Now that you have developed the right mindset and a simple business plan in place, you’re ready to take the next steps in starting your online business. Before we discuss some of the technology you need, I’d like to share a video interview with Chris Farrell, an Internet Marketer who has made millions since coming online in 2008, and who has a wonderful teaching style.
In this interview Chris explains that it is possible to make money online, but there are some things you need to be aware of so you do not become discouraged easily.
As Chris mentioned, you must treat your online business as a business, and like any other business it takes time to start making real money in your online business because there are systems that need to be in place first. We start discussing those in my next post in the series.
What are your thoughts on the video? Do you believe Chris Farrell painted a realistic picture? Please share in the comments.
Starting an online business is not hard, but there are two sets of challenges that the new online marketer faces.
1) Knowing what to do to move forward quickly as far as systems and technology go.
2) Having the right mindset and a plan.
Perhaps the right mindset and plan should be listed first since your plan will determine what systems you will need to implement and what technology you will need. Why is mindset so important?
Entrepreneur vs Employee
1) Will this be just a hobby or do you plan to build a real business?
2) If you are or were employed, someone else told you when to come to work, when to take lunch, and when to stop working. Whether you’ll be transitioning from a full-time job while you build your online business, or you’re going full-force into your online business, you will now make those decisions. You will be your own boss.
3) Closely tied in to #2) are self-discipline and self-motivation. These have to come from within, but positive groups of people in forums, Facebook and (more…)
You may have heard that statement many times, and if you’re a new online business owner you may have doubts about ever seeing that success because there seems to be so much to do. And yes, it can be confusing and daunting unless you have someone to guide you.
I remember when I first started online, in one of the first classes I took we were told we could model the trainer’s optin page, which was great as it would have reduced a lot of planning and designing. However, I had no idea how to get that site from my computer to the Internet. I’d never heard of FTP and wouldn’t have known what to do with it. Have you faced any situation like that in your business to date?
It’s important to believe that you can experience success in your online business. Adopting the following five “attitudes” for success can play a significant role in finding your success around the corner regardless of how deep the corner is:
Have a Positive Attitude: It’s important to cultivate a positive attitude in how you approach your online business and in your life in general. ‘Cultivate’ means that this attitude may not come naturally; you may have to work very hard to achieve it. You may have to change your mindset and learn positive thinking, then nourish it as it grows.
Develop a Business Mentality: While there are some internet marketers who had successful offline business and are now transferring those skills (more…)
If you were to ask most marketers or online business owners what is the first step they’d recommend in starting on online business, most would likely say that you need to determine your market and decide on a niche.
That is an important element in starting your online business, but there are two elements that are critical to your online business success.
1. MINDSET: Starting an online business can be done on a shoestring budget and you do need at the very least a simple plan. However, it’s important to keep in mind that:
An online business is no less a business than starting one offline.
You must know your “Why” for starting your business and determine what your goals will be
Do research online in your area of expertise to see what is already being offered and what is missing. This will help you (more…)
This week I received a fabulous and totally unexpected surprise in my inbox – not the typical kind of mail I’m accustomed to weeding through every day.
Sheri Kaye Hoff of Life Is Joyful invited me to be a presenter in her Fall Success Summit. Welcomed opportunities like this don’t come down the pike every day!
Now please don’t run away – this is not a pitchfest.
This is a prime example of what can happen when you understand how your business blog can bring you the successful results you’re looking for.
The biggest goal for business blogging is never give up – keep blogging!
We all want to be successful at what we do, but we must remember that to have a successful online presence takes time, as well as a considerable amount of energy, determination, and passion. A willy-nilly approach will lead you straight down Disappointment Avenue.
So what’s the big secret to business blogging success?
Simple – Just keep adding logs to the fire.
Not only do you need to keep the embers burning with your target audience and your loyal readers, you need to make a heart-centered, conscious effort to connect with other bloggers.
Establish a “core” of bloggers in your niche or industry and start building community.
Just do it! It works.
Read their posts, leave worthwhile and valuable comments, subscribe to their RSS or opt in to receive their freebie offer, invite them to be a guest blogger, follow them on social media venues, brainstorm with them, link to their posts when possible, and ask what you can do to help them.
In other words, to keep the fire burning …
“Engagement” and “Interaction” with the authors of blogs in your area of expertise and what you’re passionate about are the two best strategies for business blogging success.
If you’re interested, here’s a Free Blogging Tips E-book by James King. I am not affiliated with James in any way and there’s NO opt in required. I just happen to think he’s got some doggone good advice that can help you enjoy more positive and long lasting results with your blog.
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In business and in life, being motivated (and positively motivated) is the most important characteristic you can have. There are many ways you can build motivational habits on a daily basis. Habits can be hard in the beginning, but give it 30 days and see how naturally they come!
1. Have visual motivators. These are extremely important because your surroundings create the attitude you have every day. A few things that you can post on your wall or your computer include: positive quotes, a beach house you want to buy, a motivational calendar, etc. Anything that makes you feel good. I admit to all of the above!
2. Stay around positive people. Your friends should be people who build you up, make you feel good and support your endeavors. If you have a friend who always shoots you down, makes you feel bad about yourself……don’t hang out with them. Or, you could ask them why they are always so negative – maybe they don’t realize that they are. Just make sure you are around positive, supportive people.
3. Read or listen to motivational and inspirational things daily. These will help you strengthen your mind and build up your confidence.
4. Positive Self-Talk. Write down some positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself daily. It makes you feel good about yourself and gets your mind on the right track for success.
5. Keep Up a Positive Attitude. Always remain positive. As soon as you stop thinking that life is so difficult – you will find it becomes easier. Try to see the bright side of every situation. “Stuff” happens. Things you’re working on don’t always go as planned. It’s how you deal with it that determines your success.
6. Share Your Attitude. Once you become a positive, motivated person – share your attitude with others. Be contagious! You’ll find that when you share your positiveness and passions – you will be driven to accomplish more.
Sales has long been regarded as a numbers game because your success depends on selling small amounts to many persons or selling large amounts to a smaller number of people.
It would not be incorrect to conclude that marketing is also a numbers game, and this is especially true of Affiliate Marketing. You also need large numbers of targeted prospects to see your offers and click on your affiliate link so you can make money online. How does the Know, Like and Trust factor encourage others to click on your affiliate links?
It has often been stated that people do business with those whom they’ve come to know, like and trust. So while Affiliate Marketing is great for beginners to internet marketing, you’ll become more successful as you build relationships over time.
An effective starting point is with a blog where you provide posts and articles that offer answers to questions and solutions to concerns your readers may have. Through your posts, your readers will get to know you as your personality and authenticity are reflected in your writing style and quality.
Over time when your readers see that you’re willing to provide valuable content for free, they are more apt to click on your affiliate links and purchase products through you. This is because they now trust you that you would recommend only what you’ve personally used and got benefit from, or at the very least know the quality of previous work produced by the marketer you are an affiliate for.
How has the know, like and trust factor proven to be helpful in your online business? Please share.
If you are just starting out online, or maybe in the first three months you may be considered a ‘young online entrepreneur”. You probably feel intimidated much like a young child who starts attending a new school in the middle of the semester. Everyone seems to know someone else or have a large following, but no one knows who you are.
I can relate to how you feel because I felt the same way when I started my online business. What I found out, through observation and training, is that if you are willing to do what it takes, you can expand your reach and establish your credibility online fairly quickly. Unfortunately I was not aware of some of the points I’m about to share until quite some time after I’d started my first blog.
1. Start or re-commit to your blog: Many people, including offline small business owners or entrepreneurs, hear the word blog and it conjures images of what blogs originally were: somewhat like an ongoing diary of events, or blurbs of what you’re doing. Not anymore. Blogs have evolved into valuable websites managed by people who have information to share with others.
2. Your blog is your hub or can be compared to your ‘home’ on the internet. Just as you would want to keep you home attractive and appealing so that guests will want to visit with you and return, so you’ll want to make your blog visually appealing and easy to navigate. Make sure that your name is somewhere on your blog as the author. It can be frustrating to visit a blog and find no information on the owner and the posts just say “by Admin.”
3. Creating great content is essential. Build the “wow!” factor by giving your readers valuable information in your posts.
4. When your readers leave a comment, acknowledge and thank them. They did not have to do this. If someone asks a question, no matter how trite it may appear to be to you, make sure to reply as this will show that you really care about people and respect those who choose to visit your blog and are looking to you for more information. At the same time, you establish your own credibility when you do so.
5. Become a part of the blogosphere. You may find this confusing because it’s understood at this point that you have a blog; but there is more involved. The blogosphere is made up of many bloggers in various niches where people with similar or complimentary niches connect or link with each other.
To be part of the blogosphere you will need to leave your ‘home’ and visit other people’s ‘homes’, which means visiting other blogs, leave meaningful comments, and place your link on their blogs. You’ll find that many of these bloggers will reciprocate by visiting your blog and leaving comments as well.
This is a great way to establish your credibility and help others to get to know you. When I visit other blogs I often take the time to read comments on a post. I’ll sometimes click on the name of someone whose comment I found interesting to learn more about them and I’m usually taken to their blog. The same will be true for you. Think of this as one aspect of networking on the internet.
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Millions of people turn on their computer every day with the hope of making a good income online. Many do so for the very first time because they’ve heard stories of people making money online and they want to capture their share. The statistics are rather alarming as to the failure of many of these start-ups as it’s been said that 90 percent of these new businesses fail within the first 120 days.
People are making money online, but in order to be sure that you are not one of those who fall into those statistics, let’s look at three myths and how to avoid them:
Myth #1:When I work for myself I have total freedom; I no longer have a boss:
True, when you work for yourself you do enjoy more freedoms, but freedom is relative, not total. You will have freedom to choose the hours that you work, but you do have to work at and in your business. You may find that in the beginning you may need to put in almost 40 hours in working for yourself to get your business to the point where you can work only 2-3 hours per day.
Regarding the myth that you no longer have a boss, you would be highly mistaken. YOU are your boss! You will no longer have someone else prodding you and telling you what you need to do, but you will need to adopt the mindset of a boss very quickly. You will be required to make decisions that will affect your business, yourself, and your family, if applicable. Developing management skills (more…)
One of the things I’ve had on the wall in my home office for several years is a poem that I found a long time ago. Every now and again I need to remind myself of why I need to focus on goals that I’ve set in various aspects of my life and the poem reminds me. I’d like to share it as you may find that it encourages you as well. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to find who the author is but if you’ve seen it before and know, please share.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE DREAMERS WITH GOALS
Your dreams are you vision of where you’ll be after the battle, your prize at the end of your journey to success. Your goals are the steps you take to finally attain your prize.
Unless you’re willing to work hard and establish some discipline in your life, all of your dreams will be pipe dreams, little mental fantasy trips that will never materialize.
Make concrete steps toward fulfilling your ultimate dream, and start with solid objectives and goals.
Your dreams are where you want to go, your goals are how you get there.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Don’t be afraid to think big and dare to be great. Dreamers are not content with mediocrity. They never dream of going halfway. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
Are you a dreamer or a goal-setter? Dream big, but set the goal to achieve the dream!