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Member Spotlight: Nick Briguglio

We first met Nick Briguglio when we asked him to run a workshop on tax tips for freelancers alongside Lisa Raiche. When Nick returned to run a second workshop on financial planning, he handed out little plastic dragons and thus earned a permanent place in hearts of many Groundworkers. (Three of those dragons became the resident guardians of the coffee machine.)

Nick is one of those endlessly fascinating people who never fails to surprise you in a conversation. In fact, if you’re the type of person who loathes boring conversations at networking events, you should definitely track down Nick when you’re out and about. I promise he will keep it interesting.

What’s your profession?

I wear many hats but they are all inter-related. To start, I am a financial advisor with Barnum Financial Group. I focus primarily on helping individuals and businesses with strategic planning as it relates to finances. In this role, I just want to be apart of the team, like a CFO. 

Another hat that I wear revolves around business brokerage and advisory. Simply put, my team at Safe Haven Advisors helps business owners to grow and expand, sell, or purchase existing enterprises. I just added this “hat” and I am really excited to offer a uniquely professional and modern approach to the business brokerage and advising industry.

There are some other hats but two is good for now :) 

Describe a typical workday for you.

Any single day is not typical especially during this COVID shutdown. But the things that have stayed the same are: meeting with clients, educating new prospects, performing financial analysis.

What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?

 My biggest challenge is the number of hours in the day. I feel like I have so many resources to offer people that there is not enough time in the day to talk to everyone I want to speak to, or who want to speak to me. 

Do you have a morning routine?

Rural Cemetery dog romp, coffee, and I try to stretch or exercise.

What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?

Chunking, Pomodoro, and the band-aide-rip (this is when you are procrastinating and then get angry and psych yourself into doing what’s needed).

What do you listen to during the day?

 No music, can’t concentrate with it on. I like silence.

How do you benefit from using a coworking space?

I get more work done at Groundwork and I see people that I know, like, and respect.

What’s in your digital toolbox?

I’ve been using a lot of Zoom lately and Google voice. I like simplicity and these are pretty basic. 

What is the most surprising or unusual aspect of your life?

Oh, there’s plenty of things I do that surprises me a little. Here are 3 that I am working on outside of my profession:

  1. I personally have enough for a greenhouse and run the group “Plant People on Facebook.
  2. I am writing a children’s book and a business book which will probably be done by next year.
  3. I started a podcast about dreams which will be released soon.

What’s inspiring you during the COVID pandemic?

I’ve been doing interviews with business owners, entrepreneurs, and gig-workers for the past couple of weeks. I’ve noticed a tremendous amount of optimism coming from them. I swear there is an unknown muscle of the body that only entrepreneurs have. It gets exercise every day and then when the S hits the fan, it can lift a car. 

If I can be a cornball for a second, I am inspired by being American. I truly believe we are the most resilient, hard-working people with a tremendous ability to pivot and innovate. We can do anything and we should be proud. Also, our healthcare workers are amazing. 

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