In episode 49, I interview Dana and Mark Hitjakes, who work hard to help other small businesses thrive while building a video production business of their own. Mark and Dana also have two kids and have a lot of great things to say about balancing their career and their family.
Dana and Mark don’t just balance their work and home life - they integrate it. The two of them can’t really be separated.
Dana and Mark’s kids have seen it all - from the beginnings of the business to where the two of them are today, and that’s helped raise their confidence about what they can do when they grow up.
Children and having a family gives entrepreneurs a real reason to work hard and achieve their dreams.
Find Mark and Dana at their webite, SoSu.tv or on social media.
In episode 42, I talk to JV Crum III, who, among a laundry list of other impressive accomplishments, is the founder and CEO of the Conscious Millionaire Institute LLC and host of the Conscious Millionaire Podcast.
At 25, JV had just enough money to realize it wasn’t the answer. This stemmed his growth into the Conscious Millionaire.
It doesn’t come all at once. You have to work to give yourself time for you. If you don’t take the time to take care of yourself, physically or emotionally, you’ll never be who you could be.
JV has taken great strides to take care of his business as well as his health in his journey to balance his life between work and self.
In episode 37, I talk to Greg Lintz, who is married to an entrepreneur. Greg talks about the difficulties and challenges, as well as the great rewards, of being married to a woman who started her own business.
Greg is married to one of my business partners, and he’s got a typical job while she’s self employed. He and his wife have one child together, and Greg’s all about having fun and being active.
Greg was raised to believe that going into your own business was risky, scary, and insecure, and so it was difficult to figure out what it meant when his wife went into business for herself. On the flip side, his wife gets to spend more time with their son than the traditionally-employed parent does, and her income is potentially much greater due to the unlimited nature of it all.
Greg and his wife work together to keep the stress down when business is tough. Instead of working against each other, they talk it out and come up with plans and strategies together to keep their family and their life together.
The biggest win for Greg is seeing how happy his wife is at the end of the day, especially compared to how she was when she was traditionally employed. Without the stress, they’re both happier and their life is infinitely better.
Be mindful of the lack of control the standard-employed endure. Business owners have more control of their job and their day than those of us who work for other people. That’s stressful, and it can be easy to forget about that when you’re caught up in your business.
In episode 37, Norman Smith joins us to talk about entrepreneurship and parenting, specifically the biggest challenges and what it takes to succeed.
Norman has 30 years of experience in executive management, specializing in startups, cutting edge innovations, and international business development. He’s founded nine successful startups and assists young startups get going. He’s also has a ton of kids!
A willingness to consider and take risks, passion and love for what you’re doing, recognition that you don’t know what you don’t know, and surrounding yourself in experts.
Norman’s biggest win as a parent watching his children have clarity on what they want and where they’re going and thrive as contributing members of society doing what they love.
The remarkable, creative nature of human beings is Norman’s biggest inspiration. If there are 6 billion people on the planet, there are 6 billion ideas, and they all matter. People continue to try new things, and he’s inspired by how creative they are.
You can find Norman at The Cube at Midtown in Reno, NV. He’s one of the directors there, and spends most of his time mentoring companies. Email Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Episode 34, I interview Keri Lehmann, a self-employed parent who runs a skin-care product business, Savvy Boheme, while wrangling three amazing kids. Learn more about Keri’s biggest wins as a parent, as a business owner, and what she does to take care of herself in the midst of it all.
Keri knows what it’s like first-hand to start a business when you aren’t a business minded person. Business itself was a challenge, but her gut instinct drove her forward.
One of the biggest wins Keri’s had as a business owner? When her friends bought her products on their own. Another? Moving to a larger space to up her business game.
Keri believes in raising your kids to capture their hearts - where they listen and act well not because they “have” to but because they choose to.
Keri is inspired by her love - her love of beauty, of her children, and of the moment.
Find Keri and her products at www.savvyboheme.com or on social media as Savvy Boheme. Additionally, feel free to stop by the foundry and the showroom in Midlothian, TX Monday through Friday!
In episode 22, I finish off the interview with Chris Shaffer, my go-to guy for all things Amazon, with a ton of great information about how you can start selling on Amazon today. Chris has done this for several companies, from break-out brands to huge products with massive audiences.
With private labeling, while more expensive, you have a little more security and don’t have to go into retail stores every week to find the items you need to sell.
For private label, you want a product that can sell around 10 items a day for around 10 dollars in profit. Smaller products work better, as Amazon won’t charge you more for warehousing.
There are several sourcing avenues you can use, from national or international sources. The interview covers how to do that, what sources are best, and how to select the right one for you.
In Episode 21, we begin our first interview with Chris Shaffer, my business partner and manager of our Amazon business. Chris will go over why we should be selling on Amazon, which products are best for Amazon, how to sell on Amazon when you don’t have any experience with online sales, and what the future of Amazon actually looks like.
Chris has been selling on Amazon for over a year. He worked with ecommerce consulting with small and large brands, from new product launches to multi-billion dollar brands in the ecommerce space. His experience began in digital ads and public relations and as he grew, he started working with small, physical product businesses.
Amazon is a unique beast for physical product sales. Amazon has mastered bringing in traffic and making people convert. Conversion rates are 2 - 3 times higher than on other ecommerce sites. It’s also really easy to launch a store on Amazon. By launching on Amazon, you can start seeing sales on the first day.
Check out The Amazing Seller podcast. Chris works with Scott and all the information is available for free on his podcast. Additionally, there’s a class for people who want to privately sell on Amazon. If you want to contact Chris, check out the Amazing Seller Facebook Group and tag him @Chris Shaffer.