Andrew Vest is the Sales Manager and newest member of Guidant Financial, located in Bellevue, WA. Before Guidant, Andrew was Co-Founder of The Agency: a Social Media and Strategy consulting firm based in the Seattle, WA area. While leading the operations and business development efforts at The Agency, Andrew is also co-founder and a member of the team developing the word-of-mouth marketing platform www.brandbuddee.com currently in beta. Follow him @AndrewVest.
Who is your hero?
What’s the single best piece of business advice that helped shape who you are as an entrepreneur today, and why?
Business is all about the people everything else is second. Focus on the end user and work backwards. Also I always live by the "Pay it forward" method.
What's the biggest mistake you ever made in your business, and what did you learn from it that others can learn from too?
My biggest mistake was assuming I knew what my customers wanted vs. asking them. What I learned was listen more and speak less.
What do you do during the first hour of your business day and why?
I turn on Pandora, then plan my day based off of emails and my social networks.
What's your best financial/cash-flow related tip for entrepreneurs just getting started?
Have multiple avenues to make money when you get started -- basically, don't put all of your eggs in one basket!
Quick: What’s ONE thing you recommend ALL aspiring or current entrepreneurs do right now to take their biz to the next level?
Find great mentors and advisors.
What's your definition of success? How will you know when you've finally "succeeded" in your business?
I think success and "succeeded" are two different things. I can have success in small wins like gaining a million users or even selling the company to a larger entity, but when I've truly succeeded I believe that's when my kids get married and have businesses of their own.
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab , a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.