Free Report: Top 5 Tips For Profiting In 2011

Here’s a little new years gift for you! A way of say thank you for all your support in 2010.

I wrote a short report that I hope will help you make 2011 your most profitable year online  yet!

It’s called “Stu Sensei’s Top 5 Tips For Being Profitable in 2011”

Download Here

There’s no opt-in, just a direct link to the free PDF report.

If you’ve been online for a while, this guide will give you some direction of how to grow your business.

If you’re just starting out, it will give you ideas and a little ‘kick’ to get started on the right track.

Enjoy the report and I’m looking forward to helping you in 2011!!

Stu Sensei

p.s. I’d love to hear your comments on the report. It’s only about a 5 minute read so take a look now and leave your comment.

p.p.s. If you liked the report and think others could benefit, please share with your friends on Twitter and Facebook etc!

Happy 2011! What’s Your New Years Resolution?

I can’t believe almost a whole week has passed already in the new year! I’ve had my hands full for the last few weeks – literally so time online was limited.

2010 was an insanely HUGE year for me.

I was blessed with the birth of my first son Chino in July and in December, we purchased a house in the mountains here in Japan so we can settle with our new family of 3 (but we’re nowhere near settling yet – too much to do!).

Those were the 2 biggest events of last year. There were many other significant dates I’d love to tell you about but I don’t want to take too much of your time. 2010 was amazing and will be hard to beat, for myself and family.

No matter how much was wish we could stop time and enjoy the moments, we can’t.

We’re now in 2011 and it’s time to dust off and re-focus our game plan for our business life and personal life.

I could write a whole page telling you more about me and what I’m going to do in 2011, but I think you’d be more interested in talking about you!

What are your plans to make 2011 your best year yet!?

I’d love to hear what you want to achieve so please write your goals and ambitions below in the comment section.

You can be as specific or general as you like.

If it’s a secret that you’d like to keep to yourself, that’s ok too.

Maybe you haven’t thought about it yet. If so NOW, is the time to start thinking and make some goals.

Remember too that goals can change along the way. The most important thing is to have at least some kind of vision or direction.

What ever it is, I’d love to hear about it!

To your success,

Stuart “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Check back in a few of days to see what others have written. I’ll follow up with a brief post about a few of my goals and my direction for 2011.

iPad App Creator Swipes $70K In 20 Days

The iPad is here and it’s not only Apple that is cashing in on the trend!

iPad App creators are also pocketing nice pay checks. It seems there’s a new success story about overnight App developers hitting the jackpot everyday!

One example of a successful iPad App comes is Yuri Selukioff from GoodiWare.com who created the “Good Reader” – an app that allows users to read and transfer .PDF, .TXT, .Word and other files to their iPad.

iPad users can download his app for a mere $0.99 and because it’s nearing 100,000 downloads, Yuri is looking at receiving a healthy $70,000 paycheck from Apple.

(Apple takes 30% of the profits and remaining 70% goes to the developer)

Yuri’s success story is just one of many.

Another example: The creator of Smule’s “Magic Piano” app rocketed into the Top 15 after a video of a cat playing with the App went viral on Youtube.

In the video, the owner opens the App and the cat goes crazy playing with it. That video has over 6.7 million views as of this writing!

The owner of the app says he gets about 1000 downloads a day – again this app is priced at just $0.99. (I’ll let you do the math!)

As you can see, there is very decent coin to be made in the iPad App market.

I’m all about finding out and relaying new and profitable ways to make money on the internet and I have to say that this App creation business is definitely one with huge potential, as the above examples show.

Sure it’s a little more advanced and costly than selling ebooks, but it’s not out of reach for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset.

If you wanted to create apps yourself, there is plenty of training material and software to learn all the programming languages. The other way to do it is to hire a team of developers to do it for you.

All you need is a good idea to get started and who knows, you could be the next iPad App success story!

If you’re interested in jumping on the iPad App gravy train, NOW is the best time to do it. More and more apps are being developed but there is still plenty of room for new ideas.

In the new App Cash Formula ecourse that I have released with James Brown, you will learn all the steps to creating top selling ipad apps for yourself even if you don’t know the first thing about App creation.

iPads aren’t going away any time soon and the demand for apps isn’t going to die down. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

The digital age we live in is a very exciting time for entrepreneurs!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. If you have any questions about iPad app marketing or related topics, please ask them in the comments section below! I’d love to hear what you think about this new and exciting business model.

Selling Digital Products VS. Selling Services

My two favorite internet business models are 1. Selling Digital Products and 2. Selling Services.

In my opinion, these are the two most profitable and relatively easy ways to make decent money online.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of both…

1. Selling Digital Product Online

I place this one first because it’s my business model of choice. If I had to start all over again with an internet business, I would sell digital downloadable products.

In case you’re wondering just what digital products are, they include PDF ebooks, software, video training, audios, graphics, website templates etc. Basically, any thing of worth in digital form that can be downloaded falls into this category.

The thing I love most about selling digital products is that if you’re the product creator, you work once and get paid over and over again.

This is different to selling a service for example where you are trading your time for dollars.

Selling digital products gives you the freedom to choose when you want to work and how much you want to work because everything can be completely automated.

Thanks to computers and websites that work on autopilot, you can take orders and deliver the download to the customer while you’re out playing golf with your friends.

You can even follow up with your customers if you put them in an autoresponder.

The down side to all this is that it takes a fair bit of work to create your own products.

You can go the affiliate marketing route where you sell someone elses product for a cut of the sale. This works well for beginners or for a cross promotion with your original product if it’s related.

2. Selling Services Online

The basic definition of selling services means that you perform a service for your client that helps them. It’s kind of like ‘freelance’ work where you get paid to perform tasks for your employer.

Some examples of services you can perform include everything from copywriting, ghost-writing (articles, ebooks, press releases etc.) graphic designing, programming all the way to consulting.

There is a lot of money in selling services online. You’ve probably heard of copywriters getting paid $50,000 to write one letter… and consultants¬† getting paid $10,000¬† a month to meet (online) with clients to discuss marketing strategies, etc.

It’s not uncommon to find professionals earning 6 and 7+ figures a year selling services online.

Apart from the potential for big pay checks, you usually get paid first too before you do any work.

In this way it beats digital downloads because there is often a big time and money investment initially in getting your digital product ready to sell.

However, there are downsides. And these cons may turn you off selling services because the terms of it aren’t for everyone.

The biggest downside I find is that it’s still like a job – trading dollars for hours. You don’t have the freedom to do as you please when you sell digital products. You have work to do that your client is waiting for.

And that brings me to another drawback – clients.

Most clients you get will be totally happy with your work because they trust your expertise and aren’t all too fussy, but on the odd occasion, you will get the client who will be very hard to please.

It’s clients like this that will almost make the deal not worth your time for the amount they paid you.

There is a way to sell services and take yourself out of the picture, and that is to have staff under you who can handle the contact with the clients and do the work. You will have to pay your staff but you will have to be the ‘manager’.

There you have it, a brief overview of the two best online business models. If you aren’t already, try them out and see which one serves you best.

It really depends on your personality and goals, and a whole lot more, but whichever you choose, give it your best shot and you can make a great living online with it.

To your online success,

Stuart “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Which business model do you prefer? Why? I’d love to hear your comments.

What Is The Right Niche For You?

When you decide that you want to start an online business, the first thing that comes to mind is often “what kind of niche market am I going to sell to?”

At first you might instantly think “the money! I want to go where the money is!”. While that’s high on the list for most marketers, it’s not the only single thing to consider when choosing the right niche for you.

There are two main things you want to consider when choosing a market before you dive right in.

And these are the 2 questions to ask yourself, (and not necessarily in this order)

1. Is there money to be made in this niche?

2. Am I passionate about working in this market?

Ok, let’s talk about the first one first, “is there any money to be made?” Of course, if you’re doing business for profit, you’ll want to get into a profitable niche rather than one that isn’t right?

Some people say that you can monetize any niche, and although that might be true to some extent, some niches are more “full of buyers” than others. You want to know which ones have the buyers so you’re not wasting your time with tire-kickers.

So how can you tell if a niche is profitable?

A good way to gauge how many people are buying is by looking at how many products are for sale and how much marketing is going on already in that niche. If you go to a related site within your potential niche and see a lot of advertising going on, then you can assume there is money being made!

Another way is to go to a popular affiliate market place such as clickbank.com and check out the latest top selling products. I say ‘latest’ because as the times change, so do popular and profitable niches/products.

Next, are you passionate about the niche you’re looking into?

Even if you find a profitable niche, you may not have the passion to give it all you have keep at it before you make your venture a success.

For example, I wouldn’t enter the “stamp collecting” niche even if it was lucrative, because I’m simply not interested in it (no offense to any stamp collectors out there).

Being an Entrepreneur, a home business owner, Internet marketer or whatever you want to call it is more than just a way to make a living, it’s a lifestyle. And it’s a lifestyle that requires hard work and dedication, just like many other “jobs”.

Luckily for us, we can choose what we want our lifestyle and “job” to be – that’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur!

Make sure you choose a niche you have a love for, something you can see yourself doing everyday.

Even when times get tough, you will still have enough drive and enthusiasm to battle through if you’re doing something you love.

Another point I might add is that it’s ideal that you have some kind of “expert” knowledge about your niche topic. Most of the time however, we are experts at what we love, even if we know it or not.

Sometimes we forget just how much we know about a certain topic because we’ve been “into it” for years. Don’t short sell yourself by thinking you don’t know enough about one type of niche.

Chances are you know 95% more than the rest of the world on the topic you have a passion for.

Stuart StirlingAnd as you know, knowledge is power and that power can be translated into great products and services you can sell for profit!

To your online success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

New Office Let’s Me Work In Style And Comfort

I decided 2010 is going to be a breakthrough year for me; one where I’ll step up my game and get more serious about taking my business online to the next level.

One of thing I was opened to since reading HomePreneur by Jimmy D Brown, is that in order to excel at business, especially a home based business, your work space is one very important aspect home based entrepreneurs often overlook that affects your work productivity.

When I first got started with my Info-product business in 2006, I had just the basics; a low powered PC (tiny processor, 256MB ram, 80GB hard disk) running Windows XP in Japanese! with a tiny 15″ monitor, sitting on a tiny desk with a tiny chair…but I did have my internet connection.

The great thing about Japan is the Internet speed here. It’s one of, if not THE fastest broadband providers on the planet.

That setup was enough to get a fair amount done, but over time, things just naturally got too small. My little 80GB hard disk was filling up fast with a ton of large software apps like Photoshop, Camtasia, Skype, Open Office Suite, Microsoft Office etc. Not to mention all my files that I downloaded or created, were weighing my poor machine down.

At the end of 2009, I knew I couldn’t make the progress I wanted for my business with my setup the way it was so I bit the bullet and made it a point to do a whole office space make-over with a new desk, new chair, and best of all, new PC!

I got my new high-back executive chair and desk at the local second-hand shop for 9000 yen (about $100US) which was an absolute bargain! The PC I ordered online from the DELL website.

The specs are as follows for all you tech savvy geeks out there. Dell Studio Desktop, 20″ monitor, Windows 7 Ultimate (English OS), Intel Core 2 Quad processor (6MB cache, 2.66Ghz), 4GB RAM, 500GB Sata HDD, wireless keyboard and mouse (which I’m still getting used to) and the list goes on.

The price for this was just a smidge over 9,3000 yen (about $1050US) which is comparatively cheap. I don’t care too much about price, because I see it as an investment.

This will help me get more done with more ease, in less time. After all, my PC is my major tool I use for my business so it needs to be sharp…I don’t want to be waiting around for a program or file to load.

You’ll also notice how I keep a desk diary on the desk. In that I write my to-do list and other notes I need to remember. Some things you can’t see in the photos are a calendar right above my monitor on the wall and a small whiteboard on the wall to the left.

These help me keep organized so I can get things done and not waste my time when I sit down to work.

Now, I’m all set up for a killer 2010. I’ll be able to fly through my work in comfort. I’m not saying you need to spend $1000+ on new computer stuff for your business too, remember I was using a $700 second hand computer for almost 4 years! But if you can afford it, it sure helps.

Stu Sensei