Q) Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.
A) Hey! My name is Julie i work with Goldbuds online cannabis dispensary in Canada, We are based out of North Vancouver and we help Canadians buy weed online.
Q) Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).
A) I am the general manager for Goldbuds Canada and i have experience in the medical marijauna industry and have been in it for close to ten years
Q) What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?
A) We first wanted to help Canadians buy cannabis online in early 2015 to help assist with medicinal marijauana.
Q) What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs? Have confidence, treat people right, and never give up.
A) The best three pieces of advice would be, To work hard and consistent, Provide the best service to customers and always be innovative by understanding your competition.
Q) What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
A) The top three skills to be a successful entrepreneur that we use here at Goldbuds is being innovative thinking, adaptive and driven.
Q) How many hours do you work a day on average?
A) Here at Goldbuds i usually work 40 – 50 hours per week
Q) To what do you most attribute your success?
A) I attribute being successful in the online cannabis industry to being consistent and providing the best service for all of the customer we have, Bring able to ship cannabis across Canada.
Q) How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
A) The most successful form of marketing at Goldbuds has been providing good service so that customers reference to friends about their good experience with us.
Q) Where did your organization’s funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? How did you obtain investors for your venture?
A) We at Goldbuds started with a small capital from ourselves and slowly grew it up.
Q) What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
A) The best way to achieve long term success in the online cannabis industry is to have a good product and good customer service.
Q) Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?
A) In the next 5 to 10 years we at Goldbuds are planning to have multiple store front locations and same day delivery service across Canada so Canadians can buy weed online in convenience.
Q) Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
A) The company i admire the most would be Tesla, They are very innovative and constantly working to grow and make a better product.
Q) How important have good employees been to your success?
A) Our employees at Goldbuds are our most important asset, We like to create a fun and family like environment. Many of our employees are Cannabis enthusiasts as well.
Q) How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
A) Being able to be realistic about a goal is important but if you believe in a idea you should stick with it no matter how many months or years it take, Just like diamond mining. You could be inches away from treasure and never know unless you keep going.
Q) What motivates you?
A) What motivates us at Goldbuds is to create a brand and company that is wanted and needed in the cannabis industry in Canada
Q) What are your ideals?
A) Our ideals would be a very open market in Canada where we can assist Canadians to buy weed online and have the shortest delivery time.
Q) How do you generate new ideas?
A) We at Goldbuds generate new ideas by following industry leaders in different sectors and applying it to ours.
Q) How do you define success?
A) We define success by more than just effect but on create a proper cause, Having a product and company that is superior enough to make a lasting effect.
Q) How do you build a successful customer base?
A) A successful customer base comes from building a good company and a good product and service that customers like to share.
Q) What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
A) The best aspect we at Goldbuds we like about being an entrepreneur is the freedom to create and help.
Q) What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
A) The most satisfying moment in the cannabis business for Goldbuds has been the legalization of Cannabis in Canada
Q) What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
A) The biggest difference between a entrepreneur and a employee is a entrepreneur takes a lot higher risk for reward.
Q) What kind of culture exists in your organization? How did you establish this tone and why did you institute this particular type of culture?
A) The culture that exists at Goldbuds is similar to Google, Fun and innovative.
Q) In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
Q) If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
A) I would have focused on being a DJ or actor.
Q)How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
A)It has allowed us to be closer because we work together.
Q) What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
A)My greatest fear is not being able to accomplish something anymore, Being permanently restricted.
Q) How did you decide on the location for your business?
A) Vancouver is the best location for any Cannabis based company.
Q) Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
A) Yes, Vision, Drive and being able to take the ups and downs until success is found.,
Q) If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
A) Nikola Tesla, I believe he is one of the most intelligent and innovative people of our times.
Q) Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A) Elon Musk, He is very innovative and works very hard.
Q)What book has inspired you the most? (OR what is your favorite book?)
A)Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, It has shown me the practical way of thinking.
Q) How can you prevent mistakes or do damage control?
A) The best way to prevent mistakes or do damage control is to have and prepare a backup plan for full company operations.
Q) What makes you happy?
A) What makes me happy is having a good company that can help people get a good product and service.
Q) What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
A) Many, I have had to make sacrifices at every level in my life.
Q) If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask?
A) I would ask what drives someone to become an entrepreneur.