10 Things That Require Zero Talent

Jeremy Callahan - 10 Things That Require Zero TalentHere is a list of 10 things that if you consistently do you will be successful in any endeavor that you enter. The best use of this list is to take 10 minutes of self-introspection and assess how you measure up to each item. Score yourself 1-5 on each item. The great news is you can change everything on this list instantly.

 

  1. Show Up On Time – Weather you are going to a job every day or starting your own business you must always be on time. If you have conference calls don’t be that guy that always calls in 5 minutes late.
  1. Work Ethic – It doesn’t matter if you like your job or not… have some pride and self-discipline. If you do not work hard everyone will see you as a looser in life.
  1. Effort – Talent never works hard! Your skills might be lacking but that is no excuse for not putting out maximum effort. Study more, ask for help, find a mentor.
  1. Body Language – How do you walk and talk when you have a full bank account? What about when you account is empty. I don’t which state you are in right now. But at all times walk and talk like you have a million dollars in your account. Fake it till you make it!
  1. Energy – Energy is your best friend and it should be with you at all times. You need to make sure everyone you come into contact with senses your energy and describes you as a high energy person.
  1. Attitude – These are contagious and you better have a positive one at all times. In fact this is the most important item of this list. And you stop dealing with people with bad attitudes and following negative news and television. Trust me its all bringing you down. Do you watch the news? On the news the economy is bad and jobs are scarce. My economy is perfect and all I see is opportunity everywhere I look.
  1. Passion – I don’t care what you are passionate about but you better have passion for something. To be healthy and fulfilled in life you need passion for your family, success, friends, career, hobbies, etc.
  1. Be Coachable – Everyone loves being told what to do right? Of course not but you sure as hell better be able to identify people who can help you and then most importantly follow their advice. I was helping someone recently who asked for advice and they were not listening so I stopped giving them advice. Do not be a knucklehead… If you ask someone for advice, follow it. There was a reason you identified and asked that person what you should do.
  1. Doing Extra – Go the extra mile in everything that you do! If you cut corners and make excuses people will not take you seriously. If you finish your work early, help others or look for ways to add value.
  1. Be Prepared – As my Algebra teacher taught me the 6 P’s in 10th grade: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Have an Excellent Day!

Jeremy Callahan The App Man

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Jeremy Callahan is a Mobile Commerce Expert, App Developer and Founder at Flip Shop Marketing

How Much Does It Cost to Build An App?

This is by far the number one question I get asked from clients, friends and people I meet at networking events.  So I threw up a quick video on how you can estimate how much it will cost to develop your idea into an App.  Nice photo of me as well… It looks like I am the Michael Jordan of programming.  Or I have a fat lip.  It’s always important to laugh!

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How to Answer “How Are You Doing Today?”

It’s a common question we all hear at least 5 times a day. Whether you are at a restaurant, calling the cable company, or seeing a co-worker. “How are you doing” is a common question.

The truth is that the person asking really doesn’t care as much as they are just starting a conversation. So I will ask you a better question. How do you want the person asking the question to perceive you and how do you really feel about yourself.

Jeremy Callahan - How are you today?

How are you today?

My advice is for the next week when you get asked “how are you today” your response should be either “Excellent” or “Incredible”. I do not care how you actually feel just say those words automatically and see how your whole situation changes.

First, I know you likely do not feel excellent. In fact when you are asked this question you probably say: Ok or good as a programmed reaction. But Ok and good are horrible messages to send to other people. Answering, “Ok” is like telling me thing are not going my way but the glass is half full. Good is actually worse because you are just blowing by the question to get to what you really want. Which in most cases we come across as we are only there for ourselves.

Answering, “Excellent” is a conversation game changer. It sends an immediate message to the person who asked that you have energy and confidence. You will get reactions like “that is great to hear” and you will notice that the persons body language will also change because you gave them a boost of energy.

Try this as a social experiment. Today when you get asked I want you to reply with “Good, how are you” and 9-10 the person you ask will mirror your response with a “Good, thanks for asking”. Now tomorrow I want you to say “Excellent, how are you”. The difference in responses and reactions will very different and conversation will be much easier.

The second benefit to using this response is it will also 100% change whatever mood you are currently in. I find it almost impossible to say “Excellent” in a monotone, bored or tired way. It is literally a word that snaps you into a different mindset.

You have heard the saying “fake it until you make it” well the same thing applies here.   Training yourself to respond with excellent, incredible, amazing, awesome is programming your sub-conscience mind to be and feel that way. It’s a very simple way to program you mind with successful thoughts.

Look at advertising… they don’t use works like good and Ok. They use power words like awesome, amazing, etc. You are marketing yourself every minute of every day to the world. Do you want to be good or excellent?

Try it today! And have an incredible day!

Jeremy Callahan The App Man

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How Many Hours a Day Do You Code?

I can bet you that the average software engineer actually codes less than 5 hours per day.

And quite honestly I think that is a high number. I’ve been a developer for 20 years at fortune 500 companies, startups and everything in between. I’ve have at least 15 different jobs and on top of that worked on over 40 “side” projects. So I’m an authority on how much people actually work. And by work I mean writing code and smashing bugs. Not planning, talking, playing Ping-Pong, going to lunch, etc.Jeremy Callahan

Developers will have you believe that coding is hard. It really isn’t. Now if you code for 10-12 hours a day for two straight years that is hard work. And since I have done that for the past two years I can tell you that I am in the 1% of developers that put that effort out.

Why? Because I started my own business (actually 3) and don’t ride a corporate bus to work, have free lunch and dry cleaning. I don’t have time for playing games; I have multiple clients that are expecting results. I’m on 100% commission, I’m also creating personal App’s that may or may not make money. My families well being is on the line every minute of every day.

Any company that is giving all those perks out is getting about 5 hours a day out of their developers. And worse than that you are creating SOFT people. You may think that people are working 10 hours a day. They Aren’t! They are screwing around playing Ping-Pong or trying to learn some new JavaScript framework (if you could see me right now I am making a tossing off hand motion).

I can also tell you that in all the years I have worked (and I’ve worked at the places with perks) developers as a whole don’t produce much. Professionals produce and your team is likely one pro and x amount of amateurs.

So I put it to you right here in black and white… Are you a professional or amateur? I’m going to write an entire blog on the subject of professional vs. amateur programmers in the near future so there is a clear understanding by the development community as to what it take to be a Pro.

And trust me when I tell you that it will have nothing to do with JavaScript frameworks, foosball, college degrees or corporate buses.

If you have free time in your development job go get a second job, side project or create something for you company that will make the company grow. Look for opportunities that produce income… make an opportunity. Do something! be somebody! If you are a “corporate fat cat” you kidding yourself… You are an Amateur.

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How to Build Mobile Apps

One of the top questions I get is how to get started in App development. The answer I was giving until today was “it depends”.   And by “depends” I meant are you a developer or someone who has never programmed.

But now I can 100% tell you where to get started thanks to an awesome new tool I discovered yesterday.

It’s called Ionic Creator and it is an online drag-n-drop utility that exports code you can either code up or pass onto your developer. Here is the link. And even better you can either text the code to your phone to see it in action or they have a mobile App that you can review your App on so you can see how it would look as an App.

Jeremy Callahan - How to build Apps

Jeremy Callahan – How to build Apps

It took me about 5 minutes to learn. You can create pages, drag in buttons, lists and then link all the pages together. The styling is pretty generic on the free accounts (I’ve only used the free so far) but it gets your idea into an actual working version.

Non-developers

If you have an idea for an App open a free account today and put your idea into action. Start building out the pages and linking them together. Then in the top right corner there is a “Share” icon. Click that and you will have URL that you can share with developers. Then go Upwork and post a job to get bids from developers to build out your App.

Ionic Creator also creates some base line code. You can export that code as the project base. Email me if you need more help because I can go into this pretty deep. But you need to take some action and create your prototype first.

Developers

There are three export options. Two are free and two are paid.

Command Line Interface (FREE): This is a few command line calls that will create a project for you.

Export Zip File (FREE): What the tool spits out is HTML/CSS/JS in an Angular project. The project zip file contains everything you need to start a PhoneGap project. You could easily take this code and dump it into a GIT repository and then use PhoneGap Build if you know that process. I’m an expert at PhoneGap Build so email me if you want to go this route.

The final option is “Creator Mobile App” (PAID): I haven’t paid yet so I cannot tell you much other than I think it packages everything up and give you a .apk (Android) and .ipa (iTunes) file that you can publish in the App stores.

Wrapping Up

There are a number of other things you get with paid accounts like the ability to have multiple users. This is quite powerful because you could literally have your marketing team creating the App layouts and flows. Then you could hand off to your developers and have them coding.

I am always looking for better and faster ways to develop Apps and am going to adopt this tool in full force. From what I have read online they are expanding out to bring App development to a whole new level.

So quit dragging your feet and take action on your App idea!

Jeremy Callahan The App Man

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Is there a Market for your App Idea?

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Here is a great strategy to determine if there is a market for your App before you build anything using Facebook.

This is also a great method to get followers before you launch. Then once you launch your App you will have a group of people who you can advertise your App launch to and drive up the installs from day one.

First, create a business page on Facebook for you new App idea. Obviously you will want to use high quality photos and the more photos you can post the better. Its best to build out the page, add posts for a few weeks and then run ads.

Once you have some content on your pages you can begin running ads to that page. I am not going to get into the steps to setup ads on FB but I can tell you it is very easy and you can Google or YouTube videos on how to do this.

The hardest part will be creating the copy and images for your ads. I would suggest searching and hiring someone off Fivrr to do this for you. If you haven’t used Fivrr it’s a great service and very affordable. For $5 you can hire people to create ads and do just about anything for you. If you use Fivrr you can hire 3 or 4 people and get different copy/photos/ads for under $30.

Once you have some ads ready go into the Facebook advertising page and start your campaign. You want to setup a “like” campaign. This just means you are going to pay for people to like your page. You can get these “likes” for about .05 – .15 cents per like. Not bad right. For about $50 you can get 500 likes.

For a very small investment you can see if people actually “like” your App. Which at this point hasn’t even launched.

The other upside is that you are going to see the types of users that like your App. You may find that females between the ages of 17-34 love your idea. Boom! Now you have a target market.

Now we get into the next level of determining your market. At this point you have 500 people. Now you can run a new ad group and when you are setting up that campaign Facebook has an audience selection call the “Lookalike”. What they did was take the 500 people who liked your page and created a similar profile of users. You can see below that my Shoe Swipe audience has a “Lookalike” of 1.9 million users. I’d say that is a good size market to target.

Jeremy Callahan - IS THERE A MARKET FOR YOUR APP IDEA

As you can see when I launch my App I have two things going for me. One is I can run free posts to the 500 people who have already liked my page and ask them for installs. And secondly I can now run an “install” campaign and target it to the “Lookalike” audience.

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