Internet Business

Internet Business

Went to lunch today with a coworker and we talked internet business and marketing. See I’m getting ready to launch a new business/web site real soon. It will take my passion for glamour photography and turn it into something I can hopefully make a living at. More details to come. Soon.

There were three main things that influenced and inspired me, and I thought they deserved a little blog time.

The first was Tim Ferris’ book The Four Hour Work Week. I realized just recently I read that book, and gave it to two of my co-workers, a YEAR ago. It did not seem that long ago. But it changed my way of thinking. I no longer thought success was having a multi-million dollar bank account to live off. Success was having enough income to let me live where I wanted, control my schedule, and do my dreams.

But like I said I read it a year ago and was no closer to achieving anything in the book.

Then there was SXSW and my discovery of Twitter. Me seeing the concept of micro celebrity and followings that I talked about before. Those peculated in the back of my head until I stumbled across Teaching Sells[aff].

Teaching Sells is the brain child of CopyBlogger.com’s Brian Clark. I’ve got great respect for CopyBlogger it is where I learned a lot about blog writing. So when Brian said he knew what the problems were trying to make money blogging and depending on Google, I believed him. I believed him so much I signed up for the course’s free trial with out even reading the free report.

He gives a $1 one week trial for the site. Before my second day I knew I was staying at least a month, and I knew I was going to do this. The material is really good, if a little PC centric.

Teaching Sells Free Report

Since I was going to be starting an internet business, I decided it was time to reread Four Hour Work Week. While doing so I decided to take to heart one of principles in it. (Sorry forgot the name and I don’t have the book with me.) That principle said the work expands to fill the time you give it, so do give it any time.

I decided I’d focus and get this website read to go in a month. Even though I had no idea how to do that.

The only reason I decided on a month was because I discovered I needed to build up a demand via marketing before the site went live and started charging money.

So I decided to do a survey and drive traffic to the survey via friends in the market.

I also decided I needed a partner and approached one of my studio partners about being part of it. He was on board from the get go and assumes I know everything. Even though he has extensive experience in direct marketing in the real world, and is a great salesman.

Internet Business Mastery

Now I needed to learn internet marketing. But where? Well back when I was doing my Apologetics course I needed to learn podcasting and discovered Jan Van Orden’s website How To Podcast and subscribed to it in iTunes. In one of his podcast’s he mentioned two things.

One, he was living the FHWW dream by moving to Argentina for 6 months. He wasn’t doing a literal 4 hour work week, but he did have a business that didn’t require him to be in the states. So why not live in Argentina?

That was a epiphany for me. I don’t need to have a business that only takes 4 hours a week. I just need one that lets me live anywhere.

Second, Jason mentioned he had another podcast on internet business. So I subscribed to it. After the first episode, I was clicking the get button in iTunes like crazy to get back episodes. There is a ton of great information in this podcast.

I just forwarded my friend from lunch the URL for Internet Business Mastery not 10 minutes after he asked me what got me motivated to actually do, and not just talk about doing it. Low and behold they had a new post up titled What is the Tipping Point Between Thinking & Learning About Internet Business and Actual Success in Internet Business?. I haven’t even read or listened to it, but my friend went “Wow. How strange is that. I just asked you about this. Weird. I appreciate you sharing all this, man.”

I want to convey the same sentiment to the people mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing this with me.

3 Questions From a 14 Year Old Millionaire

ABCNews via Business Opportunities Weblog.

Farrah Gray was a millionaire by the age of 14 and came out of the Chicago projects.

Ask yourself three questions. First, what comes easy to me, but harder to others? The second question is, what would you do for work for years and years and never have to get paid for it? And the third question is, how can you be of service and how can you give back?” Gray advises.

The thing that caught my attention was the first question. I have a tendency to believe if something is easy for me, it is easy for everyone. But my wife points out that isn’t true. Computers and specifically programming isn’t easy for very many people at all. Writing isn’t easy for a lot of people.

I need to think on those things.

How Do You Know If A Business Idea Will Work?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. I’ve got a number of money making ideas, but I don’t know which I should do. To some extent I know I should do what I love, but most of my ideas come under that. If I don’t like the idea I stop thinking about it. So I’m left with which one?

My internal process says I should pick the one that will make the the most money on its own. The one I can put the time into now and get the $10,000 days out of in the future. Ones that will bring a steady stream of income in so I can do the other interesting things that don’t generate income – like taking pictures of pretty girls.

But how do I know if an idea will work. I can think it will work, but how do I know? I’m not asking for absolute surety, but I want something better than “If I can do 1% of what myspace does, I’ll be a millionaire.”.

This seems a classic entrepreneur question that has to have been answered a 1000 times.

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Obscure Tech That Changed The World

There are a lot of things we don’t even think about that end up making major changes in the world. One of those jumped out at me in this article on the Business Opportunities Weblog. The Container That Changed the World.

Containers are those big metal boxes that you see being pulled by 18 Wheelers or on trains. And they there are huge ships to transport around the world. Read the article to see what I mean about a world changing tech.

Doing Business As Reactuate Photography

Well it’s official now. Just got back from the county clerks office where I registered by DBA for Reactuate Photography. I got paid this morning by the law firm and the check was made to Reactuate, so I had to get my DBA to cash the check.

It’s a relatively painless process. I downloaded the form from their website and filled it out. Of course they reentered it and made me print their version.

Then I went to the back and found out you can’t put a DBA on a regular checking account. So I had to open a new one. Did that and deposited the check to make it official.

Now I just need to figure out how to need to make more deposits.

The Houston Image

I can make it public now. My friend and fellow photography Bobby G and I have partnered up to take over The Houston Image. This is a local forum for photographers, models and makeup artists and we are going to give it a facelift and take it to the next level.

The first change will be a change in forum software. After much searching and installing at least 3 CMS and 2 BB systems and evaluating a ton more, it looks like we will be using Simple Machine’s forum software.

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