TMBA513: How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian invited Nick Huber on to the show to talk about his storage business Storage Squad.

During that conversation, Nick shared the story of how he built a successful “old school” business by applying his technical knowledge to a less competitive market in physical services.

After we stopped recording, the “off mic” discussion took an interesting turn when Nick started opening up about his philosophy for building labor-intensive businesses that he likes to call “Sweaty Startups”.

On today’s podcast, we’ve invited Nick back to share some of those philosophies, with a focus on the types of models that he is attracted to, as well as businesses “he hates”.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Nick believes there is a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs in “Sweaty Startups”. (3:55)
  • How there can be a lot less risk in competing in these types of businesses. (14:59)
  • The kinds of businesses Nick hates. (22:18)
  • Which types of businesses Nick thinks are great opportunities. (31:55)
  • Some ideas for utilizing technology to scale sweaty startups. (43:20)

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This week’s sponsor:

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Thanks for listening to our show! We’ll be back next Thursday morning 8AM EST. Cheers, Dan & Ian