Lifestyle Business Weekly
A weekly curated email of useful things for people interested in lifestyle businesses and independent entrepreneurship.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Earlier this week I wrote a post for The Sparkline about five people who set big goals (like interviewing 100 people). Each of these people’s lives were forever changed by these simple goals.
Last week I sent out a brief survey, to make sure I’m doing a good job with the newsletter. Your responses were really helpful, and I learned a few interesting things.
We all fall off the horse once in a while. You committed to something with the best intentions, you even started strong, but now it’s been weeks since you did anything about it.
My first day on the job as a consultant in a boutique Fortune 500 tech consulting firm went like this. I took the 6am flight from Portland to Houston, arrived at work groggy but got right down to business.
Do this, then do that. Watch for when this happens and make sure never to do that.
Execution is a powerful thing. Derek Sivers likes to say ideas are just a multiplier of execution.
In the most recent season of Homeland, the main character Carrie Mathison decides purposefully to stop taking medication that she uses to treat bi-polar disorder. She’s an ex-CIA agent and there’s an international terrorist catastrophe brewing.
I remember back before I started my first business, the conversations colleagues would have about one day leaving our jobs to start something of our own. “We should leave and start our own business.
It's easy to fall into a trap in the day-to-day and week-to-week work we do. Small tasks and to-dos creep onto our lists and weigh on us, making progress towards our bigger picture harder and harder to achieve.
Today we have a great question from listener Paul Minors: “I’d love some help with growing product revenue. I’d love to hear your advice around the steps you would take after launching a digital product to get more revenue from it.” This is a great question and something we spend a lot of time thinking about at Fizzle.
Email is still one of the best tools for growing your business, but many people don’t understand how to really make it work. In today’s episode, I answer two very important listener questions about email.
In today’s episode, I share my approach to crafting one of the most important things to any business: the company operating system. Just like your computer has an operating system that defines how it functions, your business (even if you’re just a one person business) needs an operating system.
We settled in to Portland and biked all over town. Scott & Chelsea visited in Mexico.
When we think about the most important things in life we often think of health, relationships, experiences, accomplishments, wealth and abilities. But none of these things happen on their own.
In this week’s episode, we talk about some very interesting developments. First, the team over at Basecamp decided to move their 15-year-old blog called Signal Vs.
One of the most popular blog posts I’ve ever written is about motivation. It’s been read about a million and a half times.
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Hey guys! On today’s episode of the show, we’re talking about how to explain what makes your business special.
In today’s episode of the show, I share four simple practices and apps that improve my productivity every day. I’ve tried lots of productivity hacks over the years, and these are the ones that have stuck because they’re easy and effective.
Hey guys. Today we’re going to talk about what you should do when your content goes viral.
Over the next week or two, I’m going to publish daily audio-only podcast episodes covering several of the excellent listener questions I’ve gotten recently. Our regular weekly episodes (including video) will still air on Wednesdays.
I don’t like to talk about it, but I wrestle with self doubt almost every day. Before writing something or shooting a video, that feeling pops up, like “who are you to be making this thing.
Finding a name for your business is both important and HARD. On one hand, you want to find a name that elevates your business above the competition.
In today’s episode: nine essential questions to ask yourself when choosing a business idea, what’s lost when most people work from home, and how to conquer the last mile of a project. Listen to the audio stream here (or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes): Lifestyle Business Weekly is a show and weekly curated email for people interested in lifestyle business and independent entrepreneurship.
You’ve heard it before. Ideas are a dime a dozen.
In today’s episode, we talk about happiness and productivity, building company culture and how I turn one piece of content into nine (and gain 550% reach for just a couple hours of effort). I really like how the visual effects turned out on this one.
We’re five episodes deep into the Lifestyle Business Weekly video show, and now you can listen on the go. That’s right, we’ve turned the show into a podcast, and new episodes will be released each week!
Today’s episode of Lifestyle Business Weekly is a little different. This time, I’m sharing 10 of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about building independent businesses.
Your comfort zone is holding you back. It’s the warm bed in the morning that you don’t want to get out of.
In today’s episode: the best places to live and work around the world, building and working on remote teams and two viewer questions about social media. Or, listen to the audio stream here: Ask a question for an upcoming episode.
The world lost one of the most exuberant, supportive, caring, generous and motivated people on Saturday. I lost a dear friend who will leave a hole in my heart forever.
It’s Episode 3! In this episode: A Roadmap for Small Business Success Comparing Yourself to the Wrong People Building a Business Around Your Ideal Lifestyle Or, stream the audio via SoundCloud here: Thank you all for the amazing feedback and comments on the first two episodes!
I just launched the Lifestyle Business Weekly show, and I’m happy with how the first two episodes turned out. I’m hungry to make it better, but still happy with episode 1 and 2 as a starting point.
Publishing the Lifestyle Business Weekly email has been so much fun over the past two months. You’ve given me fantastic feedback, and the subscriber base is growing by leaps and bounds every week.
In the past couple of weeks since the big story about Amazon’s broken work culture, the web has been abuzz with stories of big companies with long hours, demeaning politics and impossible standards. As you may have read in the articles like Work Hard, Live Well, “the research is clear: beyond ~40–50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative.” Long hours backfire for people and for companies.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
When you’re in the middle of a big audacious project, it’s easy to get down on yourself. The feeling of finishing is renewing.
I’ll be a speaker/coach/”trail master” at this year’s Pioneer Nation retreat, hosted by Chris Guillebeau and team on October 1-3, 2015. This year’s event is at The Resort at The Mountain, about an hour from Portland, OR.
I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?
When you launch an online product, like an ebook or a course and get no real sales, the first step is to diagnose the problem. Generally, either: You didn’t have enough people visit the sales page, or People visited your site, but they weren’t convinced enough to buy, or Some combination of the above (not enough visitors combined with low conversions) From a totally-ballpark-sales-conversions-perspective, you might expect 1 out of every 50-200 people who visit your sales page to purchase something (a 0.5% to 2% conversion rate).
I have used some form of standing desk for a little over four years now. I wrote about my experience for Zen Habits back in 2011 in this article: My Standing Desk Experiment.
Here’s the problem with carefully considering your options. No amount of thinking or research can ever ensure an outcome.
On the Fizzle team, we often find ourselves in a collective state of mind where we’re frustrated with our business and all we haven’t been able to accomplish yet. Yet I know people look at our business and just *wish* they could have built a fraction of what we already have.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle Most anything worth improving or accomplishing in life requires repetition and sustained focus.
I’m fascinated by the concept of self-actualization, the concept of reaching one’s own full potential. A related concept is self-awareness, or seeing yourself as other people do.
You got people to read your free blog, listen to your free podcast, spend time in your free community or use your free tool. That’s great.
Whatever space or niche or idea you decide to build your thing around, chances are there are hundreds or thousands of (or more) competitors out there already. All these other players create a sea of noise that means your voice simply won’t be heard, even if you have something decent to say.
Over the past month I’ve been accomplishing a bunch of little things that I could never seem to make stick before. I’m talking about elusive little habits like flossing, practicing Spanish, checking my posture, writing regularly, meditation, exercise and more.