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Unexpected Success Strategies

In my last post, I invited people to share what was holding them back from succeeding online. I asked, “What Are You Waiting For?” and then offered to reply to every comment that was posted…which I did. As the comments rolled in, however, I began to notice a trend that was unexpected but exciting. Some of those posting were sharing their success strategies! Not some theory-based, generic “ideas” but strategies they are using to actually make money from Public Domain content! Now I say this is unexpected, not because I’m surprised they’re succeeding, but because I’m excited about their generosity for wanting to help others make it too! That’s been my commitment as well. And so, with THIS post, I’d like to offer a new challenge…

I would LOVE to hear about your successes with using Public Domain content in your business. It doesn’t have to be a story of making millions…perhaps you’ve only made a sale or two so far. But I would enjoy hearing about what you are doing with Public Domain content (and I think others would two). As you comment and share, I will offer my own thoughts on how you might be able to ramp up what you’re already doing to see even greater success! And…I encourage others to do the same! Why not work together so we can ALL achieve greater success in our businesses?! Now, obviously, I don’t expect you to share proprietary secrets or even exact niches unless you choose to. This isn’t about giving others the opportunity to rip us off. It’s the core strategies that work universally…in any niche…and those are what I want to hear about.

So let me ask you…

What core strategies are creating success for YOU?

Share your comments below! Oh and, BTW…if you would prefer to respond with a video answer, create your video, upload it to YouTube, and share the link with your comments! Can’t wait to hear from you!

16 Responses to “Unexpected Success Strategies”

  • Dear Tony Laidig!
    Thank You don,t let me alone, though among lot of informations (without money) I feel to be alone. In order to launch a qualited audio program I would need money again and I am very tired to be here by the internet which stealed the whole of my money. But you,re well organised with tools and knowledge-basis. In my position I can,t do elsewhere and my most important task to be all right with my responsibilites to bills first of all. I am scattered and tired, but thanks again to be with me here and wish You many Successes and Good Health for You and Your Families too. Much Greetings, thanks again.

  • Hi Tony,
    I was in Kohls yesteday to buy a couple pairs of jeans. While I was waiting on my wife to wonder around the store I went snooping through the tshirt display. Within 5 minutes I came up with 6 absolutley can’t miss ideas for tshirts and other outerwear using Public Domain images. Also remember that the Olympics are hot right now….. there are some nice Olympic related PD images that could be used to create some exiting cloting.

  • Ruth:

    Another great idea, but this is where I get stuck. How do you go from product idea (t-shit, apron, mouse-pad) to product when you are broke? With so much PD out there we have to do something different to stand out and get the traffic and sales……how do you do that?

  • support:

    Hey Jim…I LOVE Kohl’s! My favorite place to shop. You’re right…with an eye toward product creation, a little snooping in just about ANY store will give you more ideas for using Public Domain content than you can use. So the fun is in identifying the BEST ideas and running with them! Thanks for sharing!

    Tony

  • Ruth,
    Do you have access to the internet???????? I know that is a stupid question, but with access you don’t need any money. As I mentioned before in my posts. ZAZZLE – Zazzle is a free store. All you need to do is find images in the Public Domain that you like, use them straight or tweak them in one of the art programs. Research will find some that are free. Then build your own Zazzle store. You are not going to get rich instantly….. The Zazzle idea is a program that will take several months to start producing sales, people have to find your store, but once it does the sales will start coming in. You will have to take the time to create new products every day. At this point I think I have over 5400 products in my store. It has taken me almost 4 months to create this many products. Many of the images are PD images, quite a few are photos that I created. Instead of watching TV on the weekends, go out and take photos that you can turn into products. If you can afford it, Tony has several programs that show you how to turn your photos into products.

    As I said before you do not need money to get started….. all you need is the desire and the ambition to “Just Do It”

  • support:

    Hey Ruth…I agree with Jim. There are LOTS of ways to move forward without money…Jim’s example with Zazzle is a good one…selling physical products on eBay or CafePress are others. What’s great about those options (and there are more) is that you don’t have to pay anything upfront. When you make a sale, the cost comes out AFTER the sale is made! I’m working on a webinar series right now that shares the BEST free tools available for succeeding online. Literally everything you NEED to run your business and succeed online…from product creation tools to research and productivity tools…are available for free. And I’m not talking about cheap, unusable junk. These are high-quality software and web tools, many of which I use myself. I’ll let everyone know when that series is available for viewing.

  • support:

    Hey Horvath…please see Jim’s and my responses below! There is lots that can be done for growing your business for free!

    Tony

  • Hi Tony,
    I have not begun to use PD as a business as yet. However I did create this little video on utube:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/durbanhome
    I do plan to use PD.
    In the meantime I have written 2 ebooks and want to put that up for sale first.
    My hesitation is that I am have not yet registered as a business owner. Should I proceed as sole proprietor or go with Nevada Corp?
    I am afraid of starting an LLC as the taxes are $800 p.a. in CA. even if you make nothing.

    In the meantime I publish recipes on my website. It has improved the number of people who view my website as friends and family of contributors visit the website. So I am hoping that when I launch my books for sale there will be people who will be viewing the website.

    If you and your readers have a recipe to contribute that will be great. If you could respond to my hesitation I will appreciate it.

    Thanks

    Nirmala

  • support:

    Hey Nirmala…ultimately, you should consider setting up a corporation of some sort. An “S” corp may be the best option. But don’t allow that to hold you back…I did business for years as a sole proprietor. Once you hot a certain income level, the corp makes MUCH more sense, but for starting out, just do business under your name or file a DBA (Doing Business As) and handle it as a sole proprietor.

    As for recipes…thanks for the invite…I’ll see if I can find something healthy (and yummy) to contribute.

    Tony

  • support:

    Hey Nirmala…ultimately, you should consider setting up a corporation of some sort. An “S” corp may be the best option. But don’t allow that to hold you back…I did business for years as a sole proprietor. Once you hot a certain income level, the corp makes MUCH more sense, but for starting out, just do business under your name or file a DBA (Doing Business As) and handle it as a sole proprietor.

    As for recipes…thanks for the invite…I’ll see if I can find something healthy (and yummy) to contribute.

    Tony

  • john:

    Hi Tony
    your comments about Ebay etc are spot on. As a UK seller I source all my PD material from US websites as thats where all the good stuff is. I basically sell audio products and old PD films. Even though i am barely scratching the surface it still brings me in approx $1000 per week of which $700 is profit. the start up costs can be very low.I started out making audio Cd’s on my desktop PC and printing them on my epson CD priner and now have a multi-disc copier due to the volume. The great thing about PD is that if I want more income I just go and create more products and it costs me nothing except a little of my time. If it doesnt sell , again I lose nothing! The biggest thing holding people back is that they either are too scared of failure (or success), or they aren’t up against the wall. I lost my job and I had to make this work…I have a mortgage and 4 kids…..now I wouldnt do anything else. Thanks for your guidance, it has been inspirational

  • support:

    Hey John…thank you SO much for sharing your successes! Reader take note!! Your statement, “The biggest thing holding people back is that they either are too scared of failure (or success), or they aren’t up against the wall.” is absolutely the truth! Way to rock it!

    Tony

  • Josh:

    Horvath and Ruth…I have even seen folks go around and take pictures of their home towns and sell these on t-shirts! With the name of the towns on them. I have even seen a lady that collects tumbleweeds and sells those too! Here’s how to get started cheap. Go to internet archive. Type in a subject in the search box. Next, scroll in the next box down to texts. Then you will see free books that you can download as a pdf and then sell them on ebay. Great subjects are “how to” Civil War, How to make…Hope this helps and keep reading Tony’s Blog!!!Thanks again Tony!!

  • support:

    Great tips, Josh…and you’re right about the subjects. They are part of the “evergreen” group of subjects that always will have interest! Thanks for sharing them!

    Tony

  • Hi Tony
    I just started actually working with PD materials and so far have done the following:
    1) I picked up a book in a used book store (Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewds, 1905). I scanned through it in the store and suddenly an idea popped into my head. The book is about old time traveling salesmen. The idea I got was to create an eBook for Writers on selling themselves as they build their platform. It is now up for free download for one month and then will be moved to the shopping page for sale. The URL is (http://gloriaoren.com/Gifts%3A-Books-eBooks.php) I am now rewriting the book to make it more in line with today, it will probably be an eBook novel.

    2) I took a PD book I found online (topic–chocolate) and condensed it into an eBook for sale. I called it Let Chocolate Be Your Friend.

    3) I found another PD book online (topic–grammar) and turned parts of it into an eBook called Using Connectives in Your Writing which is being offered for free. See URL in #1 above.

    Gloria Oren
    http://gloriaoren.com

  • support:

    Hey Gloria…thanks for sharing…especially loved the idea on the chocolate one. Hadn’t thought of that niche…even with being the chocoholic I am…lol. Keep up the great work!

    Tony

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