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The Benefit of Hindsight | Inspiring Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you've ever thought about starting a business, this is the show for you. Each week, host Aaron Bushell interviews entrepreneurs and small business owners who left the 9-5 and went to work for themselves and asks, looking back with the benefit of hindsight, what went right and what would they have done differently.
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Sep 30, 2015

Just a quick update this week since I don't have a new interview, but I didn't want to go two weeks without uploading something. 

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Sep 16, 2015

Janelle King | JK Design and The Workroom

My guest this week is Janelle King, Wichita interior designer and owner of JK Design and The Workroom, both located in Wichita, KS. Janelle is an interior designer with a special eye for creating unique decorations, but she is also a serial entrepreneur with an incredible talent for recognizing business opportunities and taking advantage of them.  She is also passionate about living and working in Wichita, KS and has made Wichita one of the unique selling propositions that makes her business so successful in the Air Capital.  When it comes to interior design, you can't do any better than Janelle King and JK Design.

The really neat part of Janelle's business, however, is how she recognized an opportunity to create a new business when her own needs were not being met. As an interior designer, she often found herself in need of custom designs for her customers. However, there were not enough talented seamstresses in the area and the ones who were in business were overworked and could not take on more work.  Never one to throw her hands up, Janelle got to work and created The Workroom, a custom design sewing shop for any home decoration you might need- pillows, draperies, bedding, upholstery and much more.  Her shop is an eclectic mix of tastes, and the proof of her skill is easy to see in the decorations she has completed.

I sat down with Janelle to talk about her businesses, how and why she got started and why she always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  She also had one more surprise for me- she's starting ANOTHER business!  This time, Janelle purchased a 1969 Volkswagon Bus, painted it to look like the Wichita Flag and she plans to drive it around town to sell great, unique Wichita gear.  Check out the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whAx4__hzBI

Thanks to you, Janelle, for your commitment to the city of Wichita. Your drive and passion are an inspiration to us all.

Where To Find Janelle

If you want to check out Janelle's storefront, The Workroom is located at:

150 N Cleveland
Wichita, KS 67214
(316) 295-4520

Follow her on Twitter at @TheWorkroomICT check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theworkroomICT and https://www.facebook.com/JKDesignICT.  Be sure to check out her 1969 VW Bus as it rolls around town starting September 25th.  Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/813969132054256/.

Show Notes

4:05 Why did Janelle decide to start JK Design?
7:58 How did her work as an interior designer lead her to open The Workroom?
11:00 Janelle defines her success as luck and momentum.
11:48 What was it like when she first opened her doors for business?
14:50 What challenges did she face in the beginning?
16:07 What is the difference between managing people in a large company versus a small business?
18:01 What has been Janelle's most effective method of showing her employees they are valued?
20:30 What was the single best thing she did in her first year?
21:36 What does a typical day at The Workroom look like?
24:58 With the benefit of hindsight, what is one thing Janelle wishes she had done
differently?
29:04 With the benefit of hindsight, what is one thing Janelle really did right?
29:42 How did her side idea become one of the driving forces behind her business?
31:20 How has Wichita pride factored into her business success?
32:20 What is the Flag Swag 1969 VW Bus and where can you find it?
33:10 What is going on with JK Design, The Workroom and Flag Swag?
34:35 Where can you find The Workroom?
35:15 Janelle shares some parting advice.

 

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Sep 9, 2015

My interview this week is with Roger Smeltzer, owner of Vision Commercial Real Estate. Roger and I went to college together and I have known him for nearly two decades now. Roger was the Recruitment person for our fraternity and I do not think I can remember a time when Roger wasn't calling someone to try to get them out to see if they would join our fraternity. His tenacity was legendary. Of course, this was back before cell phones were ubiquitous, so he carried around a wireless land line in his pocket or in his hand- everywhere. He had it in the kitchen, he had it in the bathroom, he had it when we were drinking on the back porch. The greatest invention of Roger's life had to have been the cell phone with unlimited minutes. After college, Roger started down a different career path before realizing that was not what he wanted to do and then he took a BIG leap of faith, leaving a comfortable high paying sales job to move into a completely different industry, and eventually founding Vision Commercial.  

NOTES FROM THE SHOW 

5:00 How did Roger start Vision Commercial, what was the story behind him leaving his comfortable salaried sales position to go into a completely different industry?
10:36 What was it like, going from a successful career to becoming a sole proprietor, with all of the weight on your shoulders?
14:00 What does the day to day operation of the business look like now?
20:20 What is important about the relationships he has built and why is the relationship less important than being great at executing?
29:40 What is one thing he wishes he had done differently?
35:41 What is one thing he did right?
38:35 What is going on with Vision today, where can we find them and one last piece of advice.

Thank you for sharing your story with Hindsight Nation, Roger!

Check out Vision Commercial at www.visioncommercial.com or check out the Vision Commercial Facebook Page. 

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