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To be an entrepreneur you have to be a little bit of a Rebel. You have to do things differently, you have to take risks other people aren't willing to take and you need to be brave enough to take action. For years Alan Donegan has battled against the traditional plan that the world has for us: When Alan went for help from the British Government to start a business. They told him to write a business plan; get a load of debt and did more to put him off starting than they did to help. Alan spent the next 12 years of his life thinking, studying, learning about business and searching for a better way to start-up without debt. This search enabled him to create his own successful training business and then to take those skills and launch PopUp Business School which now operates in 5 different countries around the world and helps thousands of people a year to build businesses without debt. The belief that it takes money to make money traps people around the world from ever taking control of their future and making their own money. This is the belief that he wants to fundamentally destroy with this podcast and empower you to get going debt free! What is the purpose of this podcast? "This is an effort to put out into the world the support I wish I had when I was starting my business. I want to do what I felt the British Government was never able to do and that is to help people start-up without debt and make money doing something they love. If you need help with your business, motivation, inspiration and energy then this podcast is for you. Join The Rebellion" -Alan Donegan

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    The Big Christmas Push

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 44:26


    Twenty percent of ALL retails sales happen in the six weeks leading to Christmas with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Christmas push. Adam from Craft Box Club is gearing up for Christmas, setting up the website, creating the marketing materials, and wondering if the Christmas sales will come or not. Join Alan and Adam as they discuss the frustration of taking all the "right" actions and not seeing the results as soon as they would like to!

    The Aftermath of Closing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 51:46


    After finding out the loan Peter started his business with was interest only, and realizing he still has a huge debt after the income is long gone, we work to understand how we got here, come up with a plan to get out of debt, and put to bed the past issues. This episode is all about debt and how to dig your way out of it. Join Alan as he talks about how to negotiate on debt and the Debt Attack Strategy that he and his wife Katie created together to help people crush debt in the quickest possible timeframe.

    Is This Still A Business?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 48:53


    Alan received a disturbing message from Adam on Whatsapp saying "I am wondering if this is still a business?" Join Alan as he finds out what is going on, works with Adam to think about the business and positives and whether it's worth pushing through with this business and seeing if Christmas will bring the presents that Adam really wants.

    Dealing With Debt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 62:35


    You started your business with a business plan and a loan. You took out debt to build your business! But what if it doesn't work out? What if it goes wrong? Join Alan as he works with Peter from the Rebel Business School Charleston event and helps him tackle the aftermath of a failed business. This is a crucial episode to listen to and share with anyone thinking of building a business the traditional way with loans and debt. There are some CRITICAL LESSONS that we can all take away from this podcast.

    Where Has All The Traffic Gone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 56:56


    After looking into the website traffic numbers on Google anayltics Adam has realised the traffic to his website has fallen dramatically since last year. Join Alan as they attempt to diagnose the business problem, uncover the cause, and work out what to do next. When things going wrong you need to become a detective and work to really understand the numbers.

    Winning The Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 50:54


    When you start your business there is only one of you. Just you on your own. Maybe you will have a friend or two to help but it is all up to you. This is daunting and exciting because you have complete autonomy over what you do. The question is how do you get the most out of your week? How do you make sure you get the key things done? How do you make progress? In this episode Alan is joined by Demir Bentley who has spent 10 years as a productivity coach, they start by exploring venture capital and angel investors before getting into the keys to getting things done and making progress.

    Weathering a Lull

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 55:41


    Last week, we talked to Adam from Craft Box Club about mindfulness exercises and visualizing success for the business. This week, we check in to see how those exercises have been going. Adam, like so many entrepreneurs, is facing a lull. For his crafting business, his challenge is the warmer weather luring people outside instead of crafting indoors. But lulls (seasonal or otherwise) are something all entrepreneurs face. We talked about how to figure out when it's time to cut and run, how to think more positively, and how to weather the lull that he's in - both practically and mentally.

    Where should I focus my sales effort?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 54:21


    Is selling a product different to selling a service? Join Alan as he meets CheyAnne the founder of Shine Athleisure and they figure out together the best way to sell her products. CheyAnne could sell directly or she could work to sell through retailers. What is the right approach? How will she find the customers she needs? Answer the questions Alan asks alongside CheyAnne and this episode will help you diagnose where you are with your sales process and where to go next! Links: https://www.shineathleisure.com/

    Pessimist or Optimist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 43:32


    Are you a pessimist that looks for everything that could go wrong and always looks at the worst case scenario? Or are you a dreamer with your head in the clouds, always looking at the moon shot possibilities and wondering about the size of your imminent success? How do you balance the two in your business? You need to protect from the downside and the risk but you also need to push forward with energy, enthusiasm, and optimism if you are ever to reach your dream. This episode is about balancing pessimism and optimisim within your business.

    Finding Purpose

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 60:46


    Do you feel like you are working on what you are meant to be working on? Are you making progress, driving along and feeling like you are on the right path? In a very different episode of The Rebel Entrepreneur, meet Doc G, a hospice doctor that learned from his dying patients about regret, purpose, and identity. If you really want your business to click, to find the connections you need to drive forward, then this is the episode for you. Without clarity on purpose and direction you won't find happiness let alone business success.

    Marketing Mini Experiments 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 59:14


    It's time to check in with Adam from Craft Box Club once again. His business has been lagging a bit in light of the summer months and people choosing to spend time outside. We discussed marketing strategies that might help him overcome this hurdle. If you haven't obtained your customers' phone numbers and don't yet know the magic of reaching out to them personally (and not by e-mail), prepare to be amazed. Learn how making your customers feel loved and special can help you reach your business goals.

    How to Contact Journalists

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 63:02


    How do you get your business noticed? In a world of influencers and print media, how do you make sure that your business gets noticed? In this episode, Alan and Adam go through the advice of Jon Card (from Full Story Media)  about getting into the press and then discuss how to practically apply that advice. Listen to this episode if you want to get your business noticed, featured, and out there.

    Employee # 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 63:17


    Taking on your first employee is a big decision and can be HUGELY difficult to get right. Join Henry (the first person Alan ever hired) as he tells you what it is like working for Alan and what he has learned about taking on staff. They discuss culture, working together, motivating staff, and more. Henry and Alan have made all the mistakes between them so you don't have to! https://therebelschool.com/ 

    Get To The Results Faster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 33:46


    At the end of the last episode, Toby went away to work to get some actual "Nos" and to find out if his mini-experiment is a success or not. Join Alan and Toby as they find out if the Father's Day sale worked, if he got rejected, and whether or not he is going to continue to experiment with this business or try something else.

    Marketing Mini-Experiments 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 61:45


    You are a grown-up business, spending money on advertising. You are investing in Facebook adverts, working hard to grow your business and test your ideas. Join Adam and Alan as they review the numbers, work out the return on investment for the advertising money and explore how to keep growing the business. Let's get geeky with the numbers as we review the Facebook marketing mini-experiments and dive deep into the data.

    Marketing Mini Experiments 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 62:24


    I have been talking to you about running marketing mini-experiments, getting out there and testing and measuring the results. Last episode, Adam started testing email marketing, Facebook adverts and influencer outreach. This week we get to find out the results. Did it work? Did he lose money on the Facebook advert? Did anyone respond to his outreach? Marketing is a series of running tests, measuring the results, and working out if we made money or not! This one is a must listen!

    Are You In Business Purgatory?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 41:29


    You have run a mini-experiment and launched your business! Yay. But the results have not been what you wanted so you keep going. You do everything we say on the podcast, you are pushing out there, positing, sharing, and being social, but you have been receiving a wall of SILENCE in return. You don't know what to do. Should you keep going despite the silence? Should you close the business? Should you get a job? You are trapped in business purgatory and don't know what to do. Join Alan as he coached Toby out of business purgatory and towards an answer to his mini-experiment!

    How To Get Featured In The Press

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 71:47


    How do you get your business featured in the press? Jon Card writes regularly for The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph, and is the author of How to Make Your Company Famous. As a journalist, Jon interviewed many of the world's foremost entrepreneurs. But there came a time when he realised it was time to start answering their questions, including: (1) "How do I get my business noticed by the media?" (2) "What do I have to do to get ready for media coverage?" and (3) "What's the best way to contact journalists?"

    Do deals really just come to you?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 80:41


    Do deals really just come to you? Will people really just call you out of the blue and offer you business? Meet Elia Twigg, one of the listeners of the show who has just gone full time into her own company. We find out how she started, how she went from employee to part time on both business and when she finally made the choice to give up employment and go all in on her own business. Along the way we uncover tips, tricks, and business strategies that will help you to grow your business.

    Marketing Mini Experiments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 60:01


    It is so tempting to spend money on Facebook adverts or Google adverts: the promised land of an advert that brings in customers and builds your business whilst you sleep. Countless adverts pop up in your timeline offering you these services: "Pay us and we will manage your adverts for you!" "Come on this course and we will teach you the 'secrets' of Facebook advertising!" Is it time to go all in? Or is it time to run a marketing mini experiment?

    Building Rebel Colombia From Scratch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 50:00


    Is entrepreneurship the same the world over? Can you take a business school that worked in the UK and transpose it to France, Morocco, and then Colombia? Alan has spent 4 months in Colombia helping set up Rebel Business School Colombia and wondered what the journey had been like for the team on the ground actually doing the work. If you have ever wanted to launch a business or idea into a new marketplace, then join Alan as he finds out what it is really like, what worked, what didn't, and the emotional rollercoaster along the way!

    Ideas for marketing your business

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 51:30


    Building a successful business takes daily marketing activity. People aren't just going to stumble across your business and buy. You need to get their attention, show them your product or service and ask them to buy. In this episode Alan coaches Adam from Craft Box Club UK to come up with marketing ideas, evaluate them and decide which ones to implement.

    The History of Rebel Business School

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 68:27


    How did Rebel Business School start? Was it as easy as writing, selling and delivering a course? Dani Angel the co-founder of Rebel Colombia wanted to learn more about how Alan and Simon build Rebel Business School in the UK, the problems they faced and how they overcame them. This episode is packed full of motivational ideas, practical tips and insights that we hope will inspire you to keep going with your business ideas!

    Sales Success!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 43:53


    What happened to Adam's business after the session with Jennifer Vessels? We check in with Craft Box Club to find out what is happening with the sales, how the business is growing and how Adam is feeling. Check out https://craftboxclub.co.uk/ to see Adam's business and see what he sells as we work through what's happening next with his business.

    SEO Mini Experiments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 55:28


    How much time should you spend optimizing your website for search engines? Is search engine optimization a strategy worth following for small businesses to gain customers. After years of research and experimentation, Alan has amped up his efforts on his blog, to get to the top of the Google results. After the crash of a frustrating mini-experiment on people per hour, he asks Henry from The Rebel Business School team for help working out how to optimize his website for Google. In this episode, you can learn from Alan's mistakes and Henry's guidance on how to improve your website for the Google rankings.

    Silicon Valley Meets UK Crafting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 68:38


    What business is furthest from the high tech start-ups of Silicon Valley? Alan's answer was a craft business from Reading, Berkshire in the UK. In this episode Jennifer Vessels, an innovation expert from Silicon Valley who has worked with Google, Adobe and Netflix, takes what she has learnt and helps Adam from Craft Box Club in the UK with his business. We talk innovation, marketing and sales and how to apply the ideas to your business.

    Is SEO Right For You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 58:25


    Is SEO right for you? Should you be using search-engine optimization to get customers to find you? It is the fabled beast of all marketing where you have created your website, worked to become the top result in Google and then floods of customers turn up at your inbox or on your phone and you don't have to do anything else. Is it actually real? How much effort does it take? Can you actually become the number one result on Google for the keywords you want to? In this episode, Alan interviews a search engine optimization expert, Farzad Rashidi to learn whether it's possible for mere mortals like us to get to the top of the google rankings!

    How to Define Your Sales Offer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 49:07


    Shuold you go networking? Should you join BNI? What do you offer when you get there? How do you find new clients? Join Christina Russo of Fresh Print Media and Alan as they talk about networking, defining your sales offer and having the energy of starting a new year every single month. This episode is designed to get you thinking, inspired and start you selling again!

    Ten Guerilla Marketing Techniques

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 81:00


    Guerilla marketing is an advertisement strategy in which a company uses surprise or unconventional interactions in order to promote a product or service. In this episode, Alan talks to Larry and Jon from the Handyman Pro podcast about different ways to promote your business, find customers, and stand out from the competition. Join us for an episode jam-packed with marketing tips and techniques.

    Closing the Sale

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 37:57


    This is the point where we all get nervous. You have had a good chat, you've made friends, and it looks like they are interested in what you have got to sell! YAY. But how do you close it? How do you go from comfortable chat to final sale and getting the cash? In this episode learn different closing teqniques that you can use to close more sales and increase revewnue alongside Christina from Fresh Print Media! Let's get closing and sell sell sell!

    Marketing your small business

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 54:38


    The perennial problem for small businesses is finding customers. How do you get people interested in your art, product, or service? As entrepreneurs we are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest way to get customers but should we focus on doing the basics of marketing well? Alan coaches Neft, an art business owner in Mexico, on how to find customers online.

    The BIG review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 61:26


    Sometimes you need to stop and take stock of where you are with your business. After 29 episodes of working with Christina on Fresh Print Media we stop and take stock on the journey, are we where we want to be with the website? How is the sales process going? Are the contracts working? Join Christina and Alan and review your business alongside them to work out where you need to focus next!

    Building a conference from scratch with Diania Merriam

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 64:28


    How do you build a national conference from scratch? Meet Diania Merriam, who decided to build EconoMe, a national conference in the USA about Financial Independence. She shares the ups and downs, the mistakes, and the successes with the aim of helping you grow your business to the next level. Check out the EconoMe Conference.

    How big is your outreach?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 48:13


    The size of your outreach determines the size of your results. Are you making sales call? Sending sales emails? Going networking? Chasing down leads? If you are selling, marketing, and promoting the sales won't come in! Join Alan and Christina as they talk through the sales activity that Christina is doing and surprise news from the sales coal face at the beginning of the episode!

    Mile High Rebels

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 61:52


    When one door closes another one tends to pop open (if you are pushing out there into the universe!) In this episode, you will get to meet Doug and Carl, the hosts of the Mile High FI podcast network and the new home of the Rebel Entrepreneur. Join us as we discuss the future of the podcast, why we are teaming up, and hopefully a few ideas, nuggets, and tips for you as you grow your business.

    Mile High Rebels with Carl Jensen and Doug Cunnington

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 61:53


    When one door closes another one tends to pop open. (if you are pushing out there into the universe!) In this episode you will get to meet Doug and Carl, the hosts of the Mile High FI podcast network and the new home of the Rebel Entrepreneur. Join us as we discuss the future of the podcast, why we are teaming up, and hopefully a few ideas, nuggets, and tips for you as you grow your business.  

    Strategies For Confident Cold Calling | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 39:01


    Do you feel confident making sales calls? Or do you get a sense of dread or nervousness everytime you think about picking up the phone? We all have strategies that we use on a day to day basis to keep ourselves safe from doing activities that we think might hurt us, but sometimes these startegies get attached to things we really need to do; like making sales calls; and tear us apart. We want to call because it will build our business, but what if we don't know what to say? What if they ask a question I can't answer? What if they are angry that I interrupt them? Join Alan and Christina as they explore strategies for succesful cold calling.

    Is It Time To Scale Up? With Rob Phelan of The Simple Startup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 50:56


    There comes a point in any business where you just have too much on! You are overwhelmed by the amount of business, all the things that need to get done and you start to think about hiring! Is it time to scale up? Should I hire? Get a virtual assistant?  Can I soldier on? It is only my weekends and evenings that are suffering! In this Episode Rob Phelan of the Simple StartUp and Alan discuss overwhelm from too many projects, focus, and if scaling up your business really is the right thing to do or not?

    Is It Time To Scale Up? With Rob Phelan of The Simple Startup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 50:57


    There comes a point in any business where you just have too much on! You are overwhelmed by the amount of business, all the things that need to get done and you start to think about hiring! Is it time to scale up? Should I hire? Get a virtual assistant?  Can I soldier on? It is only my weekends and evenings that are suffering! In this Episode Rob Phelan of the Simple StartUp and Alan discuss overwhelm from too many projects, focus, and if scaling up your business really is the right thing to do or not?

    How Do You Actually Begin Selling? | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 42:10


    If I asked you to go make 5 sales call now could you do it? Where would you start? After our last episode with Christina her homework was to call 5 people. She struggled to do it and in this episode we find out why, how to overcome it, and if it actually works. Join Alan and Christina as we break down sales, where to start, and how to make those first calls.   Click Here To Sign Alan’s Petition!

    How Do You Actually Begin Selling? | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 42:11


    If I asked you to go make 5 sales call now could you do it? Where would you start? After our last episode with Christina her homework was to call 5 people. She struggled to do it and in this episode we find out why, how to overcome it, and if it actually works. Join Alan and Christina as we break down sales, where to start, and how to make those first calls.   Click Here To Sign Alan's Petition!

    Start Up Stories: Launching A Creative Business With Matt Parker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 62:37


    How do you create monetary stability as a creative? In a field where steady income can be hard to come by, where should you start looking to find some form of security? Instead of searching for these things, this week's guest Matt Parker suggests ways in which you can create it for yourself! Together, he and Alan discuss how altering your lifestyle as opposed to looking for more can create the lee-way needed to continue doing the work you love doing! Click Here To Sign Alan’s Petition! Click Her To Sign Up For The Rebel Finance School!

    Start Up Stories: Launching A Creative Business With Matt Parker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 62:38


    How do you create monetary stability as a creative? In a field where steady income can be hard to come by, where should you start looking to find some form of security? Instead of searching for these things, this week's guest Matt Parker suggests ways in which you can create it for yourself! Together, he and Alan discuss how altering your lifestyle as opposed to looking for more can create the lee-way needed to continue doing the work you love doing! Click Here To Sign Alan's Petition! Click Her To Sign Up For The Rebel Finance School!

    Developing Sales Skills | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:40


    Sales are the lifeblood of your business. If you don’t have sales coming in, fresh clients, and increased income, then your business is withering and dying. Christina Russo is learning sales skills to grow her photography business. Join her on the journey to learn, implement, and use sales skills to increase turnover and find the most fun clients to work with. This week we are finding out how Christina got on with the Brian Tracy sales videos, the list she was going to create, and if she has been reaching out and making this sales phone calls! Click Here To Sign Alan’s Petition! Click Her To Sign Up For The Rebel Finance School!

    Developing Sales Skills | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:41


    Sales are the lifeblood of your business. If you don't have sales coming in, fresh clients, and increased income, then your business is withering and dying. Christina Russo is learning sales skills to grow her photography business. Join her on the journey to learn, implement, and use sales skills to increase turnover and find the most fun clients to work with. This week we are finding out how Christina got on with the Brian Tracy sales videos, the list she was going to create, and if she has been reaching out and making this sales phone calls! Click Here To Sign Alan's Petition! Click Her To Sign Up For The Rebel Finance School!

    When Do You Pay Yourself A Wage? With Mike Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 51:29


    The transition from employee to entrepreneur can be a tough one. Certain fundamentals change completely, such as getting a wage every month or two weeks. When you are first starting this can be tough to get your head around! When do I pay myself? What will my salary be? How do I get money out of my business? Join Mike Jones as he asks Alan all about the transition from wages to entrepreneur.

    Mike Jones Final mixdown

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 51:30


    The transition from employee to entrepreneur can be a tough one. Certain fundamentals change completely, such as getting a wage every month or two weeks. When you are first starting this can be tough to get your head around! When do I pay myself? What will my salary be? How do I get money out of my business? Join Mike Jones as he asks Alan all about the transition from wages to entrepreneur.

    Learn How To Sell | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 43:58


    If you don’t sell anything you don’t have a business. Sales is one of the most important functions in any business! It brings in money, is the lifeblood of business, and helps build your vision. Sales is also one of the most misunderstood and hated subjects in business. If we say the word “salesman” to you, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Join Alan and Christina as they work out how best to approach learning how to sell and start developing the sales skills to build the business of your dreams. 

    Learn How To Sell | Rebel Coaching Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 43:59


    If you don't sell anything you don't have a business. Sales is one of the most important functions in any business! It brings in money, is the lifeblood of business, and helps build your vision. Sales is also one of the most misunderstood and hated subjects in business. If we say the word "salesman" to you, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Join Alan and Christina as they work out how best to approach learning how to sell and start developing the sales skills to build the business of your dreams. 

    Rebel Book Club With Laura Poole

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 55:08


    Can a book change your life? Or maybe it is what you do after reading the book that actually changes your life? Join Laura Poole, coach, graphic designer, and leader of the Rebel Book club as she discusses with Alan self-development books that have changed our lives, how to read, audio versus text, and hacks to implementing the books you have read. There is no point reading a book if you don't do anything about it afterwards!

    Rebel Book Club With Laura Poole

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 55:07


    Can a book change your life? Or maybe it is what you do after reading the book that actually changes your life? Join Laura Poole, coach, graphic designer, and leader of the Rebel Book club as she discusses with Alan self-development books that have changed our lives, how to read, audio versus text, and hacks to implementing the books you have read. There is no point reading a book if you don’t do anything about it afterwards!

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