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Cameron Herold is the former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk. He helped grow the company from $2 million to $106 million in only six years without any debt or outside funding. He has helped build three $100 million dollar companies.

 

Today he is a top rated international speaker and he coaches CEOs on steps to multiply their revenue and profit.

 

He is best selling author of the book-- Double Double: How to Double your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less --which is on its 7th printing.

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

 

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction of Cameron Herold, author of Double Double and founder of BackPocket COO.
  • [1:31] Raising entrepreneurs.
  • [2:32] The lowest point for Cameron.
  • [4:27] Learning to recognize the symptoms of stress.
  • [5:57] One of the proudest moments for Cameron.
  • [7:23] Some of the daily rituals that are important to Cameron’s success.

In this episode…

Cameron’s attraction to entrepreneurship started early. Having a father and 2 grandfathers who were entrepreneurs inspired Cameron to be an entrepreneur himself. He talks about the impact of raising entrepreneurs and how he applies those principles to raising his own children, including some of the values he instills in them to make entrepreneurship a part of their life, even at a young age.

Cameron goes on to discuss the low point of his journey, which came in the form of a huge wake-up call about his health. He shares what it was like to find out his health was at risk due to stress and how he’s managed to turn things around. Cameron shares how he de-stresses and makes it a priority to disconnect from work every day. This scare inspired Cameron to change his habits, get healthy, and learn the signs of stress so he can avoid problems down the road.

The high point for Cameron comes in the form of the life he’s created. He’d always dreamed of owning his time so, for Cameron, being able to live a life of freedom for himself and his family is the high point. He talks about the importance of being able to spend time with his family and travel. Cameron shares some of his favorite trips, including a visit to Qatar when he was able to coach the monarchy there.

In closing, Cameron gives insight into the most important rituals in his day. He talks about the value of disconnecting and why it’s at the core of his daily routine. Cameron also shares insight into his habit of writing down 5 things he wants to work on each day, and having an accountability partner to help him stick to his goals. After embracing entrepreneurship at a young age, it’s clear Cameron has built the life he’s always wanted.

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Gary Nealon is the founder of RTA Cabinet Store and has built an 8-figure eCommerce business. Gary is also the owner of the Rox Group, a collection of eCommerce sites in the home improvement niche. Rox Group includes one of the largest online distributors and importers of kitchen cabinets in the United States. 

They have been featured one over 80 shows on popular networks like HGTV, A&E, and many others. Gary has been featured on the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 as well as being listed as one of Philly’s 100 fastest-growing companies in the past 3 years. Gary also runs WineTrailAdventures.com and Nealon Solutions, which is a marketing company.

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

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction of Gary Nealon, founder of RTA Cabinet Store and The Rox Group.
  • [1:32] What’s been the lowest and proudest eCommerce points?
  • [3:49] The lesson you want to leave us with today?

In this episode…

Like all business owners, Gary faced his fair share of struggles. He managed to go from bankruptcy to 8-figure eCommerce business by implementing marketing strategies that allowed him to truly connect with his market. In this chat, Gary shares the high point and the lowest point of his eCommerce business, as well as a final piece of advice for fellow business owners.

The lowest point was quite easy for Gary to pinpoint: filing bankruptcy in his previous business. He talks about why it was so difficult and what it was like to tell the investors that the business just wasn’t going to work. Gary shares how it felt to realize it was time to accept defeat and move forward, in spite of how hard he’d worked to get the business to succeed.

For Gary, the high point has come in the last few years, when he feels like all of the hard work is really starting to pay off. He talks about how it feels to finally get recognition for doing this right, especially after having faced a bankruptcy with the previous business. Gary talks with great pride about building the successful businesses he runs today and why it’s important to never lose sight of the low points.

In closing, Gary offers a final thought to business owners: get to know your customer. He talks about the value of direct marketing and truly understanding who your customer is in order to make the connection you need. After facing bankruptcy and building flourishing businesses, it’s clear Gary understands how to truly connect with the market in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Wes Grudzien is co-founder of Lullaby Lane. Wes helped grow the company’s Amazon sales to over 7 million dollars annually in less than 3 years.

He is also the founder of Ezonomy, where he teaches the exact methods used to grow a 7-figure business and consults with large-scale sellers.

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

  • [0:47] Jeremy’s introduction of Wes Grudzien, co-founder of Lullaby Lane.
  • [1:11] What’s been the lowest point?
  • [3:29] What’s been the highest point?
  • [4:08] Celebrating the high points.

In this episode…

Finding success in a highly competitive market certainly comes with its fair share of challenges. As Wes and the Lullaby Lane team sought success in their Amazon storefront, they learn to tackle those challenges head on. Wes shares the high point and low point of the business, as well as the lessons learned along the way.

Wes discusses the low point of Lullaby Lane, which came following a misunderstanding about shipping weights. He shares how the issue evolved, and what it was like to face suspended selling privileges when they were really starting to flourish. Although it was difficult to overcome this challenge, Wes talks about the lessons learned and how it made them better in the end.

As Lullaby Lane continued to grow, there was much to celebrate. Wes gives insight into one of the high points of the business, which came when they hit $4m in sales. He shares how it felt to reach this milestone, and how he celebrated with his team. For Wes, it was about continuing to strive for more and realizing the formula he had truly worked.

This short episode gives insight into how a successful business can overcome challenges and continue to flourish in spite of them. It’s clear Lullaby Lane is a huge success and Wes shares his formula with others through Ezonomy.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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John Ruhlin is the founder of the Ruhlin Group and the author of Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention. He’s the #1 all time distributor of Cutco Knives in its 65+ year history.

 John is a master gift-giver, who forges lifetime relationships while generating huge returns for his clients.  His impressive list of clients includes the Chicago Cubs, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bears and many top entrepreneurs including Darren Hardy, Cameron Hould, and many more.

 The true essence of John Ruhlin can be summed up in this quote from a very important person, his daughter: John helps people love on people.

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

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction of John Ruhlin, founder of the Ruhlin Group and author of Giftology.
  • [1:58] The low point of John’s journey.
  • [2:58] How did you get out of that “funk”?
  • [5:30] How did your wife help you get through that low point?
  • [7:17] One of the proudest moments in your journey.
  • [9:34] Some of the perks John and his partner give to the team.
  • [10:24] John explains his connection to The Bubble Banks Company.
  • [13:40] How to connect with John.
  • [14:22] Who are some of the companies and entrepreneurs you want as a client?

In this episode…

Listening to the master gift-giver makes it clear that giving should be a core value of companies large and small. John discusses the evolution of his company, including the all-important highs and lows along the way. From his days as a struggling entrepreneur to the success he enjoys today, John has maintained a focus on the core value of his company: giving.

John shares insight into his lowest points, which included tragedy, heartache, and shock. He talks about the lessons learned from these low points and how he managed to bounce back. John also talks about how he found support during these struggles and why the low points helped to make him an even stronger entrepreneur, and person. He gives insight into how his wife’s support helped him persevere in the darkest times.

John goes on to discuss the proudest moments of his journey. From launching his book, Giftology, to the honor of being asked to speak at Google, John has enjoyed many high points throughout his journey. He goes on to discuss some of the perks he and his partner give to the team, and why it’s so important to find ways to give back to the people that make it all happen.

In closing, John goes over his “dream list” of clients he’d love to work with, including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferris, Michael Hyatt, and Seth Godin.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Today we have Amine Khechfe who cofounded Endicia with Dr. Harry Whitehouse in the 1980’s.  Endicia is a leading provider of eCommerce shipping technologies with more than $12 billion in postage printed. They help send over 500 million parcels of mail per year and account for over 60% of all online postage printed in the US. They help businesses run their shipping operations by printing shipping labels or online postage right from your desk.

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

  • [1:02] Jeremy’s introduction of Amine Khechfe, cofounder of Endicia.
  • [1:27] The low point and the high point of Endicia.
  • [2:33] How to get through the low points.
  • [3:02] The high point for Endicia.
  • [4:10] The process of getting approval from USPS.

In this episode…

For any business, there are highs and lows along the way. For Endicia, the low points helped to keep them focused on their core values and continue to grow the business in the right direction. Amine shares the lowest points and the highest points in the evolution of Endicia.

The low points came in the 1990s during the earliest days of Endicia. Amine discusses what was at the core of most of their challenges and how the managed to move past these obstacles. He discusses the difficulties of not knowing what the future would hold and if anyone would even take their business seriously, and why they maintained a focus on the customer through it all.

Amine goes on to share the proudest moments for Endicia, which came when they finally gained approval from the USPS. He talks about the process of getting the approval and why it was essential to the future of the business. Amine also discusses why they continued to focus on their ability to meet the needs of the customer, no matter what.

As they close out their chat, Amine discusses one of the key factors to their success: having the right people around them. He shares why it’s so important to have the right people on the team and in your circle in order to stay focused on your goals and keep working towards them.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Today we have Travis Romine, Founder of Sharp Commerce. His company is a group of ecommerce ninjas helping with customer engagement, retention and advanced marketing.

He took sales from $100/day to $15,000+/day over 10-year period at Paradise Fibers that he cofounded, which grew to one of the top performing businesses in the needle-craft industry.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy’s introduction of Travis Romine, founder of Sharp Commerce.
  • [1:24] Advantages and disadvantages of various ecommerce platforms.
  • [5:23] What level would someone have to be at for you to tell them to try Magento?
  • [7:00] Other ecommerce platforms to consider.
  • [9:11] The main differences between BigCommerce and Volusion.
  • [11:05] Why would you recommend BigCommerce over Volusion?
  • [12:38] Travis discusses Shopify.
  • [17:45] At what level would it be a no brainer to choose Magento?
  • [19:36] Travis compares the major ecommece platforms, discussing the pros and cons of each.
  • [22:30] What is it about Magento that makes it a worthwhile investment?
  • [24:04] The role of reporting in ecommerce platforms.
  • [28:19] Comparison shopping engines and other tips.
  • [31:01] How to connect with Travis.

In this episode…

With over a decade of experience in the ecommerce industry, it’s clear Travis is a guru. He’s the go to guy for insight into the business, tips on selecting the right platform, and so much more. In this chat with Jeremy, Travis offers insight into the top ecommerce platforms, including how to choose the right one for your budget.

When it’s time to select an ecommerce platform and you aren’t sure which way to go, there’s no better guy to ask than Travis. As an innovator in the field, Travis has a comprehensive understanding of the pros and cons of each platform, including (perhaps most importantly) which one is best for your budget. He shares tips on his top 3 platforms - Magento, BigCommerce, and Volusion - including what’s great and not so great about each one.

Travis starts with an in-depth analysis of Magento, including why it’s not the right choice for fledgling businesses with a smaller budget. He also shares insight into some of the things that make Magento stand out from other ecommerce platforms in terms of ease of use, functionality, and versatility. Travis goes on to share the main issue with Magento: an absence of scalability. The solution? Take a look at BigCommerce and Volusion.

When comparing BigCommerce and Volusion, it’s clear that some of the things that make Magento great are missing. But what’s also clear is that these are 2 great options for smaller businesses without a monster budget. Travis discusses the pros and cons of each platform, in order to simplify the selection process for companies in search of the right platform. Travis closes by offering tips on reporting, search, and other essential functions - including how each platform performs.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Kenny Kane has been coding since the age 13 and began his career as a pharmacy technician at the age of 15.  

Kenny is COO and Cofounder of StupidCancer.org where he oversees eCommerce, content curation,and much more. He has also helped develop corporate relationships such as Siemens, General Motors, Seattle Genetics and many more.

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

  • [0:41] Jeremy’s introduction of Kenny Kane, co-founder of StupidCancer.org
  • [1:10] What best tips do you have to help people increase their eCommerce business.
  • [3:07] What has been one of your proudest moments in your eCommerce journey?
  • [4:02] Winning Non-Profiteer of the Year.

In this episode…

Working in the nonprofit space isn’t for everyone. It comes with its own set of unique challenges, but it also can be tremendously rewarding. Kenny shares some of the ups and downs of the business, offering valuable insight into how he managed to grow the Stupid Cancer eCommerce business so effectively.

Kenny gives his top tips for fellow eCommerce professionals - offering tactical ideas that can truly transform your business. His main tip? Find the intersection of minimum orders and profit. Kenny also discusses the value of finding ways to improve efficiency by automating wherever possible.

Jeremy asks about the proudest moments of Kenny’s experience with Stupid Cancer. Kenny gives insight into the pride he feels in seeing people posting pictures of their shirts and the difference it makes in their lives. He talks about how rewarding it is to be a part of helping them come to terms with their cancer diagnosis.

In closing, Kenny discusses what it was like to be named Nonprofiteer of the year by the NYC chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. He also talks about his role in YNPN today and why he’s passionate about the work they do.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Steve Chou is founder of bumblebee linens and mywifequitherjob.com He is a smart dude ...how do I know that? Because he has bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

He not only runs multiple six figure businesses but also is a hardware engineer by day and entrepreneur by night - in addition to being a husband and dad of 2 kids.

We met at a mastermind meeting that John Corcoran and I put together SF.

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

In this episode…

Steve Chou is no stranger to navigating the world of ecommerce and coming out on top. Steve’s business, Bumblebee Linens, has become hugely successful - being featured on the Today Show and in magazines like Real Simple, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many others.

In this short chat with Steve, Jeremy asks for some actionable tips and strategies that can help people grow their ecommerce business. Steve discusses the difficulty of being seen in a highly saturated market, which has been commoditized by Amazon. He shares some tips to help your business gain traction in a highly competitive market.

Steve discusses the value of establishing your own brand presence in the market and he offers insight into how you can do that: content. Steve talks about why it’s important to put out content and how it helps you connect with your target market and, therefore, grow your business.

Steve goes on to discuss how he uses this content strategy during product launches and why it helps him sell products.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Craig Ballantyne has helped over 1.5 million people with his Turbulence Training and Home Workout Revolution exercise programs.

He has been a fitness expert to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and is co-owner of the popular success newsletter, EarlytoRise.com, where they reach hundreds of thousands of people daily with success, fitness, and self-improvement advice.

He is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life.

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

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction of Craig Ballantyne, founder of Early to Rise and author of The Perfect Day Formula.
  • [1:14] What’s been the lowest moment, and how did you push through it?
  • [3:28] Dealing with severe anxiety and overcoming it.
  • [3:58] One of Craig’s proudest moments.
  • [4:49] The inspiration behind The Perfect Day Formula Book and the kit.
  • [6:52] What is The Golden Ticket?
  • [7:46] Some flaws Craig has discovered when people follow the Perfect Day Formula.
  • [9:55] Where to find The Perfect Day Formula and get more information about it.
  • [10:55] What else do we need to know about The Perfect Day Formula?

In this episode…

It’s clear Craig has a solid background in helping people maximize their health and therefore their lives. Not only is he a proven fitness expert, but Craig is also a master at helping people add structure to their lives and create more freedom through his book, The Perfect Day Formula. Like all success stories, Craig’s has its share of ups and downs.

For Craig, the lowest point came back in 2006, when he found himself struggling with severe anxiety attacks. Craig discusses what it was like to experience these attacks daily, for a period of about 6 weeks, and how he was able to overcome the anxiety. He offers insight into how the formula he shares in his book played a key role in helping to improve Craig’s health and life by getting rid of anxiety and understanding how to better manage it when it starts to come back.

Craig goes on to discuss some of his proudest moments over the years. For him, getting his book published was a huge moment and one that gives him a sense of pride. Craig also discusses taking over Early to Rise and the thrill of the Toys for Tots drive he does each year. For Craig, success comes in many forms, most notably in helping others.

In closing, Craig and Jeremy talk about The Perfect Day Formula, the Kit, and The Golden Ticket. Craig offers insight into how the Kit sets people up for success and gives a glimpse into what’s included in the Perfect Day Kit. He goes onto share one flaw he’s seen in people following the Formula and how to avoid falling into this trap yourself. Craig offers one last piece of advice: creating more structure in your life will actually create more freedom.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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Today we have Ethan AndersonCo-founder of MyTime, where you can book appointments for anythingonline like haircuts, oil changes or even dental exams and haveover 2 million businesses to choose from.

Previously he founded Redbeaconwhere they raised $7.4million and grew the team to over 20 peoplebefore they were acquired by Home Depot.

Ethan has a very interestingbackground going from Duke economics to Harvard MBA working atMcKinsey,  Buy.com, Starbucks, Clorox, Google to founding 2companies and one with a successful exit.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’lllearn:

  • [0:37] Jeremy’s introduction of Ethan Anderson,founder of MyTime.
  • [1:33] Falling off a glacier.
  • [6:45] Other thrill seeking adventures Ethanhas been on and how that influences his approach tobusiness.
  • [8:45] Ethan’s first passion and the path hesaw for his life.
  • [11:25] The best advice Ethan’s father gavehim.
  • [12:44] Ethan discusses one of his earlybusinesses.
  • [16:55] The opportunity at Buy.com.
  • [20:07] Ethan’s greatest memories of workingwith Google.
  • [25:09] The sale of Redbeacon and how theycelebrated.
  • [28:29] How winning TechCrunch50 helpedRedbeacon catch the attention of Home Depot.
  • [29:30] How soon after Redbeacon sold did youstart up MyTime?
  • [31:15] How to connect with Ethan.

In this episode…

A thrill-seeker at heart, EthanAnderson is no stranger to working hard to bring a vision to life.From falling off a glacier - and surviving - to having huge successin the business world, Ethan shares insight into what makes himtick and how he’s managed to embrace all things entrepreneurial andtruly flourish.

Ethan gives us a glimpse intohis journey from budding politician to entrepreneur and how being athrill-seeker helped him succeed in the uncertain world ofentrepreneurship. Following his father’s advice (do the things youwant to do and do them well), Ethan went from Buy.com to Google toStarbucks (and many other exciting companies) before founding hisown company, Redbeacon.

He shares what it was like towork so hard to bring an idea to life and then receive tremendousaccolades at TechCrunch50 in 2009 - where they were named the topstartup of the year. It was that recognition, Ethan says, that ledto Home Depot approaching them and eventually buyingRedbeacon.

Ethan goes on to share theinspiration behind MyTime and why he wasted no time in starting itup after selling Redbeacon. Ethan’s drive is evident, as is hisability to find a niche and excel in all that he does.

Resources Mentioned on thisepisode

Direct download: ethanandersononequestionfile.mp3
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