Episode 139 “Spin-off”
We’re Live! With a new 1 hour format. John says we should beat up Bernie supporters. because they are weenies. John talks about the new ideas for the creating a spin-off group who are similar to the original mastermind of EntreProgrammers.
Derick talks about already starting in other Slack/Mastermind group. Derick talks about the big name groups and process of the new mastermind.
Josh suggests having the spin-off shows on the same feed. John suggests sharing the website hosting of the website. Chuck suggests perhaps creating a paid type of mastermind to create a serious and working group.
John talks about maybe charging 50 bucks a month, and create an application process to group people together. The EntreProgarmmers talk about how they can help with the process of creating the new spin offs, and paying for a portion of the cost for podcast production.
Chuck and John agree on creating Facebook or Slack groups for communication purposes. Also the EntreProgrammer talk about the logistics and ways to pay for the podcast production and hosting.
The EntreProgrammers talk about creating events the should be like a “Passing the Torch” of what the EntreProgrammers mastermind is about.
Go to: entreprogarmmers.com/apply, to apply for a mastermind group hosted by the EntreProgarmmers.
The Entreprogrammers talk about how to create ways to collect and pay it’s production fees. Derick talks about how PayPal works for this type of business process.
John says let see how many crazy people sign up, then they can get the process in place for new spin-off podcasts. More to come in the mailing list.
Derick ask about what he should do, if he should continue with the monthly and annual memberships, or focus on individual product launches. John suggests doing everything, from T-Shirts to expanding out to other type of products and services.
Josh suggest focusing on the launch of new products and monetize on them, then rolling them over to monthly memberships that will attract more prospects.
John suggests that Derick should find someone who is 5 times as successful, and duplicate their success. Josh talks about the difference in the product launches and evergreen content.
Derick is talking about killing his RabbitMQ website because everything is out of date.
Chuck suggests that Derick should do both types of production if he can. John suggests to continue looking at what Wes Bos is doing. Derick mentions that he does not want to alienate his current subscribers in that area.
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - Change is inevitable.
Chuck - Get a vision, figure what time you need to get it done.
John - Wake up early…get everything done, to have you time.
Josh - The simple tool that you use in better than the complex tool.
Episode 138 “Debbie Downer”
And the dumpster is on fire.. Derick talks about laughing a docker management cheat sheet for Watch Me Code. Derick says this is publish along with his ebooks an such. So far he has 170 downloads since a day ago. Derick says he did notice that people have been using junk email address, just to get the download file.
Derick says he got some good feedback through the Watch Me Code Slack channel. Derick talks about his further plans for the features he want to add to Watch Me Code. Derick says he want to use Twitter to help with the Docker.
Derick mentions that he has been doing a lot of video editing, since he doesn’t have an editor anymore. But he is noticing things he can improve on. Derick also is seeing new subscriber on the annual package.
Derick mention that he is going to wait and see if the changes he made to his site, are going to payoff in the next few weeks. Josh says it is interesting to see the monthly signup compared to before. The EntreProgrammers talk about the monthly plans verses the annual plans.
Josh talks about upgrade to annual plans. Derick talks about tools he is using to implement these new features. Chuck mentions a develop edition for Content Pro.
John talks about having more thoughts on quitting the internet again. Because of tax laws and financial stuff. But Simple Programmer is going to spend the profits to pay the least amount go taxes across the shareholding between Him and Josh.
John talks about losing some discipline in his workflow…getting close to burnout. John talks about getting the discipline back inline, and he is doing more work in less time. John says to compress your work time to get more done, because of a time crunch.
John talks about the new Blogger Workbook product. Also he is talking about a new video call !0 Ways To Make Money Off Your Blog.” John talks about plugging both Derick’s Watch Me Code website and Chuck’s Dev Chat TV websites as example of ways to generate income.
John talks about how an idea can lead to generating more income. Derick says that it works if you already have an audience. Josh say if you have not audience, do thing similar to what Noah does and ping people on Skype.
John talks more about brain storming ways to gain a bigger audience, even in the late quarter. John is reading/listening to Grant Cardone’s book Be Obsessed Or Be Average. John talks about final registering Simple Programmer as a trademark.
Derick talks about a friend who was using the name Cake Boss for a software company, verse the TV show. EntreProgrammers talk about Trademarks and logos.
John talks about having a sound guy come in and treat the room for sound. EntreProgrammer talk about room treatment for recording. John says his Code Newbies Podcast just launched. Josh talks about the new signups.
John says he did a video on Trump, about the leaked tapes. John mention that he does support some of Trumps ideas. John says people get butt hurt when he tell them to use their brain and not blindly follow.
Josh talks about freaking John out. Josh is putting big boy pants on an creating an email course. Josh says to John that he is not going to do a product like this until Milestone 2 is in the bag. John explains his plans for revenue and how he sees him and Josh working together.
Josh talks a new Real Estate Investment product, and people are asking to see John buy a house and invest in property in Kanas City. This is a new launch idea for the real estate course at a $1000 price point. Josh mentions a 10k course as well, where John holds you hand every step of the way.
John says he is on Chapter 43 on his new book. John talks about a controversial chapter in his book. John continues talking about prejudice people experience no matter what.
John think that they can get a 5 to 1 conversion rate on his new book. John shows an example of a book, that he would like to emulate for his next launch. John and Josh talk about possible platforms they could sale their book.
Derick ask if the EntreProgrammers as a group is doing their job anymore as a mastermind. Derick say he has nothing to contribute during the times John and Josh talk about their business. Josh gives some input about the place where he is at in his business.
Derick ask how can they start to benefit from the meetings, at the stages in their entrepreneurial journey. EnterProgrammers talk about the stage their podcast is at as of now. Possibly shortening duration of the podcast?
John talks about changing the format of the podcast to an hour, and it will be a group of friends talking about their business.
Next week will be an hour podcast!
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - Some you have to stop doing new things and look at whats happening…
John - What you perceive as burn out, might be the opposite.
Josh - Be a finisher!
Episode 137 “We Just Need to Clone Ourselves…”
John suggests changing up the EntreProgrammers theme song to a dumpster theme song. Derick talks about his parents visiting and introducing them to new technology.
John mentions visiting Wendy’s in Kansas. John also so shares finishing his half marathon and 5K runs. John talks about how he cannot help dominating anything.
Derick mentions that Watch Me Code is having a great week since he did a pricing experiment. Derick says its a combination of new prices and new content. Derick says his website now visual fits his business, services and programs.
John says Derick’s dumpster in not on fire anymore. John says he likes the new framing. Josh ask about how Derick is using RayGun. Derick talks about about his referrals are coming along.
Derick shares how he is getting a lot of traffic and things are growing for his business. Josh talks about nailing your position in your USP, and how the sky just opens up. Derick talks about his strategy to make things work out for his site.
Derick continues to talk about how he is formatting products on his Watch Me Code website. John says this is what Derick is meant to find for helping create solid direction for his business.
Josh looks into the analytics of Derick’s Watch Me Code website, and gives some insight on the clicks what people are gravitating too. Josh and John have the same idea on creating a streamlined shopping cart software.
John talks about the processes he and Josh are using in the Simple Programmer. Derick talks about how he uses Stripe to take payments by credit card. Josh ask about how PayPal do their payment process.
Josh rants about a service he is using on Simple Programmer that is broken. John talks about creating a SAS product for tracking. John talks about Drip cookies for tracking. Derick says that is how every re-targeting system works.
Chuck says that he as an internet entrepreneur is finally getting into the marketing tools side of his business. John rants on the tracking tool idea for marketing.
Derick says he will not be impress until the software works. So just build it!. John says they are rocking it at Simple Programmer. John mentions that Josh is close to his Mile Stone! John says that picked up hired.com as a sponsor.
John just mentioned that Simple Programmers’ baseline revenue is 20K. Josh is about to reach his milestone. John says he is on chapter 39 on his next book. John shares the revenue report on his first book on all platforms.
Josh says that Amazon will be another traffic source after John’s new book is launched. Chuck says there is no more Bubba on the team. Chuck says at this rate he has fired a person every month. Chuck shares about the work load of his current employees.
Chuck is talking about using UpWork to hire a bunch of people for one job, and pick one of them. Chuck had to new panelist for the Ruby Rouges podcast. Chuck says he is building the panel slowly to get the right people inline. Chuck reads some feedback and emails about Ruby Rouges.
Chuck asks about the sales opportunities during and after a webinar. Hopeful he has some sales twinkle in. John mention how he would never promote someone else’s product again, because of the conversion rates.
Chuck is buckling down to finish off the book he is writing. Chuck thinks that a redesign, similar to Derick’s project would be good for Dev Chat TV. Josh suggests, just building in Thrive to test the pages out. Chuck talks about inviting people to the conferences.
Chuck tell us that he sign up for Patreon for some of the account at Dev Chat TV. Chuck talks about how updates for his backend website. Chuck is reading about how to do 12 week years.
Chuck says he has his sponsorship stuff all figured out.
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - Forward Always, alway forward.
Chuck - The things that are really worth doing, are the things that are not easy to do.
John - Learn to love the fight!
Josh - You are never done with the basics.
Episode 136 “Bubba Don’t Play Dat!”
EntreProgrammers give Josh a hard time about facial hair. John talks about the golden age of 36. John share that he is going to be running a half marathon in San Jose CA. Chuck mentions that he is at Microsoft Ignite. Chuck gives the variety of sessions at the convention.
Chuck mention that he made 300 dollars on this independence sale. He is not sure what he did wrong. Derick thinks he was discounting to many products, so them people are not sure about the sale.
Chuck talks about one of his hires, Bubba. Who is suppose to be the social media expert. Chuck is having a rough time getting feedback from Bubba. Everyone says to urgently fire Bubba.
Josh ask what are the exact duties of Bubba’s job, then post the job on UpWork, and hire 5 people to audition for the job. Chuck ask what should he tell her next?
John says to have a standard level for new hires, like Rodrigo at Simple Programmer. Chuck talks about the task that Bubba is doing that might be in progress. John talks about the tasks he eventually had Rodrigo take over.
Derick talks about the grammar and small detail issues he deals with. Derick further mention the training process with new hires. John says that you cannot teach good work ethic. John talks about writing a chapter on Dealing with Your Boss, in his upcoming book.
Chuck says he is going to reach out an try to get on .NETROCKS. John talks about the value an employee should bring to a business.
John mentions listening to Tim Ferris. Derick thinks John is drinking the “Kool-ade"… John talks about doing your job the best you can, not matter what your job title is. Mop those floors up to upper management. Josh talks about working a Radio Shack and cleaning toilets. Derick talks about cleaning a gas station restroom.
Chuck talks about working a K-Mart. Derick talks about doing a less than stellar job at Watch Me Code this past week. Derick says he may have lost out on a couple of sales, due to a code bug, on the check out system.
Derick says he has just become a WordPress developer, and may sell his programs for WordPress. Derick says he knows the efforts to build this business.
Josh talks about the birthday sale. Josh shares the details on the email he sent, and only had one sale.. Josh says there was an issue with the check out system. Come to fun out the system was broken and he may have lost out on some sales.
Josh talks about how the discount codes are not working properly with the check out system. Josh and John say the sales are going up because of the payment plan they are offer with Simple Programmer.
John says the Patreon is dying out. Chuck in not sure in it affects things. EntreProgrammers talk about the Patreon setup and the goal they want to reach with using it.
John thinks that Chuck should do both version of the sponsorship, and double dip. Chuck says that he is not sure what to giveaway to do this sponsorship.
Derick talks about a documentation base on getting sponsorships. “Pom Wonderful Present the Greatest Movies Ever Sold”. John talks about using the Ring doorbell camera kit.
The EntreProgrammers discuss more home automation kits, and safety features. Derick ask about more information about the Ring system. Josh says the home automation industry, needs to not replace everything for certain automation services. We still need the physical product.
Derick talks about the Microsoft equipped car that sometime have bluetooth failure. Josh mentions the driverless Uber in Pittsburg. Josh says not to takeaway his earbuds. John talks about interviewing Eli the computer guy.
Josh talks about the new Avengers movie. EntreProgramers geek out on the Marvel and XMen movies.
John talks about signing up for Pay Checks. Josh talks trash about Net Suite, for logging hours. Josh thinks that the Time Tracking and Shopping Cart people should get together.
Thoughts for the Week
Chuck - Find a way to get some downtime…
Josh - Understanding how you do things is very valuable.
John - You got to cut yourself free.
Derick - F U I’m doing it anyway.