Tools for Christians in Business
Where do I start?
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"So here's what you do when you find yourself focusing on something negative or something that you're afraid of. Replace it with something positive you do want. This takes mental effort and practice. You might have to remind yourself ten times an hour at first. But once you make the vision of what you want bigger than what you don't want, you're on your way."
The quote from Bryan Thayer's book Life leaves Clues is relevant for online business newcomers. He suggests, we replace the fear with something positive, we want and see what happens.I’m amazed what happened when I did.I’m a Christian blogger today because I took the first step and created the website, I had dreamed about.
The Youth Pastor Mike
Mike is 24 and has been youth pastor since 2015.He’s active, plays different instruments, among them cello and guitar.He plays basketball, volleyball and does fitness.Mike is a youth pastor with passion. He’s hungry for Jesus and wisdom.What I like about Mike is, he has taken his passion online, and created the Cornerstonetees.com - it’s a great example what’s possible if you replace fear with positive goals.Mike’s goal is to be fully alive while helping others be fully alive.Here’s how Mike introduces his online business on a Christian social forum February 27th 2017:“I have recently started an online Christian t-shirt business. It’s for believers who want to live with passion and purity plus it is dedicated to helping free modern day slaves.”Mike’s selling t-shirts and other item for Christians. He replaced fear with positive goals. He can be proud of the result.
What Website Should You Have?
Avoid letting fear hold you back if your dream is an online business.You never know where God leads you.Today, it’s easier than five years ago, designing a website that serves your customers with helpful content.I’ll take you through 6 resources that help you answer, what website you should have?After building your website, you’ll also know how to use Social Media, so you share what’s relevant to the people you serve. Since the material you’ll see here teaches you to avoid pitching people.You’ll stand out on Social Media as a person, people like following because they sense, you are helpful.You’re going to set up the website so you can manage everything alone.That’s why it’s important, you chose the right site, with products, you’re passionate about.Your result will let your passion influence the entire website, just as you saw on Mike’s site.Avoid being concerned if your idea about what to sell is unclear.It’ll be clear what your passion is and what your product should be, after going through the first resource in the next section.The website is the heart of an online business. To follow-through on the project, you need a strong idea, about how to create website content.Your goal is a useful, interesting, and good looking website.Here’s what you do first, if you’re like Mike, and want a website.
Step 1: Get the Website + Will it Fly?
Mike has a passion selling T-shirts to Christians who want to live with passion and purity. He has bought a website and translated the passion into products people need.You can do the same.If you use the code OURCHRISTIANBOOK, you’ll get a discount. Click on 'Get a website' to see what's the cheapest solution for you.
Perhaps you’re unsure how to do this.Perhaps you’re worried, other people are much better than you are.Perhaps you think building a website is too difficult.It’s a legitimate worry and a newcomers problem. They are passionate about the project but lack confidence.Remember the quote from Bryan Thayer's book. You’ll replace the fear with something positive; you want - then see what happens.Ask God if this is what you’re supposed to do?If it is, then I recommend you reading Pat Flynn: Will it Fly? Click on 'Pat Flynn: Will it Fly? and you'll be taken to Amazon where you can choose the best price and version for you. Later in this blog post, you get some arguments for why the Kindle-edition is a good choice.
The book will most likely remove your worries and replaces it with a clear idea about your passion and what product to sell.The clarity gives you the confidence to push forward and create website content, your audience appreciates. In a moment, you'll read a little bit more about how Pat Flynn's book helps you.
Step 2: Who to Listen To?
If done right, a website has potential to give you Lifestyle Freedom. Lifestyle Freedom is the freedom to live a life you want, doing things you what, with people you love.Low income prevents many people from experiencing the freedom to do, what they want.By purchasing the website and Pat Flynn’s book, you’ve laid the first seed for higher future income. That’s right for you, your family and your Christian community because you have the potential to help more people, with higher income.It takes time to grow your website into something that helps people. But following Pat Flynn’s advice, you will see positive results. You could also integrate Email Marketing on your site.It helps you connect with visitors. Click on 'Email Marketing' and choose the most suitable solution for you.
As you work more in the area of Christian Affiliate Marketing you'll learn to hedge your business, so you know what to do in every situation. Part of this is to integrate Email Marketing in your business. It helps you connect with visitors.It’s hard to say when you will have enough visitors, to see money flow.We talk months, perhaps years.But we also talk about 'business' and 'lifestyle change'.If you want to learn more about email Marketing, blog post number 19, Marketing to Millennials with ConvertKit, may be for you. The shortest road to achieving what you want, is put it in God’s hands and replace fear with positive goals.They keyword is F-O-C-U-S.Keep it simple.Read 4 quality books about how to create an online business. Leave everything else out while building the business.Here are the books I would recommend you to read:
Pat Flynn: Will it Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money
The reason the Kindle Book is a great choice is that this book contains useful links. The Kindle version allows you to use the search function. You will appreciate this. You’ll come back to the book often.As you read the book’s first part, Pat Flynn takes you through a process ensuring, you pick the right website content.Some are so busy focusing on earning money, they forget the 'why.'Will if Fly? helps you develop a strong WHY by putting you through enlightening tests. Having the necessary tests in ONE book is great.Maybe you have spent most your life working instead of learning how to build an online business.It’s OK.Pat Flynn explains the basics without assuming people like you have read his or other's entrepreneurs blogs from A-Z.After reading Will it Fly? I recommend you to move on to:
Timothy Ferriss: The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content
I suggest you buy the Kindle format. This book also has useful links and the Kindle version allows you to use the search function. The 4-hour Workweek is for individuals like you. It’s a delightful glimpse into an unconventional person's mind about work and lifestyle.The book expands the imagination BIG TIME on what’s possible with an online business.
The ideas about time and flexibility in The 4-hour Workweek, teaches you how to be focused. They boost your productivity, during the time you build the website.Timothy Ferriss simplifies the whole process you will go through, while you build the online business.Because you have already read Pat Flynn’s, Will it Fly? You have developed clarity regarding your business purpose. This enables you to read The 4-hour Workweek with the purpose becoming:
More productive - and less overloaded,
More visionary - and less scared of insufficiency.
The next book, you will move on to is:
Chris Guillebeau: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Again, I would say buy the Kindle version for the same reason as with the first two books.I always buy the Kindle book, if I have the choice. I was a non-screen reader until I turned 37. Kindle books are among the most important tools; I use as a Christian Blogger today.It saves time, having all the information I need, on my PC, iPad or iPhone. After you read the first two books, you can tramp the Internet without problems when you need information on a topic. They gave you the tools you need to get propulsion.The last two books are more inspirational and general.It’s time to go deeper into the big picture, you read about in the first sections of Will it Fly?As a homeowner paints his house to protect it, so will you ‘paint’ your online business. You will put it into a bigger context.Some bash inspirational and general books, saying, they “just gash the top,” or “yo-yo on some core principles too simple to be practical.“These people want specifics how to get from X to Y.I’m sure you already know how to take your business from X to Y from the first two books.Chris Guillebeau's book The $100 Startup, on the other hand, gives you a broader perspective. The book helps you stay motivated.To build an online business is hard, it has its ups and downs. It's important to have some solid industry knowledge that can help you make good decisions.
I Have no Doubt
I have no doubt, I would have given up on my online business without inspirational and general books. Together with faith in God and prayers, the inspirational and motivational books gave me strength to pull myself up, over and over again, when I failed.I need faith.I need God.I need knowledge.I need time, but I know how to get from X to Y thanks to these books.You will enjoy The $100 Startup. It’s written for people without business education. Chris Guillebeau’s book is about elementary entrepreneurship principles.The last book I’ll recommend is:
Robert T. Kiyosaki: Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not!
This book can be bought as Kindle- or paperback.It’s motivational and without specific advice, but filled with encouragement. Some see this as a flaw. I see it as a vigor when the book is read together with the other books, I’ve voiced.It’s a prime book about money. Robert Kiyosaki presents personal finance and money’s function in an accessible language.While reading, you will realize, the majority is done to achieve financial freedom as Robert Kiyosaki describes it. All you have left to do is keep going forward in the direction you’ve started.Robert Kiyosaki's Book is the closing coat of paint, you need to stay a follow-through person.
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8)