As the worldwide economy continues to tank, more and more people are turning to the internet to boost or in some case completely replace their incomes. There has never been a more exciting time to start your own business, and there are fewer opportunities out there like there are in internet marketing.
But where does someone just starting out begin? How do you go from knowing nothing at all to running your business from a note book on some sandy beach?
It’s easy. You keep it simple, you stick to a plan, and you work, work, work.
Keeping it simple
The number one thing you absolutely must do when starting out in the internet marketing space is keep everything as simple as possible. There are so many different business models, so many different technologies to explore, all kinds of gurus and resources to tap into that it’s very, very easy to get overwhelmed. And once that overwhelm starts to hit you, all of your motivation is going to fly right out the window and your fledgling internet marketing career is going to hit a grinding halt.
So keep things simple. Find something that interests you, and instead of hunting down 1000 other ways to make money, dig that one idea as deep as it will go. You’re going to find that it’s no thing at all to test multiple ideas on the internet, so don’t worry if the first one flops. You’ll be gaining something you can’t buy – experience. And believe me that experience is going to pay off down the road.
Stick to the plan
Shockingly similar to the above guideline, it is mission critical that once you select a plan you carry it out to completion. Too many people these days are terrific starters and just terrible closers. Don’t be razzle dazzled by all the flashy new buzzwords of smart marketers, and don’t get distracted by tomorrow’s social media weapon du jour – there will come a time and place where you adapt and change, but you’ll never know if your core idea had any merit (and would turn a profit) if you don’t work the original plan.
Now part of working the original plan is knowing when to kill it, and coming to that decision is tough. You don’t want to kill an idea right as it gains traction, and you definitely don’t want to keep pumping resources into something that’s no good. But this skill will come to you in time, and it’s always a bit better to go too long than too short.
Work, work, work
Internet marketers are fantastic at selling the idea of the no work income. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t exist, in any form, whatsoever. You most likely already knew this deep down in your gut, but sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with emotion when you read some of these pro’s sales letters. You’re going to need to get your hands dirty, especially during the early times in your business.
Don’t let the four letter word “work” get you down though – because you’ll get out of your business just exactly what you put into it. And once you gain liftoff, there are a lot of techniques that you can use to cut back or delegate the work you need to do to keep your business running smoothly.
But that’s a post for another day.