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MBP #30: How Jaden Hair Built the Steamy Kitchen Empire (then scaled it back!)

Jaden Hair, Steamy KitchenOne of the most important qualities of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to learn quickly and learn a lot. Tim Ferriss has often said that it doesn’t take a lifetime to master something, “based on my experience and research, it is possible to become world-class in almost any skill within one year.” (link)

Jaden Hair is the founder of Steamy Kitchen and one of the most well known “food bloggers” out there (I put quotes because at this point because that doesn’t come close to describing everything she does!) but she didn’t start off an expert at anything she’s successfully doing today. She enjoyed cooking, she enjoyed feeding people, and when combined with her ability to learn anything quickly, she’s been able to accomplish a tremendous amount.

What will you learn in this episode:

  • The fun story behind why she started Steamy Kitchen
  • How she went from “a place to put up recipes” to a business she loves
  • How she created a dream board that would become her business plan and source of inspiration
  • How she taught at a local small culinary school
  • How she emulated her favorite TV personalities
  • The most effective social media tool (it’s not what you think!)
  • How Jaden scaled back her business to be more in line with what made her truly happy
  • Her giveaway strategy (she does a LOT of giveaways!)
  • How she gets her kids involved in her business (and a little bit about her chickens, multiple gardens)
  • She talks about Food Blog Forum and the sweet deal they got from Disney (and how they don’t take a penny in profits, they go to scholarships and making the next event better)
  • How she gets all this done! (and why she won’t do another cookbook!)

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In 2005, I founded a personal finance blog (Bargaineering.com) that became successful enough that I quit my career as a software developer in the defense industry. It is my goal to share everything I learned so that you can do the same - build an online business that let's you pursue your passion.

4 responses to “MBP #30: How Jaden Hair Built the Steamy Kitchen Empire (then scaled it back!)”

  1. WOW. Just…wow. I am so impressed with Jaden and her dedication to building a sustainable life. So much food for thought here. Really enjoyed the conversation. Thanks, Jim!

  2. Found your site from Steve’s MWQHJ. Really enjoy your podcast and always looking forward to listen the new one. Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource!

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