Jan. 20, 2023

Why More Entrepreneurs Should Build Service-Based Businesses Before Product-Based Businesses

Why More Entrepreneurs Should Build Service-Based Businesses Before Product-Based Businesses

Meet Stefan Palios (@stefanpalios) — an almost-corporate type turned freelance writer, strategist, and coach. 
After graduating from Yale, Stefan went into corporate consulting. But he quickly realized that his real passion was helping entrepreneurs ...


Meet Stefan Palios (@stefanpalios) — an almost-corporate type turned freelance writer, strategist, and coach. 

After graduating from Yale, Stefan went into corporate consulting. But he quickly realized that his real passion was helping entrepreneurs grow, not climbing a corporate ladder.

In 2016 he tried to start his own tech company. And while that company didn't pan out, his passion for writing and freelancing did. 

Today, Stefan works with tech and tech-enabled companies across Canada, the US, and Europe. He has also taught over 1,000 freelancers via courses, talks, and at events.

In this episode of Zero to (point) One Zach and Stefan discuss: 

  1. Why more entrepreneurs should build service-based businesses 
  2. How freelancing can be an incredible asset when discerning product-market-fit
  3. Stefan's Five Fucks Framework
  4. How to properly value your time as a consultant 

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About the Show

Zero to (point) One is hosted by Zach Busekrus (@zboozee).   

I’m an entrepreneur in residence at a marketing firm by day and building my own start up Sponstayneous by night.   

Sponstayneous brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  My wife and I co-founded the company while living full-time on Airbnb last year.  

There’s a lot of podcasts out there that feature entrepreneurs:

  • once they’ve gone public
  • once they’ve had an exit
  • or even once they’ve made their first million.  

But not as many that feature the first-time Product Hunt launchers, the Indie Hacker that has yet to go viral on Twitter, or the micro influencer who wants to build their first niche product.   

And there’s where this show comes in.

Zero to (point) One features a collection of ideas that may go nowhere, or just might change the world, from people you've never heard of, who may just become household names.   

A nod to tech founder Peter Thiel's Zero to One framework, Zero to (point) One explores the beginnings of (very) early-stage creators and entrepreneurs whose first chapters are still being written.    

Each guest featured on the show has MRR of $500 - $10k (no more and no less) or has 10k - 100k followers on Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter.   

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If you’d like to be on the show or if you know someone who might be a good fit for the show, send me an email at zach@sponstayneous.com or DM me on Twitter @zboozee.   

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