The Dumpster Fire Project

The Dumpster Fire Project

Follow the fantastic and sometimes catastrophic entrepreneurial journey of two unremarkable middle aged men. Join hosts Murray Swoish and Erik Scramlin as they document their efforts to balance life with their dreams of starting their own businesses and leaving the rat race behind.

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July 25, 2021 57 min
In this episode, we speak with an attorney who left a comfortable law firm job to strike out on his own.

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Erik and Murray give an update on how things have been going with their side hustles and recent summer vacations.

Resources:
Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller: https://buildingastorybrand.com/

The $100 Startup: https://www.amazon.com/100-Startup-Reinvent-Living-Create/dp/0307951529

The 4-Hour Workweek: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307465357

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For new entrepreneurs, marketing can be intimidating. You created a product or service, now how do you sell it? In this Episode, Murray and Erik discuss the power of story branding. Find out how Erik and Murray are implementing story branding into their own side hustles.

3 Key Takeaways:

1. Focus on the aspects of your product or service that help people solve a problem.

2. Clarify your message on your website and social media so c...
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Samantha Knock is a chef turned entrepreneur. Her craft, copywriting. Samantha teaches us about the art of copywriting and what every entrepreneur must know about creating a story for your brand.

3 Key Takeaways:

1. Learn what copywriting is and why its so important for sales.

2. Sell your brand by telling a story. Position yourself as the guide in the story, and make your customers the hero.

3. Learn what mistakes hosts Erik and Mu...
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Tired of your job? Experiencing burnout? Is there more to life than this? The Dumpster Fire Project is a podcast that documents the journey of two normal guys as they try to become entrepreneurs.

In this episode, Erik and Murray celebrate 1 year of the Dumpster Fire Project. Join the journey. Never settle, never regret!
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Paula Davis is a renowned writer, burnout expert and CEO of The Stress & Resiliency Institute. Paula shares with us her own personal story of burning out as an attorney, her journey into entrepreneurship and what she has learned about burnout in the workplace. High value take-aways: (1) Learn the signs and symptoms of burnout. (2) Learn how to recognize and prevent burnout. (3) learn how to rebound from burnout and create m...
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Enjoy camping? Turning your passion into a side hustle it what the Dumpster Fire Project is all about. Chad Ireland turned his love of camping into a viable side hustle when he patented the Campfire Canopy. This is his story. High value take-aways: (1) Turning your passion into a side hustle creates meaning in your work and life. (2) Learn the struggles and learning lessons of starting a side hustle. (3) Hear what its like to...
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Kimberly Spencer is a certified high-performance coach, bestselling writer and founder of Crown Yourself. Feeling uninspired? You need to listen to this episode. High value take-aways: (1) Relationships are the key to building a successful business. (2) Learn when to go all in on your side hustle. (3) Learn how to fight through “productive procrastination” and focus.

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Follow your passion or follow the money? Do what you love and find a way to make money or find a skill that you are good at, hustle and become passionate? As we continue our journey into becoming entrepreneurs this question has entered our minds. We discuss the topic in this week's episode.

The Dumpster Fire Project is a podcast that follows our journey into becoming entrepreneurs. We are not experts, like you, we are norm...
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Matt Beans is the co-owner and founder of The REI Bookkeepers, a bookkeeping business for real estate investors. Matt is also the co-host of his own podcast “The REI Bookkeepers.” Matt is a young entrepreneur who found a niche in the real estate investment field. High value take-aways: (1) Finding your niche is essential to building a successful business that fits with your ideology and goals. (2) Learn how a good bookkeeper ca...
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Are you passionate about BBQ? Do you wonder what its like to bottle and sell your own rubs and sauces? In Episode 27 of the Dumpster Fire Project, Erik and Murray have a conversation with Tearl Dunlap of TD’s Brew & BBQ. Find out how TD went from bottling his own seasonings and sauces in “repurposed” Sailor Jerry bottles in his kitchen, to owning his own BBQ business.

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Dumpster Fire 2020! The DF Project goes live on December 26, 2020 for one last blowout. Wrought with technical difficulties, cigar smoke and a damn good time, Erik and Murray speak with special guests J.L. Massimino of the J.L. Massimino Show and Tearl Dunlap of TD’s Brew & BBQ. In a break from the norm, the theme of this show is to loosen up and have a good time for the holidays.

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The Dumpster Fire Project is all about running down your dreams. Sometimes we need to take a chance and do something outside the norm. Our guest is a perfect example of someone who refused to take the path he was supposed to follow. Keith Clayton and his wife Yoly are the owners of True Brew Coffee in Lovington, New Mexico. This is the story of how True Brew Coffee went from a dream to a reality.

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November 26, 2020 25 min
On our entrepreneurial journey, we are discovering how important it is to be mindful. This Thanksgiving, we take a few days off from the hustle to be present in the moment and enjoy a little football, friends and food! We also take a break from the more serious topics and have a little fun. You won't want to miss this week's special guest!

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Ken Jones is a legend in the project management consulting world. Mentoring fortune 100 companies and managing multi-million dollar budgets, need we say more? We will, Ken is also a former Ernst & Young consultant who struck out on his own and co-founded his own consulting firm. We sit down with Ken and hear his story of how he became one of the best in the industry.

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Murray goes solo in this interview with Marc Goodyke of the Chain Lift, a YouTube channel and Podcast for rollercoaster enthusiasts. Marc's brother Adam, who is the other Chain Lift co-mastermind, was on Episode 9 of the Dumpster Fire Project predicting how the pandemic may impact their seasonal business. On this episode Marc discusses which of those predictions came true, which ones were way off, and how they pivoted to keep...
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We start side hustles to escape burnout in our 9-5's. However, we must learn to set boundaries, schedule down time and discipline ourselves. Burnout with your side hustle can turn your dream into a nightmare. In Episode 21,Murray and Erik discuss burnout and what they have learned about recognizing and preventing it.

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Millennials are achieving massive success in the business world today. Unlike their predecessors, millennials are begging the question, is there more to life than an 8-5 job? Rather than demonizing technology, millennials are tapping into its unlimited potential to build successful businesses. For the first time, The Dumpster Fire Project talks with a young, up-and-coming entrepreneur. Gaby Cadena works a full time day job but ...
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Are you a lawyer, thinking about starting your own solo practice? Maybe you are just a normal person looking to start that side hustle. In this Episode, we talk with Jarrett Stone of Stone Firm, PLLC and Law Venture, YouTube content for lawyers. Jarrett shares his experiences as a young entrepreneur and how it led to him starting his own legal practice and side hustle. If you are serious about getting that solo practice or side...
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5 key resources to help you start your side hustle in 2020. In this Episode Murray and Erik discuss 5 resources that helped them start their side hustles. If you are a thinking about starting a side hustle or small business be sure to check this one out.

"Crush It!" by Gary Vaynerchuk: https://www.amazon.com/Crush-Time-Cash-Your-Passion-ebook/dp/B0029ZA3H4

"Start From Zero" https://www.startfromzero.com/

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