Meet Sarah Barut – Since she was a young girl, she was fascinated by innovation (and even came up with her own idea that had to do with corndogs!) - and after learning the financial ropes, she now helps entrepreneurs get their finances aligned.
What inspired you to get into your line of work?
When I was 8 years old, I distinctly remember telling my mom how unfair it was that all the “cool inventions” were already created. Little did I know, there was a whole world of possibilities. That day, I took out a piece of paper and wrote down all the ideas I had – the two that stuck with me the most were a corn dog already filled with ketchup and a “Zipper Gripper” to help zip up your pants when they get stuck. I always had a passion for entrepreneurship, whether it be organizing a car wash business at 12 years old, publishing a newspaper for my fifth-grade class, starting a tutoring business, or even film producing a news channel with my cousin during most of our childhood. These experiences led me to creating a marketing consulting firm with awesome clients. I loved this burning passion of mine, but unfortunately all my time was poured into growing the business and I neglected my personal finances. After several years of marketing for a wealth management firm, I was able to build my financial knowledge and get my personal finances squared away (and create passive income!). I fell in love with the idea of helping other business owners and entrepreneurs get their financial lives in order, so they can focus on what they do the best, since this was something I once struggled with.
How do you prioritize self-care?
I am a big believer in self-care. Even on my busiest days, I carve out time for a workout, even if it is just a quick jog outside. The endorphins help me to stay energized and ready to tackle whatever life brings me. I also disconnect from social media on the weekends to give myself a mental break.
Who is your entrepreneurial idol?
One story that has always stuck with me was Richard Branson’s on how he started Virgin Airlines. He was heading to the Virgin Islands to meet his girlfriend and his final flight was cancelled. Instead of giving up, he acted quickly and chartered a private plane to take him to the island while convincing a handful of people to buy a ticket to join him on the journey. His mentality is what I try to live by and that is to be open to opportunities in the most unpredictable situations. Branson has said it best, “Screw it, Let’s do it. Successful people start before their ready.”
Apple or PC: APPLE all the way!
Best Trip: Bora Bora
Breakfast of Champions: Mimosas