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Beaver Themer First Impressions: Should you buy it?

I just had my first reaction with the official release of Beaver Themer!

You can check out the video here for the full review.

What’s my first impression?  I really like it.  I think it’s super easy, and just like the original Beaver Builder, it’s intuitive and incredibly powerful.

My experiment was to simply create a new blog post template for my site JonPerez.me

Result: I did it in less then five minutes!

The plugin is pretty incredible, in fact my only cry is that when I created a post layout, my sidebar disappeared.  No idea why, it’s just gone.  I’m wondering if there’s a way to get it back, but as I dig in more, I’m sure I’ll continue to learn more and more.

The fact that you can:

  • Create a new 404 page
  • Create a new header
  • Create a new footer
  • Create sections within parts of your page based on the hooks
  • Create entire page layouts
  • Use custom fields for layouts
  • and so much more ALL with a front and builder

It’s freakin’ amazing.

Watch the full video and let me know your thoughts.  I’ll be posting more and more about Themer as I discover what it can and can’t do.

SIDE NOTE

After I did the video, I tried to put in an HTML module, and I had access to all the post fields, which was pretty amazing, looks like this thing is a lot more powerful than at first glance 😀 Super Excited!

WANT A SPECIAL DISCOUNT

For its release, the Beaver guys are offering it at a special discounted offer.  Make sure to get it before May 23rd!!

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Dev2Mil – How Do You Side Hustle?

This post is in response to Johan Gouws.

The question was (paraphrased and summarized): How do you side hustle with kids and a full-time job? How do you schedule meetings, etc?

I answer this question on this episode and I also share a realization that I’ve come to after starting to do this full time.

Entrepreneurs control their schedule, wink wink.

Enjoy the show!

SHOW LINKS

Johan’s initial post

The original 30k Episode

Book A Session With Me

Devenaires FaceBook Group

Quick Funnel with Thrive Themes Builder and Drip Email Campaigns

Here’s a video I made to show how easy it is to create a funnel with Thrive Themes Builder and Drip Email Campaigns.

I’ve never like Thrive before, but it’s growing on me heavily!  Especially for landing pages. It makes building them so easy.

The same goes for Drip.  This is an email campaign manager that makes setting up funnels a cinch.

Get Drip

In the video, I’ll show you exactly how to create a campaign.  Drip comes with what they call “Blueprints.”  It’s as simple as finding the blueprint that does what you want it to do and fills in the blanks.

Thrive

Thrive Builder is FULL of different landing page templates for all different scenarios.  Since I’m building one specifically for Videos, they already had the perfect one for me, pre-built.  And just like Drip, all I had to do was fill in the blanks.

This funnel will be out today, so keep an eye our for it!

Interesting in getting Thrive or Drip.  Just click the link!

If you want me to get deeper with these applications, just let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Developer To Millionaire – From Side Hustle to Full Time

What a crazy transition this is for me!

I’ve always had the desire to move to doing my business full-time but nothing ever prepares you for the actual jump.

I mean, I’ve got bills to pay, a family, the whole nine!

My initial goal was to slowly grow, but my how that has changed.

In this episode you’ll discover the following:

  • What Happened to Me Last Week
  • The current situation I’m In
  • The big difference between side hustle and going in Full Time.
  • How I feel about proposals and why they’re useless
  • My God story

And much more!

Developer To Millionaire – Interview with Andre from Project Huddle

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:

  1. How he lost his job, and I lost mine
  2. How he bounced back
  3. How he created project huddle
  4. Insurance for solopreneurs
  5. The state and future of Page Builders and WordPress
  6. How Project Huddle is growing with NO MARKETING

And so much more!

Cheers to Andre! Can’t wait to chat again!

Links

Project Huddle

How To Grow Your Website (sponsor)

Beaver Builder

Craft CMS

Developer To Millionaire: Productivity

Today’s episode is all about productivity.

This whole life-work balance thing is pretty tough, so how do you focus on what REALLY needs to get done.

To be honest, finding ‘things to do’ is incredibly easy.  But finding the right things to do is where it gets tough.

What is going to bring us the most satisfaction?  What’s going to make us feel accomplished?

It could be something that’s billable, but maybe it’s not.

I explore all of this and more in this episode of Developer To Millionaire.

I recently picked up a book called the Productivity Planner, and I love it!

It goes around my entire mantra of doing one thing a day!  Especially if you work full time and are trying to build a side hustle, this mindset can actually shift the way you think about doing your work.

What’s in this episode?

  • My mind and how overwhelming it gets when I don’t write things down.
  • My old schedule compared to my new one.
  • Transitions in business and what to expect and prepare for.
  • The Pomodoro technique, what it is and how to use it
  • Things that you can do to be more productive

Song at the end

I went a little acoustic on this one – Ben Harper – Walk Away

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Developer To Millionaire: Strategies and Branding

Solo show baby!

I was trying to get a few guests on, but I work at night, so it’s a bit tough to get people on my grind schedule.

All good though, I ran with it, and doing solo shows is actually nice. It helps me get some thoughts out, and share all the things on my mind, with you!

In this episode…

Let me just reiterate that I suck at show notes, but here’s what I spoke about.

  1. Is this a WordPress Podcast?
  2. Why I’m doing a solo show.
  3. The strategy for SureFire and my new solo brand!

I share some insight as to what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and how it will all work and come together!

Sit back, grab some beer, or coffee, or water, whatever you want, and enjoy the show!

Track At The End

Andy Mineo – Desparados

If you like this and list to the show, please rate, review, and or comment below.  Thanks!

How to Plan For Success in Your Web Design Business

We’re all stupid.

You may be sitting there thinking, “Nope, not me, I’m the smartest,” but you’re not.

We’re stupid because we’re selfish.

We like to do what we want to do, then do it, and wonder why the hell nothing happens.

Case in point.

Ryan Lee, super smart, super successful.

Ryan started a membership service a while back.  The service was delivering a monthly Newsletter.

The launch exploded and so did the service, to the queue of $221,000 per MONTH!!

Put that in your bankroll!

While most of us probably won’t see that exorbitant amount of money in our banks anytime soon (maybe a few will 😉 ) Ryan made a huge mistake.

Rather than listening to the audience and what they wanted, Ryan decided that he was going to do what HE wanted.

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And so 2k+ subscribers became 1k, and one thousand eventually became zero, and the business died.

We ALWAYS do that.

We want to do what we want because that’s just natural.  Even when we listen to our audience, we tend to sway a little to the, “But I want to do it this waaaaaaay…” mentality.

:: Queue the sad violin ::

We need to shift our thinking a bit.

Do you want to plan for success?

We all do!  Where do you start, though?

I’m going to spew a few generic things that you’ve probably heard before, but that’s because they are vital to the success of what you do!

  1. Find your audience.
  2. Talk to your audience
  3. Get them to do something on your website.

So how do we break this down?

Figure out who you want to talk to.  It’s very hard when you just want to talk to everyone.  You have to discover your ideal client.

Create a customer avatar! There are a ton of ways to do this, but the key is to get specific.

What age group? What income level? Man or Woman? What location? What interests?

The more specific you get, the better you’ll be able to communicate.

Communicate to your audience

Now that you know who you’re talking to. Start talking to them!  What issues do they face? What do they struggle with?

The best success that I had was consistent blogging.  I would write as much as I could for a few months.  Speaking to the people that I wanted to attract! It didn’t start out that way, but eventually, after lots of trying, I got it.

It’s tough when you do all this by yourself because it ALL tends to be trial and error.  You just don’t know what works unless you give it a shot. And in the web world, you need the traffic even to see if its working or not.  Very time consuming, but let’s get back on track.

Now you’re talking to them…

Get Them To Take Action

The best thing you can do is get them on an email list so that you can reach out any time.  But regardless of what that action is, you want them to do something.

Your goal is to get the lead in so you can sell.  You probably already sold them on the information that you’re putting up on your site, so now it’s just a gentle push.

If you’re offering a service, let them know how you can help.  If you’re offering a course, explain to them how this course is necessary for their business.

Whatever it is, you’re mission should be to get them to do something.

Like I said before, it’s not easy, and it’s not something that happens overnight, but planning and sorting things out is the best thing that you can do for your business.

Great Example of Planning

I have a good friend who has done coaching calls and live training and the whole nine.  I never really stepped into that because I wasn’t sure how to go about.  I knew that I could offer that help to people, but I was just too nervous and scared to make the jump.

I had a quick call with her, and we spoke for about an hour going through the process and planning of how to offer this type of 1 on 1 service.

Here’s what we came up with:

It may seem simple at first, but just having someone that’s been through it and reaffirming things for you, made a total difference in how I approached it.

You can do the same!  Plan for success, you got this!

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