If you came along to my talk at the Life.Time.Value conference in April 2017, these are some of the resources I referred to in my talk. If you weren’t there, this blog might not make a whole lot of sense to you to be honest, and you might prefer to read about the big danger in chasing investment, or the pros and cons of having a business partner.
Success stories by email
Every week I send out a little story about business by email. It might be something I’ve learnt, and I want to share. It might be a story of something I’m doing with a client. Or it might be something I’ve noticed about how not to run a business. All of them add up to a great way to learn about how to build a successful business, all free of charge and delivered to you weekly.
Most people love them – in fact I get people coming up to me in the street to tell me that they’ve enjoyed this week’s story! Some people don’t get them, and prefer the top tips blogs, but that’s okay, it’s super easy to unsubscribe if they’re not for you.
Recipes for Business Success
If you haven’t got a business yet, and are looking for ideas for a digital product, or any kind of business to get going with, I’ve done some of the hard work for you and put together a list of business ideas. All of them have been worked through and each one has a description of what kind of person this business idea would suit, how much investment of time and cash would be required, and how much you could expect to make from that business.
Here’s how it all works…
Money and budgeting resources
Controversial in his approach, Mr Money Mustache will definitely challenge your thoughts around how much money you really need.
Simonne Gnessen of Wise Monkey Financial coaching will be of more practical help and support in getting your attitudes and planning around money sorted out. Highly recommended.
I may have jumped up and down on stage about this one and how important it is to concentrate on building your fan base, especially your email list, before rushing into developing your product. Here are some useful tools for this
Thrive Leads is a great way to create content upgrades, pop ups that don’t pop up immediately, and quizzes to draw in people who can be your fans.
If you’re new to email nurture automation sequences (which is most people) here are my thoughts on how to do it well.
If you want the fancy pens to draw up your schedules, highlight your diary, or write your mindmaps for product development ideas, Cult Pens is a stationery lovers dream.
Inspiration from Seth Godin
“The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track” is what brings about change.
“Money makes it complicated, because money promises a shortcut. A bigger ad budget, or more VCs or more hires. We use money to hurry up, but it distracts us from what we actually seek to build.”
Seth’s full article is here…along with lots of other great stuff to inspire you to do good work, and ship it.
Outsourcing and recruitment
Working Mums can help you recruit a virtual part-time person, and People Per Hour is great for outsourcing those one off jobs to get you going faster. Process Street is great for writing out your step by step processes and getting people to do what you want.
Want some help with all of this?
I love helping people to develop their product ideas, and generally to run their business to make more money and have more fun. Here’s how my coaching and mentoring works, and we can have a coffee and chat anytime to see how I can help.