My guest on today’s show is Russab Ali. On this episode he’s going to share how he went from a broke high school kid, to paying his way through NYU, and creating a digital marketing agency that has brought in over $500M for his clients to date.
NYU’s tuition is incredibly expensive and Russab knew there was no way I could afford it. During the first few weeks of being extremely disappointed that he couldn’t go to the school of his dreams, Russab was visiting a local pizza shop. The owner of the shop was the dad of one of his friends.
The owner asked Russab if he could use his online skills to help him market his pizza shop. He told Russab he would pay him for the work he did. That’s when a light went on for Russab; That’s when he realized he had a skill companies would pay for: the ability to grow companies online. He quickly began helping any small business he could, and his business grew.
As a college student, Russab managed to pay off his debt and the tuition for the last two years at NYU even before he graduated! His company, SMC Digital Marketing continues to be a growing success today. You can find more about it by visiting http://smcmarketing.org.
How He Sold His Software Business for $10 million – Interview with Shane Kenny, Founder of FilterSnap
Seven years ago, Shane Kenny and his brother Aaron sold their 11-year-old Internet filtering software business to McAfee for over $10 million.
Today, Shane is back in the filtering game – albeit in a completely different sense – as the founder of a service that delivers air filters to consumers’ homes on a regular schedule to ensure timely replacement. Shane came up with the idea because of his own frustration in remembering to change filters and trying to find the size he needed at the local home improvement store.
Taking a page from Dollar Shave Club’s razor blade subscription business, he solved both problems by launching FilterSnap with 72 filter sizes and a choice of 1, 2, 3, 6 or 12-month replacement schedules. Shane joins me on this episode to share his story of success. You can find out more about Shane’s company by visiting www.filtersnap.com.
How She Paid Off Her College Loan Debt While Travleing the World – Interview with Samantha Field of Life’s Secret Sauce
On this episode I interview Samantha Field. Samantha is an entrepreneur who runs an online business teaching young urban professionals how to engage in more meaningful conversations. The website is called “Life’s Secret Sauce” and was inspired from her interactions onboard cruise ships.
Samantha graduated university in 2011 with plenty of student loans, and a passion for travel. She did what any responsible young graduate would do and waited the full grace period before beginning to pay off her loans. Instead, she spent time backpacking around Southeast Asia, exploring Europe, and even worked at summer camp before reality hit.
She was forced to figure out how on earth she was supposed to pay off her debt. With a passion for travel, and need for an income, she thought there would be no greater job than one that combines both. So she joined Carnival Cruise Lines and became a youth counselor traveling the world by ship, exploring islands, meeting people from around the world and going on adventures while making enough money to pay off her student loans.
On this episode Samantha will be sharing how she launched her current business, Life’s Secret Sauce, and also how she managed to pay off all her college loan debt while traveling the world!
Finding Your Career Path Without a College Degree – Interview with Chad Knutsen Co-founder of Cornucopia Group
Chad Knutsen is an adventurous 28 year old, who has spent much of his life traveling the world. At a Belizean bar one evening in 2013, Chad met the apprentice to an inventor who had created some incredible technologies that he felt needed to be in the marketplace as opposed to just sitting in a lab.
One thing led to another and Chad joined with another seemingly unlikely partner in California and founded Cornucopia Group – a company that seeks to develop the most exciting innovations in many industries.
On this episode, Chad will be sharing his own story of choosing the entrepreneur life over college.
Episode 26: How He Started a Media Company with Just $1,500 and Sold It for $4o Million – Interview with Bob Adams
This week, I welcome Bob Adams on the show to share his success story. Bob is an accomplished entrepreneur who started a business out of his basement and grew it into one of the largest independent book publishers in the US. He started Adams Media with just $1,500 and sold it for $40 million!
Bob has authored numerous books on business and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He now runs a Website called BusinessTown.com with videos aimed at helping entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running.
Their expert videos take you step-by-step through every aspect of building a successful business. Their video format makes it easier to learn and retain business concepts, making you a better businessperson.
You can find out more about BusinessTown by visiting http://BusinessTown.com.com.
This week I welcome Buzz Tatom on the show to discuss his story. Buzz is a successful businessman who ran a Printing/Marketing Business for 24 years and grew it from $1 million to $10 million annually. He finally sold it and retired to Big Sky, Montana at the age of 48.
His retirement however lasted only six months.
He now teaches part time at Montana State University and is a partner at Tatom Design, an interior Design Business in Big Sky, MT. His wife is the Interior Designer, and in 3 years it has grown to a million dollar business. He’s also a partner in Venture West Ranches, a small Montana Ranch & Farm Real Estate Brokerage Firm.
Episode 24: How She Built a Successful Business Teaching Parents How to Potty Train – Interview with Michelle Swaney
This week I welcome Michelle Swaney on the show. Michelle is the founder of The Potty School, a business she started with a vision to help parents and caregivers learn to potty train their children.
That’s right, people pay Michelle good money to teach them how to train their children to potty. She works in a niche market of “sleep trainers”, “infant nutritionists” and “labor doulas” who all wouldn’t have had jobs a few generations ago.
People used to live in tight-knit communities and had large families that overlapped in generations, so the passing on of generational information was not something that was done intentionally…it just happened. Times are a bit different today though with people having smaller families and waiting to have children at an older age. Many people don’t know the basics of when to change a diaper, when to put a child down for a nap, or in Michelle’s niche – how to potty train.
Michelle’s clients spend an average of $50/month on diapers not to mention wipes and clothes ruined by “blow-outs” and diaper rash creams. They not only save money, but also reduce their impact on the environment!
On this episode, you’ll hear Michelle share her success as an entrepreneur and how she’s grown this unique business helping parents potty train their children. You can learn more about Michelle’s business by visiting thepottyschool.com.
Episode 23: How He Built a 6 Figure e-Commerce Business In His First Year – Interview with Wesley Flippo
This week, Wesley Flippo joins me on the Money Champ to discuss his inspiring story of starting an online e-commerce business on drone technology and growing it to $250,000 in sales revenue in the first year of operation.
Wesley started this company with the intention of paying off his student loans, but after seeing so much success, he is transforming this project into a full-time career!
His passive income initially came from the website, BuyTheBestDrone.com. His partner and he started this website to capitalize on search engine traffic for users looking to purchase drones. They wrote a lot of content about drones and after receiving some great rankings, they started receiving commission after users purchased a drone from our site.
They are now transitioning into a company that employs seven people! On this episode, Wesley shares his own entrepreneur success story and some great advice for anyone wanting to start an online business. His biggest tip on creating passive income is to create a website around your hobby, no matter what it is.
Wesley advises people who want to create an e-commerce business to write, research, and write again. He recommends building a website and becoming a thought leader in your space. His suggestion is to then monetize your site through consulting, advertising, affiliate links, and so on. If the topic of the website is your hobby, it wont feel like a job when you are working on it.
You can find more about his online business by visiting www.buythebestdrone.com.
This week, I welcome Spencer Shulem on the Money Champ. Spencer has a unique story. He dropped out of college due mostly to the increasing costs of tuition and by 21 years old, he was 100% debt free living in Santa Barbara, CA (not the most inexpensive place to live)!
He’s now an award winning Mac App and Designer who specializes in meaningful products that help people be productive. His recent startup company WeDo raised $1million from investors. Despite raising $1 million dollars, Spencer takes only a $30k salary and manages to still save about $600-$900 a month.
On this episode, Spencer will be sharing his story and some tips for millennials who are trying to become financially free.
This week, I welcome Dean Ferraro on the show to to discuss tax strategies and other financial advice for young people who’ve recently graduated college. Dean is a successful small business owner who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on radio and even teaches tax law at the IRS.
His company, Authoritax has successfully helped many taxpayers by preparing tax returns, helping with IRS and State tax issues and assisting people with tax planning.
Dean recently paid off over $80k in student loans from college and he’ll be sharing this story along with discussing some great strategies for helping young people in their 20’s and 30’s prepare for the next economic slow down. You can find more Authoritax by visiting http://www.authoritax.com.