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Learn to work smarter, not harder, from those who started a business while working a full-time job, but never lost sight of the need for balance.

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    Knowing your worth after transitioning to self-employment

    Hannah Smolinski has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. From selling homemade bracelets in the second grade, to founding her company Clara CFO Group in 2017, Hannah knows how to attract and retain clients. In this conversation, Hannah and Sanjay discuss burn out, managing cash flow, knowing your worth as a self-employed professional, and taking on additional side hustles to maximize profit.

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    A unique but unexpected business pursuit

    During the early days of the pandemic, Nancy and Viviana Sisneros founded their pretzel company, "Knotty Chix," sparked by a random craving of Nancy's. After three attempts, they perfected their first creation: the Hot Cheeto pretzel. Encouraged by the positive feedback of Facebook friends, they started selling their pretzels to the public. Today, three years down the line, Knotty Chix thrives as a flourishing company.

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    Do not wait around to jump into entrepreneurship

    Racheal Allen, a seasoned entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in coaching large-scale organizations, specializes in crafting efficient policies and operations. As the Founder of Operations School, she leads a renowned boot camp for startup founders, while also offering consulting and public speaking. Sanjay and Racheal discuss operational efficiency, avoiding burnout, and the essentials of entrepreneurship.

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    Overcoming your fears and achieving your dreams

    Brooke Monaghan has always known she has wanted to work for herself. However, when she went to start her consulting business, she was initially very scared. In today’s episode, Brooke and Sanjay discuss how to overcome fear when it comes to the risk aspect of running your own business, building relationships, and asking for help. Her advice? Either do it and maybe fail or don’t do it and absolutely fail, but always know your worth. 

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    Connecting businesses with the grants they need

    Danita Doleman has over 25 years experience providing strategic solutions to businesses in need. She is an expert in connecting people to grant opportunities and to this day, she has helped individuals earn over $8 million in grants. Recently, Danita’s company, SEAS Community Partners, launched “Grants4Biz”, a service which seamlessly connects individuals and businesses to grants they qualify for.

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