Ryan owns WEBRIS, which provides both agency services and online training courses for marketers. He is living proof that in today’s world, even non-entrepreneurs can build a business.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
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- [01:05] – Ryan started out in big consulting and moved into launching his own business
- [02:00] – Ryan generates 75% of his revenue from end-to-end digital marketing services
- [02:19] – Just launched his first training course, which generated 6 figures in revenue
- [03:48] – “Whatever you do and sell has to be absolutely top quality”
- [05:05] – Created a course that has a blueprint and highly actionable points
- [05:50] – How did you market the course?
- [06:12] – Created free content to find traffic that could be retargeted
- [07:56] – “Don’t get people to the landing page – get them to your valuable content”
- [09:35] – Total ad spend for his launch was around $900
- [10:27] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: The 3rd time Ryan tried to launch a business, he was cut out by his partner overnight
- [11:45] – Worst moments can clear the air and give you more time, energy and bandwidth
- [12:34] – “Keep pushing – and have faith in your own abilities”
- [14:20] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: Realizing that he could build a business on the side while keeping his job
- [17:05] – “Get started. It’s the hardest part. Just pick something, and get started.”
- [18:31] – Biggest weakness? – “I’m cynical. And I find it hard to delegate”
- [19:27] – Biggest strength? – “My competitive nature. I love the work that goes into winning”
- [20:58] – What has Ryan most fired up today? “The opportunities that exist today”
- [22:49] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “Culture and fear”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “You can do what you love and get by, or do what you have to do to live the life you love.”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “Eat right, sleep right, get up early, get it done.”
- Share an internet resource, like Evernote, with Fire Nation – The entire Google Drive suite
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Ask Gary Vee
- [25:53] – Parting piece of guidance: “You do not have to be the Gary V type. You don’t have to go all in”
- 26:29 – Connect with Ryan at Webris or on Facebook
3 Key Points:
- You’re going to fail. Accept those first failures, learn from them, and keep going
- You don’t have to be Gary Vaynerchuk. Not every entrepreneur goes all in. Keep your job, start small, and be patient.
- Have faith in yourself and your own abilities.
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- Ask Gary Vee – Ryan’s top business book
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