How I Started My Online Business – Full Live Presentation From The Hive Event

By Yaro Starak
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Last Tuesday I spoke at the monthly HIVE entrepreneur networking event in Brisbane (there’s also a Sydney and Melbourne branch).

My talk was recorded by the organizers (hi to Mike, Walter and Nick – thanks for another great event!), and you can now find the videos on YouTube, which I will embed here.

Make sure you watch to the end – all five videos – if you want to catch my entire “business story”, hear tips on how you can launch a successful online business, build a profitable blog, live a two-hour workday lifestyle and lots more. Don’t miss the question and answer session at the end as I was asked some important questions by some clever audience members.

The HIVE is a free event that brings budding entrepreneurs together under the premise of social networking in real life, and to learn from experienced entrepreneurs. There’s no pitching, and people are expected to network simply to meet new people who are also interested in running their own business, without the fear of being “sold to” by every person in attendance.

Past speakers at the HIVE have included both offline and online entrepreneurs, including the owner of a chain of poultry shops (Lenards), a pizza chain (Eagle Boys), a coffee producer (De Bella), a dessert restaurateur (Freestyle Tout), a pool cleaning business (Poolwerx), a comedy club chain (the sit down comedy club), and my buddy Alborz Fallah from CarAdvice.com.au. You can find a full list of previous speakers and podcast recordings of some of the presentations at The Hive website.

Here are the rest of the videos in order –

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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43 Comments

  • Great.. I,m the first… :)

    Nice presentation yaro, i always enjoys your article :)

  • Hey Yaro, I wish we had something like The Hive in the the UK, would be really helpful, will have to search around Google for something similar here. I like the fact they have such a wide variety of experts to speak not just people who are successful online. 1/2million from blogging whilst you travel, that’s amazing. I signed up for the Hive podcast, there are already 20 listed so that will give me lots to go on just now. Sally :)

  • Thanks Yaro – I have been earning my living online since 1998 but I am almost completely new to blogging so thoroughly enjoyed the vids, cheers! :-)

  • Hey Yaro,

    That’s awesome presentation Buddy. Great videos. Going to checkout all of them.. :)
    Thanks for sharing this great videos bro. Keep it up.

  • Really cool talk Yaro,

    What a really cool club, Me and Sally will
    have to start something like that in the UK.
    I look forward to your next post.

    Matt :)

  • That’s brilliant, we should start something like that over here. I like the photo and introduction for Yaro that they put together for their web site, too. Good thing Yaro put the videos together for us so that I didn’t have to travel to Brisbane.

  • Great presentation Yaro! I bookmarked this page, it’s very helpful indeed!

  • Yaro,

    Very impressed that something like that is available at such an informal level, for budding entrepreneurs. I wish I had something like that in my area as well.

    Networking is such a critical piece of the puzzle for the small business owner. We cannot do it all alone. We need to help each other move forward. Networking is the way to get there.

    I know that I would not have been able to grow my internet business to the level that it is without the help of other people getting my name and my brand out there.

    There is some great information in these videos, keep ‘em coming.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

  • Great story. More than the practical tips and advice, I think what you bring to the table in terms of inspiring others to deliver superb value selflessly is truly amazing. I’ve been following your blog for the past couple of months and I’m glad I stumbled on it. Your generosity to willingly share the tons of incredible information on your blog is really admirable.

    More power to you!

  • Thanks for sharing the video Yaro. I’ve listened to a few of your presentations at various events which my boss purchased the CDs at a later point. It’s all so very inspiring.

    Going to give these a watch at work – in the background of course so I can still get some work done :)

  • Good job Yaro, you commanded the room very well, and your business timeline is inspiring.

  • Very impressive and inspiring videos especially for budding entrepreneurs Yaro.

    Thanks for making it possible for us to watch your presentation right from our living room table.

  • Dear Yaro,

    I’m sure this is not the right place to come up with a question, but in your speech you refer to market investigation, where existing activity shows there is a market. Existing activity can also point to market saturation, or an impenetrable market. If there is no existing market, maybe you (I) are about to create it?

    This leads me to a particular question. Knowing there are about 20 million native Dutch speakers, but those who use the Internet are quite proficient in English as well, would it be better for me to take advantage of the fact that I am in the niche of Dutch speakers (you Yaro will probably not beat me in Dutch) or should I rather take advantage of a relative proficiency in English, opening a market of billions of users, while facing very tough competitors (I won’t stand a chance with my internet marketing blog against you).

    Thanks a lot!

    • Dieter, I do like the idea of going after a different language – as long as you pick popular niches in that language and people search for info in that language.

      In terms of market saturation, I think it’s difficult to ever say that conclusively, unless you are going up against something with a dominant player that eliminates the possibility of other players – for example: eBay – so I wouldn’t go into online auctions.

      In terms of info products though, there are so many people new people going online every day, if you have a unique angle and are prepared to work hard, you can succeed in what you might perceive as a “saturated niche”.

      This is not like the offline world where you have so many costs when it comes to testing either, so it’s worth giving it a shot by doing a live test.

      I’m more concerned when you want to start something where there is no competition, unless you can show lots of relevant traffic. No competition may mean no market, not necessarily an undiscovered niche. Again of course you can test easily enough, so just do that to find out if you like the idea.

      • Thanks so much!

        I read about the “market saturation – no market” dichotomy in some other posts of yours. Sure you had thought about this already I decided on the language question: I will write my blog in Dutch and start publishing translations of the pillar articles as time permits (in French and English).

        I don’t expect a conversation here but for the record, one of these ideas will make it: 1) math teaching 2) time management 3) knowledge transfer 4) songwriting 5) soccer 6) energy resources and consumption 7) private party organization.

        I may participate in the forums soon to report about my progress. I’ll start in September 2010 and will be using the coming months to decide on what to focus (focus will be the toughest of the success factors for me).

        Your site is instrumental.

        • I think that targeting languages other than English is a great idea, and as the “english side” of the internet gets more and more saturated it follows that targeting people both regionally and in their native tongue would be the logical way to go, making local search even more so.

          • I’m 100% with you here – I’ve seen many people solely focus on non-English markets and have great success, and personally I have been meaning to enter them as well but just haven’t got around to it yet.

  • Hey Yaro,

    Great post. I have to agree with Sally, wish there was similar in the UK. We can all learn from success stories regardless of whether online or not.

    Thanks for sharing

    Simon

  • Great post, you are one lucky geezer, half a mill while traveling, can’t be bad, by the way I hoped you liked my hometown London on your travels. You have no fear standing up and talking for that long, very informative and worth watching even though I already knew your story.

    It did sound like the traffic was actually driving through the room though, I also agree with Sally, the UK lacks this kind of event.

    Thanks
    Rob

  • I didn’t know about the Hive until now.. I live on the Gold Coast, so will definitely have to check this out when it’s on. I wonder when the next event is?

    • Hi Danny,

      I’m one of the organisers – next event is Tuesday June 29th at 7pm. Details will be up on the web soon. Just keep an eye on the hive site or sign up for the newsletter

      Cheers
      Nick

      • Thanks for the quick reply.. I will definitely get along to that.

        Looking forward to hearing who the speaker is..

  • Glad to hear you for the first time. I took down quite a number of notes. I also hope there could be events like this in our country.

  • Great presentation Yaro, very inspiring!

    Although, all the screenshots of the video clips look like you’re half drunk at a karaoke night! :-)

    Simon And Sally, if we can’t find such an event, we should create one. I’m also from the UK and love events like this and meeting like minded people who can give each other a boost.

  • @simon, sally, chris

    I don’t know if these fit exactly but the web oriented get togethers in London I like:

    MashUp – has a mix of events but you usually get to hear/meet web success people

    or via meetup.com

    The Sway – network with top bloggers/ social web people
    App Fusion – if you want to meet App creators
    London Bloggers Meetup – top bloggers

  • Great presentation and Q & A session there, Yaro. It is a pity that YouTube insists on cutting longer videos to clip lengths that suit them Isn’t there some power user feature you can apply for in order to get them to allow you to post full length videos?

  • Enjoyed all these videos – a nice summary of how Yaro got to where he is today.

  • Hi Yaro, it was great to meet you at The Hive the other night! Hoping to replicate your success! Cheers, Anthony

  • Thanks for sharing the presentation Yaro.

    I found it very informative and inspiring. I have learned a lot from your content and appreciate the work you do.

    I also echo Sally, Matt and Chris is comments about creating an event like this in the UK. We certainly lack this and I have been even considering travelling to get this experience. Hmmm? :-)

  • Great informative presentation. It does look like a karaoke night haha, but helped me think a lot about where i need to head.

    Thanks,
    Simon Duck

  • After you set that up, you need to network it so that you drive traffic to these sites. You can get together with survey companies and have your web site added on their sites for people to purchase online, and they take a percentage out of what you pay.

  • You have no fear standing up and talking for that long, very informative and worth watching even though I already knew your story….

  • Yaro and Gideon and 2 of the best people to learn from about blogging because they teach in a simple step by step manner….Great work man!!!

  • OMG Yaro! Your so skinny. I hate you! :)

  • Yaro,
    Truely first class information for anyone wanting to blog in a profitable way! Gary

  • As always you deliver so much value. I loved the question and answer section because the audience asked great questions. One which was burning in my mind on advertisers and how to charge as well as traffic levels. Thank you for sharing your information freely and helping me grow in my business

    Vickie

  • What a great inspiring speech. If there is a will, truly there will be a way!

    God bless

  • Great information Yaro!

    I always love your straight forward delivery of information.
    This one in particular is a big inspiration to newbie.

    Thanks

    Joel

  • Yaro,

    Thanx for posting the video…I took many notes and will definitely follow up on them!

  • Yaro, that was a great story. I really enjoyed hearing how you got started and the different businesses that you started. I also can really relate to what you were saying about getting some help with someone building your sites for you. I know that I was doing it on my own and it is something that would have really helped me move my business along faster if I’d gotten some help from a pro.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Steve

  • Ron

    It’s always good visiting this site. new insights all the time. I have started my blog a year ago and left it for dead after sometime. Now I’m tweaking it again. This is the site that inspires me most.

  • Thanks for sharing Yaro! Very insightful. I’m just getting started with our site and there are so many things to consider. Your talk was terrific.

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