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Oct 28, 2015

Jill Stanton was finished - with her long time role as a bartender and with the way her life was going. It all came to a head one early morning after she had endured a long shift and a customer mocked her in the middle of closing down her bar. She was done and began working toward something new, something more. In today’s episode Jill shares her journey from bartender to successful entrepreneur as a co-founder of Screw The Nine To Five, an online community that helps people step out of their job and into an entrepreneurial business of their own. She’s going to share what it’s like to take that step, how to keep yourself going, why you can’t quit, and the qualities you need to stick it out. It’s a great, raw conversation you’ll enjoy.

Getting a start online with affiliate marketing.

 

When Jill Stanton started out online she was working with her fiance - and she knew NOTHING about online business. They started with affiliate marketing because that’s a means of income generation he’d had some experience with, and that’s where Jill’s online education began. They decided to build a site themed around skin care products (since Jill had some experience in that niche). She wrote the content, he did all the technical stuff. Together they built out the site and began seeing some income. Then they built another. And another… until they had over 30 sites, all affiliate, all generating income. In this episode you can hear the entire story of how Jill made it out of her 9 to 5 job and how they pivoted those sites into an online community with thousands of members.

 

People kept asking them, “How are you doing this?”

When Jill Stanton quit her job as a bartender it took a while to get started. But after things were rolling and her income was supplied by her online work, she and her fiance began taking trips. People were curious, asking her over and over, “What are you doing? How are you taking these trips? You don’t work anywhere.” That’s when she and her fiance came to the realization that there might be some type of income opportunity teaching others how to do what they had done. The idea of Screw The Nine to Five was born. Jill shares a lot of the details on this episode of Entrepreneur:Uncut, so makes sure you set aside some time to listen.

 

Building out a community through guest posting.

When Jill Stanton and her fiance began their site Screw The Nine To Five, neither of them knew what it would take to build a community. The only thing they did know was that they’d need to get some attention to the site. So Jill began searching for places to do guest posting. Through her efforts the site began to get more attention and members began connecting with them. Over time Jill discovered a step by step process to finding niche specific places to submit her guest posts and her efforts paid off big time. In this episode she shares that step by step process - step by step - and gives suggestions about how to use it to advance your site and your cause. Stick around and give it a listen.

 

Once you start your own thing, it’s ridiculous to quit.

 

That’s what Jill Stanton thinks. In her mind, you’ve given too much and have come too far to turn back. What are you going to do instead? Go find a J-O-B that you hate? Do what somebody else tells you to do? Make money for somebody else? The entrepreneurial spirit and role is not one for the faint of heart, but it’s one that gives you a taste of true freedom. To give up on that is like giving up on yourself. That’s how Jill sees it. If you are on the brink of giving up on your entrepreneurial dreams, her encouragement to you is to have a good cry if you need to. Talk it out with someone who understands, but get back after it as soon as possible. Often your biggest breakthroughs are just beyond the point where you want to give up.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [0:14] Introduction of today’s guest and the question of what to do when you’re miserable in your J-O-B.
  • [1:06] How Jill got started teaching people how to quit their job and create something of their own to support their family.
  • [3:23] The point where Jill knew she couldn’t keep doing what she was doing.
  • [4:40] Why Jill chose to start her online journey with affiliate marketing and how the journey went.
  • [6:32] How Jill and her husband began Screw the 9 to 5.
  • [7:25] How did ST9to5 become a community?
  • [9:54] The power of figuring it out as you go.
  • [10:10] Jill’s system of finding targeted guest posts to promote your stuff.
  • [12:55] Did Jill ever feel like she wanted to quit her online pursuits?
  • [15:50] How do you get through the times when you want to throw in the towel?
  • [21:05] Tips for stepping out of a job and into your own business.
  • [26:32] How believing in yourself and your dream can sustain you.
  • [27:18] The things that stress Jill out the most in her business.
  • [28:25] What Jill does to make sure her community members are getting enough from her.
  • [28:59] Some of Jill’s favorite automation tools.
  • [31:18] What would you do if you lost all your money and resources?
  • [32:26] How to connect with Jill.

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

www.InfusionSoft.com

 

Lead Pages

 

Slack

 

Edgar

 

ScheduGram

 

Hootsuite

 

Screw the Nine to Five - Jill’s website community

 

www.ScrewCommunity.com - The Screw the Nine to Five community on Facebook

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

When you’re almost at rock bottom is when you have to push through ~ Jill Stanton

 

A system to find targeted #GuestPost opportunities, from Jill Stanton

 

Sometimes you just need to sob it out to realize #WhatYouWant ~ Jill Stanton

 

Quitting is a big deal when you’ve gone “all in.” You can’t do it ~ Jill Stanton

 

Ultimately you have to want your business to succeed. Otherwise you WILL quit ~ Jill Stanton

Oct 20, 2015

Way back in 2010 Nick Francis co-founded a company called Help Scout with two of his friends, Denny and Jared. In just over 4 years Help Scout has become an international company with over 3000 subscribers. How did they take a company from 0 to 3000 in that short period of time? In today’s conversation Khierstyn will be chatting with Nick about that reality - and a whole lot more. It’s a great interview that covers issues about Software development, scaling a business, true customer communication and service, and many other topics. Take a break from what you’re doing and listen to this chat. It’s worth your time.

How did a successful SaaS startup come up with their product idea?

Nick Francis is quick to say that when they built Help Scout, he and his 2 partners built something that they personally needed and knew they would use. They didn’t see any sense in building something that they wouldn’t be intimately involved with. So in that way, Help Scout was the natural outgrowth of their own experience and desire to build a software company. 4 years and 3000 customers later, it seems they picked a winner. Khierstyn digs into the history and journey the Help Scout team has been on in this episode to mine the insights and strategies that made the company success… so you can learn and do the same types of things. Be sure to give it a listen.

 

Building a business without any outbound marketing? Really?

When Nick Francis and his partners started Help Scout they established some core values to guide them in how they would develop and run their new business. One of those was that they wanted to market to other people in the way they wanted to be marketed to. That meant no outbound marketing. Instead, they chose to take the content marketing route, and over 3000 customers later, the story is history. Nick chats about that decision in this episode of Entrepreneur: Uncut.

Scaling quickly: How the Help Scout team did it.

Help Scout has grown into an international company in just over 4 years. That kind of growth requires a vast amount of scaling in an obviously short amount of time. How did they do it? Nick Francis says it’s because their initial idea proved to be right on target with their ideal customer’s needs, and that they continued to validate that fact every step they took through direct and consistent communication with their customers. Consistently hitting the right need enabled the growth and fueled their product development as well. Nick’s got lots of great insights to share from the Help Scout story, so take some time to listen.

What advice would Nick Francis give himself if he could go back to the beginning?

“It’s never going to be easier than it is right now.” When he was first starting out Nick says that his concept of building a large, SaaS business was that once things got rolling and the automation kicked in, he’d be able to take it easy. But that was no place close to the truth. As the team has grown and the software has become more and more complex, there has been nothing but increasing pressure over the years. He thinks it would have been helpful to know that from the beginning. What can you take away from that insight? How does it impact your dreams about the company you’re building. Hear more insights like that on this episode of Entrepreneur: Uncut.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [0:14] Introduction of today’s topic and today’s guest: Nick Francis
  • [0:54] Nick’s story: His first business and how he’s grown and developed.
  • [2:10] How Nick met his partners and what they’ve done together.
  • [3:28] How the 3 partners decided to start a business together.
  • [4:46] How did you get your first customer? Tell us about it.
  • [6:36] What is your favorite kind of project to work on?
  • [7:51] Did you ever reach a point where demand overwhelmed what you could produce?
  • [8:34] Did you ever try to scale your first business (Project 83)?
  • [10:09] How did you come up with the idea for Help Scout?
  • [11:50] Why Nick found it important to work on products he was using himself.
  • [14:05] What did you do for the initial push to promote your fist SaaS software?
  • [16:43] Why it’s important to give a lot of thought to projects before you begin them.
  • [18:35] In the early days of Help Scout, how long did it take for you to get a beta version ready?
  • [20:32] How did you get your first customers for Help Scout?
  • [22:17] How did you integrate communication into your first customer relationships?
  • [24:41] What advice would you give to a new product developer who wants to automate everything from the start?
  • [26:21] From 0 to 4000 customers in just over 4 years: How did you get the initial traction?
  • [28:08] How hitting the right need consistently enabled the Help Scout team to scale quickly.
  • [29:00] What was the biggest challenge with scaling to a multinational product?
  • [30:37] What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about customer retention?
  • [33:50] What one piece of advice could you give yourself if you could go back and give it?
  • [35:59] Nick’s definition of an entrepreneur.

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

https://www.helpscout.net/  

 

Email Khierstyn at entrepreneuruncutATgmailDOTcom

 

Nick on Twitter https://twitter.com/nickfrancis

 

Contact Nick through HelpScout

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

An international #SaaS company build only on #InboundMarketing? Yep.

 

Why ongoing customer communication is the only way to build an on-target product

 

Nick Francis of Help Scout on #startups, #scaling, and communication, on this episode

 

How do you #scale a company from 0 to 3000 customers in just 4 years? Find out

 

The key to #scaling quickly: A conversation with Nick Francis of Help Scout

Oct 19, 2015
KC Lau discusses the best practices he used for monetizing his blog when he was
first starting out.
 
We'll discuss the following revenue models: sponsored ad space, SEO keyword search, creating and selling your own online courses.
 
These principles discussed now allow KC to make more than six figures per year.
solely from his blog.
Oct 13, 2015

What is an entrepreneur?

If anyone knows what it means to be an entrepreneur it would be Chris Ducker. Chris is a world-famous figure who’s really made it big in the entrepreneurial world. His book “Virtual Freedom” is an Amazon best-seller and his community www.YouPreneur.com is abuzz with activity about building a successful business as an entrepreneur. In this episode of Entrepreneur:Uncut Chris share his definition of an entrepreneur. Here it is: An entrepreneur is someone who is building a team to solve a problem. It’s that simple. Hear this great conversation with Chris on this episode.  

 

How does an entrepreneur know when he needs help?

 

Every entrepreneur will hit the point when he or she hit what Chris Ducker calls “the point of overwhelm.” It’s that place where you simply can’t do another thing, but if you don’t your business is going to crash and burn. Chris says that when you feel you’re at that point, or almost there, it’s time to get some help. Chris hit that point himself back in 2009 and spent an entire year reorganizing his business so that he could get his life back. In this episode Chris shares his insights about the task of outsourcing in his characteristic style. You’ll really enjoy this episode.

 

When money is tight, how do you figure out what to outsource?

It’s a common thing for entrepreneurs to get to the point that they recognize their need to get help with their business activities. But how do you know what to outsource first? Chris Ducker has written the book on outsourcing, literally, and gives some great advice on that point in this episode. His “3 Lists of Freedom” are a surefire way to find out what you need to outsource first, and then second, and then after that, and after that. It’s great to hear Chris explain it in his own words and he does so with wit and persuasion on this episode. Be sure you give it a listen.

 

The 3 lists of freedom and how can it help overwhelmed entrepreneurs.

 

Chris Ducker developed his entire book, “Virtual Freedom” around what he calls “The 3 Lists of Freedom.” It’s an exercise he encourages every entrepreneur to do to discover their need for outsourcing and the things that need to be offloaded first. Briefly, here’s the basics of the list: On a sheet of paper create three columns. The first column is where you will list the things you do daily that you hate doing. The second column is the list of the things you can do but struggle to do well. The third column is the things you feel that you shouldn’t actually be doing as CEO of your own company. Once you get those columns completed, you are ready to make some decisions. Find out how as Chris Ducker explains it on this episode of Entrepreneur: Uncut.

 

If Chris Ducker could go back and give himself advice when he first started building a business, what would it be?

That’s only one of the great questions Khierstyn asked Chris on this episode and his answer was equally great. Chris would tell his younger self to become active in the internet world of social media, video creation, and product marketing earlier than he did. In his opinion he messed around trying to create a business offline for far too long. If he’d started sooner he would have reached greater levels of success, faster. This conversation is filled with great insights from a guy who has been in the trenches for years and has learned the smart way to run a business. Be sure you make the time to listen.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [0:15] Introduction of Chris Ducker, entrepreneur and outsource specialist.
  • [1:28] Khierstyn’s confession: a question for Chris that got stolen.
  • [5:12] Chris’ breakdown in 2009 and the changes it forced him to make.
  • [8:27] “How can I get back to running my business rather than my business running me?”
  • [10:46] Did Chris’ changes make an immediate difference in the bottom line?
  • [12:41] Why it never entered Chris’ mind to quit the business.
  • [14:47] Why Chris Ducker loves being an entrepreneur and what he’s learned doing one day masterminds with entrepreneurs.
  • [19:08] Why it’s so valuable to partner with or connect with other entrepreneurs.
  • [23:20] When does an entrepreneur know that they need help, and how do they determine what help they need?
  • [27:52] How to figure out what tasks to outsource when money is tight.
  • [29:00] The three lists of freedom Chris developed and how it works.
  • [32:57] What advice would Chris give his younger entrepreneurial self

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

www.ChrisDucker.com

 

The New Business Podcast

 

www.VirtualStaffFinder.com

 

Chris’s book: Virtual Freedom

 

Chris’ mastermind community: www.YouPreneur.com

 

Email Khierstyn at entrepreneuruncut@gmail.com

Oct 12, 2015

Think #Digital First | Warren Knight Warren Knight is a digital marketing specialist who’s focus is increasing e-commerce through digital and social strategy. He’s the author of Think #Digital First, a step-by-step guide any business can use to move their brand online.

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