Starting an Online Business

Yes, one of the best ways to start on an online business is to do something you already know well in your life. Have you had some sort of experience or gained expertise in your life.

You might feel a blank moment coming on right now… but everyone has lived and experienced life in some sort of way and learnt something from it.

Or you have learnt a skill from a former job, or in fact a job you are doing right now.

I want to clarify these most important things right now. Not only for the new people who are thinking of trying to start an online business for the first time, but for all those people who have already tried a new online business and it is either not going well for them or they gave up too early.

I want to say that like most things, failure is only a setback not a result. So lets get you on the right track in getting back into either, trying your online business again, or for those people who are just starting an online business for the first time.

Let’s get straight down to some points that are the most important thing when deciding what sort of business you want to do and how to begin.

What sort of business theme do you want to do?
What sort of business do you want to do online?
The best place to get started.

What sort of business theme do you want to do?

As I have mentioned previously, you have had many experiences in life and have learnt allot through them. Can’t think of anything right now?… this is where you need to get your pen and paper out and start writing down these thoughts, and run with them.

There are many different areas you could get into, say you are interested in, or have experience in farming. You have learnt so much over the years, the trials and pitfalls of your trade. Or you might have a hobby that you have done for years and have a wealth of experience in doing it, where to get your supplies from and how to take shortcuts that you have learnt through trial and error.

Are you seeing the picture now? it does not matter if its your work, hobby or an experience that to have learnt from in your life, no matter how trivial it might seem. To other people who might be going through this exact thing in their lives right now, you might be able to have many answers that they could be looking for.

So get that pen and paper out and start writing down what interests you, what you have learnt, and your knowledge in a certain area.

What sort of business do you want to do online?

In fact, there are many different areas you could do in your online business. Knowing what sort of area or areas you want to do is a matter of your own personal choice, this is something you need to look into.

There are such areas as: affiliate marketing, writing for others, lead sales, referrals, and the list goes on. But you do need to know what all these terms mean and learn about them and what would suit your area best.

You may have done an accountant course and you would like to have clients, but don’t want to go to a 9 to 5 job every day; or you just want to do part time work. You might like to do it as a secondary job on the side to the job you already have.

Now… on the internet where you can reach almost anyone in the world these days, you a have a vast audience of prospective clients to work for. And the best thing about starting an online business is that you can work over the internet and where there is an internet connection you can work any hours and in any place you like, even in a swamp if you so choose.

The best place to get started

This is an area that is most important and we need to cover it, in more detail…

All that we have talked about can come to fruition. Like I said previously… I have spend hundreds of hours and many years studying up on online marketing and still, to this day, it is forever changing.

Why? you may ask… the world changes, trends change, and needs change. If one country goes into a recession and another comes out of recession, nothing stands still, so you need to change with the trends and world climate as well.

Also I want to tell you that there is allot of noise out there… what is this I hear you say? when I talk about ‘allot of noise’ its like the radio waves that are bombarding us every day, floating around in the atmosphere. But what if you did hear all the noises, you would get confused with what to listen to, am I right!

Welcome to the internet, the world of business. And it can get quite confusing out there. You hear one thing and you hear another, then the trending lists of what’s going on, and what’s best to do at the time, you could go crazy with trying to take it all in.

Some of this information is beneficial for you, while others are not. You also have to look out for the scams and the people who are trying to make money selling you something to help your business (so they say) that you don’t really need. You need to get back to basics and clarify what is best for you now. Start fresh and simple, this way you will gain more knowledge and progress further at your own pace. I have seen too many people try to get ahead of themselves and fail. And fail in big numbers!

I have been there also, and gotten up and started again; re-learnt and worked out what I have done wrong. I have got too far ahead of myself and wasted precious time. But I have learnt allot. And that’s what its all about. Starting an online business is much more mature in structure these days, the internet and selling have come a long way from what it used to be many years ago.

So to sum everything up… are some words I want to give you to start you on your way. I am not saying you are not going to muck up and make mistakes, that’s just part or learning. But this is a constant game of learning to keep up and shine your own light of success in your online business.

I still make mistakes and have lost time thought either doing something the wrong way or a slower way. Not taking in everything I should have, and had to go back an re-learn the right way. But what I can say is that we all need to learn and I found the perfect place to do this and with everything at your fingertips and even a forum to chat with other members which is very enlightening.

It does not matter in the future if you stick with them or not, even incorporate them into your business and also branch out on your own as well. But to start with them, cuts out allot of that noise and you really get to learn the foundations and really know what you need to learn on starting an online business and I recommend them whole heatedly to get you going. You might like it so much you may not want to leave, but if I had started with them firstly, it would have saved allot of time for me.

Not only do they help you decide what you may choose to do, and how to do it. The different selling areas and jargon as well. You get access to tools that would cost you so much elsewhere individually. And all the advise you need. Avoid all the noise and go with one teacher who knows what they are talking about. Because going it on your own could lead you to other teachers who claim to know what you need to learn, only to withhold the last bit of information of success that can lead to your time wasted and failure.

As I say, build a good foundation and then you decide where you want to go from there, stick with them or not, but you need the right knowledge to start with, then you will have more of an idea when other online teachers are trying to trick you out or your money, or not. And I am still watching out for these scammers, and sifting through what is good and what is not to this day. And the right knowledge will give you this power also.

I am going to give you a link that you can go to on my site and you can go and have a look at it for yourself. When I joined, there was no free trial or pay as you go every month. But now there is and they have also expanded into word press, you don’t have any worries about being tied down to a long term investment.

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Why Starting an Online Business Is a Great Idea!

There are several reasons why starting an online business is a great idea for anyone that wants to have more freedom and wealth. Here are five reasons why I encourage entrepreneurs to start and online business.

1. Not every idea we come up with is going to become a winner and make money

New businesses are started every day and only a few become successful. In the event that the business does crash and burn it is easier to bounce back without all of the financial responsibilities that you would have in a traditional business. I myself started an online business for $50 by purchasing a franchise with an already existing online business. This was great because I didn’t have to create anything and to this day is my main source of income.

2. Residual income and Advantages

The right business can be developed into a stable, residual source of income. In fact, there are plenty of ways to create online businesses that make six figures yearly. Imagine if you could spend your spare time learning how to create successful online businesses, resulting in several income-producing assets that will continue to earn money while your out playing golf or on vacation with the family.

Remember that business has changed. The way people are making money is changing. Old ways won’t open new doors. Starting an online business today will give you a running start in the new economy.

3. No disadvantages and faster personal growth

The rules of business don’t adjust based on age, a business owner in their mid 60s has the same risks and responsibilities that someone in their early 20s has.

Running a business introduces you to many life lessons, and being introduced to them at an early age will allow to develop into a more balanced person a lot sooner.

4. Ability to work from anywhere in the world

Having an online business with will allow you to work from wherever you want in the world. All you need is a laptop or smartphone with internet access. You can start your day when you feel you are ready and work as much or as little as you want.

The work won’t be any easier on a beach in Mexico than it would be in an apartment in Paris, and you will still have the same battles and challenges that every entrepreneur faces, but the option to do it from any location or while traveling is real.

5. Less risk and little financial commitment to start

Before the Internet it was very difficult for just anyone to start a profitable business. Credit cards, Bank loans, lines of credit weren’t easy to get and still aren’t for everyone.

An online business for the most part has lower overhead when compared to an offline traditional construction business, translating into less of a financial commitment. This allows anyone to be able to start a profitable online business. The only variable is your commitment to making it happen.

Were these helpful? There are others out there that could use this advice, feel free to share around and drop me a comment if you found this helpful!

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Top 10 Secret Tips for Online Business Success

Online businesses don’t succeed by accident or without effort. Out of the thousands of would-be entrepreneurs who start an online business every year, only a small percentage will succeed. A recent survey estimates that a stunning 90% of new internet business fail within the first year.

You can avoid being part of that unsettling statistic. I have put together the top 10 secret tips for online business success. These may not be what you’re expecting to hear, but if more entrepreneurs heeded them there will be a lot more success stories.

1. Have a Plan

Everything begins with a plan. In principle, online business is no different from a real world brick and mortar business. People who fail in online business are very often those who think making money online “sounds like a good idea” instead of seeing it as a real business. They jump in without any idea of what they want to do or how to run their business.

Planning should involve:

- what type of business you’re going to start online

- what it will cost

- how you will market it

- what tools and skills you need to start

- how you will finance your online business efforts

- how much time you have to spend on it

- how and where you will network and make business connections

Without taking stock of factors like these before you even begin, you’ll be lucky to achieve any kind of success.

2. Add Action

Taking action is what separates most online business successes from the failures.

That “Earn a Million Online” seminar you went to, presented by the top online business minds? It’s worth nothing if you don’t act on what you learn.

That ebook full of secret online business strategies? They are of no worth until you actually use them.

That brilliant product idea swimming around in your head? Stop dreaming about it and create it.

While there are other factors as well, you must realize that you can’t win the game if you’re not in the game. Never let the fear of failure stop you. If you never try, you’ve already failed.

3. Learn to Test and Track

Yes, it can be a pain to test and track your results… until you finally do it and realize how much money you’ve been leaving on the table.

Imagine writing a sales letter for your $30 product and it converts 2% of all visitors into sales. A hundred sales per month is $3,000 in your pocket.

Now, imagine if, by simply changing the headline on that sales letter it converts 3% of visitors into sales? You would have been losing $1,500 per month.

Testing and tracking are crucial in tweaking your marketing campaigns for maximum profit, especially when you are paying for traffic.

4. Forget About Perfection

Repeat after me: it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to work.

Many people spend months tweaking their websites on their computers without putting them online. They spend months trying to perfect a product instead of publishing and marketing it.

Don’t get bogged down in trying to have everything just right before launching.

An ugly website that’s actually live on the internet can make money and can be tweaked to perform better. A beautiful one sitting unpublished on your hard drive will not only make no money, but won’t even provide you with any real-world data for improving it.

Create it, then get it out there. Warts and all.

5. Maintain Your Focus

Focus on doing one thing at a time, and doing it well. Getting your business off the ground is the hardest part. Focusing on too many tasks, too many avenues of income and pursuing too many different opportunities will dilute your efforts and lead to confusion and overwhelm.

Many new online entrepreneurs suffer from this because there are so many income opportunities available. They start one thing, then abandon it for the next shiny opportunity that comes along. Pretty soon they’re stuck between 7 or 8 unfinished projects with no income and a lot of disillusionment.

Realize that you cannot chase them all. Decide on the business you’re going to start with, and focus your efforts on that.

6. Build Multiple Traffic Streams

There are a myriad of ways to generate traffic online. The more of them you can use, the bigger your potential income and the safer your online livelihood will be.

For example, if you decided to do affiliate marketing and your only source of traffic is Google, you are on shaky ground. If Google decides to penalize your sites for whatever reason, or an algorithm change sinks your rankings, most of your income can disappear overnight.

Make sure that, over time, you set up different income streams that draw their traffic from different sources. The “all eggs in one basket” approach is a dangerous one in the volatile online marketing arena.

7. Build & Maintain a Mailing List

This is still one of the most important secrets to online business success. A well-maintained mailing list can make you money every time you broadcast a message. It is a robust and trend-proof way to secure an online income.

Build your list and treasure it. Provide value to your subscribers and build a strong relationship with them.

8. Provide Value

Truly valuable websites, products and services take on a life of their own. They get more social sharing, more word-of-mouth exposure and affiliates are more likely to promote them.

It is possible to make money online by selling low quality products or building low quality websites. The problem is you’re going to have to do all the work and start from scratch every time your spammy content gets trashed by the search engines, or when the bad reputation of your product starts killing its sales.

9. Kick the Destructive Myths

Have you ever heard any of these phrases:

- Make money while you sleep

- Be your own boss and work when you want to

- Make $X00,000 dollars working just 2 hours a day

These are they typical myths and hype that marketers use to sell the online business dream. Is it any wonder then that so many start-ups fail?

Acquire a business mindset: one that expects hard work, failures, long hours and a stiff learning curve before it expects rewards. Just that simple shift will already put you way ahead of most new online business owners.

10. Learn to Outsource

This is a hard one for the control freaks out there. If you want something done right, do it yourself. Right?

That philosophy may be true in some cases, but in online business it will hold you back. Time really is money, and you need to use what precious time you have to focus on your strengths.

You will definitely have a few bad experiences with outsourcing. However, once you’ve separated the good from the bad, you’ll have gathered a handful of reliable people helping you build your business just the way you would have done it yourself, and perhaps even better.

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