Today I reflected on the fact that I came online at the end of 2008 and really started building my business in the summer of 2009. You may wonder why there’s a gap of about seven months between coming online and really building my business.
Think back to when you graduated from Middle School or Junior High and went on to High School. In some countries, as in Jamaica, you graduate from Elementary School and go directly to High School. In Junior High you may have been a ‘big cheese’; you were on the Honor Roll and in the Top 10 in your grade, or maybe even school. You may also have been ‘Teacher’s Pet.’
Now here you are at High School and you realize your security blanket is gone! You realize that in a sea of faces from various feeder schools, you may not see any familiar faces and it feels as if you’re in a foreign land. Many of your classmates are much older than you are and as the days progress you realize you have a lot of new things to learn and no one has time to spend teaching you individually; you have to learn as you go. Can you relate?
That, basically, sums up my first seven months online. I had been a confident, knowledgeable, and experienced employee, at times supervising others. I had managed three of my own offline businesses successfully, but it was a different world coming online!
I spent hours in front of my computer and took several courses, some were fluff, some were very good, but I wasn’t always ready for them because I needed the foundation on which to build first. I finally connected with a Mentor who guided me, and in August 2009 I made my first affiliate sale.
In my next post on this topic, I’ll share what I wish I had known at the beginning and perhaps it can help someone avoid the anxieties of starting high school again…umm…starting an online business without knowing where to start.
What was your experience when you first started your online business? Did you have a huge learning curve? Did you make mistakes, or was it smooth sailing? Please share in the Comments.