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Interview with Glenn Sandler CPA

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Glenn Sandler, CPA, who has been in public accounting for over 30 years. Founded in 2013 by Mr. Sandler, G. I. Tax Service is America’s premier provider of year-round tax preparation and financial services including tax planning and small business formation assistance. G.I. Tax Service reaches out to military vets with turn-key franchise opportunities. G. I. Tax Service also believes in corporate responsibility and is active in a variety of local charities that help military families.

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

 

When I attended Florida International University, I wanted to get into the business field. I wanted to be a business owner one day, and I figured the best role in business is a CPA. My father has been a CPA since he was 18 years old. I’ve had the ability to follow his career path, and he always taught me that the best way to know a business is from the inside, and nobody knows business better than a CPA.

 

Can you share the most interesting story about what’s happened to you since you started your company?

 

I was at a charity event for Hopes for Heroes, and I was a dealer at the blackjack table. I was the only one there that wasn’t in a war. The eight people at my blackjack table were all veterans, and they all fought in foreign wars. While they were sitting together at the table, I realized their stress was released, and they felt comfortable. I got the impression they felt like they were in their own little world with others who know where they had been and what they had experienced. It’s truly a fraternity.

 

I was really affected by watching them. I thought to myself, ‘If I can start a company that creates this type of feeling and environment for veterans, then I can feel that I’ve made a difference in these heroes’ lives.’ That is one of the most memorable experiences I had with veterans. It was what set me on this path.

 

I want to make a difference. I believe that what you leave behind, or your legacy when you’re gone, is the way to make a difference with people. G.I. Tax Service wants to make a positive, substantial difference in people’s lives that have fought for this country.

 

What tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not burn out?

 

Have fun with it. You know the saying, ‘If you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I think any business that you approach in life has to be the same way. You have to enjoy it. We’re going to veteran franchisees or people that enjoy working and helping people because this is a company where you can really help people.

 

When you go to work, and you help people every single day, then you enjoy it. When you enjoy it, then it’s easy to be successful.            

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped you get where you are and can you share a story?

 

You know that’s an interesting statement. But I’ve done this thing on my own. I’m one of those people that don’t really ask for help. I figure if things need to get done I do them myself— I’ve been that way since I was 18 years old.

 

Some people have given me advice—a lot of people think that I shouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. But, I read books about successful people. I’ve read books by Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Michael Dell. And what they all have in common as people is that they don’t hear ‘no.’ They don’t listen to others saying ‘you can’t do this.’ If you’re going to be successful, then you have to have that kind of barrier because it’s difficult. There are a lot of hard decisions and a lot of people telling you ‘no.’ You have to have this vision to be able to move forward, and then you just do it on your own.

 

All leaders pay attention to what other successful leaders have done, but in the end, they make their own decisions.

 

If we look at what all successful people have in common, it’s having a vision—a clear, focused, forward-moving path. It is moving through obstacles, not hearing ‘no,’ not listening to ‘you can’t,’ and not being held in place by anything negative. It is the constant movement towards the goal.

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

 

I’m just a nice guy! I firmly believe the only thing you have when you leave this place is the way that you affect people. I practice this; from treating my employees to my customers well. Hopefully, G.I. Tax Service can make a huge difference in the way we treat those that have served in this country.

 

Do you have a favorite life lesson quote and can you share a story and how that is relevant in your life?

 

There are many, but the first one that comes to mind right now is ‘Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.’

 

Small decisions make big impacts. Everything grows slowly but surely. Methodically, get through it and then you’ll become successful.

What are five things you wish someone told you before you started your company and why?

 

Here’s a really interesting thing, when I started this company. I expressed that I’m going to be one of the largest tax companies—in the country, if not in the world; I mean that because we’re in America where we do American taxes.

 

However, since I had started this in 2011, I have yet to run into a roadblock. Every time I turn around, I’m waiting for something to stop me—to come to a crossroad, a scarecrow moment (reference from the Wizard of Oz where the scarecrow hits a crossroads). I have yet to hit a scarecrow moment where the outcome was bad.

 

This industry is a great industry to get into. There are not a lot of people in it. There’s not a lot of competition. I thought the most difficult thing was going to be developing a tax program, but there are ways around that. There are only a few companies that actually have proprietary tax programs. It’s recession proof as everybody who has a job, works or has money, can be a customer. I have yet to run into a roadblock that I have to turn around and say, ‘Man, I wish this would not have happened,’ but it just hasn’t. The only barriers into any business are finances and time. The only thing that would have been different is if someone had told me that it would take five years to franchise instead of one. However, it’s been time spent learning, honing the brand and model, and getting it ready as a franchise. So, really, the timing has been exactly what it needed to be.

 

Did you know that the inventor of Dyson had over 6,000 prototypes? Do you think if he knew that it would take 6,000 tries to get it right, it would have changed his path? No, because he would know that at a certain point, he would get to THE ONE.

 

I don’t think anything would have changed my mind from this direction. I think the country needs this. I think veterans need this. I think our employees need this. And I think our franchisees need this opportunity and America and Americans deserves this.

 

Our franchisees deserve, when they decide to put their life savings on the line, to make a career. It’s my job and my responsibility to make sure that I help them be successful. It took me years to learn how to do that.

 

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

 

Our whole company is about this idea. I firmly believe what I felt on casino night with Hope for Heroes triggered this idea which is to help the people that serve this country. We don’t get to have the freedoms that we have unless these guys and gals put their lives on the line. I mean, I’ve seen people with limbs blown off. I have talked to people that have PTSD to the point where they can’t sleep. I’ve spoken to the homeless guys that just don’t fit into society anymore. It’s our responsibility to make sure we help these people get through this kind of stuff. And if we can make a difference in their lives through our donations, awareness, a career opportunity, business ownership, the chance to make a difference in their lives and their family’s lives, then we have met our mission.

 

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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How Michelangelo Azzariti Grew to Become Italy’s Most Inspiring Artist

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A lot of people wonder how great people come into being. More often than not, these people come from normal or even disadvantaged backgrounds but have an X factor and inner motivation that uplifts them to success. This is the case with Michelangelo Azzariti, one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti was just a normal guy whose life after graduating from college began by wiping tables and serving drinks in a couple of bars and hotels back home in Alta Badia, Italy. During this period, he also worked as a communication assistant and social management personnel.

 

He Decided To Pursue His Passion

 

Michelangelo loved to travel and also had a dream that he will be able to travel the world and make lots of money while at it. While on his numerous trips on various parts of the globe, he took the opportunity to capture great moments, places and people with his camera. This is when he discovered that he was a good photographer. Sooner than later, his love for traveling and photography intersected. This is how his formidable career as a travel influencer kick-started.

 

Created His First Instagram Account

 

Michelangelo Azzariti created his first Instagram account in 2013 in an attempt to market his photography services. He started publishing the photos he had snapped on some of his travel expeditions during a time when Instagram had not gained much traction as a marketing platform. These photos include landscapes, hotels, and cities among other interesting things and places. He improved his skills over time and also acquired new and superior equipment that helped him grow his careers in photography, and also a travel influencer.

 

His big break

 

As his Instagram account grew thanks to his exceptional work, the lucrative Italian tourism and fashion industry began taking notice of him. His fortunes changed when Giulia Gaudino the famous Italian fashion blogger showed her interest in his work. He took photos of Giulia and her boyfriend Frank Gallucci or their trip to the UNESCO world heritage site which garnered over 30,000 likes on her Instagram account.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti Current Success

 

5 years down the line, his travel photography business is thriving more than ever. Currently, Michelangelo Azzariti is one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy by established fashion bloggers, hotels, travel companies and businesses alike. He boasts an active following of more than over 58,000 followers on Instagram, which is the major platform that he uses for travel blogging.

 

More recently, he has franchised to YouTube where he runs a thriving YouTube channel and is also set to start contributing to popular established websites on the topics of online marketing and travel marketing. His success online has enabled him to collaborate with scores of luxury hotels and travel websites. Most of his clients are often more than ready to fully cater for his travel and accommodation expenses making his dream to travel the world while making money come true.

 

His Success Didn’t Come Easy Though

 

In an interview, Michelangelo admits that one of the questions he’s commonly asked by people is how did he manage to grow such as a huge following. Others ask, how he does get to be hosted on a hotel for free or even get paid to travel. Another popular question is, how does he manage to get those huge advertisement deals.

 

He responds to these questions by saying that, it was not easy to achieve this. His success has been as a result of hard work, perseverance, and dedication to his dream and career. He spent hours on end behind his PC carrying out research on the travel niche. Not forgetting time taken to hone his skills as a photographer, learning photo editing skills and also ways to market his craft.

 

What Makes His Photography Stand Out

 

What makes his photography stand out is the fact that he adds an empathic component to it. When this is coupled up with the strong aesthetic sense that is characterized by shots taken in unique places and from suggestive corners, he is able to treat his audience with a different perspective of the world. What more has contributed to his success besides his top-notch photography skills is a mix of luck and the fact that he took time to learn marketing strategies and skills that have enabled him to secure well-paying clients.

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Building an Engaged Following with Joey Ruben

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As massive portions (sometimes even 100%) of today’s businesses’ revenue comes from social media, learning how to please the Instagram algorithm is one of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur. I was able to interview Joey Ruben, a social media entrepreneur who has been able to master rapidly building audiences on Instagram, on what kind of strategies he’s learned in his experience growing dozens of accounts (some over 1 million followers).

 

What are those trying to grow an audience doing wrong?

Joey: “Posting isn’t everything. Although posting good content is important, it isn’t enough to grow. You need to foster and nurture an engaged follower base in order for Instagram to organically promote your account through recommendations and explore page. I focus on 5 things when trying to build a highly-engaged following:

 

1. Direct Messages

I try to respond to nearly every direct message I get. Along with showing people you care, Instagram will rank your posts higher in the feed of those accounts who direct messaged you. You’ll also gain additional insight on what you can be doing better with your page through the suggestions people make and questions they ask.

 

2. Stories

Half a billion Instagram users watch stories daily, so if you aren’t publishing content on your story you are missing out on a large viewership. I’ve found that by posting your followers will tend to engage better with your feed content as well.

 

3. Responding to Comments

Show your followers you care by responding to comments! They took some time out of their day to leave a comment on your page, it’s only right that you spend some time to reply.

 

4. Going Live

Instagram lives are ranked higher than stories, so it is easy to get additional engagement from your followers by occasionally going live. Instagram live is also a powerful tool for garnering page feedback from your followers or redirecting them to engage with a post.

 

5. Engaging with Followers

Follow your followers! You can create superfans by engaging with your followers’ content. Scratch their back and they’ll scratch yours.”

 

How can I quickly boost engagement?

Joey: “If you’re looking to authentically increase your account’s engagement overnight, you should pay attention to what kind of content top pages are posting. Repost high-engaging, proven content to your page and you will notice a difference. You can also boost feed engagement by adding niche-related hashtags to your posts. Another tactic to get more engagement on your posts is by adding posts to your stories. You can also gain extra organic impressions on your account by posting content that is shareable, this is usually content that is funny or provokes some sort of strong emotional response in the viewer that they may want a friend to experience. There are lots of quick cheat codes to getting better engagement on your posts. They are constantly evolving so the best thing I can recommend is for you to model after what top-performing pages in your niche are doing.”

 

What kind of tools do you use to run your pages?

Joey: “There are a few different tools I use to free up time when managing my pages. Before publishing video content, I often use the app Vont to add text or edit the video. When I make commentary-based based photo posts, I’ll add a comment to the photo with Twitter, then screenshot and crop it to a square. This is what you see most large Instagram theme pages do. I use IGBlade to track my growth over time. I also use the in-app analytics tool to monitor my pages’ performance as well as to gather insight into what kind of people follow me. There are a number of tools out there to streamline various tasks like content creation, scheduled publishing, analytics and more. I recommend anyone who runs multiple pages to look into using some of these tools.”

 

How can readers connect with you?

Joey: “Instagram: @jo.ey”

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Why Socialblerr Should Be Your First Choice When Trying to Grow an Instagram

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Branded The number one Instagram Agency On The Planet, Socialblerr specializes in helping people grow their personal as well as business brands by leveraging the power of network and influence. The type of businesses that Socialblerr help to grow is small to medium-sized. People who come to Socialblerr for their services enjoy the privilege of having customers brought directly to them. In addition, Socialblerr is the go-to agency for models, musicians, celebrities and fortune 500 companies that need not only to grow their brand but also increase their audience size.

 

It Takes Two Flints to Make a Fire

 

Socialblerr’s success can be attributed to two main groups of people – the clients, and the management team that works behind the scenes. Together, these two groups of people have contributed to the immense growth and trustworthiness that Socialblerr is proudly known for. The management team is professionally trained and motivated to work with genuine marketing strategies as well as other models such as artificial intelligence social media development. By doing this, the client is assured that their Instagram gets the needed exposure to create empires and maintain a long-lasting legacy.

 

Austin Godsey talks about his team-mates at Socialblerr as a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate professionals always ready to come to their clients’ rescue. By personally managing their clients’ accounts, they are able to give almost 100% human influence to the work while leaving the rest to the advanced artificial intelligence systems. The job description of these systems is to lay the groundwork for bringing in organic traffic and ensuring that their full attention is gained.

 

Target Specific Services

 

Real Connections: At Socialblerr, Austin Godsey and team makes brand new connections every single day. Clients receive new followers and influencers on a regular basis to grow their business or personal brands.

Market Research: The Socialblerr team conducts detailed research on behalf of the client. The research is target specific and relays results that are geared towards driving business and new leads on a daily basis.

 

Engagement: When the market research is done, the Socialblerr team begins to engage with the market they just found. Engagement consists of likes and comments on your content. Unlike other agencies, at Socialblerr, you reserve the right to choose the comments that will be used, and to which type of audience they will be directed to.

Measure Our Results: Austin Godsey says that they are constantly measuring their own results and performance while conducting tests on the strategies adopted by the agency. They do this to enable clients to achieve the very best of results consistently.

 

What to Expect on Socialblerr

 

In a bid to cater for clients across all budget levels, Socialblerr offers four different sized packages. These vary from $47 a month up to $1,997 a month. The packages are labeled bronze, gold, and platinum as they progress upwards. The services within each package are tailored to suit what clients are looking for when they want to grow their Instagram.

 

Once you sign up for the platinum package, you gain access to Socialblerr Academy which opens an opportunity into advanced Instagram marketing and giveaway campaigns for massive follower growth. You also benefit from round the clock support that translates to more organic video and story views. Socialblerr experts know that you need specific targeting of marketing strategies, that is why they have sowed in gender-specific and high influencer targeting in the same package. Apart from that, there is an exclusive opportunity to consult with the CEO and CMO. If you are just starting out on Instagram and need a little help with how to go ahead, the platinum package comes with access to over 20 training videos and Instagram growth hacks. There is actually no better way to get more organic views and followers on your Instagram than by signing up for the Socialblerr Platinum Package.

 

Conclusively, What better way is there to grow your Instagram? There surely isn’t. To sum it all up, Austin Godsey says that they save their clients countless hours by that they would have otherwise spent trying to gain followers. Through Socialblerr millions of Instagrammers like you have had leads delivered directly to their DMs and increasing their overall page traffic.

 

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