You have to have a platform in order for your mission to succeed.
And in today’s day and age, you need an online component to that platform, like never before.
Are there exceptions? Sure. But the folks who succeed at what they do without an online presence simply have a different sort of platform.
It’s achievable. But, business styles aside, it’s easier with an online platform. A website of some sort.
So, how do we build the right type of site?
If you have very limited funds, you’ll at least need:
- A quality but low cost hosting service
- A well designed theme (to be used with a WordPress installation)
If you have a few dollars more than that you’ll want to add:
- A secure content delivery system
If you really want to build an audience (you do) then find:
- A secure membership site system
- You might need an autoresponder
- Copywriting courses to make sure your words flow and desired actions are taken
- And an SEO system to make sure you draw Mother Google’s benevolent gaze your way
And regardless of all else, you need mentoring
- There is a stunning amount of high quality, free training within anything I already share here
- But if you want to make a dent in the Universe, you need to pay for help eventually
All of that was how I started when I had almost NO money
I slowly pieced together a website that could do everything listed above, using all those various third-party resources.
I went on to build more complex systems for local business people who needed their sites to integrate with real word activities.
I learned how to build banking networks that laced together membership sites, class scheduling, real world banking, online payment systems, online stores, fulfillment processes (for digital and physical products), and point of sale counter top systems.
I experimented and tested more systems and softwares than I remember, and settled on the ones I share here.
This was all I did for both myself and my clients for a few years, usually learning HOW to do something after I already told someone I COULD do it.
And it almost killed me
I’m smart. I’ve learned the hard way that I will eventually get a handle on any situation I find myself in, and soon become good enough to very good at doing it.
But it’s a stressful way to live. And none of this is really what I love most.
Meeting new people and helping them is what I love most. Writing about it all is a close second.
But I needed a house to do that in and a system that brought the people to me.
So I did everything piecemeal and learned some very important lessons from it all.
You don’t want to build your platform in piecemeal fashion, if you can help it
You might not have a choice. I sure didn’t, for many years. That’s why I laid out what I have.
I’ll let their site explain how it all works. Suffice to say, you get everything I’ve shared above, plus a whole lot I didn’t.
However, inside Rainmaker is very similar info and perspectives as what Jason teaches, shared by people I respect just as much as him.
Because he’ll get your head in the right place to achieve what you’re about to do, faster than anything else.
But you want to be taught by the people who built what you’re using, too
I swear by Jason, and his words led me to trust a system like Rainmaker. But it’s not his system.
So, you’ll be glad to know that all the Copyblogger head honchos, and the folks they endorse, have truckloads of free training, as well as incredible paid training waiting for you inside the Rainmaker library.
My site, the thing you’re on right now, is run by the Rainmaker Platform. And the developers have taught me much about how to use it well, to include the technical as well as the psychological reasoning behind it all.
And they more or less paid me to keep everything under one roof
Most of what you’d get from Copyblogger piecemeal (which we agreed is a bad way to build, right?) comes included in your one fee for running your Rainmaker site.
You get multiple tools for the price of one. So you’ll save a ton of money on your car insurance by switching to Rainmaker!
They also run on WordPress!
But there’s still going to be a steep learning curve for some of you
There is a price to pay for reaching your dreams that has nothing to do with money. How bad do you want this? That is your WHY.
Your WHY is going to keep you enthusiastically dong whatever it takes to build your platform and then help the people who need you most.
And as one who has braved the fires of self-taught coding and sales systems design, you really want to go the Rainmaker way as soon as you can.