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The Startup Help Desk

Sean Byrnes, Ash Rust & Nic Meliones

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Answers to your questions about starting and building companies. Your hosts are Sean Byrnes, Ash Rust and Nic Meliones, all experienced founders who have built companies themselves and coached hundreds of CEOs on their startup adventures. They share their lessons from building, buying, selling and investing in companies over the past 20 years. If you have questions you'd like answered you can submit them on Twitter by tagging @thestartuphd or on our website http://www.thestartuphelpdesk.com.
 
No matter where you are on your writing journey we juggle our dreams with the reality of everyday life. Do you want to know how stories come into being? How do the words get on the page? Who puts them there? Where to start, and what you really need in your Writer's Toolbox that very few people will tell you about...That's the magic you're going to discover here on The Writer's Help Desk!
 
Business advice for ACTUAL small businesses and solopreneurs. Small business used to mean mom & pop grocery stores, auto repair, the neighborhood pharmacy, etc. Today, "small" businesses can have up to 1,000 employees and $500 million in revenue and still qualify as "small" in the eyes of the government and financial institutions. As attention spans have gotten smaller, small business has gotten bigger, and the term is unfortunately now essentially meaningless. The problem is that owners of ...
 
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In this season of The Writer's Help Desk, I'm taking you Behind the Scenes so you can see the processes that I used to get from idea to published with my up-and-coming novel The Rose A Reality TV Romance. There are lots of things I learnt, things that worked really well, that I use now when I'm writing my new books. There are things I would do diff…
 
In this episode we answer questions about how to set the price on your product! We answer questions including: How do I decide on a price for my new product? Should I raise my prices if I think they are too low? Should I raise prices on existing customers or only new customers? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like you. You c…
 
In this episode we answer questions about making money and profitability! We answer questions including: Should I focus on Growth or Profitability? How do I figure out my Unit Economics? How do I know if I'm making enough money? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like you. You can submit questions for us to answer on our websit…
 
In this episode we answer questions about how to hire your first employees! We answer questions including: How do I find the right co-founder to join you? How do you convince people to join your very early stage startup? What should you pay a co-founder? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like you. You can submit questions for …
 
If you've ever wondered how a novel is written, I'm about to show you step by step my process. Taking you behind the scenes of my new novel, The Rose - A Reality Tv Romance. In Episode 1, I'm talking all about my idea, where it came from, why it worked and something I've learnt from reflecting on why this idea worked for me. Leave your comments and…
 
In this episode we answer questions about how to build your first product! We answer questions including: How do you decide what to include in your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)? When does good design matter? How do you start selling, with just a prototype or an MVP? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like you. You can submit qu…
 
Just imagine - what if you didn't have the constraints that you think you do. Like... What if you're wrong? On the other hand, what if you imposed constraints on purpose to see what would happen? These are the things I think about on the treadmill. Microbusiness owners face an incredible number of limitations, hurdles, and constraints. Some exist b…
 
In this episode we answer questions about how to get your product in the hands of customers, also known as distribution! We answer questions including: Should you build an audience or product first? What are the secrets to cold outreach? What are channel partners and should you use them? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like …
 
Black Friday is the worst best idea that capitalism ever had. Let’s start with this though – do you even know the origin of the term “Black Friday”? When I was a kid I remember thinking it must have something to do with Black people, but I could never figure out why that would be the case, or why everyone seemed to be okay with that. Later when I l…
 
In this episode we answer questions about doing effective Customer Discovery, including: How do you hold a Customer Discovery interview? What to do if you hear inconsistent feedback? How much time should you put into it? All of these questions were submitted by listeners just like you. You can submit questions for us to answer on our website https:…
 
I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This epsiode discusses everyone's least favorite topic: paperwork. It's on my desk, it's on my couch... it's everywhere. Staying on top of it is difficult at best, from taxes and business licensing to processing new d…
 
I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach ou…
 
If you don't trust yourself, you look outside yourself for answers. What happens when you, as the writer, are the one who is supposed to have the answers to the story you want to write but instead of taking ownership of your story, you look to others for the answers? Ultimately you end up writing someone else's story... Sounds fun, right? No, not r…
 
I'm Peter Buck, and this is Microbizmentors. We explore small business development topics in the context of ACTUAL small businesses. This episode has more info about who I am and where I've come from, as well as info about upcoming episodes and topics. If you have a question you'd like to ask, a scenario you'd like help with, or a comment, reach ou…
 
I decided what the world REALLY needs is another podcast. There just aren't enough people sharing their expertise, trying to put enough hooks in their content to make you circle back and make you hop, skip, and jump on a call. Cringe. My podcast is different. Just like everyone else's. I've decided to just record them in one shot without going back…
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: When is my product ready for launch? When will I know if my fundraising process is working? How do I hire for positions where I don’t have any experience myself? You can submit questions for us to answer on our website https://www.thestartuphelpdesk.com/ or on Twitt…
 
We discuss questions on the minds of many companies these days: How do we sell the company? Whether you want to sell or need to sell, few people have experience doing it and even fewer have ever done it well. We address common questions about the selling process based on years of experience selling and buying companies including: When do you need t…
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: How do you motivate your team around your vision? What's the difference between Customer Development and Sales? When do you need Generalists or Specialists on your team? You can submit questions for us to answer on our website https://www.thestartuphelpdesk.com/ or …
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: How do you get useful feedback from investors? How many investors is too many? How do you get your first customers to pay you? You can submit questions for us to answer on our website https://www.thestartuphelpdesk.com/ or on Twitter @thestartuphd - we'd love to hea…
 
Writing can be a lonely, isolating thing to get involved in. You may not know anyone in your town or city who writes. So, where do you look for connections and people to talk to about your passion? I'm covering a few places to look for connections that will add spice to your life... The Writer's Help Desk - Email, Facebook Writers With Lives Facebo…
 
There's a lot of terminology when you first start writing or researching how to write; from first drafts to all the different kinds of editing, alpha and beta readers, plotting and pantsing, and so much more, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. This episode gives you some tips on how to focus on first things first, which is ge…
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: How do you know when you’ve found Product/Market Fit? How do you know when it’s time to pivot? Or that you just haven’t spent enough time on your existing strategy? How far in the future should you be planning? You can submit questions for us to answer on our websit…
 
How do you stay motivated to write? Why is important that you trust yourself and the process of writing? How do you keep writing fun and exciting while tackling learning the skills and techniques to write something awesome? You'll find out all this and more and get some real-life encouragement from CWD, a writer who worked 12 hours a day in a very …
 
How do you juggle work, social life, and responsibilities and also do the thing that breathes fire into your soul (that's writing)? Why is it the little decisions that count? And how you can find time for your writing. In this snack-length episode, find out what I've learnt over the years about pursuing my creative dreams and how it's so easy to pu…
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: What corporate structure should you have? Does it matter? How do you scale hiring? How do you resolve co-founder disagreements? You can submit questions for us to answer on our website https://www.thestartuphelpdesk.com/ or on Twitter @thestartuphd - we'd love to he…
 
You might have heard your brain has two parts to it. But what does that have to do with writing? Why should you add this understanding to your Writer's Toolbox? Why is it the one thing that stops a whole lot of people from even starting a writing project and a whole lot more people from ever finishing anything? I'll give you a hint - Your brain is …
 
Why is writing the ultimate adventure of self discovery? Why is it so important that you know that sometimes the words you've written are not only a part of you but also totally surprising too? And what exactly do you do once you realise that you aren't the person you let everyone else see? You're much more than you realised? You have thoughts and …
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: How do you handle a co-founder who isn't scaling in their position at the company? What do you do when you are overwhelmed as a founder and know you have to hire, but don't have the time? I have a consulting business that is cashflow positive, but want to pivot to a…
 
Are you overwhelmed by so many to-dos you don't know where to start? Maybe you've already delved deep into the how-to-write-a [insert type of writing you want to write here] maze. I know what it's like when you're searching for answers, a clear, simple path to write a book, a novel, a short story, or maybe even a memoir. The avalanche of informatio…
 
Writing any story is a journey and one with a goal and many paths to get to your destination. But is your writing a reflection of you? Are the words on the page the story you want to tell? Are you stumped by all the technical must-knows and to-dos that are holding you back from writing or cause you to question your story at every turn? How do you h…
 
In this episode we answer questions submitted by founders just like you, including: If you see other startups doing the same thing, is that a sign that there is a demand for this opportunity? Or a sign that you are not differentiated enough? How do you acquire your first five customers? How do you fire someone? You can submit questions for us to an…
 
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