In Episode #198, Nathan speaks with Nicholas Tart, one of the founders of AwesomeWeb, a freelance marketplace for people who do and need awesome work. Listen as Nathan and Nick talk about the journey to a viable product, the challenge freelancers face, and why AwesomeWeb is so different compared to Elance or Upwork.
- Favorite Book? – How to Win Friends and Influence People
- What CEO do you follow?— Neal Patel
- What is your favorite online tool?— N/A
- Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Yes
- If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?— Learn how to ask good questions and tell good stories
Nicholas Tart is the cofounder and product manager for AwesomeWeb, a professional freelance marketplace for people who do and need awesome work. He’s focused on building a perfect SaaS web app that’ll help other founders make their sites more awesome.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 01:01 – Nathan’s introduction
- 01:18 – Nathan welcomes Nick to the show
- 01:50 – Nick likes the show because Nathan asks good questions
- 02:15 – AwesomeWeb is a great bootsrapped website
- 02:45 – Spend $30K to get from idea to minimum viable product
- 03:00 – Charge $17-$27 to participate on the business—the only people that pay are the freelancers
- 04:08 – Walking through the growth of AwesomeWeb
- 05:37 – More focused on creating a great experience than maxing out revenue
- 06:07 – AwesomeWeb’s goal is to help freelancers earn $100K per year
- 07:43 – Processing 36 jobs per month with a worth of $2-5K
- 08:33 – The long-term goals of AwesomeWeb
- 08:51 – Finding great clients is insanely difficult as a freelancer
- 09:39 – Always be willing to sell
- 09:54 – Attracting new customers
- 10:00 – Income Diary
3 Key Points:
- If you’re a freelancer when you find a good client, hold onto them for dear life.
- Ask good questions and tell better stories.
- Get to a minimum viable product as cheaply as possible.
- Edgar – Nathan uses Edgar instead of other scheduling tools for Twitter because Edgar cycles through content over and over (buffer/others you have to re-input content over and over – time consuming). In the last several months, Edgar has driven Nathan over 3728 clicks that he didn’t have to work or pay for.
- Host Gator – Powerful web hosting made easy and affordable.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Nick’s favorite book
- Neal Patel – The CEO Nick follows
- Income Diary – A fantastic blog Nick follows
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