Startup Essentials By Rameez M Sydeek / March 4, 2018 We are surrounded by entrepreneurs. Some sell great products, some provide unique services, some come up with an incredible idea, and some build upon an existing idea. But every kind of entrepreneurship has its own risks and conditions. But there is a new type of entrepreneurship finding its way in the startup world. Unlike other entrepreneurship styles, this entrepreneurship requires less monetary investment and risks and more time, perseverance, and energy. These entrepreneurs are commonly known as the infopreneurs.Who is an Infopreneur?An infopreneur is an entrepreneur who makes money by collecting, organizing and selling information mainly in a niche market (online and offline). The term infopreneur is a portmanteau of the words information and entrepreneur. An infopreneur makes money through information by recognizing knowledge inadequacy state. By investigating the history of infopreneurship, it was found that the term infopreneur was registered as a trademark by Harold F. Weitzen on February 1, 1984, who published a book, “Infopreneurs: Turning Data Into Dollars” on 1988 which became the first book on infopreneurship.Videos, audio tapes, CDs, talk shows etc. were the offline approaches used by infopreneurs in the 80’s and 90’s. However, Infopreneurship became a rising trend with the advent of the internet as anyone with a computer and an internet connection could start a business by issuing valid knowledge and information regarding a particular niche.Infopreneurs changed the face of entrepreneurship as they proved that it is possible to set up a business without having to hire staffs or equipment or invest tremendous amounts of capital and even have involvement of very low financial risks. How to Become an Infopreneur?Becoming an infopreneur is one way of turning passion into profit. One of the best advantages of being an infopreneur is that there is no need to be at a specific place to work.It is best to first decide in what format the product has to be released. E-books, videos, podcasts, tutorials, webinars etc are some ways which infopreneurs can use to sell their products and ideas. Researching and investigating on the topic is as important as jotting down personal experiences as customers tend to have a soft corner if the information has a personal touch which they can relate to.While the ideas have been set in motion, it is absolutely necessary to let the customers know about the infopreneur and the product. A website, being the cornerstone of the business, will cement the infopreneurship firmly on the market by making the product go live and give the product a brand name and value. Having a blog along with the website will help to reach more customers as a blog gives more specific and personalized information about the business and is indeed an integral part to decide whether the business will succeed or fail.Research tools like Google Adwords, Market Samurai etc. can be utilized to focus and pinpoint specific keywords which will prove valuable to the product. The viability of the topic has to be checked beforehand as unique products are preferred over improved varieties of existing products. After the information or product have been completely structured and is ready to roll onto the market, customers in the target group have to be made aware of the product before releasing it on the website or other online markets.Until this step, there is no possible way of making a profit from the website and thus it is important to monetize the website so that revenue can be generated from it. The most popular mechanisms are Consultation Charges, Affiliate Marketing, Google Adsense, and Referral Fees. Many infopreneurs eventually become influencers in their own niche and often charge for providing consultation services.Affiliate marketing is promoting a third-party product on the website which will earn commission for every sale made through the link on the website.Google Adsense uses its advanced technology to decide the content of the webpage and then delivers ads that are contextually relevant to the audience. The infopreneur will be paid for every single click on the ads. Getting income from referring people from the website is another way to earn money from the website.Infopreneurs’ Success StoriesThere are a lot of entrepreneurs who have been successful and their success stories have been an inspiration to thousands. Among them are a handful of infopreneurs who managed to stand out from the crowd with their unique and innovative ideas.Tara Reed, Founder and CEO of Apps Without Code“When people ask me for advice, I tell them: Get going. Chances are, you’ll have something wrong, but you won’t know until you test those assumptions with actions”Tara Reed is one of most successful infopreneurs. She is the founder and CEO of Apps Without Code, a startup school that tutors non-technical founders how to launch their apps without coding. Her story is not a rag to riches story but it is worth mentioning as she is one of the most successful infopreneurs ever.She found that while people browse Amazon for E-books or Netflix for movies, there is no place where art lovers can get recommendations. This led to her launching Kollecto, a personalized art recommendation app, which she created without using code. When the Youtube videos about her experiences gained over a hundred thousand views, she became the founder and CEO of Apps Without Code. Apps Without Code is a startup school that provides coaching, webinars and is, in fact, a rigorous boot camp. It helps entrepreneurs, as well as future infopreneurs, turn their ideas into feasible businesses.Stephanie Chandler, Author and Founder-CEO of Stephanie Chandler Enterprises, LLCStephanie Chandler is known as the woman who used her knowledge of creating small businesses into a large content empire. After opening a bookstore in 2003, she discovered her passion for teaching other entrepreneurs on how to run successful businesses. This prompted her to launch BusinessInfoGuide.com, an educational blog and directory of resources for entrepreneurs. She then began to create and sell books like ‘Own Your Niche’ and ‘The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan’. It was through the profits she generated by selling the books, that she founded Stephanie Chandler Enterprises, LLC which was the parent company to her business ventures including the publishing house, Authority Publishing as well as various other ventures like the ‘Nonfiction Writers Conference, an annual online event, the ‘NonfictionAuthors Association’, a marketing community for authors and BusinessInfoGuide.com. Her book ‘Own Your Niche’ was recognized with the ‘Best Business Book Award’ at the Global Ebook Awards in 2012. She was named in the Top 100 Small Business Influencers by Small Business Trends in 2012.Go On, Tell Us What You Think!Did we miss something? Come on! Tell us what you think of this article on infopreneurs in the comments section.