Countless people have asked me what it takes to succeed in Internet Marketing and other online businesses. The beginning of the year may be the perfect time to share what I have discovered over the years. My personal motivation to success online was to replace the annual income I was earning standing on an automotive assembly line. I had to find another pathway to finance the life that I really wanted to live. Getting up every morning to work for someone else was slowly killing my love for life. My motivation grew every week when I considered the monotony of mindless, repetitive work that paid an hourly wage. I would have done anything to free myself from that life.
Work is Required
Starting any new venture requires more work than most people anticipate. Many people start this business with another profession as a specialty. I knew that I had to work as hard for my new business as I had when I first stepped onto that assembly line as a young man. Some tips and tricks have surfaced over the years.
- Task list – Small tasks will creep into every work session. I accumulate a list of small tasks that can be addressed all at one time without distracting me from the highest priority tasks.
- Outsource – People often ask me how to find people who could help with some of the technical tasks. Finding great people is a matter of patience and talking to others.
- Obstacles – Equipment, software and required skills can present the most frustrating series of barriers to your success. I refused to allow anything to prevent me from finding answers.
- Thinking is work – Looking back, I can remember wondering how I was going to solve certain issues. Sometimes, I just needed to think through problems while I was doing something else. A pen and paper can be great tools for devising your own solutions.
Establishing a business requires maintaining ownership over every aspect of the operation. Today, so many resources exist to provide answers to questions of all types. Ten years ago, we had to devise our own answers because much of what we have today did not exist. Anyone who runs into a problem should follow a specific pattern to find answers independently.
- Repeat the steps – Computers can be unforgiving beasts at times. Many of my issues with computer software have been resolved through simply repeating the exact steps in the process. This approach reduces the amount of time I waste hoping to find someone to help.
- Conduct a search – Reams of material have been created to answer virtually any question. A few keyword searches can provide answers to technical issues specific to your computer system. Even today, I look around and find valuable content on the Internet.
- Step away – Some problems require a different approach at a later time. Computers seem to respond better when I walk away for a while and come back later. I have never understood why this works, but it does.
- Ask for help – Jumping to this step first is probably the most common mistake that people make in this business. All of us should be working independently, but not alone. Learning requires some attempts to solve problems and find answers to our own challenges.
So many amazing people have come along since those early days when I felt as though the Internet was a very lonely place. All of the mistakes I made in my first few years have been documented and corrected for people who start today. One of the greatest advantages to this business is meeting people from virtually anywhere on the globe. Over time, you will want to take some specific steps in this area.
- Encourage others – Working in your office where the only contact happens over the phone, in email or on the Internet can be lonesome. I learned early that everyone I encountered needed some encouragement. Technology can be ruthless. Positive words in your emails, social media posts and interactions will draw people toward you.
- Build your network – Believe it or not, two people qualify as a network. I meet people every day. Listening to others provides insight as to whether I can assist that person or not. There are people who are simply crossing my path on their way to some destination.
- Find someone to help – I hear people express their concerns that they have nothing to offer. Everyone has something to give to other people. A listening ear might be enough to solve the problem someone else has struggled with for a week. Proofreading an article for someone could be the best help. Creating a simple graphic might save someone an entire afternoon.
- Existing opportunities – Many of the chances to meet others and tell people about our ventures were nonexistent in the recent past. Now, we try to make simple ways for everyone to be noticed. Your connections will happen when you participate consistently.
Don’t Stop Trying
Above all else, the only people who do not find success in this business are the ones who stop trying. Tenacity is a character trait for all of the people who have made a difference in this world. Every day, I talk to people who have made some important observations that will serve them well.
- Expect to learn – I find something to learn every day. That might sound surprising, but it is true. Starting any new venture requires us to learn new skills that we never dreamed we could master. You will make great discoveries about yourself along this journey.
- Think differently – A person who repeats the same task every 90 seconds thinks very differently from an entrepreneur who must keep up with the rate of change in the Information Age. Your thoughts will evolve at a pace that will make your head ache at times.
- Solve problems – I love to solve problems. I really do! Some of the problems I encounter now are outsourced to people who can find the solution faster. “Never giving up” means that problems will not stop your progress on the road to success.
- Life will interrupt – Events in life will happen before you reach your coveted level of success. Every time you encounter one of these obstacles, people will welcome you back. You can depend on people you have met to encourage you to stay the course.
Is Your Motivation Enough?
Many people that I meet tell amazing stories about the ways in which their new venture will revolutionize their current lives. I do not know why some people stop at various points along the way. Maybe the “why?” is the most important factor. Wanting to make more money is a fairly good reason. Needing to make enough money to survive is an even better motivator. I have found that people who must make more money to meet the needs of other people are even more driven to succeed.
If you wonder what it takes to succeed in business, discover your “why?” and set your course.
What is your “why?”