In our last post we listed 4 things that all beginners need to do if they are going to succeed at building a business on the internet. I want to make the topic of this post the very first thing we mentioned in that article.
You Must Make a Decision…
If you have even the smallest desire to become an entrepreneur on the internet, you must evaluate what price you are willing to pay to establish your online presence. For most of us this not a life and death moment. We can build a business or we can walk away and continue what we are already doing.That is the very reason why most people do not succeed at internet marketing. It is too easy to take a look at all that needs to be learned and simply walk away from the process! Before you even begin the process of launching an internet business, you must count the cost. If you are here because you are a newbie, I do not want to lead you astray. You must make a decision that you are willing to stick with it no matter how confusing the process may seem. If you are not willing to step into new territory you should not be here. Continue your current occupation or attend to your hobbies. That way you will not waste your time or your money. To be successful in an online business you must determine that you are in for the duration. No matter what comes your way you are going to hang in. As a beginner you will make mistakes and there are times you have undo the hard work you have done. If it isn't working and you haven't made a this decision, you will quit. So before you even build your first website determine the price you are willing to pay in time, effort and even emotions. Internet Marketing is not:
For the Faint of Heart…
When you begin to build an internet business there is a very large learning curve. Some of you may be fortunate enough that you have a background in computers and HTML and WordPress etc. However most novices do not have such skills. You may feel comfortable using a computer and even surfing on the net. Many of you like me probably have a facebook page,send tweets and may even have other social pages. That will help you to be familiar with certain terms but how do you relate that to a business. Starting a business takes you into a whole new realm. I have friends who are experts in certain areas of computer use who will not even talk about starting an online business. The learning curve is more than they want to attack. They are happier with their current status. They work for a company that requires a certain number of hours, and they are not willing to spend time developing a business for themselves. As someone who is new to internet marketing you must determine if you have what it takes to wade through the large amount of knowledge that you have before you. You can make money as an online business owner but you must be willing to take the good with the bad. You must determine whether or not you have the heart to make it. You must make the decision as to whether you can work for yourself:
Can You Be Your Own Boss?
You might think that is a silly question. After all if I am my own boss I can do anything I want. That is just the point I am making. If you are going to be your own boss you must have the gumption to spend the time necessary to build your enterprise. No one else is going to do that for your. I am asking you as a person contemplating starting a business to evaluate your own personality. Some people have no problem working by themselves. They are self starters and can get up every morning and set schedule and keep it. Others cannot do that. If they are punching a clock they know they have to be there but if left to their own direction the hours pass by with no accomplishments. If you cannot set a schedule for yourself and work that schedule, you may want to reconsider starting an online business. Being your own boss sounds great but there are many distractions that can keep you from succeeding. Before you go further look inside yourself and determine if you can work for yourself. Also you must be willing to overcome the many voices around you:
No Overnight Success!
If you have read this far, you must feel that you have what it takes to start an online business. You will find as a newbie that you wil have many different people trying to give you advice. Some will be highly touted gurus on the internet who will promise that you can quit your day job in a couple of weeks. Others will be friends or acquaintances that have given internet marketing a try and have failed. They will be the ones who will tell you that all internet businesses are a scam. Yet they are part of a society that has seen Ebay and Amazon become strong competitors to the stores that populate our malls. I bet they buy from them too. Even your own family may try to discourage your efforts. Be determined from the beginning to sort out the good from the bad. You will need certain voices to help you avoid mistakes and you will need to listen to your family when they tell you to slow down and smell the roses. Listen to what is said and eat the meat and spit out the bones! You can succeed if you are determined to do so!
If you are going to succeed in this world of internet business, you must be a Determined Newbie. If you do not make the decision that you are in for the long haul, you probably will start but you will not succeed. When you you do not make money right away or you just get weary, you will quit. I do not want to see that happen to you. Make the decision that you will keep on Keeping on and you will be the success you want to be.
Keep Looking Up!