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It’s finally time to have a plan for your bare-knuckled, bootstrapped, heart and hustle based small business. In this 6 part podcast series we walk you through the small business roadmap. These aren’t 6 stages your business will go through automatically. These are the 6 stages your business should go through, the stages we want you to go through so that you and your idea are best setup for success as you define it.

Entrepreneurship is all the rage. It’s everywhere. In TV and movies (Shark Tank, Silcon Valley, The Social Network), in books (The Four Hour Workweek, The $100 Startup, Lean Startup), in podcasts (StartUp, The Smart Passive Income podcast), and of course in blogs (Techcrunch and countless others). Entrepreneurship has gone mainstream. There are at least 400 startup incubators and accelerator programs in existence.

It’s 6 a.m. on launch day and, after staying up all night, I’m still working furiously to finish my online course so I don’t disappoint the 132 people who pre-purchased. “Why do I keep doing this?,” I thought. I would like to think I’ve matured in 15 years, but I’ve been repeating the same all-nighter-before-a-deadline pattern since college.

The FizzleCo team is once again growing! We're entering into an exciting stage of growth at Fizzle, and this is a great opportunity for the right person to join a very special little company. Update (4/8/15): this position has been filled. We'll be announcing our new team member very soon. Thank you to everyone who showed interest or applied.

Four years ago I wrote a post called Write Epic Shit. I stand behind the sentiment today. Nothing will help you build an audience faster than publishing truly epic content.

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