Im not always CREATIVE during 9am-5pm

While in Chicago we stopped off to talk with Saya Hillman, who requested a stop.  She worked in the non profit space for four years before venturing out on her own.  When she was let go from her job, she sat back and made a list of all the things she wished she could do that would make her money.  Saya has moved forward on many of those initial ideas and made them a reality in her current business.  Saya openly says that she will never work for a boss again and she credits this thinking to a few things, one being the idea that traditional work environments expect you to be fully creative and efficient Monday through Friday during the hours of 9am and 5pm. If you are feeling more creative on a Friday evening that is just not acceptable.

Saya advices entrepreneurs to make a list of your ‘Ideal Utopia’, but cautions that this list will not come try in its entirety.  The list is an exercise to categorize and envision your ideal world.

You can watch the interview on youtube and follow her on twitter.

Create & Live the Life You’ve Imagined

Michael talks about his initial revenue strategy and how he has made his coaching business location independent.  Michael describes ‘your message’ as being critical in the life of your business.  He talks about Freedomaire – creating and living a life that you have always imagined.

You can watch part two of our interview with Michael on youtube and follow him on twitter.

What’s your passion? What’s in your wheel house?

Interview with Michael Von Osch

In Atlanta we had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Van Osch of thinktank:men, former VP at an Ad Agency turned entrepreneur with a little acting in between.  Michael was let go in 2001 and he identifies that moment as the time he finally sat down and took a serious look at what was ‘right’ for him.  With his Movember moustache in tact he talks about life after being let go from his job.

He asked himself two questions …

1.What am I passionate about?

2. What is in my wheel house?

Michael says it took a long time to figure out those two questions, but one thing in the back of his mind was a quiet thought “I want to be an actor”.  So with no formal training he tried out for a show and landed a role in the one man show, Defending the Caveman.  Which lead to some great learnings and another pivot a few years later where he launched thinktank:men.

You can watch part 1 of our interview with Michael on Youtube.

Loyalty: user’s know their choices and stick with you

Chilling with Allan Branch

In part two of our interview with Allan he spoke about the details of why they have never taken VC for Less Accounting.  Allan talks about their unique approach to marketing where they focus on impressing their customers and what its like to market when you have no money.  And of course, Allan gives us some tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Below is the interview on youtube.

Our Clients are our Venture Capital

Riding the Monster Tricycle

We sat down with Allan Branch one of the cofounders of Less Everything and Less Accounting in Panama Beach, FL before Thanksgiving to talk about how their shop started an app and what they have learned from that process. Steve talks about how he was able to transition from freelance work, to starting Less Everything working on clients and now running a successful application Less Accounting.  Allan also gives some great advice about what to look for in a business partner and how they started their marriage … I mean business partnership.

Here is the interview on youtube.