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 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 Jen Obermeier

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Jen Obermeier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

https://proorganizerstudio.com/

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

Pop Quiz, Monday with Amber Renae

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Amber Renae

What is your job role?
Boss Babe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
Website: http://www.amberrenae.com/freedom-class
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theamberrenae
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theamberrenae

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ande Lyons

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Ande Lyons

What is your job role?
Founder, Startup Mentor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before you choose a name for the business…

Before logos and graphics…

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

You need to develop a clear and compelling Brand Promise.

This strategy is the foundation of every successful business.

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
http://andelyons.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andelyons/
https://www.instagram.com/ande_lyons/
https://twitter.com/AndeLyons
https://www.spreaker.com/show/ande-lyons-show

Pop Quiz, Monday with Julie Singh

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?
Julie Singh

What is your job role?
Owner, Co-Founder

Tell us about your company?
TripOutside.com allows customers to discover top outdoor destinations, compare rental pricing, and rent the gear they need to experience them. No more searching for and contacting shops, checking gear availability, booking over the phone, waiting for bikes, skis, and kayaks to be prepared, and tedious waiver processes. Customers find their favorite activities and destinations on TripOutside.com and book their gear online quickly and easily. The equipment will be waiting at the outfitter, getting customers to their adventure faster.

TripOutside.com works with outfitters of all sizes, and whether they have an existing online booking solution or not, the TripOutside marketplace provides an additional marketing channel for more gear rental bookings. TripOutside helps outfitters rent unused equipment while saving them time and effort in the shop. Our motto is: You Get More Rental Bookings, We Do All the Work.

What do you love most about your job?
TripOutside.com is a completely digital company, and we are able to work from wherever we are… which is usually in the mountains! We are able to focus on our passions and get more people outdoors and adventuring. We travel full-time and gather information on the best outdoor destinations for our customers to bike, hike, paddle, ski and more.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
We work on what we are passionate about – outdoor adventure. Being passionate about your work is truly critical – it doesn’t feel like work! We love knowing that we are making it easier for people to explore and enjoy the outdoors, and allowing them to spend more time doing what they love.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My closest co-worker is my husband, Reet. We co-founded TripOutside.com together. We balance each other’s strengths well. I am inspired by his creativity – he has come up with some of our best features like our price comparison tools. He relies on me to manage the financials of the business. Having opposite strengths means we really respect and value each other.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
To keep things fun, we head to the outdoors. Getting outside and biking or hiking a mountain, or paddling a clear glacial lake really puts things in perspective. We are reminded why we started TripOutside.com and nature always brings out our best ideas!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Being a marketplace, we have two very different customers: outfitters and end users. We need to understand both fully – what they are looking for, where they spend their time online, how to market to them, etc. We spent a ton of time talking to outfitters and customers early on to understand their challenges and how we can help. We learned a ton, and it even resulted in an early pivot in our business plan.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We work with contractors a lot and hire from sites like Upwork. Finding good contractors is always a challenge, and we’ve gone through our fair share. We’ve learned that we can’t hire solely based on their profile and reviews – these can be misleading. Instead, we do a small project with them first to see how they do, and sometimes we give the same project to 2 or 3 different people to see who completes it best. This helps us make sure we hire the best people!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Outdoor adventure is growing in popularity, and changes in technology are happening fast. There is still tons of opportunity, so find your niche and focus on providing what your customers need – and don’t give up!

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.tripoutside.com
IG – @trip.outside
FB – TripOutside

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sandy Yong

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Sandy Yong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

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

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kamyar Shah

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Kamyar Shah

What is your job role?
Remote COO & Remote CMO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Site: https://kamyarshah.com/

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

Pop Quiz, Monday with Matthew Burr

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Matthew Burr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
https://burrconsultingllc.com/
http://burrconsultingllc.com/whats-new-in-hr/
https://www.facebook.com/burrllc/
https://twitter.com/Burrconsulting
https://meritpages.com/matthewwburr
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-upstate-hr-podcast/id1244752507?mt=2

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sarah Mooney

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Sarah Mooney

What is your job role?
Digital Marketing Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

www.remitr.com
@myremitr

Pop Quiz, Monday with Kenny Li

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Kenny Li

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Website: https://worthyt.io
Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsworthyt
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Pop Quiz, Monday with Ali Payani

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?
Ali Payani

What is your job role?
Chief Executive Officer

Tell us about your company?
A Data-Driven Digital Marketing Agency. Experts in website design, marketing strategy, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Pay Per Click ads, Email Marketing and so much more for small to midsize businesses.

What do you love most about your job?
Growth challenges for both our agency and clients. In the digital world, we should be always ahead of others and make sure that we set up the right digital marketing strategy.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Growing LookinLA and makes it a top digital marketing agency in the world. We are growing very fast, and I should make sure that our strategy is working well and the quality of services are improving every day.

There are many challenges that we are facing every day, finding the right strategy and solutions is a challenge that makes me motivated to get up every day and work on all weekends too. There is no distraction. All is about growing the company and also help other businesses grow.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
With hard work and paying attention to the details. In marketing services, being creative and delivering a high quality of service matter. I inspired by my team when I see they are working hard to make LookinLA a successful agency and working harder on client’s strategy and services to make their business a winning one.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Well, I don’t get free times a lot, but for a break, we play ping pong sometimes with the team.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Speed, creativity, quality.
Producing high-quality contents and delivering the right digital marketing strategy for our clients are challenging.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
To know what exactly your target audience is looking for and make sure that you are implementing every right tools and service to get their attention. Meanwhile, working hard to improve the quality of your services, you should always be up to date and provide services that your business and clients can get benefits from them.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
To have a plan and make sure that you have a specialty in at least three services. Being a data-driven agency also is an advantage. You can’t work with traditional marketing tactics, and you have to learn the latest technologies and tactics.

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.LookinLA.com
www.facebook.com/LookinLA
www.Twitter.com/LookinLA
www.Instagram.com/LookinLa

Pop Quiz, Monday with Milecia McGregor

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Milecia McGregor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

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