Start Ups For The Rest Of Us (Episode 137 Startup Feedback, Finding Better Consulting Gigs, and More Listener Questions)

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In the beginning of this episode, Rob Walling talked about how he managed to have “Inbox-Zero” first time in his life! Mike Taber on the other hand, talked about how to balance workloads by managing his emails.

Episode 137 tackles all about Start up Feedback, Finding Better Consulting Gigs, and More Listener Questions from the questions answered by Rob and Mike!

 

Here’s what you’ll learn from this episode

MANAGING EMAILS AND KEEPING Inbox Zero
MIKE AND ROB TALKS ABOUT The Mastermind Group
FIVE IDEAS OF A BLOGGER FOR PUTTING UP MULTIPLE IRONS IN THE BUSINESS
The Basic Start Up Guides for 16 Asian Countries
by Derek
-          Derek is hiring people from the 16 Asian Countries to help in creating the 2014 editions

Here are the contents of the discussions:

1.      “… I prefer to find gigs that are more goal/ milestone-based where I’m building an app to a specification with weekly and or monthly deadlines. This allows me to work on my own pace. I managed to find a few of these gigs and they are awesome but they are usually through networking, word of mouth or wherever else. Do you have any suggestions for finding this type of work?”  -Dustin DeVries PHP, Python business-community-360
BUILD A NAME AND REPUTATION BY GETTING INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITIES

-          Build a community around the things that you do
-          Creating tools that the community uses
-          Becoming a recognize expert in the area
HIT UP YOUR NETWORK
-          Leverage links
-          Put advertisements
-          Introducing yourself to recruiters
RAISE YOUR RATE
-          Separating yourself from the pack a little bit
BODY SHOP WORK VS. PROJECT WORK
“You have to stand up from the others, and you just have to figure out the best way to that.”

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2.      “I’m trying SEO but the keywords for my product are really competitive. I’ve been putting off inside sales but it’s increasing and becoming a last resort option. Given my product to either of you have a suggestion on effective marketing plan to get users. I know it’s a really broad question. Any other feedback would be extremely valuable to me.”  -Edward Anderson of ProcessSmith.com

FOCUS ON A COUPLE OF VERY SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THAT OTHER BUSINESSES HAVE
-          On boarding process
-          Employee termination process
CREATE A PROCESS FOR THE HR DEPARTMENT
-          Create a workflow
-          Tell people “This is what you can use it for.”
-          Positioning your process where people would find it as a solution to their problem
FIGURE IT OUT BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE
-          Do not write another line of code
-          Figure out whose using your app
-          Know who is paying you for it
-          Know what it can be used for
-          Go after that Market
BUILD SOMETHING NEW
-          Entirely new domain
-          New website
-          New value proposition
QUIT YOUR JOB, GO HORIZONTAL. LOOK AT OTHER VERTICALS!

“Focus on that and get 100 customers paying you a hundred bucks a month and there is your ten grand”  

 3.      “Can we still apply the notion of several zero niche sites to bring in 400 plus dollars a month given how competitive the internet is these days in 2013?”-Mitesh Chauhan

THE WORLD OF BUSINESS AND INTERNET IN THE PRESENT  internet-world

-          New markets will always come out
-          There are always new problems to be solved
-          Every niche has a competition
FIGURE THE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS THAT WILL HELP
-          Is that an interesting problem to solve?
-          Is it something that excites you
-          Is that something that you think has longevity for you?
-          Is it just something to get you out of your job?
“As long as you’re building solutions that people find valuable, you can build a niche for yourself and you can build a product that goes out to the market and be successful.”


“Since the internet has launched, there’s always opportunity and that’s our challenge it is to find that opportunity and attack it.”

 4.      “I created a launch page but now I have customers saying my design is bad and needs work. Should I ignore them or listen to their feedback and fix my design? Does the launch page still need to be nicely designed since that is a part of marketing?” -Tom Nguyen themeforest-example1
THE PURPOSE OF A LAUNCH PAGE
-          Inform the people about the product
-          Convince the customers to give their email addresses and register
“The purpose of your launch page is to communicate with people not solely to look good.”
FOCUS ON TALKING TO PEOPLE
-          Help your customers understand that your product is a solution to their problem
-          Help  your audience know why they should be paying for your product
PEOPLE COMPLAINING IS A PROBLEM
“If people are complaining, that is a problem because if these are the people that are in the niche that you’re trying to serve and they care enough with the design and you’re kind of violating that design sense, then it means that you don’t have credibility to them and I do think it’s going to impact your conversion.”
WEB DESIGN OPTIONS:
WordPressInstall Coming Soon Plugin from John Turner
LaunchRock.com –This is where MicroConfEurope.com landing page is
Themeforest.net –Look for a single landing page HTML template

5.      “What are your long- term plans? What do you see yourself living off when you’re 50 or 60 and in retirement?” 
save retirement

BUILD A PORTFOLIO
-          Build bigger and bigger things from previously successful products
“If you’re building a portfolio, the level of success that you achieve with those products tends to go up”
“If you’re trying to build the portfolio products, eventually as you get more and more successful, the ones that you started out with, you’re going to essentially let them fall by the wayside.”

REJECTING THE THOUGHT OF FULL SET-BACK RETIREMENT rest
-          People in their 50’s who live in technology can still understand and find the opportunities
-          A real entrepreneur gets bored of doing nothing
-          Scaling a few work back
BUILD UP SAVINGS THAT CONTRIBUTES TO RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS

 6.      “We can critic the business idea based on what we think but that’s almost less important than when we use the service? Do you have reservations about using it as, you know, as a business owner?” -Ben Feldman up front
OFFER PEOPLE A PERCENT OF EQUITY
CHARGE UPFRONT
CREATE GOOD A GOOD DESIGN
PUT UP A LANDING PAGE

 

MY BIGGEST TAKE AWAY!
If you don’t ever start because you’re afraid that it’s too competitive then you’ll never finish, you’ll never succeed.”

ADDITIONAL TIPS!
“Never forget premise No.1, Investors incubators over estimate their ability to pick good ideas and start-ups”
“It’s always more competitive today than it was yesterday.”
“Now in 2013, you have so many more tools at your disposal. You can get websites built faster. We have tools like WordPress that weren’t around in any type of former fashion”
“If you have something that your really excited and passionate about, then lean towards doing that, because I do think that launching these niche sites is harder than it was five years ago.”
“You know, you’re going to have some failures here and there. There are some things that you’re just going to tank after a few years.”

SOURCES:

  • StartUpsFortheRestofUs.com
  • Boomerang
  • Trelo
  • Google Hangout
  • Withegg.com/help
  • Agentpropostion.blogspot.com
  • WordPress
  • LaunchRock.com
  • Themeforest.net

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