July 2015 Growth Report
I’m going to use these reports to share my progress updates from both a business and a personal point of view.
There are several reasons I’m doing these monthly reports, but the main reason is so that I’m publicly accountable for everything I do. The way I see it is if I put my report out there to the world wide web then I really have no place to hide. This, to me, is one of the biggest motivators that will enable me to be highly determined to become a hugely successful entrepreneur. I literally have no place to hide!
Another reason I want to do these reports is because I’d like to think that one day I can sit back and read through the journey I took, and the ups and downs it took me to make it.
Lastly, I want to inspire! A huge catalyst for creating this blog was to inspire others into the entrepreneurial route of life. I’m just a normal guy from a normal family who worked every hour under the sun as a chef in an Italian restaurant up until a few years ago, but hey, enough about me let’s get into the good stuff!
What I Have Done in July
July was a testing but hugely rewarding month for me.
Freshly back from my summer holiday, I spent several weeks reevaluating both my business and personal lifestyles. I made some big choices to ensure I was going to have the right setup to move further towards my goals this month.
I’ll go into the decisions within each section below, but I really took a step back this month to overlook everything I have going on in order to home in on what needs improvement, what needs formalising, and what I could afford to lose.
I spent a few weeks in Spain and France with my girlfriend, Josie, and this gave me time away from the office to really evaluate what I needed to work on. We mostly relaxed during our stay, but visited some incredible places including the French town of Collioure, which was beautiful! Josie spent most of her time relaxing by the pool, which gave me lots of time to brainstorm and formulate some plans for when I arrived home. I also managed to listen to another 20 or so episodes of the best podcast on the planet by my friend, Zac Johnson. If you haven’t already, you need to check out ROTE.
I’d like to announce that I, alongside my already business partner, Andy Haskins, have taken up managerial directorship roles and positions on the board with the immensely exciting automotive start up, Lovecars. We’ve been working in partnership with the team for over 6 months now, so I’m super excited and proud to make this announcement!
I thought as I’ve just made the announcement I’d put Lovecars at the top of this report and tell you a little bit about what we’ve been up to! Lovecars.com is an amazingly exciting start-up in the automotive space. Having been founded over a year ago, Andy and I have been working constantly on the project for the past 6 months or so and have been managing our team of highly skilled designers, developers, and other employees.
We aim to be the number one source for everything automotive online.
This past month, we’ve been putting the final pieces together for our prelaunch competition. We’ve also been working on getting the UI/UX and multiple features ready for the launch, which is now not too far away.
This is by far the most exciting business venture I’ve ever been involved in and has all the right projections and people behind it to be a HUGE success.
Below are some pictures of me and some of the team behind the startup.
This month, I made the conscious decision to add another team member to the company. With my other commitments and recent involvement with Lovecars, I decided it was the right time to add an experienced forum manager in place. Roger joined us last month after sending a hugely impressive resumé. He has vast experience in the forum industry having owned, grown, and sold multiple communities in the past for 6-7 figures.
His role will be to spearhead the growth of our forums as we integrate new sites into our portfolio.
We’re going to put a big focus on growing our second forum EntrepreneurFix over the next few months, and although we have other forums ready to launch, we made the decision to hold off until EntrepreneurFix has an active community. For all the entrepreneurs reading this, we’d love to see you sign up at EntrepreneurFix today!
We made great progress with AffiliateFix this past month as it continues to establish itself as the new place to go for everything affiliate marketing. A few months ago, we teamed up with Mobicow in order to offer our members the chance to win $500 cash every month. To date, we’ve given away $1500 to lucky winners who entered the competition by sharing a guide, success story, or follow along campaign with the community! It has proven to be a huge success for both the users and the forums and has so far generated over 100 new pieces of content.
You can view the full details on how to enter by clicking here.
We’re also taking a vote this month to see who’d be interested in a “darker” forum style as a second option. I’m very aware that lots of members love the look and feel of the black hat forums so we’re going to give them the option if they so wish!
As I said above, our main focus now is to establish EntrepreneurFix over the next few months.
Let’s crunch some numbers:
- Members: 24,128 (23,354 last month)
- Posts: 84,324 (81,283 last month)
- Active Members: 7409 (7226 last month)
- Facebook: 4112 (4089 last month)
- Twitter: 1947 (1890 last month)
- Members: 884 (822 last month)
- Posts: 2379 (2000 last month)
- Active Members: 28 (39 last month)
- Facebook: 6212 (6001 last month)
- Twitter: 211 (203 last month)
Landing Page Guys
July was a good month for Landing Page Guys after a relatively quiet June.
It seems people have livened up and the entrepreneurial juices are flowing once more. My partner Andy and I have been working on reaching out to our original client base in order to gather feedback on how we can improve our services. It’s so important to gauge what your older clients like and dislike about working with your company and then carrying out some changes. We made a list of our clients and sent out the following:
Now that you’ve had a chance to evaluate our landing page services, we would like to hear from you! The total satisfaction of our customers, even after their purchase, is extremely important to us.
Would you kindly respond to the attached questions? Landing Page Guys knows that is our customers who make our business. We therefor want to make sure your experience is a satisfying one.
We greatly appreciate your response to this questionnaire (it only takes minutes!), please feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, I would welcome any comments you may have.
1. Overall how was your experience?
2. What were the good points?
3. What were the bad points?
4. What do you feel we could change in the future?
5. Would you recommend us to your colleagues?
6. Would you use us again?
We were pleased with the feedback we received and happy to see not too many negatives came back; however, those that did post negatives were the best replies as we now have things to improve on as a team! We met with a lot of local clients this past month from our area, which is unusual for us as the majority of our business is done in the US. It was a refreshing change, and we’ve successfully signed up some new local agencies and are already working on some branding/design work for them.
This month, we plan to work further on improving and growing the company, utilising the 5 things I learnt on holiday.
Having finally launched my blog in July, I was pretty pleased with how the first month went! As I said above, there are 3 main reasons I launched this blog and not one of them has anything to do with money (not in the short term anyway). The main 3 reasons are accountability, inspiration, and archiving my journey.
1. Accountability is something personal and something I want to do for myself and my personal growth.
2. Inspiration works both ways: I want to inspire and help others to take this path, as well as be inspired by those who give me advice.
3. Archiving my journey is something that really appeals to me, as I’d love to look back after many years and see what I’ve achieved.
Of course there are other benefits and reasons for launching a blog that I’ve learnt and seen firsthand from friends like Ian Fernando and Rohail Rizvi. With public speaking, networking, and event opportunities, as well as other countless possibilities, there is a lot to look forward to, but it’s really those 3 things that are keeping me writing currently.
I’m pretty happy that I stuck to my promise to myself, and scheduled at least one blog post a week in month one:
- How We Targeted Our Business to Quadruple the Profits
- 5 Business Lessons I Learnt whilst Sipping Margaritas!
- Mine and Others First Blog Post
I started in week 2 of July.
The support, comments, and private messages I’ve received already without even promoting my blog is amazing, so thank you all for your kind words and please keep me accountable for the upkeep of this thing!
As most people do when they get back from 2 weeks in the sun doing nothing but eating and drinking, I made the conscious decision to “get fit”. Now in the past this has been something I’ve said lightly and not actually put into effect; however, this time it’s VERY different. I think this again falls into the accountability bracket, as I feel if I put my fitness progress on here then I have a responsibility to fulfil it. It’s amazing how much something like a personal blog can really rally you up in business and personal life situations. I’ve never been so determined to get fit and get my business/health lifestyle balance as well as I can.
This month, I purchased myself a Nike+ sensor and some new running shoes. I’ve been running every single working day and resting on the weekends. I currently do one or two 5km runs a week and the rest on a 3km distance. I’ll be sharing a blog post next week on my fitness and why I now run everyday, but I’m also going to be keeping a monthly record in these updates of my progress. You may even get to see some before and after shots if you’re lucky (or unlucky)!
At the end of June, I ran my first ever “competitive” run in my local town with a friend. It was the first time I’ve ever done a run with club runners involved, as well as proper routes, timings and distances. I managed to complete the 10km run in 54 minutes, which I know isn’t great, but for my first attempt I’m just glad I finished!
- Distance: 19.15km
- Fastest 3k: 12″09″
- Fastest 5k: 21″44″
Thank you to each and everyone of you who took the time to read this post and to anyone who sent me a message this past month about the blog. I know my writing style isn’t perfect and I’m going to be working hard on making sure my content and posts are as well written and informative as they can be. You have to start somewhere, right?
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