Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Demetri Panici, Founder of Rise Productive, located in Tinley Park, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm a content creator/Notion & productivity consultant! My customers are business owners looking to improve their business's productivity by using Notion.

Tell us about yourself

I started working in this business because of my large interest in creating content and helping people become more productive. I believe that a productive society is a fulfilled society.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Posting daily on YouTube and other social media platforms consistently. It takes substantially more work than one might think.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

I nearly quit in January of 2021 after months of failures in my YouTube channel's performance. When I was at my lowest, I did some deep reflection and realized that I needed to keep going if I wanted to live the kind of life I wanted.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be consistent in all the work you do. It'll pay huge dividends later.
  2. Hire great talent, and don't settle for anything less than A-grade employees.
  3. Wake up early. I can't say it enough, but uninterrupted, focused work is what sets the great apart from the average.

Where can people find you and your business?


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