You researched just about every online home based business opportunity out there. Perhaps you are tired of the daily work grind. Or, you just need some extra income. Or, you just want to stop earning a living and start living a life. The thought of “your online business” is very possible.
The idea of “working from home” as many small online businesses are often started, is quite appealing. Many people (including myself) bootstrap a brilliant plan they have somehow vaguely formulated in their mind. But truth be said, a business is a business and you still do need to operate your online venture as a real business. That is, of course, if you hope to generate a sustainable living and income.
Many people make the decision to launch an internet home based business because they believe the logistics are easier and it requires less capital for startup. In many ways that is true. For the most part, the internet does allow you to start quickly with the least amount of money when you compare it to a typical brick and mortar business.
With that said, however, there are many challenges, including putting the time and effort to actually get it launched (many people get stuck in failure to launch mode) and run it successfully. But don’t let that get in the way of accomplishing this feat. It is doable when you are willing to put in the work.
Home Business Or Make Money Online?
There is a difference between the desire of wanting to make money online and wanting to start a business. What is the difference? Well, if you just want to make extra money you may undermine the importance of entrepreneurship and therefore, you won’t have the mental or emotional capacity to follow through with your launch. You have to have some mental shifts from employee to entrepreneur, even when you are still holding down a day job as you fund your business.
Typically, when you make the determination that you want to start a business you have a hunch about the type of business you’ve been fantasizing about. It doesn’t necessarily mean you know exactly what that looks like, but you have some inkling as to what you want to experience as an entrepreneur. What does that look like for you?
There are many options available for making extra money, particularly online. Entrepreneurship is only one type of investment that can help you get to a solid financial life and it is possibly the most secure.
Will You Be A Star Or Almost Famous?
In the recent years, entrepreneurs have even taken on a role of celebrity. The noteriarity , power and affluence is reason enough for some to aspire for entrepreneurship as dream lifestyle. However, being an entrepreneur is a whole different animal and not everyone has the personality for it – although the skills are thankfully learnable.
You will have to adjust and adapt if you want it that badly. It is one of those things in life you really have to have or cultivate an intense almost obsessive desire for. Developing, launching, and maintaining a profitable business online takes dedication. For that reason alone, most “average” people don’t pursue it past a dream and of those that do, fail.
I’m a cheerleader for entrepreneurship but one of my pet peeves is hearing about the endless dreams that so many people have yet, they don’t take action. I get it. Starting a business somethings means sacrificing money, time, family, friends, sweat and tears and practically everything else you’ve ever known. It’s a lifestyle change but the good thing is that if you work it right, you’l get it right.
Wanna Launch? Here’s What To Do Next
If you are looking to start a business from home, you will find a superfluous amount of information online and I know it can be quite overwhelming. For that reason, I tried delineate the steps for you in order to bring some organization to the information in a way that it offers some simple guidance on getting you to launch. The goal is to get you from being stuck in a dream to actually taking action. So here are some tips to get you started:
- Change your mind frame. The barrier to entry is mostly a mindset issue including fear, procrastination, lack of confidence and many others that affect the psyche and your productivity. The great thing about starting small is that you can design your business to work based on the lifestyle you feel is most representative of the life you want. That picture has many meanings to different people and you are in a position of power to chose your very own design from the very beginning. It will take perseverance, determination and commitment but in due time, it will evolve.
- Make a contract with yourself. If you really want to start a business online, it doesn’t matter whether it be a small informational blog, a product or a service, start with acknowledging that you are in business and make the commitment to yourself and your loved ones. Write down this commitment on a piece of paper and post it in a place where you and your family can see it. It will serve as an accountability and motivation driver.
- Set up your business work time. Will you be working on your business in the morning before going to work, after work or before bedtime? This will take some sacrificing of other things, perhaps TV time, but set a specific amount of time every day to work on your business. Make a decision as to how much time you can carve out each day. It can be 1 hour or 5 hours. Whatever it is, make it stick and eliminate all distractions from your work area. That may include putting up a do not disturb sign in your new work space and shutting off your cell phone.
- Plan Ahead. Attend to your family, walk the dog and do everything else that needs to get done before you dive into your business focus time. You’ll want to remove all the stress of your to do’s so you can focus on being productive and decrease the potential for distractions.
As with any life altering decision such as a career change, you have to do an internal assessment of your skills, talents, values and desires when starting your online business. You might not necessarily be comfortable with your skills and knowledge just yet but your entrepreneurial abilities will become much more keen once you’ve gone through this book and followed it in sequence. It will change your status from a wannabe entrepreneur to a real functioning and productive online entrepreneur. The psychological factors that have been holding you back, will be minute compared to the comprehensive knowledge you will gain in this easy to follow instructional roadmap to starting your first online business.
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