All posts by Steve C

MWQHJ 042: How Jordan Guiterrez Started A Million Dollar Medical Equipment Business At Age 17

Jordan Gutierrez
Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:00 — 51.6MB) When I was 17 years old, I was more worried about getting good grades and meeting girls than starting a business. But Jordan started Laleo.com at the young age of 17 and turned it into a 7 figure business. What’s even more impressive is that Jordan is now the COO of Wishpond.com which is a very successful Internet marketing company that competes directly with businesses like LeadPages. He’s a really sharp guy and there’s lots to be learned from both his attitude and his experiences. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How Jordan guided customers from EBay back to...

How Small Actions Lead To Big Gains And Why I’m Proud Of These Student Shops

If you’ve ever read a blog or publication on entrepreneurship, you’ve no doubt heard the following sayings to describe starting a business. Starting a business is like… Taking the plunge. Taking a giant leap of faith Taking a chance on an idea. Now I full on admit that I’ve been guilty of using these phrases in the past. But over the last few years, I’ve come to realize that perhaps “taking the plunge” is the wrong way to think about starting a business. First off, taking the plunge sounds way riskier that it really is. It comes across as scary,...

How One Innocent Line Of Javascript Code Can Put Your Entire Website At Risk

Over the past several years of running my online store course, I’ve noticed some very disturbing trends with a fair number of students in my class. First off, I want to preface this post by saying that most of the students in my course do not have a programming background nor do they join my class with a solid grasp of how web technologies work. As a result, whenever they need or want a certain feature for their shopping cart that hasn’t been covered in the class, they do what any normal person would do… They do a search on Google, look for...

MWQHJ 041: How To Make Money With Every Online Business Model Out There With Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn
Podcast: Download (Duration: 59:53 — 55.1MB) I’ve known Pat Flynn for 4 years now and he continues to impress me everyday. He’s one of those guys who always has an open mind and is constantly trying out new business models to see if they work. That is why I’m thrilled to have him on the show today to talk about all of his successful online business “experiments”. In just under an hour, we’ll cover almost everything from starting a niche site to affiliate marketing to writing software etc… You name it and we’ll pretty much cover it in this interview....

MWQHJ 040: How Keith Walker Disrupted The Movie Theater Industry With an iPad And Raspberry Pi

Keith Walker Matt Sconce
Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:38 — 51.2MB) As a big movie buff, I’ve always wondered how the movie industry works and how movie theaters manage stay in business. As it turns out, movie theaters have been on the decline for the past several years thanks to DVDs and services like Netflix. That is why Keith Walker and his partner Matt Sconce decided to completely disrupt the entire industry with their site MovieHeroes.com. Their technology allows movie theaters to instantly adopt an all you can eat Netflix type of business model to maximize profit. And their results have been staggering. The theaters...

How To Validate Your Business Idea So You Don’t Lose $82,000 Like Noah Kagan

This post was written by Noah Kagan, Chief Sumo at SumoMe.com, the free tool to grow your website traffic. Noah and I first met when I interviewed him for my podcast and he really knows his stuff when it comes to marketing and sales. In this post, he tells his story about a huge mistake he made that caused him to lose $82000 and how he approaches new business ventures today. At one point in time I was the largest Facebook game developer with nearly 5 million players. This was awesome and I was generating $40,000 a month. I moved...

MWQHJ 039: How To Run A 6 Figure Mommy Blog While Homeschooling 7 Kids With Toni Anderson

Toni Anderson
Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:07 — 48.9MB) Today I’m thrilled to have Toni Anderson on the show. Toni and I met at the World Domination Summit last year and she’s one of my favorite mommy bloggers of all time. I always love talking to Toni because every time I talk to her, I realize how much of a cake walk my life really is. Toni runs the ridiculously popular blog, TheHappyHousewife.com, where she blogs about how to better manage your household. And here’s the kicker. The woman has 7 kids and she homeschools all of them. In...

The Most Comprehensive Podcast Tutorial Ever – How To Start A Podcast In Under 2 Hours

When I first decided to start my own podcast, the benefits were already clear in my head. I already knew that having a podcast would expose me to an entirely new audience I already knew what I wanted to say and how I was going to run it I already knew that that I wanted to get started as quickly as possible But here was the problem. I had no idea about the mechanics of how to start a podcast. I had no idea how to postprocess audio in order to make it sound great. I had no idea what equipment to buy. In addition,...

MWQHJ 038: How Sam Franklin Created A 7 Figure Digital Stationery Company From His College Dorm

Sam Franklin
Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:47 — 48.6MB) Today I have the honor of interviewing Sam Franklin, the founder of Greenvelope.com. What’s cool about Sam is that he started his digital stationery company while still in college and he bootstrapped his entire business by working odd jobs. And here’s the thing. When he first started out, he did not know a thing about graphic design. He did not know a thing about websites or ecommerce. In fact, he learned most of his skills through sheer hustle and by taking online training classes on Lynda.com. Sam’s story just goes to show that...

The Right Way To Decide What Products To Sell Online

After running my online store course for the past several years, I’ve discovered that helping students pick the right products to sell online is one of the most challenging aspects of running my class. Here’s the catch-22 with niche selection. If you pick the wrong niche or the wrong set of products, you could be shooting yourself in the foot before you even begin. But at the same time, you can’t really start the fun stuff until you know what you want to sell. The worst situation is when a student comes into the class with a preconceived...

MWQHJ 037: How Erin Chase Attracts Millions Of Readers By Teaching People How To Eat Well On A Budget

Erin Chase
Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:52 — 53.3MB) I’m super excited to have my friend Erin Chase on the show today. Erin runs the popular blog 5DollarDinners.com where she teaches others how to eat well on a budget. What’s cool about Erin is that her site gets the most traffic out of any webmaster that I know. And in this interview, she details how she created her blog from the ground up. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How Erin gets an insane amount of traffic to her website How Erin earns money from her website How Erin got 1000 visitors a day in her first month How...

MWQHJ 036: How Ryan Moran Created A 7 Figure Ecommerce Business On Amazon In Just 1 Year

Ryan Moran
Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:43 — 48.6MB) Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Daniel Moran who runs the blog FreedomFastlane.com. And what’s amazing about Ryan is that he was able to create a 7 figure ecommerce business within just one year by selling his own products on Amazon.com. In this interview, you will not only learn how he did it but he’ll also share many important tips and philosophies on the best way to make money online with ecommerce. Don’t miss this one. What You’ll Learn Why you should look at longer time horizons for your business. Why it’s better to source...

What This One Tea Shop Did Differently To Make Me A Long Term Customer

Several years ago, my wife and I made a conscious effort to remove sugary drinks entirely out of our diets. No more high fructose corn syrup. No more Boba milk tea and no more delicious milkshakes. For my wife however, cutting out sugar was particularly difficult because she hates the taste of water. (Given that water is tasteless, I personally don’t see how you could possibly “hate the taste” but that’s a topic for another discussion). Anyway when we’re not drinking water, we both drink a lot of tea because it tastes good and there are 0 calories...

MWQHJ 035: How To Sell Amazon Kindle Ebooks And Make 30K In Under 7 Days With Jonny Andrews

Jonny Andrews
Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:46 — 52.3MB) Are you interested in selling your own ebooks on the Amazon Kindle platform? Do you want to make some passive income being an author? Today, I have Jonny Andrews on the show to teach us how to make money selling ebooks on the Amazon platform. Jonny runs the popular website and podcast AudienceHacker.com and he’s got a ton of experience with launching successful ebooks. In fact in one of his launches, he was able to make over 30K in under 7 days which is crazy! He reveals all of his tactics and secrets in...

What Everyone Should Know About Starting A Business Vs Working A Day Job

If you read a lot of business and entrepreneurship blogs like I do, you’ve probably noticed that almost every article out there glorifies quitting your day job. Quit that soul sucking job of yours and call your own shots! Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Fire your boss and live happily ever after. Here’s the thing. Even though my blog is called “My Wife Quit Her Job”, I’m actually not “anti day job” at all. In fact, I’m a strong proponent of working full time for someone else if that’s what makes you happy. And I can...

MWQHJ 034: How To Run A Chinese Factory And Import Products From China With Hoe Lui

Hoe Lui
Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:36 — 49.4MB) Hoe Lui is someone I have known for a very long time. In fact, he was one of the guys that helped me out early on by guiding me through my first Canton Fair. What’s super cool about Hoe is that he owns and runs his own Chinese factory, Kloanz.com, which makes bobble heads for professional sports teams. Now you’ve probably read a lot of articles on how to deal with Chinese vendors and how to navigate the cultural differences in China but as far as I know, no one has ever interviewed...

The Secret To Prioritizing Your Time And Achieving Business Success

This post was written by Nemo Chu, who built a 7-figure eCommerce business from scratch in 1 year—while working a demanding day job. He has since quit his job and now offers free advice in his newsletter. I really wish I’d learned this sooner. See if this sounds familiar: “You’re busy. You’ve set your financial goals. Yet, you’re spinning your wheels and struggling to achieve your goals even though you’re doing more and more stuff.” That was my story. And it’s the story of some people who hire me to coach them on Clarity. Most of us want to be more financially...

MWQHJ 033: How Josh Dorkin Built A Real Estate Investing Social Network With Over 200,000 Members

Josh Dorkin
Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:30 — 47.4MB) I’m very pleased to have my friend Josh Dorkin on the show today. Now Josh runs BiggerPockets.com which is one of the most popular real estate investing sites on the Internet. The numbers for his site are really crazy. He’s got over 200,000 members with many of them paying a monthly fee. His forum boasts over 850,000 posts. He has 35+ writers on staff, runs a top 25 business podcast on iTunes and a successful publishing company as well. Needless to say, Josh is easily one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs that...

MWQHJ 032: How Jessica Rhodes Leveraged Her Pinterest Skills And Started 2 Successful Businesses

Jessica Rhodes
Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:04 — 44.3MB) Jessica Rhodes owns 2 thriving business service companies, EntrepreneurSupportServices.com and InterviewConnections.com where she helps businesses with Pinterest and podcasting. Jessica is a Pinterest expert and she reveals many useful tips on how to market your business using Pinterest in this episode along with many helpful tools that she uses to streamline the process. In addition, she provides some meaningful advice on how to network with others and how she acts as a matchmaker for podcast interviewers and interviewees. What You’ll Learn How Jessica got her first client doing Pinterest How Jessica gradually expanded her customer base through referrals Why...

6 Reasons Why Copying Amazon Is A Bad Idea For Your Ecommerce Store

When it comes to designing your ecommerce store to maximize conversions, you would intuitively think that copying another successful online store would be the logical thing to do. After all if an online store is doing well, they’ve probably figured out the most optimal design right? Because Amazon.com is one of the most successful ecommerce stores in the world, we should all emulate exactly what they are doing right? The other day, I received a question from one of my Create A Profitable Online Store students who asked… Steve. I just went through your module on best practices for conversion...