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[Case Study] How I Turned $2,200 of Rice Cakes Into a $1-Million E-Commerce Business

[Note: In this case study, you’ll see how one of our rock-star clients (Dr. Ben) launched his e-commerce business from scratch and grew it into the multi-million dollar business it is today. You’ll see how he started from the bottom (with some rice cakes) and quickly clawed his way to the top, build a business with over $1,000,000 in projected annual sales in his first year in business.  Ben started working with us about one year ago, and since then has never ceased to amaze the StartupBros team. I could go on all day about this guy, so I will just let you read his case study below 🙂 ]

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This is the story of how I took my side business from $0 to over $600,000 in 365 days, while working 60 hours a week in my day job.

And it all started with $2,200 in rice cakes… [click to continue…]

How to Stop Stressing about Sales Tax and Get on With Growing Your Business

[ Note: We get emails every week from people asking us to promote their product or service and usually we turn them down. The one and only exception to this rule is when it’s a product that we use in our businesses. So when our good friend Mark Faggiano, CEO of Taxjar, presented us with this article–we couldn’t refuse.  Our clients use Mark’s software, we use it, and we recommend it for anyone involved in e-commerce space in the US.  Sales tax can be a nightmare to deal with, which is why we love Mark since he’s made dealing with this a breeze. ] 

There’s no feeling like starting your own business and finally controlling your own destiny.

You feel unstoppable – until some tiny administrative hassle throws you for a loop. And one of those administrative hassles with a lot of potential to derail your progress is sales tax.

We all have to buy stuff, so you probably have a pretty good idea what sales tax is from the buyer’s perspective. A customer makes a purchase and the merchant adds a small percentage of sales tax to the sale.

But when you’re the merchant, things start to get trickier. Everything from who to charge, how much to charge and what to do with all the sales tax you’ve collected isn’t so straightforward.

This guide will demystify sales tax for product sellers so you can get back to doing what you do – running your kickass business. [click to continue…]

How to Start a Popular Podcast (and be #1 on iTunes New and Noteworthy) Without Killing Yourself

How to Start a Popular Podcast

“The unified championship belt” held by my podcast “25 Minuter”. It ranks #1 in All Categories, All, #1 in All Categories, Audio, #1 in Business, and #1 in Education on iTunes New & Noteworthy for Sweden. After 14 weeks.

 

About 1.5 years ago I wrote an article titled “How to Blast Out Of Obscurity” for StartupBros.

That article was about how I started a decent-sized blog with high readership engagement, in relatively short time while being busy.

Basically, I broke down the process of starting a blog into the fundamental 80/20 activities and showed actionable ways you could do the same—and many people did!

(I know because I received emails from them.)

Today, I wanna walk you through a similar “80/20-activity-process,” for how you can start a popular podcast. This is something I’ve done over the last 3 months, and I didn’t have to put in soul-killing hours to accomplish it. Read on and you’ll find out why.

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

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[World Premiere] Who are the StartupBros? Meet the Team Behind the Movement – About Us/Origins Documentary

Here’s something I’m extremely excited to show you 🙂

We’ve been working on a documentary for the past month or two – and it’s finally complete…

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into the making of this documentary. But I think you will find it was well worth it!

You’re the first to see this – consider it the ‘world premiere’ of the StartupBros Origins Documentary…

There’s a lot of people out there trying to build communities like ours, but most of these communities fail.

I want to connect with you on a real, genuine, and personal level. That’s why we made this documentary.

So grab a bowl of popcorn, and get ready to meet ‘the real’ me/team behind the StartupBros ‘You Don’t Need a Job’ Movement…

Now – I have one favor to ask from you…

Our whole team is on the edge of our seats, waiting to hear what you think! Please comment below or email us and let us know…

After all, the only reason we’re here is to help you on your own entrepreneurial journey!

Together, we can make each other better and help each other build the lives of our dreams…

I look forward to hearing from you via comment or email.

Much love <3
Will

7 Deadly Startup Sins

[Note: This is a guest post from our good friend Edmund Lowman. He has built the #1 rated chain of hostels in Thailand along with a bunch of other successful businesses that he’ll tell you about below. He’s also a rock star. Legitimately. He was in Red Jumpsuit Apparatus before becoming an entrepreneur. He knows what’s what–check it!]

These days having your own business is all the rage.

Everyone thinks it’s like the cool thing to do and it’s going to make them super-mega-crazy-boy-band-rich…

The truth is that it just may, but if that’s your only logic for jumping into the sea of sharks, unfortunately you are in for a very big surprise.

However, if you are staring at the sea of sharks and thinking to yourself, “Man I really want to punch that shark in the mouth,” or “This is going to be exciting as hell and hopefully I won’t get eaten,” well then my friend you might just have a fighting chance.

Based on my personal experience and experience coaching others, I’ve found that there are typically 7 deadly sins that are sure to sink your startup.

1. Not Validating Your Idea

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If I had a dollar for every time that someone has come to me and said:

“Oh man, I have this great idea, I am developing this software that (insert useless task that no one cares about in the first place) it’s going to revolutionize the way people (poop in the streets, or something else useless) and then I would never ever have to work again and I would be able to spend way more time expanding my farmville empire.”

I think my favorite talk I have heard on this is from Derek Sivers, talking about Billion dollar ideas.

Basically he outlines the probability of [click to continue…]