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Welcome to a real-world MBA, where entrepreneurs guide you through what it really takes to start, scale, and sell your own business.

Your hosts: J and Carol Scott, who left careers in corporate management to launch their own house-flipping business. Every Tuesday, you'll meet a new guest and learn actionable tips for hiring, firing, marketing, raising capital and more.

So whether you're looking to boost profits or bring a new idea to life, you'll come away informed and inspired. Tune in, and learn how to treat your business like a business!

85 Episodes
Did you know that over 200,000 entrepreneurs currently sell over $100K per year on Amazon? Sales continue to skyrocket with no indication of slowing down anytime soon… and this week, our guest is here to help you get in on the action!Mike Begg -- co-founder of AMZ Advisers -- started a side-hustle business selling on Amazon with three buddies while they all worked corporate jobs. Making mistakes and learning lessons the hard way in the early days, the team never gave up, continuing to learn and tweak their business model until they achieved massive success on the platform. Fast forward five years and tens of millions of dollars in sales, Mike and the team now run their business from the sandy white beaches of sunny Mexico, also helping other business owners generate over $1M in sales each while carving out their piece of the Amazon pie.Mike lays out a step-by-step roadmap for identifying product needs on the platform, sourcing inventory, and building a stellar brand that speaks to buyers and generates sales. He talks about the right way to work with vendors overseas, achieving the right mix of pricing and volume, and determining when it makes sense to create additional sales funnels across multiple channels. And most importantly, he reminds us that anyone-- with focus, dedication and a bit of expert assistance-- has the opportunity to generate significant additional streams of income online.Make sure you listen all the way to the end, when Mike gives us some excellent resources to learn more, right NOW.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsDeloitteSears Real EstateHelium 10Fiverr99designsAlibabaAmazon's Early Reviewer ProgramUpworkShopifyScott Voelker's PodcastAMZ Advisers BlogJungle ScoutCheck the full show notes here: 
Do you want to get your business to the point where you can simply leave for several months without worrying about things continuing to operate and grow? Do you want to get there quickly and with little risk?If so, today’s episode is for you!Justin Silverio - real estate investor and founder/owner of the real estate marketing company, Open Letter Marketing -- is here to tell us how he he was able to position his company to run on its own in just a couple years. Justin talks to us about key hiring, setting up processes and organizing operations in a way that will allow you, the CEO, to put your team in charge and free you up to focus on other pursuits.In this episode, we talk about pricing strategy (and mistakes), how to massively reduce your expenses, and how to hire the perfect employees who you can trust to manage and run your business.And, for you real estate investors, Justin provides his expertise on how to best handle acquisition marketing for your deals in today’s crazy real estate world!Make sure you listen for Justin’s tip on how to ensure you hire the right person THE FIRST TIME, and don’t end up making a bad hire because you didn’t have all the information you needed about the candidate. This may be one of the best hiring tips we’ve ever heard!Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the Show:BiggerPocketsIndeed.comBiggerPockets Business Podcast 78: Building and Scaling a Massive Real Estate Business With Nathan BrooksScrumZoomCheck the full show notes here:
Do you have strengths that can help other business owners? Do you have skills that can be used to help elevate someone else’s business to new heights? Do you have expertise that makes you the perfect partner for someone else’s business?If so, starting a business isn’t the only way to become a successful business owner!Dustin Reichmann -- partner and co-owner of FireCreek Snacks -- was able to take his marketing expertise and turn it into an opportunity that has propelled his and his partner’s business to new heights. In this episode, Dustin provides us a blueprint for using your strengths and expertise to find opportunities to help other business owners, and ultimately create new opportunities for yourself as well.Dustin talks about how to analyze your abilities and use them to start generating income for you TODAY. And also use them to generate opportunity for tomorrow. Specifically, Dustin provides us two great ways to turn anything that you’re good at into a potential new income stream! We also dig into the nitty-gritty of product marketing, including how Dustin was able to get his product into some of the largest retailers in the world, including Walmart.Make sure you listen til the end to hear Dustin’s amazing piece of wisdom for those scared to take massive action.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsAce HardwareDo It BestTrue ValueWalmartCostcoGrouponBiggerPockets Money Podcast Check the full show notes here:
Being a business owner is exceptionally rewarding in so many ways… but as all successful entrepreneurs know, it’s certainly not all glitz and glamour! We ALL experience problems, and the way we navigate those problems can make or break our business. But what happens when we take it a step further, creating new opportunities by choosing to not only navigate, but instead TACKLE complex problems head on? Check out Stephanie Betters, founder and owner/operator of SocialMediaREI, Left Main Real Estate Investment Lifeline and Better Path Homes. Mastering the skills of managing it all, Stephanie talks with us about how she started two new income streams that originated from complex problems she solved to help her own business. Realizing many other business owners faced the same challenges, she began offering her product solutions on a broader scale -- all while raising three young children and continuing to practice medicine full-time as a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner.Stephanie tells us about her creative approach to self-solving a problem that would have otherwise cost nearly $100K to outsource, which ultimately led the world’s #1 CRM,, to come knocking at her door. She serves up a valuable roadmap of the right way to go about finding help (including that first daunting hire of a personal assistant); the critical importance of creating measurable, time-sensitive goals to move your business forward, and avoiding the all-too-common entrepreneurial trap of “starting to drive the bus without knowing where you’re going.” And make sure you listen for Stephanie’s tips on working with your spouse, significant other, or partner… a challenge we all face when growing a business while keeping family front and center.Check her out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsSalesforceBiggerPocketsSharper Business SolutionsCheck the full show notes here:
Growing a business isn’t easy. But, it gets much easier when you understand the growth process and how you should be navigating that growth as your company’s CEO.Matt Rodak -- founder of Fund That Flip, a real estate crowdfunding company and #647 on this year’s Inc 5000 list -- is with us to talk about how he both started his company and then grew it, with over $500M in total investor loans originated since 2015. Fund That Flip both lends to real estate investors and provides opportunities for lenders looking for passive returns -- Matt discusses his strategy serving two very different customers in your business.Then, in the second half of the episode, Matt walks us through his roadmap for company founders, including the 5 distinct phases of growth every successful founder must follow to take their business from concept to world domination. When should you “go to war?” When should you “focus on peace?” And how to traverse the point in many business owners lives when they start to find themselves getting complacent.Make sure you listen for Matt’s absolutely best tip for how you can stay focused on your business and not get sidetracked by others who don’t necessarily have your best interests at heart!Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsZillowBlog Post: DogfoodingFounder Institute (New York)Check the full show notes here:
We have a very special episode for all of you real estate investors this week. But, even if you’re not a real estate investor, you’re going to get a TON of great tips out of this show!Nathan Brooks -- founder of Bridge Turnkey Investments and #1304 on this years INC 5000 list -- has built a turn-key real estate investment firm that has bought, renovated and sold over 500 houses in the past 5 years. While we talk a lot about real estate in this episode, we focus on growing and scaling a business, whatever industry it might be in.Just some of topics we cover in this jam-packed episode:Using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in your business to track and optimize.Creating processes to scale your business, including when NOT to create processes.Building an amazing culture within your organization, whether you have one employee or 100 employees.And don’t miss the part of the episode where Nathan gives some absolutely fantastic tips on how to find employees, how to interview them, and how to make successful hiring decisions. Make sure you listen for Nathan’s unconventional -- but absolutely spot-on -- tip about that one things we tend to avoid when hiring, but that we should instead be focused on!Plus, Nathan gives nearly a dozen of his favorite book recommendations, many that I promise you’ve never even heard of.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets Podcast 319: Avoid These Common Newbie Mistakes! Hard-Earned Lessons from Nathan BrooksBiggerPockets Podcast 232: The Four Lead Sources Nathan Brooks is Using to Flip 120 Houses a YearBiggerPockets Podcast 159: How to Build a Real Estate Business That Buys 60 Deals a Year with Nathan BrooksBiggerPockets Podcast 087: How to Thrive After The Collapse of a Real Estate Empire with Nathan BrooksPodioQuickbooksPredictive IndexGlory MMAThe Social DilemmaCheck the full show notes here:
Thinking about buying a business, but worried about getting taken advantage of by the seller? Not sure how to finance the business and purchase with the least amount of your own cash? Want some assurances that the seller will stick around to help in the case where you have an issue or problem?If so, this episode is for you!Elliott Holland -- Harvard MBA and founder of Guardian Due Diligence -- spends his life helping entrepreneurs select businesses, underwrite them, and then perform the due diligence process that will keep those entrepreneurs from getting taken advantage of by sellers. And he is here this week to walk us through how we should be approaching due diligence, how long it really takes, what’s involved, and how it’s different than the DD process we might be accustomed to as real estate investors.In this episode, we also talk about getting seller financing when buying a business, and how we can get a whole lot more seller financing than we might expect. In fact, combined with bank or SBA financing, seller financing a deal may allow us to put little -- if any -- of our own cash in the purchase.Make sure you listen for Elliott’s explanation of why the typical seller has a 4 times greater incentive to lie about the income being generated by the business than you might think. At the same time, he also provides an amazing tip on what we can do upfront during the purchase process to ensure that the seller picks up the phone and helps us when we run into a question or issue after the purchase!Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsWatermill GroupKKR PortfolioTPGInternational Business Broker's AssociationBiggerPockets Business Podcast 68: “Buy Then Build” Your Business With Best-Selling Author Walker DeibelCheck the full show notes here:
Ever wondered what it took to get a patent? A trademark? A copyright? Or even the difference between the three of these things? Ever wondered how they could be used to protect your business, as well as be used as an income stream for your business?If so, this episode is for you!Devin Miller -- engineer, MBA and attorney, and founder of Miller IP Law -- is an expert on both intellectual property (IP) and business. And he is here with us this week to dispel a ton of myths about IP, as well as provide the information you need to start using IP to protect and enhance your business.In this episode, Devin tells us how each of these different forms of intellectual property can -- and should be used -- how much it costs to register each of them, how long it takes, and when we should (and shouldn’t) consider doing it.And make sure you listen to the end, when Devin tells us about two books that have changed his perspective on entrepreneurship, and will likely do the same for you!Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsKickstarterAOLPlay-dohUPSLBCTargetNetflixCheck the full show notes here:
Are you interested in entrepreneurship through acquisition (basically, buying existing businesses), but aren’t sure where to start? Want to buy a business but don’t know where the money will come from? Always wondered whether it was possible to buy a business with no money down?If so, this episode is for you!Sean McCoy, Tom Szold & Charlie Szold -- co-owners of Precision Safe Sidewalks -- walk us step-by-step through the acquisition of their company. From the acquisition channels they use to find potential purchase targets, through underwriting, due diligence, purchase and transition -- they detail each piece of the process, both in terms of how it worked for their purchase and how you should be approaching it for yours.Most interestingly, they walk us through the “capital stack” of the business -- how they used a combination of an SBA loan, private money from outside investors and seller financing from the owner of the business to essentially purchase with no money out of their own pockets. They even detail how they connected with outside investors, and how they structured the investments.Make sure you listen to our discussion about how it’s not only possible to get the seller of the business to provide part of the financing for the purchase, but why it’s often in the seller’s best interest to do so!Check them out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsBizBuySellIntralink DealNexusGeorge ArapageCheck the full show notes here:
Are you looking for an awesome business opportunity in the real estate space and need some motivation to find it? Have you wondered how you can use your interest in real estate to generate additional income that you can then use to buy real estate? Or are you just looking for some motivation to start and grow a business that can generate millions of dollars per year?Whatever your motivation, this episode is for you!Steve Strauss -- founder of Sign Central -- figured out how he could build a 7-figure business helping real estate developers, agents and investors market their products. And at the same time, start building his own real estate portfolio. With nothing more than determination, dedication and LOTS of hard work, Steve was able to take a part-time side-hustle working for someone else, and grow a multi-faceted business that now serves some of the largest real estate developers in the country.In this episode, Steve tells us how it took him a decade to go out on his own, but then how he went from side-hustle to big business over the course of just a few years. He tells us how building relationships has propelled his business success, and has helped him nab some of his largest clients. And how effective networking can be the difference between a stagnant business and one that starts to grow -- and keeps growing -- quickly!Steve then talks about how he was able to take his company from 2 employees to 12 employees, virtually overnight. While it may seem like a daunting task, Steve provides the single biggest key to achieving this growth with minimal headache and minimum financial risk.And make sure you listen to the end, where Steve talks about how he helped his community during Covid, but did so in a way that has brought him additional business and is likely to benefit him long into the future.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets BookstoreJPMorgan Chase and Co. Logo Link to the full show notes here:
Think you can’t come up with a million dollar (or TEN MILLION DOLLAR) idea sitting around with your buddies? Think you can’t build an 8-figure business and have a ton of fun doing it? Think you can’t build a business like this in less than three years?Then this episode is for you!Chris Meade -- twenty-something co-founder of the 8-figure game company Crossnet -- was a kid with a dream when he, his brother and a friend conceived of a new take on beach volleyball. With nothing more than a fun idea and some determination, they got prototypes designed, started selling individual games through viral marketing and are now on track to do over $15 MILLION in revenue in 2020.In this advice-filled episode, Chris breaks down many of his companies processes in detail. He starts by giving a step-by-step plan for finding overseas manufacturers to prototype, build and package your product -- incredibly inexpensively! He tells us how to do it, how much it costs, how long it takes, and then provides some pro-tips to keep you from making some big mistakes -- and not getting taken advantage of -- in the process.Chris then talks about how he and his partners were able to start selling the game using viral marketing techniques, social media, and their own sales funnels. From there, he goes on to provide some great advice for how to keep your product and marketing expenses low (including some tips on things that can be negotiated that you probably don’t realize).Make sure you listen for the single most important skill an entrepreneur needs to be successful. Chris discusses how he used that skill to get sales, to get his product on the shelves of the national retail chain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, to get a partnership with one of the largest sporting manufacturers in the world, and ultimately to get a partnership with a professional volleyball league that will allow his company to grow and expand beyond imagination.Check her out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsGirls (HBO)UberAlibabaAliexpressShipMonkShipdaddyShipBobShopifyBiggerPockets Business Podcast 01: How to Turn a Hobby Into a Booming Business (Then Get Your Life Back)—The BiggerPockets Story With Joshua DorkinDICK's Sporting GoodsSCHEELSAcademy Sports NationwideLinkedInOkendoWilsonFreeUpBiggerPockets Business Podcast 41: Outsourcing Your Way to Millions with Nathan Hirsch of Outsource SchoolCheck the full show notes here:
Ready for some solid motivation on moving forward and pushing through? Need a reminder of the passion that led you to start your business in the first place? Could you use a dose of inspiration from two business partners who clearly share the same goals and are committed to succeed together, no matter what obstacles they face? This episode delivers all that and more!Michelle Oppelt and Samantha Mooney -- co-owners of Smartycat Kids and SmartyCatTV, have had a great run. Pouring tremendous amounts of faith into each other with a symbiotic relationship based on trust and tenacity, this dynamic duo spent over a decade developing, nurturing, and growing an engaging child education enrichment company serving hundreds of families.Operating like a well-oiled machine and with a plan in place for extreme expansion, timing wasn’t exactly on their side. Simply stated, Covid brought business to a screeching halt. Faced with a seriously tough situation, Michelle and Samantha took a big step back, assessed the situation, then faced the harsh reality. Their brainchild couldn’t just pivot--it was time to completely reinvent.In this episode, Michelle and Samantha give us great tips on using resources wisely, reaching out far and wide to find like-minded thinkers who can help us view things through a different lens. They give heartfelt advice on keeping your mission front and center to guide you through difficult choices. And they encourage us to not only accept change, but to fully embrace it, finding new opportunities to propel your entity to an entirely new place.Check them out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsCNBCZoomYoutubeTikTokBill NyeDean GraziosiBiggerPockets Podcast 157: A Simple Morning Ritual to Help You Dominate Every Area of Your Life with Hal ElrodBiggerPockets Podcast 284: The “Miracle” Behind Becoming a Millionaire with Hal Elrod and David OsbornMasterclassCheck the full show notes here:
Have you ever wanted to get a business school education, but didn’t want to spend the tens of thousands of dollars -- and many years of your life -- going to business school?Josh Kaufman -- author of the best-selling and foundational business book, “The Personal MBA” -- is here to talk about getting a business school education without having to ever set foot in college. Josh has just released his 10th Anniversary edition of his book, and provides a wealth of knowledge for entrepreneurs at any stage of their journey.On today’s episode, we talk about everything from how to learn business to measuring the success of your business to creating the systems and processes necessary to keep your business humming along. In addition, Josh provides actionable tips on how to overcome some of the biggest struggles facing entrepreneurs and biggest owners.Make sure you listen for Josh’s discussion of “akrasia” -- the idea that you know what you should be doing, and what is theoretically best for you, but often, you just can’t get yourself to do it. And then listen to Josh tell us exactly how we can overcome that roadblock and keep pushing forward.And make sure you listen to the end, where Josh recommends the top 99 business books you should have on your reading list to really propel you and business to success.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show! Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsProcter & Gamble CompanyMr. CleanSwifferDawnCascadeFebrezeY CombinatorBiggerPockets Business Podcast 67: Thinking BIG and Raising $70 Million with Jay RenoKickstarterCheck the full show notes here:
Is family front and center in your life? Do you dream of the day you can truly put family first while generating income and creating a lasting legacy? Would working alongside your loved ones, building together, be the icing on the cake? With all the uncertainty we are all currently facing, there’s no better time than now!Sabrina Rosenberg -- new owner/operator of A Childhood Store, a kid-focused company in its early stages of growth -- spent 15 years building other people’s businesses. Although a hefty salary, impressive awards for her accomplishments, and strong influence among staff members kept her going, the 16 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule left her missing out on what really mattered. In early 2020, enough was enough. She didn’t have a solid plan for what to do next, but was confident that her depth of experience in building systems and processes, utilizing her resources wisely, and digging deep to research, push forward, and problem solve would serve her well.In this episode, Sabrina tells us about the steps she took to join forces with her incredibly creative sister, who started a kid-focused product company several years prior. Its eco-friendly, sustainable offerings drew the attention of Whole Foods -- and Sabrina’s knack for building businesses was exactly what was needed to take the company to the next level.Sabrina provides us insight to a roadmap of steps she has taken, and that you can take as well, to start operating a side hustle like a real business. She shares incredibly valuable tips on entering into key distribution and wholesale channels. And best of all, she gives us some heartwarming inspiration about involving the entire family every step of the way.Make sure you listen all the way through to the end for Sabrina’s simple yet powerful 3 words of advice for anyone in the early stages of building a business. Follow this advice and it’s impossible to NOT make progress.Check her out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsWhole FoodsAmazonFaireThe Product BossEtsyCheck the Full Show Notes here:
Were you simply born with a never-ending desire to do more and more? In spite of this, do you sometimes get in your own way, questioning your ability to make a real impact and get things done? Ever think, “Everyone else has this all figured out, why don’t I?,” overanalyzing and second-guessing yourself when presented with a new challenge?NEWSFLASH: You’re Not Alone!For years, Jason Feifer -- Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, has been an influencer with leading entrepreneurs crushing it in their respective industries. And Jason is clearly crushing it himself as well. Programmed with nonstop motivation and ambition to move forward, make progress, and teach others, Jason also hosts THREE leading podcasts, writes for prominent media outlets, and inspires individuals, business owners and companies as a highly sought-after international keynote speaker.In this episode, Jason talks about the power of solving unexpected problems, the importance of focus, dealing with “Imposter Syndrome,” and tells us the single best podcast (besides this one, of course!) that we should all be listening to in order to motivate us and jump-start our entrepreneurial dreams.Make sure you listen to the end, where Jason reveals his unique take on when and how to create a personal brand.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Check the full show notes here:
Have you ever thought about buying a business? If so, today’s episode is for YOU!Walker Deibel -- author of the best-selling “Buy Then Build” -- is here to talk about buying businesses. Not only was Walker’s book recognized as one of the top 7 books all entrepreneurs must read, but it’s currently being used in university MBA programs around the country.In this episode, Walker walks us through why buying a business is better than building one from scratch (did you know that only 4% of companies ever exceed $1M in revenue?), why now is the perfect time to be looking for the right business to purchase and what type of businesses we should be considering buying.We then jump into the process of buying a business, how to ensure that you’re adequately represented on your side of the deal, and what you should be doing TODAY to make progress towards buying your first -- or next -- business.Make sure you listen to the end where Walker tells us the biggest mistake he sees entrepreneurs making, and the most important thing you should be doing the day you close on the purchase of your new business.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets Business Podcast 17: Using Fear as Fuel with Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Co-Founders of Back to the RootsBack to the RootsCostcoForbes MagazineLinkedInSquareCheck the full show notes here:
Have you ever thought about starting a BIG business? Ever wondered what the first steps were to raising tens of millions of dollars? Do you unintentionally impose limitations on what you think you can accomplish? Have you ever thought, “If I just had more money, I could take my idea to the next level!”?If so, this episode is for you!Jay Reno, founder of Feather, has thought BIG from the start. His entrepreneurial journey began with an idea a bit ahead of its time. When that venture didn’t work out so well, he took the lessons he learned to bootstrap a whole new concept.Living in New York City and identifying with the trend of a new generation of people defining success through life experiences rather than being tied down to meaningless material possessions, Jay recognized an opportunity to put his degree in Climate & Environmental Sciences to work. With just a few thousand dollars and a ton of hard work and diligence, Jay quickly achieved proof of concept for Feather, a furniture rental company providing a flexible and sustainable alternative to ownership.In this episode, Jay tells us about his amazing experience at Y Combinator, an incubator program where other leading companies like DoorDash, AirBNB, and Dropbox also got their start. He offers insight on the pros and cons of raising money vs. bootstrapping your way to success. (Yes, there actually IS heartache involved, even when investors have pumped 70 MILLION DOLLARS into your company.) And he provides awesome examples of taking risks, making bets, and positioning yourself to be lucky when the time is right.Make sure you pay attention to Jay’s reminders about the common excuses potential entrepreneurs make that hold them back, to make sure you overcome and avoid standing in your own way of greatness.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!Links from the Show:Zoho CRMAct CRMSalesforce CRMBiggerPockets Pro MembershipsCheck the full show notes here:
Are you looking for some motivation on how to make money during this pandemic?If so, this episode is for you!John Berlingieri -- serial entrepreneur and creator of The Sanitizing Station -- tells us about how he was able to go from idea to getting sales in two months on a $20,000 product aimed at helping to protect people from Covid infection. And how he was able to overcome all the complexities of doing so during the pandemic, while supply chains were shut down and in-person workers were scarce.In this episode, John provides tons of great tips on everything from naming your business and products to getting publicity for your business to “faking it until you make it” when working on BIG ideas. John also discusses how to design, prototype and build FAST when getting to market quickly is the one of the most important aspects of success.Make sure you listen for John’s amazing tip on what you should be reading to find lucrative business ideas, to keep up on business trends and to ensure that you beat your competition to market.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!In This Episode We Cover:How John started a manufacturing company at age 21Adapting and finding opportunities right awayHow he works with local companies and gives discounts to get salesHow he hires multiple virtual assistants for fast deploymentWhy he reads lots of newsHow he markets his productsFrom idea to a working product in less than two monthsHow they got their first customerCost for manufacturing machinesHow they crafted the name of the companyHow he pivoted and made quick decisionsHow he obtained publicityAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsE-bayEntrepreneurs' OrganizationAmazonFiverrUpworkAljazeeraNews12CBSABCUnivisionDrudge ReportRTBBCReutersCNNFoxCheck the full show notes here:
Do you think you’re too inexperienced to start a business? Do you think you don’t have the required education to be an entrepreneur? Do you think you don’t have the marketing chops to create a successful venture? Do you think you don’t have enough money to launch a million-dollar idea?If so, this is the episode for you…Sean Pour—founder of, a national used-car buying service—tells us about how he started his business at 14 years old, in attempt to help his parents keep their business afloat. What started out as an effort to help his family has, over the past 10 years, turned into a big business. Sean buys and sells thousands of cars per month all across the United States.In this episode, Sean talks about getting started even before he had a high school education, how he taught himself the coding and marketing skills necessary to get the business off the ground, and how he was able to bootstrap the company without any capital. He also discusses how to build your network and find a great mentor without spending any money... and even potentially MAKING money in the process!Listen for Sean’s amazing explanation about why too much education can actually hamper your likelihood for massive success and why those without a formal education often achieve much more.Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!In This Episode We Cover:How Sean started a business in uncertain timesHow he learned a lot more from running a business than from schoolSean's focus on affordability and starting on a budgetHow he started this business at 14 years oldHis #1 pieces of advice for those starting a business at a young ageHow their business model achieves a 10-20% profit marginWhy he thinks marketing is the most important thing to a businessAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsWordpressCarvanaShiftCarMaxUpworkLink to the full show notes here:
Do you long for the day you can leave your full-time job working for someone else? Ever think to yourself, “What if I take all this time and energy to build something for myself?!” Or are you exhausted just thinking about building a brand from scratch, starting at the bottom of the ladder and working your way up all over again?If so, this is the episode for you…Erik Cabral -- founder of creative agency On Air Brands and the entrepreneur experience PodMAX -- tells us all about his “a-ha moment” that led him to leave a stable, high-paying corporate career to begin his entrepreneurial adventure. He walks us through the early days reaching out to literally everyone he knew to get invited to networking events; and his journey to “the front of the room” as an influencer and revered expert in brand building. By adding value helping like-minded people build their own unique brands, he now has global reach working with clients to enhance their marketing, online presence, podcasts, and live streaming strategies.In this episode, Erik talks about the importance of putting your ego aside, remaining consistent, and simply showing up to gain traction. He reminds us that the relationships we nurture through networking are front and center in any business. And he teaches his key principles in building a powerful brand, which he calls “The 4C’s” : Clarity, Community, Connection, and Collaboration.Make sure you listen to the end, where Erik shares a great personal story that went viral around the globe. Check him out, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Business Podcast so you won’t miss our next show!In This Episode We Cover:The power of networkingHow he found mentorsWorking with Gary Vee's team for a live eventWhy "Why?" is the most important questionHis 4 C's: Clarity, Community, Connection, & CollaborationHow his podcast company worksHow their business evolved by catering to the needs of the communityAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets PodcastMatt FairclothStitcherSiriusXMGary VeeZoom H6 RecorderTim Ferriss'Podcast EquipmentThe Sasha GroupVayner MediaCheck the full show notes here:
Comments (6)

Sean Sante

Awesome podcast! I just started my first business on Feb 1st of this year, talk about poor timing. Guess I need to pivot quickly.

Mar 18th

Justin Weeter

What an amazing podcast. Keep it up J & Carol!

Jan 2nd
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Jamie Hanks

I love BP Business podcast. It is extremely educational for a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned one, because the guests they interview have so many insights from industries across the spectrum. Thank you for the content!

Oct 21st

Jon Penton

Loved this Interview! Employ a governor on your time commitments: “my business partner is my spouse, let me run this by her before I commit” or you can use your calendar: “I’ll need to consult my calendar to make sure I’m available”

Aug 21st

Adrian North

love this episode!!!!!

Jul 28th
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