Our guest today, Stephen Gheysens, discovered a way to help video game enthusiasts make money by teaching others their video game skills.
He’s the founder of Gamer Trainer, a coaching platform for people who want to level up their video game skills. His platform has been live about 3 months since we had our chat.
Lot of awesome lessons packed into our conversation including:
- How Stephen took two pivots in his career to start his current business.
- How he defines what it means to be engaged with your work.
- Why you don’t need funding to start your business.
- We getting customer feedback helps develop your business more quickly.
- Business model for his on-demand coaching platforms.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Self-directed learning.
- Align your habits with your purpose.
How Stephen Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 8:30-9:00am.
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Ensure progress on development every day. 2) Engage with customers, both trainers and students. 3) Building up processes and automation on the backend of the business.
- Ideal work environment: Mixing up the environment between his home office and a WeWork space.
- Resource recommendation: Mentors – from professors in his entrepreneurship courses to the CEO of one of the companies he worked for previously.
- 90-day goal: Book 100-150 more lessons, look into other tools to integrate with the platform, possibly grow the team more.
“It’s a quick and easy thing to pick up if they’ve already spent years playing these video games. It’s a way to reapply those skills that they already have.”
“I still had this drive to do my own thing, to build something that wasn’t there already.”
“There was probably around six to nine months where I would go home and for one to three hours a night, I would be trying to learn how to program web applications.”
“Getting the customer feedback earlier just allows for a much faster approach to improving your idea and actually getting an understanding of if it’s needed or not.”
To begin the process of breathing life into an idea you have, Stephen suggests the following actions:
1) Talk to your potential customers and audience as early as possible to get feedback and different points of view that will test and improve your idea.
2) Build lasting connections with some of those people and use your network as an accountability tool.
Resources + Bonus Materials
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