The EG podcast provides an inside look at running a remote consulting business from the perspective of two guys lucky enough to work with the best people we know. We talk about leaving our full-time jobs, the road we took to get here, and the roles we play in the companies we helped form. We discuss what it's like to have a workforce scattered all over the U.S. (and London). We cover the challenges we face, lessons we have learned along the way, and why we like talking about our jobs so much.
Our hope is that these experiences will be of interest to others who are looking to venture out on their own, or those who may have already started and are well on their way. We will answer questions submitted via the website and also provide a platform for other small business owners to share their experiences as well.
May 14th, 2018 | 30 mins 51 secs
benefits, david, finances, hergert, insurance, planning, retirement
Derrick has a chat with Core's primary financial advisor, David Hergert, to discuss the many financial considerations when starting a small business. Between this episode and the next, they discuss everything from cash reserves, contingency planning, corporate structure, setting up employee benefits, and making sure your business is covered with liability insurance. To find out more about David and the services he offers, check out his profile at Ameriprise. https://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/david.hergert/
April 23rd, 2018 | 35 mins 33 secs
balance, consulting, hassle
Eric and Derrick are back with a new episode about the need to find balance in so many aspects of running a consulting business. After a particularly hectic couple of months, it seemed like a good way to jump back in. Work vs family, casual vs professional, valuable vs high-maintenance - always walking a tightrope to try and keep everyone happy and keep your business moving in the right direction.
March 3rd, 2018 | 27 mins 36 secs
email, facebook, rant, voicemail
In this episode, Eric and Derrick do their best to offend almost everyone with their take on business communication processes and procedures. Voicemails? Unhelpful emails? Small talk chats on business calls? There are a few rants, a few laughs, and hopefully laced throughout, there are some helpful tips for make the most of your business communications.
February 9th, 2018 | 30 mins 38 secs
dropbox, google, gsuite, harvest, resilio, tools, wix
This week Eric and Derrick discuss a few of the essential online tools they recommend when starting your business. In lieu of comprehensive, unbiased reviews of all the options out there, they rather lazily give you biased reviews based on nothing but gut feelings and the simple fact that they don't hate these tools after using them every day for years on end.
January 22nd, 2018 | 33 mins 43 secs
alex, art, maxwell, onewheel, zachary
In this week's episode, Derrick chats with friend and Core colleague, Alex Miller, about his passion for fine art, construction graphics and his newest source of anticipation, the OneWheel. But the real story here is an idea that he and his kids have developed over the past several years that he recently took public called creADDive Lessons. http://www.creaddivelessons.com. Great concept and great execution.
January 13th, 2018 | 28 mins 54 secs
balance, new, routine, silence, start, unsettling, vacation
The topic this week is what to expect when you first start working with a remote team you don't know, and how to establish an effective work routine right off the bat.
January 5th, 2018 | 33 mins 9 secs
build, ladder, promotion, raises, self-start
Eric and Derrick discuss the infamous corporate ladder and provide their take on the differences between advancing at a large company versus a small one.
December 22nd, 2017 | 23 mins 47 secs
empathy, family, gifts, holiday
In a somewhat holiday-themed episode, Derrick talks with special guest and colleague, Kim Levine, about her key role in creating a close-knit culture at Core. They discuss the importance of trying to maintain that vibe as the company grows, and how fortunate they are to work with such a great team.
December 14th, 2017 | 28 mins 15 secs
bonus, breaks, hiring, hr, management, proposals, salary
Eric and Derrick rattle off their opinions on management styles and philosophies - including employee handbooks, vacations, and sitting around doing nothing - and how that helped inform the way they interface with current employees.
Also, Eric confirms that there are indeed bad questions that you should not ask a potential employer during an interview. Sadly, he doesn't tell you what they are.
December 3rd, 2017 | 29 mins 15 secs
bookkeeping, collections, experts, financial, retirement, taxes
Eric and Derrick talk through the tendency for new businesses to try and save money by doing everything themselves, and why that is often a mistake. They discuss the idea of building a support structure of experts who understand the way your company operates, and how much more cost effective that can be in the long run.
November 17th, 2017 | 28 mins 8 secs
isolation, nancy schlaifer, remote, slack, travel
Our first guest, Nancy Schlaifer, joins the EG Podcast as we simultaneously send get-well-vibes to an ailing Eric.
Nancy recounts her experiences working for a remote company while providing insight into how she balances work and home life. She also shares her views on isolation, the pros and cons of not speaking to people for days at a time, and why she ultimately thinks it's worth it.
November 8th, 2017 | 25 mins 44 secs
banks, bootstrapping, clients, funding, loans, non-solicit
The conversation this week revolves around deciding to fund the new business with emergency funds and a few generous short-term loans from family.
Armed with limited funds and some relationships that weren’t really accessible, the countdown began to see if there was enough money to make Core work.
Eric also discusses his love of paperwork - particularly as it relates to banks, and Derrick talks about the single most important thing you need to do to get paid. It involves invoicing, and yes, it does seem pretty obvious.
November 1st, 2017 | 22 mins 58 secs
authority, leaving, new company, quitting, risk, startup
Derrick and Eric discuss their personal experiences with leaving their full time jobs. Eric did so voluntarily; Derrick, not so much. They talk about the catalyst for each of them deciding to be part of a startup company - which apparently has something to do with some deep-seated authority issues. Who knew?
They each chime in on some basic management philosophy, and touch on how their families felt about them leaving so-called 'secure' jobs at established companies.
Finally, Eric explains what an Electronic Gentlemen is, and why they chose the name for the podcast. Spoiler alert: it's based on a funny story, and not much else.