Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Rod Kuntz, Co-founder of Young Entrepreneurs Syndicate, located in Kalispell, MT, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Y.E.S. is a subscription-based coaching and leadership service. We Train, Coach, Develop and Inspire ANYONE who is young at heart, who wants real-life tools and mentoring to succeed in a current business as an employee, and those who are looking to branch out with a new venture or scale their side hustles. Although our initial inspiration was to give our youth the tools they needed to be successful outside the academic structure, we soon realized that a huge segment of dissatisfied and unfulfilled people in every demographic wanted to tap into our network.
My partners and I provide experienced support, motivation, mentoring, and management guidance to entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and business leaders. We also developed a curriculum specifically for large companies to develop staff within their organizations, and are writing a curriculum complete with lesson plans for high school students that will be available to private schools, home schools, and public schools.
Tell us about yourself
I was always amazed and chagrined that public education never taught me everything I needed to succeed in my career or as an entrepreneur. Also, I have always been aware of the majority of high school students that didn't have the means to further their educations through academic, athletic, or other scholarship programs. I wanted to design and develop a system that could help them unlock their potential outside the walls of traditional academia. When my business partner and I discussed our backgrounds, we found a way to combine our experiences, energies, and passions in a way that magnified our values and hope for the future. Each day I wonder how I can do more, how I can reach more, and how I can make a lasting difference.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is making a difference in other people's lives and that my children know that everything I do is for them and their children's future.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing about being a business owner, especially when working from home, is knowing when to stop. There is always more to do but understanding that not everything is a "matter of consequence," and being able to prioritize the To-Do list is essential.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Have a plan.
- Understand that the world wants you to fail.
- Do what it takes to prove them all wrong.
Where can people find you and your business?
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