Running A Small Business Is Stressful

If feels like stating the obvious but running a small business may be one of the most stressful things in the world. In larger businesses – responsibility is shared for most things. But in a small business, one person often carries nearly all of the weight.

That doesn’t mean, however, that running a small business has to be stressful. There are ways to improve productivity and lower your costs without being stressful for you. Here’s how:

Create A Clear Vision Of What You Want

I’m not talking about writing a fancy vision statement (as marketing departments love to do) but I am suggesting that you visualize what “success” looks like within your business’s context.

After all, if you don’t know what it looks like, how will you know when you get there? Also, it’s important because it allows you to build a series of sense checks for decision making.

If you can see where your future lays, you can ask, “Does this action bring us/me any closer to the future I envisioned? If not, why not? Should I let this go or make changes in my vision?”

You can, of course, change your vision but most of the time, you won’t want to. Knowing where you want to go, lets you see the route more easily. It lets you stop wasting time on things that aren’t important to your business. The more time you free up to do important things, the less stressed you will be.

It will also improve productivity (you’ll have more time to do things) and reduce costs (you won’t spend money on pointless pursuits). Pretty easy, right?

Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Help

You are not superhuman. No one person can have all the skills and talents necessary to make a successful business in today’s society.

Do not be afraid to seek help. You might want a mentor (someone who has succeeded in your field or a related field already) who can help guide you through the growing pains of your business life. Reach out to a professional association or via Linked In or a local networking group – these people not only exist but are often delighted to help.

You might need an answer to a quick query (you’d be amazed at how easy it is to find an expert online and get a response instantly) or anywhere in between these two points.

It’s also possible to outsource the tasks you hate the most or at which you suck the most. Life can feel much better if you can give the accounting to an accountant or the mailing to a postal outsourcing service.

You don’t have to do everything. You do need the help of others. It’s not embarrassing to realize this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – humans are social creatures, we’re happiest in groups. Forming a group of people around you to help with your business is the smartest thing you can do. Start today.

Pop Quiz, Monday with Connie Chi

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?
Connie Chi

What is your job role?
Founder + CEO

Tell us about your company?
The Chi Group and award-winning marketing agency humanizing brands through experiences

What do you love most about your job?
I love the diversity of creating innovative experiences for my clients.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The fact that every day is like an adventure you never know what to expect or what you’ll learn.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
The courage that they demonstrate to think outside of the box is a huge inspiration for me.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We always leave the door open for everyone to make suggestions on things to do. As an agency that prides itself on creativity that also needs to be translated to our team.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
When it comes to building creative experiences for our clients, you have to be flexible enough to make real-time changes which can be challenging when because you never know what to expect.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The biggest lesson, when you create for customers what you envision as the outcome sometimes isn’t always the case. You need to be able to take the feedback and make changes.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
I would say definitely have the courage to think differently and create differently. There’s no right or wrong answer, but you need to be strategic in how you create/execute your ideas.

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.thechigroup.co
Insta: @thechigroup
Twitter @thechigroup

Pop Quiz, Monday with Matt Holmes

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?
Matt Holmes

What is your job role?
Founder / CEO

Tell us about your company?
Handshakin.com helps real estate contractors shake hands with more local customers.

What do you love most about your job?
That my company is online and we are a fully remote team.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The exciting fact that we are building referral websites on domains that we own, and our portfolio is increasing in value, all while we’re making money monthly from the leads that the websites produce.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By bringing up new ideas that help us improve business processes.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
One to two times per year we have a team retreat in the Philippines where everyone gets to actually spend time in person and catch up on business goals.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Fully remote team means everyone works around the clock and in different time zones. Without wifi, we die.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
If it doesn’t work right away, just keep experimenting until it starts to work.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Buy domains before you’re ready to build a website on them.

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

www.handshakin.com
www.mattholmes.io
facebook.com/holmematt
instagram.com/handshakin

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ladan Davia

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?
Ladan Davia

What is your job role?
CEO

Tell us about your company?
Beeya is a search engine for jobs that hosts all jobs from other platforms, in one place. We then use AI and machine learning to show job applicants which jobs they should apply for.

What do you love most about your job?
I love connecting with people and solving a problem. Finding a job shouldn’t be this hard, and hopefully, Beeya can help people with their job search.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love seeing the difference Beeya makes in people’s lives. I love hearing feedback, even negative, and creating a product that has a positive impact. Innovating is what motivates me to get up and go to work every day.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
They inspire me by bringing new ideas to the table and working as a collaborative group. I love hearing their ideas and seeing what we can come up with together. You always move faster if you work as a team.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We really just talk and get to know each other. I try to bring fun in everything we do so that the long hours we work, don’t feel like work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Marketing with a limited budget is always challenging, but we’ve come up with a lot of creative ways to get around spending a lot of money. I think financing is always somewhat of an issue for any small business.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
“People only respect what you inspect.” In business, it’s important to inspect every inch of it, especially in the beginning.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Have a good engineering team!

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.beeya.com
Instagram and Facebook : @beeyaofficial
Linkedin, @beeya

Pop Quiz, Monday with Salman Aslam

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?
Salman Aslam

What is your job role?
CEO at Omnicore

Tell us about your company?
Omnicore is a healthcare digital marketing agency. We were born out of search as we understood the importance of intent based inquiry and still to date, it is one of our sharpest skillsets. The proof is in the pudding as we rank #1 for Healthcare Digital Marketing Agency.

Over the years we’ve added more services to become the go-to agency for healthcare professionals for the digital marketing needs.

We are a full-service agency that responds to the challenges modern brands face with a data-driven and results-oriented approach to digital marketing.

What do you love most about your job?
Digital marketing is an exciting industry and every day we learn something new. To be able to learn and execute new strategies, along with the dynamic nature of the industry is something that I love the most.
Every day is a new challenge, and the most rewarding thing is that we stand by the work we do and the results we deliver for our clients.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Working in an exciting industry as digital marketing is something that drives me every day. I love what I do, and the ability to test and experiment makes it even more exciting.

Also, after having done this for a decade, we’ve built specific skillsets that allows us to make a difference in our client’s business and that is very rewarding.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We are a remote agency, and that means we have people working with us from different parts of the world, each with their own unique stories and flavor which they add to the team and gives us the inspiration and motivation to keep doing what we do and get better every day.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have weekly hangout sessions where all of us get on and have a fun time sharing interesting stories and whatever we’ve learnt that particular week.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
With a limited barrier to entry, it is hard to stand out and be different from anyone else in the market.

Being a remote agency has enabled us to grow faster whilst staying lean, but it has a few challenges of its own and finding good talent is one of them.

Another challenge is to keep investing in training as strategies get old, we need to stay on top of where the market is heading and how we can deliver success.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Learning when to quit is equally important as it is to stay persistent. Over the years we’ve worked on personal projects, and while some has been very successful, there have been times when the business just doesn’t take off.

Recently we called quits on a project we worked on for a year in a new space but decided it was time to wind it up in favor of another project that has given us positive returns from day one.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Every day you’ll learn something new, and that is the attitude you should keep. Experiment, fail, and then experiment some more and eventually you’ll develop skills that will be of value.

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.omnicoreagency.com/
https://twitter.com/AskSalmanAslam/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Drew Bilbe

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?
Drew Bilbe

What is your job role?
Co-Founder and CEO of Nexba Beverages

Tell us about your company?
Nexba is Australia’s leading Naturally Sugar-Free beverage innovator, on a mission to provide everyday Aussies with great tasting soft drinks that combat the perils of our nation’s sugar epidemic. Our beverages offer a Naturally Sugar-Free – no sugar and no artificial – solution to traditional soft drinks without compromising on taste. We have come a long way since selling our first iced teas out the back of a van and having cracked the major supermarkets in Australia, have recently taken our brand to one of leading health-conscious markets in the world, the UK.

What do you love most about your job?
The best thing about my job is to help drive Australia’s (and now UK’s!) soft drink innovation. Health maintenance shouldn’t be difficult nor a chore, and it’s extremely rewarding receiving such positive feedback from our customers on our products; we’ve had a huge army of supporters since day one, and their loyalty to the brand never fails to make me feel like we are really achieving something big here. Australians shouldn’t need to go above and beyond to lead a healthy lifestyle yet diabetes remains the biggest health challenge currently being faced. Actively being part of the innovation process in the Naturally Sugar-Free movement and therefore having a positive impact on our nation’s health is the reason me and my team turn up every day.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
As I mentioned before actively being part of the innovation process in the Naturally Sugar-Free movement and therefore having a positive impact on our nation’s health is the reason me and my team turn up every day. Naturally, Sugar-Free drinks aren’t a fad – they are here to stay. As consumers are growing not only more health conscious but also more aware of corporate agendas in the FMCG marketplace, here at Nexba we feel responsible for delivering the best quality better-for-you options combined with flavour innovations to really give people products that deliver on the health side but also the taste side. The resources are there to create these products, and we are more than happy to spearhead the movement!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
All that Nexba has achieved to date have really been a team effort. We’re a small team, many of us have been here since the early days, including my ‘brother-in-law’ Troy who is currently championing the international expansion of the brand. My co-workers are well-driven and share my passion for FMCG innovation. We’re all inspired by our loyal Nexba fans which push us to keep bringing out new products.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
As one half of the ‘Aussie Boys’, here at Nexba, we try to minimise formality and keep things lighthearted. We have a great company culture, and the advantage of having a small team means we know each other really well and take all the wins as team achievements – every one of us has a role to play. We love having catch ups and banter around the office, and of course, playing table tennis.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Without a doubt, our biggest challenge is brand awareness and increasing household penetration. The beverage category is controlled by a huge multinational company that has very deep pockets, so it’s really important that we innovate and stay ahead of our competition. Being nimble and listening to our customers has been key to our success.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of the biggest lessons I have learnt in a health beverage company is to take all the time you need to develop the right product. Innovation is difficult. It takes time, money and effort and cutting corners or releasing a product before it’s ready will prevent you from unlocking its potential. Ultimately, it’s worth taking extra time to perfect your formula.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Don’t be afraid of failure. It’s the ultimate learning tool within innovation.

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.nexba.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrinkNexba/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nexba/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nexba?lang=en

Pop Quiz, Monday with Phil La Duke

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?
Phil La Duke

What is your job role?
Business Consultant and Author

Tell us about your company?
My startup company became so successful so rapidly I was invited to join a Global, $ billion consulting firm as a partner. The firm has over 6,000 employees, over 200 offices in 41 countries and is growing every day. I also am an author for Marriah Publishing and am working on my third book.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the interaction with others in my field. I have great colleagues and love both company for which I work and the people associated with it. I am afforded the opportunity to work on diverse projects and with an incredibly diverse and interesting customer base.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I always tell young people that if it’s fun, they charge admission, but in my case, I really get excited about my work. Whether I am conducting groundbreaking research that has me talking to people from all over the world, or making sure that movie productions are as safe as possible, every day is different, and every day I learn something new. I have had jobs that were just drudgery and having one that consistently excites you is really a joy.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My coworkers are some of the best minds working in their field. I remember talking to a colleague that I had just met. She does archeological impact studies (making sure that oil exploration doesn’t inadvertently destroy precious scientific relics) I asked how she got into it, and she said, “well I’m an astrophysicist by education, but as I did that kind of work I didn’t find it intellectually fulfilling. I have always like dinosaurs, so I decided to go back to school and get another doctorate in archeology, and now here I am, and I love it.” If you are secure, it feels good to be the dumbest person in the room and at my job that is usually the case. What’s more, nobody is condescending or lords it over you. It’s a very learning-centric environment.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
If it’s fun, they charge admission and show me someone who isn’t occasionally frustrated by his or her job, and I will show you someone who either doesn’t take it seriously or just flat out doesn’t do his or her job. What I most like is that we don’t have cornball “team building exercises” we get together to barbecue, go to dinners, have holiday parties, and the like. There isn’t much prank-playing as that’s really not appropriate work behavior. We have fun because most of us genuinely like each other and enjoy the work. We have a good culture of collaboration and good leaders.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Working at home 3.5 hours from my office can often makes me feel isolated and paranoid. It can make me feel unvalued even though nothing can be further from the truth. =

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I was once asked by the COO of the company I was working at asked me to help him with a problem. He was a voracious reader and often bought business books for his staff which they never read (except me. You don’t survive long unless you know what your executives are reading. Anyway, I thought of a book club where we could go off-site and relax and talk about the latest book he had read. The COO loved the idea, I loved the idea, and it was a monumental flop. I learned then and there that if you love an idea more than the customer (internal or external) you will always fail and you will always be disappointed.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Hard work alone will not get you success. You have to have a great attitude AND work hard. Also, don’t push for success, let success come to you.

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:

Twitter @Philladuke


https://www.amazon.com/Lone-Gunman-Rewriting-Workplace-Prevention/dp/1945853158/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548528464&sr=8-1&keywords=lone+gunman+rewriting+the+handbook


https://www.amazon.com/Phil-La-Duke/e/B07G799XC6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1


https://www.amazon.com/Phil-La-Duke/e/B07G799XC6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1
www.philladuke@wordpress.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Michael David Huey

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

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

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Michael David Huey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.HeFluence.com
Michael David Huey on Facebook

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ben Wright

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

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

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Ben Wright

What is your job role?
Founder and CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Quiz, Monday with 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 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 Kasey Grim

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

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

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Kasey Grim

What is your job role?
Owner + Photographer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.instagram.com/fracturedfamephotography

Pop Quiz, Monday with Deborah Sawyerr

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

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

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Deborah Sawyerr

What is your job role?
Money Literacy Educator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Quiz, Monday with Suzanne Garber

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

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

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Suzanne Garber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
https://www.gauze.net
https://www.twitter.com/gauzehealth
https://www.facebook.com/GauzeHealth/

Pop Quiz, Monday with 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 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 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