This week, my feature conversation is with Melinda Emerson, AKA Small Biz Lady, and author of How to Become a Boss In 12 Months. Near the beginning of our conversation, she told me, “…the future of work is going to be, um, part and parcel.” I never heard it put that way. She’ll explain it future as you listen to the conversation.
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Here’s the show flow for this episode:
- Clip from a recent episode of my appearance on the CareerBuilder’s podcast with Mike Bird and Lisa Plain. You can listen to the complete episode here. Leave them a review about what you think of the show.
- Excerpt of my live stream show#JobSeekerNation with my co-host Jack Kelly and our guest Ruth Sternberg.
- My featured interview with Melinda Emerson
More about Melinda:
Melinda’s book, How to Become a Boss In 12 Month is the second edition, is a manual on how to build a business before opening the doors. She should know as she is known as “Small Biz Lady” worldwide. No, I’m not exaggerating. If you were securing your Twitter account back in 2009-12, she was your first ten suggestions of people to follow. She also had a New York Times column, and her Twitter account showed she was a content machine!
- Melinda believes the future of work will see businesses demand employees handle themselves as a whole or part-time business.
- She says there’s a difference between doing something because you need money and building an actual business.
- “And honestly, it takes 12 to 18 months on average to break even. That ain’t you collecting a check every week. That’s you covering the basic expenses of the business!”
- Melinda created a quiz to see if you’re ready to build a business at BossQuiz.com.
- “I want you to be a side hustler. I want you to work both jobs till. Until that second job is making real money, and do not cannibalize your paycheck because let’s not get it twisted–you got to make sure that if you have an opportunity, you need to keep that opportunity until you’re ready to walk away.”
- She says that clearing debt is essential, as is your credit score must be above 700.
- “What is the one fundamental difference between then and now for you? The biggest difference between starting a business 22 years ago and now is video mark. Video marketing has become so pervasive.”