The Future of Entrepreneurship

Americans have always valued entrepreneurship. The classic American success story involves arriving as an immigrant, starting a business and scaling it up into something impressive. While that’s an enduring template, it’s essential to acknowledge the way entrepreneurship evolves. The economy is always changing, and the roadmap to business success changes from era to era.

For the year 2020, there are several significant trends to note when it comes to entrepreneurship. The first is the type of people who are starting new businesses. In 2020, many entrepreneurs are young. Four percent are under 30. That’s not a huge percentage, but it’s a significant number of individuals. Remarkably, so many young people are taking substantial risks early in their careers.

The second trend of note is the type of business people are starting. Instead of opening stores or becoming general contractors, most new businesses are service-related. That can mean business services, food service, or lifestyle services like coaching and personal training. The knowledge economy is becoming more important all the time. General retail and home services each account for less than 10% of the new businesses being started.

The way that entrepreneurs are going about their business has also changed. In the past, it was an advantage to be able to do more than one thing well. That was true of many retail and service-based enterprises. With the ubiquity of Amazon and Walmart, there’s no need for more entries into that market. The real way to succeed as an entrepreneur in 2020 is to niche down. By providing a particular service to a specific market, new businesses can thrive. The detail is where many people and businesses need the most help right now.

Another trend in the way new businesses are coming together in partnership. In the past, there was a big dividing line between tech and other industries, especially in the startup phase. Today, it’s common to see partnerships where one party handles the marketing and sales, and the other controls the coding and development—finding a trustworthy partner with a complementary skill set has always been a key for business success. It’s good to see effective communicators and great engineers coming together and achieving greatness.

7 Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

A good employee is an asset to the company. Good employees can lead to an increase in sales and customer satisfaction. Retaining good employees is the key to the success of your business. The evolution of the workplace has made it hard to retain good employees. Job hopping has also made it hard for employers to keep their employees. The following are the best ways to retain your best employees.

Quality Supervision

Poor management can make you lose your best employees. Most employees leave their workplaces because of supervisors and managers more often than they would leave because of their job. Managers should provide feedback about performance. They should also clarify the expectations and potential earnings.

Create a Good Working Environment

Employees should feel included in the company. A firm that celebrates diversity in the workplace can encourage the employees to stay. Companies should develop incentives such as fitness centers to make it attractive to retain the top talent.

Provide Opportunities for Growth

Top talents want to work where they can grow and learn. Employees are likely to stagnate if they do not have new opportunities. Managers should organize workshops and seminars. Career-oriented employees must experience growth opportunities in the organization.

Appreciate the Employees

Managers should respect and recognize their employees. The common forms of appreciation entail bonuses, gifts, and monetary rewards. Commissions should also be calculated daily. This can raise motivation and help retain good employees.

Create a Work-life Balance

Companies should understand that employees have a life outside their work. You can quickly lose your top talent if you consistently ask them to work late and to come early. Technology has made it possible for employees to work remotely. Working remotely provides flexibility that employees would want.

Manage your Employees with Trust

Managers should promote open communication in the company. This helps to build trust between the employees and the management. Company leadership should also rely on transparency and relationships. Employees are likely to stay in a company when they have confidence in the management.

Hire the Right Person

The company should hire the right people for the right positions. The job descriptions should be updated periodically. Recruiters should ensure that candidates have the required skills. It is also easy to retain trained personnel.

Indulge in the Good Life

We all want to be successful, but measuring “success” is different for everyone. For some, that means starting a business, earning a hefty salary, publishing a book, winning a gold medal or traveling the world. No matter how you measure success, it all starts and ends the same: hard work.

 

Why We Work Hard

Working hard pays off. The nature of work presents challenges and growth opportunities, which requires us to improve. We work too many hours, wake up early, stay up late, are the first to arrive, and the last one to leave. Success does not happen by chance, and if success were free, everyone would have it. Few people actually become successful because they fail to work hard. While working hard on what you believe in, you find the true value and meaning of success.

 

Success Takes Discipline

It is essential to remember that success also comes with failure. Successful entrepreneurs are not successful because they got lucky. Rather they learned how to build a business, run a company, organize their time, and earn a profit because they took a chance and learned from their mistakes. Success does not stem from a lack of determination; together with the time it takes, hard work is a must on your journey to success.

 

Results from Hard Work

Since failure is part of the success journey, you will learn how to persevere. Be sure to stay focus on your end-goal as well as take notice of the progress you are making. The best measure of success is results, and nothing brings more results on a consistent basis than hard work. Seeing results makes you feel accomplished, thankful and satisfied with what you’re doing. That makes the whole process of hard work worthwhile, and you find the strength to continue.

 

Personal Success

I have worked hard my entire life because I strive for success. Throughout my life, I have paved my way in a variety of industries, including automotive, staffed event, direct mail marketing, and now, group fitness. My hard work has paid off because I have founded two successful businesses which allowed me to give back to my community as well as live a comfortable life. Due to my hard work, I have been able to purchase a 78’ Ferretti Yacht, named INDULGE. I have worked hard my whole life to achieve that, and now I have the luxury of traveling between New Orleans, Tampa, and Orange Beach on my yacht.

 

If you’re willing to work hard, challenge yourself, to put in the long hours, and to take a step back before making a giant leap forward – you’ll achieve anything you want to achieve!

“We only live once… But if done right… Once is enough!”

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How to Stay Fit During Vacation

Whether you’re taking a personal vacation or traveling for business, it can be difficult to stay in shape while you are away from home. You may have an excellent workout routine built into your normal schedule, but things will get shaken up during your travels. Here are my four tips for staying in shape during your vacation!

 

Explore the City

No matter where you are traveling to, be sure to explore the new landscape by running or walking! One of the best (and cheapest!) ways to see a new city is by going on a jog or walk. If running is not your favorite, then consider renting bikes or taking a bike tour around the town. Many cities are introducing bike shares where you can easily pick up a bike from a bike station to ride around the city. You can either drop your bike off at the same pickup location or finish at a different one!

 

Book for Fitness

When booking a hotel or condo, be sure to check out any amenities that are included. While choosing a hotel that has a fitness center may not always be available, ask about guest passes to local gyms. If you can get out of bed and roll into a gym minutes later, you will have given yourself the best insurance that you will fit fitness into each day!

 

Get Creative

Working out on vacation means you may have to get creative. Many find themselves working out in their hotel room with nothing but themselves and furniture. There are many hotel exercise routines online if you need help getting started! Ivana Levin, a yoga instructor and personal trainer at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, recommends using squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and push-ups to warm up. She also suggests combining plank variations, squat presses, and burpees to get a full body workout in a tight space.

 

Pack Food

Vacation is the perfect time to splurge and enjoy different foods and feasts. However, it is crucial to pack food and cook when you have the opportunity. If you are staying at a condo or hotel with a kitchen for several days, do not rely on restaurants for every meal. While you can not plan ahead for every meal, you can at least bring some healthier snacks. Be sure to keep hydrated as traveling can dehydrate you!

 

It’s easy to let travel derail your workout routine. However, it is possible to incorporate exercise into your vacation plans! By following these four tips, you can stay fit while traveling!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Five Reasons Why You Need to Workout with Others

Getting in a workout routine can be challenging – especially on the days where you don’t feel like doing much of anything. Waking up early or hitting the gym after work can be hard especially when the excitement of working out is gone. Motivating yourself to workout can be difficult, and that’s why many find that having a group fitness scenario or workout buddy can be extremely helpful! Having a partner or group fitness atmosphere can help you enjoy the workout, boost your accountability and motivation, increase safety, and cause some healthy competition!

 

Having Fun

News flash – The treadmill and the bench press aren’t the most exciting ways to pass the time. Working out with your friend, coworker, significant other, or family member can make exercise more fun! Having someone who can help make you smile and laugh during a workout can make it much more enjoyable. Plus by working out in a group, you have the option to exercise in more creative ways! Try playing basketball or racquetball!

 

Boost Accountability

When someone is counting on you to be at the gym, it’s a lot harder to skip. Having a workout buddy will hold you accountable on days where you don’t feel like doing anything. On the days where it’s hard to get out of bed or leave work on time, you won’t want to skip because you know your group is waiting for you.

 

More Motivation

If you’re working out alone, it can be hard to push through that final rep. However, if you have a workout buddy, then you will always have someone cheering you on! It can be encouraging to have someone right there pushing you through a workout rather than tackling the challenge alone.

 

Increase Safety

Another benefit of having a workout buddy or group class is the increased safety. Not all workouts happen in a gym, so if you are someone that enjoys exercising outside, then a workout buddy can increase your safety. Whether that’s hiking in the woods or canoeing on the lake, having a partner is a good idea. Even if you are working out at a gym, a partner will still benefit you regarding safety. Whether that means you will always have a spotter when you’re weight lifting or have someone running with you at night, the buddy system is always beneficial.

 

Healthy Competition

If you are someone that thrives on a little competition, then a group fitness setting is exactly what you need. If your group moves up in weight or pushes through an extra set, you will naturally push yourself further than if you were alone. A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that when individuals exercised with a partner, they exercised significantly longer. They also improved performance on all aerobic activities across multiple sessions.

 

If you don’t have a workout buddy or think working out in a class setting is right for you and your buddy, then check out CHAMPS BOXING™️. Our team is always here for you, whether you need help finding the right workout routine or need the motivation to keep pushing through a class. Learn more by visiting our website: ChampsBoxing.com.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How to Start Working Out Regularly

Getting on the workout grind can be challenging and difficult. However, from boosting your energy levels and reducing stress to losing weight and improving your sleep, there are many reasons why you should incorporate working out into your life. If you have no idea where to get started, here’s my roadmap for finding a workout routine that you can stick to.

 

Buy Proper Gear

Having the proper gear for working out is a must. Not only will you help prevent injury, but buying new workout gear can boost your motivation! Your necessary equipment will be dependent on what type of fitness routine you follow.

 

Start Small

As you begin to work out, think about long-term consistency and ask yourself how many days a week can you realistically fit working out into your schedule. Your fitness goals will determine how often you need to work out. For some, this may mean three to four days a week, while others may want to work out more. Maintaining regular workouts in your schedule is the most important key – but remember, you will not see results instantly, which is the number one reason exercise routines fail more often than not. If you were to go to the gym for 9 hours straight, you will not return home to look in the mirror and see a new you. If you go to the gym every single day for 9 days, and you come home every single day and look in the mirror, you will not see a new you. If you are patient, create a moderate/doable routine, and are very consistent with it while being patient with the results over the course of 30 short days… You WILL see results.

I recommend scheduling three workouts a week to start. The most motivating and encouraging way to work out is via the newest and proven trend that has become the norm which is group fitness. Find a friend or colleague that is already in a group fitness program of some sort – this will help you become instantly comfortable and better introduced to the program versus walking in to a new class as a first-timer.

 

I suggest trying out CHAMPS BOXING™️. Our team is always here for you, whether you need help finding the right workout routine or need the motivation to keep pushing through a class. I believe CHAMPS BOXING™️ is the most interactive, fun, and effective lifestyle workout. Find out for yourself by visiting our website: ChampsBoxing.com.

Working out regularly can be a difficult task to start, but with motivation and determination, you can find success! Be sure to check back soon for a blog on how to keep your workout motivation!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

The Two Main Keys to Physical Fitness

David Jeansonne recently opened CHAMPS BOXING™️, a boxing-inspired group fitness gym, because he wanted to bring his community a revolutionized, safe way to get a great workout in a fun-for-all format. Jeansonne is dedicated to helping others achieve physical fitness success and here are his two main key components.

 

Motivation

Motivation is one of the two keys to physical fitness success. Without motivation, nothing would ever get done. According to Richard Price, the Regional Security Director at Blumont, Inc., motivation is an internal process that focuses a person towards goals and objectives. “In context, motivation can be said ‘the will to work,’” Price said. “Motivation can come from the enjoyment of the work itself, the desire to achieve goals and objectives, and from the sense of satisfaction that can be gained from successful completion of a task, or achieve the desired outcome to something more complex.”

Motivation stems from ambition and desire. For some, losing weight may drive their physical fitness goals. For others, it could be wanting to live a healthier lifestyle or to feel better about themselves. When it comes to reaching physical fitness goals and getting the results you desire, you need to be motivated in order to achieve the results. Before you even start working out, you need to make sure that you are self-motivated and that you have the support you need to motivate you when your motivation runs out.

One of the best reasons to workout with CHAMPS BOXING™️ is that the team is always going to help motivate you. Whether that means helping you push through the final ten minutes of a workout or offering physical fitness advice, the CHAMPS BOXING™️ team is determined to help you achieve your physical fitness goals.

 

Determination

That brings us to the second key to physical fitness success: determination. When it comes to physical fitness, determination is essential. For any change that comes out in your life, especially physical fitness, requires determination. You can only achieve your goals when you are entirely focused on the end result.  

Achieving your physical fitness goals is not always easy, and it requires lots of motivation and determination. CHAMPS BOXING™️ is a great outlet for those in the New Orleans area to receive more motivation and determination to achieve their fitness goals. To learn more about CHAMPS BOXING™️, please visit their website!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

CHAMPS BOXING™️ Sponsors Local Race

This past weekend, David Jeansonne and his latest venture CHAMPS BOXING™️ sponsored the fourth annual Bursting with Speed 5k and half mile race!

The Bursting with Speed event is held in memory of Benny Burst, a faith-filled family man, and an avid runner. Burst was a native of the New Orleans area. In June 2013, Burst was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and began chemotherapy. A few months later, Burst lost his fight, and that is why the Bursting with Speed race is held to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS is the largest voluntary health foundation devoted to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

The race is hosted by the New Orleans Track Club, a not-for-profit organization and a member of the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track & Field. Additionally, CHAMPS BOXING™️ and other local organizations were able to sponsor the event. Pre-registered participants were eligible to win cash prizes and gifts donated by CHAMPS BOXING™️ and other sponsors.  

CHAMPS BOXING™️is proud to support its local community. To learn more about CHAMPS BOXING™️, visit their website at ChampsBoxing.com!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

CHAMPS BOXING™ Featured on WDSU-TV

I recently recognized a huge opportunity in our city for a group fitness program that conforms to literally everyone.  While group fitness will always be in a multi-person setting, the concept should focus on you as an individual.  My goal is to bring the community a revolutionized, safe way to get a great workout in a fun-for-all format—without the quick burnout that a vast majority of people hit after a few short months.  Most programs boast about creating a “lifestyle”, but then promise to get you “fit fast”.  I am after something better.  Much better.

 

A program unlike the standard, cookie-cutter franchise facilities that ask you to comply very specifically to their regimen burning out everyone except the most experienced fitness guru long before you reach that first level of fitness goals, much the second and third phases of fitness lifestyles. So, this new group fitness boxing craze has certainly surpassed the trendy stage.  There is something that is so individualized about you and that bag that seems to separate each person from the group—giving you the ability to “Leave It All On The Bag! ™”. After researching this Boxing-Inspired Group Fitness I saw my vision in this but it needed some tweaking, when someone told me “I think a water filled punching bag would really warrant the concept to cater to virtually everyone. Well,I never thought twice, I never looked back! I soon realized and proved this product Delivers the best workout possible.  If you’ve done it, you absolutely understand …If you haven’t, you are about to find out!

 

As the old saying goes “Don’t Over-think it” …Says who?! I have overthought every piece of this concept to deliver the best possible brand to our members, including the latest technology-driven, revolutionized, reinvented punching bag; The Hydroblast™ bag absorbs strikes, providing a life-like feel with no recoil impact with no joint pressure, unlike the traditional six foot tall sand filled bags that are basically obsolete. Now, they will soon be! We combined that incredible technology with a carefully designed layout, the best centralized location with more than enough parking, energetic color combinations, the easiest paperless finger vein membership software…Okay, you get it.

 

We are a 28 Bag studio that you will see is the perfect size to get that Group Fitness feel while not feeling like you’re working out in a crowded room. We even designed a customized timer that we put our handcrafted music playlists into that fit virtually every walk of life… Hence our Mission; to cater to “Everyday People”. You won’t find heavy metal or hardcore rap music in our classes, but you will hear everything in between. I have combed this city and others for an open floor plan facility that offered what I had in mind when it came to being kid friendly, as in truly kid friendly. I could not find one. On any given day you will find multiple children 3-12 years old dancing on our Retail Therapy™️ floor dancing to Don’t stop believing by Journey while their Mom or Dad…. or BOTH are Boxing and working out to it just 5 feet from them! Nowhere in this city or others will you find a facility where couples, siblings, and full families are all working out with friends (both old and new).  Everyone leaves laughing while they are dripping with sweat! …. Enough Said. 

The location is 4650 West Esplanade Avenue near Clearview in Metairie, just minutes from any part of the city while avoiding the daunting trek and traffic down Veterans Boulevard.

 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

David Jeansonne, Founder

3 Helpful Tips for Starting a Business

Starting a business is challenging, and no successful entrepreneur starts a company overnight. While there is no perfect formula to follow to become a prosperous business owner, there are a few beginning steps that can set you up for long-term success. Here are my three helpful tips for starting a successful business.

 

1. Educate Yourself

Passion drives flourishing businesses, but no company can be successful without knowledge. This is why it’s vital to educate yourself on business practices and industry knowledge. Try to absorb everything that you can. Mike Kappel, the CEO of Patriot Software, LLC, recommends listening to what others have to say, including friends, family, and experts. By talking to others, conducting research and reaching out to experts in the field, you’ll gain helpful knowledge and advice. While you are learning, be sure to keep notes and start developing your business plans. Don’t forget to conduct research on target markets, estimate profits, and find out legal requirements. The more you learn initially will help develop your business success and hopefully prevent surprises down the road.

2. You’re Going to Need More Money

Cash flow is the lifeline of all businesses and an important measure of success, and you’re going need to a lot to start a company. Conducting research will help you determine how much it will cost for you to develop your product and service and what price you need to sell at to make money. Brad Sugars, the founder and chairman of ActionCOACH, suggests overestimating expenses and underestimate revenues. “I’ve never seen a startup business where expenses were at least 30 percent more than initially planned or anticipated, and revenues are at least that much less.” Sugars writes. It also may be necessary to contact investors for business funds.

 

3. Take Advantage of Free Resources

As a startup, you’re going to have limited funds, so take advantage of free resources. Whether you need help creating a website, developing a logo, or making business cards, there are so many free sources that you can use. There are free resources that can help build a business profile, create a website, develop social media practices, help track productivity, and even assist with accounting and payroll needs.  

 

Becoming a business owner, especially a successful one, takes much more than just following these three tips. However, educating yourself, managing cash flows, and using free tools are great beginning steps to take. Success does not come overnight, but these tips can help get you started.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!