TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building post image

Our old friend and former team member Taylor Pearson from TaylorPearson.me has come by this week to help us have a broad, round-table conversation about team building. We talk about the ways that Ian and I have done it, and Taylor shares some insider insight from having been on our team. We also answer a question from a young listener about whether he should be learning a skill set like SEO or diving headfirst into his own business.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.13.14
How Do You Organize Your Time When You Don’t Have a 9 to 5? post image

In 2007, in a beige cubicle in California, I used a spreadsheet to determine that I controlled about 20% of my waking hours. The other 80% were determined by my job and related activities--  from commuting, to mending clothes, to checking emails in...

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By: DanPublished on 11.11.14
TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition post image

TropicalMBA is a podcast dedicated to the growing movement of location independent entrepreneurs. Every week, location independent entrepreneurs all over the world will leave us questions and comments in our voicemail. This week, we are answering a whole bunch of those voicemails, including questions about why you should be starting or joining a mastermind group, some of the best things about being an expatriate and why branding is really about building relationships with your clients.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.06.14
TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal” post image

Bossman and I are in Tokyo this week following our annual DC BKK Conference in Thailand. We are gonna be recapping how the event went, and reminiscing about some of our favorite speakers. We're also going to be talking about what we've learned about throwing events, what we are planning to do in the future and sharing our advice for people that are looking to get the most out of all these upcoming conferences.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.30.14
Are You a Sower or a Reaper? post image

Because it’s so easy to cut a crappy partnership deal, I have often quipped that “a partnership is a sinking ship.” An arrangement to be avoided if possible, and if undertaken, one to be treated like a marriage. The problem with this advice is that...

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By: DanPublished on 10.28.14
TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle post image

In the aftermath of DC BKK, The Bossman hopped a plane this week on his way to Tokyo, so we've decided to re-visit one of our favorite episodes of all time. I was a little hesitant about this episode when we first published it three years ago, but since that time, we have received a lot of feedback about how important this episode has been to our listeners. This episode came at a time when we had our first $100,000 month, and we still stand behind these 6 key principles that make up our Tao of the Hustle.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.23.14
TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses post image

Bossman and I are in Bangkok, gearing up for DC BKK, and we are chatting with our friend Jacob Puhl this week. Jacob is one of our speakers here for the event, and he has built a really unique and successful productized service business, geared primarily toward the dental industry. He really has a lot of valuable knowledge on how to scale a business. We're gonna be talking about how to overcome the complications of investing in and expanding a service business and the five ways to turn your services business into a salable asset.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.16.14
TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneurs Travel to the Canton Fair post image

The Canton Fair is taking place this October, so I was really happy to run into my old friend Matt Kowolak from HighCappin.com. Matt has been living as an entrepreneur in China for ten years, and he is the person I go to whenever I have a question about the country. We chat it up about the history of the fair, what it feels like to attend such a historic trade show and what kind of opportunities exist there. He also shares a broad overview of what living in China as an expatriate is like and how to take advantage of their entrepreneurial culture.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.09.14
TMBA264: The Artisan’s Approach to Podcasting post image

Podcast 35:04 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week, we're going to talk all about how to find your unique voice in the marketplace, and how to build an entertaining and informative show that can help you generate...

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.02.14
TMBA263: Building Low-Risk Software Startups post image

I'm in Bangkok this week, getting set up for DC BKK and I was very excited to run into our good friend David Hehenberger from WPCast.fm and FatCatApps.com. His products help marketers drive conversions from their Wordpress sites. This is really a full-circle moment for us, as David used to edit the show in the early days of our Podcast. David has since downshifted to focus on building a software company that he felt would be sustainable and generate income on his own terms. We're gonna be talking with David about how he got his company off the ground, how difficult it really is to develop a software product, and the challenges of working within the Wordpress ecosystem.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 09.25.14