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Posted By: Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Re: seeking advice on home business. (BizNewbie)
Thursday, 13 April 2006, at 2:50 p.m.
In Response To: Re: seeking advice on home business. (BizNewbie)
> you have come to the right place. Maw Maw is pretty strict about scammers
> posting on her forum. There are plenty of regular posters that offer great
> advice on different types of businesses.
> I will offer you some advice based on my experiences. First of all, don't
> go on the Web "looking" for "opportunities". You WILL
> get scammed. So here is what you should do first. Get a fresh sheet of
> blank paper and a pen. Make sure you have no distractions for about 20 min
> to 1/2 hour. Write down ANY topic that interests you, and I do mean
> ANYTHING. Do not hesitate to write down any word, no matter how stupid,
> mundane, or impractical it sounds. The words can be anything:
> "soap", "watching sunsets",
> "knitting",""Nascar", "geophysics",
> "Nuclear fusion","washing dishes". From this list you
> will begin to see ideas forming and interests arising.
> Now, for each word, think of a possible problem that people could have
> with that idea/topic/hobby/concept. For example, "soap" - what
> problem can people have with soap? Hmmm.....they find it hard to buy
> all-natural soap; find it hard to get a particular scent of soap; they
> want to lean hoe to make their own (hmm...a soap-making DVD), etc.
> From this brainstorming strategy , your mind will be in over-drive as you
> think of a plethora of things you could do with each interest. It doesn't
> mean that all wil be viable businesses, but it will get your creative
> juices flowing.
> Strategy #2:
> I call this the "gun-to-your-head" strategy:
> A person breaks into your house and puts a gun to your head and says,
> "you have 1/2 hr to tell me 25 things that you could teach me, and
> you MUST be specific".
> On a blank sheet of paper you write down any special
> skills/talents/hobbies/knowledge that you could teach, counsel or impart
> to someone else:
> Some exampes off the top of my head: Can you sew, teach kids a sport,
> tutor, cook, clean, collect records, write articles, teach religion,
> vegetable or flower gardening, weight-loss, exercise, martial arts, fix
> engines etc. Right away I listed 7-8 examples I could think of, off the
> top-of-my-head. Now do you have any type of skills/knowledge that you
> could teach either a group or individual?
> People will pay for almost anything they perceive as value. Now look at
> your list, and forget the "teaching". For each skill listed,
> think of 2 businesses you could start related around that idea, that don't
> include counseling,teaching. Write away you will have 75 or so business
> ideas to work with!
> Hope this helped!
Thank you for your response. Most people don't take even that much time to help someone out. I have wanted to write an informational product for a long time. My question to you or whomever reads this response is, once I have brainstormed and used your methods,(which by the way, I found very helpful and will try to implement)and found a topic to write about, how do I go about effectively marketing it for best results. There is the magazine approach and then have a website for taking orders, but I know it is not that easy. I feel like through experience and what others say, starting small and simple may be the way to go at first. Can you advise on the marketing method for someone who knows pretty much nothing about internet marketing?
Thank you for your input.
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