About IM Redwood

Take a look around you. Do you see any living things? House plants, gold fish, other people?

Think about this: every living thing started out very, very small. And then it grew.

I could argue that is also true about most, if not all, man-made inanimate objects.

They all started out as an idea. Then maybe there was a sketch. Then a person grabbed some tools and raw materials and started building.

A business starts the same way. First it’s an idea. Then it becomes a plan. From there it can grow.

That’s the idea behind IM Redwood. You have an idea about starting a business. IM Redwood will help you take that idea and show you ways to help it grow.

Ben Franklin famously wrote, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

I don’t know if your bedtime creates health, wealth, and wisdom.

However, I do know that these are 3 things most people want.

I know, I know. Some of you are shaking your head and saying, “I don’t want to be wealthy. I just want enough money to pay my bills and not have to worry.”

That’s fine. That’s still a level of wealth that you are probably lacking now or you wouldn’t be visiting this website.

I won’t bore you with my whole biography. That’s not what you came here for.

I will say that I fancy myself to be something of a writer and a teacher.

Over the years I’ve learned to write pretty clearly. How clearly?

Well, for 3 years I worked for the Maryland General Assembly (the state legislature). I had to write explanations of tax bills clear enough so that even the elected members of the legislature could understand them. 🙂

I’ve also had the privilege to teach math and Jewish topics.

Laid Off – Time for a Fresh Start

Back in 2011 I was laid off from a teaching job I loved.

The good news was I had been warned that the layoff was coming.

The bad news was I was over 50 years old. I knew that schools where I might find another job were looking for younger guys who could “relate” to students in their 20s.

This was when I became aware that guys like me were creating their own jobs and making money on the internet.

Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work from home and be my own boss. Well, sort of. You see I’ve always tried to keep my wife up to date with what I’m doing.

One thing I’ve learned is that there are lots of ways to use the internet to create a job for yourself.

Do you remember the Kenny Rogers song from 1978, The Gambler?

Here’s a few lines from it:

You got to know
When to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em

‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser

When this song came out I was a poker dealer in Las Vegas. Yeah, really.

There’s plenty of wisdom in that song.

As a dealer I saw it in action. I remember one player who never learned this lesson.

One time he was all upset because a pair of twos won a pot. He had been holding a better hand, but folded.

Several pots later he stayed in. He was shocked when his full house lost to four of a kind.

Why am I telling you this?

Because it’s a lesson that applies to starting an online business.

Here are the only 3 ingredients you need to have a business:

  • a product or service people will pay for
  • customers who will pay you
  • a way to collect payment.

It’s not about “making money online!” No, it’s about selling something that people want or need.

Being online is merely a tool that lets you easily reach a lot of people.

Here’s the point. Don’t confuse the tool with the service. Don’t confuse the tool with the product.

The internet is a tool. A very powerful one, but still just a tool. It is a tool which allows us to reach people in every part of the world.

Thanks for reading,

Shlomo Skinner

Shlomo Skinner IM Redwood