It's been a few months since I've shown my face on these forums. My last visit was telling everyone the great news that I left my 9-5 to pursue IM as my full time income and be a full time entrepreneur. I was flammed endlessly and several people made wagers on when I would fail and come crawling back to the forum asking for help. Mhmm.
Next I came back to ask what you guys/girls thought about Peerfly suspending my account for using Microjobs to complete an email sub offer. I was again flamed endlessly and told I was unethical dirt ball, stealing, horrible human, etc. Hmm...
Well guess what, it's been 4 months since I left my crappy cubicle job and I couldn't be happier... Except when my house burned down at 4am in February, and then the time I tried to jump over a parking cone in March and dislocated my right shoulder and had to go to the hospital.
Using the nice flaming comments and criticism, I focused on how I could become a successful entrepreneur/IM and not be guilty of the things I was being accused of... namely of having Shiny Object Syndrone.
If you are an IM with a few days in the game, months, or years and still haven't made a reasonable amount of success, I have hope for you.
Do you constantly jump from niche to niche looking for the payday you see other's getting?
Do you constantly jump from one money making platform to the next hoping to make the big bucks?
Do you buy every IM get rich quick scheme course out there hoping this will bring home the bacon??
If you've answered yes to any of these, don't feel bad, I was guilty of all of the above.
After a year in the game, I've finally started to make a little money and I've only recently learned my own laws of success in IM.
1.) Don't be a dabbler. Focus on one venture at a time. Affiliate marketing, CPA offers, PPC, whatever your cup of tea is, invest your time in learning as much quality information as you can. Amazon is full of awesome books you can study and learn your core skills for that platform.
2.) Look for more than one person who has succeeded in what you're trying to pursue so you know the path to success is obtainable and realistic. You're not trying to blow the IM game away with your Uber/elite IM methods. If you're like me, you're looking to make a good income and not be burdened with self doubt that your chasing some mirage of success that ONE person purported in a splashy video on a landing page.
3.) Learn how to hire and manage VA's. There are ton's of freelancer websites out there like oDesk.com, elance.com, freelancer.com where you can find really hardworking VA's for $3-5 an hour to do some of the easy/low leverage activities your business requires. It's amazing how fast you can scale your business once you learn how to find the right people, for the right price, that can work autonomously of you everyday. It's a great thing, trust me.
4.) Try to mentor at least one person in your career and show them how to do things the right way the first time around. If I had sought out a decent mentor with integrity and not spent years chasing my tail, doubting my self, and dabbiling in everything at once, I would be sitting here a whole lot richer, and less smellier guy. Find a good mentor.
So to sum up this post, stick to one thing, make sure it's possible to earn a living from that thing, and study it like a professional would. This learning process may take you days, weeks, months, even years, but once you've built that skill you will be richly rewarded.