Online Sales Club

In this post I am going to tell you why it’s a lot easier to learn online sales in a group instead of on your own.

As a solo venture, you do the work all on your own, and that includes learning from your mistakes. Your reap the benefits of the experience and your future self owes you gratitude for doing it. But what if you have some friends learning too?

The journey offers a lot of experiences to be shared with others. I’ll address one potential problem to avoid in a group setting in a moment. First, the benefits.

If you are just starting with dropshipping, copywriting, content marketing, the sales pitch, advertising and branding…

THAT’S A LOT OF STUFF TO LEARN.

And we know from past life experiences that it’s a lot more interesting if you have someone else to share your thoughts with. You can learn from listening to others give you feedback, and by giving feedback on their experiences.

You can help each other learn which services to trust and why. Suppose one person in your group finds a great designer on Fiverr. Another has a past experience with outsourcing their website maintenance. And a third friend is great at writing blog posts.

A small group can learn together as a collective a lot faster than one person can on their own. Conversation about one venture can help someone else in another. Even what you read in passing can have a good influence. Plus it’s fun sharing victories.

Picture a group chat of however many people you like messaging each other and contributing help through work, knowledge and encouragement.

Now a downside. Careful.

In a solo venture, you test your courage by going off into the unknown. Your trust is solely in whatever resources you start with and your own self to guide the way. Over time, you can learn that things generally work out after a few tries. And that’s great.

But in a group setting, a lazy attitude can creep up on you. Maybe one person decides they’ll let everyone else go first on something. And then that behavior spreads.

My suggestion is that this type of problem can be handled in at least two ways:

  • The problem can be privately or maybe publicly addressed. Feel it out.
  • With ritual challenge. Make sure everyone has a turn bringing something to the table.

Right now I’m discussing dropshipping with one friend, and copywriting with another. In real life, I have a friend and a colleague collaborating with me to host a seminar. We’ll see how it goes. I wonder what other products are hidden just beyond my fingertips.

If you were going to sell online, who would you want to learn with?

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Creativity Supercharger

How many creative people get “stuck” with projects they know they can finish?

If you’re a creative person like me, I bet that happens to you a lot.

Music producers talk about folders full of half-finished loops, and worse, tracks that are missing just one section in the arrangement.

All because one or two creative hurdles stopped them.

Some projects are for practice, some for money, and some for love. That last kind are almost like part of you. How do you leave a part of you incomplete?

So what if there was another option? Something to help you finish a project when you feel like you’ve exhausted your creative potential.

Wouldn’t it feel good to finish every single project you want to finish?

Or if you could focus your mind like a laser beam on exactly what you want, and then just wait while it homes in on creative solutions. That tool would be a relief to have at your disposal, wouldn’t it?

In a few moments I’m going to play an mp3 file and lay down on my floor. A voice will talk to me in a soothing tone and ask me what I want to achieve, or, what result do I want?

And then I will lay there relaxing as the voice gently guides my mind. Sometimes I fall asleep and wake up at the end of it. But either way, it’s always totally absurd what goes through my mind along the way.

Like, “Hey brain, HOW IS THIS RELATED TO WHAT I ASKED FOR?”

And yet each time the mp3 comes to an end, I become alert with an abundance of new ideas.

Sometimes you don’t know it right away. You just know the trip is over and it’s time to try again. And then, magic.

You sit down again to work on your project and the ideas are flowing. Sometimes you become one with the medium and disregard all distractions. Other times, you poke around just like you were before. And then a tidal wave of ideas washes over you.

That is the power of Creativity Supercharger.

It’s amazing. But how does it work? The short answer is “I don’t really understand” and “hypnotism!!!1”

The long answer is that your brain is sent on a search for answers. It turns out that if you tell it exactly what to look for, and then give it a little bit of time, you can get creative gold. Inspiration flows like a fountain when you are specific and patient.

Now since this is just a blog post, and not serious sales copy, I am actually going to give you two options for action.

If you’re curious enough, go here to order your copy of Creativity Supercharger.*

Or if you want to know more, hit me on Facebook or Twitter for more info!

 

Cheers,

Roly

 

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The Artist and Energy: A Note for Vancouver Producers

In Los Angeles, or the Netherlands, or the UK, a music producer can pursue music by quitting his day job and taking any work he can find. The three figure payouts here and there keeps him fed until his skills and reputation have enough momentum to break through into a tour schedule or better paying ghost production gigs. Along the way he picks up management, marketing buzz, and social media presence. A musician wakes up as his true self for the first time.

This is a story that we are familiar with. It’s how KSHMR and Cash Cash made it from nothing to the festival lineup, and probably hundreds more I haven’t heard of. The cities I listed probably isn’t comprehensive. But they certainly have more energy than Vancouver. Let me explain using Los Angeles as the example.

In Los Angeles, there are musicians trying to make it everywhere. But the energy we need to start a career is also more concentrated. There are dozens of major music labels (both mainstream and dance). There are thousands and thousands of other musicians to work with. Living in California gives you access to every festival and nightlife promoter in America, not just the west coast. So the resistance to getting your first gigs is smaller; you have a greater number of shots at hitting a mark.

You are probably thinking that the Internet happened twenty years ago, and the rules are not the same. I agree. It’s easier to get your name out there with social media and other attention-grabbing tools. But the competition increased there too. Cities exist on a more local level. Build momentum locally as a catalyst to your Internet presence.

Music spreads by the same rules as a meme. When you want to launch a career, you need people to notice your initial work. That’s easier in a place with more energy. The first people to hear about you might like your stuff enough to share it with ten people, one, or none.

It is a game of rinsing your luck over and over. You build your raw talent with repetitions in the studio. Produce, produce, produce. But you can be as great as you want in the studio and still have no career if there’s no one out there to hear it.

In Vancouver, we have a handful of nightclubs, music promoters, and perhaps one big music label (Monstercat). If I lived in Los Angeles, I could network my ass off and have more potential clients than I’d know what to do with, regardless of my skill level. In Vancouver, face to face networking opportunities are relatively scarce. Monstercat might be attracting international attention, but it doesn’t benefit the rest of us in Vancouver unless you go to them for help.

Instead, what if the energy came to us?

I recently heard of a concept called Team Supreme, down in Los Angeles. The jist is that musicians get together every week or two to jam, share ideas, and perform for an audience. To me, it’s a new idea. I’ve seen similar stuff but never like this.

The idea of Team Supreme has enormous potential. This is just a starter idea. I’m sure someone reading this has another idea they’ll think of later. For now consider all the things a group like Team Supreme would have access to by bringing the energy to them:

  • Humans trade favors. When you know a buddy needs help finding a label for his new weird house track, he has only one set of ears to find a good fit. In a tribe of thirty people, there would be thirty pairs. Simplified, every artist’s opportunity for success increases when another member is added.
  • Different people have different talents. I have no idea how to make a professional looking video. But I do know what to film to attract attention like a magnet, what to say, and where to post it. Suppose one of the musicians in our new squad had those talents as well. (We could always hire someone.)
  • A group of people can become noteworthy more easily than one person. Dance music has room for new ideas. The good ones grab attention, which benefits everyone involved. All we need to do is try out different ideas until something sticks.

Before AirBnB was invented, nobody knew there was a 30 billion dollar company to be made out of rooms people weren’t using. The potential was sitting there the whole time.

Thoughts?