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My coach, Jeff Walker, has a brilliant strategy that lets you launch and sell a product online before you’ve actually created it, even if you have no following or list to start with. He posted a free video to show you how to do it step by step. This video will only be accessible for a few days though, so please watch it now if you’re in the mood for an adventurous new way of thinking about life and business:
I used this strategy – and yes, I learned it from Jeff – to pre-launch Conscious Growth Club earlier this year. CGC is still being developed, and we have a ways to go before the full launch, but we’ve had almost 100 paying members in our club-in-progress since April. If you’d like to know how to successfully pre-launch something while it’s still in the idea phase, watch Jeff’s video, and he’ll explain how to do it.
You can use a similar strategy to launch an online product, such as a book or course, before you’ve actually created it. Artists and musicians are doing successful seed launches too. There are some key advantages to a seed launch, such as knowing whether an idea will sell before you do the work of implementing it. When your product or service is fully complete, you can launch again and have even more sales.
In this video Jeff will also share his launch stacking strategy, which you can use to string multiple launches together and parlay your results. He used launch stacking to go from a stay-at-home Dad to an Internet millionaire, and now he routinely does 7-figure launches and makes it look easy.
I’ve met Jeff personally, I bought his famous Product Launch Formula course, and I’ve been to two of his live events so far – all in the past year. I think you’ll like his style. He’s a laid back presenter and a natural introvert, and he’s very results-focused. If you like how-to steps and details, he’s a good person to learn from, and I feel good about recommending his material based on firsthand experience.
You’ll need to opt in to Jeff’s list to watch the free video, which is more than worth it. I’ve been on his list since last year, so come join me and a bazillion other fun and creative people who don’t want regular jobs. 🙂
By the way… in CGC we recently added a new Passive Income subgroup for members who want to help each other create new streams of passive income. That group is already up to 39 members, so it’s pretty popular. Wanna be our 40th?
Watch Jeff’s video, and see if this path is for you:
Jeff Walker shares a short video about a pattern he’s noticed: Highly successful business owners have a habit of investing in personal development.
For the next 36 hours only, Ryan Eliason is sharing his entire training (4 videos, a webinar recording, and 4 PDF downloads) all on one page, and you don’t have to register or opt-in to get it. Tens of thousands of people recently took advantage of Ryan’s free training, and now he’s conveniently giving the whole thing away on one web page.
Here’s what’s on the All Access page:
- How To Make A Lucrative Career Out of Profound Service (PDF)
- The Visionary Entrepreneur Blueprint (PDF)
- Client Attraction and Enrollment Formula (PDF)
- 7-Figure Case Studies (video)
- The 3-Step Visionary Entrepreneur Game Plan (webinar)
- And several more videos
Note that this page will only be available for the next 36 hours. Ryan is in the middle of a launch that ends tomorrow, and after Friday night, these materials will no longer be available for free. So download/watch them now while you can.
I also encourage you to check out Ryan’s complete Visionary Business School training program, which guides you through the process of creating an impactful, heart-centered business with several months of instruction and coaching. Ryan only runs this program once a year, and the 2017 enrollment period is only open for the next day and a half.
If you’re interested in building some online passive income streams so you can finally quit your boring job for good, a quality service to help you achieve that goal is Solo Build-It (SBI). They’re currently running a 33% off special from now through July 5th. That’s a great deal for the complete solution package they offer.
During this time the price of an annual SBI subscription is $197 (instead of $299), and SBI for WordPress is $97 (instead of $149).
SBI is an all-in-one service for starting an online business. It’s been very popular with StevePavlina.com readers because it combines tools, education, and social support into a single package. See my SBI review for details.
So many people have told me they credit SBI as the service that got them started on this path, so they could finally break free from any need for a regular job. Many eventually progress to other online income strategies once they get the hang of earning income this way, but it usually takes people a while to get the mindset and know-how to actually do it. I really think that SBI’s strength in this space is helping beginners get into action and start seeing results.
SBI has a 90-day money-back guarantee, so it’s easy to try it and see if it’s a good match for you. When you build something cool with it, please let me know about it. I enjoy hearing success stories. 🙂
Check it out here: SBI Independence Sale.
My friend Ryan Eliason will be releasing several freebies in the next two weeks to help people who are interested in creating a successful business. Today he’s giving away a free PDF called The Revolutionary Entrepreneur Manifesto.
This PDF will explain how to create a business that:
- generates abundant income for you to thrive
- allows you to make a huge positive difference
- gives you the freedom to do what you love
I’ve been enjoying such a business for many years, and I have to say that it’s wonderful. Every day I get delightful feedback from people I’ve helped over the years. Hundreds of my readers run such businesses as well.
If you feel like this is your path too, I encourage you to read this PDF to help get you started. It’s an easy read, and it will help you gain the right mindset for success.
In this PDF you’ll learn:
- The 4 essential foundations of successful visionary entrepreneurs
- Simple ways to build a business based on serving others
- Why you must avoid the trap of isolated techniques
- The system used by over 5,000 of Ryan’s clients to collectively generate tens of millions of dollars while focusing on the greater good
I think you’ll find Ryan’s story inspiring. He spent the last 25 years coaching and training thousands of socially conscious entrepreneurs from 85 countries.
When you download the manifesto you’ll also get instant access to Ryan’s new video training.
Download it here and enjoy: The Revolutionary Entrepreneur Manifesto
After allowing about 10 days for people on the advance notification list to have first dibs at joining Conscious Growth Club for Early Access, I’m opening it up to everyone who wants to join now – no invitation needed.
I’ve also shortened the massive Conscious Growth Club web page (previously 16,819 words) down to about 20% of its previous size, so it’s a lot more concise and readable. It will give you a good understanding of what CGC includes now, including details on members-only courses to be developed.
If you’re ready to join and want the direct signup link, here you go: Join Conscious Growth Club.
CGC is currently up to 62 members, and more people have been joining every day since we opened it for Early Access. Our members are already very active in the private forums, posting more than 2000 messages so far as they share and work on various growth challenges together. It’s turning out to be a super supportive community with members getting good advice, feedback, and resource suggestions. I’m delighted to see that CGC is attracting such conscious, growth-oriented people.
Come join us if you think it’s a good fit, especially if you want to instantly add dozens of supportive friends to your life.
If you know anyone else who’d be a good match for CGC, please tell them about it.
It hasn’t even been 72 hours since I began sending out Early Access invites for Conscious Growth Club, and we’re already up to 35 members (37 if you count Rachelle and me). So it’s wonderful to see so much interest this soon. 🙂
I thought it would take a while to ramp up, but people are diving in, introducing themselves, welcoming each other, and sharing their growth challenges and goals right away. Our new members have already started 63 threads and posted 611 messages in less than 3 days. I can see we’re going to build a lot of momentum just this week.
I’m sure we’ll get more signups throughout the weeks ahead. There’s a natural incentive for people to sign up sooner for Early Access since all this time is a free bonus tacked on to the beginning of the one-year membership, and that year doesn’t start counting down until we do the full launch.
I finished sending invites to the people on the Early Access notification list, so we can gradually open it up to more people now. If you’re interested in Early Access too, just drop me a message via my contact page to let me know, and I’ll be happy to send you an invite with the link to join.
Good news – I just began sending out Early Access invites for Conscious Growth Club to those who’d asked to be on the notification list.
There are currently 145 people on the Early Access list, and I’ll be sending the invites in small batches over the next few days, so Rachelle and I can personally welcome new members into the forums.
I sent 20 invites in the first batch, and within minutes we already had our first few members signing up. So that’s really cool!
If you’re interested in Early Access too, just drop me a message via my contact page, and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.
Just a quick progress update on Conscious Growth Club… I’m now doing the final testing of the signup process, which I should be able to finish on Friday, so I expect to start sending out the Early Access invites pretty soon.
I started testing earlier this week and found a few bugs, but they’re all fixed now.
Everything works great on Chrome already, but I need to check other browsers and mobile devices too.
After the bad experience I had last week with WooCommerce that caused me to delay opening early access for Conscious Growth Club, I decided to drop WooCommerce. I know it’s a hugely popular platform, but I don’t see how I can trust it going forward. I find the platform too fragile to use and poorly designed from a user perspective.
I think the problems I encountered stem from the fact that WooCommerce uses a hub and spoke model with one core plugin and lots of extensions to add functionality. You could easily find yourself needing 6-10 extensions to get all the functionality you need, some free and some paid. These extensions are created by different teams, and they seem to easily fall out of sync and cause conflicts with each other. Even after going back and forth with WooCommerce support multiple times, I wasn’t able to remedy the problems that popped up after version 3.0.0 was released. Those problems might have been fixed eventually, but I was already having doubts about the platform before that incident, and this was enough to conclude that I should switch to something else. I gave myself a week to think it over since I had a conference to attend last week anyway. I revisited this decision when I got back, and after weighing the options, I still felt that dropping WooCommerce was the wisest choice for the long term. Fortunately I was still within the refund period for the WooCommerce extensions I purchased, so I got those refunded.
This week I started fresh with another option, which is to use MemberPress for the CGC membership site. That’s been working out so much better. I still have more work to do on the implementation, but it’s been going smoothly so far. I especially appreciate that the MemberPress team replies to their support emails about 3-5x faster than WooCommerce. I often felt stuck waiting for replies from WooCommerce support, only to receive an email asking for more info instead of offering a solution.
With MemberPress I’m just using one key plugin for all the functionality instead of several (okay two plugins with a simple MemberPress add-on for email list integration). It makes a big difference when all the functionality is designed and implemented by a single team. The unified vision of MemberPress really shines through when compared to the kludgy mess that is WooCommerce.
I do feel that the hub and spoke model can work. After all, it’s what WordPress uses, with tens of thousands of plugins available. But for whatever reason, I don’t feel that WooCommerce has pulled this off well enough to provide a stable platform I can trust. In particular they have a bad habit of releasing backwards-incompatible updates that break previous functionality. Maybe in a few years they’ll have a stable enough platform that this won’t be necessary, but I’d like something that works today.
I’ve been working down a 6-page checklist to configure MemberPress to open up CGC for early access, and this week I’ve completed 4.5 of those pages. All the core functionality is working well now. Most of the remaining work includes configuring the emails and styling the pages, so it’s mostly cosmetic. I also need some time to test the platform after all the setup is done.
Initially I had ruled out using MemberPress since it was missing a key feature I really wanted, which was the ability to offer an 8-month payment plan for a 12-month membership (or longer than 12 months with the early access period). But it turns out that the MemberPress team intends to add this feature, probably this year but possibly next year. And in the meantime, with the help of their support, I was able to work out an alternative solution that can allow us to offer this payment plan, although it requires a little more manual work behind the scenes. All in all this is a minor issue compared to the headaches I had getting WooCommerce configured.
The only real downside to using MemberPress is that we won’t be able to support Bitcoin for payments – just credit cards and PayPal. That’s likely to upset one person, maybe two, who said they wanted to use Bitcoin for CGC. For those people, I’m sorry we can’t offer Bitcoin support since MemberPress doesn’t support it, and I totally understand if you won’t be joining CGC because of that. I doubt most people will care though. We accepted Bitcoin for all four of the 2016 workshops, and not a single person used it, so it was ridiculously unpopular as a payment method. Another issue with Bitcoin is that it doesn’t support recurring payments, so we couldn’t have used it for the payment plan option anyway. And by not offering Bitcoin, the checkout process is a bit simpler, which I think is the better way to go.
I don’t anticipate any major issues getting MemberPress up to speed. If the setup work keeps going smoothly, we might be able to open CGC for early access sometime next week. Don’t hold me to that though since it’s hard to predict how long things will take with a new platform that I’m still learning.
Right now I feel pretty relieved to have found a platform that looks to be a much better fit for our needs going forward. It’s important to choose a solid platform from the beginning since switching platforms down the road would be much more difficult. Lately I’ve been seeing some pleas for help from member site owners who are currently trying to flee the Rainmaker platform, for instance.