Name: Shane Mac
Running a corporate agency and an internet startup is EXTREMELY difficult and time consuming. I do it every day, and I find if comforting when I meet other motivated, high-wired people that are doing the same thing as me. Shane has a corporate job, runs a startup agency, is writing a book and an ebook, and has recently been awarded “Best Wedding Entertainer” in Seattle. The guy is a beast, and is breaking the mold by successfully working on many things at once.
This interview highlights the high-level methods in which Shane manages his time and how he helps people with their careers. If you want more thorough advice from Shane, I suggest you Tweet him directly – I promise that he’ll immediately respond and welcome you with open arms.
Read a summary of the interview:
You have a corporate job and a startup. Which one came first?
The corporate job at Cobalt came first and is where Shane learned the skills that he now uses at his startup M2 Volt.
Shane understood that a lot of the small businesses in his local area can benefit from his expertise with large corporations. By applying what he learned in the corporate job and scaling down the service to meet a much smaller client, Shane found a way to service small-level clients without affecting his job at Cobalt.
What would you advise someone who wants to build a startup while working at a corporate firm?
1. Team up with someone: It’s always better to have someone running along side you.
2. Learn from corporate America and apply it somewhere else: You spend A LOT of hours in your corporate job; might as well learn everything you can from it and make it your own.
3. Don’t try to hide it: Be up front with everyone at your company and be honest about your projects
4. Passion: Find something that you love and do it with all of your being
How did you get your first clients at M2 Volt?
Shane started the company because there were already interested companies who wanted his services. Mario, Shane’s co-founder, builds websites and Shane does a lot of things with business; it made sense for them to partner together and tackle the clients that were coming to them.
How are you helping people build better careers with The Squab?
The most asked question Shane gets is: “What makes you the expert?”
Shane doesn’t feel he’s an expert; instead, his goal is to make a positive difference through his ability to sees things just a little bit differently. For example, instead if doing a cover letter, try building a business plan for the company.
Do you have a set schedule where you work on Cobalt for 8 hours and then M2 Volt for 3 hours and then write the book on Saturday mornings?
Shane schedules his time in tiers of importance:
- M2 Volt
- The Squab
- Tier 4 is across the board the same
According to the hierarchy, if Shane has to stay late at Cobalt, then he stays late.
What drives you?
Shane, “Helping people because I believe that 1 person that says thank you is greater than the 5,000 people that say that’s dumb.”