Writing a Report
The first step in writing a report is, of course, to research and outline your topic. Hopefully, you've already done that step. If you haven't, make sure you do because it will make it so much easier for you to go ahead and write your report.
I'm going to assume that your report will be around 3,000 words long. To make it easy on yourself, break your outline down into sections you think will turn out to be around 500 words each. So, you’ll have around six different sections.
One chapter might be 500 words, then the next chapter 500 words, and so on.
Why am I having you break it down in that way? Because I’ve found that many writers and product creators are intimidated by the thought of writing "3,000 words." Impossible to do in a day, right? But when you break it down into 500 words at a time, that doesn't seem so daunting.
You've no doubt written 500 word emails or forum posts or articles before, for example.
Just take it one chapter at a time. Write your first 500-word chapter. When that's done, focus on the next chapter. Only focus on the chapter that's in front of you at the time and don't worry about the others. Don't think about it in terms of writing a whole report because that might seem too daunting and scary. But writing 500 words isn’t scary at all.
How long will it take you to write 500 words? It might take you 30 minutes, an hour, or less. How long will it take you to write 1,000 words? It might take you an hour, or a little more or a little less. It may take you less time if you're very experienced or more time if you haven’t written reports before.
By the way, the more frequently you write, the easier it will get and the faster you’ll become. You can become quite prolific if you practice writing quickly and well.
So, writing your report might take you a few hours or several hours. You can get it done in a day if you put your mind to it, organize yourself well, and fix your mindset before you get started writing. Break the tasks down so they are easily manageable.
After you've written your report, edit for clarity, proofread it, and then you're done. Make sure you put plenty of personality and unique insight into your work and your readers are sure to love it.
Writing an Ebook
The process for writing an ebook is very similar to the process for writing a report. The only difference is that it will be longer and more in depth.
Create your outline, make sure you include plenty of unique insights on your outline, and ensure that it's organized well.
Break it down into chunks that are easily manageable. If you can focus on 500 words at a time, then break your outline down and only focus on those 500 words. If you can focus on 1,000 words at a time, break your outline down in that way and only focus on those 1,000 words.
Consider these to be chapters or even articles—you can write an article, right? Writing an ebook is just a matter of writing a series of articles.
If your ebook is going to be 6,000 words long, then maybe you’ll write the first 3,000 words in the morning and the second 3,000 words in the afternoon. Many people like to write in sprints to a get high word count done at a time.
Or, maybe you just want to sit down and get it all written at once, taking very short breaks in between—more of a marathon than a sprint. It may take you several hours, but you can write an ebook today if you're well organized and you focus.
Writing an ebook in a day might seem too daunting… and it is if you aren't used to writing. But I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to meet a high word count if you’re very well organized and well planned and all your research and everything you need is right in front of you. Writer's block won’t creep in, you’ll be able to focus, and you can just get it done.
Focus means that you aren’t going to worry about anything else until you’re done, and clearing your schedule in advance will help ensure that you can reach your goal today.
After you've written your ebook, edit it, proofread it, make sure your personality is present and that your book will be really helpful to people. Then, you’re done!
Creating a Course
There are different ways to go about creating a course for your audience. I'll assume you’re going to deliver your course via autoresponder since that’s the easiest thing to do right now. In that case, you really can just get started with one lesson.
Make sure you've planned the lessons you create for your e-course well. Each lesson should delight and inform your audience.
Figure out your delivery schedule as part of this. Maybe you want to deliver 1 lesson a day for 30 days. Or, maybe you want to deliver 1 lesson a day for 7 days. Or, maybe you want to deliver 1 lesson a week for a month, or even for a year.
Whatever your release schedule is, figure it out and figure out what your content will be. Don't leave it to chance figuring that you’ll do it later.
Even if you only actually create the first lesson today to get this started quickly, make sure you know exactly what you're doing for the rest of your lessons – you don't want to leave your audience hanging or disappoint them in any way. Value should be at the forefront of everything you do—always.
What do you want to include as part of your course? Maybe you want to include written material, recorded material, video material, worksheets, checklists, or a combination. Plan ahead and figure out what you need to create to launch today. You should also create that schedule for yourself so you can keep your production schedule up to serve your audience and deliver what you promised.
Depending on what you decide, you could get your e-course started and up for sale within hours today. Break your tasks down, plan to really “wow” your audience, and get it done.
I’m assuming you’ve already signed up for an autoresponder service as part of this or that you already have one. Create a list specifically for the paid members of this course. Load your lesson or lessons into your autoresponder (or on your website or wherever you're putting it). Set your messages, lessons, and links to go out at the appropriate intervals.
If you're looking to create a product quickly, creating an e-course that goes out over time might be the way to go because it’s something you can get started with very quickly and easily, delivers a lot of value, and gets your audience excited. Your course is something you can grow over time.
Creating a Membership Site
Membership sites can be very profitable.. Your membership site might include a forum, an e-course, a series of products of some sort, or whatever else will serve your audience in membership format.
Figure out exactly what you want your membership site to include. Maybe you're going to acquire rights to other products to include—that’s something that’s added a lot of value to my Earn1KaDay Insider’s Club, along with including my own products. Maybe you’ll deliver something else specific every month.
The type and style of membership site you start creating today will differ depending on the audience you serve and what your talents are. For example, many writers have a PLR (private label rights) membership site where they deliver great content to people every single month. That’s just one example of a business-to-business sort of membership site.
Obviously, you wouldn't have to have everything created right away no matter what kind of membership site you’re planning, because you're delivering once per month or all throughout the month.
Maybe you’ll be delivering a new book once per month. Maybe you’ll host a forum featuring yourself and others as experts.
Take today’s challenge to get your membership site up and running and fill it with whatever content you want to include right away.
If you're stuck for what to include in your membership site, then take a look at what other membership sites in your niche tend to offer – focusing on the very popular ones that retain their members.
Make a plan for what you’ll include in your membership site product today and a schedule for what you’ll include over time.