How to Start a Magazine

Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? For that to take place, research and enough capital are necessary. The same rules are applicable to any individual who wishes to begin his own magazine publishing.

Content is really going to weigh heavily on your magazine’s success. If you are doing something much like what Cosmopolitan or Vogue is doing, it is more likely than not that you will not even dent the market, as you offer nothing new.

For your magazine to sell off the stands, you must feature something unique. For example, instead of placing a focus on apparel, you can create a magazine geared toward parenting or cooking. What it comes down to is good market research.

If you’re not able to do it yourself, hire a market research group to do it on your behalf. If its study proves that there is potential in heading in a particular direction, seize the moment and formulate a plan to create a profitable magazine.

The biggest issue people face is what to do if they lack the funds to get the magazine up and running. The best way to proceed is to contact investors and provide them with your business plan, which should advise the amount of money required and when the investors may realize returns on their investments.

Another available option is to begin a magazine publication via the Web. In contrast to print versions, there is no need to spend a great deal of money because it is not very expensive to develop a website and have it hosted.

To understand what is required to make this work, you can visit the small business association website, which may be able to give you plenty of useful input.

One important thing that you need to consider is the name of the magazine. The shorter the name, the better, so that it is simple for people to remember, and this can only take place if it catches people’s attention.

A magazine can come out every month or every quarter. To secure the quality of your content, be sure to hire the proper people to work as editors, writers, and photographers. If you are not able to afford to hire these individuals full time, make sure that you are able to purchase the rights from them, then have the ability to edit the materials yourself and pay for them accordingly.

Remember to do promotion for the online magazine. You can accomplish this by paying for pop-up ads that will be visible on multiple websites, especially the search engines.

If the online publication has many hits, and you can earn enough money from the advertising, maybe the time is right to focus on creating your own newsstand magazine.

Starting a magazine is not a simple feat, as you are getting into an industry that has been around for ages. To reiterate, if someone else has created a magazine very similar to what you are planning, consider just what they may be lacking and then use that to your own advantage. This has not caused others to shy away from launching their magazines, which demonstrates that there is plenty of room for everybody in this business.

About Monica Davis div class="monica-bio">

Monica Davis is a media coach, strategist and storyteller with 20+ years of experience in the media industry. As the founder and publisher of Exceptional People Magazine, she has positively impacted the lives of professionals and business owners worldwide for more than a decade. She coaches and educates entrepreneurs who want to expand the reach of their brand with a magazine, navigate the challenging process of developing and running a successful publication.

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