How to Stay Inspired as an Entrepreneur (FS190)

Being “inspired” as an entrepreneur can mean a lot to your business and life. To me, the feel of inspiration is towards possibility and opportunity… a far cry from the standard doom and gloom that can come with starting a business. But more importantly, I find my best ideas, my most creative moments, come not when I’m dour and heavy, but when I’m light and hopeful… which is what I mean when I say “inspired.” So, we think it’s important to find a little wind for your wings, chase your interest, make some space in your life for YOU, and we want to teach you how we do it so you can find your own way. On… Read Entire Story

8 Places Real Entrepreneurs Find Meaningful Business Help (Fs189)

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If you’re creating a business you are going to need help. At some point in your journey a suggestion from a peer, or an insight from an article could lead to a major breakthrough for you. But where do you go for that help? That is the question we dig into in today’s podcast, sharing insights from each of us about where we truly find help in modern business. Getting good help could be the difference between making… Read Entire Story

2 Experts Share What Running a Membership Site is Really Like (FS173)

On the show today, 2 experts share what it’s really like to run a membership site. The experts, of course, are Corbett Barr and Chase Reeves (that’s me) 2 of the co-founders of Fizzle’s Business Courses & Community, a membership site that’s been live for almost 4 years at the time of writing. There’s a lot of conversation in the world of online business about how valuable a recurring revenue model. Dependable recurring income that you can count on sounds very sexy if your business needs to be selling to new customers every single day. So, is it as good as it sounds? Or, as a smart Fizzler put it in the… Read Entire Story

Business Advice & Wisdom for Young Family Entrepreneurs (FS160)

Running an indie business is more possible than ever — even when you’ve got a young baby or a new marriage. But if you try to simply burn more candles at more ends (or pour more cups of coffee to get through the day) you’ll find yourself and your family paying a price too high. On the show today, some wisdom and advice for entrepreneurs in young families. Steph’s about to have a baby, Barrett’s about to get married and Chase and Corbett have lived through enough of these experiences to have a valuable vantage point. Regardless of how far down the road of family or business you … Read Entire Story

It’s All Been Done Before, Why Should I Bother (FS147)

“Has my topic been done already and done so well that my take on it isn’t really necessary?” Marissa has a specific idea for her business. It’s a good idea. But other people have already started businesses doing something similar. Should she move on to another area of interest? Are there ways she can make her idea more unique? Should she move forward regardless? How can she tell if it’s something worth pursuing or not? Chances are you feel the same way about your business idea. You’re not alone, and we’ve got experience and insight for you in the podcast today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go! Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe (how to) iTunes Overcast Pocket … Read Entire Story

Blogging is Dead Again (FS146)

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Fizzler Emma Davies has a successful and growing following on Instagram, and she’s found a way to convert followers there into email subscribers. Her recent success—plus a slew of sentiment from experts claiming that blogging is dead once again—made her wonder if there really is a non-blog strategy for her content. On the show today we dig way into it, adding some much needed wisdom and experience to what is often a far too black/white question. Great conversation. Enjoy! It&rsquo… Read Entire Story

5 Reasons Why I Quit my Business to Pursue my Dream Job (FS144)

Val did the work many of us dream of doing. She was working for herself, building a career doing something she was good at, and she was making money. But something happened that called her whole entrepreneurial dream into question and she had to re-evaluate what she wanted from her work. In the episode today we’ll walk you through Val’s story and you’ll come out the other side with new insight about what you really want from your work. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go! Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe (how to) iTunes Overcast Pocket Casts Stitcher… Read Entire Story

When NOT to Argue With Customers About Refunds (FS136)

If you sell a product, digital or not, you are going to experience what this Fizzler experienced. She sells a digital training course. The course has a 30 day money back guarantee. That kind of return policy is pretty common in the digital course world. But what do you do if someone needs a refund past that return policy? What if it involves a moving personal story? What if they try to publicly shame you about it? In this episode we share that Fizzler’s story and killer advice about how to handle customer service issues like these. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the… Read Entire Story

“Back to Mother-Effing Square One.” Rebuilding a Freelance Business from Scratch (FS137)

“No point in beating around the bush – I’m hoping for advice (and reassurance) here. I’ve recently experienced a pretty huge disaster in my freelancing career, and I’m absolutely kicking myself.” That’s how a Fizzler started a recent conversation in the Fizzle Forums, and on this episode we help her blueprint a freelance business from scratch. Here’s some of her story: She started a successful-ish service-based business She “fell out of love” with that business and accepted a job opportunity 2 weeks later the company she took a job with fired everyone in her department So now she’s back at “mother-effing square one” and wondering what to do. This episode is so raw and… Read Entire Story

What To Do When You Need To Get To Minimum Viable Income Fast (FS139)

“Help! I lost my job. Now I have 60 days to launch a business and get to ramen profitability.” That’s where Fizzler Josh found himself recently and in this episode we share our best advice for what he should do next. What would you do? If you had to make ends meet in a short amount of time, what would you sell? How would you find clients? What would your pitch be? This is where a Fizzler named Josh really is. He brought his question to the Fizzle … Read Entire Story

I Let Insecurity & Fear Keep Me From Promoting My Business (FS143)

“I think it was pretty stupid to put all that time and energy into something and let my own fears keep me from doing anything with, so I want to sorta ‘relaunch’ it and give it a real go this time.” That quote comes to us from a Fizzler who had successfully made a product, earned some money from it, but then something kept him back from promoting and growing it further. In this episode we share his story and our advice about identifying and deconstructing the feelings, fears and insecurities that keep lots… Read Entire Story

How to Create Your own Definition of Success (FS140)

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Success… It might be one of the most divisive words of the English language. But what if you could create your own definition of success? And what if that definition was much more personal? Here’s how. Give a look at the good old Merriam-Webster dictionary, and what do you find? Success | suc • ces | sək-’ses | noun: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame. A team of researchers at Strayer University think our current definition of success is horse manure and are petitioning Merriam-Webster to have the definition changed. We tend to agree with Strayer, and apparently we’re not the only ones. The team at Strayer asked a group of people about their… Read Entire Story