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An inspiring journey of Yana Saikouskaya

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Born in Belarus, Minsk, Yana Saikouskaya has a troubled childhood growing in this small country where people don’t even have the right to vote. Living under a dictator, the living conditions were terrible, to say the least.

She lost her father at the age of four. Her mother had to work several jobs to make the need. Yana swept the stairs in the morning at the age of seven to earn her first salary. Yana worked three full days a week to pay for her school expenses. She worked in a casino at the age of sixteen to pay for her university when tragedy struck. Her mom was murdered when Yana was working.

That’s where Yana decided to move out of her country to Miami in order to start a new life. She was fed up with constant problems resurfacing in her country and that’s where her entrepreneurship journey began.

She decided to open a concierge company for the richest of rich people who visit Miami. Although she did not have the required funds to hire professions for developing a website, she took the road less traveled by.

She learned the art of developing a website and creating content. She learned how the internet works, website maintenance and design. Become a professional rather than hiring one-That became his Mantra for Success.

She wanted to bring her website to the first page on google. She noticed a few pointers while noticing the statistics. If you have the money and children, you would look for private schools. If you’re moving to a different country, every mother would think about a child. Yana started receiving clients in her first month of operation that helped her break even. From second work itself, she started drawing a stable income of around $4000.

Everyone around her discouraged her from starting her business due to the neck to neck competition in the 21st Century. But seeking rich and facing failure was embedded in her due to her past struggles and that made her business possible and profitable due to homegrown ambitions. Her client base includes the rich, high ranking politicians, celebrities and successful businessmen from numerous countries.

Her firm, life management Prime Life Miami, helps people who come to Miami and required Rented apartments, Villas, Houses. Her firm is a one-stop solution for Renting a Yacht, Miami Tours, Private Jets, Private Schools, Driver/Personal Assistant, etc. Her second firm guides the clients in purchasing their Real Estate in Miami. Her client base includes numerous successful people from Russia and her working relationship with them is awe-inspiring.

Her mantra for success is patience. The longevity of a plan brings inspiring results. Short Term Goals can never fetch long term happiness. Being result-oriented is a good thing but it is way better to enjoy the journey first. It is equally important to talk about failures and failing the others can draw conclusions. Life is a learning curve. Initiate life by learning and then go on to teach people through your failures so that they don’t repeat your mistakes.

Showcasing success is also very important. This motivates every person and is cool, to say the least. It will help others push themselves to start their own firm and work under their own conditions. Being a job giver rather than job seeker is the way to go in the 21st Century.

Two things Yana thought she should’ve been told before she started were experience is the most expensive. Every step whether if it’s right is good and if not right it is even better. From experience, you can take very big lessons and apply them in the future.  Experiencing experience is the most important learning curve in life.

Many people come to Yana after reading about her and knowing her story to thank her for inspiring them. This gives her a much-needed boost of energy and inspires her to turn her ambitions into an opportunity not only to earn and settle down but to also guide others towards their dreams selflessly and find everyone happy and successful around her.

Yana believes that the biggest challenge to starting a business for her was to believe in herself. She has doubts in her head when stayed and kept playing with her nerves but once she found solace in her own self, she brought herself that incredible feeling of pleasure and seemingly positive to conquer the world world.

I am a Marketing & PR Specialist with a strong background in E-commerce with over 5 years experience. I am the CEO of Prestige Public Relations, a PR agency where I help entrepreneurs big and small get their story on major publications.

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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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