A brief history of being minimalist.
In September of last year I quit my job, and hopped on a plane to Portland Oregon in search of freedom. In order to survive, I had to make a choice that many people are having to make in this economy:
I had to embrace minimalism in order to pursue what was important to me.
I started living with less than 100 things, biked and walked everywhere, survived on less than $3,000 for three months, and practiced time management techniques to spend less time doing work and more time making work that matters.
In February of this year I launched The Art of Being Minimalist, a little e-book with a powerful message: what would you be able to accomplish if you lived with less?
What really surprised me, is that a little e-book about being minimalist could completely support my lifestyle. I could move anywhere (and I did, traveling from Portland to Chicago to New York and then relocating to San Francisco last month at limited expense.) I also didn’t need to have a day job, which was the most important element for me.
These reasons form the basis for the work I’ve put into Minimalist Business:
- Your business doesn’t need to cost as much as you think.
- If you opt-out of physical media and avoid gatekeepers, you can keep 50-100% of your profits.
- If choose to automate your business, you can create passive income, which means you don’t have to work so much anymore either.
The number one reason for creating Minimalist Business is to help you create one too.
When I started writing about the success I was having with my minimalist business, I began receiving a flood of emails asking me how I was able to do it. The problem with answering emails is that it only helps one person, and the strategy isn’t scalable.
I hope Minimalist Business answers any questions you have about creating a zero-overhead business to support your minimalist lifestyle anywhere in the world.
Why create a minimalist business?
We live in interesting times. The economy still hasn’t recovered from the greatest recession since the great depression. This means that there aren’t a lot of fulfilling job opportunities out there anymore.
People (like Jeffrey F. Tang) are waking up and realizing that in order to create a fulfilling job, they have to design that life for themselves.
We have to change the way we create businesses, and how we do important work, if we are going to design lives that are worth living.
Job security in the modern economy is a myth that we’ve been taught to accept by corporations who are forced to only care about the bottom line because of endless bureaucracy. People are beginning to realize that the best job security is the work you create to support yourself.
A minimalist business can help you achieve what Chris Brogan likes to call “escape velocity” and enable you to build recurring income outside of your day job in order to free yourself.
Or you can just jump head-first like I did, live with less, and do the work that matters.
Why Minimalist Business isn’t for everyone.
This work isn’t meant for everyone. It takes hard work, dedication, and most important, the will power to opt-out of assumed systems and methods for doing business.
No one is going to force you to reign in your spending, reduce your business overhead to zero, or stop checking your email 35 times a day in order to do work that matters.
Some people are better off with 9-5 day jobs. In a lot of ways they’re much easier (though definitely not safer.) Some people like living in the same city, commuting to the same job every day. You can just sit there and do what you’re told, for most people that’s a perfectly acceptable way to live until they retire. If you’re one of these people,Minimalist Business isn’t really meant for you.
The Forever Guarantee on Minimalist Business.
Because Minimalist Business isn’t for everyone, I’ve decided to offer a Forever Guarantee.
If at any time in the future you feel that Minimalist Business isn’t living up to your expectations. If you put in a decent effort and your minimalist business tanks. If for some reason you thought this book was something else and you ordered it anyway. If you for any reason at any point you’re disappointed.
Paypal only allows for refunds up to 60-days, but I don’t care. I’ll send you a check if I have to in order to get your money back to you.
The importance of a Forever Guarantee in a digital world.
Because there are no gatekeepers in the new world of digital media, and distribution is free, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a product that’s all hype and a product that provides value. Long-time supporters of my writing can vouch for the quality of my work, but it’s a big internet out there — inevitably some people will purchase my work and realize that it isn’t for them. There are many reasons for this, and I choose to not ask questions and simply give refunds.
That being said, refund rate is less than 1% of sales. I hope that speaks to the quality of the work, but it also can help you decide if you aren’t sure whether or not Minimalist Business is right for you.
At any time in the future, if you feel that Minimalist Business isn’t living up to it’s promise (or if you fail horribly with a decent effort) simply drop me an email and I’ll do everything in my power to get your money back to you.
How to purchase a copy of Minimalist Business.
There are only two models (but many copies) of Minimalist Business:
$50 $37 – THE BASIC “GETTING DOWN TO MINIMALIST BUSINESS” VERSION
Features: 125-page Minimalist Business e-book on creating your own minimalist business in order to live and work from anywhere + free updates for a year.
Minimalist Business features:
- Strategies for minimalist business success
- Time management techniques I’ve developed to focus on the important
- How to work towards making your entire living while working less than 10 hours a week
- How being minimalist makes minimalist business success so much easier
- The tools you need to start a zero-overhead business over the Internet
- How to separate your income from location so you can live anywhere
- Short articles by small business owners such as Leo Babauta, Tammy Strobel, Karol Gajda, and Colin Wright on how to effectively create a successful minimalist business.
- and much more…
You can preview the first 37 pages of the e-book here.
$60 $47 – THE UPGRADED “MINIMALIST PLAN” VERSION
Features: 125-page Minimalist Business e-book + The 30-Day Quick Start Guide to a Minimalist Business + free updates for a year.
This additional quick start guide features a tip-a-day that will help you build your minimalist business. Is it a sure-fire path to success? No. Do you have to do it over 30 days? certainly not.
Take your time, apply the action steps when you need them.
Readers have asked for me to break down the book into simple action steps that can be taken in order to build a minimalist business, so I created this quick start guide to try and address the actions you need to take to build a minimalist business. It isn’t a silver bullet, but if you’re the kind of person who likes day-by-day instructions, this can help.
Minimalist Business isn’t a magic cure-all guide with all of the secrets that will let you sit back and make millions without any effort. If anyone tells you this is easy, they’re lying to you.
In my experience magic doesn’t exist, only hard work and practical strategies for doing work that matters.
This guide describes how I was able to make smart choices about business spending (i.e., not spending much at all) in order to build a business that supports my minimalist lifestyle (which doesn’t cost much at all.)
I hope this guide helps you create a minimalist business, or reduce the costs of your existing business until it’s profitable for you.
If you have any questions before making your final decision don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your time,
P.S.: Just for fun, here are 10 reasons why you should buy Minimalist Business.
- You’re looking to make a change in the world, but you don’t have the money to do it.
- You want to quit your day job in order to pursue work that’s important to you.
- You really enjoyed The Art of Being Minimalist, and want to know what comes next.
- You want to create passive income in order to live anywhere on the planet.
- Two weeks of vacation a year is not enough for you.
- You want to save trees (Minimalist Business is all digital.)
- Someone told you there was more to life than buying things, and you want to know what that is.
- Join the affiliate program and you can make your investment back by selling two copies.
- You want to be on the cutting edge of creating a freedom business.
- Why not? If you don’t like it you can always get a refund.