Daniel J. Lewis has experienced all this. After seven years in his “dream job,” he discovered another dream—of becoming an entrepreneur. He started a graphic design business and became a top podcaster who now helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success.
He shares his entrepreneurial journey in this episode of the Go For Launch podcast.
In addition to his graphic design and podcasting services, Daniel J. Lewis creates training resources like SEO for Podcasters and podcasting tools like My Podcast Reviews. He offers one-on-one consulting and group training; is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and writes about entrepreneurship and technology.
In addition, he hosts a network of award-nominated shows called Noodle.mx that covers topics ranging from how to podcast to clean comedy and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time.
Daniel and I talk about a number of topics in today’s show, including:
- How he went from working full-time for someone else to becoming an entrepreneur
- What his parents did to help encourage his entrepreneurial pursuits
- Giving himself a year to “make the break” from his 9-to-5 job to his own venture
- Making money from multiple sources, ranging from graphic design (print, web and presentations) to podcasting, speaking, consulting and creating products
- Launching The Audacity to Podcast in June 2009
- Juggling too many things early on as an entrepreneur (including getting married!)—and what he would do differently
- Starting other podcasts, including the Ramen Noodle (a clean comedy podcast) and ultimately the NoodleMX podcast network
- His general podcast production workflow
- His biggest struggle as an entrepreneur—and how he overcomes it
- Giving to his audience—and how that helps build his business
- How he is monetizing his various podcasts, including Once Upon A Time (a fan show of the ABC hit TV series Once Upon A Time)
- The biggest piece of advice he got when he first started podcasting (and his two biggest tips if you are thinking about starting one yourself)
- Some of his best inspirational resources as an entrepreneur, including an early mentor and now friend (Cliff Ravenscraft of Podcast Answer Man) and books like 48 Days To The Work You Love by Dan Miller and Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
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