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[FD97] Family matters, 4 list building tips, SaaS expenses, & MicroConf

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The Friday Dispatch mirrors what I've been reading and focusing on, IRL.  And, this week I've really
 
April 20 · Issue #97 · View online
The Friday Dispatch
The Friday Dispatch mirrors what I’ve been reading and focusing on, IRL. 
And, this week I’ve really been focusing on family.
I caught myself answering a customer support email from my phone while I was at my son’s soccer practice this week. 
Well, I should confess…
My wife caught me.
Cooper, my five year-old son, wasn’t listening to his coach, and he kind of shut down in the middle of the field. 
He was on the verge of tears, just standing there, head down, looking at his tiny cleats. 
He obviously needed a parent to run onto the field and see what was up. 
Meanwhile, I’m getting an alert from HelpScout on my phone that a customer is having trouble logging in.
Stress level: one million.
I look over at my wife, and explain to her how stressed I was getting having to deal with my son and a customer at the same time. Looking for a little sympathy, perhaps.
Her response was instantaneous: “Wait, why the **** are you reading customer emails while you’re here at your son’s soccer practice?! You’re not driving an ambulance, it’s not an emergency and it can wait. Go help your son!”
I love my wife.
She gave me a reality check about my priorities. And rightly so.
All that to illustrate why I’m listening to podcasts and reading a lot about how starting a business can affect your family, specifically looking for tips on how to heal frayed relationships and find better balance going forward.
I need to get better at this.
I grew up without a father. I don’t want my kids to grow up remembering a father who was there but not ever actually there.
You’ll see a few articles on the topic of family and business in this issue and I’ve queued up a few more for future issues of the Friday Dispatch.
On to your articles…

9 Articles to Help You Grow Your Business
Creating a Modern Free Trial with Experiential Product Sites Creating a Modern Free Trial with Experiential Product Sites
5 Rules That Make Writing About Your Own Product Easier
Unsexy User Experiences That Print Money
The Marriage Ended. The Company Thrived. The Marriage Ended. The Company Thrived.
Nathalie Boutet
Family enterprises where spouses work together can thrive despite divorce. This story illustrates perfectly how divorce doesn't have to destroy the friendship – or the company. https://t.co/a2iNSXWOST #Divorce #CollaborativeLaw #SuccessStory via @nytimes https://t.co/ouwrfHnosW
2:10 PM - 14 Feb 2018
How to Categorize Expenses in Your SaaS Startup
13 Blank State Examples You Can Use to Improve User Experience During Onboarding
How To Be An Excellent, Self-Employed Husband How To Be An Excellent, Self-Employed Husband
From the MastermindJam Instagram feed
How To Work On A New Business Without Neglecting Your Family
4 List-Building Strategies That Work 4 List-Building Strategies That Work
Going to MicroConf?
If you’re going to MicroConf 2018 in Las Vegas later this month (there are still tickets available!) and you’d like to get in touch with other attendees to join a mastermind group, here’s a reminder that you can filter for MicroConf in the MastermindJam member directory.
It’s simple…
First, add MicroConf as a Strength tag to your own profile:
How to indicate you're a MicroConf attendee
Next, filter by people who also have the MicroConf tag:
How to filter by MicroConf Attendees and Speakers
Also, you’ll find that Business of Software is in the list (as BoS), as is Femto Conf.
If you’d like to see other conferences added, please let me know!
Interested in getting into a mastermind group?
MastermindJam helps you find a business mastermind group MastermindJam helps you find a business mastermind group
How to get started with MastermindJam - YouTube
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