It can be a well thought out devised plan or It can just come out of the blue, just like this post, popped into my head.
Everyone that’s alive today and everyone that ever lived had an idea. Some ideas were small, some ideas were big and others were just massive altogether. The common thing about ideas is that everyone gets them, but only some people that get ideas can change the lives of other people, their own lives, or can completely change the world.
Some of the simplest ideas that changed the world include the likes of:
- The Wheel
- The Hammer
- Washing hands before eating (as not to get sick)
- Use animal fur/wool as clothing to keep warm
- The world is not flat but round.
I could keep going on and on.
With the simplest idea, you might not be able to change the world, but you might be able to make small changes that can change the way you live, work and play, leading you to having a better life and to change the world.
Some people just have it!
Take Elon Musk for example, that guy is just brilliant, one of my role models to be exact. He sold his first company after four years making him a multi-millionaire, $22 million is what he got when he sold Zip2 in 1999 to Compaq. He was involved in one of the first online banks X.com, which morphed into PayPal, he is the Ceo of SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity and one of richest people on the planet. At the time of writing this, he is the 87th richest Human on the planet with a net worth of $13.2 billion.
His family might have been wealthy to start off with, but that didn’t make Elon rich, he worked hard for it. As a young boy he read and learned everything he got his hands on. Computers were his forte. He even coded a game when he was just a teenager. As a teenager he traveled to Canada, living out of a backpack and sleeping on couches and hostel beds for a few years, Elon’s future was not laid out on stone yet. If you thought that this guy was going to be part of the super rich, you might have thought of yourself being mad.
Why I mention Elon, because from a young age Elon had ideas, not just an idea, but a vision to change the world which his vision turned his ideas into his companies Zip2, SpaceX, Tesla & SolarCity.
You don’t have to have an idea as big as Elon’s
You just need a plan.
A simple plan, which you can then branch out to create a Business.
That’s why it’s called a Business plan.
First you need to figure out a few things.
What are you good at?
What do you excel in?
Are you a reader, do you build things, do you cook, or are you sporty.
These are some of the things you need to ask yourself.
An easy way of figuring out what you want to do is to draw a bubble on a blank A4 page or any size page and write the word PLAN in the middle of the page.
Then time yourself! Give yourself 2mins on your stopwatch. (If you are looking for a timer, check your clock settings on your phone as stopwatch should be there) and branch out ideas of things you think you are good at and things you know about.
– PLAN –
- Killarney (The town i’m from)
- Online Business
This was my list. It’s small, but it’s enough. I know about these things so when I’m blogging or talking about them, I’ll know what I’m talking about.
You probably have a list that is similar to this one. Don’t worry if you have very little as this will make things easier.
The next thing to do is to pick one of your ideas or even two and blend them into one. Circle the name of your idea (I circled online business) and from that circle, time yourself once more with two minutes and write what you know about that idea.
These will be your main topics for your Business.
Here are mine
– Online Business –
- Affiliate links
- Make money
Like I said before these are now your main topics to write about, teach and/or to sell.
To get post ideas you can circle each one of your main topics and branch them off to into post headers. So for example, I know a lot about Domaining. To see what I can write about it, I circle it and branch out what I know.
– Domaining –
- Where to buy them
- Forwarding a domain
- Auction Marketplaces
I could keep going on. By doing this, I have come up with loads more post ideas to branch out and write about.
Making money from your Idea
Yes the big question. How to make money from your idea?
There are loads of different ways to make money online and if I got into each one id be here writing for a few months or even years.
I am just going to focus on a few for you to take on board and use yourself.
– Domaining –
A great way to start online as it’s not that hard to start. I’ve made a few thousand from Domaining and have even written a free eBook so you can skip the learning process and dive straight into the deep end. Be sure to read and learn what I and others in the industry have to say before you buy any domain names worth over $500+ as you might just waste your money which you won’t ever get back. There is money to be made from selling names, when you see names like Porno.com selling for $8,888,888.88, VacationRentals.com $35 million and PrivateJet.com $30.18 million.
– eBook –
Another great way to start. If you love to write this is the way to go. You don’t even need a website just a keyboard, a screen and social networks at your fingertips and Amazon. If you could bang out a book every 6 months and have a following of a few thousand people, you could earn into tens or hundreds of thousands for each book. Best way of doing this is to have a following. I know I said you don’t even need a website but it would come in handy to capture emails of your potential buyers.
– Youtube/Podcast –
Video and radio have always been massive ways to making millions in revenue and it’s available to us all. People have been making money from youtube and podcasts for years with ads and earning money through commissionable links, that they would send or say to anyone that’s watching or listening. If you are comfortable being on screen or talking on a podcast then a great way to grab people’s attention and make some money are these two outlets.
– Affiliate links –
These are great but, to get use out of them you’ll need subscribers to click and buy what you’re sharing. Like I said about youtube and podcasts they use these links to make money. You could earn hundreds & thousands from them. I earned $119 commission from one link recently when someone click through and bought some items. When you are writing a blog and you want to share a book or a product that you found helpful, you can use Amazon links, so the reader can buy them on Amazon.
– Course –
This one takes a lot of planning to create, but once made you can sit back and rake in the cash. If you do go down this route make sure it’s something you are passionate about because you will be spending a lot of time writing content, creating videos and resources about it, but there is a huge reward at the end. Michael Hyatt has a course every year on how to have the best year and he sells is from $100 up to $800+ for extras and his course is short and always sells out because it is really beneficial to who purchases it. Gather the subscribers and make a course that you and them will come out richer and smarter from.
– Flipping –
A lot of people out there would like to start making money online but don’t know anything about building websites. Flipping is a great way to earn money building and selling websites. On a website called Flippa.com you can list and promote them to new itchy finger entrepreneur’s who want to get started on ready made websites. Once you get the hang of it, you could build a website to sell within or under 5 hours and sell them for $100+.
– eCommerce –
Building an online shop can make you thousands each week. I built an online shop before, selling onesies and with very little advertising I was making $50 a week from it until my supplier went bust. Online shops are easy to build but time consuming and if done right can make you a physical product company with no bricks and mortar making nearly 100% profit.
– Amazon –
You don’t need a website for selling on Amazon but for email capture it helps with the resale. Amazon is a great place to sell physical products that you get created for selling. You can find manufacturers & factories in China or elsewhere.
Buy low, sell high. Once your product line is delivered to Amazon and when someone buys your product, you make money while doing nothing, well almost… you’ll have to reorder to keep it in stock. Many people were made millionaires from selling on Amazon and you could be the next one. Just make sure before you start to check out TheAmazingSeller.com and listen to everything Scott tells you and you won’t fail.
(My sister and I are in the process of researching products to sell Amazon. I will share my findings on the blog).
– eBay –
Sell stuff you find in junk stores and make money from them. eBay is one heck of an auction house. You can buy and sell anything there even domains. I’m reading a book about a girl who started off selling clothes on eBay because she was broke and needed to make money fast, she went about finding fashionable old clothes and selling them through her brand name on eBay, “NastyGirl“. She now she is a billionaire, the girl’s name is Sophia Amoruso and she is #GirlBoss
Thank you for reading, I hope this helped you come up with an idea for your online business.
I’d love to see your Mindmaps of ideas, please share them in the comments below, some might make us laugh and some might make us cry but it doesn’t matter because the last one laughing will be you.
You are awesome.
Daniel Mac Sweeney
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