Last Updated on September 8, 2021
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About Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr
I am an Athlete. Scholar. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Bestselling Author. Speaker. Poet. Consultant. Volunteer. Coach. A modern-day “Renaissance man,” I am a man of diverse interests who directs his many talents towards bringing people together, encouraging them to look past their differences to unite to make the world a better place.
About VLB/VBJ Enterprises, LLC and 4-U-Nique Publishing
VLB/VBJ Enterprises, LLC. was created as an umbrella or a series for companies like 4-U-Nique Publishing. I wanted to establish a company that ventured into, Real Estate; Public Speaking; Investing and Building Businesses; and Consulting. I patterned VLB/VBJ Enterprises after what Magic Johnson has done. He and I are both motivational speakers; as well as about building up communities. My goal with this company is to build communities up while delivering positive messages and helping others reach their potential and accomplish their goals. Under VLB/VBJ Enterprises, LLC, 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC, and Helping Hands Home Buyers, LLC were formed. Both companies have helped dozens of people make their dreams become a reality. VLB/VBJ Enterprises, LLC is involved with 5 different charities and organizations, assisting in community events, fundraisers, and speaking engagements. 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC was created when I was in talks with a major publishing company about releasing my first book “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving.” The more I found out about traditional publishers and the process of publishing, I decided the self-publishing route was a better option for me. When I went the self-publishing route, I realized how challenging it is to find a good and affordable editor. With this knowledge, I set off to create a publishing company whose focus is on providing authors with various quality publishing services; as well as allowing them to keep their publishing rights and providing them with higher royalties than other publishing companies. If you check out the company’s webpage www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com, you will see how we are unique in our products as well as our services.
How Did You Get Your First Several Customers Or Users? How Many Users Or Customers Do You Have Now?
I287 I was able to get my first customers for both companies due to my first book “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving”. The saying is, having a published book is the best business card one can have. This proved true for me. Other prospective authors saw my book and became interested in being published by 4-U-Nique Publishing. The book worked well for VLB/VBJ Enterprises, as well. I was offered speaking gigs, podcast and publications features do to my book. This helped my become an “expert” in my industry, which led me to reach more people, and consult for businesses, and individuals who were looking for my and my companies services. As far as the number of users and/or customers we have? 4-U-Nique Publishing has over 70 authors that we work with. As far as readers go (I count them as users/customers), that number is in the thousands. Under VLB/VBJ Enterprises, I’m not sure. I know it is a lot.
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How Does Your Company Grow And Acquire New Customers?
Word of mouth is King. If you treat people great, provide quality, are accountable, and are respectful, people will tell others about you and your company. Although, we do market in various areas, Word of Mouth is been the best way we have been able to grow the companies, and acquire new clients and authors.
What Actionable Tips And Tricks Do You Have For New Founders Who Are Looking To Get Their First Thousand Users Or Dollars?
Create a niche, know who you want to target, and stay consistent. If you are want to get your first thousand users via let’s say Instagram, you have to build your brand up and stay consistent. Also, allow others to help you. You will miss out on big opportunities by doing everything yourself.
What Is Something You’ve Learned That Would Not Be Obvious To Somebody Who Hasn’t Worked In Your Space Before?
s. Hmmm. I’m in multiple spaces, so I would say that being multi-talented is great but it comes at a cost. Sometimes you will have to condense your talents, services and/or ideas, so those you are trying to reach will understand who you or your company are. Sometimes when you have a lot of services, talents, etc. people get intimidated, confused, or may think that you aren’t able to efficiently focus on their need
What’s The Craziest Thing That’s Happened To You (Good Or Bad) On Your Founder Journey?
Craziest thing that has happened to me on my founder journey. I still am amazed at the press that I get and that I have a bestselling book. However, I would probably say the craziest thing that’s happened to me is having Daymond John of F.U.B.U. and Shark Tank, switch books with me. We autographed each of our own books and gave them to each other. He later posted a picture of us holding each other’s books on his Social Media.
What Are Your Favorite Books?
I am an avid reader and I tend to not have favorites because I learn from everything. However, my go to books are “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “Shoe Dog” Phil Knight, “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews, “Nobody Knows My Name” by James Baldwin, and “The University of Success” by Og Mandino.
Anything You’d Like To Plug?
“You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” by Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.
- Launching Bestselling Books On History With Donald L. Allison from Faded Banner Publishing
- Being Vulnerable With Caryn Sullivan of Pretty Wellness
- Launching A Business With Cold Calling With Shane Neman of EZ Texting & Neman Ventures
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