What Comes First When Getting Started in Your Online Business?
The idea of getting started in your online business sounds great, but, are you ready for it? Maybe you’re serious about wanting to make money from home with nothing more than the brain in your head, a few thousand hours of your time and a creativity streak to pull great ideas out of thin air. Okay so what do you do first?
The thing about using your computer to earn money from home is that there is No Set Way to get from here to there. What? That’s right. There is no road map, compass or tutorial for what to do and when.
Oh, people will try to tell you that there is – but you will probably not find one set plan that works with you, and for you, perfectly.
When Getting Started in Your Online Business, you have to choose something that you are interested in and take baby steps at first. And the first thing to do is Read. A lot. But, don’t believe everything you read.
I know this doesn’t make much sense in a rational mind, “Wait Cathy… you want me to read? But don’t believe it? Are you nuts?!”
What You Need to Know First
Let me tell you something about much of the information you find on the internet, the same rules apply out here, maybe even more so than they do in the ‘real’ world. “Let the buyer beware” and “If it sounds too good to be true, It probably is”.
Learn these cliche’s if you haven’t already – and put them on your desk next to you – be it a sticky note, a notebook you keep for taking notes or pin it on the wall next to your computer. They may be the only words that keep you from spending money needlessly when you first start listening to the very persuasive marketers who have learned your ‘hot’ buttons.
These ‘gurus’ know exactly how to push those trigger buttons in your brain to make you feel like if you don’t buy it “Right Now” you’re going to miss out on the best opportunity for success.
It’s all bullshit. Yes, I said it. It’s bullshit. (second time was just for effect! ).
Now, don’t mistake me for saying all gurus are liars and bullshitters. They aren’t, and there are literally thousands of products out there that may help you out. There are many tools you will find that may assist you in turning this ‘online business’ idea from a ‘hobby’ to a real business model.
Just not today. Nor tomorrow. Not even next week.
Go Slow. Learn. Plan. Practice. Learn some more.
You will find many, many “Next best things” or programs that tout “automated cash while you sleep” type software or membership sites that sound great – hell, maybe there are a few that might actually do that for you – but I’ve been doing this for over 15 years in ‘hobby’ mode, and unless you really know what you are doing – those programs will be a waste of your time and money.
You have to learn this business of ‘online business’ from the bottom up.
Even if you’ve had your own brick and mortar business in the real world, and were very successful with it – there is still a learning curve. And not all the teachers will be honest with you – or at the very least ‘totally’ honest with you.
There are a rare few, and if you stumble across one – pay close attention to what they are doing, how they are doing it, and take careful notes. The reasons are twofold:
- An honest business person is always a pleasure to deal with – even if their honesty is not what you want to hear.
- Chances are they really care about their customers, their reputation and are offering a quality product or service.
This entire process of building a business, if you want it to grow and be successful is going to take one thing. Okay, two things. Time. Perseverance.
If you’re looking to get rich overnight – you’re odds are better playing the lottery. So go drop down a few bucks and pray for a stroke of luck.
If you’re looking to learn, without the cost of that college degree for two years or more ( which could be much more time than it will take to learn how to make some money online and MUCH more expensive)….
Keep reading. Keep learning. Spend a little Time. Not Money. At least in the beginning, don’t spend a red cent on anything. Including on things that I may suggest – not yet.
Why? Because this early in the game, you don’t know enough to know if you are spending your money wisely.
If you spend time, then you have lost nothing but some time. You can work your ‘day job’ and be learning – a little every day. In small digestible bite size chunks. It won’t hurt your bank account, or have you choosing between heating your home and some ‘hot’ program that promises what you are not even close to comprehending, no less implementing.
If you learn nothing else from me, learn that. Take your time, not your money and invest in yourself. You will be ready to jump in soon enough. But learn the basics first. You wouldn’t jump into shark infested waters if you didn’t know how to swim, even if there were no sharks, you could still drown.
Getting started in your online business is kinda like that. So don’t drown. Take swimming lessons, and practice in the shallow end of the pool – no sharks, and your feet can still touch the bottom.
Til next time…