Review: The Fizzle Membership Site
Review of Fizzle:
I’ve recently started using a website called Fizzle. They also have a podcast called the Fizzle Show which I’ve listened to for a very long time. So, if you get nothing else from this review, you should absolutely check out their podcast because it is loaded with great insights and advice for creating an online business (they also have an awesome sense of humour so it’s super easy to listen to). The moto at Fizzle is that they help you “earn a living doing something that you care about” and because of this I think that it could apply to anyone. Whether you’re interested in possibly building a business to support you full-time, or maybe you want to learn how to create something on the side to have fun with and make a small income from.
While the blog and podcast at Fizzle are completely free, the real value of what these guys do lies in the membership site itself. This is what you join for a monthly fee of $35, which gives you access to everything. What is everything you ask? Or at least that’s what I’d be asking if I were you, so I’m going to pretend that you asked that even if you didn’t.
So, here’s what you get from Fizzle:
Access to the Forums:
The forums are possibly the most valuable aspect of Fizzle. This is where you can meet other members who are also creating their own businesses and ask questions or get feedback. Community and support is a huge necessity when you’re trying to build a business, but it’s not always easy to find. But, that’s where the Fizzle community can come in.
There’s even an area of Fizzle where you can meet other people who are interested in creating a mastermind group which is really cool.
The Entire Course Library:
There is a pretty serious library of courses that exists behind the doors of Fizzle that is all yours when you get a membership. These are on everything from choosing a topic, to increasing productivity, to creating shareable images for your website, and even shooting and editing videos or creating a podcast.
The Founder Stories:
For a little dose of inspiration and motivation, you also get access to a series of founder stories. These are interviews that the Fizzle crew has done with successful business owners such as Chris Ducker, Jess Lively, Caleb Wojcik, Gary Arndt, Steve Kamb, and Pat Flynn. Even though these interviews aren’t directly educational, they provide very valuable personal insights into the people behind some of the biggest online businesses in the world.
The Small Business Road Map:
The small business road map has become the foundation of the Fizzle site and serves as a guide for you to follow as you are building a business. It has 9 steps to it and guides you from one step to the next and breaks down each hurdle that you will face into tasks so that you can focus on what you need to do without getting overwhelmed.
It’s possible that you’re already underway on a business idea, in which case you figure out where you are on the road map and start from there. Otherwise, you can start at the very beginning from Direction – Connection – Planning – Setup – Audience – Product – Money – Growth – Scale.
Fizzle Fridays happen every…you guessed it…every Friday. This is where a member of the Fizzle crew (at the time of writing this is Chase, Corbett, and Steph) host a live session with a limited number of Fizzlers to answer questions and help people with whatever section of the roadmap they are on. I haven’t attended one myself yet but it’s a really cool idea.
How Does This Apply to Photographers?
So, the big question now, is what the hell does this have to do with photography? And for some people, probably nothing. But to me, photography is an awesome topic to form an online business around. I am a strong believer that the industry of photography is evolving and there will be less and less demand for professional photographers as people become more comfortable using a camera themselves. Good cameras are becoming so much more affordable and, except for a few special circumstances such as wedding photographers, people can simply take the photos that they want by themselves and save the cost of having to hire a professional.
With all of these people buying cameras and becoming increasingly interested in photography, however, there is more and more demand for things such as photography education and information. This opens up a whole host of opportunities to create online businesses around the subject. All that’s required is a bit of imagination and a good resource for helping you create the business. And that’s where Fizzle comes in.
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