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Small Business Month Giveaway

Start or grow your business in April... and get cool stuff. 😃

Step #1: Grow Your Biz

Leave a comment with the #1 thing you're doing to start or grow your business this month. Think big! Show me ideas, experiments, and RESULTS.

Step #2: Share the Podcast

Please refer at least 1 person to subscribe to the Noah Kagan Presents podcast. Yay!

The more people you refer, the higher your chances to win the grand prize.

Step #3: Leave a Review for the Podcast (Optional)

If you like the show and haven't left a review on iTunes. Please do so 🙂

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If you do all steps above, I'll PayPal you $1.

And at the end of April, I’ll pick the 5 most impressive comments / results who did all the steps for another prize...

  1. Get flown out to Austin for a day
  2. Put up in moderately affordable hotel for one night (come on!)
  3. Get $1,000 each to spend on their business… ads, tools, whatever
  4. $250 AppSumo credit
  5. Lunch with my favorite copywriter in the world Neville Medhora to help optimize your business
  6. Group workshop where I help you solve your biggest business problems
  7. Meet other entrepreneurs to have accountability and new friends

Ps. We reserve the right to not pay you the $1 if you don't take action for your goal for April or we've given out up to $10,000 already....

Leave a comment below by the end of April! 👇

[NOTE: The giveaway is now over.]

266 responses to “Small Business Month Giveaway”

Kat
May 2, 2019 at 10:55 am

Here’s the update:
By the way, here’s what I’ve done:
Gotten my NY authority to operate
Sketched out my supplement label
Found a designer
Set up my bank accounts
As soon as I get my credit card I can order product!

Lilia
May 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

#1 THING I did to grow my business this month: tempusplanner.com
I send out 30 pitch emails via HARO (an awesome tool to score media mentions) to journalists and bloggers to get my product featured.
Results:
As of now, I received one response - I'M. SO. EXCITED!!!
The habits of successful people...They Start Small.
Thank you, Noah, for putting out " Only listen when struggling" I really needed to hear that.
Stay Well,

Greetings from Boston

Daniel
April 30, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Hello

Update my small business # 1 thing

I made the recording and editing of 16 hours of my lessons to make videogames, in video courses.

I started connecting people on my Instagram and Facebook. But I only have 50 new people on my social networks.

I do not know, I think this is not enough to win, but I want to thank you for pushing me all this month to succeed.

This May, I think I can give all my time to engage people and sell my courses. Remember, all this is to invest money on my company 043 Imagine, and make my video games.

Good luck to all of you here, and make your goals a true reality!

Jennifer Simpson
April 30, 2019 at 11:17 pm

I was a student of Ramit's IWT program. I opted for the bonus and I loved your talk. It was so inspiring. It took me from a dead end job to a thriving personal chef business. My personal chef business elevated to a private chef gig. This year things took a shift. I am faced with changing my business. I decided to try to blog and perhaps do phone call consults. I worked really hard developing these two recipes. I actually published them on my blog. I know it needs photos and what not but done is better than perfect. My clients have me traveling between SF and Dallas, Texas. I really love Texas. BTW one of my favorite things I make for my clients is a full on balls to the wall taco bar:-)
I even make my own salsa's and brisket that make a Texan blush.
On a side note-My husbands family lives in Toronto Canada and I was just there for Passover. I was totally inspired my family member. They kept asking me questions about changing their diets and I was empowering them with yummy food that can fit with their dietary requirements. I am just trying to scale and am having difficulty doing so. BTW-I was a subscriber to app sumo. I had it for months. My website is with wix and I tried trouble shooting for a long time. Finally, a member of your team informed me that it wasn't going to work. oh well- lessoned learned. I have my blog now on word press. I hope to use your product again with that platform.

Raiza Victoria
April 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Hi great Naoh! First of all many thanks for that $1 which worths thousands, may be millions, for me, coming from you! I really appreciate the opportunity you give me, to help me grow my business. I am really excited for that. Even though I didn't reach exactly the 5000 people on my mail list, I feel I made a huge step on growing it. Oh I reached 4000 wow!! That's really amasing, since my second goal was to send them great value content, and I am sure I did it, for I have received dozens of mail replies thanking me and asking for more. You know my biz consist on teaching online pastry and baking? Do you know how difficult it is to enroll people in such activity, since they cannot taste or even smell what I am baking? I feel very proud to receive answers telling me they have prepared my recipes and they are doing better than ever!! I clap myself lol, I feel so excited about this!! I really think I am reaching my goals. May will be a very decisive month, besides it is my 64 birthday. Can you believe me? I have never felt younger with this project I am developing. My dream come true, same as the dream of meeting you, that I know it will be very soon!! Hugs and kisses Noah. Keep on doing that great job!!

LIlia
April 30, 2019 at 10:59 pm

#1 THING I did to grow my business this month: tempusplanner.com
I send out 30 pitch emails via HARO (an awesome tool to score media mentions) to journalists and bloggers to get my product featured.
Results:
As of now, I received one response - I'M. SO. EXCITED!!!
The habits of successful people...They Start Small.
Thank you, Noah, for putting out " Only listen when struggling" I really needed to hear that.
Stay Well,

Greetings from Boston

Doc
April 30, 2019 at 10:21 pm

I am outsourcing a large portion my online business in order to scale and free up more time for me to be creative and make more stuff to sell.

Lu Doan
April 30, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Long time listener and fan. Love your style.

We are always experimenting. The one thing that worked best this month to grow our revenue is using automation, based on user behavior, to convert free users to paid users. We saw a 3x growth in conversions from free to paid users. We plan to double down on that strategy along with deeper dives/use of predictive analytics to grow our business.

Damien Schmitt
April 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Noah, love that you mentioned Bob Goff in your latest podcast. In April I’ve been trying to love my wife more, take her on dates and stuff because happy wife, happy business. I’ve also been thinking about the second season of my comic strip, Big Sea Tales. I have plans to slightly change the dimensions of the panels to fit nicely into Instagram - just seems like an ideal platform that people can scroll through the comic strip - seems like it’s made for comics. It would also give me a little more real estate for text. I’ve been drawing up the first strips of the new season. I’m dedicating the first strip of the new season to my boy Noah, Rabbi Can’t Lose. It will come out Monday, May 6 on http://www.bigseatales.com. Thanks for motivating to get back in the water. I really enjoy your podcast!

Robert Edwards
April 30, 2019 at 12:33 pm

I'm staying focused on prize and only attacking the to do list items that matter to the success and growth of my business now, or at least lay a solid foundation for future moves.
Always know the next move.
Purged or delegated the tasks that didn't make this cut; had the most productive couple of weeks ever.

Short comment, gotta get back to it. No distractions.

Matthew Wong
April 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

Get 5-10 Youtube influencers to showcase my hot sauce and launch our very own Youtube channel.

Knowledge Nuggets
April 30, 2019 at 10:06 am

KnowledgeNuggets.org is my platform dedicated to sharing what I am learning from fascinating folks primarily through print and audio interviews.

Past guests include a NASA astronaut, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, and a nine-time New York Times bestselling author. The journey has been nothing short of intellectually stimulating and proof that successful people, when asked the right way and at the right moment, do not mind sharing their expertise with an unknown interviewer!

There is not yet a means of monetization — this is more of a passion project that could become a full-time endeavor. Therefore, instead of rushing to ask for donations from the very small but excited fan base, I have decided to seek sponsors from educational foundations who share a like mind. Such groups shall be considered and approached. The objective is to receive enough financial support in order to cover expenses and continue building, allowing for a (much) better website, travel tech gear, higher-profile interviewees, and an advertisement budget.

Noah, I would cherish the privilege of meeting and learning from you and Mr. Kopywriting Kourse in ATX!

P.S. Steps 2 and 3 have been completed. Screen shots are available upon request.

Joyce
April 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

#1 THING I'm doing to grow my business: Neville's Kopywriting Kourse!

every other week, I'm waking up at 3am to attend Office Hours with Neville (hi from Paris, France!)
every week, I'm posting weekly goals and updates in the new AWESOME members' area

April RESULTS

Traffic to website: +17%

List of subscribers: +16%

Average open rate: stable (55%)

Average click-through rate: stable (23%)

Bank balance: +12%

April EXPERIMENTS

Optimized website homepage newsletter signup --> conversion rate went from 1.77 to 7.21% in 3 weeks
Tested 3 ideas for new product --> some positive feedback but no strong winner, need to keep working
Bluntly asked my audience what they need --> need to find a way to deliver in a manner that works for both me and them
Changed "Start Here" page with "How to..." page and more powerful titles --> need to figure out a way to measure the success of that change but I, for one, love it! :)) It feels much more helpful because the titles clearly state what you're going to learn when you click on each link.
Optimized cornerstone blog post for SEO with Neville's help--> will be monitoring results in the coming weeks
Hired someone to help me with SEO and teach me at the same time --> this is the first time I'm putting more than $100 back into the business. Scared shitless but feel I need to give this a try if I don't want to burn out!
Started making sales calls for side hustle that people keep telling me I should do --> possibly profitable and fun but possibly distracting and boring, need to test and start charging to make up my mind for sure

This is all stuff I've experimented with in April on top of the usual grind (weekly blog post + coaching). I'm tired but having a lot of fun 🙂

KEY BENEFITS of the Kopywriting Kourse

Renewed focus
Accountability
I feel less lonely and more confident I'll find solutions when I need them

Neville (and new sidekick Dan!) really helped me step up my game 🙂

Here's hoping my salary journey resembles the one you shared on YouTube Noah.

Thanks for everything you do! Now please invite me to Austin!! 🙂

Joyce

Sara Moore
April 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

I’m getting aggressive with sales funnels and batching content to keep things consistent. I found dedicating certain days to certain tasks helps keep me on track.

Rob Roseman
April 29, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Hey Noah,

I'm a former Chicago Merc futures trader turned Vegas poker pro, now a stay-at-home Dad/entrepreneur.

3 kids (7,5,1)
3 side-gigs/irons in the fire.

All are building momentum, quickly.

1) KickstartReading.com - We teach kids how to read with 2-minute videos, taught by my sister, Lauren (as I Sumo-Ninja the marketing strategy behind the scenes.)
-- We're using the tactics from your episode with Tom Stanford -- reaching out to small/medium Instagram influencers (think homeschool moms and other super parents).
-- Growing every month, and our Amazon Prime video views are skyrocketing.

2) GiftedTesting.com - Created an online directory with my Dad, a psychologist, for parents to find psychologists online who specialize in Gifted Testing.
--- With the help of your boy, Nev and the Kopywriting Kourse, we've tightened up our pitch emails to snag our first yearly paying customer!

3) Launched my own podcast, the Dad the Best I Can Show, talking to other entrepreneurs about their #DadLife!
--- Used some Noah sparked tips (LinkedIn and Instagram reach out) to get JESSE ITZLER on the show, and the guest list grows every day! Drift CEO, David Cancel records tomorrow!

Ok, back to the main gig.....3 kids need help with lego's/video games/snacks.

*Shared your podcast*

Thank you, Noah (Rabbi can't lose)
Rob

Kate
April 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

I published my book on songwriting and am using your Sleep Sumo blog post to do a giveaway. I have been contacting companies for donations and have gotten responses already. Next step is to contact influencers

Josh
April 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

Hey Noah,
Full disclosure April was a bust but for my I've finally got off my butt to take part in a 30 day funnel challenge that started today. So that's something heading in the right direction.

Bryce Cox
April 29, 2019 at 6:53 am

Love your work Noah, so happy you are back on that podcast life!

The concept behind our idea - Positive change in the world can be funded by finding a mutual win between public demand and worthy causes

What problem are we solving - People want to be the next crypto whale but struggle to get enough volume to change their life when the market rallies.

How are we solving it?
We provide a secure crypto wallet, a countdown timer and a tiny fixed contribution figure. Users send the tiny amount of crypto to the wallet, wait for the countdown timer to end and then a winner is chosen at random (yes we can prove it's random)

the winner gets 95% of the total
A genuine charity that is proven to get results gets 3%
We take 2% to keep the lights on

How are we testing demand?
Our landing page is near finished, we are then going to drive traffic to it via micro influencers on insta and a snappy youtube ad along with good old fashion groundwork.

Check out our progress over at https://whaleraffle.webflow.io/ (not mobile friendly just yet)

I wasnt going to give so much away but I have been appreciating your content for ages now dude. Thanks a bunch!

Bryce Cox
April 29, 2019 at 6:58 am

Shared with my team and left yo self a itunes review homie.

PJ
April 28, 2019 at 6:07 pm

Who's got two thumbs and needs a breakthrough? This guy!
We have a reasonably sized mailing list, thanks to Sumo. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to resonate with potential customers any longer. It used to be that one mailing of ~1100 would result in 2-3 sales. This isn't too bad, considering the mailing has no cost at this time, and the sales are typically subscriptions. So, they result in recurring sales. Great!

At the top of April, we implemented a new theme for our store, hoping it was more appropriate and had the flow that customers would expect and use. It seems to somewhat better, but traffic is still not converting at rates that make it impressive.

Implementing the new theme had the unfortunate side effect of wrecking the Sumo integration! We didn't even notice until a few weeks later. Yuck.

So, to keep experimenting, we made April the month of implementing Google Shopping Ads as well as some traditional Google Ads.

It has been a month at the School of Hard Knocks, to be sure. The Google Ad costs are only equaling the gross product sales they bring in. That's not how one makes a profit! Oh, and pro-tip, don't enter any Google promotional codes until your Shopping Ads go live-- This can take weeks, and you have very little control over the process. In the meantime, the promotional period starts, leaving you with very little time to take advantage of the ads.

In summary, I know we have a great product, and we've put a lot of work into it. Other businesses have flown past ours in terms of success. It seems we are following the process, but something is missing.

Having the opportunity to directly discuss an action plan, copywriting tweaks, and maybe pointing out some obvious things I'm just not getting could be great!

J Sizzle
April 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Yo Rabbi Kagan -

Dig the April challenge. Here's what happened this month.

We're not able to figure out why the fuck, we're not scaling in enterprise sales - for a long time. Here's what we fucking did.

Went back to the market to learn about their problems.

1. Talk to market about their problems they're trying to solve
2. Figure out a channel to get to 30 conversations per week
3. Made over 500 cold calls per week, this past week we finally hit 30 conversations

We're now working on building a simple solution but one that solves one problem really well. Also a more niche solution that our team can build and sell quickly rather than playing the long enterprise solution / sales game.

Levi Jaeckel
April 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Hey Noah (and friends!)

I run a training business called Perform24 in Tampa, FL. We handle the offseason training for a variety of professional athletes, as well as local adults that enjoy this style of training. June 28th, 2019 will be our five year mark. Very exciting.

In December, my wife and I had our first baby. High fives! In addition to that, 6-weeks later my right hand (and only) coach took a job offer that came out of nowhere for him. It was one of those offers he couldn’t pass down, and I was excited for him that he jumped on it.

The training industry in notorious for being awful on work/life balance. I knew I wanted to spend time with my baby son during this stage of life, and all the preparation I’d made for my employee to move into a more critical role was no longer an option.

February and March were big transition months. I needed to communicate to our clients that all the changes we’d made up to that point to remove me from the day-to-day workload of the gym were being reversed. Also, I’ve previously run Perform24 by myself and I knew I wouldn’t be able to work those kinds of hours and simultaneously be a productive dad and husband. And, quite frankly, I didn’t want to haha.

To accommodate the new responsibilities on both my personal and professional life, I made some hard decisions on my training schedule. I set non-negotiable availability - which was tough as I’ve traditionally been very flexible with my clients. I no longer train on weekends OR Tuesday afternoons. Equally important, I built a brand new scheduling portal through our website. It integrates directly into my iCal and into our clients’ preferred calendar application. It works great for both me and my clients, and after a few months using this I literally can’t imagine life without it.

Also in April, one of our long time minor league baseball players made his Big League Debut. This was an incredible testament to his work ethic, persistence, and patience. We made a great post about his success on our Instagram (@perform24tampa).

Love reading through the other comments, the community participation is what it’s all about!

Jordan Carroll
April 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm

(leaving this comment a 2nd time because taco emojis and special fonts confuse your blog)

NOAH #RABBICANTLOSE KAGAN,

THANK YOU for putting on this contest.

Awesome to see your community's response. I’ve been a big fan of your content and AppSumo for years. I was first introduced by my friend Sean Tierney who I think you’ve met in the past. Since then I’ve really enjoyed the different formats and subjects you’ve covered. It’s been inspiration for some of the content I’ve created myself.

This contest comes at an interesting time for me. I am a full-time employee of a travel organization called Remote Year and also a digital nomad myself and have my own business which I describe below. I’ve been traveling internationally and domestically, without a ‘home’ for almost 1 year and 3 months now - and working remotely for about 5 years (mostly in the US).

Through that time I’ve started multiple businesses (all of which have not succeeded to the level I’d like), worked for a fortune 50 company, and startups with both 2 employees and 150 employees.

I’ve always had side hustles and explored passions and hobbies outside of work (salsa, boxing, stand-up comedy, learning Spanish, long distance running, etc). I believe that experimentation is something that allows me to grow and garner higher levels of self-awareness about what I want to do. I’ve heard you speak about this topic as well as folks like Tim Ferriss, Gary Vee, and other high level entrepreneurs who everyone seems to listen to — and it’s too real.

Through that experimentation I’ve landed in a nice niche of the remote job coaching space. My passion for personal and professional growth through travel led me to create a coaching practice to help people find, prep, apply, interview, and land fully remote jobs.

I’m NOT interested in helping people become freelancers or start their own businesses, but to gain the ability to capitalize on the growing movement of FROGS (fully remote organizations), and the remote work movement itself, where 80% of large companies are also increasing their flexible workforce. I help people from the initial stages of knowing what remote job might suit them (even if they’ve never had one before), what websites to look at to find legitimate job listings, how to leverage their network, grow their personal brand, use social media strategically, as well as apply, interview, and follow up to secure a fully remote job that offers more freedom and flexibility in their daily life.

• STEP 1: GROW YOUR BIZ •

My One Thing:

I started building a course to help people find a remote job. It’s called Road to Remote and it incorporates my own personal experiences as well as timely, relevant, research over the course of 15 video modules and personalized coaching support. I believe it to be an extremely valuable asset for my business, and I’ve been studying and implementing many concepts you’ve spoken about. I will highlight those results below…

• STEP 2: SHARE THE PODCAST •

I have shared the podcast on Twitter, Email, and Facebook (including my FB group).

• STEP 3: LEAVE A REVIEW FOR THE PODCAST •

How could I not?!

• IDEAS, EXPERIMENTS, AND RESULTS •

I’ve pulled a few select pieces of content I’ve watched that’s contributed to the impact I want to make with my business, and the strategies and tactics I've used and am going to use while building my course (illustrated below).

• THE MARKETING BEHIND OUR MILLION DOLLAR COURSE •

(https://okdork.com/marketing-strategies/?utm_source=youtube)

- (1) Clear Goal for the Course: By end of month in July I’d like the course to be earning $2.5k in monthly revenue. That will take ~25 new customers per month just buying the course itself. Or multiple variations of clients purchasing the course with an up-sell or add-on coaching packages. I’d like my conversions to be at least 25% of customers to purchase one up-sell package.

- (2) Facebook ads: I shot a ~2 min advert for Facebook advertising as well as am looking for someone to help me actively manage a campaign. I’m planning on starting with my network first as I’ve received a couple hundred inquiries already about the course and I figure launching to those people first would give me some valuable feedback from them before initiating FB ads.

- (3) Landing Pages: Currently have a simple landing page up on my website (https://www.jordanscarroll.com/courses) and am building out the sales landing page on ClickFunnels based on a landing page I used for a course I developed last year.

- (4) Sponsored Newsletters: I have multiple friends (aka Knights of My Round Table) who have agreed to distribute via their newsletters which would reach a few extra thousand people.

- (5) A/B Tests: While the name of my course is set in stone (which you A/B tested with your course), there’s plenty I can A/B test as far as advertisements and email copy/subjects, etc. I have two different main lead magnets to collect emails — one being a “free checklist” the other being a “free training.” I will be using these two to gauge effectiveness in top of the funnel conversions.

- (6) Email Drip: I have ConvertKit and a modest few hundred newsletter subscribers, but pretty active (~55% open rate). I’m working on my copy for my drip to go out to my newsletter as well as the additional people who have subscribed interest in the course through my landing page (segmented portions of the list). The course itself will also have a drip that promotes up-sells throughout the duration of someone taking the course and ensuring that they are getting the help they need.

- (7) Email about it Monthly: See above in number 6, same idea.

- (8) Doing Challenges/Podcasts/Guest Posting: Love this idea. I’ll be going on multiple podcasts to announce the launch of the course and am brainstorming potential challenges to bring up. I have a couple guest post articles in the works too. I also want to leverage the power of Quora to answer questions about remote work and finding remote jobs and use my Quora profile as another top of the funnel landing page.

- (9) Case Studies: I have a few dozen case studies from my personal coaching practice and past course/content that I will be able to include. I’m also leveraging a “free” version of the course to a select focus group within a couple highly targeted communities. By giving it to these people for free I am asking for testimonials and case studies to build out of their progress. I also have the opportunity to up-sell these people once they are given the course for free.

- (10) Urgency: Most of my urgency will be created during launch with a discount for the first week (or two weeks?) of the course launch. I haven’t decided that but it will be close to 40% off for that initial time period.

- (11) Conference: I’m going to the runningremote.com conference in Bali this year as well as the Nomad Cruise in November. Both of these are highly targeted events for my audience and will provide opportunities for me to collaborate and create content. One of my favorite things to do is interview people (as you also do well, Noah). From those interviews I can create bite size content that can serve as content marketing and SEO for my landing pages.

• 2018 MARKETING STRATEGIES •

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaU09TNwaok&t=19s)

- (1) Owning a Facebook Group: At the moment I own a Facebook community, and although it’s very small (under 50 people), the initial idea isn’t to grow exponentially — it’s to create a high value community of high achievers who can serve as “Knights of the Round Table.” We are also integrating the branding from the Facebook group into webinars and some external communication. But our biggest priority is to increase the engagement of the smaller group of people first before we scale it out. We plan to also leverage the community to throw an event at some point in the next year which details are being finalized soon.

- (2) LinkedIn More Important Than FB or Twitter: Couldn’t agree more. In August of 2017 LI launched their native video feature and I hopped on it. For the past year and a half I’ve been creating a LinkedIn video series that’s amassed hundreds of thousands of views total - but more importantly opened gateways to partnerships, opportunities, and clients. It’s been a fantastic way to grow a personal brand too.

- (3) YouTube is Going to Be Even Bigger: Also agreed. I have been posting on Youtube for some time now, most recently any interviews I do, my video series that’s been focused on LinkedIn, and conferences/events I go to. I’m working on expanding my YT presence and watched a video of yours (and listened to a podcast) about YT and re-developed a lot of my thumbnails, my cover art, description, and the text that accompanies each of my posts.

• PRODUCTIVITY TIPS •

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgGeez0hOk&list=PLLb8lCtSZDWeQOrpqlrJHeYiq5Ag7a78-)

- (1) I used Quicktime to record all of my course videos and explainers.

- (2) I sped up my mouse speed on my computer and it’s funny how those micro seconds add up as I find I do a lot of scrolling and clicking while formatting the course and uploading the videos and resources.

- (3) I created filters for dozens of my personal and work emails in gmail, a few examples: Uber receipts, AirBnb, and daily notifications that are not urgent. My inbox has thanked me immensely and it allows me to spend more time on the course.

- (4) Also — I took a lot out of your Virtual Assistant videos - whether Hire Right the First Time or Why You Need a Virtual Assistant. I’ve focused mostly on saving time by hiring a videographer. I created SOP’s, video tutorials and repeatable processes with time stamps and instructions for how my videographer edits videos. It’s saved a ton of time and I’ve used him for my course videos as well as other projects.?

• I <3 APPSUMO •

Also... AppSumo is an entrepreneurs' candy to a fat kid. Love what ya’ll are doing there and have succumbed to many a great deals, including:   

- (1) Dubb
- (2) GDPR Tracker
- (3) Botletter
- (4) Serpstat
- (5) Lumen5Pro
- (6) Stepshot
- (7) Startups.co
- (8) Viral Loops
- (9) PromoRepublic

• CAN I BUY YOU BREAKFAST TACOS IN AUSTIN? •

Lastly, just thanks again man.

You provide a ton of value in a humble yet inspiring way. You give people actionable advice, not the bullshit fluff that is far too common in your industry these days. When you come from that authentic place it means so much to all your fans.

My pitch to you is two fold.

I don't want to be a taker in this situation, and want to at least offer something to you. Because you're already offering an insane amount of value in this contest, I'd love to present the following two things, which however insignificant, I hope provide context to my appreciation for your offer:

1. Breakfast Taco's on me! I've never been to Austin (although I've lived in Portland, OR which I hear is close?). Would be grateful to take YOU out to a meal to your favorite spot during the time that you fly all of us out. I'll buy everyone's tacos.

2. I’ve got a couple of good friends in Austin I can stay with, you won’t have to worry about footing my hotel bill.

Thanks for the consideration, and either way looking forward to pushing myself the next few months to make this happen. Would be amazing to have you and some other dope folks in my corner.

Be Epic,

Jordo

Jordan Carroll
April 27, 2019 at 3:43 pm

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THANK YOU for putting on this contest.

Awesome to see your community's response. I’ve been a big fan of your content and AppSumo for years. I was first introduced by my friend Sean Tierney who I think you’ve met in the past. Since then I’ve really enjoyed the different formats and subjects you’ve covered. It’s been inspiration for some of the content I’ve created myself.

This contest comes at an interesting time for me. I am a full-time employee of a travel organization called Remote Year and also a digital nomad myself and have my own business which I describe below. I’ve been traveling internationally and domestically, without a ‘home’ for almost 1 year and 3 months now - and working remotely for about 5 years (mostly in the US).

Through that time I’ve started multiple businesses (all of which have not succeeded to the level I’d like), worked for a fortune 50 company, and startups with both 2 employees and 150 employees.

I’ve always had side hustles and explored passions and hobbies outside of work (salsa, boxing, stand-up comedy, learning Spanish, long distance running, etc). I believe that experimentation is something that allows me to grow and garner higher levels of self-awareness about what I want to do. I’ve heard you speak about this topic as well as folks like Tim Ferriss, Gary Vee, and other high level entrepreneurs who everyone seems to listen to — and it’s too real.

Through that experimentation I’ve landed in a nice niche of the remote job coaching space. My passion for personal and professional growth through travel led me to create a coaching practice to help people find, prep, apply, interview, and land fully remote jobs.

I’m NOT interested in helping people become freelancers or start their own businesses, but to gain the ability to capitalize on the growing movement of FROGS (fully remote organizations), and the remote work movement itself, where 80% of large companies are also increasing their flexible workforce. I help people from the initial stages of knowing what remote job might suit them (even if they’ve never had one before), what websites to look at to find legitimate job listings, how to leverage their network, grow their personal brand, use social media strategically, as well as apply, interview, and follow up to secure a fully remote job that offers more freedom and flexibility in their daily life.

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I started building a course to help people find a remote job. It’s called Road to Remote and it incorporates my own personal experiences as well as timely, relevant, research over the course of 15 video modules and personalized coaching support. I believe it to be an extremely valuable asset for my business, and I’ve been studying and implementing many concepts you’ve spoken about. I will highlight those results below…

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I have shared the podcast on Twitter, Email, and Facebook (including my FB group).

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I’ve pulled a few select pieces of content I’ve watched that’s contributed to the impact I want to make with my business, and the strategies and tactics I've used and am going to use while building my course (illustrated below).

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- (1) Clear Goal for the Course: By end of month in July I’d like the course to be earning $2.5k in monthly revenue. That will take ~25 new customers per month just buying the course itself. Or multiple variations of clients purchasing the course with an up-sell or add-on coaching packages. I’d like my conversions to be at least 25% of customers to purchase one up-sell package.

- (2) Facebook ads: I shot a ~2 min advert for Facebook advertising as well as am looking for someone to help me actively manage a campaign. I’m planning on starting with my network first as I’ve received a couple hundred inquiries already about the course and I figure launching to those people first would give me some valuable feedback from them before initiating FB ads.

- (3) Landing Pages: Currently have a simple landing page up on my website (https://www.jordanscarroll.com/courses) and am building out the sales landing page on ClickFunnels based on a landing page I used for a course I developed last year.

- (4) Sponsored Newsletters: I have multiple friends (aka Knights of My Round Table) who have agreed to distribute via their newsletters which would reach a few extra thousand people.

- (5) A/B Tests: While the name of my course is set in stone (which you A/B tested with your course), there’s plenty I can A/B test as far as advertisements and email copy/subjects, etc. I have two different main lead magnets to collect emails — one being a “free checklist” the other being a “free training.” I will be using these two to gauge effectiveness in top of the funnel conversions.

- (6) Email Drip: I have ConvertKit and a modest few hundred newsletter subscribers, but pretty active (~55% open rate). I’m working on my copy for my drip to go out to my newsletter as well as the additional people who have subscribed interest in the course through my landing page (segmented portions of the list). The course itself will also have a drip that promotes up-sells throughout the duration of someone taking the course and ensuring that they are getting the help they need.

- (7) Email about it Monthly: See above in number 6, same idea.

- (8) Doing Challenges/Podcasts/Guest Posting: Love this idea. I’ll be going on multiple podcasts to announce the launch of the course and am brainstorming potential challenges to bring up. I have a couple guest post articles in the works too. I also want to leverage the power of Quora to answer questions about remote work and finding remote jobs and use my Quora profile as another top of the funnel landing page.

- (9) Case Studies: I have a few dozen case studies from my personal coaching practice and past course/content that I will be able to include. I’m also leveraging a “free” version of the course to a select focus group within a couple highly targeted communities. By giving it to these people for free I am asking for testimonials and case studies to build out of their progress. I also have the opportunity to up-sell these people once they are given the course for free.

- (10) Urgency: Most of my urgency will be created during launch with a discount for the first week (or two weeks?) of the course launch. I haven’t decided that but it will be close to 40% off for that initial time period.

- (11) Conference: I’m going to the runningremote.com conference in Bali this year as well as the Nomad Cruise in November. Both of these are highly targeted events for my audience and will provide opportunities for me to collaborate and create content. One of my favorite things to do is interview people (as you also do well, Noah). From those interviews I can create bite size content that can serve as content marketing and SEO for my landing pages.

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- (1) Owning a Facebook Group: At the moment I own a Facebook community, and although it’s very small (under 50 people), the initial idea isn’t to grow exponentially — it’s to create a high value community of high achievers who can serve as “Knights of the Round Table.” We are also integrating the branding from the Facebook group into webinars and some external communication. But our biggest priority is to increase the engagement of the smaller group of people first before we scale it out. We plan to also leverage the community to throw an event at some point in the next year which details are being finalized soon.

- (2) LinkedIn More Important Than FB or Twitter: Couldn’t agree more. In August of 2017 LI launched their native video feature and I hopped on it. For the past year and a half I’ve been creating a LinkedIn video series that’s amassed hundreds of thousands of views total - but more importantly opened gateways to partnerships, opportunities, and clients. It’s been a fantastic way to grow a personal brand too.

- (3) YouTube is Going to Be Even Bigger: Also agreed. I have been posting on Youtube for some time now, most recently any interviews I do, my video series that’s been focused on LinkedIn, and conferences/events I go to. I’m working on expanding my YT presence and watched a video of yours (and listened to a podcast) about YT and re-developed a lot of my thumbnails, my cover art, description, and the text that accompanies each of my posts.

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- (1) I used Quicktime to record all of my course videos and explainers.

- (2) I sped up my mouse speed on my computer and it’s funny how those micro seconds add up as I find I do a lot of scrolling and clicking while formatting the course and uploading the videos and resources.

- (3) I created filters for dozens of my personal and work emails in gmail, a few examples: Uber receipts, AirBnb, and daily notifications that are not urgent. My inbox has thanked me immensely and it allows me to spend more time on the course.

- (4) Also — I took a lot out of your Virtual Assistant videos - whether Hire Right the First Time or Why You Need a Virtual Assistant. I’ve focused mostly on saving time by hiring a videographer. I created SOP’s, video tutorials and repeatable processes with time stamps and instructions for how my videographer edits videos. It’s saved a ton of time and I’ve used him for my course videos as well as other projects.?

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- (1) Dubb
- (2) GDPR Tracker
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- (8) Viral Loops
- (9) PromoRepublic

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Lastly, just thanks again man.

You provide a ton of value in a humble yet inspiring way. You give people actionable advice, not the bullshit fluff that is far too common in your industry these days. When you come from that authentic place it means so much to all your fans.

My pitch to you is two fold. I don't want to be a taker in this situation, and want to at least offer something to you. Because you're already offering an insane amount of value in this contest, I'd love to present the following two things, which however insignificant, I hope provide context to my appreciation for your offer:

1. Breakfast Taco's on me! I've never been to Austin (although I've lived in Portland, OR which I hear is close?). Would be grateful to take YOU out to a meal to your favorite spot during the time that you fly all of us out. I'll buy everyone's ?'s.

2. I’ve got a couple of good friends in Austin I can stay with, you won’t have to worry about footing my hotel bill ?

? thanks for the consideration, and either way looking forward to pushing myself the next few months to make this happen. Would be amazing to have you and some other dope folks in my corner.

Be Epic,

Jordo

Jason L
April 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm

Ciao my friend! I almost missed small business April!

This month I had a lot of ups and downs in my music career (getting fired by Aerosmith was a highlight) and it reminds me why I want to explode my Amazon business even more. For Q2 (and this past month) I've been laser focused on creating deadlines and milestones for new product development. I have a text file in my phone of every crazy product or invention or business idea I think of. No matter how crazy it is, I write it down, because I'll read the file every month or so and sometimes those ideas can morph or spark a different idea that is really exciting. Most of my past product creations follow a very chill and natural timeline of development but I want to have 10+ new products by q4 this year so I really have to hold myself accountable to timelines and milestones to achieve that. So far so good!

So far I've created physical file folders that track the status of each product and what is next and when it will be complete. This is turning out to be more effective than using Evernote because software can be ignored but a big freakin' file on your desk is there staring at you even when you don't want to work on it.

I'm glad you're creating more regular content lately, always good to hear what you're up to.

P.S. don't paypal me $1, give it to the next homeless guy you see at a stoplight 🙂

JL

Greg Curl
April 26, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Took the opportunity to focus on my value - not that fluffy corporate value, but why I really like what I do. And it has moved me forward!
Thanks for the outstanding questions you ask phenomenal guests. I’ve learned to ask better questions listening to your podcasts. And those Entrepreneur Appetizers are spot on.
I share your podcast and ideas and thanks for remaining engaged.

Josh Terry
April 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Hi Noah!

Update from the Violin Teacher

You said you wanted results. So here's an update. The giveaway you announced was a good incentive for me to do the things I was afraid of doing.

I finally made a video ad and ran it on Facebook.

I made several Google ads and ran those.

A lot more people downloaded my book on how to play the violin.

I started making my first legit music video (everything's prepared except we need a rad
location, the dancer is friggin pro, lucky me living in Austin and hanging out with acrobats).

I put into action the final steps that will make me debt free so that I can concentrate more fully on my business.

I'm still focused on finding individual students but I've also made a lot of progress on a video course on how to play the violin. So over time I can reach a broader audience.

I got one more potential client.

I've become even more confident I'm on the right track.

I still need help.

I know what stories to tell. But I don't know the best way to tell those stories in ad copy. I don't know how to present myself on my website. I know what I have to share and teach. I know what type of people I can help. But I don't know how to find them, or show them quickly how I can help them.

Once again, I want to say thanks for doing this. It made me push harder than I would have this month. I would love to hear from you.

P.S. Here's a photo of me slacklining with my violin. Have a good day!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwureXZBIiX/

Ed Salamanca
April 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm

I started working with a real estate coach this month to grow my texas real estate business

Arun
April 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm

This month, I am hoping to finally take a test for the license I need for my business. I've been studying and I feel ready.

Tyler Brooks
April 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Love this podcast!

My favorites are:
1. The episodes with Tynan (this is two I know, but they are two of my favorites).
2. Alan Weiss - When I started my company, I read this book. Immediately put the proposal formula he recommends together and it has helped us grow revenue massively.
3. On the plane yesterday, I listed to the coaching episode. I realized that I need to get a LOT more coaches in my life. I've limited my own growth because I haven't taken the time to get proper coaching. Huge mistake that I'm about to change.

Fred
April 25, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Hey Noah,

First time, long time. I've been doing startups and consulting since being laid off by a stupid company that made stupid things over 10 years ago. Anyway, I've made a living out of it. But also feel like I'm renting my time. Want to get over that hump. Consulting is a pie-eating contest where the prize is more pie. Sick of pie. Send me to Austin!

I'll hang up and listen.

Abe Challah
April 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

Great Podcast with Alan Weiss. Totally resonated with me. My company transitioned recently from multiple software products to focus on one thing and one thing only, specialized software for textile traders and distributors. And we're already seeing better results.

Mason Lawlor
April 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Just shared the Alan W podcast to a paid Facebook group full of 250+ badass designers and strategists, called The Futur Pro Group. They are going to love it!

5 star podcast review of course.

My big idea/experiment:

• Build a Neil Patel inspired web app content marketing tool by documenting the entire process, and selling the byproduct as an information product.
• Create the web app from scratch– design sprint, design, and development.
• Pre-sale the course to validate demand before creating the web app or the course (and give away “idea validation course” as a freebie).
• Build the tool for a channel with a large pre-existing audience for guaranteed reach.
• Incorporated “Noah’s Million Dollar Business Idea” process into the validation process.
• Put together world class Design Sprint Team to validate the web app idea before building it.
• Get as many A-List affiliates, partners, and experts involved as possible.
• Package tools used during the process into the course.

Not launching until May, so I can’t report back with any results yet.

Matt Dobschuetz
April 24, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Noah, I did an experiment in April that is WORKING to grow my business!!!

On April 10th, I created a paid waiting list for guys who apply for my group coaching program. I got the idea from a friend in my mastermind.

When a guy applies and I don't have an open spot, I now reply with an offer to join my paid waiting list. They get some benefits... early access to a client course, an on-boarding call with me, first priority for openings. And they can apply their deposit to a coaching package when they join a group.

RESULTS:
6 GUYS ARE NOW ON MY PAID WAITING LIST AS OF TODAY April 24th. That is $757.54 in deposits so far.

I'm embarrassed to say in the past, I would sometimes not email people back or get back to them months later. By then they had moved on. So getting 6 guys to move forward is HUGE.

The average lifetime value of a client to me is $1697. So that is a ten-figure WIN.

WOO-HOO!!! I love the podcast and your renewed commitment to it this year.

Matt

p.s. - Oh yeah, what's my business?

I'm a full-time coach and podcaster. My coaching serves motivated guys who want to quit looking at porn. I also host a weekly recovery podcast called "Porn Free Radio." Check out episode 166 - Mindless Recovery. https://recoveredman.com/166

Inspired by Noah Kagan Presents Mindless Eating — with Brian Wansink.

Brian Hayashi
April 24, 2019 at 4:43 pm

I'm going to build a new way for entrepreneurs to share and discover the new podcasts they really like.

Tamas Torok
April 24, 2019 at 3:48 am

Hi Noah,

So far, this year is incredible. I decided to test 10 business/app ideas this year, and I already shipped 4, and the 5th is coming within a week.

Since I'm a marketer, I had to learn to code first.

The idea here is to force me to ship products and stick with the ones that get some traction. This month I had to kill one of my babies (not real ones!) because I didn't have time to keep the app updated and running.

And I eventually ended up selling that project in April. 🙂

There is still a long way until I reach $1000 MRR but took the first steps and having significant progress.

Greetings from Budapest!

Abilash Kenchapal Balakrishna
April 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Brainstormed with an ex-colleague so that he will build what I can't. We are waiting for his exams to be done and after that, he'll get cracking.

Yoav
April 23, 2019 at 8:09 pm

I'll get sponsors for the podcast I'm coproducing. The Yacht talk podcast

Pablo
April 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm

I will stop "selling to everyone" and just focus in a niche. This has been my most difficult challenge since months.

Gracias Noah!

Crystal Sellers
April 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Hi Noah,

My very recent accomplishments for me starting a new business =
I’ve purchased my domain name, registered the business name, started the trademark process (not fun), paid to have my logo designed, started a Twitter,fb,Instagram with my business name, and yesterday I spoke to kids at the local high school about my business. I got some great ideas from millennials. Warning though, this was not fun at first. I’m only 37 years old but to them I’m a dinosaur. Lol...once they saw I wanted to learn from them rather than some dinosaur teaching them how things should be the dialogue was fantastic!!
I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be one of your chosen for this giveaway. I’m working really hard to start this business, however I’m smart enough to know I need help. Networking is huge in business. You have many skills I need to still refine. I want to learn from you!! I’m a loyal follower of your podcast and have referred you a zillion times. I have got at least a dozen coworkers to subscribe to you too.

Cheers and happy taco Tuesday Noah!

Respectfully,

Crystal Sellers

Crystal Sellers
April 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

I’m also now starting an application for a grant to help fund the business. 🙂

Jesan Barnes-Kaushik
April 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH - that's what I'm doing to start my business. Ok, now that that's all done - I'm ready to start!

Chris
April 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

I am going to do humor in all of my sales copy this month to see the reactions/results.

Jim Jacobs
April 22, 2019 at 8:39 pm

Noah's podcasts are an absolute game changer- actionable advice- how to "move the needle" on your business. Our business has tripled and we're very close to 6 figures in revenue a month- REAL DOLLARS- that started with a $20.00 bill and lots of listening to Noah's podcasts and okdork blog articles as my sweat equity. Thank you Noah!

Noah Farmer
April 22, 2019 at 11:51 am

Hey everybody,

So, I usually work 10-20 hours a week of PRN(OT). This month I have only worked 5 total hours of OT for the month due to someone going on vacation and my company needing coverage.

With my extra time I have been able to more of Tim Ferriss’s and Noah’s podcast. I have been able to go get some business books. I have been able to do more open mic comedy in Boston and get plugged into this community. Which helps me understand the needs of some of the people I am attempting to help(artists, musicians, comedians, entrepreneurs and folks who deal with mental illness). I live in Waltham MA now which is a tech town and I have pitched some very successful people in tech locally on some of my ideas and much to my surprise it has been well received. I can’t remember if it was Seth Godin or James Altucher but he said share your ideas with 10 people and wait to see if other people think it’s a a good idea (even thought I’m scared they are going to steal some of my ideas) I am setting up a Skype call with my fiancé’s uncle who is a lawyer and a successful entrepreneur himself and trying to pick his brain and get some additional tips/help/connection/guidance from someone infinitely more success than I am.

I am not very “techy” but I was discount some of my ideas with a Dr. of commuter science at one of the local tech companies. And he said you need to be able to do one of two things. 1) Build it. Or 2) sell the shit of it and raise money and be the idea man. I can absolutely get in front of a room full of people and sell the shit out of my ideas. I just need a good team in place to help me.

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
Marcus Aurelius

Cheers,
Noah

Noah Farmer
April 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

Discussing some of my ideas*
Sorry for any grammatical errors I’m on my lunch break! I need an editor! Haha

Michael Young
April 22, 2019 at 1:11 am

Man I have stopped and started so many times but this is the month I am making progress.
I almost didn't comment but then decided to put my big boy panties on and make it happen so by the end of this month I will:
1. Publish the book I've been talking about for a year. I don't know how I'm going to be done on time but I am going to do it. It will definitely be progress rather than perfection and that kills the control freak in me but F it. The great thing is it is Amazon so I have the ability to change it and this will give me the immediacy of wanting to continue to push me upwards and onwards once I upload it.
This book is a fairly niche guide that should be easy to customize for another four markets so I am focusing on it to get me off my ass.
2. Change my website. A few years ago Noah was a guest on a podcast and made a comment about how no one starts things so he would give cash to someone who did something. I made a website to sell T shirts and targeted SumoCon. My thinking was instead of the money just have some shirts bought and I could tier up. Win/Win
*Crickets.* I should tried harder but I sent a few emails and called it good. I still sell some other shirts but now the 'zons Merch is pretty jacked so I am going to convert that lame site into the, well one of the, landing pages for the book.
3. Send off these taco socks that have been sitting in my drawer for 9 months.

Rye
April 21, 2019 at 8:43 am

First thing I am doing is to put more focus into my marketing. I've been jumping around with too many things... and people are now confused as to what it is I really do. I plan to integrate the different websites and social media channels that I've set up to have more clarity for me and my possible clients.

I also plan to read Million Dollar Consulting, as well as implement the ideas he shared. That was an amazing episode. I learned so much!!!

GREG ALKALAY
April 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

I'm going to reach out to 10 CEOs to learn about their business challenges and successes and look to build more relationships.

Todd Hawk (Land of Math LLC)
April 19, 2019 at 5:25 am

All right - I'm late to the game but here it goes:

I'm going to use a 3 pronged attack to increase my Social Media Presence for Land of Math LLC.

1) I really liked your podcast with Tom Stanford. I'm going to take his strategy of contacting influencers in his field. My first goal is to contact 20 bloggers in the education field (not top of chain bloggers, but medium size and on the move up) and send them one of my products with the hopes they will promote.

2) Use the Gary V $1.80 Instagram strategy of engaging with 90 different people a day on instagram. (Also posting something each day on Insta)

3) Finally get my YouTube channel rolling. I posted a couple videos in the summer, but it has been a while. I want to post 1 to 3 videos before the end of the month.

Codey
April 18, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Industry: Advertising
Company type: Video Production
Niche: Narrative-Driven Commercials & Films
Role: Producer

Hey Noah,

My company has a problem: we recently realized that we’ve outgrown our area and can either continue to grow or move backward. As a team, we concluded that our One Thing is to win our first million-dollar client by the end of this year.

As the executive producer of our four-person team and the only employee tasked with increasing sales in established accounts while reaching out to prospects to win new business, I knew I needed something that can perform sales while I sleep. I cannot be everywhere at once, and I can’t nail every pitch. I don’t like the idea of cold calls, and I don’t want to emulate the Ways of The Wolf. Counting on non-transactional networking, I decided that my strategy for us would be to make new friends in new cities, cultivate genuine relationships, and have devices ready at a moment’s notice to let our content speak for itself and demonstrate our abilities.

#1 Thing I’m doing to grow our business this month: (the experiment I developed and am betting on)
This week we are launching some carefully curated highlight pages of our work thus far. You can see one of these pages here: https://abandonfilms.com/for-home-country-highlight

The Experiment: Create and display easy to access project highlight pages that provide transparency to potential future clients by showing them our process, values, investment in our clients, and results. Along with these pages we’re looking to dive deep into our company’s ethos as we develop client and crew experience practices, analyze how our website could be working our sales with SEO and SEM, and seeking genuine conversations with like-minded people that will lead to clear and actionable results.

The feedback has been good so far, but I won’t be convinced of the experiment’s success until a future client reaches out to us to request our work without having first been pitched.

As a veteran who transitioned from film school into production assistant work on film and television sets in Los Angeles, to producing for Abandon Films, my business growth experience is limited. This is one of several reasons that I badly want to attend the group workshop in my future city. (Two weeks ago I told my company I’m relocating to Austin, TX, in June, instead of NYC where they wanted me to go, to seek new business and grow our company.)

This will not be the last of my efforts to connect with and learn from you, even if that means challenging and losing to you in a game of chess. I don’t care. I want to be around, learn, and grow. I take this seriously, but, also, note that my profile picture is me in front of a kiwi because my Instagram handle is CodeyWi and that rhymes. Kind of.

Codey
April 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

Also, regardless of the outcome of this experiment, I’d love anyone’s constructive feedback or opinions. Thanks!

Jiri
April 18, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Dear Noah,

Last year, while I was running on a treadmill in my hotel in Dubai I started listening to your podcast about 'The Worst Night of Your Life'. After being encountered with the medicine many times before but still being way too scared to do it myself, I thought; when I am going to do do it, I'll do it with the same 'family' as Noah. If Zach can handle putting you under the shower naked in the state you were in, I'm sure this is the one retreat to go to.

Onwards to the beginning of 2019, my girlfriend and I moved to Buenos Aires and I made her listen to your podcast after a girl in our coworking was raving about her experiences. We then read your blog post and fast forward to last month, we had our call with Zach and decided to f*ck it and do it. Then, just before our ceremonies started, I read this blog post and wanted to comment, but figured it might be worth to wait until after the ceremony. And it was. Boy, did my goals, thoughts, and plans change.

Today is the first day being able to slowly starting to work again after really needing time to think, get grounded and settled in 'normal' life again. The first thing we did this morning, was changing our travel plans and goals for the month. Now, better late than never, here my revised and finished goals for the month of April (or more so 2019 and onwards). Even though I wanted this to be about my business and how to move forward with that, it all has been mixed around (like the Aya in my stomach) and my April goals have been adjusted to much bigger life goals that will have more impact than the small business goals I had in mind before. Here goes:

- Doing a Dieta retreat. ?
- One of my lifelong goals was to see, experience and live in Texas. In our retreat, we met an awesome couple from Austin. We were supposed to go to Mexico after Guatemala, but after we connected so well with this couple that they invited us to rent one of their apartments in Austin so we just booked our flight to Austin in 5 days and will stay there until June 1st! ?
- Being in Austin in 5 days, and with this contest in mind, and the fact that because of your podcast this all worked out the way it magically should have worked out (and with my girlfriend having had the worst -yet good- night of her life thanks to me and you), my new revised Goal for the month is… to meet YOU.

Since the post is Small Business Month, here my take on what I learned during the retreat for my business and what my overall business goals should be:

- FOCUS - Revise everything I am currently doing and refocus to what is most important. Instead of running 15 different websites, start refocusing on the most important ones, and sell them. Afterward, grow the ones that still need work, and sell them. Sell all of them by the end of 2019, and focus on 1 (or max. 2) websites only. Focus on one website in a niche that I absolutely love and are passionate about, and do it REALLY well.
- PUT YOURSELF IN OTHER PEOPLE'S SHOES - Be much more sensitive and understanding of other people's emotions and life's. What they are going through or how they understand things are very different than how I experience things. I need to listen more and understand the people I work with from their points of view, whether those people are my readers, employees, customer service representatives, my girlfriend, accountants or family. When I'm less harsh, and more understanding and willing to put time and effort in their cause, it will help me in the long-run and will create a much better environment.
- BEING - Be in the Now, and stop worrying about the past or future so much. Be present in my relationships, within the things I do, the food I eat, the books I read. Notice when emotions and thoughts surface and watch them pass. When you are in the present moment everything is good and life is much happier. Being in a state of being, makes work much more enjoyable and your encounters with others much more fulfilling.

This month has changed, from working another 80 hours a week like I normally do, to reflecting, learning, being, reading, thinking, journaling, meditating, refocusing, and meeting new awesome people. Things that have a much bigger impact in the long run than just going about work and planning like I normally do. And really I have you to thank for it. If it wasn't for listening to your podcast that day, I would have not been on the retreat with Zach and Jess in Guatemala. I would have not met my new friends that made us change our plans to staying in Austin for the next 6 weeks. And hopefully, I can say at the end of our Austin stay; I would have not been able to thank you in person for helping me grow my business significantly, but most of all helping me grow as a person through this life-changing experience!

Adiós from Lake Atitlan in Guatemala,

Jiri

Alexander
April 18, 2019 at 1:05 pm

I like your honesty at your podcasts. Thx!

Andy Labis
April 18, 2019 at 11:56 am

Thanks Noah for the added incentive!

I'm using your challenge to hunker down and get my new app, Inspire My Awesome, launched by my birthday on May 3rd.

I'm taking the extra step of getting the website up prior to the app launch and offering the opportunity for some free stuff to build interest when people sign up. Curious? Head to https://www.inspiremyawesome.com

There have been some hiccups along the way, but the end goal wasn't to let my deadline stress me out but rather have fun along the way!

So far, so good!

Bryan Uribe
April 18, 2019 at 11:05 am

Hey Noah!

I'm a huge fan! I wish I could say how I found your site, probably through one of your targeted Facebook ads, otherwise, I'd insert here ??. Since following you, I've become much more effective in using Facebook advertising, and more strategic with lead generation and capture on my websites. Check http://www.yofii.co for a quick little Sumo Flex ??

So for this month, we're getting together our 3-month marketing calendar in preparation for the launch of our application on all marketplaces and our web app! It's a super exciting time, but as you know, it never ends! This month we're committing to getting 12-blog posts written, approved, and scheduled for posting. We're also building a content library of 24 images and will be scheduling them to ensure we can automate some of our marketing to focus on the more strategic and complicated things we're going to need to be focusing on as we near launch and run through our first round of fundraising.

It would be awesome if I was selected since I'd love to learn more about the strategies you're observing and share some of the content strategies we've been putting together to help us better rank and increase organic customer conversion. Fingers crossed and cheers to Chorizo Tacos!

Ron Redmond
April 18, 2019 at 10:55 am

I went to Taco Bell today and they were out of taco shells. “What? Is this a joke?...nope!
As I drove away I thought “The secret to business...don’t run out of shells!” Make it easy to do business with...that’s all.

J Cleveland Payne
April 18, 2019 at 10:24 am

I am focusing on giving up on potential clients that stall. Because they are keeping me away from finding real clients who will pay.

Relax with Adam
April 18, 2019 at 10:22 am

Connecting you with Brian Rose from London Real.

Melissa
April 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

Well I previously had a successful business for many years but a divorce and a state relocation prompted me to return to corporate. Briefly. Now I'm looking to start a new company. Recently my main server was hacked so my 1st move is rebuilding my email list for this new business (a farm)which is a total opposite from former (marketing firm).

Thnx Noah! Your Podcast is awesome and appreciated

Paul
April 18, 2019 at 6:55 am

To begin work on my Shopify app and do testing to validate the idea!

Dejan
April 18, 2019 at 6:53 am

I've got enough of listening to opinionated arguments based on "feeling" so I've started to develop a B2B content strategy bundle package. Over the years, I've collected neat results in SEO and more importantly the number of leads from content alone. Plus it's not really that hard because 89% of companies use boring, plain vanilla content. Think about sumo.com? Ok, now think the opposite. That's what I mean 🙂

In the last two weeks, I've made a list to present my offer to 32 companies or influential individuals that can refer me to more business. (to different international companies - the cheesy Dutch, the tea-slurping Brits, the fishy Croatians, vanilla Slovenians, the maple Canadians, and the mountain dew homeboys Americans.
I've got 2 unqualified noes, 6 of them have confirmed a second meeting, 10 of them are waiting for better timing, 10 are serving as a referral, and 4 them gave me super useful feedback on how to update my offer.

Since I was used to failing most of the time trying to market a product without a product-market fit the current situation is a nice surprise.

There's nothing set in stone but I'm super excited and I'm gleefully burning a candle on two ends. It's interesting to see how much energy you have after you start working on something you believe in.

Justin H.
April 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

My business partner and I manage a community and programs around self-care at http://www.selfcarecoaching.com.

We're going to optimize and automate our high-cost program to hit our Q4 goals earlier this year.

We have a high-cost program that we're beta testing with existing clients that is going well. We're going to set up a framework to allow the business program to become more automated and drip the content to the end user. By automating the program we should be able to increase our profit and reduce our time spent on the program. We're going to focus on completing the first parts of the program so we can begin selling it in May or June to begin acquiring revenue from new customers interested in joining the program.

Justin h
April 17, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Dang autocorrect. Here is the correct domain: https://selfcarecoaching.co/

Steven
April 17, 2019 at 8:04 am

Noah,

First things first, love your podcast! Always feel hugely motivated to do more after listening to your podcast!

Business goals for me in April:

Together with my friend and business partner, I'm currently pushing my research/business project in aviation/frequent flyer programs and have just recently made it to the final pitching event of the Bearing Point "Be An Innovator Student" challenge in Munich, Germany this May. Have a lot of preparation to get done until the final event but am super excited! For more info, check:

http://www.blockflyer.org

Besides that, we're trying to get real-world feedback from potential customers through a survey. We still need more participants to fill it out, so if anyone who reads this would like to help us out, please fill out the survey here:

https://forms.gle/T77z4xZe4oKabWKF9

Anyone feel free to reach out and talk! Easiest via our website (www.blockflyer.org).

Thanks for the great work you do, Noah!

Greetings from Switzerland

Kate McLaughlin
April 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

Hello Noah~
I am going to build my business by releasing a book. I am going to publish the book by the end of April called Songwriting Simplified. It is now being edited. I have a poll going to choose the cover. If you thought this book is about songwriting... you are so right.
If you have always wanted to write a song this book will show you how.
If you don't know how to play an instrument, no worries, you can still write a song and find ways to create music. It's all in the book you'll learn how to write a song in 5 simple steps!
Visit this link for your free copy! https://songsinside.com/ebook

Vojtech Bruk
April 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm

We have started a site with my homie: http://www.flearn.net we are both busy but trying to give in as much as possible even without any vivid successes so far but we love it and believe in power of #patience.

This month will:
- write 4 articles
- make first well-edited book review
- write 500 instagram comments
- run 4 beta courses test sess for our friends with my homie to get clue what it is like and ho to make it better.
- add 8 update posts to forum about our progress so far.

GL all of you!

Damien W.
April 16, 2019 at 4:54 am

Yo Noah!

My first born is 3 months old,? and I've been using my sleep deprivation and his intensive needs as excuses not to move forward. That stops now.

The 14 following days I will
- launch my website (13vc.io) for my agency
- post my first youtube video
- set up my office in the basement of my building (fully equipped)

Let's do it! ?

Chris Barber
April 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Business Building for me this month is going to be moving some of our internal video trainings we had been using previously only for our clients into Youtube to help engage a wider audience. We have a TON of awesome ideas, tools, trainings and content that we had previously only been using for a handful of people and we want to help MORE.

Linda Musselwhite
April 14, 2019 at 11:37 pm

FunLovingCouples.com is a lifestyle business for committed couples that live by the philosophy of #Travel, #EatWell, #Workout and #HaveFun because we believe complacency is the silent killer to ALL relationships!

Not only are we writing our first book (The CaLM Marriage Method - Success through Traveling, Eating Well, Working Out & Having Fun) for this business (we've written others) but this month our primary focus is launching our beta ambassador program. This program will invite socially minded couples around the US to promote our philosophy, grow our brand and increase and improve our reach and online visibility!

We have a few thousand business listings that fall under the categories Travel, Eat Well, Workout and Have Fun that we will add to our soon to be launched business directory that our ambassadors will engage and nurture to offer exclusive offers to our members.

Our ambassadors have a three tier (free, $ and $$) offer for partners to increase and embellish their online directory listing.

Our goal is create a global community for ambassadors, partners and members. With this support and infrastructure, we will start helping, growing and strengthening relationships everywhere!

Emery Bishop
April 13, 2019 at 4:48 pm

My One Thing based entirely on the premise and experiment "what if I could do and solve anything?".

For April I want to publicly launch my 'dual sword' year one startup ventures. The kickoff of my 20 year out quest. The two swords are 1) a full service digital ad agency and 2) an entrepreneurial online academy. These will lay the groundwork and provide resources for everything else to come.

This months metrics will include conducting my first pilot webinar for the academy and launching the ad agency including at least one customer by end of month.

Brent
April 13, 2019 at 1:24 pm

AWAKN (@getawakn, http://www.getawakn.com) is a lifestyle brand focused on optimized longevity!- launching products that ensure both our mind stays sharp and our body stays strong as we age!

In early 2019, AWAKN set a crowdfunding goal to fund 1 production run of 10,000 units while also supporting a 3 month minimalist marketing budget. (Special thanks for Episode #68: Goals!!!). AWAKN created a plan, and didn’t drift. RESULT: Indiegogo goal met!

AWAKN was produced and went live this month! - and is now available for purchase at http://www.getawakn.com. AWAKN is currently grinding it out through Guerrilla marketing techniques in the Southern California and Atlanta (where we the founders live). You can regularly see us pushing AWAKN at local markets, events, studios, and gyms. We're also exploring opportunities with regional retail chains and partnering with other startups in the area to leverage resources and maximize customer reach. We continue to develop our online marketing strategy and look forward to partnering with Noah, Neville and the accountability team of entrepreneurs to take AWAKN mainstream! Yep, that’s right: MAINSTREAM.

Our first product 'AWAKN Collagen Coffee' just launched but we're already working on the next game changing longevity product to add to the AWAKN portfolio! In March, AWAKN attended the Natural Products Expo West (which is INSANE with 95K attendees) with the goal of further exploring longevity optimizing solutions specific to reducing inflammation and improving sleep. TOP SECRET life changing details will be shared in Austin with the Noah, Neville and AWAKN's future accountability team. Free AWAKN product samples will also be provided to the "chosen ones”

If you want to age backward like Benjamin Button!? - Use code: KAGANCONTEST20 for 20% off, only for this awesome inspiring entrepreneurial community taking part in the contest for April/May. Order at http://www.getawakn.com, follow us @getawakn.

See ya’ll in Austin!

Syed Ahsan
April 13, 2019 at 12:17 am

The no1 thing I am doing is learning Robotic Process Automation (RPA). I will learn how to use UIPath to automate workflows, then use it in house at my company. Open to intrapreneurs too yes?

Lee @ BaldThoughts
April 12, 2019 at 8:09 pm

I’m going to launch my free email course “7 days to your dream vacation”. Have been lagging on it, seriously, for 18 months. It’s on the 5 yard line and I just haven’t used Bettis or Beast Mode to score.

Carlos Bernal
April 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

I'm moving to Austin for 10 weeks to participate on an accelerator program to help us launch our products into the US Market

Kelly Eisel
April 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

We're selling solutions, not just the product. This month, it's how to build a more positive company culture with our software platform. Seeing as employee turnover is one of the biggest productivity hurdles, increasing morale is a win-win-win.

Ramon Santillan
April 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

I have been thinking hard about this and I started spiraling down the drain of "too many things" until I realized that I didn't need to do something grandiose. Instead I needed to do what was right in front of me. I recently updated my website but was unable to add the 3+ years of blog posts from previous website. This month I have made it a goal to add at least 2 of my old blog posts to my website and share them on LinkedIn and to specific groups on Facebook (job candidates on the Autism Spectrum who are high functioning).

Instead of trying to create all new content from the ground up, I'm using all the hard work I've done before to make sure I continue my momentum. Almost 2 weeks in, I have noticed a big increase in engagement to those "old" posts since they're being seeing by a whole new audience. This new audience is also embracing my contributions so I am ingraining myself to them and I plan to turn them into clients.

Thanks for the kick in the pants, Noah!

Maciej Kulhawik
April 12, 2019 at 5:54 am

#1 thing that I am doing THIS month to grow my business (and in fact previous hundred and twenty months) is learning my FUCKING craft.

When I will be the best I possibly can, in what I do, the World will know.

PATIENCE is the key.

LITTLE BACKGROUND: Since I was a little kid, since I remember, I wanted to have FAME AND FORTUNE. How the fuck 5 year old can have this concept in his head? When being asked, who I want to become in the future, I always replied: a MILLIONAIRE. Always. Fuck me in the neck if I am lying - I wanted to become A POPE as my profession, just because he is famous and wealthy. No kidding.

I am so grateful it didn't happen for me too quickly, because it would destroy me with my mindset.

Now I know there are no shortcuts. Only hard work on my craft. I was envious of my friends quick success, little bursts of fame, or quick cash inflow due to doubtful exposure.

I am working on my craft. Constantly. The clock is ticking. Time works in my favor. I have patience. The more I practice the better I am. Life... is... long...

Stephan van kuyk
April 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

I already run a community of over 1.200 artists, I will teach them how to build their career and share their art with the world

Ryan
April 12, 2019 at 2:11 am

I just launched my site last month. This month I am going to hire a VA / Fiverr person to make a list of 100 flying clubs and General Aviation operators in the US that I can email directly about my site - I sell custom made aircraft display models.

Cameron
April 11, 2019 at 10:02 pm

Green.
Been.
You know what I mean. ?

Wes Bush
April 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Hey Noah!

Thanks for putting on this challenge.

For April, I'm going to complete writing my book on Product-Led Growth. I'll send it to you on April 29th.

If selected, I'd be happy to offer Sumo a free 10k onboarding teardown so your team can learn how to turn more of your users into paying customers.

Here's the full breakdown of what's included: https://trafficiscurrency.com/free-trial-teardown/

Totally an ethical bribe but at least you can say buying my ticket is an investment and not a cost. 🙂

Cheers to win-win scenarios,

-Wes

P.S. Keep the dollar for guac on your next taco.

Allan Michael
April 11, 2019 at 8:26 pm

Great idea Noah. Loving the challenge! 🙂

In April, in order to grow my business exponentially, I'm:

1) Doing daily, LinkedIn outreach.

Ie. Publishing advice videos where I look super nervous talking to camera, as well as engage with the posts/articles/podcasts/videos of potential clients and, generally cool and interesting people, like yourself, and respond with thoughtful and constructive comments about what they've gifted to our wonderful world.

2) Asking all past and present clients to leave us an awesome recommendation on LinkedIn.

3) Niching down even more so we continue to be the best e-learning video course creators, period.

4) Creating a video editing course for Fiverr's new e-learning platform, Learn, and becoming their "video guru".

Wow, I hate the word guru! Neville Medhora, please help me! 🙂

5) Pushing for referrals.

We're already working with Airbnb, have started working with Manos Accelerator and their Startup U initiative in Silicon Valley, and have just gotten a solid referral to create video courses for a ubiquitous company whose name has 6 letters, starting with G and ending with E.

When will I sleep? On Sundays, of course.

Feel good!

Jasky
April 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm

I am going to do stand up comedy & document the process of becoming great at it.

Been fearful of this art-form more than anything else in the world, and with years of experience in running businesses, I want to create stand up comedy material that appeals to an entrepreneurial audience. There isn't anyone doing relatable material to a business/corporate audience.

Any help from skilled peeps like yourself on the best approach to take, and growth methods to turn this into a successful business, would be super appreciated.

So I'm excited to vibe with others on best strategies I can take to do this.

To show I'm taking action - here's a recent example of a set (3mins onwards) - https://share.icloud.com/photos/0SfnZoXJU6Rd7P931x7ckSglQ

Rea
April 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm

I’m putting out my second blog post

Tom M
April 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

Just for fun, and because I love you Noah, here goes:
I've been waking up at 330am, and will continue to do so, to spend about 3+ hrs each morning before work to finish learning the Javascript full stack (Node, MongoDB, blah blah) to finally put out my first software product!!
End to end, it's designed AND coded by me, a first-time coder 🙂

Anyway, it's tiring, but it will be worth it. PS, it's a freemium desktop app with called Warp, (like warpspeed) and it helps speed up the workflow of content creators, audio/video editors, etc.
Cheers!

Gerard
April 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm

I'm educating myself so that I can build a business to run remotely as I split time between my home outside of Detroit and my girlfriend's home in Toronto.

Diana
April 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

I don't use iTunes 🙁 its so limiting and I've always had issues accessing my library with them...

Diana
April 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm

The #1 thing I'm doing, is changing careers. I am leaving my current job in management, and applying to the necessary unions affiliated with the kind of work that I want to be doing as a freelance design artist. Becoming a permittee will mean that I have a better chance at larger gigs. Its scary to quit my job, but I was also able to line up small gigs in the process to help carry me through.

Ian Thwaites
April 11, 2019 at 4:08 pm

I run a not-for-profit teaching disabled children to swim. Growth / Sales for us is fundraising. We do most of it through events, particularly selling tickets to big river swims. This month we're doing giveaways to build our email list, so that we're not 100% reliant on Facebook advertising to sell those tickets.

Sean Miller
April 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Hey Noah,

I've been a fan of OKDork for a couple years now. Very inspiring for newbie entrepreneurs like myself.

Late last year, I started a soap-making company called Artemis Organic Soaps. I launched 2 products on Amazon last month, an Organic Goat's Milk Soap Loaf and an Organic Goat's Milk Melt & Pour Soap Base. I make the soap myself in a home workshop using all certified organic ingredients, including organic raw goat's milk from Fern's Edge Goat Dairy here in Oregon.

I've shared it with friends and family. They all love it. The reviews on Amazon so far have been highly positive. This is high-quality organic soap that cleans and moisturizes. It makes your skin glow. At home, since it's so pure, we've been using the soap as a shampoo.

So far, I've sold about 60 units on Amazon using FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon). I've been marketing with Google Ads and Amazon PPC. Conversion on the product listing pages hovers around 8%.

This month, I've been in the process of upgrading the branding. I've commissioned a new logo and package labeling, as well as a soap stamp. Once the new branding is fully rolled out, I plan to run some giveaways on Facebook and build a mailing list with Facebook Messenger.

I'll also run some giveaways using your great KingSumo.com app. I plan to optimize and scale Google and Amazon ads, once the ACOS (advertising cost of sale) starts to trend down.

Another idea I picked up from your helpful podcast with Tom from Saint Belford: reach out to influencers in the wellness space and offer free samples, no strings attached. I believe in the product, I'm excited to share it with people.

Can I send you a sample of our Organic Goat's Milk Soap?

Just drop me your snail mail address, it's on its way.

Sean
April 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm

PS I shared a plug and link to your podcast with my 1,000 connections on LinkedIn. I also dropped a review on iTunes.

Lydia Sugarman
April 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm

Launching Shotz.co this week. Dan Waldschmidt I've been noodling around with it for a long while. It has all immunizations, from birth through adulthood, as recommended by the CDC. Second page has all international vaccines. Third page are detailed instructions. You can trigger reminders for upcoming immunizations. $6.95 to download. Up-sell is a subscription newsletter with health alerts, recalls, updates for $1/month, payable annually

Anthony Miller
April 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

I'm working towards partnerships

Kaja Kvernbakken
April 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm

I am starting my own Instagram live “talk-show” with other authors as guest. My live broadcasts have been wonderful for growing my email list (a 2 % increase of my list every time I do them) and doing interviews with fellow authors will help me reach a bigger audience, give my audience even more value and let me have even more fun!

Krit
April 11, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I am officially moving into a warehouse/office space. No more working from home. It was seriously starting to have a negative impact on my productivity. I am also going to revamp my entire facebook ads strategy.

Josh
April 11, 2019 at 11:46 am

TLDR: Refocusing, hiring, and adjusting pricing.

My startup does kitchen and bathroom renovations. We built the process of planning, designing, and managing construction from the ground up including digitizing much of the work.

We're ramping up quickly. To increase our capacity we just hired three new Operations team members and another interior designer. We can now do way more projects. In parallel we've reduced prices and narrowed the scope of projects we do from any interior renovation to only kitchens and bathrooms to increase our conversion rate. That's working really well.

Josh
April 29, 2019 at 11:25 pm

Update: We've tripled our sales this month.

Ryan
April 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

In the month of April I'm bringing on my first full-time employee to the blog to help me increase output and productivity, not only that, but I'm also going on vacation for a week, so for the first time I will have someone working to grow the business while I am not actively working on it (the business is passive in nature, but doesn't tend to grow when I'm not actively working on things).

Brian
April 11, 2019 at 10:54 am

Growing my list! Getting close to 3,000 subscribers...

Sheralyn S Jones
April 11, 2019 at 10:43 am

Thank you Noah! I love your approach to building business- it's bold, on point, and always done with your sense of humor! I'm inspired, to be sure. Even if I don't win, it's fun to play the game. Keep it up...

Sheralyn s Jones
April 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

Tribe and True Wellness launched 2 months ago! We are jumping into the frying pan and setting up meetings with Costco, Central Market HQ in Dallas, and getting products on Amazon! We've got to find a commercial production kitchen fast! or build out our own. I would love to get hit with a 1000 jar order for our Healing Honey Elixirs, but...Yikes!! Here we go!

Zach Radford
April 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

Hey Noah... What’s up my taco loving business Ninja?!?! ? ? ?

This month is all about mythological cold outreach... yup you guessed it I read “Pridictable Revenue” by Aaron Ross and it’s got me all types of excited about Cold Email!!! ?

Let me rewind for a sec and explain who we are and what we do... My Company Is White Label Ads and we run paid ads for busy entrepreneurs! ?

We have just passed the six figure mark!?

We were featured by Clickfunnels as “The #1 Traffic Provider For Funnel Rolodex” their new marketplace... (I’m kind of a big deal!) ?

We sponsored FHL this year and it’s allowed us to blow our business up! ?

Did I mention I’m Canadian... so I’m a super nice guy and chill hang with! ??

Now we are putting 100% focus into building a predictable model to generate meetings and sales like clock work! That were Cold Email comes in... Boom! ?

We are targeting the following:

Course Creators
Saas Companies
E-commerce Companies
National Businesses
Other Agencies

The softwares we are using:

Quickmail.Io
BriteVerify.com
Streak.com
Google Sheets for data
Amazing VAs for manual data entry

Our methods is not about SPAMMING... it’s all about sending custom emails to the right people!

We are just rolling this out so we don’t have any results to share yet!

Stay tuned!!!

Or just select us to win and I’ll let you know the results... JK Hit me up and I’ll let you in on it! ?

Honestly... Love your podcast and keep pumping out the value! ??

One Love - Zach “Make My Ads Profitable” Radford

Graeham Ford-Feliz
April 11, 2019 at 10:11 am

To grow my business, I'm building a self-serve registration process for our B2B SaaS company https://headcount.io.

Kat Mullens
April 11, 2019 at 10:04 am

Get my authority to operate and order my product

Brendon
April 11, 2019 at 9:54 am

I decided to apply to the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in order to completely up my game on starting and growing my clothing line. Expect to hear back very soon (classes begin in September), Sometimes it takes moving across the ocean and committing 4 years to being educated on your craft in order to build a business! I will also have access to Europe's manufacturing infrastructure, which is sorely lacking back here in Canada.

Dean Reese
April 11, 2019 at 2:41 pm

I’m doing a giveaway and directing people to a landing page (ala Sumo) to grow my mailing list. Also hiring a coach!

Alesandra
April 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

I’m working on getting affiliates for my course this month. I already have an info/sign up page. Now I’m working on my welcome email for them and a media/swipe copy kit. I’ve been building repor with them on Facebook and probably by the end of this month I can invite them to be affiliates.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
April 11, 2019 at 9:31 am

I'm Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, creator of Working Smarter for Mac Users (http://www.workingsmarterformacusers.com). I teach Mac users how to do more work in less time so they have more time for things they love.

In April we'll launch an all-new marketing campaign with an all-new funnel, revamped email campaign, new creative, and (at long last) a value ladder with upsells and OTOs.

This will be the biggest marketing push we've ever undertaken, and we're almost done testing everything and should begin running FB ads next week.

I'm so excited that I had to force myself to stop working on it and write this comment.

But I love all things Sumo and I would LOVE to win one of the "another" prizes for my little solopreneurship.

There is one last thing, Noah: If I do happen to win one of those "another" prizes, I'll save you a few bucks... I won't need airfare or hotel since I live in Austin and have for more than 30 years. (If you want to know where to find the best tacos in North Austin, all you have to do is ask).

P. S. I love your podcast—it's one of my favorites because you offer actionable advice and your episodes generally deliver a lot more signal than noise.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
April 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Eleven days later and we've (I think) tracked down the last bug in the funnel/landing page/course integration. So, with luck, we'll start running ads this week—a little later than planned, but a little sooner than I expected.

So... watch for my thrilling Working Smarter for Mac Users ads on your favorite social network RealSoonNow™. ?

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
April 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm

We made it!

My (tiny) team has finally hunted down and killed the last bug in our funnel and email automation. We start ad testing tomorrow!

Go, team!

I'm FREAKIN' THRILLED we've crossed the finish line.

Soi... watch for Working Smarter for Mac Users ads on Facebook starting tomorrow.

In a nutshell, April was awesome for my tiny training and consulting business, Working Smarter for Mac Users. We accomplished a buttload—we wrote, created, debugged, and launched our biggest rebranding effort ever.

Nothing would mean more to us (meaning "me") than winning this contest and keeping the momentum going in May.

Thanks for your consideration.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus
Solopreneur and Creator of Working Smarter for Mac Users
http://learn.workingsmarterformacusers.com/secrets-a

Anthony Dixon Jr.
April 11, 2019 at 9:19 am

Hello and good day! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize! I’m just getting started with my company but have had my Llc for a couple years. Just trying to save for my launch!

Adam Ketchum
April 11, 2019 at 9:15 am

I’m going to run an Instagram giveaway campaign to grow my follower base (7 days of giveaways), get influencers to help drive traffic, run Instagram ads, get them subscribed to my FB chatbot, and launch a product at the end to pay for all the upfront expenses. My number one goal is to grow my Instagram to 10k subscribers over the next 3 months.

Jared Elrod
April 11, 2019 at 9:06 am

Okay the grand prize is big so I have to go big. I am going to knock on / hand out 10,000 vouchers for my photography business.

Chai
April 11, 2019 at 9:04 am

Amazing idea! Love your poss

Matei Banfi
April 11, 2019 at 8:56 am

I'm going to hire a freelancer to help with data science.

Nigel Mphisa
April 11, 2019 at 8:39 am

I will grow my lead generation company from 0-10k in revenue. this is 4 clients paying 2500 each.

Jose
April 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

I’m running Google and Bing ads along with some post cards for my Real Estate business. When will app sumo get some skip tracing apps?? My website need optimization like a taco needs salsa!! http://www.a1propertybuyer.com

Ash
April 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

I am building a mobile game as a side hustle

Stephen Taylor
April 11, 2019 at 8:20 am

Just stepped out, brand new business (went real last week) to help companies implement artificial intelligence and advanced analytics programs. Doing the base stuff last week and this week (incorporating, name creation, base brand). Next week is a focus on market research and refinement (who exactly is my target customer?) and services definition (what do they need and how can I really help?). Love the way you engage. Cheers.

Jason
April 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

I will find a way (and actually schedule it) to have more conversations with my ideal clients to both figure out what their pain points are and share with them how I can help relieve some of those pain points.

Matt
April 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

I run an on-demand childcare center (www.cannykids.com). I'm 2 months in. I plan on creating a schedule of classes during the evening and weekend hours when business is slowest. Classes like gymnastics, art, music, dance, reading, etc to encourage parents to drop their children off while they run errands. This will increase revenue drastically while my costs are basically fixed.
If I can run 6 extra classes with an attendance of 10 students, I will increase revenue by 15%. I know I can get a lot more attendance than that!

Jonathan Honeycutt
April 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm

My wife and I are both starting businesses. She is posting Instagram giveaways, and I am trying to collaborate with other YouTube channels.

Wojtek
April 10, 2019 at 4:24 am

#1 Grow email list wih Sumo, buy FB ads, promote my products. A/B Testing.

Jeff Langmaid
April 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Hi Noah!

Love the podcast (and appreciate you previously being a guest on mine).

First, I want to give a huge shoutout to Sumo. I work in selling B2B in the chiropractic industry which has about 50,000 total chiropractors. Sumo (which I've used for years) has generated over 1.2K emails since I began using it. So yes, Sumo has helped me gain nearly 2.5% of the TOTAL emails in my industry since I began using. Ohhh yeah...

For April-

1. Gearing up for my first live event in June, hitting the event promotion hard now that we are approx 9 weeks out

2. Testing IGTV. My videographer is transferring all of my most viewed Youtube videos to the vertical orientation so we can begin testing. Right now I am noticing HUGE views via Insta (and really great retention), so I want to focus a bit more attention there.

3. Launch a new product- ChiroEMAIL's which is a fully done for you email solution for chiropractors that contains not only new patient on-boarding but also long term nurture and drip. We built all the automation AND supply the content (via another digital marketing product we have) so that docs only need to upload their contacts and roll from there.

For the launch we are testing a webinar style (not novel, but we have been doing 3 video series for approx 2 years, so this will be new). Also testing multi-step facebook ads based on engagement, re-targeting, and gating.

Happy to connect with anyone here in the comments if any of this sounds interesting, and of course I would be happy to spend a day with you and Neville in Austin! -

Jeff

Raiza Victoria
April 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Noah for the great opportunity given. I really appreciate it. I am sure I will meet you one day, not very far, and I will be very happy.
My #1thing goal for April is to make my biz grow, same as growing my mail list up to 5000 followers, and make sure I am delivering them great valuable content.

Jonathan Pappas
April 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

I'm going to launch a Kickstarter campaign and try to raise $200k for a startup. ?

Emmett Naughton
April 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

After a two year journey of learning to code, I am finally starting to look for my first freelance clients for web development.
I wrote a blog post (I could really use some Copy Writing Tips): https://medium.com/@enaughton/the-adventure-a9dcc297a3b7

I am sending out emails left and right, and working on my portfolio site.

Lets listen to some Promise Ring and drink some beers.

Emmett Naughton
April 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm

In the last 13 days, I have had some wild things happen! I had my email list increase 100% (I went from 0 subscribers to 1 subscriber!). I launched my portfolio website (http://emmettnaughton.design).

I am still looking to get my first freelance client, or my first developer job (I am not picky).
All the other updates have been incredible as well! Keep grinding everybody!
This is all happening while I am working full time at the local hospital, and raising my family with two children under the age of 3.

Dan from BaseballZone.com
April 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

The new beta I have been working on is finally ready so using all those sweet email addresses Sumo Me helped me gather to get my email community using my new tool and giving me feedback. I hope you pick me because you being my “rabbi” and dropping thought tacos on me would be a total GameChanger. Trying to grow so I can get my sons involved and make this a family affair. Long time fan boy and appsumo customer. Much love from Chicago dog!

Dan O'Connell
April 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Updated and launched my ebook with an accompanying website this week, so I am feeling pretty, pretty good.

http://baseballessentials.com/

Dan O'Connell
April 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

My #1 goal was to engage with my audience and I reached out to my VIP list and so far have ten new sales and four new reviews of my ebook. Will reach out to entire list next.

Dan O'Connell
April 25, 2019 at 10:40 am

Added my author video - recorded with the approach and style I learned in Monthly 1K - and I'm really pleased. While it's not perfect, it's done and published - and done is better than almost perfect but not done.

http://teamte.ch/ebook

Dan O'Connell
April 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

Using tips from the OK Dork article and my Sumo mailing list, my book reached #1 best seller in baseball coaching on Amazon this weekend and reached as high as 4 on the general baseball list. I was even ahead of Moneyball at one point!!! Take that Brad Pitt.

http://teamte.ch/ebook

Luis
April 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Yo!!!!
Just a bit
1. Noah, your my favorite podcaster.
2. I’m going to help you blow up your show (no bs)
Now for my BIZZZ
THIS APRIL
1. Launching my book (with a kickass giveaway) How to get your first 100,000 podcast downloads in 100 days

2. Sending over 40 free books for prospects

3. Selling my book in bulk for free speaking gigs on how to grow and monetize your podcast

4. Holding my first quarterly meeting and installing a NEW affiliate program for contractors

5. Changing the pricing structure to Reward long term clients

6. Rewriting the copy with my buddy Joe Logalbo for the new sales page

Eddie
April 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm

I will create a design and get it approved for turning into a pin.

Ashley
April 9, 2019 at 6:32 am

I'm going to focus on content creation again.

Paula Nowak
April 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

I am going to do a theme this month every Monday. It's just another Muzzle Monday...ohhh oh. I am a dog trainer and behavior consultant who wants to really help people and dogs! There will be a video, blog and Facebook lives on Monday's over the next several weeks. Even beyond!

reshanda Yates
April 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

I hope you sing that at the beginning of your vids because that's hilarious.

Matt
April 10, 2019 at 6:48 am

In April I am going to get clear and consistent with our brand and how it’s different.
We have an amazing group of clients and get most of our new work from them but none of them understand a majority of what we do!
Becoming clear and consistent with our vision of why and how we change lives will arm our most influential promoters with the information they need.
The deadline for that message creation is April 15th and the goal for the rest of the month is to communicate that message to 2 current clients and 1 new prospect everyday.

Cheers,
What’s your favorite nacho topping

Chris Hughes
April 8, 2019 at 11:51 am

The number one thing I started this month?

Binged your entire podcast series. All 85 episodes. (Go on, fly me out and test me)

I quit Netflix, Prime, any other crap and just listened to your stuff solidly. From there I started the groundwork on moving from a job-by-job business to something that will be MRR-based instead. Instead of sitting on the sidelines thinking 'what if?' and 'I wish that was me' I just pulled pretty much two all-nighters and set up a new business with a MVP to get it out of the door. It is live. Customers are being emailed. Now the fun starts.

Now, when can Neville help me perfect my sales copy? 🙂

reshanda Yates
April 9, 2019 at 10:24 am

Love this.

Ethan Jarvis
April 24, 2019 at 9:16 am

Awesome! I just found the podcast, maybe I should do this too 😛

Mason Brady
April 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm

The #1 thing we are doing to grow our business currently is by inviting collaborators from LinkedIn to com make finance and accounting courses with us by using our templated system and model. We don't dare try to become the #1 accounting and finance education resource without bringing others along in the journey. Collaboration over competition!

reshanda Yates
April 9, 2019 at 10:26 am

Do you have any audience in the newlywed and engaged couple space? I know someone who is doing more collabs recently. Let me know if you want to connect!

Mark Simpson
April 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

"#1 thing you're doing to start or grow your business this month."

My goal is to grow to a £500k Annual Revenue Business in 2019

This month the ONE thing I am going to do is start up an affiliate network that will help me sell my products and services.

I outsource and delegate 80% of my day to day business tasks, (still a one-man band) the one area that I need to grow to help me grow is to get people on board to help me sell access to the Boostly Academy and the Boostly Website Design.

I will check in with the results at the end of the month

Cheers Noah

Amazing price and incentive

Ces
April 7, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Hello Noah,

I am going back to the basics, I am going to ask my customers for referrals this month. I am working on my "delivery" with my 2 biggest customers when I visit them this month and refining my delivery/message once I see how they react. They won't refer new customers to me if I don't ask.

Travis Marziani
April 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm

It's hard to pick a number 1 thing, so in Noah Kagan Podcast fashion I will do 3

1. Perfect our SOPs for contacting micro influncers, I will have to do more research and integrate King Sumo in the process. I just spent the month in the phillipines visiting my VA's and this seems like a perfect task for them.
2. Build (or at least start the funnel) for free + shipping pouches.
3. Working on the launch for a new flavor of PNB!

Honestly, if I had to pick one thing it would be launching the new flavor for PNB ,Cacao Performance Nut Butter is coming!

I did a lot of research and marketing testing and it is crazy good, and I think will be way bigger than PNB Orginal. PNB has been an MVP from the beginning and this is V2.0.

This will also be the first run I do with a new copacker which will solve the biggest issue my company has had, which is production issues.

Though technically the new flavor won't be out till June so it is a lot of waiting for other people during the development phase.

I am also going to be hitting up Mr. Noah Kagan himself for some leads on people to send free boxes too, but I won't bother him too much as I think starting with the micro influncers could be a good starting strategy.

Also new goal, by this time next year I plan to be on an episode of Noah Kagans small business month of podcasts.

Pierre Bonhomme
April 7, 2019 at 9:36 am

My startup was on hold since last fall but I'm diving back in now that my personal finances are in order. The #1 thing for me this month is to reach out to one person every day via email, text or phone to set up coffee meet-ups. I already have a good circle of advisors, mentors and small investors, so it's time to bring them in closer and sustain those ongoing relationships for accountability.

Humphrey Vambe
April 7, 2019 at 5:55 am

I'm starting to grow my email list and write more content for my website.

Ric Ruben
April 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

First up, I will be focusing on a niche keyword for my biz, http://www.kadimadigital.com
Follow that up with publishing something amazing! Then (after promoting) track and measure performance.

Andrew Heller
April 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm

My April goal is to put down my hammer and listen with both ears.

I recently finished part 1 of fast.ai, and I'm really excited to start an AI centered business that helps small and medium sized businesses with marketing. Having a fancy new hammer does make everything seem like a nail. I'm going to take time this month to genuinely listen to problems businesses are having with their marketing. Then I will find the gaps in the market that I am uniquely able to fill.

Lucius
April 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Hi Andrew, can I get your email I will like to collaborate with you on the AI project.

Andrew Heller
April 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Hey Lucius. I'd be happy to talk about a collaboration. You can email me at team at cofocus.co

Matt
April 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm

the #1 thing I’m doing to grow my business this month is flying to Austin to meet Noah Kagan 🙂

Wayne Trout
April 6, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Noah I am in!!! Experiment 1. Outsourced/virtual procurement. I have a website (www.CQTProcurement.com CQT=CostQualityTime) bought. Building it and will have some blogs and hopefully podcasts up as well. I specialize in project procurement, sourcing and contracts. Google ad words and my linkedin contact list will be my customer base.
Possible experiment 2. Website to help people to define their life’s task (mastery-Robert green I borrowed this from you) http://www.yourlifestask.com podcast and blog as well. Google add words and my (I created it to fill a need I had, to talk with other entrepreneurs) meetup group (startups and entrepreneurs network Sioux Falls meetup.com -323 members) I am excited to meet with you in Texas :). If Tim Ferris aka #timtim aka #ponyboy around it would be fun to talk with him as well.

Lilia Tovbin
April 6, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Who would pass on this challenge?? Not a true entrepreneur.

My #1 goal for April: Start direct sales. Working on slides (multiple versions for each prospect type!) and demos this weekend to be ready to jump into calls/demos with any leads that come in. Starting with network and moving into cold emails. Targeting +$10K MRR in April for this acquisition channel.

Another idea I had is make a version of my competitor research spreadsheet(s) public, either for free or sell it with a full refund guarantee to anyone who becomes a customer (bold or stupid? I go with bold). I already share it with prospects that are comparing services.

Can't wait to meet other hustlers in Austin.

Michael Cyger
April 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

We're focusing on reducing our bounce rate: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9n3q7ubc3muowsd/April-2019-bounce-rate.png
.
It's been too high for too long, which (we think) is a bad indicator to search engines. By improving our tactics of keeping people on the site longer, we'll hopefully be able to share more useful information (which benefits readers), improve our page views per session (which benefits advertisers), and rank more pages higher on the search engines (which benefits us). ?

Nick Meade
April 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

I have been talking about starting a business for Years! When I mentioned my latest idea to my spouse she commented on how good the idea was, but also how I am all talk and never act.

So the biggest piece of advice I can offer: Just Start!

Yes, you may fail but our biggest lessons are learned in failing. On the other hand, you just might be wildly successful.

BTW, we are currently ramping up and hope to launch my idea early in Q3. 🙂

Will Chou
April 6, 2019 at 10:15 am

My #1 thing is figuring out whether my first product sucks or my copywriting sucks and improving or fixing these ... because it's not selling to my email list which is large!

Dave
April 6, 2019 at 6:43 am

Just FYI.

What about us poor aussies ?
With kids and all?

Gonna fly us out!?

Dave
April 6, 2019 at 6:40 am

Legend.
Bring it back to the old times.
The first episodes were so fresh and raw.
Love to hear more of that stuff!

Steven Phan
April 6, 2019 at 12:40 am

Did all the steps above 🙂

Now onto the comments, honestly its been a struggle running Elevatie. However, we keep learning, and we keep pivoting. Right now what's been probably the most impressive that worked out for us is our agency partner program. How we do that? Well, I have a Linkedin automation tool that sends up to 10 DM's in a sequence over 90 days. Once someone responds they open it up for conversations. Where then, I step in manually have 50-100 of on-going convo's with marketers, business owners, you name it.

B2B marketing has never been so easy thanks to LinkedIn and automation tools. From there, I try to do a little research stick them on a cold email campaign, run a few re-targeting ads, and heck we are also working on lead gen content. Such as eBooks, whitepapers, case studies, etc... probably similar things that most companies do.

We went from a 10% churn and now have cut it in half by on-boarding more customers, and educating them about our software. This has increased morale, productivity, and ignited a fire within each of our team members to persist. It hasn't always been easy infact its come close many days where I don't know how I was going to pay my mortgage, my bills, and was extremely strapped for cash. Down to having less than $100 in my bank account.

This made me become super creative in almost like a soul searching journey. Just like Noah when he went on a ayahuasca journey. In fact, this was probably one of the few emails I read and clicked through to continue on reading the article. What a wild ride! Anyways, I didn't have such a crazy journey nor experimented with that stuff. But I looked inwards at what are my strengths? and I found that I could build websites. The timing was perfect because Neville actually sent out a newsletter or email about doing a job like building a site for $100. So I said heck yes! I can do that! Next thing you know I was posting ads up to build sites all over the internet for $100. Then I found myself upselling my services for $500, landed a few deals, and made some cash. Re-invested it into my business and we're okay now. Sometimes you just gotta hustle. This may not be a very conventional way of growing a business but I did what I had to. In fact I continue doing some website builds on the side just to support my goals and dreams. These automation tools, re-targeting, etc.. aren't cheap but they're worth every penny.

Anyways this is probably a long enough post but would sure love to win this trip, meet Noah, and Neville. They have been my inspiration and have helped me along my journey in being an entrepreneur. I also aspire to help others in their journey whatever it may be. Keep hustling!

-Steven Phan

Luis Enrique Delpars
April 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Hey Mr. Taco, AKA Noah Kagan. My April challenge is to finally come out with a product idea to stop wantepreneuring. What I'm doing right now is comparing Tim Ferriss approach on product design (find what your "tribe" spends money in) vs yours (create a product that solves your needs). Anyway, end of April is deadline to start with the test stage.

Tim
April 5, 2019 at 6:11 pm

Couple ideas to grow a new SAAS product I've been working on.

1) Send out thank you card to existing clients that contains a $10 Starbucks gift card and business cards for any referrals
2) Cold E-mail Marketing Sequence using Mailshake to leads found on Google Business in my target industry.
3) LinkedIn Outreach - still need to figure out how best to approach this, but will most likely involve Sales Navigator to help reach my target industry and contacts within those businesses.

Jenifer Bennett
April 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

I'm reaching out. I'm petrified doing it but I'm reaching out to what I believe to be the target market to hear their words.

Dominik Harman
April 5, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Hey noah. This month is searching for micro inflyencers in my niche.

Maggie McAuliffe
April 5, 2019 at 12:31 pm

This month I am focusing on the “red tape”. My dad has 12 acres of actual Jurassic Park type jungle that he wants me to to do something with. It’s always been overwhelming but I know what I want to with it now and I’m getting my shot together. So... this month I am having the land surveyed, pulling zoning, tax, and permit records, researching ecotourism tax incentives, licensing and building permit info. I also got an accountability partner and someone who will likely work with me on this project. So this week we’re also brainstorming and listing every person we know that we can use as a resource whether it’s now or sometime in the future.

Marcel
April 5, 2019 at 11:48 am

YouTube!!!!
Crating videos

Chris Weinreich
April 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

April's focus is on implementation.

Deanna Saracino
April 5, 2019 at 9:43 am

You've been giving me personal inspiration and guidance for the last 6 years as I have built my business. Thank you Noah!

David Brogan
April 5, 2019 at 9:02 am

I have committed to achieving one professional diploma per month minimum over a twelve month period. So far ( I began in February) I have achieved a Diploma in Sound Therapy and another in Numerology, both with distinction marks, 100% and 98% respectively. I have now added four more diploma courses to my overall target; sixteen in total with two down. My vision is to start and build a Holistic Integrative Medicine and Nutrition Centre. I believe the future of medicine lies in the realms of sound (vibration), color, light, and associated therapies as the power and effectiveness of 'traditional western' medicine such as antibiotics decreases dramatically.

Wayne Trout
April 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm

How are you scoring one professional diploma a month?

Susan Bartley
April 5, 2019 at 9:02 am

This months quest is for my staff to come together and create a mission statement. I am using what I call "Fish bowl" questions each week to bring us together. I put out a question on Slack that they answer. Questions like: "What does Spud, Inc. (our company) do?", "How do you affect the common goals of Spud, Inc.", "What does the phrase 'Spud, Inc. sells freedom' mean to you?" and "what one word would you use to describe Spud, Inc.". I will collate the answers and send them back out every week for people to think on. At the end of the month I will pull from every comment and make a unified statement. From there we will work together to hone it into our final commandment.

I am calling them fish bowl questions because I am asking them to look at the question like they are looking through a fish bowl. Their image is reflected clearly but then everything else (other employees, other jobs within the company etc.) are reflected back on them as well.

Noah Swanson
April 5, 2019 at 7:18 am

Taking the advice of Tony Robbins and investing more in myself than my job. What I mean: investing in my personal development in order to more effectively serve more people. This comes across as self-serving, but what I'm learning is allowing me to serve my clients better. This week one of my client's organic traffic increased by 75% due to a tactic we implemented. It's also lead me to develop a live event platform for another client.

I'm excited where this new growth is taking me and those I work with.

Thanks for the advice, Noah. Keep it up!

-Noah

P.S. I'm gunning for 1 of the 5 spots. I'll bring you (and Nev) one of these badass t's: whatwouldnoahdo.com

Noah Swanson
April 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Noah, it's Noah again...

So here's what's been going on since my last post. First, I uncovered a new way to niche down through my wife's company. Stoked to continue to refine my service offering in order to be more effective for my clients.

Secondly, I've continued to invest in myself. My wife and I are T-minus 4 weeks from the birth of our third child. Needless to say, life is about to get a whole lot crazier again. In preparation of this, I've squeezed out every ounce of optimization. You might ask, "So, what does that mean?"
-Sleep: trying to get between 6.5-7 hours each night (no more and no less)

-Workouts: being more efficient in the gym – no sitting on my ass for 5 minutes in between sets – get in, hit it hard, and get out

-Personal growth: I've listened to two books on audio while driving in the car and working out, have gone through two certifications in the morning before clocking in for work (for my own company).

-Marketing: Previously I said I was working on serving my customers better. With that in mind, I have focussed on incorporating the 80/20 hardcore with each of my clients. We've seen huge results across the board. For some that has meant focussing on creating highly specific content and focussing on industry related keywords (captured the #1 spot for one of my clients in the SERPS last week), and for others it's been focussing more attention on certain social media platforms while forgetting about others that haven't returned a positive ROI.

For one of my biggest clients, my team identified an opportunity. To take advantage of this opportunity we're in the process of developing a new product. One of the things I've learned from you (especially during that episode you did with Tim Ferriss back in the day where you helped that girl launch a yoga company) is that it doesn't have to be perfect when you launch. "Good" is better than "we'll get to it someday when it's perfect." With that in mind, we're planning to roll out with an MVP in order to get testimonials and make iterations where needed.

Noah, I think that's about all I have for right now...I won't bore you with the rest. Looking forward to hanging out in Austin with you, Nev, and the 4 other Sumolings!

Cheers,

Noah (the gentile) Swanson

Nate Alger
April 5, 2019 at 6:47 am

Hi Noah,

You truly are the Rabi that can't lose. haha I like that every nickname is different in each episode...

Anyways, thanks for all the inspiration and here are the 3 main initiatives that I have planned for April:

1) Partner/collaborate with other companies in our space for those that don't see us as competition. I will keep trying to work with other smaller brands to do a sponsored email blast for marketing (from your 22 things Podcast).

2) Transition a lot of day to day website stuff like putting up course material, Podcasts, and videos to another person starting next week. I can finally focus on strategic growth!

3) Setup one-click upsells on the sales checkout to increase the lifetime value of our customers.

Alice Wilson
April 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Hey Noah, great idea. And
Nate Alger, please explain exactly how a sponsored email blast for marketing works. Thank you.

Nate Alger
April 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Alice, it's essentially paying bloggers/people with an email list money to send out an email to their lists promoting you and your content. The hope is that some of those people start following you.

Ivan Panchenko
April 5, 2019 at 5:33 am

Working on doorways to boost my consuling website traffic. Have no results yet, but can share something at the end of the month for sure. Positive or negative experience.

Fraser
April 5, 2019 at 3:18 am

Being a UK company we are in the midst of Brexit and looking to not only cope with any changes that arises from changing legislation we are also looking to capture any advantages this may bring to our business.

Johanam Abdalla
April 5, 2019 at 1:23 am

PEOPLE!!! The thing that has worked the most for me is connecting with people. Now I have a team of 6 amazing people, a huge network an amazing mentors and funders. JUST WAKE UP AND CONNECT!!!

Jake Hill
April 4, 2019 at 11:17 pm

'Free Sample Friday' - sharing free samples and resources for music producers every week.

Ryan Hogue
April 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm

I've been following your journey for years Noah & I'm still a fan!

I started my YouTube channel & re-launched my website in October 2018 and have been putting out DAILY YouTube videos and at least 4 new blog posts per week, for going on 4+ months! I am 100% committed to the grind & to making this happen!

Erick Lanza
April 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Noah’s podcast has been one of the best podcasts that I’ve listened to in a while. I’ve gotten a lot of useful information that I’ve been able to apply into my own business personally and he’s funny and practical! I highly recommend this podcast if you want practical tactics and strategies to implement in your own life and business.

Mark Ritz
April 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

I copied your business, kinda. ?
The AppSumo of the natural product space.

Mary McDonald
April 4, 2019 at 6:32 pm

I'm marketing some courses in order to help folks learn cool techniques, and also get new clients into my funnel

Troy Sheehan
April 4, 2019 at 5:26 pm

Not happy with the education system so starting a new school in my city, decided to go big for the fundraising of the building fund by creating a new National Lottery for Super Cars, starting with a Tesla Model X we are selling 100k tickets @ $10 each to raise around 700k profit and give people a real chance to own a supercar. We'll run this every 3-4 months with different cars and have the funds over the next 5 years go to building an entire new school! Sure seems more real a target to me than selling raffles tickets at the supermarket for $5-$10k a year

Troye Wallettl
April 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm

April Plan:
1. Ask Noah if he wants to have a mountain biking chat.
2. Fly out to Austin from Adelaide, Australia with my Yeti (an inspired buy, due to your podcast.)
3. Consider the Sumo business so that I can give as much value as I receive.
4. Play the "What would I do" game with the Sumo business.
4. Go mountain biking with Noah.
5. Share ideas and thoughts on how to grow businesses in a fun way. Just because it is serious does not mean it shouldn't fun.
6. Be inspired and grow my knowledge.
7. Return to Adelaide and share the experience with the growing start-up community here.

Tyrel Johnson (T-Sizzle)
April 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Hey Noah,

I'm Tyrel Johnson, aka T-Sizzle. I love your nicknames by the way! I was hoping to meet you when I came out to SXSW to launch my company, but it didn't work out. It's all good though!

So.. I have been working my ass off building a managed marketplace startup called ShotCrew. We help consumer products companies (like HELM Boots in Austin, who we work with) get stunning product photography - without having to do the work of finding talent OR paying crazy high fees to pros or agencies. Essentially, we provide an concierge-like experience, for freelance prices.

The past several months I have been building THE BUSINESS (business model, supply side, etc, etc). I recently just switch over to focus on sales, in early March.

I've managed to do about $4,000 in revenue in March. I'm focused and committed to bringing in AT LEAST $10,000 in revenue in April alone, with an additional target of 20% of that revenue coming from our monthly recurring service. Things are looking up, as I already have a "potential" $6,000 coming in soon from a handful of prospects I am talking with.

The ONE THING I am doing to hit my target is cold email. It has already been working pretty well for me, and I love selling! It's the quickest way to validate ideas and more importantly, get customers.

I already know exactly what I need to do, and I'm in the process of it as we speak. That includes continuing to build out my list in the footwear and beauty categories, enriching the data, and finally sending out the personalized campaigns.

I'm pretty confident I can hit my target. However, coming out to Austin would not only be a dream come true, I know it would be akin to pouring gasoline on the small fire I've managed to start.

I'm crossing my fingers that I'm selected to come out, but either way, I'm going to smash my target.

Thank you so much for all that you do (especially your awesome podcast).

All the best,
Tyrel

Garik
April 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm

I've been seeing strong website traffic growth month over month from my current marketing strategy of blog collaborations, podcast interviews, and social media marketing. The goal for April: double the traffic.
I'll do this by ramping up the current marketing strategy, focusing on the channels that are driving the most traffic. Can't wait to report the results at the end of April ^^

Noah Farmer
April 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm

I am in the embryonic stages of developing a business. It’s probably too early to even apply for a contest like this but what the hell? I work in physical therapy and I enjoy my job but I know I am an entrepreneur, an entertainer and a creative at my core. I play music and have started doing stand-up comedy. I want to start a business to help use art as a treatment for mental illness. My number 1 thing I can do this month to work towards creating my business is...sadly I think just just turn down PRN/overtime and take a short term financial loss in hopes of creating something special and more profitable down the road. With that extra time I can do more research, create a clear business plan, investigate creating a website and listen to more of Noah’s(great name btw) podcast to help my embryonic business idea turn into a full blown big ass baby one day.

Trip
April 4, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Hey Noah! I have two businesses that I'm doing some growth work on. So here's one thing I am doing with each:

#1 In my men's accessories brand I'm doing some "deep work" to create the story and vision around my brand by reading "Think and Grow Rich" and "Psycho-Cybernetics" and "This is Marketing" by Seth Godin.

#2 In my notary business which I started a few months ago is to execute my first notary appointments in the next 60 days. I just signed up for Tony Robbin's Results Coaching and had my first call with my coach yesterday. This was the goal we worked on.

Daniel
April 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

I'm a video game developer and I want to finish an idea that I have been developing for two years with some friends. This video game has elements that don't have any current video games, which makes it very original, and I know that it would have a lot of market, but I could not get an investor. So, I have decided to start a business, teach online video game programming, on my own platform.

# 1 THING I'm doing is starting to make the recordings of the courses and I'm going to hook people with live videos on Facebook and Instagram, and keep growing, I hope to have at least my first thousand followers by the end of this month, and start sell some courses. All to be able to sponsor my own video games.

Thank you, Noah for all your efforts for making new entrepreneurs have big success.

Yaroslav
April 4, 2019 at 2:37 pm

It’s time for some of my experiments. Sorry for my comment being smashed into 3.
I’m already creating a crazy startup which is VR Art Gallery platform for Artist.

How I decided to create it?
I have a really talented friend Dima who is an artist ??? and he once told me that the process of setting up a show in a gallery really suck because gallery has to be accustomed for your works and Yada yada. AT THAT MOMENT I KNEW THAT I HAD SOMETHING ON MY HANDS
And so we started development and created a plan to launch. Before that validated idea on other artists.
With my only partner Dima we created a smart launching marketing campaign which focuses on PR and raw WOM: we’ll get attention of the artist community in Kyiv and London through: events and spreading the word on that events, being featured in local bars and rave clubs ( that’s a great place to find creators and artists 😀 ). Now I’m developing this product as fast as I can.

While developing this platform, I’ve tried to create a chocolate subscription business, but it didn’t fly because I hadn’t accounted for people being impulsive and not wanting each month some random chocolate and so I didn’t get enough first customers to start this business.

And now I’m stepping up business and marketing game by learning from best of the world( Tim Ferriss, You Noah, Seth Godin, Ray Dalio etc...) to be ready for everything that comes.

THANKS!

Bill Widmer
April 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

#1: Publish an industry stats and trends article to build natural, organic backlinks over time and improve our Google rankings.

#2: Find an affiliate partner to sell insurance leads to and add an income stream.

#3: Publish 10 additional articles on our blog to grow our search traffic.

Hassan Mushaid
April 4, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Browski - Goal for 2019 - Sales

Creating, testing and optimising all sales channels that we have available and create new ones.

We're trying;
- Cold Calling
- LinkedIn
- Instagram
- Facebook Ads (Lead Gen)
- Facebook Groups
- Improving our ActiveCampaign account (CRM)
- Physically visiting clients
- Events
- Speaking
- Networking
- Partnerships
- Direct Mail Marketing
- Email upsells, referrals, cross-sells and tripwires
- Sales Content for website and Print Collateral

I've also got some finance dudes to come in (delegating) and measure all metrics eg leads, profitability, pricing etc and create for me easy to use Google Sheets for formulating conversions etc

Result - By the end of the year, I should have a more solid idea as to which sales strategies we need to stop, reduce and push more of.
Then try and double for next year.

Dude, I would love to come down and Austin. Would love to try out Franklins BBQ and see what all the hype is about.

Taseer
April 4, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I'm committed to make $1000 from writing this month. I've everything set up. The process will go like this:

1. Offer THREE health brands (I'm in the health niche) free high-quality, well-research article each. Plus, a 15-minute content marketing consultation. All 100% free. In return, just ask to credit the content and get testimonials.

2. Cold pitch health brands and startups.

3. Make LinkedIn connections and ask around if anyone needs help with content for their company.

4. Now the math stuff (is this even a step?): 2 - 3 landing pages @ $400 each = $800 - $1200. Or 10 blog posts @ $100 each = $1000. Or one copywriting project ($400) + 6 articles ($100 each) = $1000.

That's the plan.

Noah, now can you please put on your marketing googles and help me achieve that?

Yaroslav
April 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I’m learning marketing via Seth’s book This is Marketing and researching some product ideas but don’t have any luck with the research

Jake Bernstein
April 4, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Things I'm doing to grow my business (so far):
1st - I launch my 2nd attempt at a private label product on Amazon. Like my 5th attempt at a business venture, but the first attempt that's seeing some good traction. About 750-1k profit per week. Nothing crazy, but great to see.

2nd - Now I'm looking to drive external traffic to Amazon. Working on Pinterest ads and once I have that covered, moving on to Instagram, Facebook, etc.

3rd - I just ordered another shipment of product. With this order, I'm also testing out a couple of variations of my original product to see if I can expand my offering without reinventing the wheel.

Josh Terry
April 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

Hi Noah!

I'm a violin teacher. I've been building a private practice teaching online and I've had a couple clients for close to a year now. I want the business of teaching violin privately to become my main source of income (right now my main source of income is teaching violin at a music school, working for someone else). It's my dream to be able to teach the people who want to learn from me, anywhere in the world. And it's my dream to have the higher income and freedom that would come with this shift as it would enable me to continue improving my own music.

I've built a website. http://www.violinpop.com

I've written a beginning violin book. http://violinpop.com/the-slightly-helpful-book-of-violin-wizardry/

And I've tried marketing here and there. But I'm coming from the art world and I'm ignorant and hesitant and eager to learn. I've recently decided the best thing I can do to market myself is to blatantly be myself. So this month I'm going to comb through the videos and music I've made to make an ad and start paid advertising online. I know that might not appear to be thinking big. But I'm terrified of spending money on myself for things like ads so it's pretty big. I'm using this as a push to action.

Teaching privately is something I've been building towards for a long time and it's happening little by little. I listen to you and the Tim Ferriss Show all the time looking for tidbits and ideas to help me make better choices. You've already helped me in many ways with your material. I want to say thank you so much for what you've already done. And the giveaway you've described above would be an incredible opportunity for me to really move forwards and learn what I need to do next. Because, frankly, it's the marketing part that scares me.

I want to emphasize that if you pick me, I'm ready to take advantage of what you're offering. I already have the skills of my craft, teaching. I've been working my butt off to become debt free, and I will be this year. And I want to build my business with the mental and financial space I'm creating from that. This business is what I want.

Also, I live in Austin, so if you pick me, I promise to use the plane ticket and hotel money on whatever you recommend I use it on to help me grow my business.

P.S. Since I started writing this comment someone already subscribed to your podcast via my post on Facebook. I enjoy it and I'm happy to recommend it to others. Also I left a review on iTunes, thanks for doing what you do.

Phi @ SweetPhi.com
April 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm

What a truly fantastic way of supporting small businesses through this incredible giveaway, thank you for doing this!

I am a food and lifestyle blogger, content creator, photographer and 2 time cookbook author. My revenue comes from ads, affiliates, products and sponsored contracts. This month, my second published cookbook comes out (it's with a huge publisher so I'm crazy excited and thankful for all their support), so the month is full of launch plans. 1st up is a preorder campaign, then is a week of release roll out, and then a follow up roll out. One thing I did differently this time around with my book that I didn't do with my first cookbook a few years ago was that I built a page for extras and resources on my site and referenced the page throughout the book for readers. This will act as a way for readers of the book to come over to my site which will then have them signing up for my newsletter list (always the hope). And increased readers of my site means increased ad revenue. Win win! This one is hard to put a number on, I'm hoping for a 10% increase in overall readers this month.

Another major thing I'm starting to do this month is incorporating videos into my content. I'm doing one video a week, and this will increase my ad revenue by 50%!! I tested it out over the last couple of months a little here and there to see if my audience was receptive to videos, and the overwhelming response was a resounding YES, they were interested. So now I have a plan in place to roll out a new video each week, and will be hopefully continue to see the revenue increase from that stream!

Something else I'm really focusing on is working on my contract work proposals and partnerships. This process has completely changed for me over the past year all because of an amazing product I purchased through AppSumo (the product is called Nussii and it was a deal you ran last April.) I cannot say enough good things about the way using that platform to structure my proposals has helped me land and secure partnerships. I can custom tailor proposals to clients, and I can happily report I have not had one client not sign a contract! It makes the proposal/contract look so beautiful and professional if you put a little time and effort in, and it's so easy to customize. Thank you again for running that incredible deal. I'm in the process of landing a partnership which will mean an increase of 46% over my current rate!

This challenge has me so excited for the month of April, thank you again for all your amazing resources you provide!

Phi @ SweetPhi.com
April 26, 2019 at 10:38 am

Just wanted to follow up and share the results! I've taken this whole challenge very seriously and have been doing weekly check-ins on Fridays, it's been so insightful to see what can all get done in a month!!
-Cookbook launched, so far I'm at an 8.9% increase in traffic, but social media is up 15-20% and that was something I didn't hope for, so that's awesome! A lot of the cookbook launch things are out of my hands because the publisher is handling it, but I'm building plans for the summer of what I can do in addition to them.
-Because of adding video, I was hoping for/anticipating a 50% revenue increase...are you ready? The result was actually a 152% increase!!!!!!
-On the partnership front, I could not even have anticipated this, but I am in the process of securing a long term partnership that will have me set for the next 6 months!

Anyway, thank you so much for doing this challenge. In the past month I've listed to so many of your fascinating podcasts and purchased 1 really great AppSumo deal which has been so helpful (video related).

Ryder Hollis
April 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm

I have 2 year old gym business that is making money but I am lacking in business knowledge. I want more customers but I also want their experience to be amazing. I mean AMAZING!

In April I will travel to other local gyms and try out their services. Afterwards I will implement what I learn from the other gyms into my gym and see if our traffic increases, our customers are satisfied, and our team is closer.

I want my business to be better before it is bigger!

Joseph Ditzel
April 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Ryder,

If you haven't heard of it yet, I would check out the Barbell Business Podcast on the Shrug Collective network. I followed this podcast for a long time when I was working for a Crossfit Gym and they had TONS of awesome information specifically for gym owners. They also do masterminds which might be worth checking into as well. Good Luck.

Danny
April 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

#1 Watch numbers more closely to optimize our current traffic/sales.
-Adjust product cost, then check 7 days later to see if % of sales for product went up or down. -Analyze shipping costs, make adjustment - check 7 days later along with Conv %.

Justin
April 4, 2019 at 11:48 am

Crush and crank out some content

Enda Glynn
April 4, 2019 at 11:38 am

I really want to find the correct price point for my offering,
I have been struggling with various different pricing methods, high initial price and sell through discounts to email list etc.
but to no avail so far.
So April is simplify and test different price points to try to find a baseline conversion rate and then work on building the business by concentrating on traffic and email conversion after that.
find the price
then push the traffic.
simple eh,
not so, as I have realized!
God bless you Noah Kagan!

David Lopez
April 4, 2019 at 11:32 am

I'm just starting my business this month. I'm a software developer that helps companies create Robots.

This month, I plan to reach out to past customers to gather testimonials and put up a simple one page site with at least one product offering and a testimonial.

David Lopez
April 26, 2019 at 11:44 am

After doing some more research and figuring out if there's a need in Robotics, I'm pivoting my business. What happened was I looked around at all the robotics communities online, did some SEO research on search volume for robotics related keywords. My conclusion was that, the market is too small or closed off. My impression was that it's still mostly B2B and would require a lot of in person networking. Something I don't want to do.

I changed strategies and took Alan Weiss' advice and started reconnecting with past customers telling them that I'm available for consulting - with some research so I know how I can help them. I also created a list of potential customers (~10 so far) I'd like to help and I'm researching and emailing them directly with an email pitch.

In my free time, I'm coming up a list of potential SaaS and product service ideas I'd like to start and researching if there's a good market for them. So far I have two that I'm considering.

Sean
April 4, 2019 at 11:30 am

Experimenting on a hypothesis that traditional consumer packaged goods companies are going to look much different in a few years based largely on how customers buy. With this being said we're AB testing a core product by branding/marketing/packaging in two different ways to test this hypothesis. Would be a HUGE help going to Austin for a day to work on this!

Kyle Reed
April 4, 2019 at 11:28 am

Hard to nail just one thing, but here is my shot at it.

The short of what I am doing: Creating a "Record In A Day" process that takes artist, managers, and labels through the process of creating an 8-month marketing plan for their album launch or tour.

I started my business in November of 2018.
I work with musicians to help them create plans to reach their goals.
This is accomplished through digital marketing and social media.

It started at first with me just managing their socials and helping with some marketing efforts. And after about 2 months I realized that this was not my area that gave me the most joy. What I realized was that when I met with people one on one was where I won and left feeling amazing.

So I hired a project manager and designer and worked with them on the details while I went out and pursued meetings. This brought in 3 new monthly retainer clients. I currently have 5 total right now.

I have seen that I am the translator from the artist to the listener/customer.
Because of this I have 3 areas that I focus on.
1) Day to Day social media management that my team runs
2) Consulting on social media monthly with an emphasis on Instagram.
Inside of this process, I have created an Instagram Audit (which I can send one to you
Noah...or anyone interested, that goes over 8 areas for potential growth and gives you a
score and recommendations) that helps me evaluate areas of improvement and growth and
is the introduction to the consulting work.
3) My record in a day process where we create a marketing plan that they can execute over the next 8 months or have my team execute for them. The goal in this process is to have the artist or band walk away with an actual tangible thing they can use and see growth and results.

So the one thing I am working on for 2019, making myself the brand and putting myself out there with my knowledge and expertise and bringing in new clients through my face to face time but also my sharing online.

PS: I have done step 2 and 3.

PSS: Love your podcast and the short mini-episodes as well. Excited about this month focus on small business as both my wife and I own our own businesses.

PSSS: When in Nashville, go to Mas Tacos. You will love it.

Rebecca Bertoldi
April 4, 2019 at 11:13 am

I've teamed up with other local businesses to put on a King Sumo contest and offer a local business a marketing makeover. The grand prize winner gets a new website, video, new logo, newsletter template, and ad setup on the platform of their choosing.

Mike Thurlow
April 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

I'm recording episodes for a podcast that I will launch by the end of April.

Willow Bascom
April 4, 2019 at 10:51 am

Participating in a statewide tradeshow rather than the local farmer's market.

Reshanda Yates
April 4, 2019 at 10:50 am

I have an idea to help amazing teachers not have to quit because of finances.

Will be reaching out to 100 teachers for interviews over the next week.

Reshanda Yates
April 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Just prospected 30 peeps to reach out to. Will send at least 5 messages by end of day. This is FUN! ?

reshanda Yates
May 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Okay, I didn't do the 100 interviews BUT I realized I didn't need to. What I DID need to do was recognize a problem that I had . . . "niche hopping." Not sure if that makes sense, but basically, I was too scared to actually make offers and was stuck in research mode (for like years people....) and I already had tons of data around a specific problem which I'm 100% confident that I can help people solve because I solved it for myself. So, I grew some ovaries and finally reached out to a potential client to talk about how I can help her solve her problem. Yikes! The cool thing is, I'm no longer afraid of that. Now on to the next thing! I really appreciated this challenge. Somehow, it knocked me into reality. Thanks! Good luck to everyone.

Sharfunnisa Quadri
April 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

done. done. and done. except all my email addresses-facebook, iCloud and where i have subscribed to your email are different dude... dont care about the $1 but would love to be able to meet you and Neville and learn how to grow my businesses.
#1 thing I am doing currently to grow my vacation rental business is social media advertising on autopilot using promorepublic that I purchased from AppSumo.

Divyanshu Jangid
April 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

I have developed the process and automation and still refining it for my website content production and other tasks. This is helping me focus on valuable tasks, and enables me to do more things with small team. So I only need to look at small team which means I can focus on build small highly skilled team that will able to do things much faster and scalable without compromising quality.

Jon
April 4, 2019 at 10:28 am

Launched a new funnel at the beginning of March for a client which brought in £7500 profit by the end of March. I made sure I set up tracking for the digital and offline follow up (thanks to the client for giving me his numbers to use) so I am now putting all the proof together.

I intend to visually create the funnel and have all the conversion numbers alongside (Revenue, Profit, Traffic & Leads) and wrap this up with EPC, CPL, CPA, ROAS & CPC results.

Then I'll be approaching other similar businesses with this information and showing them the value I provide for a monthly consulting fee armed with actual numbers.

Got to admit I'm pretty fired up right now.

James Isaacs
April 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

Businesses of every flavor everywhere can benefit from the huge opportunity that Messenger marketing offers. It's an unparalleled shift in how businesses engage with, learn from, and deliver valuable content and offers to new and existing customers. Our challenge is that the demand is so enormous right now -- good problem to have, I know.

Scott Wasserman
April 4, 2019 at 10:21 am

We recently rebranded to a new name for my video marketing and production company and we almost don't exist on Google, so it is time to put in some SEO work...though I know this just takes time and commitment to content.

Antonio Rillera
April 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

I'm growing my business this month through insane FOCUS on building systems. Systems thinking vs tactics thinking. Instead of doing the latest Facebook ads tactic, we're building a reliable Facebook ads system / process internally.

PS. Keep the $1 homie and donate to your favorite charity or buy extra guac on your taco. 😉

Angelyn Myers
April 4, 2019 at 10:13 am

my Goal is to continue on the path I’m on that leads to a life of full abundance.

Stephen
April 4, 2019 at 10:11 am

I'm building an online course platform for spiritual growth. That's where my focus is being channeled. And that means letting go of distractions. (dis-traction = lack of traction)

Richard Gardella
April 4, 2019 at 10:09 am

Lately we have been working on growing the business, (County Line Auto Body). After attending a biz meeting recently, I began to realize that the culture within our facility needed some fine tuning.
So recently we sent out an email in regard to building up the culture. The email was a survey, asking each employee whether or not they would refer friends and family to do business here, secondly it asked whether or not they would refer friends and family to work here. The results were much better then I expected. (We have 54 employees).
Then we also started to build on our standard operating procedures, breaking down each category and making sure that each person is understanding of their responsibilities!
Another aspect that we began to dive into was our current employee handbook. We've partnered with a few local businesses in order to offer our employees certain perks / discounts if they shop with our partners. We've also entertained the thought of adding a better bonus structure, possible profit sharing to in hopes that it would increase motivation among our staff.

So far all seems to be going well.

Jeremiah Boehner
April 4, 2019 at 9:59 am

Continuing to put out more content on Linkedin and FB and reconnect with previous company clients to see if there's overlap with what I'm currently doing. Being doing this now for a few months and have generated about 10k a month in business and more meetings

Chris Floyd
April 4, 2019 at 9:54 am

Hey Taco Fans!

The one thing I'm doing to grow is to ask my current clients for a personal referral. I'm an insurance broker so for me, that kind of referral is the best to get and the easiest to close.

Paul
April 4, 2019 at 9:49 am

I have started a new online channel for homeschoolers. I produce a show for that channel as well. I will be adding an original video per week and seeking out homeschoolers to contribute. I am still working on how this will feed my family, as well as the family of our traffic manager/partner, but I am up for suggestions. One thought is to have tiered membership. The other is to simply sell resources and swag. Oh http://homeschoolfamily.net/ is the deal. Thanks for all your biz tips and more.

Flavio
April 4, 2019 at 9:44 am

I'm just putting here my 2 cents to buy 1$

Chris Von Wilpert
April 4, 2019 at 9:31 am

Bro I'm going to make a viral video for Sumo that makes it as ubiquitous as Slack and Dropbox. The result will be MailChimp execs shitting their pants.

Hassan Mushaid
April 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Shots fired! ?

Allan Clow
April 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

Hey everyone,

I'm currently in the process of validating an info product idea that I have that will also be developed into a SaaS product in the future.

I've found that there are tons of tools out there to help people sell or start a business online, but the most common problem a lot of people have is that they don't know what to sell OR they don't know how to communicate what they sell.

I have developed a systematic way to figure out what to sell and how to sell it every single time. It focuses on the foundations of old-school copywriting strategies.

It can also double as an audit for existing businesses.

I have built out the framework and started developing the content. Currently working my way through my targeted number of clients to really validate if this is something people can gain value from. I'm actually using the system itself to start this business.

The end goal is to build a tribe - 1000 true fans that I can provide value to on a daily basis. I've learned that the satisfaction isn't in making money, but in seeing the joy people get once they get through their main roadblocks in life and business. The fastest way to succeed personally is helping as many other people succeed in their endeavors.

Cheers!

PS: Once the SaaS is developed my goal is to get it into the Sumoverse.

Mike Huberty
April 4, 2019 at 9:23 am

I run a haunted history tour company in the Midwest where we have six cities currently running. In April, I'm launching city number seven and hiring tour guides. I'm also trying to expand to a U.S. Territory so we can have haunted history tours going year-round instead of just during the warm months here. Working with cruise ships and island bureaucracy is its own set of logistics, so I'm in the process of jumping through those hoops.

This is what I do in my spare time, but it's currently approaching more income than my regular full-time job. The biggest issue is getting through the growing pains of expansion - meaning having the time to trying to make sure the exisiting tours stay profitable while bringing on the new ones that are necessary in order to be able to make the transition. I'd like to try hiring an assistant this year so it's not just me alone handling everything, but we'll see. First step is getting the new city launched!

Tomek Duda
April 4, 2019 at 9:17 am

Publishing progression paths for the team to know what they are working towards at our company.

Keith Kritselis
April 4, 2019 at 9:08 am

I took a different approach to pricing in March and my profit margin went from 56% to 42%... But my sales doubled!

This month I am continuing to refine my pricing strategy with the goal of increasing sales by 10% and getting profits back up to the high 40s.

P.S. I live in Austin... If you pick me, you can save a few bucks on air fare... ?

Helen
April 4, 2019 at 9:04 am

Writing a short comment here and trying to focus as much time ON my business vs IN my business. Prioritizing my priorities. It's harder than it sounds, like making the perfect quac! ?

Tom Mosher
April 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

Hey Dorks!

I run digital ad campaigns to attract new customers, develop repeat customers, and increase sales specifically for restaurants.

It has been a challenge getting in front of restaurant owners to actually pitch it.

In April, I am starting a Facebook "local eats" page to highlight all of the great food and drink options around the city. I will do Facebook live interviews with owners, managers, and bartenders to share stories behind these establishments. I will also do gift card giveaways, etc.

This should accomplish a number of things -

- Get an audience with restaurant owners, because I'm offering them exposure instead of trying to sell them a product.

- Establish myself as "the restaurant guy" in my city, gain authority on the subject matter.

- Create an asset (the Facebook page) that is monetizable independently of the service I offer to restaurants.

I will report back at the end of the month with results.

Matt
April 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

I work as a booking agent & manager for jazz musicians (Hailey Tuck, Anthony Strong, Get The Blessing...) + consultant (Jazzfuel.com) and just last month opened up a 'virtual manager' platform. It's a monthly membership which gives musicians around the world the experience of having a manager - feedback, support, advice, tutorials - without having to have a career big enough for a established manager (who earns only on commission %) to get interested by.

Whilst it's still small, my goal is to give as much one-to-one time to each of the new sign ups, so I'm committing to giving minimum of 10 hours of face time (loom/Facebook live/Appear.in/Skype) to the new members during April, even though that's not one of the selling points.

Matt

Eric Spurgeon
April 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

I run an engineering design firm and work with small growing companies to set up design systems, do product design, and manage their development process. I recently started integrating a referral program into my business. The format is simple. When I submit a proposal I ask for three contacts, not referrals, assuming that I do everything I say I will. This seems to work as it's more natural. Once I deliver I follow up on that conversation. I've tested this to amazing results and am wrapping up three big projects this month. My goal for April is to use this previous commitment from them to fill the pipeline for the summer and warrant hiring my first employee.

Maria M Samuels
April 4, 2019 at 8:46 am

I have hired a social media intern to save on cost and get a fresh perspective. Also I have decided to invest in learning how to run a podcast! I also decided try partnerships where the incentive is from flyer distribution leading to views on my FB page and a winner being chosen from a special stamp or symbol on the flyer.

brad
April 4, 2019 at 8:38 am

Completely overhauling my website and Google Ads strategy

Kevin Wood
April 4, 2019 at 8:37 am

I own a general contracting company in Houston just down the road http://www.houstonrenovators.com. The one thing we are focusing on is developing more trust in our business so homeowners want to work with us because they know we take care of them. We are doing Facebook marketing now and trying to add value to customers before we convert them to paying clients.

Henrik Thlstrup
April 4, 2019 at 8:37 am

I have finally finished designing my products:

RECOTAG : A revolutionizing Triathlon & Endurance wrist id,
- with Personal ID, Gear management and Insurance, right at your wrist.

I am going to:
- Finishing setting up production facilities
- Publish the Landing page, including funnel
- Get the mobilemonky (appSumo Ltd) Set up
- Start testing some FB Adds connected to mobilemonkey
- Plus when the landing page is ready I am going to implement all the goodies LTD's
I got via AppSumo 😉

- And start building my tribe via FB groups :
Using all the golden nuggets learned via the AppSumo BossMom interview (and signing up for one month), formidable how to's, step by step, building your tribe (and thou my market is nothing like "moms & babies" the advice, and how Dana Malstaff did go from a couple of tribe members /customers to 100.000 is 1:1 transferable.
- How to not get sucked in spending all your time managing the group but get an affordable VA, and how to manage such. Etc. Step by step addressing each challenge before it arises!
Also, a brilliant way /process going from product idea to a full-fledged working solution in interaction with the people who actually are going to become your customers/tribe.

Recommend it very much.

Yay ! 🙂

Gustavo
April 4, 2019 at 8:27 am

This month I will test 3 products and pick the winner to start my dropshipping business!

David Merryweather
April 4, 2019 at 8:27 am

I am committing to 2 hours per day to get clients and kick start my writing business!

Jason Resnick
April 4, 2019 at 8:26 am

Just came from a mastermind retreat and by May 1 I have a few goals to reach. All focused on specializing (or niching down) so that I can grow the audience.

I'm building (and simplifying) my content. What that means is focusing on the podcast, articles, and any conversations I have, helping developers and designers (not all freelancers) with their business. So that they can realize their goals of starting their own business in the first place (which I know wasn't to work more for 10 bosses).

Which actionably translates to 1. Clear call-to-actions for next steps if folks are on my list and those that aren't yet on the list, but looking at content on my site (and 2. - which I know you asked for just 1, will be giving double time to all those in my group coaching so that they can succeed even faster).

Stay tuned for some actions taken and results... (guess I'll just come back and reply to this comment, right?)

Jason Resnick
April 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

I've taken some massive action this month striving for my goals.

I've tailored my email sequences to be more focused with a clear, single CTA. In fact, my main opt-in is only mentioning my membership, Feast, and no other products or services.

As a result of clarifying my message, I ran a promotion a week ago in celebration of my wife's and I second kid, offering the membership for $2 for the first month. Had a bunch of folks take up on the offer, specifically 22. Also had 3 others sign up for my group coaching which wasn't a part of that, but simply shaking the tree I suppose.

Still a couple of weeks left in the month, we'll see what else happens.

Maximus Kang
April 4, 2019 at 8:19 am

Sup bro! I don't need $1, but I do need a taco in Austin 😉

In Q1 2019, I tripled monthly revenue on Amazon and celebrated our first 6-figure month on Amazon alone.

The primary growth strategy was getting our Amazon customers onto an external list and leveraging that list to get 5-7 (legitimate) reviews a day and purchase more when they run out of stock.

I've documented/outlined my process and am working with a developer to turn that into a SaaS product for other Amazon sellers.

This month, I'm going to roll out my review engine process on our 2nd best-selling product and leverage our creatine listing (currently ranked high on page 1 of Amazon for "creatine") to bundle our higher-priced products to not only push more products, but save on Amazon FBA fees.

I'm forecasting $171,000 in revenue for April 2019.

Jihad Hassan
April 4, 2019 at 2:32 pm

We've been trying to do this for a while now and have decided against Amazon for the sole reason that we can't have a direct-to-consumer relationship. Would love to get in touch and find out how you're doing it - would be happy to be one of the alpha or beta testers for your SaaS offering.

Gary Schroeder
April 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

April is all about growing my email list.

1. Jump start the list by going directly to my primary contacts
2. Turbocharge the list by finding Facebook groups that are in shoulder niches and asking peeps to opt-in (note: check with the admins of these groups first so you don't get banned 🙂 )
3. Kick start Partnership strategy (again, with folks in should niches) to add tons of value to their audiences and also grow my list.

I'm just getting started but 100 subs in the last week. Hope to hit 250 this month. Not huge numbers yet but good traction so far.

Tim
April 4, 2019 at 3:56 am

Running Giveaways to increase newsletter size and find fresh customers. Build email flow to share the message.

Nacho Ferrer
April 4, 2019 at 3:08 am

I own an online education platform for entrepeneurs in Latin America. We teach them from Facebook Ads to productivity.

The #1 thing we're doing this month is hosting a free local event in Guadalajara, Mexico with other two speakers. We want to make it a monthly thing where we teach local entrepeneurs digital marketing skills and strategies.

The premise for the talks is revealing the #1 marketing strategy of your business.

Also we are doing 3 FB Lives a week with mini-launches and offers. We do 'theme weeks' of content with an offer that expires that week for our subscription plans. We've tested that if we get arround 30-40 viewers on the 3 live streams we get 4-5 new students. So now we want to advertise those theme weeks one week ahead to get more viewers.

And we are sending a postal letter to all our new costumers with a thank you card signed by hand and extra content. (I couple of years ago I sent you, Noah, a letter, with a free taco coupon lol, and you responded, so now I do a lot of postal strategies with new costumers).

So all that and the regular, Facebook Ads, webinars and Facebook Group.

Thanks! 😀

Yaroslav
April 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm

#1 thing that I do is I did a plan of what I need to do in order to open a business.
PLAN:
1. Learn everything that Tim Ferriss strongly recommends to learn before starting a business + This is Marketing
2. Each day generate 10 product ideas
3. Validate product ideas on the way
4. Start a business by the end of April. Preferably software business Because I have a really strong background.
And thank you for your work, Noah! Really appreciate it.

Nate Alger
April 5, 2019 at 7:05 am

Nacho, super cool business and I love what you guys are doing. We teach Spanish online and I have a longterm goal of teaching other Latin American's how to run online businesses. I would love to connect with you more if you would be interested.

https://www.facebook.com/nate.alger7

Noah B
April 3, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Hi Noah, Noah here! I have been hammering away 6+ months on our B2B sales. But every opportunity gone hot or rejection is so emotional. I've been preaching to everyone around me to measure what matters or you'll never grow (or you'll never know it). I've been hypocritical and lazy at that, from getting caught in the sales "hustle." The sales pipeline is getting full, but still, now it's time to figure out how we're really doing! April is all about stepping away a bit from the day-to-day sales grind and figuring out how effective we are -- what's our conversion through the funnel, which personas are closing faster and how quickly, where are we wasting our time, what can we automate, etc. I think data is going to help make this way less emotional for me and the team -- instead, every rejection becomes real data to act on. I believe that by the end of April we're going to know: 1) based on x outputs (leads), we can close y deals, 2) at least 2 lead traits that close deals twice as likely, 3) my prediction for Q2 revenue within 5%. Bam!

Daren Sanborn
April 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm

I'm a one-person web developer that gets most if not all of my leads from referrals. Because of that, I'm almost always busy and rarely need to market my services and look for new clients. While that is great, I've realized that many of my smaller projects aren't the best uses of my time, and I would prefer to work on larger projects. Therefore, in April I'm going to commit to do a better job of marketing myself. I'm going to rework my website to better explain my services, bring back my email list (and use it more) and market myself more to my network via email and social media.

Kyle borcik
April 2, 2019 at 11:48 pm

I handmake a unique piece of luxury jewelry. It’s a beautiful dainty clock necklace that is stopped on an important time. You would use it to tell the time of when you walked down the aisle, went on a favourite trip, the time you gave birth. It’s sentimental, minimal, beautiful, and trendy.

The one thing I’d like to focus on is getting into the hands of a woman that a lot of women trust. We have picked Joanna Gaines from fixer upper. We have contacted the magnolia journal(joanna’s Magazine) to see how much money it it would take to advertise with them. We are giving it to women that have just gave birth and trying to trade up chain (see Ryan holiday -trust me I’m lying). Hopefully trying to get attention of people around Joanna. Our goal is to get the editor of the magnolia journal , chip- her husband, and her manager to see a necklace. Once they see it, we would hope chip could give one to Joanna with the time of their newest baby as a push present (it’s a little later than we would like but we just got started.) even though the baby wasn’t just born, Chip loves to spoil Joanna and celebrate her motherhood, and Joanna loves sentimentality about her husband and children.

Once she cherishes the product we can ask the manger and editor what it would take to get in Joanna’s gift ideas in her Christmas issue. Which we think is going to be the new Oprah’s favourite things. They have over 1mil readers all of median income over 100k 80 percent women. It’s our audience and would be a game change for a beginning product like ours.

In the meantime we would be using the trip to Austin to hopefully meet Texas connections, learn about Facebook ads and email lists from the best of the best ( shameless ego stroke).

Noah we saw your “creative live: with Tim.” And fell in love with your quick ways to validate an idea. we started validating the idea of gifting these necklaces. We watched as those people wore it day to day. Cried when they opened it. And cherished it long after. We really think getting Chip to gift it to Joanna has been validated.

we would use the 1,000 dollars to test ads and ad copy from Neville’s and noah’s recommendations. And hopefully put to work nevilles secret weapon of aida on that ad copy. We also wouldn’t mind using his copy recommendations on drafting letters/ emails to those special women we would looking to start relationships with around chip, and chip himself.

To start we have a list of five companies we think are killing it in the space with similar customers. we have emails, ads, and websites from them to show you all as we all workshop together. We know that we are maybe a little different wheelhouse so I think that would help us get the most out of the trip.

Excited to move forward with our idea. and helpfully we could meet you all. We’d love to be a good successful case study for you guys to write and blog about in the future 🙂

Megan Brain
April 19, 2019 at 3:03 am

I was running a blog in an unusual niche focused on adults only. I hadn't made any real money but was recieving lots of review products and feel I was about to reach the point where people would use my links to buy but then I got sick and went to hospital and lost momentum. It's been months since I've done anything on the site but this month being Easter I intend on resurrecting the site and breathing new life into it. I first need a plan which I've brainstormed for coming up with a USP and audience avatars. I want to focus on providing value to the readers and give them something that no other site does. I am going to begin working on an ebook pdf download for subscribers with relevant info that will be specifically useful to people at the decision making phase and hopefully entice them into the action phase and get them to purchase through my links. I am also trying to come up with ideas for products that I can sell myself. I have a few ideas and will keep adding to my list of ideas and assessing the viability of them and how likely people are to buy them. I think I will outsourse for some help when I decide on a product but what things will depend on the product. Some type of course or consultation might be a good choice in my field. Another ebook that will help raise awareness and catch interest is on my mind and I have looked into how to create the ebook next I just need to start writing it. But before I do any of that I'll have to work on bringing my site back to life. I think a new theme would be good at launch time, I will decide what one today and if I go free or paid. Probably free as I'm broke. But if I can find one on special that suits me I might pay. Then I need some posts. I have already spoken to someone who I am paying to research some statistics and find resources for me to cite so I can provide some good value information in my articles. I will be making some graphics to get attention on social media and announce my return.

So my main goals for the next 2 weeks are:
-continue listing ideas and looking into options for products.
-get research from assistant, give them an outline of what I need. Write that today.
-Look at themes and install theme set it up
-Redo all affiliate links and banners. Focus on one or two instead of many on main page to see if that makes a difference. Create a page that lists all shops for people in different regions to buy products. Have recommended products listed.
-Welcome back post
-First real post will be a review I need to finish.
-Post on social media, make graphic for this.
-make my presence known in the niche community of bloggers by social media comments or maybe some emails. Catch up on posts by prominent bloggers.
-focus on value and solving problems. Be unique.

Aside from that my master plan involves another site for me personally as I use a pseudonym for that site. I want to have my own name on a site so I can get work writing for other businesses. I need to decide on topics for my blog and have a few ideas. I want to research the viability of my ideas. That may not happen in the next 2 weeks while I focus on my other site but it will be soon as I feel it is the key to finding some success.

So out of all that my number 1 goal will be to make a plan and write it down, including a posting schedule or content calendar and begin to implement it by posting and working on more sites as soon as my site is redone. Today I keep going by choosing theme and I'll take it from there with my list of goals. Focusing on giving value to the reader and trying to give them something others aren't or improving on what's out there already.

I don't have an iPhone or any apple products so don't know if I can leave a review there but I'll try to. And I'll share now.

Kyle Borcik
April 22, 2019 at 5:50 pm

How close are we to have our target influencer, Joanna Gaines, promote the time necklace?

Honestly closer than I thought we would be. 🙂

We made friends with just the right people this month. One person is going to give her a sample. She believes it’s something Joanna will love. She personally handles all product collaborations with magnolia.

While she’s helping us get Joanna a necklace, we also made another friend. She actually approves who gets to sell in joanna’s Silo bration, an outdoor vendor market by magnolia. Joanna personally visits every booth and vendor.

The application process has been hard to get past. She is actually the person who approves the vendors and is excited to have us sell there this year.

This is great news because if plan A doesn’t work, we can still make a good impression in person.

We have started beautifying our booth for our farmers market to make a good impression. So we did a test run at a trade show here in Atlanta. (While there we met someone who has met Joanna and gave us some tips).

And plan c is set in motion. While negotiating with the ad guy for magnolia magazine he secured us a spot next to Joanna’s list of favourite things. So if we struggle to get the influence we are looking for by December we are setting the pieces to buy the ad to be in front of the audience we want to be exposed to . 🙂

We will continue to send out pieces to people we admire and try to “trade up the chain.”

Thanks for an inspiring month.

Ron Hogue
April 2, 2019 at 11:46 am

I just finished writing my first book. In April, I'm going to record the audio for it. My goal is to use the book for 1. Authority 2. Lead gen (get the audio book for free if you give me your email) and 3. Revenue.
The next goal is to create a course based on the book. I already have a top-selling course on Udemy, but I want to go MUCH bigger and get students on a site that I control.
I'm also in negotiations to purchase a domain name for the site.
April is a "building" month so I can launch in May or June at the latest.

Nate Alger
April 5, 2019 at 6:30 am

Interesting Ron, we took the approach of course then book and are still working on the book. I like your approach though to get authority and leads from the audiobook.

Ron Hogue
April 8, 2019 at 6:22 am

Thanks, Nate. What's your book topic? How far are you?

Nate Alger
April 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

It's a Spanish book for those learning the language. We have most of the content created and in online courses. Working to consolidate now to make the essentials into a book.

Ron Hogue
April 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm

Well, I did it. I completed the audio book recording and editing. I'm going to use each chapter's audio as the foundation for the video course.
I hired a consultant to get the domain I wanted, but it didn't materialize. Instead, I got a similar domain and started building that site.
I published the transcript (print) of the ebook to Amazon (KDP) today. I haven't submitted the audio book yet. Still need to research that process.
In May, I will create and launch the course.