I had such a blast speaking with Andre.
If you haven’t heard of Project Huddle, than strap on your seatbelts. Andre is the creator of it, and it is one of the most useful tools to have in ANY designer or developers arsenal.
In this conversation, Andre and I chat about a few things:
- How he lost his job, and I lost mine
- How he bounced back
- How he created project huddle
- Insurance for solopreneurs
- The state and future of Page Builders and WordPress
- How Project Huddle is growing with NO MARKETING
And so much more!
Cheers to Andre! Can’t wait to chat again!
How To Grow Your Website (sponsor)
About the AuthorWhat'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!
You Might also like
By Jonathan Perez — 11 months ago
What a journey this has been! Since last week I’ve been getting pretty busy.
The main thing that I had to figure out was “What do I focus on?”
I’ve been doing so much with blog posts, emails, audience building, optins, etc… selling was just a side note to me.
People found me, I made deals, and that was that.
But things changed. I couldn’t let selling be a side note anymore because now I need an income!
I have a family, mortgage, food shopping, everything. I needed to shift my priorities, find what works, and hit the ground running.
That’s what I’ve been doing, and that’s what I share with you today.
In this episode:
- Selling isn’t even selling, it’s something totally different.
- Find Your Voice
- Find the balance between what you need and what you want.
Plus much more! Knowledge bombs on this one so get your notepads! 🙂Post Views: 427
By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
Seriously? Do you have any idea? You mite. But I’m willing to bet that you don’t. You’ve been doing the same thing for so long, that whatever you do, just makes sense in your head. It may work, it may not, but to you, it makes sense.
I have no idea what I’m doing. At least I didn’t. It took me a very long time, in fact, for one of my businesses, I’m still figuring it out. That business is SureFireWebServices.com. I mean on the front, I think it’s pretty obvious. The site is a blog, and we do development and design for clients, and we sell courses. Do you see where the “I have no clue what I’m doing” falls in?
When you have one focal point on a site, it’s much easier to market and much more effective. For example, wpcurve.com, they only do WP maintenance. OptinMonster only has one plugin to focus on. WPMU Dev – WP Themes and plugins. And the list can go on.
What about us WebPreneurs? WTF Are we doing!? We sell our services. Notice the plural. We do so many things that it’s hard to pin point what’s going to make you stand out or what exactly your going to market.
What about your email list? Why are you building one? Did you even put a strategy in place? Are you planning on eventually selling your services?
My whole point is it’s time to start thinking about WHY we do things as oppose to just doing them. Yes, on occasion, just doing works. But I believe that the ‘just doing’ and having a plan is the difference between a few extra 0’s in the bank.
There are a ton of us that just do. I was definitely one of them and to this day, I will still say that I am. Planning takes time and when you don’t have the time, you tend to just do.
However there’s a mind shift that’s taking place. Pause for a second, and ask yourself, what’s the point.
Using SureFire as an example. I took a look at the business, which I’ve changed 100 times over (exaggerating), and I asked myself, what am I doing.
Why am I still offering a service that will eat up my time?
Why am I continuing to try and get new customers and build new relationships for projects that are undervalued by my lifestyle? Meaning, taking on a $5,000 project but having it last 2 months, which breaks down to only $2,500 a month, which no where near covers my expenses, but still adds all the stress of managing that project.
How many projects do I need to take on in order to live how I want?
Why am I building an email list with no direct strategy in place to sell something?
What am I selling?
Do I expect people to just read the content and that’s it? Do I want my users to take action? Can I expect my customers to hire me after just seeing a few emails? Do I want my users to hire me for service work, or do I want them to buy something?
All of these questions. I have a few answers, mainly money and comfort, but what’s the real reward.
Don’t get me wrong. Some people love this stuff. Some people would rather code for hours and collect a check. That’s cool if that’s what you like. Personally, I’m kind of done with that. I’ve been doing it for 10+ years, and was stuck in the same spot for quite some time.
Once I shifted my thinking, that’s when things started to fall into place and make more sense. That’s where I’m at right now. Coming to a realization that there’s a lot more out there then just trading in time for money in more than just the hourly sense.
There are people out there that are making a TON of money, and can barely use WordPress. As a developer, how many 100k jobs can you take on by your self?
Take a look at David Siteman Garland. He’s the course guy. All his marketing, all his emails, etc., they all have that one thing in common. Amy Porterfield, she’s the FaceBook chick. That’s where all her emails are marketed to.
So the next time you feel annoyed, burnt out, or just wondering if there’s something else that’s out there. Just know that there is and it’s waiting to be discovered. You have the potential to find your passion and make a ton of money doing it.
I made this cheat sheet for you so the next time you go to write your next post, or tweet your next tweet, or even get a new project, ask yourself, why?
Download the Cheat Sheet Below…Post Views: 363
By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
Business is like a puzzle. You think you have all the pieces only to find that one essential piece missing. That one stupid piece.
It’s the piece that you need in order to make it over your business hurdle. The hurdle could be anything. Maybe it’s breaking a income cap or getting things organized, or getting more traffic. You need that one thing!
Don’t rush. You’ll get it. Everything takes time. Those overnight success stories that you hear are just not true. There’s no magic recipe that’s going to get you 1000 email sign ups in 30 days, or 2000 people visiting your brand new site in one day.
Be patient. I heard a song that said “It took me 15 years to make it over night”. Even Noah Kagan says “It takes about 5 years to make a million dollars.” You here all these success stories of people and the “secret methods” but the truth is, you’re on your own journey.
You dedicate yourself to the journey that you want. In time, things will come, but the key word here is time. You need to build your network, build your audience, build your brand. Building is done over months and years.
When you have something that’s finally built or growing, then you can start to leverage it. That’s when the “overnight success” starts to happen. If you’re just starting out though, don’t be fooled. You’re going to have to work and stay dedicated. If you give up, then nothing will get done. Keep at it. Keep hustling.
Have any tips? Leave them in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review on iTunes!! 😀 Thanks!Post Views: 311