Forget Scaling Your Business 10X Unless You Master 6 Things

Get aligned, hire the best, duplicate them and perfect the systems around them, says Brandon Dawson, co-founder of Cardone Ventures. April 3, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by Brandon Dawson, an Advisor in The Oracles and co-founder of Cardone Ventures, which helps businesses between $2 million and $50 million scale 10X larger. Whether I’m working with businesses to build the teams, processes, and systems that they need to scale — and survive their growth — or I’m turning around a larger organization, six critical areas determine success. 1. Alignment For scaling strategies to work, everyone at all levels of your company must be aligned on your vision. In reality, most leaders have different conversations about what’s important and what the business does, causing fatal misalignment. This causes teams to operate in silos that work against each other instead of […]

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How Three Best Friends Are Looking to Revolutionize the Dental Experience

Maximize results and the profits will come. April 2, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ahmad K. Osman, Mahmoud Elmedani and Islam Sery, founders of Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Ahmad K. Osman, Mahmoud Elmedani, Islam Sery: We are friends who became business partners, which turned into family. We’re dreamers and achievers — the guys everyone thinks are crazy when sharing their goals. We founded our New Jersey dental practice to challenge the status quo about how people perceive dentistry. No one likes going to the dentist, so we built ultra-high-end, luxurious offices for a relaxing, stress-free patient experience. We’re growing and look forward to coming to a town near you. What are you more skilled at than most people […]

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One Way to Start a Lucrative Career From Home That Could Pay $50,000 in a Day

COVID-19 has given us the perfect time to learn a skill or launch a new career. April 1, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by Mike Peters, founder of the Yomali group of companies, XPRIZE Foundation board member, and an Advisor in The Oracles. We’re in the midst of a difficult time in history. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a health crisis, and both the economy and jobs are suffering as a result. While many of us can work from home, others cannot. But if a silver lining exists, perhaps it’s this: Now is the perfect time to learn a skill or launch a new career. Affiliate marketing gives you that opportunity. So I spoke with Anna Gita, CEO of MaxWeb, our affiliate marketing network. Here she explains how to start a potentially lucrative career by working from home as […]

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How $33,000 of Debt Taught Sarah Mae Ives That Starting a Passion Business Isn’t Enough

Unless you marry your passion with this one thing, you just have an expensive hobby. March 27, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Sarah Mae Ives, founder and CEO of digital marketing and training company Sarah Mae Ives Social Media Inc. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up? Sarah Mae Ives: My dad. He grew up in an environment where entrepreneurship was a mandatory survival skill more than a choice. He tried to sway me away from entrepreneurship and encouraged me to go far with my education (which I did — I got a master’s degree). Every day, he modeled the skills and habits that have served me immensely in business, such as the mindset that “the customer is always […]

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How a Chance Conversation in a Coffee Shop Launched the Multimillion-Dollar Vegan Clothing Company Om & Ah

Started in 2016 as a $500 side hustle by two English women, the ethically sourced company is expected to hit $10 million in sales by inspiring people with kindness. March 25, 2020 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Claire Cooper and Charlotte Van Dyke weren’t exactly looking for side hustles when they met through mutual friends at a Los Angeles café one sunny afternoon in 2016. A Yorkshire, England-born actress, Cooper was working steadily in television, recently appearing in mega-producer Shonda Rhimes’ Still Star-Crossed, History’s Knightfall, and 12 Monkeys, the Syfy series based on the 1995 Brad Pitt movie. She was also slated to leave for London to star as Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, in a BBC documentary miniseries.  Van Dyke — also from Yorkshire — was a forensic neuroscience graduate with a successful modeling career. After working for brands like Banana Republic, appearing in […]

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5 Ways Leaders Can Shift Their Perspective, Grow Their Career and Change Their Life for the Better

Executive coach Michael O’Brien shares his winning advice for corporate warriors. March 24, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everyone has bad days. Michael O’Brien had his last one in 2001, when he was hit head-on by a Ford Explorer traveling 40 miles per hour. Then a marketing director for a pharmaceutical company, O’Brien was cycling in the New Mexican desert during a company trip, trying to hit his bucket-list goal of riding in all 50 states. The crash happened in slow motion as he rounded a bend and saw the Explorer veering over the center lane; a few seconds later, he was midair. During the following moments — as he was lifted from the scene in an emergency helicopter — O’Brien had a major realization: It was time to stop chasing happiness — he needed to live his life with greater intention, purpose and […]

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Entrepreneurial Musician Andrea Callanan on Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Your Voice

And why “no” is one of the most important words in business. March 23, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Andrea Callanan, founder and CEO of Inspire Me, which specializes in corporate engagement and workplace happiness. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Andrea Callanan: I’m a high-achieving female, wife, and mother based in Wales, though I also work in the U.S. I’m a classical singer and musician by trade who sang in front of the British royal family, owned a record label, and performed at Glastonbury Festival. I’ve lost and found my voice and sense of self in both my life and business. I’ve helped thousands discover their voice, both physically and metaphorically, through my Unapologetic Self Mastery system. I’m also an international […]

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6 Lessons to Help Take Your Business to Double-Digit Growth

Surviving a commoditized market comes down to how you package your value – and never compromising on price. March 20, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Dennis Najjar and Bill Gerber launched AccountingDepartment.com in 2004, they defied convention. Najjar was the “unconventional accountant,” an entrepreneurial CPA living in New Jersey and dreaming of how he could utilize the internet and automated processes before automation was even a thing. Gerber wasn’t an accountant; he was a Connecticut business owner who went bankrupt because he didn’t have financial processes. In a strange twist of fate, while Najjar was envisioning building a virtual accounting company, Gerber arrived in his office. Both had realized that most entrepreneurs didn’t want to see spreadsheets but still needed someone to deliver the right information to make better decisions in “business speak” instead of “accounting speak.” Living two states apart, the […]

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7 Unconventional Things You Need to Build and Scale a $100 Million Business

Communication, networking, and sales skills are overrated. March 18, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by Patch Baker, former U.S. Marine, founder and CEO of Mobius Media Solutions, and an Advisor in The Oracles. Most people will tell you that you need communication, networking, and sales skills to take your business to the next level. While those qualities are great, they won’t scale your business to $100 million and beyond. I’ve built and sold multiple businesses and worked for the world’s biggest corporation: the U.S. military. Through my experience, I’ve found seven non-negotiable qualities to level up your leadership and business.  1. Problem-solving skills Problem-solving is your number one leadership superpower. If you can problem-solve your way out of disagreements or low sales, you can climb to any level. This starts with going back to the basics and compartmentalizing. Whether […]

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Executive Coach John O’Connor on Managing Confusion and Uncertainty

The ‘not knowing state’ is what triggers us most, says the entrepreneur. March 17, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with John O’Connor, executive and performance coach, and certified HNLP and brain-based leadership trainer. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?John O’Connor: I work with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who want to not only perform at a high level but also access the deepest parts of themselves, master their mental and emotional state, and connect with themselves and others. I believe that there is potential in each of us waiting to be activated. With the right skills and guidance, we can transform our identity and unlock a way of being that is radically different than how we live now. What are you more skilled […]

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Susan McVea on the Podcast That Saved Her Life

How ‘The School of Greatness’ led her out of a breakdown and into a six-figure coaching business. March 16, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Susan McVea, CEO of Susan McVea Consulting Inc. and founder of the “Master the Sales Game” podcast. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up?Susan McVea: Oprah is my biggest influence outside of my parents and family. Growing up, I’d race home every day to watch her on television after school. I learned my biggest life lessons from Oprah and her guests, from how to defend against an attack (never let them take you to another location!) to how to become a millionaire. Most important of all, I learned how to impact others by being generous […]

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Software CEO Katherine Kostereva on the Future of Tech

And what this means for software development. March 13, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Katherine Kostereva, founder and CEO of Creatio, a low-code, process automation, and CRM platform. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Katherine Kostereva: Like many entrepreneurs, I started working early at age 14, providing tutoring services for younger kids. Throughout my early 20s, I worked for IBM, where I had the opportunity to try different roles, from engineering to marketing. IBM taught me how the software and technology industry operates and how to look at business needs from a global perspective. I still remember the company motto on the office wall: “Think globally, act locally.” When I was expecting my first baby at age 24, I had the idea […]

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Lessons Tatiana Arias Learned From Creating Hispanic Entrepreneurial Movements

What it means to believe in ‘and,’ not ‘or’. March 12, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Tatiana Arias, creator of the Financial Happiness System and founder of Movimiento RED for Hispanic women entrepreneurs. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Tatiana Arias: I’m an investor, mentor, author, and entrepreneur based in Colombia. I believe love is the most powerful force to heal and manifest. I’ve dedicated my life to reminding humanity, particularly the Hispanic community, how to live in abundance, be happy, and accomplish their dreams. Every day, I wake up to serve through my book, online training, social media, and events, which thousands have attended in more than 20 countries. I believe that communities are the way to accomplish more than we […]

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How Getting Fired From His Own Company Catapulted Brandon Dawson to Nine-Figure Success

He learned how to scale and exit businesses the hard way. Now he’s helping other founders do it the right way. March 10, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When 29-year-old Brandon Dawson rang the opening bell on the American Stock Exchange for taking Sonus Corporation public in 1998, he was one of the youngest people ever to do so. He’d raised millions in private equity to build the hearing aid business, which was poised for explosive growth, thanks to his franchise model. The young CEO was on top of the world when he got the call to fly to New York a few short years later. He thought he would get a pat on the back. Instead, a series of events made him leave the company. The private equity group backing the company had a different vision for Sonus and wanted to sell, […]

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Why Fitness Entrepreneur Jonathan Goodman Chose a Life of Exploration Over a Bigger Business — and How It Paid Off

To build a business on your terms, you can’t compare yourself to others. March 9, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Jonathan Goodman, founder of the Personal Trainer Development Center, a remote education company for fitness professionals. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Jonathan Goodman: School was a struggle for me. I felt smart and understood the material, but my grades didn’t reflect this. Until I traveled to England the summer before my final year of high school, I wasn’t interested in English. I didn’t read much, never wrote anything outside of school, and shuddered at the prospect of conjugating verbs. That trip changed my life. Seeing Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theatre in London and presenting […]

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How to Read and Influence People With 6 Powerful Courtroom Tactics

Vulnerability and voice equal credibility and trust, says trial attorney James Daily. March 5, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by James Daily, an Advisor in The Oracles and founding partner of Daily Law Group, which helps high-profile clients with fraud, crisis management, and business and family dispute litigation. Legal trials teach you about relationships. When I stand before a jury, I have to quickly form a relationship and earn their trust so I can persuade them to see my point of view. Here are my six tips for reading people and relating to them for maximum influence. 1. Understand the ‘three chairs of personality.’ Picture three chairs lined up in a row. The first chair represents your public face, how you want to appear to others. The second is your private face, the insecurities that you keep secret or […]

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How Aaron LeBauer Went From Sleeping on a Porch in the Rain to Changing the Healthcare Industry

“Perfection is the killer of business,” says the physical therapist coach. March 4, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Aaron LeBauer, PT, DPT, and owner and CEO of LeBauer Consulting, LLC, business education for physical therapists. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Aaron LeBauer: I attended Duke University to go to medical school like my father, grandfather, and uncles. But when I sat down with my first night of chemistry homework, I was paralyzed. I stared at the first question, fighting the urge to quit for hours. Finally, I broke down into tears, realizing that I didn’t have the desire or commitment to become a physician. I didn’t want to spend four hours on homework each night […]

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A Doctor Told Ashley Alderson Three Words No One Wants to Hear. But It Was the Advice He Shared Next That Forever Changed Her Life.

How a shift in perspective shaped the future for this retail entrepreneur and cancer survivor March 3, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ashley Alderson, founder of The Boutique Hub, a platform connecting the global boutique retail industry. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up? Ashley Alderson: My dad was the greatest guy and the hardest worker I know. He would give anyone the shirt off his back, always meant what he said, and had a zest for life. He was a jokester who taught my five siblings and me that we could do anything we set our minds to — if we weren’t afraid of hard work. We grew up on a ranch where hard work, your word, and […]

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​​​​​​​What a $500,000 Mistake Taught E-Commerce Entrepreneurs David Hobdell and Judith Lockhart About Relationships

Start with mutual trust and values; finish with due diligence. March 2, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with David Hobdell and Judith Lockhart, co-founders of Digital Sucker Punch, a digital marketing agency specializing in e-commerce growth. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? David Hobdell and Judith Lockhart: In addition to Digital Sucker Punch, we’ve co-founded several other entrepreneurial e-commerce ventures, including one in nootropics. We are soon launching Oz Ecom Fulfilment, a third-party logistics company for e-commerce. Each of our companies has a firm vision and guiding mantras that we abide by every day, such as transparency and clear communication. We believe there’s no such thing as a silly question — only silly answers — so we advocate for “ask, ask, and ask […]

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E-commerce Entrepreneur Tyler Donahue Shares the Uncomfortable Experience That Taught Him How to Handle Life’s Curveballs

Before he founded his business, he lost his job — and things got dire. February 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Tyler Donahue, founder of Essential Store home goods and accessories infused with dried flowers for aromatherapy. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Tyler Donahue: My house was open to everyone when I was growing up. My parents are the most welcoming people I know. They were like parents to all my friends — and even strangers. It’s difficult to put into words how grateful I am to have such amazing parents. When I was 10 years old, they adopted my incredible sister, Maddie, whom I’m super close with. Three years later, we invited two sisters […]

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