It’s been far too long since I last updated this blog and there are never any excuses good enough to really justify the absence. In reality, life just caught up with me and I ended up back in full-time employment, rather than trying to create my own path in the world (for now).

As a result, I’m a Solutions Architect (pre-sales, really)  for Red Hat and I’ll add more about that at a later date.

What I wanted to do, to get back into the habit of posting more regularly, was to share some observations from my holiday which have wider applicability.

First up:

You have to invest to get the best

Yes it seems trite, but this one is driven by the shower over the bath in my current vacation apartment in Evian-les-bains!

It’s a perfectly nice shower (of its kind). Reasonably powerful, temperature controlled etc. etc. but the head is mounted so that only hobbits of the shire could stand beneath it and truly shower properly. Closer investigation shows that the head is mounted at the far limit of the armoured hose which is screwed into the tap lower down.

So, for the sake of spending a few extra euros on a longer hose, the world is condemned to shower bent over at some angle.

Getting a fractionally better tool (longer hose in this case) would bring about an almost infinitely better solution…and such is the case with so many things in life…after spending the bulk of the money, look to see what an extra 5% cost (or much less in some case) would bring about.

Help the world shower upright 🙂

Doing WSO ResearchOn this second day of my 40 day challenge, I have been working my way through all of the WSOs that I shared with you in the post yesterday.

Ironically, this has kept me from actually starting one of them already. What a classic example of  too many shiny objects!

I thought it would be a good idea to let you know what they all cover, so you can decide for yourself if a particular one would be better for you to work on.

I think it’s fairly clear what the two Kindle WSOs are about, but they are slightly different in how they approach the subject.

Nanoniche Goldmine is all about discovering great niches for small but very targetted Kindle books. Teatime Books is much more about the creation of quick Kindle books, so I think these two will work together.

I like the idea of publishing Kindle books, since you end up creating assets that never go away. Some of the more service-orientated WSOs need you to carry on doing the same task over and over to keep the cash flowing and that just feels like a job to me….of course with the proviso that you can eventually outsource it all and just live off the profits.

Fast Cash Commando feels like it falls into that category a fair amount. It contains 6 quick way to bring in cash and may work better as a way to get some seed money so you can jump into other things, especially if you don’t have a lot to invest in stuff like paid advertising.

I’m not sure if I have made the right choice with Loophole Cash Cow as it deals with selling on eBay, but with a twist to product niche discovery and product creation. It has a fair amount of good feedback on the Warrior Forum, so I will leave it in for now, but I will be checking out some of the terms and conditions on eBay before I make my final decision.

The remaining products all seem to be variations on a theme of finding a niche and then creating a product to match and sell in that niche.

The Free Traffic Income System from Alex Malave makes some extravagant claims about how quickly it can succeed for you, so I will see if it lives up to those claims.

The Rapid Income Funnel WSO and the Fast Track Freedom WSO both delve into setting up a full sales funnel. Robert Brauer concentrates much more on selling in the Internet Marketing space (that’s you lot!) and Anthony Tilley goes farther afield, but they talk about similar things.

Cory Ross in his One Man Freedom System also covers setting up a full niche empire from scratch and the pages in his system look very comprehensive, but a quick scan through makes me think that this would be a course that leaves many beginners floundering. It seems to cover a lot of the “what”, but not so much of the “how”. Again, I’m going to reserve judgement until I have looked through it again, but it may not get to the final stages of the challenge.

In the final analysis, I think I am going to kick everything off with  Fast Cash Commando, Loophole Cash Cow and Free Traffic Income System. That way, I hope to really “start from scratch” as some of you may also be doing.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you the accounts that I have set up (just to prove that I’m not cheating at all).

In the mean time, you should try to go through anything that you already have in place that might help to produce something you can sell. These could be skills, old websites, subscription services that you can work for others, anything. By starting to think about these things, you will be ready to jump into some of these WSOs as the challenge progresses.

If you want to start reading from the beginning of the series, you can find it here.