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Mark Daoust founded Quiet Light Brokerage in 2007, they help entrepreneurs with an online business sell their website for maximum value. He started Quiet Light after selling an online publication that he built to over 220,000 subscribers and since has helped thousands of entrepreneurs sell their business.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Mark Daoust.
  • [2:10] Mark talks about his experience selling his first business.
  • [9:30] Lessons Mark learned from selling his business and helping his friend sell his.
  • [12:00] What Mark did after he sold his first business.
  • [15:00] A business acquisition horror story.
  • [19:00] Avoiding bad business acquisition deals.
  • [22:00] Questions sellers need to answer before going forward with a deal.
  • [28:00] What has been the trend with ecommerce businesses?
  • [32:00] The wisdom in paring back business efforts in order to grow.
  • [33:30] A positive businesses acquisition story.
  • [36:30] Tools and software that Mark and his team use.
  • [39:00] Reasons why people seller their businesses.
  • [42:00] Mark talks about valuations and businesses for sale on his website.
  • [49:30] How do buyers finance the purchase of a business?
  • [59:00] Why you shouldn’t wait too long to get a valuation.

In this episode…

What insights can be learned from buying and selling businesses? How can you, as a business leader come away with lessons that you can apply to how you run your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Mark Daoust. Mark shares helpful stories and tips from his unique vantage point as a broker between buyers and sellers of various sized businesses. Learn from stories about good and bad acquisitions and even tips that’ll help you avoid mistakes others have made. You don’t want to miss this episode and the important advice Mark has for leaders like you!

Can you imagine being in the middle of a terrible business situation? What can leaders like you learn from such a frustrating and disastrous scenario? On this episode of Inspired Insider Mark Daoust shares the story of a really nightmarish situation that ended up teaching him some valuable lessons. The primary takeaway that Mark came away with in this situation is to really dive deep and make sure you verify the information provided in a business acquisition. Even then, some of the best brokers out there can get fooled by forged documentation. To hear Mark go into detail about this story and the lessons he learned, make sure to catch this episode!

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone take a look at your business operation and give you an objective and balanced evaluation? Even if you aren’t thinking of selling your business, it might be a great idea for you to consider getting a valuation. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and business leader Mark Daoust. Mark explains how he has helped leaders like you walk through the valuation process to discover where there strong and weak points of their business are located. Based on this information, the leaders were better equipped to plan for the future and make informed decisions. Get more helpful insights like this one from Mark by listening to this episode!

Have you ever wondered what is going on with all the businesses popping up in the ecommerce marketplace? Is it a good sector to start investing in, even possibly buying ecommerce businesses that are for sale? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from guest expert Mark Daoust as he shares his insight as a business leader and broker. With the rise of Amazon and all the effort surrounding a big push in the ecommerce industry, there is a great opportunity for leaders like you to get started with your own small business or to purchase one that is ready to go. If you’d like to hear more about Mark’s analysis of the ecommerce marketplace and other helpful observations, make sure to listen to this episode!

What is your business worth? Seriously, do you know how much your business is worth in the marketplace today? There are many reasons why a business leader needs to have a good idea what their company is worth. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Mark Daoust explains why leaders like you should keep tabs on how much your company is worth and the steps you can take to increase its value. Many leaders are scared or they simply put off getting a valuation. Learn all about the process the good parts and the difficult parts, from Mark and his year of experience guiding leaders through this process. You don’t want to miss this interesting episode!

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Today we have Bedros Keuilian founder of Fit Body Bootcamps, currently the worlds fastest growing fitness chain and listed as one of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing businesses. He is one of the go-to people in the fitness industry and I know top people in many industries that seek Bedros' advice because he has helped so many business owners go from 6 to 7 figures and beyond.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Bedros Keuilian.
  • [2:30] Bedros talks about his book, “Man Up.”
  • [5:30] An anxiety attack that changed Bedros’ life.
  • [9:00] What you’ll get out of “Man Up.”
  • [10:30] Bedros talks about his franchise, Fit Body Bootcamp.
  • [13:00] How Bedros vets potential franchise owners.
  • [17:00] Going against the grain.
  • [20:00] Building a successful product ladder.

In this episode…

What does it mean to “Man Up?” Should you take the term literally or is it getting to a deeper truth about leadership and responsibility? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Bedros Keuilian as he shares what led him to write about book about manning up. Bedros also dives into how this book will impact leaders, what it took to build his successful franchise, lessons learned from going against the grain, how to build a successful product ladder, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this powerful and motivational episode!

When will you finally “Man up?” Seriously? What will it take for you to stop being complacent and lax about pursuing your dreams and striving for excellence in life and business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and entrepreneur Bedros Keuilian. Bedros is on a mission to help leaders like you break through the fog and tap into the energy and focus you need to stay ahead of the competition. Check out the link below to Bedros’ book and all the other helpful resources he’s created so you can reach your fullest potential! Hear more about what it takes to man up on this episode!

What would it mean for you and your team to “Go against the grain?” Could it be the missing piece that might set your company apart from others in the marketplace? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Bedros Keuilian opens up about the lessons he’s learned from going against the grain at certain points in his career. By intentionally going against the grain when he was building his business franchise, Bedros was able to set his company on a clear trajectory of growth and expansion. To hear more about Bedros’ story and other helpful insights, make sure to catch this episode!

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Today we have Jay Lagarde who founded Ecomm Engine back in 2006. They have a suite of software products used by Amazon sellers to increase revenue and get more reviews. Ecomm Engine has a feedback automation tool called FeedbackFive, an inventory management tool called RestockPro and a product research tool called eComSpy. They were the first feedback management tool on Amazon and they have a lot of large sellers that use their tools.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jay Lagarde.
  • [2:00] Jay talks about the start of Ecomm Engine.
  • [11:30] Mistakes sellers are making on Amazon.
  • [13:00] Moving from custom work to building a platform.
  • [20:00] Jay talks about the changing landscape of the ecommerce industry.
  • [24:00] Creating the first ecommerce product.
  • [29:30] Adapting and changing products over time.
  • [36:30] Jay talks about Feedback Five.
  • [42:30] Addressing negative product reviews.
  • [47:30] Creating good email follow up with Amazon buyers.
  • [55:30] Jay talks about building his team and the timeline of creating products.
  • [59:30] Creating an effective pricing model.
  • [1:04:00] The lowest point in the journey.
  • [1:06:00] The proudest moment so far.
  • [1:11:30] Conferences that Jay goes to.
  • [1:13:30] Building a great work culture.

In this episode…

How do you go from working on custom projects to a successful and thriving large-scale ecommerce platform? What can business leaders and innovators learn from this story of growth and evolution? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur Jay Lagarde. Jay opens up and shares how he and his team at Ecomm Engine were able to pivot from working on custom and labor-intensive projects to develop a robust ecommerce platform. Jay also touches on the unique service Ecomm Engine provides to ecommerce business leader and much more! You don’t want to miss this fascinating and informative episode!

What are some common mistakes that many in the ecommerce marketplace are making right now? What steps can leaders like you take to avoid those same mistakes and continue to succeed? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Jay Lagarde. Jay shares what he has observed from interacting with ecommerce sellers and how to avoid many of the common mistakes being made in the industry today. The primary suggestion Jay give for ecommerce sellers is to make sure to diversify their brand. They can do this by branching out to other sales channels other than Amazon and they can diversify their brand and product offerings on Amazon as well. If you’d like to hear more about what mistakes to avoid, make sure to catch this episode!

If your business was approached by a government contractor and asked you to partner with them, how would you react? Sounds like a dream come true, right? That all depends on how the offer aligns with your company’s values and goals. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jay Lagarde shares why he ultimately decided that taking that job offer wasn't’ the right fit for him and his team at Ecomm Engine. They decided that they wanted to shift their focus from working on custom projects toward developing an ecommerce platform that could serve more businesses in the industry. To hear more about Ecomm Engine’s story, listen to this interesting episode!

How will your business handle the constantly shifting landscape of the ecommerce industry? Do you have a plan in place and a determination to stay relevant as things continue to evolve? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Jay Lagarde. Jay and his team at Ecomm Engine have positioned themselves in the marketplace as an authority and a helpful resource to sellers looking to make their mark. How can Jay and his team help your brand stand out and continue your trajectory of growth? Find out on this episode!

As with many successful and healthy businesses, work culture is an essential component for sustained growth. What is the culture like in your company? What steps are you taking to ensure that a healthy culture and teamwork environment stays at the forefront of your organization? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jay Lagarde as he shares how he built his team at Ecomm Engine and how they continue to grow partly due to their vibrant work culture. Discover what you can learn from Jay and Ecomm Engine’s story on this episode!

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Today we have Kara Goldin, founder of San Francisco based Hint Inc. Hint products can be found at places like Whole Foods, Starbucks, and many more locations because they produce one of the leading brands of unsweetened flavored waters and their products include Hint Water, Hint Fizz, Hint Kick and even Hint Sunscreen.

Hint Water is flavored only with natural fruit, without unnecessary additives and sweeteners and even has zero calories.

Since its launch in April 2005, Hint has grown to an estimated $90 million beverage company.

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

  • [1:10] Jeremy introduces his guest, Kara Goldin.
  • [2:30] Kara talks about launching her product in the New York marketplace.
  • [8:00] Consumer advocacy and providing a product that connects with cancer patients.

In this episode…

What comes to mind when you hear the term “Consumer Advocacy?” Is it a term that interests you or does it turn you away? As a business leader, what steps are you taking to ensure your products or services contribute to the common good? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator, Kara Goldin. Kara is on a mission to deliver a high-quality product that benefits her customers. She is passionate about educating and serving the public and empowering other leaders to do the same. You don’t want to miss out on this fascinating conversation with Kara!

How confident are you of the strength and resiliency of your brand? Do you think that it could perform well in a highly competitive marketplace like New York City? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Kara Goldin as she shares her story of taking her product from the west coast to the highly competitive east coast market. Kara found it a difficult but ultimately rewarding experience as her product and the organization that she built came out stronger on the other end of the experience. Find out how Kara’s experience and the lessons she learned can be applied to your brand by listening to this informative episode!

What does it look like for a company to create a product that benefits the common good? Is it a primary motivator and driver for the company or is a secondary byproduct? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Kara Goldin opens up about her product and how Hint became a helpful asset for people undergoing chemotherapy. From the start of her journey, Kara and her team had the subject of health in mind. They wanted to create a product that would not only taste good but help renew an interest and a passion in the public around products that are healthy. To her surprise and delight, Kara discovered that many chemotherapy patients were finding Hint Water to be a refreshing and welcomed change to their typical diet. To hear more about Kara’s story and her journey starting and running Hint, make sure to catch this episode!

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Today we have the founder of The Yes Bar, Abigail Wald. The YES Bar was born in 2012 in their kitchen in California. Her younger son had a lot of food sensitivities and health challenges, and she had to say "no" to most things he wanted to eat. She wanted to create something that she could say YES to every time. People can get a Yes bar on yesbar.com, Amazon, and they are in about 200 stores across the country.

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Abigail Wald.
  • [3:00] Abigail talks about her son’s adverse reaction to a vaccination.
  • [14:30] How Abigail created her first snack bar.
  • [25:00] What was it like getting that first product on the shelves?
  • [28:00] Different Yes Bar flavors.
  • [31:00] The next step Abigail took to bring her product to market.
  • [33:00] Wholesale vs. Direct to consumer.
  • [36:00] Bring partners into the business.
  • [44:00] Challenges faced along the way.
  • [48:15] Milestones that Abigail has celebrated.
  • [50:30] What’s next for The Yes Bar?

In this episode…

What does it look like to scale homemade snack to become a health food hit? What lessons can business leaders take away from this kind of story? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Abigail Wald. Abigail started The Yes Bar first, as a way to provide healthy snacks for her family. As the product gained a following among family members and friends, Abigail began to scale the product and the company was born. Listen to this episode as Abigail tells her story, shares lessons learned along the way, how she connected with her business partners, and so much more! Don’t miss this motivational and informative episode!

What would you do if your child’s diet was so sensitive and restrictive that you had to say no to almost everything on store shelves? It sounds like a nightmare for most parents but for Abigail Wald, this was a daily reality for her and her family. One day, out of frustration and desperation, Abigail turned to the cupboards at home and started to experiment. Out of that experimentation, she developed the first “Yes Bar.” Through trials and setbacks along the way, Abigail perfected the equation and was soon encouraged by family and friends to bring her creation to a wider market. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Abigail goes into detail about her journey and how her son’s health improved once they changed his diet and started to include delicious healthy foods like the Yes Bar to his diet. Learn more about Abigail's story on this episode!

Do you know what is in the food that you eat on a regular basis? No, not produce or basic products but things like bars, chips, and other packaged foods, what are their ingredients? For most consumers, this is not a question they typically consider, but shouldn’t we? Abigail Wald brought her product, The Yes Bar to a wider market not only for children with sensitive diets like her son but for people who deserve to know what is in the food they snack on day in and day out. This was the inspiration behind the multiple flavor options that Abigail and her team worked so hard to bring to consumers. She didn’t want the Yes Bar to only appeal to kids or a select few, she wanted to bring a diverse array of flavors that almost anyone could enjoy. Make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider to hear more about the Yes Bar!

How can great ideas like The Yes Bar breakthrough and make it to the shelves of big-box retailers? The truth is, most people with great ideas won’t be able to what Abigail and her team have been able to do. The system is set up in a way that doesn’t encourage or welcome new and risky ideas. They want to play it safe and bet on the predictable results they’ve always received. Is there any hope for the little guy? Of course, there is! But the route of going directly to the consumer has its own difficulties and challenges. To hear how Abigail and her team are reaching consumers directly with their amazing product, listen to this episode of Inspired Insider! You don’t want to miss it!

When is the right time for small business leaders to reach out and begin to connect with outside business partners to take their company to the next level? That’s a difficult question to answer. Each business leader and situation is unique but the one thing they all have in common is that they long for exponential growth. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from innovator and disruptor Abigail Wald. As Abigail’s company, The Yes Bar continued to grow and expand, she soon realized that the one thing holding the company back was her lack of business knowledge. It took a lot of humility for Abigail to admit that she couldn’t take her company to the next level she wanted it to reach. Fortunately, she was able to connect with high-quality business partners that shared her passion and excitement for their product. To hear how the process of finding the right business partners played out for Abigail, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Michael Anderson is the CoFounder of Etail Solutions, they are a Multi-Channel Commerce Solution for High-Volume Merchants.

Etail Solutions’ Platform provides high volume merchants (average starting size of $250k/month) with a toolset including online sales channels automation, order management system, global pricing/repricing controls, supplier integrations, product catalog management and data warehouse reporting.

Etail’s focus is to drive efficiency to allow them to scale without having to add staff or increase expenses. 

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy introduces his guest, Michael Anderson.
  • [2:30] A big obstacle, the ability to scale.
  • [5:30] Michael talks about how he helped a client with automation.
  • [8:30] A story about growing and scaling a business.
  • [12:30] Unique sourcing can make a huge difference!
  • [16:00] Conferences and shows that Michael and his team attend.
  • [19:00] Pushing for customer success.
  • [22:30] Michael talks about navigating work life balance.

In this episode…

What comes to mind when you hear the term, “Customer Success?” Does it make you think of a company that puts it’s customers first? How can business leaders like you find ways to communicate to your customers that their success matters to you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Michael Anderson. Michael and his team at Etail Solutions are at work building and sustaining a reputation for helping their clients thrive in the marketplace. At the end of the day, it’s all about adopting a proactive rather than a reactive approach to the customer experience and helping them meet their objectives. To hear more about this subject and other helpful insights from Michael, make sure to catch this informative episode!

One of the big buzzwords on the marketplace today is automation. Does your company utilize automation? Can you imagine the impact you would see in your company if you could free up your time or the time of your key leaders? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Michael Anderson as he shares how his company, Etail Solutions has helped leaders like you embrace automation. It’s by no means, an easy road to travel, there are costs and other challenges involved with adopting an automation centric approach, but the payoff can be huge! Learn more from Michael and the helpful stories he has to share on this episode!

What steps have you taken as a business leader to ensure that you have enough fuel left in the tank for your friends and family? How do you navigate a healthy work-life balance? On this episode of Inspired Insider, entrepreneur and innovator Michael Anderson opens up about his own journey and how he focuses on the people that matter the most to him. Michael doesn’t make the equation any more complicated than it needs to be when the workday is done, Michael becomes unavailable. He clearly holds the time with his family as a top priority and his actions reflect that. What lessons can you learn from Michael’s story? Find out on this episode!

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Today we have Steve Sims, the founder of BlueFish. Steve started off as a bricklayer and he has created one of the world's most recognized concierge firms, BlueFish Concierge.

He is the author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen

As he describes it, “Bluefish is not a gopher service, an old boy's network or a snobby bunch of party crashing showoffs. Please don't call us to pick up your dry cleaning. Instead, we offer the highest level of personalized travel and entertainment-related services.”

Steve has helped people take a submarine to see the remains of the Titanic, get on stage and perform with Journey, attend Elton John's Oscar party, and he even helped someone get married by the Pope at the Vatican and much more.

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

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces his guest, Steve Sims.
  • [2:30] Steve talks about his journey of getting a book deal.
  • [7:00] Why did Steve have to interview to narrate his own audiobook?
  • [9:30] Steve shares his experience parenting.
  • [12:00] How would Steve’s wife say that he’s changed?
  • [17:30] Creating “Win, Win” scenarios.
  • [22:30] Steve talks about his work with philanthropic organizations.
  • [25:00] The Ugly Baby Syndrome.
  • [27:30] What is Steve the best at?
  • [29:30] Steve talks about surprising his wife.
  • [34:30] Fear causes hesitation.
  • [36:30] The most challenging experience Steve has arranged.
  • [44:30] Steps toward changing your life.

In this episode…

What do win-win scenarios have to do with creating custom made unique experiences? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and innovator, Steve Sims. Steve opens up about his strategy of creating win-win scenarios while connecting and networking with influential individuals that allow him to accomplish his amazing work. Steve understands the special power of building relationships. Listen to this episode as he tells his story, explains why he doesn’t make people owe him a favor, describes the ups and downs of navigating life as a parent, and much more! You don’t want to miss this encouraging episode!

As a successful business leader, how do you prepare your kids for life without going through the same obstacles and difficulties you experienced? Is it even possible to do that? Is the best course of action to protect them or to expose them too hard realities and important life lessons? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Steve Sims shares his experience as a parent and how he is taking a proactive approach to teaching his kids. Steve started his journey to success from humble beginnings and he wants to cultivate a robust work ethic for his children. Listen to this episode as Steve goes deeper with this topic as he explains his approach. Don’t miss it!

How do successful leaders and networkers like Steve Sims make the connections necessary to get seemingly impossible things done? It’s all about building relationships and creating win-win scenarios. Everyone has been on the losing side of a win-lose scenario, those are the worst! Most people want to create win-win situations, but how can you make those happen? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Steve Sims tells a story of how he was able to put this principle into practice. If you want a behind the scenes look into the art of making things happen, this is your chance! Hear all about Steve’s unique approach on this episode!

What motivates you in the line of work you have committed yourself to? Is your work a means to an end or are you able to incorporate your passion into your career? On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Steve Sims goes over his passion for connecting his work to worthwhile philanthropic causes. Because Steve’s work revolves around networking and making connections with influential people, often a tie that binds people is a philanthropic cause. Imagine what it would be like to marry your skillset to a noble cause like The Aids Foundation. What lessons can you take away from Steve’s story? Listen to this episode to find out!

An important lesson that can take some leaders years to learn is the art of delegation. Let’s face it, as a leader you love to be in control to a greater or lesser degree. The key is to learn how to reign in that need to control things in order to empower those around you to do the work you’ve hired them to complete. While this isn’t always an easy lesson to learn, it is a vital one. How would you evaluate your ability to delegate tasks and empower those around you? Learn more on this subject from influential leader, Steve Sims on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Jay Goldberg, founder of Home Revolution.

Home Revolution is driven by the reality that their sellers are on the front lines. They work to ensure that their clients maintain control in the profitable expansion of their business.

Home Revolution is a provider, supporting businesses to successfully compete, to sustainably expand their virtual footprint across marketplaces, and to broaden their exposure to consumers globally.

They are also guardians, watching the virtual market horizon and carefully managing their client’s exposure. Home Revolution’s aim is to help their clients maintain balanced growth through strong sell-through, above average margins, high quality, and reliable products through their reputable brands.

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

  • [0:45] Jeremy introduces his guest, Jay Goldberg.
  • [1:15] Jay talks about his company’s story and their products.
  • [3:30] The co-brand model.
  • [5:00] What is the “Seller’s Choice” offering from Jay and his team?
  • [6:30] Common mistakes made by ecommerce leaders.
  • [8:00] A success story from one of the sellers that Jay works.
  • [9:30] Going deep rather than wide.
  • [11:00] One of Jay’s bucket list goals.

In this episode…

How do leaders get their products to stand out from others in the crowd? Is it better to go deep rather than wide? Imagine if you had helpful tools and tips for success. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from sales leader Jay Goldberg. Jay explains how his company, Home Revolution, helps sellers bring their products to the marketplace, what he’s learned along the way, how to avoid common mistakes made by ecommerce leaders, and much more! Make sure to grab a pen and some paper, you don’t want to miss this helpful and informative episode!

As the industry expands and grows as it has year after year, what can budding ecommerce leaders do now that will help set them up for long-term success? What role does strategy play? Or does success just come down to luck and being at the right place at the right time? On this episode of Inspired Insider, ecommerce leader Jay Goldberg goes over the reasons why so many leaders are taking shortcuts. It all comes down to buying into the promise that you can get success overnight and strike it rich. While that might work for a select few, for most business leaders, success comes through slow and steady planning. To hear more on this vital subject, make sure to listen to this episode featuring Jay!

Among the plethora of tips for success in the marketplace, wise leaders trying to grow their brand will take the time to consider a more focused and steady approach. It’s easy to go wide and neglect the lesson to go deep, don’t be fooled! On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Jay Goldberg and how he and his team are working to help ecommerce sellers succeed in the long term. For Jay, it’s not about finding the easy way right out of the gate, he’s looking for sustainable success. At Home Revolution this thinking doesn’t just stay with Jay, the whole organization is positioned to help ecommerce sellers succeed. To hear more about Jay and the great work they do at Home Revolution, make sure to listen to this episode!

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Today we have Shaun Buck, founder of Newsletter Pro. They send out millions of newsletters each year for their customers.

Shaun has built a multi-million-dollar business that crafts customized newsletters for his clients which help them increase retention, get more referrals and acquire new clients. This service is hands off for clients because they print and mail it in-house.

Newsletter Pro made the Inc 500's 5000 fastest growing companies two years in a row with a growth rate of 2,975%.

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

  • [1:20] Jeremy introduces his guest, Shaun Buck.
  • [2:30] Many business leaders are focusing on the wrong things!
  • [4:30] The importance of culture in a business.
  • [12:00] Shaun talks about growth points.
  • [14:00] People need a good goal to push toward.
  • [18:30] Shaun shares his company’s core values.
  • [21:00] Giving Back.
  • [24:00] Systems and tools that help Shaun and his team.
  • [32:00} Shaun gives ideas that help businesses increase promotions.
  • [38:00] People are ready for your product when they are ready.
  • [43:00] Shaun talks about how his teams break down.
  • [47:00] Shaun’s early business experiences.
  • [57:00] How Shaun got into the newsletter business.
  • [1:00:30] What franchise would Shaun consider purchasing?
  • [1:03:30] Shaun talks about his company’s referral program.
  • [1:09:00] Work-life balance and being present.
  • [1:12:00] Shaun shares a life-changing moment.

In this episode…

What have you done to create a healthy and thriving workplace culture in your company? Is it even on your radar? Imagine what it would mean to your team and how it would impact their performance if you honed in on creating a top-notch culture. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Shaun Buck as he explains his approach to building a vibrant workplace culture and how they focus on giving back to the community around them. What lessons and insights will you walk away with from what Shaun has to share? Listen to this motivational episode to find out!

If you’ve been in the business world for very long you’ve heard the quote from Peter Drucker that states, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” Has that been your experience as a business leader? How would you describe your workplace culture? Is it humming along or could it use a shot in the arm? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Shaun Buck as he opens up about the amazing culture he has nurtured at Newsletter Pro. At the end of the day, it’s not about cheesy gimmicks and inspirational quotes, Shaun is truly passionate about creating a workplace that inspires and motivates people to operate at their highest level. Hear more as Shaun dives deeper into this topic on this episode!

With the main engine and drive of most companies revolving around profit, there seems to be very little focus given to corporate responsibility to the surrounding community. How does your company give back to the community around it? If you don’t, where can you start? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Shaun Buck shares how his company, Newsletter Pro rallies together to make a special contribution to those in need. The desire to give back originates with Shaun but he has also been able to galvanize his whole workforce around this benevolent endeavor. Learn more from Shaun’s story and how leaders like you can take steps toward caring for your community on this episode!

What is your approach to serving your clients? Do you lean heavily on promoting your product or service? Do you try to educate and give them resources that communicate you have their best interests in mind? On this episode of Inspired Insider, innovator and entrepreneur Shaun Buck shares his mindset around bringing clients on board. Shaun is a firm believer in the concept that customers are will be ready for your services when they know that they are ready. It's a simple concept but it is a profound truth. At the heart of the matter, this saying communicates that relentless convincing won’t do you any good. Besides, you don’t want a client who isn’t fully on board and ready to participate in what you have prepared for them. Make sure to catch this episode as Shaun goes into greater detail on this topic!

What caused you to become the business leader you are today? Did you have a mentor who helped guide you into the business world? Was it a family member who instilled in you a strong work ethic? Or did you have to find your own way and make the path toward success uniquely yours? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Shaun Buck describes his journey and the role that hard work and innovation played in his success story. Shaun also has the fortunate perspective to consider how his children will learn from his example as they imitate a learn from his narrative. Discover additional lessons like this one from Shaun on this fascinating episode!

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Today we have Steve Sims, the founder of BlueFish. Steve started off as a bricklayer and he has created one of the world's most recognized concierge firms, BlueFish Concierge.

He is the author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen

As he describes it, “Bluefish is not a gopher service, an old boy's network or a snobby bunch of party crashing showoffs. Please don't call us to pick up your dry cleaning. Instead, we offer the highest level of personalized travel and entertainment-related services.”

Steve has helped people take a submarine to see the remains of the Titanic, get on stage and perform with Journey, attend Elton John's Oscar party, and he even helped someone get married by the Pope at the Vatican and much more.

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

  • [0:55] Jeremy introduces his guest, Steve Sims.
  • [2:30] Steve talks about surprising his wife.
  • [7:00] Fear causes hesitation.
  • [9:00] The most challenging experience Steve has arranged.
  • [17:00] Steps toward changing your life.

In this episode…

Did you know that there is an art to making things happen on grand scale? It’s true! Everyone wants to make forward progress in the world and see their own visions become reality but the truth is, most people don’t make it happen. Where do you land? Are you someone who takes action or are you someone who “wants” to take action? On this episode of #InspiredInsider, you’ll hear from the expert at making things happen, Steve Sims! Steve opens up about surprising his wife, the most complicated experience he has facilitated, why you shouldn’t look for that “Magic pill” and so much more! You don’t want to miss this delightful episode with Steve!

Do you think you’d be able to get away with failing to get your significant other a special gift on their birthday or for the holidays? If you could get away with it, would you? Some people really enjoy giving gifts to their loved ones, some dreadfully hate it. On this episode of #InspiredInsider, you’ll meet one man who got away with it and lives to tell the tale! Steve Sims shares how he has created a special relationship with his wife built around what he is good at, creating unique and memorable experiences. If you’d like to hear how Steve does it and what keeps him motivated, make sure to catch this episode!

It can be really tempting to look for that magic pill that promises to solve all the things that trip you up and keep you from succeeding. Does such a pill exist? No, but often #leaders promote their books or programs as being the one thing that will solve everything that holds you back. On this episode of #InspiredInsider, you’ll hear from Steve Sims as he explains why his book won’t solve all your issues but it will provide you with tools you can use to pursue #success in life and #business. You can tell that Steve really has a passion for helping leaders push themselves to their fullest potential. Find out what lessons you can learn from Steve on this helpful episode!

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Rise25 is where entrepreneurs of 6,7, and 8 figure businesses come together live and in person every few months to solve their biggest business challenges through this high-level Mastermind group. Each member leaves each week with lifelong friendships and actionable steps to take their business to the next level. Check out Rise25.com - a group run by myself and cofounder John Corcoran. Rise 25 is application only.

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