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The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup

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The $100 Startup Model

The $100 Startup Model

  • Follow-your-passion model.
  • Build something that people want and give it to them.
  • Low startup cost.
  • At least $50,000 a year in net income.
  • No special skills.
  • Full financial disclosure.
  • Fewer than five employees.
  • Could you explain what you do to your grandmother, and would you be willing to?

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Passion And Usefulness

Passion And Usefulness

  • But in the overlap between the two circles, where passion or skill meets usefulness, a business built on freedom and value can thrive.
  • Not-so-secret recipe for microbusiness alchemy: Passion or skill + usefulness = success
  • There’s no failproof method; in fact, failure is often the best teacher.

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“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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To Start A Business

To Start A Business

To start a business, you need three things:

  1. A product or service,
  2. A group of people willing to pay for it, and
  3. A way to get paid. Everything else is completely optional.

Ask three questions for every idea:

  1. How would I get paid with this idea?
  2. How much would I get paid from this idea?
  3. Is there a way I could get paid more than once?

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Make People Feel Good

Make People Feel Good

  • The secret to a meaningful new career was directly related to making people feel good about themselves.
  • You can pursue freedom for yourself while providing value for others.
  • Value means “helping people.”
  • The more a business can focus on core benefits instead of boring features, the more customers will connect … and purchase.

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HOW TO PUT HAPPINESS IN A BOX AND SELL IT.

HOW TO PUT HAPPINESS IN A BOX AND SELL IT.

Strategy 1: Dig Deeper to Uncover Hidden Needs

Strategy 2: Make Your Customer a Hero

Strategy 3: Sell What People Buy

  • If your business focuses on giving people more of what they want or taking away something they don’t want (or both), you’re on the right track.
  • Businesses that help their customers be happy are well-positioned to succeed.

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“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him . Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”

KARL MARX

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Give Them The Fish

Give Them The Fish

  • Give people what they really want, not just what you think they should have. Give them the fish!
  • (Passion + skill) → (problem + marketplace) = opportunity
  • You just have to find the right passion, the right audience, and the right business model.
  • The first $1.26 or first sale is the hardest, so find a way to get your first sale as quickly as possible. Then work on improving the things that are working, while ignoring the things that aren’t.

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Questions Before A Startup

Questions Before A Startup

  1. Impact : Overall, how much of an impact will this project make on your business and customers?
  2. Effort: How much time and work will it take to create the project?
  3. Profitability: Relative to the other ideas, how much money will the project bring in?
  4. Vision: How close of a fit is this project with your overall mission and vision?

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“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”

JOHN LE CARRE

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Launch

Launch

  • In the battle between planning and action, action wins.
  • You need to show people how you can help remove or reduce pain.
  • Mission statement: We help [customers] do/achieve/other verb [primary benefit].
  • “Plan as you go” to respond to the changing needs of your customers but launch your business as soon as possible, with a bias toward action.

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“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”

FRIEDRICH ENGELS

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Magic Formula

Magic Formula

  • KEEP COSTS LOW
  • GET THE FIRST SALE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • MARKET BEFORE MANUFACTURING
  • RESPOND TO INITIAL RESULTS
  • MAGIC FORMULA: THE RIGHT AUDIENCE, THE RIGHT PROMISE, THE RIGHT TIME = OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE.
  • Work “on” your business by devoting time every day to activities specifically related to improvement, not just by responding to everything else that is happening.

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Urgency

Urgency

  • If you’re not sure where to spend your business development time, spend 50 percent on creating and 50 percent on connecting.
  • The difference between a good offer and a great offer is urgency (also known as timeliness): Why should people act now?
  • The message you want to communicate is: “This is why this project will be a game changer, here’s how people will benefit, and here’s why you should care.”

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Substance And Style

Substance And Style

  • Style without substance = flash (No one respects these people.)
  • Substance without style = unknown (Everyone who knows these people respects them, but not many people know them.)
  • Style with substance = impact (This is the goal.)
  • Remember that most core needs are emotional: We want to be loved and affirmed. Relate your product or service to attractive benefits, not boring features.

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Show Me The Money

Show Me The Money

  • Spend as little money as possible and make as much money as you can.
  • Spend only on things that have a direct relationship to sales.
  • Borrowing money or investing a lot of money to start a business is completely optional.
  • Maintain a practice of regular rate increases so that it becomes normal and expected.

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Three Key Principles to Focus on Profit

Three Key Principles to Focus on Profit

  1. Price your product or service in relation to the benefit it provides, not the cost of producing it.
  2. Offer customers a limited range of prices.
  3. Get paid more than once for the same thing.

Also, having a high-end version creates an “anchor price.” When we see a superhigh price, we tend to consider the lower price as much more reasonable … thus creating a fair bargain in our minds.

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“Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart.”

SCOTT ADAMS

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Features Vs Benefits

Features Vs Benefits

We tend to default to talking about features, but since most purchases are emotional decisions, it’s much more persuasive to talk about benefits.

Example: A feature is descriptive (“These clothes fit well and look nice”) and a benefit is the value someone receives from the item in question (“These clothes make you feel healthy and attractive”).

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Small Changes = Big Impact

Small Changes = Big Impact

  • The not-so-secret to improving income in an existing business is through tweaks: small changes that create a big impact.
  • If you operate a service-based business, consider how you can introduce a “productized” version of the service.
  • Providing both a product and a service helps with your marketing as well.
  • To get an unfair advantage, provide remarkable service.

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You can grow a business one of two ways:

You can grow a business one of two ways:

  • Horizontally, by going wide and creating different products to apply to different people. Horizontal expansion involves going broader by serving more customers with different (usually related) interests;
  • Vertically, by going deep and creating more levels of engagement with customers. Vertical expansion involves going deeper by serving the same customers with different levels of need.

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why 1 + 1 can equal 3:

why 1 + 1 can equal 3:

……“A successful partnership (or any type of collaboration) should create a combined business which is at least 33 percent larger than the sum of what the two individuals could achieve on their own.

  • Big problems create big opportunities.
  • Our future is tied to what we do, decisions we make.
  • Be sure to get the paperwork done first.

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

STEVE JOBS

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“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'HOW' and 'WHY' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” — Stephen Hawking

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