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Good News: I’m Going to Be Helping You Start a Business!

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I read a great quote somewhere:

Making good decisions requires experience.  Experience requires making bad decisions.

I’ve been an entrepreneur who has constantly been starting new businesses across my 30+ year long career.  I’ve found that quote to be true, if a little painful to actually live through.

Netflix founder was one of my mentors…

It’s so hard to make the right decisions on the road to starting and growing a business.  But over my many years, I’ve had the luxury of learning from some of the best mentors out there.  One of my favorite marketing mentors was the man that came up with the idea for Netflix and founded the company.  I learned a lot from him, that’s for sure, and I worked with him because he was my VP of Marketing at one of the startups I founded.  We made a lot of money there when Reed Hastings bought our company, and now you know how Reed went from running a highly technical company selling products to Geeks like me to one of the biggest and most popular Media companies ever.

I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish here with CNCCookbook:

  • No venture capital
  • Started it part-time without quitting my Day Job
  • Wrote nearly every article
  • Developed software that many of the most successful CNC’ers in the world use daily

In fact, I recently wrote an article over on my business strategy blog that talks about how CNCCookbook gets more web traffic than one popular Venture Capitalist’s favorite startups, Titans of CNC, and also Haas CNC.  These are operations that have multi-million dollar budgets and multiple talented marketing professionals working there.  And here’s my little business with just one guy doing marketing part-time who isn’t even a marketer by training!

I get asked all the time by folks (including many marketing professionals), “How’d you do it?”  The answer is I took all that learning from all those excellent mentors and long years building other companies and created a system that works.  CNCCookbook is not the first business I’ve used it for either, so I know it works in other markets.

I love talking to folks about starting businesses and helping them to grow.  I know many of you CNCCookbook readers either already have businesses or would love to start one.  And every business has the same problem: how do we grow faster?  I’d like to help.

Recently, I surveyed my CNCCookbook audience about whether there was any interest in having me put together a course that teaches the system I’ve used to build CNCCookbook into what it is.  The response was overwhelmingly positive, and many have continued to write me to ask when the course will be available.  I’m pleased to announce that I am finally ready to pull the trigger and develop the course.  I expect to have it available well before the end of 2017, but it is going to take some time to do it right.

I want this course to be clear, helpful, and complete.  And I’m going to make sure it passes muster before I launch it.  I also know a course like this will require my participation with the folks taking it.  Everyone will have their own unique questions and situations they want help with.

I want to try to make sure I have enough time to do that right, so I will be limiting enrollment and offering the course at periodic intervals.  Each time I run the course will be an opportunity to improve it further.

This also means I will be looking for some course Beta Testers to sample the early versions, give me their advice about it, and help me to understand what questions I’ve failed to answer.

Because of that, I’m going to use a unique sign up method that includes a leaderboard.  Signing up earlier on the list as well as referring others will move you up the leaderboard.  I’ll draw my Beta Testers from those who are highest on the board.

If you’re interested, sign up to be notified when the course is available and secure your spot on the leaderboard.

 

 

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