Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business solutions but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Gilberto Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Gillybert, located in Long Beach, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a boutique Hispanic-owned company that works with nonprofits, startups, and small to medium-sized enterprises to enhance their growth through efficiency and optimization. Working at the intersection of data & analytics, finance, and operations with a particular focus on nonprofit finance organizational and operational development market and industry engagement.
Our compass-based approach is a simple model based on the arrow of a compass. We can travel in multiple directions. Though a compass always points North, showing us our proper direction. As in an organization, many paths are available, but we are your compass, helping you find your true North. Let's drop the sails and catch the fair winds to growth.
Tell us about yourself
Gillybert started as a blog back in 2017. During grad school, I would work with startups, and I would write at the same time. After grad school, I started working in treasury management. While working I would continue to work and consult for startups. The primary focus was on nonprofits and social ventures. We would build operational models, build out the scenario and begin forecasting, create surveys, and manage their capital. Working with the organizations was fun as with each project the team would be able to learn something new. Today, we have worked on various projects throughout the United States, Latin America, and South Africa.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
There is no better feeling than seeing growth within the organizations that we collaborated on. One of the biggest accomplishments we have made is seeing the work being implemented into the client's organization and seeing them grow. After we are done, we must wait – as it does take time for the change to create a meaningful impact.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Patience. As a business owner, we want things done now and expect quick turnarounds. The best thing to do is give your team time to do what they do best.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
For me, it's only two things. The first is to do what scares you. When you do something that scares you or makes you nervous, the thing that scares you the most is the thing that will give you the biggest education. The second is to not disregard your employees. You hired them for a reason. Let them do what they do best. Nurture their talent and allow them to grow. At the same time, listen to the goals they have for the year. You may have the same goals. Remember, when your team prospers, you prosper.
Where can people find you and your business?
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