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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.
How To Pitch Yourself And Land The Job Of Your

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
I Make My Employees Go Tech-Free When They Take Time

I Make My Employees Go Tech-Free When They Take Time Off

We always seem to find the time to check in -- but we rarely take the time to check out. So give yourself and your team the freedom to take a total technology blackout and get some unplugged Facetime with your travel companions. Trust me: everything back at the office will be exactly as you left it.
04/18/2017 05:05 EDT
3 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should

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
Why It Pays To Be A Happy

Why It Pays To Be A Happy Entrepreneur

There's no big secret to success in business -- it's all about attitude. Approaching entrepreneurship with optimism means you can bounce back when ideas flop, and in general, you bring more energy and enthusiasm to the workplace.
01/13/2017 06:41 EST
Facing Your Fears To Become An Amazing Public

Facing Your Fears To Become An Amazing Public Speaker

Public speaking is linked to career success: It creates a perception that you're an expert in your field and it can be an opportunity to motivate people. I used to be terrified of speaking in public too, but was forced to overcome my fear so I could network with other entrepreneurs and promote my business.
12/02/2016 07:23 EST
The Right Way To Let Someone

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
Your Business Needs To Always Be

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
How Taking One Day To Think Can Boost Your

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
Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Get Hiring Right Every

Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Get Hiring Right Every Time

n the early days of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? my hiring decisions were based on convenience: Are you my friend? Do you have a pulse? Can you drive a truck? I was desperate for bodies and hired almost anyone who came along. Hiring this way worked in the short term, but ended up being a disaster.
08/09/2016 12:42 EDT
Want To Hire And Keep Millennials? Do

Want To Hire And Keep Millennials? Do Less

Everyone is talking about millennials: How do they work? What do they want? How do we hire them? How do we keep them happy? All these questions are for good reason: in a decade they will make up three quarters of our workforce.
07/05/2016 04:31 EDT
3 Quick Tips For Getting Focused From A CEO With

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
3 Reasons To Make Friends With Your Business

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