Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jeffrey Hayzlett, Founder of C-Suite Network, located in Sioux Falls, SD, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am the Chairman & Founder of the C-Suite Network, a trusted, vetted network for senior business leaders (VP and above) and c-level executives. We offer a platform where executives can learn the latest to help their business scale faster, create content to remain competitive in today's digital landscape, and make meaningful connections with peers who have been there/done that.
Tell us about yourself
I've always been an entrepreneur -- even at a young age. I sold magazine subscriptions to save some money to buy things. I knew I had to work to buy the things I wanted, and I was pretty good at selling stuff. Fast forward to a few years later, I bought and sold over 250 businesses and became the Chief Marketing Officer of Kodak, a Fortune 100 company.
Being an entrepreneur is in my blood. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love it so much that I can't wait to go to sleep to do it all over again the next day. The promise of doing something new, helping other businesses succeed, and getting to the next level is what motivates me every day.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hours, the pace, and the worrying. One of the things that keep business owners up at night is being able to make payroll.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Establish your conditions of satisfaction upfront. Those are the parameters that will guide you throughout. Mine are: to learn something, make money and have fun. I'll accept 2 of the 3, but it's less than that. I won't go into that specific business venture. Also, be authentic. No one likes a phony. It's tempting to inflate things and make yourself seem more experienced, but it'll catch up to you and not end well. Also, whatever your industry is, create content. Whether it's a podcast, video, or written content, you must be in the content creation game, especially in this digital era. I don't care what industry you're in; get some content out there. It adds credibility to you (and your brand) and creates engagement with your audience.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solo or small business entrepreneur that you'd like to share, then please answer these interview questions. We'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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