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Small Business Smart Spending – 5 Categories Explained (FS042)

When you’re bootstrapped and on your own, spending money on anything is harrowing. Is it going to be worth it? Do I need this to “turn pro?” Don’t I need to spend money to make money?

In this episode we share stories and lessons learned about spending smartly in five categories of small business (plus 2 bonuses):

  1. Payment Processors
  2. Advertising
  3. Contractors
  4. Training & Coaching
  5. Employees
  6. bonus: Negotiating with vendors
  7. bonus: dopplebangers

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“My favorite quote from this: “Quit asking questions as an excuse to NOT do the work.””


Show Notes

Gumroad Quick Start — get started selling online — How to get started with this simple, powerful tool. Stop scheming. Start Shipping.

Gumroad — Get your thing up, release it, see what happens, get more ideas, get better.

The Tools We Use at Fizzle — (post coming in a few days. Get on the list and we’ll send it to you).

Squarespace“A better web starts with your website.” I like these guys… a lot.

MailChimp“Send better email.” I also like these guys… a lot.

NMX Keynote 2014 — Scott Stratten — Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business Into the Ground – — QR codes kill kittens… swear to doge.

Doge | Know Your Meme — An explanation of the “doge” meme I can’t get enough of. It’s dumb. Don’t waste your time.

Scott Stratten NMX Doge — the doge image I made of Scott’s NMX presentation. His response. And another one I made called Bloge (cuz I’m a total fk’n dork).

Tips To Make The Most of Conferences (FS032)“Big things happen at conferences — business partners find each other, ideas get born and developed, people find encouragement and insights and sometimes good, ol’ fashioned friendships begin.”


The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business

Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.

One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.

These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide.

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