This is where a lot of people get stuck when it comes to building an online business...
Right at the start.
And perhaps you’re decided to give it a go… in which case, congratulations!
But… then what?
It’s one thing to decide you want to build your own online business, but how do you actually get started?
Let me give you four key tips for getting off your ass and on the path to financial freedom.
Tip #1: Start With The Right Mindset And Expectations
I see so many people fail because of this.
It dooms them to inevitable failure before they even start.
They want to make thousands and quit their job by the end of the month.
They don’t want to put in any work.
They don’t want to learn the skills that will enable them to make money online.
They want a done-for-you system so they can just push a big red fucking button and bathe in the mountains of hundred dollar bills that will then automatically rain down upon them from the heavens.
Push button... make mucho monies... simple!
(Scarily, that’s not as much of an exaggeration as you might think.)
A successful, sustainable, online business requires hard work, focus, discipline, organisation and persistence.
If you’re not prepared to put in the work then go buy a lotto ticket, put Netflix back on and sit on your ass until the numbers are drawn. Your chances of success will be higher.
There’s more to it but that, in my opinion, is the number one reason for failure for most people and the number one thing you will want to get right up front.
If you want to dig into it more, I’ll be covering it in much more detail in the coming weeks in my free Facebook group.
Tip #2: Choose Your Path
Don’t make the mistake I did.
When I started I had this idea of creating a ‘portfolio business’.
I’d worked with online business owners for some time, and I’d heard horror stories of people having their business devastated by Google SEO changes, or having their Amazon store shut down, or having their Facebook ad account banned.
All of which are real stories.
The lesson was to not be reliant on a single platform or traffic source.
So I thought I would create multiple streams of income, so that if something happened to one of them I wouldn’t be blown out of the water.
Which is still a goal for me.
I tried to do it all from day one.
I started an Amazon business, and at the same time a consulting business… and then I enrolled in a local lead generation course and started doing that on the side as well…
I got bogged down trying to do too many things at once, and in the end didn’t get very far with any of them.
It wasn’t until I prioritised one over the others that I really started to get traction.
So tip #2 is to pick a single opportunity and focus on just that.
Lots of options... but you can only go ONE direction!
You can always add in other revenue streams later.
If you’re having trouble choosing the right online business opportunity for you, reach out. I can help.
Tip #3: Learn From Someone Who’s Already Done What You Want To Do
There are literally thousands of programs, courses and trainings out there purporting to teach you how to build a successful online business.
Just google “make money online” and you’ll see what I mean.
So how do you know which to go for?
Well, one option is to not choose any of them. Go it alone and work it out for yourself.
That’s what is called “the hard way”.
I wouldn’t recommend it. Most likely you’ll spend years and many thousands of dollars on tools, advertising, etc to solve problems that others have already solved.
Even if you use free sources - people will tell you that Youtube has all the information you could ever need, and they’re probably right - you’ll still have to wade through oceans of rubbish to find the gold.
What a waste.
A FAR better option in my humble (but correct) opinion is to learn from someone who knows how to do it.
But Tony, I hear you say, you said before there are thousands of online business programs out there… how do I choose??
That’s not easy.
There are a lot of programs out there that are well promoted and LOOK good - most of the people offering them are professional marketers after all! - but the substance behind them is often not there.
My best advice is to DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Ask questions like:
- Who's offering this course, and what is their reputation like?
- Have they already achieved what I want to achieve?
- What are the outcomes promised, and do they align with my goals?
- How comprehensive is it? What other costs might be required to achieve those outcomes?
- Can I find anyone who’s actually done the course, and ask them what it is like?
I should say, this doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t take in multiple sources of information.
Commit to one online business model and ideally one mentor…
And if you choose your mentor well then you will be working with someone who has done what you want to do, and has developed a high quality program to teach you how to do it too.
So take that on faith to some extent.
But don’t put that person on a ‘golden pedestal’.
Find other successful people in your niche and get on their mailing lists.
Join relevant Facebook groups (like THIS ONE!).
Read relevant blogs or books.
I like to follow the “lego principle” for this: build your online business exactly according to the instructions first, and once you’ve done that successfully, then start experimenting and trying different things.
So tip #3 is to learn from someone who’s done what you want to do.
In most cases this will require buying a course or maybe even a coaching program.
And yes, they can be expensive. In fact it’s often true that you get what you pay for… so if you want something good, don’t go cheap.
I would encourage you to look at it not as a cost, but as an investment in yourself.
You have to invest in yourself to grow... and succeed
Even if it might be difficult to come up with the money initially...
If you choose well and put in the effort, odds are that the investment will pale into insignificance against the income you’ll be able to generate by putting it into practice in your own online business.
Now obviously this is an important decision.
Don't think you have to make it alone.
Tip #4: Commit To Your Online Business
If you’ve gotten your mindset right, and done a decent job of picking your business model and mentor, then this part should follow fairly naturally.
Embrace the model and the teachings, and COMMIT to making it work.
Don’t get distracted by shiny objects.
Don’t throw your hands in the air and shout “THIS DOESN’T WORK!” at the first sign of difficulty.
Commit to your plan, and give it the best chance of success that you possibly can.
But what if you’ve been at it for, like, DAYS and you haven’t even made your first million yet?
Maybe because of that you’re starting to doubt whether it will “work for me”… ?
If you've done your homework and chosen your path well...
Here’s what you should do in that case.
Shut the fuck up... and double down.
Instead of complaining like a whiny little victim, ask yourself some questions.
Are you following your roadmap and daily action plan properly?
Are you doing EVERYTHING that you KNOW you need to do?
Are you honestly implementing to the absolute best of your ability?
If the answer to any of those questions is “no”, then your problem is you. Fix it and reset.
If the answer to all of those questions is “yes”, then you probably just need to stick it out a bit longer.
LOTS of people fail with their online business because they give up too early… don’t be one of them.
So tip #4 is to commit.
There you have it - my 4 top tips on getting started as an online entrepreneur!
If you’d like help with any of them, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But whether you take up my help or not, just being aware of these four things and doing your best to put them into practice will improve your chances of online business success.