Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Create an iPhone App and Make Money With It.

There is no great mystery on how to quickly and easily create an iPhone Application and start making money with it. It is simply a matter of following some step by step instructions, and of course to have an idea of what people would be interested in using.

The great thing about iPhone applications is that there is such a wide variety of topics to choose from, and even the weirdest ones can make a lot of money. A few months ago, Joel Comm's company sent out a request for ideas on apps. Infomedia is an amazing company when it comes to social media, and so I watched to see what great product they would choose to promote. I must say that I was stunned when I saw Joel on Fox News promoting an electronic fart!

Even more amazing is the fact that, the last time I checked, they had made over $100,000 selling farts! If Joel Comm can make $100,000 selling a farting iphone application, what could you do? ( UPDATE: Joel just posted that he was made over $300,000 now with this iPhone Fart)

A good place to start looking for ideas is, of course, the Apple iPhone download site. But another one that is a bit easier to digest would be the site in the iPhone software section. Just wander through the categories and then let your subconscious start working on ideas.

Carry a pad and pen with you for a few days and write down every idea that comes to mind. Don't edit any as being too stupid. ( remember the fart success)

Creating an iPhone application is just a matter of following a step by step process. It is actually easier than putting together some Ikea furniture, because you don't have to try to understand some weird drawings!

Just go to this site and get the instructions on how to build an iPhone app in minutes.

Take your pad and start working out the top ten ideas. Try to spread them across all of the different categories you saw in iLounge. Start building and testing. The market is huge and only getting bigger!

Apple recently issued a press announcement celebrating over 1.5 BILLION downloads.

"CUPERTINO, California—July 14, 2009—Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in just one year from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. The App Store is also growing at an incredible pace with more than 65,000 apps and more than 100,000 developers in the iPhone™ Developer Program.

“The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”

The revolutionary App Store has more than 65,000 apps available to consumers in 77 countries, allowing developers to reach tens of millions of iPhone and iPod® touch users around the world. The App Store works with both iPod touch and iPhone including the new iPhone 3GS, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet. Apple has shipped over 40 million of these devices that run apps from the App Store." (source: Apple Press Release Library )

Look at those numbers.

1.5 billion sales with only 65 thousand apps.

65 thousand iPhone apps may sound like a lot, but remember that this means that people are going to start looking for very specific applications. Gone are the days when they will try to make do with a general application.

You can make and sell an iPhone application if it is very specific. And this means that it will be easier for you to make! You don't have to have some great big complicated multilevel program.

Remember, the customer just wants to find something that is a quick and easy one button solution to a common problem.

OK so go get your instructions on how to create an iPhone app through this link, and then get your thinking cap on!

And remember.....Joel made over $100,000 in a few months selling FARTS!

Friday, March 13, 2009

To Make Money Online you need to Do This First♠

Making money online on the internet is simple IF you do this one thing FIRST!
Create a business plan.
OK I'll tell you a fast way to do this and how to start making a real income ASAP. But please understand the seriousness of what I'm saying.
Making money online is no different than making money in any other area of the market. You have to offer a product or service that someone values enough to exchange for cash.

The good news is that there are quite a few ways to make a living on the internet.

If you have read my other posts, you now have a good idea of where your strengths lie. Now all you have to do is bundle them in a manner that works on the internet. There are a few key pieces of software that you will need to get going. And yes, I'm trying to find the best, inexpensive, and yes free software available. But in the end, it will do you no good unless you know how to turn all this into money. It is like me giving you a complete set of mechanic's tools and telling you to open up a garage! You need someone to help you put the business together.

I'll tell you a secret that most of the " buy this software and make a million" promotions forget to tell you. Every successful internet business has had a mentor.

Now, you can jump in, like some of my friends, and pay $2,300 to $9,000 for time with proven teachers. But, do you have that kind of cash? Oh yes, and these guys only teach a few people at a time. Or you can go with a proven company who is designed to help people start out on the internet.

I went with the company.

The main reason I'm writing this post is that I've just been told that this company has an offer that just blew me away. Now I don't know when you are reading this, so I just hope that you can get in on this. There is an amazing price for an incredible amount of product and training. And here is the kicker.

This company will PAY YOU if you fail.

Yes that is right. OH I know this sounds spammy, but that is the standing guarantee. A full refund and $200 bucks for a failure.

Now, don't get too excited about the two hundred bucks. Try to think like a winner. What they are saying is that you can make so much money, that the $200 will not even be a temptation. Instead you will feel gratitude and be moving on to success after success.

I can't tell you how much the cost of this course is right now, because I don't know when you are reading this post. But I can tell you that the regular cost is 1/10th of the price you would pay for the cheapest coaching out there AND THEY GIVE YOU FREE SOFTWARE.

Let me summarize:

Yes people are making money online right now. Internet sales have seen aprox 3-6% increases while the rest of the market was tanking.

In order for YOU to make money online you need a business plan.

There are proven teachers and coaches. Most proven coaches cost in the thousands of dollars.

IMC costs a fraction of that, gives you free software, and pays you if you fail. Duh.

OK so why do they do this? Because they will earn more money from you as you progress in business. Think about it. If someone helped you to start earning money on the internet, don't you think you would go to them when you needed to add more software, or training into your online business? These guys are big, and are a mature company. Not some one-guy startup who needs every cent he can get from you.

I think I have flogged this horse to death. Now it is time for you to take a look and see if this works for you. You can find IMC through this link.

Hope this helps.

Monday, March 09, 2009

How to Take Advantage of the Stimulus Package

Every government is promising help through stimulus packages. BUT as of yet, nothing is coming down the pipe! Oh yes, all the big guys who made this mess happen are getting boatloads of cash, but has anyone from the bank phoned you up to tell you that your mortgage has been paid in full for the next year? Thought so.

So how can you benefit RIGHT NOW from the stimulus that never appears? Be an American.
And yes ahem, I'm Canadian.

Here is a quick background note before I give you some tips.

I was traveling recently and got a lot of the typical anti-American comments. My response was to enlighten these people on what I call the "American Genius" . We "enlightened nations" like to sit down and discuss and analyze and dissect issues. Americans like to simplify and act. This is their strength. Underneath all the bull, there has to be some simple thing you can do right now. While we are still soul searching, Americans are moving. And guess who tends to get there first?

I see the same thing happening right now. Many people are pointing fingers, or buying lottery tickets, or bolting their office chairs to the floor. But others are looking at their wallets and then looking at the horizon and planning to take action.

A bunch of money is finally going to flush through the system. It will be there and then it will be gone. Are you ready?

Have you read and done the actions steps I listed in my previous blog post? Here is the post where I tell you how to succeed in the upcoming economic times.

Also, look over and click on the "recession help" label to see other posts I have made. I've been predicting this for two years before any "experts" raised their voices. And I also said that it will be 2013 before the average family can feel secure once again. But that is typical Canadian navel gazing. Let's see what you can do right now.

Tune into the news. Listen very carefully to your politicians. Write down the buzz words they are using. They will soon have access to cash, and will want to send it to the people who have supported them. "Infrastructure" is a big broad word.

Ask yourself what it is that you are the best at. What do you love to do? Apply for training in those areas, but always be thinking about how you can slant the applicability toward your local politicians' biases.

Move forward in being the best in the field you love. And also constantly look to see how you can apply this to the current sexy trends. I know that this sounds very general, but I've been brainstorming and can come up with a number of options for every situation. The key is in reducing the problem down and then taking action. Action is the secret.

You can stare at the train coming down the track, or you can step aside and swing aboard.

Analyze, Plan, and Act.

oops my soapbox is sagging!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Internet Failure? You Too?

OK I had to comment on this because it is one of those " so funny because it is soooo true" things.

Every day there are huge masses of people heading out on the internet in search of instant fortunes. Usually they have bought a product that offers them just that. BUT, they forgot to read the fine print. Most of these get rich quick on the internet programs are built around marketing trends and technical tweaks that have run dry. It is just like getting in on the bottom level of the latest party sales product.

People do make money on the internet. And yes some people do it in a very short amount of time. But these people usually follow very structured, time honoured business plans. And they have access to mentors who are quick to advise them of current trends. It is a bit like sailing, you have to always be watching the tell tales on the sail.

So what to do if you are planning to explore the internet as a source of income? Well, as I've said before, have a clear understanding of your personality and values, get a mentor that matches you, and follow an ethical tried and true path.

For those of you who like a fresh fun and energetic approach, then you should check out Russell's new program. Click this link for a laugh, but remember that every success requires effort.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Increase Your Company Profits and Help Generate Jobs

If you own a business of any size. If you have a product or service. You can thrive, even in these tough times. Don't be fooled by the mass hysteria out there. While the press is scrounging up every doom and gloom story they can find, there are some people quietly multiplying their profits.

Too good to be true? Nope. I've been watching a very interesting experiment for the last month. A group of business people, mostly small business or single ownership entrepreneurs, were given an advanced copy of a special training program. They were told to report back in a couple of weeks with the results. (yes they had to work like dogs...the total training is meant to be spread out over months )

The results? Increases in business and profits in the 100%'s. And because of the condensed nature of the test, they were only able to implement a few of the features. This was done last month. It was tested in real life with real people, in the darkest pre-Obama days of doom and gloom.

I'm not going to go on and on here. If you have a business, or a product, or a service, just check this out. It is sponsored by a company with the highest reputation in the industry. And here is the kicker....they just lowered the price so that anyone can afford it.

I hate writing like this....makes me sound like some hyped up sales guy. The truth is that I've been studying Formula 5 for a while and have held back recommending it to my subscribers because of the hefty initial price tag....Yup it was a Cadillac product that was once again only going to be affordable to people who were already successful. Like all Stomper products, it was premium quality with a premium price tag. BUT THEN

Andy surprised me yesterday. Because of the recession, they are doing something to give back and help get businesses going again. They restructured the pricing so that anyone can afford this.

That means that businesses can start thriving again. More employees can be hired. Sub contractors can get work flowing to them. A business can turn from begging at the bank to choosing where to deposit and invest. Yes these guys have always been the good guys, but now they are putting their money where their mouth is.

So again, if you have a business, or a product, or a service, then just check this out.

nuff said,

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Learn How to Make Money in this New Market

There is still money being made out there. And it is being made by ordinary people.
3 Simple Things can make you one of them.

First of all, a warning. This was a very hard post for me to write. What I'm going to tell you is the truth, but I also know human nature. In fact, there is a whole sales industry out there built on the fact that most people get excited and scoop up an opportunity... and then do nothing with it.

So, if you really are comfortable with your situation but simply "exploring", then please think hard about this. Maybe you are telling yourself and others one thing, but really kinda like your existing life and routine. Then the best thing you can do is acknowledge this and relax. Have fun. Enjoy your life. And let the pressures from others ( and perhaps all the subconscious scripting from your upbringing) just slide off. Reinforce your new wisdom with empirical data. Take a test, like the passion test , to get clarity on this life you have been denying. Sometimes we feel guilty about just being who we are. The great thing about the "American Way" is that everyone has the freedom to build the life they want. Too often we confuse The American Dream with being a multi millionaire, instead of simply being happy and stress free. OK rant over.

Here are the 3 things you can do to make money now:

Invest in yourself.
Be prepared to spend some money to make things happen. Now, you know me! I'm the king of the freebee and a dedicated coupon clipper. But I also know when and where to spend my money to get the most out of it. Again, here are some warnings. Don't confuse lack of money for lack of confidence. Rich Scheferen ( mentor to many Internet millionaires) has pointed this out. Everybody has access to some extra cash. You can sell some stuff on eBay. You can deliver pizzas instead of watching TV for a while ( I actually know one millionaire who did this). When you are driven, you can find a way to get extra cash. The real problem ( according to Rich) is that deep down, you really don't believe that you can turn all that pain and effort and expense into profits. And usually this is simply because you don't have a solid business plan. So, be prepared to spend some money on yourself, but do it with a clear solid plan!

Be clear on who you are.
You plan on using this outline to start making money aren't you? Then why not make money and enjoy doing it? The key to this is understanding exactly who you are. And don't worry, this won't involve years of therapy. Here is an easy checklist:
  • Are you an introvert (I) or an extrovert (E)? Is it "the more the merrier" (E) or is there a timer ticking away when you are around a lot of people (I)? Introverts get energy by being alone. Extroverts need the stimulus of other people.
  • Do you like hands on projects (S)? Or are you more of a concept person (N)? Which appeals to you more; accounting (S) or economics (N)?
  • Are you a "Make the plan, follow the plan" (T) person? Or are you a "let's see how it goes" (F) person? Which is more important; clarity (T) or compassion (F)?
  • Do you enjoy structure and order in daily life (J) ? Or do you prefer an open agenda, so as to be able to respond to whatever comes up (P)?
  • Put together the most applicable letters from each line, and you have just given yourself a Jungian analysis. You can then plug them into Wikipedia for an analysis. (I'm an INTJ by the way )
Be realistic on what senses you use best in life. Sight, Sound, Touch, Hearing, Smell, and I'm going to include Taste (even though the purists will argue that it is part of Smell). Your primary income producing activities should involve your most dominant senses.

Take blogging for example. It really is a quiet way to spend a day. But if your dominant sense is hearing, then you will probably have the stereo and TV blasting away as well as the phone ringing off the hook. You will tell yourself that this is not interfering with your blogs; but you are only fooling yourself and are limiting your chance at success.
BUT you can still blog! Just change it into an audio blog. Do podcasts with a website only as an anchor for a sales page, links and advertising. Review music or talk shows. Get audio clips from audio books and feature them. Get everything up on iTunes. Now all your auditory ( hearing) senses are directed toward success building activities.

What? Make money just by blogging? "How can a blogger turn posts into cash?" you ask. There are a number of ways. Here is a link to an audio clip from a couple who went from broke to $70,000 in a week. Now to be honest, I doubt that this is their standard weekly income, but a lot of people would be very happy to have just a few of those weeks in a year. Just by blogging in a smart manner that fit in with their passions and abilities.

If you are interested in all the aspects of using blogging as a career, then check out my blogging article at my Website Building for Beginners web site.

But what if you have done the tests I gave you and figured out that you love working with your hands, or that you are an extrovert and need to be surrounded by people? There are scores of opportunities out there in this new marketplace. Car building may be down, but demand for licenced mechanics is at an all time high.

Do you love the hustle and bustle and the energy of crowds? Be creative. There was a local alternative medicine clinic that used to book a booth at trade shows. I noticed that the booth was always empty and that the staff had that bored "when will this day end" look on their faces. I volunteered to help, and soon the booth was so busy that the staff were begging me to stop, so that they could take a break! I did this using my skill set. I'm an introvert. Can you imagine how well an extrovert would do? And imagine if that person got a percentage of show referred bookings to the clinic!

Once you know your talents, strengths, and desires, you are on your way to a fulfilling life.

Get a Mentor!

Ah yes, I can hear that little voice in your head. "How am I going to figure out just what kind of job to search for? I don't even know where to start! He has no idea of how bad it is in my community. How can I avoid being scammed and left for broke? "

Yes it is tough in a recession/depression. I've been through two of them. During one of them, I moved to a city where there was massive unemployment and interest rates were near to 20%. People were walking away from their homes. People actually hated newcomers. Companies were so desperate to stay alive, that they used the most brutal tactics on both employees and customers. And to top all this off, I had decided to leave a career I had spent years in training for. Sound familiar? So what did I do? I found a mentor.

There are two categories of mentors.
Your first mentor will help you clarify your direction. They will help you search out possibilities you may not even know exist. And they will help you set up an action plan.

For example: Let's say you have an epiphany and realize that instead of being a clerk stuffed in an office, waiting for your layoff notice, you really want to be a mechanic. Good idea, but then an avalanche of questions come in. How do you get your licence? What training financing is available? What kind of financial plan will you need. What kind of part time jobs are available to help you in your plan? What is a realistic lifestyle you can look forward to? How will you build up a quality set of tools? Your first mentor should guide you through most of those questions.

Your second mentor will help you hone your skills. To become a mechanic you need one year of college training, and four years of apprenticeship. If you apprentice under a master you are almost guaranteed to be successful and satisfied in your new career. Sometimes the tougher the mentor the greater the reward ( I'm not talking about those sadistic egotistical b......s). There are people out there who love what they do and want to ensure that there are others following them who will produce excellent quality. Find these people and align yourself with them. I learned the most in life from foremen who demanded perfection from was hard on a young ego, but boy did it pay off! Your reputation is the most valuable thing you can invest in.

  1. Get a clear understanding of what and who you are. Brainstorm with people who know you. Make it into a game. Be prepared to hear things you ( and your conditioning) have been denying.
  2. Start out your career selection by being broad and general, and then gradually narrow things down. Don't throw things out just because they seem unrealistic. Look for common elements in all your choices.
  3. Narrow your list to a handful of job options. Then go out and see them in action. Interview people in the field ( this will really help with guidance and contacts ). Be persistent in your investigation. Most people will refuse to see you at first. This is just their way of determining if you are serious.
  4. Target the one job that tops your list. Now begin to investigate on who is the most successful in that job ( company, person, trainer ). There are various resources for this depending on the field. Talk to your local reference librarian, they love helping in this kind of project. Go out and talk to people who are in your chosen field. Do you like them? Can you see yourself in their shoes? This is a great way to dispel the fears that you can't possibly enter a certain career. ( I've found that surgeons are just good mechanics with excellent memories)
  5. Find a mentor who will help you in your transition. Contact your local credit crisis line and find out who they have on their list of resources. If you are planning to upgrade your education, then check in with the counselling services where you plan to attend. You need a clear solid plan. You need to know how you are going to pay the bills and what steps to take to move forward. This way you can reduce a lot of stress. In frustrating times you can always check the list and be reassured.
  6. Narrow down a list of possible mentors and begin to cultivate relationships with them. Do whatever it takes, even spending "volunteer" time, helping them out. And watch listen and learn. Plan to be the best you can be.

This advice is a bit general, but I hope you can see how it can fit into almost every area. I'm a firm believer that there is great opportunity to make money online, but you really have to love what you do. Don't grab some program that promises you instant millions. The lottery promises you the same thing. And many people go nuts staring at a computer screen for endless hours.

Be determined to find something that matches who you really are. THIS IS REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT! In hard times, people tend to grab anything that comes available. Remember your reputation is the most important thing you will ever own. The main reason people get fired is because they are working at a job that doesn't fit their innate characteristics. Have you ever been fired, or "let go"? Think about it, chances are it was because you hated being there. This even applies to those part time entry jobs. Pizza delivery is great for an introvert, but an extrovert would soon get bored and begin to find ways to goof off. A MacDonald's crew, with all the moving and calling and synchronized cooking and serving would drive an introvert nuts, but an extrovert would consider it one big dance.

Your reputation and opportunities will be built if you focus on your innate abilities. Your reputation can be easily destroyed if you try to be something you are not.

Offline ( the "real world") there is a huge transition taking place. Some jobs are ending, but many related jobs are going to expand at an exponential rate. This really is a ground floor opportunity. And the great thing about the "greying" of America, is that people can start a new adventure at any age.

There are ways to make money and enjoy your life. Hopefully this will help you get started toward that goal. Feel free to comment.