Bootstrapping Your Way to a Sellable Business with Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar (FS333)

Who are your online business heroes? Which businesses are doing this entrepreneurial thing brilliantly? Someone we look up to a lot is Laura Roeder, founder and CEO of MeetEdgar. Today we will be doing an inspirational deep dive on her path and philosophy behind bootstrapping her business and growing online! There are so many ways to build the company that you have always wanted! Hearing from someone who has worked in this space and managed to achieve many of their own goals in their own unique and tailored way, can be such an affirming message for everyone out there pushing. In this episode we talk about the benefits of bootstrapping your startup. We discuss finding your own way through money and hiring instead of relying solely on venture capital. Laura shares insight about how to keep in mind the idea of building a sellable business while creating something you believe […]

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The 5 Steps Every Growth Cycle Needs (FS332)

Aren’t we all wishing to grow to that place where we can just relax into our business and start living life rather than just sweating through every day? Well, the good news is that Internet business allows you to do that to some extent. Welcome to the future! It is possible to create your own business and to design your own lifestyle. How do you want to raise your kids and schedule your working hours? Again, an online business gives you the opportunity to customize all those aspects to fit your needs and wants. But, in order for us to do that, we need to figure out a way to earn enough revenue to be able to afford these choices and to sustain the lifestyle we want. To accomplish this, you need the energy to want to do it, so you have to actually care about it. In this episode […]

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Growth Philosophies: Metrics, Milestones, & Golden Handcuffs (FS331)

Life is too short to do something you hate, why not start your own business? This way you can have much more personal freedom and stability, not to mention an opportunity for creative expression. The Internet has allowed us to communicate with anyone in the world and has completely opened up the landscape of business. But that doesn’t mean you have to have an eBook and a massive email funnel – you don’t have to do business in any particular way just because you’re using the Internet. If you’ve missed out on the last several episodes, we’re working though the roadmap that gives you the steps and stages to follow to start your own business, minus all the whingeing that goes along with constantly having to start all over again. We often waste time fiddling with things that aren’t that important, and then we wonder why we’re not making more […]

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I Just Launched My Product! When Do I Iterate? (FS330)

SPOILER ALERT: you have to be yourself in life, because everybody else is taken! Not everybody gets to do a job they care about, however. Some of us have to endure the mediocrity of the everyday humdrum. Even if it’s not torture, it is still not giving you the zeal you’d like to wake up with in the morning. Some of us get to work at Google or Oracle while the rest of us misfits are scurrying around to start our own businesses. We really want it to work so we can make our own schedules and be responsible for our own livelihoods. This independent living online thing, we’ve been at it for years, been talking about if for a long time and there’s a lot of you involved in this – your unique situation and point of view. If you’ve been following the show for the last several weeks, […]

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Introducing Palapa.co – 10 Lessons From 10+ Years Running Online Communities (FS327)

Are you all ready to finally hear about the great online community platform we have been working on for the last few years? We have been putting together something we are so excited about and you should be too! Please welcome Palapa.co! Palapa is our new online community based messaging service, designed to keep you engaged, up to date and building stronger links with the people that matter. This has been a long time coming and we have taken our time to make sure everything was ready before letting this little baby out into the world. In this episode we break down how the platform works, the inspiration behind it, the special offer we are running for July sign ups and more! We also discuss particulars of online community platforms beyond our own one and think about how to get the most out of these interactions. We get into the […]

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The 5 Part Anatomy of a Business Experiment

Wouldn’t it be great to know if your business idea was going to work before you dripped a single drop of sweat into it? Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a way to test business ideas in their early stages in such a way that you knew with absolute certainty that all the hard work in front of you was gonna be worth it? That would be really helpful, right? Here’s the thing: There kind of is! It isn’t a future-sight tool that prophecies a business’ success or failure, and it isn’t a business structure that you can scaffold around any idea to guarantee its profitability and longevity. The answer is actually much simpler. It is a methodology of running many short business experiments that systematically uncover the right paths sooner, with less pain, and having spent less money. The execution of this simple idea, on the other hand, […]

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Name Picking Paralysis? Don’t Overcomplicate Your Business Setup (FS326)

If you’ve tuned into the Fizzle Show, it means that you might actually be doing something you care about. Maybe you’re looking for sovereignty, autonomy but also for more fun. There could be something inside of you that just screams for more independence and creativity. There is a lot of potential and opportunity in life – remember, you are not painted into a corner, you are free to do whatever you want, the things that you love. Often in life it feels like there is such momentum, such force that pulls you into a certain lifestyle, but you don’t have to conform. Who says it has to be that way? A lot of people are just going through the motions while others are realizing that this is not a mode they have to keep operating in. Some people are coming up with new ideas and finding new ways to make […]

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Proper Planning – How to do the right things, in the right order, in the right amount (FS325)

A business cannot start with at least some planning, right? How important are the planning stages of your journey? How do we ensure that we are planning enough, not too much and not too little? Planning should be given due attention but should not take over all your time and detract from other important areas. If you can balance your planning appropriately and make good decisions in the beginning you can set off on the right foot without obsessing over it! In this episode we are helping you to answer the questions, “Where am I going? What paths are available? Where should I start?” We do not want you to get lost in the questions that inevitably arise and will always do so, you need to be able to have purpose and direction when laying out your plans. Today on the show we are joined by Joe Kerns, who is […]

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Community & Accountability: Why Staying Social Fosters Success (FS324)

What are the ways that we entrepreneurs really want to be remembered? Why is it that we do the kind of work we do and reach out to the people around us? What is the ultimate role of our community and the connections we make? Here at Fizzle, we cannot stress the importance of community and communication enough. For us, it is the building block and the end goal of almost everything we do. We both do things in order to serve and create a community but we also are able to do those things because of the connections we make in the world. In this episode, we are contemplating the place of community and connection in our more general roadmap for entrepreneurs. We are talking about the effect that friends can have on our personal success and the subtle and transformational role of the people around us over time. […]

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A Clear Business Direction – Choosing a Topic & Defining Your Audience

How do you hold onto the energy and excitement of the early stages of your business? How do you sustain this “freshness” over the long run? Maybe you’re lost and you feel stuck before you’ve even begun… Either way, you need direction! This direction is made up of two very important things: We want you to find exactly what your business is talking about as soon as possible! Just as important is who you’re talking to. These two pillars (your message and your audience) are really at the heart of any business. They are especially the guiding lights in the beginning and without them you will almost definitely be lost at sea! In this episode we embark on part two of the roadmap series. We are delving into the nerves and excitement that accompany getting serious in following your entrepreneurial dreams. This combination of feelings is so common for a […]

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How Discipline and Consistency Lead to Success with Vickie Velasquez (FS322)

How do we stay consistent and disciplined in our business? Amidst all the different strategies and business hacks out there, what are some simple ways to build and keep the momentum? How can we do things today, so that the snowball of tomorrow helps itself down the hill? If we can harness the energy of consistency and discipline, everyday, the long term results are often beyond our wildest dreams! Staying on course on a daily basis can create a sense of self pride and purpose that is hard to find elsewhere. These practices can help clear a path to success and prevent us trudging blindly through the wilderness. In this episode we talk about how to steer clear of new gimmicky strategies for your business, creating and maintaining momentum and staying present and committed to your goals. We get into why starting with intention, in this regard, can go such […]

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Balancing Your Business Mind and Creative Brain with Chris Do

How do we continue to make a path for ourselves, learning, solving problems and making money on the internet? What are the ways in which we, as entrepreneurs, can add value, communicate it and help clients reach their full potential? These questions and their answers continue evolve as the world orbits the sun and we need to grow with them, learning and teaching as we go. It is no good developing single sides of your skills or business, you need to balance your business mind and your creative brain!   In this episode we are talking about communicating value, learning new and better ways to close deals and testing the waters before sharing your great contribution to the ocean of businesses out there. Today on the show we are joined by Chris Do from Blind and the The Futur! Chris gives us a run down of his career path, the […]

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Uncovering Your Fears and How to Beat Them with Ruth Soukup (FS320)

When last did you feel stuck, whether in your business or just in your level of motivation for life? Do you sometimes wonder why you are not getting forward or why you cannot get yourself to do what you know you have to? In this episode we talk about both the positive and negative effects of fear in our lives. Many times, fear is at the root of our passivity and understanding what scares you will help you to recognize when its controlling your behavior in destructive ways. The other side of the coin is that fear is a self-preserving mechanism that keeps us from doing stupid things. Where is the balance here? Today on the show we are joined by a very special guest, Ruth Soukup, who helps us shed light on this all-important topic. She is a bestselling author who is dedicated to helping women overcome fear and […]

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Passion is Foolish. Pursue it Anyway.

“She’ll sob for hours staring at the wall. Nothing I say helps.” I happened to overhear this as I sat outside of El Cortez in Brooklyn last week preparing for a night of Karaoke with an old friend. There were two guys, perhaps late 20’s early 30’s, having a conversation. They were just drunk enough to be entirely oblivious to my presence but still perfectly articulate. Score 😉 The Boyfriend: “She got a badass degree doing some sort of high-risk-youth social work, but as soon as she finished and found out what the jobs in her field really looked like she totally abandoned it.” The Friend: “Man, that sucks…another one chewed up and spat out.” The Boyfriend: “Yea…she’s still bartending, and she likes it and all, but every once in awhile she’ll get hit with these waves of hopelessness that she’s never gonna do anything with her life. Some of […]

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Passion is Foolish. Pursue it Anyway.

“She’ll sob for hours staring at the wall. Nothing I say helps.” I happened to overhear this as I sat outside of El Cortez in Brooklyn last week preparing for a night of Karaoke with an old friend. There were two guys, perhaps late 20’s early 30’s, having a conversation. They were just drunk enough to be entirely oblivious to my presence but still perfectly articulate. Score 😉 The Boyfriend: “She got a badass degree doing some sort of high-risk-youth social work, but as soon as she finished and found out what the jobs in her field really looked like she totally abandoned it.” The Friend: “Man, that sucks…another one chewed up and spat out.” The Boyfriend: “Yea…she’s still bartending, and she likes it and all, but every once in awhile she’ll get hit with these waves of hopelessness that she’s never gonna do anything with her life. Some of […]

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3 Steps to Finally Charge What You’re Actually Worth

You’re at a cocktail party. Someone approaches you and says: “Hey, I hear you’re a _____ and you’ve do _____ for a living. I have this problem I need help with. It’s right up your alley. Here’s my question:___________________?” What do you do? Whip out your Freshbooks Mobile App and crush out an invoice for the soon to be rendered services? Of course you don’t. This is what happens: A spark lights in your gut. “Someone just showed interest in my passion project!” Your posture shifts. Spine tingles. Pupils contract. This is your element. This is your moment. THIS IS WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! You confidently launch into conversation… …and vomit free advice all over your new friend. Contrary to the setup, this post is not going to discuss the how and why of giving free advice. Nor will it be about the Freshbooks app’s ability to seamlessly invoice […]

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Burnout, Rebirth And The Weird Netherworld Between The Two (FS302)

What is it really like to be a successful entrepreneur? Can we even appreciate our success in this model of business? What are the costs and benefits that we do not always see? Today on the show, we are joined by Tom Ross, the CEO and founder of Design Cuts who will taking us through the last few years in his life of entrepreneurship and giving us the real inside scoop on the highs and lows of his process. In this episode, we unpack jumping into the entrepreneurial lifestyle, motivation, the drive to succeed, burnout and different areas of health that require our attention. We also shed some light on relationships and nurturing parts in your life besides business. Tom gives us a lot of great insight and intimate details about his struggles with his health, what brought about these problems and how learning to manage his own type of […]

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Burnout, Rebirth And The Weird Netherworld Between The Two (FS302)

Today on the show we’re talking about burnout. In this episode we go on a deep dive into the story of an entrepreneur who found both enormous success and… well, the sometimes massive costs of success. …and when we say “massive costs”, we’re not talking about getting burning out and binging Netflix, or forgetting to call back close friends, or forgetting to eat lunch a couple times. …we’re talking about the serious, life threatening, physiological consequences of real deal overwork and burnout. You’ll see what we mean… Also, on a happy note, this episode has some incredibly helpful tips about: how to manage your focus as an entrepreneur, how several successful entrepreneurs stay productive and avoid burnout how to bounce back and create after you’ve lost faith and motivation in yourself or your project. Enjoy! Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | […]

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A 6-Step “Mindset Maintenance” Checklist for Workaholics

Maintaining a healthy business requires a healthy mindset. And maintaining a healthy mindset requires maintenance to be…well…maintained 😉 This is never more true than for the workaholic entrepreneur; staying sane is hard work! The mind, body and soul are machines. Yes, beautiful machines, but machines nonetheless. And as with any machine, they can suffer when neglected. We productivity junkies and workaholics are defined by a high tolerance for stress and heavy workloads. We seek this stuff out, we love challenges, and we take great pride in massive accomplishment. But we still have a limit, a “production capacity” if you will. Those who know their limit and capacity have only discovered it from the back end of a burnout. And those who don’t will soon find out… That is unless we begin to institute some simple daily practices of mental oil changes and soul-battery recharging. The following checklist will motivate you […]

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A 6-Step “Mindset Maintenance” Checklist for Workaholics

Maintaining a healthy business requires a healthy mindset. And maintaining a healthy mindset requires maintenance to be…well…maintained 😉 This is never more true than for the workaholic entrepreneur; staying sane is hard work! The mind, body and soul are machines. Yes, beautiful machines, but machines nonetheless. And as with any machine, they can suffer when neglected. We productivity junkies and workaholics are defined by a high tolerance for stress and heavy workloads. We seek this stuff out, we love challenges, and we take great pride in massive accomplishment. But we still have a limit, a “production capacity” if you will. Those who know their limit and capacity have only discovered it from the back end of a burnout. And those who don’t will soon find out… That is unless we begin to institute some simple daily practices of mental oil changes and soul-battery recharging. The following checklist will motivate you […]

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