The Tropical MBA Podcast aims to show you the inside story of the people who are building "micro-multinational" businesses while they travel the world. We are interested in entrepreneurship, travel, internationalization, and personal freedom. Join 1,000's of listeners from all around the world, every Thursday morning.
TMBA586: The Reformed "Bad Boss"
After a wild and dramatic week in Austin TX, we are excited to return to our regularly scheduled programming and to highlight an entrepreneur with a unique career trajectory.
Casey von Neumann started out as many of us do, by freelancing, teaching music classes to students in Atlanta, G.A.
As her client base grew, she began scaling her services into a full-blown music school called Eclectic Music and has since built multiple businesses in the education space.
It wasn't long though before Casey discovered that she had trapped herself in the day-to-day operations of her business.
She was forced to come to the difficult realization that she was a "bad boss" who needed to make fundamental changes to the way that she interacted with her team.
Casey has recently begun sharing what she has learned from that experience by coaching entrepreneurs in an area where so many of us struggle - building, keeping, and managing a team.
Casey joins us this week to share her entrepreneurial origin story, what it means to be a "bad boss", and how we as entrepreneurs can take steps at the onset of our business to create a better work environment for ourselves and our employees.
There's No Business Like Snow Business
Austin, TX was hit by a very unique winter storm preventing the team from putting out a full episode this week.
TMBA584: From Services Failure to Software Success
This week's episode features a story with a lot of familiar themes.
Today's guest started out as so many of us do, with a weekend side hustle.
Amar Ghose is the CEO of ZenMaid, a niche scheduling software for maid services that he co-founded in 2013.
When his first attempt at launching a maid services company failed, Amar was able to use what he learned from that experience to pivot into a software product designed for other businesses in the maid services industry.
Amar joins us this week to talk about the origins of ZenMaid, what playing online poker has taught him about running a business, how he has applied digital marketing strategies to a blue-collar industry, and a whole lot more.
TMBA583: Building a Business With the Intention to Sell
Today's podcast is about a topic that near and dear to our hearts and one that we've actually written a book about in the past.
Longtime listeners know that roughly six years ago we sold our product business, and in the years since we have spent a considerable amount of time processing that decision and examining what happens not only at the core of successful exits but in the aftermath of them as well.
John Warrilow is the author of a trilogy of books about this very subject, including Built to Sell, The Automatic Customer, and his most recent book The Art of Selling Your Business.
He has also spoken with hundreds of entrepreneurs on his own podcast (including our very own Bossman) about their experiences exiting from their businesses.
John joins us on this episode to discuss what makes a successful exit, how to build a business with the intention of selling, what he has learned from speaking to entrepreneurs about exits over the years, and so much more.
TMBA582: The Upwork Hustle
Since the start of the year, we've been focusing heavily on stories about starting new businesses as well as what we believe are the "fundamentals" of being an entrepreneur.
When we received a video message from today's guest, who was telling us how excited he was to finally join our private membership group The Dynamite Circle, we knew we had to hear more about his story.
In just a few short years, Sam Hill has grown his company E Comm CFO to nearly $300,000 in annual revenue, and he was able to do it by straight-up hustling on the freelancing platform Upwork.
This week, we've invited Sam onto the podcast to share the origins of his entrepreneurial story, the nuts and bolts of how he was able to grow a business on Upwork, and some of his guiding principles for entrepreneurship.
TMBA581: 4 Frameworks for Starting a New Business in 2021
We've been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks talking about the "business fundamentals", or the everyday habits that we believe entrepreneurs should be practicing.
In keeping with that theme, we've decided to revisit some specific concepts that we've spoken about on this show in the past, and that we have seen at the core of so many successful entrepreneurial stories.
On today's podcast, we'll be sharing four frameworks for how to get started with a profitable business idea in 2021.
We'll be exploring each of these philosophies, as well as citing some specific examples of how each of these frameworks have been used successfully by the entrepreneurs that we have featured on this podcast in the past.
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Just awesome. Get down to some real business
Absolutely love this podcast. Together with startups for the rest of us.
It helped me to make a mindset shift and transition from a VC type of tech startup [dream] to a real business that makes money. Awesome. Love you guys. Really enjoyed the last episode your response to the "startup" podcast.
Wise beyond their years
Dan and Ian not only evangelise about digital nomadism, they're living wonderfully by it. Actionable and exciting, I'm inspired by the idea I too may one day include reading as a legitimate task whilst growing a business I own. Keep it up and hopefully one day see you in Asia!
The best business podcast on the market. For location independent or aspiring LI entrepreneurs this is brilliant.