Watch me build an online business

Online Course Design - Jason Surfrapp

Over the next four weeks I'll be sharing an in-depth look at the process I'm going through to create a new business. This is Part One of a series of four blog posts I'll be sharing that document and share my experience building a new business. Over the next four weeks I’ll send updates about this project to my email list first (and will also keep them documented here). The … [Read more...]

Why you need to build a trust circle

Build a Trust Circle

I stumbled into having a trust circle in 2012. I had built relationships with people through social media, through attending conferences, to wearing t-shirts for them, and felt a certain level of trust with them. When the idea for BuyMyLastName appeared in my crazy marketing brain in August 2012, I knew exactly who to share it with first. Building a trust circle is not … [Read more...]

How to think outside the box

Jason SurfrApp Creative Thinking

Being able to think outside the box is a learnable skill. You just have to be willing to try new things. Many people think you're either a creative person or you're not. While I agree that some people may be slightly more predisposed to thinking creatively than others, I think creativity is a muscle that can be exercised and improved upon. Here are six ways to stimulate … [Read more...]

The Big Problem Artists Have With Marketing

Weird Al Yankovic

(Photo credit: Missoula Big Sky Press) Recently you may have noticed Weird Al Yankovic has made a roaring comeback. He released a new album and amassed over 20,000,000 views on YouTube in just three weeks. His album hit #1 on the Billboard Charts, the first time a comedy album has hit #1 since 1963. To most people, it looks like Weird Al just made some funny songs, filmed some … [Read more...]

Do better work by taking time off

Jason Surfrapp - Recharge Your Batteries

I can remember it clear as day. The first year of IWearYourShirt was coming to a (fun and profitable) end and people were emailing in to congratulate me on pulling off such a crazy idea. Besides the accolades, there was a message that got repeated over and over: "Jason, you did a great job with the first year of IWearYourShirt, but you need to plan to take some time … [Read more...]

You have an idea, now what?

You have an idea, now what?

If you're anything like me you have ideas all the time. Maybe your ideas come to you in the shower, while driving somewhere, while reading a book, or during some other activity. For many of us, it's not coming up with an idea that's the hard part, it's what the heck to do next? This past weekend I got to spend some time with my good friend Greg Hartle at a Startup Weekend … [Read more...]

I know my superpower, do you know yours?

What's your superpower?

I wish I was about to tell you some amazing story about being a nerdy kid who went on a field trip, got bit by a radioactive spider, and became a web-slinging hero. Alas, that's not me, and I'm willing to bet that's not you either (if it is, please reply immediately and let's be best friends!). Instead, I'm going to share the superpower I've discovered I do have. And I didn't … [Read more...]

People don’t retire from jobs they love

Retirement means wearing Chuck Taylors

I had three life goals when I graduated high school (mind you, I was 18). Goal #1 was to make $1,000,000. Goal #2 was to own a Ferrari. Goal #3 was to retire by age 35. Looking back, these goals are silly. First and foremost, I had no concept of what “making $1,000,000" meant. Was that in a year? In my bank account? Business reveneue? Second, owning a Ferrari is insanely … [Read more...]

To get started in life, give yourself permission

Give Yourself Permission - Jason Surfrapp

Since releasing my book Creativity For Sale, I've received amazing emails from people all over the world who are excited to start their own business or pursue an idea they've had for years. These emails have meant so much to me, but I've noticed a common theme. Almost every email ends with a variation of the question: "What's your advice on getting started?" I wasn't sure how … [Read more...]

How to start your next business while working a full-time job

How to start a side business

The American dream used to be getting a secure job, working from 9-5, and retiring. For most of us, especially people born in the 80s and 90s, this is the American nightmare. The idea of working for someone else makes many of us cringe, and if you've had a 9-5 job, you've probably felt the suffocating hold it can take on your life. Mondays are dreadful. Mundane meetings and … [Read more...]