I’m building a company called Credo. Credo is, essentially, a subscription lead generation platform for marketing agencies. Companies, primarily SMBs, that need digital marketing can come to Credo and choose from the available agencies and consultants, contacting them about their services. About three times I week, I receive an email like this: The leads industry […]
I don’t do much solo consulting these days, but when I do it is almost completely with digital marketplaces (if you want to chat with me about your marketplace, you can do it here). These sites always struggle with mass duplicate content issues, which is likely why you are here today.
A marketplace (like my own B2B marketplace Credo) seeks to balance both the supply and demand sides so that a) sellers can make a profit from their involvement and b) buyers have enough variety/choice to have a great experience on the site or service.
Dollar Shave Club, the disruptive direct-to-consumer shaving blades and products company, just sold to Unilever for 1 billion dollars cash. One billion dollars for a four year old company that sells razors! I am a happy Dollar Shave Club user myself. I was previously a Gillette Mach 3 user but was tired of the exorbitant […]
When I wrote my story of getting laid off and why I’m an entrepreneur now, I mentioned something in the section about figuring out your financial runway. What I mentioned there was Finance Night, which is something my wife and I do monthly. It’s been surprising to me how many people liked this idea. I‘ve […]
One of the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur is managing your cashflow, especially while getting your business off the ground. If you are smart, before you strike out on your own you saved half a year’s worth of expenses and already began generating revenue through your business. My suspicion is that very few people […]
Recently I saw Jason Lemkin tweet his answer to “What Has Been Your Biggest Career Mistake?“, and it got me thinking about my own. I’m not quite a decade into my own professional experience, but after seven jobs and numerous positions, promotions, and a layoff I’ve made my share of mistakes. And what’s more fun […]
9 months ago, I became a fulltime entrepreneur. Except for that summer where I worked for 6 weeks as a freelance interior and exterior painter (my father told me I should always have a skill like that, so I got one and it supported me through college) and those two weeks back in 2013, I’ve […]
Every week I produce a private video for all of the Credo Pros. They’re always on topics around managing clients, organizing an agency, or sales. Basically, I want to help Credo’s pros sell more business regardless of where they get it from, organize their agency for maximum efficiency and client results, and retain their clients for as long as possible.
I’m offering three videos to you for free to see if you think they will help you grow your business. Sign up here – https://www.getcredo.com/apply/
If there is one term in the tech/entrepreneurship world that makes me grate my teeth (more than my TMJ already does), it’s the term “lifestyle business”. SEE? Didn’t that just make you shiver and want to punch someone at the same time? I severely dislike this term, which is often used when comparing a business […]
I’m building my company Credo on WordPress these days. I recently overhauled my business model, moving from a commission-based model (which is a nightmare to track and a “business model” built on hope not business) to a subscription SaaS model.
Because I’ve been building on Credo on WordPress since the beginning, I have a decent bit of architecture in place already. I’ve been using Gravity Forms as my lead capture solution, and as I was building out the new version of Credo I was able to implement (with the help of a fantastic developer I found) a lot of functionality that I’ve needed, such as one form across all of the profiles on the site. Read more about GravityView is Major WordPress ? …
Too many of us live our lives in fear of failing. While some have a fear of flying, I think that once you’ve been through some great successes you no longer fear doing too well. The goal becomes to also be okay with the opposite – failure.
Anyone who is driven and wants to succeed must come up against this. It’s easy to stay in the known and optimize towards a 3-4% better conversion rate, but what happens when you want to 10x your business in the next few months? You won’t get there by doing tiny changes that get you .25% better (unless you are building off a huge base already). You have to change your mindset. Read more about On Being Willing To Fail …
Today I want to tell you about an entrepreneurship incubator that very few know about. It’s called Distilled, and they are an online marketing agency based in London UK with offices in New York City and Seattle as well. They are currently around 70 employees worldwide. Read more about The Greatest Entrepreneurship Incubator You’ve Never Heard Of …
There are many perks to running your own business, and mine specifically lets me work with amazing marketers and entrepreneurs who can run their businesses from anywhere in the world. I’ve read so many books about remote working and how to set up a business that allows this. Books like The Four Hour Workweek and Vagabonding have inspired me while websites like NomadList.com keep me constantly dreaming. Even Facebook marketers are targeting me about traveling the world and working. Read more about CredoCamp – Lessons Learned Working Remotely …
I love architecture. Part of the reason why I worked in rentals/real estate for a while was so that I could look at photos of beautiful apartments and houses all day while pretending to do work. I’m kidding about the pretending to do work part (mostly).
Houses mystify and excite me. My wife and I are thinking about building a house in the next couple of years, yet we have absolutely no idea where to start. Do we find an architect first? Should we buy land now or later? What about plumbing and electricity – how do we know how to set that up if we’re not in a development? We know where we want to end up – with a beautiful mid-century modern home in a beautiful setting – but how do we get there?
Bootstrapping a business is the same way.
The Internet is littered with side projects that never received the attention they could have and thus never took off like they might have. I love side hustle post-mortems and stories of serendipitous things that happen because of them. Others have written on this topic, so now it’s my turn.
I would bet that every entrepreneur’s journey is full of these, and mine is no different. I’ve set out with big intentions to launch communities in a couple different areas I’m interested in (outdoors gear and cycling), bought a site to use as my home base as a nomadic marketing consultant (which never materialized), started writing an ebook about marketing that I never finished (but built a big email list for), and more. Each of these “failed projects” taught me something different that was valuable. In fact, I’ve come to think of each of mine as failed startups and now count them as part of my journey to finally having a business that could succeed.
Here are the lessons I learned. Read more about Why I Create Side Projects I Never Finish …