Would you like to start an online business but you’re afraid you’ll fail? Do you think success is only for the lucky? Are you worried that you don’t have what it takes to succeed? Then read on, because this post will show you how to be successful with an online business!
How To Be Successful And Make Your Own Luck
You’re actually luckier than you think.
If you were born in a developed country, such as the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, or any other developed country, you’re lucky!
80% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a day, and 1.3 billion are living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day.
If you’ve got a job and you earn enough to keep a roof over your head and food on the table, you’re lucky!
If you got a free, basic education and you can read and write, you’re lucky!
But, being born in a developed country isn’t the only reason you’re lucky. You’re also lucky to be born in the internet age – a time when we have access to so much information.
As a kid, I had to go to the library to find information. Now it’s all at our fingertips.
The internet has also leveled the playing field. Anyone can start a business, and it’s faster, easier and less expensive than it’s ever been thanks to the internet.
If you want to know how to be successful at anything – it begins with your perspective. We live in a golden age of opportunity. A century ago we didn’t even have penicillin. You might not have survived to adulthood let alone been able to start a business.
In today’s world, you can create your own luck. Just figure out what you want to do and take advantage of the opportunities available. That’s what successful people do.
Worried You Don’t Have What It Takes?
Ever heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow?” It’s not true. Sometimes you do what you’re skilled at and the passion comes later.
But, what if you’re not an expert?
Everyone thinks you need to be a top level expert to succeed in a digital products business. But the truth is, very few people are THE expert on any subject.
Most people selling digital products know more than their market, but they don’t know everything about their industry. So, unless you’re selling to top level experts in your field, you don’t need a wealth of knowledge. You just need to know enough to really help the people in your market.
But maybe you’ve been in your industry a long time, and you’re not concerned about knowledge. Maybe you’re worried about the technical aspect of starting an online business.
I was there once too and you know what I’ve discovered? You learn as you go.
You don’t need to be a technical whiz to start an online business anymore. Back around the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you did. But today everything is so much easier.
Technology has advanced to be much more user friendly. You can still hire a coder to create your website, for example, but you don’t need to. There are so many ways for the non-techie to create a website now.
It’s true you’ll have a bit of a learning curve with some things, but with a little time and patience you’ll get up to speed.
Nobody knows everything they need to when they start. But if you want to know how to be successful, the answer is you start and don’t stop. If you’re not a quitter, you’ve got what it takes!
What If You Fail?
I’ve got news for you. You’re going to fail – at some things. Not everything is going to run smoothly 100% of the time. And you are going to make mistakes. But, you’ll learn from those failures and mistakes.
Early in my business I had the opportunity to make a large quantity sale to a medical office. I lost that sale because the only form of payment I accepted was PayPal, and they didn’t use PayPal. This office had 8 locations, and the loss for me was substantial. But you know what? I learned something!
I learned that having only one payment option meant losing customers. And I learned I needed to figure out how my customers wanted to pay, and then provide that option.
I haven’t made that mistake since.
When you’re just getting started, there’s alot you don’t know. You’ll never be 100% prepared when you start. You can’t possibly know everything you need to. That’s what experience is for. There’s a saying that experience is the best teacher. It’s really true!
You’ll learn how to be successful through your failures and mistakes.
How Successful You Are Depends On YOU
Some people like to dwell on the negative, and if that’s you then you’re going to need to change that.
There’s no point in starting a business if you don’t think you’ll be successful. You won’t have the motivation you need to succeed.
Starting a business of any kind is tough. Yes, it IS faster, easier and less expensive thanks to the internet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tough.
What I mean is, you can get your business online in a snap, but you’re still going to have to work at it to be successful. You can’t hang your shingle out (or put up a website) and expect people to hand you money. That’s not how it works.
Once you get online you’re going to need to be disciplined to work at achieving success every day. You’ll set goals, reach them, and set new, higher goals. That’s how you build and grow a business.
More than anything else, your success depends on you. You’ve got to know what you want and remain focused on achieving it. No excuses. If something isn’t working, fix it. If you lack something, find a way to get it or accomplish your goal without it.
Everyone wants to know how to be successful, but most people are looking outside themselves. They think that if they just take the right course, or use the right tools or equipment it’s going to make a difference.
Those things are important, but they should also be looking in the mirror. Your success begins and ends with you. It has more to do with the things you believe and the actions you take (or don’t) than anything else.
Your mindset and beliefs are important, but so is your education. I’m not talking about college, although if you’ve got a business degree that’s great.
There are many ways you can learn the things you need to know. I’ve already mentioned experience. Often just taking action will teach you what you need to know.
But, sometimes you need direction. For that, there’s blogs, articles, forums and groups – all offering free advice. Of course, that advice will come from many people who may or may not know what they’re talking about. And often one piece of advice will conflict with another.
So, you get what you pay for. But, some of the advice you get can be very useful and the price is definitely right!
Books are another way to get information you need. Amazon is just a click away!
Personally, I love books. I’ve got quite a stack of them right now just waiting to be read. One thing I love about them is that they are tangible. I can highlight them, earmark the pages and write in them. My books are my action guides.
Another way to learn is through online courses. Most courses will charge you. It’s worth it if the information is valuable to you.
One of the best ways to learn how to be successful is to hire a coach. I’ve done this myself (yes, even coaches hire coaches!). A coach can help you get ahead of where you’d be otherwise because they work with you one on one.
Always Keep Moving Forward
Starting an online business is an adventure. You don’t know what lies ahead. Sometimes it’s something wonderful. Other times you’re disappointed or even frustrated.
No matter what happens, you’ve got to keep moving forward.
There are times, such as when a true emergency occurs, that you need to stop for a little while. But those times are rare. And if that does happen then you need to get going again as soon as you can.
If you stop your business dies. You lose momentum – the energy that propels you forward and makes things happen.
Always be doing and learning. That’s the best advice I can give you for how to be successful with your online business.
With you every step of the way,
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