A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Reubeena Ianigro
This post is for all ARTISTS who want to harness their creativity to make their first $100K. In this post, we show how Reubeena Ianigro started an enamel pin business and crossed the $100K mark in year one.
Before starting her pin business, Reubeena was a social worker who clocked into the office 9-5, Monday through Friday. Every day, people told her what to do, and she had to make sure she obeyed the policies of a slow and confusing government system. It was steady work, but it was CRUSHING HER CREATIVITY.
Everything changed when Reubeena gave birth to her daughter. Not only did Reubeena have her own life to think about, she had to think about the life she was creating for her child. She knew she needed to gain a larger perspective on life.
This is what she asked herself: “When I thought into the future, whenever I die, and look back on my life, did I do the things I wanted to do?”
The answer was “no,” and not long after, Reubeena quit her job and started her pin business. It hasn't even been a year and she’s already made her first $100K. On launch day, she made over $5000. And I know what you’re thinking, Startup Nation artists.
You’re thinking, “How can an artist use their creativity and actually make money?”
Allison Evelyn Gower Teaches You To Grow Your Freelance Business From Scattered Clients to $2000 A Day
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Allison Gower
“My soul was broken like a ceramic plate shattered on the ground.”
That’s how Allison Evelyn Gower, now owner of a $2000-a-day copywriting business, described her feelings after hearing one client’s feedback. This was back when she was taking on freelance job after freelance job feeling scattered and lost.
It wasn’t bad feedback either. But it still broke her soul.
All the client said was, “You know, Allison, this writing is great – I love it personally – but it’s too fun. It has too much personality, too much quirk. We need it more corporate.”
Startup Nation, if you’ve ever met Allison Gower or visited her website at allisonevelyn.com, you know she is FULL OF PERSONALITY. Of course, her copy is going to have personality!
So, rather than shut down her own voice, she decided she wasn’t going to take corporate clients anymore. She found her purpose. Her purpose was to work with entrepreneurs who wanted to find their own voices. And guess what? Her business exploded. Instead of running ragged with scattered clients, she’s working with the CLIENTS SHE WANTS and charging the RATES SHE’S WORTH.
Here’s how you can do it, too, Startup Nation.
A Conversation with Megan Huber and Joseph Warren
Megan Huber runs a multi-million-dollar business acceleration business, but she didn’t start with success. She began with a personal development business in 2011, and when that didn’t work out the way she planned, she joined an enterprise-level coaching corporation.
For four years, she worked with thousands of coaches. Some made $600,000+ year in and year out. Some could hardly pay their bills.
“What was the difference?” she wondered.
The difference was that the most successful coaches created communities first and sales second.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Kimberly Lucht
In 2015, Kimberly Lucht, a successful business coach for women, shaved her head. I guess that’s the sign of a true entrepreneur – a woman who takes risks.
People judged her for the new look – “She must have had a mental break!” But she found it freeing. She spent less time spent washing, drying, and prepping. She spent more time on building her business. She could also say, “I did something most people are too afraid to do.”
When I lived in New York, Startup Nation, I spent a day dressed as a homeless person. I didn’t shower for two weeks up to that point. I bought a wig to wear along with karate pants and sandals. I walked into my local bagel joint – where I went everyday – and NOBODY RECOGNIZED ME. All I got were dirty looks and side glances.
So, what in the heck does this have to do with business?
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Dr. Erika Gray
Dr. Erika Gray began her entrepreneur journey by creating a protein bar for her father. She knew he was a carrier of a specific Alzheimer’s gene called APOE, and so she wanted to see what she could do about it. As a genetic scientist, she knew certain proteins could help his condition.
But as we all know, Startup Nation, an idea isn’t a business. After developing the protein bar, Erika started doing consumer surveys to find out how much people would pay.
One day, one of her colleagues who was an ER nurse came in to her little satellite office for a survey. Erika handed her a bar and asked, “How much would you pay for this bar?”
Her friend said, “I don’t know, it tasted really good, but what’s it for?”
Erika explained, “It can help support your DNA and can it might be able to make some impact as to how your DNA expresses itself.”
“Hold on! So you’re saying that what I’m eating could change the outcome of how my DNA expresses itself?”
A Conversation with Stephen Somers and Joseph Warren
Stephen Somers has made millions profiting from the rise of Amazon. He didn’t do it through an Amazon stock portfolio. He did it by creating a system for selling products to buyers across the globe. So far, he and his partner have MADE OVER $12 MILLION IN SALES.
But last year, one of Stephen’s family members became very sick. He had to take time off from his business to become a caregiver.
Looking back, Stephen is so thankful that HE CREATED A BUSINESS INSTEAD OF A JOB.
He says, “If you don’t have a business that allows you to take time off, then you don’t have a business. You have a job you can’t get out of.”
The reason Stephen was able to take this time off was because he isn’t just a master Amazon salesman. He's also scaled his business to teach his methods to others. He’s created automated courses and trainings, which means he earns passive revenue even when he’s not in the office.
Women-focused business conferences are FAILING female entrepreneurs.
Jen DeVore Richter, a popular conference speaker and my guest on Your First 100k Podcast, just can’t believe the typical speaking topics.
Jen doesn’t see anything wrong with these topics, but… WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY?!
She calls these topics “soft subjects.” And women do a disservice to other women when they assume their peers only want to hear about soft subjects. THAT ASSUMPTION IS WRONG.
The reason most female entrepreneurs fail is because their business numbers fail. Their numbers fail because no one sits new entrepreneurs down to explain revenue, profit, and cashflow. Financial conversations are what Jen would call “hard subjects.” To all my female followers out there, I know you can handle that conversation!
It’s simple. Your revenues must be higher than your costs. The difference is profit. And profit has to be high enough to sustain a livable lifestyle for both you and your family.
Otherwise, your business model isn’t sustainable.
Maybe you didn’t get a business degree from college. That’s ok. Jen has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs get CLARITY on their financial situations, and she is willing to share her top tips with you right now.
97% of Entrepreneurs Consistently Miss Hitting Their Business Goals (And It's Not From Lack of Effort or Desire) ----- Here's Why
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Dr. Dorian Williams
There are some people who just seem to have life’s Midas touch. They’ve had success in multiple careers. Their marriages are strong. Their children are excelling in school and sports. Dr. Dorian Williams, my guest on Your First $100k Podcast, is clearly one of these men.
But like 21 million other Americans, Dr. Williams was raised by a struggling, single mother.
“My mother worked graveyard shifts at convenience stores as long as I can remember,” Dr. Williams says. “I had many opportunities to watch my mother wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and leaving before school, go to work all day long, and still cook for me and have a meal when I got home.
“For me, what really drove [me] was the want to not see my woman work like my mom did. That’s what drove me to say, 'There’s got to be a better way.'"
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Dr. Deb Ekstrom
Long before Bill Gates founded Microsoft, he started programming computers in high school. This was before personal home computers. If he wanted computer time, he had to hitch a ride down to the school’s computer lab and spend long nights, after hours, experimenting with code he wrote himself.
Bill Gates logged thousands of programming hours before graduating.
Startup Nation, if you were sit down with a young Bill Gates and recommend an industry to start with, what would you say? Maybe... computers? OF COURSE!
It’s almost too simple, but it’s a principle entrepreneur forget ALL THE TIME. When starting a business, start with something you know.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Tim Storey
Imagine you’re hiring a new VP of sales for a Fortune 500 company. You’re deep into the first round of interviews.
Your secretary leads in the next candidate. He’s clearly in his 70s or 80s, not the fresh blood you were expecting to lead the department. But you can’t discriminate against age and you know it's good to keep an open mind.
You pull his resume out of a folder. To your astonishment, it shows no experience for the last 40 years. Ok, he managed a regional grocery store in rural Indiana. Looks like his father-in-law owned the flagship store and did a favor for a family member.
You move to his application file. He’s checked the “felony” box. For murder.
Question: Do you hire this man as VP of Sales?
God “hires” the most unlikely people
Would you believe it if I told you that the story above describes Moses from the Bible? The same Moses who freed Israel from Egyptian slavery? The same man who almost saw the face of God?
It’s true. Moses spent forty years of his life herding sheep in the wilderness. God called him to free the Israelites at 80 years old. When he was younger, Moses killed a man.
My friend and coach extraordinaire, Tim Storey, explains what God is doing with improbable candidates like Moses. Tim says, “God uses shaky people to do sturdy projects. As you abide in him you’ll grow stronger, and stronger, and stronger each day.”
God uses broken, lowly, frightened people to do his good work.
Moses isn’t the only example. Saint Paul imprisoned and killed people before his conversion. Rahab was a former prostitute who is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. When we first come upon Gideon, who later becomes a heroic Israelite commander, he’s hiding from his oppressors in a wine press.
What about you? Have you ever felt like your personal resumé disqualifies you from important work?
Maybe you think, “My family life is so messed up, I could never be a dad.” Or, “If anyone knew about my addictions, I’d be shunned from every social group imaginable!”
Startup Nation, here’s the truth…
God does not treat us as our sins deserve
WHAT A RELIEF!
Tim Storey explains, “God isn’t looking at you with a magnifying glass to expose your weaknesses.” He wants to embrace us with his life-changing love.
I understand the church gets a bad rap for blaming “sinners” like you and me. The church sometimes says that if you fix yourself, then God will love you. If you obey perfectly, then God will accept you.
Don’t believe this lie. The opposite is true.
God first accepts you, inviting you into a relationship with him. This love is what transforms your life. It's what gives you the strength to do good and love others. Earlier in this post, I mentioned all those Bible characters. The thing that set them apart from your average person was that they trusted God. God asked them to follow him and they did. They didn’t have everything figured out. They just trusted God step by step.
Coaches like Tim and me like to model our coaching off God's example. I’d say God provides a pretty good blueprint.
In Tim's approach, he doesn’t bring up weaknesses until week 3 or 4. Instead, he focuses on the person’s strengths. He discusses the nature of God and who he is. And the Bible says that God is love.
Tim is known as the “Pastor to the Stars.” He’s walked alongside celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. and Kanye West. He takes broken people on a journey toward Jesus. Healing happens on this journey. It’s where true success lies.
If you're struggling with a checkered past, here’s a practical question for you: What’s working in your life?
I use this question to start my coaching sessions. It shifts the conversation away from shame toward positive things. I know for a fact that you’re doing something right in your business life. I know that no matter how bad your relationship is, there’s something you still do that makes your spouse smile.
What is it? Make a list of three positive things that are working in your life and post that list above your desk. Meditate on the things that are working. After all, God is working in your life. And he is good.
God uses shaky people to do sturdy projects. As you abide in him you’ll grow stronger, and stronger, and stronger each day.
If you’re ready, I want to build you up and encourage you in your business, family, and faith. I can help you reclaim your joy and start on a journey back to God.
It’s time for a Spiritual Clarity Call.
It’s simple. You and I will jump on a no-cost, 45-minute Zoom call. We will find a time that’s convenient for you.
Typically, a coaching call like this would run about $500. For you, it’s free.
Obviously, the benefits of a Spiritual Clarity Call go much deeper. On our call, we can discuss one or two actionable steps for realigning your personal life with your business life.
After a full coaching boot camp, my clients have avoided devastating divorces, escaped long-term addictions, and overcome serious depression. My clients have also negotiated raises at work, rediscovered their life purposes, and reconnected with their kids. Over time, these positive changes could save you $1,000s.
But both you and I know that your life isn’t measured by a price tag. Your life is about the people you love and the purpose for which you were created. If you feel like you’re missing out in either of these areas, we need to talk.
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About Joseph Warren
Joseph Warren is a Christian Speaker, Podcast Host and Spiritual Coach. Joseph Warren offers Spiritual Coaching to Christian Business Owners who somehow find themselves in a spiritual rut. In just 90 days, he helps them avoid expensive divorces, break free from addiction, restore broken family relationships, and start living their Higher Purpose!