I listen to a variety of podcasts on startups and small business. It’s a great way to get ideas on the type of business or service that I could be successful at it. There’s also a tremendous amount of learning that comes from the experiences other people share.
One particularly good podcast I recomend is Rob Walling’s podcast Startups For the Rest of Us. I really like his philosophy about startups–small is good and it isn’t all about getting venture capital funding or cashing out for millions of dollars. I’m more interested in finding something I can do on the side and having a good quality of life versus burning out for the big pay-off.
It was cool to see Walling quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the freemium model after I’d heard him discuss this same thing in a podcast. The big take away here is that the freemium model works well for some business models and not so well in others. According to the article usually only 1% to 2% of your free user base converts and as a result this model is best suited for a situation where you have a lot of users to make that one or two percent of the whole profitable.
Here’s the iTunes podcast link if you’re interested.