Self Made Entrepreneurs & Creatives Who Turned Online Business Ideas into Dollars. UNLIKE Entrepreneur on Fire, Lewis Howes School of Greatness, James Altucher, Tia Lopez, Gary Vaynerchuck, Smart Passive Income
Business ideas that make money and the entrepreneurs who turned their ideas into dollars.

Justin Fenchel, quit his job as a stock market analyst to bootstrap his idea for a completely new kind of boxed "wine" for millenials (making boxed wine fun) - using a the lean startup methodology that lead to one of the biggest investment deals with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank.

 

BeatBoxBeverages.com

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Eric Corti sparked a feeding frenzy bidding war on the Shark Tank for his Air Cork (formerly Wine Balloon) and why he said NO to a $600,000 deal to sell his idea even though he had zero sales.

AirCork.com

Direct download: AirCork-WineBalloon-EricCorti.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

Andrea Waltz, and her husband quit their jobs to turn their idea that  "going for no" will make you more money (not to mention a wealthier entrepreneur) into a bestselling book on Amazon, a successful sales training business and thriving online community. 

GoForNo.com

HIGHLIGHTS

11:15 How they got their 1st (big) customer after 6-months of struggling in business

23:00 Most people think being a successful entrepreneur is about _____, but the truth is it's about, what?

24:00 Go For No Sales Tips to live by

33:00 If you had to start again tomorrow from scratch, what would you do to find a profitable business idea and start earning money?

QUOTES

"The worst presentation is better than a perfect presentation that's never given" - Andrea Waltz

"It is our belief that courage is the single most important virtue on which everything else in life, all your results, are built."

"People aren't think about you they're think of themselves, just like everyone else is." - Helen Fielding

FAV SOFTWARE

PicMonkey.com - for creating image and graphics memes to share on Facebook.

Direct download: GoForNo-AndreaWaltz.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Ryan and Stephanie Langford, went from zero to $2 Million annually in 2 years with Ultimate Bundles selling bundles of eBooks in niche markets, while homeschooling 4 kids and even managed to slip a world tour, travelling to 32 countries (with their 4 kids). Ultimate Bundles isn't their 1st online business, they have 2 more and are starting an online community.

If there was an interview that ever sceamed... you have no excuses to start turning your idea into dollars, this one is it. 

 
Stephanie's blog, keeperofthehome.org
Their new community, EntreFamily.com
 
Recommended Book
 
4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss

 

Direct download: UltimateBundles-Entrefamily-Langford.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Ray Higdon, quit his corporate job to go into real estate but went broke during the crash. He bounced back and made a pivot into training, information products and mastermind groups for entrepreneurs in the home based business niche. His training company now makes $2 500 000 per year.

RayHigdon.com

Direct download: rayhigdon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Chad Boyd, saw an opportunity to turn his business idea for churches and non-profits into dollars when he saw the "old school" way they were collecting money for donations. He started his Saas startup, Txt2give, as a side business, but when it started take-off he dove in full-time to focus on learning the art of software marketing and has grown it to $2.6 Million donations transacted for 200 organizations.

Txt2Give.co

Direct download: Text2Give-Saas-ChadBoyd.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Vinnie Tortorich, was a personal trainer to Hollywood stars before he got cancer and  lost all of his celebrity clients during the actors & writers strike and then lost 50% of his money in the recession. This is the story of how he bounced back from the bottom (with zero computer experience) and started an online business blogging about health & fitness, started a podcast, self published a book (no publishers wanted to touch) that become a runaway bestseller and started unique vitamin company the experts said "couldn't be done."

VinnieTortorich.com

PureVitaminClub.com

Direct download: VinnieTortorich-PersonalTrainer.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

Online entrepreneur, Jordan Malik, went from a hopeless employee who couldn't keep a job who was fired from a top 5 advertising agency to making $500,000 per year online buying on eBay and selling on Amazon, eventually becoming a bestselling Kindle author. 

Jordanmalik.com

Reselltoys.com

Recommended Books


4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss
Choose Yourself James Altucher
Magic of Thinking Big- David Schwartz

Recommeded Software

Profit Bandit - Scan product barcodes to check product prices and seller information on Amazon

Direct download: JordanMalik-Amazon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Jayla Siciliano, went from product designer for Diesel and Burton to turning her idea for a healthy, sugar free wine spritzer (the hard way) without any experience and landed a $150,000 investment from billionaire Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. Now Bon Affair ison track to crack $2 Million in sales after nearly running out of money.

Bonaffair.com

Direct download: BonAffair-JaylaSiciliano-SharkTank.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

How Neal Hoffman, former Hasbro employee, turned his business idea for jewish kids into a viral sensation, a growing business and $150,000 investment on Shark Tank after seeing the success of Elf on a Shelf.

http://menschonabench.com

Direct download: MenschBench-NealHoffman.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The PowerPot gadget is something out of Star Trek.

Caleb Light and his co-founders turned their idea for a camping pot that charges your mobile devices into $125,000 crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and a $250,000 investment from Shark Tank's Mark Cuban.

http://www.powerpractical.com

What's Your Big Idea?

A camping pot that charges mobile devices when you boil water.

How did you find your first customers?

Kickstarter campaign in 2012 raised $126,000 in 30 days by pre-selling the PowerPot. Today, selling 10's of thousands with sales in the millions of dollars.

Why have several of their crowdfunding campaigns been successful when when so many campaigns fail?


- Success of Powerpot gave them a user base
- "It's really about products"
- Learn how Caleb builds and fosters their Kickstarter community to increase traffic and pre-sales
- The importance of building an email list?
- Why it's critical to get media and press lined up before launch day?


Shark Tank

 $250,000 for 12% and  3% options for Mark Cuban

What's it really like to work with Mark Cuban?

18:27 What's the question entrepreneurs most frequently fumbled on Shark Tank?


23:16 Most people think being and entrepreneur is about _____ but the truth is it's really about _____ (what) ?


29:00 How do you think about business and marketing differently that has given you your results?


31:33 Action or challenge for entrepreneurs who want to be successful?


RECOMMEDED BOOKS?

Nail and scale it
Good to Great
Influencer

QUOTE

"Startups have to have the ability to sell. If you don't, you won't succeed." - Caleb Light

Direct download: PowerPot-CalebLight.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

Peter Shankman is the founder of Helpareporter.com that sold to Vocus for nearly $10 Million.

Shankman is a former PR consultant, an American entrepreneur, angel investor and "adventurist."

www.shankman.com

 

Direct download: HARO-PeterShankman.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dan Granger, started moonlighting in his own business, a direct marketing ad agency that specializes in audio, when he was an advertising salesman at a radio station. He landed comedian and popular podcaster Adam Corolla as a client and has doubled his agencies sales every 6-months, billing out $4Million in December 2014.

www.oxfordroad.com

"The secret to career happiness is to get paid to do that thing that made you weird as a kid.” - Dan Granger, Founder OxfordRoad

 
How he found 1st big client, comedian Adam Carolla?

22:00 The key to their client, Zip Recruiter, success with radio ads.

Most painful setback?

27:00 What's the most common mistake you see entrepreneurs making?
"act when don't need to act"

38:19 - A "brilliant" idea that totally failed. 


Are there any business BOOKS that ?
44:00 Necessary Endings - Henry Cloud

Direct download: OxfordRoad-DanGranger.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

David Heath and Randy Goldberg turned their business idea for better socks into $2 Million in sales in just over 1-year, had one of THE most successful crowdfunding apparel campaigns on IndieGogo, hooked a deal on Shark Tank with Daymond John and attracted a record setting $400,000 in sales within 4-days of airing. 

9:52 How luck really works in business and a great example from Bombas and Tom's Shoes.


Shark Tank


16:00 - The (surprising) comment Kevin O'Leary made about his TV persona. Why Kevin O'Leary called Bombas $4M valuation "ludicrous."

24:00 One thing you wish you'd know before appearing on Shark Tank


35:00 "the work is endless. ways to keep your life balance" If you could go back in time - what would you say to yourself to make your life easier?


Recommended Books
SPIN Selling


OFFER - For 20% off Bombas Socks enter coupon code "Self Made" at www.bombas.com

Direct download: Bombas-DavidHeath.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

 ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants...growing at 30,000 users per month. 

ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants, - See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ziprecruiter#sthash.EXjbXCsI.dpuf
ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants - See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ziprecruiter#sthash.EXjbXCsI.dpuf
ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants - See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ziprecruiter#sthash.EXjbXCsI.dpuf
ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants - See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ziprecruiter#sthash.EXjbXCsI.dpuf

Key Take-Aways For Savvy Entrepreneurs:

29:24 The one sentence that's made ZipRecruiter hundreds of millions of dollars and the system they used to find it?

- "Most startups pride themselves on having many features, BUT the public only sees one feature."

"If you can't fit your idea into a Google adword ad, you've got a problem"

- Ian Siegel's cardinal rule for startup success?

- What is "smoke testing" and why it's absolutely critical when you're starting a business the SMART way

- The one thing should do to test your business idea before you do anything else?

www.ziprecruiter.com

 

ZipRecruiter.com is a job board distribution service which enables employers to post a job to more than 50 of the web's leading job boards and social networks with a single submission. By providing a central location for finding, screening, and tracking applicants - See more at: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ziprecruiter#sthash.EXjbXCsI.dpuf
Direct download: ZipRecruiter-IanSiegel2.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Corey Ward's goal is grilled cheese World domination.

Corey Ward, went from investing $2400 in a food tent to sell grilled cheese sandwiches in the freezing Cincinatti winter to starting a restaurant for $5000, growing into a 44 franchisees, 177 locations store locations and getting $600,000 investment from Mark Cuban + Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank.

Why they sell the world's first and only Grilled Cheese Donuts?

How he started with a food tent for $2400 and made a parlayed his revenue into a bootstrapped restaurant for less than $5000

The staggering amount of franchise requests they got after airing on Shark Tank.

22:00 - How the mindset shift of doing what you can, not what you want, instead of getting it perfect has benefit their growth.

24:00 The advice they wish they had before they went on Shark Tank.

Shark Tank

Accepted  $600,000 for 30% with Mark Cuban and Barabara Corcoran

RECOMMEDED BOOKS

Free Prize Inside - Seth Godin

 

Direct download: TomChee-CoreyWard-SharkTank1.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

 How Richard Grannon, went from broke bar room bouncer who just wanted to make enough money to pay for his rent and gas into an online business selling self defense training and jedi, mental toughness, and now a life coaching business that attracts 90% women. 

http://streetfightingsecrets.com

http://spartanlifecoach.com

Direct download: StreetFightingSecrets-Spartan-Richard-Grannon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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