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The Reason Your Business Idea Won’t Work (+ 12 page guide)

The biggest danger you face right now is NOT technology or tools or trends or algorithms or personal branding buzzwords or social media buttons.

  • You can update and change technology later. You’ll be fine.
  • Any of the tools you’re deliberating about would work. You can always move to a different one later. You’ll be fine.
  • The design trends you’re chasing will change… again, and you’ll be fine.
  • Google’s algorithms change regularly. Expect it. You’ll be fine.

Those aren’t the dangers.

Those aren’t the things that keep you from success. They won’t be responsible for your site failing or your product fizzling out.

The biggest danger you face is your own resistance, your shadow, the dense reluctancy you have about clicking “Publish,” the self doubt, the fear of being found to be an impostor, the sense that you have no right trying to do anything like {insert name of your project here}.

You’re far more likely to get caught up in something and never end up clicking “Publish” (because resistance is already clawing against you) than you are to release something and end up in trouble with any technology or tools.

That’s your biggest danger. And what I want to pound into your head is the idea of me in a drill sergeant uniform yelling: Quit worrying about fucking tools, technology and trends. They are NOT the monster.

You are.


The Advice

Since we released the First Product Story Series there’s been one piece of advice we heard over and over that’s rattled around in my head.

It’s this: get your thing out as quickly as possible and iterate based on feedback.

Derek Halpern said it. So did Danielle Laporte and Josh Shipp.


The Revelation

Look at me… look into my eyes… disregard the mysterious music and swinging timepiece… I want to get something deep into your psyche…

… Get your thing out there… do the work to decide on the thing, write the thing, make the thing, build the thing, and get it out there ASAP…

… so you can have a HUGE realization… one of the biggest revelations you’ll receive as in independent entrepreneur…

… here’s the revelation: nobody cares

… you just launched your thing into crickets… {chirp}…

… you’re not entitled to sales just because you made something. Your work isn’t valuable just because you finished it. Nobody but your mom cares about you and your little ebook…

unless it’s useful… unless it’s valuable… unless it solves my problem…

… and now the real work begins — building trust and relationship with an audience you make useful, valuable, matterful things for.


The Tool

That’s why we want you to know how to use Gumroad. Make something fast, get it up, share it, sell it, see what the work is.

Gumroad is the best tool we’ve found for this. It:

  • it’s ridiculously easy
  • it’s well designed (aka, it looks and feels trustworthy… and so will you)
  • it serves up a great landing page for products
  • it makes money (on the internet!)

So we partnered with them and made a quick start guide to Gumroad to walk you through the steps and introduce you to the interface so you’ve got no excuses.

The Gumroad Quick Start Guide includes the following:

  • a video tutorial
  • a free guide book
  • interviews with experienced sellers about their big tips and lessons learned
  • six super powerful advanced features you will love
  • Caleb in a mustache

I hope you’re getting this — it’s scattered and jumbly and messy in my head and on this page — but I’m starting to lose patience with my friends who seem to love the idea of being entrepreneurial without doing the work of becoming an entrepreneur.

Once you get your first thing up, once you break the seal and make your first dollar, you’ll see what the work is… it’ll change your whole deal.

The guide book for Gumroad, the actual book part of this project, was the first time I used Apple’s iBooks Author. Holy crype is it ever easy to use… as soon as I started using it I came up with about 10 other ideas for things I wanted to make.

And adding it to Gumroad (it was my first time)… holy shit was that ever easy. Made me realize 3 of those 10 ideas could actually make me some money.

If you’re anything like me you’ll get the idea for your next project as soon as you hit publish on the current one.

But you gotta hit publish.

So checkout the Gumroad Quick Start Guide, understand it, put something up for free, realize how fucking simple this shit is, let the advice and the revelation above sink in and scratch that damn monster’s eyes out.

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The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business

Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.

One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.

These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide.

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