Welcome to our Weekly Solopreneur Coaching Session!
Hey everybody welcome to the 252nd edition of The Solopreneur Hour. We’re gathered here today for our weekly Solopreneur Coaching Q&A show. This show is special, because I recorded it LIVE with the Periscope App on Wednesday, and took questions right from the viewers. It was fun, and we’ll do it again.
If you haven’t listened to one of these episodes before this is YOUR chance to ask questions and get my answers. Ask whatever you want, any topic you want: bring it on!
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On today’s episode we cover a slew of topics: my upcoming trip to SE Asia, how to get organized, a few details on how to use Periscope and much more.
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And now since I think you’ve waited long enough, let’s jump in and see what you had to ask this week on The Solopreneur Hour!
Q: How can a solopreneur get more money fast?
A: Teach something you already know! Get a steady group of clients, really nail what it is you’re doing, create a course based on what you’ve taught those clients and then put it out in the world.
Q: To license your business for royalties or not?
A: Depends on the business and whether or not you think the idea has mass appeal and if you want to handle the infrastructure of your product.
Q: The process of getting organized and handling everything as a solopreneur.
A: Getting Solopreneur Coaching can be tough.! I’m doing it myself and it’s easy to fall into superhero syndrome. While you can do it yourself, initially try the apps workflowy and trello. I like Mint, CapitolOne 360 and Evernote. Check out Chris Ducker’s Virtual Freedom book to help you choose what to outsource and the best way to do it.
Q: How does leadership effect ones decision to leave a Direct Selling company and start another? What have you experienced in the past when switching? Thanks! – I appreciate ya
A: I have a lot of experience with this. I’ve left a company and gone to another one, and the backlash was immense. I then spent the next 1.5 working with various companies helping them with their social media marketing. Depending on where you’re at you’ll have different scenarios you’ll face.
Travis Royboy Scanlan
Q: What track do you most want to take the Porsche to?
A: Laguna Seca in Monterey and Brands Hatch in London.
Travis Royboy Scanlan
Q: Okay, business question from me: I’m having a perception problem with my photography/videography business. I give away so much content that it’s my opinion that most of the social media following I’ve amassed just thinks of me as a free content source.
I have trouble getting prospects to contact me to book shoots, I spend money on fb advertising with no return, but when I do get a customer they love the final product.I must face the hard fact that I’m either not good enough, I have a perception problem or I’m just marketing my paid services incorrectly.
A: It’s the balance between what do you give away and what do you charge? Is it your goal to book more shoots or teach people on how to shoot better? The people you are attracting are people who may want to shoot like you, so teach them. And you need to do a lot of local hustle: know everyone in your area who you can connect with. Dig in with the people you’ve worked with and ask for referrals. And also consider setting up a referral program for them.
David Aaron Johnson
Q: Have you read the May issue of European Car with Magnus and Sharkwerks on the cover?
A: I had Magnus on the show and also listened to him on Joe Rogan so I feel like I have a good grasp on what they have to say! I love what they’re doing and have followed Magnus for a long time.
Q: How best to package your product/service as the gift that it truly is, rather than just a product/service?
A: No matter what product you sell or service you offered we all believe it’s going to help someone’s life. The problem is you can’t force it on someone but you can use the “I’ll have what she’s having” mentality you can bring on the people who really want it. People will be attracted to that, but telling someone they need it will turn them off.
Q: So do you see many people quit when they are very close to success?
A: Yes, yes, yes! Sometimes I see them quit before they’ve even gotten started, SoloLab members and private coaching clients alike have done this.
Q: Also, what’s one major lesson you’ve learned this year? How did you learn it?
A: The lesson is I’m not a superhero and to maintain a business at a certain level you need help. And I also make sure to not compromise my lifestyle for more money.
Q: What’s the hardest decision you had to make in the last year, business or personal? How did it turn out?
A: I make most of my decisions quickly so it was hard to answer this but that’s common for entrepreneurs: we make a decision and move on. One I can think of is paying $4200 for Tropical Think Tank as a guest, I was very unsure. John Lee Dumas told me I had to go so I made it happen. And also the product I’m developing I hired David Roth and Rick Bacher from http://getstirredup.com to do the branding. It was very pricey but they have done fantastic work.
Miriam Ortiz y Pino
Q: If I watch the Periscope feed on Wednesday, what should I listen to on my Friday morning walk?
A: Listen to this again in the audio version so you can fully absorb what I’m saying! Or listen to Adam Carolla, Bill Burr or Off Camera with Sam Jones and Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin.
Q: How do you find a past video on Periscope?
A: No idea! You can save them to your phone, that’s all I know.
Q: Can the Periscope App help create a cash flow?
A: I hope so! It’s another methodology to get in front of an audience.
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