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#18 - F*ck ecommerce! Try freelancing instead…

#18 - F*ck ecommerce! Try freelancing instead…

July 12, 2018

We're back! After taking a couple of weeks off from podcasting we're back with a brand new show. But you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that one. Today we're digging one out of the archives and it's going to make for a great inbetweener show because it's a little bit different from what we normally talk about...

We're consider ourselves to be ecommerce guys. We love it! But... it would be a lie to say that it's all we do. In fact, Cristian and I have worked as freelancers for much of our lives. It's helped us achieve great things, earn a decent living, take control of our lives, travel the world, and most importantly, fund other projects.

Today we're going to dive into why freelancing is a massive opportunity for you to learn new skills that you can apply to any business while you earn money, as well as freeing up the time you need to be able to chase your dream. 

What is your dream anyway? Maybe ecommerce isn't right for you. If your dream is to be able to travel more, or just be your own boss then maybe you're barking up the wrong tree.

Find out more in today's show. Enjoy!

 

Links and Resources:

Freelance platforms with almost unlimited work available:

Places to learn new skills:

 

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#17 - How to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world

#17 - How to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world

June 19, 2018

It's the 21st century dream right? Galavanting around the world as you earn passive income and have your remote team run your business for you?

Sure, who wouldn't want that.

Side note, perhaps you don't want that. Maybe your idea of success is being able to spend more time with your kids and you have no desire to travel whatsoever. If that's the case then this podcast is still for you.

First of all, let's just clean the slate... never having to lift a finger and earning loads of money while you sleep is a fantasy. It's a great fantasy to have and maybe even one that's achievable for some, but I bet you $100 that it's a fantasy that won't lead you to a fulfilling life.

You shouldn't hate work. You should be able to enjoy what you do. And that's almost just as important as some of the other benefits of working for yourself.

Today's show is going to show you exactly how you can build a business that will help you reach your goals. Whether it's traveling, seeing your family more, or maybe just working like crazy doing something you love, today's show has got something in store for you.

Enjoy!

Links and Resources:

  • The Four-Hour Work Week – The book that changed the 21st century. 
  • Lynda.com – A great source of information at a very low cost. You can learn almost any sellable skill here.
  • Udemy.com – Another great place to learn things for cheap. I've learned how to build an entire Amazon business for $29 from here.
  • Niche Pursuits – Spencer Haws and his amazing niche empire. A great example of how to diversify your entrepreneurial adventure.

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Opinews #7 - $24M for tampons, salad-making robots & Google home brings food to your door

Opinews #7 - $24M for tampons, salad-making robots & Google home brings food to your door

June 15, 2018

Trying to come up with new business ideas? How about selling tampons and condoms? Naaaaah, why would you do that?

Well, if you had done that just a couple of years ago, perhaps you'd be where tampon and condom subscription company, LOLA, is today: with $24M in the bank. Maybe it's not so difficult to come up with ideas afterall? The key isn't always in the idea but rather the execution. So stop procrastinating and do that thing you've been thinking about for the past 6 months!

Here's what we've got lined up for you in today's show:

  • Tampon and condom subscription company, LOLA, raises $24M in their series B round. That's right... they sell tampons and they're making a load of money doing it.
  • Google is adding tools to its search engine service that support brick-and-mortar stores.
  • A salad-making robot has managed to raise $11M. Could this be the beginning of the end for chefs?
  • Uber brings on Facebook product director to work on their driver app.
  • Carrefour partners up with Google to provide deliveries through Google Home. Finally, something useful from these smart home systems!
  • And Instagram continues to push its ecommerce features with a new opportunity for businesses.

Tune in to find out more from this week's Opinews!

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#16 - Should I start a blog, create software or build an ecommerce store?

#16 - Should I start a blog, create software or build an ecommerce store?

June 12, 2018

You know you want to create something. You know you want to run your own business and be independant. You know that you've got to get off the hamster wheel.

So where do you begin? There are so many options these days right? It can be pretty overwhelming trying to decide which business model could be the right one for you. Afterall, blogging, affiliate marketing, dropshipping, selling on Amazon, building apps and creating software are all completely valid business ideas that could make you lots of money and give you the freedom you're looking for.

In today's episode we discuss a much better option for you. A way in which you can utilise all of the different business ideas that have ever excited you to build your little empire and live a happier, financially stable, stimulating life.

Enjoy!

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Opinews #6 - Augmented reality to change the customer buying experience and 3-wheeler “lawnmowers” to take over city deliveries.

Opinews #6 - Augmented reality to change the customer buying experience and 3-wheeler “lawnmowers” to take over city deliveries.

June 8, 2018

It's that time of the week again ladies and gents, and boy have we got some exciting ecommerce news for you today.

Here's what's coming up in today's show:

  • Ecommerce sales in india are expected to jump by as much as 31% in 2018 – no surprise really since Amazon and Flipkart are both operating at huge losses just to pump money into ecommerce and try to win the market (Amazon's annual operating loss is USD $750 million!).
  • 3-wheeler tractor lawn-mower-looking things are taking over delivery services in major German cities to speed up delivery times and reduce carbon footprint. 
  • More from Germany... Amazon is the place where Germans are spending most of their time online according to a survey performed by Innofact.
  • Are you investing in your prodcut images and videos? Good, how about augmented reality? Well, you should be according to a survey conducted by PushON. Visualisation is massively important for customers and it turns out that 45% of people would be willing to spend more money online if they could get a better idea of what the product looks/feels like. 
  • Now you can purchase event tickets straight through Snapchat thatnks to its partnership with SeatGeek.
  • Patreon has acquired merchandise logistics company, Kit, in an attempt to further advance creators' ability to monetise their work.

That's all for this week. Thanks for tuning in!

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#15 - Coworking, private office or work from home?

#15 - Coworking, private office or work from home?

June 7, 2018

It's the dream right? Being able to work for yourself so that you can choose where, when and how you want to work...

Well, it's actually not as easy as that. Both Cristian and I have tried all three of these setups and we've learned some interesting things along the way.

In fact, I spent years chasing the dream of working from home and it didn't turn out to be what I expected. At first it was amazing of course. I didn't have to get up to an alarm in the morning. I didn't have to wear a suit. I didn't have to do anything if I didn't want to! But here's the thing, the novelty soon wears off. And you have to ask yourself what you're left with when that happens.

So, if you want to find out what happens behind the glamour of self-employment freedom, tune into today's show as we'll be discussing these three work models in depth.

Enjoy!

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Opinews #5 - The fastest growing startup in Europe & Ashton Kutcher playing with cows and cryptocurrencies

Opinews #5 - The fastest growing startup in Europe & Ashton Kutcher playing with cows and cryptocurrencies

June 1, 2018

 A short and punch round of Opinews for you today. Here are some of the things we've got lined up for you:

  • The fastest growing startup in Europe is surprisingly an ecommerce store. And when you find out what they're selling, it will make you realise that anything can be sold online now days. 

  • Ashton Kutcher is splashing the cash!

    • We have an investment into a meat supplies company in the states. Sounds boring right? Well, their business model could be exactly what the meat industry needs for us to start reducing our carbon footprint, looking after our animals better and eating healthier meats.

    • He's also made a massive donation to the international favourite, Ellen DeGeneres. But it's not just any old donation... it's a cryptocurrency donation. What could this mean for cryptos?

  • And lastly we've got a counter bid from Amazon to buy Flipkart. The war has well and truly begun!

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#14 - How to avoid the entrepreneurial blues

#14 - How to avoid the entrepreneurial blues

May 29, 2018

Running your own business is HARD. It's a lot of pressure for one person to take. And when one thing goes wrong it can often feel like the whole world is falling apart.

Well, guess what... the world is still here and it hasn't fallen apart yet. But that doesn't make it feel any better when the blues hits home.

So what can you do to avoid the entrepreneurial blues?

Today's episode is without a doubt my favourite episode so far. Happiness is something I've studied a lot in the past few years and after going through some pretty shit times in my life, I've had to devise methods to avoid depression. It's not easy. But believe me, there IS a way. And we're going to be sharing some super important stuff with you in this episode.

If you suffer with burnout, or depression, or whatever you want to call it, this show WILL help you. More improtantly, reach out. Don't be a stranger. Head over to the podcast page on our website and leave us a comment there to let us know how you feel and what you do to try and avoid the down times: taketraction.com/14-avoid-entrepreneurial-blues.

 

Links and Resources:

Onnit – a cool website with a focus on optimization, focus, fitness and all that great stuff.

Own the Day, Own your Life – The new book by Aubrey Marcus, founder of Onnit.

Lumosity – Brain training created by scientists and game designers.

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Opinews #4 - Hubspot hooks up with Shopify, Adobe buys Magento, Ebay still sucks & UK ecommerce is on the rise

Opinews #4 - Hubspot hooks up with Shopify, Adobe buys Magento, Ebay still sucks & UK ecommerce is on the rise

May 25, 2018

It's May 25 and surprisingly, today we're not going to be talking about GDPR. If you wat to know more about it, we did an entire long form episode on GDPR earlier on this week. You can check it out here: taketraction.com/podcast/13-gdpr-wtf

Today we're discussing some of the latest news in the ecommerce world, including:

  • Hubspot's new integrations with Shopify and Facebook Workplace. Could this mean a change in direction from Hubspot's previous all-in-one, let's-take-over-the-world, attitude?
  • Adobe is acquiring Magento for $1.68B. Will the amazing guys at Adobe be able to bring Magento back from the dead?
  • Is Ebay ever going to get with the times? Well, it looks like they might be trying.
  • UK ecommerce is going through the roof, with a total of €15.6B being spent online last year, a 13.65% growth!

 

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#13 - GDPR – WTF is it and what should you be doing?

#13 - GDPR – WTF is it and what should you be doing?

May 22, 2018

It's time to take action boys and girls. GDPR is here and it ain't going anywhere any time soon.

So, what are you gonna do about it? Are you going to sit back and hope that someone will take care of it for you? Or are you going to get your data in order and avoid a 20 million euro fine? I know which one I'd choose!

Today's podcast is an attempt to deceipher all of the information you've been hearing about GDPR, and what you should be doing about it. Now, I must stress: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE and you should 100% go and speak with a lawyer or a Data Protection Officer... seriously, you can't afford not to.

Nonetheless, hopefully today's podcast will break things down into layman's terms so that you have a better understanding of what GDPR is and how it's going to affect your business.

Enjoy!

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