First of all, how are you and your Family doing in these COVID-19 Times?
John Weidner: Everyone has remained healthy. Financially we are doing fine. We used to spend a lot of money eating out and now we cook most meals ourselves. I’ve actually been able to get my car loans paid off now that we are spending less on eating out.
Tell us about you, your Career, how you Founded or Joined studystack.com and userbob.com
John Weidner: I have two side hustles. One is studystack.com – an online educational flashcard sharing site. The other is userbob.com – a remote user testing service. I made StudyStack in the early 2000s because I wanted to build a website and that was the idea I came up with. UserBob was made around 2015 to solve a problem I was experiencing and user testing services were too expensive.
How do studystack.com and userbob.com Innovate?
John Weidner: UserBob provides the most affordable version of remote user testing. It costs only a fraction of what most other companies charge. StudyStack provides a simple yet fun way to memorize information.
How the Coronavirus Pandemic affects your Business, and how are you coping?
John Weidner: UserBob is doing well since more people are looking for ways to conduct user testing remotely. StudyStack has seen a significant hit since most of its revenue comes from students in classrooms.
Did you have to make Difficult Choices, and what are the Lessons Learned?
John Weidner: Not really. But having multiple sources of income definitely helps. I’ve had concerns about my “day job” possibly going away. But with my side hustles, I knew I’d still be able to provide for my family.
How do you deal with Stress and Anxiety? How do you Project yourself, studystack.com, and userbob.com in the Future?
I’ve gotten my whole family to walk the dogs together every night.
Who are your Competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the Game?
John Weidner: StudyStack’s biggest competitor is Quizlet. UserBob’s biggest competitor is User Testing. Both are like a small fish hiding in a really big pond.
Your Final Thoughts
John Weidner: Be nice to people.