Success Cast #2 – Vera Raposo
Vera is a fighter. Not in the sense that she’s violent or anything. 😉 But, she is TOUGH. Seriously.
Let me tell you a little about my friend. Actually, I’ll share her bio with you for starters so you can see why she’s on the Success-Cast.
Vera Raposo has been an entrepreneur since age 22, literally negotiating a lease for her first retail store in 1997, which then also began her online business with eBay.
By Summer of 2000, her stores grew to 5 retail locations in Vancouver, British Columbia. By the age of 29 she re-evaluated her life, and literally sold & closed all store locations.
Since January of 2003 Vera has developed marketing plans for her own online business and has landed inside books and magazines for her hobby of scrapbooking.
“I’ve never ever believed in the word can’t. I have always had big dreams for myself and my family which has caused me to strive for excellence in everything.”
Vera went on to consult with local retail business owners about adding online business to their offline business plans.
I am living out an entrepreneurs dream having successfully turned business into a venture that’s completely online.
Also, please put Vera’s daughter on your family’s or church’s prayer list – her name is spelled “Tori Raposo”. Thank you!
Resources & People Mentioned in this Call:
- lpamm.com – a Networking group where I met many of my current business friends.
- Aweber.com – My autoresponder.
- Jimmy D. Brown – My mentor and friend.
- Alice Seba | Kelly McCausey | Lynn Terry | Lynette Chandler – Some of Vera’s mentors.
- BaseCamp – This tool keeps both me AND Vera organized.
NOTE: Remember how I said that “poop happens” and you just gotta laugh? Well, in the middle of this interview, Vera’s phone cuts out and she has to RUN and get another one. Did I cut it out and edit it to sound pretty? NOPE. Because this show is about being REAL. And, in real life, you just keep on truckin’.
Take a listen and leave me a comment below about your thoughts and/or who you’d like to hear as a guest in a future episode.
8 Responses to “Success Cast #2 – Vera Raposo”
April 15th, 2009 1:32 am
The two things that you must do if you had to start your business over again.
Get an auto-responder service
Partner with someone.
Amen to that. I couldn’t agree more.
The “day” my business turned around was the day I finally found the best business partner – ever!
How did I find this partner?
1. I gave and shared ideas – articles – grunt work for several months. I didn’t charge one penny. I never asked for money.
2. I spent huge amounts of time “helping” others on this forum.
3. I gave so much that this “partner” couldn’t figure out how to do it “all” without me. Guess what? I was offered a partnership within 3 months.
I’ve never met my business partner – and I’ve only talked with him on the phone 3 or 4 times. All our communication is done via email.
We have been partners 1 full year this month and we couldn’t be happier with the progress we have made.
My advice… Give till it hurts and then give some more. Remember the movie “Pay It Forward”?
I’m just saying… :0)
April 15th, 2009 7:42 am
Love your website! Very cool branding, and I see that you’re promoting my PLR Secrets report — Thank you for that! 🙂
I agree that paying it forward is ALWAYS the way to go, but I also caution our readers of the other side of the coin. Oftentimes we undervalue ourselves and our own projects while we give til it ‘hurts’. So, yes, be visible and make the web a better place, and lend a helping hand, but make sure that it’s a win-win scenario as well.
(That you’re learning something, getting free resources, making a valuable contact, or getting paid of course, as you now are!)
The only reason I mention that is that I’m one of those who finds herself neck deep in helping people with their projects just because I care – and then I’m not focusing on my work.
HOWEVER — I got my job with Jimmy the same way.
So, my dear readers – Give. Give. Give. BUT — at the end of the day, it’s about you and YOUR business growing, too.
On that note – what are you doing for YOUR business today?
PS. VERY proud of you Debra – and happy for you as well. Thanks for listening. 😀
April 15th, 2009 1:22 pm
I so loved hearing two of my fave gal pals chatting it up today!
Vera, you’re an inspiration!
April 16th, 2009 10:40 pm
Wonderful interview and Vera had me crying. You two ladies really explored the passion of entrepreneurship and the practical elements that are needed to build a successful business online.
I was about to go to bed and now I’m so pumped I’ve got the energy to keep working on my project. Many thanks 🙂
April 17th, 2009 3:12 pm
First a BIG thank you to Nicole, thanks so much Nicole for having me on your show! 🙂 It was such a blast!
Debra – that’s really great advice and congrats on your partnership.
Kelly – Awww thank you! I always enjoy connecting with you all.
Sharon – Wow! I’m glad you were moved by the call, I love hearing inspirational stories too!
April 18th, 2009 2:53 pm
Fabulous interview. I’m sitting here nodding my head and thinking what an inspiration Vera has been to me online, both in business and in life.
April 30th, 2009 12:55 pm
What a great show! I’ve always thought Vera was amazing but after listening to this show it made me realize that she is even more amazing. She’s definitely an inspiration!
April 30th, 2009 2:37 pm
Another awesome interview. I think I’m all caught up with them now. You all are so inspiring and I love that you are so down to earth and real. I wanna be a rock star, no wait I AM GOING TO BE A ROCK STAR!