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42 minutes | 2 days ago
TMBA596: What's Really Stopping You From Achieving Wealth?
Welcome back to another episode in our long-running series The Re-Readables, where we revisit some of our favorite business books to find out if they stand the test of time. How to Get Rich was written in 2009 by author and entrepreneur Felix Dennis. Felix was the founder of Maxim magazine, and he aimed to create a book about getting rich from "someone who didn't need to write it". The result is incredibly funny, direct, and thought-provoking. Joining us this week is our good friend Coran Woodmass of TheFBABroker.com, who has just read the book for the very first time and is eager to share his thoughts. We'll be discussing the finer points of How to Get Rich, what we believe has aged the best and what has aged the worst, some of our favorite quotes, and much more.
31 minutes | 9 days ago
Hiring Tips for Remote Companies in 2021
This week's episode features insider knowledge on the processes behind hiring and recruiting remote talent from someone who has been deeply involved in the industry for over a decade. Greg is the Senior Recruiter at Dynamite Jobs, as well as one of The Bossman's closest friends. Avid listeners might remember his name from the "ferret story" that we've shared on this podcast in the past. (We'll touch on it again in this episode as well) His addition to our team has been pivotal as we've been developing our flat-rate done-for-you recruitment services. Greg joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his history in the job recruitment industry, how and where he finds the best candidates for jobs, which skills are in the hottest demand right now, and so much more.
63 minutes | 16 days ago
TMBA594: Predictions About the Near Future - The Sovereign Individual
This week's episode is another installment of "The Re-Readables", a series in which we revisit some of our favorite business books to find out if they stand the test of time. Greg Gerber has become something of a regular contributor here on the Podcast. Greg is the founder of BitLift, and he is our go-to guy for all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. Greg joins us this week to talk about a book that has become eerily prescient, particularly among the cryptocurrency crowd. The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg was published back in 1997, but the insights and topics in the book were not only far ahead of their time, but they remain eerily relevant today. In today's podcast, you'll hear our thoughts on why this book is still so important, why it's important for entrepreneurs to be able to see into the future, and how we can consider the ideas within The Sovereign Individual when attempting to look to the future ourselves.
57 minutes | 23 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 | a month 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 | a month 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 | 2 months 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 | 2 months 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.
54 minutes | 3 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.
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