While a lot of people think about becoming an online entrepreneur, most don’t and even fewer have what it takes to make it! I didn’t share this to discourage you. I shared it because it’s true. Building an online business isn’t for the faint at heart. It takes dedication, time, perseverance and you have to have that attitude of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’. So, with that being said, I have put together a list of advice and inspiration to help you in your online business endeavors.
Starting An Online Business – Loving What You Do and Doing What You Love
If you left corporate America to start your online business, it’s probably because you didn’t like what you were doing. Make sure you don’t fall into that again when you build an online business. Instead you want to build your business around loving what you do, and doing what you love.
Starting An Online Business – Build Relationships
Don’t build an online business by trying to sell, sell, sell, and sell some more. Yes, obviously you will have to do some selling; after all you’re doing this to make a living. But it’s more about relationship marketing and building up those relationships than anything. Remember, when starting an online business people buy from those they know, like and trust. People won’t get to that point without you making an effort to cultivate those relationships first and foremost.
Starting An Online Business – Take Baby Steps
Rome wasn’t built in a day and that pertains to starting an online business as well. Take things one step at a time. Don’t get caught up in the bright shiny object syndrome that many online entrepreneurs do. The go from one thing to the next, purchasing one product and then another and another and another without actually learning or implementing anything from the previous one you bought. You have to take action or nothing is going to work!
Starting An Online Business – Don’t Get Discouraged
It can be disheartening when you first start an online business and aren’t making that much money. You can’t get discouraged. Remember, this isn’t a get rich overnight type thin. If you have that expectation you might as well throw in the towel now because it’s not going to happen. You have to work at building a successful online business and that means tracking what you’re doing and when you find something that is getting results, do more of that. When something isn’t getting results, tweak it and try again. Just don’t get discouraged and end up giving up before the miracle happens.
I hope that the advice given will help you with starting an online business. Just remember, it takes time to build a successful business. It’s not going to happen overnight! And just in case you need a little extra inspiration, I’ve included some bonus quotes below. They’re about entrepreneurship and they share a great message:
“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO
“Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” —David Karp, Tumblr founder and CEO
“I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.” —Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” —Seth Godin, Squidoo founder, author and blogger
If you want real life inspiration and advice for starting an online business, you should read “Leave the Corporate World Behind”. This book tells the stories of people who have left corporate America for an online business.