How to Start a Business in Minutes

People these days still think it takes so many things to start a business. Wake Up! if you’re one of them. I am going to tell you that the times are not how they use to be; the times have changed.

Today in the new world you can start a business as soon as you’re done reading this post, with little to no money. I am going to show you some examples of how to start a business minutes after you read this post.

You’re probably doubting me already…that’s okay I can understand if you’ve been accustomed to reading and listening to all the supposed “business experts” that are regurgitating what everyone else is saying, like you need to have all these before you can start your business:

  • 200 page business plan
  • Hire people
  • Office
  • Investors

blah…blah…blah. Listen. The truth is you need to stop talking about what you want to do and just do it! (thanks NIKE). Just start working. Don’t think that I am telling you, you don’t need those eventually. What I am saying is, to get started in your business. I am not saying you won’t need these things eventually; I am just saying that for now, the following tips will get you started! As you go, you can begin to add all of those.

Yea, a business plan is a great way to help you do a lot of things like:

  1. navigate and manage your company
  2. helping potential investors, partners, lenders, and others understand your business strategy and your chances at success.

But the truth is that you can start now without those too.

But I want to come up with a catchy name like Google, Amazon, or Zappos for my company. That’s cool I understand you want a cool name. But the name is not going to help you sell anything at the beginning. The PRODUCT is! Zappos.com use to be “shoesite.com” talk about a catchy name…right?

So get started! You can do without it for now. Later when you have more money and time to think about that stuff, hire the Eli Altman to do yours. He has come up with over 400 companies and brands. But make sure too that there’s a domain name for it, because they are becoming more scarce and expensive.

Do you think that you can start a business with no money yet?… Okay lets look at some more reasons why you don’t think so.

I can’t start a business unless I incorporate. Ahh let me tell you something, newbie. Don’t think you will be making millions right off the start. So don’t worry about it yet until you actually start pulling in some $$$Benjamins$$$

Incorporating a business is time consuming at the beginning, because there’re like four different ways you can do so.

  1. Sole Proprietorship
  2. General Partnership
  3. Corporations
  4. Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Don’t worry that you will have to hire some expensive lawyer to do this work for you. Now you can do it online through Legalzoom.com and you can save thousands of dollars if you pick this route. With as low as $150+ tax you can be on your way.

I can see that you’re already thinking, “Oh but it’s so much work to get a business running.” It is! But if your only focus is working on what’s important to you and what you like all these projects can be outsourced eventually when the time comes.

I Don’t Have the Money to Get Started

Funny you say that people; back when Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc… started they didn’t have the money either. But look at them now. If you have a good enough product or service to offer to people there will be plenty of money thrown at you. For now you shouldn’t worry about that. Maybe if Google finds your company, you can be the next Youtube. Who knows?

Let’s get started…

Okay, so I told you that you could start your business in minutes right? If you know what your passion is or you already have a product that you think can change the world, there’re so many ways that you can start spreading the word out and hopefully get someone interested and talking about it. Next thing you know you’re talking to some VC about investing in your company.

There’s this new thing called blogging, if you haven’t heard about it. Newsflash! It’s what everyone is doing these days. Get started on one today. Like I said on my title, you can start a business in minutes.

It literally takes minutes to set up a blog and be on your way to writing about your product or service and letting the world know what you have to offer. The cool thing is that if someone likes what you do, they’ll tell everyone about it and if someone sees that they’ll come over to your blog and they’ll do the same. And all of a sudden you’re all over the world.

What are you going to do?

Now you know that you can get started on your business within minutes. If you have something that you’re truly passionate about and you’re dying to tell everyone about it and talk to others that like the same things, blogging is a great platform for your ideas. In minutes you can set yourself a blog and start the business that you’ve always wanted.

People are going to tell you it’s not possible. You just need to keep your head up and battle through these obstacles. Most businesses that you buy stuff from today didn’t start at the top. We all start everywhere, if you truly have passion and love for your business you will survive if your product really benefits your market.

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What’s Better? Mantra Vs. Mission Statement

Business Mantra or Mission Statement? I am no business pro to tell you which one is best, but if you’re a common sense kind of guy like me, then a mantra is the one to choose. And if you still think a “mission statement” is the only professional way to go, then read Guy Kawasaki’s post Mantras Vs. Missions You might learn something from the guy behind the Apple team.

I am such a true believer now, in that it is really pointless to have a mission statement. Think about it for one second. Do you even know what the mission of your business is? What I mean is, do you know that sixty letter mumbo jumbo written in some lost web page. Probably not, at least not verbatim.

So let look at why it makes more sense to have a business mantra. Most mission statements are essentially full of interchangeable, nice-sounding phrases like “excellence” and “leadership” that make all of them sound exactly the same. Is this what you want? A repertoire of words that nobody or their moms understand, only some kind of business lawyer.

It seems that what Guy Kawasaki’s idea is has really become a trend. If you look at most businesses nowadays, you see business mantras. Let’s look at some of the most popular ones…

  • Walmart – Save money Live better
  • Dicks – Every season starts at Dick’s sporting goods
  • The North Face – Home of technically advanced, innovative apparel, footwear, and gear that inspires athletes to Never Stop Exploring
  • Mazda – Zoom-Zoom

Now, let’s look at some mission statements.

“We provide maximum customer satisfaction through quality products, outstanding service, and efficient and effective operations.
We maintain the highest ethical relationships with our employees, customers, suppliers and competitors.
We insure our financial health and continuous growth through fiscal responsibility and efficient operations.
We sustain a superior management team dedicated to our objectives.
We assure our employees fair and equitable compensation and opportunities for individual self-expression, continuous personal growth, and professional development.
We anticipate the future needs of our customers and employees and develop the plans necessary to meet these needs and ensure growth.
We strive to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve.”

Okay this is just one…did you even finish reading it?

We aspire to be the most admired and valuable company in the world. Our goal is to enrich our customers’ personal lives and to make their businesses more successful by bringing to market exciting and useful communications services, building shareowner value in the process.

This is another one; now can you guess whose mission statements these are? Or at least what market they are in? Probably, but I am guessing that a great majority won’t. I am just guessing!

The first one is Wendy’s and then its At&t’s. Now tell me that any of those two make any sense to you. Do you think they could be explained a little simpler?

When you think of Wendy’s what do you really think? I would say Hamburgers not quality products and efficient and effective operations, right?

The point of this post is to help people that are just starting their business understand that they don’t have to come up with some long “Mission Statement.” You have the option of just having a Business Mantra that everyone will understand. And if you make it easier to understand, more people will know what you’re all about. And why waste time writing something that nobody will ever read. Not even you!

Here’s something Guy says a mantra is:

…Don’t confuse mantras and tag-lines. A mantra is for your employees; it’s a guideline for what they do in their jobs.

Mantras must be short and sweet and might not even be written down and if they need to be enforced, you’ve probably got the wrong mantra.

So, like Guy said, in simple words a mantra is three or four words that explain why your product, service, or company should exist. Its not a sixty word tome that no one can remember or believe, which is supposed to impress readers of your business plan.

If you have any ideas of how to write a great business mantra I want you to leave your comments or links to HOW-TO’s for writing one. If you like what I wrote here, please be sure to retweet and follow me on Facebook too.

Last, but not least, what is your mantra? Do people know what your business is about after 10 seconds, or are they confused?

6 Signs You Might Hate Your Job!

Recently I receive an email response from a survey that I answered to. It was pretty much a multiple choice survey to see what type of products people wanted to buy. This is what the email said:

“So many of you said that you hate your jobs – it’s really sad. It seems such a waste to spend most of our time doing something we hate.”

So it’s obvious that many people hate their jobs and I wanted to know what are some of your reasons, and how I can help some of you with it. It’s funny how convenient this post comes in, because my girlfriend’s brother was telling me how bad he hated his job; he also wanted me to explain to him how blogging works,

So here are the signs I found:

  • You constantly find yourself thinking about how much you want to escape.

This one is a very common one. I know when I was at work sometimes I would get this feeling of happiness when I would just think about not being there. I would escape in my brain and begin thinking of owning my ideal business and so on.

  • You rant about how bad the company, owner, or manager treats you when you get home.

Oh yes. Have you ever done this? Bringing your job home with you? I don’t know why people do it. I understand you have to vent, but come on, who wants to hear how shitty work is? It’s not interesting.

  • Thoughts of what you’re going to do when you quit your job constantly cross your mind.

If the owner could only read his employees’ minds. I don’t think he really needs to read anyone’s mind, body language speaks for itself. I believe there is a saying or something about how the body stops working when the mind does.

  • You hate everyone you work with.

I really don’t see more than three options here. Either you find a common ground and get to know better the person you don’t like or you just quit talking to them. Or you quit your job!

  • You slack off and don’t even care about impressing your boss like the 1st day.

I can’t blame you for this, because honestly why would you want to be a hypocrite? If the opposite of impressing is being lazy than that’s fine.

  • Your not competitive anymore. You don’t care if you get fired any moment. And you are not happy anymore!

Okay who wants to be the best vacuum salesman in the office? Why don’t you just put a sticker on my forehead that says “Mr. Slick.” Why would you care to be the best at something you never wanted to be? You compete only if you are passionate about something. And when you do something with passion you are happy. The only person that can fire you from anything is you.

So here is the summary:

If you have been thinking about any of these lately, you are not employable as Maren Kate says. Take my advice as you like, but I only suggest one thing. You better start looking for something else to do, and no, I don’t recommend you go and get another stinky J.O.B.

You have the opportunity to go do many different things. As much as people talk about how bad the economy is, I still see and talk to thousands of people talking about how great the economy is and it could not have been a better time to start doing what you love.

I am not saying if you have a family of 6 kids and a wife, just throw everything out the window; but at least start making choices that lead you closer to something that you’ve always wanted to do. Remember, passion trumps skill. You won’t succeed at anything you do unless you decide to do something today that you love.

If you want to see proof that you can make a living doing absolutely what you love go check out some of these people:

Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine), Darren Rowse (Photography), Robb Sutton (Biking), Pat Flynn (Leed Exam), Glenn Allsop (Viral Marketing), Chris Guillebeau (Changing the World) and many others too, I have a long list here…

If you want to know more people that are getting paid to do what they love email me at [email protected] and you can do some research yourself in a field that you are interested in I am sure will find someone happy doing what they’ve always wanted to do online.

Make sure to leave the comments below, they are absolutely a requirement when you read my post. Just kidding but I appreciate you for taking some time to do it.

Do you hate your job right now? Why? Tell me how I can help you begin the path of becoming an entrepreneur.

Outsource Your Life: The Price you Pay

Is outsourcing too expensive?

If you have time to watch this video on outsourcing by John Reese I encourage you to do so. It’s free,  and it has great information too. Click here for John Reese’s Video

First, there are the independent VA’s, who provide professional assistance from their homes. The second type of VA is the type that works for you from a corporate premises. Whichever one you pick, price will vary. In this post you will figure out which is more convenient for you and you will see how it could cost you to hire someone to do some of your most time wasting tasks.

How much it costs to get some tasks outsourced for a business is not a big deal.

For something as low as $60 a week you can free up to 10 hours of your work. Can you imagine what you could do with an extra 10 hours of week?

Workout, write more articles, do more networking, spend more time with the family, RELAX?

Don’t worry about it; it really comes down to how much are you willing to pay. The way I see it, there is a market for you. If you are only willing to pay $100 to get most of your stuff done, you will find somebody.

For people in third world countries this is a lot of money. In some of these countries this is more than enough; it’s technically an average monthly income in some places, so you don’t have to feel bad.

Elance.com is a company that is so well known, you can find virtual assistants to do any of these kinds of task:

-Web and Programming

If you were to hire some company or individual to do this type of work in the U.S., it would cost you around $100-300 per hour to get some of these kinds of tasks done, compared to other places like India and Asia.outsourcework

-Writing and Translation

If you are looking for people to write, copy, or just translate some articles, the same prices apply here. Anywhere from $100-375 per hour compared to prices in other countries with almost the same skill level as somebody in a western country.

-Sales and Marketing

If you are struggling to find somebody to do your marketing online as well as run part of your sales, you can also find that elance.com has over 6000 people/companies waiting for you to pay them prices as low as $5 an hour.

The main point that I want you to understand is that if you have been worried about how much it’s going to cost you to find people to do a lot of this work, for you to have some freedom,

Don’t worry, you can afford it.

Elance.com is definitely the way to go when you want to get things done. There are other ways too, that you can get some work done in a cost effective and efficient manner, but I recommend elance.com.

So go check them out for yourself and get started on hiring others to do what you hate doing, so you can do more entertaining or productive things with your time.

Where to find affordable outsourcing?

14 companies you can use to outsource your work

  1. Elance.com
  2. Odesk.com
  3. Limeexchange.com
  4. freelancer.com
  5. Scriplance.com
  6. Rentacoder.com
  7. guru.com
  8. jobs.freelanceswitch.com
  9. directfreelance.com
  10. freelancejobopenings.com
  11. vois.com
  12. serebraconnect.com
  13. sologig.com
  14. welive2carel.com

Fiverr.com is another site I am adding to the list, it looks more like a site for something that needs done quick and not much time or effort put in; it seems like it’s more of a fun site if you are looking to outsource just some silly stuff one day, they will do it for five dollars. I am going to give it a shot soon and tell you what I think.

When you do outsource it’s important to do your research to bid effectively. If you don’t prepare yourself you will end up paying too much. I find it’s good practice to offer a bonus on completion, as long as the job is satisfactory.

Bonus tips for bloggers looking to outsource tasks

  • Outsource tip #1: Pay to get a design done

Do you think it’s worth it to have a unique design that you can captivate your readers when they come over to your site? Nowadays, where you have so much competition in every niche you want to have a design that really stands out from what others have.

I recommend you outsource this task if you want to have a original and unique design that stand out from the crowd.

  • Outsource tip #2: Let the pros do the SEO (search engine optimization)

This can really take some time and it can be time consuming. If you don’t know how to implement the SEO strategies yourself let the pros do it. Trust me, it’s much more effective and rewarding.

  • Outsource tip #3: Directory submission to get back links

Another one of those time consuming tasks that you can have someone do for you so you can be writing more awesome content. It is up to you if you just want to keep using an automated software or hire a VA (virtual assistant).

Okay so there you have it. If you been afraid of hiring a virtual assistant (VA) and you didn’t want to outsource your work because you are a bit skeptical I hope this post gave you peace of mind.

Related Resources:

Outsourcing Life

Save the Day the Virtual Way

Ultimate Way to Escape the 9 to 5: Outsourcing

How To Deal With Outsourcers

Outsourcing 101 | Profitable Business Ideas that Work!!

If you had the chance to outsource things that you don’t like to do, would you do it for $400 a month? Is it really worth it to you?

(Only one of these links is an affiliate link. So don’t buy anything if you don’t think its of value to you. )

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Shopify Create your Own Online Store Review!

Name: Shopify
Url: www.shopify.com
Purpose: The easiest way to create a professional looking online store with no programing skills.

I remember the first time I looked into making money online; yes, I was really skeptical. Every product I looked into said that you can make a ton of money just by buying a product.  It wasn’t until months later that I realized the people that were making the money were those who sold all these online products I bought. I’ll be honest, I’ve learned my lesson. You need to sell stuff to make money online. You have to have something that others want to buy from you. But how do I do this? That’s what Shopify can help you with.

So how much does it cost?

Shopify you can try for “Free” for the first 30 days. No hidden fees. You can cancel at any time. No risk. The great thing about this is: you can create your own store within minutes, and have all the support and features to make your first sale and make that store grow. Check out shopify.com

There are five plans that you can get started with after your first 30 day free trial.

Basic Plan is the smallest that costS only $24 a month and you get a $25 adwords credit to begin promoting your site on Google.

Then you have a Professional Plan that goes up to $59 a month which gives you two extra benefits and more storage and SKU’s.

If you can see the potential to make more than a few thousand dollars selling a product online, then you can upgrade to a more popular plan like the Business Plan or the Enterprise and Premier Plan, but I don’t think they are necessary if you are just getting started and getting your feet wet.

It’s also great that you can actually upgrade or downgrade your plans at any time with shopify.com and you can even customize your own plans if you just contact them by phone or email.

How do you get started?

Getting started with shopify is so easy, you can do it in five simple steps:

  1. Pick a plan
  2. Choose a theme, or you can design your own
  3. You add all your products
  4. Select a payment gateway (paypal shopping cart)
  5. Start Selling!

What do I get?

With Shopify, you get everything you need to run an e-commerce store. They make everything so simple, because they’ve put everything into one simple intuitive interface.

Seriously you can do everything in a snap efficiently and effortlessly. It almost reminds me of eBay in a way, for those who’ve used eBay. You add the images, create a description and edit any details you liked to change (properties of the product or add tags).

But I don’t know how to do marketing…

Not an issue with shopify. They have a tremendous built-in analytics that help you know how your store is doing over time. Here are a few:

  • How your customers found you and what country they are in
  • What URLs are referring to your online store
  • What search terms were used to find you
  • Tracks the number of visits, including by page hits and unique visitors

And don’t worry if you like using other analytics tools like Google Analytics and CrazyEgg, you can use those too. It even lets you create coupon codes and discounts for your customers to help promote your products.

Is it safe for me to use Shopify?

No doubt about it. Shopify keeps all your data safe and secure. It is hosted on the safest most reliable servers in the world!

I think Shopify.com is a great tool for those who are just getting started online and they are looking to make passive income to replace their active income. If you have not decided on what you want to sell then I don’t recommend it for you.

Go check out shopify.com and some shopify stores that have been created by people like you and me.