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Narrative stories of 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 & podcaster Paul Jarvis.
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Today, you'll hear the story of Krista Stryker, founder of 12 Minute Athlete. Krista is living a comfortable life. She's married, lives in Los Angeles, California. She’s got her own fitness app, an incredible YouTube channel. Blogs for days on healthy living and activities featuring High Intensity Interval Training (HTIT). Life is good.Her business is doing well into the six figures and she's recently added numerous contributors to 12 Minute Athlete in a variety of capacities. But it wasn't always this way.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.After college she got married, she moved overseas, where Krista dabbled in writing and took a lot at teaching English to the Dutch...who, unfortunately, she discovered and you may already know...already speak English quite well, thank you very much. Things just weren't panning out. Meanwhile, she wasn't particularly happy with her health either.In this episode, you're going to hear about the Aha moment that turned things around and transformed her into a founder. You're going to hear how she went from personal trainer to app developer, to online course builder. You're going to hear how she struggles with what content to give away vs. what content she should charge for. And you're going to hear her future vision for 12 Minute Athlete, and how what you see on the home page and in other content will change.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episodeInfinite Red: Support for this episode comes from Infinite Red. If you're looking beyond your world of freelancing and you're needing to build a web or mobile app, check out Infinite Red. They're experts in React Native, and in fact host North America’s only React Native conference, Chain React, which brings in hundreds of developers every year to their digs in Portland, Oregon. Their work is brilliant visually and incredibly functional — limited only by your imagination. In fact, if you start a project after hearing about them on THIS podcast, they'll give you two free tickets to it — and it's coming up July 11 and 12.Visit infinite.red to check them out. And if you're into remote work, they've got an incredible ebook on exactly that subject. You can grab a free copy of it at remote.infinite.red.Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:51 Best business books for thriving at freelancing & solopreneurshipLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today’s episode of Freelance to Founder, you'll hear the story of Baird Hall, founder of Wavve.co. If you've seen these cool social videos floating around that feature short excerpts of podcast episodes, with a neat audiowave bouncing to the beat of the voices in that excerpt, there's a pretty good chance it was a Wavve video.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Baird started the company in January 2017 after running what he *thinks* was a failed startup for about 2 years, called uTalk Sports, a sort of app-based radio offering that featured individual channels on specific sports talks, like Kansas City Chiefs football for instance, that were run by regular people like you and me. It was podcasting that didn't feel like podcasting, because listeners to those channels could leave their own replies to whatever the hosts of the channels talked about. It was pretty cool.Though it didn't work out, uTalk wasn't a failure at all. It was the first step and Wavve wouldn't have happened without it. uTalk pivoted to become Wavve when Baird finally realized that creating short audio snippets from these individual channels to promote the app and its contributors was the REAL product he should be focused on.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episodeInfinite Red: Support for this episode comes from Infinite Red. If you're looking beyond your world of freelancing and you're needing to build a web or mobile app, check out Infinite Red. They're experts in React Native, and in fact host North America’s only React Native conference, Chain React, which brings in hundreds of developers every year to their digs in Portland, Oregon. Their work is brilliant visually and incredibly functional — limited only by your imagination. In fact, if you start a project after hearing about them on THIS podcast, they'll give you two free tickets to it — and it's coming up July 11 and 12.Visit infinite.red to check them out. And if you're into remote work, they've got an incredible ebook on exactly that subject. You can grab a free copy of it at remote.infinite.red.Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:51 Best business books for thriving at freelancing & solopreneurshipLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today’s episode of Freelance to Founder, you’ll hear the story of Sonia Simone, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Copyblogger is a massive business that’s gone through quite the evolution over the years. If you’re into content marketing, you’ve run across Sonia’s and Brian Clark’s content at some point.In this episode, you'll hear about how Sonia came to join forces with Brian in the earliest days, why she never felt comfortable in the corporate world, how learning how to start a blog and make money from it has challenged her skillsets and priorities, and how she balances her Copyblogger work while continuing to do freelance work on the side.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episodeWix: Over 150 million people use Wix for their website, choose from over 500 stunning templates or start from scratch and create a professional website. Click here to get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan Limited time offer––enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.Care/of: Care/of is a subscription service that makes it easy to get vitamins, protein powders, and more, personalized just for you and delivered straight to your door. For 30% off YOUR first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the promo code FREELANCE30.Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com. This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:This proposal template will help you win more freelance clientsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, you'll hear the story of Chris Ronzio, founder of Trainual. We're talking to someone who was at the `15-month mark when we interviewed them. And he's built his business to the $2 Million level in annual revenue. But when you learn about his why, and his how, it feels much more doable and understandable.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Chris got his start owning a video production business that he started back when he was in his MID-TEENS. He later ran a consulting business that required him to stay on top of processes with his clients as he helped them solve their business problems. And here's where you find his first smart decision: He built that software from the get-go as a service that could eventually be kicked out on its own as a platform he could sell to others as a subscription.And in this episode, you'll hear the lessons that have stuck with him from his parents, you'll hear how his then-girlfriend's ultimatum for a better relationship led to him pivoting, and you'll hear how an Arabian Horse Farm was instrumental in Trainual becoming what it is today. Yes, an Arabian Horse Farm. You'll get that fun part somewhere around the 35-minute mark.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episodeWix: Over 150 million people use Wix for their website, choose from over 500 stunning templates or start from scratch and create a professional website. Click here to get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan Limited time offer––enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.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. Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com. This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:'11 Sites like Upwork for freelancers who need clients fast'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is episode number 50 of freelancetofounder and today you’re going to hear about Allie Smith, solopreneur, expert copywriter and founder of Creative Gangsters.  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes. Allie helps multiple 6 and 7 figure entrepreneurs connect with their ideal client, motivate them to take action, and sell more of their products and services. She has built multiple influential Instagram accounts in a wide variety of niches - and have consulted with entrepreneurs on their copywriting, messaging, and visuals for the last 5 years. You will love this episode if you can relate to any of the following situations:You were once in a corporate role and felt stifled.You were once in a corporate role and felt like you had numerous additional talents that weren't being put to use.You've got multiple interests; not just 'one thing,' even if you HAVE jumped out on your own already.You wonder if gaining more confidence in who you are and what you can do could turn things around within as short a time as one year. You're going to hear how Allie Smith turned those 4 things into a creative lifestyle that brings her well into the 6 figures but also includes multiple revenue streams.We caught up with her in the middle of her typical busy routine at a co-working facility in Boise, Idaho. Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThanks to our Sponsors for supporting this episode Wix: Over 150 million people use Wix for their website, choose from over 500 stunning templates or start from scratch and create a professional website. Click here to get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan Limited time offer––enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com. This podcast is a production of Millo. Recently from the Millo Blog:'11 Sites like Upwork for freelancers who need clients fast'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today’s episode, we feature the story of Tiila Abbitt - CEO and founder of AetherBeauty.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Tiila is in her first year of starting her own beauty brand, Aether Beauty, having served for years as an expert product developer at Sephora, the American beauty retailer. Despite a great income and a great role in driving the company’s sustainability initiatives, Tiila needed to do her own thing - to build an entirely ‘sustainable beauty brand’ - which to this point hasn’t really existed in the market. Today, it’s a one-woman brand, but you’re going to astounded to hear how much she’s doing in revenue as well as what she’s had to do to get to that point, along with her full backstory. Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episodeWix: Over 150 million people use Wix for their website, choose from over 500 stunning templates or start from scratch and create a professional website. Click here to get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan Limited time offer––enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.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. Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:'How to start a blog and make money in less than 24 hours'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to a brand new season of Freelance to Founder and a new era for the show where we embrace a new, more casual and long-form approach to sharing our founder stories. In today’s episode, we feature the story of Matt Johnson - founder of PursuingResults. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coMatt is proving that even the most upstart industries can lead to multiple six-figures in revenue in short order. He runs a service business, a turn-key podcast marketing solution, that helps experts in whatever industry, start their own podcast, build an authoritative presence and a devoted following online. His team helps him manage every aspect of producing podcasts for his customers.Matt and his team have been able to create a clearly-defined service designed to meet a particular need with minimal customization.You'll hear Matt talk about how his career got started, his initial work in real-estate and how he learned to apply streetsmart sales and marketing skills to grow and scale his business. You’ll learn how he’s gone about finding clients, hiring virtual support staff, and how he focuses his personal efforts for maximum impact...all great lessons for freelancers and founders outside of the world of podcasting. It’s a series of great insights on how Matt takes advantage of a new market i.e. by acting fast and scaling quickly towards business success.Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Blog:51 Best business books for thriving at freelancing & solopreneurshipLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode tells the story of Sean McCabe, founder of seanwes. Sean freelanced as a hand-lettering specialist, but ultimately turned the lessons he learned from that niche into a successful 7-figure online business. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete shownotes for this episode can be found on Millo.coSubscribe for new episodes at http://freelancetofounder.com.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode- Gusto: Making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses - just like yours. Sign up hereto get 3 months completely free when you run your first payroll.- BlockStack: Take back your digital rights. Try a new generation of apps that put you in control. Private, secure, and you own your data. Always. Visit blockstack.org/FTF to learn more and see real stories of developers and entrepreneurs using Blockstack to make a difference. - Pactly is the first easily accessible AI based contract review tool aimed to help freelancers and small businesses understand contracts better and faster. Visit pac.sg/FTF  to use Pactly completely free forever. When you’re ready to upgrade, use FTF30OFF to save 30% on any paid plan.- 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 product of Millo. Recently from the Blog: 'How to start a blog and make money in less than 24 hours'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A great story of a military wife. An extremely busy and motivated wife and mother who decided to mix her two passions - education and photography - into a highly successful business that she can run, and needs to run from anywhere. Complete shownotes for this episode can be found on Millo.co This is the story of Courtney Slazinik, founder of clickitupanotch.com - from 3rd-grade teacher to six-figure photography blogger   The first half of the show, you’ll get to know her and how she came to realize how she should invest her pursuits as an entrepreneur.  Then in the second half of the show, you’ll learn what steps she took, in a very specific tactical way, to grow her business to be bigger than herself - and her expectations.Subscribe for new episodes at http://freelancetofounder.com.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode- Gusto: Making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses - just like yours. Sign up here to get 3 months completely free when you run your first payroll.- Hover: Every great idea deserves a great domain name. With literally hundreds of extensions to choose from, Hover focuses on helping you register a domain which can then be connected to virtually any web host you choose. Go to hover.com/FTF to save 10% on your first domain. If you enjoyed the show, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes. This podcast is a product of Millo. For actionable tips and insights, you can try reading: 'How to start a blog and make money in less than 24 hours'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this final episode of season 6, we feature the story of  Shannon Dejong - an Entrepreneur, artist, speaker, and CEO of boutique agency House of Who.Years ago, she thought she’d be an actor on a stage or writing poetry for a living. The first part of that is definitely true today as she does periodically get on stage as an actor and she’s added the title of CEO to her CV as well. She brings 7 team members along as she leads House of Who, a creative agency in the San Francisco Bay Area and is close to hitting the 7-figure mark in revenue for the first time this year. Shannon takes us through her journey from a freelancer to a CEO running her agency working with clients including Google, eBay, Yahoo, Intel, HP, Disney, Microsoft and more. This episode also takes a deeper look at how some founders think intensely about their work as an art - and how that can lead to greater clarity about the work itself. And you’ll get plenty of practical advice as well. Also, tune in to catch a very important announcement about the future of ‘Freelance to Founder’ podcast. Subscribe for new episodes at http://freelancetofounder.com.Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode- Gusto: Making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses - just like yours. Sign up hereto get 3 months completely free when you run your first payroll.- BlockStack: Take back your digital rights. Try a new generation of apps that put you in control. Private, secure, and you own your data. Always. Visit blockstack.org/FTF to learn more and see real stories of developers and entrepreneurs using Blockstack to make a difference. - Hover: Every great idea deserves a great domain name. With literally hundreds of extensions to choose from, Hover focuses on helping you register a domain which can then be connected to virtually any web host you choose. Go to hover.com/FTF to save 10% on your first domain. If you enjoyed the show, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Freelance to Founder is a production of Millo—you can learn more at Millo.co.For more actionable content directly from the blog, next, try reading: 'How to Start a Blog and Make Money'.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (8)

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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li hua

Austin Peek 饕餮

Mar 3rd
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