Posts Categorized: Bootstrapping

The Ship by September Challenge

Let’s talk about That Thing. You know, That Thing you want to work on. That Thing you dream of finishing. That Thing that’s sitting, unfinished (or unstarted) on your desk or your hard drive. Or, uh, a vague dream only in your head. You keep saying you “need to find the time” to work on… Read more »

The sounds of self-sabotage

I bought the book, but I didn’t read it! … I skipped the steps and it didn’t work! It will never work! It’s a lie! I’m a failure! I suck! This sucks! Screw everything! … I can’t possibly set a price on my product and make the case for its value… I’ll make my potential… Read more »

The 24-Hour Book Challenge — A Six Month Update

On December 2nd, I sat down, created an outline, and started writing. 24 hours later, I launched the first (beta) version of my first biz book, Just Fucking Ship. After a couple more weeks of work, I shipped the final(ish) version. Then it was Christmas — New Year’s — time to get our new office… Read more »

Be Your Own Angel – a revenue model for slow startups

Yes, recurring revenue grows sloooooowly. How do you, founder of a baby bootstrapping biz, survive the lean year or two before it can pay all your bills? Well, I have a strategy. I call it Be Your Own Angel. Last week, I gave a talk about it — in greater detail than ever before! —… Read more »

What does ’30×500′ even mean?

April, 2010. The party bus was rolling down the highway from Dublin to Kilkenny; it was upholstered in sparkly red and orange vinyl and full of my favorite kind of nerd, and I was perched on the stool in front with a mic clutched in my hand. I had just finished an impromptu little story… Read more »

What I learned making a living on eBay

Scene: A fancy tapas restaurant. Dark wood tables and candle lighting. Me and my business partner, Alex. As the ham croquettes arrive, I whip out my iPhone and tell Alex, “Just a sec, I need to bid on an auction.” He laughs at me. He calls me a crazy chair lady. I laugh too, because… Read more »

So, you’ve got some Safari and ebombs. Now what?

ebomb, n – our special 30×500 term for actionable educational content marketing. Yeah, cuz that’s a mouthful. So drop a knowledge bomb on ‘em. Ebomb ‘em. “So, I took the 30×500 Bootcamp in November of 2013 and learned a lot. The main thing that stuck out in my mind as this Giant To-Do was the… Read more »