Pop Quiz, Monday with Gisela Bouvier

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?
Gisela Bouvier

What is your job role?
Corporate Wellness Dietitian & CEO of Mindfully Intuitive Nutrition

Tell us about your company?
Mindfully Intuitive Nutrition creates Nutrition Workshops and Corporate Wellness Programs for organizations with a focus on Mindful and Intuitive Eating. Mindful and Intuitive Eating is about helping individuals bring focus back to their hunger and fullness cues and honoring their bodies with the foods they want and need most. My goal is to make workplace (and lunch break) nourishment a priority again.

What do you love most about your job?
What I love about my job is witnessing the realization employees and companies have in that nutrition is far more than just calories and fruits and vegetables. I share different tools to help employees choose what works best for them when it comes to nutrition. Whether it is using the hunger scale, food journaling, plate size method, or something else, there are different tools created for different people. Tools help to optimize nutritional intake and also helps to make nourishment a priority again. Far too often, employees are eating at their desks or workspaces, stressfully or mindlessly grazing on snacks or spending hours without eating because they are too focused on getting job tasks done. This, in turn, means there is great potential for inadequate nutritional intake or overeating. By making meal time or snack time a priority again, we are able to honor our bodies with the energy that it needs, refocus on work tasks, and improve productivity.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love the “Aha” reactions I get every time I speak on nutrition. I do not ever speak to an organization and say “You can’t eat this” or “You have to eat that” for health. Instead, I say, “Think about what works for you, what you enjoy, and how YOU can optimize your health. Nutrition is about taking it one step at time, one day at a time, one meal at a time.”

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I do not have any co-workers, as I am a solopreneur. However, my clients inspire me. Their stories or them sharing with me where they struggle most when it comes to nutrition pushes me to think further on how I can help to improve and optimize their health.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Creating a motivating and entertaining environment with every employee group that I have allows me to have fun at work. I allow for open dialogue, storytelling, and finding new ways to share nutrition to keep employees engaged and motivated to make small steps to optimize their health.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Creating Employees Wellness Programs that are not solely focused on ‘Weight Loss’ and having organizations believe in my message is the greatest challenge my job has. My goal is to showcase that our health has different components and it is not only based on weight. However, because most current Employee Wellness Programs are focused primarily on weight, many companies are skeptical on my approach. However, 91% of the employees that have taken my programs ask for me to come back because I’ve helped them by bringing in positivity and demonstrating that health is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Initially, all of my Corporate Wellness Programs were 12 weeks long. I felt that 12 weeks was the minimum I needed to truly make an impact on employee health. However, I realized that not all companies or employees can dedicate 12 weeks. I now offer Lunch & Learn Workshops and 6-week programs so that it is more attainable for some companies and employees.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
My biggest advice is for them to know that no time is ever wasted. Sometimes we feel that our failures have meant that we wasted our time, but there is always a lesson to be learned. I used to focus on one-on-one counseling and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do because I like to impact several people at a time and it makes for a much more scalable business. However, I would have never known that had I not done it 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:

www.mindfullyintuitivenutrition.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mindfullyintuitivenutrition
Instagram: www.instagram.com/corporatenutritionist

Pop Quiz, Monday with Noel Moran, CEO at PFS

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?
Noel Moran

What is your job role?
My role as CEO is to continue to strive to elevate PFS as one of Europe’s leading FinTechs with global ambition.

Tell us about your company?
PFS is an agile FinTech chosen by other FinTechs. We are obsessed with innovation. We rapidly deliver world-class payment technology solutions to the market. The company recently won two of the most prestigious business awards in Europe – the RSM European Business Award for Digital Technology and the European CEO Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Payment Solutions industry. We would be one of the best-known challengers in the prepaid space.

What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy solving problems and creating more alternatives to cash for people, so there is much to love about FinTech. Today, people can open an electronic money account online – without ever needing to visit a traditional bank. You can easily link your account to a mobile and enable your smartphone for digital payments (Contactless). Financial Technology will continue to place innovation at the heart of payments in 2019. This makes it another exciting year for challengers like us pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve in a booming sector filled with new possibilities.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I have not worked in 10 years. I don’t see this job as work. I enjoy it so I see it as two things, firstly a hobby and secondly I am endeavouring to build a global business that will be the leader in the market for prepaid products and services. We have an opportunity to help many people via governments, NGOs, mobile phone companies, banks, corporate clients and FinTechs. This, in itself, is a motivating factor. We have a huge amount in the pipeline this year between an IPO, launching innovative new products and seeking licenses to expand into Asia and Africa. Today, we are live in 25 countries. By the end of this year, we hope this figure will be much higher.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My wife Valerie Moran has been by my side from the start as employee No.1 and continues to inspire me. In that time, we embarked on our own adventure going from boyfriend and girlfriend to husband and wife. Lee Britton, our Commercial Director, has been a great friend for many years and has a wealth of experience in the sector. Conor Doyle, our CTO and I go back a long way to our early days in traditional banking. In recent times, we have had to go on a hiring spree to meet the needs of a fast-growing business. My team inspire me in different ways all the time whether it is in the office or through work they get involved with in their communities.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Early December was a great example of this when everyone was gathered together from our 4 offices in 3 countries. It was an excellent weekend of activities in Ireland when all of the UK, Ireland and Malta teams enjoyed quality time together. In Malta, some of our Developers are in a basketball league that PFS sponsors – they keep winning games. Our Maltese colleagues also like to kick back and celebrate the successful completion of sprints at the end of each month with what they call monthly free beer Fridays. In Ireland, we have a sports and social club where regular events are organised throughout the year.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Regulation is a universal challenge for any financial institution. We continue to professionally navigate the many requirements that come with regulation as well as the various directives we must comply with. Brexit is a challenge for many FinTechs including ourselves and we have taken steps to minimise the transition.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of the biggest lessons I learned in the business related to outsourcing. Knowing what I now know, we should have had more in-house capabilities in the early days. It also makes sense from a cost savings perspective.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
PFS is ahead of other FinTechs as we have been in business longer and have a long track record of profitability. If at all possible, I would advise founders not to dilute their shareholding too much at the start. This can be a challenge, but it can make a significant difference if their business can survive long-term without running out of money.

Pop Quiz, Monday with Michael David Huey

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?
Michael David Huey

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

Tell us about your company?
We help men walk in purpose in their health, relationships, and business or even their ministry or Job.

What do you love most about your job?
Helping others.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The expectation of the lives that I get to impact and change.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team inspires me every day. They see where our brand is going and know the impact we are making.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We do videos and motivational teachings. I bring in lunch.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Patience. That’s it.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We are planning for a live event, and i’m grateful for several mentors that have helped us thru the process.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
To invest in coaches and mentors who have what you want, attend events and implement the information in the proper timing.

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.HeFluence.com
Michael David Huey on Facebook

Pop Quiz, Monday with Chandra Adusei

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?
Chandra Adusei

What is your job role?
Senior Managing Partner

Tell us about your company?
Veteran Wealth Partners is a financial education and implementation program for Veteran Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. Our mission is to serve Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners by providing innovative and alternative solutions to the traditional model of planning, scaling, and protecting a business.

We also partner with a variety of Veteran Resource Organizations and Non-Profits across the United States geared towards creating successful businesses within the Veteran Community.

Ultimately, we provide our clients with solutions and access to resources to help them win in business and in life.

What do you love most about your job?
I love knowing that I am helping them achieve their goals of leaving a legacy of service within their community.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
What motivates me is I get to work with some of the hardest working, dedicated individuals on the planet. Veterans have an amazing work ethic and a value system that is just wonderful to be a part of. I am constantly inspired by this community.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team inspires me because they are innovative, out of the box thinkers. They are constantly educating themselves on how to serve our clients better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Our team is remote and spread out across the country. It definitely makes for a relaxed work environment. We work hard, but we have fun doing it.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Some challenges we face are some Veteran Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs are resistant to taking their businesses online. Having a social media presence is an important part of being in business in 2019. Convincing them to increase their web presence can be quite a challenge!

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Attention to detail is critical. There are so many moving parts to supporting our business clients. Making sure our internal teams have their work prioritized is critical. I was working with one particular client in the retail industry. She asked us to help her with a retirement plan. One of my associates drafted the plan, and everything looked great. However, from my service in the military, it is ingrained in me to check things over multiple times throughout our business processes. As a result, we were able to get her an additional 30k in retirement income.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Put people first. Your success is tied to their success. If you are not doing everything in your power to help them reach their goals, then you shouldn’t be in this 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: https://www.veteranwealthpartners.com/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Claire E Jones

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?
Claire E Jones

What is your job role?
Founder/Owner at Clarifications Coaching LLC

Tell us about your company?
I offer NeuroLeadership and Wellness Coaching services. As a coach, I partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. I use the latest neuroscience research to inform my coaching practices so that we can harness the power of my clients’ minds to help them self-actualize.

What do you love most about your job?
I love facilitating Aha! Moments for my clients, when they discover an insight about themselves or a certain situation.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I am very passionate about personal development, and I truly think self-awareness can make the world a better place. When I can help people move beyond the reactionary and enact proactive changes, we all win.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
No coworkers.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I often play music and take silly dancing breaks throughout the day.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
It’s challenging to convince some people that developing self-awareness will help them in their lives. Often, people are taught to look externally for guidance and advice. But intrinsic motivation is by far the most effective way to succeed.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I learned a lot from my first business, founded in 2014. It was a retail store, so there was more funding, more overhead, and more man-hours required to run it. Doing a service business this time around is less stressful and allows more flexibility.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Take the time to self-reflect and personally develop yourself as well. The more you work those brain muscles for yourself, the better able you will be to 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.clarificationscoaching.com
IG @clarificationscoaching

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ben Wright

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?
Ben Wright

What is your job role?
Founder and CEO

Tell us about your company?
Velocity Global is the leading provider of global employment solutions that help businesses think beyond borders to confidently navigate the lifecycle of an international business. With its International PEO solution and unrivaled expertise in over 185 countries, companies can enter new markets nearly anywhere in the world quickly, efficiently, and compliantly.

What do you love most about your job?
Building new young leaders, providing them with opportunities, and empowering them to do great things has been extremely rewarding. Our sustained year-over-year growth is something no one thought would be possible. Growing and scaling a company is exceptionally challenging; however, it has allowed me to grow as a leader while cultivating other new leaders.

I also love interacting with our clients and employees around the globe and watching them succeed with our best-in-class customer service. And finally, I love the fact that we’re creating literally thousands of well-paying, white-collar jobs across the world (often in countries desperately in need of good jobs). These jobs allow workers to put food on their tables, roofs over their heads, schools for their children. That is extremely rewarding.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The daily challenge of continuing our growth and success. We’ve had an incredible run over the last four years, so trying to top this growth year-year is quite the test. I work with the best colleagues in the industry, and they inspire me every day. I learn from them, and they learn from me, plain and simple.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers take a genuine and purposeful approach to their work. Customer service is a top priority, and I have witnessed many instances when our employees go above and beyond for both our clients and the employees we support. They truly care about each other as well as those they impact on a daily basis. I’ve never worked with a group of people so absolutely dedicated to bringing their best every day in all aspects of their lives.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
My motto is: “We take our work seriously, but we refuse to be too serious at work.” Our team loves a good party and continually takes time to recognize and recharge. We have celebrated our team’s success with trips to Cuba, Mexico, and even a surprise band for our year-end holiday party this year. My favorite prank is the company-wide Slacks that go out when one of our colleagues inadvertently walks away from their open, unlocked computer.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Knowing when to step away from the details and empower someone else to make the decision. As a founder, I’ve continuously had to reinvent my role from doer to strategist and visionary. Each leap is difficult but necessary so that I don’t become the roadblock to our growth. Furthermore, it’s absolutely true when people say it can be lonely at the top. I’m incredibly open with my team about the good and the bad, but the hardest decisions ultimately rest with the CEO, and that’s what can make it lonely.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Even the best intentions and collaboration can’t overcome misalignment. We were working on an important technological improvement to take our company to the next level of scale, and that improvement touched multiple areas of our business with multiple platforms. We divided the platforms by the functional areas, and people began developing the next-generation environment. The problem was that, despite our close collaboration, each division built their environments in a silo and we had major gaps (and duplication) when it came to integration. We learned an important lesson that centralizing ownership and oversight would have prevented what resulted in a fair amount of rework.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Relish in the fast-moving environment and be open to change. Sometimes it feels as though the industry changes monthly, and that can be stressful; however, the growth opportunities are what makes you leap out of bed each morning. Trust in the process and be open to constantly learning. We don’t gain courage or experience by being happy and comfortable every day.

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.velocityglobal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VelocityGlobal/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/velocity_global
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/velocity-global-llc/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Thomas Young

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?
Thomas Young

What is your job role?
I am the CMO. I oversee all of our various marketing initiatives, from branding to digital media, to working with our multiple partners. However, since we are a young company, there are always times when it is necessary to roll up your shirt sleeves and do whatever it is that needs to be done. Sometimes that is answering customer service tickets, helping with customer onboarding, or working with our engineering team to QA test new features.

Tell us about your company?
Rocket Dollar allows our clients to use their retirement funds to invest in any asset class allowed by the IRS. We set up self-directed IRA and 401(k) accounts, that gives investors checkbook control of their retirement savings to invest in real estate, startups, private equity, tax liens, or anything else that is not on the prohibited list of investments, as defined by the IRS.

What do you love most about your job?
My team. It sounds cliche, but when my co-founders and I started Rocket Dollar, I knew that the product we were selling was incredibly powerful but new to the majority of folks in the country. It would be impossible to build the company we envision without the amazing team we’ve assembled in the past year.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Continuing the build the company that I know Rocket Dollar can become. As a young company, we did not inherit anything, and every new initiative we take on is being built from scratch, which is incredibly rewarding. The one thing I am confident in is that every day, I will learn something new from one of my colleagues, customers, or partners.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By being incredibly good at their respective roles. Across all departments of our company, from engineering, sales, operations, and my marketing team, it is incredibly inspiring to work with people at the absolute top of their game.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We spend more time in the office than I think any one of us would care to admit, which leads to a lot of great bonding opportunities. We’re also a bunch of self-proclaimed foodies, which means there’s always a group willing to take a mid-day break to try out the latest and greatest food around town.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Being a new B2C company in the financial space, especially the retirement space comes with a host of challenges. Retirement is a sensitive topic to many people, and rightfully so.

For us at Rocket Dollar, we find ways to build trust with our customers continually. We are asking them to think about their retirement savings in a new light, and that takes overcoming many years of being told what to do with their money from parents, colleagues, as well as big players in the retirement space.

On a separate note, the retirement space has a few giants, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and others. Marketing against them on a startup budget means we can’t outspend them. We get to come up with creative ways to reach people, and educate them, without spending a fortune. It’s challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
That execution is everything. It is easy to come up with grand ideas, and get excited about them, but without executing the idea, nothing ever happens.
I’ve worked with incredibly bright, creative people who came up with outstanding initiatives, that never happened. Coming with an idea is only about 5% of the work. The rest is execution, and continuing to do something even when the fun part has passed, and all that is left to do is the work that it will take to see the original idea come to fruition.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
To read and follow those in the industry you admire. The nice thing about the finance industry is that there is no shortage of thought leaders. However, that also leaves a lot of room for noise, and cutting through that noise, and focusing on whom you want to become is incredibly important.

Spend your time studying, reading, and learning, and you’ll accelerate the achievement of your goals. There is some debate as to who actually said the following quote, but it is one of my absolute favorites, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

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.rocketdollar.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocket-dollar-inc/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocket-dollar-inc

Pop Quiz, Monday with Phillip B. Goldfine

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?
Phillip B. Goldfine

What is your job role?
Film, Television, and Broadway Producer

Tell us about your company?
I’m the founder of Hollywood Media Bridge, a film and television studio based on the Universal Pictures lot, in Hollywood, California with close to 100 film credits and numerous television series. I was born in the Bay Area, but always had a fantasy about being in “Hollywood.” After high school, I moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and never left. I worked my way up in the industry as an unpaid intern, and I’ve been working in the industry ever since.

What do you love most about your job?
I love to entertain. Whether it be by an emotional film like “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” or “The Last Word,” an entertainment television series like “Lawman” or a fantastic take on “Tootsie” for Broadway.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love what I do. Simple as that.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By watching others achieve astronomical success. Not only am I happy for them, but it also inspires me to do better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Most of us in the company have been together for quite some time. Thus, we’re very close and best friends. Let’s just say there’s a lot of joking that goes on in our office, but at the end of the day, we’re all focused on making inspiring entertainment.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Making a good product. Your intention is always to aim for the stratosphere. But there may be something out of your control. We just reset and aim to make the best film or television program we can.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Can’t say it enough. Hire the right people! We once did a movie with people who were very successful in both film and television, but they didn’t have the passion for our project. As a result, I think it hurt the project. It was still successful, but I feel that if the talent had the passion for the project, it would have been a gigantic hit. The lesson again: Hire the right people.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Persist, persist, persist. No matter what anyone says. You know what you want. You just have to have faith that you’ll get 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:

http://phillipgoldfine.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PhilGoldfineEP/
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0325605/

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 Rory Crawford

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?
Rory Crawford

What is your job role?
I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of BevSpot. I run day-to-day operations and am involved in all aspects of the business.

Tell us about your company?
BevSpot builds easy-to-use online technology solutions for the global food and beverage industry. Through BevSpot’s food and beverage management software, customers can take control of their entire operation–from the bar to kitchen–on any device, all saved to the cloud.

What do you love most about your job?
Every day is more challenging than the last, and the job never gets old because it is constantly changing. Going from idea to product to business is an incredibly challenging journey, and it always keeps me fully engaged.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The sheer size of the opportunity in front of us to empower millions of people every day with beautiful and easy to use mobile software in one of the largest industries in the world. In addition, the challenge incumbent in helping one of the most antiquated industries in the world adopt and benefit from mobile software is extremely motivating. It is not easy and every day is a challenge, and that is very motivating.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with many amazing people. Early on it was my Co-Founders’ ability to roll with the punches and stay positive through the inevitable ups and downs of a very early stage company. Now I’m more inspired by my co-workers’ hard work and extreme focus on succeeding as a company. These co-workers inspire me every day to be better, and that is incredibly important in helping maintain high energy and effort year after year.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We’ve got a great team of fun people. Most important is finding opportunities to make jokes and have fun and make sure we aren’t taking things too seriously. There is a lot of pressure and intensity working at a startup so finding opportunities to lighten the mood is always important. We do so in meetings, on calls, or at all-hands events. We also make sure we are scheduling enough social time for the team to spend together to get to know each other and develop a comfort level where employees can be themselves in the office and develop strong relationships with each other.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Learning on the fly. Especially as a first-time Co-Founder and CEO the truth is this is my first rodeo. Everything I am learning I am learning on the fly. And while I try to surround myself with great mentors and experienced CEOs that can help me develop I find that most of the lessons have to come the hard way on the job. This can be very difficult to deal with because I can’t help but feel like I am letting the team down as I make mistakes, and this is certainly one of the largest challenges of the job.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned from many projects is that it is a marathon and not a sprint and that things almost always take more time than you think (whether it be a sales initiative, marketing initiative, product initiative, etc.). This means it’s important to set your expectations appropriately so that you aren’t demoralizing yourself or the team when it does take longer, and it’s also important to incorporate into your budgeting and plans to ensure you are providing enough time for things to develop. I have learned this the hard way a number of times, unfortunately.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Make sure that whatever product or service you are delivering to your customers in this industry is as simple and easy to use as possible. The F&B industry is an incredibly challenging industry, especially at the restaurant level, which means that anything you are trying to deliver must be very easy to use, simple to implement, and highly valuable. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to bring your product and service to market.

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.bevspot.com
twitter: @bevspot
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/bevspot/
facebook: www.facebook.com/BevSpot/

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 Marc Andre

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?
My name is Marc Andre.

What is your job role?
I’m self-employed as an internet marketer, and I’ve been doing this full-time since 2008. During that time I’ve done several different things like freelance writing, marketing and SEO for clients, but the major focus of my business has been to build and maintain my own websites and blogs.

I’ve never had any employees, but I have worked with a number of freelancers over the years for different tasks involved with my websites or the products sold on those websites. My role involves doing whatever I can and then outsourcing the work that I don’t do well (usually web development and design) or that I don’t have time for (sometimes writing content for the blogs).

Tell us about your company?
I’ve had sites on several different topics like web/graphic design, photography, travel, and finance, so the business has touched a lot of different industries.

I’ve sold several of my sites in the past, so currently I’m really only working in the finance industry. My current project is a personal finance blog, VitalDollar.com.

Generally, I’ve been able to choose the types of things that I want to work on, and I’ve created websites/blogs on the topics that I enjoy.

As a one-person operation, I work for home. It’s been great to be able to work from home for more than ten years now, which gives me some added flexibility in my schedule.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I’m able to work on the things that I enjoy. Photography was a hobby of mine. I started a photography blog, so I’d be able to spend more time on that hobby, and it turned into a really good experience that generated a full-time income for several years (I sold my last photography-related website in 2018).

I also like the flexibility that I have in my schedule. I have two young kids, and my work gives me the flexibility to see them during the day. I’m also able to take time off of work for activities at their school and pre-school, or occasionally take unplanned days off to do something as a family.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The biggest motivation is just being able to provide for my family. My wife has been a stay-at-home mom since we became parents, so we’re a single-income family.

Aside from that, I’m also motivated by the challenges of running an online business, and I enjoy seeing and experiencing growth. I get to learn and experience new things all the time, which helps to keep things fresh and exciting.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work from home, and by myself, so I don’t have any co-workers. I know a lot of people would really miss the personal interaction, but I enjoy working on my own, and I find that I’m able to be more productive and able to focus easier.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
There are a few ways I have fun at work. My son is 3-years-old. He’s in pre-school, but it’s only a few hours a week, so he’s home most of the time. I have fun by playing with him for a little while at lunch every day. That’s a privilege that many fathers don’t have.

Another highlight for me is being able to take short breaks and go for a walk around the block. I live in a quiet neighborhood with a lot of trees and nature, so it’s really peaceful and relaxing to simply take 10 minutes and walk around the block. I try to do that twice each day.

For several years I made the majority of my income from running websites/blogs related to photography. That allowed me to take work-related trips that were a lot of fun. I visited and photographed a few national parks, as well as many state parks and other places closer to home. Those days that involved hiking and photography were probably the most fun days of work I’ve ever had.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge for me is time management. There are always 100 different things I could be doing, and I have no boss to tell me what to work on. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is most urgent or important. It’s also hard to stay focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by all of the other things I could be doing with my websites.

Another challenge is the fact that things change so quickly in the world of internet marketing. Social media platforms, Google search algorithms, technology, and even the competitive landscape can all change very quickly. I have to be able to stay on top of things and adapt when needed.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I’ve learned a lot through the process of selling several different websites. One of the main lessons is that online businesses have value and there are a lot of investors who are interested in buying. The popularity of online businesses has grown, and that makes it more of a seller’s market than it was just a few years ago. If you have a website that makes a good profit and you can expect that profit to continue in the future, that’s an asset that you can sell.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
For anyone who is starting out with internet marketing, my advice would be to take your time and don’t rush things. I worked on my business part-time for the first year and a half, while I still had a full-time job. Once it got to the point where I felt comfortable leaving my job, I made the leap to full-time self-employment.

There are a lot of ways that you can get started part-time. You don’t need to quit your existing job or take a big risk 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:

https://vitaldollar.com
https://twitter.com/vital_dollar

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
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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