Motivation Will Eventually Go Away: Build Accountability Systems Instead

Motivation is a powerful initial force. It provides momentum. When we start projects, we need that momentum to push us through the initial collision with reality when we learn of all the complex choices we have to make to get things off the ground. It's the motivation to learn, to discover, and to create that … Continue reading Motivation Will Eventually Go Away: Build Accountability Systems Instead

At a Crossroads: The Different Kinds of Exits

Companies get acquired for a few reasons: they’re interesting economically, they’re interesting strategically, their employees are attractive, or they are a thorn in the eye of the acquirer, a foe to be vanquished. Depending on why someone wants to buy your company, the deal and the whole process of selling the company may be radically … Continue reading At a Crossroads: The Different Kinds of Exits

How I Self-Published Zero to Sold, a Bestselling Book on Bootstrapping

Two months ago, I self-published a book called Zero to Sold: How to Start, Run, and Sell a Bootstrapped Business and released it on Twitter. Within twenty-four hours, I sold 350 copies. Within another twenty-four hours, the book was #1 on Product Hunt and already a category bestseller on Amazon. After a week, 1000 copies … Continue reading How I Self-Published Zero to Sold, a Bestselling Book on Bootstrapping

Standard Operating Procedures: Managing Your Future Self

Delegation is most effective if there is an Operations Manual for the company. Michael E. Gerber calls this the "Turnkey Revolution" in his book The E-Myth Revisited: the idea of documenting your business like a franchise. Build your business in a way that you could hand it over to someone else, and it would still … Continue reading Standard Operating Procedures: Managing Your Future Self

Profit-Sharing as Employee Compensation for Bootstrappers

We don't often talk about employee compensation in the bootstrapped space, as many businesses have few employees, and only start hiring when it's absolutely necessary. So making sure our employees are properly compensated for their work beyond their regular salary isn't one of the most prominent themes we have to think about. In a recent … Continue reading Profit-Sharing as Employee Compensation for Bootstrappers