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Posts by: Corbett Barr

Cofounder and CEO of Fizzle. Entrepreneur for a decade. Blogger, podcaster, lifestyle business builder.

You know how important it is. We don't have to tell you. Your email list is one of the most valuable parts of your business... or at least it should be. But yours isn't growing, not as fast as you know it should be anyway. Or, maybe you haven't even started one. You're worried your competitors are passing you by because their lists are growing much faster. You're right to worry. You should be worried.

Humans have a destructive tendency to overcomplicate things. Building a small business is no different. The essence of a successful business is incredibly simple. As Paul Graham says, you have to build something people want. Expanded just a little, you have to create something that solves a problem or addresses a desire for people in a way they’re willing to pay for.

Our very own Chase Reeves is the opening speaker for a brand new conference started by our friends at ConvertKit! The conference takes place June 23 to 25 in Boise, Idaho. With Craft + Commerce, ConvertKit is creating a space for online entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, to learn how your craft is not only a means to earn a living online, but also a way to make a meaningful impact on your customers and do work that matters.

In the kinds of very small businesses we talk about at Fizzle, with teams of fewer than 5 people, many with just one person, very little of what we do on a day-to-day is CEO-type stuff. Most of what we do is run around wearing one of dozens of different hats. Marketing, product development, finance, team building, and on and on.

At Fizzle, we’re focused on helping our members earn a living doing something they love. Our courses and community are designed to help these members make smart progress while supporting each other in a fun environment.