When the deposits from his online story became greater than his bi-weekly paychecks from Best Buy, Frank Downstar knew he was onto something. He quit his job and went in on selling bolts for rebuilding Honda engines. Today, Frank has an office with a garage to work on cars, a video editing studio, podcast studio and warehouse for his bolts and gear. In this episode we break down his story.
Jason Smith was worked for 14 years as LAPD when he discovered you could work from home as a digital agency. At first he didn't believe it, but after taking a Facebook Ads certification course and getting a few clients he found himself making more money than he could in a year running ads. He then doubled and tripled that. In todays episode, we'll break down how he did it.
Should you use Alibaba or source direct from a factory in China? This week, we are coming to you from Xiamen, China, where we are producing a digital product for Nate Sedgwick of Sourcing Mojo. Nate's company helps all size companies from start up entrepreneurs to a billion dollars in revenue get the best quality manufacturing in China.
Quick update on our trip and then dive in at 4:40min.
It's a short one because we have to head for the airport and have been filming all week. Enjoy and see you next week!
He was a manager at In N Out Burger. I told him not to quit his job, but he did it anyways. Fast forward 11 months and Anthony Hinojos moved out of his moms house and has built an agency for himself. This week, we wanted to bring you a very practical and realistic story of hard work to earn independence and Anthony is a great story. We don't say perfect because he's had to overcome many obstacles, but Anthony did it, and in this episode he breaks down how.
Some people thrive in certain environments and fail in others. Do you have a process for getting your best work done? This is the topic for today's podcast.
As a pro-skateboarder, I developed a process that helped me get better and better and film video parts, which was the equivalent of releasing an album to professional skateboarders.
It may be more than the environment, it may be the process. I once was in a situation where I had an athletic process down. Here it is for your reference:
1 - Choose your inspo. Find someone who you truly want to emulate.
2 - Pick your song. I would pick songs to create video parts to, but this could be your favorite podcast, or youtuber, etc.
3 - Start visualizing to your song. For me, it was skating rails, stairs, ledges, etc. But if it's a digital product, you can visualize sales coming in on your phone, or you interacting with your FB group. If it's home's you could create a book of sales to look back at.
4 - Pick what the ender will be, or the big win: As you visualize the different parts, pick the big win, such as selling a certain amount, or a big home, closing a large round of funding, etc.
5 - Find Your Training Facility - I had a skate park I went to every day to practice. I was able to master skills by going there every day I never would have been able to do if I wasn't surrounded by an environment focussed on progress.
6 - Record Small Wins - As I started to film tricks, I would add them to my song. Even when it was 1 or 2 in the beginning, it was exciting because I was getting closer to the 100 tricks I needed to put out a video part.
7 - Have a vision of the final product - Every day I would think about how it would change my life when I put out the final product. This is what drove me and motivated me daily. I could see it so clearly and while it usually ended up a little different than I had imagined, there were always parts that were exactly what I had envisioned.
Now apply this to your job, being an entrepreneur, or whatever you truly desire. Get yourself into the environment where you thrive and create a process that brings out the absolute best and most productive you.
Lucas Lindstrom was one of our youngest Social Media Digital Agency students. At 20 years old, he was making $500/month from his parents business. After taking our program, he made over 10k his second month. We wanted to break down exactly how he did it so it doesn't sound like one of those false promise fairy tales you see and hear online every day. In this episode, Lucas explains exactly what he did.
Finn McKenty threw me off. He first messaged me as a hard core Youtuber. While I totally respected his passion, I had no idea his level of education, background, knowledge of digital marketing and achievements. He loves operations and while he is known in the hard core music scene, it is for his passion for systems, business and marketing. I quickly realized his insights were extremely valuable for our audience and we decided to have him on the show. Enjoy and hope you take as much value from it as I did.
Should I quit my job now, or transition into starting my own co? The Answer varies for every individual, but we often get asked this regarding starting a social media digital agency. Oso runs his own production agency Oso Production and has a degree in finance. He is a hustler and great film maker and his story is extremely valuable to anyone considering taking this leap.
For the past couple of years we have brought stories of entrepreneurs and the stories they've gone through. Recently our co-host Mikey Taylor has undertaken the path of financial and real estate education and re-discovered his voice after going through the process of letting go of one passion and undertaking an entire new one. In this episode, we go over what Mikey has been up to and how there is a need to have conversations about money and finances.
Here on the AVNI Interviews we interview people building practical revenue streams in the new digital world to help others do the same thing.
How do you get to having 50+ clients? This week, we give you the rundown with the founder of Five Spot Marketing, Amir Jafari.
Here on The AVNI Interviews, we interview people who have created revenue streams and break down how they did it as practically as we possibly can.
Larger agencies are jumping on this trend right now and over the next 12-24 months most agencies will add this opportunity to their list of services for one simple reason: Review Software is a great way to add a service for creatives who have clients with Google listings, without having to do a ton of work, or hire an employee to do more work.
Our goal with the Praze agency partner program is to help agencies add 48k yearly recurring revenue to their gross income.
We had Stuart on a few weeks back and this week, we focus on the opportunity for agency owners and creatives to become Praze partners.
This weeks guest could possibly be one of the most valuable resources for ecommerce entrepreneurs. How do small brands source products overseas without breaking the bank? Nate Sedgwick of sourcing mojo has the answer. Instead of hiring 3 full time employees, or having your quality control suffer, Nates company, Sourcing Mojo, offers an amazing service: a team of 14 members in China, who will oversee your products from factory to delivery, for only a small monthly fee.
In this episode, Eric Interviews Mikey on the 7 money mistakes not to make and what he's learned while accumulating wealth.
Here on The AVNI Interviews we interview people doing the work they want in the lifestyle they love to help other people do the same thing.
After placing a $20 ad and making $2,500 on a high end chair, Justin Montanari and Eric Ryalls realized they were on to something. Their first year, they did 150k, then 350k in 2018 and are on track to do 600k in 2019. From searching free on craigslist and making 6k, to overcoming being sued, Justin and Eric break down their business and brand.
In this episode we interview Mizael Huante, our Facebook / Instagram Ads experts. We discuss when to do ads yourself, vs when to hire someone, strategies to optimize Facebook ads, and other valuable tips in Facebook ads.
How to close sales.
In this episode of The AVNI Interviews, Eric Bork & Mikey Taylor go over how to close sales. Let's go.
Here on the AVNI Interviews we interview people doing the work they want in the lifestyle they love to help other people do the same thing.
Daniel Kasidi is the founder of Rastaclat, a brand who spreads positivity through their uniquely designed bracelets. Daniel originally turned his extra shoe laces into woven bracelets and almost 10 years later, he has turned these bracelets into a profitable business with no funding and 35 employees.
We've learned a lot about being on camera in content and today we want to share. One technique is to ask a question and answer it, to the point, in 15-60 seconds. We posted a Q and A and we test ourselves in the podcast answering the questions that the audience asked on.
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In this episode of the AVNI Interviews, we discuss some of the best ways to make money and how to do it such as digital products, syndicating real estate deals, etc.
Avnidigital.com/fbigadsprop/Vince Capaldi is the co-founder of Glassy Eyewear with his brother Mike Mo Capaldi. Vince built the product while his brother was finishing his pro-career as a skateboarder and now runs the co day to day with Mike Mo. Glassy recently expanded into Gaming and Prescription and the future is bright!
People at the top always have inside information they share with other people at the top. In this episode, we talk about some of those lessons from Mikey & launch our Masters Collective: Learn from the top Masters of their craft.
Mike Mo Capaldi and his brother Vince came up with the idea to create Glassy Eyewear while they were skateboarding. After a few years of running the business, Mike Mo encountered an injury and stepped in to run Glassy full time with Vince. In this interview, we go through the process of transitioning from a pro-skateboarder to entrepreneur.
Kevion Stirdivant is the founder of Kase Real Estate Group who has appeared on the top 100 of the Wall Street Journals real estate agents for the past 2 years. Kase has taken a different approach, working with their agents to create amazing people through personal development. Kevion’s story is inspiring, overcoming addiction, and utilizing vision boards, personal development and discipline to design the job of his dreams, from skate to real estate as he says it.
Taylor John Smith is an actor who starred in HBO’s new mini series Sharp Objects with Amy Adams, Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler, and just finished filming for the Outpost with Orlando Bloom. Taylor joins us to discuss making it as an actor.
Barton Damer keeps coming up over and over probably because of how he scaled his business from a one man show to a 9 person agency. We had him on a while back and wanted to have him on again to discuss the specifics of what he charges and Value Based Pricing.
Design YOUR dream life. It’s what you want, not the jets and the rented luxury cars. In this episode we go over how to design the life you want, not the life that everyone is telling you that you should design.
Bedros Keuilian is the founder of Fit Body Bootcamp, an international physical training franchise with over 700 locations. As an immigrant from Armenia, Bedros grew up extremely poor, before becoming a physical trainer. While training wealthy clients, he decided to open his own gym for physical trainers and his client became one of his early business partners. His one location grew to 5, and today 700+. Bedros is one of the most sought after people in the physical training space.
This weeks guest is professional skateboarder Neen Williams. While overcoming a major knee injury, Neen grew a love for cooking and wellness, which in turned developed into deals with brands like Whole Foods and Vega.
This week's show on the AVNI interviews is about how to find your own thing. In this Episode we (Eric Bork & Mikey Taylor) go over 7 specific things people can do to figure out what they want to do in life. We hope you enjoy and find value in it.
Danny Morel is a real estate icon, who owns many different companies such as Intero, M.Pire, Relentless and is the author of The Resilience Road Map. Danny started his first real estate business at the age of 18 with the goal to buy his mother and brother a home. He not only accomplished a goal, but built Intero into what it is today, training real estate agents into amazing “humans.” Tune in for amazing insights into business, mind set and life direction.
Jesse Kay is a teenage entrepreneur who made 2k a month online at 9 years old and now runs a social media agency called Viral AF, where consults for people such as Paul Rodriguez and Madison Square Garden.
Chris Chann is a youtuber / content creator and skateboarder. Chris began his career posting trick challenges at the skate park near his parents home, and grew into creating entertaining content along with his skateboarding content. Chris has paved the path for his own career, selling merch, doing deals with Adidas and sits at just under a million subscribers on Youtube at the time of this interview.
How to quit your job with AVNI co-founders Eric Bork & Mikey Taylor. Eric is a former pro-skateboarder who worked in corporate America before deciding to take the leap and go out on his own. Mikey is a former pro-skateboarder, co-founder of St. Archer Beer, which was acquired by Miller Coors in 2015, and the president of Commune Capital. In this episode, they discuss how use leverage to do what you want to do for your career.
Louisa Nicola is the founder of Neuro Athletics, which focusses on performance of the brain using brain scans and brain body training. A former world class tri-athlete, Luisa was struck by a truck on her way to Bejing and told she would never run again. Using what should could control, her mind/brain, she fully recovered as a triathlete and now helps other athletes overcome obstacles.
Josh Landan is the co-founder of St. Archer Beer, which was acquired by Miller Coors in 2015, and now the founder of Villager Goods, Cocount Water and other drinks and food products. Josh Started as a surf film maker, for which he won multiple awards, before emarking on his career of managing athletes. In this episode, Josh describes the process of making the leap from film and management into co-founding and raising over 20 million to date.
Randall Pich is the CEO and Founder - A fitness lifestyle based clothing brand. Randall is a self-taught online retail expert who started creating Shirts for his physical training clients with the slogan "Live Fit." After deciding to launch the slogan as a brand of it's own, LVFT did over 1 million in sales year 1. Check out Randall's story for insights on entrepreneurship, what he did and did not do in his early brands, and a good look at the online vs retail landscape.