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57 minutes | 5 days ago
TMBA593: How to Get a Great Remote Job
We've been seeing some truly explosive growth at Dynamite Jobs since the start of 2021, and we've been helping more businesses than ever find great remote talent for their teams. When our friend Brendan Tully reached out to us on Twitter recently with some suggestions on how we could help candidates find better jobs, we knew we had to talk to him. Brendan is the CEO and founder of Robotmedia, which helps small businesses get more traffic and better conversions. He has been doing quite a bit of hiring recently, and he has developed some strong opinions about the hiring process, particularly in how we can better educate job prospects who are applying for remote positions. Brendan joins us today to talk about what he looks for when browsing candidate resumes, what a great resume looks like, and what he believes that candidates can do to have a better chance of getting a great remote job.
54 minutes | 12 days ago
TMBA592: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Investing
What if your knowledge as an entrepreneur could benefit you as an investor? We've talked about cryptocurrency and unorthodox investments in the past on this show, but the traditional financial system is still something of a mystery to a lot of entrepreneurs. Enter Simon Stock. Simon is a longtime friend of ours, who cut his teeth as an entrepreneur running eCommerce businesses. These days, Simon is a full-time investor, and his approach to the stock market is not unlike the way that many of us have run our own businesses. Simon joins us this week to talk about what entrepreneurs can stand to gain from investing in the stock market, what investment strategies have worked for him in the past, and how our entrepreneurial skillset can help us when investing in the traditional financial system. Disclaimer: The ideas discussed in this podcast are for entertainment purposes only and should not be considered financial advice.
52 minutes | 19 days ago
TMBA591: The Surprising Habits of Wealthy People with Noah Kagan
Our good friend Noah Kagan recently published a video that caught our attention. Noah is the founder of AppSumo.com, and his YouTube channel has been one of our favorite destinations as of late for thoughtful content about entrepreneurship and creating wealth. That video was called 10 Surprising Things About My Richest Friends, and in it, Noah outlined some specific habits that he has seen time and time again among the wealthiest people in his social circle. We were so enthralled by some of the unorthodox ideas that he presented in that list, that we knew we had to talk to Noah to dig a bit deeper into what he had learned. In today's episode, Noah joins us to discuss the types of habits that the super-wealthy have cultivated, how people become wealthy in the first place, and what we can do to emulate some of these behaviors ourselves.
36 minutes | a month ago
TMBA590: Mailbag: How Long Does it Really Take to Achieve Freedom?
We always love receiving thoughtful questions from Tropical MBA listeners around the world. A few weeks ago, a winter storm in Texas forced us to re-run one of our favorite episodes of this show called 7 Things to Consider When Selling Your Business, in which Dan and Ian describe the process of selling their eCommerce business back in 2015. Our decision to revisit that particular story elicited a ton of responses from those of you who had never heard it before, and from those who were listening to it with a fresh perspective nearly five years later. This week we are responding to several listener questions about that story, discussing our feelings on the exit nearly five years later, addressing how long it really takes to "fire yourself" from your business, and a whole lot more.
52 minutes | a month ago
TMBA589: Creating a Software Business Without Technical Expertise
We've been devoting a lot of time on this podcast recently to SaaS or "Software as a Service" businesses. That's because we love the upside of SaaS, including the potential for generating recurring revenue and creating life-changing exits. But is it possible to create a software business without knowing how to code? Alan VanToai is the founder of CrewFire.com, a brand ambassador and influencer management platform. Alan has very limited technical expertise, but that hasn't stopped him from creating and exiting from multiple software ventures. Alan joins us on today's podcast to discuss how you can start a SaaS business without a technical partner, how to attract a technical partner when the time comes, and some personal feelings about one of our very favorite places in the world: Vietnam.
63 minutes | a month ago
TMBA588: Getting Comfortable With Failure
When it comes to entrepreneurship, failure can often be more important than winning. So many of the greatest success stories start with failure because it's what we learn from those failures that ultimately leads us to the success that we seek. Today's guest describes himself as "an expert at failure". Sean Markey started his career as a special education teacher and spent the better part of a decade bouncing between jobs and going into debt, all the while trying to find a way to earn a living online. Despite several high-profile failures, Sean managed to hone his skills at SEO and started creating and building websites that earn affiliate income. He recently sold one of those websites for what he described as "life-changing money". Sean joins us this week to discuss some of his greatest failures, how he was able to learn the skills that ultimately led to his success, and why failure itself is such an important part of the entrepreneurial journey.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
TMBA587: The Real Problem With Fake Reviews
When we received an email from today's guest, we were fascinated by his story and we knew that we had to speak to him. Curtis Boyd is the founder of two incredibly unique businesses. The first one is a bespoke consultancy for high-level service companies and the second one is a software as a service business called Objection.co. Both of these businesses were created with a singular goal in mind: to identify and dispute fake reviews on the internet. Curtis began by disputing a single review for his first client and soon found himself competing in an arms race with fake reviewers in what has become a multi-million dollar industry of deception. Curtis joins us this week to discuss how a chance encounter led to his unique consulting career, why he decided to go back to school to learn about artificial intelligence, tips for identifying fake reviews, and a whole lot more.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
TMBA586: The Reformed "Bad Boss"
After a wild and dramatic week in Austin TX, we are excited to return to our regularly scheduled programming and to highlight an entrepreneur with a unique career trajectory. Casey von Neumann started out as many of us do, by freelancing, teaching music classes to students in Atlanta, G.A. As her client base grew, she began scaling her services into a full-blown music school called Eclectic Music and has since built multiple businesses in the education space. It wasn't long though before Casey discovered that she had trapped herself in the day-to-day operations of her business. She was forced to come to the difficult realization that she was a "bad boss" who needed to make fundamental changes to the way that she interacted with her team. Casey has recently begun sharing what she has learned from that experience by coaching entrepreneurs in an area where so many of us struggle - building, keeping, and managing a team. Casey joins us this week to share her entrepreneurial origin story, what it means to be a "bad boss", and how we as entrepreneurs can take steps at the onset of our business to create a better work environment for ourselves and our employees.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
There's No Business Like Snow Business
Austin, TX was hit by a very unique winter storm preventing the team from putting out a full episode this week.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
TMBA584: From Services Failure to Software Success
This week's episode features a story with a lot of familiar themes. Today's guest started out as so many of us do, with a weekend side hustle. Amar Ghose is the CEO of ZenMaid, a niche scheduling software for maid services that he co-founded in 2013. When his first attempt at launching a maid services company failed, Amar was able to use what he learned from that experience to pivot into a software product designed for other businesses in the maid services industry. Amar joins us this week to talk about the origins of ZenMaid, what playing online poker has taught him about running a business, how he has applied digital marketing strategies to a blue-collar industry, and a whole lot more.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
TMBA583: Building a Business With the Intention to Sell
Today's podcast is about a topic that near and dear to our hearts and one that we've actually written a book about in the past. Longtime listeners know that roughly six years ago we sold our product business, and in the years since we have spent a considerable amount of time processing that decision and examining what happens not only at the core of successful exits but in the aftermath of them as well. John Warrilow is the author of a trilogy of books about this very subject, including Built to Sell, The Automatic Customer, and his most recent book The Art of Selling Your Business. He has also spoken with hundreds of entrepreneurs on his own podcast (including our very own Bossman) about their experiences exiting from their businesses. John joins us on this episode to discuss what makes a successful exit, how to build a business with the intention of selling, what he has learned from speaking to entrepreneurs about exits over the years, and so much more.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
TMBA582: The Upwork Hustle
Since the start of the year, we've been focusing heavily on stories about starting new businesses as well as what we believe are the "fundamentals" of being an entrepreneur. When we received a video message from today's guest, who was telling us how excited he was to finally join our private membership group The Dynamite Circle, we knew we had to hear more about his story. In just a few short years, Sam Hill has grown his company E Comm CFO to nearly $300,000 in annual revenue, and he was able to do it by straight-up hustling on the freelancing platform Upwork. This week, we've invited Sam onto the podcast to share the origins of his entrepreneurial story, the nuts and bolts of how he was able to grow a business on Upwork, and some of his guiding principles for entrepreneurship.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
TMBA581: 4 Frameworks for Starting a New Business in 2021
We've been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks talking about the "business fundamentals", or the everyday habits that we believe entrepreneurs should be practicing. In keeping with that theme, we've decided to revisit some specific concepts that we've spoken about on this show in the past, and that we have seen at the core of so many successful entrepreneurial stories. On today's podcast, we'll be sharing four frameworks for how to get started with a profitable business idea in 2021. We'll be exploring each of these philosophies, as well as citing some specific examples of how each of these frameworks have been used successfully by the entrepreneurs that we have featured on this podcast in the past.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
TMBA580: Mailbag: Making New Moves in the New Year
January is one of our favorite months of the year because it's a time for starting over, setting new goals, and making plans for how to achieve them. It's no surprise then that our inbox starts filling up with messages from excited entrepreneurs who are looking for new ways to push forward with their businesses. This week, we're reaching into the mailbag once again to answer questions submitted by Tropical MBA listeners around the world. We'll be discussing a series of topics specifically related to starting new businesses, finding new revenue streams, and making new moves in your business in 2021.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
TMBA579: The Price of Tomorrow
Every once in a while a book comes around that completely captivates us and leaves us with more questions than answers. When we discovered "The Price of Tomorrow" by Jeff Booth, we knew we needed to hear more from the man who wrote it. Jeff is a Canadian-based entrepreneur who has built and invested in numerous companies, including BuildDirect, which he helped grow to $220 Million dollars in annual revenue. We were absolutely taken by the ideas he presented in his book, as well as Jeff's perspective on the future of the global economy. Jeff joins us on today's podcast for what turned out to be an incredibly poignant conversation about the global financial system, inflation and deflation, technology, and so much more.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
TMBA578: It's All About the Fundamentals
This is the time of year when so many people are making goals and resolutions. These types of things are great, but we've always believed that the best way to is to see real progress is to create healthy habits and practices. Successful athletes do this by continuing to practice their fundamentals, the core skills that are most important to their game. Today we're going to be looking at how we can practice our business fundamentals so we can improve our daily habits and set ourselves up for success in the new year. We'll be sharing some specific ways that you can improve your finances, your time, your relationships, and much more.
65 minutes | 4 months ago
TMBA577: A Wild and Unforgettable Year in Review
To say that the last twelve months were unpredictable would be a massive understatement. For ourselves and so many other entrepreneurs, the COVID outbreak not only threw a wrench into our plans for 2020, it completely changed the way that we did business this year. Many of us were operating in industries that were adversely affected by the pandemic on a profound scale. Others, particularly those in eCommerce, experienced one of the most successful years of their entrepreneurial careers. In today's episode, we are revisiting some of the highs and lows of a wild and unforgettable year. You'll hear our opinions on how the year has played out on a broader scale, some insights into how our own businesses have fared over the year, and some highlights from our favorite moments on the podcast in 2020.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
TMBA576: The Kings of Crypto
Like so many other entrepreneurs, we are fascinated by cryptocurrencies. We are naturally drawn to the technology because we believe it has the potential to cause some serious disruption in the financial sector. You might recall a few years back that we interviewed Nathaniel Popper about his book Digital Gold, which chronicled the origins of Bitcoin. Today's guest has written what feels to us like the next logical chapter of that story. Jeff Roberts is the author of Kings of Crypto, a book that details how the cryptocurrency startup Coinbase drove crypto out of the shadows of the internet and into the mainstream financial industry. Jeff joins us this week to talk about how the book came to fruition, crypto's evolving place within mainstream finance, the ideological battles happening within the space, and so much more.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
TMBA575: A Blue Collar Origin Story
Even though 2020 has been a difficult year for some entrepreneurs, it has arguably been an all-time year for many people running eCommerce businesses. Longtime listeners know that we first cut our teeth in the eCommerce space, and we love keeping tabs on how that industry continues to evolve and innovate. It's no surprise then that today's guest made his way onto our radar. Aaron Rubin is a longtime veteran of eCommerce. Aaron's growing annoyance with the shipping costs related to his business drove him to create ShipHero, a remote company that offers outsourced shipping fulfillment services and warehouse management software to other eCommerce businesses. Today, more than 1 in every 200 eCommerce packages delivered in America are shipped through ShipHero. Aaron joins us today to share his story. You'll hear how his first eCommerce business nearly went bankrupt, how a need to "scratch his own itch" led to the creation of ShipHero, and Aaron's somewhat insider take on where the eCommerce industry is headed in the future.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
TMBA574: The Power of Entrepreneurial Persistence
We are reaching back into the mailbag this week to answer questions submitted by Tropical MBA listeners around the world. In this edition, we'll be focusing on three specific questions that we believe get to the core of what it means to be resilient as an entrepreneur. We'll be discussing how much money you should save as a "runway" if you plan on leaving your job, the fundamental differences between hiring freelancers and hiring employees, and how you can navigate questionable business advice on the internet. You'll also hear an update about the new products that we are launching over at Dynamite Jobs, and why we are somewhat optimistic about events returning in 2021.
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