What is the best way to start your own business? Should you quit your day job before you start? In this video, I go over a few strategies you can use to start your first business even if you don"t have an idea yet. Watch the video to find out.

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Do you know the story of Plenty of Fish (POF)?

Maybe you’re a member? 🙂

What I love most about the story is the way its founder, Marcus Frind built it.

He didn’t raise a bunch of money.
He didn’t dump all his life savings into the startup.
He didn’t even quit his job and jump in full time.

Instead, Marcus got up early every morning BEFORE his day job, and worked on it late into the night instead of watching Netflix, or playing video games like other would-be wantrepreneurs would.

Oh, and after 10 years he got acquired by Match Group for 0M.

Did I mention he was Canadian (probably why I like him so much 🙂

In a nutshell… he put in the work.

He proved that going “all in” has nothing to do with quitting your day job and EVERYTHING to do with quitting all else that doesn’t serve your mission.

And that’s why I wanted to share my 5 best (and unexpected) strategies for getting lift off in your start up.

Even if you still work a 9-5 and feel like there are a million things anchoring you down.

In this video, I go over 5 strategies you can use to start a business RIGHT AWAY.

One of my favorite strategies is implementing the mindset that you’re not supposed to know how to do it before you start!

That means getting your “ducks in a row” is not the way to start.

Another strategy is to organize an event!?!

Yep, organize an event!


Because there’s nothing better to actually simulate what starting a business is really like than creating an event.

You’ll learn about product creation, negotiation, pricing, sales and operational management.

Those are only 2 out of 5 ideas I share in this week’s video.

Watch the rest to really take your business from the sideline to the starting line!

With gratitude,

– Dan

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“You can only keep what you give away.” That’s the mantra that’s shaped Dan Martell from a struggling 20-something business owner in the Canadian Maritimes (which is waaay out east) to a successful startup founder who’s raised more than million in venture funding and exited not one… not two… but three tech businesses: Clarity.fm, Spheric, and Flowtown.

You can only keep what you give away. That philosophy has led Dan to invest in 33+ early stage startups such as Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce, and Foodspotting. It’s also helped him shape the future of Hootsuite as an advisor to the social media tour de force.

An activator, a tech geek, an adrenaline junkie and, yes, a romantic (ask his wife Renee), Dan has recently turned his attention to teaching startups a fundamental, little-discussed lesson that directly impacts their growth: how to scale. You’ll find not only incredible insights in every moment of every talk Dan gives – but also highly actionable takeaways that will propel your business forward. Because Dan gives freely of all that he knows. After all, you can only keep what you give away.

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