Building an online business from scratch is work and hopefully, by now you realize if you live in the U.S. work is gonna be part of your life.
Bills to pay, food, a roof over your head, them new converse on your feet, or gas in the car, insurance for everything.
The list can go on, and on, and on..kids, school…it’s gonna take a little more income to survive than just working for uncle sam for the rest of our lives.
I, a carpenter by today, Digital Media Consultant by night, live week to week, saving just enough in the bank, no 401K, no savings account, no future in sight.
I do have the essentials, car, roof, food, power,…etc…but just living above sea level is getting real old, FAST…!!
It’s time we start building for our future, saving for rainy days, retirement, a future, something to look forward to..a goal.
Yes, there is work involved in building, and branding an online business.
Focus, passion, research, strategy and implement is the work.
Establishing a startup business with your own efforts, your own knowledge, your own pace of learning it all, is a good start at changing personally…
Build it with your own bare hands, your own ideas, passion, and words, this is what sells online.
Your God Given uniqueness that nobody else can have or take away from you.
Understand YOU are building “YOU” media.
Offering Your products and services.
Not some online opportunity or network system.
Here are Five reasons why you should start your own business online.
Simple and Flexible
A computer, the internet, and a place to sit to do the work.
Sound simple enough?
My biggest mistake when I started online was NOT knowing or finding my passion before searching out.
I promise you will get smothered with false business ideas, quick and easy money making practices, or coaching systems that leave you high and dry in the end or what I like to call, $90 a piece, 50$ piece or 199$ piece of online learning.
Get Your Flipping Hands Out of my Pockets…
Have a passion for what you are going to create, and make sure you do research on who, what, when and where we learn these online practices or strategies.
A craving to build something better in life than what you have now.
Simply, do your research folk.
Use the web wisely.
Flexible is the platforms we use or the software’s that help us get stuff done.
Flexible is the time, place, or business model you want to build an online business around.
Flexible are the online opportunities or options we have to choose from, something unique like creating 3d pictures with seashells to selling grandma’s old baseball cards in the attic, it can be done.
How Much Will It Cost Me to Begin?
There is a ton of software, WordPress plugins, and platforms we can use for FREE to make running a business more smoothly.
WordPress, SEO BY Yoast, WP-Optimize, JetPack Plug-Ins effectively help us run a professional practice.
Then again, everything isn’t Free in this world, so here are some main platforms you need to start out with…
Or even better…
Survive and thrive digitally….PERIOD.
Buy a Domain Name.
Make it unique to the business that you are getting into. Don’t just go find a domain like Buymystuff.com.
These types of keyword domains don’t work anymore.
Also, make the name as short as possible so folks will remember it. That’s important.
Set Up A Hosting With HostGator.
Purchase their cheapest package, which is like 5$ a month. That’s plenty to start with.
A Domain Name doesn’t get you found on the web. It just names the address.
Hosting the site gets you found by customers and clients, Google and other search engines, pretty much “LIVE” on the web.
HostGator just makes life easier if you’re using WordPress, which I would be.
WordPress Works Wonders For Us
The NFL, Ted Talks, and other major brands use this C.M.S.
It’s the most popular and easy to use on the planet.
For beginners, WordPress comes with a friendly learning curve, so focus on this one.
Plus, trying to learn them are is a waste of time, for now, Wordpress is a BEAST
Vitally important free software and tool that needs your attention daily.
It is FREE, too.
Almost forgot to tell ya that.
Aweber Email Marketing Software
If you want to generate business, nurture that business and stay close to your customers, then emails are what you need.
Most business models can’t survive without email platforms or software.
This is where you really build that trust and authority with your brand online.
Choose the platform that fits your business, there is plenty to choice from, and sign up for it.
Yes, it costs money, but you’re running a business, how many brands do you know that don’t spend money on generating business leads.
Pick up an account with Aweber, set up my email list, and hook up the opt-in form to the blog.
Professional Premium Theme Are The Best Way to Begin
Another thing I would pay for is a Premium Theme so the look, feel, the experience onsite is unique.
A lot of folks go cheap and use Free themes which are ok, I guess.
But there’re so many websites being created, why would you want yours to be like your competitors?
Free is free, especially on the web, so you will get what you pay for.
If you sign up for coaching package or fully optimized website and blog set up, themes and frameworks are free.
Keep this in mind.
A Coach and Consultant That You Personally Connect With
I remember when I started, everyone was leading me into these crazy scams, spamming folks, get paid to copy and paste ads, or taking surveys, which lead me to break down and give up for awhile.
Then I found my personal believer in ME.
Someone that talked to me like a human could contact whenever I need him and gave a wealth of information I needed to drive MY passions in the right directions,
not get troubled with heart attacks and headaches.
It all came so clear to me when I found the right personal authority to talk too.
Completely silenced all the crazy noise online, focusing on what I was put on this planet to do.
Give trustworthy insights on how to build, brand and manage effective professional online practices, growing sideburns in the mix.
Why The Inter-Web
With the web covering over 40% of the world’s population, there’s plenty of potential for business.
Don’t forget, you can reach this market from your home, your phones, even your smart watch.
As the web is broad, it does have its down faults.
Don’t believe everything you hear about online businesses, scams in emails or other communication channels, false offers to third world countries and never seeing a thing back in return.
Do your research and find out what you are getting yourself into.
Contact the people and talk with them, one on one.
Make sure you feel safe and comfortable before sending money, bank account numbers or Paypal checks.
If it sounds too good to be true, then believe what’s in your heart.
The web does give you all the resources in the world to find out if you believe or trust or want to pursue a dream online.
Use it to your advantage too, by researching, researching, and reaching out to people.
We have all the right tools to find the right knowledge base, from our comfortable home setting, so take your time here.
Success isn’t built overnight like you might have heard already, work, patience, and a passion will get you started.
Oh, and a fully functional website presence too.
What Are These Vast Amount of Opportunities I See?
The reality, of course, is that there are as many different ways to do business online as there are people making this lifestyle work for them. For example, as an Internet business owner, you could:
- Sell your handmade arts and crafts on Etsy
- Run an informative site that generates revenue through advertisements
- Provide professional services to clients locally.
- Generate client leads for offline businesses
- Sell other peoples’ products and earn a commission for each referral
- Join a trusted online opportunity networking with people that are interested.
- Create a Personal Media Brand helping folks do taxes or editing content.
Use your God Given talents, what you feel good doing for others, what you’re good at already, and create with a personal flair.
It’s easier to start with what you know, but if you don’t then start learning and applying the strategies and practices that make sense.
It’s not the knowledge that sells, its the work you put in, the routine of rinse and repeat what you do, and does it have a heartbeat behind it.
What Personal Assets Do You Bring to the Table
People buy from people so your business has to have a persona, lifeline, a spirit.
It can’t feel like the stuffy corporate setting of big businesses or fake profiles of landing pages on Facebook.
Bring your smile, biggest muscle in your body, written words from your face, and a spirit that you can’t copy and paste,
you will better off than most folks starting out online.
Here’re some directions.
A Personal Passion for performing
Passion is the core of all things passionate. If you really feel strong, a burning desire to service the world with your talents, then find it, spread it and live it.
Only passion, great passion, can elevate the human soul to acheive great things.
Denis Diderot, French Philospher 1713-1784
Your unique human spirit sells, promotes, creates, and helps focus your passion on learning, applying, and succeeding in selling anything online.
Personally, I didn’t have a clue when I first started.
Didn’t know where to begin, what was a link or how to create one, website, what??,…
Bouncing from affiliate marketing to Networking Opportunities, it really sucked.
Spending 100$ here for a course, membership sites charging 90/month to learn everything you need to survive when there is an abundance of resources you can educate yourself for free.
All this was completely silenced when I found my drive to wake up early and go to bed late at night.
I can be myself and create the kind of business that put blood in my heart and mind, call it my own, and work at it til my fingers bleed.
Get behind the passion in yourself to build something you can smile about over time.
What’s Your Uniqueness?
When I first started out, I thought the business was gonna change me and it did but not the way I imagined.
I thought I had to change my persona, my personality, my freedom.
But what I found out was, using all this to my advantage, that was my best assets.
You don’t have hide behind the business, the online opportunity, or the process of building it all.
Personally, become the model of business you want to achieve.
Do the work.
Spread the love and share and care on social channels
And bring your personality with it all, that’s unique in itself.
Honesty and Transparency
Don’t try to hide behind your products or services.
Or even shy away with email campaigns, landing pages, or your website.
Be honest and transparent about what your pricing is, what you do and how you can help.
People buy From People
People like to know who they are paying before they pay.
Especially online where it’s all digital, it’s hard to bring reality into it.
First we have to build authority with our online presence, establish trust by talking with them, sending emails that speak directly to them,
trust is the online currency we need to bring to the table.
Do You Know How?
If you don’t know the industry you want to pursue, then learn it.
Learn the practices and fundamentals, then apply them to your own business.
Again, with the web, your resources are vast and plentiful.
Build a wealth of information about the products and services you are proving, find out the audience that needs help with them and builds website authority by being honest and upfront.
If you aren’t personally satisfied with your current day job, you owe it to yourself to at least investigate the potential fulfillment that comes from running your own online enterprise.
Why Should You Build a digital business?
Building an online business from the beginning does take time, does take patience, does take learning new practices and platforms, but if you have a will, you will find a way.
The best advice I can give to you is to find out what you like doing, passionate about or won’t get tire of in say, six months talking about.
Don’t enter the web with the idea of just making money, which was my first mistake.
What do you really want to do to make money online, that won’t bore you?
Passion from within is key to get started.
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