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Your host, Tim Melanson talks to self-employed, home based "Work @ Home RockStars" to learn their best tips and tricks to be successful.

Work at Home RockStar Podcast Tim Melanson

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    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

Your host, Tim Melanson talks to self-employed, home based "Work @ Home RockStars" to learn their best tips and tricks to be successful.

    WHR 3.160: The Grit Behind Tech Success: Professional Mastery and Integrity with Brian Childress

    WHR 3.160: The Grit Behind Tech Success: Professional Mastery and Integrity with Brian Childress

    Join our host, Tim, as he dives into the complexities of a tech entrepreneur's journey with Brian Childress, the fractional CTO who mastered the tightrope walk between traditional employment and the wild frontier of freelancing. They discuss client management challenges across time zones while steadfastly honoring contractual commitments. Brian gets personal about a defining moment—returning a hefty deposit to a client— which underscores the value of recognizing when to walk away and the indelible mark of professional integrity. Brian also shares how to stay at the forefront of technology, which requires a commitment to lifelong learning. He also talks about his work-life balance and productivity approach that extends beyond traditional methods. 
     
    Who is Brian Childress?
     
    Brian Childress, Chief Technology Officer at goLance and Fractional CTO at Summit Labs, is a seasoned tech expert who thrives on knowledge acquisition and dissemination, guiding numerous software engineers in their careers.
    He is a recognized authority in application security, developer productivity, and software best practices. His intense concentration on application access control has made him a sought-after resource for insights and advice throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). His expertise in technology has been shared on international platforms.



    Connect with Brian:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-childress/ 
    Website: https://brianchildress.co/
    Github: https://github.com/brian-childress 
    X: https://twitter.com/_brianchildress 
    Email: brian@brianchildress.co
     
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
     
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 
     
    In This Episode:
    (0:00) Intro
    0:36) Story of success
    (1:20) Freelancing and moonlighting
    (3:37) What didn't go as planned
    (6:50) Process of handling red flags
    (8:49) Keeping up with the changes in the industry
    (10:59) Jam room
    (13:45) Staying productive
    (17:30) The differences when he had a job and having a business
    (19:43) Hiring coaches and finding the right ones
    (23:28) Brian's guest solo
    (25:11) Ideal client and onboarding process
    (27:00) How to connect with Brian
    (27:27) Outro

    • 27 min
    WHR 3.159: Magnetic Marketing Mastery: The Art of The Sticky Approach with James I. Bond

    WHR 3.159: Magnetic Marketing Mastery: The Art of The Sticky Approach with James I. Bond

    Unlock the transformative power of joy in business as Tim speaks with James I. Bond, a behavioral management maestro, in a laughter-filled episode that's as strategic as it is side-splitting. James shares intriguing tales of how small shifts in behavior and mindset can have monumental impacts on financial outcomes. He introduces the concept of 'brain tricks,' a method that uses humor to establish connections and create a favorable impression, leading to support and success. 
     
    Who is James I. Bond?
     
    James I. Bond is a renowned American marketing figure and a leading Behavioral Management specialist. With a career spanning over two decades, Bond has revolutionized how businesses approach marketing strategies and consumer behavior. His innovative methodologies have been instrumental in shaping the marketing campaigns of numerous Fortune 500 companies.
     
    Bond’s expertise lies in his unique ability to understand and predict consumer behavior, enabling businesses to tailor their marketing strategies for maximum impact. His work in Behavioral Management has provided valuable insights into how consumers make purchasing decisions, leading to more effective and targeted marketing campaigns.
     
    Bond, a sought-after speaker and consultant, is known for his dynamic presentations and actionable advice. His contributions to the field have earned him numerous awards and recognition, solidifying his position as one of America’s leading Marketing and Behavioral Management experts.



    Connect with James:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesibond/ 
    His book “Brain Glue”: https://cf.fasterbuyer.com/brain-glue 
    Website: https://fastbuyer.com  
     
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
     
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 
     
    In This Episode:
    (0:46) James' story of success
    (5:17) Success stories of people who used the same method
    (13:22) Roadblocks 
    (22:01) Sell emotionally
    (25:07) Maintaining cash flow
    (36:05) James' guest solo
    (37:37) Working with clients
    (38:59) Outro

    • 39 min
    WHR 3.158: The Synergy of Professional Success and Personal Development with Nicky Billou

    WHR 3.158: The Synergy of Professional Success and Personal Development with Nicky Billou

    In the ever-evolving world of business and personal development, the path to success and financial freedom is often perceived as a rigorous and time-consuming endeavor. Today, Tim is joined by Nicky Billou, who shares the transformative power of coaching and mentorship. Nicky shifted from fitness coaching to business coaching. During this conversation, he focuses on the impact of decisive action and the importance of investing in oneself through personal development and coaching.
     
    Who is Nicky Billou?
     
    Nicky Billou, the author of the book Finish Line Thinking™: How To Think & Win Like a Champion, is a former corporate executive who has transformed into THE trusted adviser for CEOs and top performers in real estate, focusing on optimizing high performance and personal health. His impressive track record includes working with Olympic Gold medalists Donovan Bailey and Mark McKoy, assisting Theresa Dugwell in setting three ultra-distance athletic Guinness World Records, and currently coaching Steve Anderson (aka the Gold Medal Coach), Head Coach of the Canadian National Team Beach Volleyball Program, in energy, fitness, and performance optimization. 
    Nicky’s expertise extends to business leaders and top performers across various industries. As a sought-after speaker in the entrepreneurial world, he shares insights on How to Think & Win Like A Champion.



    Connect with Nicky:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickybillou 
    Website 1: https://www.ecircleacademy.com/ 
    Website 2: https://finishlinethinking.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickybillou 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicky.billou 
     
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
     
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



    In This Episode:
    (0:00) Intro
    (0:38) Story of success
    (7:08) Things that didn't go as planned
    (12:03) How to stay sharp
    (25:04) How Nicky got started
    (27:41) Hiring coaches
    (36:48) What's exciting in his business right now
    (40:40) How to connect with Nicky
    (42:30) Outro

    • 42 min
    WHR 3.157: From Setback to Success: Revolutionizing Work-Life Balance with Katie Santoro

    WHR 3.157: From Setback to Success: Revolutionizing Work-Life Balance with Katie Santoro

    Have you ever wondered how a crushing setback could unexpectedly pave the way to success? Katie Santoro, the CEO and founder of River City Virtual Assistance, joins Tim with a tale that's as enlightening as it is empowering. She opens up about her journey from closing a business during the pandemic to pioneering a new venture that champions work-life balance and combats burnout. To achieve sustainable growth, Katie emphasizes the importance of developing processes and systems that prevent burnout. She discusses time management, delegation, and creating a supportive team environment as vital components of her business's success. 
     
    Who is Katie Santoro?
     
    Katie Santoro is the founder of River City Virtual Assistants, which she established in 2020 at the height of the global pandemic. After years of considering virtual assisting, Katie was pushed down a new path due to burnout. She combined her years of experience in the legal and insurance industry with the experience gained running her first business venture, a yoga studio, to assist clients in various industries, from basic admin tasks to marketing and website building. 
     
    Katie’s vision to grow RCVA happened faster than expected. Still, she has been fortunate to grow her team with others like herself who want true balance between household responsibilities and career aspirations. Working virtually allows the team at RCVA to take care of house and home while keeping their skills relevant and contributing financially to their families. RCVA is dedicated to providing intelligent assistance. Each assistant is college-educated and brings experience from diverse career backgrounds. RCVA is also committed to providing meaningful employment at a living wage to individuals within the USA.
     
    Connect with Katie:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiesantoro/
    Wesbite: https://rivercity-va.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rivercity_va 
     
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
     
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 
     
    In This Episode:
    (0:00) Intro
    (0:34) The positive note
    (1:20) What didn't go as planned
    (4:43) Katie's jam room
    (14:57) Delegating tasks
    (22:14) Handling contractors
    (27:15) Making sure cashflow is positive
    (34:40) Katie's guest solo
    (36:02) Ideal clients
    (39:21) Matching process
    (40:49) How to connect with Katie
    (42:15) Outro
     

    • 42 min
    WHR 3.156: Charting Success in the World of Remote Work and Well-being with Ken Paskins

    WHR 3.156: Charting Success in the World of Remote Work and Well-being with Ken Paskins

    Today, Tim talks to Ken Paskins, the CEO of ShiftSpot, who offers an illuminating perspective on managing a business and catalyzing substantial growth within it. Drawing parallels between the strategic shuffling of top operators in SEAL teams and fostering strong middle management, Ken underscores the idea that growth through people is a fundamental business tenet. He candidly shares early setbacks faced by Shiftspot and the importance of cultivating a business support system that aligns with the company's goals. His journey provides a roadmap for entrepreneurs to navigate the complex terrain of audience engagement and resilient business development.
    Who is Ken Paskins?
    Ken Paskins is the Founder of GCE Strategic Consulting and The Shift Spot™. He has a wealth of experience in leadership, including operations, sales, acquisitions, strategic planning, and P&L management (up to $500M) while leading teams north of 400+ people across North America and Europe for Fortune 100 companies such as Oracle. 
    Ken grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University. He watched his father and grandfather try to make businesses work while learning on the job, and not having the experience needed to truly know how to run a successful business, so he decided there had to be a better way and worked his way up the corporate ladder learning the skills needed to run a business the right way.
    Ken has been a fractional COO for over 3 decades, helping companies from pre-revenue to $50M. His clients include HVAC, accounting firms, legal practices, software companies, etc. Additionally, he has experience in PE, VC (including Sequoia) and M&A.

    Connect with Ken:
    Website 1: https://www.facebook.com/TheShiftSpot
    Website 2: http://www.gcestrategicconsulting.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpaskins/ 
    Email: ken@gcestrategicconsulting.com
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 

    In This Episode:
    (0:36) The good note
    (3:26) What didn't go well
    (8:28) Leadership and accidental entrepreneurs
    (12:04) Organizing the jam room
    (14:05) The importance of fitness
    (19:10) Finding clients
    (22:21) Getting referrals
    (23:55) Building your team and delegating
    (27:47) Ken's guest solo
    (28:32) Target market
    (32:56) How to connect with Ken
    (34:05) Outro

    • 34 min
    WHR 3.155: Ecommerce Blueprint: A Strategic Approach to the Digital Market with Neil Twa

    WHR 3.155: Ecommerce Blueprint: A Strategic Approach to the Digital Market with Neil Twa

    In this episode, Tim is joined by Neil Twa, Voltage's visionary CEO, who shares the raw trials and triumphs of leaving the security of corporate life for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Neil reveals a trove of strategic wisdom for making an indelible mark in the competitive digital landscape. Together, they dissect the art of crafting offers you can't refuse and the decisive moves that can catapult you from obscurity to influence. Neil outlines Voltage's ambitious trajectory and focus on acquiring e-commerce companies, signifying a shift towards a more acquisition-focused strategy. This portion of the conversation guides those looking to understand the nuances of e-commerce and how to identify and capitalize on opportunities within this dynamic field.
     
    Who is Neil Twa?
    Neil Twa is the founder and CEO of Voltage Holdings, a company that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses and achieve financial freedom. He is also the host of the High Voltage Business Builders podcast, where he interviews successful business owners who have made their next million through passive income streams. Whether it's e-commerce, consulting, real estate, M&A, or anything else, his guests share their stories, insights, and tips on how they built their empires from scratch. You'll learn how they leveraged systems, hard work, and a passion for business-building to create wealth and impact.

     
    Connect with Neil:
    Website: https://www.voltagedm.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neiltwa 
    Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0CgYlYXz4IdYwtwaymoVUg 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neiltwa/ 
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/voltagefba 
     
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    I love connecting with Work at Home RockStars! Reach out on LinkedIn, Instagram, or via email.
     
    Website 💻 https://workathomerockstar.com 
    WHR Facebook Page 📌
    https://www.facebook.com/workathomerockstar 
     
    Feel free to DM us on any of our social platforms:
     
    Instagram 📷 https://www.instagram.com/workathomerockstar 
    Email 💬 tim@workathomerockstar.com 
    LinkedIn ✍ https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmelanson/ 



    In This Episode:
    (0:00) Intro
    (0:39) Neil's story of success
    (2:07) What didn't go as planned
    (8:07) Make an irresistible offer
    (11:04) Treat your side hustle as a real business
    (20:18) Moving physical products
    (23:35) Organizing the jam room
    (32:42) Adjusting this gameplan
    (35:38) Evolving business
    (38:04) What is exciting in his business right now
    (41:07) Ideal client
    (44:36) How to connect with Neil
    (45:25) Outro

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

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Outstanding podcast for entrepreneurs and everyone who wants to generate income from home. Tim's choice of guests and content are fun and relevant to all of us. Fabulous!

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Amazing Host

Tim is an exceptional host, and it was truly delightful to have the opportunity to be a guest on his podcast. The show itself is a testament to thoughtfulness and craftsmanship, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

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Great podcast and host

Tim runs a great podcast and being a WFH person I find his interviews valuable and extremely helpful!

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