We’ve all witnessed many successes of people that do business on-line. Unfortunately, the truth is that most people try and try, but never quite make it on-line. One of the main reasons most people don’t make it is they fail once or twice and eventually stop trying.
Maybe they start to build a website with the best intentions but it never gets off the ground. They come back a year or two later and try a business opportunity that looks impressive, but it also never gets them anywhere. This happens on and off through the years and they are left with little to show for their efforts.
If this describes you or someone you know, maybe it’s time to start thinking out of the box. I’m not talking about Jack Ma out of the box thinking, but of dealing with simple products that writers can use.
Forget about building a large project such as an e-commerce website, or creating something that takes too much time to bring to fruition. Instead, try some small scale projects and see if you can get some small success.
You can build on small successes and before you know it you may have something sustainable.
Lets think out of the box for a minute. And I’ll preface the rest of this discussion by using a quote from Jack Ma’s “Stop Wasting Time” speech/video: “…now Internet is so tough because all the smart people go to Internet, so you should go to the off ground.”
I interpret this “off ground” non-standard colloquialism of Ma as meaning a money making service or product relating to off-the-Internet use. So, unlike coders that develop SAS (software, “Statistical Analysis System”), net banking, on-line financial services, or other ecommerce ventures that rely mainly on the Internet for sustainable profit, “off ground” services or products would include opening a restaurant, running a brick & mortar store, or selling handmade products on-line.
Notice the difference here: The former relies solely (or the majority or transactions) on the Internet for profit, the latter doesn’t. The latter can exist without the Internet, but uses the Internet as a supplementary tool.
Profit from what you enjoy, something you can relate to.
Perhaps you have a favorite hobby or pastime. Whatever it is, I’m guessing there are thousands or perhaps millions of others who share this same interest. Now, I know what you’re thinking. That I’m going to recommend you write an ebook or make a membership site about that topic.
While that can get you results, it may take you too much time. That means you may give up before reaching the level of success you’re after.
Again, we’re going out of the box today.
Why not create something fast and simple?
It doesn’t have to be too hi-tech or a boring old coffee mug. You can get plenty of ideas by searching for DIY gifts for writers. You can also get right to the core of the writer’s craft: a customized writing utensil. (Sorry. I spent too many years among engineers.) Or, better known as a pen.
Yet, many of us don‘t have skills or tools to create sellable products like these. I sure don’t.
How about something simpler? And let’s stay within the realm of writing, which is something that you–as a writer–can relate to and appreciate.
A journal (aka: paper planner, to-do book/planner, etc.) is easy to create since you don’t do the writing. The journal user does it!
You just put together a cover, some “almost” blank pages and maybe some quotes. By using Amazon’s kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing), you create it, then then you upload it to Amazon! The best part is, is that it’s free. “Publish in digital and print. Publish Kindle eBooks and paperbacks for free on KDP.” [Source: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/]
When people buy it, Amazon takes the order, prints it and ships it out. You simply collect your share of the proceeds as the author.
Considering you need about 30 minutes to create and upload a journal for sale at Amazon, imagine how many you can create in a month or a year!
Now that’s thinking out of the box.
Each journal you create is a mini-success and a building block. That means you’re systematically creating a scaleable business that can grow over the coming weeks, months and years.
This works in virtually any niche, as there are thousands of eager consumers waiting for new journals in any market you can think of–from hobbies to sports, self-help, diet, Internet marketing, recipes and well, you name it!
What are you waiting for? Christmas? Well, a journal about Christmas would be a great idea… maybe a 10 year shopping list journal so you never buy the same gift for the same person twice!
I digress. Pluses are that you won’t spend a penny to run this business. That’s because there’s…
- No proofreading.
- No covers to outsource.
- No content to write.
Remember, profit doesn’t necessarily mean selling only hi-end products.
Note: This is part PLR that Vladimir O. has permission to use.