10 Things That Have Changed About Online Business In The Past 10 Years

Want to hear from some giants in the online business space about what’s changed in business the past 10 years? You should. Why? Ever wonder what is actually important to learn when it comes to building your own business? Are you getting left behind by the ever-changing entrepreneurial landscape? Then you better get into this episode. Everyone knows there’s so much we need to learn when starting … [Read more...]

How to Transition into a Truly Meaningful Life With Charles Eisenstein (FS243)

What would happen if you realized that you aren’t actually doing what you love? How would you transition into a truly meaningful life? While we’re at it, what does it really mean to use your gifts to change the world? And how can you earn your living along the way? If you’re working for yourself already you know how easy it can be to get caught up in the busy-ness and lose track of what matters … [Read more...]

Making The Sale — Three Essential Ingredients That Get Customers To Buy Now (FS242)

If you’ve ever had high hopes about how good your sales were going to be… and then had those hopes destroyed by little to no results? So often we see business owners who get super excited about launching a new product or service, and they have high hopes about making those sales. They then proceed to put it out there, push it to social media, email their list, and give something away for free … [Read more...]

Stop Everything & Setup Google Analytics Email Conversion Tracking!

It’s terrible when there’s activity on your site that you’re BLIND to. What pages are people using? What calls to action are effective? Etc. (Note: we haven’t fully launched this yet, but you can be the first to know about a new course we’re doing on tuning up your website to be way more effective in just 3 days.) So in this post I’m going to show you exactly how to setup one of the most important … [Read more...]

Networking, Avoiding Hard Stuff & Lessons Learned Making 100 Projects in 1 Year

If you are stuck in the romantic notion of what it looks like to create a business and you need some motivation to stop running away from the hard work, you’re going to love this episode. On today’s show we are joined by none other than Justin Jackson, who went from having a day job to being a successful author and creating 100 projects in one year, all to show that it is possible for you to … [Read more...]

The Step-by-Step Story of Becoming a Full-Time Blogger (FS240)

If you’re working through all the hope and doubt and strategies it takes to become a full-time blogger, then you’re going to enjoy the bejeezus out of this episode. Today on the show we are joined by Beth Hornback, who has an incredible story about how she carefully worked the steps and stages necessary to quit her job and work on her blog full-time. Beth is the creator of the blog, Eat Within … [Read more...]

What to do When You Face Negativity — 5 Lessons Shared by Experienced Entrepreneurs (FS239)

You likely will face some kind of adversity or negativity as you build your business. This article is all about how you respond. How we deal with negativity and adversity is an essential ingredient in our success, so let’s think a little bit critically about this. Because it really is true: we all encounter negativity on the journey to success. In this article you’ll learn a few successful ways … [Read more...]

How to Setup Multiple Opt-In Freebies With Mailchimp

Adding an opt-in incentive to your website and social accounts can make a massive impact on your email list growth and customer engagement. Up until recently MailChimp made it difficult to do this well, but now that’s all changed. Though we love tools like ConvertKit for more advanced blogging and online business, it’s hard to beat MailChimp’s free account for new projects. In … [Read more...]

3 Myths About the “Starving Artist” Destroyed (FS238)

I’ve always had this assumption that real artists, real creatives, live lives without much commercial success. But today’s show directly confronts that idea… hell, it blows it up. We brought in Jeff Goins who’s just written a book called Real Artists Don’t Starve to break down 3 myths about starving artists. (Note: the Michelangelo story was well worth the cost of admission.) (Note: there is … [Read more...]

You Don’t Lack Discipline, You Lack Motivation. There’s a Difference

As indie entrepreneurs we live and die by the execution of our ideas. Without the right focus and motivation, discipline alone won’t save you. I find it’s very common for creatives and business builders to feel they lack discipline. We think if we had more discipline then we’d be making more progress on our idea. I don’t agree. You don’t lack discipline, you lack motivation. You lack the internal … [Read more...]

My Big Mistake on YouTube

I made an embarrassing mistake on YouTube and I loved it. Making mistakes out loud is a pre-requisite for entrepreneurship. Because if you’re too worried about making mistakes—about being seen as “immature” or “uncertain” or even “stupid”—you might not launch anything at all. You may not know this but I am a kind of professional small business builder. I co-founded this website you’re on right … [Read more...]

Why “Just Power Through” is Terrible Advice (FS236)

Burning out and blowing up costs us all way too much in our businesses. “Just power through it” is terrible advice because it’s a recipe for burnout, for blowing up. Nobody gets to storming out of the office yelling “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” without powering through a whole lotta bullsh*t for a while. So, in this podcast and article we want to help us all learn a new … [Read more...]

How “Complete-able” is Your Online Course? Here’s 3 Things to Improve (FS235)

We spoke to one of the most prolific and successful course makers we know, Vanessa Van Edwards, about how we can all improve our online courses. For any of you course makers out there these insights are going to help you make much more successful courses — both for you and your customers. Online courses are being created like crazy these days because the market for e-learning has exploded … [Read more...]

You Have Permission Not to Turn Your Passion Into a Scalable, Online Business (FS234)

“Lots of people tell you what you ‘should’ want as a creative or as an entrepreneur. Shut out the noise for a hot second and decide what success looks and feels like for yourself.” Oh man, you guys, there’s this entrepreneur named Stephanie Halligan… I think you’re going to love her story. “I spent a long time trying to sell and monetize my list on Art to Self and it … [Read more...]

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...]