When you start your own online business it is important to treat it in the same way you would if it were a real bricks and mortar business.
By that I mean you need to manage your own expectations, your workload, and create your own business plan.
It’s the age old adage that if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
Have A Real Business Plan
Having a business plan is crucial to your success and you need to set yourself some long term, medium term and short term goals and each of these goals needs to be realistic and measurable.
And at the same time you need to reward yourself when you achieve each of these goals, otherwise you will soon become bored or despondent with the whole thing.
Involve Other People
Working online can become quite a lonely business, so it is important to meet some online friends and potential business partners so you can share ideas, talk through difficulties and more than likely you will find things much more enjoyable too.
Overcoming Information Overload
At the very beginning you may find that you become the victim of information overload.
This is where you are trying to learn so much information and so many different things all at the same time that you can no longer see the wood from the trees.
This is something I experienced myself when I first started online.
I was trying to do too many things all at the same time and ultimately not achieving anything.
It is important to stick to one task until you have completed it, irrespective of whether that task is successful or in fact deemed a failure.
And ultimately failures are you confirming to yourself that you have found a way that does not work.
And so you move on to the next.
The best place to start is obviously with your idea.
Existing or New Market
Decide whether you are planning to fill a need that is already there or are you planning to create a product and then drive traffic to.
Each of these options has its own pitfalls and potential rewards.
When I first started on line I spent the best part of three months creating a product that nobody really wanted to pay money for.
If I had spent more time researching then I would have realised this before I wasted three months of my life.
Although when I look back, if I treat those three months as a learning curve, then the time was not wasted at all.
“Be clear what you want to achieve and
make sure there is a market for the product that you want to sell”.
Never Give Up
Whatever you decide to do you are going to need to be resilient.
You will also need patience as most of the time these things do not happen overnight.
I wish you every success in your new online business