Category: Ask Nick

Should I buy a franchise? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What should I think about?

Show notes from Podcast episode 69. Hi this is Drew from Brisbane – one of my business ideas is around beer line tap cleaning. There is a franchise in my area that I could buy into for a reasonable price. With the fees you pay they provide support and training however I have a technology background […]

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July 17, 2019 8 mins read

Should I take over a family business? What steps should I take before jumping in? (ep 66)

Show notes from Podcast Episode 66. Hey Nick it John from Vancouver. What are your thoughts on taking over a family business? I think if you analyze it right and take the right steps its an amazing opportunity to own a business that is years ahead of one you might otherwise start. You can also likely […]

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July 8, 2019 12 mins read

How to launch and build a videography business – applicable to any B2B service and most home services (ep 64)

Show notes from Podcast Episode 65. “Hey Nick this is Andy from Louisville KY and I’m a wedding videographer. I’m looking to expand into the corporate market making videos for small businesses, real estate developments and similar things. How can I break into this market?” Get lots of advice from people in the industry but I’ll […]

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July 3, 2019 5 mins read

Entrepreneurship at a young age – what if I’m in high school or I have children and I want to encourage entrepreneurship? (ep 62)

Show notes from podcast episode 62. Maybe you’re in high school or younger. Maybe your child is in high school or younger. What steps can I take right now to prepare myself for entrepreneurship and what businesses could I possibly explore starting as a youngster? I’ve told the story of how I became an entrepreneur in […]

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June 24, 2019 6 mins read

How can I get into real estate through rental properties?

A listener reached out with a question. They’re saving some money each month and want to set up a passive income stream through local rental properties. Real estate is a tough market to get into right now. Not saying impossible just a fair warning: It’s competitive. The economy has been booming for a long time. […]

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May 3, 2019 3 mins read

Why did I move to Athens GA?

From 2013-2017 my partner and I rented a small apartment in Boston as our company “office” and went there very day with our employees. We were still very hands on and we were most productive together. It was a scrappy time where we really accomplished a lot to set us up for the success we […]

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April 30, 2019 4 mins read

Silent partner in a roofing business?

I live in Seattle. My girlfriend’s brother has a lot of expertise in the roofing industry and wants to start a business with me. Heres the catch – he doesn’t have citizenship so he would need me to form the business, get insurance, run the administrative side of things, and set it all up. I […]

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April 4, 2019 6 mins read

Buying a business. Is it the right call for me?

Show notes for podcast episode 26. On one hand if someone is selling a business I’m immediately a little skeptical. it must have some problems. Why would they sell it if not? It might require too much of their time and energy. It might be stressful. It might be losing money. The future might be […]

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February 18, 2019 17 mins read

How to send very effective emails

What skill is underrated or ignored that you think is and important key to success? 269 billion emails are sent and received every single day but nobody talks about email etiquette. The people who are good at it shine. The people who aren’t have a disadvantage and they often don’t even know it. Email contents […]

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January 26, 2019 5 mins read

How is it realistic for me to offer a high skilled service?

How would you start a service business where you have to have specialized knowledge? A business like yours anyone who can drive can start. But let’s say a business like HVAC or appliance repair, traditionally people that have a lot of experience working in that area eventually decide to go solo and start a company. […]

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January 21, 2019 3 mins read
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