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We took our two daughters to see Santa this week at the local tourist attraction. Joining the queue I marvelled at all of the added extras that Santa was offering apart from having to pay for a 1 minute sitting with the big man himself. Not only did the man in red want me to pay for my daughters to see him but photos, rides on his sleigh, and drinks for parents were all added extras. Fair enough I get that. It was a local event run by local organisations so the pull of all that potential money must of been huge. I get that. I understand. I have no problem with paying for kids to see Santa and may even stretch to the odd added extra if I'm in a good mood.
My problem with today's little festive outing was that if I wanted to take a picture of my kids with the special man I couldn't, I had to let the (so called) professional photographer take the photo and then in order to take it away with me I had to pay for it. The reason given for this was child protection. By not allowing me to photograph my own children they were ensuring that my daughters were being protected. The real reason however wasn't protection but revenue generation. Someone from the organising committee had obviously twigged that it would be a nice little earner to charge for taking memories away from the event.
What has this got to do with running an online business? Well go back to the three questions I asked right at the start of this post. Do you charge for absolutely everything you can or are you more relaxed and give something away for free? If someone comes to you with a suggestion of how they could use your product or service a bit differently are you excited or do you flatly refuse?
So we haven't had a inspiration video in a while so we thought, seeing as we could all do with some inspiration every now and then we drop this one, from Steve Jobs, in.
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005 was given to the young minds of the future but as an online business owner there is a lot from the 3 stories he tells that we can take on board and apply to our business.
Why not let us know what you think about Jobs speech in the comments
Here at The Smashing Business Blog we're all about sharing ideas and great ideas at that but we're also the first to admit that there are other great places online to find great content that will help you make the most of your online business. So we've come up with a great new way of sharing some of the fantastic sites we've come across to help inspire not only our business but yours as well. We call it "Great Sites That You Just Can't Put Down!"
Each month we're going to be review a different website or blog that will enable your to create a smashing business with ease. We'll look at what their site owners do, how they do it and most importantly how it can benefit your business. We really hope you enjoy this series and would love to hear what you think about it as well as your opinions of the sites we review in the comments.
To kick off the series, the first Great Site That You Just Can't Put Down that we're going to feature is.....(drumroll please)........ The InfoPreneur
The InfoPreneur - Information for your Business
Author: The InfoPreneur (aka James Richmond)
Focus: Helping others with their business and providing the necessary information for free!
What's Cool About The Infopreneur?
The InfoPreneur has, (at the time of writing,) only been going for 18 days and yet is getting huge amounts of interest from around the internet already, with retweets and comments on almost everything posted so far. James writes with great passion about how to make the most out of your online business or website and regularly refers to personal experiences in order to get his point across. He also uses some brilliant analogies to help explains things, like with his most recent post Promote your Website with the Military in which he uses the idea that you should treat your website or online business like a military operation!
The blog is really well written, with some great topics while maintain lots of fun and a splash of humour.
Why The InfoPreneur will help your online business or website.
James puts in to plain English advice that every online business owner needs to hear. Don't expect post filler and mindless ramblings this blog is all about clear, concise advice direct from James' own experiences, that will inform inspire and engage you.
Go check The InfoPreneur today and join this new and up and coming community.
You can also follow The InfoPreneur on Twitter
Ever wondered why some entrepreneurs are so successful? Ever think about why these truly successful business owners can do so much and reap so many rewards?
Easy! They’re obsessed by what they do. They love it. They eat sleep and dream the business and their goals.
Want to start being as successful as them? Become obsessed.
I must see this question all over the internet all the time. So many people want to know how they can start their new online business off with a bang and be instantly making money. There are loads of options out there that look to offer some amazing results to first timers offering a massive financial return for very little work.
The easy answer is no! No you can’t make quick money from an online business. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work and a great deal of patience, something of which many people entering the online business space don’t seem to have.
When they don’t get any revenue in the first few weeks from their products they begin covering every piece of html real estate with click though ads, affiliate links and adsense code. Expectantly they sit back and wait for the money to pour in. And guess what? None arrives.
Simply there are no quick money fixes on the internet. You need hard work and patience. With a lot of commitment and constant work you’ll begin to make money, maybe some serious money but you won’t get there with quick fixes.
No! This is where most businesses get it wrong.
Whether you’re running a bricks and mortar company with office space coming out of your eyeballs or a funky online store that comprises of you in your back room working until late at night the going off to your regular job, the answer is always no.
Social Media is not about selling. It’s not about whoring yourself and your business out on Twitter or Facebook or on your blog to make more money; it’s about a whole lot more. If you treat Social Media like another member of your sale teams, who’s constantly trying to sell every product that you have to anyone who will listen is just bad business. You’re about 5 years behind the trends if you do that. Wake up!
Social Media is about Customer Service. It’s about listening to what people have to say and what people want and helping them out. It’s about solving problems when you can with not asking for anything in return. Social Media connects you with your customers but that doesn’t give you the permission to assault them at every turn with the hard sell.
Try listening and not selling through Social Media. The people who sell for you through Social Media are your customers, who by word of mouth recommendations will bring new customers to you.
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