Dan Norris is a driven and relentless entrepreneur with an obsession for the web and content marketing specifically. His content has been described by the godfather himself, Joe Pulizzi, as ‘must read’, and this year he was voted Australia’s Top Small Business Blogger by Australia’s largest business magazine (Smarter Business Ideas Magazine).
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- “Boredom is the opposite of happiness.” – Tim Ferriss
- Dan spent $60k, an entire year and an incredible amount of energy on a product that was losing $1500 a month. Listen to what he did to turn it all around!
1. Don’t get distracted by startup buzz
2. Every validation metric other than payments are useless (people saying they’ll pay, tech coverage, surveys, email optins, trials)
3. MVP’s for software companies are not easy
4. Make money as early as possible
5. Building a SaaS business takes time
Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment
- Dan’s $500 Question: Make a list of the top 10 startups doing content marketing. Offer to write for them for free for a month on the condition that they link back to my site in my bio. On my site, have a fixed price blog post writing service of $500 per post and the ability to book in six jobs per month. That gets income sorted. Then, start brainstorming scalable business ideas, choose one, take payments as soon as possible and work on it until I replace the writing income. Taking on less and less jobs as I grow the business.
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Small Business Resource
- Google Drive: Access everywhere; Store files safely; Collaborate with Google Docs.
Best Business Book
- Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
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