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Entreprogrammers Podcast

Entreprogrammers is the podcast for developers that are striking out on their own! Join John Sonmez, Josh Earl and Derick Bailey and be a fly on the wall as they talk about everything that they are going through - the ups and downs, the highlights and depressing lows. Nothing is spared in this no-holds-barred look at what it really takes for 3 developers to engage in entrepreneurial activities!
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Jul 26, 2016

Episode 127 “Turn Your Head and Cough”

2:00

No John today! John is lost behind the Great Firewall of China.  Chuck and Josh are going to be gone next week. So no EntreProgrammers next week.  EntreProgrmamers discuss their encounters with playing Pokemon with their children. Chuck mentions that this is a great way to connect with his kids and to spend time with them. 

10:00

Chuck talks able automating stuff and working on scheduling podcasts tasks. Chuck talks about finishing up the press kits for sponsorships. Derick spots lego collector items in Chuck’s office. Derick shares he likes build legos, even without the kiddos. 

18:00

Chuck talks about the different format of the sponsorships on his podcasts. Chuck explains the exposures numbers, mid roll format that will be available for those who want to buy spots.   

23:00

Josh asks about how Chuck is working wth hired.com. Chuck mentions that he is using pretty links. Derick mentions that Chuck should be able to use the Pretty Links as he described. 

27:00

Chuck mention that he is going to be moving over to Blubrry for more stats on his podcasts. Derick ask if people really do use the RSS feed for notification on podcasts. 

32:00

Josh mentions he is going to be cutting off Meet Edgar to save on expenses. Josh mentions that he could save 600 dollars after dropping Edgar, among other useless tools. Josh mentions to look at your analytics to see if interaction is there before you stop using tools. 

37:00

Derick talks about the official Twitter cards plugin, and  how it is helpful. Josh shares engagement and impression numbers for tweets.  Josh talks about is issues with his tweets. 

43:00

Josh talks about the changes that will go into effect soon with tweeting and boosting of tweets. Josh mentions that because of this Edgar is not useful to him anymore. 

47:00

Derick ask about Josh’s interaction on Twitter. Josh mention he may not be active enough. Josh mentions that he may have lock down a sponsor for Simple Programmer. Josh said he is excited because this may get him to milestone one. 

52:00

Josh says that he is cleaning up old Simple Programmer stuff. He is have Aaron go through tasks for Josh. Josh loves delegating. Josh mention because of this he was able to crank away at more important task.   Josh talks about his struggle with building out his product, because he does not have the system down yet. 

56:00

Chuck says that his resistants are getting started and having focus to finish the project. Josh mentions that he may have to announce publicly a least date to help him get things on track and done. 

1:00:00

Derick has an relaunch planned  to go out to him email list to target new traffic. Derick talks about his first experience with launching, verses with all the working put into this round of launch prep. Derick is frustrated with having to put more working than anticipated. 

1:12:00

Josh ask what is going on with Derick’s pop-up, as far as numbers and stats. Derick says he has nothing else to do, but to take care of these backend issues. 

1:20:00

Derick talks about losing subscribers. Josh thinks that when Derick does a big push, he gets his numbers back up.  Josh asks what or when he could do another push to bring in more customers. Derick says that his plugin may need custom code to make things work. 

1:25:00

Chuck talks about maybe getting Dev Chat TV redesigned, Chuck talks about how this will take time and money to get this done. Josh ask if this is worth the time and money, and will accomplish a specific goal for his products, program, and services. 

1:29:00

Chuck urges Derick to look at other system to help with the membership programs. Derick mentions the the API on Restrict Content Pro has great features for developers. Chuck describes what system he is using and how that does similar feature to Restrict Content Pro. 

1:37:00

Derick mentions that the bundle sales are declining as well. Josh asks what does he need, and if they could reverse engineer a plan to help the situation. Josh talks about ways Derick could do a discount on his products to increase the sales for a short time.   

1:48:00

Derick says that he continuously tries things that are suppose to work, but are not. Derick is not sure what to do as far as marketing. Derick says that firing all his editor will solve that money issue, but that means tons more work for him. 

1:56:00

Derick talks about how he is 10 grand in credit card debt and needs to pay into his retirement plan. 

2:00:00

Josh mentions that Derick should do a one month pricing plan that is only to a small part of his list. 

Jul 26, 2016

Episode 127 “Turn Your Head and Cough”

2:00

No John today! John is lost behind the Great Firewall of China.  Chuck and Josh are going to be gone next week. So no EntreProgrammers next week.  EntreProgrmamers discuss their encounters with playing Pokemon with their children. Chuck mentions that this is a great way to connect with his kids and to spend time with them. 

10:00

Chuck talks able automating stuff and working on scheduling podcasts tasks. Chuck talks about finishing up the press kits for sponsorships. Derick spots lego collector items in Chuck’s office. Derick shares he likes build legos, even without the kiddos. 

18:00

Chuck talks about the different format of the sponsorships on his podcasts. Chuck explains the exposures numbers, mid roll format that will be available for those who want to buy spots.   

23:00

Josh asks about how Chuck is working wth hired.com. Chuck mentions that he is using pretty links. Derick mentions that Chuck should be able to use the Pretty Links as he described. 

27:00

Chuck mention that he is going to be moving over to Blubrry for more stats on his podcasts. Derick ask if people really do use the RSS feed for notification on podcasts. 

32:00

Josh mentions he is going to be cutting off Meet Edgar to save on expenses. Josh mentions that he could save 600 dollars after dropping Edgar, among other useless tools. Josh mentions to look at your analytics to see if interaction is there before you stop using tools. 

37:00

Derick talks about the official Twitter cards plugin, and  how it is helpful. Josh shares engagement and impression numbers for tweets.  Josh talks about is issues with his tweets. 

43:00

Josh talks about the changes that will go into effect soon with tweeting and boosting of tweets. Josh mentions that because of this Edgar is not useful to him anymore. 

47:00

Derick ask about Josh’s interaction on Twitter. Josh mention he may not be active enough. Josh mentions that he may have lock down a sponsor for Simple Programmer. Josh said he is excited because this may get him to milestone one. 

52:00

Josh says that he is cleaning up old Simple Programmer stuff. He is have Aaron go through tasks for Josh. Josh loves delegating. Josh mention because of this he was able to crank away at more important task.   Josh talks about his struggle with building out his product, because he does not have the system down yet. 

56:00

Chuck says that his resistants are getting started and having focus to finish the project. Josh mentions that he may have to announce publicly a least date to help him get things on track and done. 

1:00:00

Derick has an relaunch planned  to go out to him email list to target new traffic. Derick talks about his first experience with launching, verses with all the working put into this round of launch prep. Derick is frustrated with having to put more working than anticipated. 

1:12:00

Josh ask what is going on with Derick’s pop-up, as far as numbers and stats. Derick says he has nothing else to do, but to take care of these backend issues. 

1:20:00

Derick talks about losing subscribers. Josh thinks that when Derick does a big push, he gets his numbers back up.  Josh asks what or when he could do another push to bring in more customers. Derick says that his plugin may need custom code to make things work. 

1:25:00

Chuck talks about maybe getting Dev Chat TV redesigned, Chuck talks about how this will take time and money to get this done. Josh ask if this is worth the time and money, and will accomplish a specific goal for his products, program, and services. 

1:29:00

Chuck urges Derick to look at other system to help with the membership programs. Derick mentions the the API on Restrict Content Pro has great features for developers. Chuck describes what system he is using and how that does similar feature to Restrict Content Pro. 

1:37:00

Derick mentions that the bundle sales are declining as well. Josh asks what does he need, and if they could reverse engineer a plan to help the situation. Josh talks about ways Derick could do a discount on his products to increase the sales for a short time.   

1:48:00

Derick says that he continuously tries things that are suppose to work, but are not. Derick is not sure what to do as far as marketing. Derick says that firing all his editor will solve that money issue, but that means tons more work for him. 

1:56:00

Derick talks about how he is 10 grand in credit card debt and needs to pay into his retirement plan. 

2:00:00

Josh mentions that Derick should do a one month pricing plan that is only to a small part of his list. 

Jul 20, 2016

Episode 126 “Relaunch?”

2:00

John talks about taking only a Chrome Book to China with VPN configuration to use internet. John is going to be in Beijing and other parts of China for a couple of weeks. John talks about doing an hour and half Keynote during his recent talk.

10:00

Josh talks about working with Aaron who is helping Simple Programmer with blog posts, embedded material, and code.

15:00

Josh talks about using certain settings in Drip that have to do with marking strategies and email material. Josh talks about not having any meetings for weeks or a month, and having to redo his accounts and move money around to make paychecks happen.

20:00

Derick shares that everything possible has happen with week and is working with Mark. Derick talks about doing his second webinar with Scott Harrison. Derick mentions having an incredible discussion on the webinar, but had very low attendee numbers.

27:00

Derick talks about possibly reediting video content for new projects. Derick talks about doing a noise removal and compression on the audio to improve the quality of the audio for new publishing.

30:00

Derick talks about mentioning John and Simple Programmer in a new Youtube video. But John’s name was misspelt. Derick talks about be called Daxter for two years and not ever fixing the problem before the person found out on his own. 

37:00

Derick talks about and email he wrote about  being in a Spanish class, comparing learning how to write in a new language or programming code. Derick shares that he is doing a 500 dollar retainer with Mark and arranging the partnership. Mark is going to be doing marketing work for Derick digital products.

40:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about sharing  lawyers and preparing the documents for partnership. Derick mentions that most law offices don't know much about online business. Josh mentions how each of the mastermind members are doing a lot of hiring.

49:00

Josh talk about hiring for a designer, and using particular job title heading to weed-out a larger portion of people who are not qualified. Josh talks about giving extensions and firing on the spot.  Josh and John discuss hiring people for particular jobs for Simple Programmer.

56:00

John talks about chatting with people in Las Vegas and trying get some interesting stories. John talks about learning about a cab driver who needs to learn soft-skills in order to get a programming job.

1:04:00

Josh asks that he needed help with some marketing strategy or delivering end to end value information. Derick talks about how to create an avatar for their market. The EntreProgrammers discuss Josh’s email/copywriting course.

1:18:00

Derick and Josh talks about how to structure the email course and how to come up a great avatar. Josh talks about taking a personality type test similar to the Myers Briggs tests.

1:29:00

Josh ask how many people would buy the course even if they don't have a product to sale. Josh is planing to do 2000 words of text for each module. The video with be him sharing his screen and talking. Josh this he can sell the product for 97 dollars each.

1:40:00

The EntreProgarmmers discuss the learning how relaunch their product and improving that business sales.  Josh talks about maybe relaunching the How To Market Yourself course, and updating material. John think is makes more sense to create an Entrepreneurial course, rather than do a relaunch of How To Market Yourself.

1:46:00

John think that having more product is better for those who join your emailing list, and are more likely to purchase. John would like to expand the product line and product 2-3 products a year.

1:53:00

Derick thinks a proper relaunch of RabbitMQ could be helpful and reaching new customers and furthering his reach with his RabbitMQ bundle. And an interesting conversation about education level and success as an entrepreneur.

Thoughts of the Week

John - There is a different between being in a hurry. Being in a hurry is never good.

Derick - Deliver end to end value with each iteration.

Josh - Eliminating things is painful.

Jul 12, 2016

Episode 125  “China, Firing, and Burning The Boats”

2:00

We’re live! Chuck talks about his chat with Mandy. Chuck shares that he is moving to a fixed price for work on his podcasts. Chuck mentions that he tried to negotiate getting the podcast editing down to a lower cost, but no success. However, moving this to another team may save a ton of money in the long run.

10:00

John thinks that Chuck should replace Mandy entirely and not feel guilty about it. Chuck mentioned that he had never looked at editing prices before. 

14:00

The EntreProgrammers talk about value base pricing and raising rates as a freelancer. Josh mentions that your quality of work has to be 10X if your are in to commodity base pricing.

21:00

Chuck mentions that these are real people in his business and he still cares about them. But the process and cost no longer fit with his business. 

23:00

Chuck talks about Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago and the amazing people his got to meet. Chuck mentions learning about using video on SnapChat, Periscope, and YouTube Live,  as apart of creating a bigger network for podcasts. 

29:00

Josh talks about how tools are abandon as soon as marketers figure out other effective ways. Chuck has an idea to manually tag the episodes on his network and put them into Meet Edgar. 

33:00

Chuck talks about learning tons at the Podcast Movement, especially building more networks on social media such as Facebook groups. Chuck talks about the inner working of a prerecord webinar and how to use it to get audience in conflicting time zones. 

40:00

Chuck shares a trick of handing out playing cards with his information, rather then business cards. 

43:00

Josh ask Derick about his collaboration with Mark. Derick shares is plans on the marketing strategy with Mark. Josh gives some suggestions to Derick. 

54:00

Chuck ask how he found someone like Mark, to help him with marketing, copy writing, and emails. Derick mentions it was waiting on fate on drop him in your lap. Josh mentions that it is hard to find someone in the US who knows what they are doing for copywriting.

1:03:00 

Derick suggests rev.com for transactions. The EntreProgrammers discuss when they create content, and how to focus intently to get things finished. 

1:11:00

Josh shares trying to get through projects and stripping his gears. Josh talks about adopting a formate similar to Johns real estate video project. 

1:18:00

John talks about TSA pre-check, and how it is worth the time.   John talks about getting ready to go to China. 

1:22:00

Josh talks about holding down the fort while John is off to China. Derick share his new subscriber numbers.   

1:25:00 

Josh and John talk about spending tons of money on business expenses. Josh shares that in Google analytics he learn to tag people. 

1:33:00

EntrePrograrmmers discuss how webinars are conducted and the future of building a business using webinars.   

1:38:00

John says he is a 68,000 words on his new book. John thinks his book might be delivered in two volumes.  John shares the new logo design is complete, and no backlash on the change up. 

1:46:00

Chuck mentions that he may do a Dev Chat TV redesign. John says to bring back flash. Josh shares some information on a Google analytics measurement on bounce rate.

1:52:00

Chuck ask how to get people to click on the link of the pick on his podcast pages. Josh suggests the subscribers should signup for email to see the picks. 

1:55:00

John suggest using landing pages to the best picks. Josh says it is not selfish to ask for emails. 

1:59:00

John talks about dropping to 8% body fat and gain 2 pounds. 

Thoughts of the Week

John -  Don’t look that the world through the lens media portrays it…bb

Derick -  Stop starting and start finishing.     

Chuck - Commit and life your life. 

Josh - Burn the boats

Jul 5, 2016

Episode 124 “Keep Those Huskies Mushing…”

2:00
Alright, We’re Live! No billionaires and going for over two years. John discusses a subscriber who is struggle to make his entrepreneur goals work. John has been try to understand where he is going wrong.

7:00
John talks about his presentation at the CA Code Camp, and experimenting with multiple way to get results and generate more income.

10:00
Josh talks about committing to a specific goal, but not a specific way to get there. Josh says one might blog for 2 years and still not get anywhere. John thinks charisma is major part of personal development to help support building entrepreneurship or a business.

15:00
Josh says one should practice in their area of talents. The Enterprogammers talk about diving into area they struggle in. John says that failure may be due to the lack of confidence.

20:00
Josh scares John about not hitting certain goals. John and the Entreprogarmmers talk about control, goals, and success.

31:00
John asks, when do you know you are course correcting too often? Derick asks what part of the plan did not work out for someone with two thousand videos of content.

36:00
Josh talks about pulling the plug on Sublime. John says he was not going full-bore at Sublime. The EntreProgarmmers talk about working at fast food restaurants in their earlier days.

41:00
Chuck talks about reading Procrastinate On Purpose by Rory Vaden. Chuck asks what he should do on the technical issues of podcasting with Mandy. Chuck discusses the processes that Mandy does for the podcasts. Chuck is trying to figure out exactly what she does and understand the processes of the business, but not to fire her.

50:00
John tells a story about Elon Musk working with an employee who wants a raise. John says to Chuck that his business is not growing when his employees are not providing processes and evidence of growth.

53:00
Josh talks about switching to an abundance mindset, rather then a scarcity mindset to help the business grow. Derick says he thinks that Chuck is having trust issues with his employees.

1:02:00
Chuck agrees he may have to have a difficult talk with his employee. Chuck asks when does he have this conversation with Mandy. Derick ask if his business can do without Mandy for 2 weeks.

1:13:00
John says that Chuck has to stand firm on his own plan, and if his employee don't want to follow, then they have to go.

1:15:00
Derick shares a story at a former job, about a upper level CTO who thought he was indispensable. Derick says Chuck may have to find 5 people to replace the one person, but the process with be better define.

1:28:00
John says if Chucks situation goes south quickly, then he will know that he made the right decision. Derick says all he has for this week is complaining about his business. Derick gets lectures from the mastermind on staying the course.

1:37:00
Chuck agrees with John that Derick is coming up for air to much during the process of working on the business.

1:45:00
Josh talks about potential energy, as far as capitalizing on bundles overtime rather than sooner. Derick says he has seen no evidence of profits on all the things he is trying, even when collaborating with Josh.

1:50:00
EntreProgrammers talk about hitting their revenue goals on their individual businesses. John talks about how he wants to shoot for a million dollars a year from Simple Programmer. Derick says it is hard destroying his income taking chances on trying new things for his business.

2:00:00
Josh says as long as you’re able to pay your bills, it does not matter. Derick is not sure what he is suppose to do for the business. Derick shares what videos he has to produce in order to get keep going with his business.

2:10:00
Josh is confident that Derick can get the project done by end of July to launch that new product. John suggests awaking up one hour early to work on the project. Derick says that is at 4:30am, for all of July.

Thoughts of the Week

John - There are people on the internet giving you money for something you made!

Chuck - Priority: The one thing above all things.

Derick - Priorities are the things you actually do…

Josh - The value of being over or under prepared.

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