The RV Entrepreneur with Heath Padgett

The RV Entrepreneur with Heath Padgett

This podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere. The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is a weekly show where I interview nomadic entrepreneurs who have made the leap into the RV lifestyle and have taken their businesses with them on the road.... Show More

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January 14, 2020

A few years ago, I saw a tweet that has stuck with me. Someone asked what was the best way to fund a new company. The person replied "Customers." 

In this final Startup series podcast, Heath shares why he decided to bootstrap his company—taking no investment and funding the business with his partners—and how that decision has affected the business and his personal life.

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When you're an entrepreneur, sometimes you have to do it all. Sales, marketing, IT, support—you'll wear every hat in a day. But as your business grows, you won't have time to do it all well.

Once Heath finally hired a support staff for Campground Booking, he noticed an immediate improvement in customer experience. Support response times dropped, there were fewer support requests, and more resources to empower campground...

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Joel Holland bought Harvest Hosts in 2018 and in under two years he has grown it dramatically (I recommend going back to episode 157 before you listen to this one if you haven’t heard it). In this episode, we are diving into marketing strategies.

When you buy or start a new company, it’s hard to know where you should focus your time and energy. Product development? Customer relations? Rapid growth?

For Joel, he spent a good portio...

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Alyssa here taking over the podcast for our fourth episode of the Start Up Series starring the one and only Heath Padgett (JK there are multiple Heath Padgetts according to Facebook, but mine is the coolest).

So far we’ve covered product development, partnerships, and pricing. Now that we’ve got a product, a team, and a pricing model, it’s time to start selling. In this episode, we dive deep into sales and marketing strategies for ...

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"Pricing is hard."

It's a sentence I've heard from many entrepreneurs including Heath. It's also a question you probably have before starting your first-ever business? How do you price your product? How do you price yourself?

In today's podcast episode, there are so many nuggets of wisdom for Heath as he shares his own pricing mistakes. Actually, he mostly shares his pricing mistakes in this episode from quo...

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Last year right around the time we found out we were pregnant and trying to figure our lives out, one of Heath's cofounders took a job and needed to exit from the company. This happens in the start up world, but one mistake in how they structured their partnership agreement made this a complex and stressful process.

In this episode, Heath dives into how the company structured a 3-way partnership agreement and what he would do d...

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In early 2016, Heath came to me with an idea. This isn't an unusual start to my day, but this one little plan has spiraled into nearly four years of work called Campground Booking.

This week I'm taking over the podcast to interview Heath on his own business experience. So far we've recorded three episodes, but I've got three more in the queue. If you want to hear the next three episodes (on marketing, customer suppo...

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When Jeff and Deb met, they knew pretty quickly that they would work well together as a couple. And one the reasons was because they had the same dream: live and travel in a fifth wheel.

After dreaming for over 20 years, Jeff and Deb have now been full-timing since 2015 working with brands like Dometic (who is sponsoring our RV Entrepreneur Summit and makes half of the products in your RV probably).

It was that vision of living in ...

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As a kid, Mike saw his parents blow through insurance settlement money, but they made one good investment: a mobile home park. Real estate investing stayed in the back of Mike's head and he even got a degree in real estate in college.

After graduating from college, Mike traveled through Asia and became a dive instructor. He visa-hopped around countries and met his wife in Malaysia before they moved back to the states. Investing...

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Jonathan runs FortySeven Media, a web design and development shop, and has traveled across the country with his family of four in an Airstream for more than four years.

And while we talk a lot about Jonathan's business in this episode, what I loved most about our conversation was this idea of balance.

As an entrepreneur, it's all too easy to put your head down and work, work, work. But that's not what life is about. In ...

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Going onto grad school seemed like the next logical step for Nick and Hanna until one day Nick realized two things:

  • He didn't really want to go into engineering
  • People actually make money blogging
  • That's when he got an idea: drop out of college and become a personal finance blogger.

    Together, Nick and Hanna created what is today called "Mapped Out Money", a blog and Youtube channel all about personal finance.

    In this...

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    On today's episode, I'm interviewing Josiah Mann, founder of Investor Deal Room, a software that helps real estate investors better track everything that goes into large real estate deals. His wife is Ashley Mann who runs RVInspiration who came on this podcast earlier this year on episode 168.

    Josiah story starts like many people I've interviewed over the past year, with him being unhappy working as a software develo...

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    Eight weeks after the birth of her daughter, Amber went back to her full-time job and spent her workdays away from her baby. Shortly after, her husband, Chris, was offered an executive chef position at a new restaurant which meant working from 7 AM to 1 AM most days.

    As you can expect with a new baby, this was really tough. They wanted to spend time with their growing family (something I can relate to now :P).

    Because of this, Ambe...

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    All Howard wanted to do was store his RV out of the elements.

    A simple request, except that RV storage has been booming the past few years. I know from experience that whether you need a place to park for a long weekend or a few months while you're out of the country, quality RV storage is hard to come by.

    In Atlanta, Howard searched but couldn't find a single opening for covered motorhome storage In fact, when he called up...

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    Out of college, Katie found her first job as a photographer second-shooting weddings. And after years of working as a professional wedding photographer, she was burned out.

    That's when a friend told her about her new business editing photos. Most wedding photographers edit their own photos, but when you're shooting a wedding every weekend, the backlog of photos to be edited piles up. So her friend started a freelance weddin...

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    In the six years he's been running his remote account firm, Chad has read something like 18,000 resumes.

    So you could say he has a little bit of experience with hiring.

    Chad runs Live CA, a fully remote accounting firm in Canada that boasts over 60 employees. In this podcast episode—which is Chad's mainstage talk from our 2019 RV Entrepreneur Summit—Chad dives into the five stages in the hiring process.

  • Value
  • Hiring
  • Onboardin...
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    When was the last time you took a moment to audit your life? To think about the decisions you're making every day and if they are benefitting you?

    After a few weeks of going all-in on full-time travel, Cyrus had an internal crisis. He wasn't working, he wasn't making money, and he was spending his days traveling aggressively. Something was off.

    What Cyrus learned was something that I've confronted myself in the past...

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    If you own an RV, chances are you've heard of RV Trader or run across it during your RV shopping. I personally am on RV Trader every single day, since Alyssa and I are currently trying to figure out what RV we want to own next. So I probably account for 500K of the 18 million searches their website gets each month.

    But if you haven't heard of RV Trader, I'll give you my definition of this massive online company in the f...

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    Abby Holcombe is easily one of the most impressive people I know—and she's only 15.

    Abby recently won 4th place at the World Championships for Freestyle Kayaking, she is the youngest person to ever kayak the Grand Canyon, and she's been RVing full-time since she was 10 years old. You may remember Abby if you watched the videos from our 2018 RVE Summit where Abby opened our conference sharing her story of what it was like ka...

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    After living and working in the Bay Area, the high cost of living and monotony of their work gave Ken and Ellisa the idea to hit the road. Ellisa’s bandmates were all moving on to different stages of life and Ken always had a love of music—together they decided to play shows across the country. Over 160 shows in a year!

    In this episode, we really dive into how to build a nationwide tour without a label or a massive online following...

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