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Rebel Entrepreneur Season 2

Welcome to Season 2 of the Rebel Entrepreneur!

Episodes

PopUp Principles: Part 1 of 2 with Simon Paine and Katie Coombes

Why do some businesses succeed and some fail spectacularly? What makes the difference? Simon, Alan and Katie Coombes share the PopUp Principles that were developed over the 12 year journey of starting our own businesses and helping 10,000+ people start other businesses. These are the guiding principles that we believe will help you make a success of your next venture. In part 1 of this 2 part series, we discuss the first 6 PopUp Principles to learn and follow.

PopUp Principles: Part 2 with Simon Paine and Katie Coombes

Part 2 of the PopUp Principles we discuss trust, debt, and unrelenting drive and positivity! In this episode Simon, Alan and Katie Coombes work through the overriding principles that we have used to build successful businesses and help other people. We have never shared these guiding principles outside of the PopUp courses, but now they are here for you to use!

Starting From Nothing With Co-founder of Starbucks Zev Siegl

Co-founder of Starbucks, Zev Siegl, shares stories of building the furniture for the first-ever Starbucks store in his parents’ basement and how they started the business. Even the biggest businesses in the world started with an idea in someone’s basement, garage, backyard, or spare room. You just need to start where you are and build!

The Myths of Silicon Valley with Jennifer Vessels

If you listen to the Tim Ferris Experiment and other popular entrepreneurial podcasts they talk endlessly about venture capital, investors & huge tech start-ups. Silicon Valley is all about business plans, venture capitalists, incubators, investors, and getting the big money first! In this episode, Jennifer Vessels, an innovation expert from Silicon Valley who has worked with industry giants like Google, Adobe, and Netflix, debunks Silicon Valley’s myths.

Hunting and Fishing

Sales come from two main places; people you know and people you don’t! What percentage of your time do you spend hunting for new business? What percentage of your time do you spend connecting with your network and speaking to existing clients? If you aren’t hunting and farming how do you expect to have customers?

Silicon Valley Innovation Meets English Crafts with Jennifer Vessels and Adam Roe

What business is furthest from the high tech start-ups of Silicon Valley? Alan’s answer was a craft business from Reading Berkshire. In this episode Jennifer Vessels, an innovation expert from Silicon Valley who has worked with Google, Adobe, and Netflix, takes what she has learnt and helps Adam from CraftBox Club with his business. We also cover strategies for innovation, marketing, and sales and how they apply to your business!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Should I quit my job? with Christina Russo

You’ve started a side hustle, it’s going well, you are bringing in money, and you are having fun! It isn’t quite enough to live on, but you are overwhelmed by doing a full time job, running a side hustle, and family life! How do you know when it is the right time to quit the day job and go full time on your side hustle? When should I quit my job?

The Extraordinary Belongs to Those That Create It

After hearing the phrase, “The extraordinary belongs to those that create it,” in The Big Short, Alan was inspired to start creating and building the life of his dreams. After 2 decades of research into life design, goals and making things happen Alan shares everything he has learnt on the journey

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Dealing with Overwhelm

Do you ever get the feeling that there is more to do than can be done? Does it ever get on top of you? Do you feel overwhelmed? Of course you do; you’re human! If you are building a business, have a job, and have friends then there is more to do than can ever be done. In this episode Christina and Alan discuss practical methods to deal with overwhelm and make progress on your business on a daily basis.

Innovation and Taking Ownership with Thomas Anglero

Thomas Anglero has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and the Director of Innovation for IBM Norway. He and Alan discuss taking ownership for your world, plus developing creativity and innovation within your business. Are you currently feeling down about your business and don’t know where to go next? Listen to this episode for energy, drive, and motivation!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: When should I quit my day job? with Christina Russo

You have a full time job, you have a side-hustle, you’re making some money in the side-hustle but it isn’t quite enough to live off of. How do you know when to quit the job and go full time with your own business? In this episode Alan and Christina discuss how to make that decision and the criteria to feel confident going full time with your own business.

Creativity with Travis Shakespeare

Are you creative? Do you believe you are creative? In this Episode Alan interviews Travis Shakespeare, SVP of Unscripted Programming for BBC Studios Los Angeles and Emery award winning TV maker about his creative process and how he thinks about creativity. As an entrepreneur you are faced with an endless list of challenges and crisis and you need to get creative to overcome them!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Cold email marketing

How do you generate new sales opportunities, contacts, and partnership opportunities from thin air? How do you just make it happen? At some point you are going to need to reach out to new people, and this episode shows you the tools needed to get cold email to work for you. Eric Finnigan from Transform Your Copy helps decode cold marketing emails and more.

From Ideas to Reality: Mini Experiments 2 with Simon Paine

After discovering the power of mini-experiments Alan was determined to test his business ideas, launch quickly, and innovate on the fly. Simon and Alan show how this incredibly powerful tool can be applied to your business, your life, and all your dreams!

The Failed Mini Experiment with Michael Redford

It doesn’t always go right! In fact sometimes it just doesn’t work. Alan interviews Michael Redford who ran a mini-experiment starting a business that failed. We pick through the failure (is there such a thing?) to find the lessons for you and for Michael that can be applied to your next business or experiment!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: The New Business Drive

How comfortable are you cold calling people? Sending out cold email? How much of your time do you spend selling, marketing, and growing your business? Sales are the underlying activity that will build your business, and it is something that you need to get comfortable with if you are growing a small business!

Evaluating Mini Experiments with Keith Hunt

How do you know your mini-experiment worked? You have sold some things, you have some hope, but is it enough to keep going? Following on from Episode 24 of Season 1, we talk to Keith Hunt again about his restaurant’s mini-experiment and whether or not he’ll be doing it again! This episode will help you work out if you want to continue your side hustle!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: I QUIT

What’s it like quitting your job to go full time on your side hustle? How does it feel? In this episode we get to talk to Christina as she has just quit her job to go full time on her own business Fresh Print Media, and to work to build her dream life!

Entrepreneurial Energy with Tanessa Shears

Is it time or energy that is the limiting factor in your life? So many people tell me that it is time that stops them from starting a business. But then they return home from work exhausted, slump on the couch, and watch Netflix because they just don’t have the energy to do anything. How good is your energy? In this episode I talk to Tanessa Shears about increasing energy and feeling better throughout the day. What else do you have other than energy and time?

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: The End of the Side-Hustle

You are thinking of going full time on your side-hustle?  What do you need in place? This episode Alan works with Christina to prepare to leave her employment and go full time on her business.  This is where the magic really starts to begin building! We talk smoothing income, things that could go wrong, and being your own supervisor. 

The Myth of multi-tasking with Dave Crenshaw

Does multi-tasking exist? Can you get more done by doing it? In this episode Dave Crenshaw, author of the Myth of Multi-tasking, explores the biggest challenges facing new entrepreneurs, how to overcome them, deal with the overwhelm, and make more progress with your business.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Picking an Idea

Where do you start with your business ideas? Digital Artist Jaymie is so creative and overwhelmed with ideas that we don’t know where to start! In this episode Katie Coombes and Alan work with Jaymie to identify the starting point and how to get going.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Is There a Right Choice?

The paradox of choice is a huge problem for creative entrepreneurs. How many ideas for businesses do you have? Where do you start? How do you make progress? Simon, Katie, and Alan work with Digital Artist Jaymie Dylan to work out where to start with her project.

Getting Things Done with David Allen and Peter Gallant

When you start a small business what roles do you take on? Co-founder, head of sales, marketing, finances, HR, and all this whilst still looking after the family, doing home schooling in lock down, and maybe even a full time job! How do you stay on top of all this? In this episode Alan meets David Allen the author of Getting Things Done, and has a small fan boy melt down as they discuss making progress and lazy productivity.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Committing to the Idea

You have decided that you want to make something happen. You have decided which idea to go for, but now you are feeling overwhelmed! There is so much to do, can you do it all? You start to doubt yourself and your idea! This is part of the entrepreneurial journey. You are not alone! We all go through it.

Sell What You’ve Got

You want to launch a business but where do you start? In this episode Kai Angelet of Can You Handle It Tours shares his story of starting an international tour business from nothing. I met Kai ion one of his tours in Berlin, and after hearing his story I had to share it with you. This is grass roots entrepreneurship at it’s best!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Where Does The Time Go?

Where does the time go? When you take on a mini-experiment to test your business ideas, the word “mini” doesn’t do justice to the scale of the project! You need to think through the idea, create the marketing, work out pricing, market, and sell whilst doing a full time job! In this episode Alan and Jaymie explore where the time vanishes to and how to make more progress whilst avoiding perfectionism!

Starting in Debt with Chris Bello

When you run your own business there is SO much to do. You need to do the sales, the marketing, and the product development & delivery. In this episode Chris Bello from the Entrepreneur Motivation Podcast shares the bitter lessons he has learned in entrepreneurship from starting his own venture with debt.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Dealing With the Critics

One of the biggest challenges you will face on the entrepreneurial journey is doubt, imposter syndrome, and lack of confidence. These things come up from our past and try and “protect” us from getting rejected by stopping us from ever trying! We have to deal with the doubt and negative spirals to help us make progress. Join us as Jaymie and Alan work through doubt!

The Mysterious World of Marketing

You’ve launched your business and now you need more customers! You’ve been going for a few years and you need more customers. No matter what stage of business you are in, marketing is the perennial problem that needs tackling. In this episode KC and Alan work to break down the mysterious world of marketing to make it practical and applicable to your business now.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Getting Things Done

When you launch a project there is so much to do that it can be overwhelming. How do you know where to start? How do you choose what to focus on? How do you make sure you make progress towards your goals every single day? Alan and Digital Artist Jaymie explore productivity and getting things done.

Targeting Your Customer! with Jeremy Gilbertson

What do you think when I say the words, “Niche marketing” to you? Every entrepreneur fights the idea of niche marketing and finding a clearly defined market. There is a fear there of missing out on sales, and you may find yourself saying, “What do you mean I need to niche? Can’t I just sell to ANYONE?” In this episode KC and Alan work with Jeremy who is launching a new business to uncover his target market and get direction on his marketing.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Kickstarter Page Review

The landing Page. You have got your product, you are ready to go, but before you go promoting it everywhere on social media you need a landing page. Where is all that traffic going to arrive, what will they see, and what are they going to buy.? Listen along as Alan and Jaymie review the Kickstarter landing page, the levels, and the pricing of the Mandi9 Comic Book.

Ten Ways To Market Your Business For Free! with Simon Paine

You’ve started your business but how do you get customers? Do you need to spend money on adverts? Facebook marketing? In this episode, Simon and Alan share their 10 favorite free ways to market your business and find new customers. Get a pen and paper, make a list, and start testing them now!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Self-Doubt before Launch

You are just about to launch your product, your service, your business, but have you got the price right? Is the page perfect? Are you ready? Every entrepreneur goes through the period of self-doubt before launch. Expect it, embrace it, and overcome it! Join Jaymie and Alan as they explore confidence, launching, and promotion!

Is SEO Dead? With Ryan Stubblefield

Does search engine optimization still work? Is hoping to go viral a real strategy? Aren’t paid adverts only for big businesses? You know how much Alan hates spending money on building businesses, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t learn about paid advertising, its strengths and weaknesses, and make a more informed decision. In this episode Ryan Stubblefield, a paid advertising expert, takes you through all he has learned from spending on advertising!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Promote, Promote, Promote

If you build it they will come! The movie Field of Dreams and Kevin Costner convinced us that all we have to do is build it. They forgot to add the small print which is “NO ONE will come unless you promote it! This episode is all about promotion, marketing, and getting your message out there.

The Beginners Guide to SEO With Henry Nicholson

92% of all internet searches happen on Google. Getting to the top of the google rankings for what your customers are searching for can be an incredible boost to your business. But is it even possible to do it? Should we be investing our valuable entrepreneurial energy and time into SEO and climbing the rankings, or should we just be paying for it as Ryan suggested in the last episode? In this episode Henry unpacks what he has learned working as a full time web developer and then on SEO within Rebel Business School for the last 8 years. Let’s get practical with SEO.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: The Big Launch and the Results

You have created the product, you have put it out there for sale, and now you are waiting for the results! Will anyone buy? Will you get customers? This week we find out the results for Jaymie’s first 6 days of her Kickstarter campaign and what has happened. You have got to listen to this one for the results and the surprising lessons from the launch.

The Marketing Mini-Experiment

Have you ever thought about hiring someone to help you with your marketing? Alan has been wondering for some time whether it is worth hiring someone from People per Hour, Upwork, or Fiverr to help with your marketing. In this Episode Patrick (Rebel Podcast Manager) and Alan test out four contractors to see if they can actually make a difference. Test and measure baby!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Stretching Past Your Goals

So you’ve set some goals, you hit them, and you’ve failed to celebrate! What next? In this episode Jaymie and Alan unpack where the Kick Starter project goes next after hitting its goals. We explore stretch goals, the best time to make a sale, and how to engage your audience.

10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

You’ve built your website. WOOHOO! Celebrate. Then what? No-one is visiting it? I am afraid that “If you build it, they will come” is one of Hollywood’s biggest lies. If you built it NO ONE will come until you promote it, share it, get it on google, and shout about it to the world. What are you doing to get people to visit your website, see your product or service, and take notice of your offer? In this episode Henry Nicholson, COO of Rebel Business School, and Alan give you 10 ideas of how to drive traffic to your website and increase visibility.

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Market, Market, Market

If you don’t market and promote your business you aren’t going to get sales! In this episode Jaymie and Alan discuss the overwhelm that can come from marketing, how to choose marketing ideas, and the daily actions it takes to build the business of your dreams.

The Aftermath of Action With Elliott Lester

Elliott Lester directed Aftermath starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, he has collaborated with HBO, Brad Pitt, and Plan B, and is working on a movie with Peter Dinklage. But how did it all start? How do you get going? How do you end up making money doing something you love in one of the most incredible industries in the world. For years Alan has been intrigued by the difference between someone who makes things happen and someone who talks about things happening and in this episode he gets to ask all his questions! This is a must-tune-in episode!

Rebel Entrepreneur Coaching Series: Results, Results, Results

You can’t control the results but you can control your daily activities. After 12 episodes of focusing on the daily marketing activities, sales, and making progress, Jaymie and Alan review the results of the Kick Starter Campaign. Avoid the boom bust cycle of small business and carry on marketing even though you are focused on production.