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Brian Scudamore

Sharing stories of entrepreneurship: vision, growth and people.

I'm the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. I'm a strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development, and I like to show others how to use goal-setting to take the lead in their own business. As someone who is passionate about people, I've created a corporate culture where we are building something bigger, together.
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How To Pitch Yourself And Land The Job Of Your Dreams

In a buyer's market, job seekers have to be the world's best salespeople. You have to spark an interest, craft your pitch, and prove the worth of your top product: you. If you can't sell yourself as the best and brightest for the job, you'll never close the deal. Not a natural sales person? That's OK.
04/27/2017 05:13 EDT
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3 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Read

As someone with ADHD, who grew up with reading difficulties, sitting down with a book was never my go-to pastime. I preferred hands-on learning over classroom education -- so when I traded in my textbooks to run my own business, I don't think anyone was surprised. But even though I believe experience is the best teacher, there are always opportunities to learn from the experts (whether you're in startup or 30 years into your business).
03/17/2017 01:30 EDT
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The Right Way To Let Someone Go

Although the firing process should be like ripping off a Band-Aid, it's still important to be respectful -- no one should be surprised they've been fired. Employees should be made aware of problems and given a chance to correct them. It's just good business sense.
11/07/2016 04:44 EST
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Your Business Needs To Always Be Branding

One thing is clear from this year's presidential race: Donald Trump has built an incredibly recognizable brand. He's stamped his name on so many things -- from buildings around the world to steaks for sale at The Sharper Image -- that some American voters associate him with wealth and success.
10/07/2016 08:29 EDT
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How Taking One Day To Think Can Boost Your Productivity

Many things go into building a successful company -- awesome people, vision, and strong systems, to name a few. But the biggest and best companies get to where they are because their leaders make time to prioritize one thing: thinking. I mean taking time to ponder issues, develop strategies, and plan for the future.
09/08/2016 03:23 EDT
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3 Quick Tips For Getting Focused From A CEO With ADHD

Distractible. Energetic. Impulsive. These are some of the words often used to describe me. They're also common descriptors for well-known execs like Richard Branson, David Neeleman of Jet Blue Airways, and Ikea's Ingvar Kamprad. That's because we all have ADHD.
06/03/2016 11:26 EDT
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3 Reasons To Make Friends With Your Business Competition

Being friendly doesn't mean sharing every secret or disregarding competition. After all -- you're both after customers in a crowded marketplace. Just realize that strategically aligning with the competition can make your business better. McDonald's needs Burger King; FedEx keeps UPS on its toes. Healthy business rivalries help stave off complacency and will make your company stronger in the long run.
05/03/2016 01:05 EDT
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Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.
03/31/2016 11:45 EDT