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Interview With Serial Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Social Media Consultant & Marketing Specialist Rio Osorio

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Serial entrepreneur Rio Osorio loves building businesses and helping other entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He is currently a business coach for 6 and 7 figure entrepreneurs and runs a marketing agency that specializes in social media marketing. Rio also recently partnered with 7 figure entrepreneur John Malott to build some massive businesses. After speaking with Rio, I found out his passion is to find innovative ways to shake up tired industries. Here is what else he had to say:

How did you get started with your career?

Rio Osoro: Since I was young I always wanted to have my own business, most my family worked in the copper mines in my home town and even though I spent quite a few years there, I always knew I wanted more for my life.  Not sure where my drive for entrepreneurship came from because no one in my family is an entrepreneur or ever had ambitions to be. I think in a lot of ways as well I just wasn’t built to work for someone else.

What are some of your major accomplishments?

Rio Osoro: My biggest accomplishment is my wife and children, after getting married and divorced at a very young age I was determined to make sure I found a woman that would support me on my journey, because I knew that this journey wouldn’t be easy. Lucky for me I hit the jackpot with my wife Jill. In terms of business I would say the first $20k month I had. It’s funny how most people think that life will change so much when you start making big money, but the truth is when I hit my first $20K it really didn’t feel that amazing. I was really proud of myself because I literally went from making nothing the month before to $20k, honestly not much changed until I hit a few more of those months then learned how to scale from there.

What differentiates you from others in your field?

Rio Osoro: I think my biggest differentiation is just that I’m different. I have my own vibe that is true to who I am and I’m not trying to fake it or fit in like a lot of people out there. I will say that I feel like it’s a lot harder to discover who you truly are these days because of the influence social media has on people.  I really feel like some change is needed in the social media space.

What is the best advice you have for someone wanting to become an entrepreneur?

Rio Osoro: My best advice for someone that wants to become an entrepreneur, would be “DO IT SCARED”, I know so many people who want to be an entrepreneur but are so afraid to put themselves out there and risk failure or risk having small minded people say I told you so just because the first thing they tried didn’t work.  My journey into entrepreneurship has literally been 80% failure, if I quit after my first or even twentieth failure I’d have never made it to where I am now and I’m just getting started. So, I’d say if you’re scared then Do It Scared. Fear never goes away so stop thinking it will and instead focus on how you can harness that fear and use it to your advantage.

Why do you think social media is so powerful?

Rio Osoro: Social media is so powerful right now because that’s where the people are.  So, any smart business owner should be going to go where the people that buy their products. Oddly their are still so many businesses that aren’t on any social media platforms, which is why Social media marketing agencies have blown up in the past five years.

What tips do you have for networking?

Rio Osoro: The best tips I have for networking are to go to events where their are like minded people and the biggest tip I have that changed my life is “ask better questions” when you are networking with higher status people that you’d like to work with or potentially partner with. Most people go to networking events and ask the same lame questions that everyone else does. Don’t be that person, if you know someone that will be there that you’d like to talk to, do some research about them and their business go read their bios. This way you will be prepared with better questions and have better odds of getting their attention and building a relationship

What do you see most people doing wrong when it comes to social media?

Rio Osoro: The thing most people are doing wrong on social media is not being social.  Most people are just worried about growing there following and less concerned with actually connecting with people.  If you want a more engaged following then here’s my recipe: Post once a day not 2,3, or 4 times like most gurus say. Then spend the rest of the time liking, commenting and DM’ing people that you’d like to connect with.

What is the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you have learned

Rio Osoro: The biggest lesson I’ve learned in entrepreneurship is that I can’t do everything and expect to get anywhere. Do what you’re good at and either hire or partner with one or two people to do the rest.

Are there any other entrepreneurs that inspire you and why?

Rio Osoro: One of the first people that I met when I finally decided that i needed to start branching out and connecting with other people is John Malott.  He’s a first class man and a great mentor to me. The best part is that using the things I mentioned above and being consistent and building a relationship with him has lead to building a partnership with him.  So I know what I’m talking about when it comes to this stuff because I’ve actually lived it.

What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?

Rio Osoro: The best way to connect with me right now is through Instagram @thehustlementor.  I’m always looking for new strategic partners and I’d love to hear anyone’s business ideas and potentially help you bring it to the marketplace.

 

    

Jourdain graduated from Colby-Sawyer College, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, Jourdain joined one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Before joining AVG, Jourdain Co-founded Beast Media Agency, a digital marketing, and PR company focused on helping founders get their stories featured in online publications. During his sophomore year of college, Jourdain worked for iComeUp Marketing, a start-up based out of Miami, Florida. Within 8 months he helped grow the business revenue from $20,000.00 a month to $130,000.00. In his free time, Jourdain covers success stories of founders and companies who are making an impact on the world for publications like The Hustlers Digest, Kivo Daily, Future Sharks, Thrive Global and Disrupt.

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Meet Andrew Ragusa: The Real Estate Investor Who Wants To Give Back To People Around Him

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For many people, college is not the way to find financial freedom. Though we are pressured from a young age to attend college and get a good education to help get a better job in life, for some it is not the only pathway to success. This is what Andrew Ragusa discovered, perhaps a bit too late, when beginning his business career.
“I went to college because my parents and everyone else told me that was the right thing to do, and $60k in debt later as well as a bunch of promises by the college recruiter that they will help me get a job, I was a secretary in a physician’s office with a Master Degree in Health Care Administration making about 30k annually and was passed up on every job transfer I applied for.” Andrew recounts.
Soon after this, Andrew realized that his path had led him to a career he was not interested in, with few opportunities to increase his lot in life and use his degree to its fullest potential. He wanted to try and do something new so he decided to try real estate. He did not think that it would become much more than a side gig, but he soon realized that he could really make a living off of doing it.
“Once I got started in real estate and saw the potential; I never looked back. Throughout the growing pains of starting a business I had people supporting me and pushing me while I tried to find my place in the world.” Andrew explains.
Since beginning his career in real estate, Andrew has taken off. He now owns a real estate brokerage and a large fund that invests in real estate flips. He has been recognized in numerous ways for his success in the real estate industry.
“When I was working as a Realtor, I was having great success from my ability to sell property higher than most agents for sellers who hired me. On the buyer side, I was being so aggressive with the listing agent that my buyer clients were first in line all the time and were getting the homes they loved. At one point, my past clients and many of the doctors I used to work with started to reach out to me asking for me to find them investment properties. One day I woke up earlier than usual and I was laying in bed while an idea was forming, I realised instead of trying to find investments for everyone, I should just create a great investment!” Andrew states.
And create a great investment he did. Andrew’s fund has secured returns for his investors on an average of 20%, surpassing most other passive income investments. Because Andrew has achieved such massive success and recognition for his work, he plans on giving it back to others to help them achieve their own success.
“The fund has had an incredible unintended result for the people involved, not only was the investor benefiting remarkably but the contractors involved in the property renovations grew their businesses by a lot. My partner and I ended up employing over 25 families to get the work done to these houses.”
What inspired him to help people was his own success, but he also wanted to pay forward the kind of mentality and financial support that was provided to him when he wanted to begin his career.
“My goal is to provide over 1000 families with work and opportunity by 2025 after seeing the impact we had on the lives of these workers. I want to share the love that was given to me by so many loving people and create an abundant life for my circle and all those who become a part of this growing movement!” Andrew exclaims.
For his next project, Andrew hopes to grow both his real estate brokerage and the investment fund. The more properties he is able to acquire, the more work he can provide for people and share the wealth that he creates with everyone involved. His goal is to flip more than 25 houses a year, using the assets given to him to create more opportunities for both the people working on the homes and the families that trust him to grow their investments.
“The next big thing I am working on right now is the investment fund and growing the brokerage. The fund took some time to get started because what I am doing is pretty unique and hasn’t been done before as far as I know but we are ready to start. Normally when people invest in a RE fund they would receive monthly dividends from rent collections and a lump sum when the building is sold down the road. My fund is going to buy properties and renovate them to be resold on the market at a higher value and I want to pay the investors lump sums everytime a property sells. My goal is for the fund to be flipping so many houses that I am able to pay investors on a quarterly basis, all while providing work for more families with my businesses and all the other businesses we collaborate with.” Andrew says.
If you would like to learn more about Andrew’s goal to help 1000 families and his real estate businesses, you can check out his Instagram page here. Andrew was recently featured on Yahoo! Finance Top Entrepreneurs to Follow During COVID-19.
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Why Travis Guterman Is Set to Be The Go To Manager For Entertainers and YouTubers

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Travis Guterman has always found immense satisfaction and gratification in helping his clients reach their financial goals. He is in the business management business, and acts essentially as a personal CFO for YouTubers, pro athletes, and entertainers. It truly is a dream scenario for Guterman, as his passions growing up were in both business and entertainment. In fact, he basically plays the real life role of the financial advisor for the character Vince in one of his favorite shows, Entourage. 

Growing up in Los Angeles, it did not come as a surprise to Guterman that he found his calling in the entertainment industry. He grew up in a Jewish household that placed importance on integrity, giving, and education. With such a positive upbringing, his work ethic and desire to be successful was strong from a young age. In high school, he spent his summers interning with Merrill Lynch and taking business classes at a local community college. 

His work ethic and passion for business carried over to his life after graduating from college, as he would work in finance and business for a major, well established firm and for a startup. The skills he learned at these two distinctly different ventures would help him immensely in his career, and his transition into working for celebrities was quick. In a very competitive industry, he was able to build a stable client list before the age of 30 whereas most of his competition was well into their 50s.

With all of the success he has had thus far, Guterman still values failure. He understands that setbacks are a part of life, and he believes that almost no one can say that they have had careers that have ended up exactly how they would have expected at the exact time they thought they would. With so much uncertainty in life, Guterman has always sought to improve himself and be better than he was the day before in order to be ready for anything life throws at him. He is adamant about sharing his successes, as he is always looking to inspire others and finds it important to let them know that failure is just as prevalent and important as success in life. 

Guterman has put his tremendous ability and work ethic to work, and coupled it with an ability to see an emerging digital market for what it truly is. While many others in his industry shy away from the digital industry and social media, he gravitates towards this demographic of clients and enjoys working with them, knowing that social media and YouTube are only just getting their start. He has always been able to capitalize on what life has thrown at him, and he has no signs of slowing down as he strives for greatness each and every day. 

 

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Why Graham Byers Has Been Unemployable Since High School

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For Graham Byers, the idea was pretty simple. While money may not buy happiness, being broke doesn’t either. The only difference is that achieving financial freedom is far less stressful, so he set his mind to growing a business to the point where he could be free. Even at a young age, he knew he was never meant to have a normal desk job, or even a normal life for that matter.

As a kid, Byers would flip things on eBay and Craigslist to make money for himself on the side, opting to hustle on his own rather than spend time at a part time, minimum wage job. From that point on, his mind was set on finding a way to make a living out of working for himself. Once he saw how his family struggled with the 2008 recession, he knew it was time to take action.

During his time in college, he and his business partner would constantly scheme up ways to make money online, but did not gain any traction with anything. Once he graduated, however, things began to change. He found a breakthrough with an e-commerce business, and was able to scale it rather quickly to the point where he was able to exit the business after only a year of starting it. 

Having already sold his first company just a short time after graduating college, Byers quickly found himself with more freedom than he ever imagined. His instinct to work towards building a business for himself paid off big time, and he was quick to take advantage of his newfound freedom. He relocated to Puerto Rico with his business partner, where he still works on his two other businesses in real estate and e-commerce. 

While Byers is grateful for the dream life he is able to live today, it has certainly not come without sacrifices and mental toughness. In times when his business was not growing, he only worked harder. When it was not certain whether his venture would be a success or complete flop, he kept grinding. From the outside, his journey from college graduate to successful business owner seems pretty straightforward. But, it certainly did not come without his fair share of setbacks and bumps in the road. What kept him going was his constant desire to be free and live the life he wanted to live, and he has been able to see it come to fruition as a result. It may be easy to see his life and become envious, but understand one thing: Work as hard as Graham Byers did, and you can live your dream life too. 

 

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