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The Tropical MBA Podcast aims to show you the inside story of the people who are building "micro-multinational" businesses while they travel the world. We are interested in entrepreneurship, travel, internationalization, and personal freedom. Join 1,000's of listeners from all around the world, every Thursday morning.

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The Tropical MBA Podcast aims to show you the inside story of the people who are building "micro-multinational" businesses while they travel the world. We are interested in entrepreneurship, travel, internationalization, and personal freedom. Join 1,000's of listeners from all around the world, every Thursday morning.

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Travel + Business

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Great combo of business, travel, entrepreneurship, and much more. Great stuff!

Dunc’d On Basketball

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Entertaining conversations with interesting guests. Fantastic interview flow and energy!

iTunes Ratings

400 Ratings
Average Ratings
377
8
8
2
5

Travel + Business

By E_listener - Apr 15 2017
Read more
Great combo of business, travel, entrepreneurship, and much more. Great stuff!

Dunc’d On Basketball

By Posworkspace - Nov 09 2016
Read more
Entertaining conversations with interesting guests. Fantastic interview flow and energy!

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The Tropical MBA Podcast aims to show you the inside story of the people who are building "micro-multinational" businesses while they travel the world. We are interested in entrepreneurship, travel, internationalization, and personal freedom. Join 1,000's of listeners from all around the world, every Thursday morning.

TMBA513: How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian invited Nick Huber on to the show to talk about his storage business Storage Squad.

During that conversation, Nick shared the story of how he built a successful "old school" business by applying his technical knowledge to a less competitive market.

After we stopped recording, that conversation took an interesting turn when Nick started opening up to us about his philosophy for building labor-intensive businesses that he likes to call "Sweaty Startups".

On today's podcast, we've invited Nick back to share some of those philosophies, with a focus on the types of business models that he is attracted to, as well as the ones that he isn't particularly fond of.

Oct 03 2019

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Episode 390: TMBA390: How to Get Better at Sales

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/salestechniques/ One of the topics that Dan and Ian have repeatedly been asked to talk about on this show is sales.

The reality for the majority of the entrepreneurs who listen to this show is that their businesses live or die by their sales funnel. It's also one of the number one things that entrepreneurs struggle to get good at.

When Dan and Ian decided to do this episode, they knew there was only one person that they could call to talk about how to really get better at sales.
John Logar is an extremely talented and successful salesperson, and he has always been very generous about sharing his advice on sales.

On this week's show, John shares some of those insights, including a 4 step daily process that John guarantees will bring you more sales.

This isn't going to be a drive by, top ten list type of an episode. This is a deep dive into the type of skills and habits that will help you build a better, more profitable sales funnel for your business.

May 25 2017

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Episode 282: TMBA282: Starting With Productized Services: Learn a Skill, Package It For Sale, Then Scale

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/shopifyninjas/ A few weeks ago we did a show called "An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea". We got so much great feedback from that episode, and looking back at it, we realized it has become part of a series that we have developed about productized services. This episode is the natural progression of that series. The first person that I thought of when I wanted to continue that discussion was Tristan King from ShopifyNinjas.com. Tristan has a lot of thoughts on how you can build productized marketing services and scale them. He will also be sharing his view and advice for getting started from somebody in their third year of a productized services business, and a few of his business ideas that he believes could be winners for the TropicalMBA listeners looking to start a business.

Feb 19 2015

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TMBA499: 5 Approaches to Getting Rich

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Hosting this podcast has allowed Dan and Ian to meet thousands of entrepreneurs over the last several years.

Many of those entrepreneurs have gone on to become very wealthy people, and throughout our conversations with those people, we have found some common threads to the ways that wealthy people behave.

One constant we've discovered is that you have to have a strategy for becoming wealthy and that there are several common strategies that people use to varying degrees of success.

On today's show, we are going to be talking about five of the most common strategies to get rich that we have seen, which of those strategies resonate with us, and a whole lot more.

Jun 27 2019

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Episode 278: TMBA278: An Episode For Those Who Need a Business Idea

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/businessideas/ Back when Ian and I were working a 9-to-5, we were dreaming up all kinds of ideas to start a business. Over the years, we've discovered what we like to call the Business Idea Paradox; When you need these ideas the most, they are the hardest to come by. Ian and I have decided to donate some of our business ideas that we don't have the time or resources to pursue. We've also reached out to our listeners who have donated some of their own business ideas for this episode and shared their thoughts about what kinds of businesses they would really like to see.

Jan 22 2015

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Episode 201: TMBA201 (TTR37) – How Hyperfocus In Your Marketing Can Lead To Broader Business Opportunities

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/focused-marketing-business-opportunities/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan chats with...

Jul 19 2013

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Episode 231: TMBA 231: Narrative Fallacy and the New Faces of the Digital Nomad Movement

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/roundtable/ *** Are you interested in attending our high level mastermind in April or May? If you can fill out this brief survey, we’ll send you more details shortly. *** In this week’s episode, we’re decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve invited several of my friends from the Dynamite Circle on to...

Feb 13 2014

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Episode 224: TMBA 224: Listener Questions, Like : “I Make $1,000 a Month, Now What?”

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/1k/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/1k/ Since an angry fish seemed to have cut the internet wire in the ocean, Ian and I are cut off from one another. In his stead, Jesse “The Dominator” Lawler has stepped up to bring value to the masses. The listener questions continue to get better and better, so The Dominator and I are...

Dec 26 2013

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Episode 237: TMBA 237: Thoughts On the Costs and Logistics of Location Independent Living

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/locationindependent/ This week one of our listeners challenged us to explain the detailed costs of the location independent lifestyle. We’ll talk about how to set up your business so you can become location independent and some general principles we’ve learned over the years about the ‘live and work’ anywhere mindset. Listen to this week’s show...

Mar 27 2014

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Episode 375: TMBA375: How 100s Of Young Entrepreneurs are Making Generational Wealth in Less Than 5 Years

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/makemoneywithamazon/ In the past, Dan and Ian have explored what they like to call the "Amazon Gold Rush" on this podcast.

Today's show is inspired by someone that Dan recently spent some time with who is knee deep in that movement. Kevin Graham is the founder of Bulk Buy Hosting, but he has also made a considerable amount of money through his own Amazon affiliate business.

The Amazon ecosystem is a huge opportunity, and is creating generational wealth for many crafty, young entrepreneurs.

Kevin has had this kind of success, and on this episode, we will walk you through every step of how to create one of these businesses and get them ranking in search engines.

This is one of the most business-focused episodes we have ever done on this podcast. If you are considering this path in your online business ventures, this is the episode for you.

Feb 09 2017

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Episode 186: TMBA 186 (LBP154) – How Profitable Niche Selection Really Works: Rip Pivot and Jam Redux

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/profitable-niche-selection-rip-pivot-jam-redux/ This week Dan and Ian are back in Saigon and are pumped to bring you this episode that’s chalked full of actionable methods and business frameworks.  The Rip, Pivot and Jam is one of the fellas’ favorite business concepts so this episode is dedicated to helping you get the most from it. Running a...

May 02 2013

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Episode 297: TMBA297: Why You’re Going To Have To Become an Entrepreneur Eventually (So You Might as Well Do It Now)

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/endofjobs/ This week longtime friend of the show Taylor Pearson drops by to talk about his new book, The End of Jobs. We don't typically invite guests on to the show to promote their books, but Taylor has had such a huge part in the growth of our product business. His new book also stemmed in part from some discussions that the two of us had after the Dynamite Circle Conference in Bangkok last October. On this week's episode, we're gonna talk all about why Taylor decided to write this book, the books that are defining this exciting location-independent movement, and why the jobs that were once considered the safest are now being called into question.

Jun 19 2015

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TMBA461: The 40% Rule

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/40percentrule/ If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, you would know that one of the major motivations for Dan and Ian in life is creating the freedom to live life on your own terms.

That freedom can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

On recent episodes, we have spoken about how entrepreneurship shares a lot in common with the FIRE (Financially Independent, Retire Early) community.

One of the tenents of FIRE philosophy is The 4% Rule, which is the practice of saving and investing enough money that it will allow you to withdraw 4% of that income every year to live off of. 

In order for that rule to work, though, you would need to save 1 million dollars to live on a modest income of $40,000 annually. That can be a tall order for people who are on a small salary.

Enter Jase Rodley. Jase recently wrote a piece called The 40% Rule, which addresses this idea head-on. The 40% Rule is an investment strategy that allows people to concentrate on returns from modest investments, while still allowing themselves to "stay in the game".

On today's episode, Jase discusses The 40% Rule, the business that he is currently building, and how his experience with that business has informed his investment strategies.

Oct 04 2018

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Episode 428: TMBA428: A Critique of Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/4hourworkweekcritique/ A recent episode of Tim Ferriss' podcast caught the attention of Dan and Ian.

The title of that episode was "The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited".

For those who are unfamiliar, Tim is the author of The 4-Hour-Workweek, which is easily the most influential book in our community of location-independent entrepreneurs.

The book is ten years old, and perhaps because of its prominence, it has received quite a few criticisms, many of which Tim addressed in his podcast.

In this episode, Dan and Ian discuss their thoughts on Tim's podcast, the themes presented in his book, and why The 4-Hour Workweek is still such an important part of the entrepreneurial zeitgeist a decade after it was released.

Feb 15 2018

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Episode 307: TMBA307: The One Where a Business Starts on the Show

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/productized/ Today we are going to be doing something really special. A new business is actually starting on this week's show. We've been having a lot of trouble with email marketing lately. We're on a very basic email marketing platform and we have kind of outgrown it. There are more robust email platforms out there, but a lot of them are really expensive and hard to operate. Eventually we discovered that Drip was the perfect platform for us, but we didn't want to commit the man hours to learning to use it. I reached out on Twitter to ask if anyone was interested in starting a SWaS business around the Drip platform. Jeff Pecaro was the man who answered the call. We invited Jeff on to the show this week to give our listeners an inside look on what it's really like to launch a Productized Service business.

Sep 24 2015

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TMBA453: What’s The First Step To Becoming an Entrepreneur?

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/millennialrevolution/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/millennialrevolution/ Podcast 56:28 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment This week, Dan and Ian are talking about the very first step to creating a lifestyle business. Contrary to popular belief, that is not quitting your job or coming up with a business idea. It begins with your personal finances. We’re talking about treating your bank account,...

Aug 09 2018

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Episode 218: TMBA 218 : The Consultant’s Handbook – How to Make Location Independent Income Quickly

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/consulting/ We’ve gotten a few phone calls recently that set us off on a path to the discussion we had this week on the Tropical MBA Podcast. Making location independent income quickly is very doable, especially going the route of the consultant. There are a few keys to making it work the right way and...

Nov 14 2013

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Episode 222: TMBA 222: The Full Story Behind Our First Niche

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/valetparking/ For a variety of reasons, Ian and I have never spoken openly about the first successful B2B business we ever started– TheValetSpot.com. This week we are going to change all that and go into the details of how that business got started, how we won market share, and what we are doing to grow...

Dec 12 2013

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Episode 191: TMBA 191 (TTR34) – A Roadmap (with Case Study) For Replacing Your Salary in Less Than 6 Months

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/tmba-34-a-roadmap-case-study-for-replacing-your-salary-in-less-than-half-a-year/ –>Click here to subscribe to Tropical Talk Radio in iTunes. –>Leave me a message, question, or comment for the show. It’s time for another Tropical Talk Radio podcast, which gets published  Friday afternoons (Hong Kong time). Here’s the link to subscribe in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. This week Dan talks to...

May 31 2013

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Episode 324: TMBA324: The Amazon Gold Rush

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http://www.tropicalmba.com/amazongold/ Throughout the history of the internet, there have been many different entrepreneurial opportunities. People who got in on these opportunities early have historically found an incredible amount of success. What we've seen in 2016 is that the people who have gotten into the Amazon ecosystem early on are starting to see the fruits of that decision. This week, Dan and Ian have put together a unique round table discussion with a few of those people; Greg Mercer of Jungle Scout, Brad DeGraw of Amazon Sherpa and Kiri Masters of Bobsled Marketing. They will be sharing their tips, tricks and tools on how to make the Amazon platform work for you.

Feb 18 2016

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TMBA522: The Digital Nomad Lie

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We've seen a lot of conversations recently in the location independent lifestyle space about something we like to call "The Digital Nomad Lie".

The general concept is that being location independent is not everything that it's cracked up to be, and that the idea that you can have it all while sipping coconuts on the beach is simply a myth.

It's not surprising then that we've seen a rise in blogs and think pieces by digital nomads that are exhausted from travel and yearning to settle down.

But why are people feeling this way? At the heart of it, there may be many misconceptions and mistakes that we can make in the way that we think about travel.

We've invited our good friend and esteemed author Kyla Gardner on to the show this week to share some of her experiences living a location independent lifestyle, her biggest travel mistakes, and whether the promise of the digital nomad lifestyle is fact or fiction.

Dec 05 2019

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TMBA521: Is the RV Lifestyle Right For You?

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So many people listening to this podcast are looking for the kind of freedom that allows them to travel the world.

It's no wonder then that Recreational Vehicles or "RVs" have become increasingly popular in the entrepreneurial space in recent years.

If you recall, last year we spoke to Ian's friend and mentor Corey Reueth on this podcast about his experiences buying and selling cars and recreational vehicles.

In today's episode, Corey and Ian are having an in-depth discussion about the RV lifestyle.

You'll hear about the different types of RVs on the market, the benefits and drawbacks to each of them, how much it costs to purchase an RV, and what RV living actually looks like.

Nov 28 2019

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TMBA520: The Re-Readables: Purple Cow

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Today's podcast is another installment of our ongoing series called "The Re-Readables", where we revisit some of our favorite business books to see if they stand the test of time.

This week, we've invited author and online entrepreneur Kyla Gardner back on to the show to talk about the classic marketing book Purple Cow by Seth Godin.

Kyla joins us this week to discuss which ideas from Purple Cow have aged the best, which ideas have aged the worst, and how we have utilized some of the "Purple Cow" strategies in our own entrepreneurial careers. 

Nov 21 2019

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TMBA519: Chasing Growth: What Happens When Your Business Burns You Out?

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We first spoke to Kevin Graham on this podcast two years ago in what ended up becoming a somewhat controversial episode about building generational wealth on Amazon.

Since then, it has become a sort of annual tradition for Kevin to return to the show and update us about his entrepreneurial journey.

Last year, he shared his thoughts on "The Helsinki Bus Theory" and his decision to start a web hosting business, which has since become SiteArrow.

Since we last spoke, Kevin had adopted a bold strategy of rapid growth, acquiring 9 different businesses in less than a year.

That plan ended up being more than he bargained for, though, and he found himself working long hours, getting into unhealthy habits, and ultimately feeling extremely burned out.

Kevin joins us today to talk about the perils of chasing growth, the steps that he's taken to course-correct, and the three principles that he has adopted to avoid getting burned out in the future.

Nov 14 2019

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TMBA518: 5 Insights About the Entrepreneurial Community in 2019

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A few weeks ago, we hosted hundreds of listeners of this podcast in Bangkok for our eighth annual DC BKK event.

Every year we learn more about the entrepreneurs that join us in Thailand. We get to have conversations with some extraordinary people, hear about their successes and their struggles, and get an inside look at the way that internet businesses are being run.

On this week's episode, we are sharing five specific insights that we took away from our experience in Bangkok this year, and discussing what those insights mean about the entrepreneurial community at large in 2019.

Nov 07 2019

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TMBA517: From High School Dropout to Seven Figure Exit

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A few weeks ago, we shared a conversation about "Sweaty Startups", and how we can use internet business skills to compete and win in traditional, physical services industries.

This topic really struck a chord, and we've received a ton of feedback from listeners who want to hear more about these kinds of opportunities.

Enter Eric Gilbert Williams, an entrepreneur who grew his Canadian-based roofing company to 6 million dollars in annual revenue before he sold it last year.

In his teenage years, Eric dropped out of high school and got arrested for selling drugs before eventually turning to entrepreneurship as a source of redemption.

Eric joins us on today's podcast to share his remarkable story.

Oct 31 2019

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TMBA516: Dan and Ian: The Full Backstory. Part 2

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In last week's episode, we took a look at the early days of Dan and Ian's relationship and the circumstances that led to their business partnership.

Today's podcast is the second part of that series, and it's all about the next chapter.

In this episode, you'll hear how Dan and Ian bought their business partner out of their product company, the origins of this podcast, how they started their membership community The Dynamite Circle, and much more.

Oct 24 2019

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TMBA515: Dan and Ian: The Full Backstory. Part 1

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In the ten years that Dan and Ian have been recording this podcast, the number one thing that they hear from listeners is that they want to know more about their story.

Today's episode is the first part of a two-part documentary series where Dan and Ian open up about their own personal history.

In this episode, you will hear why they each decided to move to San Diego, California, the circumstances that led to their meeting, how they became friends, and ultimately how they decided to become business partners.

Oct 17 2019

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TMBA514: Mailbag: The Complexity of Cashflow

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One of Dan and Ian's favorite things to do is to reach into the mailbag to answer questions from listeners of this show and today they are doing just that.

On this week's podcast, you'll hear answers to listener-submitted questions on a variety of topics including how to think about cash flow in your business, what makes a good entrepreneurmobile in 2019, and more.

Stick around until the end of the episode for an in-depth update on Dynamite Deals.

Oct 10 2019

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TMBA513: How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian invited Nick Huber on to the show to talk about his storage business Storage Squad.

During that conversation, Nick shared the story of how he built a successful "old school" business by applying his technical knowledge to a less competitive market.

After we stopped recording, that conversation took an interesting turn when Nick started opening up to us about his philosophy for building labor-intensive businesses that he likes to call "Sweaty Startups".

On today's podcast, we've invited Nick back to share some of those philosophies, with a focus on the types of business models that he is attracted to, as well as the ones that he isn't particularly fond of.

Oct 03 2019

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TMBA512: What Happens When Your Product Gets Suspended By Amazon?

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Dan and Ian opened up on this podcast recently about a cease and desist letter that they received.

Today's guest heard that episode and was compelled to share his own story about a similar legal battle.

Dylan Smith is the co-founder of Keg Smiths, a company that manufactures and sells mini beer kegs, and he has received his fair share of cease and desist letters in his entrepreneurial career.

Dylan joins us this week to share a riveting story about how a cease and desist letter led to his products being removed from Amazon, the ramifications of that experience, and how he was able to ultimately win out and get his products back on Amazon.

Make sure to stick around until the end of the podcast to hear this week's Dynamite Deal, which includes a deep discount for legal services for entrepreneurs. 

Sep 26 2019

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TMBA511: The 10 Year Career - Wealth in the Modern Age

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Today's episode features an in-depth look into one particular entrepreneurial journey that Dan and Ian have been following for a decade.

Longtime listeners will certainly be familiar with Travis Jamison.

Travis has joined us on this show many times in the past, and you've likely heard ads for his newest company Smash Digital on the show in recent weeks.

Travis has been on a pretty epic journey since we first met, not just living and working in many countries, but he has become a hugely successful entrepreneur as well.

We invited Travis back on to the show this week to share his unbelievable story.

You'll hear how he started a supplement company and scaled it almost entirely through SEO, how he transitioned to SEO services, how he then shifted into SEO for Amazon sellers with AMZ Tracker, and how he made some judicious exits from those companies, which has allowed him to take equity stakes in a dozen or more start-ups with the investment arm of his new company.

Sep 19 2019

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TMBA510: Driven to Distraction

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One of Dan and Ian's favorite things to talk about on this show is the role that technology plays in our lives.

They are particularly curious about the ways that new technology and social media can affect our ability to be productive and successful entrepreneurs.

Today's guest is a bonafide expert when it comes to technological addiction and how to fight it.

Nir Eyal is an accomplished and thoughtful writer on the topic of behavioral design.

Nir gained notoriety for writing the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and he is also the author of an excellent blog at NirAndFar.com.

We have invited him on to the podcast today to talk about his new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

Indistractable is all about making sure technology takes an appropriate place in your life, and how we can find more space in our own lives to be present and productive.

Stick around to the end of the show to hear a brand new feature on this podcast, which includes a very exclusive offer for listeners of this show.

Sep 12 2019

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TMBA509: The Difference Between Value and Money

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A listener of this podcast recently reached out to Dan and Ian to let them know what he was up to.

They were so inspired by his story of "old-school" entrepreneurship that they knew they needed to invite him on to the show to share it.

Nick Huber is one of the founders of Storage Squad, a storage company that he started with his business partner Dan in 2011 and has grown to nearly 3 million dollars in sales. Recently, they have begun diversifying into self-storage as well.

Nick joins us this week to share the story of Storage Squad, how he and Dan got it off the ground while they were still in college, how they have expanded it to other colleges throughout the United States, and the advantages of running a location-dependent business remotely.

Sep 05 2019

43mins

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TMBA508: The 4,000 Day Rule

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Dan and Ian are well aware that the entrepreneurial journey isn't made up entirely of success stories.

Many entrepreneurs listening to this podcast are struggling right now.

They might be on the fence about becoming an entrepreneur or reconsidering their decision to become one in the first place.

We've talked many times on this podcast about the "1,000 Day Rule"; this idea that it takes roughly 1,000 days of serious hard work to replace the money that you make from your job.

Anders Ronnau recently posted in our private community The Dynamite Circle about his own twist on this idea, which he calls "The 4,000 Day Rule".

He proposes that after 4,000 days, or roughly ten years, if you haven't had meaningful success building a business for yourself, then you probably need to get a job.

We've invited Anders on to the show this week to talk about that rule and to share his own story about how running a business isolated him, and why he ultimately decided he needed to stop being an entrepreneur.

Aug 29 2019

43mins

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TMBA507: 50,000 Dollars a Month From One Blog Post?!

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Today's episode is all about something that Dan and Ian still find magical about entrepreneurship.

That is, if you find the right thing to write about, the internet will still allow you to make a great living off of it.

This week's guest was able to do exactly that with essentially one blog post.

Ryan Robinson is the host of a podcast called The Side Hustle Project and he runs a fantastic blog over at RyRob.com.

He recently wrote a piece on his that blog about how to start a blog and make money from it, and that post went on to become the most successful piece of content he has created.

On today's show, Ryan joins us to share some great insights about that post, as well as some strategies for creating content that makes money, and some actionable tips for getting started today.

Aug 22 2019

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TMBA506: The Power of In Person

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Dan and Ian recently came across a question in their private forum, The Dynamite Circle.

"How important has your network been to your success?"

The power of having the right connections is absolutely fundamental to growing a business, especially a location independent one.

On today's episode, we are sharing some of our own personal approaches to networking. These are useful whether you're going to a conference, picking up a phone, or talking to people in your industry.

We're also going to discuss some specific networking archetypes we've seen, and how you might develop your own personal strategy for networking.

Aug 15 2019

47mins

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TMBA505: How to Choose Your Own Product

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A few weeks ago on this podcast, Dan and Ian were talking about some of their biggest pet peeves.

In that episode, Ian lamented that the quality of flip flops available for purchase had drastically declined.

What happened next should come as no surprise. A few listeners of this show reached out to us to let us know that they had started their own product business manufacturing flip flops.

Jeremy Stewart is the co-founder of Hari Mari, which he started with his wife Leila. Hari Mari manufactures and sells premium flip flops across the globe.

On today's episode, Jeremy joins us to talk about how their company was founded, how his experience as a political consultant helped Hari Mari grow, and how they were able to go from ground zero to having their products sold in big box retail stores.

Aug 08 2019

51mins

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TMBA504: Mailbag: From the Hamster Wheel to the Flywheel

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Dan and Ian love hearing from listeners of this show.

So many times, people reach out to us with thoughtful questions, and one of our favorite things to do is to answer them on this podcast.

On today's episode, we are reaching into the mailbag to answer a variety of questions that you submitted to us via email or voicemail.

We'll be discussing a broad range of topics including how long it really takes to get your business off the ground, leveraging locations at the various stages of your entrepreneurial journey, the dilemmas of sustainability, and a whole lot more.

Aug 01 2019

44mins

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TMBA503: What's Your 'Founder Fit'?

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Dan and Ian have seen it time and time again where entrepreneurs can sort of hit a brick wall with their business. But what if the problem doesn't lie with you, but with the type of business you're running? Sometimes people can possess all of the right skills to be successful, but they haven't put themselves in the right situation to succeed.

Today's episode is all about "Founder Fit", or the idea that the business you are working on should be the right kind of project that suits your skillset. We'll be discussing four different founder archetypes that we've seen, what their secret weapons are, and which sorts of businesses we believe are best suited for each of these entrepreneurs. We'll also be sharing some of our favorite resources for each type of entrepreneur.

Jul 25 2019

30mins

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