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Briana Borten has built three spas into an eight figure business encompassing a variety of wellness products, including nutritional supplements and the life planner called the Dream Book. She is also the cofounder of DragonTree.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:10] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Briana joins the podcast.
  • [3:20] What is Briana’s favorite story from her book?
  • [5:20] Briana talks about their hiring process.
  • [8:20] Why did Briana write her book?
  • [11:50] Briana talks about some of her 8 steps to quality of life.
  • [14:40] How does Briana structure her day?
  • [19:10] Briana talks about managing five business.
  • [22:50] Best selling and popular products.
  • [28:10] Briana talks about two stories that involved her breaking her bones.
  • [34:10] Starting the first spa.
  • [38:40] What worked and didn’t work building the business?
  • [42:00] Briana talks about opening her spa in the Portland airport.
  • [46:40] How to connect with Briana.
  • [48:00] Parting advice from Briana.

In this episode…

Don’t you hate it when you can’t solve a problem or finish a puzzle? That incomplete feeling can be very frustrating. Now, imagine if you felt that about your physical health. What would it look like to have someone help you discover holistic health? Briana Borten has built a business around helping people find physical, emotional, and lifestyle health. She has devoted her creative pursuits to treating the whole person. This passion led her to open her spa and apothecary, write her book, and publish a journal. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear Brian tell her story of success, personal struggles, and much more!

One of the hardest aspects of starting a small business can be finding the right people to bring on your team. Do you know what qualities to look for in a new candidate? How do you set them up for success from day one? Briana Borten has honed a great hiring process over her years in business. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear some helpful tips from Briana that you can put into place today in your business. Briana’s concepts aren’t just theoretical, she gives real life examples of mistakes she has learned from and how it’s helped her discover the best practices to hiring employees. You don’t want to miss this great episode!

Do you struggle to fit into the traditional mold of an entrepreneur or business leader? Do you find it difficult to adopt the habits and best practices of some of the most successful business icons? You aren’t alone! Successful business leader Briana Borten has found the key to less stress and personal freedom, just be yourself! Sure getting tips and insights on what the most successful leaders do is helpful but just as helpful is finding the right rhythms that allow YOU to thrive. If getting up at 5 am is constantly draining and sucking your productivity, don’t do just because “Successful people” do it. Find out what you can learn from Briana’s personal journey on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Can you imagine what it would be like to work in an industry that changes people’s lives? Briana Borten has the great fortune to see that life-changing impact on her clients on a regular basis. Briana’s products through her apothecary and the healing benefits of her spa’s sessions bring a huge increase in quality of life for many people. She takes great pride in the fact that she is helping people discover holistic health. Not only focusing on the physical, Briana helps people understand other aspects that impact their health. To hear more about Briana’s work and the passion behind her success, make sure to check out this episode of Inspired Insider!

What’s your worst case scenario? What determines your perspective on life? Are you always shooting for the impossible without considering the reality of your dreams? Maybe you need to take a page from Briana Borten’s book. She encourages people to get a healthy perspective on life. Pause, take a look at the good things you have going for you in your life. Would it be the worst thing if you never accomplished more than what you already have? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear helpful insights from Briana on how she gained a healthy perspective. Don’t miss it!

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Ashley Drummonds is the founder of ABS Protein Pancakes. She has been featured on Shark Tank, the Home Shopping Network, Forbes.com, and much more. In over two years she has sold more than $500,000 worth of pancake mix.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s episode.
  • [1:40] Ashley talks about what sets her company apart.
  • [9:00] What software does Ashley use?
  • [12:00] What happened after Shark Tank?
  • [13:40] What advice did Ashley get from Daymond?
  • [14:40] The highest and lowest moment for Ashley.

In this episode…

Can you really build success off of social media engagement? Is your business just a few hashtags away from unlocking it’s potential? Jeremy’s guest, Ashley Drummonds found success with her product ABS Pancakes by leveraging social media engagement before she learned all the tricks and tips of online marketing. Ashley applied common sense to her strategy and it paid off! She used the same carefully selected hashtags and constantly posted about her product on the same platforms at the same time each day. Soon she saw her product gain a following. Ashley has since grown that following and has seen her company take off with exponential growth. Learn more about Ashley’s experience on this episode of Inspired Insider!

What are the ingredients necessary for success? What tools do successful business leaders use on a regular basis? Ashley Drummonds launched her brand in a very public setting with her appearance on Shark Tank. Since that launch and the subsequent success, Ashley has had to find tools and resources to help her keep up with the momentum that she gained. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ashley shares what tools she uses to stay on top of her personal and professional brand promotion. Don’t miss these tools and other lessons from Ashley’s success!

What is one of the most important things to remember when you rise to the top? It’s a kind of unspoken rule in our society - don’t forget where you came from. Help out the little guy. It’s one of those cultural values that we like to think that we can hold celebrities and successful business leaders to. The truth of the matter is, no one can hold anyone to that ideal. It has to be something that the successful individual values for themselves. Ashley Drummonds learned this crucial lesson from her experience on Shark Tank. She makes every effort to encourage and support entrepreneurs who align with the values of her company. To hear more about Ashley’s story, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

At one point in her journey, Ashley Drummonds had to move out to California for her business. She describes this as being one of the most difficult moments she has faced. She went out there with nothing. No support, no family, she was alone. Ashley talks about this time being very influential for her. This was the moment where she had a HUGE gut check and decided if she really had what it took to start a business and be successful. For Ashley, it worked out. Her hard work paid off. What lessons can you learn from her story? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Jay Steinfeld is Founder of Blinds.com. He set up the original eCommerce site NoBrainerBlinds for $3000 in 1996 and has since grown the eCommerce company to over $200 million in annual revenue. It is the world’s top retailer for blinds and shades and provides blinds for over a million windows every year. The company was acquired in 2014 by Home Depot.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Jay talks about starting his first business out of his home.
  • [6:00] Starting an eCommerce business at the beginning of online sales.
  • [11:50] What did Jay want to be when he was a kid?
  • [13:15] Was is a good decision for Jay to go into accounting?
  • [15:15] What did Jay learn from working at Meineke?
  • [17:50] Jay talks about getting feedback from his employees.
  • [19:10] Core values.
  • [21:00] Experiments and risks in business.
  • [24:20] Work and family life.
  • [33:00] Training salespeople.
  • [38:00] Shaping the buying experience.
  • [43:00] Gathering investors.
  • [47:00] Acquiring competitors.
  • [51:15] Wowing the customer.
  • [52:30] Marketing with videos.
  • [57:00] Marketing on radio and TV.
  • [58:30] Home Depot acquires Jay’s company.
  • [1:04:30] Lessons learned from acquisition.
  • [1:07:30] Why did Jay stay on when Home Depot acquired Blinds.com?
  • [1:09:00] What skills has Jay had to develop as a CEO that were different from an entrenpuer?
  • [1:11:40] Lowest moment and highest moment in business.

In this episode…

It isn’t sexy but most businesses would LOVE to be known for quality customer service. The problem is that is costs money and resources to build that kind of culture in your company. But those costs can end up paying HUGE rewards. Jay Steinfeld and his company have built a reputation of providing quality customer service. On this episode, Jay and Jeremy discuss taking risks, enjoying work, providing the best product to customers, and so much more. This is an episode that any business leader would be wise to listen to, there are so many applications! Don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider.

Taking risks in business can be scary. What if you fail? What if it all comes crashing down around you? However, taking risks is necessary! It's been said that if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. Are you taking risks? Jay Steinfeld will be the first to tell you that he is risk averse. But he has forced himself and his organization to push through the uncomfortable and take risks. They don’t take HUGE risks, rather they have committed themselves to constant experimentation. They regularly take small risks in the hope that one pays off and becomes the next great idea. Jay thinks of this process as an investment in his company’s future. Learn more from Jay and the lessons he has learned in business on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Do you LOVE your job? Does getting up for work each morning fire you up? Meet someone who loves what he does, Jay Steinfeld. Jay is the CEO of Blinds.com and he considers his job FUN. He has spent years building up his team and his business from a small operation out of his home to an industry leading multimillion dollar company. The joy and excitement Jay has for his job have spread throughout his organization. In fact, having fun is one of their core values. If you’d like to hear Jay expand on his core values and catch why he is so fired up about his job, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

In many sales circles, the emphasis is on the features that a product provides. But this approach doesn’t take into consideration the prospective customer's perspective. It doesn’t anticipate the customer's needs. A good salesperson listens to their customer and matches them to the product that will provide them the most benefit. This approach is central to Jay Steinfeld and his team at Blinds.com. Jay’s many years of experience in sales and specifically dealing with the sale of blinds has shaped his perspective. He wants his salespeople to give outstanding service to their customers. Learn more about Jay’s insights and how you can apply them to your industry on this episode of Inspired Insider.

The reputation of customer service in our society isn’t always positive. You hear horror stories of people calling in and having to spend hours on hold and then get someone who isn’t interested in taking care of their problem. On the other side, you hear stories that speak of customer service employees having a terrible working experience. When a business gets customer service right, they stand out. Jay Steinfeld’s company, Blinds.com holds to high customer service standards. In fact, it was their excellent reputation for customer service that factored into Home Depot decision to acquire them. Their reputation in this area is not by accident. Jay Steinfeld talks about how this is something he has carried with him through all his years in business. To hear more about Jay’s lessons in customer service, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Charlie Moyer who went from an unemployed military veteran with no eCommerce or online marketing experience to growing his men’s grooming company, Badass Beardcare from $3000 per month to $375,000 in monthly sales. It all started with a simple $20 investment, and now he employs over 12 people in their El Dorado Hills facility.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s episode.
  • [2:00] Charles shares a funny military story.
  • [3:30] Charles shares two serious military stories.
  • [6:00] How did Charles scale his product for a larger production?
  • [7:00] What is the most challenging aspect for Charles and his team?
  • [8:15] The lowest point so far for Charles and Badass Beardcare.
  • [10:40] The proudest moment so far for Charles and Badass Beardcare.
  • [11:30] Charles talks about his wife’s role in the business.
  • [14:00] The most memorable part of the journey for Charles’ wife, Ashley.
  • [16:50] How does the business stay organized and on schedule?

In this episode…

What causes small business growth? Is the right product, the right timing, or the right team? Sometimes it can seem like a bit of all three and a dash of good luck. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from small business owner Charles Moyer. He and his wife started Badass Beardcare out of their home and have grown it into a thriving company. Charles shares about the difficult lessons learned, proudest moments, the partnership with his wife, and tools that have helped them succeed. This is a helpful episode filled with powerful lessons that you can benefit from, don’t miss out!

Have you ever had a difficult and challenging moment in business? What about dealing with a difficult personnel problem? One of the low points from Charles Moyer and his company Badass Beardcare came when they had a team member who started to perform poorly. Removing a once productive team member is always a difficult and unpleasant process but it's necessary for healthy businesses to thrive. The good news is that these difficult and uncomfortable situations often lead to greater understanding and lessons learned. What can you take away from Charles’ story? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you thought either personally or professionally that you “Arrived?” Entrepreneur Charles Moyer had one of those moments last December when his company Badass Beardcare hit over $15,000 in sales for a single day! He pulls that day out as a shining moment of success. As a small business owner, it’s important to hold onto and reflect upon those successful and proud moments, because they don’t happen everyday. Charles is also quick to add that he is filled with pride when he hears from his customers. On a regular basis, he hears from satisfied customers who are raving fans of his product. Charles shares more great insights from his journey as a small business owner on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Sometimes a small business needs a little push to help take it to the next level of growth. Charles Moyer tells a story about how his wife helped to literally push their small business out of the house and toward greater success. Charles started his company Badass Bearcare out of their home. As he worked to get their fledgling business off the ground, Charles’ wife Ashley helped between her shifts as a nurse. She would print all the orders while Charles slept and he would pick up where she left off in the morning. Soon after Ashley became pregnant the odor from the product because too much for her to handle so she “Encouraged” Charles to move the operation outside of their home. This ended up being a huge help on their journey toward success. Don’t miss out on more of their story on this episode of Inspired Insider!

Do you struggle with organization? Are you looking for tips on how top business leaders stay focused and keep things clear? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from entrepreneur Charles Moyer. He and his wife Ashley run Badass Beardcare. Ashley says that one of the best tools they’ve implemented on their journey from small startup to a thriving business is Google Calendar. This simple online and app featured tool helps Ashley and Charles keep their schedules synchronized and their business organized. To hear more - make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Ian Stanley who is a top direct response marketer. He has written email copy for large seven and eight figure companies with email lists topping 1.2 million subscribers.

Ian is the founder of Fixt Water and is on a mission to change people’s lives by providing drinkable water, no matter the condition. He even has a disgusting video where he collected water with mud and waste and then drinks it after being filtered by a Fixt water pitcher.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces his guest, Ian Stanley.
  • [3:30] Why is Ian so confidant that his product works?
  • [8:40] How did Ian come across the technology that makes his product work?
  • [10:15] What got Ian involved with water filters?
  • [17:00] What worked and didn’t work when Ian started selling filters and writing copy?
  • [28:55] The components of success.
  • [37:30] Ian’s influences in direct sales.
  • [40:00] Earning your customers trust.
  • [48:30] Ian talks about marketing his water filters.
  • [57:30] Tactics & techniques. Principles & strategies. Ian talks about his showerhead.
  • [1:07:00] What is taking Ian longer with this product to see the success he is use to?
  • [1:18:00] What did Ian want to do when he was growing up?
  • [1:22:00] An event that changed Ian’s life and fueled his passion to help save lives.
  • [1:24:00] How to connect with Ian.

In this episode…

What does creative marketing look like? How can you think outside of the box to engage with your customers? Ian Stanley has gained a following because of his creative marketing approach. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will learn about what sets Ian’s methods apart, the components of success that he has built upon, how to connect with customers on an emotional level, and the role of transparency in the marketplace. There are so many great lessons and insights that Ian generously shares, you don’t want to miss it! Grab a pen and some paper and get ready for an engaging episode.

The marketing landscape has entered a new and exciting time. From Super Bowl commercials to viral videos, social media engagement, and so much more, the possibilities are endless. What can you do to make your product stand out? How can you creatively engage with your customers in a fresh and appealing way? Ian Stanley had honed in on a fantastic approach. Part of his unique approach has to do with his product, the Fixt Water filter. Ian takes great pride in his ability to go to extremes testing and proving that his product is at the top of the industry. He does this by going to various locations and pushing the envelope on what most people would do, like drinking water from a toilet that has been filtered through his product. Ian’s approach is connecting with a lot of people. To find out what lead him to this level of success, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider.

It’s can be difficult to find the right path toward success. You might find yourself second-guessing your approach and making tweaks here and there along the way. What if you had to start over? What would you do differently? Ian Stanley had that opportunity. He had a successful start working on sales copy in the water filter industry but then struck out on his own. From that moment on he has had to figure out what the components of success would be for this new company. Ian took some important lessons with him from that first endeavor and has built a new and exciting business. What can you learn from Ian’s insights? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Many salespeople and industry leaders miss a vital point of sales and marketing. Connecting with the customer on an emotional level. How do you do this without coming off as manipulative and “Slimy?” Ian Stanley is trying to walk the fine line of engaging with his prospective customers through comedy and then also explaining how his product will impact their lives. It’s a difficult balance to strike but Ian’s approach makes a lot of sense. What would it look like for you and your business to adapt to this approach? If you’d like to learn more about Ian’s product and how he engages with customers, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider.

The average consumer has become increasingly more educated as research is available at their fingertips. Responding accordingly, today’s marketplace has placed a premium on transparency. What does that look like from a business leaders perspective? Entrepreneur Ian Stanley is Jeremy’s guest on this episode of Inspired Insider. Ian has built his latest endeavor “Fixt Water” around this concept of transparency. He doesn’t want to promise anything his product can’t deliver on. Ian has gone to extreme means to put his money where his mouth is. In a series of viral videos, Ian has shown his dedication to proving the superiority of his product. To learn more about Ian’s approach, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Ed O’Keefe, Father of seven, grew up in a household of 13 children. He is the author of the book, “Time Collapsing! The New Art of Speed, Money, Power, and Meaning!” He has used his time collapsing methods to leap to the top of industries. He has started multiple companies from scratch to multiple seven and even eight figures.

In dentistry, Ed sold over $50,000,000 in marketing systems and seminars. He started Marine Essentials and has sold over $60,000,000 in health supplements. On top of having seven kids and running the businesses mentioned, Ed was a Kokoro 40 Graduate! A 51-hour mini-hell week created by commander Mark Divine.

Ed also runs a podcast, the "Ed O'Keefe Show" and invests in KNOWfoods.com a health food company that is disrupting the food industry.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces today’s guest, Ed O’Keefe
  • [2:30] Ed talks about sales copy.
  • [4:40] Niche coaching clubs.
  • [9:00] Ed’s shift to Marine Essentials.
  • [13:00] The problem with free trials.
  • [17:00] Ed’s first campaign with Marine Essentials.
  • [18:30] Ed shares a great tip regarding direct mailing.
  • [22:00] A family story from Ed.

In this episode…

You learn from the content you consume. That’s not a shocking statement. But most business leaders don’t discern what content and more importantly, what voices they allow to influence their thinking. You need to find the right business coach. It could make all the difference. You need an outside perspective to help you see the aspects of your business that you are too close to notice. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from renowned business coach and entrepreneur, Ed O’Keefe. Ed and Jeremy discuss mistakes to learn from, the impact a business coach can have, building the right team, and so much more! Grab a pen and paper, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

One of the most important assets for a leader to have is also one of the most underrated; humility. How do you achieve humility? Usually, you become humble because you faced failure or a setback. But there are those leaders that you get around who exude humility because it’s just a part of who they are. Either way, a lack of humility is a dangerous trait in a leader. You need to know your limitations and how to grow from your mistakes. Ed O’Keefe isn’t shy to talk about the missteps and errors he has made in business. It’s refreshing to hear from a business leader that doesn't always put a positive spin on everything, he’s aware of his errors and he wants leaders like you to learn from them. Listen to this episode of Inspired Insider to learn more about Ed’s story!

Are you looking for that one thing that will push you over the top? Have you been tweaking your approach but feel like there is something missing that you can’t put your finger on? You might need a business coach. Jeremy’s guest on this episode of Inspired Insider is Ed O’Keefe. Ed has worked with business and entrepreneurs to help them take their success to the next level. He has developed tools and strategies leaders like you can implement to see the results you’ve been looking for. To hear more about Ed’s approach, make sure to catch this episode!

You hear it mentioned a lot by high caliber leaders but it bears repeating, you need the right team around you. The truth of the matter is, a good leader can only go so far by themselves. If you are wondering what is holding your business back, take a look at your team. Have you put the right people in place? Do you trust them? Have you given them the tools they need to succeed? Before you change your vision or start a new endeavor, it’s best to take a look at the people you have around you. To hear more about the necessity of a healthy team, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider.

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Today we have a top entrepreneur and business strategist - Vinnie Fisher. Using over ten years experience as a tax and business lawyer he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2007 and since has grown businesses to 7, 8 and 9 figures generating over $300 million in gross revenue for his own companies.

Just to give you an example He has started 9 locations for adults with disabilities, information publishing, a web hosting company brain host that grossed over $100 million, a website security company site trust, a health supplement company, and is presently Founder and CEO of Fully Accountable, they act as CFO for your company - a done for you back office solution that allows you to make data-driven decisions based on your numbers.

Vinnie is also the Founder of Total CEO, an education company that caters to CEO’s to help them grow and scale their company.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Vinnie Fisher.
  • [3:00] How does Vinnie make time for family?
  • [7:00] Vinnie talks about his daily routine.
  • [12:40] Write out your mission.
  • [15:00] The CEO mindset.
  • [20:00] The three main holes that kill businesses.
  • [26:20] How does that fit?
  • [30:00] The team triangel.
  • [35:00] Should you be focused on growth OR profitability?
  • [38:50] The number one reason people drift off or leave their job.
  • [40:30] How did Vinnie grow affiliates?
  • [48:40] How do you hire the right people?
  • [59:40] Vinnie talks about training and developing team members.
  • [1:08:30] What does Fully Accountable do?
  • [1:14:00] Vinnie talks about going from practicing law to striking out as an entrepreneur.
  • [1:20:30] What did Vinnie want to be when he was younger?
  • [1:24:00] The lowest moment for Vinnie.
  • [1:28:00] The proudest moment for Vinnie.

In this episode…

Every business leader wants a high performing team. There is a whole section of books and studies dedicated to understanding how thriving teams operate and how to replicate those results. Vinnie Fisher is a renowned business leader and team builder. He doesn’t just talk a good game when it comes to building healthy teams, he has the team to prove it. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will learn about the three main holes that kill businesses, the importance of focusing on profitability, how to hire and train the right people, and so much more!

What are the most common reasons that businesses fail? Industry leader Vinnie Fisher has identified three main holes that kill businesses. Don’t rush through these and think they couldn’t apply to you and your business. Go slow and consider each one. Businesses fail because….

  1. They are in the wrong marketplace or they are selling to the wrong people.
  2. They have the wrong team. They failed to build the right team.
  3. They ran out of cash.

Take a moment and really consider if ANY of these apply to your company. If you think that one might apply or you are getting closer to one than you’d like, don’t despair! Vinnie has the tools and solutions to help you out. First, take the time to listen to this information rich episode of Inspired Insider. Then, make sure you get the free resources that Vinnie is offering located in the resources section at the end of this post.

Should you be focused on Growth OR Profitability? If you are a business owner, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question on at least one occasion. Which one are you more prone to effort toward? Entrepreneur Vinnie Fisher is convinced that the best route for most companies to take is to focus on profitability. He explains that by focusing on profit and more specifically profit margins - you are able to keep a better eye on how the rest of your company is performing. If you’d like to hear Vinnie expand on this idea and share more powerful lessons from his years in business, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider.

How do you hire and train the right people? What does it take to get the right people and build a high performing team? Vinnie Fisher has established a reputation in the business community of building quality teams. He has learned that one of the keys to building a thriving team is knowing your culture. Every company has a distinct culture and it usually comes from the CEO. Do you know what kind of a culture you are disseminating? If you having a difficult time with personal, it's likely because you don’t understand your culture and it's impacting your team. If you’d like to learn more about what it takes to build a healthy team, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

What is the primary reason someone leaves a job or their performance tanks? Business leader Vinnie Fisher says it’s because they are dissatisfied with their job. He also shares the three most common reasons for this dissatisfaction.

  1. They don’t know how to do their job.
  2. They don’t know what their job is.
  3. They aren’t trained properly.

The important lesson to learn here is to be absolutely clear as possible with your team members. They need to know exactly what you expect from them and they need metrics for success. This will eventually make your job easier because their performance will improve and there will be a streamlined method for evaluation. Hear more insights and tools you can use to build a high performing team on this episode of Inspired Insider.

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Today we have Pete Spenuzza Founder of Rise Bar. After acquiring a small operation in San Diego Pete turned around the healthy snack company. Rise Bar can be found in select Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Vitamin Shoppe and many more online and offline. Their facility is entirely free of wheat, cane sugar, GMO’s, meat, eggs and peanuts ensuring the products are gluten-free, and soy-free.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:02] Jeremy introduces his guest, Peter Spenuzza.
  • [1:45] Who are the key people you put in place for success?
  • [3:00] What were the early days of business like?
  • [4:55] Once you clean house what were your next steps?
  • [7:00] Why did Peter bring on a high level executive team?
  • [8:50] How did Rise Bar get into some of the big retailers?
  • [10:30] What are the drawbacks to getting into the big retailers?
  • [11:30] Peter and Jeremy talk about the Rise Bar.
  • [15:10] What does a successful product launch look like?
  • [17:10] What has been the lowest and highest moment in this journey?

In this episode…

Hiring the right people can be a difficult task for any CEO. Many leaders hire from a place of urgency or desperation. Is there a better way? Peter Spenuzza has determined that taking their time and waiting for the right people to come along is a central piece of Rise Bar’s continued success. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Peter talks about the ingredients of success, what he LOVES about his company’s product and the difficult aspects of having quality team members. If you are looking for insight and helpful lessons in business, you’ve come to the right place!

Why is Rise Bar so successful? Peter Spenuzza is convinced that they are successful because they produce a high-quality product that is healthy and delicious AND because they hire the right people. Peter is quick to tell you that they were able to ride the consumer wave of an increased demand for transparency - their bars only have a handful of ingredients. They’ve also excelled in being patient and hiring the right people for each job opening. It hasn’t always been easy but this patient approach to hiring and the transparent approach to product development has paid large dividends in success for the company. To hear more insights from Peter, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

When you see your business or product take off into stratospheric success that usually will count as a “High point” for most entrepreneurs but for Peter Spenuzza, it’s different. Peter isn’t crazy, of course, he LOVES that his company’s product has taken off and is sold at retailers like Whole Foods. But what fires Peter up is getting texts or emails from friends or acquaintances who snap a picture just to let him know where they found his product and that they are HUGE fans of it. To this day, that gets Peter fired up more than the numbers and spreadsheets - they are making a difference in people’s lives and that is huge!

One of the most difficult aspects of hiring the right people for the job is watching them leave. You invest a lot of time, training, and resources in building up and equipping a talented individual and sometimes that person will move on to new opportunities. On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Peter Spenuzza talks about watching talented people move on as being one of the most difficult aspects of running a successful and thriving company. Peter is gracious and understands why people leave to pursue other opportunities but it still stings - you get attached to people! To hear more about Peter’s story with Rise Bar, make sure to listen to this episode.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Today we have Wade Foster CoFounder of Zapier. Zapier gives you internet automation superpowers by making it easy to get your web apps to talk to each other. For example, I use Zapier in two ways - when someone fills out our type form application for Rise 25 it automatically imports it in Infusionsoft so we can make sure to stay in touch. Also for Inspired insider, when a blog post gets published it automatically posts the link on Twitter and Facebook. It's like having a virtual staff member focused on automation for a fraction of the price. Zapier went from zero to over 1.4 million users and grew to 50 staff in five years.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces today’s guest, Wade Foster.
  • [2:20] Wade talks about growing up in Missouri.
  • [8:00] How did Wade fare with entrepreneurship before he started Zapier?
  • [13:30] What were some of the sacrifices that Wade has made?
  • [16:20] What progress was Wade seeing with Zapier that make him go full time?
  • [17:20] How did they come up with the name Zapier?
  • [19:00] Wade talks about work life balance.
  • [23:50] Lessons learned from going through the Y Combinator process.
  • [27:30] Wade talks about the progress from having no clients to having many clients.
  • [32:00] What was it that made Wade’s presentation a success?
  • [41:40] How does Wade approach hiring?
  • [44:40] Wade talks about his work retreats.
  • [50:20] What is the craziest thing someone has automated via Zapier?
  • [52:00] Business uses for automation via Zapier.
  • [55:40] Why did Wade decide to have free plan for Zapier?
  • [58:40] How did Wade set the price point for their plans?
  • [1:00:50] What was the high point and low point for Wade and Zapier?
  • [1:04:30] Wade’s proudest moment with Zapier.
  • [1:06:00] What products have come out of company retreats?
  • [1:07:50] What Chrome extensions does Wade use?

In this episode…

How can your business benefit from automation solutions? You might be quick to point out that you don’t run Uber and you aren’t experimenting with kiosks at a fast food chain so what does automation have to do with you and your business? Wade Foster started a company called Zapier to provide automation solutions for everyday entrepreneurs and business leaders like you! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will learn about Wade’s company and all they have to offer. You will also hear about Wade’s entrepreneurial spirit, some of his best business practices, and much more. This is a powerful episode you don’t want to miss!

Some people are convinced that everyone can be an entrepreneur and some are convinced that it’s something that can’t be taught or developed, you have it or you don’t. Wade Foster doesn’t make a definitive case for either side but he tells his story of how each step was an arrival for him and his journey to become the entrepreneur and business leader he is today. Wade grew up in a culture that didn’t really instill or cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. But Wade kept finding himself pushing for more and more opportunities to prove his capabilities. From early on he couldn’t shake the idea that you get paid for the value you create. This drive led to Wade eventually starting his own business, Zapier.

Success can feel like it is an elusive target when you are building a company from the ground up. You find yourself waiting, hoping, and stressing for something that feels like you have no control over. Then after all that effort, success starts to grow and blossom from all the plans you’ve put in place. This is the moment entrepreneurs LIVE for. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeremy talks with business leader Wade Foster. Wade started the company Zapier and after months and months of effort, he started to see his company take off. The networking relationships played a key role in convincing Wade that it was time to go all in and focus all of his energy and time into this new startup. Make sure to catch this episode for more of Wade’s story!

Have you ever had a moment in your work day when you wish you could just press a button to send a report or to have a task begin? Automation is getting a lot of buzz in the business sector right now from self-driving cars, to fast food kiosks, and so much more! Wade Foster started Zapier as an extension of his engineering background. He loves the solutions that his business is able to come up with that saves business leaders time and energy so they can maximize profits. If you haven’t heard of Zapier, you’ve got to check them out. Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work. The tools they offer might be just the thing you need to take your business to the next level of success.

What advantage can you gain from giving your product away for free? Is this a good strategy? Wade Foster and his company Zapier didn’t start with a free version of their product but they decided to offer one for marketing purposes. It makes sense to them because a lot of applications they were interfacing with offer free plans too. They also found that people were more likely to talks about and promote Zapier if it had a free plan that people could start using with no risk right away. To hear more about Wade’s decision to offer a free plan and the lessons you can take away, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

Direct download: wadefosterfinalinterview.mp3
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