Being an information age entrepreneur is becoming a very popular business model. More and more people are making good money from running on-line businesses. In particular, we are thinking of businesses that operate almost exclusively within the on-line world. We are not looking at only using a website as a front for your "bricks and mortar" business. The potential scope for such businesses are so wide that it would not be possible to give any detailed list or description of how such a business must work, but we can certainly help you to think this through and develop some ideas of your own.
is not the intention of this website to be a definitive source in setting up
on-line businesses. There are many other websites that focus on this, and will
do a much better job at guiding you through all the intricacies of doing this
than we can. We will however serve as a primer so that you can decide if you
would like to go in that direction. We have to also keep in mind that this is a
website focused on the Welder and careers in the welding industry, so our
approach will be to take it as a given that you will also be operating within this industry.
have all heard of youngsters that have become millionaires overnight by
developing a blockbuster game, or social media app or website. The big issue
with those people are that they have managed to identify a niche or need that
appealed to the masses. Because they normally do not actually have the
knowledge associated with a real-world job, (a generalization I know) they have to focus on the needs
that they can identify. These needs tend to be focused towards social
interactions of an “every-day” nature. This is a great place to be if you are
early in a trend, but a rather difficult place if you have to compete with a
saturated market. Trying to create another social media app becomes more
difficult every year, as the market for social interaction is saturated by
websites and apps for connecting and sharing everything from messages to photos
to songs etc. Once there are a couple of million mobile phone games, it becomes
more difficult to come up with the next blockbuster game.
someone with real world experience as a Welder, or some other job in the
welding industry, you have an edge in knowing what problems need to be solved
within that industry. The down side is that the market for a targeted product
is much smaller than for a mass market product, but the targeted market is not nearly
as crowded. Making money from being an information age entrepreneur therefore becomes a matter of estimating your
market size and providing appropriate pricing to make it worth your while. As long as others are willing to pay the price you want to charge, for the service or product that you want to sell, then you have the potential for a viable information age business.
I can hear a lot of people groaning about them not being computer nerd types,
so they could not possibly make money as an information age entrepreneur. If you are thinking this,
then you would be wrong. There are people making a million dollars a year (or
more) just posting videos on YouTube. So, if you have something that people are
prepared to watch (e.g. How to TIG weld; How to pass a 6G piping weld test;
etc.) then you too can make money. Also, just because you cannot program computers
does not mean that you cannot produce and sell a mobile phone app. There are
many programmers in countries like India and Eastern Europe that will program
you just about anything for a very reasonable fee. You just need to come up
with the idea for the app!
essence, all those roads to riches as an information age entrepreneur are yours if you are a Welder, or working in
the welding industry. You just need to identify a problem that can be solved by
an on-line approach.
As an information age entrepreneur, you should however have an appreciation for what can be
achieved with technology. If you see yourself wanting to make money this way,
then start using some of the on-line platforms and download some smart phone
apps to see what other people are doing. Once you get into it, you will suddenly
start making connections between problems you experience in your work, and the
possibilities offered by the different on-line and mobile platforms.
the possibilities as an information age entrepreneur become so much more when you are prepared to dip into the
programming side. While it may seem daunting at first, you may be surprised at
how easy it is to do quite a lot of stuff on-line these days with only
rudimentary skills. These days it is technically quite easy to set up a website
with quite advanced features. You will never know if you do not try! As you do
more, you will learn more, which will open new horizons for you. I recommend
that even if you are in your 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, you should continually strive
to upgrade your computing and programming ability. With all the free resources
on the internet these days, it need not cost you a cent. It will just cost you
some time and emotional energy. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy the
time to time we will be examining some computing and programming concepts in
our newsletter. Please subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the
prominently displayed “subscribe” link on the this page. It will certainly not be "technical talk." Rather, it will discuss programming concepts in easily understood language. The idea is to get you comfortable with the concepts and possibilities rather than teach you programming skills.