Answers for Indie Entrepreneurs

Answers to the questions we hear most about entrepreneurship, freelancing, creativity, marketing, blogging, podcasting, making products and much more.

  • What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?  WordPress comes in 2 distinct flavors: 1. Wordpress.org the free and “self-hosted” option: with this version you have complete freedom and control over your site, but you have to install it yourself on your own server and you take responsibility…
  • Membership Conversion Stinks – How to get things buzzing again a year after a launch?  I launched my membership site a year ago with my husband (web developer) and we initially launched with only 50 spots and filled them in 3 days. We closed enrollment and opened a month later to another 50 and got…
  • When introducing a new concept to the market, how do you handle backlash or non-acceptance?  I wanted to get some insight on a difficult topic. How do you create a business from scratch with an evolutionary idea that could or did alter an industry? We've seen businesses like Uber, Airbnb, and Tesla completely come into…
  • Should I switch my product from a one-time payment to a subscription model?  A member wrote in asking whether a one-time payment or a subscription model would be better for his online community for bloggers. I've been running an online community for bloggers since 2010. Historically, we've always charged once for lifetime access,…
  • How much traffic do I need to begin monetizing my site?  A Fizzle member wrote in recently wondering how much traffic his website needs before he starts monetizing. Here's his full question: The most fundamental question I'm facing is how to begin to monetize my business. I run a site which…
  • How do I choose a side business to fund the one I really care about?  My goal is to make reasonably good language learning tools for people who most need them and can least afford to pay for them. It pains me to see something so ineffective as Duolingo and something as difficult to use…
  • Does a blog REALLY matter for my business?  A customer wrote us recently questioning whether blogging really matters for his business. Here's an excerpt of his concern: I am questioning whether or not a blog really matters for my business. I've been blogging for a long time, and…