The UpFlip podcast is where you get to unravel how great businesses are built, how they are run behind the scenes, and how their success can be replicated. We feed on the idea that no matter what the circumstances are, the American Dream is still just around the corner. With over 100+ videos and 38 million views on YouTube, UpFlip has ignited the spark that rekindles the fire of entrepreneurship in its ever-growing 520K+ audience. Through this podcast, we aim at sharing practical nuggets of gold and brilliant advice with you by making knowledge more accessible. For more information about us and our services, please visit https://www.upflip.com.
How to Start a $480K/Year Online Course Business
An online course is an appealing way to earn passive income, or add an extra revenue stream to an existing business. You don’t need any special expertise to do it, either, and Jacques Hopkins is proof. He turned his hobby playing piano into a $40,000 a month business when he started Piano in 21 Days, and you’ll hear how in this interview.
Jacques had a traditional career as an engineer but wanted a job that would give him more free time. He realized he used practicing piano to procrastinate, and decided to make that passion the heart of his new business. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s not a piano virtuoso, but he does know how to build an evergreen sales funnel, and knowing how to sell online course content proved to be the key to unlocking his business growth.
One of the best things about an online course business is its low barrier to entry. Jacques started his with a budget of around $150 a month, and those costs have stayed low as he’s grown, meaning about 50% of his revenue is profit. He’ll explain the main costs an entrepreneur should budget for and how to make the most of that investment, along with how to set up smart systems and build a team to make your income as passive as possible. If you want to know how to create an online course, this is the podcast episode for you!
Piano in 21 Days - See Jacques’ course and learn more about his business on his websiteThe Online Course Show - Learn more from Jacques’ podcastWordpress - Website design and hosting platform Kajabi - Popular platform for designing and selling online coursesClickFunnels - Powerful tool for building and managing sales funnelsDeadlineFunnel - Marketing and lead conversion toolUpwork - Freelancer marketplace Slack - Virtual communication platformAsana - Project and workflow management platformZoom - Video conferencing toolExpert Secrets - A playbook on how to turn one-time customers into repeat businessLaunch - A winning formula for selling any type of product onlineThe 4-Hour Workweek - Expert advice on how to master your work/life balance as an entrepreneurUpFlip HUB - Learn more about how to start a business from scratch
How to Start a T-Shirt Printing Business (And Scale It to 7-Figures)
Kerry Egeler started Shirt School in 2019 to help other t-shirt printing business owners start their store and grow revenue. In three years, the Shirt School has grown into a $50,000 a month business, and there’s no telling how much revenue it’s helped to generate for those who use the knowledge to start t-shirt printing online.
Kerry’s marketing expertise is central to his success both with t-shirt printing and his online course. He’ll share his marketing insights today, along with his advice on how to choose the right niche, connect with your target customers, and everything else you need to know to start a profitable online t-shirt business.
Along with his knowledge, Kerry will share some of his favorite tools, software, and platforms for growing an online t-shirt business. This includes resources for where to find designs, the best sites for selling t-shirts, and the best places to advertise to grow a customer base quickly.
Shirt School - Take Kerry’s course and learn how to start your own online t-shirt businessKerry Egeler on YouTube - Hear more insights and advice from KerryPlaceit - Templates, logos, and other designs for apparelCanva - Graphic design and print-on-demand toolShopify - Popular eCommerce platform for online shirt storesEtsy - Marketplace for handcrafted, custom goodsFiverr - Freelancer platformMeta for Business - Manage your Facebook ads and business presenceInstagram Business - Dashboard for managing your ads on InstagramTikTok - Popular social media platform for engaging with customersKlaviyo - eCommerce marketing softwareTaxJar - Sales tax compliance toolDotcom Secrets - A playbook for using sales funnels to grow an online businessExpert Secrets - How to turn online visitors into loyal repeat customersTraffic Secrets - Guide for filling your sales funnels with your target customersUpFlip - Find both eCommerce and brick-and-mortar businesses on the UpFlip listings
How to Hire the Right Way for Your Small Business
A strong team is crucial for business success—but how do you hire the right people to build that team? Workology founder Jessica Miller-Merrell knows the answer, and in this episode she shares her hiring and human resources expertise to explain how to hire the best people for your business.
Workology was founded in 2005 as an HR resource destination for small business owners. Since its founding, the site has twice been listed among Forbes Magazine’s top recruitment resources. They’ve helped nationally-known companies like Whole Foods, Home Depot, and AT&T optimize their talent acquisition and management processes. Along with her paid consulting work, Jessica shares her insights for free on the Workology Podcast, one of the best team-building knowledge resources in the business podcast world.
In this episode, Jessica talks through the steps of how to attract and retain top talent in a small business. You’ll learn where to find talent, how to identify the best candidates, and how to manage that team once you’ve built it to keep them engaged so your business gets the full benefits of their skills.
Workology - Learn about Workology or listen to their podcast on their websiteLinkedIn - Professional networking platform that’s a great place to find talentADP - Payroll and HR servicesGusto - Platform for managing payroll, benefits, and other HR processesJustworks - Another software option for managing small business payroll and employeesTikTok - Popular social media platformZoom - Video conferencing serviceNever Split the Difference - Book by hostage negotiator Chris Voss on how to gain the competitive edge in any discussion or negotiationUpFlip Blog - Find more advice on how to start and grow a business
How to Start a $450K/Month Epoxy Flooring Business
How much money and experience do you need to start an epoxy floor coating business? Brandon Vaughn invested $45,000 to start Wise Coatings in 2021. Now, he has 8 locations bringing in a total revenue of $450,000 or more every month with 15-25% profit margins, and he’s talking to UpFlip to share how he did it.
Brandon started Wise Coatings as an experiment. He wanted to see if someone could start a business without spending a single day working in the field. Instead, he focused on setting up smart systems, hiring a great team, and marketing the business to bring in more customers. So far, his experiment has proven a success, and he’s built a scalable garage floor coating company with huge revenue potential as a result.
Of course, no business is perfect all the time. We’ll hear what Brandon has struggled with as he’s grown his business, what mistakes he made early on, and how he corrected those issues to get Wise Coatings back on a profitable track. He’ll share his successes, too, and how he has used his expertise with business systems to set up his garage floor epoxy business for fast growth from day one.
Wise Coatings - Find out more about Brandon’s business at their websiteConquer - Financial workshops hosted by BrandonHouseCall Pro - Workflow app for home improvement businessesQuickBooks - Financial management software QuickBooks Time - Timesheet and employee time tracking softwareSortly - Inventory management appFleetio - Fleet management and maintenance software toolVonage - Business phone and communication systemIndeed - Great place to find talent for a small businessZipRecruiter - Top hiring and recruiting platform for professionalsThe E-Myth Revisited - Excellent business book by Michael E. GerberUpFlip YouTube channel - See more interviews with business ownersUpFlip Blog - Advice on how to start and grow a business
$30K/Month Passive Income on Amazon: How He Did It
Ryan Hogue made his first sale on Amazon in early 2017. Five years later, he has scaled it to an average revenue of $30,000 per month with 25% to 30% profit margins and added a print-on-demand aspect to his Amazon FBA business—impressive numbers for any business, and especially so because it’s passive income.
On this episode, Ryan shares his advice on how to start an Amazon FBA business with 7-figure revenue potential. He’ll talk through the steps of setting up this kind of business, what systems you should put in place to make your business scalable, and how he uses automation and other tools to maximize the value he gets from every hour he invests into his Amazon store.
Selling products isn’t Ryan’s only revenue stream. He also sells online courses in the Ryan’s Method Passive Income School that teach others how to run an Amazon business. We’ll find out how these multiple income streams helped grow his business, along with other tips for how entrepreneurs can make more money without sacrificing their free time. If you’re thinking about becoming an Amazon seller, this episode will be a game-changer for you!
Ryan’s Method - Hear more of Ryan’s insights in his online business coursesRyan Hogue on YouTube - Free insights into Ryan’s method on his YouTube channelAmazon Seller Central - Become a seller through AmazonJungleScout - Tools and data to help grow an Amazon businessAlibaba - Marketplace of suppliers for online businessesFeedbackWhiz - Software that helps Amazon sellers boost sales and reviewsUpFlip Blog - See more tips on how to start and grow a businessUpFlip HUB - Useful information for first-time business owners
Secrets of the $9M/Year eCommerce Business
Michael Jackness started his eCommerce business journey in 2012 with the purchase of Treadmill.com. In the decade since, he’s bought, grown, and sold several other websites. As part of EcomCrew, Michael shares his insight on how to start an eCommerce business on their monthly blog and podcast, and now he’s in the UpFlip studio to give that advice directly to our listeners.
With his IT background, Michael is particularly adept on the software side of running an eCommerce business. He talks about the tools they use at EcomCrew and how to utilize strategies like SEO, email marketing, and other tech tools to boost eCommerce revenue. He’ll also get into the nitty-gritty of how to start an eCommerce business, from choosing the right niche and store platform to which marketing and advertising will give you the best return on your investment.
If you’re thinking about starting an eCommerce business, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss! Michael has leveraged his experience and tech knowledge to build a $ 750,000-a-month revenue with 8-12% profit margins, and the tips he’s sharing in this interview can help you to follow in his footsteps.
EcomCrew - Learn more from EcomCrew on their monthly blog and podcastKlaviyo - Email and SMS marketing automation platformHelium 10 - Useful software for Amazon FBA and Walmart sellers Jungle Scout - Resources and data for Amazon sellersQuickBooks - Financial management software for all types of small businessesShopify - Leading eCommerce platformWordPress - Free website building and hosting platform ideal for eCommerce businessesUpFlip YouTube channel - Hear more interviews with business owners on our YouTube channel
Great content for first time business owners!
I really wish I listened to this podcast when I first started my business. I had a lot of the issues and stresses the podcast addresses and I feel like it would’ve helped me a lot when dealing with them at the time. I have since put my business “on hold”, and listening to this podcast is giving me the encouragement and motivation to take the leap again. Thank you for the great content and information! 🙏🏻
A Flip in the right direction
Finally a podcast that I can listen to, that is actually educational and helpful.
The host asks the right questions, dives in deep and gets that useful information that people never ask. I have a long drive to work, so I just put an episode on and sip on my Starbucks and get schooled in business!
Thank you upflip for killin it in the business/entrepreneurial podcast arena… getting in there and expanding my mind to other industries. Even if I don’t plan to ever open certain businesses that are discussed here, they all actually have great advice in marketing, how they got their start, start up costs, software they use in their own businesses, and recommendations on how to promote differently.
It gives me other ways to market my business and brand and lights that fire under my butt that gets me to think outside the box.
Powerful bites of information throughout the podcast. So thank you UpFlip!