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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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Sep 15, 2020

We’re live. Chuck is finally starting on his new job and currently struggling with the time schedule that he’s into, coming back to this has been a nightmare for him. Getting everything together and trying to run his podcast business has been the major concern for the time being.

 

He’s clearly not happy about this, his coworkers actually think the opposite, receiving congratulations for a job that you don’t really want puts you in an awkward situation

 

The main Advice from the guys is simple, get up earlier and get the job done, and definitely don’t lose focus over the business. This is just a speed bump that needs to get passed.

 

Mani - “Don’t let your main work be the sugar daddy for your business”

Aug 25, 2020

We’re Live. John is currently on his training for the 100-mile marathon, actually on site. There’s actually rumors of a possible cancellation of the whole event due to the pandemic.

 

Bulldog Mindset has got a good Growth recently on the membership side of things, numbers are rising organically at a good pace, small changes on the sales page, and really good content have been working to get a nice flow of prospects.

 

Chuck on the other is on the process of transition to the full-time job, managing and documenting his time to take over some of his business so they won’t need him as often. All this is taking a toll on Chuck, he has been suffering of fatigue and productivity has been low due to all that’s going on.

 

Thoughts of the week

 

Chuck - “I´m not thrilled to go get a job but… Bills have to be paid”

Aug 18, 2020

We’re Live. John is planning on taking a trip to finish off his training for the 100-mile marathon that he’s planning to do. A Whole month just to get your body adapted to the high altitude that he’s going to be facing on this marathon.

 

On Other Topics, Chuck landed a great sponsorship from a big-name company, but being honest he wasn’t expecting that.

 

The main recommendation from the guys to Chuck, it’s to be smart with this. There are certain decisions that Chuck cannot be made lightly. just in case everything goes south.

 

Toughts of the week

 

John “You have to cut those costs, you have to cut those production costs and have a reserve in order to make things right.

Aug 11, 2020

We’re Live. New strategies are arising regarding Affiliate Marketing. Chuck is testing out some new stuff on Podcast episodes, also John Is trying a new approach too. It seems to me that there’s no end to the possibilities of this type of marketing. Although, the guys agreed there’s one best way to do it.

 

In Other Topics, Chuck is still working things out to ake his Podcast Network self sustainable, lots of ups and downs, new people are coming in. At Some Point, it is self-sustainable, it just needs minor twitches.

 

Toughts of the week

 

Chuck - “A thousand dollars per sponsor has been very difficult to do, in the meantime, it{s still a full-time job”

Aug 4, 2020

We’re Live. John had some bad time during training recently. He’s training for a 100-mile run and one of the phases of the training was doing a really complicated Hike., Let’s just say he had a bad time on it, almost broke both of his ankles and ran out of water.

 

In Other Topics, Chuck is in a difficult spot on a current negotiation has to make tough decisions in order to move forward. Some Stuff that he has been doing for the last 9 months has not worked properly and actually is affecting his life.

 

Thought of the week

 

Chuck - “The whole idea of the business is that it becomes self-sustained, even if it’s generating big revenue at least it has to survive on its own”

Jul 28, 2020

We’re live. Chuck is currently having some issues with his email that are actually affecting his finances, the list of mails started to go to spam and he had to change to another email address. Turns out the transition is taking longer than expected.

 

Continuing with the business side of things, Chuck is doing good with some challenges and programs that he’s charging a fair amount of money to get, mostly educational but the best thing is that his audience is responding very well.

 

This is a different area that Chuck is experimenting with, although podcasts and Sponsorships are still the main at the moment. it’s definitely the best bet in the long run.

 

Thought of the week

 

Chuck - “Showing Progress is always good, especially to the team”




 

Jul 21, 2020

We’re Live. Chuck and John start comparing notes with their training schedule. Chuck is actually extremely tired with the whole training and eating well, and Jhon due to his training is eating a ton of food and keeps getting hungry.

 

In Other Topics, John is currently experimenting with some Ads to capture a specific type of Audience. Looking for a better way to promote is just the way that is working right now. Actually Mani Recommends going as specific as possible to really narrow down the search.

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “ If you’re optimizing for purchase you need to narrow it down as much as possible”

Jul 14, 2020

We’re Live. Chuck and John are currently full with work and also training, which has been a nightmare for John, because he needs to get more sleep than usual. Chuck is getting back to training but going at a slow pace. 

 

Things have been going interesting for Chuck, he has been trying some new stuff in the search for focus on his recent shift change work-wise. Definitely prioritizing work and selecting the type of stuff that other people can do, so he can focus on the more important things, it is clear that this is the way to go. 

 

He and John have tried to manage everything themselves many times, and it always ends the same way, falling off the wagon and getting back up.

 

Thought of the week

 

Chuck - “They want to be at the higher level, but they don’t know the path to get there”

Jul 7, 2020

We’re Live. As we know John is planning to do another really difficult run and one of the training processes is adjusting to the altitude, like all things is about really knowing the field and feel confident about it. 

 

On This note, Chuck is actually looking for product placement that will generate income outside of the Programming World, which is a big step because programming has been his niche for so many time, but the situation and environment have been dramatically changing with all recent events, so he feels it’s time to make a change.

 

Thought of the week

 

Chuck -  I’m trying to stay away from the podcast itself instead, I’m  focusing on the podcast network money-making”

Jun 30, 2020

We’re Live. John and Mani are currently working on a promotion and it’s going way better than expected, it seems to me that some old tricks seem to do the work, and even work better than before.

 

After analyzing the data they cam to a clear conclusion, if the product is extremely clear to the customer, meaning they know exactly what the outcome will be, it’s pretty much a successful product because it’s a simple answer it’s going to sale.

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “It’s amazing to be able to come back to the old days of these promotions”

Jun 23, 2020

We’re Live. John has recently been having a lot of traffic on his Youtube Channel Bulldog Mindset, various factors have arise to show that are contributing to this cause, like good clickbait names. 

 

He’s been currently working with a new video editor, which is doing a great job in making the videos smooth transitioning as possible which basically translates to more viewing time.

 

So logically the next step is to analyze what else is helping here, how many clicks, how many sales. He has narrowed to a basic idea that will give him clear statistics to actually plan and manage for future posts.

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “ If Your retargeting sucks, then your funnel is broken, there’s no use for it”

 

 

Jun 16, 2020

We’re Live. So One of the first things that pop out in the conversation is that John recently finished a 50-mile run, which is something incredibly difficult, talk about Bulldog Mindset huh? Pun aside, Congrats to John on this Achievement, and He’s actually planning on doing the 100-mile run. Way to go.

 

In Other Topics, Chuck Seems to be doing well with the recent experiments and sponsors are arriving, some of them are not but this was expected.

 

Bulldog Mindset is actually growing amongst the whole situation. Good numbers on high paying ticket items, It definitely is paying off trying new stuff.

 

Thought of the week:

 

John - “I was not going to be the guy that gave up on 40, Who does that? Who gives up on 40 on a 50-mile run?”

Jun 9, 2020

We’re Live. What a year it has been, definitely the most interesting ones in decades. All situations aside business has thrive no matter what.

 

Guys start the conversation reviewing various experiments and processes that they have been through the year so far, and actual numbers are not bad at all. Marketing has proven to be the best way to thrive in any kind of situation that comes.

 

On Recent events, guys have a discussion on the racial situation and the riots that are occurring, nevertheless, it’s all about business.

 

Thought of the week:

 

Mani - “Getting anybody to put a lot of money online is a lot of work”

Jun 2, 2020



We’re Live. Chuck starts off with an anecdote about a person that both he and John have done business with, In Fact, had a nice trade with this person which actually made him earn a good amount of signups to his membership plan. Small World huh? 

 

In other topics, Chuck is experimenting with affiliates at the moment. Mani and John Experiment when really well. Actually want to implement this system again because it created great revenue.

 

Guys have started making money in all sorts of different ways, there’s a nice momentum with sales.

 

Thought of the week:

 

John - “So we learned something, start a promotion with someone else list and then as soon as that promotion ends, start a new promotion on your own and you are sure to get sales with this new buyers”

May 26, 2020

 

We’re live. John starts the conversation with a nostalgia train remembering the founding members of Entreprogrammers, also that intro needs to changed LOL.

 

In other topics, chuck is experimenting with his podcast audience and it’s looking for advice from Jhon looking for the best possible outcome.

 

John is actually going through some employee changes, training process, etc. Getting new blood and analyzing what the next step for Simple Programmer will be.

 

Thought of the week:

 

John - “There’s a slow point when you have to refactor your way out”

May 19, 2020

 

We’re Live. John and Mani are currently doing a promotion together through the Simple Programmer Channel, testing different approaches to the current market right now.

 

Turns Out Upsell is working less than expected, which at the moment is really not a bad thing, they are testing the market at the moment so it’s basically a calculated risk. It’s not actually bad but it could definitely be better.

 

Strategies need to be refresh in order for any of this to work, they have an interesting conversation on many possible outcomes and paths they can take.

 

Thought of the week:

 

Mani - “ Leads to Market are not always very impactful”

May 12, 2020

We’re Live. Recently Chuck and John did a small partnership helping out Chuck with some sales using the Simple Programmer Audience, and it worked.

 

Not only worked, but it also did pretty well. 50-50 share and both parties got a nice chunk. But now comes the step, pull up the next step strategy, and look forward to keeping those numbers.

 

Chuck has some ideas, Mani and John offered him solid guidance on the matter.

 

Thought of the week:

 

John - “ IT is always got to improve the strategy, just make sure it is always profitable”

May 5, 2020

 

We’re Live. Great news from the guys. All points out that recent strategies are working on bringing sales home. People are constantly online these days. Chuck made a few alterations on one of his sites design-wise and had a big sales uprising in just one week.

 

John has been applying new strategies as well, and they are working better than expected.

Lots of new stuff that did not work in the past are currently working on this new sales environment.

 

There’s a big room for new ideas and improvement, it’s time to take the calculated risks.

 

Thought of the week:

 

John - “All you need to do is stick to your plan”

Apr 28, 2020

We’re Live. One of the most important things when hiring someone is high levels of communication. For the guys is even more important than delivering the tasks assigned on time, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to follow up with a person to check on pending tasks.

 

Simple emails, chat contact, anything. This has been the case of many hires for the guys and the primary cause of letting go of the employee.

 

In other topics, Mani is trying new stuff with emails that have been working really well and have nop idea why they are working so well. New Business is thriving and needs to in order for anything post-COVID to work.

 

Thought of the week:


Mani - “ So many people out there are screwing up, it’s time to take action”

Apr 21, 2020

We’re Live. The guys start with how many things are being speculated in the market these days. Housing prices especially are going to have a dramatic change among other issues that are just not clear in the present day.

One of the most concerning issues is the gatherings and at what point people are going to feel safe to do this? Many things depend on this.
The only thing that we can do is try to protect our assets.

Thought of the week:

John – “ Businesses Will open eventually, but when will people want to go to them?”

Apr 14, 2020

We’re Live. The Guys start discussing the actual measures that the government is applying during this crisis, essentially they are doing all the wrong things at the wrong time.

 

This is basically going to cost the government and amazing amount of money and the inflation ratio is going to be up the roof by the amount of money printed to cover for everything. This is affecting everybody, even the fast-food worker.

 

The solution is what the guys are proposing right now. Find new ways to make money. That’s it.

 

Thoughts of the week

 

John - ”With these measures, the fast-food worker is going to be making more money being unemployed”

Apr 7, 2020

We’re Live. Mani tells the story to John of How he was on a COVID-19 Isolation Ward. Mani was not infected thankfully but went through a big process just to get in quarantine again al because of simple flu that he had. That’s the situation right now

 

Other topics start analyzing where to invest money during these times, it can get really complicated because the whole situation may last a year, if not more. Solid Plans need to be made but there’s definitely a new path to be walked on.

 

Mani in this point states it clearly, business is dying because they don’t really know what's going to happen, the decisions needed are not made due to lack of knowledge.

 

Thoughts of the week

 

Mani - “The Killer uncertainty is the problem, not the killer itself”

Mar 31, 2020

We’re Live. Chuck and John definitely have been affected by the whole situation. Many businesses are doing stuff for free just to keep clientele. It’s definitely hard times ahead.

 

Regarding the decisions made worldwide, the guys have a discussion on how principles should be taken into account rather than morals or even science. Economic shutdown does help save a lot of lives, but in some cases this an extreme desition to make.

 

The standard business had to fire a big part of his employees in order to stay alive in the market. All decisions have consequences, not only economically but socially speaking.

 

Thoughts of the week:

 

John - “The Name of the game is Survival”

 

Chuck - “People need to take responsibilities for themselves”

Mar 24, 2020

We’re Live. Guys start the conversation debating all the processes that they have been gone through (and the population) due to the lockdown, quarantine, etc. There’s a lot of contradiction with what the government is doing and the constitution, but the bottom line is basically the only way to control a majority of people that are not rational.

 

Another subject comes and it’s that if the virus itself would be 10 times more deadly what would be the reaction of the people? Does it have to be that scary for people to take a pandemic situation seriously?

 

Thought of the week:

 

Mani - “Math is a F*cker, People don’t understand math then we cannot expect people to understand everything.”

Mar 17, 2020

We’re Live. Coronavirus has had a huge effect on the economy in the last passing weeks, and the guys were not left out in this process. John Starts the conversations by telling how he lost a big amount of money on a bad investment due to bad timing and the current situation.

 

This goes for everybody, there’s a big concern amongst entrepreneurs on what exactly to do in these cases. People need to be strategic cause a bad step can make you lose everything in a matter of hours.

 

Stay Indoors and Stay safe.

 

Thought of the week:

  

John – “You Only lose the money when you cash out? That’s a Fallacy that people have”

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