|11-22-2009, 12:56 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
What if I really can't get inspired by any idea?
Hi all! Steve says that if you say you donít know what business you want to start, then itís just a lame excuse. But what if I really donít have any ideas that would inspire me?
I used to think: ok, if the lack of ideas is just an excuse, I have to stop giving excuses and just start my own business. Last year I launched my website and put Google AdSense on it. The main ideas of my work seemed rather interesting, but not that much. As I couldnít make up anything else, I just kept working on my website and promoting it. I had about 40-60 visitors a month and after a year I earned 69 cent))) At last all the work became really boring to me and I shut down the site. Then I launched a blog, but after a couple of months, I realized I wasnít interested in working in that direction as well. Then another website and again, after some time, I realized it was a dead end for me.
Then, some days ago I stumbled upon one business idea Ė making multimedia photo albums. It had never occurred to me before (though I think itís an old idea). I immediately started planning, then launched one of my multimedia albums I had done before on YouTube and registered as a freelancer on 3 websites. So, I really got inspired and Iím sure itíll work and I like this kind of work. The only minus is that Iím a freelancer, but Iíd like to be a website owner.
So, my question is the following: is that a lack of ideas really just an excuse?! I started everything immediately with multimedia albums, but Iím stuck with ideas about a website. Could it be that I really just canít get inspired by any idea for a website?
Website owners, where did you get your ideas for your websites?
|11-22-2009, 10:58 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
The thing about online marketing is that it, itself, is not a business. It is only a method of communication. It also happens to be the fastest, cheapest, and often the most effective way of reaching people. It also has the lowest start up cost of any business model. (Take $100 and the right knowledge, and you can literally create a business online that starts making money immediately)
In the old days, if you wanted to make money, be a good salesman, or advance higher in a company, people would always say work on your communication skills.
Well today, in the age of the internet, you must work on your online communication skills, which could also be called internet marketing. Learning to create an effective web presence is like learning a new language. You can't talk someone into buying your product unless you can actually speak in a way they understand.
Obviously, you can't sell things online unless you understand the how-to's. Sure, you can always by-pass the internet and try to make it in the "real world", but good luck trying to be self-employed in it. Most "real" businesses cost 10,000's to 1,000,000's of dollars to start up. Steve's website, as he has said many times, cost him less than $10 to start up.
Last edited by Curtis2011; 11-22-2009 at 11:02 PM.
|11-22-2009, 11:09 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Before you focus too much on the medium, perhaps you should work a little more on your message.
It's good to have knowledge of online marketing techniques, but what exactly is it you want to market? What kind of message do you want to spread to other people? How do you want to impact the world you live in, and the lives of others?
Where do you want to go with your life? What is it that you would do if you knew without a shadow of a doubt that you could not fail?
Your motivation does not lie in your medium, it lies in your message, your goals, your raison d'etre. Without a message, a medium has no purpose.
You can have the fastest, most tricked-out automobile in the world, but if you don't know where you want to go with it, all you'll be doing is going nowhere, really fast.
And who knows, once you have your message and your goals clearly defined, you may find that a donkey is sufficient for your purposes.
|11-24-2009, 02:08 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
I want to create a website as I want a passive inocme and owning a website seems the most attractive form of it for me. Generally speaking, Steve is an example to me in this field (though I don't strive for such a large activity and influence so far).
Davidchung, I think you're right. However, pondering on my message, I'm coming to the only conclsion: I want Nothing for other people. Perhaps, I have to change my mind))) Or just define my message that has nothing to do with other people...
|11-24-2009, 03:14 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Berlin, Germany
He's motivated by his message and therefore authentically creates value, he also had multiple years of experience with selling over the net before he started his blog.
Most people who succeeded online want more than just making passive income. Eban Pagan (Get Altitude, Wake Up Productive etc) said that those people who go online with the intent of making passive income mostly never do as the kind of person who succeeds through their own motivation usually isn't interested in the dream of passivity.
That said maybe SBI is the right thing for you. It helps you with clarifying a topic and also gives you a step by step process.
|11-28-2009, 09:06 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Thanks for the comments again.
Vartann, interesting method, perhaps, I should try it.
Rebecca, I liked this practical solution - to choose a topic I always end up talking to people about. I've realized I've been talking about movies much recently, and all the other topics are always trivial. No wonder I don't have any ideas for a business...
|11-30-2009, 05:51 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2009
For those sites I've picked more "strategically" based on internet marketing guidance or other reasons... never made a penny and dismantled them all.
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