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Serial Entrepreneur’s David Schomer and Ken Wilson share tips, advice, and insider knowledge about all things Amazon FBA and E-Commerce. Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams by selling physical products online so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love - whether that is spending more time with family or traveling the world. Ken and David have successfully created several six and seven figure online business ventures. During the journey, they have had ...
 
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Episode 109 In this episode, we talk about our experience in owning a warehouse for our ecommerce business and why you should consider building or buying one too. For instance, it offers benefits relating to Amazon FBM (Fulfilled By Merchant). If you think however that owning a warehouse is not fit for your business at the moment, you can explore a…
 
Steve Specializes in strategic planning for multi-location and franchise brands as the founder of Wiideman Consulting Group. He also considers himself a scientist and practitioner of local and e-commerce search engine optimization and paid search advertising. He is the author of SEO Strategy & Skills, a college textbook through Stukent. Wiideman ha…
 
Episode 107 Eli “The Travel Guy” Facenda is a travel-loving entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas. Eli has visited 35 different countries over the last 3 year while growing two businesses and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs experience more freedom through leveraging credit. In 2021 alone, Eli has been a full-time nomad and has flown on near…
 
Episode 106 Dennis Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Postalytics, a fast-growing software company that automates direct mail marketing, measures the results and connects it to CRM/Marketing Automation. Dennis specializes in technology, product development, sales, marketing, finance and HR. In this episode, he will give us a sneak peek into ho…
 
Episode 105 Take a look back at 2021. How are the goals you set at the beginning of the year? In today’s episode, Ken and David review everything; The good, the bad, the ugly, the goals that they achieved, and what lies ahead for them in the new year. [00:01 - 02:49] Opening Segment Back in episode 57, we laid our goals out for 2021 Listen to that …
 
Episode 104 Jessica Totillo Coster is an eCommerce & Email Marketing Strategist for scrappy entrepreneurs. After 20+ years in retail, owning her own multi 6-figure brick & mortar boutique, and 3 years as the ONLY employee of a 7-figure eCommerce store, now she’s sharing everything she learned the hard way so you don’t have to. In this episode, she …
 
Episode 103 Chloe Thomas is a best-selling author, international speaker, and host of both the award-winning eCommerce MasterPlan Podcast and the brand new Keep Optimising Podcast. Chloë is one of the Top 30 eCommerce Influencers 2021 (Scurri) and her podcasts are regularly included in lists of the top eCommerce & marketing podcasts in the world. H…
 
Episode 102 Today, we continue our talk with Travis Chambers, a Forbes 30 Under 30 lister and founder of Chamber.Media. Travis will talk about advertising and how powerful it is in growing ecommerce businesses. Drawing from his own experience, he will share some practical steps to understand Facebook ads better and leverage their power to improve R…
 
Episode 101 Our special guest for today is the Henry Ford of video ads, Travis Chambers. Travis is a Forbes 30 Under 30 lister and founder of Chamber.Media, a growth and video agency with 100 employees that has tripled the revenue of 6 multi-million dollar DTC companies, driven $600M in tracked revenue, managed $100M in ad spend, makes 3,000+ video…
 
Episode 100 Welcome to Episode 100 of Firing the Man! In this special episode, we look back into the reasons we started this podcast, the lessons we learned from our guests, and most importantly, our long and inspiring journey to firing the man. Tune in now to this special episode! [00:01 - 06:41] Opening Segment Why we started this podcast [06:42 …
 
Episode 99 Chase Clymer is the Co-founder at Electric Eye, where he and his team create Shopify-powered sales machines from strategic design, development, and marketing decisions. He is also the host of Honest Ecommerce, a weekly podcast where they provide online store owners with honest, actionable advice to increase their sales and grow their bus…
 
Episode 98 Phil Strazzulla is an entrepreneur and the founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website dedicated to helping HR and Recruiting teams to find and buy the right software through in-depth, expert advice. Phil started his career working in venture capital before getting his MBA from Harvard Business School. He joins us in this episode to sha…
 
Episode 97 Chris Shipferling is a Managing Partner at Global Wired Advisors, a leading Digital Investment Bank focused on optimizing the business sale process. The approach of the Global Wired Advisors combines decades of merger and acquisition experience with online and e-commerce expertise to increase the transactional value of your greatest asse…
 
Episode 96 Yoni Kozminski is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Escala, MultiplyMii, and several successful, yet less noteworthy ventures. Before building Escala and MultiplyMii, he helped scale an Amazon business from 2 million to 5 million in 1 year, leveraging his experience in digital agency. His career has mostly revolved around digita…
 
Episode 95 We have talked about Walmart in our previous episodes. That’s why we had invited guests who had firsthand experience doing business in Walmart to help us decide if it’s really best for our business to jump into this platform. Nehemiah Teferi is another Walmart expert who can give us not only insider tips but also a reputable outlook abou…
 
Episode 94 Paul Ross is a master sales trainer, keynote speaker, and author of “Subtle Words That Sell.” For 30 years, Paul's been speaking in front of tens of thousands of people, teaching them to use the power of language to persuade, sell, and even heal. Now he's trading in the stage for the USB mic to bring his message to the podcasting communi…
 
Episode 93 We have Ben Leonard for the second time in our podcast to tell us how brokers can pay dividends at exit. Best known as the founder of Beast Gear, Ben is the classic millennial entrepreneur who built a business on a laptop, in a cupboard, in his spare time. His difference from other entrepreneurs is that Ben grew an international 7-figure…
 
Episode 92 Chris Bell is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Perch, a technology-enabled consumer products company that acquires and operates Amazon FBA businesses with winning products in their respective categories. Chris had designed and built the Wayfair Delivery Network, which has delivered over 3 million heavy bulky orders annually, before…
 
Episode 91 Adam Feinberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Web Deals Direct LLC (WDD), an Amazon FBA business that is home to more than 30 brands. Adam recently sold his business to Perch, a technology-driven commerce company that acquires and operates top Amazon third-party and other D2C brands at scale, resulting in an impressive nine-figure earn…
 
Episode 90 Noel Andrews is an entrepreneur and the Owner/Chief Executive Officer of JobRack. Noel helps online business owners to hire great team members from Eastern Europe. JobRack’s mission is to break open the highly-skilled, intelligent autonomous working Eastern European employee market for digital businesses, all while providing the easiest …
 
Episode 89 Welcome back to Firing the Man! Do you need the inspiration to pump yourself up in your entrepreneurial journey? Well, this episode is perfect for you. Ken and I talk about how we inspire ourselves every single day to keep doing what we’re doing. This is particularly crucial for us who have already fired the man. We chose to leave our st…
 
Episode 88 We had the pleasure of interviewing Ismael Wrixen, the Executive Chairman of FE International, the market leader in the sale of SaaS, E-commerce, and Content businesses. Over the past decade, Wrixen has overseen 1000+ successful acquisitions totaling more than half a billion dollars in value. Wrixen was also a (NACVA) 2018 40 Under 40 Aw…
 
Episode 87 We continue our interview with Kris Gramlich and Dustin Kane from Sellozo to pick their brains in running a successful e-commerce business. This time, they talk about the importance of research in starting in e-commerce, some reminders e-commerce sellers should know about when scaling, and the characteristics that drive people to success…
 
Episode 86 In this 2-part interview, we talked with Kris Gramlich and Dustin Kane from Sellozo to discover the strategies, mindsets, and ways that they applied to become successful in the e-commerce space. They also shared their journey to becoming Amazon sellers, the challenges they needed to overcome along the way, the wins--no matter how small--…
 
Episode 85 Welcome back to Firing the Man! In this episode, Ken and I share our thoughts about the book, “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)” written by an absolute legend, Hal Elrod. We absolutely love his 6-step process to make the most out of our mornings and transform our lives, which w…
 
Episode 84 Welcome back to Firing the Man! In this episode, David opens up about his experience of firing the man. He’s been THE man in the last six months and has been enjoying the benefits of owning and controlling his own time since. Like any other ecommerce business owner, he has also faced a few bumps in the road, but his big “why” has helped …
 
Episode 83 In today’s episode, Ken and I talk about our major takeaways from the Prosper Show, a learning and networking event for established Amazon sellers who want to make their businesses more profitable and for service providers focused on offering business scaling. After the event, we felt excited not just for ourselves, but also for the enti…
 
Episode 82 Liran Hirschkorn has been marketing online for 12 years. After growing and selling an Internet life insurance agency in 2014, Liran decided to get involved in e-commerce and selling on Amazon and has since sold millions of dollars on Amazon. Liran is widely followed as a thought leader and speaker on marketing and selling on Amazon. He l…
 
Episode 81 Francois Jaffres is the closest thing to a crystal ball that we know of in terms of keeping his fingers on the pulse of global logistics. This is why he took a quick break from his position as Director of Business Development at Noviland to join us in this episode. Francois is a leading figure at Noviland in disrupting the traditional in…
 
Episode 80 In today’s episode we are going to take a deep dive into the profit and loss (P&L) statement covering topics such as 1) what is a P&L statement?; 2) Why is a P&L so important; 3) What to do when you receive your P&L?; and 4) What strategies Ken and I use in our own businesses to analyze our books and make decisions that drive value? List…
 
Episode 79 We continue our discussion about pay-per-click (PPC) and profitability. This time, we discuss further the different ways to control your Total Advertising Cost of Sale (TACoS), as well as some practical tips to boost your sales, conversion rate, and ecommerce store traffic, among other important topics. By the way, do you know that Amazo…
 
Episode 78 In today’s episode, David and I will talk about pay-per-click (PPC) and profitability and how we can reconcile them in our businesses. We have also included a real-life case study from one of our portfolio companies, as well as a discussion of Advertising Cost of Sale (ACoS) and Total Advertising Cost of Sale (TACoS). Listen to this epis…
 
Episode 77 Joe Valley fired the man 24 years ago and never looked back ever since. He wrote “The EXITpreneur's Playbook” to guide entrepreneurs in exiting their businesses the right way, specifically sharing tactical steps and mindset shifts that they need to get the most out of their exit. Joe can also be heard regularly in the podcast, “The Quiet…
 
Episode 76 Many e-commerce business owners are having a hard time overcoming the current Amazon inventory restrictions. That’s why in this episode David and I will be talking about the strategies we’re implementing. But that's not really it. We also want you, the Firing the Man Nation, to share your own solutions. Let’s stay the course and fight th…
 
Check out https://forceget.com/ to use promo code FTM 300 and tell them that FiringTheMan sent you. Episode 75 Ken and I are happy to talk with Burak Yolga for the second time, where we talk about logistics, inventory, and supply for e-commerce businesses. Our interview with Burak is timely as shipping is so expensive right now. How then can e-comm…
 
We have the one and only Chris Odegard to talk about alternative investment vehicles you can try over the traditional ones such as the 401(k). Our discussion mostly focused on 401(k) and why he will advise people to NOT put money into it. Instead, he will advise them to invest in real estate, which if done right, can lead to financial freedom and p…
 
Episode 73 Ben Leonard built a 7-figure business from his laptop...only to sell it after 3 years. You may be surprised and curious as to why Ben did it, but for him, it was the right thing to do. What were his reasons for this surprising decision? He drops by to tell us why. Ben is the epitome of “Firing the Man,” and if you are someone who’s just …
 
Episode 72 Have you heard about dropshipping? This business model looks attractive as a passive income stream because you don’t need an inventory to start selling products. You only need a platform to accept orders and forward them to the manufacturers. Ken tried it, alongside sponsoring a semi-pro Poker player, and failed. The silver lining of the…
 
Episode 71 Are you planning to sell at Walmart? Then, don’t miss this episode. Ken will share his experiences so far in selling in Walmart. We will talk about the things we like about it, including how easy the integration is and how the sales are going. We will also discuss more topics to make your Walmart experience worthwhile, including how to g…
 
Episode 70 In today’s episode, David will share his failed business experience and the lessons he learned from it. He realized later on, which you should realize as early as now, that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it. You should consider this thought especially if you also want to fire the man. David is willing to try…
 
Episode 69 In today’s episode, we talk with Don Henig, Co-Founder of AccrueMe, LLC. AccrueMe is providing growth capital for Amazon sellers with 0% interest and no payment requirements. You don’t even need to let go parts of the ownership when you work with Don’s team. The only way they will win is if your Amazon business wins. Does this sound too …
 
Episode 68 In today’s episode, we are going to talk about the top 5 articles in the eCommerce industry in the first quarter of 2021. We have talked about Amazon and where it will go upon the departure of Jeff Bezos. We’ve also shared our insights about Walmart, Target, and Shopify and their respective business models that contribute to their recent…
 
Episode 67 Are you planning to start an eCommerce business? Well, you’ve come to the right podcast episode. Today, Ken and I made a deep dive discussion about it, which we divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the needs of a business such as business name, employee identification number, and business bank account. The second part is all…
 
Episode 66 In today’s episode, we are joined by Ethan Bachinski, an engineer that is just beginning his journey in the e-commerce space. Ethan played division 1 football at Western Illinois University and then continued his education at the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. In the…
 
Episode 65 Let’s visit another marketplace in today’s episode with Miro Posavec. Miro is an experienced seller at Walmart, selling health and wellness products for the last few years now. He will help us navigate the Walmart platform online, talk about the value that it offers to both sellers and buyers, and share tips to successfully start our eCo…
 
Episode 64 Ron Parisi, CPA, JD, has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and technology, which he leverages as a Virtual CFO & Accounting Service to assist other entrepreneurs. His articles have been published in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Accounting Today. In this episode, he will talk about the ideal pa…
 
Episode 63 It’s been 6 months since Ken fired the man. In this episode, we have talked with Ken about his eCommerce business so far, the steps he took to balance his full-time job and business prior to firing the man, and the freedom of having control of his own time. He also shares this one regret in starting a business. What do you think is that …
 
Episode 62 Francois Jaffres is a blackbelt in product sourcing. We have him in today’s episode to talk about his company, Noviland, and learn product sourcing tips that can elevate our businesses. Among other things, we have also discussed China and other potential manufacturers, common mistakes that Amazon sellers make, and the traits that separat…
 
Episode 61 Not all debts are created equal. There's good debt that can grow and scale your business and there's bad debt that can drive it to bankruptcy. David Kennedy of Parkside Financial joins us in this episode to tell us the risks and rewards of debts. If deployed correctly, debt can be a great investment for businesses. They just need to iden…
 
Episode 60 It’s official. David has fired the man. In this episode, David will talk about his rollercoaster journey in the last four years and the satisfaction that comes with arriving at the destination. This is a must-listen for those still in the “grind stage” and those who have not started their journeys yet. This is coming from two normal guys…
 
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