The Best Place to Work as an Entrepreneur

Where should you work? What are the options when it comes to choosing a space? What are the most important things to consider when finding your workspace? As entrepreneurs we have the option of choosing where we want to work. It is one of the blessing afforded this lifestyle, but can also have a huge impact on the success and failure of your projects. In this episode, we break down the subject and try our best to unpack the issue in a way that helps you get some more clarity on the location for the magic to happen. This location might evolve and grow as you do, so we also want to give you the tools and ideas that aid this process. We also talk about the three main avenues for spaces where you can work, these being home, an office and public spaces like cafes. We each give our […]

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Impostor syndrome is one way entrepreneurs can completely sabotage their own business. Starting a business can endlessly fun at first… all the possibility, hope, potential. But soon the fear starts to creep in, the self confidence starts to slip, and the inner saboteur begins to do her work. In this episode we dive into several helpful tools for you to break out of self sabotage mode, including: what the onset of self sabotage looks like, how to identify when you’re in self sabotage mode, practical ways to get out of your own way before it’s too late! Show Notes: Start growing your site’s traffic! The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between. One topic that comes up over and […]

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Learn How to Say NO Effectively (FS299)

When should we say no to opportunities? How do we balance saying yes and no to these to our advantage? What are the tips and tricks for making the right choices in business? We all have constant chances to say yes and no to things, whether in our business or personal lives. Here at Fizzle, we have noticed the huge impact that making the right choice in these situations can have on your trajectory, specifically your ability to say no. In this episode, we break down the particulars of this somewhat challenging question. We really try to get through when it might be a good time to refuse or turn down a request or offer. We look at it from the perspective of different types of entrepreneurs and help you to build a model that suits you. We also talk about tips and tricks, a decision making frameworks and the […]

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Partnering with Clients: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (FS298)

How can a new client partnership help grow your business? When is the right time to enter into something you believe will be mutually beneficial? What are the questions you need to ask yourself before making a decision on this front? It is hard to imagine the online business world of today without partnerships, endorsements collaborations and picking the right ones can take your business further than you might have imagined. But that does not mean that every connection is a good one or that you should jump through endless hoops just to get a cosign! In this episode, we look at a bunch of angles relating to this question and try and help you figure out the best process for picking the right way through potential business negotiations. We get into the idea of dream partnerships, when to draw a line in the sand and the most important factor, […]

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Please Don’t Jump! The Entrepreneurial Leap Myth (FS297)

Becoming an entrepreneur means taking risks, right? Does this leap of faith have to be super perilous and terrifying? Are there ways in which you can take the necessary risks that suit you and your business and ensure the highest chance of success? These are questions that prospective and even full time business owners have to answer all the time. Here at Fizzle, as supposed successful entrepreneurs we are still plagued by these issues and the concerns that come along with them! In this episode, we unpack all of our thoughts about the transition, big jump or leap of faith to chasing your dream job. We talk about the usefulness of day jobs in making your vision possible, the different types of risk involved, taking advantage of opportunity and the things that can help you control this overwhelming experience. We also talk about common misconceptions, power versus force and getting […]

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Justifying Premium Prices for Your Premium Product (FS296)

What are the variables we need to think about when we decide on pricing? How much of an effect does pricing have on certain types of customers? Can pricing a premium product at a higher mark actually increase sales? The price tag that you place on your product or service has an obvious effect on your income and revenue. It also has other less obvious effects and that’s what we’re talking about today. We want to give you a bunch of new ways to think about pricing smartly and what it can do for your business! In this episode, we discuss what influences our perception of prices, value hierarchies, redefining what is actually being sold and the relationship between prices and prospective customers. We also get into some exercise and questions that might help you think about these concepts in new ways. Today on the show we are joined by […]

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Learning from Pain via Post-Mortems (FS295)

What’s the best way to ensure we do not make the same mistakes twice? How can reviews and retrospectives teach us for the future? During the life of an entrepreneur it is pretty much a given that there will be successes and failures over the years. We are sure you’ll agree that the best way to increase the number of successes as time goes by is to learn from past failures. That’s where the idea of the post-mortem comes in! In this episode, we break down why post-mortems are necessary, how they really function, and exactly how they can be practically applied to different business models. Today on the show we are joined by our friend, Aiden Fishbein, who came up with the concept for today’s show. He really leads the discussion and lays out some great frameworks for approaching this task. Download the Workbook!Fizzle’s guide to Post-Mortems Download the […]

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How to Cultivate True Fans (FS294)

What is the quickest and safest way towards building a sustainable business? How can focussing on cultivating true fans help you reach this goal? What are the best ways to go about this cultivation? We often talk about attaining a level of success that is adjusted to what you need in order to live the life you want. And, one of the greatest realizations of this process is the humble reality of this level. You do not need to be famous or have huge numbers of fans or customers in order to make a living! In this episode, we unpack the idea of a committed customer base which has its roots in Kevin Kelly’s 2008 piece entitled “1000 True Fans.” Using this starting point, we look at what it means to have true fans and how to go about attracting them. We discuss the core and essential elements to these […]

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Creating Mutual Benefit as a Virtual Assistant with Aiden Fishbein (FS293)

Are you looking to supplement your business’ income? Do you want to find something that is going to benefit you in more ways than just financially? How can you align yourself with the right type of people for these goals? There are many ways to make your way through the entrepreneurial world and every person out there can find a unique and successful way for themselves. One of the dynamics that we all have to navigate, however, is balancing money, time, and skills acquisition and that is essentially what this episode is all about. In this our discussion we look at how you can go about creating mutual benefit as a virtual assistant, adding value, learning, earning and networking. We talk about seizing opportunities, where to look for them and pegging all of this on a minimum viable income. Today on the show we are joined by Aiden Fishbein who […]

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Time Management, Multitasking, and Recognizing Potential (FS291)

How do you get the most out of a limited amount of time? How do we decide how many projects to work on? How do we know when we are onto something good? We take three separate, but thematically linked questions from the Fizzle Forums and attack them head on! These questions are specific to the members that asked them but believe us when we say there is so much juicy, relatable content and info in here for everyone! In this episode, we really get into this question of how we each define ‘good’ and what this means in terms of business decision and ambitions. We talk about glass ceilings and aiming for the right height so as not to come crashing down. We also talk about context switching, gaining traction, the point of focus and parkour! For this and much more be sure to tune in! Key Points From […]

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How to Grow With Intention & Avoid Growth for Growth’s Sake (FS290)

To scale or not to scale? When is the right time to take a step up and bust through that glass ceiling with your business? Is getting better preferable to getting bigger? In this episode we are talking about growing with intention. The topic of this conversation was sparked by a question about scaling in the Fizzle forums and after some rumination on the idea of scaling and the right times for this, we settle on the idea and that intentionally growing is always preferable to growth for growth’s sake. We also talk about what this really looks like, unpacking balancing your ambitions, finances and lifestyle as well as the opportunities that challenges and problems offer us. There are no definitive answers for everybody here, but hopefully the discussion will lead you to your own conclusions. For a great conversation on a indispensable question, be sure to tune in with […]

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From FOMO to Focus (FS289)

What does today’s model for success look like? How do you know what to focus on? What is your most direct path to growth and reward? Our businesses are always evolving and rotating according to our surroundings, our products and ourselves. The path that you end up choosing and taking with your work will obviously define its outcomes and so it is a constant question in our minds. In this episode, we look specifically at Steph’s other business, Courage and Clarity, as an example of a growing project and the decisions that are necessary in this process. We think about how to figure out the ever-present question of what to work on today and also stress the importance of putting that work in right now. We talk about letting your business mature, what that maturity means, simplification and raising the stakes. This is the up close and personal look at […]

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The 3 Habits That Grew His Business to 428,000 Email Subscribers (FS289)

How can we live better lives? Do you want to implement great habits in order to achieve your goals? What determines the success of our attempts when trying to form habits? We cannot really have a conversation about successful business owners and entrepreneurs without discussing the importance of habits and the systems that allow them to build their dreams. But what is formula to implementing this? In this episode we get down to the real essence of habits, their relationship to individual and social identity and how they are formed. We unpack these ideas to better understand the cycle of improvement that we all should really be trying to embody. Today on the show we are joined by James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, the creator of the Habits Academy, a weightlifter, and a travel photographer in over 30 countries. James is basically a habit expert and has loads of great […]

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How To Really Connect With A Digital Audience (FS287)

How do successful businesses capitalize on their contacts? Do you want to resonate with each individual in your audience? What is the best way to communicate with your mailing list? All of these questions pertain to the same issue, running a profitable online business in the contemporary climate. Achieving this might sometimes seem like a mountain but we are here to show you that the mountain is not unscalable and that mountain climbing can be fun! In this episode we break down the fundamentals of digital communication and connection with an audience as individuals. We get into some examples of emails and promotions and which methods work in certain situations. The discussion also takes time to unpack the idea of offering a transformation to a potential customer as the basis of selling. We also talk about welcome sequences, bridging emails, the know-like-trust principle and setting aside perfectionism and getting started. […]

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5 Ways To Come Up With Great Content Ideas Now

Do you need new ideas for content creation? How can you setup a stream of constant creative energy to best serve your audience? Is there a recipe for this process? Although there are no definitive answers to these questions, here at Fizzle we do think we have some helpful directions to get your content conveying belt rolling! It is actually a bit easier than you might think to get that pot steaming and your platforms fizzling with fresh new stuff for you clients. In this episode, we talk a little about marketing and social media and the different philosophies around these concepts before getting down to the actual nitty gritty ways to jumpstarting your creativity. We also talk about SEO, bias, viral sharing and all that good stuff you are usually aiming for. We look at the three major avenues that you can use, that are right at your fingertips, […]

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SEO Isn’t Complicated – Here’s How To Get Started

Would you like to get more people to visit your website? How can search engine optimization help you do this? Most of us are aware of the capabilities of SEO to some extent. But it is a challenging and daunting field to enter, so we thought we would supply you with some basics and tips to get your website popping! In this episode we look at the rise and development in SEO as a methodology and skillset and talk about how to go about optimizing your website from the very first steps to the more advanced ones. Today on the show we are joined by Matt Giovansci, an old friend and collaborator who we have hosted before on the podcast. Matt runs a number of websites and businesses and has spent the better part of the last two decades perfecting the game of SEO. We also talk about research, content […]

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800,000 Followers and Still Working Day Jobs (FS284)

Can losing your job be the best thing to happen to you? How do you convert social media followers to website traffic? Once you have a big social media audience is selling a product or service easy? These are the questions we are fielding today from our Fizzle Forums in the round up! Although quite specific to each person posing the question there is a lot to unpack and hopefully enough for most of our audience to relate to on some level. In this episode, we look at each of these topics and really try and draw out the best advice we can muster for you and your business. We examine what it means to really go beyond the call of duty and give your business your all, we discuss the value of social followings and what remains ever valuable in today’s online climate. We also talk about monetization and […]

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Don’t Make These Web Hosting Mistakes! (FS283)

How much do you know about your website’s hosting? Has finding the right host been a challenge that you wish you could put to rest? What really is the best hosting platform for you and your business? Whether you are tech savvy or not, chances are you have had some issues with website hosting during your entrepreneurial life. Almost all businesses require an online presence and thus a homepage for customers to visit, but setting this up has historically been a tricky business. In this episode we look at some the developments in this field over the last decade or so and speak particularly on our experiences with WordPress and Squarespace. From there, we look at the different hosting options available to WordPress users and talk about the two main lanes that these fall into. We also talk about domain purchasing and how your host can effect everything related to […]

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Community Over Competition? (FS282)

Have you ever shared ideas with colleagues, a mentor or a student? Has this become a point of concern around originality, ownership or intellectual property? How do we go about navigating these potentially dangerous waters? We at Fizzle are all too familiar with the perils of these types of feelings but we are also here to tell you how you can get past these issues and transcend the games of jealousy and possessiveness. In this episode we begin by unpacking the different ways in which we can run in trouble over the ownership of ideas. From there, the discussion turns to some rumination on the freedom of ideas and we look at the history of jazz as a great example of legacy, tradition and individuality. We also talk about how the communication and reproduction of similar ideas can lead to a rising tide for everyone and how generosity and grace […]

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The Danger of NOT Taking Time Off (And The Consequence of Doing it Poorly!) FS280

Are you struggling to find time to relax and unwind? Does your business take it all out of you and leave nothing left? Could you really do with a break or a holiday? Here at Fizzle we believe that down-time and relaxation are vital to the success of your business and that sometimes the best thing for a business can be for the entrepreneur to take a break. In this episode we unpack the idea of taking time off, whether it is a vacation, some time away from your desk or just some quality time with your family. We discuss how to balance the spheres of your life to get the optimum work done when you are grinding! We also talk about digital addiction, burnout , engagement and intention, email inboxes and making the most of your allotted energy. No matter how urgent getting a task done seems, it is […]

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