Ep. 201: Proven Strategies For Building A Thriving SaaS Portfolio With Michael Frew

Tips, strategies and advice from experts for building your online business with your host Trudy Rankin. 



Michael Frew is a seasoned engineer-turned-entrepreneur who specializes in acquiring SaaS (Software as a Service) businesses. In this episode, we dive into Michael's journey and his role in managing a portfolio of SaaS businesses for WebStreet. 

Michael shares the nitty-gritty of why buying a SaaS business is often better than building one and offers valuable insights on everything from the acquisition process to dealing with the psychological impact of selling a business. 

Whether you're a developer concerned about AI taking your job and looking for alternatives, or an aspiring entrepreneur, this episode is packed with actionable advice. 

We also talked about:

  • Michael’s transition from developing to acquiring businesses and how it changed his career.
  • The process and criteria Michael uses to identify and acquire SaaS businesses.
  • The role of WebStreet in facilitating passive investments in software businesses.
  • The importance of steady growth and business fit in successful acquisitions.
  • Preparing for business acquisitions, including financial planning, due diligence, and transition planning.
  • The impact of AI on the acquisition process and its potential for both internal improvements and external risks.
  • Advice for potential operators and sellers, emphasizing mindset shifts and comprehensive business evaluation.

Tune in to this episode to learn how to build a successful SaaS portfolio and transform your approach to business growth. 

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Trudy Rankin is the host of the Online Business Launchpad Podcast, Director of West Island Digital and the founder of the Online Business Lift-Off program.

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The transcript for this episode can be found here.



Today's Expert

Michael Frew

Michael Frew is an experienced engineer and developer who transitioned to business acquisition, now leading the development of SaaS business portfolios for WebStreet. His unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen makes him a valuable resource for understanding the complexities of acquiring and managing successful software companies.

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