Hello Unemployable people!
Lots of good stuff in this issue, and of course a couple of episodes of the Unemployable show.
In one, I reflect on my recent disruptive trip to the Philippines, and the profound lessons I should have realized without traveling to the other side of the world. But hey … whatever it takes.
The other is an interview with Nathan Barry, founder of ConvertKit. You may not know that until fairly recently, ConvertKit was a side project that languished while Nathan focused on his existing business.
Listen in to hear the advice, and the leap of faith, that brought the SaaS project to the forefront – with stunning results.
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Keep going –
When ‘Solo’ Goes Wrong
It’s an amazing time to be a solopreneur. Affordable technology plus the reach of the Internet allows for outsized profits by a “company of one.” And yet, the true power of the company of one is in the network that surrounds it.
When to Shift Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Thing
Nathan Barry is becoming seriously well known thanks to the success of ConvertKit – an email service for professional bloggers. You probably don’t know, however, that not long ago ConvertKit was a languishing side project to Nathan’s main business.
I'm constantly amazed by the young entrepreneurs that I meet. But the advice in this article has nothing to do with Millennials, or any other generation. It's good advice though, so ignore the headline fail.
Marketing is a Snap
If you have doubts about the Snapchat hype, join the club. This article makes the case that the Snapchat movement is very, very real. Apparently, Snapchat is the second most powerful social platform in the United States.
Podcast Editing In Your Browser?
“Traditionally, the largest barrier to podcasting has been the complexity of steps and multitude of programs it takes to go from recording to editing to publishing. Cast is simplifying this process with its web-based podcasting platform that lets you record, edit, and publish all without leaving your browser.”
Discover Your Product
Initial product ideas fall short most of the time. It takes work to evolve ideas into something that will work. But if you aren’t experimenting and measuring the impact of your product changes, you remain in the dark about the ideas that missed the mark.
The Bionic Company
The title of this piece reminds me of the intro to the 1970's TV show The Six Million Dollar Man — better, stronger, faster. Yes, I'm old. But this is also one of my favorite topics, and it's important for you to get well-versed in it.
There's a saying that goes, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The same can be said for investing in great customer support. This piece makes the case.
April 15 Blues
Freshbooks’ CMO Shawn Cadeau and professional bookkeeper Gabrielle Fontaine answer your questions about accounting for creative professionals.
It's Not De Minimis
I may not have enjoyed practicing law, but it taught me to never ignore the important documentation in favor of a handshake. While it’s tempting to dig into the vision for your company and start making your idea a reality, it’s important that founders pause and cover their legal bases.
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