45 episodes

Do you feel stuck? Has your business gone stagnant? Do you feel trapped in your current job and dream of starting your own business but not sure where to start? Megan and Andre have been where you are and want to help you overcome the hurdles standing in your way of success. You don’t need a recruiter or big company telling you what will get you to the next level. You can get yourself there. You are the key, and you can make it happen. They want to share with you how they did it and why surrounding yourself with the right people, the right mindset and having the right tools can help your business explode!

Megan Marsh and Andres Munar are two very different people with very different backgrounds. Despite their unique personalities, skill sets, business acumen and ideas, they’ve found that their diverse backgrounds have lead them and their business to extreme growth. In only four years since teaming up, this diverse duo has tripled their business!

Find out more about The CoLab and visit our website at www.thecolablife.com.

The CoLab Megan Marsh and Andres Munar

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Do you feel stuck? Has your business gone stagnant? Do you feel trapped in your current job and dream of starting your own business but not sure where to start? Megan and Andre have been where you are and want to help you overcome the hurdles standing in your way of success. You don’t need a recruiter or big company telling you what will get you to the next level. You can get yourself there. You are the key, and you can make it happen. They want to share with you how they did it and why surrounding yourself with the right people, the right mindset and having the right tools can help your business explode!

Megan Marsh and Andres Munar are two very different people with very different backgrounds. Despite their unique personalities, skill sets, business acumen and ideas, they’ve found that their diverse backgrounds have lead them and their business to extreme growth. In only four years since teaming up, this diverse duo has tripled their business!

Find out more about The CoLab and visit our website at www.thecolablife.com.

    Take Your Service Sales to New Levels with Ryann Dowdy

    Take Your Service Sales to New Levels with Ryann Dowdy

    Description:Selling a service is about more than just offering something that people need. It’s about building trust and confidence with potential customers. It’s about assuring them that you and your team are the best at what you do and the right people to purchase services from. The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar welcome sales expert Ryann Dowdy, founder of the Social Sales Academy (https://dailysalesondemandforceos.com/), to discuss strategies on increasing sales for service companies. And how to take your service sales to new levels.Show Notes:The saying goes that good products sell themselves, but anyone behind a service-focused business knows there’s more to it than that. Marketing a service is more complicated than just advertising a description and cost. It’s about relationship building because you’re not only selling your service but your expertise and knowledge behind that service. How to successfully market your service—and yourself—continues to change as potential customers are seeking out and interacting with businesses through more than just traditional channels. That means you need salespeople with different skillsets who can navigate all sorts of environments: conferences, online platforms, cold calls, and much more. And those salespeople will look different than the stereotypical men in suits.   Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’re covering in this episode of The CoLab: *  [02:01] Introducing Ryann Dowdy, founder, and president of Uncensored Consulting (https://www.linkedin.com/company/uncensoredconsulting) and co-founder of the Social Seller Academy (https://dailysalesondemandforceos.com/). Before starting her own business, she spent 15 years in the corporate world building multi-million dollar sales organizations for start-ups in the marketing space.*  [09:20] While TV shows and movies often portray salespeople as aggressive men, the fact is there is plenty of room for women to succeed on sales teams and in their own businesses.*  [15:23] As social media plays a larger role in how consumers connect with businesses, it’s led salespeople to become social sellers—meaning social media becomes their primary tool for attracting sales.*  [27:28] Not every salesperson is the right fit for any sales job. If you’re looking to increase sales and want to bring someone on board to do so, be sure they are bringing the skills you need to succeed in the position. Once you hire, you’ll want to make sure they have access to resources and training to help them grow.*  [38:10] Like any job, money can be a motivator for salespeople to go above and beyond in their roles, but it’s important as a business owner to recognize that not everyone is driven by dollars. Find out what your employees value, like extra time off or the opportunity to travel for work. Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest,

    Lance Graulich Explains How to Pursue a Franchise

    Lance Graulich Explains How to Pursue a Franchise

    Description:Many small businesses are borne out of their founders’ skills, but franchising is a business model that allows people with passion and drive to pursue starting a business of their own without having to define ev...

    Tackling The Taboo Of How To Pay Yourself

    Tackling The Taboo Of How To Pay Yourself

    Description:
    The dream of owning your own business is often accompanied by thoughts of turning all that hard work into a big payoff. But many small business owners ask how to pay yourself? In reality, that paycheck may not be as big as you expect. In fact, many small business owners don’t take one the first few years their company exists. There are many misconceptions when it comes to paying yourself as a business owner, but The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar have tips and resources to set you on the path to success and financial security.
    Show Notes:
    It’s a rarely discussed topic but one that every small business owner eventually faces: How in the world do you pay yourself? Is there a secret formula? Does it depend on the business you’re in? There are right and wrong ways to pay yourself as a business owner. It’s tempting to think that any money that comes into your business bank account is yours for the spending, but figuring out your income is much more complicated than that. It’s important to do the research, lay the groundwork, and establish the right systems to set yourself up to be successful.
    Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’re covering in this episode of The CoLab:

    * [00:36] The topic of paying yourself as a business owner can seem taboo to discuss but prepare to join The CoLab hosts in a deep and honest look at the subject.
    * [05:46] You might think that starting a business means you’ll immediately be pulling in gobs of cash, but the reality is much more stark.
    * [11:09] When it comes to paying yourself, there are four main areas to consider, the first of which is the type of business you have built.
    * [17:27] How you literally pay yourself is another area to consider. Will you pursue the traditional W-2 route or perhaps pay yourself commission based on sales?
    * [21:36] The question of how much to pay yourself is one that often befuddles business owners. It’s tempting to look at your business bank account and think all that money is your money, but it’s important to take a step back from that kind of thinking.
    * [27:55] Business finances can be complicated, and it’s easy to make mistakes along the way that can cost you big time in the long run.

    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Grow Your Business Through Video with Jessica Edwards

    Grow Your Business Through Video with Jessica Edwards

    Standing out from the competition is necessary to attract new customers and maintain business growth, but are your current marketing efforts helping you reach this goal? If they’re not, you might find yourself lost in the sea while your competitors pull ahead. In today's episode, we are discussing how to grow your business through video with  Jessica Edwards (https://www.coldwellbanker.com/Coldwell-Banker-Sea-Coast-Advantage-11037c/Jessica-Edwards-423017a), a Realtor, and owner of Jessica Edwards & Associates is known for her innovative use of technology and video and cutting-edge marketing tactics. She joins The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar to discuss how these tactics can be used to help small businesses grow.
    Show Notes:
    Consumers are just a few clicks away from an endless sea of videos thanks to smartphones and computers. The use of video to market businesses, products, and services continue to rise. Luckily, you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars to break into video, so even small businesses have a chance to add it to their marketing toolbox. This week’s CoLab guest Jessica Edwards has been at the forefront of video marketing for Coldwell Banker. She shares her expertise with hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar in this episode.

    Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’re covering in this episode of The CoLab:


    * [01:15] Expensive commercials have long set the standard for video marketing, but video technology became more widely accessible in the mid-2000s. This prompted businesses big and small to harness its power for their own marketing platforms.
    * [08:08] Video marketing gives business owners an avenue for building trust and connecting to clients before they even step foot in an office or store.
    * [15:06] Video can be a daunting medium but Jessica says one of the keys to making it work is to keep yourself from overanalyzing and over-critiquing the content you create through it.
    * [22:44] You don’t need thousands of dollars invested in equipment and software to make a splash with video. Start simply by recording on a phone and upgrade as demand for content increases.
    * [31:52] Not every video you create for your company has to be promotional. Video also gives you an opportunity to put a personal touch on ordinary business practices, such as welcoming new clients.


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    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    5 Strategies to Increase Your Business Revenue

    5 Strategies to Increase Your Business Revenue

    Description:
    Bringing in revenue is crucial to the operation of any business, but some businesses are better at increasing their revenue than others. Diversifying revenue streams is one way The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar have successfully grown their business (https://www.thecolablife.com/business-growth). Now, they’re ready to share their 5 strategies to increase your business revenue with you.
    Show Notes:
    Increasing revenue is about more than just growing your business (https://www.thecolablife.com/business-growth). It’s about creating a better future for yourself, your team, and your family. The trick is diversifying your revenue streams. Think of it as a security measure against the possibility of demand dropping for one good or service your business provides.
    Multiplying your revenue streams sounds complicated, but The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar have strategies they’ve used successfully in their own businesses that will help you start your journey.
    Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’re covering in this episode of The CoLab:

    * [04:15] It takes the right decisions and resources in order to increase your business revenue by creating multiple revenue streams.
    * [06:38] There are five strategies recommended by The CoLab that you can use to increase your business revenue.
    * [14:11] Don’t just focus on the money. It’s important to remember that passion for your products or services and customer service can earn you more in the long run than focusing on big sales increases in the short term.
    * [21:39] Use your knowledge to promote yourself and connect with customers and other entrepreneurs. Your expertise can be shared across social media platforms, in publications, and many other avenues.
    * [30:00] You’re not alone in your business journey, and The CoLab has a great resource for helping you take your first step toward increased revenue.

    Take The CoLab’s Are You Built for Entrepreneurship? (https://www.thecolablife.com/bizquiz) quiz if you have dreams of growing your business or starting an entrepreneurial journey.
    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

    Push through Adversity to Find Success with Andrea Dolci Baldini

    Push through Adversity to Find Success with Andrea Dolci Baldini

    Description:
    The decision to start a business often punctuates a journey filling with planning, soul searching, and hardship. Andrea Dolci Baldini (https://www.facebook.com/AndreaDolciBaldini/), owner of Ultimate Financial Help and an area manager for PRMG (http://www.prmg.net/), has known hardship from a young age and has overcome it time and again on her entrepreneurial journey. She joins The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar in sharing stories of business failure and triumph.
    Show Notes:
    Finding success meant taking a big step for Andrea Dolci Baldini (https://www.facebook.com/AndreaDolciBaldini/). Without knowing a word of English, she set off to the United States from Brazil in search of opportunity. She got her start flipping burgers and delivering pizzas before an opportunity to co-own a nail salon presented itself. The business’ success and ultimate closure taught Andrea the lessons she needed to pursue entrepreneurship opportunities that have led to her owning a business and making her mark in the mortgage industry.
    Andrea has overcome many challenges that threatened to derail her dreams, and she joins The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar to pass on lessons learned and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
    Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’re covering in this episode of The CoLab:

    * [03:45] With dreams of making enough money to live comfortably in her home country of Brazil, Andrea set off to the United States as a young adult to find work. She had no idea a fast food job would be the first in a series of steps toward business ownership.
    * [11:03] “There’s a purpose for everything. You know, at the beginning, you don't understand. I went through hell, it was hard. I didn't have money for anything. And I had no money to buy a box of diapers for my son who was about to born. But it was worth it.” —Andrea describing the fallout of losing her first business.
    * [17:03] A key part of business success is the ability to learn something new in an industry you think you know everything about.
    * [19:39] If you want to reach a goal and if you want to be successful in the pursuit of that goal, you have to do more than everyone else is doing.
    * [25:56] Bringing in others to mentor and coach you can help you be successful in business. Even if it’s listening to a podcast or reading a book, the lessons others have learned can help you

    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Leb5056 ,

Great information!!

I’m starting my own business and the information I received has really helped me!

SHord3 ,

Everyone needs to listen to this podcast

I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts, and this one is by far the best of them all. The amount of value each episode provides is outstanding. Megan and Andres provide real, practical advice, and are open and honest about the struggles they have faced building their businesses. If you want to learn how to be a business owner and a good leader, you must start listening to this podcast!

sstoner13 ,

The more you know.......

The CoLab is an informative, entertaining, and all-around awesome podcast. Great listen for anyone looking to better themselves regardless of where they are on their journey. These guys are so passionate about what they do and it shows. Thank you for all the insight, keep up the good work!

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