What made you decide to start an online business?

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Hey guys, I'm researching on the topic as to why and what reasons or events that made you decide to start an internet business.

Personally for myself, I came across the idea while I was just finishing Uni. I was primarily enticed by the idea of working from home, then someone from Amway gave me a book by Robert Kiosaki about time leveraging, that changed my thinking forever.

What about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Signupper
    I've started multiple companies before, and am in the process of launching another one now. All were motivated by very similar things.

    What motivates me is that I like building things. I like the idea of deciding to solve a problem, and then delivering a solution. It feels so great to see someone actually handing you money to help them solve an issue they are facing!
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
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  • Profile picture of the author skymann
    Always wanted to work for myself. Difficult with a family and morgage, but now I have achieved it.
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  • Profile picture of the author HellaLeadz
    I started a long time ago in MLM; there I got books of Tony Robbins and other self-development gurus, and since then I knew I don't want to spend my life working from 9 to 5.

    Also, it was super important to know that I will never be able to scale anything in the real world as much as we can over the Internet. So basically that "huge opportunity" dragged me into an online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    I started my online business because I was sick and tired of working hard for other people and not being fully appreciated for my efforts.

    I also wanted the freedom to work when and where I wanted to.

    FREEDOM!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author manpreet9227
    I like the freedom to work at home, you can work anytime you want and don't need to commit to any working hours. One of the biggest reason is because I got no other choice.
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    • Profile picture of the author swiminsoda
      Originally Posted by manpreet9227 View Post

      I like the freedom to work at home, you can work anytime you want and don't need to commit to any working hours. One of the biggest reason is because I got no other choice.
      Hey manpreet, what I've found, based on people's key motivations, are key indicators as to how long and how well suited they are for the Internet Marketing business. Can you share what do you mean by 'you got no other choice'?
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Hin
    i really hate the idea of working from 8 - 6 idea. it like trading your time for money or worst selling you soul to the devil. the company expect that your work can bring 3x the revenue to the company against the salary they pay you. it totally lack of control

    least online business give me a sense of control
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    • Profile picture of the author swiminsoda
      Originally Posted by HellaLeadz View Post

      I started a long time ago in MLM; there I got books of Tony Robbins and other self-development gurus, and since then I knew I don't want to spend my life working from 9 to 5.

      Also, it was super important to know that I will never be able to scale anything in the real world as much as we can over the Internet. So basically that "huge opportunity" dragged me into an online business.
      Yeah direct marketing (door-to-door) is brutal but the best experience a person can have getting into a business mindset. When they had finished brainwashing me, I couldn't think 9-5 anymore and the Internet was the only way I could afford to start my own thing for sure

      Originally Posted by webmarke View Post

      I started my online business because I was sick and tired of working hard for other people and not being fully appreciated for my efforts.

      I also wanted the freedom to work when and where I wanted to.

      FREEDOM!!!!!
      That's my Motto right there.

      Originally Posted by Victor Hin View Post

      i really hate the idea of working from 8 - 6 idea. it like trading your time for money or worst selling you soul to the devil. the company expect that your work can bring 3x the revenue to the company against the salary they pay you. it totally lack of control least online business give me a sense of control
      I had already achieved the highest salary bracket in my category (Executive Secretary) but it was no where enough to buy a property, have a reasonably comfortable life and still have savings. What bugged me more was the measly 14 days annual leave entitlement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    I took an internet marketing class in high school that taught me how to build websites and kind of the basics to making money online. I took a bunch of business classes in college.

    At some point in college, I was bored in class and made a website and steadily grew it. I managed a shop at the same time and it opened my eyes to their profit margins and to what it was like to have a boss dictating your schedule/life.
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  • Profile picture of the author norahwhitlow
    I quit my job for personal stuff, then i didnt want to go back to work anymore, at the same time i read something about making money online... Things start from there...
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    Freedom, working for myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I was running a "snail mail" business and kept hearing about the millions of prospects online. I wanted some of that traffic.

    In the first year online I completely restructured my business.
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  • I didn't want to work in an office set-up where a big part of the stress comes from office politics and being part of the insider group. In an online business, you can just focus on the work. Moreover, you don't have to lose time and money commuting to the office.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasmineIPassmore
    Why did I start an online business? Because I am inherently lazy, and because of that, I bust my backside trying to work so I don't have to work. Haha does that even make sense? Sounds strange but that pretty much describes me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Puegher
    Being at my regular job, thinking "what the ****? I am making millions of dollars for this company and I'm getting cents in return, what is this shit?"

    I don't like to waste my time making other people rich while I can't pay my bills but the most important thing I think that is to be able to support the people I care.

    After that day, everything changed.
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  • SwimInSoda,

    Originally Posted by swiminsoda View Post

    why and what reasons or events that made you decide to start an internet business
    My overall situation at that time.

    It was a little over a year after I became completely blind and had to drop out of college.

    My only resources were the motivation that I got from my wife and daughter, my learned ability to improvise and learn anything on my own, the experience that I got from running errands for my neighbors and selling tech-related products and services starting at age 14, and my hands-on training in working as a technology writer at an outsourcing firm here while completely blind (my first and last regular day job).

    So yeah, conditions were perfect.
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    • Profile picture of the author swiminsoda
      Originally Posted by ge studio creativo View Post

      I didn't want to work in an office set-up where a big part of the stress comes from office politics and being part of the insider group. In an online business, you can just focus on the work. Moreover, you don't have to lose time and money commuting to the office.
      Right on point. Time is such and overlooked factor.

      Originally Posted by Nico Puegher View Post

      Being at my regular job, thinking "what the ****? I am making millions of dollars for this company and I'm getting cents in return, what is this shit?"

      I don't like to waste my time making other people rich while I can't pay my bills but the most important thing I think that is to be able to support the people I care.

      After that day, everything changed.
      Not everyone are born leaders. I know people who have never traveled outside of their country let alone think they can run a business. If you have the ambition, then definitely should be doing your own thing.

      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

      SwimInSoda,

      My overall situation at that time.

      It was a little over a year after I became completely blind and had to drop out of college.

      My only resources were the motivation that I got from my wife and daughter, my learned ability to improvise and learn anything on my own, the experience that I got from running errands for my neighbors and selling tech-related products and services starting at age 14, and my hands-on training in working as a technology writer at an outsourcing firm here while completely blind (my first and last regular day job).

      So yeah, conditions were perfect.
      Marx Vergel Melencio... RESPECT. I think you're quite amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I don't like having a 9 to 5 job

    I wanted to get paid to DISCOVER STUFF and PROVE myself

    That's why I went into business for myself.

    It's been 14 years since I worked for someone else. I was making $165,000 a year but the FREEDOM and SENSE OF DISCOVERY AND POSSIBILITY is worth it!

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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    For me, starting online business is cheap and convenient.
    Cheap because there are a lot of marketing tools you can use for free; convenient because you don't have to go far to market your product because people are all over the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author marktman571
    Originally Posted by swiminsoda View Post

    Hey guys, I'm researching on the topic as to why and what reasons or events that made you decide to start an internet business.

    Personally for myself, I came across the idea while I was just finishing Uni. I was primarily enticed by the idea of working from home, then someone from Amway gave me a book by Robert Kiosaki about time leveraging, that changed my thinking forever.

    What about you?
    Well for me online business comprises of getting good paying projects from elance and freelance. So far it's going pretty fine with some ups and downs. Overall as far as the idea of working from home goes, apparently it doesn't feel like a smooth ride and requires a lot of time in front of the computer and meeting crunch deadlines. Therefore, I would suggest a better division of time between work and other activities to reap the most benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    Freedom, more control over your source of income, risk, Unknown
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  • Profile picture of the author Omarkenawy
    Because Running an online business gives me the flexibility to set my own working arrangements based on my particular needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author toprankservice
    I started an online business because I want to expand the clients I am servicing beyond my city/country. I am also an introvert by nature and an online business there is less intrusion or distraction than if I were working in an office. I also don't have to attend those corporate events I don't enjoy. haha
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    • Profile picture of the author swiminsoda
      Originally Posted by mogamre View Post

      I like that I can sell products online without being a pushy sales person. I like that I can work with a virtual team. I like that in this industry, there are STILL people (like in this forum) who are taking the time to share what they have learned and encourage newbies in the industry. It's a good time to be an online entrepreneur!
      Originally Posted by toprankservice View Post

      I started an online business because I want to expand the clients I am servicing beyond my city/country. I am also an introvert by nature and an online business there is less intrusion or distraction than if I were working in an office. I also don't have to attend those corporate events I don't enjoy. haha
      Selling and working as a virtual marketer... excellent point.
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  • Profile picture of the author mogamre
    I like that I can sell products online without being a pushy sales person. I like that I can work with a virtual team. I like that in this industry, there are STILL people (like in this forum) who are taking the time to share what they have learned and encourage newbies in the industry. It's a good time to be an online entrepreneur!
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    • Profile picture of the author gwenhwyfar37
      When I realized that today's job market is a big fat joke (Trying to be nice here, but I could write a book on this subject alone!)

      And when I took into account the fact that in today's economy that it can take someone highly credentialed up to a year to land a position. In that year, I could be laying groundwork for a great foundation instead of filling out hundreds of job applications that are just going to wind up in some black hole anyway.

      Why, I asked myself, do I want to spend SO much time and energy applying for jobs (even minimum wage, dead end, with 1000s of other applicants are also gunning for) knowing I only have a tiny chance of nailing that job, that if I did happen to land it, I would only end up hating it down the road?

      That's when I had my "epiphany" and never looked back
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    • Profile picture of the author anayb
      for me its more than 70 hrs a week for the last four years, no vacation, not a single days off so far, its only work. since I am growing my business organically without any outside investment, it's taking that long. my business is very engineering-driven I am much dependant on automation and technology. I spend 90% of my time doing coding figuring out how to automate every single task e.g. from downloading images to posting blog posts via bots as well as creating graphics on-the-fly to making animated videos dynamically, and posting them via APIs. Remember with careful automation you can replace hundred to thousand hours of man hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnTimmins
    Freedom, and the ability to enjoy life with my daughter
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