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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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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
In this episode, you’ll hear the story of Louis Nicholls, founder of ‘Sales for Founders’, where he teaches sales skills for a mostly tech founder audience.What makes Louis' story so different is that it’s a 180-degree flip from our typical script. Louis went from co-founder of Gymhopper.com to setting up his own freelance consulting business. In just less than 2 years, Louis has a solid financial foundation from his online course and consulting with software companies on growth, with additional courses for his core audience in the works. Louis' story is also different in that he's from Switzerland, and has gained a slightly different perspective on how tech companies in Switzerland and Europe succeed compared to those in the US.You’re going to learn how Louis has built multiple streams of income, how he manages his different clients, what the future plans for his consulting business look like. New Segment! And...there’s a new segment late in the show: “Three & One”.  Louis will share his one answer in three important areas of life, that you’ll want to tackle whether you’re a freelancer or a founder. 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.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode: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 25% off YOUR first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the promo code FREELANCE.Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:12 Essential tools to start (& grow) your freelance businessLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25 years ago, Michael Port earned his MFA in acting from NYU before working in TV, film, and theater. Now, at the Heroic Public Speaking Headquarters in NJ and for organizations around the world, he teaches non-actors what actors know about how to give better performances both onstage and off. Michael is the author of six books including Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show. They've been translated into 29 languages and been on the bestseller lists of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal among others. Clients include Disney, Best Buy, Guardian, Olympians, Navy Seals, FBI agents, Astronauts and thousands of others who care deeply about making a difference in the world. He's also our guest for this episode of Freelance to Founder. But once he embraced the possibilities, his ‘project’ ultimately took on a whole new life and scaled far beyond his expectations, even his own dreams.We are very excited to bring this interview with Michael Port, who is the author of a ground-breaking book on business development called ‘Book Yourself Solid’. In this episode, you're going to get to know Michael really well.You'll hear about his early life and how it played into what he does for a living now. You'll hear how and why he pivoted from acting. You'll hear how he found his first clients when he did break out on his own as a trainer and teacher. You’ll learn how ‘Book Yourself Solid’ led to the formation of Heroic Public Speaking, a transformational workshop program that teaches people how to communicate far more effectivelyAnd you're going to get numerous insights on communication and public speaking as a bonus. We hope you enjoy this episode of Freelance to Founder with Michael Port.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:12 Essential tools to start (& grow) your freelance businessLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John's story is the entrepreneur's story through and through. A teacher for years, loving the job but struggling financially, he started to do a little consulting on the side, focusing on technology in the classroom.Until life presented him with a crossroads. John decided to go all in - and now he’s making far more than he ever did as a teacher, but without losing touch with his former life as a teacher. Teaching is an important part of his life. He works with school districts and individual teachers on personal and professional development especially as it relates to technology, the use of Google Chromebooks in particular. In this episode, you’re going to get to know John Sowash including:His start as an educator and how his crossroads came aboutHow and why he made the transition from teacher to “teacher of teachers”What he did to grow his business in the first 90 days Lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur involving risk How he’s starting to digitize his business from traditional consultant to online business builderThis isn’t an episode just for teachers wanting to learn how to pivot from being a classroom instructor to being an online business builder. This is a story for any entrepreneur with a specialty and expertise, who need a real-world example of starting a business of working for themselves. We hope you enjoy this episode of Freelance to Founder with John Sowash.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!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 toLinkedIn.com/Freelance and get $50 off your first job post.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:7 Best project management tools for freelancers & solopreneursLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, we interview Chris Cobb of Armstrong Transport. His story is very different from many we’ve told on Freelance to Founder.Our guest built his business with a dwindling cash reserve and with no knowledge of the business he was getting into. Only trust in his own work ethic, $15,000, and the expertise of his partner.There’s no sexy email marketing software startup story here, no seven-figure online course on ‘course-building’, no niche community he developed and grew, no book, no agency – none of these things.Chris Cobb found success starting a freight brokerage, which evolved into a financial services firm, which he very recently cashed out to the tune of tens of millions. Here’s why you’re going to want to listen to this episode, even if transportation isn’t your thing. Get to learn about the creative, forward-thinking business that Chris exited in order to fund his freight startupHow and why Chris pivoted from freight brokerage to financial services firm How Chris broke through the mental barriers of hitting an intellectual wall with the business and survived a terrible decision which cost the company $300,000 as well as credibility with his business partnerHow Chris views risk tolerance and manages his perceived deficiencies as a CEO and managerWe’ve never had a CEO of a company this size nor a founder story involving an exit. We hope you enjoy this episode of Freelance to Founder. Please do leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:What earning $33k from Fiverr taught me about building a freelance businessLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is our interview with Eric Cacciatore, founder of Restaurant Unstoppable - a restaurant business podcast that enjoys a loyal audience and generates over six-figures in revenue. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.After working towards a career as a commercial pilot for 8 years, he cast it off and felt his heart taking him back to the restaurant industry, where he grew up. But a professor challenged his thinking about how people will learn in the future and that changed everything -- leading to the creation of Restaurant Unstoppable, a podcast, a directory of service providers, and (soon) an online course library for independent restaurateurs and managers.Eric shares what this transition was like, the origin of his successful podcast, and what he learned about serving a niche market in the early days when he was first starting out.His podcast has gotten him access to award-winning chefs, well-known restaurant operators, and is earning him well into the 6 figures as he travels the US to interview them all face to face. Podcasting may seem like a big deal now, but not when he got started. All the more reason his story is a powerful one about serving a community with patience, with sincerity, and with the trust that you'll attract good people and good karma.Enjoy our interview with Eric Cacciatore.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!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 (Free checklist & tutorial walk-through)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is the story of Will Hatton, founder of TheBrokeBackpacker.com and a jack-of-all-trades turned blogger/entrepreneur who converted his passion into a 9-business empire making 7 figures in revenue. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Will’s multiple ventures have not only allowed him to give back to causes important to him but it's also helped him to produce an incredible amount of monthly revenue. And he's accomplished this over an incredibly short amount of time.This episode is actually a grueling story of how one man — and a friend he found along the way — came to building a highly successful business empire. The revenue sources pile up here:TheBrokeBackpacker.comEpic Backpacker ToursThe Active Roots brand on AmazonDitch Your DeskThese are just four of them. He's been everywhere — and he's making serious money passing along his travel wisdom as a result.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!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 (Free checklist & tutorial walk-through)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Preiser was enjoying an early retirement in his 30's. That was until he started experimenting with YouTube—showing non-developers how to rapidly build sophisticated websites with WordPress.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.It all started with one video. A throwaway, almost, with a few affiliate links in the description. When he casually checked in on that video's stats numerous days later, what he saw astounded him in terms of views and sales.That turned into the master persuader churning out video after video after video. Five years later, WPCrafter is a 100,000+ subscription force on YouTube. Half of this episode is dedicated to helping you learn about Adam and what he did to grow that channel.And in the second half — you're also going to hear how his YouTube channel and his awareness of so many WordPress-related products led him to Sujay Pawar, founder of Brainstorm Force and the WordPress theme called Astra. They eventually joined forces to launch a funnel-making product for WordPress called Cartflows and it is verifiably on-pace for over a million in sales after launching just over 6 months ago in 2019.It almost didn't happen. Launch day was a disaster. But you'll hear how they recovered, and what's in store for the future.Without further adieu, here's our interview with Adam Preiser.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Airtable: The all-in-one management tool for business owners. Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, Airtable gives you the freedom to arrange your work just the way you like. Freelance to Founder listeners can receive $50 in credit by signing up at airtable.com/milloInfinite 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:How I reached six-figures in my first year of freelancingLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, we talk to Whitney Hansen, who is a personal finance coach and host of The Money Nerds, a Plutus award-winning podcast. As an adjunct professor in personal finance, she teaches overwhelmed millennials how to accelerate paying off debt and be financially independent. Some of her accomplishments include paying off $30,000 in 10 months, buying her first home at 19, and paying $472 for her master's degree.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Whitney has developed a great personal brand (WhitneyHansen.com) and her story is phenomenal. In this episode, you’ll hear where she’s at with her business, why she’s in the business, how she started from ground zero and worked her way out of it to become completely debt-free within 10 months. You’re going to find out what she did to build a following, how she built her first online course, how she expanded from there — from in-person mentoring and teaching people of financial principles to digital business mastery. Her full-time business is now generating over $150,000 in annual revenue. This is a complete blueprint for how to turn your expertise into a business that you can scale beyond yourself. We’re really excited to bring you the story of Whitney Hansen. Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Infinite 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.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 BlogHow to start a blog and make money (Free checklist & tutorial walk-through)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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.Tools/Resources in this episode:- Chris Guillebeau’s “The $100 Startup” 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
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Dani D

phenomenal episode

Jul 18th
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Rita Moore

Dani D 🙄

Jul 19th
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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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Brandon Hull

Mary C Thanks Mary!

Jul 17th
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Michael Jones

Good program

Jun 19th
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Brandon Hull

Michael Jones Thanks Michael. Appreciate it.

Jul 17th
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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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Brandon Hull

mitchelle moras Mitchelle I appreciate that note. Reconsidering how we handle that.

Jul 17th
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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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Brandon Hull

Robert Stanley Noted, thanks Robert. Much less music in general starting with our May 2019 episodes.

Jul 17th
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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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Brandon Hull

Marge Phelps Marge, thanks for that additional commentary!

Jul 17th
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Ann Hood

need to fade the music out while talking

Mar 24th
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Brandon Hull

Ann Hood Yep, much less music -- almost non-existent in fact, starting with the May 2019 episodes. Thanks Ann!

Jul 17th
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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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