Ok, Great, But HOW?

By: Keith E Bryan

Welcome to the world of online business. This is the time to get started! Join now and get in before it’s too late! Earn $75K this year with your own online business!

Ok, great, but HOW?

I know what you’re thinking. If its anything like what I thought when I first entered the world of online business it’s a mix of excitement, apprehension, fear, hopefulness and complete and total confusion! If you’ve been searching online for your perfect business opportunity you’ve no doubt been confronted with just short of 247,000 different “opportunities" to earn money online. You know you’re ready to do “something else" with your career but you’re stuck in the same place I was…… right between a desire to succeed and an overwhelming fear to choose the wrong way and fail miserably!

Let me help you sort it out a bit. I’ve broken this down into a few easy steps that should help ease you into the online world with little or no pain.

Step 1: BREATH

Realize that online business isn’t nearly as intimidating as starting a business twenty years ago. Plus, the price of running an online business is significantly less than anything you’d ever experience running an actual shop/mall/store etc. There’s no employees to pay, no one to lay off if business doesn’t pick up, you’ll probably never have to fire anyone, and if you fail….. so what? Picking a new domain name and starting from scratch will cost you all of about $30. So relax.

Step 2: FIND YOUR STRENGTHS

This is YOUR business so find something you are going to LIKE devoting time to watch it grow. If you know an awful lot about tropical fish for example, maybe consider starting an informational page about tropical fish. You can join a few affiliate programs to sell some fishy products, maybe even eventually write a fish tale (e-book) and sell it on your site. Regardless of what you pick, make sure it’s something you would enjoy and can offer the general public some bit of expertise in the area.

Step 3: BREATH (yes again)

Before you go out and buy the domain name www.tropical-fish.com for $5,000 from the owner and invest in $20,000 worth of fish equipment to sell to your “customers" take a moment to plan out HOW you want your business to be presented. If you’re not sure what kind of business you want to start the biggest mistake you can make is to “try everything". Trust me, that’s what I did and all it ends up doing is dividing your efforts and nothing ever really seems to work. Do some research about which businesses would best suit your needs. If you’re going to join some affiliate programs, great, but take the time to read up on them and see if they are going to devote the same effort to you that you do to them. If there’s no support structure chances are that they’re only in it for their profits and not really to help you build your business.

Step 4: GET INFORMED

There are two ways to run a successful business. The first is you simply pay someone to do everything you don’t understand. Html, PHP, Java, meta tags, key words, reciprocal linking, post nuke, search engine optimization, crawlers, spiders, robots??????? There’s always going to be something you don’t quite understand completely and there’s always someone that knows it just a little better than you. If you choose to pay for your service you will most likely end up investing more than your business is worth for quite a while.

The other method, although it requires more time and effort, will help you to build a great online business in the end. Take some time to read up on the basics of online business before you invest a ton of money. ( I recommend starting a “test" site to let you experiment before you start your “real" site) Learn some basic HTML, understand how search engines rank web pages, know what other sites like yours are out there, join some free business e-zines. Go into your online business with at least a fanny-pack full of knowledge, if not an entire suitcase!

Step 5: PLAN AHEAD

Although not everything will go according to your plan at least you have an idea of what you want to accomplish and the steps needed to get there. Adjust your plan from time to time. Set some new goals and adapt your plan to figure out how to accomplish them.

Step 6: DON'T GIVE UP!

The most important aspect of online business to remember is that it IS NOT a “get rich quick" scheme. There are many people out there that will tell you that you can make amazing amounts of money on the internet. While this is certainly true, most of them seem to forget to mention the WORK and the TIME that are involved. Don’t worry if your web page isn’t an instant success, all great companies take time. Bill Gates worked for ten years before Microsoft became an “instant success"! Look at him now. So don’t give up. Keep doing little things to improve your business and soon you’ll notice the results of your effort.

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