Access to capital is a critical success factor when starting, growing and running your business.
I am not a proponent of borrowing too much, having found myself overleveraged in the past.
But I do know that the right mix of vendor credit, equipment financing and lines of credit are very important if you want to avoid cash flow problems. That’s why I invited Mr. England to share some knowledge on Radio Free Enterprise.
Regular listeners to the show know that I talk a lot about what I call The M Cube, the six sides of business success that every professional must recognize and master in their pursuit of their own entrepreneurial dream
The first and most important of those six Ms is M1: Mission. Why have you chosen to start and run a business rather than pursue a more traditional career path?
Let’s face it you’re taking on a lot of risk. You’re probably taking on a lot of ridicule from friends and family who say oh you’re crazy, you can never do it.
You’re sacrificing time away from your family and from hobbies and other pursuits. I believe that if you’re not clear about the reasons why you’re making this move you could find yourself in trouble before you know it.
Today’s guest, Coach Reggie Jackson of JS Coaching in Woodbridge, Virginia, has a special gift for helping business owners discover their entrepreneurial WHY and use it to power their success.
Of all the types of businesses we could choose to go into, it seems as though starting a home improvement business is one of the most popular options.
The problem is that many people mistakenly assume that, just because they’re handy with a hammer they’re qualified to become the leader of a home improvement firm, which results in some less-than-professional contracting companies out there.
But today’s guest, Jeremiah Davies, is an exception to that profile. Jeremiah is the Founder and President of Orion Home Improvements in Merrifield, Virginia – a truly a professional contracting company that has seen tremendous growth over the past few years due to their focus on customer satisfaction.
In this episode Jeremiah shares some of the elements that have gone into that success.
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.
Bunker Labs, founded in Chicago but now in six U.S. cities and soon to open in five more, has the following mission:
To catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of military experience to lead the American economy.
Pretty audacious. And damned important.
In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Ray Crowell, Director of Bunker Labs DC talks about vetrepreneurship and the role Bunker Labs plays in helping not only veterans but also active-duty military personnel and their spouses, transition from a career in the armed forces to successful business ownership.
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.