Product Development April 11, 2020

You Can Launch A Business with a Google Sheet

Andrew Kamphey @AndrewKamphey

Jack Dorsey launched a $1B global relief fund via a google sheet. You can start a business.

Wait, but he has money... how do I get money?

Dense Discovery created a payment portal in a google sheet.

Sell individual items with links to etsy, or ebay, in a cell.

Let BuyMeACoffee handle monthly subscriptions, or just take donations.

Put a google sheet behind a $3 paywall with BuyMeACoffee's Coffeelinks

But I don't have stripe.
Set a very unique number, like $34.20 for your price: and use Paypal.me. For example if you pay $3.02 here, I'll know you read this article and really liked it.

Watch Your payments. Anyone paid that amount? Send them an email.

Link to Gumroad or simplegoods

Heck... create an amazon wishlist, and when someone sends you an item. Mark them as paid.

...sure, okay... But what do I sell?

Freelance SEO marketers use google sheets for analysis. Get a domain, send a google sheet of tips, backlinks, etc.

Want to start a newsletter? But don't want to spin up a Mailchimp account...
Create a google form to capture email addresses.

GrowthList sells lead lists.

You can create a P.R. agency in a google sheet.

Social Media Marketing: Write 100 tweets for a business for $150. That's like 5 cents a word.

Content Marketing: Write 50 great Linkedin Posts for a business for $250. Send them in a google sheet.

Keep track of what you do in a google sheet. use formats over and over again. Track how your posts do, and then use the tracking to promote your services to more.

But Marketing....

Make free calculators in google sheets. Share on IH, on Twitter, on Reddit.

Are you selling a list of 250 sources, leads, tips? Give away 20, in a google sheet.

Speaking of google sheets.... Let me tell you about Better Sheets.

Better Sheets

I help entrepreneurs, hackers, coders, build better Google Sheets.
At bettersheets.co you can get lifetime access to video tutorials.

No monthly payments. 1 fee. 1 time. That's all.

I've helped Carlos track his crypto portfolio.
I've built a CRM inside of google sheets for an 8 person outreach team.
I've literally performed magic... with a checkbox. Free tutorial on bettersheets.co.

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    sold! great copy.

    fyi, on your site after paying via paypal it showed an error "www.loom.com refused to connect." not a problem for me, i accessed it through my gumroad account, just thought i'd let you know.

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    you should definitely add a lead magnet to your site (perhaps under the first CTA, right above your bio section? above the fold would be best. and also possibly an exit-intent pop). something like "The 5 coolest things you didn't know you could do in google sheets" or something like that.

    when they opt in, they'll get an immediate email with your 5 coolest things pdf and a link to buy the course. then send them another cool tip or tidbit every two or three days for another 5 emails, all with links to buy the full course in there too.

    this way you'll let them know you know what you're talking about, build trust, and give them several reminders about your course if they don't decide to buy their first (and probably last) visit to your page.

    (bonus points if you hook up sendgrid or similar to a google sheet to store and power your email list and campaigns 😂😎)

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      Much appreciate the heads up. I also emailed you just now with the link. Hope that helps.

      Yes absolutely I should add a lead magnet. or 3. I might be creating more lead magnets than any human should be. Watch that landing page.

      In the mean time I launched a daily tips newsletter. http://bettersheets.substack.com/

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        sweet, i'll respond to that in a minute.

        haha. brings to mind an article on hubspot showing a graph of the number of lead magnets vs something good (can't remember exactly, probably email list size or profit), and the good thing really starting taking off around 40 magnets!

        nice! that's exactly what i'm talking about. send them the lead magnet put them in that flow.

        jumped onto influenceweekly.co too, nice welcome email and download.

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    This is nice. Liked the tips and how smoothly you came to bettersheets. :)
    I love google sheets. Made table2api.com for my internal API needs.

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      It is like sheetsu or sheetsy?

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        More like sheety. But you can filter records using parameters.

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    The title was why I came here. Nice job naming! 👍

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    @AndrewKamphey - I really like your video tutorials on Loom on how you're building Better Sheets. (https://www.loom.com/share/bd4be528dbb947bd9050a7e94de84678) Bravo. How can we subscribe to be alerted about new videos when they're released?

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      As of now I won't be putting any more videos out about the launch of the daily newsletter. It's launched :) bettersheets.substack.com

      happy to answer any specific questions you have.

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