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Business Idea (and...about me!)

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by bronzodriace, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Firt of all, sorry for my English!

    Today is my first day as a registered member on BlackHatWorld..but i learnt a lot in the past months from it..so..thank you to all its members!

    [About Me -> Skip it if annyoing ]
    I am a university student (economics) but i always loved pc and technology.
    Since i was young i started developing websites(simple ones in FRONTPAGE.lol), then i passed to developing windows apps..so..i am pretty skilled.

    In my firt year of university i tought that i wanted money...i wanted it really bad. i start thinking at a job..and i start do DropShipping from Amazon to Ebay (i didn't knew blackhatworld,so i tought i was the only guy on earth doing it).
    I started making tons of money from it (totally white hat. I had also opened a real business, pay tax ecc). But then many others started this activity, and some of them in a fraudolent way(vat refunds from amazon and not paying taxes) so my margins went down..

    With my money then i started a Penny Auction site (i looked at sites like madbid and others..and i thought they where making big money)..I invested 15.000? in it.
    Lost everyhthing...the whole thing was crap. Every websites uses bots (fake users) to scam people. I am not a scammer..so i lost all of my money and closed. (actually i sold the website)

    And now...while a study..i want to start some other business...
    [About me Finish]

    I came out with a business Idea..i would like to know what you guys think of it , and i would like to start it whit someone (i think that good business are made not alone but with at least another friend)

    My idea is:
    A website where i sell:
    • hosting + customization of themes (so basically webdesignes , wordpress, other cms, magento,opencart ecc)
    • Cool videos + customization of them
    • Cool graphics (logos, banners,ads ecc)

    As you know a website like this already exists and it is themeforest, graphicriver (envato companies).
    Actually envato sells only source file (80% of the people doesn't know envato at all or what a psd file is...nor what wordpress is..:)

    So i would like to see theme + customization of it (if theme costs 40$, i would ask 100$ for the entire site...)

    My idea is to scrape the whole themeforest site (already developed the bot scraper) , get images, url of preview page, price ecc

    So basically my clients would see all of the themes of envato, but with another price (that includes customization and installation), and if they want hosting.

    What do you think?Could it work?

    Best regards to everyone!
    Have a nice day
    But my idea is to sell
     
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  3. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Added you on Skype . If interested we can work it out togheter :)

    Hoping to get other thoughts on the business idea!
     
  4. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Can you write code in php because a lot of the customization customers are looking for entail eCommerce capabilities? If not consider partnering with someone who can write code.
     
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    Well good luck, there's a lot of work.
     
  6. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Yes i can write code in php (the penny auction website was totally php+javascript)
    I dont think that for customization i will need a lot of skills in php. I mean, magento,opencart and prestashop are easy to customize with no php skills. Don't you think?

    Or you where asking me if someone needs a websites built in php from zero? Yeah that could be a problem...but for time consuming

    I think that for general websites i can go with wordpress,joomla , plain html
    For ecommerce i would use magento, opencart and prestashop.

    What do you think?
    Thanks for your reply
     
  7. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Thanks man :)
    Don't understand what do you mean for lot of work though..
    You mean lot of clients, or..good luck because this work is a pain in the a** :)

    Thanks for the reply
     
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    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Lead with these customization capabilities and select several ecommerce solutions to sell to your customers. Remember, you provide the solution not the customer. I have been doing this type of consulting work for over 20 years so believe me when I say very few customers have a clue, they are looking to you for your expertise and to lead the way.
     
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    There's a lot of work to make it work. The idea is good, but you need a lot promotion and also the website itself must have something new than the others.
     
  10. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Thanks for the reply..Don't want to be "rude" but can i ask you how much you can earn doing this type of job (since you do it for 20 years)

    Computers , software, technology has always been my passion...but i always looked at it as something on which you can't earn good money..Infact i am studying Economics & Managment and not something tech related..

    Don't have to answer a such personal question if you want :)

    Thanks anyway to everyone.
    Hope to get more thoughts
     
  11. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    No one likes this type of business or wants to start it with me?
     
  12. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Little Bump...Also i have in mind to promote this website with an affiliate program (40% commission) .What do you guys think?Is it possibile to promote affiliate programs here on blackhat?Thanks
     
  13. tonymu

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    I think this is a good idea, I have been thinking of doing something just like this, I also think many design companies already use themeforest and just resell for big markup, with as you say a little customization of the template. What about the legalities of scraping themeforest and listing on your site with different prices, do you think they would let you do this?
     
  14. bronzodriace

    bronzodriace Junior Member

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    Thank you for the reply.
    Themeforest and TemplateMonster have a affiliate program. So it is ok to link their images/url on your website.
    It will be all white hat since what we sell is Theme/Video/Flyer/Logo customization, not the theme license.

    Everytime someone is buying a theme from us, we will buy it from themeforest with their name/email and after work is done, delete it from our pc as the faq at envato says.

    I think it is a good method to make money...but also to do something good for customers. Not everyone has html/css/wordpress skilss...and less have skills in photoshop/after effects.

    I am searching for a partner in this.
    tonymu may i add you to skype? Let me know ( i can't send pm)

    Best regards to all!