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Global Food Sources are now being used to create healthy and in-demand products and Brian Oaks, founder of Global Goods uses the demand to generate a supply in struggling areas where the economic boost is most needed. Global Goods is a company that sources and manufactures Agave Nectar, Coconut Oil, and mexican Vanilla products. The company also produces its own Natural Skincare line Cocave. Global Goods sells all over the world and do this by also providing local jobs to struggling areas in Africa , Asia, the Dominican Republic and many other nations.

 

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

  • [1:05] Jeremy’s introduction of Brian Oaks, CEO of Global Goods.
  • [2:00] When Brian first went to Africa to source possible products.
  • [13:01] The first problems Brian had building the business globally.
  • [21:07] The way Brian’s parents taught him to fight his own battles.
  • [29:02] The things Brian wanted to do in high school and college.
  • [36:15] Brian’s first experiences trying to import products from Mexico vanilla.
  • [44:51] Getting a call from Trader Joe’s.
  • [48:00] Getting the test results on the purity and benefits of agave for diabetics.
  • [51:20] The main differences between Global Goods agave and other brands.
  • [59:34] How the Oprah / Dr. Oz connection made an impact on sales.
  • [1:05:12] The struggles Brian’s wife has experienced with health, etc. and how a focus on healthier diet has made a huge difference.
  • [1:09:00] The unique packaging and presentation of Brian’s products.
  • [1:14:55] Customer suggestions for product ingredients and selling on 65,000 websites.
  • [1:23:53] The possibility of selling on Amazon.
  • [1:26:05] How you can connect with Brian.
  • [1:26:40] Brian’s lowest business moments.
  • [1:29:47] The proudest moments so far: the Agave line of products.
  • [1:35:29] What’s next for Brian and Global Goods?

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Global food sources are becoming more and more popular these days in health and wellness communities and for people with particular dietary restrictions and needs. Global Goods is a leader in providing incredible products such as agave nectar, coconut oils, essential oils, and much more. This conversation with Brian Oaks, CEO of Global Goods reveals how the company sources and supplies their products - and sells them successfully only from their online storefront.

What would it be like to build an extremely popular and successful business and help some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world at the same time? Brian Oaks and the team at Global Goods have figured out how to do exactly that, sourcing raw materials from places like the Dominican Republic and Mexico and creating products western consumers pay high prices for.

The Global Goods team is concerned about the quality and purity of the global food sources they use but that’s not all they care about. The team is also concerned that their work in disadvantaged countries also boosts the economy and way of life for the local workers in those countries. You can hear how Brian Oaks and the Global Goods team keep that careful balance, on this episode of Inspired Insider.

The difference the right kind of ingredients makes for people with serious health conditions like diabetes is incalculable. Brian Oaks knows from first-hand experience the difference healthy foods and good sources make. His wife has struggled with health issues for many years and only recently has turned a corner toward better health through dietary changes. That knowledge and experience encourages Brian all the more to ensure that the global food sources used in his products are the best possible.

What difference would it make to your business if Oprah and Dr. Oz featured your product on national television? Brian Oaks can tell you. In a random segment of the Dr. Oz portion of Oprah’s show he held up a bottle of Global Goods Agave Nectar, sourced in Mexico and said it was what he used as a sweetener in place of sugar. The sales started rushing in. You can hear the whole story on this edition of Inspired Insider.

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Business systems are what make or break any eCommerce business. That’s the wise counsel of James Thomson, founder of MarketplaceAccelerator.com which is a consulting company for large Amazon sellers who do over $10 million in sales annually. James is the former business head of “Selling on Amazon”. He developed the initial Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) NUDGE program that helped Amazon sellers generate an extra $1 billion in annual sales. He also has a Ph.D. in Marketing Strategy from Northwestern University. His primary focus is President of the PROSPER Show--this is an educational conference focused on helping online sellers become more profitable.

 

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

  • [0:15] Jeremy’s introduction of James Thomson, Founder of Marketplace Accelerator.
  • [1:26] James’ best advice for eCommerce sellers regarding business processes.

In this episode…

Business systems are talked about a lot in the internet space - and for good reason. Systems not only cause your business to run smoothly, they also enable you to extricate yourself from the day to day running of the business in a way that gives you peace of mind that everything will continue to run smoothly.

On this episode of Inspired Insider Jeremy chats with James Thomson, Founder of www.MarketplaceAccelerator.com - a company that helps eCommerce sellers maximize their business profits and create a well-oiled machine that generates revenue 24/7. James’ simple advice about the importance of business systems, shared on this episode, will take you some time to implement, but if you push through the difficulty, you’ll be super happy with the results.

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Effective delegation is a skill any founder has to learn or the company will not grow. Brian Goulet co-Founder of The Goulet Pen Company learned the lesson of delegation in the trenches. He and his wife Rachel run an online retail store focusing on fountain pens, ink, paper, and other tools for the writing enthusiast. They have grown it from a mom-and-pop startup from their dining room table to a multi-million dollar operation with over 40 team members and a 12,000+sf office/warehouse space.

 

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

  • [0:10] Jeremy’s introduction of today’s guest, Brian Goulet.
  • [1:33] The signature way Goulet Pens packages their products.
  • [5:29] The ideal customer that Goulet Pens serves.
  • [12:38] What Brian learned from Dave Ramsey, Gary V, and Seth Godin.
  • [14:20] The biggest challenge: moving from a one man show to a team.
  • [17:48] Brian’s background growing up with an entrepreneurial Dad.
  • [22:25] The biggest challenges in delegation.
  • [24:31] How Brian determines what things to delegate and what to keep.
  • [26:48] The meetings the Goulet team holds and how they conduct them effectively.
  • [41:26] How Brian teaches his kids in light of his experience with his Dad.
  • [46:27] Why Brian turned down a great job offer after college.
  • [51:00] How a woodworking job led Brian to make pens for a living.
  • [1:06:20] What helped Brian get a huge following on YouTube: Persistence over time.
  • [1:11:40] What works for selling their products via social media.
  • [1:14:00] Major milestones for the company.
  • [1:22:10] Brian’s lowest moment in business: Balancing family and business.
  • [1:26:00] The proudest moments in business.

In this episode…

Learning how to effectively delegate as your company grows is difficult, to say the least. You’re used to being a solopreneur and have to begin passing along tasks and roles to others. If you don't, you’re going to smother yourself and the company. Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens shares how he has had to learn the art of delegation while maintaining high quality in his company, on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Too often the founder of the company becomes the bottleneck that chokes the overall growth of the company. He/she does this by refusing to delegate tasks or hand over roles to other members of the team. Brian Goulet is an ultra-competent CEO who is committed to quality, and he found the task of delegation very hard to learn himself. On this episode, he shares how he overcame his hesitation and began to delegate effectively.

Often, the excuse for not delegating is that it’s easier not to. The amount of time it takes to adequately train a person to take over high priority tasks is immense. But if the CEO continues to do those tasks he/she will be prevented from doing things that only he/she can do - the things that truly grow the company. Brian Goulet knew that pain himself and had to step out in faith as he brought on and trained team members to take over things he held dear. Find out how he did it on this episode.

Too many companies are poised for explosive growth and miss it because of an ineffective delegation of tasks. The potential clients are there. The staff is there. But the systems and procedures are lagging behind because the founder or CEO has not seen the importance of setting aside time to build them and teach others to use them. It’s a time-consuming task but it has to be done if the company is to grow. You can hear how Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens overcame that hurdle in his company, on this episode.

One of the hardest points in any business is when the needs of the family seem to be in conflict with the needs of the company. For Brian Goulet, that moment came as his co-founder, his wife - experienced ever siring levels of anxiety almost weekly and the company was poised for explosive growth. How did he handle the pressure? You can find out by hearing his story, on this episode.

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Chris Voss spent 24 years in the FBI and was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping and hostage negotiator for 4 years. He was an Instructor of International Business Negotiation at Harvard and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown and University of Southern California MBA programs. He is author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It. He founded the Black Swan Group which is a negotiating consulting firm that applies his field tested lessons of hostage, crisis and kidnapping negotiation to the business negotiation world.

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

  • [0:24] Jeremy’s introduction of Chris Voss, former FBI agent and professor of business.
  • [1:54] The lowest point in Chris’ career: When Martin Burnham was killed in the Philippines.
  • [4:43] Where you can find Chris and connect with him.
  • [6:25] The role Chris’ son plays in the business and what Chris has learned from him.
  • [7:30] The services Chris’ company provides to business owners surrounding negotiation skills.
  • [10:28] The types of people who find value in Chris’ teaching right away.

In this episode…

It’s not every day you get to talk with a hostage negotiator about what goes into effective negotiations. But that’s what Jeremy got to do in his interview with Chris Voss. But negotiations don’t always turn out the way you desire, even for the pros. On this episode, Chris tells the story of how his efforts came to naught when a hostage was lost in the Philippines, so be sure to listen to hear the story.

If you need to learn how to become a better negotiator for your business deals or other opportunities you really need to hear what Chris Voss has to share on this episode. He tells his story of serving in the FBI as a hostage negotiator and offers some free tools to help you improve your skills right away.

For every business person, there is a need for negotiation skills. You need to master negotiations in order to get ahead. What if you could learn from the career of a professional hostage negotiator? You can, on this episode of Inspired Insider.

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Mom entrepreneurs fill one of the hardest roles on the planet. Laura Fuentes founder of Momables.com and food and lifestyle brand LauraFuentes.com knows the struggle of balancing home and work intimately.Big brands hire her - brands like Sabra Hummus, Nestle, Bobs Red Mill, and many more. As well, her brands reach over 700,000 unique visitors per month. Momables helps parents feed their children great tasting healthy foods without spending an eternity in the kitchen or breaking the bank. Her sites also provide weekly recipe plans, cookbooks like “The Best Homemade Kids Snacks on the Planet,” and she even offers a done for you meal delivery service. She runs all of this while raising 3 kids.

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

  • [0:23] Jeremy’s introduction to Laura Fuentes, founder of Momables.com
  • [1:30] The decision to homeschool her children and the challenge it has been.
  • [4:20] How running the business impacts Laura’s children.
  • [10:05] What forced Laura to implement clear boundaries between work and home?
  • [13:36] Current projects Laura is working on.
  • [19:50] The decision to implement subscriptions for weekly meal plans and recipes.
  • [27:46] The most rewarding clients Laura has worked with.
  • [32:10] The first hires and building a team.
  • [36:01] The places Laura has her social media assistants focus their efforts.
  • [42:23] The decision to hire her husband.
  • [47:50] The point at which Laura knew her blogging would become a business.
  • [49:35] What makes the popular content process so effective?
  • [54:35] Content creation ideas that didn’t work at all.
  • [59:03] Foods parents believe is healthy/fresh but really isn’t.
  • [1:02:04] The controversial posts and why they become noticed.
  • [1:05:40] The “done for you” options Laura has created.
  • [1:08:49] How Laura discovered the importance of a consistent content cycle.
  • [1:11:15] The biggest challenges Laura has faced in her journey.
  • [1:13:30] The common denominator in Laura’s lowest points in business.
  • [1:19:19] One of Laura’s proudest moments in business.

In this episode…

Successful mom entrepreneurs are a rare breed. They have to be skilled at balancing the needs of kids with the needs of a growing business. Laura Fuentes isn’t perfect at that balance - by her own admission - but she’s a great example of keeping her priorities straight and ensuring that her kids don’t suffer because of her business. She shares her story on this amazing episode of Inspired Insider.

No matter what you think of mom entrepreneurs you have to admit that the skills it takes to balance home and work successfully are quite impressive. Laura Fuentes has made a name for herself in the online food blogging space and is hired by many popular brands. But in spite of those demands she refuses to let her homelife suffer, leaving her laptop at work and refusing to do business after 4PM. Find out how she’s done it, on this episode.

What’s the best you can imagine when it comes to a successful business AND a successful home life? Go ahead, dream a little. It’s those dreams that motivate entrepreneurs who are also moms to fight for balance and a wise perspective in the midst of business demands. On this episode, Laura Fuentes shares how Momables.com and LauraFuentes.com have become successful while at the same time her family has thrived. You won’t want to miss these insights.

When it comes time in the life of your business to hire a team, it will look different depending on where you are in your business lifecycle and what kind of business you want to run. For Laura Fuentes, it was important that she was able to continue doing the things she loved to do but could also keep her priority of a quality family life on the front burner. She shares how she’s navigated that team-building phase of her brands on this episode.

How do you build a huge content brand that gets thousands of views and downloads every week? Laura Fuentes says that it’s all about great content consistently distributed. She says there are no magic formulas, only small steps every day toward an end goal. It’s those small steps that add up to big things. You can hear how the queen of mom entrepreneurs does it, on this episode of Inspired Insider.

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It’s hard to be a generous person when you’re experiencing hard times. But Peter Awad, who Founded Import Auto Performance which he has grown to 7 figures, discovered that those are EXACTLY the times you need to practice generosity. Peter’s company, IAPDirect.com has been selling car parts online for over 15 years. He is also Co-Founder of Mission Meats that sells grass fed beef sticks and bars and they even donate a portion of the profits to organizations. If that was not enough he runs the Slow Hustle podcast showcasing the massive roller coaster that is Entrepreneurship. He manages to do all of this with 4 kids!

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

  • [0:10] Jeremy’s introduction of Peter Awad, guest on this episode.
  • [1:36] The low and high moment for Peter: The Real Estate meltdown.
  • [4:26] Peter’s proudest business achievement so far.
  • [5:20] Why the “slow hustle” and what does it mean?

In this episode…

Peter Awad describes his hardest time in business as the events surrounding the Real Estate crash in recent years past. He lost a significant real estate portfolio, had to close down a business - in essence everything was gone. It was during those moments he learned that you have to be a generous person through and through regardless of the circumstances. You can hear how he learned this vital lesson as he tells the story on this episode.

The highest point in Peter Awad’s business career was strangely combined with his lowest point because of the lessons he learned about generosity and trusting God. His perspective now is that if you can’t practice generosity when you don’t have money it will be harder to learn when you do. Hear him explain it by listening to this episode of Inspired Insider.

It’s amazing to Peter Awad that the business ideas that he and his wife have come up with out of their own heads have actually become as successful as they have. It’s befuddling and amazing all at the same time. Peter is humbled to realize it and the knowledge of how fortunate he and his wife have been motivates him to press forward to be a good steward of the rest of his life as well.

When Jeremy questions Peter Awad about why he named his podcast “The Slow Hustle” he had plenty to say. Peter sees the relentless, slow progress that people make every day as the key to their success in life or business. It’s the intentional small steps of progress that add up to create a huge difference in the world. Peter explains it on this episode.

Intentionality is a big thing for Peter Awad. His mindset precludes any concept that things have “just happened” in a particular way. For example, he believes that people who say that they have “drifted apart” from their spouse are actually saying, “I chose to neglect my marriage” and they are getting what they focused on. It’s a very clear and hard-to-hear perspective that Peter unpacks on this episode - but it could help you tremendously if you take it seriously.

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If you want to master your craft you’ve got to hear this conversation with Jay Papasan. Jay co-authored The ONE Thing - The Surprisingly simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. It has been translated into 24 languages and has more than 275 national bestseller list appearances, including #1 on the Wall Street Journal and has sold millions of copies. When I ask many top entrepreneurs one of the most impactful books they read, “The One Thing” comes up over and over. The journey for Jay has been interesting from translator to teacher of poetry and creative writing at NYU to HarperCollins to Keller-Williams Realty and best selling author.

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

  • [0:23] Jeremy’s introduction to Jay Papasan.
  • [1:36] The conversation Jay had with Gary Keller in the bathroom.
  • [5:09] The amazing success of the book that nobody predicted.
  • [7:04] The system Jay used to promote and organize/write the book.
  • [16:02] The ONE THING that you should focus on in THE ONE THING book.
  • [22:23] Time blocking, Jay’s personal time management skills, and his most common personal distractions.
  • [30:00] Jay’s personal productivity practices from his “one thing” philosophy.
  • [35:03] The biggest lies or myths relating to the one thing approach.
  • [37:10] What was in the 200 pages that got cut from the book?
  • [43:09] The hurdles Jay had to overcome in creating the book.
  • [49:00] Jay’s lowest point in business and life.
  • [52:00] The proudest moments Jay has experienced.

In this episode…

Many people talk a good talk about being a master of their craft, but few know how to accomplish it. Jay Papasan and his co-author Gary Keller (of Keller-Williams fame) have written “The One Thing” to enable anyone to discover and walk the path of mastery in any area of life. Jay shares the basic concepts and approach in this conversation.

The book “The One Thing” was originally written for real estate professionals within the Keller-Williams organization. Neither of the co-authors, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (the guest on this episode) expected it would become a continual best-seller. You can hear how the book took off and the promotion strategy that was used to give it an incredible launch, on this episode.

Those who want to master their craft have to learn how to master themselves. That’s one of the primary things emphasized in the smash hit book, “The One Thing.” Jay Papasan shares how he and Gary Keller came up with the idea for the book and how it teaches effective time and personal mastery skills that enable anyone to become a master of the things they are most passionate about.

Jay Papasan believes that most people don’t really believe in the 80/20 rule, despite what they might say. The thing that has convinced him of it is that few people actually do the things they know they should according to the 80/20 maxim. On this episode of Inspired Insider Jay shares how he teaches people the practice of time blocking to enable them to reach new heights in personal mastery and productivity.

Being the co-author a best-selling book like “The One Thing” hasn’t changed Jay Papasan. He’s still the same down-to-earth, easy speaking guy he was before the book took over the best-seller charts. In this conversation, you can hear Jay’s casual, authentic way of addressing vital topics in all areas of life. You’ll be greatly helped by what he shares so be sure you clear out some time to listen to this conversation.

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When you make an expensive business mistake like Brian Oaks did early in the life of his business, it can sink you. Brian Oaks founder of GLobal Goods where they source and manufacture Agave Nectar, Coconut Oil, and Mexican Vanilla products. The company produces their own natural skincare line Cocave. They sell all over the world and do this by also providing local jobs to struggling areas like in Africa , Asia, Dominican Republic and many other nations. On this episode you’ll hear how Brian and his team overcame a costly mistake early on to build a successful company and have provided jobs for many in 3rd world countries.

 

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

  • [0:11] Jeremy’s introduction to his guest, Brian Oaks.
  • [1:35] The lowest moment in Brian’s business: an expensive mistake.
  • [3:30] A recent challenge that didn’t get Brian very upset (since he’s endured so much).
  • [4:40] The proudest moment: launching a new product line that nobody had done before.
  • [6:47] Stories of sustainability Brian’s company has been able to provide for others.
  • [10:29] Other nations Brian is considering for new product sourcing.
  • [12:50] Passions change over time - and that’s OK.

In this episode…

Nobody wants to make an expensive business mistake, especially in the first years of their company. But if it does happen how do you overcome it to keep the company afloat? That was exactly what Brian Oaks and the Global Goods team had to discover for themselves after a purchase of coconut oil turned into a huge mistake. Hear the lessons Brian learned on this episode.

Mistakes are part of the learning curve for an early stage company. But costly mistakes are hard to recover from because they hurt the company more during the early stages. But once the mistake is made you’ve got to learn how to pivot and discover other alternatives that can turn the mistake into a profitable opportunity. That’s exactly what Brian Oaks and his team were able to do within a few months of a huge mistake. You can hear how they handled it, on this episode.

After facing a huge mistake early in the life of his company Brian Oaks learned to take the mistakes and missteps along the road to building the company in stride. He’s learned that there is always something that can be done to either mitigate the mistake or turn it into another opportunity. Find out what he learned by listening to this conversation.

It’s exciting to launch a product line that nobody else has had the opportunity or foresight to create before. Brian Oaks says that one of the most exciting opportunities the Global Goods team has is to bring together the resources of an underdeveloped country and the needs of consumers into a new product line that will serve everyone. You can hear how he loves to make money for the sake of helping others, on this episode.

Brian Oaks has learned that while it’s important to work on projects you are passionate about, passions change over time - and that it’s OK that they do. On this episode, Brian describes the kinds of things he’s passionate about these days and how the work he does through his company, Global Goods, enables him to pursue them.

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To start from scratch is never easy, but Peter Rahal, co-founder of RxBar didn’t know any other way to do it. He and his team manufacture whole food protein bars with a “No B.S” value proposition since the base of the bar only includes whole food ingredients like egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates. They sell more than 175,000 bars per month and can be found in Trader Joe’s across the country as well as Wegmans Grocery, Whole Foods and many more. Today’s you’ll hear Peter’s success story - from apartment workshop to national distribution.

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

  • [0:09] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode featuring Peter Rahal.
  • [1:42] Starting out in an apartment and no office.
  • [7:50] How Peter and his partner started the business with no cash.
  • [14:04] Selling products door to door at Crossfit gyms: Here’s the sales pitch.
  • [17:10] How the business was started while Peter was working a full time job.
  • [20:20] Peter’s family heritage of entrepreneurism.
  • [22:40] Building the team over time.
  • [23:43] The growth of company culture from the beginning until now.
  • [29:54] Why the name “RxBar?”
  • [32:10] Shooting for ONE key performance indicator.
  • [37:48] Helpful mindsets for working with big chain stores like Trader Joe’s.
  • [43:50] The low point Peter had in his business success.
  • [45:50] Peter’s proudest moments: seeing his team happy.

In this episode…

If you want to be inspired by a story of a guy whose business was started entirely from scratch, Peter Rahal is the guy. This conversation uncovers his story and reveals how hustle, hard work, and a commitment to excellence with no compromise built RxBar into the national brand it is.

When Peter and his partner started RxBar the two of them were creating the products in their apartment, packaging each bar themselves, and selling them door to door at Crossfit gyms throughout Chicago. Very few business founders are willing to put in that kind of hustle to make their business successful, so if you want to learn what it takes to make a tough business a success, you’ve got to hear Peter’s story.

As the RxBar team has grown over the years they’ve added many products and flavors to their lineup and quality has always been at the top of their priority list. They only use natural ingredients and every product has to taste delicious or they won’t produce it. You can hear how Peter Rahal and his team consistently crank out products of that caliber on this episode.

Team culture is important to Peter Rahal. He says that his proudest moments are when he walks into the office or manufacturing facility and sees that his team is doing well and everyone is happy. That’s what he wants and he strives to ensure it’s the case, day in and day out. He and his team of 29 employees have come a long way since Peter and his partner started from scratch in their apartment years ago.

RxBar is sold across the United States in many stores - Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and others. Peter Rahal, co-founder of RxBar is proud of their success and says that anyone who makes it to the level they have has got to take their relationships with large retailers seriously. You’ve got to see the retailer as a part of your team - and yourself as part of their team. Do everything you can to help the retailer be successful and you will be successful as a result. You can hear Peter’s entire story on this episode of Inspired Insider.

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When a customer decides to cancel an order - a big order - it’s not an easy thing to handle. On today’s episode Manuel Becvar shares the impact a large cancelled order had on his business as it was just starting to scale. Manuel is the founder of Import Dojo. He has been living and working in China for over 10 years, with 17 years in the sourcing business. He has a unique perspective because he has his own brand, sells to retailers and is a supplier. He has worked with the biggest retailers in the world, developing, sourcing, and finding new products. These include: Wal-Mart, Amazon, Lowes, Sears, Home Depot, and many others. He is author of The Import Bible: the complete beginners guide to successful importing from China.

a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:14] Jeremy’s introduction to Manuel Becvar, founder of Import Dojo.
  • [1:34] Manuel’s lowest moment in business so far.
  • [5:29] Places you can go to connect with Manuel.
  • [6:28] Business ideas Manuel wants you to steal (because he doesn’t have time to act on them).

In this episode…

Any product business lives or dies on the orders of regular customers. It’s a vital part of the way things work. When one of those large clients abruptly cancels a large order the company is depending on, something has to give. On this episode, Manuel Becvar tells of his lowest point in business, when a large client did cancel their order suddenly. You’ll be encouraged by the way Manuel handled this unexpected challenge, so be sure you listen.

One of the impacts of losing a big order is that the supplies and resources to fulfill that order may have already been purchased. That means cash flow is restricted and the ability to service other customers effectively could be hampered. Manuel Becvar tells how he and his company dealt with the loss of an important order, on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Many savvy business owners set aside reserve funds - savings if you will - for that unexpected event that could destroy the company if cash reserves aren't available. When Import Dojo was suddenly informed that a big order from a customer was canceled the company had to draw on its savings in order to offset the costs already spent. Manuel Becvar tells how the company rebounded from the disappointing loss of that order, on this episode.

When a customer order is canceled many things can be effected in a negative way: payroll, other customer orders, overall cash flow, and more. Every company CEO wants to be past the point of one lost order causing a lot of problems, but when the company is in its early stages, it’s almost unavoidable. Find out how Manuel Becvar and the Import Dojo team weathered the situation in its early days, on this episode.

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This is part of the Skubana Ecommerce Mastery Series</a> where top Sellers and Experts teach you what really works to boost your ecommerce business. Skubana is a platform to manage your entire ecommerce operation.

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