I had a very fun brainstorm today while talking to my very creative friend Marilyn on the phone:
Why not ask my readers to submit their products for a Pam’s Favorite Things feature post in anticipation of the spending spree we call the holiday season? I often wonder what I can do for you readers to further expand your business growth, get the word out about your products, provide support and encouragement and help you break into new markets. Instead of spending our hard earned holiday dollars this year at behemoth companies like Nordstrom, Walmart and Toys-R-Us, why don’t we direct them towards our sister-en and brethren who are working hard to build a business?
This seems like a really fun way to get a little friendly competition going and generate some buzz for our shared mission here at Escape from Cubicle Nation which is to promote liberation and creativity through new business ventures.
So here goes …
- From now (November 15) until November 28, send me an email with the subject line "Pam’s Favorite Things Submission" and tell me about your product, why you think it would be a great gift, and how you got your start as an entrepreneur. Send it to pcs (at) ganas (dot) com.
- I will sift through the piles of excellent entries and choose the Top 10 to be included in the post to be published here on December 1.
- Feel free to spread the word to other creative entrepreneurs who want to join in the fun.
- Submissions should be for products that one would actually consider giving to someone else for the holidays. If you are a Java programmer, a package of 10 free programming hours may not be the ideal gift for this contest. Then again, I guess it depends on who is on your list. I look forward to your descriptions of why your product should be on the list as much as a description of what it is.
- Please, no bigger companies disguising themselves as smaller companies. What I want to promote here are examples of people who have crossed the great chasm from corporate drone to kick-ass entrepreneur and have some great products to show for it that would make fun, valuable, interesting and off-beat presents.
- No need to send samples unless it is high-quality chocolate or coffee. Then I must sample it to ensure it is as good as you say it is. I am not running this contest to subvert my own holiday shopping by getting a bunch of your freebies, although now that I think about it, that is an excellent idea. Ever hear of "re-gifting?" Seriously, don’t worry about samples.
Oprah can promise overnight millionaires by her "recommendations" … I may generate enough sales by my recommendations to help you pay for the postage on the gifts you ship to your relatives.
But I guarantee you one thing – it will be fun! Please join in.