WHAT WOULD I DO IF I WERE STARTING MY ONLINE BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH? | ROBERTO BLAKE

By | August 10, 2019


– What would I do if I were starting my business all over again from scratch? What would I do today, in 2019, if I wanted to build an online business? Well, I’m gonna talk about that in-depth, but before I go any further,
there are five books that I wanna recommend to you if you are trying to build an online business or you’re trying to get
started in entrepreneurship. I’m gonna recommend 6 Months
to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd. I’m gonna recommend Will it Fly? by my good friend, Pat Flynn. I’m going to recommend the $100 Startup. I’m going to recommend
FU Money by Dan Lok. And I’m going to of course recommend Crushing It! by the man, Gary V, tremendous entrepreneur, somebody that I’ve been following for a long time. And I think that these five books will really help you understand a better sense of what you can do, the possibilities, and also sort through the ideas in your head and help you set priorities. So I’m gonna link to these five books in the description down below, as well as another five other secret books that I think will help you
crush it as an entrepreneur. Hey everybody. This is Roberto Blake, helping you create something awesome today. Welcome back to the channel. For the new people here, welcome. My name’s Roberto Blake. I’m a creative entrepreneur,
public speaker, a YouTube-certified marketer, and I have a social
media coaching business also, on creatoracademy.com. Today I wanna talk to you about what I would be doing in 2019, maybe even 2020, if I were
gonna start an online business from scratch, and some of this is, I’m gonna reveal the process behind how I got started, but I’m gonna really put it into the context of what I believe a
beginner could do today and lessons that I think you can learn from me and other people. Now, in context, I think that the tools and systems available to you, and also the free
education available to you, is far better than when I was doing this. There wasn’t actually a
lot of great information for starting an online business
just even a few years ago. It’s become something that’s
very much more popularized. Entrepreneurship itself is much more popularized than ever, and if you’ve watched any of my videos before, you know that I talk a lot about things like passive income, affiliate marketing, e-commerce, and freelancing. And where I begun in all
of this was freelancing, which I think is one of the most accessible things for people. It is more of an independent job than it is an actual business. So that’s a really good
mid-range starting point for somebody that’s transitioning from being an employee but isn’t fully able to go into building a business that doesn’t rely on
them actually getting up and hustling every single day. Now, a lot of people will believe that, if you don’t have employees, then you don’t have a real business. I disagree to some extent. I understand where they’re going for that, but you can pull and extract yourself out of your business and have an exit if you have systems in place
that are making you money. But that’s very hard to do
and not everyone can do it. So I understand where they’re coming from. Most businesses do need employees, and most people can’t operate
as a solo entrepreneur. I think that there’s a specific type of personality and talent for that. I think it’s something
that’s more reserved for people who are stoic by nature. That being said, I feel
that there are a couple of approaches here, and e-commerce is very powerful, in the sense of, you could always have virtual assistants and remote employees that
handle a lot of the back-end. And I also think that the systems and tools, once you build
up the marketing engine or the advertising behind it, allow you to scale that business
to six or seven figures without a lot of day-to-day sweat. I think that the work is done up-front on that for the most part. That’s been my personal experience. But I think I really need to break this down a little bit more for you guys ’cause I think that we’re
getting into the weeds. Let’s say you’re just starting out. You don’t have a lot of money, but you have a few hundred dollars in the bank and you have a cellphone, and you have a laptop
or a desktop computer. I think that one of the
most practical things you can do is you can look at what skills you have and you can make a decision. You can decide that you can either sell those skills directly to the market in the form of doing freelance work, or if you have knowledge,
you can become a coach or a consultant, and you could do that. Or, depending on your skills,
you can build a product and you can use digital e-commerce to sell your own product directly. Now, if you find out that your skill is that you’re good at sales in general, or you’re good at making content, or you have a good personality, then another option for you is to sell something for someone else and get into the realm
of affiliate marketing, and that way you don’t have to build your own product, and that means you don’t have to necessarily
provide a direct service. You can leverage the ability
to cultivate attention and your ability to develop a brand. Those are different approaches
to a online business today that don’t cost you a
lot of up-front money. Now, given my own background and skills, if I were starting over, the good news for me is that I know
how to build a website. I taught myself coding, so I have a skill that I could go to, say
okay, I can build a website and I can develop maybe a blog, and I can do affiliate marketing, get a traction, leverage SEO,
blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. I also, in this case, I’m
good at public speaking. So if I don’t do a blog, maybe my content vehicle is podcasting. Maybe I do a podcast, set that up as my website, talk about a lot of different and various topics. Maybe they’re related to technology. Maybe they’re related to books. Maybe they’re related
to personal development. And then that allows me to
leverage affiliate marketing, or develop my own product,
or a coaching service, and then use that as a marketing
vehicle for that business. And that wouldn’t cost
a lot of up-front money. I could buy a microphone. I could use that laptop that I have. You could even do it on your
cellphone with Anchor now. There’s this app called Anchor. The hosting wouldn’t cost a lot. You can get unlimited
hosting with Simplecast. That’s what I use for my podcast. By the way, I’m gonna link
to all these resources, and books, and things that
I’m mentioning down below ’cause I think that could be helpful. So yeah, I could develop a podcast and I could either build
off a coaching business from that, do affiliate marketing, which is a lot of what my good
friend, Pat Flynn, has done. There are any number of options, and of course I can
develop my own products. Now, as another content
and marketing vehicle, obviously there’s ability
to use a YouTube channel. My background says, well,
you know video editing and you know how cameras work, so you could build a YouTube channel and you could use that to
market and grow a business. I actually used this to help market myself as a freelancer in the early days of this channel, and then my
freelance clients realized that I was out-marketing them and that I knew all this social media stuff, so they transitioned to hiring me less for creative and technical work to handle marketing for
them, and management, and then ultimately I
would become a consultant and a coach, and grow that business. Later, I would brand that and separate it from just being Roberto Blake and robertoblake.com to me
building Awesome Creator Academy as its own brand and build it as a separate six-figure business, separating out my personal brand, which also makes a substantial income, and then also the B2B side of consulting, and doing workshops, and things of that nature, and private speaking. You’ll notice that we have
a recurring theme here. Sales, marketing, and skills. Sales, marketing, and skills. This is very important. You need an actual skill that you can put behind your business, either for you to be able to develop a
service or develop a product. And if you can’t develop a product or service of your own, you have to sell on the behalf of someone else. But you can’t sell to anybody if you don’t market, and cultivate attention, and build an audience of people that might be willing to buy it. And so that is kind of where we’re at when it comes to
building an online business. You have to have a content platform of some kind, whether you have a blog, a podcast, or a YouTube channel, or even another social media platform like Instagram, per se. You need some kind of content vehicle because it is the cost of being
relevant in the 21 century. You need that so you can leverage traffic to whatever it is that
you want people to buy. Now, in terms of some practical measures when it comes to that online business, the thing that I wish I’d prioritized when I got started was
growing an email list to have direct access
to all of my audience. I came to that game a little bit later because, when I worked
in corporate America, I did email marketing and
I wasn’t happy with it. But my good friend, Amy Landino, said, “Roberto, you don’t have
to do sucky email marketing. “You’re awesome. “Just do awesome email marketing.” And that resonated so much with me, and it got me past my own internal bias against email marketing, even though I knew it was practical, even though I knew that I could deliver value to people that would be
happy to open my emails. I just had such a bad experience with the way it’d been
done, and even the emails that I was reading from people, to where I was reluctant
and resistant to that. So I would encourage you more
to embrace email marketing and also, of course, even if
you’re gonna do social media, own your own website. Have your own analytics. Own the traffic. Own the relationship with your audience. Do not be beholden to these algorithms. So these are some of the lessons and some of the things that,
if I were starting out today, I would be prioritizing and focusing on. I also probably would’ve
prioritized building e-books to help solidify my credibility and reputation after a certain point, and to reach that evergreen market. It would’ve also helped me leverage speaking opportunities more. It would’ve given me more leverage for interviews, to be
able to say author of. So it’s something I would
definitely pay attention to. So I wanna open this up to you. What do you wanna know about
starting an online business? Because I would love
to make some dedicated and specific videos for all of you about starting an online business and directly tell you what
you think you need to know. There are a lot of videos that I’ve done on this channel
about online business, about starting a stay-at-home business, about how to make money online. But I would love to make some
very specific, catered videos. There’s a chance that they never get more than a couple thousand views because they’ll be specific, but I think it’s important to cover these topics, to go in-depth on them, and to make sure that you’re getting the
answers to questions you need. And that’s why I make the videos that I make on this channel. I know that there are videos. Look, if I wanted 50 to 100 thousand views on every video, I know exactly which videos and which
topics will get clicks. But at the end of the day, I’m here to give my audience exactly what I think you need, because I wish somebody was right here, doing it for me, day in and day out, when
I first got started. So anyway, I want you guys to answer that in the Comments section for me. All the resources that I’ve
mentioned will be linked in the description. Like this video if you like it. Don’t forget to subscribe. Check out the other awesome
stuff here on the channel. As always, you guys, thanks so very much for watching, and don’t forget. Go out there and create
something awesome today. Take care.

100 thoughts on “WHAT WOULD I DO IF I WERE STARTING MY ONLINE BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH? | ROBERTO BLAKE

  1. Digital Nomad Bot Post author

    ROBERTO IS THE MANNN!! I have taken all Roberto's advice, jumped out of my comfort zone, and now Im on my target to make thousands of dollars per month. Ive even created YouTube channel to follow my progress. I would love some support /feedback, so please hit subscribe button & check it out ✌️

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  2. Kanika W Post author

    Crushing It didn't really help me. F.U. Money has some nuggets here and there but I found it more entertaining than anything.

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  3. YouBackTube - Jeff Post author

    another Great Video Roberto ! I caught your video with Brian G. Great stuff ! your advice is great. more golden nuggets to apply to my next video. cheers
    Jeff

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  4. Clifford Starks Post author

    Hey Roberto, what are some of the best ways to build your email list?

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  5. Perry Mangat Post author

    Roberto would be awesome if you could do a video on branded content and sponsorship. Really glad I discovered your channel. 😀

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  6. We Alive and Living Post author

    Love your page. Ever since I subscribed to your page my ideas have been cooking and live!!! Very inspirational and motivational. Helped my page a a lot!!!!

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  7. Melanie Jaram Post author

    😤 I'm trying to be productive, but your content keeps pulling me back here! Thank you for keeping me informed and inspired, sir!

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  8. Melanie Jaram Post author

    Thefutur had Gary live on their channel recently, there's talk that he'll be returning again soon. I think it would be worth the watch!

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  9. dieyen DualPen Post author

    Dear Roberto,
    thank you for all of the informative content.
    I know you're busy but my question is this, how do I strategically move myself into the position of a consultant. I'm going to be specific in the hopes that you can answer my question thoroughly. I created a program that helps individuals improve attention span, cognitive functions and creative thinking. I've written a book on this program, presented its contents internationally, and have had peer review papers published on my research and results. The challenge I've faced is that my program was formed for a federally incarcerated population and taught in that setting for over 2 years.
    Since I've left that positions, as it's reach and opportunities were limited, I've struggle to create a sustainable base of clientele for that program.
    So, my questions remains. I image you would answer this with a more broad video. I'm truly interested on the steps you would recommend for someone to build a base as a consultant.
    Thanks for your time.
    All the best, Diego.

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  10. Custom Wood Design Post author

    Very good advise ….keep it coming. Sales and marketing…tricky.

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  11. Anurag Shukla Post author

    Hello roberto,
    Can you make a realistic video on Blogging….. i mean people say its dead…

    How to diversify under same name for a brand… i mean if run a science channel and blog then should i post science memes on my insta or just regular sciency stuff… how platform specific should be my content ?

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  12. Hip Hop Uncensored Post author

    I really appreciate the brainfood…I have watched every video since I subbed.

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  13. Anurag Shukla Post author

    hello Roberto, can you make a video about your daily plan (timesheet) i have dont both working from home and office job and i feel that there is lack of direction when i work from home… i mean although i have tasks and to-do's but i find it hard to maintain peoper timetable for my work at home…

    I just want you to share how you go about with your day so that i will have some idea how to plan my own… because i am planning to quit my job and start blogging and making videos full time …i also have similar skills like so i want my day to look ideally like yours… since i would be doing pretty much the same things

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  14. Eddie Jaoude Post author

    You kick ass! So many people create videos for the best stats not the authority or long game 👍

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  15. Puerta_De_ Muerte Post author

    Any tips or help for trying to start a computer product review or possibly a Gaming channel? Either way this video truly helped inspire me.

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  16. Sean O'Daniels Post author

    It would be great to know what you would share in your email list that you wouldn't share on social media. In addition how to get people on your list.

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  17. Noealz Photo Post author

    I think you've got the cred and experience to write your own book as well : )

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  18. Cass & Bran Post author

    Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path. If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Don't quit. The beginning may be the hardest but just like a bicycle, once you get the momentum, it gets easier. Always remember that difficulties mastered are opportunities won. Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. Hi guys! It's me again 🙂 You might have seen me before but my desire to inspire more people is what keeps me pushing to reach out more. We own a cookie shop business in our college town. When we first started it, we just graduated college and were living in our car with very little direction, just a huge passion to be successful. I started it out of a local bagel shop in their off hours at night with my boyfriend, Bran. It was a crazy experience but it worked! We became a success! And how we have our first storefront location (a second one currently under construction but launching soon!) We started it to fund a year long backpacking trip around the world and to be successful while living the life of our dreams.

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  19. Brian Joslyn Post author

    I'm one that isn't much of a reader. I most especially don't read books. I especially wouldn't read business related books, partly because of the cross information. Do this this way, says one author. No, do it this way, says another. I'd rather watch videos such as yours and certain others. Every business person 'knows' this, that and the other, but their statements differ, often enough very differently. It can be hard to decide which one to follow for different purposes. I've had people in the self-employment field say to use Craigslist for at least one source of advertising. Nope, nope, nope! I don't even trust Wikipedia, anything 'wiki' really, and most definitely wouldn't use it as a way to advertise.

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  20. John H Post author

    Hey man I appreciate you taking the time to so these videos. So I would love for you to make a video on how I can start an online businesses such as Rightstuffanime or online anime store. Would really love to get into it but there's not much a market for it

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  21. Terry Elisabeth Organizing & Finances Post author

    Hi Roberto. I'm here because of Kay from The Organized Soprano. She spoke well of you and helpful you are 😊 I look forward to learning more from you. I started with an ebook and am working on a course now. I needed to take a break from YouTube to recover healthwise. Still recovering but I would like to know your filming and editing schedule. How many videos ahead are you, how many do you post consistently, and how long does it take you to edit each? Do you post other types of videos besides talking videos (I'm curious if those take you longer to edit.) I will be making more sit down, talking videos soon which should make things easier on me than my organizing videos (which I love but don't have the energy for quite yet). Any who, I appreciate your insight! ❤❤❤

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  22. SteampunkBelladonna Post author

    Good morning! You have no employees. You have no grey hairs.

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  23. SoraN B Post author

    Spoken very well and genuine I can appreciate that. Bravo you inspire me!

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  24. 30 Day Reviews Post author

    Id like to know everything you do. however, I would really like to learn the best ways to get people to sign up for your mailing list. as well as to know how many ads is to many on a website/ blog. cant wait to learn more about this as im currently building my website

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  25. Sarah Andrea Royce Post author

    Two of your recommended books I recently read as you did recommend them earlier.' 6 months to 6' figures and 'Crushing it'. Both have very simple minded messages '6…'; Always dangle the carrot in front of yourself, 'Crushing … ' always aim to have a personal relationship with your customers. '6 .. ' may have some additional ideas about self management but there are better books about that particular theme. Both books may not be for you (not Roberto, the reader of this comment) because those two books were among tons of other sources I recently read or watched that all center around best approaches to building and organizing ones way to a successful life and the biggest takeaway so far is that there are very different core motivations that get people going. And both books speak to people that are best with kind of a personal trainer that yells at them a lot. That never works for me. So long story short let me introduce you to good books that may get you on your way if you are similar to me in that respect: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin (and many other books by him), 'Getting things done' by David Allen and "Your best Year" by Michael Hyatt. "The War of Art" is also a good recommendation, it is somewhere in the middle though.

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  26. Driver Nation Post author

    What advice would you give someone who was wanting to be a freelance writer?

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  27. Tanmay Nayyar Post author

    Your video definitely sheds some light on the topic in reference. What advice would you give to someone who's looking to drop out of college and already trying to build a personal brand through Instagram and YouTube, in regard to making money online? Not crazy money, but something that's good for starters. I'm looking at affiliate marketing and dropshipping, but there's too much content out there on how to get started and its tough to filter what's actually valuable, and what's just another sales pitch. Thank you for the support 🙏🏻

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  28. Broken Arrow Media LLC Post author

    Roberto, i just secured my first social media marketing client in the outdoor industry, im so stoked! Its an opportunity to get my foot in the door in that industry and to hone my marketing skills. Ive followed you for awhile and your advice from your videos have definitely been an inspiration for me to start down this path. Thank you so much! Im considering joining your mentoring program so that i can bounce ideas off someone who has more experience.

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  29. Blood Ogre Post author

    Marketing as a digital artist? What kinds of things do you think I would need to do to boost business? I get a small stream of commissions as it is

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  30. M. Wilkinson Post author

    Let's say you want to teach online courses. Let's say specifically a course that teaches a language.

    What steps would I need to take to build credibility and authority on a subject and secondly how would I know my audience perceives my credibility?

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  31. Financial Independence Post author

    What's difficult for me is information overload! That and you buy somebody's course on how to do something and find out that its not complete because they want you to buy their upsell course so you can make it happen. Free knowledge isn't free and you don't always get what you pay for and that's why I like coming to your channel because you are always giving, giving, giving in nice bite size chunks.

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  32. Salimah Haji Post author

    How long do you think it would take to make $5000/month using the other methods you mentioned apart from freelancing?

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  33. Justin Kitch Post author

    I will have to check out those books! Straight Line Leadership,Expert Secrets, and Dotcom Secrets are also great resources

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  34. Hey I'm Ronny Post author

    The Description only lists 9 Books, would love to see all 10! 🙂

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  35. Walter Brydon Post author

    I always wonder who the people are who click thumb down for your videos! You make really good content man! Thanks again 👍

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  36. Cooking With Chef Fred Post author

    I have a cooking blog and Youtube channel. I am struggling with a product to create. I have thought about a cook book or cooking lessons on video. But that seams to be what everyone does. How do I do something different.

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  37. Dark Blue Nutrition Post author

    A few business questions ✨ The “how to” of how to start a business- what needs to be in place to be an official business? Do you need a lawyer, CPA, etc at first? If you’re a a solo entrepreneur and still at your day job… do you just consider yourself a sole proprietor?

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  38. Hoppers Vape Reviews Post author

    At this point in my life, I have noticed that young people like to look at young faces on Youtube. I have a successful B & M and as I get older I am looking for things I can do to keep the money flowing. There are things I had to stop doing at the store because of the normal part of, Eyes, Hands and just generally getting older. To much hard work and stupid decisions when I was younger. Even at the store, the younger crowd don't like to lesson to me but the older crowd come to me for advice all the time. At some point in time, I will not be able to get up and go to work 6 days a week and work and upload videos 7 days a week. I know I'm rambling but it's something a lot of face as we get older. Thanks for all the advice.

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  39. Mariah Diva Post author

    Sometimes the hardest paths lead to great treasures and the biggest treasure it's yourself.

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  40. Emma SeasonStylishh Post author

    Law stuff! I just don't understand it lol

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  41. ELEMENT STYLES Post author

    What is the best promotion for a merch website, and music. Would love to hear you opinion. You always got good tips, thanks man

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  42. jennifer aboufadle Post author

    When you say own your traffic and own your website… Does that mean to hire someone to design that or can that be on Squarespace or others like that? What is the way to do that without the signup spam right as the page opens? Does every webpage site like GoDaddy have those options you are talking about?… I am going through your old videos to find this, but these are some of my questions.

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  43. From Dusk Till Dawn Post author

    Since I have found your channel a week ago, I have been watching your uploads day in and day out — so far, I am on year 2017 – 2019 hahahaha thanks so much

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  44. Matt C Post author

    I studied your older videos and after writing down my plan and purchasing the tools, I officially sold my first logo as a freelancer via fb ads. It’s an inspiring start. Thanks so much Roberto! 🙏🏽

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  45. Machine Learning with Phil Post author

    Best book on business is Unscripted and The Millionaire Fastlane. Bar none.

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  46. Get Back to the Barre Post author

    Loading up my audible with these books. Thx!!

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  47. Get Back to the Barre Post author

    Answering question of the day: performing arts online business. Not promising fitness per se, but love of dance. Niche: adult ballet.

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  48. MISSed Bandwagon Post author

    How can I make a name for myself reviewing books and anime and having companies take me seriously that they would want to collaborate with me?

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  49. Tara Wagner Post author

    This topic seems to be on everyone's channel or podcast lately! I love it! I've been an entrepreneur for 20 years. There's so many things I'd do differently, all related to my mindset and confidence. Namely, "stop giving an F about the wrong people, and focus on the right ones."

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  50. Wished Upon AVlog Post author

    Watched the whole video, really enjoyed it too. I am sure the workshops you do are a lot of fun, and I loved when you said look I know how to get lots of views but you are here for us. Rock on Roberto and I liked this video because I liked it. 😊

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  51. Journal Away Post author

    You've mentioned in the past that you have the "shiny object syndrome" and I'd LOVE to hear some advice you have for other people like that, who have many things in mind they wanna do and don't know if they should try out different things or start focusing on something specific. Like in this video you shared many ideas that sound appealing for example doing freelancing "part time", building your social media platforms and using those for affiliate marketing/getting sponsors and maybe do something else like writing/having a shop on Etsy on the side. Just some examples. Little chaos is more appealing to me than having my mind and focus only on one thing. But it doesn't mean I wouldn't wanna be strategic about that and as someone who seems to have done it extremely well, I'd love to hear your thoughts around this subject!

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  52. Winthorpe Burke Visual Post author

    thanks for the book selections.. Great video as always!

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  53. Smokeskreen Gaming Post author

    Thank you for these tips, making videos is relatable to starting a business👍

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  54. Empowered Crystals Post author

    Its so great so have such an eloquent person present sensible actionable ideas!

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  55. Steven Flosi Post author

    I would like to know how to get started as a speaker. I am a middle school teacher and while I love what I do, I feel that there is more out there for me. I would like to get paid for this, but I don't know where to start.

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  56. Zaid Aliahmed Post author

    though I'm a teen I'd like if you'd make an art related video like visual arts selling your character/creation type of thing? and i know your thing is camera and talking and things like that, but maybe you could interview an artist and ask them how they did it while being at home, it would help me out a lot if there was a detailed video for it and i also think you do a great job explaining and breaking these things down so yeah it'd be really great.

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  57. Alan Spicer Post author

    How to make a $100 product?
    How to make an online course?
    How to start a podcast?

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  58. Its Halo Post author

    Can you do a video on How to approach clients for coaching or offering marketing services? That would help me tons. 🙏🏽 great advice as always. I’m currently looking for a job and working on my side hustles they still don’t give me enough $$ but I can feel it they will grow. Thanks for the awesome content Roberto!

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  59. Christopher Harlow Post author

    I started doing web development for businesses as a side job. What are great ways to get new clients that are the most time efficient and effective for me?

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  60. It's My Journey! Post author

    For fear you would not see the question on your older vids: "Hello Roberto – I was wondering if the MetaData used on Photos for Thumbnails is picked up by the YouTube Algorithm and if so how much so?"

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  61. Eagle Business Credit Post author

    Make a business plan and then follow through on your promise to yourself. Plenty of businesses specialize in startup funding. A factoring company doesn't look at your time in business or credit score when evaluating your funding needs.

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  62. bdiva890 Post author

    1. Workflow, how to get started and keep going when you have a full time job.

    2. How to be successfull when selling digital downloads

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  63. Dimitra's Dishes Post author

    I would love to watch a video filled with your advice on how to make money using Patreon memberships. Specifically on how to charge appropriately for a membership. Thanks for everything you do!!

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  64. Brandon Rice Post author

    5 books I hadn't read and a few I never heard of. Thanks for taking your time and continuing to deliver the content.

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  65. Justin Wunderlich Post author

    Great video man. I've been thinking about this more and more. I've actually had a few people DM about doing session work for them 🙂 which feels insane to me. But it just shows it's possible.

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  66. OUR HAPPY PLACE Post author

    I freelance in my "regular" job. The trouble is it's not scalable without hiring employees in my particular field.

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  67. KimmDesign Studio Post author

    It would be great if you could make a video on how to market your freelance design/other service on social media.

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  68. Sharif Sourour Post author

    Love this topic and your thoughts on it! Have always thought so for years. I would say focus on the difference between the knowing/liking side with the trust side in business. Since publicity and creative are two factors but personality can be the truly defining factor.

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  69. English Nerd Post author

    Thanks for the book recommendations, Roberto! They look super helpful! ❤️

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  70. Thicc Weeb Boi Post author

    what's the best place for an absolute beginner to learn coding?

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  71. David Grigsby Post author

    'Quite a quality channel, packed w/great; &, useful content! My issue is… I'd like to efficiently go thru the process for foundationally learning the 'ropes' of the basics of computer (digital) technology. Then, swiftlychallenginglybut yet, wisely building out w/that knowledge; forward. I've never had systemization here. 'Just, random help (here/&, there) …non structured. My learning needs tight structure; w/flow to it [for a final change]. I want to go about finding the right fit–to success for a change (app?/course?/personal tutor?. Idk if I was clear enough. But, I wish u'd speak to this… for me (&, the many in my position); how we might approach the situation, for getting our finer results!. Anyhow, Thank you, Roberto!

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  72. Christina Sciblo Post author

    How about messenger marketing? (Many chat, chat fuel) they say open rates are better than email.. do you have any experience with it yet? If so what’s your opinion?

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  73. Patricia Roth Post author

    Thanks for another extremely informative video, Roberto! My questions have to do more with developing a business structure. At what point should you consider moving from a sole proprietor type situation to setting up an LLC? I've freelanced in the past as a technical writer (as a sole proprietor), but that was for a single project while I was in-between 9-5 jobs. I was considering moving forward with looking for more clients when a full-time Tech Writer position opened up so I never went back to freelancing. To do that now as a side venture, I'd actually have to get permission from my company due to potential conflicts of interest. Anyway, I'm now entertaining setting up a blog (self-improvement type) with adding in affiliate marketing and writing my own e-books to monetize. I may start a YouTube channel once I have a good body of content posted on the blog. I have lots of creative ideas, but my issues lie with the actual business management set up. Any advice on how to start off right or have any good (and inexpensive) resources to help? Thanks a bunch!

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  74. CraftsWithIsabella Post author

    I notice a lot of channels have their “Popular Videos” as the first playlist on their homepage. Curious if that’s a good strategy and why. Thanks!

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  75. making changes Post author

    I will be revisiting this video. Great advice and makes me think about the methods I use to make my passions into a career.
    My questions are first, how to go about professionally dealing with possible sponsors and affiliates. Second, how to save enough for taxes every year.
    Third, how do I choose which passion to focus on when I get "started"

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  76. whateverman Post author

    Thanks for simplifying this online business 'thing' for us. If I may ask for a specific video, would be about CREATING A COPYWRITING BUSINESS. I think it would be a great topic since you haven't talked too much about this subject. Hope it happens, we are looking forward to it!!!

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  77. Scully's House of Thrillers Post author

    First, congratulations for closing in on 400k. I'm currently in the process of cloning my business model from you and Brian and the Nimmins, the Big Four. You guys will be the biggest show in town, because, as you know, the people getting on today will make Pewdiepie a thing of the past. One of us will be the next maverick, holding the title of one billion followers. And for them … they will have to learn from the Big Four. I wish you the best, my friend. Good health, and happy reading if you decide to join my community. I will bring value in the form of writing tutorials. I will entertain by reading my books. There is no author out there doing what I'm doing. I saw a vein of gold, and started digging.

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  78. GRV Gaming Reviewing and Vlogging Post author

    I am trying to build my YouTube channel. If anybody wants to help, please reply with advise in how I can achieve this goal; by the way love your insights and videos.

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  79. Crazy Face Post author

    Hey Roberto, I really like your information and I can’t wait to apply some of your strategies for growing YouTube. Can you please make a video on how artists like myself can go from making drawing or art videos to a full time business.

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  80. Kamilla Sh Post author

    Hi Roberto, can't wait for your book. You are an amazing person, all your videos are so motivational. Could you talk about ideas about how to grow on youtube without showing your face, because some people just scared to put themselves on a public, scared in the sense of safety, or they can't just come out because of cultural background they come from. I saw some channels with thousands of subscribers where people even don't show their face, some don't talk at all, and they just do what they love to do and film it. How to push one another him/herself just to get it started and done. How to be courageous to get started, when you are not sure if anything you are trying to is gonna work – if you can do it?. How to push yourself?

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  81. Drew Valentin Post author

    You’re right. There is so much more out there that’s free. We just need to look for them. Research is key and you just have to put yourself out there

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  82. VIDEO LEAGUE Post author

    You would be able to start all over again with just a pack of skittles.

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  83. KicksON Post author

    The 1℅ NO In the Poll is Me. Lol just for fun I definitely wanna start. Business

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  84. Mrs CF Post author

    Thank you Roberto, if I would pick areas I need help in would be doing affiliate marketing and ebooks. Great video loads of useful information.

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  85. Thea Sigrid Sanchez Post author

    New subbie here BUT I can’t comment what I think I need since I need to binge watch everything you’ve done! But thank you for creating awesome content 💕💕

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  86. Aaron Aldridge Post author

    I only see 9 books listed in the description…

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  87. kuunami Post author

    I would like to be a full time motion graphics freelancer then eventually transition into a business. The business side of freelance is where I struggle. Contacts, billing, proposals, communicating with clients etc.I feel like if I was more skilled in these areas I would be more confident to push forward in my search for clients.

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