Meet Esteemed Contributing Writer Lauren Reid

Lauren Reid is an Account Executive at C. Blohm & Associates, a PR and marketing agency based in Madison, Wisconsin. She began her PR career in higher education, which led to her tenure at CB&A. For the past year, Reid has spent her time developing and executing visibility campaigns for education clients. When not at work, she enjoys exploring local hotspots and spending time creating DIY home projects.

Lauren has contributed the information article in our July / August 2017 Issue titled Sculpting a Generation of Makers which we invite you to read.

4 Keys to a Successful Side Hustle

Deciding to join the leagues of entrepreneurs launching a part-time small business can be a major personal and professional step. It’s a way to stretch your creative muscles, build new skills, earn extra income from home and potentially unlock additional possibilities for you and your family in the future. It’s also a significant investment of your time and talents, which is why it’s important to choose the right “side hustle” for you.

Most part-time small business owners get started because they want extra income, low-risk wages, flexibility and the opportunity to contribute to the common good. However, these benefits are not enjoyed evenly across the many different types of businesses you may be considering. Learn to ask smarter questions about these highly sought-after benefits to make sure you find the right fit for you and your family:

  1. Extra income: Many people seek a side job with a specific, money-oriented goal in mind. That can be increasing the monthly household income, saving toward a down payment for a new home or going on a vacation. In order to make the income you want, it’s important to look at how much you can expect to earn on an ongoing basis. Look for a side gig that solves daily problems around necessities like cooking or eating to ensure your services are in-demand year-round.
  1. Low-risk wages: The ideal side job is easy to start without heavy investment or training. An independent consultant business, for example, can provide low start-up costs, easy ways to join and the built-in appeal of an already established brand, so you can get to earning extra income faster. Before jumping on board, take time to learn the start-up costs associated with any part-time gig and how long it will take you to learn the necessary skills to recoup your investment.

“Starting a business can be a very expensive thing,” Pampered Chef consultant Rachel Hanson said. “I was looking for something that was affordable and gave me everything I needed to get started.”

  1. Flexibility and family time: Being your own boss allows you to decide when you will work and when you won’t, but some side gigs require work during “high-traffic” times that can detract from the freedom you are seeking. Be sure to pick a side hustle that fits your schedule and can be done at any time – or even from the comfort of your own home – if flexibility is important to you. 
  1. Work with purpose: If you get your drive from a powerful sense of purpose, like improving people’s health or bringing families together, a side job that makes an impact is likely to give you the job satisfaction you need to succeed long-term. There are many franchise and direct-sales businesses that have strong charitable partnerships so you can give back locally while you earn extra cash. Beyond charitable work, look for roles where you are teaching important skills or solving common problems for your customers, beyond simply selling products.

Learn more about opportunities for creating your own part-time business at (Family Features)

Interview Tip: How to Answer “What Can You Offer Us That the Other Candidates for This Job Cannot?”

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“What can you offer us that the other candidates for this job cannot?”
• Interviewers often use questions like this to determine if you have an inflated view of yourself or possibly a tendency to be overly critical of your co-workers.

• Showcase your strengths without implying that you are above everyone else.

• Qualify your answer by beginning with a disclaimer that you don’t know the qualifications of the other applicants, then assert how your qualifications make you a great choice for the position.

Featuring John Fagerholm, Employer Defense Attorney in Our InNetwork Spotlight


John Fagerholm Employer Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, California

John Fagerholm, Employer Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, California

Who He Is:  John is an entrepreneur and business expert with a bar card to practice law, but is most interested in the business of law.  Lessons learned from the successful practice of law enhance his understanding of what works and what does not work.  Lessons continue to provide a valuable educational resource to hone legal and business expertise.

Lessons Learned As Entrepreneur:  It’s important to know your clients and understand their habits, and be adaptable.  These attributes are of particular importance for prospective new business owners who need to develop a deep understanding of their customer base, preferably before they start selling.  Fagerholm says, “You can have the best product or service, but if you have little understanding of your customer, your selling may not be as effective as it could be”.

Importance Of Empathy:  Besides making you human, empathy and sympathy will help connect you to your customers, employees, partners and anyone else involved in your business.  Fagerholm says, “Outside of business, I have had countless inspirations from hearing stories from others about a problem.  Applying empathy allows for the exchange of more data.  Often new products and services are born out of an attempt to solve problems”.

Noteworthy Strength:  His ability to navigate through fear. He makes an effort to “Spock” everything potentially having risk.  He removes the emotion and determines if the reward is worth the risk, and that is the extent of it. He’s not without fear.  He is human.  He just understands why it’s there and doesn’t allow it into his daily life.

Meaning Of Success:  Success means leaving a legacy of helping others help themselves.  Success means focusing on leaving something good behind which others can model as a reference to obtain their success.  Success means doing something great with the time each is allotted on earth.

Peruse our May / June 2017 Issue here.

Featuring Ken Collis, CEO of TLK Fusion in Our May / June InNetwork Spotlight

Ken Collis, CEO of TLK Fusion, Los Angeles, California

Ken Collis, CEO of TLK Fusion, Los Angeles, California

Who He Is:  Ken is the definition of what most would want their boss to be.  He is kind, energetic, and driven to not only produce results for his clients, but also his employees.  A rare trait among corporate America where stories of cost cutting abound for the benefit of already swollen coffers.

Appeal Of The Finance Industry:  From years of marketing experience at Clear Channel to his monumental success with the development of, Collis has always had an affinity for building successful platforms for businesses.  A seeker of knowledge, he maintains his edge through daily self-improvement through reading educational books pertaining to marketing and business.

Power Of Mentorship:  Mentorship could be considered the keystone to Collis’ business management approach.  He invests time each week to spend time with, and educate his employees to mold them into more successful individuals.  He desires for the improvement of all of his employees and it shows with the careful attention he provides to them.

Important To Be Adaptable:  Collis has realized first hand, the necessity of being adaptable.  In a world traditionally governed by physical marketing and telemarketing, the digital revolution certainly weeded out those who were incapable of adapting.  His desire to be on top of things has enabled his company to not only survive, but thrive in the modern world.

Peruse our May / June 2017 Issue here.

What You Should Know About Becoming a Landlord

So, you think you want to be a landlord? With the decline in homeownership over the past few years, the rental market seems to be holding strong; however, before you jump in, you need to know that property ownership is a lot different than being a landlord, so you’ll  want to make sure you’re aware of a few basics, as well as what you’ll be responsible for. Here are a few tips to help get you started.

How to determine returns

While managing a property can potentially be profitable, you’ll want to make sure you do your homework before investing.  If you haven’t already purchased property, you’ll not only want to research the current market, you’ll want to know which areas and locations will have the highest returns. Additionally, you’ll have to factor in how much you’ll need to charge in order to cover the expenses of maintenance, property taxes, the mortgage and the like.

The importance of screening tenants

While you may not have to live with them or see them every day, you don’t want just anyone occupying your property. Poor credit, a history of eviction or criminal offenses, or employment are details you should want to know before handing over the keys to your property. Make sure you run a background and credit check, which should give you a solid idea of the person applying. In addition, why are you moving, why is your monthly employment, how many people will be living on the property and asking if they can provide references from employers or previous landlords are also good questions for landlords to ask potential tenants.

The necessity of being in close proximity to the rental property

It’s best if you live close to your property so you’ll be able to check in from time to time, assess repairs, or show the space to possible renters. If this kind of thing doesn’t sound so interesting to you, than you may want to consider hiring a property management company to take care of the those kinds of day-to-day details. However, if you are planning on being your tenant’s primary contact for any sort of issue, you probably won’t want to have to drive more than an hour to check out the problem or to supervise any sort of maintenance.

Learning the law

Depending on the state you live in, there are specific landlord-tenant laws which cover issues from access level, deposits and anti-discrimination. It’s important that you read the fine print as many new landlords skim housing laws and often miss some very important details that could potentially lead to legal disputes in the future. Make sure you know how much notice you need to give renters before showing up to inspect the property or how many days renters should be given to gather their belongings should you need them to vacate. Fair-housing violations go way beyond just discrimination, so make sure you’re aware of the details that pertain to your state and don’t end up in a trap. 

How to enforce timely rent payment

Make sure you set a good precedence when it comes to paying rent. Tenants should know exactly when rent is due, where it should be delivered, what form of payment is expected and the consequences for not paying on time. It’s usually good practice to require tenants to pay a late fee should they fail to deliver or for checks that bounce. Cultivating healthy relationships with renters doesn’t mean you have to be miserly, you just don’t want to get into a situation where you begin allowing partial payments for someone who lost a job and end up getting in tight financial situation yourself. Be friendly, but be firm.

Featuring Katy Johnson: Actress, Model, Show Host, and World Traveler

Photography courtesy of Eduardo Cellabos.

We’re thrilled to feature Katy Johnson as one of our esteemed contributing writers for our May / June 2017 Issue of InFluential Magazine.  She contributed the intriguing article titled A Southeast Asia Experience to Remember which we invite you to read.  Trust us, after you do, you’ll be anxious to book your trip to Southeast Asia!

Who is Katy Johnson?

As an actress, Katy has worked on a number of film and TV series.  She starred in the South African unscripted drama series, “Clifton Shores,” as well as having appeared in USA Network’s “Monk,” and ABC’s “Greek.”  As model, she has been featured in a variety of national magazines and has modeled for clothing and swimwear brands.

Inspired by her own personal struggles with body image and the demands for ‘ideal perfection’ in the entertainment industry, she is beginning work on her documentary “One Model Mission,” in which she intends to visit 196 countries and document 196 definitions of beauty as defined by each culture.

Her passion for animal rights is why Katy is a member of PETA and the National Humane Society.

You can follow Katy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  For the latest on Katy’s documentary, you can follow her Facebook page One Model Mission.

William Jackson’s Exclusive Feature of Julia Faye West

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

There’s something about Julia Faye West that just stands out.  In the flesh, Julia is so much more than beautiful.  She sparkles and is simply breathtaking, yet her beauty is not the only quality which shines. She exudes confidence and a sense of humor which is refreshing and endearing.

Our Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, had the pleasure of experiencing these qualities first hand when interviewing and learning about the dynamic person who is Julia Faye West.

May / June 2017 Issues of InFluential Magazine Starring Julia Faye West.

May / June 2017 Issues of InFluential Magazine Starring Julia Faye West.

William was compelled to write the riveting Exclusive about Julia titled Julia Faye West ~ There’s Something About Her That Just Stand Out! which we invite you to read in our May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine.  

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Welcome Words from Ingrid Garner ~ It’s So Easy Being “Green”

Ingrid Garner, Health & Wellness Editor for InFluential Magazine.

Ingrid Garner, Health & Wellness Editor for InFluential Magazine.

Greetings and salutations to you, our loyal readers, and welcome to the “Green” edition of InFluential Magazine. Having sprung forward into a glorious spring and preparing to rock a red hot summer, we’re excited to share with you some incredible ideas for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

Warmer months prove to be a challenge when it comes to green and clean living with so many temptations like outdoor barbeques, amusement parks and tubing adventures. Thanks to our contributing writers, you’ll see how to make delicious summer snacks (check out the Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad recipe by Ayesha Curry – awesome!), ways to live green at home, beauty tips to keep you energized and refreshed, and fashion ideas to keep you cool and comfortable when the temperature spikes. Most notably, we’re excited to have Certified Wellness Coach Alexandra Paul provide guidance on how to break some bad habits when it comes to getting healthy.

With much gratitude, I’d like to thank our amazing team of writers, photographers, and graphic designers for another outstanding edition of InFluential Magazine. We’re super excited to welcome Esteban Casas to the InFluential family. He will serve as Jr. Beauty Editor and will be working closely with our Business Consultant Leonardo D’Almagro to make Spanish InFluential more spectacular than ever.

We hope you enjoy our latest publication and will have an outrageous and green summer!

With warm and joyous blessings,

Ingrid Garner

Health & Wellness Editor for InFluential Magazine


Leonardo D’Almagro Receives 2017 Best of Georgetown Award

Georgetown Award Program Honors the Achievement

We are elated to announce our Business Consultant and Jewelry Designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, has been selected for the 2017 Best of Georgetown Award in the Jewelry Designer category by the Georgetown Award Program.

Each year, the Georgetown Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Georgetown area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Georgetown Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Georgetown Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Georgetown Award Program

The Georgetown Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Georgetown area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Georgetown Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Congratulations Leonardo this is OUTSTANDING NEWS!  We wish you continued success!

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

About Leonardo D’Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro is a new face in the jewelry world, but he has hit the ground running.  He has already received several major accolades.

In 2016 he was the only U.S. Hispanic jewelry designer selected to present a line at Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai. Held in Italy, they are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world. His collection marked the first time that a Hispanic designer from the U.S. was invited to present a jewelry line at these prestigious events.

Leonardo did not skip Paris Fashion Week 2016 where his line was used to accessorize Binzario Couture.

The Miss Mexico Organization has chosen him as an official designer. His jewelry will be used by the official Miss Mexico and Mr. Mexico in all of their pageants at all international events. Miss Mexico, Ana Girault, who represented her country recently at Miss Universe very often, wears Leonardo’s designs.

Leonardo received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to “Superlatina with Gabriela Natale.” Many celebrities have accessorized their elegant styles with the Leonardo D’Almagro Jewelry Line. These well-known figures include the aforementioned Gabriela Natale, who wore his jewelry when she received her first Emmy.

Reality TV celebrities LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas” frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry. Two other fans of Leonardo’s jewelry are American TV host Hillary Kennedy and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host Jeannette Chivvis.

Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer, wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016.

For more information about Leonardo and his stunning jewelry collection, visit his official website at