The tables are turned as Jim is interviewed by Mike Andrews, a typical listener with common questions on how to get started as an entrepreneur (part 1)
Turning the tables
This week (and next!) we’ll try something new. Rather than Jim interviewing a guest, budding entrepreneur Mike Andrews will ask Jim the questions he has while starting out. Mike dubbed it the “Sensei Sessions,” and is still amazed it only cost him a lunch to get as much information as possible out of Jim.
The interview went pretty long, so we’ll split it into two parts over two weeks.
As usual with interviews, your best bet is to subscribe on iTunes or play the entire show from the links above. But here is a summary of what we covered:
– Jim’s background on the transition from full-time worker at Wired to entrepreneur
– The evolution of The Hopkinson Report podcast
– As the saying goes, luck meets opportunity (and what that has to do with Chris Rock)
– The original name of the podcast, why it changed, and the repercussions of that decision
– The two biggest misconceptions of working at ESPN and WIRED
– What Jim means when he talks about “Walking the walk”
From employee to entrepreneur
– What do you do when you get laid off?
– Mike’s key revelation about the future path of his work
– 3 key pieces of advice when making money as an entrepreneur (via Danielle Laporte)
Getting started on the tech side
– What is the first step you should take
– What are the differences between Dreamhost, Bluehost, and GoDaddy
– Should you hire a designer, build the site yourself, or purchase a template
Finding your niche
– How did I end up in the salary negotiation niche
– How to narrow your passions to find a profitable niche
– Jim and Mike discuss the excellent article Forget Frugality, Focus on Earning More by Ramit Sethi
– Cutting back on lattes or netflix, good move or bad
– How Ramit uses itunes as a visualization to help you as an entrepreneur
– Adam Carolla’s advice: Focus on earning a dollar, not saving a dime
– How $10 in jeans purchase could have saved playground teasing
Sponsor Message: Freshbooks Fresh Take of the Week:
This week’s fresh take of the week is that according to a recent survey by Citrix on cloud computing, 51% of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. Not true!
The cloud has nothing to do with actual clouds, it refers to any computer network used to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices. You want an example? Freshbooks! Even when I am on vacation, I can still access all my accounting information from halfway across the world.
Why use Freshbooks?
• Simple to use: With great customer service
• Work from anywhere: Including their new iPhone app
• Saves time: Lets you track billing hours and get paid fast
Switch to cloud accounting and join over 5 million people using FreshBooks to make billing painless at Freshbooks.com.
Sponsor Message: Amari Hotels.
Welcome to our new sponsor for September 2012, Amari Hotels. They are a group of 13 full service hotels and resorts covering the leisure and business markets in Thailand. Full disclosure: They have been kind enough to sponsor part of my stay in Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand, and I will be doing a review of my trip with photos and videos at the end of September. Check them out:
• The Amari Watergate in Bangkok is ranked in the Top 50 out of more than 700 hotels on TripAdvisor, with 4.5 stars based on more than 1,000 reviews
• The Amari Vogue in Krabi is ranked as the 2nd best hotel, and was given a TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice award in 2012.
Learn more at Amari.com.
Sponsor Message: dusitD2 Hotels.
dusitD2 hotels & resorts offer a contemporary, colorful, chic and a refreshing sense of playfulness. Conde Nast Traveller placed them in their 10th annual Hot list” of top hotels, Travel + Leisure selected them in “World’s best awards 2009 – Top 40 city hotels in asia,” and they were named TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2012 for trendiest hotel.
Full disclosure: They have been kind enough to sponsor my stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I will be doing a review of my trip with photos and videos at the end of September.
Learn more at dusitD2 Hotels.