Launching the SwitchPod Handheld Tripod to $400k+ on Kickstarter

Caleb Wojcik saw a need for a sturdy switchable handheld tripod at a video conference back in 2017. He hadn’t built a physical product before, but that didn’t stop him or business partner Pat Flynn from launching the super successful SwitchPod six months ago. Find out how they built and launched the SwitchPod as Caleb explains everything in this episode. For those of you who might be newer listeners to the show, Caleb was one of the “Three C’s,” the original three hosts of The Fizzle Show (Corbett, Chase and Caleb), back when the show launched in 2014. Since then he’s built several businesses and a name for himself in the world of online video. Welcome back to the show Caleb! Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify This episode is sponsored by […]

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Locked Down with an Uncertain Future: How Entrepreneurs Are Surviving (FS369)

Worried about facing an uncertain financial future because of the lockdown? You’re not alone. Justin Jackson from Transistor stops by the show to talk about how entrepreneurs are surviving the COVID-19 lockdown, and what we can all be doing to make it through. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Links mentioned in this episode: Justin Jackson Trends Justin sees (platforms and niches that are doing well) Exploding Topics Axios Media Trends Ear Seeds Refactoring UI TailwindUI Substack email newsletters Ugmonk email Janet Jacobs (artist) The post Locked Down with an Uncertain Future: How Entrepreneurs Are Surviving (FS369) appeared first on Fizzle. Read_More Related posts: 4 Things Employees Want From Leaders During Uncertain Times Podcasting to $16 Million in Revenue (FS364) Working Hard but Not Making Any Progress? (FS358) How Thomas Frank grew […]

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How to Start a Business From Scratch With No Money – ShoeMoney

Did you know that nearly 60% of American billionaires are self-made? At the same time, more than 25 million US citizens started their own business in 2016 and still run it to this day. Having your own business can offer so many benefits, but many people don’t do it because they lack initial capital to start it.  But how to start a business from scratch with no money? Is such a thing even possible? Luckily, there are many ways you can start your business without a major initial investment. Keep reading this article to learn how to start a business with little to no money. Work on Your Business Daily and Don’t Quit Your Day Job Most people who are thinking of starting their own business are currently employed and work full-time jobs. There’s nothing wrong with this, but make sure that you also take care of your side hustle on a […]

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Chris Guillebeau – Side Hustles, Best Sellers and World Domination (FS366)

“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.” – Chris Guillebeau Our guest today is Chris Guillebeau. Chris started the World Domination Summit in Portland, which is in it’s 10th and final year in 2020. He visited every country in the world before turning 35. Chris is a New York Times bestselling author and has written several books including The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup and 100 Side Hustles. Chris is also the host of the incredibly popular Side Hustle School podcast, which has now published over 1000 episodes. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Read_More […]

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Podcasting to $16 Million in Revenue (FS364)

John Lee Dumas is host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, a Best of iTunes podcast where John has interviewed over 2,000 entrepreneurs including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more. The business behind Entrepreneurs on Fire has been a huge success as well, grossing over $16M in revenue since he launched the podcast back in 2012. In today’s episode we cover what has changed about podcasting, why mentorship is SO important in entrepreneurship, and how to find your next big idea. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Read_More Related posts: Profit vs. Revenue, Staying Relevant and Knowing What’s Working (FS353) Why Podcasting Isn’t as Easy as It Looks – SPI TV Ep. 51 SPI 273: 7 Powerful Things That Can Happen as a Result of Starting a […]

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Nathan Barry – from Self-Taught to $20 Million in Revenue (FS361)

Nathan Barry is a creator, author, speaker, designer, and the founder of ConvertKit. Nathan got his start as a software designer and self-published author before founding ConvertKit in 2013. Since then, the business behind ConvertKit has grown to an incredible $20M annual run rate. In this episode, Nathan shares why being self-taught and self-made are so important to him. He also clears up exactly what led to ConvertKit’s meteoric rise and how the business finally got over the $5k/month hurdle. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Today’s episode is brought to you by Gusto. Gusto offers modern, easy payroll and benefits to small businesses across the country. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. https://gusto.com/fizzle Read_More Related posts: Profit vs. Revenue, Staying Relevant and Knowing What’s Working (FS353) Working […]

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Working Hard but Not Making Any Progress? (FS358)

Sometimes we work incredibly hard, but don’t see much progress toward our goals. When this happens, what should we do? How do we know if what we’re working on will eventually lead somewhere, or if we should change course? In this special “office hours” Q&A episode, we cover this and much more! Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Today’s episode is brought to you by Podia. Podia is like a Swiss Army Knife for selling anything you need online. Fizzle Show listeners can get 15% off of Podia FOR LIFE by signing up for a free trial over at http://podia.com/fizzle. This episode is also brought to you by Gusto. Gusto offers modern, easy payroll and benefits to small businesses across the country. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. […]

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How to Hook Your Customers but Keep Yourself from Getting Hooked (with Nir Eyal) FS357

“To change behavior, products must ensure the user feels in control. People must want to use the service, not feel they have to.”― Nir Eyal Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. In today’s episode, Nir shares how to create sticky products and why some products capture widespread attention while others flop. He also explains how to avoid distraction ourselves, so we can “finally do what we say we will do.” Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify Today’s episode is brought to you by Podia. Podia is like a Swiss Army Knife for selling anything you need online. Fizzle Show listeners can get 15% off of Podia FOR LIFE by signing up for a free trial […]

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Your Ultimate Guide to Opening a Coffee Shop – ShoeMoney

We’re at the tail-end of the coffee revolution. We survived fair-trade coffee and we’re all now consuming single-origin direct trade coffee through vacuum tube processing or…something. The coffee business is still booming. You see new coffee stands cropping up on every street corner. Everyone craves that effervescent pop of caffeine tickling their brains. Consumers spent $74.2 billion on coffee in 2015. That’s only four years ago. If you love coffee, money, and people, then you might think “hey! I’d like to take advantage of that coffee money!” Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to give you all you need to open your first (hopefully of many) coffee shop. 1. Research All the Things! If you were the first person to open a coffee shop in the world, you would be able to skip this step. But since you’re one millions or maybe billions, you would benefit from […]

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Q&A Office Hours with Fizzle Member Sue McLeod (FS354)

Start Your 14-Day Free Trial Fizzle is an all-in-one business building solution for people like you who want to create a profitable, sustainable, meaningful business. Fizzle membership includes a 9-stage step-by-step roadmap, plus the training, tools, coaching and community you need to succeed. Start Your 14-Day Free Trial Sign up for free. Cancel anytime. Read_More Related posts: My Business Is Having A Midlife Crisis (FS318) NEW! Fizzle membership now with premium managed WordPress hosting by Flywheel How to Protect Your Business for When Life Hits Hard (cuz it will!) (FS306) Running a Real Estate Business Online and Off with Seth Williams of RETipster (FS343) Do Your Best Work or Just Ship It? (FS305) Do Your Best Work or Just Ship It? (FS305) 15 Gig Economy Jobs To Fund Your Dream Business (FS308) Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams

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Profit vs. Revenue, Staying Relevant and Knowing What’s Working (FS353)

Noah Kagan is founder and Chief Sumo at sumo.com, AppSumo and kingsumo.com. He’s built two multi-million dollar businesses and grown an email list of over 700,000 subscribers. He’s also the host of Noah Kagan Presents podcast. Noah is an incredible marketer, and one of the most resourceful business people I know. In this episode we cover maximizing a business for profit vs. revenue, staying relevant over the long-haul and knowing what’s working in your business. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify This episode is brought to you by Gusto. Gusto offers modern, easy payroll and benefits to small businesses across the country. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. https://gusto.com/fizzle Read_More Related posts: SPI 280: Noah Kagan on Personal Challenges, Business Validation, and the Mindset of Starting from Scratch […]

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5 of the Best Countries to Start a Business – ShoeMoney

When I was in high school, it blew me away to realize that some of my friends had never left the region. Some had never left our home city. Traveling was part of my development. I wouldn’t be the same person if I’d never left my home city. If you’re wanting to experience another culture, starting a business would be like jumping into a cold lake. It will be thrilling and possibly painful all at once. You’re likely the kind of person who loves a challenge. If you are, then read on to find out what countries are the best places to start a business. 1. The UK All we hear about the UK is Brexit all the time. But we’re going to be hearing about how Britain is trying to leave the EU until warp drive is invented. Business is still booming in the United Kingdom and it’s the […]

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Do we have to love our work? (FS352)

“Work seems to have taken on an almost religious-like meaning, where the ethos of happily grinding it out most hours of most days is thought of as “good” and “just”. As a result, we feel guilt and shame if we aren’t working, or aren’t working enough.” – Paul Jarvis Paul Jarvis joins us on the show today, along with Sarah Peck and Melissa Smith. Do we have to love our work? We start by talking about the pressure of today’s “passionate work” mantra. We also discuss how to ask for and get what you want, and how to be more productive using a virtual assistant. Sarah Peck is founder of Startup Pregnant, which aims to radically rethink what parenting and working can and should look like. Melissa Smith is Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants. She’s also the author of “Hire The Right Virtual Assistant: How the Right […]

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Vickie Velasquez of Vegetarian Zen: Facebook Groups and Learning vs. Doing (FS348)

Vickie Velasquez of VegetarianZen.com joins us again in this episode to talk about relationship building via Facebook Groups, learning vs. doing and productivity for both full-time entrepreneurs and side hustlers. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify The post Vickie Velasquez of Vegetarian Zen: Facebook Groups and Learning vs. Doing (FS348) appeared first on Fizzle. Read_More Related posts: How Discipline and Consistency Lead to Success with Vickie Velasquez (FS322) Learning from Pain via Post-Mortems (FS295) Learning from Pain via Post-Mortems (FS295) Myanmar Groups Slam Facebook CEO for Downplaying Problems Facebook Tests Charging Subscriptions for Access to Groups 3 Ways You Can Use Virtual Reality to Boost Member Engagement in Your Facebook Groups Facebook Ditches Plan for 2 Separate News Feeds Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams

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Rob Walling – Building and Selling Drip, The Stairstep Approach, and TinySeed (FS347)

“The genius of niches is they are too small for large competitors, allowing a nimble entrepreneur the breathing room to focus on an underserved audience. Once you’ve succeeded in that niche, you can leverage your success to establish credibility for your business to move into larger markets.” – Rob Walling Rob Walling is a serial entrepreneur. He founded, built and sold the email marketing platform Drip. He is also known for his podcast, Startups for the Rest of Us as well as his conference for independent startups called Microconf. In this episode of The Fizzle Show, we talk with Rob about how he got started, and how he built and sold Drip for a “life-changing amount of money.” Rob also shares his “Stairstep approach” to entrepreneurship and explains why starting big is a huge mistake for most business builders. Finally, we talk about Rob’s new project TinySeed, which is the first […]

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Why Build a Personal Brand? Plus: Entrepreneurship and Parenthood (FS346)

Tom Ross of DesignCuts and Sarah Peck of Startup Pregnant join us today for a round-table discussion. We cover personal branding, parenthood and entrepreneurship, plus tips for quarterly/annual planning. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Soundcloud | RSS The post Why Build a Personal Brand? Plus: Entrepreneurship and Parenthood (FS346) appeared first on Fizzle. Read_More Related posts: SPI 286: How to Build a Brand that Stands Out from the Crowd What Entrepreneurship and Parenthood Taught Me About Empathy Want to Build a Strong Personal Brand? This $19 Course Will Get You Started. Want to Build A Franchise Empire? Do It Brand By Brand. Build Your Own Brand 5-Day Challenge Begins Next Week! SPI 287: Should I Create a Personal Brand? Pros and Cons The Keys to Building an Influential Personal Brand Craft Your […]

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Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams

Seth Williams from RETipster.com joins us for this Office Hours Q&A edition of The Fizzle Show. We answer questions about pre-selling online courses, neglecting your life in pursuit of your business, and how much to pay yourself vs. reinvest in your business. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Soundcloud | RSS The post Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams appeared first on Fizzle. Read_More Related posts: Running a Real Estate Business Online and Off with Seth Williams of RETipster (FS343) Serena Williams Gave a Master Class in How to Get the Most Out of a Failure SPI 279: Finding Fringe Hours and Work-Life “Balance” with Jessica Turner How to Build The Biz of Your Dreams in 10 Hours A Week Seth Rogen Starts a Weed Company! 5 Simple Questions That Can Free Up […]

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Four Small Businesses You Can Start In College With Less Than $1000

I mentor Freshmen at a local university. Something I often hear is how much extra time they suddenly have compared to when they were in High School. Usually, my students find ways to fill their time. They join intramurals. They find jobs. They join the orchestra. And then they complain about their sudden lack of free time. If you’re in college, you might not want to fill your free time the conventional way. You’ve got that entrepreneurial itch and you want to use your free time to make money. I’ve got you covered. I’ve collected a list of viable businesses you could start during your four years. Who knows, maybe you’ll drop out and become a successful entrepreneur and I’ll be writing about you someday. Let’s make some money! 1. A Childcare Business The childcare industry grew four percent in the last five years. And if you ask any parent […]

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The Only 3 Ways to Earn More Revenue in Your Business

Did you know there are only three ways you can earn more revenue in your business? It’s true. If you run your own business, I’m guessing that earning more revenue is on the top of your list of goals. There are a million things for us to do as business owners, and it’s easy to overcomplicate things when it comes to growing your business. I find it’s useful to reduce things to first principles, so we can build a strategy that is simple and easy to follow. Here are the 3 only ways to earn more revenue in your business: #1: reach more potential customers This one makes sense, right? Reach more potential customers and you’ll make more sales. This is the one most of us focus on with content marketing, advertising and hoping for word of mouth. In marketing speak, we would call this the “top of the funnel.” […]

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How to Start an Online Business

Discover how to start an online business, including figuring out your “why,” identifying your target market, and building a brand and website! Matthew Gartland June 17, 2019 How to start an online business: It’s a giant question, one that’s loaded with lots of ins and outs. And it’s one that I (with a little help from someone on my team) will attempt to answer for you in this post! I’m first going to share what I consider the crucial first three steps you must go through (plus a couple more key tips) before building an amazing online business. Then I’ll hand it over to SPI’s “integrator”—Matt Gartland. He’ll introduce some of the things we’ll be talking about on the blog in the near future about the less sexy but still super important parts of creating a business that will stand out and stand the test of time. Step 1: Ask […]

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