Growing a $100,000,000 Productized Service — w/ Russ Perry of Design Pickle


“When you do designs, it is like doing accounting, all businesses need it”.

That’s what Russ Perry, creator of Design Pickle told me about his 8-figure productized graphic design business.

In this interview, Russ teaches us some critical nuts and bolts advice to building and scaling a successful productized service. 

His business, Design Pickle, is a service that provides unlimited graphic designs to businesses by pairing clients with a professional graphic designer.

With 2,800 active clients and 12,000+ serviced to date, Russ’ business is on track to become a $100,000,000+ company he says. 

Not bad, right?

If you are a startup looking for some inspiration, or the owner of a business with ambitions to keep growing I think you’ll extract several “golden nuggets” from this interview.

Let’s dive in to learn how to build and scale your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • [08:26] Russ reveals the key piece of advice he would give to himself if he could go back in time. He also explains how it applies to his experience creating Design Pickle and his first agency.
  • [09:57] He talks about the importance of niching, and how its definition has expanded since he started the business.
  • [10:29] Even successful entrepreneurs make mistakes. Russ reveals the ones he made early on by trying to niche vertically, and how he finds his niche in the maturity of clients.
  • [12:08] He talks about the different niches they are going after right now. E.g: designing for advertising campaigns.
  • [14:30] Russ mentions some of the reasons why niches are valuable, and why he didn’t have one when he first owned an agency.
  • [17:39] He goes in-depth on the process of moving from being an agency owner to building Design Pickle. He also explains how he chose to go from a support model business to a marketing model business.
  • [18:42] Design Pickle is moving away from the unlimited graphic designs marketing branding and Russ explains the reasons why.
  • [19:00] What do Disneyland and Design Pickle have in common? Russ shares the inspiration he found in Disney for building his business model.
  • [20:01] Do you know what “Disneyfy” the design experience mean? He gives us a very clear answer.
  • [24:11] He talks about the influence of competitors in his business and the decision to stop sharing growth numbers.
  • [28:13] He reveals the secret for his business to earn a $100,000,000 in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR).
  • [36:00] Russ confesses what he is still missing to grow his business to $100,000,000.
  • [37:25] He explains how Design Pickle has become the solution for when your designers can’t deliver to you.
  • [42:06] He opens up about how he managed personal challenges, problems, and stress while scaling the business.
  • [44:10] He talks about his background. Russ Perry also shares how his creative energy and right-handed pragmatic engineer mindset come from growing up in a family of artists.


Top 5 Critical Takeaways:

  • [24:50] His response to how he manages competitors and companies stealing his ideas is clear and firm: staying out of it.
  • [28:42] Tens of companies with 30,000 clients each can easily turn into $1,000,000 companies by crashing and revolutionizing the design industry.
  • [35:46] Having cash in the bank is necessary for any business to grow, no matter how awesome your product is.
  • [47:45] He tries to get the bad emotions out of things and look at the past through the lens of facts and not feelings. He advises to invest in development and coaching based on his experience.
  • [58:08] The best mistake Russ Perry has made and that has made him learn the most has been hiring the wrong people.

Resources Mentioned:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

White Label Marketing for Agencies ‐ See 29 Examples of Projects You Can Delegate to Us

I Want To See More

About Autogrow is a platform to help brands, businesses, and agencies accelerate their marketing success by providing an all-in-one marketing team (16 skillsets) via an easy project management interface. Founded in 2010, we've helped 1,000's of companies, big and small, to delegate and get quality marketing work done fast.

Learn More

Get the Latest Updates on How To Improve Your Marketing

Join over 24,000 other agency owners and marketing professionals in receiving the latest tips, tricks, updates, and new content that shows you how you can improve your processes and scale your business.

Yes, Help Me Grow My Business

Download Your FREE Guide to See How We Can Help You

Do You Want to Delegate Your Digital Marketing Projects—Without The Headaches of Hiring?

Yes, Gimme the Guide!

Join Over 24,000 Subscribers

Join 24,000 small business owners, agencies, consultants, coaches, and brand marketers as we learn and AutoGrow our businesses — laying one BRICK at a time in our wall of success 💪— together.

Join Us

Want more help getting better results for your clients, increasing your capacity, boosting your revenue, and scaling your agency?

We publish new articles with our best marketing tips, tricks, and strategies every week, twice a week. We also offer a white label platform that can help you delegate unlimited marketing projects so you can take on more clients and focus on growth — without having to deal with people headaches.

Read previous post:
11 Holiday Shopping Trends and Statistics You Need to Know for 2019

Everyone knows the holiday season from November to the end of December is the most popular time for shopping and...