I’m Scared But I’m Doing It Anyways – Starting My Own PLR Membership

AfraidIt’s been 14 months since I first told myself this was something I wanted to do. It’s been 7 months since I finally told myself I knew what topic I wanted to cover. It’s been 4 months since I wrote most of the content for the first month.

So, why do I not have my own PLR membership site up and running?

Fear. Pure fear and nervousness.

Starting my own membership site is a risk. A good membership plugin is $50-200. I need a domain name. I’ll be creating content and if I don’t have many sign ups I could be creating a ton of content for a few people and not making enough money for it to be worth it. It’s a risk and I’m pretty scared about it.

Financially I’m in a spot where taking small risks is okay but big time consuming risks are scary but it’s something I want and deep down I know if I work hard I can make a profitable membership.

I’ve told my Taylor (my significant other) about this in the past. Every once and a while he asks why I haven’t done it yet and my response to him is always the same. “We don’t have the money for a plugin.” I knew that was crap because if I wanted that plugin badly enough I could get it. If I wanted the membership badly enough I would find a way to do it with a free plugin or no plugin. (I’ve seen some PLR memberships that just use Aweber to email out the PLR to members each month.)

Well, this morning Taylor and I were working and he brought it up again. I used the same excuse I always do and you know what he said? “That’s not gonna work today.” I guess he picked up an extra writing client without telling me and set the money aside so I could get started and to me to go for it. No more messing around. He told me all I need to do is make that money back… and that if I can manage that he knows I can turn it into a successful site.

How can I say no to that?

Today’s the day I dive in and do it even though I’m scared. Even though I’m nervous. Even though I’ve never used a complicated plugin of any kind.

It’s going to be a weight loss PLR membership. It’s a niche I’m already deeply involved in and know a lot about. I studied nutrition in university, I’ve lost a lot of weight on my own, I know about Paleo, vegetarianism, diabetes, all of that. It’s something I’m passionate about and know I can write about month after month.

So here is what I’ll be doing today.

1. Buy my new plugin. I picked InstaMember because I heard some good things about how easy it is to integrate with JVZoo (which is how I plan to get affiliates.) It’s also only $50 for a one site license and I can upgrade to multi-license any time for an extra $50 instead of needing to rebuy it for more sites. Who knows, if this goes well I might end up doing more.

2. Buy my domain. I’ve got until tonight to do this. I’m so bad at picking domains. It’s going to be a road block for me because I always think the domains I pick sound horrible. LOL

3. Installing the plugin and trying to wrap my head about how it works. I just need to learn the basics for now.

4. Start brainstorming my bonuses since the first month’s of content is done.

I’m off to brainstorm domain names. I know I over think this which is why I added the deadline. Expect to see a lot of blog posts about my progress and the things I learn along the way!

What have you been too scared to work on? It’s time to work through that fear and make something happen!

It kind of hurts to think about how much money I could have made if I had just dove in 14 months ago when I decided I wanted a membership site, you know?

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  1. Way to go, girl!

    I have been trying to talk myself into focusing on ebooks for a while now, and I keep dipping my toe in, but not committing fully because I need the guaranteed funds that providing a service (content writing) gives me. I also have been toying with the idea of a PLR site, I even picked out a name and wrote the first pack of articles, but just balked at that. I couldn’t face building a site that might not make me any money.

    I think a lot of our problems lie in lack of confidence in ourselves. However, I know your stuff is good, a lot of people in the IM community know it, too. I think you’ll be fine. Even if it takes a little while, I think you’ll make it work because you strike me as that type of persevering soul who will find a way to get things on track.

    Keep us posted on your success!

    • I will! I know that feeling Jessica. Half of my time spend working is writing for clients because I still need that income to make ends meet. I’ve definitely been feeling stagnant though. I make around the same each month because I don’t push myself to take risks. If I ever want to stop having to write for clients I need to take those risks!

      If you ever want help getting started with the PLR thing let me know. You don’t even need a site to do PLR, I know a lot of people who just use JVZoo and Aweber to build their PLR business!

  2. Wow, good for you, Amanda. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the new site up. Best of luck and congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone and making things happen! 🙂

  3. Drat! Just lost my comment because I switched to regular mode!

    The gist of it was that I know you’ll succeed because you study best practice and apply it so well.

    The recurring revenue is a big appeal but then the commitment is higher too. You’ll manage. Well.

    I’ve had my PLR site on the back burner for a year. Must get it going at some point!!

  4. Congratulations on getting started. There are several things that I have on the back burner – they are still there due to procrastination and a level of fear, just like you.

    Glad that you are being brave and getting it done! Look forward to hearing more about this. It could be an avenue that I might like to try out some day. Well done and Good Luck 🙂

    • I’m sure I’ll be writing about it a lot. There were a lot of things I wanted to do this year I put off because of fear so I’m trying to make the most of the rest of this year and all of next year. I want to really push my business forward.

  5. I think it’s time you get your feet wet and take the plunge. You’ll never know how it will work out unless you take ACTION. I don’t need to tell you this – you already know the scoop.

    If it doesn’t turn out as you expected, nothing it lost, but you’ve gained a ton of experience through the process. You can still sell the content from the membership site as a “deal” for a WSO or simply place it into your PLR store.

    I’m a fine one to talk though. I’ve wanted to write that Kindle book on spousal abuse for a year now, and I still haven’t done it!

    • And if things work out I’ll have experience I can put into an infoproduct for other people who want to do the same thing. 🙂

      Worst case scenario it doesn’t work and I retire the site and revisit it later but I’ve got a plan for promoting. It’ll mostly be lower priced packs with the membership as an upsell so it’s attractive for affiliates. I’m also going to be reaching out to someone who has product about weight loss blogging to see if they’d like to promote it. 🙂

  6. Good luck with starting out. At some point you have to take control of the fear and do it anyway 🙂 PLR products is something that I’m just looking into offering. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your progress and anything you pick up on the way 🙂 I haven’t decided my niche yet, so I’m a long way off from even thinking about starting.

    • If you ever want some help figuring out how to get started feel free to send me a message with my contact page. You don’t need to pick just one niche! My main store covers all niches and does well.

  7. Amanda,

    I can understand having fear, but since you currently have a successful PLR store, why are you afraid? I say go for it! Life is not meant to fear but to live.

    I think we’re often given opportunities to help us grow and advance, but it’s our fear that holds us back and keeps us from being successful.

    So glad to see you’re moving ahead. Wishing you much success!

    • Well, the thing with my store is that if a pack flops and I sell 3 copies I know I’ll eventually sell more. The risk here is creating tons of content and only having a few members, you know? I’m pretty excited about the project though. It’s been really tough going through the technical aspects.

  8. Looking forward to seeing your new project come to life 🙂

  9. I’m so happy for you! What a great surprise. Congrats!

  10. Have you finished? I’d like to see the final product. Maybe I’m just lazy and missed it?

  11. Amanda,
    I hear you about the fear and nervousness. I launched a product on JVZoo in October and felt it, too, but pushed ahead and won thru action. Talk about failing forward!
    I wish you great luck in this new membership and congratulate you on taking action.
    With such an evergreen topic, I have no doubt it will be successful. If you keep membership open, you will continue to add buyers.
    Mary Ann

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