A SHORT STORYA long time ago in a far away galaxy , I decided to be an entrepreneur. Many businesses later, after years in asia importing gifts and advertising novelties , I wondered what I could market without a great investment in monies. Well after seeing a top ten list of wealthy individuals and how they made money ( candy, real estate, newspapers), I realized that information of a sort was a perfect vehicle as I knew nothing about candy except eating it, or real estate a I didnt have millions already, or printing presses.
What I did have was a decent marketing knowledge, sales ability and the understanding of hiring freelancers to help me build my dream.
Over the years I had hired artists, photographers, printers , writers , sales people and understood motivations, web designers etc.
So here are a few rules I developed.
- no partners
- don't sign anything your not forced to
- don't give upfront money if you can help it.
- be precise in your description of work needed.
- don't change things midstream
- don't be afraid to change things !!!
- don't hire family. ( sorry bro ! )
- do it on the cheap -
- don't borrow from a credit card.
- pay sales people fairly and give big commissions
- I'll think of more tomorrow.....
How its made
Programs that are very helpful - tips and other stuff.
First, if you get started on a website - it never will end. Google loves to see new content. I had grand ideas for a simple 5 page site and its approaching 30 - 40 pages due to content of cartoons 240 + and counting. I wanted to do print on demand of t shirts and coffee mugs but had the idea for years to sell the cartoons for website , blog, email and newsletter content first. Its at least 40 hours to do a good basic website. Not so much the design as most good web builders do it for you . I use Mozello.com , a European company that gives you 12 months free to play around ! Others that I recommend that are easy are wix.com and for real simple sites try pagexl.com - a great single page builder free to try and starting at only 2 euros a month!
Wix is semi automatic to build a site using artificial intelligence ( really ) but has limits. Mozello - is extremely easy to se and very fast loading , especially if you learn to use a "CDN" cloudflare.com. I suggest optimizing images to make them small using Shortpixel.com and of course my favorite program to add watermarks on your photos of your products = Visualwatermark.com. Ivan the developer answers support questions quikly and has helped me tremendously . His program is fast and efficient. It even adds metadata to your photos.
And an honorable mention to my webhost IONOS.com - great support - fast .
A great blog about cartoons : https://blog.feedspot.com/cartoon_blogs/
Fiverr.com is great for inexpensive help but remember most freelancers have poor reading comprehension.
Remember alot of time is doing the small details - add keywords everywhere allowed and meta titles and meta descriptions for SEO. Backlinks take a lot of time - whats important is good content and good backlinks - not quantity.
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