Hi, My name is Shields Bialasik. I am the founder and CEO of LocalsGuide. I started LocalsGuide in Ashland, Oregon, USA as a direct mail monthly print magazine. Now after 14 years of publishing I am making the LocalsGuide local newspaper / magazine model available to share and develop in new communities.
To begin with creating a successful magazine is not easy. It takes time, money and dedication. It takes a commitment to excellence and great relationship skills to win and keep advertisers.
That said, I am going to spare you the hard sales pitch because if your not willing to do the work, then you will not succeed and I cannot help you. There are plenty of other local newspaper & magazine models that claim quick success and might work better for you.
In regards to LocalsGuide I will say that if you are willing to do the work. If you are willing to spend the money, to take the time, to learn and work hard you can succeed. You can earn an income that can rival that of many professionals.
The LocalsGuide publication that I publish in Ashland, Oregon has afforded myself and my family the opportunity to travel all around the world and while continuing to publish the monthly magazine. The model I have developed is completely unique and highly prosperous not just for the owner of the publication but for the advertisers and for the community that reads the LocalsGuide.
Starting a community magazine is no ordinary endeavor. When I first started it I went $60,000 USD into debt and spent the next 5 years working hard to attain the great momentum we have today. Today I work less than 40 hours a month to create a beautiful 60 page publication and have retained more than 90% of my clients for the past 14 years.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my model with you, but in respect to your time and mine I am setting the startup cost for creating your own LocalsGuide at $15,000 USD.
If you are serious about learning more and the price tag does not scare you away then let’s talk. I have a lot to share and would love to see other individuals, families, and communities experiencing the benefits of this amazing and positive hyperlocal media model.