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The Startup Junkies Podcast

The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and the team at Startup Junkie. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe, and together we'll take your business to the next level.
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This is the Startup Junkies Podcast. These are the stories of the people that are afflicted with creating the next great products and services that are going to change lives - not just in America, but worldwide. We're going to tell the stories of the next great beer producer, products and apparel makers, and the stories of people that don't accept the status quo and that want to make things better. 

Welcome to the Startup Junkies Podcast.

May 24, 2021

Summary

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!

In this episode, Dwain Hebda and Kelli Reep discuss solopreneurship and freelancing with Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward.  Dwain is the founder of Ya!Mule Wordsmiths and Kelli founded Flywrite Communications, both of which are Public Relations and Journalist agencies.  They discuss engaging readers with a story, drumming up your own business, deciding when to go full-time, and much more!  Thanks for listening!

 

Shownotes

(1:15) Introducing Dwain Hebda and Kelli Reep

(8:34) Driving your own ship as a solopreneur

(13:56) Telling a story that engages with readers

(18:59) How simplified language and a 24-hour news cycle affects communication

(22:12) Outsourcing accounting and legal responsibilities to stay above board

(29:35) Deciding to freelance full-time

(36:19) Advice for the younger self

(39:31) Wrap up

 

Links

Caleb Talley

Jeff Amerine

Matthew Ward

Dwain Hebda

Ya!Mule Wordsmiths

Kelli Reep    

 

Quotes

If you can’t sell – and in this case, sell yourself – people are not just lining up outside your door because you announced to the world that you can put a sentence together.  It doesn’t work that way.” (9:56)

 

You have to be able to build a compelling case as to why you are going to be an expense for them that month.  You have to be able to demonstrate how this is going to pay off and you have to demonstrate how you taking it off their hands actually save them money.” (10:47)

 

You really do need a couple of members of your team who are versed in something you’re not versed in.  And in my particular case, the best hire I ever made, the best money I spend year in and year out is an experienced accountant who could guide me through a number of different things early on.” (23:09)

 

Had I jumped out on my own based on the first magazine article that I landed, I’d have been hungry really, really quick, and it just wouldn’t have worked.” (32:15)

 

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