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Hack the Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor
48 minutes | 15 days ago
516: How to Remove Yourself From Your Business | Stephen Christopher
Get 3 months of payroll, benefits admin, and more totally free at gusto.com/hack Start building your better portfolio today! Get started at Fundrise.com/hack to have your first 90 days of advisory fees waived. One of the most popular pathways to entrepreneurship is taking a skill you possess and selling your services as a freelancer. Then if you do it right, you can sell enough work to hire other people to help you now you've got an agency! My guest today has successfully started, scaled, and sold several businesses. But for the past five years, he's been working on WIT Digital, a digital marketing agency that works exclusively with home services companies plumbers, electricians, and HVAC. The really interesting thing about Stephen's journey is that he has completely removed himself from the day-to-day operations of the agency. In fact, as you will hear, he only has one meeting per week with his management team. Now, let's hack... Stephen Christopher.
47 minutes | a month ago
515: 30 Years, 4 Exits, and Mastering the Media | Mike Koenigs
Start building your better portfolio today! Get started at Fundrise.com/hack to have your first 90 days of advisory fees waived. Get 3 months of payroll, benefits admin, and more totally free at gusto.com/hack My guest today is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and 13x Bestselling Author. He's spent the past 30 years building businesses and has had four business exits, two to publicly-traded companies. His first company, Digital Cafe, he started in 1990, was one of the first digital marketing agencies in the world. Today, Mike Koenigs is the founder of The Superpower Accelerator, where he is known for being a media master who knows how to help his international clients get attention, create premium brands, and elevated status in days. In the words of Tony Robbins: Mike is an extraordinary man. He's brought me insights on how to reach people on the Internet that are so valuable. This is a man you should deal with. Take advantage of what he has to offer. Now, let's hack... Mike Koenigs.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
512: Try Harder to Be Softer | Victoria Montgomery-Brown
Get 3 months of payroll, benefits admin, and more totally free at gusto.com/hack Try it for yourself. LinkedIn is offering a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit LinkedIn.com/HACK. Victoria Montgomery-Brown is the author of a brand new book called Digital Goddess, and CEO, and an entrepreneur who uses her anxiety to her advantage. Since 2007, Victoria has been the cofounder and CEO of Big Think, a media and education company focused on short-form, digital, and immediately actionable content. Most recently, she has written her first book called Digital Goddess: Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur. Now, let's hack... Victoria Montgomery-Brown.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
510: From Successful Restaurant Owner to Non-Profit Founder | Michael Lennox
Try it for yourself. LinkedIn is offering a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit LinkedIn.com/HACK. Want to learn more about competitive analysis? Check out the Ahrefs blog or YouTube channel for step-by-step SEO tutorials. Plus, they have a 7-day trial for only $7. Head over to https://ahrefs.com to sign up now. Michael Lennox is the Founder and CEO of Electric Hospitality and ATLFAMILYMEAL. Electric Hospitality consists of three successful restaurant brands in Atlanta, Georgia. With a staff of 125, and two new restaurants ready to launch in two new and exciting markets, Covid and March 16, 2020 -- or what the restaurant industry in Atlanta calls black Monday -- hit. And everything changed. With the temporary closure of his restaurants, he took action the very next day, and founded ATLFAMILYMEAL with the mission to feed, nourish, and support hospitality workers experiencing food insecurity and joblessness. The initiative brings together a community of local chefs, restaurant owners, hospitality workers, and business/non-profit leaders to purchase, prepare, and deliver free meals to hospitality workers in need across the metro Atlanta area. Since launching, the organization has delivered nearly 100,000 meals to unemployed hospitality workers. With no one being paid and money running out, in August ATLFAMILYMEAL received a donation of $2 million from a local donor in honor of two Atlanta restaurant servers. This generous donation will enable them to continue supporting hospitality workers in Atlanta, grow its team, and adding new initiatives in the months and years ahead. Now, let's hack... Michael Lennox.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
509: Trusting Yourself and Staying Focused | Tim Chatfield
Get 3 months of payroll, benefits admin, and more totally free at gusto.com/hack You can either download the blueprint for free or sign up for the mass traffic blueprint course which at the moment is a huge 94% off! Go to masstrafficsecrets.com/specialoffer Tim Chatfield is an advocate for the sharing economy, savvy executive, and an entrepreneur. He was born in Australia, spent several years starting his career, before spending almost five years in Singapore as CEO of Viocorp. In mid-2016, with his 3-year-old daughter and wife â€“ who was seven months pregnant at the time â€“Â moved to New York City to launch his company Jitjatjo. Now four years later, JitJatJo is a marketplace and platform leveraging artificial intelligence to instantly and accurately match hospitality businesses with vetted industry workers on demand. 2020 and all that has thrown at us has caused all businesses to adapt and change to the new normals as they come, and JitJatJo's place within the hospitality industry exacerbated their need to adapt and change quickly. Now, let's hack... Tim Chatfield.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
508: Build a Consulting Business in Just 4 hours a Day | Danielle Welch
Want to learn more about competitive analysis? Check out the Ahrefs blog or YouTube channel for step-by-step SEO tutorials. Plus, they have a 7-day trial for only $7. Head over to https://ahrefs.com to sign up now. A couple of years ago, my guest decided that she was through with working for digital agencies that didn't have their clients best interests in mind. But she had developed some serious marketing skills and loved helping clients succeed, so she decided to go out on her own. For the past two years, she has been working as an independent consultant and social media educator. She has done all of this while also taking care of her children -- which gives her only three to four hours a day to work on the business. In this episode, we discuss: How to prioritize your time to maximize your results Why marketing yourself can be the hardest marketing to do well Why social media is not about ROI Now, let's hack... Danielle Welch.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
507: How to Use Shiny Object Syndrome to Your Advantage | Chris Chasteen
Try it for yourself. LinkedIn is offering a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit LinkedIn.com/HACK. About three years ago, my guest was working in his family-run ecommerce business, when a thought struck him, why isn't there a simple service to hire writers to write articles? Using what he likes to call "decision velocity", he jumped on the idea and took action. Today he is a co-founder and head of marketing at Content Cucumber, where they simplify content creation and enable companies to get content on demand. In this interview, we discuss: The true value of having cofounders in business Covid: And sudden shift from in-person event marketing to driving leads with paid ads How to use shiny object syndrome to your advantage Now, let's hack... Chris Chasteen.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
506: Closing the Education Gap with Free College Courses | OnlineDegree.com
Want to learn more about competitive analysis? Check out the Ahrefs blog or YouTube channel for step-by-step SEO tutorials. Plus, they have a 7-day trial for only $7. Head over to https://ahrefs.com to sign up now. My guest today is an advisor, board member to nonprofits, and a purpose-driven entrepreneur. Grant is CEO and Founder of OnlineDegree.com. He founded the company in 2016 with a purpose-driven mission to make higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone, and six years later they are well on their way. Grant has spent his entire career working in startups with nearly 15 years of experience. Now, let's hack... Grant Aldrich.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
503: Why Bigger Doesn't Mean More Successful | Sharon Vinderine
To start your 14-day Trends trial for just $1, go to Trends.co/hack My guest today had a dream to change the way consumers shop. A dream to build a brand that would help people make buying decisions based on peer endorsements, not just advertising. In 2007, that dream became Parent Tested Parent Approved, a seal of approval used by thousands of brands across North America and one of the most respected in the industry. Sharon has used the power of network television to grow her business, and has been featured on more than 200 shows. Now, let's hack... Sharon Vinderine.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
502: Preselling, Delegation, and Imposter Syndrome | Natalie Sisson
Try it for yourself. LinkedIn is offering a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit LinkedIn.com/HACK. My guest today is an investor, triathlete, lover of handstands and and an entrepreneur who truly believes you can get paid to be yourself â€“ and she's living proof that this is true. In 2009, she left her corporate job and started a blog called The Suitcase Entrepreneur, that became a full-time business and enabled her to travel the world for 7 years. She was a digital nomad before being a digital nomad was a thing. Today, she has settled down on a homestead in New Zealand and has refocused her attention on showing others how to build businesses around their unique skillsets. Now, let's hack... Natalie Sisson.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
501: Building and Selling Six Figure Information Products | Mark Webster
Try it for yourself. LinkedIn is offering a free $100 FREE ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit https://linkedin.com/hack Get your free shipping consultation and Shippo Pro Plan free for 6 months! Go to https://GoShippo.com/hack My guest today is product creator, affiliate marketer, and an entrepreneur. Back in 2014, him and his business partner were running a digital marketing agency when they realized something -- they didn't like working with clients. So taking what they'd learned on their own projects and seeing what worked for clients, they began a two year process of building niche sites to replace their client income. Their goal was to build a portfolio company that owned upwards of 100 niche website -- which you'll learn how this turned out in this episode. During this time they also decided to begin documenting what they were learning, so they started Authority Hacker, a website (and now podcast), showing others how to build profitable websites. Most recently, the Authority Hacker team spent 18 months building a site in the software review space, and after scaling the site to $15,000 a month in affiliate revenue, they sold the website for mid six figures. Now, let's hack... Mark Webster.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
500: Building One of the World's Largest Marketplaces | David Ciccarelli
Get $100 FREE advertising with LinkedIn Marketing. Go to https://linkedin.com/hack Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. David Ciccarelli is a Canadian entrepreneur who began his career an audio engineer running his own small recording studio. In 2005, he decided to help local businesses connect with local voice actors and actresses. What started as a small humble idea, has transformed into Voices.com, the world's #1 marketplace for voice overs. As founder and CEO, David is responsible for determining the companies vision, executing its growth strategy, and managing the company day-to-day. He often writes about these experiences in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Forbes. Voices.com has successfully raised $2M in funding from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), followed by a $18M Series A funding from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital located in San Francisco. Now, let's hack... David Ciccarelli.
42 minutes | 7 months ago
499: Just in Time Planning | Matt Hunckler
Get your free shipping consultation and Shippo Pro Plan free for 6 months! Go to https://GoShippo.com/hack Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. Matt Hunckler is an international speaker, relationship builder, entrepreneur, and firm believer that you do not need to live in silicon valley to work and succeed in tech. He was raised in a family of entrepreneurs, and he started his first business when he was still in high school – much to his mother's dismay. After a brief stint trying to follow a more traditional employment path, he inevitably ended up back on the path of entrepreneurship. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a digital community for tech entrepreneurs and professionals building innovative companies in tech hubs between the coasts. He is also the host of award-winning podcast Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, a show that shares the most fascinating stories of professional growth and innovation coming out of communities across America. Now, let's hack... Matt Hunckler.
40 minutes | 8 months ago
498: How to Rehumanize Your Marketing | Ethan Beute
Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. My guest today has been practicing, learning, and teaching the art and process of increasing sales and improving customer experience with simple, personal videos for more than a decade. He has personally sent more than 10,000 videos himself. After a career in local television marketing, he joined the BombBomb, a software company that helps professionals get face to face through video for clearer communication, human connection, and higher conversion. During the past nine years, he grew into the VP of Marketing before moving to his new role as Chief Evangelist. In 2019, he co-wrote a book called Rehumanize Your Business, the definitive guide to using simple, personal videos in emails, text messages, and social messaging for clearer communication, human connection, and higher conversion. Now, let's hack... Ethan Beute.
57 minutes | 8 months ago
497: Becoming World-Class with Jon Morrow
Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing people growing businesses in almost every market imaginable from trampoline parks to peanut butter. And from the farthest reaches of the world from Ukraine to South Africa. Despite all of those differences, they've all shared a commonality that today's guest does not share they could move. My guest today is a brilliant writer and entrepreneur who can't move anything but his face. It's not a joke. The only parts of his body he can move are his eyes and lips. His hands, feet, arms, and legs, are almost totally paralyzed, managing the occasional twitch and nothing more. And yet he has created an amazing life for himself. Using speech recognition technology, he's written articles read by more than 5 million people. He's also built several blogs that have made him millions of dollars. Now, let's hack... Jon Morrow.
42 minutes | 8 months ago
496: From Corporate Branding to $16+ Million in Amazon Sales | Kirsty Verity
Get $100 FREE advertising with LinkedIn Marketing. Go to https://linkedin.com/hack Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. After nearly two decades in the corporate world of strategic branding and marketing, Kirsty found herself without a job and one year's salary to keep her afloat. So like any burgeoning entrepreneur would do, she set out on a path to figuring out how to start a business -- a business that would enable her to travel, work from anywhere, and become location independent. After several failed ideas, she discovered Amazon's fulfillment program -- FBA. As soon as she found this, she instantly knew it was the opportunity she had been looking for. Seven years, and over $16M in Physical Product sales on Amazon, Kirsty is also the co-founder of Real Coaching, where she has coached over 1,000 Amazon business owners. Now, let's hack... Kirsty Verity.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
495: How to Build a Billion Dollar Company | Jim McKelvey of Square
Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. My guest today is Jim McKelvey, a business person turned glassblower turned entrepreneur turned billionaire -- who has become a philanthropist, investor, and now an author. He's started a handful of companies, many that are still in business decades later. As he will tell you, every company he has started has also removed him from his leadership role. Although this doesn't sound like something to be proud of, Jim will tell you that this is one of the reasons for his success. After spending the better part of three decades innovating and building businesses, we mostly know him as the co-founder and designer of Square -- those little white squares we see plugged into phones and used to take credit card payments. Back in 2008, Jim, along with his soon-to-be Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, having just been removed as the CEO of Twitter decided to spend ten days coming up with a new business to start, when the idea for Square appeared. After an intense and tumultuous few years, with Jim once again being removed from leadership, Square had succeeded in innovating in an archaic industry. And in the meantime, Jim had become a billionaire entrepreneur. Jim spent the next ten years working to understand what it was that made Square, along with other uber-successful companies, a success. During his analysis, he discovered what he now calls the Innovation Stack, which is also the title of his brand new book. Now, let's hack... Jim McKelvey.
39 minutes | 9 months ago
494: Building a Beautiful Disaster | Christina DuVarney
Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. My guest today is grateful, blessed, and excited about her business and life. She is one of three co-founders of Beautiful Disaster, a clothing company with a mission to empower the beautifully broken and the perfectly imperfect with the clothing that we wear. Today in 2020, Beautiful Disaster is selling over $400k a month in clothing, but it is far from an overnight success. Christina and her partners started in 2008 -- 12 years ago -- and they spent the first 9 years working on the business part-time. Yes, every weekend, evening, and spare moment was spent on the business while also working at other jobs to pay the bills. The story of Beautiful Disaster is one of perseverance and determination, mixed with an insatiable desire to make their customers lives better with their clothing. Now, let's hack... Christina DuVarney
43 minutes | 9 months ago
493: How to Build a Niche Business Nested Within Another Niche
Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. Should You Niche Down? Yes, then down and down again. At least that's what today's guest did back in 2016 when he created BarBend, a website dedicated to strength training sports. David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. This intersection of commerce and editorial experience lead David and his team to transform BarBend into a market-leading website and impressive business. David is also a partner in Jakk Media, which owns and operates some of the internet's favorite brands across a range of interests: fitness and health, sleep, home security, and more. They run each site with a team of writers, editors, videographers, and designers who love producing content that's as accurate as it is engaging. Now, let's hack... David Tao.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
492: Launching a Trampoline Park Into a $50M Franchise Business | Jeff Platt
LinkedIn is offering a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign. Simply visit https://LinkedIn.com/HACK Get a free 30-day trial of FreshBooks right now, no credit card required. Go to Freshbooks.com/HACK and enter HACK THE ENTREPRENEUR in the how did you hear about us section. Jeff Platt had just graduated from college when he found himself in an interesting position -- his dad had just opened two trampoline parks, but he also needed to step back from the business. This was 2006, and Jeff decided at 21 years old to take the reigns and become the CEO of Sky Zone, a trampoline park company. He took charge, and without any real plan of action, he kept refining the parks and opening more and more locations. Somewhere along the way he decided that the real path to growth was in franchising parks to people around the world -- and this is exactly what he did. From those first two locations, they grew to over 200 locations around the world. 25 million people will visit a Sky Zone park this year, generating more than $300 million in sales. Now, let's hack... Jeff Platt.
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