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:
- I did the intro myself (but hired someone to do the voice professional sounding voice)
- I rap at the end (because I love music)
- I recorded using a mac and Logic Pro.
- Did all the editing myself.
I’m super excited to launch this and I hope you enjoy it.
- 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.
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!
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By Jonathan Perez — 1 year 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?
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By Jonathan Perez — 8 months ago
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:
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By Jonathan Perez — 9 months ago
Welcome to the first episode of the Throwback Series! There’s only a few of these but it’s going to be super fun to see where these folks were at over a year ago, and then the revamped versions of where they are now.
In this episode, I interview Hani Mourra. Super cool guy, he actually works full time like me! He created the amazing suite of plugins called Simple Podcast Press, Simple Video Press, Simple Social Press, and the latest amazing plugin called Repurpose (not released yet, but soon to be).
His goal is to help people automate with the right tools to help us content creators, grow our audience!
I use 2 of the plugins on my site for videos and podcasts, and I can’t wait for the release of his new one.
Hear Hani talk about his path to creating plugins with no programming background. What started with an idea, quickly grew rapidly.
I had a great time chatting with Hani, and I’m sure you love listening to his journey.
YouTube Vid Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj0E50VxYGk
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