Sunday 14 November 2010

That little problem of money and how to make it

We all need to have money right? Me included. Unfortunately it's necessary to eat, put a roof over your head, cloth yourself, travel to other interesting places, or even indulge in the little luxuries that might make you happy. You need some of the stuff if you want to live to the maximum. You can work for other people or you can try to make it yourself, and many people including myself are exploring the latter option so they can have more freedom and flexibility.

If you've watched The Social Network you may think that it's worth investing your time into trying to create the next Facebook and set yourself up as the next billionaire. The odds of that happening though are well, tiny!

The good news though is that the odds are much better if you want to create a small online service that might appeal to a couple of thousand people. It's possible to make a million dollar business with even numbers this small. You can even create something that you find fun and that could benefit the world...

David Heinemier is the guy who created Ruby on Rails and works at 37signals. I'd highly recommend the books that they have written such as ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever and Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application

Here he talks entertainingly, sensibly and practically about how to create mid-sized, sustainable online businesses. About finding problems that small groups of people or businesses have, solving them, providing value, giving excellent service and being paid because what you do is great and useful. It's not rocket science and David explains exactly how to make this happen.

Side note
David made me aware of a rather shocking experience with airport security and the controversial new full body scanners. Take a read, it's worth being up to speed on this debate, knowing how our freedom is being eroded by these security measures, the health risks and the fact that there is very little we can do about it.

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