everything you do. If they did, they probably wouldn’t hire you. Slow down and make sure that you discuss expectations, deliverables, and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Go sell and get clients before you focus on marketing and a website. I got my first clients before the site was even an idea, it is still just a landing page, because I had people who were willing to listen to me.
Perfect is the enemy of the good. You have forever to polish and perfect, for now, you have just to get started.

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.adaptedgrowth.com
https://www.instagram.com/adaptedgrowth/
https://www.facebook.com/adaptedgrowth
https://twitter.com/adaptedgrowth

Pop Quiz, Monday with Amanda Thomson

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?
Amanda Thomson

What is your job role?
Founder and CEO Thomson & Scott

Tell us about your company?
We are changing the way people drink one beautiful bottle – and can – at a time. We are a lifestyle business, leading the global Transparency in Wine movement by creating a company that gives consumers as much detail as possible as to what’s in their bottle; By example, we produce Champagne and Prosecco, as well as a new non-alcoholic sparkling, Noughty, with organic and vegan credentials as well as little added sugar as possible.

What do you love most about your job?
No two days are ever the same. I get to travel the globe and meet some of the most exciting innovators in the world, as an entrepreneur in the start-up space. As others come around to our way of thinking, I already see positive change in the industry. My motto is “Drink beautifully. Or don’t drink at all” which resonates perfectly with the next generation who take truth as a given.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The monumental but straightforward fact that I am shifting an entire industry.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By their focus, their warmth and their passion, not to mention their willingness to give the extra 1% at all times. The space where the magic happens.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We like nothing more than self-deprecating humour – there’s no room for ego in our business. And blind wine tastings can be really fun – they don’t have to be snobby, honest!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Jeez, where to start… It’s not easy taking on the global wine business with an entirely radical approach. But like all the best business ideas. It’s often the ones that seem so simple that can be most successful. Like, can you believe I am the first person globally to ask you what exactly is in your wine bottle? (Clue: not just grapes turning to alcohol!)

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
That’s it’s an extremely fine line between success and failure and that sometimes all that matters is getting up and staying focused on putting one business foot in front of another and not falling off that tightrope. We let our cash burn run dangerously close the wrong way before a much needed fundraise – something almost all start-ups go through, but I certainly wouldn’t want to re-live that stress again. I would recommend founders worry less about dilution at the fast-growth stage and more about smart cash reserves remembering how long a raise take to start to finish.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be bold, be brave and above all, be resilient. It’s not easy. If it were, everyone would do it.

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.thomsonandscott.com

@thomsonandscott and @thomsonandscottusa (Instagram)

Pop Quiz, Monday with Elmira Hamidi

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?
Elmira Hamidi

What is your job role?
Co-Founder and Marketing Manager at MaskanUSA LLC

Tell us about your company?
MaskanUSA is the first and the only nation-wide source providing real-estate information/services to Farsi-speaking individuals living in the United States of America. Our services include

  • providing real-estate articles in Farsi
  • providing a platform in which users can post their roommate requests and rental properties for free
  • connecting users with Farsi-speaking real-estate experts including realtors, real-estate attorneys/ agents, loan and insurance officers, and contractors.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with people, addressing their needs, and learning from real-estate experts and improving our leadership/entrepreneurship skills

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Serving and working with my compatriots and other Farsi-speaking individuals living/working in the U.S.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We have a Telegram management group in which we share our challenges, questions, and success stories. We exchange information and ideas almost every day and have at least 1-2 weekly meetings to review our progress and update our strategic plan for the company.
My colleagues’ passion and dedication motivate me every day to work harder and smarter. My husband, Behzad Hamidi, is the co-founder and CEO and my brother, Arash Hamidi, is the co-founder and CTO.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We are family and MaskanUSA is our family backbone. We always kick off our meetings with chit-chatting about our family stories and memories. Thinking and talking about this stuff cheer us up and make us more motivated to work harder towards our goals.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
On a daily basis, we receive a high rate of requests and inquiries from users through our website, online chat feature, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, and calls. Sometimes it is a little bit challenging to address their requests in a timely manner.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Success doesn’t come without hard work.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
My team and I believe in these two quotes: “To help others develop, start with yourself” and “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

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:

MaskanUSA.com
Telegram: https://t.me/maskanusa
Facebook.com/MaskanUSA
Instagram.com/MaskanUSA

Pop Quiz, Monday with Jennifer Frye

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?
Jennifer Frye

What is your job role?
Founder & Marketing Coach

Tell us about your company?
Clever Me is the place where solopreneurs and small business owners get direct support with business ideation, content development and implementation of marketing strategies.

What do you love most about your job?
I love helping everyday individuals who are passionate about their work – the products and services they create, provide or sell to their clients or customers. However, they discovered somewhere along the process of establishing and launching their businesses that finding customers and getting them always to come back is a challenge.

As a marketing coach, I work with solopreneurs and small business owners to shift their mindset about what is preventing them from executing their best marketing strategy by providing personalized tools and resources to build, implement and execute a marketing plan for success.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My motivation is that I get another opportunity to make an impact within my community through my business via coaching and providing quality content and products that help individuals achieve their goals.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers are my business partners. My partners inspire me through their actions – in their personal and professional lives. They are spouses, parents, caregivers, community servants and overall, passionate, hard-working individuals that show up and get it done despite adversity and challenges.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We work remotely. However, when we are in the same place, we’ll make plans to meet up for lunch or dinner someplace new and exciting in the area. We love amazing food.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
It varies. But, one of my challenges is finding the balance in my responsibilities as a business owner and a first-time mom. As a mom, my day-to-day tasks are constantly changing in that the biggest challenge in my role right now is prioritizing my coaching schedule among clients and content projects that will take more time to complete.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I have learned a few things over time from past projects:

  1. Always establish healthy boundaries. It is okay to pass on a potential client or project that ultimately is not a good fit for your business.
  2. The vetting process is critical in business. Before hiring staff bringing on a partner or outside party to collaborate and operate in your business, make sure that they are who they say they are and most importantly can execute the work.
  3. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Two heads are better than one. Never be afraid to ask for help and provide tasks (even if you know how to do it) to others.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
You need practical experience to be successful. This industry is very saturated, like many others. However, having experience is critical to be a coach and to create quality content that appeals to the solopreneur and small business owner. Work for a small business, start-up or corporate environment first before starting your own marketing coaching business and do the necessary work at those places that you seek to do one day in your 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:
For more information about Clever Me, visit www.clever-me.co and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at [@]CleverMeCo.

Pop Quiz, Monday with Marina Shumaieva

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?
Marina Shumaieva

What is your job role?
Co-founder & CTO at CruiseBe, Inc

Tell us about your company?
Let me ask you first. Have you ever been on a cruise or maybe planning to go? If yes, then my companies product is for you.

CruiseBe is a Dallas-based tech travel company. We have created a one-stop shop marketplace and social network for cruisers & B2B end-to-end easily-customizable turnkey technology solutions for the cruise industry.

Usually, when a traveller goes on a cruise, he/she has to spend an enormous amount of time on surfing the Internet and decide what to do on a cruise, in tech port of call and on the ship. CruiseBe mobile app and website helps cruisers to plan their cruise vacation instantly, literally in one click by selecting the cruise ship and departure day.

What do you love most about your job?
I have always been passionate about tech, I followed the steps of my father to study Computer Science, and now I am happy to be part of “women in tech” community.

On the other hand, I was lucky enough to try the path of an entrepreneur. Together with my husband and launched several startups.

As a result, I believe that I have a great combination of skills that allow me to create and implement ideas into life. This is what makes my job interesting. Isn`t it amazing when you have a new idea in the evening and after 24-48 hours of hackathon you can already test the MVP (minimum viable product)?

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
When making a company from scratch, you should know why you are exactly the right person to do it and what existing problem you are trying to solve.

Being your own boss requires a lot of self-motivation and persistence. The key thing that makes me move ahead every next day is the realization that my company and I help someone in one or another way. As for me, there could be nothing more motivating than reading positive customer reviews and hearing feedback that the app and website were really useful during the cruise.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Inspiration is an instant one-second feeling that makes your whole day. I can get inspired very easily just by talking with my co-founder. The thing is that you have to let yourselves believe what you hear and what you see and don`t allow yourself to have doubts, at least big once.

When I see that something is wrong and I am just not in the right mood for work, I can have a short walk outside, or I can tell how I feel to my co-founder and husband Alex. He is a very inspirational person. Just several words about how our startup is doing, what are our next plans, etc. and it gets easier. I felt rebooted and inspired for new achievements. The same works vice versa. I am always there for my co-founder and my team to give some inspiration, just talk and cheer everyone up.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I am a hard working person and, frankly speaking, having fun like games, pranks, etc. in the office is not for me. But what I do support is spending time outside, just walking and talking, having picnics and playing team sports games.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The gender gap is still big in the tech industry. And so-called women in the tech community is trying to do their best to show some support and prove the world that women are like men can be great programmers, developers, engineers, etc. As a female chief technical officer of a growing startup I face a lot of challenges, and among them, there are some issues connected with me being a woman in tech.
However, I do my best as a tech founder, and I firmly believe that women are more scrupulous and have their inner voice, and we are thinking in another way, and this can be the key to our success.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Each project is unique, and every situation demands a different approach and solution. That is why the most important lesson for an entrepreneur is to realize that there is no situation when you can regret about what you have done. All the choices and decisions that were made are not negotiable. Whether the decision was wrong or right, it does not matter, and you can not change it. This is a life path, and those decisions are lessons that teach you every time something new and significant. As a result, your next decision will be smarter.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
The cruise industry is fasters growing category in the leisure travel market. There are different directions that you can be working in like travel agents, cruise bookings, sell shore excursions, make some new tech tools for the industry, etc.

However, despite the fact of the rapid industry growth, the process of integration of innovations is a long-term commitment. The level of competition is high, and the path of getting to the market can hardly be called easy. Before starting a company on any market, you should be 100 percent aware that the product you are making is solving the real existing problem and there is a demand for your solutions. I know, easy to say, but you never know if you try. However, complete market research and potential customers` interviews will do their job and help you not to make big mistakes.

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:
My personal website: https://marinashumaieva.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marinashumaieva.official/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarinaShumaieva
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-shumaieva-860bb043/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marina.shumaieva/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Henry Wong

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?
Henry Wong

What is your job role?
Founder and Managing Director of Friendly 401k

Tell us about your company?
Friendly 401k brings a modernized approach to corporate retirement plans such as the 401k. Majority of 401k plans have not modernized even as the world around us changed. Our approach was designed to reduce fiduciary liability for employers and improve access to financial wellness for employees.

What do you love most about your job?
Hearing the success stories of our clients after they have followed through with the actionable advice that we provide. Whether it is coming out of debt or having a solid financial plan that they are comfortable following, nothing beats hearing that they have followed through on the plan and that they are in a better place financially.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Knowing that the advice I give and the solutions provided will change someone’s life for the better.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
The dedication that they have towards the clients and wanting to promote change motivates me to push myself further.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We make sure we have the time to unwind together whether it is catching a sports game, dinner, or even just drinks. We build better relationships with one another by spending time outside of the office doing activities without discussing work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The change that I envision and promote is not widely accepted by the rest of the industry. Our industry is still reluctant to the idea of open and accessible advice to the public.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We analyzed a 401k that was in existence for over fifteen years. We were told the existing advisor that started their plan was always available to meet annually to check in on the client, but during our analysis, we found that the investment funds available have not changed in selection since the plan was started. We found that this plan had severe underperformance in investment returns and was higher in cost when compared to national averages for both criteria.

Suffice to say, just because a plan was started quite some years ago and the existing financial advisor kept good relations didn’t mean that 401k plan was performing optimally. It never hurts to have your existing 401k plan benchmarked and reviewed.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Think bigger than what the industry states are the correct ways to do things. Push the boundaries of the norm because that is the only way you can truly help your clients.

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.friendly401k.com
www.henrywong.pro

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kasey Grim

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?
Kasey Grim

What is your job role?
Owner + Photographer

Tell us about your company?
Fractured Frame Photography is all about small businesses. I specialize in helping entrepreneurs take control of their personal brand and step up as the face of their business through personal branding photography.

A blend of commercial, lifestyle, and portrait photography, my personal branding photo shoots are all about capturing my clients’ personality and celebrating their stories through beautiful imagery.

What do you love most about your job?
I love getting to work with passionate entrepreneurs. My favorite part is seeing someone’s eyes light up when they talk about what they love. It’s the moment I aim to capture in every portrait.

I design a custom photo shoot for each client based on the stories they want to share with their audience. I love working with my clients to uncover these stories and plan out their photo shoot to really capture each narrative. The creative process is so much fun, and every client story is unique.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Every day is something new!

I came from a cubical engineering job. Owning my own business is a whole different world. It’s a learning experience, and I’m so excited to learn more each day.

I like getting to customize and add my own creativity to everything – not just the photo shoots and portraits but also my marketing, advertising, and the whole process.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I am inspired every day by my clients. They’re tackling huge obstacles and changing the world one customer at a time.

It’s fun to watch them grow from being camera-shy and hiding behind the scenes to owning their presence and being the face of their company.

I get excited at every photo to reveal when they hold their new images and can’t believe they look this good.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I have fun with my clients! We laugh and play and dance and make the most of every photo shoot. My goal is to get them feeling good and feeling comfortable so they can be themselves in front of my camera.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Figuring out the logistics for each photo shoot is a fun challenge. Each photo shoot is completely different, but they usually involve multiple locations, outfit changes, props, and storylines.

I make it as easy as possible for my clients by scheduling the day in advance and making each transition as seamless as I can. This means a lot of prep plan and planning on my part.

I’ve got my process down though, so once we get into a rhythm, it all flows nicely, and we have an easy photo shoot day.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Be flexible and plan for the unexpected. All sorts of things can and will happen on photo shoot day, and as the photographer, I’ve got to be ready to deal with them.

Many of my shoots are outdoors, so unpredictable weather is always fun. At one photo shoot up in the mountains we went from a beautiful sunny day to a ridiculous amount of wind and then rain.

After an all-out sprint to our cars, my client and I decided to move the shoot to a drier backup location. Thankfully, we had discussed multiple location options ahead of time and just happened to have one available. Now I always have either a backup location or a client that is prepared to shoot in the rain if nature sees fit.

I also carry a lovely bag of supplies with me for minor emergencies: hair ties and bobby pins, lint rollers, first aid kit, snacks and water, sewing kit, extra batteries and memory, and of course – an umbrella.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
I would recommend that new photographers get out there and shoot as much as they can. You need the camera settings and equipment part of the photo shoot to be muscle memory. That part should be easy. Then you can focus your attention on your clients.

The real skill is making your clients feel comfortable and look their best. You have to connect with them and engage them and make the camera less scary. It takes practice.

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:

https://www.fracturedframephotography.com/denver-photographer

https://www.instagram.com/fracturedfamephotography

Pop Quiz, Monday with Deborah Sawyerr

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 Sawyerr

What is your job role?
Money Literacy Educator

Tell us about your company?
I teach kids, young adults, and adults how to be financially fit and smart.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I am making an impact in the lives of those that I educate and solving a global problem at the same time.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My teen daughters motivate me to get up every day. They were instrumental in me starting my business and brand.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Fortunately, I am a lone ranger, so co-workers do not come into the equation right now – although that will change in the future.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I have fun by listening to jazz whilst I’m working. I also do some dancing exercise online to entertain my audience.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Some of the challenges of my job is working alone for long hours, waiting for things to pick up and getting some customers to take the plunge in being financially literate.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I was involved in educating a customer financial education on a 121 basis. One of the lessons I learnt was to actively listen to what my customers say as it helped to shape additional areas of education that I can provide – which I had never thought about.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I mentored a client who started in my industry. The advice I have was to follow her passion, belief in the process and never deviate from the path she was taking regardless of what the rest of the world says.

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:

https://www.sawyerrshouse.com https://www.facebook.com/sawyerrshouse

Pop Quiz, Monday with Suzanne Garber

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?
Suzanne Garber

What is your job role?
Co-Founder and Chair of the Board

Tell us about your company?
Gauze is the world’s most comprehensive database of hospitals around the globe that informs and connects international travelers via app or API with appropriate healthcare when they find themselves sick abroad.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the diversity in our people, our solutions, and our activities. No day is the same, and some days I am working with people from India or Ukraine or Syria across a spectrum of roles (hospital CEO, data researcher, developer) and other days I am learning something new about healthcare in sub-saharan Africa.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Having been sick abroad more than a few times, I know how scary it can be to not speak the local language, know of where has quality care, or be able to transport myself to an appropriate facility. With over 1.3 billion people traveling internationally every year with at least 100 million people getting sick outside of their home country motivates me to ensure the best in quality, confidentiality, integrity, and access to care.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
As mentioned, our team is incredibly diverse. One of our co-founders is a disabled veteran. We have an administrator in her 70s. Several staffers hold dual-nationalities and speak multiple languages. Our entire research team is made up of gifted individuals from all over the world. They are the face of our customers (and the world!), and they remind me every day that we do what we do to both save and enhance lives.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We are a very diverse team made up of individuals of different ethnicities, races, genders, ages, religions, veteran status, and ideologies. We take time to learn about each other to understand the important holidays, family traditions, and foods. We also perform service projects in our community; we actively support the American Red Cross and various veteran service organizations.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
We deal with millions of bytes of data; ensuring the integrity of information is of utmost importance to us. We catalogue data on hospitals in every country around the world with the exception of a few closed countries from where it’s virtually impossible to obtain any data. This means we also work with people in every country around the globe and communication must be precise. While we have a number of people on staff who are natively or expertly fluent in dozens of languages, there are still some regions where we must rely on non-human means of interaction and data collection.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
An early lesson was finding the right people to partner with. As our original team did not have certain technical skills, we needed to outsource some of our programmings and finding the right company was difficult since we didn’t know what we didn’t know. That led to delays in production as well as an excess cost because we had nothing with which to compare to, other than bids from other companies. What we’ve learned to do better is how to vet providers and, when possible, hire an in-house person who truly has the best long-term interest of the company. An outsourced vendor may not be the best choice, especially if there is a need to enhance further what was delivered. The best partner is one that can build something bespoke with the ability to tailor for future iterations with or without the original builder.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
For me, everything starts and ends with people. When you are able to articulate and define the traits and experiences necessary for the people you will need to fill your positions, you effectively recruit for them, and you supply people with the right support and tools to effectively do their jobs, everything comes together. People work for people. People buy from people. Knowing the right people at any and every level is key. Focus on people first.

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:
https://www.gauze.net
https://www.twitter.com/gauzehealth
https://www.facebook.com/GauzeHealth/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Adala Bolto

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?
Adala Bolto

Tell us about your company?
ZADI Training a boutique female fitness studio franchise is specialising in strength/HIIT training. We created ZADI to meet the millennial women’s fitness demands to provide female-specific training programs, the most effective metabolic workout combinations, bespoke high energy space with night club atmosphere and a community of like-minded, strong women who get sh*t done!

What do you love most about your job?
Leading a movement of extraordinary women, both the ZADI team and our clients. The opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an individual – every day. The opportunity to be authentic and work on my passion as a job is an extraordinary experience.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
ZADI is my obsession. Creating new and better ways to do things motivates me to get up and go to work every day! I’m so passionate about our product, brand, and amazing possibilities.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Seeing/hearing my co-workers working and talking about our brand with so much passion inspires me to push and drive harder every day to make sure we never become complacent and maintain the high-quality atmosphere, company culture, and results.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We socialise after work very often..maybe too often! Being from the fitness industry we train together, and sometimes have friendly competitions. Our overall culture is to Get Sh*t Done whilst having fun doing it – so every day is fun for us!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Maintaining the team’s positive can-do culture, especially during this growth phase when new people are joining the team. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely at times, one of the biggest challenges is staying focused on the critical tasks even when sh*t hits the fan.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Being clear on your vision has to be the most important lesson that I have learnt. You can’t go into a project with a half baked idea – the vision of what you want to achieve and exactly why is paramount, once that is locked in making it all happen can kick off. Focus on the outcome and be flexible with the process!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I know this will sound cliche, but you have to have an absolute passion for helping people achieve goals, always learning and finding new and innovative ways to do things better. Our industry changes and grows fast, so you need to be out there, on the pulse, on the go and full of drive. Don’t do it just for the money. It’s a sure way to fail.

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.zadi.com.au
https://www.instagram.com/zadi.training/https://www.facebook.com/ZADITraining/?ref=bookmarks

Pop Quiz, Monday with Rupak Parajuli

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?
Rupak Parajuli

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO of Handicrafts In Nepal

Tell us about your company?
Handicrafts in Nepal, is an online marketplace, offering a wide variety of Nepali handicrafts products at an affordable price. Our mission is to become a one-stop online shopping platform for Nepalese handicrafts goods, focusing both retail and wholesale buyers from all part of the world.

At our online store, we showcased Nepali handmade products ranging from yak wool to cashmere wool. There are also Tibetan Buddhist items such as; singing bowls, incense, and prayer flags.

All products which are featured in our online shop are handmade by local men and women in Nepal. Basically, we are connecting the dots between the local people as well as the community with the rest of the world using technology.

We believe, in quality products as well as customer service. Hence, any Nepali handicraft product that you buy from here is a top-notch quality which is made from eco-friendly materials.

Not only that, we admire fair trade policy, meaning local people, culture, tradition, and community are closely part of each product for local empowerment and sustainability.

We are very positive that our online store will be a strong foundation in bridging the gap between Nepali handicrafts industry and local artisans.

What do you love most about your job?
Learning new things every day and meeting with amazing people.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Passion of working what I love motivates me to get up every day and go to work.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Our passionate co-workers, I would rather say local artisans craft the products with utmost love and care. They are highly motivated by each product sold and work harder every day for enhancing their family lifestyle.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Every day is a fun day when you love the work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Major challenges that I faced on my job is communicating with my clients. Each client has their own perception and needs. So, solving the clients’ needs is one of the significant challenges. For that, we need to adapt to different communication strategies.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Lessons that I learned from a past project is 2P, in short, that is Patience and Passion. These two are the critical elements that you need to excel before you enter in an Entrepreneurial journey.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Follow your passion as well as have some patience until you succeed.

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:

https://handicraftsinnepal.com
https://www.facebook.com/handicraftsinnepal/
https://www.instagram.com/handicraftsinnepal/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Keli Hammond

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?
Keli Hammond

What is your job role?
I am the founder and CEO of B Classic, a marketing, branding, and communications agency. In addition to running the agency as the lead brand strategist, I’m also a business coach and soon-to-be-author.

Tell us about your company?
B Classic is just as much a business consultancy as it is a full-service advertising, social media, and web marketing agency. It’s an independent, boutique firm that works with clients all over the world. We pride ourselves on producing the work of a big agency without the headache or high costs. Simply put, our goal is to help brands create better content, tell better stories, and build more memorable experiences.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to work with so many passionate people that are serious, focused, and open to learning and growing their businesses while growing their mindsets. In my world, every day is different, which keeps my days exciting.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
For one, work doesn’t feel like work. Not when you love it like this. It feels so good to enjoy everything about what you do (good and not-so-good). I pride myself in being a problem-solver. So many of my clients come to me because they’re frustrated or overwhelmed. I love being able to use my knowledge and expertise help shift things for the better for them. I love it when they come to me after-the-fact and are gleaming from ear to ear because things changed for the better. Seeing other people happy makes me happy.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My agency is small, so there aren’t many of us, but they inspire me most through their creativity and originality. They are all geniuses in their own right—all passionate about helping people and making an impact.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We’re very serious about delivering high-quality work and getting good results for our clients; but that being said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We laugh all day every day. We share meme’s, laugh at online videos, and tell personal stories. We don’t have set “team-building” events because we don’t need to. The energy is genuine and always positive.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The unpredictability of entrepreneurship is probably my biggest challenge. There’s a lot of uncertainty that comes when you decide to take the leap to live life on your terms. Whenever my nerves creep in, I use it as a time to do more planning for my business. I try always to be thinking ahead and anticipating my next move.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that everyone won’t be open to change (even if they say they are). I believe that in anything, change leads to growth, evolution, and more success. Someone may come to you and say they’re ready to make some improvements (and thus that’s the reason they’re reaching out to you), but if it requires too much change, they may get scared because it’s unfamiliar and changes their routine. I had to learn that it’s okay. Help who you can help, and don’t get hung up on those that aren’t willing to embrace new ways of thinking.

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

  1. Failure is not fatal. Everything you do is not going to work but don’t let a setback take you off course. Everybody has them. If you need a minute to regroup, that’s fine—take that minute. But as soon as the minute has passed, you’ve gotta get back on that horse and keep pushing forward. Focus on being consistent, and you’ll start to realize that you needed that hurdle to get you to think differently and grow in other areas. Failure has led to some of my biggest personal wins.
  2. Ignore what everyone else is doing; focus on yourself. Someone else’s success does not matter, nor will it define your success. As long as you continue to believe in yourself and push yourself to be the best version of you, things will happen for the better.
  3. Find a mentor; someone that’s more seasoned than you and knows different things than you. They’re ideas and insight will help you think differently and give you someone to bounce ideas off of.
  4. Networking and building relationships open up so many doors. Don’t be afraid of it. Start talking about to people and attending events in your area (even if they’re not networking events, they can still be a place where you meet new people that you may be able to work within the future).
  5. Use social media to your advantage. Being social on social media helps people connect with you and is a great way to build awareness of your brand organically.

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:

https://kelihammond.com/
https://b-classic.com/
https://instagram.com/thebrandbuilder10

Pop Quiz, Monday with Eric Quanstrom

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?
Eric Quanstrom

What is your job role?
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Tell us about your company?
CIENCE is an award-winning B2B lead generation agency. We deliver clients targeted opportunities through managed, cost-effective sales specialization so that they can grow their own businesses.

Our human-powered, machine-driven People-as-a-Service model has worked for hundreds of clients in over 125 different industries since our start in 2015.

What do you love most about your job?
The diversity of approaches that we can take to running Outbound campaigns on behalf of a wide customer base.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The ability to open sales conversations for our clients, helping them to grow. It’s exciting to be able to learn, to experiment, and ultimately produce results (drive ROI) for clients.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work alongside a very talented executive team. Each day I’m inspired by their thoughtful approach to problem-solving. Our company has grown dramatically over the past few years, from Startup to 300+ employees (and adding significant headcount each new month!). There are a host of managers with real talent and drive to succeed that also inspires me– especially as many have grown into their roles (and leadership) from within our company.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Lots of focus on what we call, CIENCE Family (it’s even the name of our Instagram account). Our workforce is global — we have offices on four continents — and celebrating the diversity of our people is a key to our culture. We also have ‘Fun’ as one of our core values. Life is short– we are a passionate bunch that works hard, while not taking ourselves too seriously.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Growth has been at the top of this list. Not sure who the quote, “What got you here won’t get you there!” is attributed to– but it’s been very true as we’ve scaled the company. We’ve had to abandon certain processes that were incompatible with the demands of each new phase of our business. Personally, even being able to focus on core activities is a constant challenge.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of the biggest lessons on working successfully with clients is accounting for primacy and recency bias. Put into plain English– “How do we start?” and “What have you done for me lately?” The ability to get out fast with outbound campaigns, build confidence in our approach + team, and show results early is critical. Then the ability to bring fresh thinking to any campaign that’s been running for a while (perhaps even experiencing diminishing returns) is important, too.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Learn the craft by doing. Outbound is full of demanding, human-based challenges. Rejection is part of the daily routine. So is monotony. Honing one’s capabilities in real-world situations is the only path forward. You can’t become a great SDR simply by reading a book.

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:

CIENCE – https://cience.com
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/cience
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ciencecom and https://twitter.com/EQuanstrom
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cience.tech

Pop Quiz, Monday with Jen Obermeier

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?
Jen Obermeier

What is your job role?
Professional organizers work with people on a never-ending array of projects — organizing playrooms, filing paperwork, cleaning out garages, and color-coding closets barely scratch the surface of what we can be enlisted to do.

Being a professional home organizer is like being a part personal trainer, part therapist, part interior decorator, and part life coach. You get to be creative, be analytical, burn calories, and make great money. It’s an ideal lifestyle business!

I am a business coach for professional home organizers – my favorite organizing clients were always business owners, so you could say I’ve found my ultimate niche in organizing other organizers.

Tell us about your company?
I take pride in being a “rule-breaker” as a professional organizer. I am obsessed with all the possibilities of this business that no one was talking about online when I got into it.

I started Pro Organizer Studio in 2016 as a way to share my out-of-the-box business ideas with the professional organizing community. It quickly turned into the best decision I ever made. Having gained a modest, but enthusiastic following of over 5,000 savvy business women, 300 of which have taken my online business course, I’ve realized my true passion of helping women make their dream business a reality.

What do you love most about your job?
When you have natural talent like organizing, it is extraordinarily difficult to understand why other people would pay you for it, and how to package it and sell it.

This is 100% my gift – helping talented women see the market value of their skill, learn relationship-based sales, and build businesses that they are super proud of. I NEVER get tired of talking business strategy and helping people bring their vision to life.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I have a very big “why.” I think the professional organizing industry is on the brink of a massive breakthrough – not just because of celebrity organizers like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit. I heard it from the mouths of my own clients – decluttering and organizing is cheaper than therapy, and more effective (and these are people living in luxury homes who can afford to buy anything they want.)

There is also a massive aging population in the U.S. and someone will need to deal with all their stuff – it takes time, it’s tiring, and they are going to need smart people to help. It’s a service needed physically, emotionally, spiritually – this is an industry that gets to work on every level. I am here to teach and inspire the organizers who are going to be needed in huge numbers over the next few decades.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
They see the value in my strengths and do everything they can to help me become the best coach and influencer I can be.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Despite the craziness of different clients and the variety the work brings, being a pro organizer can be a really lonely job. You’re often working alone, and due to client confidentiality and the fact that people don’t know what professional organizing is all about, there are few people to talk to who truly get it.

As part of my online course, we have a private Facebook community. It’s a challenge to be real with people and build work relationships online, but we have provided a safe place for my students to share the good and bad, and HILARIOUS moments in this industry. We have seen everything — and yes, your secrets are safe with us.

I think there’s a little bit of a stereotype that we are all super uptight – not so.

Last year I made some sassy shirts for organizers – I personally bought one of each and wear them ALL the time because it’s like an inside joke with my girls out there. Like one said “Just Donate It” because that’s what we are all really thinking about our clients’ stuff. One says “Organized AF” – that was my favorite one, and you’ll never believe this, but I actually LOST it. No clue where it is. I thought I’d have to turn in my professional organizer badge the day I admitted that to our group. They thought that was hilarious….

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The challenge of being an organizer is that people crave improvement, but getting there can be tricky because people don’t like change. Plus it’s tough to get clients to tell all their friends about you because there is a stigma to needing and paying for help just to manage their “stuff.” I coach my students on meeting clients on their level and being okay with the pace they need to go. A lot of us organizers are perfectionists, which makes being in a business way more difficult than it has to be. My challenge is to bridge the gap for them and teach them how to run their business “just good enough” so that they can keep moving forward and learning.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The day one of my clients chastised me for moving too fast in sorting through her closet was the day that I realized I was bringing my own anxiety about pleasing people and proving my value on the job, and it was actually harming our work together. As a business coach I still see myself doing the same things — I have so many ideas for my students, and I see them being successful, but I’ll forget that they still need repetition and stability in the early stages. For sure, I’m learning to slow down so that I can speed up my growth. I’m WAY less anxious and nervous than I used to be.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
If you want to be a professional organizer, you’re probably someone who likes systems and rules. But in this industry, there aren’t really many rules. Every organizer can follow a different philosophy when it comes to the best method of running a home. You don’t have to wait to find the perfect way – a willingness to be of service and to respond flexibly to the needs of each client is all that’s required.

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:

https://proorganizerstudio.com/

https://www.instagram.com/proorganizerstudio/?hl=en

Pop Quiz, Monday with Amber Renae

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?
Amber Renae

What is your job role?
Boss Babe

Tell us about your company?
Amber Renae Inc. is an e-learning platform that helps upcoming entrepreneurs create freedom. It’s targeted to coaches, consultants, freelancers and any small business owner that wants to become more visible in their brand and grow their brand through paid media and sales funnels.

What do you love most about your job?
Almost every day I get feedback or emails from one of my students saying how I’ve completely changed their life, given them more confidence than they’ve ever had, and helped them set up a true freedom based lifestyle. There is nothing better!

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The fact that it never feels like work. I can’t remember the last time I woke up and went to ‘work.’ Granted I probably spend more hours working on my business than most people ever do at their day job, but it never feels like something I ‘have’ to do.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Collaboration is the key to success. They are all so talented at what they do and really inspire me each day to be a better leader for them.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We do a lot of beauty and pamper treatments at work! Facials, hair masks, yoga sessions. Anything to make us feel good!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The greatest challenge, in the beginning, was the cash flow. Unfortunately, as a creative, it’s typically the last thing we’re interested in focusing on. We want to do all the fun, creative stuff, but bookkeeping and accounting are about as far from fun as you can get in my opinion! But if you’re not taking good care of your money, then the universe can’t give you more to take care of.

Another challenge is the difficulties and disasters, as entrepreneurship is fraught with both! You need to train yourself to become exceptionally resilient and develop a high pain tolerance. I see so many people starting businesses who get one or two knock-backs then decide it’s all too hard! But that’s all apart of the journey of entrepreneurship!

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I turned away from a solid, stable, high-paying career as a civil engineer to chase my dreams of working in the fashion industry. My successful fashion line went bankrupt due to a manufacturing error, and I was diagnosed with cancer, ulcers and was on anti-depressants.

I then launched my fashion styling business and went to hold two of the best positions in the country for that industry, only to lose both roles in a matter of weeks due to the GFC, and to be left with nothing, again.

I’m now in my third business where I educate hundreds of people across the globe, which taught me that sheer grit and determination would get you to where you need to be.

I’ve also learnt from these past situations that vision, minded and mindfulness makes up at least 80% of your success as a business owner. If you get your head straight and eliminate all your fears, stay focused and positive, that’s a majority of the work done. The universe will do the rest for you.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
You need to develop immense self-awareness. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses. From there, focus on maximising your strengths whilst outsourcing your weaknesses. You don’t have to be good at everything, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help by outsourcing the things you’re not good at.

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:
Website: http://www.amberrenae.com/freedom-class
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theamberrenae
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theamberrenae

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ande Lyons

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?
Ande Lyons

What is your job role?
Founder, Startup Mentor

Tell us about your company?
With four startups and an MBA to my credit, I know from personal experience what it’s like to lay awake at night, wondering where the next sale is coming from, how to find investors, and what resources to trust or use.

My deep toolkit of hard-earned business skills along with an abundance of enthusiasm and energy can help build momentum and maximize success for your startup.

Using my special style of business coaching, I share tips, tools, and resources to help you launch, brand and build a profitable and sustainable business…. without spending a lot of money or wasting a lot of time.

What do you love most about your job?
Serving Startup Founders – helping them manage the high levels of uncertainty and find solutions to what feels like insurmountable problems.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love the possibilities!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My clients inspire me with their courage, tenacity, resilience, and persistence in creating a sustainable, profitable business.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I connect with folks online using a playful, uplifting, inspirational style through conversations and supportive memes.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
As a solopreneur, it’s up to me to create each and every day – to stay focused on my business model and add value to startup founders’ lives, everywhere I glow.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
How do I keep fear from becoming a chokehold on my business? It’s perfectly normal for your brain to want to focus on what’s not working, what could go wrong, and point to evidence of those failed attempts for validation.

This is when you must rein in your brain and turn it into a high precision tool to help you see solutions.

If you keep seeking the problems, you’ll keep finding them.

However, if you practice asking what, why, where and who questions, you’ll find solutions.

Please don’t ask how you’ll die in the depths of that dip. How is not where your focus needs to be… asking how creates more fear and leaves you stuck in paralysis analysis.

Instead… ask what do my customers desire? What will delight them?

Or if your business needs more capital, ask where can I find the best aligned investors?

Or if you need to hire a specific role within the company, ask what are the best reasons to come work at my business and who has the exceptional qualities and experience to fit the role best?

These questions bring solutions because they reframe the problem, so instead of seeing an obstacle, you see an opportunity.

They open your mind to creative problem-solving ideas. They free you up to see the possibilities again, and allow the feelings of renewal and hope to return.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Sure… it’s been done before… but not by you and not for us. ~ Seth Godin

Before you choose a name for the business…

Before logos and graphics…

Before you build a website or design the details of your product and service offerings…

You need to develop a clear and compelling Brand Promise.

This strategy is the foundation of every successful business.

Your “brand promise” needs to convey a compelling benefit and be authentic and credible. The promise must be kept – every time.

A strong brand promise is one that connects your purpose, people, competitive positioning, and your sales and marketing strategy – with your customer’s experience.

The strongest possible brand promise connects with customers on a direct emotional basis to create customer value and sustainable brand differentiation.

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:
http://andelyons.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andelyons/
https://www.instagram.com/ande_lyons/
https://twitter.com/AndeLyons
https://www.spreaker.com/show/ande-lyons-show

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sandy Yong

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?
Sandy Yong

What is your job role?
Author, Speaker, Investor of The Money Master.

Tell us about your company?
I am an author of the upcoming book, “The Money Master: Inside Secrets On How To Make Your Money Grow and Stay Safe.” This book is focused on three pillars: creating your own financial portfolio, investing in real estate and entrepreneurship. I discuss these three ways people can start earning multiple streams of income and build their wealth. It teaches a step-by-step plan on how individuals can overcome their fears and failures and get back on track to achieve financial success.

As a proud member of Toastmasters International for the past three years, I have been mastering my professional speaking skills. Now I am able to combine my passion of personal finance with professional speaking and help educate adults on financial literacy through workshops and conferences.

In addition, I am honoured to be partnering with CAMH: Centre of Addiction and Mental Health to support mental health research and families who have been impacted. $2 of each book sold will be donated to this charity.

My vision is to make people feel comfortable having conversations about money and mental health since they can be touchy subjects. Yet these are topics that have an impact on our daily lives. As a proud female author, investor and speaker, I am dedicated to helping women’s organizations and empowering young professionals to become financially independent.

What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy being able to share my message with the world by teaching adults how they can become financially independent by creating multiple streams of income. I find it very gratifying when I receive testimonials on how I have helped individuals become smarter with managing their money.

What motivates you to get up everyday and go to work?
Everyday that I am working on my book, means that I’m one step closer to having my book published! I can’t wait for the world to read it and learn the many valuable tips that are provided. Plus, as part of my research for my book, I conducted numerous interviews with financial and real estate experts! I am also looking forward to speaking on personal finance and investing at upcoming workshops and seminars.

As a Chinese-Canadian female entrepreneur, I feel that it is important to help empower other women. We are capable of changing the world and if I can help provide them with financial literacy tools, I feel that it is my way to give back to others and help pay it forward.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My writing coach Barry Spilchuk and my book publisher, Black Card Books have been incredible. They have guided me throughout my authorship journey and given me many wonderful ideas that I have incorporated into the chapters of my book.

In addition, my husband, Albert Ho, is writing a medical sales book called “Checkmate: How To Win The Sales Game in Healthcare”. As a husband and wife team, writing two books simultaneously, we help support and motivate each other. Sometimes, we have friendly competitions to help push us forward and achieve our goals.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I work in a home office and our team has virtual meetings online or through conference calls. It’s great to have the flexibility to work remotely and still be connected globally with all my team members.

Recently, I have been attending book launches and meeting fellow authors to support them and also learn from their experience. I think that its important to share knowledge and continue our education after we graduate from college or university. Just because you have a degree, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Whether its through books, podcasts, seminars, events, I think we can always learn something new everyday.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Sometimes you’ll face rejection whether it is securing a deal but once you get more practice and become more comfortable, it gets easier and eventually people will come to you for opportunities.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I have learned that we don’t need to be a jack-of-all-trades. Just focus on your strengths and what you’re really great at. If you try to do everything and be everything, then you are prone to spreading yourself too thin. It’s better to focus on one thing and excel at it, instead of focusing on many things and being mediocre at all of them.

What advice would you give to some one who is starting out in your industry?
I feel that financial literacy is severely lacking and it is important to educate people about this topic. I decided that writing a book and speaking at conferences and workshops would help to bridge the gap in financial knowledge so that people can become empowered with their money. If you have ever wished to become an author and run a book and speaking business, I encourage you to do so! It will take a lot of hard work and dedication but it will be worth it when you know that at the end of the day you are changing people’s lives.

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:

For a free digital download of my upcoming book, sign up for the newsletter at www.sandyyong.com
www.facebook.com/themoneymasterbook
www.instagram.com/themoneymasterbook
www.twitter.com/MoneyMasterBook

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kamyar Shah

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?
Kamyar Shah

What is your job role?
Remote COO & Remote CMO

Tell us about your company?
World Consulting Group is a premier management consulting firm.

What do you love most about your job?
The ability to assist clients to achieve their goals quicker.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My goal to help entrepreneurs be better at what they do is a primal motivator for me.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team members problem-solving skills are extremely inspirational.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Gamification of problem-solving allows my team and I to solve problems while having fun.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge I encounter is convincing entrepreneurs to delegate tasks instead of doing it themselves.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Mind the reality of perception: good intentions are pointless if it interferes with the reality of others.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
The most important advice is to learn quickly where and how to acquire knowledge and maintain cutting edge know-how.

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:

Site: https://kamyarshah.com/

https://www.instagram.com/kamyar.shah/
https://twitter.com/kshahwork

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sarah Mooney

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?
Sarah Mooney

What is your job role?
Digital Marketing Manager

Tell us about your company?
REMITR is simply the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to send money internationally.

While some banks can charge up to $80, our users pay just $5 to send money overseas.

There are no sneaky, hidden exchange rate fees involved either.

With REMITR, you get 24/7 access to the best live FXrates – no matter what the currency.

Some banks transfers can take up to 5 business days to process, and sometimes even weeks for international transaction.

Using REMITR means money arrives in your beneficiaries account within one business day, and in some cases, the funds are available instantly.

And the good news keeps coming – REMITR can be used to transfer money to over 150 countries across the globe!

REMITR means no more rushing out during banking hours to fill out complicated forms.

Our service is FINTRAC-registered and employs state of the art technology to protect payments and financial information.

With us, you can relax and send international payments from wherever you are, whenever it suits you – all with a single click.

What do you love most about your job?
The opportunity to think outside of the box, and stretch new ideas.

We’re replacing 40-year-old wire transfers with new technology. Working within a unique industry, means I’m able to test multiple channel and strategies to examine what works best for us.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Honestly, I’m so hungry to impress my Co-Founders. I get very amped to share new data with them, and I’m always excited to be one step closer to finishing a project.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I’m inspired by how dedicated my co-workers are. They manage their time wisely and put in the extra hours, and efforts required without ever asking. All in the effort to make sure we’re one step closer to reaching our goal.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Every Friday our team gathers together to enjoy “Scotch Friday.” This short, yet fun hour gives us the opportunity to loosen up and celebrate the work we accomplished throughout the week.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I started my marketing career working in the automotive industry – it was B2C, which I thought was a walk in the park. Since leaving the world of fast cars, I quickly dived deep into B2B. Which, ladies and gentlemen is a whole other story. I started my B2B experience working with Treemarc – a Toronto-based packaging startup. I found the experience to be very rewarding and felt that I hacked the packaging industry. Yet, REMITR is a whole other beast. It’s an industry that is completely foreign and old strategies don’t seem to work anymore. The biggest challenge is definitely trying to finesse new strategies, and taking a new approach.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Start affiliate marketing ASAP. It’s a channel that is very rewarding, but it takes a few months to really pick up.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Consider the competitive competition, and prepare yourself for a lot of trial and error.

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.remitr.com
@myremitr

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kenny Li

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?
Kenny Li

What is your job role?
I’m the founder and CEO of Worthyt.

Tell us about your company?
Worthyt is an app that lets content creators (bloggers, YouTubers, podcasters, journalists, etc.) earn money by fielding and answering questions from their audience. It’s a great way to get support from your community while answering their pressing questions. You just create a profile, set a price, and link to your profile on your articles, videos or other content. People who click can go straight to your Worthyt page and ask you anything for the price you set. If you answer within three days, you get to keep the money, and the asker gets a great response.

What do you love most about your job?
Speaking with our users and engaging communities. Being able to make a difference in people’s lives is a huge motivator. Content creation is a tough task–many struggles with monetization and that issue trickles down into other things like deciding how to scale as their audience gets bigger. It’s great when we see them using our platform to get their questions organized in one place, and they actually start earning money from it.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The biggest motivation that keeps me going in this project is knowing that we can grow it bigger day by day because there’s always more content creators we want to introduce ourselves to–always more help we can provide them. And the difference between finding and not finding that person to help today is maybe just a matter of having that extra conversation or reaching out to one more person.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
They are talented at what they do, and the inspiration comes from the work they produce. For example, I’d have a vision in my head, and I’ll doodle it on a piece of paper or mock it up in PowerPoint and hand it over to Nir, who is in charge of all of our frontend interface. Next thing you know, he creates a version of my vision that is something more beautiful than what I even had in my imagination. His creative ability inspires me.

Then there’s Trevor, and he’s our CTO. Whenever I have an idea, he’s the first person I turn to. We can sit for hours and debate or challenge each other; he has this superpower of being able to examine every permutation of any event. Sometimes, I’m surprised by the scenarios he brings up but then realize how possible they may be given the right conditions. He forces me to extend my critical thinking and refine the ideas.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We like to do logic puzzles and hold small book clubs. During lunch, Trevor would bring up a logic puzzle, or we would look one up on the Internet, and then spend that time (admitted, sometimes it consumes our entire day) discussing with each and brainstorming solutions. It’s a great way to exercise our brains beyond doing the same tasks, and it’s fun to do it through teamwork.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I think one of the biggest challenges for myself is juggling school and my startup. Business school requires an intense amount of dedication not only for classes but also for team projects and assignments outside of class. I enjoy every moment of it, but my one reservation is that it limits my time working on Worthyt. That being said, it’s also a blessing because being in school gives me access to so many resources, so much helpful talent, and a great environment to learn more skills that can be applied immediately.

Another challenge is trying to ignite the network effect; it’s definitely easier said than done. I think for many entrepreneurs, we have it in our minds that whatever we’re building is pretty amazing, and the growth will somehow explode overnight, and we’ll wake up to find ourselves a million users. The reality, though, is that it rarely happens and you just need to roll up your sleeves and start doing all the necessary work to get the ball rolling. That ball might be a tiny golf ball or a giant boulder–I think it’s more often a giant boulder.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Prior to starting this company, I founded a company in the b2b space focused on cloud computing. I think one of the most valuable lessons I learned from that was how you should always overestimate timelines for sales pipelines. Not giving yourself enough wiggle room leaves no room for error, which will affect your cash flow at one point or another when things outside of your control occur and slow down the sales process. And cash flow is what you need at the end of the day to keep the lights on.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Always be available. It doesn’t matter if it’s the weekend or 11 p.m. Respond to people, talk and learn–it’s the fastest way to collect data, improve your product, and expand your network. Every piece of communication is extremely valuable. People will eventually start to become familiar with your brand.

If you have pride, swallow it and be prepared to be wrong all the time. If something doesn’t work, the most important thing is to fix it as quickly as possible–ignoring problems or pretending everything is fine might fool people in the short term, but it can cost you your 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:

Website: https://worthyt.io
Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsworthyt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsworthyt

Pop Quiz, Monday with Milecia McGregor

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?
Milecia McGregor

What is your job role?
Software engineer, founder, and teacher

Tell us about your company?
I created Flipped Coding because I saw a disconnection between the online web development material and the real web development work. Most of the free stuff doesn’t go into enough detail, or they don’t go into the right details. Coding boot camps are super expensive, and some of them require people to quit their jobs.

Flipped Coding is my alternative to other classes out there. I keep it limited to 200 students at a time so that the class is big enough for people to interact but not so big that they get lost in the shuffle. There are still lessons in the class, but the projects are made exactly like the ones you see in companies instead of clean, new projects, but those are there too.

What do you love most about your job?
I love it when people have their moment the code makes sense. I’ve had students that have been trying to learn JavaScript for months, and when they say my explanations helped them make the connections in their code, it’s incredible. Being able to teach people something highly technical when they might not feel comfortable with computers in the first place is exciting.

Seeing people get paid for the web development skills they learned from my class is the best part though. When I get an email or message from somebody saying they got their first freelancing project or web developer interview, I still can’t believe it. I hoped that the class would be useful, but I still can’t believe it’s really helping people.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I never thought that I would have a job that paid a salary. There was a time I just couldn’t think that big. Things changed when I graduated from college. I ended up in a career that had absolutely nothing to do with my degree, and I taught myself how to be a web developer, but I struggled.

Now when I get up to do work with my class, I know that I’m helping somebody else avoid that same struggle. It’s like I get to give people the shortcut I wish I had and I’m grateful to be in that position. I figured that if I could do something like web development, why not help other people do the same?

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I do still have a day job, and I’m glad for that right now. My co-workers are some of the best developers I’ve met, and I’m glad that they share little tidbits with me throughout the day. I’ve learned just how complex web development can be and some techniques to be a better developer. They show me that you really never stop learning this stuff, but you do get to see it evolve.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have things like lunch and learns where people volunteer to teach everybody else something they’ve learned. It could be related to web development, databases, dev ops, or anything else related to what we do. And there’s always food. We like to eat, so people bring in different things they’ve cooked for everybody to try.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Juggling multiple projects at work and managing my class in the evenings makes time management really hard sometimes. I still love my people, so I want to see them more, but that’s been a sacrifice more than I’ve liked. Talking to people is a challenge at times because I’m not the most social person.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Don’t start working without some kind of plan. Diving into the work without knowing exactly what the work will leave you with a lot of wasted time and money.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
It’s easier than it seems. Writing code gets lumped in with math and science when it’s not even closely related. Anybody that is willing to practice long even can become a great web developer. That’s really all it takes.

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:

Website: https://www.flippedcoding.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippedCoding
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlippedCoding/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/milecia-mcgregor-4560b194/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Brittan Leiser

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?
Brittan Leiser

What is your job role?
Financial Advisor, and blogger behind http://www.FinancialAdvisher.com

Tell us about your company?
One Seven is a Registered Investment Advisor located in Beachwood, Ohio. We are a team of financial planners and advisors who help our clients responsibly and strategically plan for their futures. One Seven builds relationships that build legacies around the things people genuinely care about — through a holistic commitment to personal and financial growth.

What do you love most about your job?
I am passionate about helping clients understand their financial options to achieve their true potential. I really enjoy cultivating strong relationships, solving complex problems, and feel most rewarded when I can help others prepare for and live their most meaningful lives.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I am a big believer in people and genuinely enjoy building and fostering relationships. I am very passionate about helping individuals understand their financial health and enjoy assisting them as they achieve their goals so that, ultimately, they can live the lives they have always imagined. Nothing is more rewarding to me than making someone live out their purpose and feel worthwhile.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I am always inspired by the work my co-workers do not only with their clients but also in the community. Several of our co-workers volunteer regularly and are committed to making a difference in any way that they can. Other co-workers of mine are making a difference in the lives of their clients. They help parents plan for the education needs of their children and also help individuals get started with a solid financial foundation.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We enjoy one another’s company. We keep the office environment very casual and aim to make the community a very welcome place.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
It is no secret that the stock market and economic conditions fluctuate rapidly. It can be a challenge to manage clients’ expectations and continue to build a realistic path forward.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I’ve learned that actually to understand a client’s true financial goals, you must listen…and I mean, actively listen! I have worked with clients before who felt fairly confident that they knew what course of action to take, but after I actively listened to what hopes and dreams they had in mind, I began to realize that what they say they valued differed greatly from what they actually needed. I learned a valuable lesson in that case that people (like the stock market) can be unpredictable and emotional about their finances. It is my job to ask the right questions and listen so that I can best provide recommendations that get to the root of what my clients need.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Ask questions. To me, the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask. If you’re just starting out, take the time to ask questions, read as much as you can, and truly listen to what your clients are saying. You’ll learn so much in the process that will help set you up for success later on.

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.weareoneseven.com – company website
www.FinancialAdvisHer.com – my personal financial blog for women
@FinancialAdvisHer – Instagram account

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ashley Ann

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?
Ashley Ann

What is your job role?
I assist small business owners, entrepreneurs,& startup companies in building and monetizing their Facebook, Instagram, & Live Stream platforms.

Tell us about your company?
Ashley Ann Speaks creates digital products and services. We consult, manage, and educate on business, strategy, growth, social media marketing, product creation, digital branding, funnels, ads, and target audience building.

What do you love most about your job?
My favorite part is helping so many people manifest their dreams. It is beyond fulfilling to watch our clients build their confidence, make sales, smash their goals, understand concepts, and get paid to do things they thoroughly enjoy.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love what I do. It is as simple as that. I just really love what I do.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I think the coolest thing about us is that we are from different parts of the country and the world. We are varying in ages and life experience. So we have many unique ways of viewing things and getting them done. I find that I’m incredibly inspired by their perspectives, creative suggestions, preferences, and communication styles.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have a super relaxed environment & pretty non-judgmental. I think everyone feels at ease because I make it clear that I have their backs and trust their decisions. I typically give the team freedom. I also ask for suggestions every week during the team meeting, & we have check-ins. Before I assign projects, I ask how comfortable everyone is with their task. I think this has lead to the team feeling empowered and confident, which has led to people also being empowered to be themselves, which leads to fun. We celebrate milestones, anniversary’s, birthdays, etc… We crack jokes & laugh about things in our day to day & We take annual trips together to just relax, go to concerts, play sports, ATVs, etc.. We also have different spiritual paths, but we come together and pray before we exit our team meetings. I think this has fostered a stronger bond among us. We have a safe environment, so we are comfortable with one another.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
One of the biggest challenges is bad projects. Everyone doesn’t work the way you do, and sometimes not as hard as you do, or they don’t have the same standards of quality. I have found myself participating in a few projects that I wished were ending sooner than later…
I also think the second is the troll culture that is involved on social media. When you put yourself out there on a public platform, you get fantastic people, but you also get some horrible & harsh keyboard thugs. Sometimes they say very sexual and inappropriate things or extremely racist things. I’m human, just like everyone else and on occasion I have days it catches me off guard & really has to work hard not to be offensive back.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The primary lesson I have learned is to define what each person’s role is and timelines clearly.

Having regular check-ins so everyone knows what they are doing and if any shifts or changes happen everyone can adjust.

Also clearly defining promotional expectations, so no one is disappointed or feels unsupported.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Do your research. Learning social media monetization is more than hashtags and photos. There is lots of information out there about strategy, software, tools, systems, and apps. If there is a term or concept, you don’t understand research or ask. Put together a plan so that you are not overwhelmed. Give your plan time to work & check to see how close to your benchmarks. Finally be consistent. I know it shows cliché, but be consistent with everything, your content, posting, hashtags, awareness campaigns, emails, call to actions, everything!

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.ashleyannspeaks.com
www.Instagram.com/KingAshleyAnn
www.Facebook.com/KingAshleyAnn
www.periscope.tv/KingAshleyAnn

Pop Quiz, Monday with Hasara Lay

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?
Hasara Lay

What is your job role?
Founder & Chief Explorer

Tell us about your company?
Catexplorer is a community, movement & lifestyle brand for people who explorer the world with their cats.

We’re pet owners who aim to give our cats the world, by taking them hiking, to bookstores, and even to brunch.

What do you love most about your job?
I love being able to provide a sense of belonging to so many people and enabling them to see what their cat is capable of.

Walking a cat is still something new, even though many people (including myself) have been doing it for a while. Catexplorer has enabled these people to connect with each other, share their challenges, experiences and lessons learnt.

Due to the support they have received via Catexplorer, many cats have had many firsts – the first walk, the first road trip, the first car ride and so much more. It has helped expand the boundaries of how we can give our cats the world.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
That’s easy – our community.

They are honestly the most supportive group of people who are so willing to share.

There are some incredible stories. We have members whose cats have helped them through mental health challenges. Some members volunteer at many animal shelters to help animals in need. Some cats are blind or have neurological disorders (in some cases both) and make the most of each day.

Being able to help each of these people and cats, even in a small way, makes my day.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
As a solo entrepreneur, I don’t necessarily have co-workers within Catexplorer.

However, I have been lucky to work with some amazing people to bring Catexplorer to life and to grow it.

I’m very picky about choosing the businesses I work with, as they need to believe in Catexplorer and have the same values.

I’ve been lucky, by being picky I have come across some incredible entrepreneurs. They each inspire me with how they utilise their skills, their creativity and how willing they are to go above and beyond for Catexplorer.

Catexplorer would not be what it is today without them.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I interact daily with our community and do my best to add a bit of humour to those interactions.

Honestly, this mostly happens at the expense of our cats, because everyone loves laughing about the silly things their cats do!

I also find that being able to laugh at myself helps too.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Being a solo entrepreneur can be lonely. It can be really tempting to keep all your cards close to your chest, not because you want to but because you are busy working on a project.

However, I have found that by bringing people into the plans of Catexplorer has helped this so much. Some of these people are very active members of our community, and I have found that they have been amazing in helping grow Catexplorer.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We recently launched the Catexplorer Podcast. Each episode we chat with a member of our community or an expert and they share their stories, tips and tricks and lessons learnt.

The idea for the podcast has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. However, I held back because I questioned whether it would interest anyone if anyone would want to listen to my voice and I didn’t know where to start.

However, the podcasting process has been one of the best parts of Catexplorer. Not only has it enabled me to connect to more members of our community, but it has also allowed me to involve them into the Catexplorer journey. And, people are listening to the podcast!

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

There are probably going to be things that you don’t know. But till you give it a go, you won’t have the opportunity to learn them.

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:
Website: www.catexplorer.co

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catexplorer.community/?hl=en

Podcast: https://www.catexplorer.co/podcast/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catexplorer.community/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/catexplorers