Start an Online Business CheckList
Before you jump to any type of Internet business and start an online business, here are a few reality checks and right mind set:
1. It takes a lot more work than much of the hype suggests
Some people think that they can "get rich quick" and keep searching the "Get Rich Quick" formulas...that work. They are looking for "money machine" which can automatically make money for them...
If you think you can put in a couple hours and achieve any level of success, you have been seriously misled. If some companies sell you "get rich quick" program, no matter how they disguise it with good copy, they just LIE to you. You need "run" and do not be ripped off.
You need to be prepared to put in some very long hours, and to go through a steep learning curve as you find your way. If you work to your succeed, you will succeed eventually.
Establishing an online business is the same as setting up any other sort of business. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of commitment over a long period of time, with many trials and tribulations along the way. Don't expect instant results, nor to expect the money flows in automatically - it doesn't happen.
There are a number of success stories on the Internet. The truth is that they have got there through months, more likely years, of hard work. You should be prepared to do the same, keep learning, keep working, until you succeed.
2. Don't fear failure as you just get started
Some people give up at the first or second obstacle. They want to have immediate success at first or second trial.
The reality is that every project need put effort and learning time onto it.
Or Many people do not start something because they are afraid of failure. They are afraid of looking a fool, afraid of their nearest and dearest saying 'I told you so', afraid of wasting time, effort and expense on something that may not work out.
The truth is that failure should be celebrated, it is a simple milestone on the way to success. It is only through failure that you can truly find the path to any sort of success, right from when you first learned to walk as a small child. Failure teaches you important lessons that make you wiser and will make your business stronger and far more likely to succeed.
Instead of just giving up when something has failed or not worked out like you expected, there is a really simple question you can ask instead that can lead to great success - "What can I learn from this experience?".
Everyone who has ever achieved success has gone through failure first. The difference is that the success stories picked themselves up, learned from the experience, and persisted anyway.
With determination, perseverance, common sense and attention to deliver quality products and service to customer, you will succeed.
For many people, just getting started is often the hardest part. They will think about it, think some more, and then think again. Often rather than thinking in a focused way, they will end up procrastinating, and never get off the starting line.
The important part is just to get started. Yes, you may be initially doing completely the wrong thing, such as selling the wrong product in the wrong market, but failure is the only way you will learn, and the only way you will reach success. If you don't fail, you can't succeed.
By starting now is your success now. Along the way to success, you will learn what works and what not works - until you reach ultimate success.
3. Focus, focus, focus.
Whatever your focus is, it is important that you continually work towards it until you achieve it, whatever knockbacks or challenges you receive along the way. It is important to maintain your focus on what you actually want to achieve.
Once you find a good business model, keep working on it until you succeed. Then you can apply same idea to different projects. Try not to jump from one business model to another even you have not succeeded on the first venture.
4. Be careful what you read and beware of information overload.
There is so much information out there about how to do business online. Looks like everyone is an expert. A lot of information is even contradictory, that it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Rather than read everything and anything you can get your hands on, it is best to find just a few people who you trust, who have a good reputation, and who are actually qualified to give the advice they give, and listen to them. Dr. Ken Envoy is the good expert you can fully trust. He over delivers good products for anyone who run Internet business. You can download his free ebooks which are over 1000 pages by clicking here.
A little high-quality information can be worth a great deal.
Following good leaders will shorten the way for your success.
5. Don't aim for perfection before taking real actions
"Almost there, just need one last revision." - this person is the "perfectionist" who spend too much time on the details of the trees and miss the forest of success.
No web site is ever perfect, and if you try to reach a high level of perfection before you launch or make your site live, you will lose more than you can achieve. Plus your version of 'perfection' may differ a great deal to what actually works with your market.
Once your site is functional and of a reasonable quality, start promoting it immediately. Start to build up your mailing list by requesting the email addresses of your visitors. Test what works with your visitors and what does not, and revise your site accordingly.
If waited too long, taken too far, you end up exhausted. Taking action is very important.
6. Listen to your visitors and customers
When you have started and got a web site up and running, it is important to listen to your visitors and customers, and to treat them with great respect. You can put a survey form on your website, reward visitors with small bonus like free report or ebooks once they help to fill in the survery form.
Not only will you learn a great deal from them about what the market is actually looking for, you can also earn lifelong customers and friends.
Positive comments from customers can be used with their permission as testimonials on your web site, which will strengthen your online credibility and profit potential.
Be prepared to continually revise your web site to meet the market demands -search engine and human being. A successful web site must evolve over time on a continual path of improvement. Marketing is kept changing, so do the search engines' rules.
Success, if you keep trying, is merely the absence of failure. All you have to do is to eliminate the reasons for failure.
If you have right attitude and expectation, you are on your way to success for your online business.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talet will not; nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius
is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full
of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan "press on" has solved.
and always will solve,
the problems of the human race.
-Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th US President.