I am inspired to write this post after reading an email from a subscriber over the weekend. She asked me “Val, can you please tell me what is the most fool proof system for someone who are starting out?”. There are so many scam programs or business opportunities out there after all. I have been there and I know exactly how frustrating it is to not know what to do.
I am going to say this, before you read this entire post, don’t attempt to make money online. I am going to save you from beating yourself up and all the unnecessary frustrations. I want you to ask yourself this question. “Do you love what you do online? Or do you just love the IDEA of making money online?” There is a difference and I want you to think about it before you answer this question.
The truth is that, there are absolutely no fool proof system. There I said it. No matter how good a business opportunity is, no matter how great they sound, you will fail if you don’t put any effort. You will fail if you don’t to take action.
I have gotten to know the Online Marketing industry for six years. But honestly, I spent more than half the time failing. I failed…a lot. But I never gave up. I worked on myself harder until I finally found my comfort and successful at working from home. I want you to know that if you expect to make money online, you need to first figure out why you even want to make money online. Are you cut to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to get back up after you fail? I spent tens of thousands of dollars online figuring out what and how I wanted to develop my business. I spent a LOT of money and time to educate myself. I started out by building micro niches sites. I made zero dollar after five months. I made bad mistakes along the way. I listened to people who gave bad advises and used methods that “sounded too good” to get my sites ranked within hours. In the end my sites got penalized. So if you are just starting out and have only spent a few hundred dollars here and there, I am sorry but you need to deal with it. Learn from your failures, continue to move forward is the best advise I can give you right now.
If you just love the idea of making money online, I am afraid you won’t get far. What you have is merely an idea. And if you fail, you won’t pursue it. The online marketing industry is filled with hypes and false promises. Yes, it will take time to separate the gems from the crap. You can lose money along the way. But it comes down to either you educate yourself the right way or end up miserably.
When you have passion for what you do in life, you will make money. You may not make big money at first, but you will make more. The more passion you have for what you do, the more money you will make. In this industry, you must be willing to help others before money comes to you. It does not matter if you are not in profit immediately. When you build a business, you must think from a long-term perspective. It is like planting a seed on the ground. It will take time for the seed to grow into a tree. Slowly but surely it will grow. It is like nurturing your own child, you don’t focus on your son or daughter as a grown up person. You focus on educating them and give them the best you can at the present moment. You want to focus on your effort, NOT the end results. If you are passionate about what you do, you will enjoy it and nothing else matters.
You are not going to make money online if you have zero passion about your online business. The Internet can give you financial freedom, but it takes a lot of blood, sweat tears, time, and not to mention money. You will need to invest in basic things like Auto Responder, Web Hosting, and various tools that can help your online business. The truth is, this can drive some people over the edge. The technical and marketing jargons can be intimidating to some people. If you cannot deal with these, and not willing to learn, don’t have the will nor patience…you should consider leaving the Internet Marketing industry and stick to your day job.
One of the biggest problems I noticed in this industry is that people are “drooling” over what others are making. So in a way people just want to “give it a try”. The online industry is not your “give it a try” industry. You are either in or out. There is no “give it a try”. If you come in with a “give it a try” attitude, you will not go far. You will continue to chase the next shiny object that comes out and continue to “try your luck”. In the end you are not building a business, you are gambling. Consider this your wake up call.
Figure out what you love to do, and develop a business plan around that. If you are into crafting, maybe consider selling on eBay, etsy or even create your own e-store. If you love kids and babies, sell babies and kids stuffs online. If you love music, continue to pursue your passion around music and put yourself out there. Use the Internet as a tool to connect with people who love music. Dream big and never let anyone say you cannot achieve it. The point is, you can figure out what you love, and use the Internet as a vehicle to reach your goal.
I am personally very thankful of what the Internet has given me. Full freedom. Did it come easy? No, no way close. But I have always been persistent. In the end, it is not just about making money. So once again I want to say this… don’t attempt to make money online until you figure this out. It is about how you show your passions to others by doing what you love in life. Fight for it, and take the time needed to succeed. You will succeed.