The Start Fierce Business Podcast is a podcast for women who are just starting out in business. We don’t publish interviews with the same celebrity entrepreneurs you’ve heard over and over. You’ll meet regular people, just like you, who turned their dreams into businesses. Web Designer turned Business Strategist Cindy Rodriguez hosts this podcast.
Auntee Rik is a trusted operations and systems specialist who has a knack for taking her clients businesses to the next level. Her no-nonsense, get-you-together approach is refreshing and reassuring to her clients and everyone she comes in contact with.
In this episode, we discuss why systems need to be at the forefront of your branding efforts - not design as most people think. We talk about career cycles in life as well as why she’d like to have lunch with Pharell and Queen Latifah.
Shownotes are available here: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/entrepreneur-chat-fairy-gawdmother-hustle/
Brianna Zajicek of The One Year Project started her career without a degree as a teen mom, and in a matter of months went from a server to a 6 figure earning corporate technology executive.
Even though she seemingly had it all, she wasn’t happy. So she set out on a mission to take everything she applied over the years to create The One Year Project.
In this episode, Brianna shares the story of her entrepreneurship journey. We also talk about the importance of in-person networking for your business.
Estie Rand of Strand Consulting has been helping businesses improve on minimal budgets for over 13 years. After spending many years finding fulfillment in the non-profit industry, Estie founded Strand Consulting to bring her skills of doing more with less to small business owners.
In this podcast episode, Estie talks about the three things that make up a successful business. We also discuss how to begin building your business network.
Nathan Hirsch is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first company out of his dorm room drop shipping products on Amazon and built it to sell over $25 million worth of product. Today, he’s Co-founder & CEO of FreeeUp, an online hiring marketplace that allows business owners fast access to a hand-picked network of top talent freelancers.
In this episode, Nathan talks about how he built several multi-million dollar a year companies. As well as how FreeeUp can help entrepreneurs scale quickly.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/building-multi-million-dollar-business/
Leslie McDaniel is a certified professional coach who helps INFJ women bring their vision to life. Her knowledge as an MBTI®-certified practitioner helps INFJ women understand their personality, celebrate their strengths, and claim their potential. Leslie serves other INFJ women through individual coaching and her weekly email, The INFJ Life.
In this podcast episode, she shares business advice for INFJ women. We also talk about how to deal with introversion as a business owner.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/business-advice-infj-women/
Brain Bergford is a Peak Performance coach at Bergford Performance. He specializes in helping motivated athletic business owners gain the tools to take their businesses and their lives further.
In this podcast episode, Brian shares insight on what it’s really like to be a business owner. We talk about why the grass isn’t always greener on the entrepreneur side and things you should know before jumping into a business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/entrepreneur-secrets/
Valarie R. Brooks is a nationally known real estate mogul, investor and, entrepreneur. She’s the owner of Valarie R. Brooks Real Estate, a brokerage agency. She also provides guidance to other entrepreneurs on how to dominate and become top earners through, Destination You Inc.
In this episode, Valarie shares advice for those wanting to get started in the real estate business. She talks about how she got started in the business and why she’d like to have lunch with Beyoncé.
Lauree Ostrofsky is an author, speaker, and coach with her company, Simply Leap which helps A students leap into fulfilling work. Many of them are entrepreneurs and facing the fear of going out on their own as well as other fears.
In this podcast episode, we discuss doing things in business even though we’re afraid to do them. We also talk about finding the right people to talk to about the scary things we’re doing so as not to have them project their fears on us.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/facing-entrepreneurial-fears/
Kirk Deis founder of The Bug Squasher is a writer on Forbes.com and Founder of the digital marketing agency Treehouse 51. The Bug Squasher is a new project management tool that streamlines communications between developers/writers/designers, project leads, and clients. In this episode, he shares how an in-house tool his agency built has become a new business. He shares how he’s grown his new business through podcasts and creative marketing. As well as why he’d like to have lunch with Elon Musk.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/how-in-house-tool-launched-new-business/
Crystal Etienne is the founder of PantyProp, a 7 figure fashion company. Something only 3% of women-founded businesses achieve. The majority-women owned, bootstrapped company, has grown organically without any ad spend.
In this podcast episode, Crystal shares how she organically used SEO to build a 7 figure business without knowing what SEO was. She talks about the importance of understanding your ideal customer and how that will help you generate the right content to drive revenue.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/how-built-7-figure-business-no-ad-spend/
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician. Her book, Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness and live your best life. In this podcast episode, we talk about why you’ve got to think beyond your top goal at the moment. We also discuss how comparisons can stunt our entrepreneurial growth.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/going-beyond-your-goals/
Serial Entrepreneur Trevor Gaye comes from an entrepreneurial household and has been around it since the age of two. He knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur at a young age after seeing his parents in their businesses. Today he helps run his family’s transportation business, he has a production company, as well as a new logistics business.
In this episode, he shares what it’s like to work in a family business, how he started a large group podcast and the importance of having a great work ethic.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-serial-entrepreneur-trevor-gaye/
Christopher Watters, founder of Watters International Realty built his business in the middle of the Great Recession and in a highly competitive market. His vision and entrepreneurial spirit took him from sleeping on his girlfriend’s (now wife’s) couch in 2010 to becoming the first team owner to EARN $1Million in net income in three years.
In this episode, he shares why you need to build a business foundation around something that’s already been proven.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/0-to-1-million-3-years/
Genecia Alluora, founder of Soul Rich Woman is a former beauty queen turned business maven and serial entrepreneur. In 2006, she represented Singapore in the Miss International pageant. This opened opportunities for her. But she saw a challenge unique to women. Women need a solid community for support, guidance, and mentorship from women who have the same goals and ambitions as ours. In this podcast episode, we discuss why you need a mentor, how to find the right mentor, and how to be a good mentee.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/find-support-business-owner/
Natali Morris is the Co-Founder and CFO of Morris Invest. After leaving a six-figure job as a news anchor to raise a family, Natali ended up feeling powerless when it came to money. Today, Natali’s family has achieved complete financial freedom. Now her mission is to empower women to start building long-term wealth. In this episode, Natali shares how she went from no income to financial freedom. She talks about wealth building strategies and the importance of setting up your business properly.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/no-income-financial-freedom/
Jenna Spencer of AssistPro is a corporate banker turned entrepreneur. Upon realizing that working in the corporate world was stopping her from creating the future she desired, she refused to compromise. Jenna seized the opportunity to create a solution by founding AssistPro. Now, Jenna gets the thrill of helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In this episode, Jenna talks about how she created a life she loves working from home and how she’s using AssistPro to help other women.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/using-entrepreneurship-create-life-love/
Elizabeth Suárez is a negotiation coach, speaker, and author who empowers professionals to make big decisions. She's spent many years mentoring professionals and serving on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations. In this podcast episode, we discuss how learning to effectively negotiate can have a tremendous impact on your career and future. We talk about the power of your network, as well as how to utilize social media for networking.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/importance-business-negotiation/
Cheryl Sutherland, founder of PleaseNotes, felt restless and overwhelmed at her 9 to 5. After months spent in coaching, journaling, and reigniting her inner creativity, she launched PleaseNotes. PleaseNotes features affirmation-filled products that inspire women of color to step into their own power by building confidence, clarity, and creativity. In this episode, we talk about setting big goals and the importance they’ve played in Cheryl’s life.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/set-big-goals-business/
Nissar Ahamed of CareerMetis is an accomplished Growth Hacker. His blog, CareerMetis, has a community-focused approach to career discussion. He’s also the host of the CareerMetis Podcast. In this podcast episode, Nissar shares the strategy he used to gain over 750 contributors to his online publication. We discuss the benefits outside contributors have on growing your audience. We also talk about why you need to show up every day for your business even if you don’t feel like it.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/grow-site-single-blogger-750-contributors/
Cayla Craft, owner of Mommy Millionaire is a mom of 3, self-made Millionaire, and lifestyle entrepreneur. Cayla has helped thousands of women start to believe in themselves as entrepreneurs and businesswomen. In this podcast episode, Cayla shares how once she changed limiting beliefs about herself, everything changed. She talks about how network marketing played a part in her mind shift. We also talk about embracing the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/power-positive-thinking-business/
Aman Advani, CEO & Co-Founder of Ministry of Supply studied Industrial Engineering before pursuing a career in Operational Strategy consulting and attending MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Ministry of Supply is pioneering a new way to dress for the office, with a system of unique wear-to-work clothing. Aman shares the process of taking a new product from concept to thriving business. We talk about the challenges of building the right team and the importance of accountability in business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/concept-successful-e-commerce-business/
Rachel Brenke is a serial entrepreneur with many hats. She’s the Founder of Business Bites podcast, and several successful business brands including TheLawTog®, FitLegally, and BlogLegally. In today’s podcast episode, we discuss how to start your business correct legally, so you don’t build it to be taken away. We discuss the consequences of infringing trademarks even if you don’t know. We also talk about the dangers of writing your own contracts.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/start-business-correct-legally-rachel-brenke/
Serial Entrepreneur Stacey Banks-Houston of RSVP Consultants is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker, and business coach. Her mission is to help women push their passion beyond a mere hobby, hustle hard to build their business, and enjoy the fruits of their harvest. In this episode, we discuss the challenges of being led by emotion as business owners. We also discuss the challenge of staying relevant as well as why she’d like to have lunch with Oprah Winfrey.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-serial-entrepreneur-author-stacey-banks-houston/
Ali Boone is the owner of Hipster Investments, a business that facilitated over $18M in Real Estate Investing Sales within 5 years. Her primary specialty is teaching people how to start a business with lifestyle design. Although her business has grown significantly, she’s still location-independent. In this episode, we discuss the advantages of using self-awareness as an advantage. She shares the story of how she built her business while working full-time as well as the challenges of giving up control.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/using-self-awareness-build-unique-business/
Serial entrepreneur Fred Griffin, Jr. Grew up in the small town of Eustis, FL. He never knew what he really wanted to be in life. But over time his goals and passion for individuals with disabilities became his number one focus. In this podcast episode, we talk about the importance of having passion in your business endeavors. We also discuss why your main focus in business should not be the money. As well as why he’d like to have lunch with Warren Buffet.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/importance-being-passionate-business/
Jenn Scalia is the CEO of Million Dollar Mommy, a company founded to help women across the world reach their dreams and financial goals. This self-professed introvert and single mom went from rock bottom to creating a 7 figure business within 3 years. In this podcast episode, we talk about listening to what your heart says in regard to all the advice that’s out there. We also discuss the challenge of finding people to continue to help you grow.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/jenn-scalia-empowering-women-entrepreneurs/
Courtney Blair, of Zippy Content, started her business when she was pregnant and unable to find work. Her dad wanted to be featured on podcasts to promote his business so he hired her. 3 years later, Zippy Content, a service that connects people looking for podcast interviews with podcasters was born. In this episode, Courtney shares the do’s and don’ts of leveraging podcasts for business. We discuss not waiting to be an expert to start a business and the challenges of work-life balance.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/use-podcasts-grow-business-courtney-blair/
Dennis Friebe is Orlando based magician Kardenni. He first became interested in magic his freshman year of high school after being intrigued by a trick he saw. He went on to work at a magic shop and became hooked. In this episode, we talk about the power of embracing failure in order to succeed as a business owner. We talk about why expecting to fail will help you grow, as well as other entrepreneurial struggles, like staying focused.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/dennis-friebe-power-failure/
Sonya Stattmann created a program that helps women business owners streamline their businesses and create more income, make more of an impact and achieve balance. She’s spent the last 17 years helping women use the business arena to empower themselves and impact the world. In this episode, she talks about challenges women face in the business world and how she wants to change that arena. We also discuss why having a clear business foundation is the most important thing you can do for your business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/challenges-women-business/
Byron Morrison of Tailored Lifestyles is an author, mindset & lifestyle coach. His journey started as someone who was overweight, had no confidence and was depressed. His dad’s cancer made him rethink his life choices and set him down a path to take back control of his health. In this podcast episode, Byron talks about how he used setbacks as an opportunity to move forward in business. He shares why he turned down his dream job as well as the importance of taking breaks from work to gain clarity.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/failure-helped-byron-morrison-start-successful-business/
Ashley Conway, Vice President of Customer Experience at Cratejoy has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs launching their subscription box. Cratejoy’s platform equips entrepreneurs with the tools they need to be successful including a website builder, customer support team, subscriber management and shipping exports. In this episode, Ashley talks about what it takes to start a subscription box as well as best practices.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/start-subscription-box-cratejoy/
Dannielle S. Lewis of Bankable Diva Ent. started her entrepreneurial journey 13 years ago after a divorce that forced her to learn how to manage her finances. Bankable Diva Ent. specializes in empowering women to take control of their income, ideas, and hobbies, and turn those things into a bankable business.
In this episode, we talk about remaining positive in business, even through the hard times. We talk about being a single mom business owner and give a quick strategy on how to start a side hustle.
James Swanwick is an Australian-American investor, entrepreneur, speaker, former SportsCenter anchor, and podcast host. He’s the CEO of Swanwick Sleep and creator of blue-light blocking glasses Swannies. He’s also the author of The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge and the host of The James Swanwick Show. In this episode, James shares how he got his product in the hands of celebrities such as Rihanna. He shares a roadmap to timing your product launches. We also discuss ways to transform your sleep.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/james-swanwick-how-get-product-front-celebrities/
Monica Kade is a speaker trainer and communication consultant. She has over 12 years’ experience in publishing, media, and entrepreneurship. Monica has had several successful online ventures, including taking Aspire from a digital magazine to print with no previous print magazine experience. In this episode, we talk about being very clear on what you want to do before you do anything else. We discuss the difficulties of adapting to being your own boss. Monica also shares why she does what she does.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/having-clarity-your-business-monica-kade/
In 2011 entrepreneur Steven Picanza’s world crumbled within a 6-month timeframe. He had a huge decision to make - does he allow what happened to be a defining moment or does he use it as a motivational tool? He chose the latter and leveraged it as fuel to rebuild parts of his business and make better life decisions. In this episode, we talk about allowing yourself to be teachable by dropping your ego. We discuss struggles business owners face. He also shares his story of selling his agency in 2012.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/importance-being-teachable-steven-picanza/
Dr. Lizette is a nationally recognized expert on human psychology with over 15 years of experience deconstructing why people do what they do. She loves empowering women to build businesses that give them the freedom to live life their way. In this episode, we discuss the importance your mindset plays in being a successful business owner. Dr. Lizette shares the methods she uses to juggle several different projects. We also discuss a goal-setting method that helps you actually accomplish your goals.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/dr-lizette-importance-being-intentional-business/
Tyson E. Franklin started in business at age 12 when his venture got him in trouble with his parents. Later on he sold his business which was the highest sale for an individual podiatry practice in Australia. He currently mentors small business owners to develop marketing strategies & business systems. In this episode, Tyson shares how his business at age 12 inspired him to be successful later on. We discuss the importance of consistency. He also shares valuable business tips.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/business-advice-author-entrepreneur-tyson-franklin/
Jay Black is the CEO at Jay Black Marketing. Through her career as a virtual assistant, she’s learned a lifetime of lessons and has shared those lessons with other VAs in efforts to help them avoid the entrepreneurial landmines and accelerate the growth of their businesses. In this podcast episode, Jay talks about the steps she took to leave a full-time job for full-time entrepreneurship. We discuss how to build confidence in your business including having confidence in the pricing you set.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/jay-black-prepared-leave-job-entrepreneurship/
Mentorly was Co-founded by artist-entrepreneurs, Ashley Werhun (Were-hun), a professional dancer, and Katherine Macnaughton, Filmmaker, and Co-founder of a film company. Both are working artists with 20 years combined professional experience and complementary skill sets. In this episode, Ashley and Katherine share how they found a problem in an industry and came together to solve it with Mentorly. We discuss choosing what advice to accept from advisors as well as the importance of knowing your market.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-mentorly-founders-ashley-werhun-katherine-macnaughton/
Julie Broad of Book Launchers is an Amazon Overall #1 Best Selling Author. Book Launchers, helps entrepreneurs and professionals build their brand and boost their business by writing, publishing, and selling a top quality book. In today’s podcast episode, Julie talks about building a business with a brand-boosting book. We discuss why she believes publishing a book is better than having a degree. We also discuss how writing a book can help you better tell your story outside of the book.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/julie-broad-build-business-brand-boosting-book/
Whitney Nicely of Whitney Buys Houses started to chase her passions and fine-tune her skills in the real estate market after college. She believes everyone should control their own destiny by investing in real estate. She currently teaches people how to be successful in real estate. In this episode, Whitney gives advice on how to start investing in real estate. We talk about the importance of being obsessed with what you do, as well as how Facebook has been instrumental in her business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/trucker-real-estate-investor-whitney-nicely/
Carolin Ricciardi is a serial entrepreneur and mother of 4 young children who compose a part of her “why”. She’s co-founder & Executive VP at e3 Spaces. She’s co-founder & educator for Fit Families. She’s also co-founder of a Mobil marketing tech company. In this episode we discuss why having a goal in mind can help you stay focused as an entrepreneur. She shares her story growing up with an entrepreneur father.
Lyndsay Phillips of Smooth Sailing Business Growth leads a team, to support entrepreneurs who are seeking fast-paced business growth but realize that they can’t do it alone, do it all, and do it well. She's also the host of the Sailing To Success Podcast and Smooth Sailing Online Support TV. In this episode, she talks about what a sales funnel is, why you need it in your business, and how to set one up. We also discuss the differences between sales funnels and sending out email newsletters.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/lyndsay-phillips-how-grow-business-sales-funnels/
Thea Orozco of Introvertology wants to help the world by helping introverts help the world. Introvertology is about helping introverts overcome the fears that pop up while running a business, and how to grow their business through purposeful and confident action. In today’s episode, Thea shares how to find the social networks you should be focusing on for your business. She also talks about how she grew her Facebook page to over 12k likes, as well as why she’d like to have lunch with Seth Godin.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/find-best-social-network-your-business-thea-orozco/
Hilary Jastram of J. Hill Marketing & Creative Services is the editor to Ryan Stewman as well as other high-producing entrepreneurs. She became an entrepreneur after being diagnosed with a chronic illness. And she’s hit the ground running since. In this episode, Hilary shares her story. She talks about why trusting more people is important if you want to scale your business. We also talk about why she doesn’t have a business why, and what she has instead.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/hilary-jastram-power-why-not/
Josh Haynam of Interact is an entrepreneur who loves adventure. He started the company 5 years ago, and soon after they began getting customers. He quickly fell into a cycle of constantly feeling overwhelmed serving those customers and trying to grow the company. In this podcast episode, he shares how he grew his company 300% last year. We also discuss the importance of never losing track of what you’re good at and why he’d like to have lunch with Jeff Bezos.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/simple-change-tripled-josh-haynams-business/
Francesca Ragucci is the owner of Francesca Ragucci Marketing. She knew she was an entrepreneur since she started a babysitting business in high school. Her company is a social media branding & management business running accounts for businesses. In this episode, we discuss how new business owners can use social media when they’re starting. We talk about how Gary Vee has helped us in our businesses.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/social-media-new-business-francesca-ragucci/
Camille Preston of AIM Leadership didn’t intend to be an entrepreneur. It happened as she was focused on crafting the life she wanted. In today’s podcast episode, we discuss being intentional to create the life you want. We also talk about the importance of getting “me” time as well as how to fit large projects around your busy schedule.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/create-life-want-being-intentional-camille-preston/
Aprille Reed is a business strategist and webinar funnel architect for online coaches and consultants with over 8 years of entrepreneurial experience. Her clients have been able to achieve success with business clarity, building their email list and selling high ticket packages with high ticket funnels. In today’s podcast episode, we discuss how to prepare monetarily to go full time with your business. We also discuss the benefits of niching down as well as the importance of your customer avatar.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/go-full-time-business-aprille-reed/
Henry Keculah, Jr., is the founder and CEO of 4.0 of Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA). As an educator, he committed himself to giving his students the opportunities he had not had so that they would be better prepared for college. In this episode of The Fierce Entrepreneur Podcast, Henry shares how to build your startup with under $1,000. We discuss cost-effective PR strategies, as well as the benefits of knowing how to do everything in your business yourself before hiring anyone.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/build-startup-1000-henry-keculah-jr/
Donna Moore and Dwayna Clark of TGND Consulting are twins that come from a family of entrepreneurs. Before starting their current business, each twin had her own blog. Eventually, they decided to go into business together to begin their consulting company. In today’s episode, we discuss how to overcome perfectionism. We also discuss the dangers of comparing your success to others, and we talk about embracing business challenges.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-tgnd-consulting-donna-morris-dwayna-clark/
Sharon L. Hadden, owner of Social Savvy Consulting Group, LLC has owned her consulting practice over 6 years and feels she’s only now begun to scratch the surface of what it means to be “social savvy.”
Sharon shares how committing to run her business like a magazine publication changed her business. We talk about common problems service providers face of putting their clients’ businesses first & neglecting their own. We also discuss common social media setbacks entrepreneurs face.
Jason Brown of The Brown Report knew he was an entrepreneur since middle school where he’d buy old pagers, repurpose, and resell them. Today, Jason teaches the average everyday person how to trade in the stock market. In this podcast episode, Jason shares the changes he made after he shut down a failed business, which helped his current business become a success. We also discuss the advantages we have over big companies, as well as why people do or don’t make it in business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/failure-helped-jason-brown-build-successful-business/
Sydney Allen of Boujee + Uninterested took her love for shoes and clothes and created a business.
A friend approached her about doing a one-time collection together. They ended up having too many pieces, and she decided to turn it into a business.
Her first collection sold out, and she’s released several collections ever since. In a way that’s different from what everyone else is doing.
Shay Duriel Davis of The Bronze Hustle didn’t set out to become an entrepreneur. After graduating from college, she got a job and set out on the path to climb the corporate ladder.
Eventually, she started a blog, where she wrote about content marketing and other business related matters she’s learned over the years.
Today, The Bronze Hustle educates black millennial women on standing out online and creating influential brands through online entrepreneurship and content marketing.
Chi Odogwu quit a management consulting job in NYC to launch an e-commerce startup in Africa, which later failed. He realized his business failed because of his lack of marketing knowledge, so he decided to learn marketing. Eventually, he re-assessed his position and started using his skills to help local businesses take advantage of underutilized digital marketing channels.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/practical-marketing-advice-expert-chi-odogwu/
Realtor® and furniture store owner, Carol Cruz was inspired by her family to become an entrepreneur. She grew up around people who loved sales, so it was only natural for her to fall into their footsteps. In today’s podcast episode, Carol talks about how she re-built her real estate and furniture businesses after moving to a new state. We discuss procrastination and how she overcomes it. We also discuss the importance of having relationships with people in your industry for support.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-realtor-furniture-store-owner-carol-cruz/
Stephen Somers is the co-founder of Marketplace SuperHeroes, an information product that teaches anyone how to start a global eCommerce business selling on Amazon. Stephen has a unique strategy that he focuses on and teaches that's different from anything else out there. Most of his success selling on Amazon involves his method for product and market research. Stephen is all about helping his community of heroes create home-based, lifestyle businesses selling simple, everyday products on Amazon.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/build-business-amazon-stephen-somers/
Sarah Ristorcelli of Orlando Content Marketing believes being a literature major defined her life. She was comfortable at her publishing job, but when the industry changed, and her friend approached her to start a business together, she took the chance. In this podcast episode, Sarah discusses the challenges of going from being an employee to an entrepreneur. She shares invaluable content marketing tips. We also talk about the difference changing her original business name had on her business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/sarah-ristorcelli-shares-best-content-marketing-tips/
Real estate investor Dr. Matt Motil grew up in a household where college wasn’t an option. After getting his Ph.D., he realized that he was in a middle-class trap – where you were expected to go to college and get married and accrue debt. In this episode, Matt talks about how he was able to get out of the middle-class trap. He shares the adversity he faced when he decided to leave his career behind for entrepreneurship. We also discuss the importance of having a great support system.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/dr-matt-motil-stay-entrepreneur-mindset/
Reed Evans is the owner of Scale it Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs - sustainability allows entrepreneurs to address environmental and societal challenges while building their business. Outside of her organization, she loves staying active. In this episode, Reed discusses how to add sustainability to your business. She shares what a sustainable business is and presents the challenges of convincing people why it's important.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/reed-evans-add-sustainability-business/
Melanie Ramiro is a self-proclaimed artist, photographer, circus freak, fantasy geek, eternal optimist and romantic. After graduating from college, she saw a Cirque du Soleil show, which inspired her to become an acrobat. In today’s podcast episode, Melanie talks about how to go from beginner to professional. She also shares how putting your whole heart into something and going all in can grab the attention of the right people. We also discuss the importance of connecting with your audience.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/beginner-professional-melanie-ramiro/
Joe Williams of The Creative Performance Group knew he was an entrepreneur at 16 when he started his first business. Since then, he’s traveled all over the world, has worked with Tony Robbins for over 25 years, and helps people overcome stumbling blocks to speak with confidence and purpose in any situation. In this podcast episode, Joe shares his special formula on how to create the most impact for you.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/joe-williams-speak-confidence-any-situation/
Jasmine Bowdry of Bella Rosa Boutique has always been involved in fashion in some aspect.
She realized she was an entrepreneur when she realized she didn’t like working for someone else, which was the reason behind being a habitual job hopper.
In today’s podcast episode Jasmene talks about the importance of honing in on your craft as well as the importance of learning the market. We also discuss why she’d like to have lunch with Gary Vee and Diddy.
Mitchell Levy of AHAthat has been involved in the tech world for decades. Living and working in Silicon Valley, he was able to be a part of many meetings regarding what the internet would be. In today’s podcast episode we discuss the early days of the internet and how technology has evolved since. We discuss how to position yourself as an expert in your industry. Mitchell also shares why he decided to self-fund his business, even though he lives in Silicon Valley.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/mitchell-levy-position-yourself-expert-industry/
Anda Gansca, CEO, and co-founder of Knotch wants to live forever to have enough time to soak up as much information as she can about the world. Her journey to entrepreneurship started as a high schooler in Transylvania where she began her own class and an NGO. In this episode, Anda talks about how she redefines the word hard every month. We also discuss the reason why most companies fail and what she does daily to make sure her business doesn’t fail.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/anda-gansca-parts-entrepreneurship-no-one-tells-you-about/
Despite growing up in a tough neighborhood, where drugs were all too common, Roy Huff decided to focus on science and science fiction. Today, Roy has 5 degrees; he’s a teacher, research scientist, and writer. He’s published fiction and non-fiction books. In this podcast episode, Roy shares his writing process. He also shares how his first book was born out of a creative writing paper in college. We also talk about the importance of taking action on the plans you make for your business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/creative-writing-paper-roy-huffs-first-book/
Sidjae Price is a shopaholic that loves traveling and sleeping. She’s always known she was an entrepreneur but had a hard time deciding on a business idea. She finally decided on Priceless Planning, where she helps overwhelmed & overworked entrepreneurs organize their businesses. In this episode, we discuss the importance of creating a business plan before launching. Sidjae shares her business disconnecting strategy so she isn’t working around the clock. We also talk about our shared love of Gary Vee
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/sidjae-price-importance-creating-business-strategies/
Ian Dunlap of Hyper Acceleration is a normal guy on a very interesting path in business. With his dad as a role model - Ian was born to be an entrepreneur. Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he had several small businesses. In today’s episode, Ian shares how he walked away from his marketing business of nine years for something entirely new for him. He shares some invaluable advice on who you should target in your business. He also has a challenge for you that could earn you some cash.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/find-competitive-advantage-ian-dunlap/
Today’s podcast guest is Rita Olds-Robinson, who owns Heydays Design. Rita's a military spouse who had to figure out a way to supplement her income while moving all the time due to her husband’s job. In today’s episode, Rita shares excellent advice for new entrepreneurs. We talk about the importance of having a website. We also discuss Rita’s admiration for Beyonce’s marketing strategies.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/starting-business-travel-with-you/
Clair Kim didn’t grow up an entrepreneur – it accidentally happened to her when she was determined not to be a starving musician. In today’s podcast episode, Clair talks about being an introvert and how that fuels her greatest entrepreneurial challenge. We also talk about what companies that last have in common.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/clair-kim-accidentally-became-entrepreneur/
Peter Aquart of American Wealth Builders started his first business at 13. He fell in love with entrepreneurship then and is driven by helping others build businesses.
In today’s podcast episode Peter talks about going from knowing nothing about real estate to becoming one of the country’s largest turnkey real estate providers. We also discuss the importance of reading as an entrepreneur, and how Elon Musk is such a great inspiration to him.
Csilla Rostás of Across Continents Translations loves languages and history. As a teenager, she had many penpals from all over the world. She dreamed of working abroad and working for herself while getting to meet her friends from across the globe.
In this episode, Csilla talks about the challenges of being a woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated world. We also discuss the importance of choosing the right team members, as well as how she started her business after identifying a need in the market.
Today’s podcast guest, Gavin Bell grew up in the Shetland Islands. He loves sports and going on adventures. At 18, Gavin opted out of college and went to a business academy for a year instead, where he started his first business. In this episode, Gavin shares how his failed business, helped him set up Blue Cliff Media - the marketing agency that he runs today. He also shares some super useful social media marketing tips, and we discuss why having a business is like having a toddler that never grows up.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/failed-biz-marketing-agency-gavin-bell/
My guest today, Auguste Crenshaw is no stranger to Entrepreneurship. As a kid, she negotiated extra chores with her grandmother for money, sold candy, and even tutored a kid for a class she never took! In today’s podcast episode, Auguste shares how she made the transition from 20 years as a cosmetologist to life coach. She also shares advice on getting a competitive edge by using video and explains why you should laser focus on one thing only.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/auguste-crenshaw-left-20-year-career/
Entrepreneurship wasn’t on the horizon for Nagina Abdullah. However, things changed when she had kids, lost 40 lbs, and blogged about it. Suddenly people wanted to know how she did it. This was the beginning of Nagina’s business, Masalabody.com In today’s podcast episode, we discuss how she’s had to embrace failure as part of entrepreneurship. We also talk about the importance of giving your audience what they want, not what you think they want, as well as how patience pays off in business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/096-nagina-abdullah-leveraged-failure-made-20k/
Today’s guest has spent her whole life creating businesses and working toward becoming financially free. Dandan Zhu, is a serial entrepreneur who started her first businesses in college. After graduation, she moved to NY and began a career in sales. In this episode, Dandan shares why women and entrepreneurs need to be financially independent. She also talks about how sales is about as entrepreneurial a job as you can get. As well as how her life goals changed once she became financially independent.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/dandan-zhu-importance-financial-independence/
My podcast guest today, Connor Gillivan ran a million dollar e-commerce business right from his college dorm room. In this podcast episode, Connor and I discuss how he grew his first business to sell over $20 million on Amazon. We also talk about the problems with hiring freelancers from job sites. Connor also gives tips on the best way to start making money for your business quickly.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/connor-gillivan-million-dollar-business/
Aside from being a busy entrepreneur, today’s podcast guest, Allison Maslan is a wife, mom, and dog mom. She’s also been a trapeze artist for 18 years, as it helps clear her head and become more inspired in life. In today’s podcast episode, Allison and I chat about how her dad’s passion & love for business has been a huge inspiration to her. We also talk about surrounding yourself with the right people, and the benefits of joining a mastermind group.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/allison-maslan-importance-having-right-people/
At the age of five, today's podcast guest, Abra Annes witnessed an event that put her on a philanthropic path for the rest of her life. In today’s podcast episode Abra talks about how she got started in charity fundraising. She gives incredible sales tips that can be applied to any business. We also discuss a simple method you can use to meet that big business person you’ve always dreamed of meeting with.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/sales-masterclass-fundraising-expert-abra-annes/
When she’s not in front of her computer, you can find today’s podcast guest, Charlotte Chipperfield, in a pool. She loves swimming so much, she even competes! In today’s podcast episode Charlotte shares tips on how to take your social media to the next level. We also discuss imposter syndrome, and why she wants to help businesses master their online presence.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/charlotte-chipperfield-how-elevate-your-social-media/
My guest today, Victoria Coker, is a Jane of all trades. She considers herself an artist and creative. Her first love is music, she’s into graphic design, and her day job is in marketing. In this podcast episode, Victoria and I discuss how she started her own media company featuring content for and by people of color. She shares how her greatest business challenge is raising awareness as to how cool web series can be. We also talk about how she wants to build a business where she leads with her heart.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/cutting-cable-inspired-victoria-coker-start-business/
In today’s episode, I chat with Jeremy Enns who talks about his journey from being a full-time employee to a full-time entrepreneur. His passion for storytelling has led him to work with other amazing brands and entrepreneurs. He helps his clients tell their stories through podcasts, audio books, and other kinds of audio products.
In today’s episode, former Fortune 500 company executive, Denise Hamilton, talks about her business, Watch Her Work, a digital online learning community, and how the situations in her life caused her to start such venture.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/fortune-500-executive-social-entrepreneur-denise-hamilton/
Monica Froese decided to establish an online business after experiencing the overwhelming role of being a new mother and the demands of her career. In today’s episode, Monica shares how blogging changed her life, how she went from being employed to being her own boss, and what helped in her transition to being the successful entrepreneur she is today.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/monica-froese-redefining-mom-turned-blogging-full-time-business/
My guest today, Alicia Holliday, has over 13 years of experience working in the beauty industry as a professional hair stylist and makeup artist. Throughout her career, she discovered this multi-faceted problem that the beauty industry faced and came up with a way to fix the problem. In this podcast episode, she shares her story of how she started her business, the challenges she faces as the founder of a startup, and what motivates her to bring this idea to fruition.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/how-alicia-holliday-changing-industry-big-idea/
Building a successful business in a highly competitive market takes a lot of time, work, and commitment and no one knows this better than culinary artists, chefs, and restauranteurs like my guest, Kimberly Gordon.
She joins me on the show today to share her story of how she started her business from the ground up, without the financial “safety net” of a 9-to-5 job and how her business took off like a wildfire from one of her first clients.
On this episode, I chat with James Wise, real estate broker and owner of Holton Wise Property Group. James is a firm believer that to become a successful entrepreneur – you must “eat, sleep, live, and breathe your business.” Today, he shares the story of how he got started in the real estate industry, some of the challenges he and his partner faced early in his career, and why they decided to keep pushing forward to turn their real estate business into a multi-million-dollar success.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/growing-a-successful-real-estate-business-with-james-wise/
Shanda Sumpter is a triathlete, mother, business partner and CEO with an obsession with figuring out how to gain more freedom in her life. Today, she joins us to share her insight, passion, and ideas on how entrepreneurs can start “practicing being highly successful,” what she believes is holding many entrepreneurs back from achieving their goals and aspirations, and how she plans to launch her business into the $20-million profit realm.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/becoming-multi-million-dollar-entrepreneur/
Kelly Roach is a wife, mother, business owner and coach who started her career working for a Fortune 500 company, climbing the corporate ladder, and getting promoted a whopping 7 times in 8 short years. On today’s episode, she shares her entrepreneurial journey, why she decided to leave her lucrative career to follow her passion, and why she’s so passionate about helping other business owners find success.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/creating-fulfillment-freedom-in-life-with-kelly-roach/
Shakira Brown is the founder of SMB Strategic Media and a Jersey girl that likes to travel and loves warm climates. In this episode, she shares her story of how her career progressed to the point where she was promoted to the Director of Marketing and Communication of a billion dollar company. She also shares valuable advice and tips she has learned throughout her career from the influencers and gurus she follows that have motivated her to become the successful entrepreneur that she is today.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/from-corporate-to-entrepreneur/
Outside of his business, Ben Kissam aka ‘Coach K’ is a cross-fit athlete, NLP Master Practitioner, world traveler, and fitness coach who went from working as a middle school teacher to a successful entrepreneur. In This Episode, We Discuss: How Coach K got started in his coaching business. How he grew his blog through social media. Why he believes picking one or two strengths and creating something amazing around them can help you grow your business and feel more authentic.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/how-to-create-wealth-without-sacrificing-health-with-ben-kissam/
Many business owners feel that being a solopreneur or entrepreneur is one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ve experienced. Piper Media owner Erin Montgomery, a boutique communications agency, is among the thousands of business owners who feel this way!
In This Episode, We Discuss:
How Erin grew her new business locally by emailing and cold-calling.
Why the variety of content she works on helps keep her motivated and passionate in her business.
My guest on today’s episode is 4-time entrepreneur Rachel Adams. She’s the Top 1,000 real estate agent in the United States for the Wall Street Journal, she’s a public speaker, and author of the incredibly inspiring book, Lost to Found in 90-days: Your Journey to Self-Discovery and Ultimate Happiness.
In This Episode, We Discuss:
Why Rachel believes that getting intentional about who you are and what you want from life is one of the keys to building a successful business.
Hawk Mikado, Entrepreneur, and CEO of Invert™ Inc., is a leader in the online and offline marketing space, having built over 7 six-figure businesses over the course of his career. In This Episode, We Discuss: How Hawk grew his business organically and utilizes client and customer feedback to improve Invert’s products and services. Why online and offline marketing strategies should be consistent and congruent.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/marketing-lead-generation-creating-funnels-hawk-mikado-invert-inc/
My guest today on The Fierce Entrepreneur Podcast is Aurora Gregory. Aurora has spent over 20 years helping businesses and organizations of all sizes get noticed by their target audience through her marketing consultant services. In This Episode, We Discuss: What fuels Aurora’s passion for helping businesses improve their marketing strategies? Why networking is critical to building your business. How to use public speaking to get established as an expert or influencer in your niche.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/building-authority-get-picked-author-aurora-gregory/
The journey into entrepreneurship is one of the most challenging – and most rewarding – quests many small business owners undertake. One of the most challenging aspects of running your own business is deciding which marketing techniques and strategies you should use to help spread the word about your product or service while staying on brand and improving your company’s reputation over time. Johnson Emmanuel knows all too well the many challenges that entrepreneurs face in the marketing arena.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/marketing-tips-johnson-emmanuel-clients-attraction/
Breaking free of the traditional job can be a challenge for many aspiring entrepreneurs, and no one knows the challenging rollercoaster ride of ups and downs better than Infopreneur expert and coach, Bailey Richert. Bailey initially went to college to obtain her degree in environmental engineering, but quickly discovered that, it didn’t allow her the creativity she desired. So, she quit her corporate job and went back to school to study entrepreneurship.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/environmental-engineer-infopreneur-coach-expert-bailey-richert/
On today’s episode, I’m talking with two-time entrepreneur, Heather Thompson. Heather is the Vice President of Great Nation Publishing, LLC. Since 2010, she and her husband have run the successful, faith-based publishing company side by side. She is also the founder of the transitional lifestyle coaching company, Head Coach Heather, where she enjoys working with entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and corporate executives to achieve their goals through authenticity.
Marcel Holley shares the story of how he became interested in photography, how he turned this passion into a successful business, and what fuels his passion.
Marcel explains what it was like to start out in the photography industry as an amateur. He shares the ups and downs that he has experienced throughout the last seven years of following his dream and passion, and he shares stories of various people that his business has allowed him to meet, including American rapper Fetty Wap.
Our guest on the show today is the inspiring Lisa Song Sutton. Lisa is a former Miss Las Vegas and Miss Nevada contest winner who left her full-time job of working in a law firm to focus on her first, quickly growing business, Sin City Cupcakes.
Lisa shares her story of how she became an entrepreneur, how she met the co-founder of her Sin City Cupcakes company, as well as insight and tips for other aspiring entrepreneurs.
Amber Hurdle uses her experience working with international celebrities and Fortune 500 companies to show small businesses how to play big. As a communication expert, Amber helps entrepreneurs identify what they want to be known for so they can tell their stories, grow their tribes and fulfill their callings.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/057-teen-mom-powerhouse-business-woman-amber-hurdle/
Entrepreneur Adam Ivy is the owner of Jusbi fitness and lifestyle apparel company. He’s a fitness enthusiast, an introvert, loves music, and is an all around big kid.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/056-interview-owner-jusbi-authentic-adam-ivy/
Tye and Courtney Caldwell are an incredible married couple who own a revolutionary new app, ShearShare.
Courtney has a background in digital marketing for large corporations.
Tye has been in the beauty industry for many years and owns an award winning salon in the Dallas, TX area. He’s also the author of Amazon best-selling book, Mentored by Failure: A 5-Point Guide to Long-Term Success in the Beauty & Style Industry.
In this podcast episode, I interview entrepreneur and owner of SoVerve Marketing Group, Stephanie Rubio. I met Stephanie via Instagram and she’s quickly become one of my favorite people to follow on the site. When she’s not busy building websites or managing clients social media accounts, Stephanie enjoys reading and decorating her home.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/interview-stephanie-rubio-soverve-marketing-group/
Alan Yong became an entrepreneur immediately after graduating from college. In this episode, we talk about how he landed contracts worth over half a billion dollars, lost it all, and a few years later got back into entrepreneurship again.
He also shares invaluable business information from his 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur.
In this episode of The Start Fierce Business Podcast, we welcome back Krystal Lynch who was interviewed on Episode 28.
Krystal is the author of Affirmations: Rewrite Old Scripts and Deactivate Limiting Beliefs. She loves crafting, writing and wants to inspire people through creativity.
This episode is all about the customer and is full of so much important information that’s going to be very valuable to you and your business. Listen in as I interview Tema Frank, author of People Shock: The Path to Profits When Customers Rule. Tema is an author, consultant, speaker and teacher on the customer experience in the digital era.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/tema-frank-importance-customer-experience/
In this episode, I interview singer, songwriter, fashion designer, business owner, and creator of the #EndGirlHate campaign Leanne Dlamini.
Aside from being a super busy entrepreneur, she’s also a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.
In this podcast episode, I interview Gila Kurtz, co-owner of Dog is Good. Dog is Good is a worldwide lifestyle brand for dog lovers to celebrate the dog/human relationship. The company features gifts, home decor, apparel, an online dog community, and more. Advice to someone who wants to become an entrepreneur Know what you want. Have clarity about your dream. Know your “why.” Know what success looks like to you. Network! Find a mentor.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/gila-kurtz/
In this episode, I interview an awesome woman entrepreneur, owner of Root Mama Maternal Care, Freya Morani. Freya owns a doula business and is an overall women’s wellness coach.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/doula-business-owner-freya-morani/
In this episode of The Start Fierce Business Podcast, I chat with brush calligraphy artist Sharisse DeLeon of Pieces Calligraphy. Sharisse has been into handwriting all her life, and for the past year has been experimenting with brush calligraphy. She started her blog to share some of her work and tips on how followers can learn how to do it themselves. At first she considered calligraphy a hobby but she’s been finding ways to monetize her work.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/sharisse-deleon-pieces-calligraphy/
In this episode I chat with Tiye Jameson of LyricFancy. Tiye works full time in strategic communications and runs her blog part time. Her music website analyzes song lyrics using the Scientific method and gives songs a reality check. LyricFancy.com is one of the most unique concepts for a blog that I have heard of in a while.
In this episode I chat with Saidy Taveras, owner of Bruh Brownies, an online brownie business. Saidy shares how she juggles entrepreneurship with being a single mom. She also talks about some of the guerrilla marketing methods she uses to promote her brownie business.
In this episode I interview Christy Jones, owner of The Coach Chris Company, who is a certified life and business coach. Her business was birthed out of a lot of mistakes and failures that she has had in life. She has a passion for leaders. Christy encourages entrepreneurs to understand who you are because it’ll help you as you’re growing your business. She is also the author of How to Design Your Life When Your Hands Are Full.
Lashonda Geffrard owns The Paw Shop, a pet care company in the Central Florida area. Lashonda has been in the pet care industry for 10 years. Two and a half years ago she started pursuing having her own business. She started grooming pets from home in the bathroom and on the patio. She then worked her way to other grooming salons and pet hospitals. Becoming an entrepreneur is the best decision Lashonda made career wise because it allows her to be free.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/lashonda-geffrard/
Brittney Murphy is a self proclaimed nerd who always had a passion for fonts. She eventually took her passion and turned it into a hobby, which then turned into a business. Her very first client was Pac Sun! Click above to listen to today’s episode where I chat with Brittney about how she started her font designing business.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/brittney-murphy/
Jeremiah Boehner shares his journey as an entrepreneur helping others with their content marketing. In this episode we chat about the basics of creating a content marketing strategy.
Start with who you’re creating the content for.
Create different types of content
Creating content for every level of your sales funnel
While in college, LaNee Bridewell became a single mom with no support system. At one point she even became homeless. Eventually she was able to get back on her feet and she started a blog, One Parent Wonder, where she writes about life as a single parent. LaNee wanted success so bad that she literally would not sleep. This led her to study the habits of millionaires. During her studies, she found that they do in fact sleep, but wake up early every morning. So she started adapting lifestyle changes.
Being in the military, Mischelle O’Neal felt like she got lost in life, due to having to wear a military uniform all the time. Once she retired from the military, she decided to do something about it! So she started her company, Out Front and Personal. Michelle’s love for fashion and clothes, as well as a background in graphic design, has allowed her to help other business women create their own personal style.
Heidy Garcia is an esthetician and the owner of The Green Leaf Spa in Lake Nona, Florida. Her spa is known as “The Hidden Jewel of Lake Nona.”
Aside from running The Green Leaf Spa full time, she also helps with her husband’s finance firm.
In this episode of The Start Fierce Business Podcast I chat with Ali Watson of Ali Watson Media. Her company provides videography and photography services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Ali has had her business for several years and recently decided to take the plunge and become a full time entrepreneur.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/021-ali-watson-talks-about-being-a-full-time-creative-entrepreneur/
In this episode I chat with Val Nourissat. She’s a French native, and has lived in 8 countries in the last 9 years. Val has been working in the wine industry for 8 years. She’s worked in the industry in Chile, sold wine in Europe, and is currently taking The Wine Trade: Global, National and Local Perspectivescourse at Boston University. Val is the owner of AdventureIntoFlavours.com, where she educates people about wine, traveling, and wine education.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/020-val-nourissat-travels-the-world-writes-about-wine/
Chris Bruce is a real estate investor and the owner of escapethenewbiezone.com. After reading the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, he quit his full time job and decided to become a full-time entrepreneur. When he first started out, Chris had 26 failed real estate deals, but that 27th one went through, and he’s been hooked on perfecting his craft ever since. In this episode, we discuss what it takes to make the mental shift from employee to entrepreneur.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/chris-bruce/
Dayo Benson was following in her father's footsteps and studying molecular biology and genetics. She hated it so much that she would go home and write to de-stress. This resulted in her writing her first fiction novel. Dayo has now published 16 books. Listen to this interview as she talks about her journey to becoming an Amazon Best Selling Christian Fiction Author.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/dayo-benson/
J V Crum III helps entrepreneurs grow six and seven figure businesses that combine making high profits with making a positive impact. He's a speaker, coach, Huffington Post Columnist, and best-selling author of “Conscious Millionaire” He hosts the top-ranking Conscious Millionaire Podcast and is Founder of ConsciousMillionaire.com, a global coaching and wealth product business. He holds an MBA, JD, Masters in Psychology, and has built and sold successful companies.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/0-to-6-figures-12-months-with-jv-crum-iii/
Miz Rik of Suite 369 opened her first business at the age of 12. She has a bachelor's degree in project management and a masters in human resource management and marketing. In this episode we discuss why she left one of the largest radio stations in Atlanta to start her own business, and how she went from being a Havetopreneur™ to an entrepreneur.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/mz-rik-suite369-havetopreneur-entrepreneur/
Laura Gabriele works in marketing full time, runs 3bestofeverything.com, and does marketing consulting on the side. She is a very busy woman, and attributes her success as an entrepreneur to her giving. If you feel like your business has been stuck in a rut, doing the same routine over and over with just enough money to pay your bills, this episode may help you break out of that.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/laura-gabriele-giving-for-business-growth/
Tashima Flowers is a phenomenal woman with a huge heart! She's the founder of My Sisters' Keeper, Inc. A New York based 501(c)(3) organization that provides a mentoring program for 1st time teen mothers in Brooklyn, NY. Tashima's story is very inspirational. No matter where you come from, no matter what has happened in your life, know that there is something better out there for you. You can overcome your circumstances.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/tashima-flowers-my-sisters-keeper/
Gigi P. is the owner of Gigi Productions LLC. She started her web design business in 2009 when she was laid off from her job at New York's Hot 97 radio station.
Gigi made connections with the stations DJ's and other people in the music industry; and has been able to have a successful web design business.
The road to entrepreneurship is not always an easy one, especially when we are forced into it, but with determination, and hard work, Gigi made her business work.
Michelle Weger owns the web design company Outclassed.com. Michelle has narcolepsy and recently started a Facebook group for entrepreneurs with chronic disorders, illnesses or disabilities. In just a short time, her Facebook group has grown to over 900 members. Because of the success from the Facebook Group, Michelle has decided to launch a brand new website. The new website focuses specifically on helping Entrepreneurs with disabilities start and market their businesses online.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/michelle-weger-outclassed-enabled-business/
Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee shares her incredible journey to entrepreneurship with us. Handcrafted Honey Bee won the 2014 Intuit Small Biz Local Buzz award, and placed 2nd in popular vote in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made competition.
Stacia shares how her desire to inspire and empower women motivated her to take her line of beauty products and create DIY kits!
Christina Rordam of ChristinaSellsOrlando.com is a realtor in the Central Florida area. In this episode she shares with us her incredible story of how she became a full time entrepreneur, and how you can do it as well.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/christina-rordam-christinasellsorlando/
Kim Turner worked in human resources for 13 years. After being laid off, she started a blog as an outlet, and ended up turning her blogging into a business.
Her business, 925 Blueprint is a little piece of her world that combines fashion & business. The online boutique is focused on providing trendy pieces that can be worn to work. The blog focuses on career information for growth and entertainment.
Michelle Perez of TheBYODClassroom has a Bachelors in Science Education for Biology and a Bachelors in Psychology from UCF. TheBYODClassroom (which stands for Bring Your Own Device,) provides products and services that help teachers effectively use technology in their classroom to assist students through the learning process.
In this episode we discuss using doubt to push forward toward your dreams, as well as how to overcome your doubts and fears during the planning or pre-launch phase of your busine
Charla Virkler of CharmBoxStudios.com is a dance photographer in Central Florida. Her photography skills are all self-taught using books, online tutorials, and the school of hard-knocks. In this episode we discuss the importance of niching down your business and how she found her niche. We also discuss the importance of continuing education as an entrepreneur, and more.
Show notes: https://startfiercebusiness.com/archive/charla-virkler-charmboxstudios/
In this episode I interview award winning graphic designer Lindsey Parks of MoneyGraphics LLC and Studio5Nine.
We discuss the challenges of being an entrepreneur and working in the entertainment industry. Lindsey talks about how she prepared for full time entrepreneurship. We also get into some girl talk about handling relationships and a business, and how Lindsey went from being a drug addict to business owner in 9 years.