A One-Man Show: Internet Publisher Launches New Online Video Newsletter for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

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Forget about blogs. They're so 2004. The next big thing is here, and it's called the video blog (or "vlog"). Here's one guy who's jumping on the bandwagon with the first vlog for small business owners, The HotBizz Report (http://www.hotbizz.com).

Working in his small home office over the garage, Joe Chapuis knows the next big thing is upon us. Internet video has arrived, and it presents the opportunity of a lifetime - especially for the little guy.

For less than $2,000, Joe Chapuis has built a mini-studio at home where he produces his new video newsletter for entrepreneurs and small business owners, The HotBizz Report (http://www.HotBizz.com). His topics include ecommerce, internet marketing and inspirational success stories.

"It's amazing. Just a few years ago, this would have been nearly impossible," he says. "Now, anyone with a decent camera and the right software can brodcast digital-quality video to millions of people around the world."

Using a $650 digital camcorder, and several low-budget software programs for video production and editing, Chapuis produces two 3-4 minute video shows each week. His only other overhead cost is for web hosting. "I've got a dedicated server that runs me $99 month," he adds, "But I'll probably have to upgrade to a more expensive package to handle the increased bandwidth usage as my audience grows."

However, the fact that anyone can now create their own home-grown video show for global distribution doesn't mean that every production is going to find a sizable audience. "The number of vloggers is growing daily," he says. "People aren't going to waste precious time watching your show just because it's there." He adds, "The content has to be good if you want to stand out from the crowd and make a name for yourself."

About Joe Chapuis

Joe has been a self-employed internet entrepreneur since 1996. In addition to producing The HotBizz Report, he recently published The Jumpstart Guide (http://www.JumpstartGuide.com), a crash course on DVD for people who want to learn how to use the internet to earn an income from home.

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