By @SimonCocking. Great interview with John Rampton Entrepreneur and connector. Founder of I blog about my successes and epic failures for and

What is your background briefly?

I am an entrepreneur, author, speaker, advisor and investor who has developed and sold a number of successful startups. I began my career in Internet Marketing, building up my personal brand through blogging that I turned into a seven-figure career. That start funded the development of other businesses of which I currently operate a startup called Due, which is an online invoicing and payments company that offers time tracking, invoicing, and payment processing solutions for freelancers and small businesses all over the world. I speak at numerous industry events and serve as an advisor and investor in other startups.

Does it seem like a logical progression to what you do now?

It is a natural progression because I’ve been working toward building progressively larger startups and am using all my industry knowledge and experience to further grow Due. Much of the brand awareness and marketing efforts uses what I know about creating traction, including blogging and thought leadership. The company has steadily been growing since I started it in 2015.

How was 2016?

2016 was an incredible year for Due!

What worked well?

We built out the company and more fully developed the payments platform that now includes a digital wallet, credit card processing, global payments and more. I spoke at numerous events and got Due out there to many more within our target audience.

What are your plans for 2017?

Our plan is to continue doing more of the same and further refining our online invoicing and payments solution for a much wider audience as well as increase our partnerships with others within the industry to share more content and expand what we offer our customers and prospects.

You write for some great people, what topics do you find resonate the most with your readers?

The topics that resonate the most include those that provide tips on becoming a millionaire, being a successful entrepreneur, using and saving money wisely, and payment security and compliance. These are some of the most well-read topics that we produce regularly because small business owners want to be successful and know how to manage their money in a more effective way. Plus, with more people doing business online, the challenges to do so safely and within the growing regulatory environment have been major challenges.

What questions do you find people ask you the most often about your own entrepreneurial experiences?

People ask me what skills are necessary to be a successful entrepreneur as well as how did I get funding and know how to spend the investment money wisely. They also want to know how I built a business from the ground up and got the most attention from my target audience.

What tips would you give to people looking to launch their own businesses in 2017?

2017 is a great year to launch a business because the economy is on the upswing and there is an incredible talent pool of freelancers that can help create and launch your business in a cost-effective way. Always do your research and due diligence about what you want to launch to see if it really is relevant and can be differentiated from what is already out there. Take advantage of all available free tools to help you automate and consolidate as much work as possible, which will also help you to do more with less funding. Also, accept help when it’s offered because you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to launch your business.

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