How to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere

As indie entrepreneurs, sometimes all it takes is a little travel break to remind us why we started our business in the first place. Travel is amazing for inspiration and perspective. It would be terrible to make a business that doesn’t allow you to travel. Just think about that! You put all this work in to get your business WORKING. Topic we care about… check. Validated unique selling … [Read more...]

The Hurdle Between Free & Paid for Entrepreneurs With Heart (FS232)

As an indie entrepreneur, if you want to make sales and build a thriving business you need to overcome the hurdle between free and paid. When we say “free” we mean the stuff you do for free… the content, the social media stuff, the free guides you create as lead magnets. That free stuff is the first step in seeing if people like what you have to offer. It’s an important step. But getting those … [Read more...]

Could 1 Small Tweak Change Everything in Your Business?

Business ideas almost never work right out of the gate. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs put a ton of pressure on themselves to make their idea work. The truth is, every business goes through natural shifts over time. It’s true. If you’re building a business, expect to make shifts and tweaks over time… because from our experience it seems that’s just what entrepreneurs do. We’ve seen this hundreds … [Read more...]

What Makes a Good, Un-Sleazy Lead Magnet? 9 Utterly Clear Examples

Email is the centerpiece of modern indie businesses. It’s a critical way we engage with our audience for direct sales and relationship. So, all us modern entrepreneurs know we need to be growing our email lists. And by now most of us have been to websites offering something for free via an email capture form. You know the ones? “Get my 10 best dance moves cheat-sheet, just enter your email and … [Read more...]

Less Fear, More Result

If we go for too long without progress, we lose momentum and the work grows more and more resistance. Do you know what I mean? When the work just kind of feels heavier and heavier? This happens in our projects. It happens in our goals. It happens in anything we want to achieve or accomplish. And if this happens, we lose our progress, our momentum and our sense of direction. So I want to show … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Cut Internet Distractions so You Can Focus on What Really Matters (FS228)

As an independent entrepreneur, your business lives or dies on the progress you make week in, week out. Let’s talk about some EFFECTIVE ways to stay focused on things that matter. Avoiding distractions is utterly essential to your success, but that little device in your pocket… yea, that one… the one with the screen and the apps and the notifications… that thing is hungry, and all it eats is … [Read more...]

Tips On Using Medium as a Blogging Channel to Grow An Audience (FS217)

Jonas Ellison spent the last year growing an audience on Medium.com, and it worked… accidentally. On the show today you’re going to hear tangible tips about Medium.com, which will help you decide if you should use this growing platform to grow an audience. There are some new features on Medium that make both Corbett and Chase do a bit of a double take on using this platform. Grab a cuppa and … [Read more...]

Client Relationships — What to Do When Things Go Wrong (FS220)

If you work with clients directly there’s a very good chance you’re going to have to deal with some shitty situations. Clients asking for late refunds Clients delaying payment for waaaaaaay too long Customers leaving bad reviews on Yelp, Etsy or something like it Clients changing requirements in the middle of a project Client taking forever to get back to you, stopping your progress, and … [Read more...]

How to be a Lifetime Creative in a World Where Work Gets Stolen (FS221)

Recently we’ve experienced some work being stolen. Creative ideas getting plucked up and sold elsewhere without attribution. This isn’t new for us. Nor is it new for many who do work online. In creative work there is often this risk that ideas or product can be stolen, used elsewhere by other people. In fact, you may have heard that old adage great artists steal, which is to say that much of … [Read more...]

Here’s One Tip to Make Your Podcast Interviews Truly Excellent (FS222)

If you make a podcast or need to interview people at all, there’s a trick you can use to get deep into interesting material. You know that’s how your podcast or youtube channel or interview posts get popular, right? By having incredibly interesting content? That’s the trick. And this tip is going to help you get that interesting moment into more of your content. You simply have to hear this tip … [Read more...]

How to Become a Successful Maker Without Destroying Yourself (FS223)

No matter what kind of business you’re thinking of starting, you have got to solve a REAL problem with a REAL solution. We tear apart this idea in depth with Dan and Tom from Studio Neat, makers of fine, modern physical products. They’ve just launched a brand new (and very unique) notebook on Kickstarter, and it hit it’s goal in just a few hours. So, naturally, we wanted to ask them about what … [Read more...]

Why You Don’t Feel Confident (& How to Fix it) FS224

How can we decrease the volume of fear in our head and increase our feeling of confidence? Because, for many of us, if we can do that, won’t our work have a better chance of succeeding? “I got this!” That’s the feeling we want. “I got this. I can do it.” You know what I think of when I think about confidence? I think about the difference between “this MIGHT work” and “this might NOT work.” Which … [Read more...]

10 Killer Links for Entrepreneurs in 2017 (FS226)

As entrepreneurs we’re always finding new things to educate and give us a little motivation. Because, I mean, we’ve got to strategize and sh*t, you know!? And strategizing takes effort. And then after the strategy, we gotta do ALL THE WORK. You know what I mean? That can take a lot out of a gal. So, on the show today we’re talking about 10 links that are helping us so far this summer, 2017. … [Read more...]

Are You Pursuing Your Business, Creativity or Project Enough? (FS225)

As an independent, a full time indie-entrepreneur, a maker of things that sell, a creator of my own wealth, a designer of my own creativity over time, I feel a strong call to do more things my way for the results I want. Which, for many of us, seems to beg this question: can you give more of yourself over to being a creator? Often times I hear it referred to as “pursuing completely” — like, how … [Read more...]

The Energizer Planning Method to Get Your Year Back on Track (FS215)

{}In this episode we walk through a process to get clarity about what projects you should focus on next. You know the feeling… too many projects on the todo list; you bit off more than you can chew. So we could all use a simple process to get us back on track. We call it the Energizer Planning Method because when you go through this process you’ll have clarity and confidence about exactly what’s … [Read more...]

No Progress After a Full Year? This Might be Why (FS214)

Is the work you’re doing towards your goal working at all? What if you’ve been working for several months and don’t have much to show for it? Is this normal? Is this how it works at first? Speaking of normal, what is normal!? What kind of results should you be expecting? Today on the show we talk about several places you can look to diagnose where your problem might be coming from. And the first … [Read more...]

How do You Balance Life & Business? (FS213)

{}Work. Side-hustle. School. Morning routine. Kids. Commute. Exercise. Meditation. Meal prep. Rest. Evaluation. If you’re like me, you fill your days with as much “I’m supposed to do this” stuff as possible. I’m supposed to exercise. I’m supposed to have good ideas for my business. I’m supposed to be diligent about executing those ideas. I’m supposed to eat healthy. I’m supposed to be present. I’m … [Read more...]

How to Resonate Deeper With Your Customers Using the Science of Personality (FS211)

Doesn’t matter what surf board you’re riding, if the wave is too small it can’t generate enough lift to catch your board and make it flow. The same is true with your marketing. If you can’t generate a large enough swell with your website, your emails, your headlines, your social media, your customers WON’T catch your waves. I call this resonance. The deeper you can resonate with your customers, … [Read more...]

The Inception of a Wildly Successful Lifestyle Business (FS210)

I’d venture to say that most of us, when we think about a “successful business” we’d want to create, it will look like what is known as a lifestyle business. These are the kinds of businesses where your business serves your life, not the other way around. And with the tools of the internet and extremely affordable training like Fizzle’s Courses, this kind of business has become a real, viable … [Read more...]

10 Excellent Niche Business Examples to Learn From (FS209)

{}Listen, there is a TON of competition in business today. The internet, which enables all of our personal businesses like never before, also makes it so now you compete with the entire world. But, we have a powerful tool at our disposal: specialization, focus, narrowing our target market, aiming at a smaller business niche. Now, if you’re already selling a bunch of product successfully — if your … [Read more...]

Current Ideas in Small Business, Q1 2017 (FS206)

{}We’ve got some articles, some books, some podcasts and some videos that can help you with your vision, motivation, productivity and all the other good stuff you need to succeed in modern indie business. Give the podcast episode a listen if you’re not already subscribed… the context on each of these is fun, inspiring and meaningful. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go! Subscribe on … [Read more...]

How to Become Successful, Seriously (FS198)

{}Might sound crazy, but in this podcast we literally teach you how to be successful. Simple as that. You want to become successful. You want to make headway towards your goal. You want to feel inspired and insightful about the work you do. You want to live life on your terms, employ your own damn self, define your own lifestyle. In this podcast we teach you — as I said — literally how to do that… … [Read more...]

A Real Honest Talk About What It’s Like To Make Content For A Living (FS199)

{}This is episode 199 (one hundred and ninety-nine!) of the Fizzle show. That’s one podcast a week for three and a half years. For many of you listening running a blog or podcast for a living is a dream. For others, it’s a nightmare, or a necessary step to creating an audience you can serve for over time. On this incredibly honest episode you’ll hear about what it’s like behind the scenes of a … [Read more...]

Give What Grows — How to Overcome Burnout (FS200)

“Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess.” That is a quote from Parker Palmer. Parker Palmer is awesome. I’ll prove it. And you are awesome too. But you’re in danger of burnout. If you want to create something interesting… you’re up against burnout. If you want to create something important… you’re … [Read more...]