How To Start A Startup For Less than $200 – Part 2 Of 7
BUSINESS IDEA GENERATIONSo where do you start?
Well, first I think it’s important to remember the thoughts that were going through my mind at this point. How am I going to pull this off? This is going to be so hard! What could I possibly make with zero experience? I’ve never done anything like this; it’s never going to work…. And the list goes on and on.
- INTRODUCTION TO OUTSOURCING
- BUSINESS IDEA GENERATION
- FINDING AND BUYING A GOOD .COM DOMAIN
- LOGO DESIGN AND BRANDING
- WEBSITE TEMPLATE SELECTION AND CUSTOMIZATION
- SERVER SETUP AND HOSTING
- CODING AND PROJECT WRAP UP
Now it’s important to first be aware of what is going on here. Just stop and take a look at what your conscious mind automatically wants to do. PROTECTION MODE ACTIVATED! Fascinating isn’t it?
Fear of failure is an amazing thing; it is capable of paralyzing the untrained mind yet it can also provide a clear path to those who recognize and are able to identify its mysterious effects.
So how do you deal with these thoughts when they pop into your head?
The first step is to simply recognize them for what they are. Use the fear as a beacon to identify the fact that you must be heading in the right direction. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone will, at first, seem scary however it is the only place that you will be able to experience real growth. Over time, you will begin to naturally and instinctively move towards fear instead of away from it.
The second step is to learn to tell your brain to “Shut the F^%# up!”.
This part is crucial; identify the incoming negative thought and destroy it!
Picture the incoming negative thought as a missile headed towards you. You can focus on it and allow it to hit you causing yourself damage, or you can literally make it disappear from existence by simply eliminating it from your mind. You literally have the ability to cut a negative mental thread immediately because you are fully aware of the trick your mind is trying to play on you. Silencing and refocusing the mind is your weapon of choice and you have the power to eliminate negativity from your life by simply “mentally snapping out of it” (I physically give my head a quick half-shake as this technique works best for me).
Many philosophers have preached about the importance of these techniques for years and for good reason. Practice mastering your thoughts on a regular basis and eventually it will simply become the way that you naturally think and operate. For greater insight I highly recommend reading the book The Power of Now written by Eckhart Tolle.
Never again will a negative thought be allowed to run wild and kill another idea before it is brought to life. It’s your brain right? Now it’s time for you to take control.
So what do we build?
Perhaps the most important thing to base your decision on was said best by the late Steve Jobs. — Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Now with that concept as your foundation let’s take a look at a couple good places to start.
Perhaps you have an existing company or organization that you represent in need of a website?
Maybe you are an artist of some kind and creating an online portfolio makes sense.
Chances are that you have some sort of expertise on something job or hobby related, how about starting a blog?
Keep in mind that we are spending less than $200 and our goal is to learn how to build cool stuff. If this is your first online development project I would strongly consider keeping it simple. It is important to understand that trying to build the next eBay or Facebook is perhaps too ambitious of a first project. With that in mind let’s put the million-dollar idea on hold for now.
**Alpha Pro Tip**
If you are serious about considering an online career I would highly recommend securing your name as a domain name (.com’s are all that matter, we will go over this in PART 3 of 7). Learn from my mistake, some guy bought www.adamhowell.com and has it registered and locked down until 2022.
So you’re probably saying “Give us an example man. What was the first thing you built?”. Well, although that site is no longer live, I was able to find an old archived record of it.
My first attempt at building an online business was a logo design site.
My idea was to use my outsourcing skills to build logos for cheap and sell them to customers for a profit. As you can see this site is not overly impressive and when you compare it to some of my recent creations the difference is night and day. This is why I stress the importance of using your first website as a learning experience rather than trying to hit a home run your first time swinging the bat. Although I never actually sold a logo or made any money with this first project I acquired the confidence and experience needed to build something better.
So let’s take a look at the video I made for logomastermind (my first video ever).
Now compare that to one of my most recent video creations.
Anyone can see the difference in quality and I hope it clearly proves the point that I am trying to make. Hammer out this first project, learn the skills, gain the confidence and keep building. Your quality level will increase with each new creation.
Here is a list of some of the most popular online business models off the top of my head to help stir up some ideas.
- Building websites for individuals and companies
- Creating promotional videos
- Writing an eBook that you can sell
- Providing social media marketing services
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) packages
- Logo design and branding
- Starting a blog
- Providing article writing services
- Performing research and data entry
- Administrative services such as accounting and bookkeeping
- Writing sales copy for customers
- Building music videos for recording artists
- Mobile apps
- Offering translation services
- Website maintenance and server administration
- Online business consulting services
Hopefully, this list has helped spark a couple of potential ideas.
Leave a comment below with your potential idea and receive some valuable feedback from the community.
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Check out Part 3 – FINDING AND BUYING A GOOD .COM DOMAIN
Let’s do this!