Category Archives: First Timers

How To Hire Your First Employee

Sooner or later every entrepreneur moves from being a one-man-band to an employer. But very few of us have any recruiting or management experience.

What is the best way to make that move? How do I go about hiring my first employee?

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise I have two guests joining me to talk about one topic: Attracting, Retaining and Developing Top Talent into your business. And, most especially, how to get started with that first hire.

My first guest is former Air Force helicopter pilot turned first-time entrepreneur Curtis Marshall, owner of DC dot Rentals, a small but rapidly growing residential property management firm based out of Alexandria, Virginia.

My second guest is a veteran entrepreneur. Brian Fielkow is president of JetCo Delivery in Houston, Texas and author of the book Driving To Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Culture.

In this interview Curtis explains the challenges he is confronting as he faces the task of hiring his first employee and Brian shares his wisdom and experience in regards to building a successful team and culture.

Jeff Kofman The Accidental CEO

I like to talk about a lot of different things on this podcast including technology, venture capital, how businesses and industries arise to solve problems and address needs.

I like to talk about first-time business owners and Boomerpreneurs – people who start a business in their retirement years. Most of all, I like speaking with creative and interesting people.

In today’s program I am bringing you all of that in the person of Jeff Kofman, who is CEO and co-founder and an incredible startup called Trint.

After 33 years as a broadcast journalist for CBC, BBC, CBS and ABC, Jeff Kofman became “The Accidental CEO” of this London-based tech startup.

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Jeff talks about how he came to be an entrepreneur at this stage in his life and the similarities between being a war correspondent and the CEO of a fast-growing company.

HOW TO CONTACT JEFF KOFMAN

Trint.com Website

Jeff’s Email Address

Should I Buy A Franchise?

I generally interview guests who share insights into running a successful business. But I recently met someone who caused me to consider the idea of reaching to another audience as well.

What if you have yet to make the leap into entrepreneurship? What if you are feeling the urge to leave your 9-5 job but need help deciding what type of business to start?

My in this episode of Radio Free Enterprise is, Faizun Kamal of FranNet, is an expert at helping first-time entrepreneurs decide whether purchasing a franchise is the correct course for them to follow.

In spite of the billions of dollars of revenue generated worldwide on an annual basis I have not always been a fan of the franchise model.

But, after learning more about Faizun and the process her company uses to guide novices into the world of business ownership, I felt it was important to share what she had to say with you.

CONTACT FAIZUN KAMAL

Telephone: 443-604-6276

Email: fkamal@frannet.com

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Startup Team Building

Poppir, a tech startup based in the Washington, DC area, is bringing the sharing economy to the commercial real estate industry.

When co-founders Moh Ducis and Derek Nickerson asked me to give a pep talk to their – currently – unpaid team of developers, marketers and biz dev folks as a kick-off to an all-day team building meeting, I wasn’t quite sure what to share.

While I do have experience in startups, it hasn’t been entirely positive. What could I tell these folks that would be entirely honest but which wouldn’t have them running for the exits? The solution I created is heard in this podcast, recorded live in an empty night club in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

What I shared can be categorized under four Cs:

  1. Communication
  2. Capital
  3. Culture
  4. Career

I’m glad that I recorded the presentation because I believe it was well-received by the people present and may well benefit other founders and team members at current and future startups.

LEARN MORE ABOUT POPPIR

Poppir.com

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Search Engine for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Every American feels a deep debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in our Armed Services and we’d all like to repay them any way we can.

A wonderful way to do just that is by patronizing businesses founded and run by military veterans. But how can we find them?

In this interview Rick Yost, CEO of VeteransList.us, explains how you can use his search engine to locate veteran-owned businesses in your community and also explains why you can expect a better experience when dealing with vetrepreneurs.

And, if you are a veteran business owner yourself – or a veteran considering starting a business – Rick describes the advantages you hold and special challenges you face.

Rick wraps up by explaining all the benefits veteran business owners receive by registering their companies for free with VeteransList.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VETERANSLIST

Search for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Register Your Veteran-Owned Business with The Site

Contact Rick Yost by Email: ryost@veteranslist.us

How to Succeed at Network Marketing

There are a lot of misconceptions swirling around the idea of building a successful business in the network marketing (aka multi-level marketing) industry.

Some people believe it can’t be done, that network marketing success is some kind of hoax or myth. Others believe that, while it is possible, only people who would do well on a used car lot could possibly succeed as network marketer.

David Delevante is living proof that, not only is business success a reality within network marketing, but that anyone – even a nerdy former naval engineer – can create a fabulous, home-based business in the industry.

In this episode, Dave explains how he originally got involved in network marketing and how he has built a successful business with over 14,000 team members, all while staying true to himself and never being pushy.

CONTACT DAVE DELEVANTE

Email: dave@usana.com

Phone: 703-928-1116

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Brian Anderson and Valhalla Bladeworks

Have you ever fantasized about ditching your corporate job and starting the business of your dreams?

Brian Anderson did just that, resigning from his fat six-figure executive position to start his own custom knife company, Valhalla Bladeworks.

In this interview Brian explains what prompted him to make this life-changing decision and the effect it’s had on his personal career satisfaction, quality of life and family relationships.

He also talks about the utterly unexpected challenge he has encountered only months into the new venture: overwhelming demand for his products.

Brian also offers words of advice for those considering making the same leap from the corporate nest, as well as for other first-time entrepreneurs in the first few weeks on their own.

Contact Valhalla Bladeworks

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Contact Brian Anderson by Email

brian@valhallabladeworks.com

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