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Fairly Massive Cope with Brittney Castro: ‘It’ll Work if You Do not Give Up’ | The Pipeline

Brittney Castro discovered the significance of persistence when seeking to promote her personal enterprise. As an entrepreneur and monetary planner, she added saleswoman to her listing of titles as she tackled quite a few negotiations and potential offers. 

After rejecting a failing negotiation, she feared a deal won’t occur and started shifting her focus again to working her firm. However then, proper earlier than the pandemic hit, all the things fell into place. On this episode, hear how Brittney discovered to let go, and the way generally that’s precisely what is required. 

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For individuals who aren’t acquainted with your work, are you able to give a fast overview of who you’re and what you do?


I’m a licensed monetary planner and I’ve my very own firm, Brittney Castro Inc. I did monetary planning for 15 years with people, serving to them construct a monetary plan and roadmap, serving to them with their investing. 

And on the similar time, I used to be additionally doing a whole lot of talking [engagements]. And about 10 years in the past, I began doing model partnerships to show monetary literacy. So a whole lot of content material creation. However yeah, I suppose these days, you may name me a monetary influencer, I’ve heard that. Content material creator. I don’t know. I don’t actually like labels. I simply really feel like I’m a enterprise proprietor and I’ve a handful of providers that I do. And it’s all within the finance and enterprise class.


So inform me about your background in gross sales. How did you get began?


I took a job as a monetary advisor at a university. I had no thought what it was, I simply stated sure. Fortunately, at the moment, there was a whole lot of coaching. 

So I discovered learn how to discuss to shoppers, learn how to get shoppers, learn how to prospect, learn how to market, and learn how to do monetary planning. I felt very lucky as a result of at the moment within the monetary providers world, there was nonetheless some huge cash being poured into creating younger advisors, which I feel is turning into extra uncommon. 

However the job was like gross sales. I by no means had a wage. I used to be at all times on fee, at all times answerable for making my very own earnings, making my very own success. So early on, I discovered gross sales. I didn’t actually essentially like the thought. I feel there’s that stigma that comes with chilly calling and gross sales

However again then, it was simply, “That is what you bought to do to have this job, to make an earnings.” So I did it. And over time since then, I actually see gross sales utterly in another way. I’ve positively developed it in my very own sense. For me, a whole lot of it’s simply connecting with folks, constructing relationships, telling them what I do. And if I try this authentically, which is simply a part of my character and who I’m, stuff occurs. 

Even after I go to enterprise occasions or networking occasions, I’m not there on a mission. I don’t have an agenda, like I’ve bought to promote an individual or make a transaction. I don’t assume that method. All I take into consideration is, “I’m simply going to attach with folks.” 

And I do know now from expertise, these connections lead someplace. I don’t know the way, when, or what, however they normally do. And that’s, for me, extra fulfilling.


Effectively, it sounds such as you’re leaning into authenticity reasonably than making an attempt to pressure one thing that perhaps isn’t there.


Completely. No one needs to be pressured to do something, proper? And by chance, I’ve confidence in life on the whole, however much more so now due to my expertise. I’m like, “Right here’s what I do. Right here’s how I do it. If you wish to work collectively, nice. If not, that’s OK too. Like, it’s not an issue.” 

However should you inform me your downside, I’ve an answer. And to me, the proper folks will stick and it’s not a matter of making an attempt to promote folks, it’s simply telling them what you do and so they’re both going to do it or not. And I feel it’s far more of a female method of working a enterprise and promoting.


That’s nice. What has your expertise been like, as a lady working on this world?


Yeah. I’ve used it to my benefit, to be sincere. It by no means actually was an issue for me. To start with, I did discover immediately, I used to be positively distinctive and totally different than a lot of the monetary advisors, and I used that. 

I used it to construct a reputation for myself, and credibility, and created a complete model round it. Initially, my firm was referred to as Financially Smart Girls, and I used to be advertising myself because the monetary planner for busy and profitable ladies. I created content material all about ladies and cash. I constructed my enterprise in a method that I felt would serve the ladies shoppers that I used to be going after, which was a fee-only mannequin — which, 10 years in the past, was not quite common. 

And I did it just about. I created a YouTube channel and began creating content material. So for me, being a lady in finance, I at all times noticed it as a chance. Like, “I’m going to leverage this.” 

After all, there’s challenges. After all, there’s the hurdles of simply being so totally different and not likely talking the identical language as a lot of the monetary advisors. However I at all times have a tendency to take a look at these kinds of challenges as alternatives. I actually leveraged it. And I nonetheless do. Not perhaps as a lot of the women-focused content material, however nonetheless, it’s a part of my model and a part of how I constructed a reputation for myself within the trade.


That’s a fantastic level. So clearly, this present is about individuals who have had some gross sales deal that they will’t neglect. And I wish to hear about your story. So the place does this story start? Take me again to the start of this deal that you just wish to speak about right now.


So the deal I wish to speak about is simply promoting my apply. When you could have a monetary planning firm, there’s this concept that you just construct fairness. The shoppers that you’ve, if there’s some form of recurring income, that’s what we take into account the valuation of what you are promoting. 

In order that’s the way you worth a monetary planning enterprise, by means of your recurring income, by means of the shoppers that you’ve. So after I first began, I labored at extra of a company mannequin for 5 years. And sadly, there wasn’t the possession of your shoppers at that firm. 

I shortly realized I couldn’t keep on this mannequin, as a result of I needed to have a enterprise. Like, I’m a enterprise thoughts, and I believed, “Effectively, what’s the purpose of getting shoppers in the event that they’re technically not my shoppers? I’ll by no means have fairness.” 

So I left after 5 years and began over. I couldn’t take these shoppers with me. And I went to an unbiased monetary agency that allowed me to have fairness. It value extra as a result of there’s extra out-of-pocket, however at the least I used to be constructing fairness. 

After about two and a half years, I constructed a little bit model, a reputation for myself, and I bought it. I bought it to the fellows on the workplace I used to be working at to then create my very own monetary agency. We name {that a} registered funding advisory agency within the monetary world. So I form of had these bridges, proper? Like a company unbiased, working my very own monetary store. 

So I had that child sale or acquisition that taught me learn how to do it. It taught me, “Oh, if I construct shoppers and I construct this income, I might do it once more.” So after I began my very own monetary agency, that was what I used to be going for. I’d construct my e-book of enterprise, my shoppers, up once more to the purpose the place I’d promote it, ultimately. 

And on the similar time, I used to be additionally constructing my model partnerships and talking. I had a enterprise that had what I name two pillars: the shoppers, and public talking, model partnerships, and content material creation. 

In 2019, I simply began speaking to a whole lot of companies. That technique of speaking to companies took me a yr and a half of going by means of perhaps seven negotiations, truly with totally different monetary companies, studying what I needed out of the deal, what I didn’t need out of the deal. 

As a result of the deal that I used to be wanting was very particular, and I didn’t see it executed. I needed to promote my current shoppers and in addition accomplice with the agency who purchased it, to have a referral association. So all of the shoppers that I continued to ship to them, I’d get a reduce. 

So I had like three jobs. I’m working the shoppers, doing these model partnerships, and I’m negotiating. After which I’ve to maintain all these negotiations secret and I can’t let it take over the work, as a result of you need to be totally current with these different roles. 

I saved telling myself, “OK, dangle in there. Hold in there. It’ll work. It’ll work.” However generally, you’re like, “Dang, however when? Like, how for much longer? I’m drained.”


What was your lowest level all through this course of? Like, was there a degree the place you simply had been feeling actually down about it, or issues weren’t going effectively, otherwise you had a foul dialog? Is there something that stands proud to you on that journey?


The final deal, the corporate ended up performing some screwy issues in the long run, so I didn’t take that provide. The proprietor of that agency, mainly needed me to come back work for them for a yr totally free. 

On the finish, he put a wage out for like $100,000 that I’d work and assist with the transition, which was at all times form of a part of the plan with these offers. You’ve bought to assist the transition. 

However then on the very finish, he was like, “Effectively, we’re not going to have the ability to pay you. However that is what you may get out of it.” 

So I used to be like, “You need me to come back be just right for you totally free for a yr? Like, in what actuality would anybody say sure to that provide?” So it went from all these guarantees, to mainly giving me little or no for the precise enterprise after which wanting me to work one other yr for no cash. 

And he stated some issues to me too, nearly like his negotiation techniques. He would say some jabs in the direction of me like, “Effectively, that’s not the way you negotiate.” 

After which on the finish, I actually needed to inform him, “That’s not the way you negotiate.” However I took the upper highway and I simply stated, “Look, that deal’s not going to work for me. I’m sorry that we truly spent this a lot time, and also you led me on for 3 months to only come to this realization. However no, I’m by no means going to take that deal. So finest needs to you.” 

And I noticed, “ what? I’m simply going to run the apply. I don’t wish to promote anymore.” It was like a year-and-a-half journey. I don’t wish to promote anymore. I’m simply going to maintain doing it. Perhaps I’ve to attend one other two years. Who is aware of?

I actually was like, “No extra. I’m not going to speak about it anymore. I’m simply going to run the apply and do them each,” like do these each pillars. Though I used to be at capability. 

After which like every week later, a lady I do know within the trade — she was additionally a CFP n— stated, “Oh, Brittney, are you continue to concerned with promoting your apply? I do know this lady who’s seeking to purchase.” 

And I had recognized of this lady, however I had by no means talked to her on this year-and-a-half-long journey of conversations with each agency I might consider. And so it was simply a kind of issues. We talked, it was straightforward. At the moment, I used to be very clear. Right here’s what I would like. We’re both going to do it or not. And it simply form of labored out effectively. 

We had about six months of truly placing that deal collectively, then inking the deal, after which one other three months of me transitioning all of these shoppers. So it was a journey. After which the pandemic occurred. So then it was like excellent timing.

Discuss life. As a result of I had transitioned and now, I used to be simply doing the model partnerships. And I might truly really feel like, in spite of everything these years of working, I might calm down for a bit. And I actually instructed myself, “As soon as I do that deal, I’m simply going to sit back for a little bit bit.”


That’s wonderful. What would you say is the overarching lesson that you just discovered from the entire thing?


I’d say perhaps the general lesson is you’ll get what you need on the finish, and it’ll be higher than what you thought. It’ll be extra in alignment with what you really want and wish. It won’t seem like you thought, it won’t be all shiny and flashy, however it’s going to be the proper match. And it’ll work should you don’t surrender. 

And you need to undergo the method of that — studying, issues failing, errors, not understanding — to get an increasing number of clear and an increasing number of prepared for the precise factor that would be the proper deal and match for you long run.


This episode of Fairly Massive Deal featured Brittney Castro, founding father of Brittney Castro Inc. It was produced by Meghan Barr and edited by Xavier Leong. When you’ve got a fairly large deal to inform us about, write in to [email protected] In any other case, we’ll see you on the subsequent episode.

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