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What’s UP! This is my site, I write 99% of the articles on here. I’m also the owner of SureFireWebServices.com. I help out a lot of developers and designers getting into the web game. Helping is fun for me, so feel free to ask me any questions! I’ve made courses and have a membership as well to help get you on your feet!

#8 Lee Jackson – All About Growth

Does he even need an introduction?

I’m going to do one anyway. This episode is all about growth with Lee Jackson!

I met Lee about a year ago when he first launched his podcast.  We did a great interview and you can check that out here!

Lee is no stranger to growing businesses.  He started with a small event agency which he helped grow substantially in a few years.

He later moved on to his own agency Lee Jackson Dev, which is on a continual pace to grow!

From a freelancer to a full-blown agency, Lee isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

We chatted about growth strategy, a few do’s and don’ts, and had an overall great conversation.

Lee runs a white label development studio for design agencies and is a truly genuine person and I was honored to have him on my podcast.

NOTE: This episode had a few technical difficulties, but we made it through.

Enjoy the show!

OTHER NOTE:
I called Lee the Angled King because his new branding will be called Angled Crown.  🙂

Don't Neglect The Old School Methods

This morning I took a trip to Long Island to visit my parents. I started getting into a conversation with my dad about some things that happened in the past, and he started talking to me about my uncle.

Well, it’s his uncle to be exact, but that’s just what we say.

Back in the 80’s my uncle came to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico with nothing. He literally had only a hundred bucks in his pocket.

My dad gave him a place to stay and told him not to worry about anything until he gets back on his feet.

With the hundred dollars and a small camera, my uncle got to work.

This is the 80’s, there was no Google or anything to help him out. Just pure intuition and balls.

My uncle spoke only Spanish and knew nothing of NY, so the first thing he did was ask my dad where the Spanish neighborhoods were.

Every morning he would wake up, take the train to the Bronx (quite the hike from Brooklyn) and in the little Spanish neighborhood, he would start networking.

Going into buildings, knocking on doors, asking folks if they wanted pictures, asking if any event were happening. He did anything and everything that he could to make it work.

He had a goal, a vision, and every time he made a little bit of money, he’d give my dad what he borrowed.

He did this for a few years until he eventually had enough money to move his entire family from Puerto Rico to an apartment in the Bronx.

A few years there, then he moved to Jersey where he still lives today, with his small Photography shop that does very well.

There’s a saying that goes:
“There are only 2 things that will drive you to succeed, inspiration or desperation.”

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When you want something bad enough, you’ll go for it. When you’re in a place of need, you’ll make it work.

Sometimes we get spoiled with all the comfort that apps, tools, and software has allowed us.

When we start to think of ways we can move forward, one thing that I like to practice is to see what I would do if I didn’t have Google, or if I didn’t have FaceBook.

What kind of old school methods can you implement into your business that will help catapult you? My uncle went door to door for years!

Are you patient enough to wait?

My Story! Getting to 30k and what it really means!

So what’s with all this 30k stuff popping up everywhere on my site?

The short, simple answer, it’s how I started.  It was the beginning of my web business and everything that it grew to be.  It was the fire that was lit under my arse to push me further and further.  It’s a process, and it freakin’ works.

In this episode, I’m going to share my story, I believe for the first time.  Not the story of how I got started in the web industry, but the story of how I took a side hustle from nothing, to consistently making $60 – $80k a year ALL WHILE working full time and managing my life work balance with my wife and two kids.

I never shared this because I never looked at it as success.  Everything we see about success is so over bloated its crazy.

20k Projects Suck, you can’t start from 0 and 1000 subscribers in a month and most people stay in the middle ground.

For some reason, though, we tend to think that the middle ground isn’t good enough. We’re so pounded with visions of what success looks like, that we become blind to our accomplishments.

When I first started GettingTo30k a lot of feedback that I got was “Why 30k? That just seems too little?”

$30k is real.  $30k is attainable, and if you can make $30k, then you’re not that far away from making $60k, $100k, etc.

What started as a side business for me, continued to be a side business but kept growing, and all the methods, strategies, etc., that I learned are all things that I want to share.

Working full time allowed me the freedom to experiment.  Having a family gave me a reason to streamline my process to building websites and manage my time efficiently.

My turning point happened just a few days ago.  I went to a conference, and a constant theme that I kept hearing was “Be yourself.”  I’ve heard it so many times in the past, but it just never registered.

When my accountant does my taxes, he tells me “I can’t believe you’re doing this much with just a side thing.” Of course, I shrugged it off, but I realized, holy crap, he’s right!

So the time has come.  I’ve been side hustling since 2012, and now I want to show you how you can start a side hustle too, and take it to places you never imagined.

LINKS

Join the FREE FaceBook Group “From 0 to 30k”

Song at the end of the podcast – Aha Gazelle ‘The Aha Show’

Get Notified when I launch the membership (Just fill your email to the 30k box below.)

The Number 1 Rule All Web Pro's Need To Implement

I’ll probably get some flack for this, as I have in the past, but I really don’t care, because I’ll stand behind this rule forever.

Take A Break

The worst thing that can happen to you is Burnout and believe me when I say, that shyt sucks!

I generally work every night from 8 to 10, but keep in mind that I have 2 little kids.  One is 1, and the other is 4.

This get’s pretty exhausting.  My youngest doesn’t sleep very well, so there are some nights where I am just way too tired to do anything!

Here’s what I do…

I try to think of anything that needs to get done that I can get done pretty quickly.  On Monday it was to create a FaceBook group.  So that’s what I did.  It took me a few minutes to get the graphic in and set up, but that was it.

I went to sleep right after that, I was totally shot.

And THAT’S PERFECTLY OK!

It get’s really annoying to constantly hear, “Keep going, don’t stop, you need to work work work, someone else is going to beat you” OMG Please SHUT UP!

We’re freakin’ human, right? Sometimes, we need a damn break!

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So the next time you’re feeling rushed, or a lot of pressure to get something done, just take some time for yourself to enjoy the moment.

Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, maybe go for a walk and get some fresh air.  If it’s too cold (Like where I live) watch a funny tv show and just enjoy some time for yourself.  Then when it permits, go back and do something.

Trust me, it’s totally worth it!  When you feel refreshed, your brain will work so much better and things will just pop in! 🙂

Make sure to join the FaceBook Group Zero To 30k, then you can vent your heart out 🙂 It’s definitely a healthy practice and a no judgment zone.

Dev2Mil – Business Transitions with Kim Doyal

What up Everyone!!  Here with another episode of Developer To Millionaire!  The throwback episodes are OVER and we’re starting a new.

The format is going to be more conversational and I’ll be doing a lot more solo episodes moving forward as well.

In this episode…

I’m having a great conversation with Kim Doyal, the WP Chick.  We speak quite often and we’re both going through a few transitions in our business.  This is a common theme amongst entrepreneurs and it’s always hard to do but becomes an essential part of growth.

We speak about dealing with clients, figuring out when to transition and so much more!

For more about Kim Doyal, make sure to visit her website:

TheWPChick.com and also check out the new platform she’s building Lead Surveys!

Enjoy the episode!

A $20k Project Is Not A Victory, It's A Headache!

This is how I relate excersize Guru’s to Internet Guru’s… skip the story, get to the meat!

Isn’t funny that anytime we say we’re going to exercise, it’s always like “Yeah, Monday’s the day! It’s definitely the day!”  Then Monday comes by and you’re like, “Next week, definitely next week, I’m going all in!”

Well, last week I bought a subscription to this program called Daily Burn, and that was 100% me when I signed up.  I was all gung-ho, hyping myself up, and I ended up doing absolutely nothing for an entire week.

Then yesterday I tell myself “I signed up for this dayum thing and I’m not even using it!” (Typical Gym Memberships, HA).  “F, THAT!”

4 o’clock comes around, I’m playing with my kids, and then I stop. “Family exercise time!”

Now picture this… I’m still in my jeans, t-shirt, rolling around with the kids, that epiphany dawns on me, and in 30 seconds, I’m yelling for everyone to start exercising… jeans and all! My kids are looking at me like “Whaaa?”

I didn’t care, the time was now, the decision was made.

Pop on this Daily Burn thing, select the box that says “Do your first exercise,” and I’m ready.

Wasn’t really sure what to expect, though.  See I’ve tried all of these things before and what you usually get is a bunch of bad-ass mofo’s, 12 pack abs, doing some insane workouts that you can barely keep up with.

Pretty much anything BeachBody (t-25, 10-minute trainer, etc., etc.,) is like that.  That’s all we see commercials for too.  Photoshopped before and after shots, and we’re just flooded with all of this perfectness, and it gets ingrained in our head that that’s what we need to be.


Here’s what happened every time I attempted a program. I was always committed with “yes just 25 minutes, and in 3 months I’ll have a 12 pack too! ,” and every time I did it, I always stopped the second week because I was just getting tired of seeing perfect people complete these insane workouts.  I’m sure one day I’ll be able to keep up, but when I can’t, it’s discouraging.

Daily Burn was incredibly different.  What a breath of fresh air this was. 

I promise this is not some promo for Daily Burn, it’s all in relation, trust me 😉

When I put on Daily Burn, the first thing I noticed was normal people.  An elderly lady, a heavy set ex-marine who was disabled for a year, and another heavy set woman.  This is my crowd!!! 😀  I did the workout, some of the people doing it had to modify a bit, but I plowed through and when I was done, holy crap I felt like a champ!

28 minutes of light exercise that I could keep up with, and with incredibly normal people, I was on top of the world!

That brings me to the question of the day/month/year/life…

WHY THE F DO WE GET CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE BS INTERNET HYPE THAT CONSTANTLY FLOODS OUR FEED?

Seriously, if you just peruse Facebook for 5 minutes all you’ll see are ads for “20k Proposals, 0 to 7 figures, how I made 100k in a month, get 10k subscribers” and more blah blah blah.  All this BS fluff, much like the guy/girl with the 12 packs.

It’s like this dangling diamond that gets’s waved in our face and can grant us wishes…

Here’s where you want to be, here’s how I did it overnight (which actually translates to 10 years of ups and downs), and here’s my magical formula that did it! Disclaimer: This probably won’t work for you, but give me 1500 bucks and I’ll show you anyway.

Where the hell is the practicality anymore?

Here’s the truth

Having overnight success is like hitting the lotto.  Getting a client to give you 20k, is a lot of work and a lot of stress which A LOT of people don’t actually want.  Getting 100k subscribers of anything in a month, uses a lot of leverage that’s taken YEARS to build.  Can you learn things from these folks? Of course.  But do you think you’re the one special person who’s going to put it all into practice and make the 100k a month?

I’m not into popping bubbles, but the pipe dreams can only go so far.  It is NOT EASY at all to make 100k in a month, and any promise to get you there faster is total BS.

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What’s worse is we get inundated with all the dreams of grandeur and hear about people doing all these fantastic things and making a ton of money that we lose site of what success is actually supposed to look like!

When I was at a conference on Saturday, one of the things they said was, all these guys who look like they have a ton of money and sell strategies, etc., all these guru type folks, a lot of them are flat broke (not all, just a lot).  What’s crazy is the ones that ARE making a lot of money and “crushing” it, aren’t really in the spotlight as much.

What is success?

Can you pay your bills?  Do you have a family?  Do you have a home?  To me, success is less stress.  The less I have to stress about things, the more success I have.  Now, the whole millionaire thing, that’s more of a stretch goal than anything.  Do I need to be a millionaire? No.  I really don’t.  In the words of Sir Biggie Smalls, “Mo Money, Mo Problems.”  Would I mind being a millionaire? Absolutely not.

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Though subliminally, I’ve always felt like I HAD to land large projects, and I HAD to have a ton of subscribers and followers, and if I wasn’t ‘crushing’ it like everyone else, then I wasn’t successful. And those grand things were constantly in the back of my mind, and whenever I launched something that only got 10 sales as oppose to 100, then I failed.  Or if I tried something and I only got 30 people to sign up instead of 1000, then I was a failure.  “Back to the drawing board!”, “Start over, why was this launch a failure?”, “Why didn’t this launch land 150k like most launches do, what did I do wrong?”

It’s all BS guys/gals.

This whole mentality of needing to be much bigger than what MOST people are, is all BS.  If you’ve ever seen one of my courses, you’ll see that I’ve always come with a practical point of view.  With everything I do!  I need to show that what I’m doing works in the real world, and not just in my head.  My courses are real projects, my posts are real situations, I hate all the crap that floods our heads because truthfully, it really affects us.

Well, my goal is to put a stop to it.  Well, not all of it, I mean I really don’t give a crap about what other folks are doing, but I’m zagging.  Everyone wants to zig, I’m gonna zag.  That’s just how I roll.

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You’re going to see a ton of brand changes coming to my site. A lot more of my mug will be floating around lol and I’m going to be sharing a lot more of my story with everyone.

I mentioned last week about gearing up to launch my membership.  The conference this week really opened up my eyes to a lot of things, so I still have work to do before it officially opens, but that doesn’t mean that we all can’t be a part of something.

I’m going to start with a 100% free membership.  It’s going to be called 0 to… not 1 million because seriously, that’s just stupid.  It’s Going from 0 to 30k, 100% practical, 100% free.  If you’re starting out in the industry, if you’re working full-time like I am and want some practical things that you can implement to start making some bank, then this is it.

When I first started, $30k was a number I gave myself as a test.  If I can make $30k in a year, then I’ll keep doing this and continue to keep growing.  Keep in mind, I have always been working full time. So we’re talking 2 -4 hours a day, max.  Some days were a stretch, but that was the bulk.  This had to change my entire mindset on how I approached things and built websites.

The cool part is, when I started this little test of mine, I documented everything.  Everything for 6 months until I reached $30k was written down and explained. This is what I want to share with you.

I have pretty much all the content set. I want to get a few more things straightened out and not overwhelm anyone who signs up for this completely free membership, so I’m getting the tech side set up and the organization.  I have to be honest too, I have never been so excited (as you can see from the over 1400 words in this article) about anything that I’ve done in my business, more than this.

I can’t wait to mingle and interact with future members.

Sign up below if you’re interested and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready.  God bless ya’ll.

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