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  • Created a business plan
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Market Research

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Finances

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Sales

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Christian Lobato Entrepreneur Mentor

Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Mentor Industry
Digital Marketing/E-Commerce/Social Media
Languages spoken
  • English
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How I can help

My professional background

Consistent and effective E commerce Manager I with a proven ability to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. Data-driven with highly creative thinking capacity and moderate technical ability. Efficient in maintaining, developing and strengthening working relationships with all levels of employees, patrons, clientele and command-level personnel.

Skills:Software Development, Search Engine Optimization, Adwords Campaign Management, Project Management, Systems Integration, Data Analysis.

1.Established eCommerce program at Inpro taking online sales from nothing to $7 million per year. 2.Managed initial site launch, three redesigns and one platform project for eCommerce application. 3.Project duration was typically a year or more and required a balancing of internal resources along with third-party agencies. 4.Responsible for integrations with CRM (Microsoft Dynamics) and ERP (Macola) packages for both customer and product-related data. 5.Improved all aspects of site performance including conversion rates, usability, on-site search and page speed. 6.Handled all customer service communications regarding questions, challenges, and feedback. 7.These interactions provided the greatest insight towards improving user satisfaction. 8.Managed the eCommerce program for a family-owned and operated automotive dealership - the largest volume dealership in the United States. 9.Oversaw daily maintenance, response and transaction operations for the Used Car Internet Department. 10. Relied upon to manage and troubleshoot multiple IT databases and issues. 11.Developed, implemented and successfully managed eBay and Craigslist New & Used car sales campaign. 12.Accurately updated Dealer Management System and data recipients - Cars.com, Autotrader.com, dealix.com, and KBB.com. 13.Managed consignment sales for ownership, management, and customers. 14.Provided front-line assistance to sales personnel; directly interacted with customers by conducting test drives, relaying pricing information, creating lead generations and assisting with closing sales.

How to work with me

What I can offer

Whether you’re just starting out or are an old pro, who doesn’t want to be a more successful entrepreneur?

Owning a business gives you a sense of freedom and empowerment. You can build things and watch them grow.

Entrepreneurs make decisions for themselves, realize their creative visions, and develop lasting relationships with other entrepreneurs, customers, and vendors.

It’s a great way to live. That’s why I’ve founded so many companies — I can’t get enough.

I’ve put together these tips to help you to become more successful, too.

  1. Get Gritty

Grit is perseverance. Grit is the go-get-’em attitude that we expect of entrepreneurs. Grit is the ability to keep working when everyone tells you that you should give up. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be gritty.

Honestly, without hard work and perseverance, you’re not going anywhere in the entrepreneurial world.

2.To Become a Successful Entrepreneur, You Must Challenge Yourself

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to challenge yourself. No one else is going to push you, so it’s up to you to do it.

Challenges keep entrepreneurs nimble and on their toes. If you’re constantly looking for the next challenge, you’ll always be prepared for what comes your way.

3.Successful Entrepreneurs Are Passionate about Their Work

If you don’t love what you do, don’t do it. I truly believe it’s as simple as that.

As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to put in long hours and make sacrifices for your business.

When you’re passionate about what you do, putting in the long hours won’t feel like a sacrifice anymore.

If you’re not passionate about what you do, you’re not going to have the motivation to keep going when you’re stressed and tired.

Have you ever noticed those entrepreneurs who never seem to get tired? Those entrepreneurs who get that gleam in their eye when they talk about what they do? That’s passion.

To Become a Successful Entrepreneur, You Must Take Risks

Humans are generally risk-averse, but part of being an entrepreneur is recognizing the risks that you should take.

4.Successful entrepreneurs take risks. It’s part of the job.

Successful entrepreneurs also know which risks to take and which they shouldn’t. Learn to recognize the risks that will benefit your business and take them.

Taking risks has a dangerous side, but the opportunities they present often far outweigh the potential dangers.

Learn how to identify which risks are worth taking and you’ll likely become a more successful entrepreneur.

5.If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

Being a successful entrepreneur means that you’ve learned to listen to your intuition and rely on your wisdom when making decisions.

Your ability to trust and believe in yourself will show your confidence. People are more likely to follow and trust confident leaders.

Trusting in your own skills will also take some of the pain of uncertainty out of being an entrepreneur.

When you feel uncertain, remember how much experience and knowledge you have. Most entrepreneurs start their business after years of experience working for someone else.

6.Reduce Fear

Fear stops action. Entrepreneurs have to be able to pivot and quickly take action when they see an opportunity or recognize a mistake.

With fear riding on your shoulder, you won’t be a successful entrepreneur.

As an entrepreneur, if you let fear be your guide, you won’t be able to listen to your intuition, you’ll be afraid to take the necessary risks, and your judgment will be clouded by emotion.

If you can find ways to reduce and manage your fear and you’ll be a much more successful entrepreneur.

Keep in mind that fear has to do with your perspective. For example, studies have shown that the more true crime you consume, the more scared you are of crime.

7.uccessful Entrepreneurs Visualize their Goals

This tip is less abstract than you might think, so bear with me.

When I recommend that entrepreneurs visualize their goals, I don’t intend for them to close their eyes and see the goal in front of them.

What I want you to do to visualize your goal is to define it so clearly that it’s real and tangible.

For example, which of these is a more accomplishable:

I want to become a successful entrepreneur. I will become a successful entrepreneur by starting a business that solves a problem for this specific niche of my audience.

The second one, right?

When you can clearly articulate and visualize your goal, it becomes more achievable.

There are many ways to visualize your goal if you aren’t sure how to start. You can write it down or draw it out.

8.Hire Great Partners to Help You Become a Successful Entrepreneur

I’ll admit that this one might be a little bit obvious.

Successful entrepreneurs aren’t successful within a vacuum. We all have a great team and support network behind us.

When I recommend hiring great partners, I don’t just mean someone who can do the job you’re hiring them for. You should seek partners who have great character and whom you like and respect.

You and your partners will be working long hours together and making stressful decisions. If you don’t respect your partner(s), your team won’t last long.

Fill your team with people who have great character and you’re well on your way to success.

When choosing your partners and team members, always remember that you can teach skills, but you can’t teach character.

My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship

If you’re about to embark on your first mentoring relationship, you might be unsure about your responsibilities in the relationship. Who should schedule the meetings? Who decides what will be on the agenda? How can I be a good mentor?

Similarly, if you’re a mentee who is new to mentoring relationships, you may not know exactly what your role is in the partnership. How can I best contribute to my mentee’s development? I don’t want to let them down, so what do I need to do to prepare?

While every mentoring relationship is different, there are some generally accepted roles and responsibilities of both the mentor and the mentee. However, although they are common, they aren’t universal; you should be explicit with your mentoring partner about expectations and responsibilities.Here are a few common expectations mentor and mentee typically agree on and could be established the beginning of a relationship: Always maintain confidentiality between one another. Keep any commitments that are made. Evaluate the relationship at various points within an agreed-upon time frame.

How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start

Every year in the United States, an average of 587,000 new small businesses are born. The bad news is only half survive five years. And by the time you get to 10 years, that number is cut to one-third. But, there are ways to increase your odds of survival. Working with a mentor has proven to be an indicator of success. Here are five reasons why.

  1. Mentors put statistics back on your side.

The survival rate of new businesses is understandably intimidating to entrepreneurs, but those numbers can change drastically when you add a mentor to the equation. According to a survey by The UPS Store, 70 percent of mentored businesses survive more than five years. That's double the rate of businesses who choose not to have a mentor.

2.A mentor’s support and motivation can be invaluable.

It can be lonely at the top. Starting a small or medium-sized business means you don’t have a boss above you that supplies employee motivation and engagement programs, which can be vital for worker happiness and success. A mentor can often fill this void, acting as a coach to provide support, motivation, validation and encouragement.

3.SMB mentors offer accountability for entrepreneurs.

A good small business mentor can help define critical tasks and guide your business goals -- and more importantly, help the company hold itself accountable for meeting them. Not only does accountability help companies meet these goals toward success, it fosters a culture of self-reliance and self-confidence.

Working with a mentor widens your network.

Potential clients, employees and other sources of advice -- all these types of people, and more, can be unlocked when you have a business mentor. A mentor brings their own network of invaluable people, and those contacts could be at your disposal. Have a specific business problem? A mentor may know the right person to turn to for help. Looking for the perfect person for a new role in the company? They could also recommend a contact from their experience in the industry. Having a stacked contact list is crucial for your business in the long run.