From Zero To 100: My First Baby Step As Mediapreneur

I believe that the quickest and best way to learn is to pick the brains of people who have succeeded in that kind of enterprise.   And since I always wanted to become a location-independent entrepreneur, I’m always searching  for people who succeeded in being one, who can teach me how to do it and do it well.

So when Natalie Sisson (whom I have been following for quite some time) announced that she and Natalie Macneil will be offering an online business course which will include coaching and a community of women entrepreneurs, I immediately signed up to become one of Women Entrepreneur’s Mastermind charter members.

I came into WE Mastermind with the intention of growing my nascent copy writing business – a side gig that I put up with the goal that once it can bring steady revenue, I will quit my job and fulfill my dream of traveling around the world.

Well, that was my express intention, my “press release” so to speak.

The truth is, I joined WE Mastermind because I wanted to test if my “secret dream” will work.From Zero to 100: My first baby step as mediapreneur

 

Working On my “Secret” Dream

Until now, I’m hesitant to say this in public because of fear of being ridiculed as delusional. But here it goes: all I really want in my life is to take my travel blog to the next level by transforming it into a multimedia network catering to solo female travelers. I want to produce videos, e-guides and podcasts that will inspire women to craft their own journeys.

It was a wild and almost impossible dream as I wasn’t a popular blogger. How can I even think of building a media business when I have no RSS subscribers, no mailing list and a pathetic 1,000 page views a month. And here I am, dreaming that I’ll be the next Oprah. Yeah, right.

But then, while I’m quite pragmatic with the way I lead my life and chart my journalism career, I sometimes give in to my “dreamy” side. I do know how to take some risks.

So, at the risk of being called delusional, I announced my “secret dream” in the We Mastermind forum. As it turned out, my fears were nothing more than, well, delusions. The two Natalies and the We Mastermind community were very supportive of my dream from day one.

It was encouraging.  Still, I had some insecurities (am I really a good writer? Can I make it outside “traditional” media?)  so I took things one (baby) step at a time.

I spent two months of going through modules, chatting in the forum, listening to recorded coaching coals and even e-mailing my mentors. After consuming and iterating all the lessons, I took the plunge and launched my first free e-guide for solo female travelers last November 2011.

 

Results (and lessons) from a book launch

That launch changed my life. I realized that it’s possible for my dream to come true. That yes, I can become a mediapreneur.

I will veer away from my innate woo-wooness and present to you some figures that I think will be of interest to you as an existing or aspiring entrepreneur:

  • It took me about two months to write and edit the e-book. I hired a designer and a virtual assistant to help me with designing and marketing. I can only do these tasks during weekends, so I can say that I have to spend about 16 days for production.
  • On the day that I launched my book, I asked my VA to send a private message to each of my 500 plus Facebook friends to announce that I have a free guide and you might want to sign up to my list to get it.
  • I also announced the launch on Twitter – where I have about 300 followers.  I requested We Mastermind members to help me spread the word.
  • I sent e-mails to 300 plus friends/colleagues/ex-schoolmates announcing my launch. I gave them a copy of the e-book.
  • Shortly after I launched the e-book, I got about 100 sign ups. My monthly page views rose to 3,000.

In the greater scheme of things, my figures are small. I’m no overnight success. But these numbers are enough to encourage me that people are willing to partake of what I want to offer in this world.

More than that, I was heartened by the warm response that I got from women (and even men) who read my guide. They praised my writing and thanked me for publishing something that will help them take that first step towards traveling on their own.

The guide also opened up a new opportunities for me. I was recently featured in a travel magazine. I also signed up a contract with an indie publisher to write and co-launch my first paid e-guide for travelers ( I don’t want to go into details, as it’s a secret for now :).

But more importantly, thanks to the support from the WE Mastermind community, I got the confidence to go for it, to follow my dream.

 

Future Plans

Apart from writing another e-book, I’m also working on redesigning my site to elevate it from just another travel blog into a multimedia site with videos, slide shows and podcasts.

I wish I can end this post by saying that I quit my job and made the proverbial leap of faith. But that’s not to be for now. I’m still a happily employed journalist. I’d rather work on my media venture on the side, without being pressured to get any job just to pay the bills.

I really don’t care. I have built a successful journalism career by working harder and making both small and big sacrifices. And I’m willing to do more to make my dream come true.

About the author: Prime Sarmiento is an award winning journalist, solo female traveler and budding mediapreneur. She is the author of an inspiring e-guide for solo female travelers which you can download for free at The Gypsygals.

 

  • http://www.lovinglifewithdiabetes.com Claire Kerslake

    Fabulous post Prime! I have found it so inspiring to watch your achievements and to realise that the limitations I was putting on myself were just that – self imposed.

    In taking the risk and putting the action into making your dream a reality you have not only changed your world, you have changed the world of others.

    A huge thank you for your inspiration and support and it is so exciting watching your journey to mediapreneur!

  • Jacquie

    Great work Prime. Those baby steps will eventually stretch to giant steps. Best wishes.

  • http://www.sixfigurestart.com/ Caroline Ceniza-Levine

    I love the candor of this post. It’s inspiring but still keeps it real. There are also some great tips that apply across all businesses about just getting started and testing along the way.

  • http://www.right4urtype.ca Mureen Pitterman

    Great article Prime. I think it is a valuable tool for those of us who don’t always have someone to travel with. Thanks to WE Mastermind and the Natalies.

  • http://thebalanceandlifeblog.com/ Angela

    Hi Prime

    Now these are the kind of posts that bloggers just starting out love to read! Thank you! And a nice thumbs-up for Natalie too… :-)

  • http://www.worldwide101.com Sandra

    Congrats! Very inspiring and be proud of your achievements!

  • http://www.thegypsygals.com Prime

    Thank you again to Natalie for giving me this wonderful opportunity to guest post. And I’m also thankful to all those who read and commented this post – that in my own little way, I was able to help both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.

  • http://www.Designs-by-Debi.com Debi Auger

    What a wonderful post Prime! It has been really wonderful cheering you on and watching you turning your dream into a reality. And, I believe that you will achieve everything you want to achieve.

    The greatest journeys all start with a single step. And you have made giant leaps forward since the fall!!

    I’m enjoying following along on your journey. I’m very inspired by you and what you’re doing. I wish you all the best and much success :)

  • http://www.loveyoursmallbusiness.com Janine

    Fantastic post Prime and yes, you are an incredibly talented writer! I love your style and your website is looking fabulous.

    I loved the straight up vibe and honesty of this post, people often seem to expect miracle results but there has to be some hard slog first. I bet one year from now you are going to have made really big leaps, thanks to the work you are putting in now.

    I can’t wait to watch your ‘rise to the top’, of which I have no doubt whatsoever!

    Warmest of wishes, J9 (and Jo, of course)

  • http://www.truthaboutjobhunting.com/ Gerry

    What an inspiring story Prime, I can’t wait to see what hights you soar to when your next ebook is ready!

  • http://www.digitalnomadjourney.com Jeff @ Digital Nomad Journey

    This is great. Even if it’s not yet a “job killer” , you envisioned an idea and took action on it.

    “multimedia network catering to solo female travelers” , this sounds like a great niche which still has room for more players.

    Best of luck!

  • http://www.gettingittogether.ca Rowena

    I love to read how all of you are living your dreams.Way to go!!

  • http://juliaaspinwall.com Julia

    Prime you are such an inspiration! And it’s so needed to have people like you talking about the first baby steps – because we all have to start somewhere! Oprah had her humble beginnings too, and even talks about how she was fired from a job as a news anchor before she found her niche. So it really is just trying something, seeing what works, tweaking, and evolving.

    I have full faith you will be running your own multimedia travel company for female solo travelers in the not too distant future!

  • http://www.dustyhighways.wordpress.com Melissa Sharman

    Thank you for sharing your journey, Prime. It is truly heartening for those of us starting out to hear of others doing the same.

    I love that you have found the courage to put action to your dream. The world needs your voice! :)

  • http://www.empowerme.org Adrienne Graham

    Wonderful story! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or that your dream is too big. I too had dreams of becoming the next Oprah (but for the business community) and people still look at me like I’m crazy. LOL I love it! I have been able to launch a successful radio show (we celebrate 3 years this month), launch a magazine online two years ago (which goes to print FINALLY this fall), build an entrepreneurial training institute online, published 4 books (working on 5 and 6 now), and I’m getting into TV projects. I stopped listening to other people and started focusing on what I wanted and what I felt destined to give to the world. I pray always, and I keep on trucking even when times get scary. And on top of that I stepped away from a lucrative career in recruiting (I had my own firm) to focus on building this growth strategies empire with brand extensions in media and publishing. Am I scared? Sometimes I’m terrified. But I keep believing in myself and the gifts God has given me, then I work like nobody’s business. Best of luck to you!

  • http://www.byjanet.net/purple janet

    awesome post Prime! Happy to be part of this journey with you.. And make all our Delusions come true!! lol

  • http://www.joannadevoe.com/ Joanna DeVoe

    Wow, Prime… this story could be my own- even the stats are eerily similar- as I just launched my biz 2 months ago.

    THANKS so much for sharing the details of your dream in an open, honest way. That’s being of service!

    MUCH LUCK & LOVE to you & your dream. Here’s to baby steps :O)

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