• Ep. 141: Navigating Project Management and Entrepreneurship with Kayla McGuire

    Summary:


    In this episode of the Solopreneur Success Path, host Tom Clairmont welcomes Kayla McGuire, a seasoned strategic advisor and project management coach based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Kayla is the founder of Kayla McGuire Consulting, where she has dedicated over 15 years to helping entrepreneurs launch and scale their startups.


    Kayla shares her journey from being a project manager in a tech startup to becoming a successful freelancer. She discusses the pivotal moments that led her to start her own consulting business in 2020, including the challenges she faced and how she leveraged her skills to overcome them.


    Tom and Kayla dive into the essentials of project management, emphasizing the importance of communication, collaboration, and leadership. Kayla highlights how modern project management tools and AI are transforming the industry, allowing project managers to focus more on strategic and human-centric skills.


    Kayla also talks about her contributions to the book Executing Excellence, co-authored by ten project managers, and how LinkedIn has been instrumental in her career. She provides insights into her approach to coaching aspiring project managers and entrepreneurs, helping them navigate the complexities of freelancing and business growth.


    As the episode wraps up, Kayla shares her vision for the future of her business, aiming to expand her coaching services and continue supporting small business founders. Listeners are encouraged to connect with Kayla on LinkedIn or through her website for further insights and guidance.


    Tune in to this inspiring episode to learn more about the dynamic world of project management and the path to becoming a successful solopreneur.


    Kayla McGuire on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylamcguire/

    Website: www.tomclairmont.com

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    S3E141 - 29m - Jul 17, 2024
  • Ep. 140: Ami Hendrickson-Author Coach & Dream Builder

    Summary:


    Today, we're joined by Ami Hendrickson, a renowned author coach from Southwest Michigan.


    Ami specializes in guiding thought leaders through the intricate process of writing books that truly resonate and reflect their expertise. With a background in ghostwriting, screenwriting, and stage play writing, Ami has shifted her focus towards empowering new authors with simple, effective strategies for crafting polished manuscripts.


    Throughout her career, Ami has helped numerous clients become bestselling authors. Her approach demystifies the often overwhelming process of writing, making it an enjoyable journey for aspiring authors. Whether you've been told you should write a book, or have a burgeoning idea you're eager to manifest on paper, Ami is the expert you'd want to guide you through this creative expedition.


    In today's conversation, Ami shares her transition from writing and teaching to becoming a mentor who teaches others to excel in writing. She delves into the philosophy that teaching someone to write allows them to create indefinitely, rather than continually depending on ghostwriters. Ami's passion for teaching shines through as she explains how empowering others to write enriches their understanding and ownership of their work, making every word authentically theirs.


    Join us as Ami discusses her unique path from personal writing projects to becoming a beacon for those looking to make their mark in the literary world. Her insights are invaluable for anyone standing at the threshold of their writing journey, hesitant about the first steps but eager to tell their story.


    Why You Should Listen


    If you're on the verge of writing a book or have contemplated it for a while, this episode with Ami Hendrickson is a must-listen. Her expertise not only simplifies the complex world of book writing but also inspires with practical tips that turn daunting tasks into manageable projects.


    Ami's approach helps listeners understand that with the right guidance, the journey of writing a book can be as fulfilling as the outcome. Tune in to demystify the writing process and discover how you can start penning down your thoughts with clarity and confidence today!

    Ami Hendrickson Contact Info:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ami-hendrickson/

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    S3E140 - 50m - Jul 13, 2024
  • Ep. 139: Saarim Asady-Coaching You To $1M on LinkedIn

    Summary


    In this compelling episode of the "Solopreneur Success Path" podcast, host Tom Clairmont has an insightful conversation with Saarim Asady, a standout LinkedIn strategy coach.


    Saarim shares the intriguing tale of how he pivoted from running a marketing business to mastering LinkedIn, emphasizing techniques to maximize its use without costly tools like Sales Navigator or paid ads.


    Saarim's entrepreneurial spirit shines through as he recounts his journey, starting with his early business ventures at just nine years old and evolving into a passionate digital marketer by his university years. His story is filled with candid moments of challenges and breakthroughs, offering listeners an authentic glimpse into the life of a persistent entrepreneur who transformed setbacks into learning opportunities.


    Listeners will find great value in Saarim's practical advice on leveraging LinkedIn to gain clients and grow a business effectively. His approach is not just about professional networking; it’s about creating meaningful connections and content that resonates with his audience.


    Saarim’s narrative is not only motivational but also a testament to the power of believing in oneself and relentlessly pursuing one’s goals. His personal anecdotes and professional tips combined make this episode a must-listen for anyone looking to enhance their LinkedIn strategy or seeking inspiration to pivot in their career path.


    Saarim Adady LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saarim-asady/


    Website: www.tomclairmont.com


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    S3E139 - 36m - Jul 10, 2024
  • Ep. 138: Business Guide Susan Shier: Your Success Is Her Mission

    Overview:


    In this episode, Tom Clairmont talks with Susan Shier, founder of Shier Impact, which focuses on back office administration and organization for small businesses. With a career spanning nearly four decades in administrative roles, Susan shares her journey from working in large corporations like IBM and Hewlett Packard to launching her own venture that helps business owners streamline their operations.


    Key Discussion Points:


    Background and Experience: Susan details her extensive background in administrative roles within major corporations. Her career is marked by a passion for creating order from chaos, which she has seamlessly transitioned into her own business, leveraging her skills to provide clarity and structure for small businesses.


    Transition to Entrepreneurship: The pivotal moment in Susan's career came when she was laid off from Hewlett Packard. This setback prompted her to reevaluate her career path and consider entrepreneurship. Initially, Susan took on small, part-time jobs to make ends meet, which eventually illuminated the potential of turning her skill set into a full-time business.


    Business Evolution: Susan's business, initially named "Peace of Mind Assistance," started with a focus on lifestyle management but eventually shifted back to her roots in administrative work. She discusses the evolution of her services and the realization that her core competencies in back office tasks were most valuable to her clients.


    Challenges and Adjustments: Navigating the shift from employee to business owner was not without challenges. Susan discusses the mental and emotional hurdles she faced, including dealing with depression and anxiety. The support from a life coach and a strong personal network helped her gain the confidence needed to push her business forward.


    Future Plans: Looking ahead, Susan is content with the current scale of her business but is open to developing digital products to reach a broader audience. Her goal is to continue providing high-level executive assistance while possibly expanding her educational offerings through online courses.


    Conclusion: Susan Shier's story is a testament to the resilience and adaptability required to transition from a traditional corporate role to entrepreneurship. Her journey underscores the importance of leveraging personal strengths and experiences to fill a niche in the market, providing valuable insights for anyone considering a similar path.

    Susan Shier's Contact Info:

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanshier/

    Website: https://go-simple.me/

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    S3E138 - 32m - Jul 6, 2024
  • Ep. 137: Empowering Women Toward Success: Career Coach Jacqueline Ndong

    Overview:


    In this episode, Tom Clairmont talks with Jacqueline Ndong, a former corporate support manager at Citrix who transitioned into a career coach based in Milan, Italy.


    Jacqueline shares her journey from the corporate world to launching her own business as a career coach specializing in empowering women to achieve professional success.


    Key Discussion Points:


    1.    Career Background:

     

    2.    Jacqueline recounts her time as a support manager at Citrix, where she excelled in her role but felt limited in opportunities to help her team grow. Despite enjoying her job and achieving success, she experienced a growing dissatisfaction with the corporate restrictions on employee development.

     

    3.    Transition to Entrepreneurship:

     

    4.    Her pivot to career coaching was driven by a desire to focus more on people rather than technical aspects of her job. Jacqueline wanted to assist other women in navigating the challenges she faced in a male-dominated industry. The decision to leave Citrix came after the company underwent a merger, providing her with a natural exit point. She meticulously planned her departure, including financial preparations and leveraging company layoffs to negotiate a favorable exit package.


    5.    Building a New Career:


    6.    Jacqueline detailed her strategic approach to becoming a career coach, which involved saving money, obtaining necessary certifications, and hiring a coach to guide her transition. This preparation allowed her to leave her corporate job confidently and start her coaching business with a clear focus on aiding professional women.


    7.    Challenges and Adjustments:


    8.    Starting a new business brought challenges, including managing work-life balance and overcoming self-doubt. Jacqueline emphasizes the importance of having a support system, particularly highlighting the support from her husband, which was crucial during her transition and ongoing entrepreneurial journey.


    9.    Advice for Others:


    10. For those contemplating a similar move, Jacqueline advises thorough self-assessment to understand personal motivations and unhappiness in current roles. She stresses the importance of planning and not rushing the transition, highlighting that understanding one’s strengths and having a financial safety net are vital.


    Conclusion:


    Jacqueline’s story is a testament to the power of strategic planning and the pursuit of passion. Her experience underscores the importance of preparing both financially and emotionally for significant career changes and the value of support systems in navigating such transitions.


    Her journey from a successful corporate manager to a fulfilled career coach offers valuable insights for anyone looking to make a similar shift.

    Jacqueline Ndong on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelinendong/

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    S1E137 - 46m - Jul 3, 2024
  • Ep. 136: PMP Certification Coach, Gabor Stramb: Building PT Business to Full Time

    Episode Summary:


    Overview: In this engaging podcast episode, the host, Thomas, deviates from his usual format of interviewing individuals who have left the corporate world to start their businesses. Instead, he introduces Gabor Stramb, a program manager from the UK who is in the process of building his exit from his current corporate role in the oil, gas, and telecom industries.


    Key Discussion Points:

    Gabor's Background and Current Role: Gabor works as a program manager and in his spare time, helps individuals prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. He has developed a significant following through his newsletter, boasting 7,000 subscribers.


    Journey to PMP Certification: Gabor discusses his challenging path to obtaining PMP certification, which took three years and multiple attempts. His experience of failing the exam initially and then successfully devising a method to pass within eight weeks has led him to mentor others through his unique approach.


    Developing the Side Hustle: The conversation explores how Gabor began his side business unintentionally, which blossomed as he started to teach others how he passed the PMP exam. His approach emphasizes efficiency, promising certification preparation within eight weeks.


    Newsletter Growth and Strategy: Gabor elaborates on how he grew his newsletter audience rapidly within a year, highlighting his impressive open rate of 47%. He credits his success to targeted content that resonates with project managers and aligns with professional standards, rather than pursuing a broad, unfocused approach.

    Balancing Corporate Life and Side Hustle: Gabor and Thomas discuss the challenges of managing a demanding job and a growing side business, emphasizing the importance of structured time management and strategic planning. Gabor's method involves meticulous scheduling and prioritization, ensuring he maintains balance across his professional and personal life.


    Future Plans and Exit Strategy: Looking forward, Gabor shares his aspirations to eventually transition fully from his corporate role to his entrepreneurial venture, aiming to establish himself as a trusted authority in project management. He plans to leverage platforms like LinkedIn and YouTube to expand his influence and subscriber base.


    Conclusion: The episode closes with reflections on the personal and professional transformations that come with building a side business. Both speakers share insights on the potential and pitfalls of such endeavors, providing listeners with both inspiration and practical advice on navigating their paths from corporate roles to independent business ownership.

    Gabor Stramb on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabor-stramb/

    Online Calendar: https://calendly.com/gabor_stramb/

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    S1E136 - 41m - Jun 29, 2024
  • Ep. 135: Why I Hired a LinkedIn Coach

    Episode Summary:


    Today, I'm excited to dive into a topic that's been on my mind lately: why I decided to hire a LinkedIn coach. You see, I've been on LinkedIn for years, but I never really tapped into its full potential until recently.

    It all started when I realized that despite my tech background and knack for DIY, there were certain areas where I could use some expert guidance. After researching various LinkedIn experts, I stumbled upon one whose content really resonated with me. I booked a free strategy session, and after chatting with him and seeing his track record, I was sold.


    Now, I'll be honest, the cost gave me pause at first. But after weighing the potential return on investment and consulting with my wife, we decided to take the plunge. And let me tell you, it's been one of the best decisions I've made for my business.


    Since enrolling in the coaching program, I've seen incredible growth in my LinkedIn presence and overall business. The personalized strategy, ongoing support, and practical guidance have been invaluable.


    So, why am I sharing this with you? Because I want you to know that seeking expert help isn't a sign of weakness—it's a smart business move. Whether it's LinkedIn coaching or support in another area, investing in specialized guidance can supercharge your growth and open up new opportunities.


    So, as you navigate your own entrepreneurial journey, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Trust me, it can make all the difference. Thanks for tuning in, and until next time, keep chasing those business dreams!


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    S1E135 - 15m - Jun 22, 2024
  • Why I'm Rebranding the Podcast

    I just wanted to explain why I'm doing a slight rebrand for the Show and how I wanted the front line image to reflect better with the content of the Podcast.

    The core aspect of the Podcast will stay the same.

    Thanks for listening and your continued support and encouragement along the way.


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    S3E145 - 3m - Mar 1, 2024
  • Ep. 134: The 3 Systems You Must Have To Get Clients

    EPISODE SUMMARY


    In this episode of the Small Business Startup Essentials Podcast, Tom Clairmont dives deep into the vital topic of client acquisition and the essential systems for achieving it. Focused on streamlining processes, Tom shares his insights and personal experiences in incorporating effective systems into his business, aiming to guide listeners toward more efficient client acquisition strategies.


    Tom begins by demystifying marketing funnels for newcomers, explaining the "know, like, trust, try, buy" process. He emphasizes the importance of flooding the top of the funnel with targeted prospects to ensure a smoother transition through the funnel stages, detailed by the acronyms TOFU, MOFU, and BOFU. Tom stresses the need for a client attraction system, client conversion system, and client nurturing system, intricately woven into the business's foundation, to facilitate this journey.


    Highlighting content creation's critical role in attracting clients, Tom insists on a clear understanding of the target audience to ensure the marketing funnel is filled with qualified prospects. He shares practical tips on website design, leveraging SEO with the Yoast plugin, and optimizing LinkedIn profiles to enhance visibility and attract the right audience.


    Tom provides a detailed walkthrough of his strategies for LinkedIn, including profile optimization using Canva Pro, engaging posts, and targeted connection invites based on event participation. He also discusses leveraging webinars, podcasts, and email marketing to funnel potential clients into the engagement process.


    As listeners move through the middle part of the funnel, the client conversion system comes into play, aiming to transform observers into potential clients. Tom shares his approach to building trust and authority through complimentary Zoom calls, offering a glimpse into his training program and onboarding process, facilitated by tools like DocuSign to streamline the signup process.


    Finally, Tom addresses the client nurturing system, focusing on delivering exceptional value to create "raging fan customers" and encourage referrals, thus bypassing the traditional marketing funnel. He outlines options for clients to engage with his services at various levels, from online training videos to comprehensive training programs, with opportunities for upgrades and continued engagement through monthly retainers.


    This episode is not just a guide but a comprehensive blueprint for small business owners and solopreneurs aiming to establish or refine their client acquisition systems. Tom encourages listeners to reach out for his ebook or connect with him directly for more in-depth insights and assistance.


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    S3E134 - 20m - Jan 14, 2024
  • Ep. 133: The problem with having a decent income from your business

    In this episode of the Small Business Startup Essentials Podcast, host Tom Clairmont delves into the critical aspect of income goals in the entrepreneurial journey. Here's a summary of the key points and insights covered in this episode:

    1. Importance of Clear Income Goals: Tom emphasizes the significance of setting clear income objectives in the entrepreneurial journey. These goals serve as essential markers to measure progress and prevent complacency.
    2. Mindset of Proactive Growth: Setting income goals is not an act of greed but a proactive mindset for solopreneurs. Success in business requires continuously pushing forward and adapting to an ever-changing landscape.
    3. Avoid Complacency with Stable Income: While stable income is an achievement, Tom cautions against complacency. Solopreneurs should not rely solely on a single substantial client for their income, as it can lead to vulnerability if the client's circumstances change.
    4. Continue Striving for Growth: Solopreneurs should maintain their drive and urgency to secure new clients continually, even when they have stable income. Tom encourages a mindset of ongoing growth and expansion.
    5. Consider Hiring a Virtual Assistant: To free up time for strategic activities and avoid over-reliance on a single client, Tom suggests considering hiring a virtual assistant. Delegating lower-level tasks can enhance efficiency and business growth.
    6. Embrace Holistic Growth: Growth should encompass various aspects of life, including emotional, health-related, and overall well-being. Solopreneurs should continuously review, modify, and improve their goals, remaining in a state of continuous learning.
    7. Invest in a Virtual Assistant: Despite the challenges in finding the right virtual assistant, Tom believes that this investment is instrumental in maintaining momentum and achieving consistent progress in a solopreneur's journey.
    8. Avoid Self-Sabotage: Tom's powerful message to solopreneurs is to avoid self-sabotage and keep moving forward. Constant growth and momentum are essential, even during periods of financial success.


    This episode serves as a reminder that success in entrepreneurship is not solely financial but encompasses various facets of life. Solopreneurs should strive for growth in all areas, continuously adapt to change, and remain proactive in their pursuit of success.


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    S3E130 - 10m - Dec 22, 2023
  • Ep. 132: How I've been using AI for my business

    In this episode, your host, Tom Clairmont, explores the challenges of being a solopreneur and the constant quest for making business operations easier without compromising quality. Tom introduces a lead magnet he created called "The Tools We Use," which provides valuable insights into online tools he personally uses in the business startup process.


    Tom acknowledges the perpetual need for new tools, especially in the rapidly evolving landscape of AI. He shares his recent experiences with using Chat GPT, highlighting how it's become an indispensable tool for generating content and fulfilling various roles within his business.


    Tom goes on to discuss specific scenarios in which he has utilized Chat GPT. From transforming podcast transcripts into engaging summaries to crafting website content, generating lead magnet ideas, and even exploring children's book concepts, Tom showcases the versatile applications of AI-powered content generation.


    Additionally, he emphasizes the growing role of virtual assistants, made more efficient by AI tools, in small businesses. Tom encourages listeners to leverage these technologies to streamline their operations and enhance productivity.


    Throughout the episode, Tom emphasizes the importance of embracing AI tools, such as Chat GPT, as valuable resources to simplify and enhance business processes. He invites listeners to share their own experiences and questions related to AI tools by emailing him at tom@tomclairmont.com.


    As the episode concludes, Tom leaves his audience with a sense of empowerment, reinforcing that AI is a valuable ally in the entrepreneurial journey, simplifying tasks and expanding possibilities.


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    S3E129 - 15m - Dec 1, 2023
  • Ep. 131: Debunking Myths: Launching an Online Business Later in Life

    In this podcast episode, Tom Clairmont takes on the myths and misconceptions surrounding launching an online business later in life, sharing valuable insights and debunking common misconceptions. Here's a summary of the key points covered:


    ·       Age Is Just a Number: Tom emphasizes that age should not deter anyone from pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. Regardless of age, there's ample time to achieve success, and opportunities are not limited by a narrow time frame.

    ·       Risk and Financial Stability: Tom challenges the belief that starting something new later in life is riskier. He argues that having financial stability and resources accumulated over the years can actually reduce the risk associated with launching a new venture.

    ·       Tech Savviness Isn't a Must: Tom dispels the myth that one needs to be a tech guru to succeed online. With the abundance of tech resources, courses, and virtual assistants available, lack of tech expertise should not hold anyone back.

    ·       Cost of Starting: Tom highlights that starting an online business or podcast doesn't have to be costly. There are affordable options, including freelancers and AI tools, making it accessible to those on a budget.

    ·       Building Speed: The speed of building a business depends on available resources and goals. Tom emphasizes that it's possible to start small and grow over time, dispelling the notion that it will take too long to establish a business.

    ·       Action and Decision-Making: Tom encourages taking action and making decisions, emphasizing that the fear of making the wrong choice shouldn't deter aspiring entrepreneurs. Mistakes are part of the journey and provide valuable lessons.

    ·       The Right Mindset: Tom acknowledges that not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship. It requires motivation, decisiveness, resilience, and belief in oneself. Without the right mindset, success can be elusive.

    Listeners are left with a clearer understanding that age should not be a barrier to pursuing entrepreneurial dreams. Tom's insights challenge common myths and offer a fresh perspective on starting an online business later in life.

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    S3E128 - 14m - Nov 15, 2023
  • Ep. 130: What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

    In this episode, Tom Clairmont reflects on being 60 years old and facing the timeless struggle of having numerous ideas and dreams but limited time and focus to pursue them.

    He recounts a recent conversation with an old coach who shared similar struggles. Living in a land of opportunities and embracing capitalism can lead to the belief that success in one area can lead to success in all areas, which isn't necessarily true.

    Tom discusses the overwhelming influx of creative ideas and the challenges of being a solo entrepreneur with limited hours in a day. They touch on the fear of missing out when witnessing others' success in different areas.

    Tom emphasizes the importance of strategic prioritization, taming the creative mind, and focusing on one venture at a time while keeping other ideas in a journal for future exploration.

    He encourages listeners to enjoy the journey, recognize that success goes beyond wealth, embrace patience, and stay open to new opportunities. The key takeaway is that mastering one venture before moving to the next is often the path to genuine success and life fulfillment.

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    S3E127 - 10m - Oct 24, 2023
  • Ep. 129: You have the vision: Now what?

    We're talking about the crucial first step in building your online business foundation: having a clear vision. But you know what's equally important? Turning that vision into a reality.

    Why This Information Is So Important:

    Look, starting a business can be thrilling, but it's also packed with challenges, especially when you're taking the plunge later in life. Your vision is like your guiding star, but transforming it into a workable plan can feel like navigating uncharted waters. That's why this episode matters.

    Why You Should Absolutely Tune In:

    Setting Clear Goals: You'll discover why it's essential to break those big, audacious goals into manageable steps. I'll share how to prioritize them and even add a bit of urgency to keep you on track. Trust me; this can make all the difference.

    Overcoming Procrastination and Distraction: Who hasn't battled procrastination and distractions? I've been there too. I'll reveal some strategies to tackle these productivity killers head-on so you can stay focused and get things done.

    Lack of Planning: Planning is your roadmap to success. But not just any plan; it needs structure. I'll talk about why having daily and weekly goals, plus a to-do list that's actually doable, is crucial. Keeping it simple is my mantra, and I'll explain why.

    Information Overload: We're in the age of information overload. I recently did a little test with Google, and trust me, it can get overwhelming. I'll share how to cut through the noise, find reliable info, and avoid drowning in data.

    Maintaining Motivation: Let's face it, motivation can be sky-high when you start, but it often fizzles out. I'll talk about finding your "why" and keeping that fire burning, even when the going gets tough. It's all about visualizing your success.

    So, if you're thinking about launching a business, especially if you're a bit further down the road of life, this episode is your go-to guide. It's packed with real-world advice and solutions to help you navigate the tricky terrain of turning your vision into a thriving reality. Don't miss it!

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    S3E125 - 11m - Aug 27, 2023
  • Ep. 128: The Attraction to Distraction: Will it only get worse?

    Hey there, it's Tom Clairmont, and welcome back to the Small Business Startup Essentials show. Today, we're diving into a topic that's becoming increasingly challenging in the digital age: maintaining focus and productivity, especially for home-based businesses like mine.

    If I'm grappling with these distractions, chances are, you are too.

    As time goes on, we're bombarded with more and more distractions. Our phones, the internet, and social media are just a few culprits. I've found that to stay on track, I have to power down my phone or put it out of reach.

    I even have to close my email and limit TV time to meal breaks. Otherwise, productivity takes a nosedive, and my to-do list goes haywire, especially on Mondays.

    Social media deserves special mention because it's designed to be addictive. Even though I'm not a fan of many platforms myself, I know people who struggle with constant social media engagement.

    With a home-based business, discipline and focus are vital to staying productive because time flies, and if we're not careful, we'll wonder where it all went.

    I've started incorporating exercise into my routine, which, while great for health, adds an unexpected layer of fatigue to my day. But there are other reasons distractions creep in.

    When you work from home, there's a built-in distraction—the comfort of your surroundings. It's easy to get lost in the view or other non-essential tasks.

    Working from home also means less external structure and accountability. Procrastination can creep in, and it's tempting to put things off. Meetings with clients can sometimes spiral into unproductive discussions, and self-accountability often takes a back seat.

    It's not meant to be discouraging, but I wanted to share my struggles because I believe in keeping it real.

    Recognizing these challenges upfront can help you prepare better and establish the discipline and structure needed for a successful home-based business.

    Let's tackle these issues head-on because they're not likely to get easier in the future.

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    S3E122 - 13m - Aug 20, 2023
  • Ep. 127: Interview with Zach Rattner, CEO of AI startup company, Yembo

    Today I have with me author, co founder and Chief Technology Officer of Yembo, Zach Rattner. Zach recently wrote a book called Grow Up Fast.

    I recommend this book to anyone that’s thinking of launching a startup or maybe already launched one and need some guidance on how to navigate through the process.

    Zach currently lives in San Diego CA with his wife and family and has some good insight for us on making that transition out of the Corporate environment to having a successful business.

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    S3E124 - 37m - Aug 13, 2023
  • Ep. 126: This is the time and you are the person

    In this powerful podcast episode, Tom passionately addresses the common barriers that hold people back from pursuing their dreams and taking action.

    He urges listeners to overcome the habit of waiting for the "right" conditions, such as the perfect time or economy, and instead emphasizes the significance of embracing the present moment.

    Tom explores the negative 'what if' thoughts that often plague individuals, such as fear of failure and lack of support, and provides practical insights on how to shift towards a more positive mindset.

    By challenging listeners to be their own biggest fans and advocates, Tom empowers them to break free from self-doubt and gain the confidence needed to take decisive steps towards their goals.

    The episode is especially important to listen to because it highlights the value of individual uniqueness and the importance of sharing one's experiences, expertise, and talents with the world.

    Tom emphasizes that there is no need to compare oneself to others, as each person possesses something special to contribute.

    Furthermore, Tom emphasizes the sense of urgency in taking action, given the increasingly chaotic state of the world. He encourages listeners to step up, speak out, and make a positive impact, even if they don't feel fully prepared or confident.

    The message is clear: the time to start is now, and there is an abundance of resources and support available to help individuals along their journey.

    In conclusion, this episode serves as a powerful motivational call-to-action, inspiring listeners to shed their inhibitions, embrace their unique abilities, and start making a difference in their lives and the world around them.

    It instills a sense of empowerment, reminding listeners that they have the capability to achieve their aspirations and contribute meaningfully to society.

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    S3E121 - 8m - Aug 6, 2023
  • Ep. 125: Why doing things the 'right' way may be bad advice

    In this podcast episode, Tom delves into the challenges faced by new entrepreneurs when seeking advice from various sources in today's information age.

    He highlights the diversity of perspectives and the lack of a one-size-fits-all formula for success. Tom emphasizes the importance of trying different approaches and learning from failures, as well as the subjectivity of what constitutes the "right way" to do things.

    Tom discusses the allure of high-priced online marketing tools and platforms, citing examples like Kajabi, Hubspot, and Clickfunnels.

    He acknowledges their potential benefits but cautions against diving in without a solid foundation, as many entrepreneurs may not be fully prepared to use these tools effectively from the start.

    The episode offers a low-budget alternative for entrepreneurs interested in marketing their products or services. Tom advocates for setting up a landing page through MailerLite, a cost-effective option that includes email integration.

    He underscores the importance of putting in the work, whether through a self-driven process or with the assistance of others, to achieve success.

    Listeners are encouraged to take a slow and steady approach, as Tom draws from his over two decades of business experience. He emphasizes the value of patience, dedication, and the willingness to learn, offering guidance to those who are looking to navigate the entrepreneurial journey with careful consideration and practicality.

    Why You Should Listen:


    This episode is essential for aspiring entrepreneurs who are seeking advice on starting a business and navigating the complex world of online marketing tools. Tom's insights shed light on the potential pitfalls of rushing into expensive platforms without a solid plan in place.

    By sharing his perspective on taking a calculated and budget-friendly approach, Tom empowers listeners to make informed decisions, build a strong foundation, and avoid potential financial risks.

    The episode provides valuable guidance for individuals who want to embrace a methodical and sustainable path to success in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

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    S3E122 - 14m - Jul 30, 2023
  • Ep. 124: Why I will never retire

    In this episode of the Small Business Startup Essentials Podcast, Tom explores the concept of retirement and why he personally has no intention of retiring.

    The episode delves into various perspectives on retirement and its meaning, particularly in the context of self-employment and entrepreneurship.

    Tom questions what retirement truly entails, raising the point that retirement often involves ceasing formal work and potentially filling one's days with leisure activities.

    Drawing from personal experiences, observations of others, and anecdotes, Tom highlights different motivations for not retiring, such as:

    • Financial security and the desire for additional income.
    • Passion for work and the sense of purpose and fulfillment it brings.
    • Continuous professional development and staying relevant in one's field.
    • Social interaction, connections, and networks.
    • Mental stimulation and preventing boredom.


    The episode emphasizes that some individuals use their retirement time to start personal projects, like podcasts, that align with their hobbies and interests.

    Tom also addresses the fear of the unknown that retirement can bring, with many people uncertain about how to fill their time once formal work concludes.

    Why You Should Listen:


    This episode offers valuable insights into the multifaceted concept of retirement, particularly as it pertains to entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals.

    By sharing personal experiences and observations, Tom provides listeners with different perspectives on retirement and encourages reflection on their own views.

    Entrepreneurs and individuals contemplating retirement can benefit from this episode by:

    • Gaining a deeper understanding of the various motivations behind retirement decisions.
    • Exploring how passion for work and personal projects can shape one's post-retirement activities.
    • Recognizing the importance of social interaction, networks, and continuous learning.
    • Overcoming potential fears and uncertainties associated with retirement.


    Listeners are prompted to consider their own thoughts on retirement and its implications, fostering a thought-provoking conversation about work, purpose, and life beyond formal employment.

    Whether you're an entrepreneur, a professional, or simply curious about the concept of retirement, this episode offers valuable perspectives and insights to think about for your situation.

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    S3E121 - 8m - Jul 16, 2023
  • Ep. 123: The one decision that I made 20 years ago that really paid off

    In this episode of the Small Business Startup Essentials Podcast, Tom reflects on a crucial decision he made two decades ago that has significantly impacted his financial success.

    The episode delves into the importance of making informed decisions within the business realm and shares a personal example to illustrate the potential benefits.

    Tom discusses how he ventured into the world of web services and sought a structured approach to selling products and services online. He highlights his choice to become a reseller through GoDaddy's reseller program, which provided him with an independent dashboard to offer a range of web services and products to clients.

    This decision allowed Tom to establish his own web services business, offering everything from domain names and hosting to SEO services and SSL security.

    The episode emphasizes the concept of passive income generated through renewals of products and services. Tom explains how he earned tens of thousands of dollars over a decade by providing clients with ongoing services that required regular renewals.

    He also explores the idea of affiliate programs as an alternative source of passive income, encouraging listeners to consider such options to enhance their revenue streams.


    Why You Should Listen:


    This episode offers a valuable real-life example of how a single decision, in this case, becoming a reseller through GoDaddy, can lead to substantial financial gains over time.

    Tom's insights highlight the potential of passive income through product and service renewals and affiliate programs, showcasing how individuals can create additional revenue streams that contribute to their financial well-being.

    Entrepreneurs, business owners, and those interested in generating income online can benefit from this episode by:

    • Gaining insight into the world of web services and reseller programs.
    • Understanding the concept of passive income and how it can provide ongoing financial stability.
    • Exploring the possibilities of affiliate programs as a means of diversifying revenue sources.
    • Learning from a real-world example of a decision that had a positive financial impact.


    Listeners are encouraged to consider the potential of making strategic decisions that can lead to long-term financial success and to explore avenues for generating passive income within their own business ventures.

    Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this episode offers practical insights and inspiration for building a sustainable and profitable business.

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    S3E118 - 11m - Jul 9, 2023
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