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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.

    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.

    Talita Guerrero: Overcoming the Odds

    Talita Guerrero: Overcoming the Odds

    Description:
    There are many ways a person can do to be able to overcoming the odds. Adversity has been a recurring element of Talita Guerrero's life. Her family moved to the United States when she was 12, and she’s spent the last 20 years overcoming challenge after challenge to get where she is today: a successful business owner. Talita shares her story and advice for starting a business and achieving your goals with The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar.  
    Show Notes:
    Passion. Ingenuity. Drive. The list of qualities for a successful business owner can go on and on. Among those qualities, Talita Guerrero has found resilience has carried her through many challenges she’s faced in life and in starting a business. She is currently a senior loan officer and partner at Right Key Mortgage LLC. The road to her success has been filled with ups and downs, but each came with a lesson that she has used to run her business and help others in her community reach their potential.

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

    [02:08] Introducing Talita Guerrero, a senior loan officer and partner at Right Key Mortgage LLC. Talita has been in the mortgage business for over a decade and serves as a member of the Forbes Boston business council.
    [10:15] Building and learning a business or industry isn’t instant, but that pursuit of instant gratification is something that Talita says finds herself encountering as she mentors young or new loan officers in her business.
    [16:10] “I always wanted to be a business owner. I wanted to go into business for myself and create a legacy.” — Talita Guerrero.
    [24:40] As part of her passion for helping others, Talita has established a scholarship fund to help dreamers (as defined by the DREAM Act)—people who may not otherwise qualify for a scholarship.
    [35:32] If giving back to your community is important to you as a business owner, consider getting involved with mentorship opportunities. Your help could be the key to unlocking someone else’s success.

    What are your stories about overcoming the odds?
    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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    • 46 min
    Tips On How To Run A Transparent Business

    Tips On How To Run A Transparent Business

    Description:
    Starting a small business is a personal endeavor for many entrepreneurs. It’s easy to be overprotective of a business you founded and have nurtured through success and difficulty. But, letting your employees see how everything works has the potential to make them feel part of something bigger and work harder for every win. The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar practice open-book management and have tips on how to run a transparent business to share for implementing it at your own business.
    Show Notes:
    The inner workings of a business are often kept closely guarded by leadership. Unfortunately, this choice can create an environment that has the potential to breed misunderstandings and assumptions that can hurt employee morale—and potentially the bottom line. Increasing transparency is a great way to get employees to feel more invested in your business and its success.

    It might sound unwise to open your books and let employees truly see your business operations—warts and all—but increasing your business transparency can build trust with employees and help them see beyond their position and into the big picture.

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

    ● [01:03] One of the biggest gaps between small business owner and their employees is transparency. Without transparency, you as a business owner are leaving room for assumptions and ignorance to take hold.
    ● [12:01] Being transparent can help bring employees from working for your business to being committed to your business.
    ● [16:58] Seeing the big picture is important and getting your team involved in that vision helps them see the end goal for your business.
    ● [23:17] Increasing your business’ transparency also can help your employees understand the difference between earning and asking and how any decision impacts the bottom line.
    ● [31:42] Opening up your books and increasing transparency can help employees understand how each part of your business affects the other and encourages employees to come up with solutions for problems across operations.

    What about you? Do you have any tips on how to run a transparent business to share with the community? Lets us know!

    Connect with The CoLab at www.thecolablife.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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    • 39 min
    Know About The Art of Rebranding

    Know About The Art of Rebranding

    Description:
    Building a brand is vital for any business. It’s easy to think of it as just your logo or the color theme you use in business materials, but branding is so much more. It creates the first impression of your business, and you want to be sending all the right messages. The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar have each owned multiple businesses and understand the importance of branding your business for success and the art of rebranding.
    Show Notes:
    When you start a small business, you get to define nearly every aspect of it, from the name to the products to the look and feel of its physical space. For many, the topic of branding might not land at the top of your to-do list when first starting out, but it’s an incredibly important part of a business at any stage.

    As your small business grows, you want to be sure it has an identity that consumers can recognize, remember, and connect to on a personal level. It also should accurately represent the product or service you provide. In time, a brand also reflects the reputation your company has built, so you want to be sure your business is being represented in the best possible light. Whether you’ve been in business for one day or one decade, rebranding your company could be the key to unlocking even higher levels of success.

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

    ● [00:55] Think about your company’s brand. Is it reflective of a successful business or is there room for improvement to better represent your company?
    ● [12:39] The subject of branding comprises more than just a logo. It’s your company’s identity. It sets the tone for customers recognizing your business and interacting with it it.
    ● [17:32] Branding is powerful because it not only represents your company’s identity but its reputation and authority. At the end of the day, what do you want to be associated with your brand?
    ● [20:30] Businesses of any size need a brand, but what the brand is tied to depends on the company. For example, if your goal is to keep your company as a one-person operation, it makes sense to brand it with your name.
    ● [24:42] A key part of branding is making your business recognizable and memorable. People are creatures of habit, so successful branding will keep them coming back.
    ● [30:00] Branding can change over time, just like your business. If your company is undergoing change, such as opening new locations or launching new products or services that don’t quite fit in with your current brand, it might be time for a rebrand.

    Share this with someone who needs to learn about the art of rebranding!

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

    The Cólab Crush It Action Plan:
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    • 39 min
    Coaching Programs And How To Find Business Success with Them

    Coaching Programs And How To Find Business Success with Them

    Description:
    Get ready to boost your business with The CoLab, a podcast for entrepreneurs and business owners seeking to elevate and expand their enterprise through collaboration and teamwork. In this introductory episode, meet hosts Megan Marsh and Andre Munar. The pair are business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders who have a passion and desire to help others succeed both personally and professionally.

    Show Notes:
    Welcome to The CoLab, a podcast series focused on helping entrepreneurs grow their business ventures through collaboration and teamwork.

    Podcasts hosts Megan Marsh and Andre Munar are the picture of collaboration. The pair combined their separate finance businesses four years ago and took it to a new level in just two years, ultimately doubling their team and tripling their revenue.

    Together, Andre and Megan have a dream to use their extensive experience in business to teach others how they can become entrepreneurs by starting and operating their own businesses. Join them as they share their knowledge, resources, and more to help you start your journey of entrepreneurial growth and avoid costly mistakes along the way.

    Do you feel stuck? That your hard work is going unnoticed and unappreciated? 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.

    Ready to dive in? Here’s a preview of this episode of The CoLab:


    [01:10] Welcome to The CoLab. Meet your hosts and business besties: Megan Marsh and Andre Munar. They each have spent 15 years in the lending industry. Four years ago, their finance companies joined forces and through the power of collaboration, doubled their team and tripled their revenue.
    [02:10] We know where you are. We’ve been there. It might be dealing with a bad boss, feeling stuck, getting fired, or reinventing a brand. Learn from our experiences and avoid making costly mistakes as you grow your business.
    [03:40] So what can you expect from The CoLab? Exercises, tips, tools, and resources that you can put into action and see results in your business right away that are presented by two knowledgeable business leaders.
    [06:50] Collaboration is key, and this podcast will help you connect with a community of people like you and leverage these connections to inspire business growth.
    [08:09] Ready to start your journey? Here is a preview of topics that will be covered in season one and two of The CoLab: how to take the leap from employee to employer, how to start your own business, how to build an all-star team, and how to deal with bad bosses.

    • 51 min
    How To Create Killer Content with Scott Schang

    How To Create Killer Content with Scott Schang

    Description:
    Content can be the connection to customers your business is missing. Whether it’s blogs, articles, or social media posts, content creates an opportunity for potential customers to find and interact with your small business. The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar know firsthand the power that content holds. In this episode, they are joined by entrepreneur Scott Schang, co-owner of Buy Wise Mortgage and founder of Find My Way Home, to discuss the important role content plays in business growth, and how to create killer content.
    Show Notes:
    Businesses create products and services for customers, but there’s something else they should be creating, too—content. Content is more than just advertisements. It’s a means of connection and one that small businesses don’t have to invest an astronomical amount of resources into to get started.

    The CoLab hosts Megan Marsh and Andres Munar have produced many types of content for their businesses. They’re joined this episode by Scott Schang to talk about the best strategies, tips, and more. Schang is the co-owner of Buy Wise Mortgage and founder of Find My Way Home, a website focused on empowering potential homebuyers with the knowledge to successfully navigate the homebuying process.

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

    [00:29] Creating content can be a simple and cost-effective way to market your business, especially for young businesses that may not yet have the funds to pour into a robust marketing campaign.
    [06:23] Scot Schang’s content creation journey started in 2007 with a WordPress blog and an idea.
    [15:39] In today’s digital world, a video-first content strategy can really pay off for a small business. A video can be broken down into audio-only and also transcribed to create written content.
    [26:51] Building content does not replace person-to-person relationships—it helps amplify them.
    [34:24] Content should be created with a specific goal or purpose in mind.
    [44:38] Embrace opportunities to participate in newsjacking. That means getting out in front of news about your industry and having an opinion on it. Then share that content with your customers to establish yourself as a thought leader in the industry.

     

    What about you? What are some tips, steps, and tricks you use to help others know how to create killer content?

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Want to learn more about marketing? Listen to The CoLab Podcast episode, “How Can A Small Business Gain Traction With Marketing?”
    A helpful speech-to-text tool recommended by The CoLab is ai.
    You can connect with Scott Schang on his Facebook or LinkedIn

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

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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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!

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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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