Working Without Pants - Creative Entrepreneurship (creative entrepreneurship)

Since I last brought Brian Casel onto the podcast over a year ago, he has sold his first productized business and launched his second. Brian is truly leading the way in terms of productized services and in this interview he gives a great context as to how agency owners can begin to transition from personalized consulting to a productized service.

Currently I am mid-way through productizing my own services at Outbound Creative, so in this interview I delve deep into some of the biggest challenges and setbacks that I have had along my journey and tap into Brian's expertise to overcome them.

This is a gold nugget episode for anyone who is trying to build and scale a productized service!

Also, be sure to check out Brian's new Productize Podcast.

Direct download: WWP_Brian_Casel.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:54am EST

If your business is not utilizing the Rockefeller Habits, then listen up because this episode is for you.

Over the course of my career, I have noticed a consistent trend across all of my best clients and successful entrepreneurs.

All of them are implementing the Rockefeller Habits.

That consistent trend I have seen across my best clients has lead me to asking Andy to come on the show. Andy is the CEO of Petra Coach which is a coaching and consulting company that helps firms implement the Rockefeller Habits.

In this interview, Andy explains what the Rockefeller Habits are. The key components, and why all companies should consider implementing these practices.

If you aren’t using the Rockefeller Habit’s already, then I highly recommend you listen to this interview and also check out many of the free resources on Andy’s website.

Direct download: WWP_Andy_Bailey.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:59am EST

Sam Shepler is the CEO of Skyscope and host of the Thoughtful Warrior Podcast. In this episode we talk about Sam's journey building up his video agency, how he got started, and how he has grown the business.
 
One key point we talk on is the creation of a productized service offering within their agency. Sam has nailed this down with their video testimonials productized service that is rapidly growing and accounting for a significant piece of the companies profitability.
 
Sam also talks about building a culture and keeping that strong as his company has grown from 3 partners to a team of employees. 
 
Check out Sam's company and work at Skyscope.com
Direct download: WWP_Sam.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:35am EST

Today's guest is a little different than my normal guests, but incredible none the less. While he may be wearing a suit during the interview, don't hold it against him.
 
On this episode I have Alan Siegel, founder of Siegel+Gale, an agency with over 250 employees, and his new consultancy SiegelVision.
 
Alan's entire career and business is built on the idea of helping corporations and institutions simplify. One of his most notable clients that we can all be grateful for is the IRS. Alan's agency simplified and re-created the US Tax Forms. 
 
In this episode, Alan talks about building his agency up to that level, how simplicity became their focus, and about his upcoming conference Call for Clarity. In the conference, Alan's firm has pulled together some of the brightest individuals throughout various industries, institutions and government agencies to talk about the accomplishments they have made by simplifying. 
 
In simple terms: This episode is good, you should listen to it. 
Direct download: WWP_Alan_Siegel.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 6:30am EST

In this episode I am honored to have Tucker Max on the show. Tucker Max is a best selling author with one of the most unique and authentic voices out there. 

After launching several best selling books, Tucker has now created a new service called Book in a Box. The business is new but already on track to generate over $1M in revenue in it's first year. 

In this episode Tucker talks about:

  • How Book in a Box came to be
  • Why he has such a unique and raw voice in his writing style
  • How he sees the future of book publishing changing

- See more at: http://jake-jorgovan.com/podcast/047#sthash.ztl4AmOt.dpuf

Direct download: WWP_Tucker_Max.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

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Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

In this episode I have Nick Piscitello on the show who has built up Completion Web Studios which is a video agency that specializes in explainer videos.

Nick has not just built up a succesful agency, he has built up an agency that allows him to work remotely and travel the world. As you will hear in this episode, this company has enabled Nick to travel throughout the world and have some incredible experiences.

In this episode NIck shares how he got started and how he attracts clients. 

Direct download: WWP_Nick_P.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

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Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

If there were one word to sum up this interview it would be “Authenticity”.

In this episode I bring on Allie Lehman. Allie is a co-Founder of Death To the Stock Photo, partner in The Wonder Jam and author of the book Charge Up: Build a business and manage your energy with your introversion superpowers.

What is amazing about Allie isn’t just the accomplishments that she has made, but the intentionality and authenticity that has gone into sculpting a life of meaningful work. 

This is one of those interviews that will shake up your mind and make you think twice about the work that you are doing.

Direct download: WWP_Allie_Lehman.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Today I am honored to have an incredible guest on the show Keith Perhac

Keith runs a digital marketing agency called Delfi-Net, and best of all, he runs the agency while living in Japan! 

For the past 12 years Keith has been living in Japan while building up a business primarily with US based clients. 

In this episode, we dive into Keith’s journey, how he got started and built the agency to the point where it is today. 

There are lot of great insights in here on building up a successful business and living a non-traditional lifestyle.

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Direct download: WWP_Keith_Perhac.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

In this episode, Brennan shares how he built up a consulting career to justify charging those rates.Brennan also shares best practices for raising your rates and getting more clients. 

Brennan is an absolute authority and leader in the freelancing and consulting space and his advice in this episode is absolutely invaluable.

I would highly recommend picking up one of Brennan’s books Double Your Freelance Rate. I bought a copy over a year ago and since then my rate has tripled! 

 

Brennan also offers an incredible free email course where he shares absolutely incredible insights. Sign up for it and I know you will get a love of value out of the lessons!

 

Direct download: WWP_Brennan_Dunn.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:59am EST

On today’s episode of the Working Without Pants Podcast we have Ben Dolgoff. Ben is a serial entrepreneur who is currently living in Costa Rica.

Ben’s story is an inspiration to any entrepreneurial individuals. He has managed to start and sell multiple businesses all before the age of 30. Ben's latest venture Shopwin is one of the many businesses Ben has launched in the past several years. 

In this episode, Ben shares his philosophies on building businesses, travel, real estate, life and much more. This is an incredible and inspiring episode for entrepreneurs at any level. 

Direct download: WWP_Ben_Dolgoff_56k.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:50am EST

Sometimes we learn more from our failures than our successes. In this episode Marcus Blankenship takes us through his experience building up a successful agency and then experiencing it fail and fall apart. 

Marcus's lessons are invaluable to any creative individual, especially those building up an agency. Many of the mistakes that he points out are the exact same mistakes I made when building up my agency.

Marcus has now changed direction with his career and acts as a business advisor and coach to other agencies helping them on their path to building an agency that works. 

This is a must listen for any creative individual who is considering expanding beyond themselves and building a team. 

Direct download: WWP_Marcus_Blanken.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

This episode is jam packed with insights and wisdoms from one man's journey on building up a successful consulting career. 

Kai Davis has evolved his career time and time again over the past several years, each time growing to a better, higher value offering. On his journey he has learned some invaluable insights on how to build up a successful consulting career.

Currently Kai's core offering is focused around blogging and podcast outreach as a productized service and he is doing phenomenal with it.

Give this episode a listen as it is jam packed with useful information!

 

Direct download: WWP_Kai_Davis.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant and writer. After leaving his job at Ecko a few years back, Brian went out on his own as a freelance marketing consultant.

In this episode he shares his story of how he got started, landed his first clients, and built his business up to the point where it is today.

Brian is also a master of PR, guest blogging and content syndication. In this episode we talk in detail about how he has landed writing opportunities at Inc, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, The Next Web and much more.

Direct download: WWP_Brian_Honigman.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

I came across Devon recently based on a blog he wrote How to explain the paid discovery process to your web design prospects

The article intreigued me because I had often hit these situations with large projects where the scope was just unclear. I had heard about charging for the discovery process before, but hadn't tried it out too much.

After reading Devon's article, I charged for my first discovery process and it was an great outcome for both the client and myself.

In this article, we dive more into discussion around charging for the paid discovery as well as a bit of background on Devon and how he built up his agency Enginate.

There is a lot of value in this episode so I know you are going to get a lot of out it!

Direct download: WWP_Devon_64kb.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

Nathan Powell has been working in the design industry for quite some time. In this episode he shares with us his early starts of handing out flyers for design work at a local pub, all the way to building up a flourishing career. 

He then talks about his current transition from a full time designer to buildling and working on his new proposal software product Nusii

I highly recommend Nusii

Seriously, within 5 minutes of trying the Nusii demo I was signed up as a paid customer. 

It literally fixed a problem I didn't know that I had. For years I have been creating custom proposal designs in InDesign. This would take me at least 30-60 minutes to design every proposal even though the template was already created.

Nusii fixed that problem and turned a 60 minute job into a 5 minute job. 

You just paste your proposal text into a Nusii template and it automatically fills it all out for you and generates a PDF or a web link where your customers can view your proposals.

It's awesome and I freaking love it! 

Nusii Discount code

Use this link and the discount code jakejorgovan and you will get 50% off your subscription for the first 3 months!

I'm not getting any kickbacks for this product, I seriously just love it and know you will too!

Direct download: WWP_Nathan_Powell.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

In this episode I interview Chris & Bryant of Authentic Form and Function on what they have learned from building a remote creative agency. 

They have great insights in this episode on starting an agency, attracting clients and handling a remote work culture.

Visit our website at www.workingwithoutpants.com

Direct download: WWP_Authentic_FF.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

"The Creative Freelancer Show" is now called "Working without pants"

In this episode I dive deep into my story and explain how I started my creative career, got my first clients and how my business has evolved. 

This episode is based on requests from several listeners who wanted to hear me tell a bit more about my career and my story.

Visit the shows website at workingwithoutpants.com

Direct download: WWP_My_Story.mp3
Category:creative entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

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