I really like Star Wars. Yes indeedy.
I remember walking out of the cinema in a small town in the west of Ireland as a 10-year-old and gazing at the stars above imagining those far distant worlds. In a way, I see the internet today in a similar fashion. It is like a self-contained universe hosting an unlimited amount of people, places and things. There is so much to discover and there are so many opportunities available to those who are willing to explore. At the same time, there are lots to fear and it has its dark side.
Like the galaxies far far away the various corners of the internet that deal with online business and generating income are diverse and unknown to many. I for one am still travelling through it and sometimes feeling a little adrift. It is filled with the promise of success and freedom yet it also hides many who would take your money and run. A healthy dose of common sense will serve new explorers well.
And so in terms of my current endeavour of creating a memoir I will be looking to use the Force. The Force from the light side. This Force is all that is good and helpful on the internet and is made up of blogs, books, webinars, videos, courses and much more. I will also be using the free sources of this power. Many successful businesses know the power of free and 'freemium'. Give people helpful and good advice or products for free and eventually, some of them will pay. The CEO of Evernote remarked that "the easiest way to get 1 million people paying is to get 1 billion people using." And so whilst I agree with the saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch I have at the same time found much wealth of knowledge and guidance freely online.
This power of freely available information and products will become my Force to use in an attempt to achieve new goals and reach new and exciting destinations. Where I cannot do something for free I will look to low-cost options for tasks where I don't have the time to learn a new skill or implement it such as Fiverr and other online service and task marketplaces.
I hope to share these successes and failures along the way!
May the Force be with you.
Jason is currently an emergency humanitarian supply chain specialist and budding side hustler. He is also the creator of the daily humanitarian focused journal Aid Memoire.
From selling shoes to avoiding bombs. An eye-opening and honest memoir of my time as a novice aid worker in war-torn Sudan at the turn of the millennium.
A simple yet stylish notebook for humanitarians and aid workers. This 150-page notebook is printed with cream coloured unlined pages with a daily quotation on each page to help inspire and motivate.