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The benefits of continual support when starting out in business - why does Startup Streams offer a membership service?
Startup Streams is a value-based company, not product-based. Here is why and how..
It seems as though the world is going membership crazy, a movement kickstarted by companies such as Netflix. But this international movement, from ownership to access, is become more and more popular for lots of reasons and big business is paying attention. Whether you like it or not (and we’d like to think that you do), memberships will become more and more mainstream for a number of reasons which will be increasingly advantageous to those who join in and understand this paradigm shift from the ownership economy to the membership economy. People are progressively less inclined to own an item for the sake of owning it and prefer to focus on the outcome - the end result:
- You don’t own a movie, you access it on Netflix.
- You don’t own Photoshop, you access it through Adobe.
- You don’t own an audiobook, you access it through Audible.
- You don’t own music, you access it on Spotify.
This business model is becoming more popular in all industries and we believe it will benefit you most when starting out in entrepreneurship…
After selling hundreds of our websites for one-off payments, we listened to our customers concerns and decided to pursue a membership business model as we’d be in a far better position to help you succeed in business - are you like the vast majority of customers we spoke to who believe marketing is the greatest concern when starting a business?
Our stores are no longer ‘fire and forget’ products. We don’t just sell you a store then you’d never hear from us again. Running a business is a process, not a one time event so maintaining a strong relationship between Startup Streams and you is great for both parties, with marketing success being at the centre of this relationship.
Notice how we call you members, not subscribers? A subscription would typically be a financial arrangement, whereas a membership is a community of like minded people with a similar goal - in your case to make money online. We don’t feel that we can provide the same level of support from a one-off sale of a website. All marketing needs to be catered to the individual and everyone has a different budget, set of skills and experience. Plus, marketing always needs review and improvement. We believe our services now increase your chances for success, selling online.
Unlike a traditional company in the ‘ownership economy’ whereby a company is cost-based and works towards the ‘big reveal’, we being in the ‘membership economy’ provide a value-based business model as our customer relationship with you is ongoing. We believe in providing value vs proving a product.
The many benefits of joining Startup Streams as a membership service are as follows:
Saves you money
A main advantage to you right off the bat is the fact that you don’t need to buy each business separately, rather have access to all 100+ businesses at any one time - and new businesses are added weekly which you still get access to. Each store typically retailed at $449 each when we started out. Now times that amount by 100+ stores, minus your monthly membership fee, and that is how much money you are potentially saving. And that $449 figure doesn’t even include private 1-to-1 marketing advice or setup support.
Saves you time
Starting a business takes a lot of time. You need to think about the niche, website, branding, product etc… At Startup Streams, all of that has been done for you. You can open a Shopify store, upload the store and within 15 minutes, you are good to go and you can start marketing the store. Time saved is money saved also.
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Mitigates risk and increases flexibility
An entrepreneur is a person who takes financial risks. This means they put their money where their mouth when searching for an investment in order to make a profitable outcome. All risk is calculated but business is a risk nonetheless. We understand this, so providing you with a membership plan to entrepreneurship is a solution which gets you started whilst mitigating risk. If you start one business in a niche and it doesn’t work out, you have the opportunity to go to the next whenever you wish. You are totally flexible to move from one business plan to another without any major financial change. You can be mean and lean.
Meet like minded people
We are building a community, because communities are all about support. A lot of our customers are in the same boat, wanting to make money online with little or no experience. We intended to make this community thrive around offering awesome businesses when we started out but since moving to a membership model, we have changed tact to revolving our community around marketing success as that would be your major business activity. We care about the outcome and are more invested in your success as a result of providing a membership service.
Get expert advice
Unlike as we did before, we now offer 1-to-1 marketing consultancy with a marketing expert. This would not have been the case when we sold websites as single entities unless you paid over a hundred dollars an hour to receive such input to your marketing strategy. As we are about building relationships, you will have your marketing call with the same advisor to ensure each monthly session results in a catchup, review and move forward with the person here at Startup Streams who knows you best.
Enjoy more service, discover new things and enjoy more choice
The awesome thing about a membership service is access. Think of how you use Netflix and the countless other programs and films you have seen which you wouldn’t have considered watching before - because you can. Same thing goes here. Have you ever considered starting a gardening store, cat niche or home decor business before? Well, it’s super easy for you to do now and what’s stopping you? We can provide you with more businesses, new features and always provide more choice to ensure you always have a useful business opportunity to work on to help you accomplish your goals.
Most importantly of all: Innovation
For us, the draw to a membership type business plan is to be able to innovate at a much greater pace than before. What this means is that with recurring monthly income, we are able to make and innovate better businesses, and oh wow! Stick around to see the awesome stuff we are working on right now. We put the vast majority of profits into innovating new businesses. We take on all feedback and create things which you’ll love…
How can we improve?
We want to strive to be the best business in our area of expertise. If you have an idea of how we can make your customer journey easier, how we can provide more value to you or if you have a question about how the membership process works, please contact us at email@example.com