Starting a business is a dream that many people have. And the startup world is replete with advice for the “wantrepreneur,” people who want to start their own company and “live the dream” of working for themselves. This advice is often incomplete and fails to take into account a long term view of entrepreneurship. While […]
Argh I recently read a post on Reddit where people were saying it is hard to make six figures online in a year. I’m calling shenanigans on that. It is absolutely possible to make six figures online and you too can do it if you have a skill that people will pay you for and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I run my own business and I purposely set it up so that I can run it from anywhere. Sometimes, I’m sitting in my own office with my external 27 inch external monitor in my home in Denver, Colorado. Sometimes, I am in an Airbnb in Brooklyn, or a coffee shop in some city in […]
In February 2013, I launched HireGun.co. In September 2015, I lost my job and went full time on HireGun. In January 2016, HireGun became Credo. In May 2016, I launched Credo Pro. Now in September 2017, I have finally launched an Annual Membership to Credo. I’ve resisted this for a long time, but I think it’s the […]
One of my challenges in growing my company has been finding the brain space to focus. I can quickly get into the mindset of “DO ALL THE THINGS AND DO THEM RIGHT NOW”, but then I arrive at the end of the week and I am frustrated and haven’t gotten much done. That can’t continue, […]
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.
“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.
I started my entrepreneur journey full time in late September 2015. Before that I worked full time for other companies, though I’ve always had side hustles such as this site you are currently reading.
I love having side hustles. I like to argue that they keep me sharp.
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.
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 […]
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.