I’ve seen this happen before… A business that’s already growing decides to start their own SaaS. It always seems like a great idea. You’re already serving your customers, you know their problems, and you’ve got company resources to work with... So it’s gotta be easier than starting from scratch, right?
Imagine this scenario... You’ve launched a great SaaS product and things are starting to look up… GREAT! Now you are doing marketing, sales, dealing with clients, upgrading the product, doing everything you can to stack up your MRR. The more you grow, the more you have to delegate and rely on your team members. There comes a point where you have to decide what kind of leader you are going to be. And let me tell you, that is one
Funding. The day will come when you need it for your SaaS. You’ve grown your startup, got a brilliant team and you’ve got a great product you can actually take to investors as proof. Now it just needs that push. But before you even think about trying to fundraise or approach investors, you’ll need to know how to value your SaaS and decide on how much you should raise.
And it goes like this: How much is it? - It's not that bad… Look, it's simple. Just give me a number. OK? - It's 20% - not that bad, right? WOW… Your churn is 20% monthly? *issues a small prayer to all the SaaS gods* The above is a conversation I recently had with a potential coaching client… GOOSEBUMPS! Let me put this into perspective...
How do you deal with having a powerful new idea that inspires you to change the direction of your business? Many times on the journey you will find yourself shifting priorities and jumping on new opportunities. That one meeting, conversation or feedback from a client makes you realize that there is a niche to be filled and you can take things to a whole new next level. Being flexible and creative is awesome, but it is not easy to get
If you’re in sales, you never want to come off like this: “Listen here, pal… This is the product you need and it will definitely solve all your problems! 100%! If you don't buy this today, you and your company will regret it for the rest of your life!” I call this having “Commission Breath”. Everytime I hire a sales person, at some point this happens.
Imagine the following… You’re growing fast and you need to hire a new biz dev guy. He’s convinced that he's going to add a lot of value to your company, and asked for 1% of your startup, so you give it to him. After a few months, you pivot the business and he’s no longer needed (plus he didn’t actually do anything while he was around). Next thing you know, you are just about to raise the first round of
You're a cash-starved startup owner. You go hard after one of your big enterprise clients and they pay for a whole year of your service in advance… Just like this, without any additional questions or arrangements. This is what happened to Vivek Sharma back in the day, when his now $50+ mil ARR company MovableInk was struggling to score its first few corporate clients. But this idea to ask for a 12-MONTH ADVANCE PAYMENT didn't come out of nowhere.
When I started Flowtown, a marketing Saas product I built in San Francisco, over a decade ago... there was one thing I knew we had to do right: Content marketing. So I built out this epic content strategy that grew to 350,000 unique views per month. What a difference that made! Then I did it all over again with Clarity.fm… and again with my current coaching business. After doing it so many times - from scratch - I’ve learned a
A few months ago I gave a talk at a local high school here in Moncton. I shared my journey, went deep in the challenges I overcame, and gave my ALL to help inspire these kids live a bigger life. But during the Q&A, the tables got turned. And it was this kid in the front row. Someone I’ve never met before. Who with ONE question, hit me right at my core.