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Podcast

Ep. 06 – Interview with Kim Doyal

welcome-featured1Today we have Kim Doyal on the podcast. Kim is also known as the WordPress Chick. Up until 8 years ago she worked in retail then she decided to make the most of her life and start her business online.

She now creates products, consults, and coaches. She’s not a developer but she has her hands in so many different aspects in the online world.

Things You’ll Learn:

  • Why it’s ok say no, regardless of the money.
  • Tools that Kim uses that have helped her grow her business.
  • How important it is to find a mentor and/or teacher who works for you.
  • Why you don’t have to be a developer to be successful.
  • What advice Kim has for people who want to take their business to the next level.

Kim shares little things that she’s figured out that have helped her be more successful and productive than she would be otherwise. She explains that her biggest revelation has been to focus on her because it’s important to realize that you have to choose how you work and who you work with so you can have the best results from your business.

Sometimes you have to say no to a project or a client, regardless of the money. A lot of times this can be scary because the thought that you’re saying no to the money is scary, but Kim explains that she has found that when she says no to something she knows won’t work for her, she’ll come across a project that will work even better for her. You have to be willing to say no because as Kim says, if you don’t value yourself, your clients won’t either.

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When Kim first started online she worked hard to learn about CSS and HTML coding as well as sites like WordPress and Joomla. She found herself saying yes to a lot of projects that she wasn’t completely sure how to do so she would have to figure things out on her own to get it done.

She talks about how when she first started she was worried people wouldn’t like or agree with what she was saying, but she found that after making a few products and posts she found her voice.

I saw a comment on Facebook the other day and this person was saying they believe that you should always disclose to a client if you use a page builder. I asked Kim what her thoughts were on this… her answer was amazing and what I’ve been speaking about since forever! lol

Enjoy the episode and I’ll leave you with this:

Once you find how what works for you and you get clear with your clients, you will be able to take your business to the next level.

EP. 5 DevBit – The Next Idea is Always There, Sometimes You Just Need to Slow Down

We’re entrepreneurs. We have ambition. When we see something we like or have a great idea, we start to figure out the execution. Our minds are ALWAYS moving. This can get very tiring.

I want to tell you that sometimes, you just need to slow things down a bit. Read More

Ep. 4 – Interview with Ben Hunt

Today we have Ben Hunt on the podcast.

ben-hunt-cleanBen studied fine arts in school and fell in love with it, then when he was at university he learned how to make web pages and use his art skills. He had a lot of free time so he started to make tutorials about visual design using skills he learned as he went. From the beginning Ben found that he had an eye for the design aspect of creating web pages.

Things You’ll Learn:

  • How important minimalist designs are.
  • You can measure the results of anything you do.
  • Why design is marketing.
  • Why the design and development market is getting smaller.
  • How you can utilize the market, regardless of competition.

Ben wrote “Save the Pixel,” an ebook and almost a manual about minimal design on the web.  If you haven’t heard of it or read it yet, it’s something you definitely need to add on your list.

Ben found that he learned more about design just by writing “Save The Pixel”. He learned that what he thought was design was actually marketing. He also found that you can measure the results of anything you do. By doing so, you can use that information to learn what works and what doesn’t. He spent the next few years experimenting with web design to figure out how and why some things work better than others.

He explains why the design of a website needs to fit the brand. Every website is different because every website has a different goal. Design is not graphic art; design is creating something new to accomplish something. After many tests on conversions, he found that the only times graphic design changes conversions is when there was a major problem to begin with. In other words, it’s graphic design is not as important as the content on a website. It’s important to know who you are, what you want to say, and who your audience is.

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With the internet there has become an increased amount of opportunities for people to publish their work and design online. With more opportunity, it seems that the market has gotten smaller because there are so many people doing the same things.

The market is drying up for people who can make custom sites, design, etc. Just because something is custom doesn’t mean that it’s better, there will always be a market for the custom graphics, CSS, etc. Just don’t stay where you are: create a product you make once and can sell again and again, or work for a company that is beginning and needs that custom aspect, lastly you can move into more of a marketing role to help people figure out their message.

Not every client needs to have a custom site. It’s more important to create something that works for someone’s message rather than making sure it’s custom. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it’s already done for you because you can focus on building your client’s message and ideas.

Lots of takeaways in this podcast! Get your notepads ready and enjoy!

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Ep. 3 DevBit – Can you make money with it?

I love sharing new ideas and new plugins with my audience. Any time I find something awesome and amazing, I want to spread the word. Why? Because that provides great value. However there is something that I always tend to think about in the end. That thing is, will I be making money with this in the long run?

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001 – Developer To Millionaire

Welcome to the very first episode of DeveloperToMillionaire!  This episode is a way for me to introduce myself to the world of podcasting.  Here’s some cool things to know about how this podcast was made:

  1. I did the intro myself (but hired someone to do the voice professional sounding voice)
  2. I rap at the end (because I love music)
  3. I recorded using a mac and Logic Pro.
  4. Did all the editing myself.

I’m super excited to launch this and I hope you enjoy it.

Some Takeaways

  • I talk a little about my background and company.
  • Learn how I made 60k my first year with a side business.
  • Why I started to slow down.
  • The best way I found to run my business.
  • Detailed explanation on why I left the Genesis Community.

Disclaimer: I recorded the first couple of episodes in 2015, so if you hear me reference any dates, keep in mind that this was recorded in 2015.

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