2018: The Year of No “Hustle”

2018: The Year of No “Hustle”

Is anyone else in the tech world super tired of being told to “hustle”? Are you also incredibly tired of “X ways to scale your company SUPER FAST RIGHT NOW!” posts that seem to proliferate across publications like Medium and Forbes? Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly good tech publications out there, like […]

The Power of a Coach (TED talk)

The Power of a Coach (TED talk)

Today I finally watched a TED talk that I’ve been meaning to watch entitled “Want to get great at something? Get a coach.” I’ve embedded it below, followed by a short video I did earlier this year about why every professional needs a coach. I wanted to watch this video because for the last few […]

CaboPress

CaboPress

Last week I was fortunate to attend one of the most impactful conferences I have ever been to. It’s called CaboPress and it is put on by Chris Lema, who has been a mentor and guide to me over the last year and a half as I have been building my company. Every year Chris […]

Entrepreneur’s Schedule: How I Manage My Day

Entrepreneur’s Schedule: How I Manage My Day

I’ve written some about productivity as an entrepreneur on this blog before, but in recent months as my schedule has become busier I’ve had to become quite good at managing not only my time but also my energy. I run two companies actively and try to have a life outside of work, as I have a wife and dog who love spending time with me and going on adventures.

And let’s be honest – I love going on adventures too.

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Hi, I’m John and I’m a workaholic

Hi, I’m John and I’m a workaholic

“Hi John” you say.

I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve been making money in some shape or form since I was 11 years old getting paid $1 per horse stall I cleaned. I became so efficient at it that I was making $6/hr.

Not bad for an 11 year old.

22 years later (I turned 33 on Monday), I’ve been running my own company for almost 2 years. That’s crazy.

But I work a lot.

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How To Build A Successful Consulting or Agency Business

How To Build A Successful Consulting or Agency Business

Thinking about going on your own to build a consulting or agency business? Then read this first.

I will never forget September 29th, 2015. This was the day after I got laid off from my last fulltime job (19 months, where does the time go?) and I was laying in bed. I’m an ENTJ with a Type A personality (aka, I can never sit still) so even though I was unemployed and didn’t have to worry about money until the end of the year because of the severance I received, my mind was already spinning with what I was going to do next.

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I wrote 9000 new lines of code to learn this

I wrote 9000 new lines of code to learn this

Last week I pushed live the next incarnation of Credo. This update has taken a year of observing industry trends and needs, countless hours of conversation with agency owners, hiring a business strategy coach, speaking with multiple software mentors, working with my wife on designs, and 1000 lines of CSS plus another 500 or so lines […]

Don’t Let A Junior Technician Do Sales

Don’t Let A Junior Technician Do Sales

One of the biggest mistakes I see agencies make is hiring the wrong person to do sales, thinking they can do it themselves alongside all of their other duties, or letting a junior person who expresses interest in sales take the reins and do it.

I created a video for all of you (I’m trying to do more video this year) explaining my thinking around why this is a bad idea, and how to go about vetting someone internally to see if they can do the job or if they’re going to need more training.

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