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Find Your Niche!

Find Your Niche!

So this post sort of goes along with my previous post of, “Why didn’t I Think of That?”  I found an article on a site called Econsultancy entitled “15 online business models you’ll wish you’d thought of first…”  The article was actually written in 2011 so many of the sites listed and discussed are businesses we are all familiar with; Kickstarter, Groupon, and Airbnb, to name a few.  Certainly most of us probably wish we had been the one to think of Groupon.  However, there are a bunch of other sites listed in the article that I’ve never heard of, and those are the ones i’d like to talk about today.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

6a0147e102ac3c970b019aff0dc0d4970b-800wiI keep having these moments where I discover a new internet businesses and I have to say to my self, “why didn’t I think of that.”  I think this is an all too common occurrence, even with non-internet based businesses.  I was just reading about several internet businesses and my reaction for these was pretty much what I just described above.  A lot of business models are very simple and have a pretty focused effort that when repeated over and over again creates value and generates revenue.  Sometimes I think I need to be spending less time focusing on the day to day things and spend more time just sitting and brainstorming about potential business Ideas.  I feel like the thing that stops me the most from attempting to implement any of the ideas I have had, is that I find one road block or hole in the idea and then I say to myself, “Oh, that won’t work.”   I need to adopt a different mind-set, the mind-set of an entrepreneur.  If all the people that have created great businesses, that are thriving today, stopped the moment they reached their first roadblock or inconsistency, we wouldn’t have any great businesses.

A couple of these internet businesses that gave me the “Oh, why didn’t I think of that,” moment, are as follows.  SantaMail is a business that was started in 2003 and it is exactly what it sounds like.  People pay around $10 so that a letter from “Santa” will be sent to their children.  The letter actually comes from North Pole, Alaska.  Another business is called The Something Store.  It’s really an interesting idea, where a company houses a ton of different items in a warehouse, you spend $10 and they will send you “Something” from their warehouse.  You have no idea what you are going to get, but it will be worth at least $10, and sometimes quite a bit more.  It could be a necklace, an electronic gadget, it could even be a windows tablet or something much more expensive.  More than anything it seems like a unique way to have some fun with $10 and then wait expectantly for your “something” new.  In fact I actually just ordered “Something.” I’ll have to comment and let you all know what it is when I get it, haha.  I hope it’s a rolex.

The point I guess i’m trying to make with this post, is that there are endless possibilities for new and innovative internet business Ideas.  I need to start thinking more about those possibilities and actually take steps toward actually creating the next internet phenomenon.  You too, should be encouraged to do the same.  Thanks for reading. Also, the article I read which touches on some of these unique businesses can be found here.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Content

digital-downloadIn our world today the sale and purchase of digital content has become increasingly popular.  It’s pretty easy to see why this might be.  First of all when you buy something digital, such as a game or a program or online tool, you have access to that program from pretty much anywhere because that purchase is usually associated with your account.   So if, for example, you purchase an expensive program and download it to your computer and your computer contracts a virus that basically ruins it, you can still have access to that program with a new computer.  In the past when programs were issued as physical data on CD’s or DVD’s, if for some reason you lose the CD-ROM or it is damaged beyond use, you are out of luck and you have to re-purchase the program.  So the benefits of digital downloads for books, programs, games, and the like are quite clear.

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The Convenience Model

convenience-kills-everythingSo today, myself and Eric Stratton presented on Curbside, which if you recall is the business that will go and pick stuff out for you at their partner locations and have it ready for you at the curb when you pull up.  This really is an innovative e-commerce model that uses an app to deliver their service, though a major element of the business model involves a physical location and people actually providing a service.  Again you can see a similar model with GLAMSQUAD.

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The Failures of WordPress

The Failures of WordPress

I thought it would be a bit of a change (as did the publisher of the article I read) to talk about the disadvantages of WordPress.  As the writer of the article entitled, “WordPress Fans Beware: Main Disadvantages of Using WordPress,” points out, no one needs to write another article about how awesome WordPress is.  These articles are a dime a dozen, and for good reason.  However, there are few out there in the world of the Internet that have decided to take on the major disadvantages of WordPress as a website creation platform.

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