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The Man Who Turned a Part-Time Job into a Billion Dollar Business

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Today we have an amazing story about a guy who started out just looking for some extra income with a part-time job but ended up turning it into a billion dollar business.

Click the player to listen to this episode of The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Below is a summary of our discussion.

Jim McCann started out as a social worker, which didn’t pay so well. So, in the early 1970s, he got a part-time job in a floral shop to earn a little extra money. In 1976, he took the plunge and started his own flower business.

Let’s go to The Professor’s Whiteboard as we break down 5 lessons learned from the part-timer who built a billion dollar business.

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Jim McCann started out as a social worker, which didn’t pay so well. So, in the early 1970s, he got a part-time job in a floral shop to earn a little extra money. In 1976, he took the plunge and started his own flower business.

1) Always look for opportunities

Jim could have looked at the situation of needing a part-time job as a negative. Instead, he found his BIGG opportunity! The key is to have a grasp on your current situation with a positive outlook, have a willingness to explore new ideas, and trust that things will work out well.

Jim did well in the business, but his one little shop didn’t make that much money. So, he opened another one. Then another one. By 1983, he was running a small chain of fourteen stores.

2) Scale smartly

He only succeeded moderately. But it was enough to think he should try another store. And then he did it again. You may only jump from A to F, not A to Z.

And Jim was ready for an even bigger challenge!

He had an epiphany, one day while getting ready for work. He was listening to the radio as he shaved when he got his BIGG idea: He would build a nationwide flower service!

To support that vision, he thought he needed a memorable toll-free number. He found a company for sale that owned 1-800-FLOWERS. What a great phone number! So he decided to buy them.

3) Don’t be afraid to go for it all

Once or twice in your business career you have to be willing to bet it all. We’ll translate that as you’ve got to be willing to make a BIGG move when an opportunity presents itself. That’s what is going to take you from F to Z.

BUT buying this company was a terrible mistake!

The company had filed for bankruptcy. It was no longer an operating company. In fact, its only asset was the phone number he wanted. But Jim agreed to assume all the liabilities as well. He figured that they couldn’t have any significant debt since they were no longer an operating company.

This is how he got burned!

Once Jim owned the business, he started uncovering the extent of the debt. It was over $7 million! He nearly lost everything he had worked so hard for the previous ten years. His friends told him he should just give up and file for bankruptcy.

4) Don’t skimp on due diligence

When you buy a company, you want to get access to all of their financials. You’re going to talk with customers, employees, vendors, landlords, financiers and the like.
But Jim made up his mind that he would persevere!

He realized that he would have to scale up bigger and faster than he had planned. He used his original company’s assets and good reputation to borrow even more.

It took about five years to get back on his feet, but he did it!

The Professor & Mary-Lynn have an interesting conversation about due diligence. Learn more about this process starting at 7:15. Click the player about to listen.

5) Cover your assets

One of the biggest reasons businesses fail is because they don’t have access to capital. Cash is king, but capital reserves are worth gold. Protect your borrowing capacity and watch your profit margins.

Jim’s next move was to establish an early internet presence. That increased sales even more!

He took his flower company public in 1999. Last year, 1-800-FLOWERS recorded sales of nearly $1.5 billion!

Jim McCann turned a part-time job into a billion dollar business.

Jim’s story proves you can build a significant business  even if you are just trying to make a few extra bucks from a part-time job. The key is to just take action and do something that moves you towards a goal. It leads to BIGG success!

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George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success

Sources

Stop and Sell the Roses, by Jim McCann

1-800-FLOWERS

Jim McCann: My Biggest Mistake, August 1998, Inc.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/forcedn/biggsuccess/01065-071321.mp3

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6 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom

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Want to retire early? Wish you had the time and money to do what you really want? Just take these six steps to financial freedom.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss how to accumulate a nest egg which will support the lifestyle you dream of. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

It’s easier than you might think to achieve financial freedom – even in the midst of a pandemic.

That’s because time is on your side, when it comes to money. It’s a financial concept called the time value of money.

Let’s say you want at least $1 million when you retire at 65. We know – you want to retire earlier than that. We’re glad to hear it! But keep listening to our example so you understand the point. It’s really, really, really important!

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How Debt Can Springboard You to Wealth

how debt can springboard you to wealth

If you have debt, turn it to your advantage. Few people realize that debt can springboard you to wealth. We share an example of this on today’s podcast.

On The BIGG Success Show today, we talk about how to get out of debt.

This show is inspired by a recent report on consumer debt levels by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It shows that household debt in the U.S. hit a record high in the first quarter of 2019, up 8% from the previous record reached in the third quarter of 2008.

So if you’re in debt, you’re not alone. But debt can be good or bad. We believe debt is a tool. So today, we show you how to get out of debt and then, how to use debt to your advantage – to turn debt into wealth. Here’s a summary of that discussion…

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How to Control Your Finances in 3 Simple Steps

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How can you take control of your personal finances?

Look for the low-hanging fruit!

Step 1: Take a bite

Pick one of your biggest, optional expenses and take a bite out it. Let’s take eating out as an example.

You don’t need to eliminate it altogether. Just reduce the amount you spend a little bit…say ten percent.

Let’s say you eat out ten times a month. You go to really nice restaurants. You order either an appetizer or a dessert each time.

You may:

  • Opt for staying in one of the ten times
  • Order a less expensive entrée two or three of the ten times
  • Go to a lower-priced restaurant two or three of the ten times
  • Don’t order an appetizer or a dessert five of the ten times

It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do something to start harvesting some extra money immediately.

Step 2: Don’t let it spoil

So now you have picked some low-hanging fruit. What do you do with it?

This is really important because, if you let it sit around too long, it will spoil. It will be used for something that doesn’t advance you toward BIGG success.

So use the money you save in Step 1 to:

  • shore up your emergency fund
  • pay down debt
  • PREFUND purchases

Start with the emergency fund so you’ll have the cash you need when reality bites. You won’t have to rely on a credit card or some special financing deal. How good will that feel?

Once you have six months in your emergency fund, you’re ready to start paying down your debt. Can you imagine not having any debt? Month by month, you’ll see it coming true.

When your debt is gone, use the extra money (and the money you’re saving from payments on debt that doesn’t exist anymore) to PREFUND future purchases. So instead of financing them, you’ll have the cash to pay for them on the spot!

Step 3: Take another bite!

Once you’ve fully digested the first bite we discussed in Step 1, repeat the process again. You may take another bite out of the same expense or pick another one.

Don’t fret about your money woes. Take action with these three simple steps! You’ll soon feel a sense of control over your personal finances. It leads to BIGG success!

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The Best Investment You Can Make Now

finance_mazeStocks are up significantly from their low in March of this year. Of course, they still haven’t clawed their way back to the level we saw in 2007. However, you have to ask yourself if stocks are the best place to put your money right now.

Treasuries – bonds issued by our government – have also had quite a run as investors have fled to safety. If interest rates go down, the value of the underlying note goes up. Interest rates are incredibly low right now. How much lower can they go? Read more