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Managing A Remote Team During The Covid-19 Pandemic: With Entrepreneur Landon Murie

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In today’s society, running a successful digital marketing firm can prove a little difficult. With the ongoing pandemic and the devastating state of the economy, most entrepreneurs in the digital marketing industry will definitely find it hard to keep their agencies afloat due to the absence of key staff and team members. A week ago, I got the chance to speak with digital marketing expert Landon Murie. Landon is the founder of Goodjuju, a marketing and SEO agency that helps property management companies gain more online exposure so they can get more clients and grow. 

During the interview, Landon discussed ways by which business can stay afloat during this period with a not so new concept known as Remote working, and successfully manage a team.

The Covid Pandemic has brought to light the importance of remote working, how has your company adjusted to this modern way of completing projects? 

To say the least, my company, Goodjuju is built on the foundation of remote working. So far, I’ve been able to scale my marketing agency, which is situated in the U.S, internationally. All my clients are property managers in America and so far they’ve not had any reason to complain. 

My team is composed of remote workers from around the world and this has helped us adjust quite perfectly to the changes brought about by the pandemic. Our operations were virtually uninterrupted and we’ve continued to run things the same way we did before. 

This is why I always counsel agency founders on the importance of imbibing remote working to their business models. You’ll never know when the next global/economic shift might happen.

Awesome! Usually Coordinating Small Teams At Work Is Difficult, How Are You Able To Manage Such A Diverse Team Who Haven’t Even Met Each Other Physically?

To be honest, I’ve struggled a lot with this. When I created Goodjuju, I didn’t bring on team members at first. Due to this, I forgot to create adequate systems. When I finally brought some team members onboard, It was chaos. Over time, I learned that the only way to manage our remote team members was to utilize expertly created systems, and processes. 

Eventually, we were able to create a good system and track everything with a project management software called “Clickup.” We still use this system to date and it’s kept us on track so far.

Based On Your Personal Experience As An Entrepreneur, What Should Anyone Striving To Run A Successful Team Do?

Well, in light of this topic, the first thing I think anyone striving to run a successful team should do is to be part of one. When you are part of a team, you’ll notice how things are done and which aspects need improvement the most. You’ll also know what it feels like to be a team member.

After this here are a few other things I suggest;

1- Create teachable systems/processes people can follow

2- Don’t micromanage people. “Trust, but verify”

3- Keep in touch as best as possible (chat/app)

4- Make sure you and team aligned on vision/goals

5- Create a motivational environment with incentives

Apply all of these, and you’ll be well on your way!

ALSO READ: CJ BOLING ON HOW GARY VAYNERCHUK CHANGED HIS LIFE

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Harsh Punjabi AKA Technolobe On Making It As A Tech Content Creator

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Technolobe Harsh Punjabi

We have a really interesting guest who was kind enough to join us and share his story on how he made it as a Content Creator making tech videos on YouTube. Harsh has over 80k subscribers on YouTube (Technolobe) and does a fine job of producing high quality content and makes videos that help you in one or the other way! Check out the conversation we had below!

1. Who is Harsh in real life?

I am a 23 year old software engineer who aspires to be a successful entrepreneur someday. Apart from this Harsh Punjabi is a very fun person in real life. I love to hang out with friends and have a long chat over chai or coffee.

2. How did you find your interest in Tech?

If I think about it, I’ve always been interested in tech. Thanks to my parents, I always had a lot of
tech stuff in my house and my passion for tech only grow because of this. Technology has and
will always be a very big part of my life.

3. Why did you decide to start Technolobe?

I wanted to start something of my own and the best industry was tech because of my immense
passion. Now at first I tried writing blogs, making websites and all but that wasn’t for me. So one
fine day I decided to give youtube a try. Almost 4 years later, I am glad that I gave this a try. Making videos about tech products is a pretty cool job.

4. You have successfully grown your YouTube channel (Technolobe) to 80k plus subscribers, what was the one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment in your career?

Being able to help someone make a good tech purchase is the thing that gives me a sense of
accomplishment. After I have suggested a product and then people actually buy it an enjoy it,
that feeling is incredible and makes me feel that I have made it in the tech industry.

5. Do you think it is viable to start a YouTube channel in 2020? (Tech YouTube Channel)

Yeah definitely. As a matter of fact, more people that ever are on the internet right now and makes 100% sense to start a YouTube channel in 2020. If you have a story to tell in a video format, then starting a youtube channel should be the way to go.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life?

Yes. I strongly believe that education plays a big part in your life. A well educated person will always have a lot of career options and paths. Education shapes a person in an excellent way. Also, going to college is an incredible experience. The people you meet, new things you learn, friendships that you make, etc. make it all worth it.

7. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Be patient. Patience is the number 1 thing that you need to have. Things are not going to happen overnight. Take you time, do it right and have fun with it.

8. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?


Hope that you guys find my answers helpful in some way. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for some awesome tech content. Technolobe

9. Is there something you would like to say to Nwsppr?

You guys are doing a great job. More power to you.

ALSO READ: JUSTIN TSE ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONTENT CREATOR & YOUTUBER

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Learn How Innovative Barber Jacob Joseph Is Dominating The Haircut Industry!

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Jacob Joseph


Jacob Joseph is a Magna Cum Laude Alumni with a degree in Accounting who followed his dreams of becoming a barber. In pursuit of his dreams, Jacob attended an apprenticeship program with “Barber Club” and that was when things changed for the better. 

Today, he is a licensed barber and he has achieved unprecedented success with his Instagram platform. Jacob is one of the only few barbers in the industry who has a follower base of over 100,000 on Instagram. 

In this article, we will discuss the passion behind Jacob’s dreams; the success he attained, and some of the steps he took to ensure that he overcame challenges thrown at him. 


Overcoming Challenges 

Like many business owners, Jacob also had a fair share of challenges. Challenges are not uncommon with business owners and businesses, without them, these individuals and they’re businesses won’t grow.  

Pursuing his dream of becoming a barber proved to be a roadblock to him. In order to overcome these challenges, Jacob surrounded himself with people who were successful. These people, their actions, and habits motivated Jacob to become the man he is today.

“My mentors taught me that the best way to deal with challenges as an entrepreneur is by taking them head-on as they come.” – Jacob Shares


Outstanding skills 

Jacob Joseph believes that his determination helped his success. “I always put my faith and trust in God. He has always blessed me in my life and I continue to give gratitude and thanks to Him”. He said.  

Jacob also added that persistence and discipline are important to achieve your goal.


Drawing Inspiration & Upholding Healthy Practices

Jacob reveals that he has two main drivers which push me to succeed. 

The first would be his parents who were immigrants from the middle east and started a whole new life in this country.  As teenagers, they were able to build up a successful hair salon from scratch to provide for their family. 

Their hard work and tenacity are what pushes him to become as successful as he possibly can in order to give his family and himself the financial freedom that they want. 

Another inspiration that pushes him to be at the top of his game is the mindset of not settling. He has made it a statue not to be another barber in the game. Jacob wants to set a standard in my industry. Someone that other barbers can look up to, someone his colleagues can depend on. “I don’t like to be average. I know I have more to offer.” -Jacob says.

God has blessed us and given all of us special skills and talents to show the world! I want to make sure that I can give back to Him!”

Jacob further told us that in order to uphold healthy practices you have to hold yourself accountable for every action you take.  Burnouts are inevitable for human beings. The best way to deal with burnouts is to take as much rest as possible in order to recharge. 


Significant Achievements 

Prior to graduating from college, Jacob developed a passion for cutting hair and aspired to achieve his goal. Today, Jacob is a licensed barber and in less than a year he has grown his Instagram account from less than a thousand followers to more than 100k followers where he publicly displays his skills and has helped him build a solid digital footprint. 

This growth has opened doors to many sponsorships with different companies including Gammaplusna. 


Words of Advice 

Here are some words of advice from Jacob himself for people striving to attain success in any field;

“Words of advice I can give is that you are your biggest advocate or enemy. 

Your mindset will dictate your future. Make your thoughts work in your favor. 

Keeping a positive outlook in the face of adversity is difficult, but the results of that positive mindset will take you where you want to go in life. 

Don’t dwell on the setbacks, plan for the triumphs. I am no better than you or the next person. 

I only compete with myself and make sure that I grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. 

Once you stop worrying and caring about others is when you will be able to do whatever you love, which will lead you to live the life of your dreams!”

Contacts

Instagram: @jjay_beardedbarber

Youtube: jjaybeardedbarber

Snapchat: Jacobjay03

Facebook: Jay cuts

TikTok: jjaybeardedbarber

ALSO READ: JUSTIN TSE ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONTENT CREATOR

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Justin Tse On Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur & Content Creator

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Justin Tse is a massively successful Tech Content Creator, Entrepreneur & Podcaster. He makes quality tech & lifestyle videos on YouTube and has achieved over 560k+ subscribers. He co-owns a clothing company called Dangerfield with Alexx Davies & has a podcast called FEATURE where he talks about Business, Tech, Lifestyle, Travel, and gets into conversations with other creators! Justin was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to talk to us about his journey! Read on-

1. Who is Justin Tse in real life?

I don’t know.  Almost everything I do is some form of work.  Between planning, filming, and editing videos for my channel, building up the Feature podcast, or working on the clothing company I co-own,  Dangerfield… I stay pretty busy.

justin tse feature podcast

2. What sparked your love for Entrepreneurship and Filmmaking?

When I was a kid I wanted to find a way to make money.  I loved selling stuff, and when I tried to sell one device I learned more about YouTube and its possible revenue streams.  After learning more about tech, I decided to try and make some videos.  Over time, I began improving my filming and diversified the style of videos I upload.  Such as the cinematic travel videos and more.  The skills and equipment could also be seen as a competitive advantage.

3. What are your key takeaways running a successful Tech YouTube channel? (JUSTIN TSE)

My takeaways are that running a YouTube channel is a lot more work than people think.  For me, it’s a media company, and to do this full time, it requires a full commitment and adaptation of lifestyle to maintain and grow a channel.  Especially when you factor in traveling in a normal year, and making content it becomes difficult to manage.  Therefore, staying organized and using a schedule is extremely important.  A YouTube channel is a small business, for the first 9 years I did all the filming, editing, emailing, negotiating, selling, and accounting. 

4. You recently co-founded and launched “Dangerfield”, what problems did you face before launching it? 

Some issues I faced were that the co-owner and I sometimes weren’t in complete agreement over aspects that are important to a brand’s identity.  For example, choosing the style and theme should not be rushed, it took time to decide.  In addition to that, picking the target audience and the content strategy to go along with it is important and we felt we had to be confident in our strategy prior to launch.

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5. What was your inspiration behind starting the “Feature” podcast & what do you wish to achieve as a Podcaster & content creator?

The podcast is a project I have always wanted to start.  The free-flowing unscripted conversation is something I am not usually able to do on my YouTube channel so this felt like a good platform to post.  I’m able to naturally discuss subjects I enjoy talking about, which includes F1, business, travel, and more.  Previously, starting new projects has been tough to implement especially because they likely are not profitable to start, but with the quarantine that had occurred for so long, I figured it’d be a good time to start.  Especially since I have thought about it for a long time now.  I had no expectations for it and its primarily for fun.  Meanwhile, my personal channel has expectations and deliverables that must be reached.  As a content creator, I want to create a sustainable, growing business that can last for years to come, and in the future, I’d like to have the resources to expand into other industries I’m passionate about while using the tools and resources I have acquired over my time.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life? 

No, I don’t feel its necessary to always get post-secondary education to succeed.  Although it can be very helpful and lead to great success, it’s not always needed.  I say this because if someone feels they already know what they’d like to do in life, and it’s something they feel they already have the resources continuing in school doesn’t always make sense for that individual.  I only dropped out because I had a steady income and I knew I could make a career out of YouTube for a while.  I’m not an advocate for people sitting around hoping for success, you have to make it happen for yourself.

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7. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Be prepared to give up everything if you are truly dedicated and have aspirations to grow constantly turning YouTube into a full-time job.  Also start young, it often gives you more flexibility to take risks and learn from mistakes with little consequences.  Use the resources you have available, and don’t feel the need to have the best equipment to succeed.  The process of saving up for your first camera alone will teach you a lot. 

8. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Don’t give up, if you’re willing to put every second you have to work on something, then you probably picked the right thing. 

ALSO READ: BEN GESKIN TALKS ABOUT BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONCEPT DESIGNER AND CONTENT CREATOR

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