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The odds are stacked against you. It’s true. I’m often amazed at how many people decide to try to build small businesses online, despite the odds. Maybe it’s naivete. Maybe it’s egotism. Maybe it’s bravery. Probably it’s a combination of all three. I think you need all three to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Last year we ran a pilot to test local meetups for the Fizzle community. We learned a few things in the process: Community is everything for an entrepreneur. In fact, a local support system of fellow entrepreneurs can be the difference between persevering and quitting. And we're not a fan of quitting around here.

In the sixth small business roadmap stage we explore the final question: how can we grow this business beyond ourselves and into greater impact in the world and wealth in the company? We dig into the 11 steps of Scale where the goal is to hone, discover and experiment towards a more scalable and sustainable business.

Now, in stage 5 of the small business roadmap, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty: can this business idea of yours actually make enough money to support you in a meaningful way? This is a stage most of us are not well prepared for, typically diving in without any knowledge of the metrics, the movements or the models.

Stage 3 of the small business roadmap is one of my favorites. In fact, it’s the stage most of us start with even though skipping over stage 1 and stage 2 can be deadly to your idea. And as we dive right in here, many of us naturally resist doing some of the most eye-opening parts of this stage. (We get into what those parts are and how to do them in this episode.)

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