Author: Nick

#177 – Business idea- $1000 a week installing hitches

Show notes from episode #177 of The Sweaty Startup Podcast. One of Nick’s favorite things to do is look for simple businesses that you can charge upwards of $100 an hour. This week he discovered another option with hitch installations. Nick recently bought a truck and realized it didn’t have a trailer hitch receiver on […]

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June 8, 2020 3 mins read

Business Ideas Part 1 – Lawn Care, Christmas Lights, Mobile Locksmith

Show notes from Episode #122 of the Sweaty Startup Podcast. This is the first episode of a new series called Business I Love, where Nick will speak with guests on the show about industries that offer a lot of opportunity for sweaty startups to jump in and find success. For more businesses Nick loves check […]

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December 15, 2019 4 mins read


My brother Andrew, owner of The Lawn Squad, and I were in the market for a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software to utilize as his business scaled. He didn’t have time to prepare quotes, make schedules, send invoices and collect payment all while staying organized. We shopped for several days, looked at many companies, got […]

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December 13, 2019 2 mins read

Don’t try to re-invent the wheel with entrepreneurship

Show notes from podcast episode 121. You have to be really good, have money, and have a lot of luck to make a new revolutionary idea work. There are a lot of bad businesses out there right now making good money. Some of them suck at sales. Some suck at recruiting. Or marketing. Or SEO. […]

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December 10, 2019 2 mins read

Building a Self Storage Empire Part 2 – The first month in the books

The first month is in the books in Erie and Pittsburgh at our self storage facilities. Pittsburgh is cruising right along. We paid $472k for the property with 20% down ($95k). We generated $6,244 in revenue in our first month and had $3,907 in expenses (including $996 in principle) for $2,337 in profit. Our Annual […]

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December 4, 2019 3 mins read

Profit and Loss – Lawn Care and Weed Control with The Lawn Squad

How much money does a lawn care company make? This full time owner with a part time employee generated over $100,000 in revenue and $70,000 in profit working 54 hours per week for 32 weeks over the summer. AND he graduated from a top 15 business school in the middle of his busiest month. Impressive! […]

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December 2, 2019 9 mins read

Mastering Local SEO with Kevin Graham – Part 1

Show notes from Episode 118 of the Sweaty Startup podcast. Sponsored by Jobber. Kevin Graham sparked my interest when he appeared on one of my favorite episodes of the Tropical MBA podcast talking about making money with Amazon Affiliate links. It was recorded back in 2017. It was a game of SEO – ranking on […]

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November 27, 2019 6 mins read

How to start a junk hauling business with Sam Evans

Show notes from episode 117 of the Sweaty Startup podcast. After graduating from Penn State, Sam Evans made an unconventional choice for himself in forgoing a traditional post-graduation career to continue the junk removal service that he had launched two years. While friends of his were taking corporate jobs throughout the east coast, Sam stuck […]

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November 25, 2019 3 mins read

How to start a digital marketing agency

Show notes from podcast episode 112. Determination and energy, keys to a successful entrepreneur, can also lead to overcommitment. Letting scope creep get the best of you can lead to clients demanding more of your time for the same price, and may negatively impact the work you’re producing.  Today’s caller, Nico, is just a few […]

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November 13, 2019 3 mins read

Remember this before you delegate

Delegation + crappy systems = more problems. Delegation + good systems = more productivity. Delegation is important and it is the only way to scale. But if you delegate before you create bombproof systems you’ll do nothing but amplify your problems and stress. So don’t just start to delegate and figure it out as you […]

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November 3, 2019 1 min read
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Businesses I Love

These are all businesses and markets that I love. The competition is weak. The market is growing. The costs and risks are low. The odds are good. You can analyze the market and make accurate decisions on where there is opportunity to thrive. You can win. Start small. Start low skilled and low risk if […]

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This is an analytical approach to identifying and exploring new business opportunities. This is designed around service based businesses but the concepts can be applied to any business. In order to compete you need to have a competitive advantage in one of three areas: speed, price or quality. The goal here is to look for […]

179: How profitable is a self storage facility?

In today’s episode, Nick talks about a self-storage facility that he and his partner bought in July of 2019. He goes over the numbers of buying it, operating it, and income from units being rented out, as well as expenses. His goal is to show you just how profitable a self-storage facility is. This property […]

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Notes from Podcast Episode 4. These are the essential tools you can use to start your business cheaply and have all the tools you need to operate right off the bat. Step 1: Generate your idea Consider using this guide as a resource. You can also take a look at this list of businesses I […]

Businesses I Hate

Prefer a more positive outlook? Check out the businesses I love. I don’t like businesses that have a lot of passionate people involved. Businesses that are fun and are a lot of people’s hobbies. Passionate people think with their hearts instead of analyzing the markets. Passionate people make poor decisions. Passionate people start companies because […]

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