Episode # 176 with Jeremie Rodger

Summary:

In Episode #176 Ari – joined by special guest host Kavon of the Less Doing Mastermind Group – interviews Jeremie Rodger, a Couch Surfing veteran and 26 year-old entrepreneur with a natural knack for taking roads less travelled in order to find success. Tune-in to hear Ari and Jeremie talk automation and outsourcing in meticulous detail!

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 17:48 – Introduction of Jeremie Rodger
  • 18:10 – Jeremie shares his background
  • 18:33 – How Jeremie got into business
  • 19:12 – Spent 19-21 travelling around Europe via CouchSurfing.com
  • 19:45 – Jeremie addresses the safety concerns of Couch Surfing
  • 22:15 – As much as Jeremie enjoyed being a broke-hippie, he knew he would need money and a professional future so he started looking at digital opportunities
  • 23:10 – Started making websites and then started outsourcing website design
  • 23:43 – Jeremie got into the Yoga niche on Amazon
  • 24:25 – Sometimes the best ideas are reverse-engineered
  • 25:50 – Get good at hiring people overseas to cut down on your costs and time
  • 26:33 – What are the repeatable processes that happen and who’s going to do them?
  • 27:21 – When you do something twice, it takes you more than 10 minutes, and/or you don’t like doing it, that’s a ripe opportunity for systemization
  • 28:29 – Some people don’t realize how much time can be saved if they just shift their mindset
  • 29:29 – Until people are forced to do something, they’ll often avoid doing it
  • 30:30 – How Jeremie systemizes everything using: Google Sites, Dropbox, Slack, Asana, Screenflow
  • 32:48 – Sometimes Ari creates a complicated process for automation to better pinpoint where problems are when they happen
  •  34:50 – Talking about Slack
  • 35:17 – MeeKan—a scheduling bot
  • 37:00 – Jeremie makes screencasts of everything he does and then uploads said videos to a private YouTube Channel
  • 39:50 – “Oh fuck, we need systems”—truer words were never spoken
  • 41:00 – Jeremie’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective
    • 41:18 – Think more like a board member or shareholder than a manager
    • 42:10 – The best productivity tool of all time is staff
    • 43:19 – Have a great product

7 Key Points:

  1. Don’t be stupid—you NEED systems and processes.
  2. Don’t be afraid to drop everything and travel—some of life’s greatest insights, opportunities, and people are discovered that way.
  3. Think like a shareholder, not a manager.
  4. Learn how to hire people overseas.
  5. If you do something twice, take longer than 10 minutes, or you don’t like doing it, find a way to automate or outsource.
  6. Identify repeatable process and automate them.
  7. Sometimes the best way to start doing something (or defeat a fear) is to intentionally put yourself in a hole with no other way out.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Vida – Personal Health Coaching
  • Minute.ly – Watch and share only the best parts of the videos you love
  • Native App – Virtual travel assistant
  • PennySaved – Similar to Mint, a personal finance coach to help people manage their money
  • Open Listings – Expert homebuyer support with an average $23K refund
  • Mapstr – Never forget places again—a personalized map of your world
  • Keelo – Short, high-intensity workouts—an app focused entirely on HITT workouts
  • Sip Snap – A silicone cover that can be used to turn any cup into a spill proof sippy-cup Coupon Code: 4ARI

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