Business Models. WTF Is Mine, anyway?
But I’ve never made a lot of money.
I saw the trends, saw the openings, successfully identified the next bandwagons, knew exactly what Thing I could do that would have made decent income and possibly exploded into rockstar ninja status. But I didn’t do it.
I didn’t do the Thing, because I didn’t have whatever combination I imagined it would take to make it work.
I didn’t always identify that combination correctly – I’ve blamed it on insufficient skills, cashflow, time, whatever. Of course, one can never have enough skills, cash, or time for a startup business of any size, so there’s no sense in waiting for them.
The *actual* missing factors in my world? Support, confidence, comfort levels with whatever was required to get it done. THAT was what was stopping me, and honestly? They’re pretty good reasons.
But now, I’m finally at that a place of confidence that I’m certain I can DO this thing, and that thing, and the other thing.
I’m comfortable with my skill level, my abilities, my own vision.
And the support? It’s out there, in droves. Yeah, ok, lots of it is pay-to-play support, and the good stuff ain’t cheap, baybee… but even with that, I’m sure I could work out a deal for the support if I need to.
I even have a niche. It’s a developing niche, which hasn’t quite identified itself yet, sure, but I see it there, finding itself, staring in the mirror, adjusting its hat just so, buying new accessories and stuff.
And I did a business plan, but it’s shifting as I go, as I find new problems and issues and… stuff.
Here’s The New Problem.
So many of the things I know how to do? Those things I coulda/shoulda/didn’t do 1-5-10 years ago? Yeah. I’m not so sure they’ll work so well now.
Seriously, Google ads quit working eons ago, and they were always ugly, anyway.
Affiliate ads are not the money makers they once were, because people are TIRED of having stuff hawked at them. I’m tired of it too, so I get it. Even the trusted big wigs whose words I used to hang on? Yeah. I’m over it. You quit writing your own blog, I quit buying other people’s stuff you insist is good.
The other problem with affiliate stuff? I love writing honest reviews, but I’m tired of having people question my motives. Like, seriously, folks. Stoppit. I can’t afford to play Consumer Reports, but that doesn’t mean I’m not honest and sincere.
Selling ad space on my own, or through a network? I dunno. I’ve never really investigated it much. I’ve sold space on my own, once, and I felt guilty for not helping him sell more of his product. It wasn’t healthy for me. I had Adsense eons ago, and I think Google still owes me $50 bucks.
Which Leaves Original Content.
Which is tough, too. Membership sites, e-courses? Done it. I get it. I like it,but… It’s not quite the right time for that, either, not for me, not in my comfort zone. People are worn out from recurring fees, I sense another shift coming, and it takes so much darn work to build a course/forum. I’m not really willing to risk the investment if it doesn’t work.
Ebooks, ecourses, teleseminars, omg I’m freaking over-whelmed. This past month was an orgy of launches for both large and small products, and there’s sure to be fallout, people who get disappointed in their results and just quit.
Plus, a lot of these products? Yeah. They really should be freebies. Not because I begrudge their authors earning a living, but because these things won’t earn them a living… and the content for so many of them seems like they’d be better as a foot-in-the-door thing, not the main course of a purchased meal.
Coaching? I’m so not a coach.
Could I charge people to talk to me, help them with problems and issues and ideas and… stuff? Sure. Honestly, I think I’d be brilliant at it, and I’ve always sworn I should be paid for just being me, which is what this is, really. But I’m not clear yet, how it would work. And I have off days, when I just don’t function well; I’m afraid of having appointments booked on those days.
So I’m Thinking Of Going A Different Way.
Striking out on a new path. Seeing where it goes. I have a few new ideas, brewing in my head.
If I do this, follow these ideas? The result will be unlike anything I’m aware of out there. It will still fall roughly in line with the above models, but will incorporate nearly everything I know and am – writing, art, soul-delving, mirroring, metaphors, spiritual muckity stuff. It will be very, very scary.
And that’s what might just make it work.
The question is… do I have the support, confidence and comfort I need to make it through the scary, before someone else fires up the bandwagon, and the seats are all sold out?
I think so.
Because for the first time, I’m centered. Centered in who I am, centered in my body, my world, centered in this niche that I see, and … yeah.
Being centered helps with everything.
So that’s WTF my business model is.
Please stay tuned.
And give me a hug, if you would?
So hey, you there, about to comment?
Yes, I know that “staying centered” isn’t a real business model. Yes, I have an actual business model, but the words to describe it are incredibly boring, and I refuse to subject you to them, or dwell on the boring, myself. Because it’s BORING.
But apparently, I’m not opposed to cussing via acronyms . WTF? Can you deal with it just this once, and get on with the hugging thing, please? (You can comment on more than hugs, of course. Just no lectures on what a business model is, or complaints about cussing acronyms. Though if your own acronyms would like to cuss, that’s ok, too. )