The journey so far
As the development of this website progresses, it makes sense to take a moment to think carefully about the direction it is heading in. There are probably enough websites in the world now, and enough information being published.
It is estimated that globally, there are 571 new websites started and 2 million Google searches performed… every minute!
Right now, there are multiple companies trying to create ‘the new Facebook’ or ‘the new Amazon’. With so much information at our fingertips on the internet, ideas and inspiration are not rare commodities.
In fact, ideas are cheap. Talking about ideas, but not taking action on them is even cheaper…
So, if we want to create a new web-based service, we need to know why we are doing it, who we are going to help, and how we are going to do this. If we own a ‘bricks and mortar’ company and want to expand our internet presence to sell more products or services then that is one thing, but if we want the website to be at the core of the business we need to have a good plan.
Without a clear goal, a good plan, and what we think is a winning formula it is not worth starting a website at all… Unless it is a hobby or a personal blog done for non-financial reasons of course.
So, What is EarthResPro and who is it for?
EarthResPro is an industry specific tool for helping internationally mobile earth resource professionals informed, safe, and happier. Before even applying for a job in a new and unknown country, or continent, it makes sense to research. If your application is successful, or if your existing company is re-posting you, there will be a need to do a deeper and wider search for information.
The normal places that we research will include:
- Government Embassy advisories
- Trip Advisor
- Medical/Immunisation information
- National Geographic
- Weather websites
- World Bank
- Pinterest/Instagram image search
There are other places to look and gradually accumulate information. Some information will be more accurate than others. Some will be more opinion based than factual. Some things that you read will be biased in a positive or negative way.
One thing is for sure, there will be no place where someone like you, with similar work experience as you, has carefully found, curated, and fact checked what you need to know.
Nowhere other than EarthResPro!
What value will it bring to users that they can’t find elsewhere?
This is an important question. To be of value, you need to either entertain or solve a problem. This is the case regardless of industry.
Venture Capitalists will often ask a start-up founder:
Are you creating a vitamin or a painkiller?
Vitamins are an indulgence, they make the people who buy them fell happier. They think that they are likely to be boosting their immune system or increasing overall health or vitality. Study after study has shown no demonstrable benefit in taking vitamins. In fact, there is evidence that taking additional concentrated nutrients can cause damage to our bodies!
A painkiller is a quick fix, it solves an immediate problem quickly and efficiently.
Venture Capitalists would prefer that you are creating a painkiller, however, some of the biggest and most valuable companies in the world create vitamins…
EarthResPro is designed to be a painkiller. For you to research a particular work destination, you might search for and review a dozen websites or more. Unless you make notes or bookmark pages you might not be able to find them again. Your task is more difficult by having to evaluate different sources.
You need to ask questions like ‘does this writer or company have a hidden agenda or are they trying to sell me something?’ For example, you will see a very different review of a third world country from a travel agency and an international aid agency.
If we trust the source, we don’t need to research. If we researched every single thing that we are told then this is all that we would do in our lives.
EarthResPro has information that has been sourced, fact checked and curated by someone just like you. An experienced mobile oil and gas executive with many years and countries under their belt.
This information is easily found, and all in one place!
It will be like a note to yourself, from your future self, helping you to avoid the biggest pitfalls and to enjoy your future work experience to the full.
In this way, EarthResPro will solve problems for you. The immediate problem of research, and the myriad of future problems that could be waiting around the corner. At the same time, you will be able to see photo galleries of some of the best aspects of your future workplace. You will be able to read about the experiences of people just like you.