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38: Building a Business as a Married Team w/ LaShonda Delivuk

EP. 38Today’s guest is LaShonda Delivuk of Life Focus Pictures.
“Life Focus Pictures specializes in television commercials, educational DVDs (in both English & Spanish), and web videos for YouTube & website homepages.
From the very beginning, the mission of Life Focus was to provide its clients with exceptional customer service while producing video content with a high-end cinematic aesthetic.  Our goal is to bring national-quality material to businesses both small and large.  In 2013, Life Focus Pictures received a nomination for the 2013 Emerging Small Business Award through the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a nomination for a Small Business Award through the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2011, LFP has served over 70 businesses nationwide producing video content for all needs ranging from broadcast commercials to vision videos for non-profits.
Life Focus Pictures strives to not only produce quality work but have a positive impact on the community in which they live. They are active members of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club & the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (CHAT Team & Minority/Women Owned Task Force). They volunteer their time helping non-profits and also speak to young entrepreneurs, middle & high school students.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” ~ Hebrews 6:7-8

Key Takeaways

  • It’s a great ideas to have a Financial Adviser when first starting off.
  • When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.
  • Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. 
  • Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.
  • Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
  • Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.
  • Never get too attached to your own ideas.
  • John 15:5

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. “]
  • [Tweet “When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.”]
  • [Tweet “Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.”]
  • [Tweet “Never get too attached to your own ideas.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR38

37: Town Hall – 4 Easy, Low Cost Ways to Start a Business

EP.37Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.” ~ Proverbs 27:18 

Key Takeaways

Why everyone should have a part-time business?
Small Businesses make a massive impact on the community around us.
Trend toward freelancers / independent contractors is increasing.
If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline. Employers allow to pay for results, not time.
“The number of contingent employees will increase worldwide or independent contraactors in the US alone contingent workers will exceed 40% of the work force by 2020…traditional full time, full benefit jobs will be harder to find… small businesses will develop their own collaborative network of contingent workers, minimizing fixed labor costs and expanding the available talent pool…Self employment, personal and micro business numbers will increase as a result of this…government will misclassify workers creating a major issue for companies of all sizes and work classification and work style will emerge as a target of intense political debate.”

Skills you will need:

  1. Understand how to manage your finances and your resources.
  2. How to take care of clients.
  3. How to find new business.
  4. How to manage your own time, energy, and yourself.

4 Easy Ways to Start a Part-Time Business

  1. Freelance service work
  2. Teach a class (Online or Offline)
  3. Join a Direct Sales Organization
  4. Make Handcrafted Items

Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.

“Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.”

Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “If you see your employer as someone who exists to serve you, you will see your value to your employer decline.”]
  • [Tweet “Starting a business does not have to be a massive undertaking when you start out.”]
  • [Tweet “Take the plunge. Start something today, even if it’s small.”]
  • [Tweet “”Working for one company and expecting that that is going to be your total career is putting all your eggs in one basket.””]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR37

32: Building a Business as a Teenager w/ Emily Wills

EP. 32Today’s Guest is Emily Wills of Empire Designs.

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Key Takeaways

  • Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.
  • Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.
  • If you have a dream, just go chase it. Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.
  • “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” ~ Isaiah 43:1

  • Keep going even if you have a setback.
  • Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Anyone can find a way to make a great business. Young or old.”]
  • [Tweet “Finding time to hang out with your friends is important. It’s good to have that fellowship.”]
  • [Tweet “Go after that dream and take that leap of faith.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep going even if you have a setback.”]
  • [Tweet “Keep working hard through all of your challenges. You will eventually have a breakthrough.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR32

30: Leading Your Business Through a Changing Marketplace w/ Tom Clifton

EP. 30Today’s guest is Tom Clifton, a cofounder of Animoto. 

“Animoto makes it easy to create professional-quality videos on your computer and mobile device. At our core, we believe that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about—whether that’s your family, business, or a cause—and that making videos shouldn’t be limited to only those with technical know-how and expensive production equipment.
That’s why our team is committed to building products that make it cost-effective, fun, and effortless for anyone to create exceptional videos. We’re about helping you share your story with the world.”

Key Takeaways

  • Have at least one technical founder that you can trust to do the work well.
  • You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt.
  • Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay.
  • When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. That is a good quality to have in an employee.
  • Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. Without that mindset you are going to head downhill.
  • “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” @tomclifton”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR30

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR26

24: Success in a Multi-Generational Business w/ Jessica Hall

EP. 24Today’s Guest is Jessica Hall of Harmony Harvest Farm.
“I am a stay at home mom working hard to make our family farm business successful. I select the flowers we grow, determine planting dates, plant the beds, harvest the flowers, arrange the flowers, invoice the flowers…. since it’s a small family business, we all wear a lot of hats around here!
     I have always had a love and interest in horticulture even as a child. In high school, I was a member of the FFA’s horticulture club and participated in horticulture design events (landscape design on a state level, and floral design on a national level). As a teenager, I worked for a landscape company and also a florist. I attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Horticulture and then spent the next six years working in horticulture distribution, designing greenhouses, consulting with growers, and providing technical assistance on greenhouses and chemical recommendations on crops. Due to that job, I served one year as chair on the North American Horticultural Suppliers Association (NAHSA). 
         Since we decided for me to become a stay at home mom in 2010, I began to devote more time to developing our dream of owning a farm. Due to the relationships I formed within the horticulture industry, I learned invaluable lessons from my former customers’ experiences and I applied this knowledge when formulating our business plan for Harmony Harvest.” 

Key Takeaways

  • “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” ~ Ephesians 5:15
  • Meet with other people who specialize in your field to ask questions and get ideas from.
  • Maintain what you are aspiring to do. Make sure you AND your customers, walk away satisfied.
  • You want to make sure your customers come away from the service with what they came looking for. Whether it’s with your business or not.
  • “Communicating and educating go hand and hand with the marketing of your business.”
  • We have to stay educated and caught up with what the public is needing and wanting.
  • Let people feel that they are apart of your story strengthens your connections and relationships with your customers and partners.
  • Passion. You have to have a passion for what you are doing.
  • Social Media is a great way to publicize your business in this world today.
  • “Happiness is held in the seed, but happiness is shared in the flower” ~ John Hagreen
  • “Flower farmers just smell better.”

 

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” ~ Ephesians 5:15″]
  • [Tweet “Meet with other people who specialize in your field to ask questions and get ideas from. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “”Communicating and educating go hand and hand with the marketing of your business.” @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “Let people feel that they are apart of your story. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “Passion. You have to have a passion for what you are doing. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “”Happiness is held in the seed, but happiness is shared in the flower” ~ John Hagreen”]
  • [Tweet “”Flower farmers just smell better.” @harmonyhrvst”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR24

23: Build Your Team Without Employees w/ Tom Ordover

EP. 23Today’s Guest is Tom Ordover a video proffessional of TEO Creative.
“Tom Ordover is President of TEO Creative. Prior to starting the company, Tom was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of CrossMedia, a division of Golin/Harris International providing integrated communications solutions on a project basis to Golin / Harris clients; as well as its own, independently generated clientele. Tom joined CrossMedia in 1998 after seven years in broadcast journalism — with stints at Fox Sports Chicago, and CNN in Atlanta. He was twice honored with Emmy Awards for his work as a Producer and Executive Producer.”

Key Takeaways

  • You can’t ignore what’s happening in your industry. You must keep up with what is going on.
  • Developing a team of independent contractors gives you flexibility in the the work that you do.
  • You must clarify with the customer what exactly it is that they want. 
  • Every platform needs content. Make sure to continue updating and maintaining your content to draw and hold attention from viewers and potential clients.
  • You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. You don’t have to say yes to every single opportunity that comes your way.
  • LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc…
  • “If you can’t win, change the game.”
  • “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, your reputation is what other people think of you, your character is who you really are when no one else is around. If you take care of your character, you’ll never have to worry about your reputation.”   ~ John Wooden

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You can’t ignore what’s happening in your industry. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “Every platform needs content. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc… @tordover”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR23

21: Success Through Collaboration w/ Lynne Breeden

EP. 21Today’s guest is Lynne Breeden of LTD 7 from Staunton, VA.
“Lynne Breeden’s Stunton, Va., based store has the feel of a well-executed painting brought to life by the hard work and experience of a creative visionary. Breeden opened LTD 7 on May 30, 2013, but indeed her retail history is storied and reaches back into her college days, working retail for the likes of The Limited, Lord and Taylor, and Casual Corner.
Although Breeden briefly tried her hand at banking, she soon returned to retail, helping other stores run their businesses and honing her skills in the process. In 2002 Breeden launched her first store, which specialized in dance apparel and gifts.
By 2008 she sold the store, which had gone through significant change in that time, and became a consultant for retailers seeking to enter the industry. But Breeden proved she couldn’t stay away from first-hand experience for too long as a self-describe “retail junkie” when she opened her latest and greatest concept in early 2013 to “live the dream,” as LTD stands for (“7” is a reference to the Breedens’ faith, as well as number of vendors they represent).”

Key Takeaways

  • When you start your business, to you as an owner it means the world to you. But to the world your a speck. They don’t know your there. So you must constantly remind them that your there. Make yourself known.
  • Social Media has a great influence in this day and age.
  • Consistency of Social Media. You have to be consistent.
  • Give your customers something of value. Such as a Relationship.
  • “You’ve got to give to get”
  • “Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney 

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Social Media has a great influence in this day and age. @shopltd7”]
  • [Tweet “”You’ve got to give to get” @shopltd7″]
  • [Tweet “”Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney @shopltd7″]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR21

19: Town Hall – Simplifying Life & Business w/ Victoria Mininger

EP. 19In today’s Town Hall meeting, we are doing something different.  My guest is, my beautiful wife, Victoria.  And, we are taking you “behind the scenes” to include you in some of our conversations about life, business and where we are going as a family.  Hopefully, you will be encouraged by our journey as ordinary people, making challenging decisions.

Key Takeaways

  • Simplifying Life allows us to focus on what really matters.
  • Simplifying schedules involves our work as well as our family schedules.
  • Leaning into the discomfort helps you push through it.
  • To move into the best things, sometimes we have to let go of good things.
  • Our personal lives spill over and affect our businesses.
  • We need to run our business, not let our business run us.

Tweets

[Tweet “Lean into the discomfort and push through @vmininger”]
[Tweet “Simplify to focus on what really matters @vmininger”]
[Tweet “Run your business, don’t let it run you! @vmininger”]

 Resources

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For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR19