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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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Nov 24, 2020

We’re Live. The guys start the conversation talking about the difference manufacturers on tech right and who’s really got their game on, there’s definitely a lot to choose from especially next year which there’s going to be a lot of new stuff coming.

 

John has taken the decision to quit running, which surprises the guys but overall he has a valid reason, he has definitely come a long way in the running world taking in account that John weighs more than 200 pounds.

 

Chuck has decided to take down some of his podcast shows and ask for advice to the guys on which ones to keep.

 

So Decisions decisions decisions, we all have to make them and they definitely need to be made at the right time.

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “Nvidia is the big winner here”

Nov 17, 2020

We’re live. John received an interesting tweet that could have created a whole new internet drama. It turns out his old publisher was trying to get a book with the same name as John’s Soft Skills Book… the shame.

 

Nevertheless, things were cleared out and they decided to change the name of the book, which is ironic because John was the one that got the term popularized on the Tech Community.

 

As Chuck says, with all the canceled culture and everything the old Tech Community needs to come back, and leave politics aside.

 

Thought of the Week

 

Chuck -  “Let’s bring back the old tech community where we used to help out each other to boost our careers”

Nov 10, 2020

We´re live. Chuck is on the verge of taking an important decision regarding his full-time job, and the entrepreneurship that he wants to keep on doing. But there´s definitely a ton of stuff that comes in the way to do this, it has been a crossroad for Chuck, he has said it out loud. 

 

Nevertheless, Bills need to be paid.

 

The advice is clear from the guys, try not to delay more the whole process, this can make chuck lose the momentum and just stay in the full-time job for an even longer time.

 

In Other Topics, the guys have a discussion on the upcoming promos for Black Friday.

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “You gotta do what you gotta do man, just don´t let it bum you down”



Nov 3, 2020

We’re Live. Chuck is currently training for a marathon and he’s looking forward to an Iron Man. This Triathlon is not a walk in the park, it is compared to a full 50-mile run which is really difficult to do and requires a lot of training.

 

The guys have a conversation on this topic, on how this runs and marathons, the whole purpose of it is to demonstrate to yourself that you are disciplined enough to do it. It is not about winning or even doing the run itself, it’s about the training and dedication

 

Thought of the week 

 

John - “Doing an Iron man without the training does not impress me, what impresses me it’s the whole training that you have to do for 6 months in order to be ready for it”

 

Oct 27, 2020

 

We’re Live. John is currently trying to catch on to some stuff that he needs to do while Chuck is already based on his new full-time job, which he’s not quite happy about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with the job itself, but is just not what he wants to do.

Although time has been quite difficult for Chuck during this process, he has not stopped doing his own thing things have been going well on that side of the business.

Something is clear here, Chuck considers his fulltime-job a waste of time because it is not spent on his own thing.

Thought of the week

Chuck “Try Catching up to stuff you need to do while having a fulltime-job”

Oct 20, 2020

We’re live. John is currently working on some ads that are much longer than ads usually are and it’s struggling to get the right topics and building the whole structure around it.

 

Mani is actually a lot of help on this due to his background and pitches some great ideas in order to build this ad, which is more than 9 mins.

 

In Other Topics, John has a hilarious comment about using masks outside, a not so pleasant encounter while he was doing his run.

 

Thought of the week

 

John - “You have the best example, if I see a man with a gun in the street, I’m not going to approach the guy to tell him that what he’s doing is wrong”

Oct 13, 2020

We’re Live. John Was recently in a conference where he had to some talking and the topic was a bit controversial, it was basically a “Mans man” conference but he had the approach of feminism.

 

Many women were there just to get the perception that will lead them out of the toxic ways of false feminism, for John it was like talking to the enemy and give advice. He had to play an important part in the game where he has to help both sides in the conflict, the best thing about this is that it will always benefit him and his business.

 

In other topics, Mani is currently looking to hire a copywriter for a longterm position, he wants to systemize various places in his business, copywriting is one of them, in other to be ready for any upcoming tasks coming through

 

Thought of the week

 

Mani - “ That’s why it’s called The game”

Sep 29, 2020

We’re live. John Definitely had a hard time during the whole process for the 100 mile race, the whole thing got canceled, he got injured, and he’s signing up for another 100 mile race in texas…

 

I know it’s difficult to believe but is John we are talking about, the situation is a bit different and it probably won’t be canceled. Already started training on a 10 week prior to the race.

 

Other topics, Chuck is looking to do 1 on 1 Coach to complement his main job income. Guys give him advice on this.



Thoughts of the week



John - “It’s hard to drive sale for books for some reason”

 

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”

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