E191: Run your agency in 8 hours per week with Jeff Venn

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Jeff Venn owns Create Studios, a 10-person agency that he runs in eight hours a week, and is a mentor to millennial and Gen Z entrepreneurs. Jeff’s taken a forward-thinking, progressive approach on how to build and run his businesses, and how he builds and runs his days.

Episode highlights:

  • How Jeff built his business to work on such a minimal time per week.
  • What Jeff was spending lots of time on before working fewer hours.
  • What Jeff went through in hiring to build a team that works well in his agency.
  • What Jeff sees for the future of his agency.
  • What Jeff did with all this free time, and how he schedules his day.
  • What Jeff’s leadership team looks like.
  • How to structure project payment to lower stress (and it didn’t lead to any complaints).
  • The most important part of operations right now.
  • On being “afraid to get paid”.
  • Best advice: You gotta stick with it.
  • Habit that contributes to success: Creativity and possibility.
  • Recommended tools: Headspace
  • Recommended book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Run time: 32:21



  • “We have an aptitude to more than just build websites.”
  • “It was equal parts pain….and curiosity.”
  • “For a while, it was like a mini-vacation.”
  • “What’s funny is we quickly adjust to the environment we’re in.”
  • “They looked at me like I was crazy.”
  • “The one-time work is not that sexy, but it will lead to the recurring.”
  • “We made $4 an hour!”


  • If you want to work fewer hours, you need to get out of the day-to-day.
  • Annual rolling averages of costs can be really helpful in money management.