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Secret Academy Episode - Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands. Brian changed the way the world sees home service businesses. With 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, he built a unique and successful franchise model that revolves around turning an ordinary business into an extraordinary business by attracting the right people to own the franchises and establishing teams of passionate employees. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Brian’s experience proves that building a successful company without much funding is possible – and even a necessary learning curve for entrepreneurs. He is also an advocate for self-education and has received awards and recognitions in the media and business community.

Lesson's in Today's Interview:
  • How the service industry chose Brian
  • The importance of hiring the RIGHT people
  • Determining ideal employee qualifications
  • Why you need phenomenal people on your team
  • Listen to your team and their feedback
  • The “Beer & BBQ” test
  • Hire attitude, train on skills
  • Learn to delegate to the right people
  • Determining when to franchise your business
  • Analyzing the right services to offer to your clients
  • Why it’s better to build a business WITHOUT much funding
  • Taking something ordinary and making it exceptional
  • Brian’s experience in business failures
  • Expanding your business geographically
  • Why you should focus on your passions rather than profits
  • Brian’s view on requiring degrees/education for a job
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