💡Money Making Ideas - Where to find them?

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💡Money Making Ideas - Where to find them?
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How do you find new profitable business ideas?
  • Chasing trends?
  • Asking people?
  • Solving your own problems?
These are all legit ways to find new ideas, and I’m sure there are many more.
But it’s hard to know if an idea will actually make money or not.
There’s a simple framework you can use to figure this out.
You must have heard this - if you want to make money, help someone -
  • Make money
  • Save money
  • Save time
This is great advice, but how do you actually apply this?
Where do you find people to serve with your product or service?
Today we’ll look a simple method you can use to find new ideas for products and services.
And a 2 part framework that you can start applying immediately.
But before that, I have an Important Announcement for you.

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Do you feel like all the advice you get on social media platforms is too generic, and doesn’t apply to you?
Or at least, you’re not sure how you can actually put it into practice?
Like, what should be the first step you take, what’s the 2nd step and the 3rd one?
And when do you know an idea is validated, and you should double down on it? Or maybe it’s invalidated, and you should move on to something else.
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Now, let’s go -

Marketplaces - Where money is always changing hands

The easiest way to make money is to go where money is already changing hands and try to get a slice of it.
The best places where money changes hands are marketplaces.
Marketplaces are where buyers meet sellers.
There are 2 ways you can make money from marketplaces -
  1. Become a seller - Every marketplace has buyers, figure out what they need, and sell it to them.
  1. Enable the sellers - Every marketplace has sellers, figure out what their challenges are, solve them, and help the sellers sell more.
Let’s see this with an example -

Amazon

Amazon is THE top marketplace in the world.
So it makes perfect sense to explore Amazon.

Become a seller

Figure out what people are searching on Amazon, and start offering products and services around it.
You already have validated demand there, find ways to cash in.
For example, selling KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) books on Amazon is a nice low stakes way to leverage the marketplace.
My friend Greg Lim does this brilliantly! ($170K with 18 books!)
You research the marketplace, figure out the demand based on what people are searching and what types of books are getting sales, and then you write a book to fulfil that demand.

Enable the sellers

Carrying on the same example, creators like Greg who publish a series of books on Amazon, want to do keyword research on the platform to figure out which topics have high demand and low competition.
So that they can write books only on those topics.
So it makes sense to build software tools to help these creators get marketplace insights. (Helium is a good example of this)
Another version of “Enable the sellers” is to create books and courses to help beginners become sellers on a platform.
This is great if you don’t want to build a software product.
But you must have the expertise yourself before you begin teaching it to someone else.
So to go this route, you need to master the marketplace, or at least some aspect of it. (read more in the power of transformations)

More Marketplaces

This simple framework can be applied to most marketplaces you interact with online -
  • Etsy
  • eBay
  • Udemy
  • Fiverr
  • Upwork
Some niche marketplaces to look into -
All of these marketplaces let you filter products by topics and popularity.
So you can figure out what type of products are getting traction, and can find ideas for products or services from there.
Again, anywhere you see money changing hands, there are opportunities to make money for yourself.
By becoming a seller, or enabling other sellers.
Hope this helps.
Cheers!

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