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6 Reasons to Consider Starting a Membership Website

Anyone who has followed us for a while will probably know that we tend to put more effort into talking people out of starting a membership than we do to trying to convince people they should start one.

Simple reason is that there are countless snake oil salesman out there portraying memberships as something they’re not. We try to save people from that.

In fact we kicked off last year with a show all about the reasons NOT to start a membership!

However, today’s episode of The Membership Guys Podcast breaks from our norm as we take a look at some of the most compelling reasons you should consider starting a membership website.

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How to Choose and Research Ideas For Your Membership Website

The right idea can make or break a membership website.

Far too often, people steamroll ahead into worrying about which membership plugin they’re going to use or how much content they need without actually doing the research necessary to make sure you’re on the right track.

But how do you know if your idea is a winner?

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I take you step by step through the process of choosing, research and validating your membership idea.

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4 Tips for Validating That Your Membership Site Idea Will Work

When inspiration strikes and you come up with an idea for a membership website or some other product or service that you’re convinced is a winner, all too often it’s easy to get carried away in trying to make it a reality without every stopping to really examine whether your idea is actually as solid as you’re convinced it is.

Before you invest countless hours and immeasurable quantities of blood, sweat and tears into your new project, it’s highly worth taking the time to validate your big idea.

Here are my top tips for doing just that…

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9 Signs That You Shouldn’t Start a Membership Website

It’s a new year, time for resolutions and focusing on new projects; and for many that means deciding to start a membership website.

However rather than joining the countless people out there dishing out motivational platitudes and encouragement by the bucket-full; I’ve decided to take a different approach for this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast.

Instead, I’m going to try to talk you out of it, by giving you the 9 signs that it might be a bad idea to start a membership site.

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Do You Need to be an Expert to Start a Membership Website?

Memberships give people the opportunity to tap into the skill, knowledge, and expertise of the site owner.

After all, people join memberships to achieve a goal, make a change, or complete a transformation.

Helping people to achieve those goals and grow into the person and lifestyle they’re aiming for is awesome – and it’s a very appealing career!

But what if you don’t have a discernible skillset or knowledge base that fits with running a membership site?

It’s going to be harder to run a membership, no doubt!

But… it’s not impossible…

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How to Avoid Paralysis by Analysis when Creating Your Membership Site

Creating a membership website involves a lot more work than most people expect.

Memberships have a lot of moving pieces; not just on the technology front, but also when it comes to strategy, marketing and the day to day logistics too.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I discuss the steps you need to take in order to overcome “Paralysis by Analysis” – the situation where you’re so bogged down in overthinking every little thing that you get stuck in the mud, not making progress.

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How to Switch from Selling Courses to Running a Membership Website

If you’ve been selling one-off courses for a while, then deciding to transition to the membership model is a big move with more things to think about than you may realise.

We’ve worked with plenty of people who have successfully made the switch, but there are some definite considerations in terms of cashflow, marketing and how the complexion of your day to day business can change.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I discuss the main implications of moving from selling courses to running a membership, how to ease the transition and my advice for deciding whether it’s the right decision for you.

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How Much Does it Cost to Start and Run a Membership Website?

A membership website consists of several moving parts; and in addition to increasing the technical considerations of getting everything working, this also means that the costs of starting and running a membership can really add up.

While a well-run membership will quickly recoup those startup expenses and cover the ongoing operating costs; it helps to know what you need to budget for.

In this article, we’re going to cover the one-off and recurring costs involved in starting and running a membership website.

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Choosing a Payment Processor for Your Membership Site

It’s probably a fair guess that you want your membership site to make money, and in order to do that you will need to have a simple and secure way of taking peoples payment details. These days there are a lot more options for receiving payments, and it can be difficult to know which the best option is.

In this post we look at some of the different payment options available, some important factors that you need to consider, and the 5 things that will help you to make the right choice for your membership site.

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