Istvan Barath |Videographer |Freelancer|Networker (London, England)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW
BSO: Tell us about your passion for personal branding.
I’m very business oriented. I would say, since my childhood, I had this inside me. I was selling my old clothes and toys on a market. I visited many carboot sales hunting for deals, although I was about to start a lot of different types of businesses, but none of them worked out as working model.
Currently, I’m in the process of launching a video production company, also involved with a software development company, plus building my personal brand which is about giving value. Needless to say, the latter doesn’t make any money. I also have a full time job as a Bar Manager in central London. So my mind is quite busy !
BSO: There is no typical day in the life of an entrepreneur. Share with us your a.m. to p.m.
I wake up and take my little one to the nursery. After, I go to work from the morning till late night 3 times a week. The rest of the days, I’m making videos, building relationships on mostly Linkedin, and also, if I can, I attend some meetups. I’m always searching for potential business opportunities and trends. It’s one of my biggest passions.
BSO: What are your ‘can’t live without’ software applications?
Obviously, it’s Linkedin ! Otherwise, I’m also a crazy fan of Workapp but I like to make notes about my thoughts so any sort of application allowing me to do that I’m a fan of !
BSO: What was the best advice you received when you started your business?
Have some money on the side, never be on the edge, and always be prepared.
BSO: What has been your strategy for building awareness of your business?
Buiding awareness is not easy although if you engage with the right people, its certainly possible, so my advice is to be loyal to your community and engage. Building relationships is what matters in the long term. Always see the bigger picture.
BSO: What are your proudest achievements, professional & personal?
My daughter definitely.
Professionally , I have always been trying to be the best on anything I was doing. I received employee of the month award and, another time, a trip to Holland with all the expenses paid as a nomination for my hard work. Also, I built a community on Linkedin nearly 8000 people in a matter of months, influencing quite a lot of people as I share my story of how to move to a new country and all the struggles I went through. I became a storyteller suddenly. I’m quite proud of my mindset change. My video creation skills have improved considerably. 3months ago, I didn’t even know what acmirrorless camera is !
BSO: What are you currently reading?
There are some ebooks I’m reading normally. Currently, I’m listening to podcasts instead. I like Jay Shetty and Gary Vaynerchuk
BSO: What are your most rewarding charitable involvements?
I haven’t had a chance to get involved in any big charity yet, but my aim is to help the homeless people and families in Hungary.
BSO: Who has influenced your career the most?
I found Shane Wallace, founder of Workapp, really influential, as well, as Cory Warfield, the founder of Shedwool.
BSO: What is your advice for starting a business?
Find the right people with the right mindset.
Have enough cash to start.
Execute, test, test and improve.
Most importantly, have a plan and stick to it. Never lose focus and you will be successful.
Thank you very much!