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E8: How to be Successful Starting a Small Business Now

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E8: How to be Successful Starting a Small Business Now

In this episode, I interview Joe Solari. Joe Solari is an author, entrepreneur, and consultant. He writes on the topics of Energy, the Environment, and on how to reduce risk in your entrepreneurial ventures. Finding that many business owners struggle with the same problems he has worked to create tools and systems to help passionate business owners professionalize their team and operations to achieve exceptional results.

Joe graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute and an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been an owner, investor, partner, and operator of numerous businesses.

He lives in River Forest Illinois with his wife Suze, author of the T-Shirt & Jeans Handbook, and their two sons Rowan and Vincent.

Your Better Life Topics Discussed:

  • A little about Joe and what he does
  • What it means to be an entrepreneur
  • The mistakes most people make when starting a small business
  • How to incorporate your business properly
  • What is an “authorpreneur”
  • Understanding basic branding and marketing
  • The many different ways of starting a successful business

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My Next Speaking Engagement – Topeka, Kansas October 19th and 20th

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Mother Earth News Fair Topeka Kansas Topeka, Kansas – October 19th and 20th

Things have been moving fast this year I finished my deck at my off-grid house, and my next book is done – The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom, which is getting a lot of positive feedback. and people telling me they are implementing the teachings contained. It is available in digital, print and audio. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter (click here) I highly recommend you do as that is where you find out about all my updates.

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E7: What Happens When a Year Experiment Goes Like This

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E7: What Happens When a Year Experiment Goes Like This

Ever wonder what would be the result of dedicating a year to growing your business and freedom? In this episode, Gary discusses what he has learned so far, now three-quarters of the way through his working for one year straight on his entrepreneurial experiment.

There have been a lot of lessons learned along the way some good, some bad. The biggest surprise? There was way more positive that has come out of this experiment, life-changing, that was unexpected.

Entrepreneurial Experiment Topics Discussed: 

  • What is Gary’s working for a year straight experiment all about?
  • Why doing what you love is not necessary work… most of the time
  • The importance of you being the brand in today’s crowded entrepreneur world
  • Why without his physical and mental health he would not be able to do this experiment
  • Why your health is critical in your success as an entrepreneur
  • Understanding the importance of life purpose as an entrepreneur
  • How this experiment has made him even more efficient and focused
  • How minimizing outside distraction is the key
  • All the important work accomplishments and some life hurdles accomplished to date
  • Understanding in life your work is never done, and how his life purpose and business will remain until he can no longer do it
  • And some added Gary soapbox moments along the way

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E6: A Disturbing Behind the Scenes on Health Food

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E6: A Disturbing Behind the Scenes on Health Food

In this episode, I interview Marka Haack. Marka is an experienced natural products broker with a demonstrated history in natural and conventional sales channels. She specializes in product placement, brand management, and marketing. Her education includes – Journalism, Public Relations focused in Marketing from California State University-Long Beach.

Health Food Secrets Discussed:

  • A little about Marka
  • How we met
  • What does a natural foods broker do
  • The dirty side of the food business
  • Understanding how the food industry really works
  • How food products are created and distributed
  • How does a food product end up on your grocery store’s shelf
  • How to be a better-informed shopper

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Off Grid Solar Tip For The Winter

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Why would you mount solar panels flat on the side of your power shed? I get asked this question from time to time when someone unfamiliar with, or just getting started with their solar power project sees a picture of my solar shed (pictured above). I do explain this in my book Going Off The Grid, but with a recent snow storm the above picture will make more sense than just reading about it.

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