Author: phil

  • The value of things

    One of my pet peeves is when I get emails from ‘Internet Marketing Gurus’ who claim that when I buy their course I will get all these ‘bonuses’ at greatly reduced prices. Here are some recent ones: Bonus #1: 1 Ticket To “GURU Traffic School”: VALUE: $2,500 Bonus #2: 1 Ticket To Any Live Event […]

  • Great article

    The Japan Times today is running a good article – not just about setting up a business in Japan, but about starting and running a business anywhere as an expat. Inspiring! Mobile game startup boss set own bar from ‘The Japan Times’

  • Step 1: Choosing your business name

    Ok, I’m assuming you’ve done what I laid out in the introduction as far as coming up with a business idea and model and you think you are onto a winner. Now the fun begins. (Note: heavy sarcasm). The first thing you need to do is decide on a good name for your business. You […]

  • Greed as a business model – LOTR on BluRay

    In a couple of weeks Lord of the Rings finally makes an appearance on Blu-Ray (the delay caused in most part by legal wranglings). Fans around the world are complaining that the editions being released are the theatrical editions – not the extended editions that we’ve been able to buy (or rent) for years. (God, […]

  • Being inspired – patterns of success

    I’ve talked a lot now about the getting the idea. One thing you have to look at to be successful is how other people became successful. In generic terms – find someone or some business you really admire (for the right reason – because it interests you AND it made money, not just because it […]

  • Step 3 – Be Flexible

    Don’t go into business thinking you know exactly what that business is going to do. The fact is that once you start trading and getting feedback from customers and seeing how your sector really operates odds are you will see signs of where you’d best fit. Don’t ignore signs to change Go where the market […]

  • There Are Many Languages in the World

    Following up on my last post – about there being many countries in the world – you should also remember that there are many languages. Just take a look at this: There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 300 […]

  • There is a whole world out there

    The internet, and internet businesses, are decidedly America-centric. But, as most of us (i.e. the vast majority of the world’s population that doesn’t live in America) know that there is a whole world out there. Don’t Forget About the Rest of the World! The best thing about American businesses is that you can ‘adopt’ a […]

  • Do What You Love – an example

    Recently I read a great interview on This is an interesting site that talks about people who are trying to create a business that will let them travel the world while still making (preferably a huge) income. Whether they intend to or not they prove just how difficult this is – on many levels. […]

  • Step 2 – Fill a need

    So we’ve covered step 1. Your business should stem from something you love, passionately. The next step is really to figure out what to do. And I believe that comes from discovering a need. Not a ‘nice to have’ but a real need. A gap in the market. How to discover this? I won’t say […]