Why let other people know about what you’re doing so they can copy it?
I share my thoughts (not every single thing) on growing a small business so I can look back on it and see my own progress, so I can learn from my mistakes.
I share it with everyone who is searching for answers, as I am doing the same exact thing by searching online. Perhaps what I write here will be useful to someone else, as I’m just paying it forward. I also believe that no one’s success is diminished just because someone shared supposed industry secrets that others before me have already shared. We’re all learning everyday. Besides – I’m not the first one to do so and I won’t be the last; it just so happens to be from my personal perspective.
There’s lot of free information out there on the world wide web, you just have to search for it.
Also, there’s a niche for spiritually minded but weird business people – though making money is the common goal, we are also motivated by different factors. If you follow/subscribe to Carolyn Elliott’s newsletter (badwitch.es) – she writes about this kind of stuff perfectly; I love it.
Here’s some of the things I have searched for; and as silly as they sound – other people genuinely seek answers to these same questions like:
How do I get more real followers on Instagram?
Which social media platform should I focus on?
How often should you offer discounts?
What to do when sales slow down on Etsy?
Why do people undercut their prices?
Is it better to leave “sold out” products on the website or hide them?
I will add more to this when I get a chance.
As far as copying goes, I’ve spent a lonnnng fucking time being frustrated about people who copy. It actually hindered me from doing any kind of creating. I’ve come to the conclusion that you just have to keep going and let the public decide; keep putting out good content that’s true to yourself and people will eventually see you.