Author: Andrew McIntosh

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Andrew is the founder of the 1st Gen Entrepreneurs community. As the first in his family to start a business, he fully understands what it means to go out on your own and the uncertainty that comes with it. His mission is to help other 1st Gens get over the "entrepreneurial hump" and enjoy the freedoms that come from successful business ownership. Free free to connect with him on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat.

One of the biggest challenges faced by 1st Gen Entrepreneurs is what I like to call: The Entrepreneurial Hump To illustrate, I’ve invested vast amounts of highly skilled effort to create the following diagram:  As depicted in the above masterpiece, Entrepreneurs face a very tough challenge. ? They have to push a very large, heavy ball up a very tall, steep hill. But enough with the analogies: What does that actually mean in real terms? As a 1st Gen Entrepreneur, the early years of your business often mean: Does this sound like you? I’m sorry to report that you…

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Our mission is to democratize the mentorship, support and connections needed for any 1st Gen Entrepreneur to succeed.We want to attract quality, talented individuals who have both the desire and ability to give as much as they receive. You don’t need decades of experience to join. You simply need to have expertise in your own field of study, and a willingness to share what you know with the group. Your peers will return the favor, helping you overcome challenges in your business on areas you have little or no experience with. All of this results in a quality community that helps each member to…

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Our mission is to help 1st Gen Entrepreneurs around the world to survive in the early days and thrive in the long term. To support that mission we offer a variety of content completely free:1stGen Live Events: Each month, we interview 1st Gen Entrepreneurs on their area of expertise for 30 minutes on live video. During the event, we’ll discuss 3 tips for that you can implement in your business. Registration is required, but th events are free to attend. 1stGen Podcast (coming soon): in these 60 minutes episodes, we’ll dive deeper into the background of our entrepreneur guests. We’ll talk about what…

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Howdy ? My name is Andrew McIntosh. I started my own business in 2006 and was the first person in my family to do so. Because of that, I was faced with a few hard realities from the start: The result? When I went out on my own, I truly felt like I was on my own. And honestly… that wasn’t very fun. I made a ton of costly mistakes that set me back. And it wasn’t just money. Those mistakes cost me time, headache and even heartache ? Those mistakes could have largely been avoided if I’d had access to…

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If so, congrats! You’re bold, a little crazy AND you have our genuine respect. But wait… are the cards stacked against you? Here’s the good news: ? You don’t have to walk alone! This community was built specifically for (and by) 1st Gen Entrepreneurs. Or as we like to call it, the country club for the rest of us. If this sounds like you, welcome. We are happy to have you here. For a little more context, check out the Founders Story here.

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We all know one of the first things any entrepreneur needs is a lawyer. But how do you find a good one? And how much is it going to cost? Can I find someone cheap to get me started? Is there such a thing as a good, cheap lawyer? All these questions and more will be covered in this Strategy Session for 1st Gen Entrepreneurs. If you know anyone with legal needs or questions please forward this event on!

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As a 1st Gen Entrepreneur, one of the biggest things that might hold you back is the “hater in your head”. We all have one! Fear of failure, feelings of incompetence, uncertainty about the future, this list goes on. But what about Fear of Success? Probably not something you’d expect, but that can happen too. This weeks guest, Paul Conley, will dive into the mindset of the 1st Gen Entrepreneur: – How can avoid limiting yourself? – What pitfalls should you look out for? – How can you adjust your mindset to reach your potential? All of this and more…

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Prospecting is hard. Booking a meeting with decision makers is even harder. People are so jaded towards cold calls, cold emails… cold outreach in general. And yet, we all know that keeping that funnel full is critical to the success of any business. So how can you successfully book a meeting with the folks you want to meet? And how do you do that on LinkedIn, specifically? Our guest on this weeks show is Nicholas Thickett, who helps others turn LinkedIn into a growth engine that consistently books meetings & fills pipeline with qualified deals. How can his advice how…

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Okay folks… this isn’t your normal discussion about personal branding. Our guest speaker, Tara LaFon Gooch, is going to dive into the reasons personal branding is much more than simply growing your online presence: it’s actually a way to reduce risk. Risk of what, exactly? You’ll have to tune in to get the answer, but you better believe it’ll be worth 30 minutes of your time. For the unacquainted, this is a weekly series of “Strategy Sessions” (live events) that are made for the benefit of all 1st Gen Entrepreneurs. You can learn more about the 1st Gen Community by…

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