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
YouTubeVid Outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6-TWRn0k4I
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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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Today 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.Post Views: 315
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.
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