A Christian Venture ...

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I have profitable ideas on an almost daily basis.

While reading Rick Warren's book "The Purpose
Driven Life" I'm reminded of Christian Monks that
have a bell ring every hour to remind them to say a
Prayer/inspiration to The Lord.

So I was thinking of an App. that basically
reminds People/alerts them every hour to give
praise to The Lord with an empowering quotation
from The Bible.

You're free to "steal" this idea if you like and if
you don't I'll tag it on to all my other ideas.

Jonathan
#christian #venture
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    I have profitable ideas on an almost daily basis.

    Jonathan,

    Lots of people, including me, have non-stop ideas.

    I have found, however, that there is a huge difference between these kinds of thoughts and profitable ideas.

    A profitable idea is one that is implemented, tested, verified, and most importantly, a proven money-maker. No one, even the best creative minds on the planet, can say an idea is profitable until it is proven to be so.

    Whether your "Christian Venture" mentioned here is actually profitable (and a good idea for someone to pursue) depends upon that idea being carried out to maturity and proven through successful sales.

    With all due respect . . . you don't have a profitable idea just yet.

    IMO, the very first step in the maturation process is some focused market research to see if others would accept the idea and spend money on such an app. There is no sense in creating any new product until you have a good idea (through specific focused research) how it's going to be accepted in the marketplace.

    I wish you (or anyone else) well if you decide to follow through with this.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Good point. Thanks Steve. Let's call it an "Inspired Idea."

      (I'm relatively certain that if someone carried it out they would be successful) And if not, they pursued something amazing. (Meaning empowering/inspiring People.)

      Many times, with many ventures, "success" isn't guaranteed. It's all about choosing something you're passionate about and just [censored] going for it.

      Jonathan
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

        (Blah blah blah.) All of the greatest Business ideas (etc.) started out with a idea. Mediocre thinking creates mediocre results.

        Dream big. And if you don't want to inspire People dialy with my suggestion do something similar.
        : )
        What Steve says is true. And Jonathan what you also say is true,

        It all starts with an idea : >)
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Thanks discrat. I have a lot of respect for you, Steve, and everyone ... I just see my idea being something amazing in the right hands.
          : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    I have profitable ideas on an almost daily basis.

    While reading Rick Warren's book "The Purpose
    Driven Life" I'm reminded of Christian Monks that
    have a bell ring every hour to remind them to say a
    Prayer/inspiration to The Lord.

    So I was thinking of an App. that basically
    reminds People/alerts them every hour to give
    praise to The Lord with an empowering quotation
    from The Bible.

    You're free to "steal" this idea if you like and if
    you don't I'll tag it on to all my other ideas.

    Jonathan
    There's a few apps available already which alerts a biblical quote daily.

    I'm not sure if there was a setting, but I think an hourly option would be there, though I'd find this too frequent.

    Likewise there are apps with motivational quotes - some specific to philosophers and authors.

    We have to dig a lot deeper to come up with unique concepts especially when it comes to quotes, since quotes are absolutely rife in the current clime, from online memes to tangible wall pictures and adhesive murals.
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        They are biblical quote apps which are naturally aimed towards Christians.

        These are free and you can find them on the App Store with a quick search.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          They are biblical quote apps which are naturally aimed towards Christians.

          These are free and you can find them on the App Store with a quick search.
          Cool. : ) Are they positioned as being Biblical quotes every hour? If so, I created something so good it's already been done.
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          • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
            I haven't installed all those available but I'm sure an hourly alert may be an option on a some of them.

            The first thing to do is to look at the current market to see what's being done and how you can do things differently. Hourly alerts are unlikely to be the solution.

            The USP would be in the style of graphical presentation and that's what differentiates the wide range of those available.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    I have profitable ideas on an almost daily basis.

    While reading Rick Warren's book "The Purpose
    Driven Life" I'm reminded of Christian Monks that
    have a bell ring every hour to remind them to say a
    Prayer/inspiration to The Lord.

    So I was thinking of an App. that basically
    reminds People/alerts them every hour to give
    praise to The Lord with an empowering quotation
    from The Bible.

    You're free to "steal" this idea if you like and if
    you don't I'll tag it on to all my other ideas.

    Jonathan
    An interesting thought but isn't there already so many scheduling apps?
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    I would think positioning it as a faith builder as opposed to another daily devotional would help get some traction. It would all be about the story you tell.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    A good way to promote that would be through Biblical quote pages on Facebook.

    There are lots of them.

    Hire a VA to do outreach.

    That's how I market to pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      With the market heaving, a solid USP will differentiate yourself from the others, so deciding upon what this will be is paramount to its success and thus the actual 'idea'.

      Original music, a themes of graphics would be the primary aspects to consider.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    It doesn't cost much to do VA outreach. Less than $50 = decent. Less than $100 = more than enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    It is entirely up to you.

    If you think this idea is good and truly inspires, then I will say go for it!
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    • Profile picture of the author quadagon
      Originally Posted by BusinessPerson View Post

      There are countless examples of people with a great ideas (including Stephen King's book Carrie and the board game Monopoly) that were initially "rejected" before they were successful.
      I would think positioning it as a faith builder as opposed to another daily devotional would help get some traction. It would all be about the story you tell.
      There is a big difference between Carrie getting rejected and having an idea.

      Carrie was a full manuscript when it was rejected it wasn't just SK saying 'this story is about a girl at prom and she....'

      Harry Potter was also rejected numerous times.

      Whilst I agree that persistence can pay I'm always wary of drawing parallels to literature which is a different beast to most business models.

      With regards to the app I believe if you position it right and even crowdscourced the project a bit that it could get traction.

      I imagine that the hourly thing might not appeal to everyone but who knows.

      Now if the app could merge a daily devotional with an alarm clock then I'm sold.
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  • Profile picture of the author dburk
    Hi Jonathan,

    First, thanks for sharing your idea.

    Ideals are a dime a dozen, almost everyone has dozens of brilliant ideas nearly every day.

    Execution is the ingredient that brings real value to an idea. Without execution the only value of an idea is completely imaginary.

    In this case, your idea is mostly worthless, as there are many, many apps that are already created by people that have already executed the idea. So, your idea is not original, not unique and many other people had the same idea and already executed on it.

    Thanks for nothing.

    But the thought was nice. Thanks for the nice thoughts.

    Don Burk
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    How many people like you are there?
    What's the easiest way to present your idea in front of them?
    What else do they have in common (since others have beat you to the idea, you need a twist. The twist could be that your app reminds people it's time for the spirit and something else... )

    Like some have said, ideas are a dime a dozen, including good ones. Ideas acted upon, though...

    Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

    Personally I would love a little App. that reminds me to think about/praise The Lord with an empowering quotation every hour.
    : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    A quick search threw up hundreds of "alert" apps, including those with a religious theme. For example:

    Jesus Power App app for ios - Review & Download .IPA file

    It would be fairly straightforward to adapt one of those for this idea - if it hasn't already been done.

    But the moral here is if you think you have a potentially profitable idea (and who doesn't?), stop dreaming and talking about it - just get on with implementing it. Or leave it and move on.
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      A quick search threw up hundreds of "alert" apps, including those with a religious theme. For example:

      Jesus Power App app for ios - Review & Download .IPA file

      It would be fairly straightforward to adapt one of those for this idea - if it hasn't already been done.

      But the moral here is if you think you have a potentially profitable idea (and who doesn't?), stop dreaming and talking about it - just get on with implementing it.
      It has already been done, not just once, a thousand time over. It is one of the most commonly implemented ideas for apps on the app marketplace. The majority of these prayer reminder apps have been done for Muslims rather than Christians, but there are plenty of these apps for Christians too.

      I agree with your assertion that the moral here is execution of an idea is where all the value lies, not with merely thinking of it. An idea is worth nothing, execution is worth everything. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be.

      You should have to pay someone to listen to your ideas, they are not the valuable gifts that some people seem to think that they are, an idea is just a dream, not a reality, Ideas have no real value, execution is all that really matters.

      That's how I see it.

      Don Burk
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Originally Posted by dburk View Post

        You should have to pay someone to listen to your ideas, they are not the valuable gifts that some people seem to think that they are, an idea is just a dream, not a reality, Ideas have no real value, execution is all that really matters.
        So what we need is an app that lets you enter an idea as it comes into your head - maybe program it with an applause soundtrack - then all the full-time dreamers can have their own outlet.

        Sounds like an idea...
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Sounds like a great idea, for starters. You believe in it. Feel passionate about it. As for profits,now the work begins. Research. Due diligence. If all checks out on the research side, build a blog to offer free, helpful content, to establish your name, to build your rep. Many other routes to take, but the next step is to dig deep on this idea, to get a feel for where folks who need this meet online, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Amboos
    Hi Jonathan! It's good to see people doing ministry work even in forums like these. With all the distractions in the world today, I think it's best if people go to the Source of it all. Anything negative - depression, addiction, afflictions, wars, sickness and disease - would be removed if people knew how to tap to the greatest problem solver of all. And this idea would be a great way to start.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Thanks for the advice and feedback Everyone. : )

      I'm busy with another couple of other projects/ventures at the moment however I may pursue this one at a later time. The main reason for me posting it was in the hope that someone else would see the value in it and consider making it successful.

      Jonathan.
      P.S. Sorry for the "Blah" post Steve. (I deleted it.)
      : )
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