Who Inspires You to Take Your Business One Step Further?

YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who inspire them. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but it often comes from other people. Several YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who have inspired them the most. Who inspires you? MAX COURSEY Tiger Prop My Stepfather “He was an eccentric genius who had some peculiar habits, including getting the morning paper naked on a busy street. Not many Oncologists chain smoked while driving a Ford Focus or attended Harvard University and Johns Hopkins. Beyond the eccentricities was the most giving man I have ever met. He was truly happy as he helped others. He always told me to die broke and have as much fun as humanly possible.”[email protected] ZAC JOHNSON Start a Blog My Wife and Family “While I’m the only entrepreneur in my family, it’s still very exciting for me to always keep my wife and family in the loop on whatever I’m currently working on. It’s also great to have a solid family presence built around me to not only bounce new ideas off of (from a non-business perspective), but also for support when things aren’t going as great as planned.”[email protected] KAREN HARTLINE Reinventing Events Walt Disney “I’m a big Disney fan so I have to say Walt Disney. He was a man with a huge imagination and recognized the need to be carefree, have fun and embrace our inner-child. As an event producer, I am responsible for creating unforgettable experiences for attendees. Walt did this with theme parks. Everything has intention and purpose, creating a magical experience.”[email protected] KATE WOSKA Atikus Investments Incorporated Strangers “My work takes me all...

10 Game-Changing Business Strategies From a Serial Entrepreneur

Want to take your company to new heights? Consider these game-changing business strategies.   If you’re an entrepreneur (or even if you aren’t), you’re constantly looking for ways to improve your business. Here are some game-changing business strategies that can help you take your company to new heights. There will come a time when your company is no longer a startup or small business. I’ve been there. Back in 2011, I started Pixloo, a virtual platform for selling your home, with my mentor and fellow entrepreneur, John Rampton. We slaved away for eight months before launching the business. When we finally went live, it was incredible. We had thousands of customers every day. We then sold only 42 days later to a large real estate firm. Despite all the problems we had along the way, I also learned what it takes to get your startup to the next level. Here are some of the key business strategies: Revisit Your Business Plan Often Your business plan isn’t set in stone, and it will change as your business evolves. Revisit it to re-assess goals once you see what’s working and what’s not. Then make adjustments as necessary. This is a fluid work in progress. Plus, it’s helpful to remember what your initial goals were and the steps you took getting there. Our business plan changed three times before we officially launched. This will happen as you innovate and pivot. Revisit your business plan and adjust as needed. Up Your Social Media Game Many businesses benefit from a social media presence and a social media manager. If your social media analytics aren’t where you want them to be, consider hiring a professional to...

10 Questions You Should Always Ask a Potential Mentor

How do you find the perfect mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial journey? Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, which is why finding a mentor can make it that much easier. But how do you find the perfect person to help you along? YEC entrepreneurs weigh in. Question: What 1 question should you ALWAYS ask a potential mentor?   ROB FULTON AudioLumin “What Do You Wish You Knew at My Stage?” “I always try to balance my mentor relationships between updating them on my goals and my background, and getting a strong sense of who they are and most importantly, who they were at my stage. What did they wish they knew? What obstacles did they not expect? How did they manage to get over them? These are all crucial for your development as an entrepreneur.” @robjfulton   KELLY AZEVEDO She’s Got Systems “What Motivates You?” “You can get great technical advice, connections and encouragement from many sources, but understanding someone’s internal motivations will help you align your values before you begin a mentor relationship.” @krazevedo   SIMON CASUTO eLearning Mind “What Has Been Difficult?” “Ask about failures instead of only focusing on how he or she has been successful. Find out which hurdle or setback was the hardest to overcome, and how it was dealt with.” @simoncasuto   SYDNEY WILLIAMS Planet Green Socks “How Can I Make Your Life Easier?” “It’s true of managers and mentors, you have to manage up. The best mentoring relationships are a two-way street. If you’re seeking a mentor, the relationship should benefit you in some way, but don’t stop there. See...