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.
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.