Episode 29 - First Steps to Investment

Many startups are not in a position to grow organically, reinvesting their profits to grow naturally. For these companies, investment capital is sometimes the only way to get off the ground, or to grow at a reasonable rate. Tune in as our founders walk you through some of the most important things that you'll need to know as you get ready to seek out investment for your business.

As always, you can get in touch with us about the podcast at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you're looking for electrical design work for your new product or want to network with entrepreneurs, you can email our company at contact@nothsor.com.

Episode 28 - Product Development Cycle

We're back in 2018 with a topic that should be near and dear to any entrepreneur's heart: product development. We've talked about this before, but in this installment we teach you about some different specifics that we didn't mention before. Specifically, what are the steps to developing a product, how long do they take, and how much does it cost. This topic is very important to us because we have many clients who struggle with all of the different requirements for making a product and putting those all together.

As always, you can get in touch with us about the podcast at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or get in touch with our business for electrical engineering work at contact@nothsor.com.

Year End Break

As the holidays arrive and the year winds down, our founders are going on vacation! That means no more episodes for the next two weeks.

If, in the mean time, you'd like to get in contact with us, you can always email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com or contact@nothsor.com. We look forward to starting off 2018 with more great content!

Episode 27 - Hiring Employees (Before)

It is finally time for Nothsor Systems to hire an employee! Our founders have done the research and hired the consultants to make it all happen, so now it's time for them to teach you some of what they've learned. It turns out, hiring an employee is a complicated, and expensive, process. The employee costs more than just what you pay them.

As always, if you would like to get in touch with us about this podcast, email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you are interested in getting help developing products to launch your small business, you can email our business at contact@nothsor.com.

Episode 26 - UL Certification

Our founders get back to the nitty-gritty technical details of starting a company in this episode. Are you an entrepreneur who is looking to release a product? If so, this episode is a must for you. Our founders go over UL Certification and tell you everything you need to know to get started on certifying your product for sale in the United States and Canada. The process can be expensive and long, but it is sometimes necessary for you to go to market.

If you would like to get in touch with us about our podcast, you can email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you would like to talk to our founders about product development to launch your small business, you can contact them at contact@nothsor.com. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook @frontlinefounders and @nothsor!

Episode 25 - Branding

In a slight departure from our normal episodes, our founders talk about a topic that they are currently struggling with: branding. What is branding, why do you need to do it, why do we struggle with it, and how can branding be done effectively? Tune in as our founders explore all of these questions.

Do you understand branding? To you have any tips or suggestions to help us with our branding struggle? Let us know at contact@frontlinefounders.com!

If you would like any product development for your company, feel free to email us at admin@nothsor.com!

Episode 24 - Simplifying your Message

When you are an entrepreneur starting your own business, chances are that you understand what you do far better than your customers. For this reason, it is vitally important to the success of your company that you are able to simplify what it is that you do so that you can remove as much confusion as possible. Because, let's face it, confusion is a big reason that people choose not to buy.

As always, you can ask us a question or voice your concerns about the podcast at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or you can email us about our electronics development company at admin@nothsor.com. You can also follow us on Facebook @frontlinefounders or @nothsor!

Episode 23 - Partnering with Other Organizations

When you're starting your own business, you shouldn't necessarily try to do everything yourself. Whether it's getting manufacturing help, working with someone who can augment your services, or even getting marketing support, partnering with other organizations can help your business grow to the next level. Follow along as our founders explain how to go about partnering with other organizations.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you would like some product development for your small business, you can contact our founders at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 22 - Sales Pipeline

The sales pipeline is a very useful tools for businesses, both small and large, to track their sales and sales processes. By using the sales pipeline, you can track what sales steps your business needs to take, how long each step takes, and you can begin gathering analytics about each step. Tune in as our founders explain some of the deeper intricacies of this useful tool.

As always, you can get in contact with us at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or if you need electronics or product development, you can contact our founders at admin@nothsor.com. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!

Episode 21 - Financial Projections

Properly projecting your finances is, without a doubt, the most important part of starting a new business. Not only does it help you verify that you can be successful and have a plan to succeed, it also helps you gather investment and fundraising. While this episode may be more technical than others, it is well worth the listen so that you can know exactly how to project your business' finances.

As always, you can contact us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you would like to talk to our hosts about their business specifically, you can email them at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 20 - Cheap or Free Marketing

Are you just starting out on your startup? Don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank account? Well there are still marketing options for you. Not every business needs to invest thousands in marketing up front, there are more affordable and effective options! Listen in as our founders walk you through some of the options that you have to market your small business without breaking the bank.

As always, you can get in touch with us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you need any electronics work done, you can send us an email at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 19 - Podmi

Our founders interview Jeremy Ives with Podmi. This small startup is developing a power strip that can allow users to individually control every device plugged into it. This product has uses in home automation as well as vertical farming! Tune in to hear how this company got started, and hear some of the most important things that Jeremy has learned by developing his company.

As always, you can contact us at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or if you'd like to get in touch with Nothsor Systems, send us an email at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 18 - Undervaluing your Product or Service

Almost universally, entrepreneurs tend to undervalue the product or service that they provide. This means that these early stage business people do not charge enough for what they offer. Undervaluing can be a serious problem that can potentially lead to the death of a young business. Our founders walk you through the reasons that people undervalue their business, why not to do it, and some methods to avoid undervaluing yourself and what you offer.

As always, you can get in touch with us at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or get in contact with our business at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 17 - Options for Product Development

Do you have an idea for a product that absolutely must hit the market? Do you want to create something and sell it yourself? Has your market research told you that people are missing something that they need? Well follow along as our founders teach you about the four options you have for developing your own products. They take a task that sounds insurmountable, and make it very doable.

As always, you can drop this podcast a line at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or message Nothsor Systems, L.L.C. itself at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 16 - Full-Time vs. Part-Time Entrepreneurship

When you're first starting your business, you have the choice between whether you want to do entrepreneurship on the side of whatever full-time job you have, or if you want to go all in and do it full time. While there's no right answer to this question, our founders take you through the pros and cons of both, and give you their own suggestions.

As always, you can contact us at contact@frontlinefounders.com, or drop our business a line at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 15 - Support Networks

When you're just starting your business, you don't have every piece of equipment or a team member that can cover every skill set you need. If you really want to make it in the world of entrepreneurship, you'll have to build a support network that can get you access to the equipment and skills that you need to succeed. Follow along with our founders as they explain the ins and outs of these support networks.

As always, if you have any questions or comments about the podcast, you can reach us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. Alternatively, if you would like electronics design and manufacturing assistance, you can email Nothsor Systems at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 14 - Quality Control

When the phrase "Quality Control" is thrown out, most people start thinking about manufacturing processes and ensuring that they are done correctly. While that may be a valid first impression, "quality control" can mean so much more for your business. Our founders walk you through what quality control can mean to your business, whether you're walking dogs, engineering electronics, manufacturing toys, or anything in between.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, please email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. Or if you want any electrical engineering design, prototyping, or manufacturing, email us at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 13 - Stress Management

Entrepreneurship is a uniquely stressful job. Sometimes it might feel like the world rests on your shoulders, and dealing with that kind of pressure can be difficult. Our founders don't have the final answer to getting rid of all of your stress, but they sure know some tricks that you can implement in your business to reduce your stress. Tune in to find out more!

As always, follow us on Facebook @frontlinefounders or send us an email to contact@frontlinefounders.com. If you would like any electronics design, prototyping, or manufacturing, send us an email to admin@nothsor.com!

 

Episode 12 - Staying on Task

As an entrepreneur, one of your biggest challenges can be the challenge of staying on task; of doing the work when it needs to get done, and dealing with highest priority tasks first. There is no other job that is more free-form than starting a business, and so it can often become difficult to manage all of your tasks and priorities. But never fear! Our founders help you overcome these obstacles by giving you actionable steps that you can execute in your own business!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at contact@frontlinefounders.com. Or if you would like electrical engineering work done, contact us at admin@nothsor.com.

Episode 11 - The Importance of Image

Image is one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship, and yet tends to be one of the most neglected. How you and your company appear to customers, clients, and partners can make or break a deal, and is essential in marketing. Our founders walk you through image; its aspects and how you can work on your image yourself!

As always, if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, email us at contact@frontlinefounders.com. Or, if you'd like electronics design, prototyping, or manufacturing, send an email to admin@nothsor.com!