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The Starters Club Podcast - Learn From Entrepreneurs - Get Your Business Started - Grow Your Current Business

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The Starters Club podcast covers today's hottest topic around growing and starting your business. Learn from today's top business experts on specific marketing and business building topics.
138 Episodes
Rock Thomas went from needing money to a successful real estate business.  How did he do it so quickly?  By finding someone who was exactly where he wanted to be, and finding out how they did it.  Then he created his own path using techniques that someone already taught him. He now not only does real estate, but has a successful seminar and mastermind business, where he teaches others to get to the seven-figure mark.  His story is truly an inspiration, and he teaches how to find your own path, while not re-inventing the wheel, and how to stay motivated, even when things might not be going as you hoped. To connect with Rock, visit: Starting and growing your business?  Then make sure you join our Facebook Group:
Jess Bahr is back, and this time we're talking Pinterest Ads, and why you shouldn't be ignoring them for your business.  In this podcast we go into the hows and whys of using them, and how to get the most from them in your business.  
In today's online world starting a service based business can feel like a pretty simple task.  However, most people get in and find it's not quite as easy as they think. Maggie and Brittany of Scoop Industries specialize in helping service-based companies grow.  They were kind enough to come by and give some tips and tricks for getting your service-based business discovered, and how to put the systems in place to grow! You can learn more about Scoop Industries at If you're looking for help in starting or growing your business, also be sure to join our Facebook at:
Kasia Johnson of Merge Forward, helps some of today's biggest brands with their branding and marketing. We've had several conversations about branding, and what it really means for businesses. Yes, it's so much more than a logo, however, it also doesn't need to be the extensive crazy expensive thing that we all think of when we think of companies like Apple. Even if you're a solo shop, there are small things you can do now that make a huge difference in how your business is perceived by the world. Learn more about Kasia at Also, join us in our Facebook Group at
Last year I ventured into my first live event, knowing absolutely nothing about doing one. I can't tell you it went off without a hitch, however, it was one of the best decisions I ever made for my business. I had no idea what would be on the other side for myself and my business by doing one. I share why I did one, the ins and outs of putting one together, and some basics you should know as to how to make this work for your business. For more info on my event visit:
Afton Negrea works with some of today's biggest online brands, and she's teaching us how they utilize their networks and the power of social media to catapult their businesses. We're covering three tips that you can use right now to start getting people flocking to your business, simply by making a few small tweaks in the things you're already doing. And in true Afton form, she's giving us some amazing tips and resources to help make your business life even easier. You can find more about Afton at Also, be sure to join us over in our Facebook Group at
I can speak from experience when I say writing a book can be a huge game changer in your business. It immediately positions you as an expert and shines a completely different light upon you. It can seem like a daunting task, and that's why I wanted Morgan of Paper Raven Books to talk about how to break down the process and use this to leverage your business. In this episode we talk about: How to be strategic with your book. How to get the thoughts from your head to a book format How to market your book  How and why to think long term P.S. Have you bought my book yet? If not, grab it now! Morgan offers some of her best advice here: 12 Steps to Write a Book that Builds Your Business & Boosts Your Platform (even if you're "not a writer"):
Let's be honest, Snapchat got a bad reputation. Between inappropriate pictures and strange filters, it was the app made just for teenagers. Then marketers got a hold of it. Now it can be a great tool for your business, but let it be known it might not be the right medium for all businesses. Before you close down the potential for this app, make sure you listen to what Jed Record has to say about how you can utilize this tool for your business. Check out JedRecord at: Make sure to join our Facebook Group at:!  
Have you ever found yourself really excited about something, only to eventually talk yourself out of doing it with questions like 'who the hell are you?'  'Why would you think about doing something like this?' Or a statement of 'you're crazy to believe this will work.' The good news is that you're not crazy.  We all have that inner voice talking us out of greatness and doing amazing things.  There's just a difference between people who succeed and those who don't.  Those who succeed have learned to turn off the voice. Coach Jennie, has named this inner voice 'Hilda', and she's been using her with her coaching clients for years.  She has now published a book that talks about the four types of Hilda-isms that we seem to tell ourselves the most.   You can grab your copy here --> Copy of Hilda
Many companies don't focus marketing efforts on Pinterest because they feel it might not be the best fit for their business. However, Jess Bahr, of, gives me so many reasons why you shouldn't be ignoring this social platform. It's almost as if Pinterest is the best of Facebook and Google all in one. Jess breaks down how to utilize this amazing platform for your business, and tells us how to get the best results for not just getting a pin up, but making it last for months! You're leaving money on the table if you're not using Pinterest in your business yet, and Jess gives us a ton of reasons why. Also, be sure to join us in our amazing community over at  
Shalon Ironroad was once a VA who now helps business owners get their business set-up to get the best return on their investment when hiring VA's.  Many times business owners are so overwhelmed, that they it doesn't end up being a great hiring decision.   As a business owner, you should always be looking for your best return on investment, and if you set your business up the right way, a VA will help you do just that....make you money. Shalon talks about how to set this up the right way, and how to not feel so overwhelmed, how to hire the right way, and how to set up your business for more profits by hiring.
Yes, I went away for a few weeks, and here's why.  Along with why as entrepreneurs we have to listen to our bodies and not try to be super human!
Joshua Dorkin was a teacher who decided to be a real estate investor.  After discovering the market was full of people more about making money than actually helping, he decided to do something about it. Using a little bit of web design experience from college he launched  Over the years, the site slowly grew until it became a full-time income for Joshua.  He shares how he got it rolling, some of the struggles he has faced, and what has made this such a successful site over 10 years later.
You find someone who has a similar audience, you love their message, and you think dang, we need to work on something together. You reach out to them, they love the idea, you love the idea, you put together a course, and all is rainbows and puppies. But then something goes wrong..... Now what? You're not officially in a business partnership because this course or event was created on a handshake. Who is responsible?Who gets the list of attendees?Who is liable?All of a sudden all of these questions come up, and you're left trying to figure them out far too late in the game. Yes, even affiliate marketing is an incredible way to build your business. However, you should set yourself up so you're protected and planning. So just in case if something goes wrong, you're covered. Tamsen and I had been asked to cover this topic, and I was excited to because I think it's really an important one. We talk about: What to think about before you jump into something that feels like a 'no-brainer'.How to protect yourself if you're being featured in someone's course.The questions to ask for your next joint course or event.And how to set-up your affiliate marketing to protect yourself and do what's right for your brand.
Carrie and Daniel Himel are not only entrepreneurs, but are married. About ten years ago, they started their first business venture together, which turned out to be a huge success. After doing separate things for a while, they decided to start an event called Middle School Match-up, which is a baseball tournament for Middle Schoolers.
Dr. Susan O'Malley's story is an incredible journey of beating the odds time and time again.  After dropping out of college, she worked as a secretary for 11 years.  When her life took a drastic change, she decided to go back to school.  It was then when she changed her major from being a nutritionist to being a doctor. After she was rejected from every medical school in the country, perseverance kicked in.  It took her that long to figure out what her dream was, and she wasn't going to be shut out of it.  She was accepted just a few weeks before school started. Times had changed, as she found herself pregnant and no husband.  However, she decided to follow through and go to school. She went from emergency room doctor to running her own extremely successful med spa, and now is an author and speaker.
It was book launch week!  Through hell, fears, questions, and pushing through, 'Master the Start' made it out and made it as a #1 Amazon Best Seller. In this podcast I share what worked, and what didn't work.  And why it took me so long to get it completed! You can buy your version at:
Speaking can be a very lucrative career, in addition to being a great way to build your business.  However, as Joleene describes it there are three levels to speaking and starting to pull yourself in the top two can be a difficult thing.   She gives some great tips on where to begin when you're ready to up your game and start getting paid.  So much valuable info in this one!
Facebook groups have become a popular way to build your business' community.  How it's typically done is where you have one group, and then you make comments, ask questions, connect people, etc.   Gary Leland has taken Facebook Groups to an entirely new level, and is using it as a way to build and connect the entire Fast Pitch Softball Community in the U.S.  He gives us some tips and tricks for how he manages it all, and how he is using them to build his business.
Facebook groups are the latest and greatest way to build a community for your business.  However, as great as they are, you also have to be sure to protect yourself from what legally could happen to you.   Yes, it's not a lot of fun to think about.  However, by putting precautions in place now, you could save yourself a lot of headaches down the line. Tamsen Horton of gives some great advice on what you need to think about, and how to protect yourself.
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