EcomCrew Podcast

E342: Mike and Dave’s Biggest Business Mistakes

Welcome to Episode 342 of the EcomCrew podcast! Dave and I sit down to reminisce about our biggest business mistakes and what we did to remedy them.

This episode is not exactly fun for us, but we did learn our lessons from the mistakes that we made, and we hope you will too.


  • Why we’re doing this podcast – 3:40
  • Mistake #1: My hiring dilemma – 4:09
  • Mistake #2: Dave hires too quickly – 7:55
  • Mistake #3: Translating my site into multiple languages – 9:12
  • Mistake #4: My attempt at creating a Grammarly-like website – 14:30
  • Mistake #5: Dave’s auxiliary sites -15:40
  • Mistake #6: Dave losing money through Vendor Central – 24:04
  • Mistake #7: Marrying a business idea that you shouldn’t be involved in – 27:10
  • Mistake #8: My biggest and most painful business mistake – 35:40

This episode may have reminded us of our biggest blunders in ecommerce, but it also showed us how much we’ve improved through the years.

How about you? Do you have any business mistakes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Head on over to, share your story, and get a chance to win an annual subscription to EcomCrew Premium! This subscription is valued at $1,500, so you don’t miss your chance! If you’re already a Premium member, we’ll extend your subscription for another year for free.

You can even indicate in the form that you would want to be anonymous. EcomCrew podcast listeners can still learn from your mistakes without us disclosing your identity.

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Until the next one,

Happy selling!

Michael Jackness

Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.

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