Each Saturday, our guest shares their startups, passion projects and side hustles. We discuss origin stories, growth tactics and biggest challenges to turn your big idea into a successful business.
Entrepreneurship Saturday is part of the Hello Tech Pros network.
Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. While a top performer in the corporate world, his long term desire was to be his own boss. A good friend one day mentioned the gum ball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10 year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries. Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams with a limited time commitment. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/matt-miller-entrepreneurship/ What You Will Learn in This Episode Why flashy and glamorous isn't always profitable. Why you shouldn't tie your career or your business to the training or jobs you had years ago. How Matt built a profitable business one vending machine at a time while deliver pizzas. Why you should start thinking about "bricks of income" and how to start stacking them. The franchise business that helps schools raise money without sending kids door to door or bringing in volunteers. Resources Mentioned HTP-27: From Bubblegum Machines to Mobile Apps — Leon Fowler on Entrepreneurship Live Your Dreams: Top 10 Reasons to Get into the Vending Machine Business Start Your First Business - free email and audio course
Shayla Price creates and promotes content. She lives at the intersection of digital marketing, technology, and social responsibility. Originally from Louisiana, Shayla champions access to remote work opportunities. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/shayla-price/ What You Will Learn in This Episode How to create your own job when your employer doesn't meet your needs. The obstacles that Shayla encountered when tackling entrepreneurship in the non-profit space. How to determine what is in demand in the current market and decide which gaps to fill. Why you should focus on delivering results with the skills you have rather than chase new skills. Why it's important to realize people are ahead of you and behind you, and why that's just fine. How Shayla used her first low-paid gigs to jump start her business. How to grow into a person who is in high demand. Resources Mentioned The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Nina Meiers loves the leverage and flexibility technology provides and decided to embark on a farming journey growing healthy, delicious foods without chemicals. Nina is an offline farmer and online entrepreneur who juggles feeding the chooks and alpacas with building websites and ecommerce for a range of companies, locally and nationally. Nina loves the grounded lifestyle of being a farmer combined with the location-independence that online business provides. What You Will Learn From This Episode How you can work remotely as a freelancer. Why DotNetNuke content management system is underrated. The unique customer service tactics that Nina used to grow her client list. When to bill your clients even when they aren't being cooperative. How to be more productive by unplugging from technology.
Avrohom Gottheil helps businesses save time and money by ensuring they have the right technology in place to effectively optimize their business communications. Avrohom has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, and businesses from all over the world have reached out to him for his expertise in assisting them with installing, managing, maintaining, and training them on their phone systems. This past year Avrohom's company, SimiPlex Technologies, launched a new product portfolio which enables him to help businesses take their communications to the cloud! Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/avrohom-gottheil-entrepreneurship/ What You Will Learn From This Episode Why being self-aware is more important than being good at your job. Why having the right support system in place is critical to your business success. The best way to ensure that your company grows and evolves. Why Avrohom hired 3 coaches simultaneously and the biggest lesson they taught him. How to fold time and find shortcuts to success.
The steps Justin Esgar takes to ensure that guests have a great conference, leave positive reviews and book again next year. Justin Esgar filed his patents at conception, and today he is a serial entrepreneur, Mac guru, app developer, conference owner and speaker who revels in making life better for everyone through technological innovation. SAVE $75! The ACEs Conference is dedicated exclusively to helping you grow your IT business. You already know how to do the work. Learn how to scale and monetize. Use discount code TECHPROS and save $75 on your registration. What You Will Learn From This Episode How to build your businesses like a wheel with spokes where each venture supports the other. Why Justin built the ACEs Conference focusing on the business side of IT. How to avoid losing $20K when hosting your first conference. The 5 things you need to put on a great show. The kinds of sponsors that would be good for your event. The steps Justin takes on launch day to ensure that guests have a great conference, leave positive reviews and book again next year. Resources Mentioned ACEs Conference 2017 — Use code "TECHPROS" and save 20%! The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick
Anthony D. Vaughan is 3X founder and the current CEO of Cognizance Capital Consulting, which focuses on bringing new and innovative content to first time entrepreneurs as well as marketing disciplines to small business owners. Cognizance Capital has served will over 600 entrepreneurs. Anthony has had the privilege of speaking at Colleges such as Towson, Maryland and Mcdaniel University where he shared his 4+ years of experience. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anthony-vaughan-business/ What You Will Learn From This Episode Why 90% of Anthony's clients are not ready for business. Why technology professionals tend to work on the wrong things when launching their business. Examples of how other entrepreneurs pre-sold their ideas before building them. Why getting "rejection proof" is critical to succeeding in business. The differences between influencer marketing and context marketing and when you should use both.
Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/aaron-walker-business/ What You Will Learn in This Episode What the loss of his father taught Aaron about relationships and his net worth. How introverted people can develop more confidence. How to develop a passionate following through videos, even with messy hair and unprofessional backdrops. How the "Give, Give, Give, Ask" method can grow your business. Why Aaron believes chasing work-life balance is a fallacy. Resources Mentioned Aaron's free "Personal Assessment" and "What Do I Want?" guides View From the Top: Living a Life of Significance by Aaron Walker
Krish Subramanian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee, a Subscription Billing Solution for Online Businesses. Krish is in-charge of business development, overall marketing, customer acquisition, communications and brand management. While at it, Krish continues to remain a member of customer support team. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/krish-subramanian-business/ What You Will Learn in This Episode Why Krish and his co-founders decided to build a team before building a product. Why SaaS is where it's at. Why accounting practices and accounting software is easy for your MVP but difficult when you scale your SaaS. The technology behind Chargebee's subscription billing APIs and how easy it is to integrate. How Krish mined forums for problems in his domain space and then used those questions to build social media and marketing content.
Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs, soloprenuers and technical professionals get featured on leading podcasts their prospects are already listening to. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers. Tom was a past guest on Hello Tech Pros. Click here to listen to episode 241: How Being a Podcast Guest Will Generate More Sales for Your Business. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tom-schwab-business/ What You Will Learn in This Episode Why running your own business is more difficult than running a nuclear power plant. The 6 steps to pwning a podcast interview. The perfect pitch to make a podcast host fall in love with you and invite you on their show. A "failure is not an option" checklist so that your interview doesn't crash and burn due to technical difficulties. Steps to take after the interview to reach the most number of people.
Matt Schuberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of RealCap. With over 5 years of experience in real estate and finance, Matt has developed a deep understanding of how to effectively raise capital and how to service clients properly. His passion for real estate and investing is what drives him to continue to work to create innovative opportunities for his investors. Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/matt-schuberg-entrepreneurship/ What You Will Learn in This Episode Entrepreneurs don't think in terms of success/failure but of product validation. Why tech pros should consider investing some of their income in crowdfunded opportunities. What makes self-storage a great investment in good economies and bad. The first step to take before starting your own crowdfunded investment company. Where to find other entrepreneurs who may share your vision and want to partner. Resources Mentioned Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki BiggerPockets.com Start Your First Business email and audio course