If you’re on this page you likely fall into one of two camps: 1. it’s time to make your first sellable thing, or 2. it’s time to start thinking about making your first sellable thing.
5 years ago most of us literally thought we could support ourselves with advertising revenue. In case you weren’t around for that: it didn’t work.
So now we’re all coming around to what’s been central to business since the beginning of time: make something people want, make it good enough to be worth a few bucks, connect the people to that thing.
In other words: make a product, a thing to sell.
Will the first thing you create support yourself for the rest of your life? Maybe not. But everyone can make something worth at least a buck…
… and once you break that seal — once you get your first sale from someone who isn’t a family member — the light bulb goes on, your eyes light up and you say, “oh shit, I get it! And I know what I’m going to do better next time.”
We want you to be a product maker (even if you’re in a service industry) because it makes you better at your thing, brings you closer to your audience, and, frankly, because this tool making stuff is in your DNA.
(Making useful stuff is much deeper in your blood than cubicles, smoke stacks, Excel reports and factory lines).
For the next few episodes of the Fizzle Show (including this one) we’re going to get you thinking about building your first product.
Whether you’re ready to build it now or not, getting your mind right about this stuff will profoundly impact the decisions you make about your business.
In each episode we talk you through a common roadblock to creating your first thing. In this episode we tackle the idea questions:
- Where can I find an idea for my first product?
- What makes a good or bad idea for a product?
- What examples of other ideas that have worked in the past?
But that’s not even the best part. In each episode we’re going to feature the “first product stories” of several successful friends of the show.
These are people supporting themselves and their families doing stuff they care about, making things they’re proud of, things that have stood the test of time and continue to sell.
These are people with hard-fought, well-earned insights about the process. Their tips here are priceless.
(Which is funny, cuz, like, one of the episodes is about pricing and this goes against some of the advice you’ll hear there. See what I did there? now ur curious!)
If you can’t tell, we’re really excited about these episodes and this idea. You’re more capable of doing this than you give yourself credit for.
It’s no longer about traffic or exposure. You can create a profitable, small and trust-oriented businesses if you just come at it from the right direction.
These episodes will help you do that. Please be our guest and enjoy this, the first episode in the Product Prodcrust Series about how to find find your idea.
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“It’s no longer about the traffic or exposure. I’m heading towards small, trust-based and profitable.”
Guest Interviews in this Episode
More From The First Product Story Series
- Finding The Idea for Your First Product (this one)
- Pricing Hangups
- Conversion Essentials
- The Failure Plan
- 13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories
A Walk Through Making Your First Product in 7 Steps
In case you missed it, episode 27 of the fizzle show is a killer walk-through making your first product in 7 steps. We’d be remiss not to mention it here.
Hello & Welcome to 2014
We’re so excited you’re here with us. I wanted to let you know that and say: we have plans for killer stuff this year (this podcast series is just the first of those plans).
Can I ask you to take a chance on us? Join up free and we’ll include you in some access to things we’re doing this year.
(also, then you’ll have my email so you can tell me which singer-songwriter we’re actually like. Listen to the intro of the show for context.)
How to Have GREAT Ideas by James Altucher — “And this post is not just about coming up with ideas to get rich. It’s how I saved my life.”
Drafts, the iOS app we use — “Drafts is where text starts on iOS. Quickly capture text and send it almost anywhere! The most flexible note taking app on iOS.”
A Walk Through Making Your First Product in 7 Steps (FS027) — “You piece of crap. Nobody’s gonna buy this stupid thing. Who do you think you are? There are so many others smarter than you about this. What makes you think anyone will care?”
Ultimate Dog Tease – YouTube — “Yea? What was in there!?”
Live Your Legend – Live Local Meetups!
Our friends Scott Dinsmore and the Live Your Legend community are organizing a series of meetups around the world on January 7th.
The goal is to help you meet other inspiring, passionate world changers and entrepreneurs in your hometown. 146 cities are involved, and 1,263 people are signed up to attend.
This is a highly recommended event. Start 2014 off by connecting with supportive people who can help push you to do work that matters.
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. Get the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Starting an Online Business here »