Beginner’s Tips for Starting an Online Business

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There was once a time that, I looked at the internet primarily as an essential document storage/retrieval system. But I have come to learn that it is so much more than that.  It is an awesome opportunity for anyone who wants to build an online business with little or no money to invest, the potential to show great profits in a very short period of time.

Even though I studied computer programming in college, it was not the result of any of my technical savvy that contributed to my online success in this area but my ability to recover from the trials and mistakes that I incurred along the way as an online business developer. While I have employed various techniques and processes for online success, it was what I learned as a result of embracing and overcoming my “failures” that allowed me to develop a repeatable simple technique to succeed as an online business owner. Let me assure you that, even though you will need to obtain some rudimentary technical abilities, your eventual success will not be dependent on your program design skills or even your typing skills but more on the substance that you maintain between your ears. Resilience is an essential attribute that any online marketer must either possess, develop, or acquire.


The following is a list of mindset and skills you’ll need to possess, in order to succeed as a successful online business developer.

  1. You must have a clearly defined purpose or dream and a deep determination to “see your dreams come true”. If you do not possess a hot burning desire for accomplishment, accompanied by zealous persistence to follow through to completion, then it is almost certain that you will indeed fail.

 

  1. You must have a mentor. You must find someone or a community of folks who have the experiential knowledge that they are willing to share. No matter what the investment needed on your behalf, be prepared to beg, grovel, barter your services, or do whatever is required to associate with these people and allow them to be your mentors and tutors. Seek out and listen to any advice that they might offer and especially learn from their fiascos as well as their successes. It will spare you a lot of time, energy and money not to mention the stress and disillusionment that will inevitably follow one who is not adequately trained for this endeavor.

 

  1. Start with a hobby or something that you are really interested in. Choose something that you would invest your time and money in even if there were no financial rewards. If you can latch on to something that really gets you excited, or something you even sometimes lay awake at nights thinking about; that will be your best bet for providing you with opportunities that will eventually make you lots and lots of money. For example, once you have settled on a project or activity that you live for, whether it be stamp collecting, playing video games, or surfing you will eventually develop an association of other like minded people on the internet. Once this following is established you can develop an association or a club website. Once the website is created and functional, you can then introduce products or services that will be relevant to the club and your project/activity. Are you beginning to get the vision? You may recall seeing the movie ‘Pay it forward’. The same principles and fundamental will apply in establishing an online business. You start by providing something valuable at first (generally information) and then eventually you’ll get begin to reap your rewards.

 

  1. As you promote your website you will find a need to automate many of your functions. Once you have completed the previous steps and your site is fully functional you will want to promote your website to “the world”. You won’t have to get technical and become over involved in programming or writing endless strings of HTML code. There is a number of dazzling software applications available that will do a lot of ‘techie’ tasks with just the simple push of a button (many of which are either free or reasonably priced for the average consumer). You’ll be able to master them quickly. Once your site is functional, then promoting your website should be your main focus in the future. Entice as many people as possible to review your site and look for as many resources to automate this activity as possible. Edit a newsletter to maintain contact with your members and provide them with tons of free advice, tips and news on the subject of your project or activity. And again, automate this task too. There are tons of software programs available that will automatically dispense your newsletters and routinely sort any emails you receive that might reply to your posts. Create autoresponders to signup new members and to respond to email inquiries; automation is the name of the game and you want to play it well.

 

  1. After establishing a loyal fan base of folks who trust your recommendations, you can begin introducing products and services that they might be interested in purchasing and begin to reap the financial rewards of your due diligence. You’ll want to pursue this activity in moderation. You might also want to consider developing another, separate, commercial site to satisfy this need and redirect your members to is via your ‘signature files’ or ‘letterheads’ that you include in your club newsletter. At this juncture you should have enough experience in arranging and facilitating a website from step 3 above to easily produce a separate commercial site.

 

Constantly review the functionality of your site, conduct experiments that will test the effect of site layout, content, headlines etc. Examine and pursue any opportunities to further automate anything that might make your site more ‘self-sustaining’. Once this is accomplished you should be able to free up more time to actually enjoy your hobby or project and possibly develop more new material (advice, tips and news) that you can send out to you members. Once you have a website operational and producing revenue, it is very easy to overlook the need to produce new content and providing quality service to your members. Without maintaining a long term relationship with your customer base your business will not survive. So ensure that any free time you have acquired by automating your processes, you reinvest into searching for and providing fresh content to your members and keep in mind that they are members because they share your enthusiasm for the hobby and not for your business. You must maintain a gentle balance between that hobby and your commercial interests.

 

Be Blessed as you Continue to Seek Ways to Bless Others,

jd

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