Brennan Dunn | How to Become a Thriving Freelancer

Brennan Dunn Smart Business Revolution John Corcoran

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redBrennan Dunn‘s story starts out like a lot other entrepreneurs; working in corporate while freelancing on the side. However, Brennan was able to transition from being a freelancer to building multiple businesses and becoming an expert in the freelancing community.

In this episode, we also talk about:

  • How a Pregnancy Changed Brennan’s Career
  • The Mistakes Brennan Made While Growing Growing His Business
  • Why Brennan Changed His Business Model and Lowered His Rates
  • Brennan’s Shift to Using Live Events and Webinars for Leads
  • How Brennan Limited His Chances of Competition
  • Who Brennan Thanks for His Success

Sponsor: Rise25

This episode is sponsored today by Rise25 Inner Circle… Rise25 is an exclusive, application-only accountability and group coaching program for professional services entrepreneurs running 6, 7 and 8 figure businesses who want to scale up, and shift from “one to one” client work to “one to many.”

Rise25 Inner Circle was founded by my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and myself… every few months, at 4-star luxury properties, we bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who come from client-serving backgrounds and they want to make the shift from chasing clients to having large groups of clients and buyers chasing them.

What makes these events different from any other events you’ve seen for entrepreneurs is we bring in our “Sherpas” – 8 and 9 figure entrepreneurs who are there the full time, in the retreat room providing feedback. Think of the Sharks from “Shark Tank” except they only give out advice rather than investment.

Then we back up those live in-person retreats with ongoing, regular accountability and group coaching – so you are guaranteed to turn inspiration into action.

Check out Rise25 to learn more

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Joe Fairless | How to Raise $100M in Private Funding in a First-Time Real Estate Deal

Joe Fairless Smart Business Revolution John Corcoran

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redJoe Fairless is a former advertising Vice President who decided to transition into real estate investing at a time when everyone else was getting out. It served him well as he was able to raise over $100 million in private funding for his first deal. He now helps others learn about real estate investing through coaching and his podcast, The Best Ever Show.

In this episode, we also talk about:

  • How Joe Raised Over $100 Million for His First Real Estate Deal
  • Joe’s Advice for Approaching Potential Investors
  • Joe’s Transition from Advertising to Real Estate
  • The Importance of Surrounding Yourself with the Right People
  • Why Everyone Should Start a Podcast or Blog
  • How Joe Gets Big Name Guests for His Podcast
  • Who Joe Thanks for His Success

Sponsor: Rise25

This episode is sponsored today by Rise25 Inner Circle… Rise25 is an exclusive, application-only accountability and group coaching program for professional services entrepreneurs running 6, 7 and 8 figure businesses who want to scale up, and shift from “one to one” client work to “one to many.”

Rise25 Inner Circle was founded by my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and myself… every few months, at 4-star luxury properties, we bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who come from client-serving backgrounds and they want to make the shift from chasing clients to having large groups of clients and buyers chasing them.

What makes these events different from any other events you’ve seen for entrepreneurs is we bring in our “Sherpas” – 8 and 9 figure entrepreneurs who are there the full time, in the retreat room providing feedback. Think of the Sharks from “Shark Tank” except they only give out advice rather than investment.

Then we back up those live in-person retreats with ongoing, regular accountability and group coaching – so you are guaranteed to turn inspiration into action.

Check out Rise25 to learn more

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Reader Survey: 300+ Websites You Should Bookmark Now

Recently I decided to “pay it forward” by asking my email subscribers to send me their website URL so I could share it with all of my readers.

My motivation was simple – I wanted to help more of my readers to get traffic to their website, and I wanted to foster more community among my readers.

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses – in fact, over 300 people replied and sent me their websites.

A number of people also emailed me individually and said they rushed to get their websites finished or revamped so that they could be included in this list, which was awesome. I love that this project lit a fire under a few people to get their websites done.

Other readers said they were touched by the gesture and sent me some very complimentary emails, and I loved that.

But mostly, I want this to be useful to you, whether you submitted your website or not.

This website – and now my business Rise25 with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz – has always been about building communities and doing so at scale.

I want to help more business owners – particularly from professional services backgrounds like me – to learn how to build better relationships in business, and how to do so in a digital world.

So this whole project is one big lesson in that chapter book.

In fact, here’s a few great ways you can make use of this list.
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David Nihill | Do You Talk Funny?

David Nihill Smart Business Revolution John Corcoran

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redDavid Nihill is the author of Do You Talk Funny? and the Founder of FunnyBizz which is a community, writing platform, and conference series that helps content creators access top comedic writing talent. He places a heavy emphasis on incorporating comedic storytelling into public speaking engagements and interactions with your potential customers.

In this episode, we also talk about:

  • Why Humor is Relevant in the Business World
  • Tips to Develop a Sense of Humor if You’re Not Naturally Funny
  • How David Used Stand-Up Comedy to Gain Public Speaking Public Speaking Skills
  • The Importance of Using Inherently Funny Words
  • Comedy is in the Details
  • How to Utilize Misdirection for a Comedic Effect
  • The Boundaries of Comedy in a Business Context
  • How to Combat Stage Fright with a Memory Palace
  • Who Does David Thank for His Success

Sponsor: Rise25

This episode is sponsored today by Rise25 Inner Circle… Rise25 is an exclusive, application-only accountability and group coaching program for professional services entrepreneurs running 6, 7 and 8 figure businesses who want to scale up, and shift from “one to one” client work to “one to many.”

Rise25 Inner Circle was founded by my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and myself… every few months, at 4-star luxury properties, we bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who come from client-serving backgrounds and they want to make the shift from chasing clients to having large groups of clients and buyers chasing them.

What makes these events different from any other events you’ve seen for entrepreneurs is we bring in our “Sherpas” – 8 and 9 figure entrepreneurs who are there the full time, in the retreat room providing feedback. Think of the Sharks from “Shark Tank” except they only give out advice rather than investment.

Then we back up those live in-person retreats with ongoing, regular accountability and group coaching – so you are guaranteed to turn inspiration into action.

Check out Rise25 to learn more

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Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Jonathan Milligan | From High School Teacher to Full-Time Blogger

Jonathan Milligan Smart Business Revolution John Corcoran

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redJonathan Milligan followed in his parent’s footsteps and became a teacher. However, after just three years, he knew he wanted something more. He left teaching to become an Executive Recruiter but soon tired of the “feast or famine” way of life that is so common when one lives entirely off commissions. Jonathan realized the blog he’s been working on in his spare time showed the potential to make some real money so he made the leap into full-time blogging and hasn’t looked back since.

In this episode, we also talk about:

  • How Jonathan Went from Teaching to Executive Recruiter
  • The Networking Insights Jonathan Gained as a Recruiter
  • Finding a Balance Between Building Relationships and Earning Commissions Quickly
  • Jonathan’s Transition into Blogging Full-Time
  • What Jonathan Found Difficult About Leaving a Service-Based Business Model Behind
  • Where Jonathan Learned All the Ways He Could Earn Money Online
  • How Jonathan Began Hosting Live Events
  • Examples of Revenue Streams for Bloggers
  • Who Jonathan Thanks for His Success

Sponsor: Rise25

This episode is sponsored today by Rise25 Inner Circle… Rise25 is an exclusive, application-only accountability and group coaching program for professional services entrepreneurs running 6, 7 and 8 figure businesses who want to scale up, and shift from “one to one” client work to “one to many.”

Rise25 Inner Circle was founded by my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and myself… every few months, at 4-star luxury properties, we bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who come from client-serving backgrounds and they want to make the shift from chasing clients to having large groups of clients and buyers chasing them.

What makes these events different from any other events you’ve seen for entrepreneurs is we bring in our “Sherpas” – 8 and 9 figure entrepreneurs who are there the full time, in the retreat room providing feedback. Think of the Sharks from “Shark Tank” except they only give out advice rather than investment.

Then we back up those live in-person retreats with ongoing, regular accountability and group coaching – so you are guaranteed to turn inspiration into action.

Check out Rise25 to learn more

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Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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Rob Kosberg | How to Launch a Bestseller

Rob Kosberg Smart Business Revolution John Corcoran

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redRob Kosberg spent 20 years in the real estate game before “failing” his way into writing a bestseller that led to an incredibly successful business in financial services.  Rob then fell into helping other entrepreneurs write and publish their books and discovered his true passion.

In this episode, we also talk about:

  • How Rob Failed His Way into Writing a Bestseller
  • Common Barriers to Writing a Book
  • Is the term “Bestseller” Becoming Watered Down?
  • How to Become a Bestseller Without a Following
  • What Platforms Should Aspiring Authors Focus On?
  • How to Utilize Facebook Ads as an Author
  • What is a Backend Strategy and Why Should Authors Have One?
  • Which Should Come First, the Backend or the Book?
  • The First Step to Writing a Book
  • Who Rob Thanks for His Success

Sponsor: Rise25

This episode is sponsored today by Rise25 Inner Circle… Rise25 is an exclusive, application-only accountability and group coaching program for professional services entrepreneurs running 6, 7 and 8 figure businesses who want to scale up, and shift from “one to one” client work to “one to many.”

Rise25 Inner Circle was founded by my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and myself… every few months, at 4-star luxury properties, we bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who come from client-serving backgrounds and they want to make the shift from chasing clients to having large groups of clients and buyers chasing them.

What makes these events different from any other events you’ve seen for entrepreneurs is we bring in our “Sherpas” – 8 and 9 figure entrepreneurs who are there the full time, in the retreat room providing feedback. Think of the Sharks from “Shark Tank” except they only give out advice rather than investment.

Then we back up those live in-person retreats with ongoing, regular accountability and group coaching – so you are guaranteed to turn inspiration into action.

Check out Rise25 to learn more

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

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