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Narrative interviews with freelancers & solopreneurs who have scaled their business to be something much bigger than themselves. Hosted by Brandon Hull. Featuring the enlightening & entertaining stories of Mixergy founder Andrew Warner, Bell + Ivy founder Cynthia Johnson, SeanWes founder Sean McCabe, The Futur founder Chris Do, 'Click it up a Notch' founder Courtney Slazinik, ConvertKit founder Nathan Barry, Double Your Freelancing founder Brennan Dunn, and lots more. Heartily endorsed by Michael Sacca, Host of Rocketship.fm; Nick Loper, host of The Side Hustle Show; and author and podcaster Paul Jarvis.
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Coworkers Reagan and Ryan worked together at a tech company, but their desire to start a direct-to-consumer fashion brand led them on an incredible journey.Now, less than 2 years later, these two entrepreneurs run Vaer watches, a direct-to-consumer watch company that's thriving. They've surpassed over 1 million dollars in sales and don't have any plans on slowing down.If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Wix - Design & develop custom websites for your clients in less time with the most innovative web design platform. Start Now.Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your place on the internet with a special $4.99 offer for the first year! Log on to get.store now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem this offer!This podcast is a production of Millo.Latest from the Millo blog: 9 Passive Income Ideas for Designers Who Need More Cashflow in 2020Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mat Sherman doesn't do anything the "traditional" way. That includes building his business which centers around two primary products: Publoft and Gigloft. In this episode, you'll hear Mat's story including his college charitable efforts organizing an "undie run," his time with famed Angel investor Jason Calacanis, and the projects he's working on today to help more freelancers connect with quality clients.If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Wix - Design & develop custom websites for your clients in less time with the most innovative web design platform. Start Now.FreshBooks - Let FreshBooks follow-up with clients so you can focus your time on what matters most. Listeners of FTF can try Freshbooks completely free for 30 days—without even using a credit card. Simply visit Freshbooks.com/ftf.This podcast is a production of Millo. Latest from the Millo blog: 9 Passive Income Ideas for Designers Who Need More Cashflow in 2020Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
School just wasn't Matt's thing. Like, ever. He hated school and, honestly, didn't do well in it. He gave college a try...twice, and it just wasn't for him—much to the disappointment of his father.But none of that slowed him down. Over 10 years ago, Matt started a blog all about swimming pool and hot tub care. And today Matt runs a small, but powerful business with properties like Swim University, Money Lab, and Lasso. The business as a whole is set to do nearly half-a-million dollars in revenue this year! If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:FreshBooks - Let FreshBooks follow-up with clients so you can focus your time on what matters most. Listeners of FTF can try Freshbooks completely free for 30 days—without even using a credit card. Simply visit Freshbooks.com/ftf.This podcast is a production of Millo. Latest from the Millo blog: 10 Sites like Fiverr to Make More Money as a FreelancerLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spencer Haws is an SEO master. He also knows scale. Because plenty of people have built singular niche websites and monetized them, but this is a guy you can safely follow and learn from at NichePursuits because he's built over 200 highly focused websites that do extremely well in Google.In this episode you'll get to know Spencer—why he escaped the world of finance (and a pretty secure job by all external accounts) in order to build these niche websites. You'll find out how he got going with niche websites, and how he discovered the formula (and he shares it with us!) for starting a blog that can actually make you money.If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:FreshBooks - Let FreshBooks follow-up with clients so you can focus your time on what matters most. Listeners of FTF can try Freshbooks completely free for 30 days—without even using a credit card. Simply visit Freshbooks.com/ftf.This podcast is a production of Millo. Latest from the Millo blog: Hello Bonsai Review: Still Good for Freelancers in 2019?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephanie isn't what you'd call a "typical" online entrepreneur. In fact, she has had tons of success at multiple desk jobs. But when her husband was deployed to Bahrain, everything changed.A few years later, Stephanie is te author of Eating Like You Give a Damn, founder of a rapidly growing Facebook group with the same title, and partner on a Udemy course that teaches OTHERS how to help us all take a more ethical approach to eating. If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:LinkedIn Jobs - Reach candidates you can't find anywhere else. Get your job in front of LinkedIn members who are active on our network, engaged in their careers, and open to new opportunities. Hurry on over to LinkedIn.com/Freelance and get $50 off your first job post.FreshBooks - Let FreshBooks follow-up with clients so you can focus your time on what matters most. Listeners of FTF can try Freshbooks completely free for 30 days—without even using a credit card. Simply visit Freshbooks.com/ftf.This podcast is a production of Millo. Latest from the Millo blog: Hello Bonsai Review: Still Good for Freelancers in 2019?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Before he ran Scott's Cheap Flights, Scott Keyes was a journalist who freelanced on the side.He loved the work, in fact. He wasn't tired of working. It wasn't due to extreme boredom, hatred of the 'cubicle life,' so to speak or anything along those lines, that caused him to start his own business. It was an innate ability to find great travel deals that turned into an email list that grew, and grew, and grew, until he almost felt obligated to turn it into a business.Six years later, there are 22 employees involved. He's got a killer premium membership focused on helping people find cheap flights to destinations around the world.What I like about this episode is how we go beyond what Scott did to grow HIS business into what he's learned about how it applies to others'. He gets asked for advice all the time, and while he realizes he didn't map out his business in some sophisticated way, he's learned great lessons about building a digital membership product, growing an email list, and staying ahead of the curve when it comes to competition and even internet trends.You'll hear how he made the decision to let Scott's Cheap Flights become his full-time endeavor, while his other interests, including freelancing early on, were relegated to side pursuits. Scott was generous with his time, open with his advice, and really insightful with his answers and guidance. I hope you enjoy this special episode of Freelance to Founder.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Freelance to Founder is a production of Millo. Read the latest on our blog: 10 Sites like Fiverr to Make More Money as a FreelancerLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Charlie Francus knew knew he'd be an entrepreneur one day. It took a little while for the right idea to fully germinate but about 7 years ago he finally launched his company, Springzy,  and now works with some giant brands in the food industry.Springzy is a combination of software and service that makes it easier for restaurant owners to run staff contests which can spur sales. Early success — along with some freelance work on the side — ultimately made it possible for him to leave his day job to run Springzy full-time.In this episode, Charlie shares lessons from Springzy that listeners can apply in any business or industry. If you're paying attention in this one, you'll hear: how to validate your idea, how to leverage industry expertise to get your product launched, how to use your gut instead of only what the data tells you, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Phrase.com - Mobile app copy changes. Hassle-Free! Centralize your product copy on Phrase and push changes live with one click. Publish copy changes in your app instantly. Push updates in your mobile app without releasing new versions to the App Store or Google Play. Now for a limited time, enjoy the free plan for Freelance to Founder listeners, looking for a scalable content management solution. Go to  phrase.com/freelance to get your free Phrase account!This podcast is a production of Millo. Recently on the blog: you'll want to catch our in-depth Quickbooks vs. Freshbooks comparison article.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today's guest on Freelance to Founder is at the very forefront of the "no-code" movement: a new way of building tech-based companies without being a developer. He's the founder of Makerpad, an educational platform that features tutorials for how normal human beings who might otherwise meltdown if we had to actually write extensive code, can build sophisticated web experiences. Ben has been running Makerpad for only 6 months, but it's already generated 6 figures in revenue and features over 400 lifetime members. It's the real deal.Learn from Ben in this episode — how he got to where he is by waltzing right through doors of opportunity, how he's built a tremendous platform that educates and motivates, and pick up some great words of wisdom in our final segment of the episode — yes, our 3&1: one principle, one habit, one person who's influenced Ben.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Phrase.com - Mobile app copy changes. Hassle-Free! Centralize your product copy on Phrase and push changes live with one click. Publish copy changes in your app instantly. Push updates in your mobile app without releasing new versions to the App Store or Google Play. Now for a limited time, enjoy the free plan for Freelance to Founder listeners, looking for a scalable content management solution. Go to  phrase.com/freelance to get your free Phrase account!This podcast is a production of Millo. For more, read the latest from the Millo blog:Freshbooks vs Quickbooks: Before you choose, read this 2019 comparisonLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, we chat with Brad Hussey: who went from side-hustling as a freelance web developer to bringing in 400,000+ Udemy students and a nice steady revenue to go with it.What makes this episode special is Brad's humility. We've got an immensely talented web designer, a former aspiring Broadway stage performer, who — as he puts it, tripped upon successes. What's valuable to you as a lesson from Brad in this episode is how he seized the moment when his wife pointed out a path he should follow. You will hear how he got started with freelancing. You'll hear how Brad talked his way out of his full-time job so he can dedicate more time to his family and make more money. You'll learn how his BBQ Method for developing relationships and growing his business. And you'll get all the ins and outs of how he built a 400,000-student following on Udemy and made a massive amount of money in the process, even with some unique Udemy promotional approaches that watered down his earnings.. And now...you'll learn why and how he came to start Freelancing Freedom.If you enjoy this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Phrase.com - Mobile app copy changes. Hassle-Free! Centralize your product copy on Phrase and push changes live with one click. Publish copy changes in your app instantly. Push updates in your mobile app without releasing new versions to the App Store or Google Play. Now for a limited time, enjoy the free plan for Freelance to Founder listeners, looking for a scalable content management solution. Go to  phrase.com/freelance to get your free Phrase account!LinkedIn Jobs - Reach candidates you can't find anywhere else. Get your job in front of LinkedIn members who are active on our network, engaged in their careers, and open to new opportunities. Hurry on over to LinkedIn.com/Freelance and get $50 off your first job post.This podcast is a production of Millo. For more, read the latest from the Millo blog:How to write and invoice (and get paid) in 5 easy stepsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Getting paid to do work you love and building a profitable business out of it is every entrepreneur’s dream. And today’s guest on Freelance to Founder has been able to make that dream into reality, hiring her husband in the process.In this episode, we interview Emily Mills, author of The Art of Visual Notetaking, founder of Sketchnote Academy, and one-time visual artist for Dave Ramsey. You can find her at emilyamills.comLosing interest in her full-time graphic design job, Emily dove headfirst into the world of freelance back in 2016. She learned she could make money as an artist while living the life she wanted since her childhood, but never thought possible. She hasn’t looked back since!Emily has turned her passion for art and illustration into a full-time freelance business having noteworthy clients and a stable inflow of revenue.You'll get to know Emily's back story, how her college career provided glimpses at what was to come, how and why she hit a wall early in her career, and how she pulls in revenue today.You'll pick up on the traits, habits, and mindsets a founder needs to scale beyond a freelancer.And if you hang on to the end of the episode you'll hear our 3-for-1 segment: Three questions — seeking one principle, one habit, and one person that our guests have adhered to through the years.Find Emily on her Portfolio and Twitter.We hope you enjoy this episode of Freelance to Founder.Please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coSubscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:How to write an invoice (and get paid) in 5 easy stepsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Dani D

phenomenal episode

Jul 18th
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Mary C

This was one of my favorite episodes. I just popped over to Whitney's podcast and subscribed to it as well. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 21st
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Michael Jones

Good program

Jun 19th
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K Hines

I just quit my admin job too and everything you said is what I felt in that job. I need a change in my life too.

May 20th
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mitchelle moras

music is too loud

May 2nd
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Robert Stanley

Just listened to my first 3 episodes. Very good content. Music levels too loud and distracting. I look forward to more shows.

May 1st
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Marge Phelps

Love the format and brezzy conversational style. Would not be listening, though. unless I was getting useful information,which I am. Kudos

Mar 30th
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Ann Hood

need to fade the music out while talking

Mar 24th
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Vicki Wineland

the music is too loud

Mar 5th
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Austin Peek

If you're looking for more stories of Freelancers becoming Founders then check out the Millionaire Interviews Podcast. Awesome stories being told by awesome entrepreneurs! 😉

Feb 19th
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