By Justin Jackson
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For digital makers who want to earn a living from the things they create. Indie software developers, designers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists, and other creatives!
||Explicit054 – Do this before you do ANYTHING else||Have an idea for a new project? Here's what you should do first (before you write any code!)||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean053 - A marketing tactic no one is talking about||Want to increase sales? Do this first.||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean052 - Help! The robots are coming||What does the future of work and entrepreneurship look like? Here is what you need to know to run a business in a world filled with artificial intelligence, robots, and automation.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean051 - Stay up until your eyeballs bleed||How do you go from no audience, no idea, and no revenue to quitting your day job? Justin tells his story.||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean050 - How I make my money||Justin does a revenue breakdown for his various projects.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean049 – Build things without code||Justin talks about the fundamental truth to building products AND shares some "old person" computer nostalgia.||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean048 - Sell more beer||I've been thinking a lot about how important it is for potential customers to "see your product used in public."||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean047 - Why I'm moving to YouTube (and why you should too)||I've been blogging since 2008 and podcasting since 2012. Why, in 2017, am I starting a YouTube channel?||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean046 - Three tips for aspiring solopreneurs||Looking to make an independent living from the things you make? Is passive income a myth? In this episode I share three lessons I've learned from my first year of going solo.||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean045 - What are you plans, maaaaaan?||We're two months into 2017. What are your plans? Justin shares his goals for this year (revenue, and what he's going to change)||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean044 - What the heck happened last year?||Welcome to 2017! In this episode Justin reviews what happened with the 2016 maker challenge.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean043 - How do you get out of a creative rut?||What do you do when you lose your motivation? When you haven't created anything in weeks? When you no longer like the project you're working on? Justin's had a hard couple of weeks. How can he get back on track?||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean042 - The struggle is real||People want to make progress in their lives. Every single one of us wants a better life. We’re all striving for more.||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit041 - Addicted to progress||Everyone dreams of a better life. But how do you achieve it? Justin gives some context to the idea of "living the dream."||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean040 - Four years lost & wasted||Justin sneaks out of the house on a cold, dark autumn night and records an episode. Topic: why you should learn from practitioners, not professors.||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean039 - Are you a Solopreneur or a Teampreneur?||What kind of entrepreneur are you? Do you want to be like a solo artist, or do you want to be part of a band?||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit038 - What motivates people to buy?||Learn how to make things that people actually want. Justin is joined by author Alan Klement to talk about the "Jobs to be Done" framework .||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean037 - Find and validate good product ideas||After a long hiatus, Justin is back to talk about a system for discovering what people want, and building solutions they'll actually buy.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean036 - Starting with no audience, no idea, and no revenue||What are the different stages to being a solopreneur? Your customers don't want to just "consume your stuff." They want to achieve something! They have a destination in mind.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit035 - Being in traffic almost killed me||How do you quit your day job? You need the freedom ladder.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean034 - Should you start a SaaS company in 2016?||Startups like Slack, Basecamp, and Freshbooks make millions of dollars in monthly recurring revenue by using a model called Software as a Service (SaaS). Should you get into the business? This episode isn't just for programmers and startup people! Lots||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE033 - Where were you?||Real life keeps going, even when you're launching something new. Listen to the podcast for people who make stuff on the internet and earn their income from the things they create.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitE032 - Last chance!||How do you get people to know you exist? Be unexpected. Justin talks about his new book (justinjackson.ca/jolt) and talks with Mikael Cho from Crew in Montreal. They're the awesome makers behind Unsplash.com||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE031 - Don't be like the Rolling Stones||Everyone's trying to be a unicorn. I just want to be like Fat Mike.||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitE030 - Like a kid in a candy store||"The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change." Justin opens up about how his MegaMaker project is going, and what the future holds. (First episode of Season 3)||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE029 - In Real Life||What happens when you meet people from the internet IRL? Also: last episode of Season 2!||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE028 - Stay hungry||Do you know about the Desperation Scale™? Listeners asked me to be more honest about the struggle. So here it is!||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE027 - Do you trust me? DO YOU TRUST ME?||You will not believe what happened to me yesterday. Also: do need to care about your reputation?||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE026 - Get out and play||Justin has a confession. (And people think he looks terrible)||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitE025 - Pull up your bootstraps, Sir||What do you do when you feel tired, haggard, and unmotivated? I'll be honest. I really didn't want to do a show today. Then I figured out two ways to get motivated.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE024 - Do things, tell people||You can't just make things; you have to show your work! Also: how to structure a creative partnership.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE023 - Chase the dream||We have two desires: to create work that connects with people, and to make a living. What happens when things get in the way of that dream?||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE022 - Anxiety society||Listeners chime in on how to reduce maker anxiety, PLUS Justin talks to some real human beings about his current project.||4/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE021 - Eat the chocolate hobbit cake||Why don't people care about what you've made? In this episode: why your "thing" needs to be in people's top 3.||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE020 - Maker mob||Have you heard of a flash mob? It's when a large group of people suddenly show up at the same place, at the same time to perform a specific action. What if we did that, but for new makers? A bunch of us agree to show up, and help a maker with their launc||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE019 - A punch to the face||Creating two web apps at the same time: which one gets more traction?||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE018 - Learning from the rock gods||Iron Maiden teaches us about creative success. And... Marty and Justin announce their second software project.||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE017 - Perfection Pickle||Marty and Justin try to get their first paying customer for their SMS app.||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE016 - I made some mistakes in Barcelona||Justin recounts the story of a missed bus, and getting taken to the beach by strangers.||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtroverted jackass||Burdened by anxiety and self-doubt? Does self-promotion make you cringe? Let's talk about those issues, and how they affect creative people.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUncomfortable with hobbits||We're making the world's first open source band! At the same time, we're talking about the importances of "discomfort" in the creative life.||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaunch when you're scared||Bringing anything you've created into the world is scary. Justin takes you through his checklist for launching a product confidently.||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe guts to be original||We want to make stuff. We want to live a creative life while still making a living. What's the best path to achieve that dream?||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's get weird||Justin texts 150 strangers, and reveals how they replied. Perfectionism can be restrictive. It can hold us back from experimenting, or putting out more work. Makers need to get weird.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI walk the line||Creative work, by it's very nature is divisive. Our work can't be for everybody, but still has to appeal to some people. In this episode we explore this tension of being authentic without being alienating. This is also the last episode in our "self-publi||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHard work; no guarantees||Will everyone achieve their creative dreams, no matter what? This week's maker mission is to self-publish a book. But today's listener questions brought up broader issues, faced by all creatives.||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan we run a warehouse out of our garage?||The general consensus is that authors don't make much money. But in 2012, a young designer found a better way.||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAutomated t-shirt deployment||In this episode, we launch our own custom t-shirt brand. Learn how to create your own t-shirt store, without spending thousands of dollars.||1/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat makes a great shirt?||Millions of shirts are made every year; but how can we make t-shirts that people actually want to wear? Learn how to make your own t-shirts, and watch Justin as he launches his own t-shirt brand.||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPut a little maple syrup in it||A burrito descends on a small town in British Columbia, Canada. There was maple syrup involved.||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe world is creative||Justin reveals that the MegaMaker burrito is being added to the menu at a local restaurant. How is a cooking noob going to make something that people will order for a Friday lunch? Go behind the scenes and hear how a restaurant creates a new menu item.||1/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#justinsburrito||Justin kicks off the weekly maker challenge. What's he's going to try to make in 7 days? If this podcast was Star Wars, the first two episodes would be "A New Hope" and this episode would be "Empire."||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's really driving me?||"Fighting an obstacle to achieve a goal." In this mid-week bonus episode, Justin digs into our creative motivation. Can we express our creativity and make a living at the same time?||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife is better when you make stuff||The new year is here. How can you make this year better than the last? For Justin the answer is to make 100 things.||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
For the doers, builders, and tinkerers. For the makers.
This podcast is excellent. Episode 2 is my favorite thing Justin has done so far (and I follow everything he does):
“Can you have a creative life and still make a living?”
Justin wrestles with the hard questions about why and how to build products, businesses, and other things and how and whether that gives our lives purpose and meaning.
Oh, and somehow he makes that fun to listen to.
Subscribe, you won’t regret it.
My shot of inspiration
For the third time in as many days, I checked my podcast app for a new episode of MegaMaker. Justin’s show is nearing coffee levels of habit. He gives me a similar jolt of energy and inspires me to keep showing up to make things.
A nice look at what it takes to make things
Justin does a great job of letting listeners hear what making things is really like behind the scenes.
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