Nathan Sykes

March 18, 2021

Optimal Anxiety Helps You Perform Better

One of the last 'normal' things I did before we all started lockdown in March of 2020 was give a TEDx talk in Miami on creating perfect environments for teen entrepreneurs. In addition to a TEDx talk being a rather prestigious talk to give, I had another layer of complexity - my speech disfluency. I've had a significant speech disfluen...
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March 17, 2021

Finding & Interviewing Excellent Virtual Assistants

We're currently working on a new micro-company here at Howdy Interactive, and a big part of that is putting together our virtual team. The assistants that help us run the day-to-day of our micro-companies are extraordinarily good at what they do. We specifically hire folks who can thrive as a manager of one - people who can recognize w...
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March 16, 2021

Businesses Are Made Of Hundreds Of Recurring Tasks

Every business on Planet Earth is made up of recurring tasks. There are no exceptions. It doesn't matter what kind of business you run, the customers you serve, or the way that you accept money. Every business is made up of recurring tasks. As such, parts of every business can be automated, outsourced, and systematized. (If you're new ...
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March 15, 2021

Writing Standard Operating Procedures With Clarity

Today's post is a continuation of my writing on how to outsource effectively. On Sunday, I wrote about a simple exercise you can take yourself through to figure out an action plan of exactly what to outsource. On Saturday, I wrote about rationalizing outsourcing, and why you can't outsource every single task in your company (especially...
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March 14, 2021

Becoming The Outsourcing Hub

When I wrote yesterday's blog post on outsourcing being a hub-and-spoke system, I did not anticipate the number of responses I'd receive, all saying something to the effect of "I don't outsource at all". So for today, I'd like to take the opportunity to walk you through how to outsource some of the day-to-day operations of your company...
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March 13, 2021

You Can't Outsource Everything

Anyone who works with me can say that one of my strengths is being able to outsource tasks. (As a side note, is talking about your strengths considered pretentious?) In fact, it's one of the key operating functions of Howdy Interactive, my private equity firm. We automate, outsource, and systematize different operations of micro-compan...
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March 12, 2021

Kill The Buzzwords, Clarity Is King

I was procrastinating yesterday and I found something cool - it's called the 'Corporate Bullshit Generator'. You hit the button, and fun phrases like these are appropriately dispensed for your viewing pleasure: • distinctively evolve backward-compatible content • competently impact impactful innovation • dynamically foster standards co...
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March 11, 2021

Revenue - Profit = Expenses

Mike Michalowicz is one of my favorite business authors. He approaches entrepreneurship in a way that makes sense to people like you and me, drawing stories and inspiration from small business owners around the country. He's one of the rare people in business who talks more about his mistakes, his ego, and his losses than he does about...
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March 10, 2021

There Is No Better Way To Learn Than To Teach

Since the release of HEY World, I've committed to writing one blog post per day. When Jason first announced HEY World was coming to all HEY customers, I made a mental pact to do so, and I've moved a lot of things into place to hold myself accountable. I've abandoned my personal website at, opting to redirect al...
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March 9, 2021

Buying A Company For $0 Upfront

Allow me to make a quick analogy to the real estate market. Folks who make money in real estate by renting residential/commercial space most often do so like this: • Person A finds a building they really like • Person A start negotiations with Person B, who owns the building • At some point, Person A loops in their bank to arrange fina...
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