Episode 34: Self-Care For Founders w/Allan Branch


In this episode, Less Accounting founder Allan Branch shares his journey from freelancer to founder. We’ll touch on being a late bloomer, how cultural values shape the career path we take, and finish on some very strong self-care suggestions to help a founder keep going strong.

Bootstrapped Product Talking Points

  • How having highly-focused non-business interests develop you
  • Why you shouldn’t wait for permission
  • Why nothing can really prepare you to launch a product
  • The value of never thinking you have it all figured out
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 Show Notes:
Less Accounting – Simple Accounting Software for Small Business
Less Churn – Increase revenue by reducing churn while tracking exit feedback
Less Films – We create videos that turn web traffic into customers
I’m a Customer Conversion Support Designer – from Allans’ blog
Life Over Work – from Allans’ blog
Set Up These Automated Emails – from Allans’ blog
37 Signals
Quickbooks
SaasFest
Hiten Shah
Darmesh Shah
David Cancel
Sean Ellis

“If you can’t create a business in a year of nights & weekends, there’s no honor in killing yourself to be an entrepreneur.”

Episode 5: Product-izing Your Consulting Work w/Brennan Dunn

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In this episode, Brennan Dunn talks about consulting work and the product business.  He shares some of the pitfalls of each, while teaching us what he learned as he moved from consulting work into launching bootstrapped product.

Bootstrapped Product Talking Points

  • how monthly retainers can put you in a product-selling mindset,
  • finding people to support & understand your endeavors,
  • why it’s important to understand the sales cycle,
  • the importance of value transactions,

and more, including the story of how Brennan’s had his big “I have to get out consulting” moment, and what’s going on with his newest info-products; how they flowed naturally from his consulting work.

As always, we finish off with concrete, can-do action items for your own product launch. Brennan gives you three homework items that will move you closer to getting product out the door.

Planscope – Brennan’s Saas app for managing consulting work or general projects
Double Your Freelancing Rate – Brennan’s book for consultants
The Blueprint – Brennan’s system for getting more consulting clients
Consultancy Masterclass – Brennan’s workshop for leveling-up your consulting work

Amy Hoy – creator of the 30×500 method for launching products
Joel Spolsky
Patrick McKenzie
Nathan Barry
Rob Walling
Buffer
Mastering Modern Payments Using Stripe w/Rails by Pete Keen
RailsKit – Ready-made Rails code
SmallSpec – Christopher’s app for creating painless functional specs; join the launch list