These are my notes from the last startup school that Y Combinator put on. I also have some notes from past startups schools they did when they were one day events. (1, 2, 3, 4) Lots of great inspirational and actionable content there and below. How and Why to Start A Startup Dustin Moskovitz: It is… Continue reading Y Combinator Startup School Notes
Once you coaching business starts to gain some traction you might find scheduling appointments with your clients becomes increasingly difficult. Each of them has ever changing schedules as do you who is now juggling all aspects of your business (clients, marketing, bookkeeping, etc.) along with your personal life. If only you could afford an assistant… Continue reading Simple scheduling for your coaching business (using Calendly)
I really love Gary Keller’s book The ONE Thing. It is a little long-winded but the idea it presents is very powerful: “What is the ONE thing you can do right now that will make everything else easier?” Putting this idea into practice forces you to consistently work on what is important and what will… Continue reading Your ONE thing for your next flight
First of all I want to say congratulations for taking the daring leap of faith that is entrepreneurship. I’m sure you’ll find it a journey that is incredibly rewarding as well as very frustrating. I know I do. As you are aware the first step for building up an audience for your coaching business is… Continue reading Quick Guide to Building a Website and Audience for Your Coaching Business
Great entrepreneurs don’t have better ideas, they have better processes. Eric Ries This quote is not suggesting that great entrepreneurs are building successful businesses out of terrible ideas. What it is saying is that what makes businesses successful, and the entrepreneurs that found them great, is execution. Developing processes and executing them is what allows… Continue reading Creating processes to become a great entrepreneur
With one of my businesses I was struggling to close deals. The sales cycle was long, it was difficult to get to the top of the buyer’s priority list, and initial excitement faded to unresponsiveness. This was somewhat of a niche industry and I did not have colleagues to turn to for support. What I… Continue reading Three ways to connect with your industry peers
For one of my products I was getting getting polite interest but not turning any leads into customers. That is a recipe for a failed business. I knew that the product was a good one that would allow the leads to make a huge jump with their business in terms of retaining existing customers and… Continue reading Use the five whys to get to your value proposition
Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month which is where thousands of people set a goal to write a novel during the month of November. How you get there is up to you but many set a goal of writing at least 1,000 words a day. I fully intend to take part… Continue reading Consume less. Create more.
I love podcasts and one of my three favorites is the Tropical MBA podcast. (In case you were wondering my other two favorites are Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders and Startups for the Rest of Us.) In one of their episodes they said something that has stuck with me for years: Network up. Niche down. I love… Continue reading Network up. Niche down.
Often wanna-be entrepreneurs place too much emphasis on the idea and not enough on the hard work that follows. However the idea is not to be discounted. It is the zygote that grows into your business. I specifically used the word “developing” in the title of this post rather than “finding”, “thinking of”, or “creating”.… Continue reading Developing an idea for a business