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If there’s one thread I see repeated over and over again on the forum, it goes like this: “I don’t have money, I don’t have experience, I don’t have any ideas. What do I do? I want to start a business so badly!”

People who post these threads are often unaware that the first step to become a successful business owner starts with a profound mindset shift. You stop thinking about yourself, your money, your experience, or your ideas. Instead, you focus on someone else’s problems. Then you learn how to provide value to them.

This brings me to the second point: developing your business skills. When you shift your mindset—and only then—you can consider what specific skills to develop to provide more value. Some of the most valuable business skills include: prospecting, sales, pricing, cold calling, cold emailing, networking, client communication, project management, copywriting, marketing, building sales systems, ads, email marketing, managing a team, managing yourself, and many others.

Through your repeated efforts to help others while developing these skills, you eventually build a successful business. But you start with the mindset first, and the business skills second. Notice there’s no need for any money, previous experience, or business ideas.

Now that you understand the most important principles, you can start exploring industries in which you can help people. I have studied hundreds of different niches, and very few tick as many “business-owner skills” boxes as web design.

I’ve had more than a fair share of business failures (including a funny story about Conor McGregor and cereals—more on that later). It was web design that helped me grow valuable skills and build a successful business.

When I first started web design, I didn’t have much savings or an income. Today, running my online web design school called Fox Web School, I often meet people who are in the same situation. That’s why I’ve created many free resources to help aspiring entrepreneurs get going.

I recently published a book in which I share my most valuable lessons. The book is titled The $1,000,000 Web Designer Guide A Practical Guide for Wealth and Freedom as an Online Freelancer and is available on all major platforms in all formats (free as an e-book).

While the title of the book suggests a narrow focus, this book isn’t just about web design. While I love web design, it should just be one step on a journey to bigger success. The main purpose of this book is about how you can make yourself into the best business owner you can be. I illustrate this through web design to give you a clear roadmap. But the lessons apply equally in other industries, too.

If you are ready to find out what I wish I had known when I first started web design (and entrepreneurship) several years ago, get your free copy of my book now.

If you’re interested in more details before you commit a couple of hours of your life, here are some of the things I cover in my book:

- Why do some web designer freelancers achieve great success while others fail? Using a fictional story of Dave and Ricky I show the key differences between successful entrepreneurs and those who struggle.

- Why is it essential to view freelancing as a temporary stage in your professional career? The truth is that the freelancing model, while great to start with, can quickly hold you back from even greater success. Learn what freelancing traps to avoid and how to plan ahead.

- Why having money doesn’t mean you’d automatically start a successful business? I explain why a person with a lot of money is still likely to fail.

- What did I do that got me and my buddy shut down by Conor McGregor’s management team? I tried many wild business ideas and that was one of them.

- What did I realize as I struggled to make ends meet working for low-paying clients? It wasn’t about how hard I worked—it was about a key mindset shift that was one of the most important business lessons I’ve ever learned.

- Why in web design you don’t really sell websites? What do you sell instead? This lesson can change everything for a new web design freelancer.

- What’s a key question you need to ask yourself before preparing a proposal for a potential client? By implementing this piece of advice, one of Fox Web School’s students increased his monthly income by 1,600%.

- What’s a core selling principle and how to address it as an aspiring web designer? As with other lessons, this applies not only to web design, but to any other business.

- Why the best web designers no longer work as web designers? Learn why NOT working as a web designer should be your ultimate goal.

You can grab the book for free on any of the major online retailers. Here are the links:

Amazon

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

Kobo
 

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Got it, thanks.

How'd you make it free? Amazon only lets me go down to $0.99

You need to distribute the book wide with other retailers like Apple, Google, etc. that let you set the price to free and then ask Amazon to price match it. If your book is in KDP Select, you can't do that.
 
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Got it, thanks.

How'd you make it free? Amazon only lets me go down to $0.99

Thanks @SEOguy - hope you enjoy it.

@MTF handled everything when it came to the publishing and distribution.

This was through his book launching service on here a while back:

 

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Thanks, got it just now.

What theme do you normally use/teach in your course? I've been trying to get my head around GeneratePress last week after not touching wordpress since 2011 or something! Is it any good as far as you're concerned?
 
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Thanks, got it just now.

What theme do you normally use/teach in your course? I've been trying to get my head around GeneratePress last week after not touching wordpress since 2011 or something! Is it any good as far as you're concerned?

I usually don't push any since they change all the time.

I would just keep it simple and work with whatever you find easiest to do a good job with.

Elementor is one system that a lot of students use.
 

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This is a concise and informative read about website designers and "business" which reveals "key mindsets" for your future... "business" and some first steps to help you succeed. There is a larger picture here with-in these pages. Become your own problem solver today by starting with Rob's book. Ask yourself, "Am I really listening?"

Side Note: Committing to reading books (via habit mind-set, like setting aside true time blocks) during the last 15 plus years has become one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Even if the topic at the time does not directly effect/affect what I think I am pursuing, there is always information to consider, knowledge to gain, vocabulary to expand on and sometimes the opportunity to support someone doing bigger things.
 
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Heard about the book Sunday, in a another thread.
By Sunday evening, the book was already read.

The most inspiring, insightful and mind-blowing reading i had in a long time.

I would need to go through it again, because there's so much stuff to internalize and let sink.

I deeply feel like this is THE game changer.

I'm so grateful. Thank you.
 
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Number #1 for Entrepreneurship right now!

Really cool to see this and massive thanks to @MTF who helped massively with this launch.

Any feedback or thoughts from those who have read it on here yet?


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Qui est ce Ricky qui gagne des milliers en ne faisant rien? Pouvez-vous lui demander de devenir mon mentor? :espiègle: Je rigole.

Bonne lecture. Je donnerai un avis sur Google Play après avoir terminé mes notes du livre.

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ah oui vraiment ma belle ,,, intéressante ton expérience qui me passionne et moi l'envie de faire ta connaissance si cela serait possible .... donc je m'appelle hounkponou affissou de nationalité béninoise (Bénin) de 32 ans et résidant au Sénégal et très bientôt serait mon anniversaire le 04/04/1988 et de profession informaticien dont c'est de la rose jusqu'à ce que j'ai trouvé ce livre de MJ DeMarco sur un point de vente que j'ai acheté pour lire et commencer maintenant à me reprendre pour avancer sinon c'était la dépression .... bien j'en serais ravi de te lire
 

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Any feedback or thoughts from those who have read it on here yet?

Judging by the title I thought it was going to be an average read, but I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of solid content in here. It's helpful for every entrepreneur, not just web designers. Great work man.
 

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If there’s one thread I see repeated over and over again on the forum, it goes like this: “I don’t have money, I don’t have experience, I don’t have any ideas. What do I do? I want to start a business so badly!”

People who post these threads are often unaware that the first step to become a successful business owner starts with a profound mindset shift. You stop thinking about yourself, your money, your experience, or your ideas. Instead, you focus on someone else’s problems. Then you learn how to provide value to them.

This brings me to the second point: developing your business skills. When you shift your mindset—and only then—you can consider what specific skills to develop to provide more value. Some of the most valuable business skills include: prospecting, sales, pricing, cold calling, cold emailing, networking, client communication, project management, copywriting, marketing, building sales systems, ads, email marketing, managing a team, managing yourself, and many others.

Through your repeated efforts to help others while developing these skills, you eventually build a successful business. But you start with the mindset first, and the business skills second. Notice there’s no need for any money, previous experience, or business ideas.

Now that you understand the most important principles, you can start exploring industries in which you can help people. I have studied hundreds of different niches, and very few tick as many “business-owner skills” boxes as web design.

I’ve had more than a fair share of business failures (including a funny story about Conor McGregor and cereals—more on that later). It was web design that helped me grow valuable skills and build a successful business.

When I first started web design, I didn’t have much savings or an income. Today, running my online web design school called Fox Web School, I often meet people who are in the same situation. That’s why I’ve created many free resources to help aspiring entrepreneurs get going.

I recently published a book in which I share my most valuable lessons. The book is titled The $1,000,000 Web Designer Guide A Practical Guide for Wealth and Freedom as an Online Freelancer and is available on all major platforms in all formats (free as an e-book).

While the title of the book suggests a narrow focus, this book isn’t just about web design. While I love web design, it should just be one step on a journey to bigger success. The main purpose of this book is about how you can make yourself into the best business owner you can be. I illustrate this through web design to give you a clear roadmap. But the lessons apply equally in other industries, too.

If you are ready to find out what I wish I had known when I first started web design (and entrepreneurship) several years ago, get your free copy of my book now.

If you’re interested in more details before you commit a couple of hours of your life, here are some of the things I cover in my book:

- Why do some web designer freelancers achieve great success while others fail? Using a fictional story of Dave and Ricky I show the key differences between successful entrepreneurs and those who struggle.

- Why is it essential to view freelancing as a temporary stage in your professional career? The truth is that the freelancing model, while great to start with, can quickly hold you back from even greater success. Learn what freelancing traps to avoid and how to plan ahead.

- Why having money doesn’t mean you’d automatically start a successful business? I explain why a person with a lot of money is still likely to fail.

- What did I do that got me and my buddy shut down by Conor McGregor’s management team? I tried many wild business ideas and that was one of them.

- What did I realize as I struggled to make ends meet working for low-paying clients? It wasn’t about how hard I worked—it was about a key mindset shift that was one of the most important business lessons I’ve ever learned.

- Why in web design you don’t really sell websites? What do you sell instead? This lesson can change everything for a new web design freelancer.

- What’s a key question you need to ask yourself before preparing a proposal for a potential client? By implementing this piece of advice, one of Fox Web School’s students increased his monthly income by 1,600%.

- What’s a core selling principle and how to address it as an aspiring web designer? As with other lessons, this applies not only to web design, but to any other business.

- Why the best web designers no longer work as web designers? Learn why NOT working as a web designer should be your ultimate goal.

You can grab the book for free on any of the major online retailers. Here are the links:

Amazon

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

Kobo
My husband just finished reading it and now I'm halfway through it. So far so good. I'm looking to add value to businesses that need our assistance. Thank you for your guidance.
 
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I got 20 FREE audible promo codes (10 USA/ 10 UK) BUT if you take one you got to leave a review ;)

If you want one comment below and ***let me know if you use the UK or USA store***

I will send you a message with the code.
First come first served.

Example: "I want one! - UK store"
Release it for india also.
 
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Release it for india also.

100% - it is up to Amazon how they roll it out but it is lined up to be released everywhere it can on my side.
 

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I would suggest you change the free book to paid as soon as possible, and use the revenue to promote it through Amazon Ads.

Firstly, people don't truly appreciate what they get for free. I think some of the reviews reflect it already, although none of them can be called a poor review.

Many serious readers skip free books thinking that there is no value in it. Call it buyers' psychology(as it applies to the Kindle store) but the more expensive a book is, the more value readers see in it.

However, the highest you could go is $2.99 or maybe $3.99 because anything higher may need a higher page count - again buyers' psychology. They think they need to get a big, fat book if it is priced high i.e. $3.99 and above.

But offering a free book is a good strategy to get reviews and feedback faster. Now that you have a good number of reviews, you can promote it using paid ads without any problem. When people see sponsored book ads they expect to see a good rating for the book and many reviews, and then are more likely to buy the book.

You can also attract a wider audience using the right keywords when you use ads. You could rank organically for one or a few keywords for a limited period of time. When you use ads you can rank on top for a variety of keywords being used as search terms by readers in related niches.

I've been on KDP for about a decade, so these tips may just help you a bit. Wish you all the best!
 
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I would suggest you change the free book to paid as soon as possible, and use the revenue to promote it through Amazon Ads.

Firstly, people don't truly appreciate what they get for free. I think some of the reviews reflect it already, although none of them can be called a poor review.

Many serious readers skip free books thinking that there is no value in it. Call it buyers' psychology(as it applies to the Kindle store) but the more expensive a book is, the more value readers see in it.

However, the highest you could go is $2.99 or maybe $3.99 because anything higher may need a higher page count - again buyers' psychology. They think they need to get a big, fat book if it is priced high i.e. $3.99 and above.

But offering a free book is a good strategy to get reviews and feedback faster. Now that you have a good number of reviews, you can promote it using paid ads without any problem. When people see sponsored book ads they expect to see a good rating for the book and many reviews, and then are more likely to buy the book.

You can also attract a wider audience using the right keywords when you use ads. You could rank organically for one or a few keywords for a limited period of time. When you use ads you can rank on top for a variety of keywords being used as search terms by readers in related niches.

I've been on KDP for about a decade, so these tips may just help you a bit. Wish you all the best!

Thanks for the feedback.

@MTF is helping me run this so maybe he can jump in with the approach here.

With the way I am working this (linking from Youtube channel and emails) it is a little different.
 

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I would suggest you change the free book to paid as soon as possible, and use the revenue to promote it through Amazon Ads.

Firstly, people don't truly appreciate what they get for free. I think some of the reviews reflect it already, although none of them can be called a poor review.

Many serious readers skip free books thinking that there is no value in it. Call it buyers' psychology(as it applies to the Kindle store) but the more expensive a book is, the more value readers see in it.

However, the highest you could go is $2.99 or maybe $3.99 because anything higher may need a higher page count - again buyers' psychology. They think they need to get a big, fat book if it is priced high i.e. $3.99 and above.

But offering a free book is a good strategy to get reviews and feedback faster. Now that you have a good number of reviews, you can promote it using paid ads without any problem. When people see sponsored book ads they expect to see a good rating for the book and many reviews, and then are more likely to buy the book.

You can also attract a wider audience using the right keywords when you use ads. You could rank organically for one or a few keywords for a limited period of time. When you use ads you can rank on top for a variety of keywords being used as search terms by readers in related niches.

I've been on KDP for about a decade, so these tips may just help you a bit. Wish you all the best!

The reason why we're not doing free is because Rob wanted to give this book away anyway through his YouTube channel. The book isn't supposed to make any money and it doesn't matter that some people discount it just because it's available for free. These people probably aren't good prospective students anyway if a difference between $0.00 and $0.99 means they take something seriously or not. If this were so important, Rob shouldn't run his YouTube channel, either (because it's for free). Yet, it's a solid source of qualified leads.

Also, paid rankings are very competitive compared to free rankings. The book, even at $0.99, would most likely quickly disappear unless we would keep promoting it with ads (and keep losing money as you can't turn a profit with such low prices). With a free book, it'll most likely keep getting at least a few dozen downloads a day for the foreseeable future.

We didn't publish the book to make money from royalties. The book is just a tool to build trust and encourage more people to check out Rob's school where the real money is. So it really doesn't make sense to sell it for $2.99 or even $3.99 considering it would at most generate a few thousand dollars this way.

Perhaps you're an Amazon Ads pro and it works for you (then you're a real magician to me lol) but in my experience, advertising costs are ridiculous now and you won't be getting much traffic for such a niche book anyway.
 

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