First off, I will admit it. I'm lazy.
I've been in this "IM game" for 5 years now and have never really seen any kind of money from it. I know many of you would still consider a person like that to be a "newbie" and I wouldn't disagree with you.
Earlier this year, I tried to get more serious about building a business and even joined a mastermind group for a monthly fee. Then I got into not one, but two car accidents.
While I was okay, dealing with insurance companies while working my full-time J.O.B., while trying to figure out how to get to that J.O.B., while trying to figure out if I can afford a new car... blah blah blah... excuses. Point being that I've pretty much dropped off the face of the earth as far as IM goes. And stupid me is STILL paying that monthly membership for something I'm not even using.
So today starts a new initiative.
I'm unsubscribing from all my internet marketing newsletters. I'm going to buckle down and focus on building a business. I'm at the point in my life where I am sick of working for "the man" and want the freedom that IM will give me.
I have reasonable expectations.
I *know* I will not be able to quit the day job any time soon.
I *know* this will take hard work, time, and dedication.
I *know* I need to stay FOCUSED.
I *know* I need a plan.
What I don't know is where I would like to start. I've done (really dabbled - see lazy and lack of focus):
- Article Marketing
- And probably a host of other things, none to much success
What I really need is a kick in the pants and an action plan. I mean an actual strategy. A daily checklist of do this, then this, then this. Rinse, repeat, rest. I do NOT want to trade time for money. That means that even though I'm technically inclined, I don't want to build websites for hire, or write articles, or do backlinking for other marketers, or any of that. To me, that means I've just changed my boss, but am still in a J.O.B.
With that in mind, yesterday I learned about the Chris Farrell Membership site that comes highly regarded here. It's something like $37/month, I believe. Funny enough, today I got an email from Mike Filsaime about a new program Chris is starting that's $997 or 3 "easy" payments of $300+. Look, I have a little bit of expendable cash, but not that much. Honestly, I'm not sure what the main differences are between the two of his programs. I don't need free hosting for a site, as I've already got that. $37/month is only $10/month more than the mastermind group membership fee that's currently going to waste, so that's doable.
Also the 30 Day Challenge (now The Challenge) just started up again, and that's free. I believe they both have completely different strategies, but the ultimate goal is the same - to make your first $1 online. I've done it in year's past and never had any success with it, though. That's not the say it doesn't work, just that I couldn't get it to work for me, so I'm guessing I was doing something wrong.
One thing I haven't ever done is build a mailing list. I know, I know, for shame. The Money Is In The List, they say. The problem is, I never really stick around with anything long enough to focus on building up that list and more importantly, building relationships with customers.
I'm not ADHD, but sometimes I feel that way. Call it Analysis Paralysis, Information Overload, whatever. I used to go out and buy every shiny new thing the gurus are pawning. I've stopped that. Next step is to unsubscribe to everything like I mentioned earlier. After that, plan, focus, build.
Ultimately I would like to build an online business that will make me my own boss. I don't want to be rich. Okay, well maybe I do, but I would be happy just being comfortable. I'm just really lost on how I want to get there. I guess I would like to have an information product business that's evergreen. Something I can set and forget (eventually) and focus on my family and enjoying life, not stressing over it.
I know a lot of folks have said go where the competition is, because that's where the money is. Others say go with your passions because you will be living and breathing your niche every day. One of my problems is that I don't feel I have a driving passion in anything. Sure, I have a few hobbies. Most of them include computers (I'm a Systems Administrator by trade), photography, video games, and that's about it. I have no desire to be an authority in fitness, or relationships, or pet training (though I do love my dog like he's a son.) How do you pick a niche when you just aren't into anything THAT much?
So, the whole point of this long-winded thread is this:
If you had nothing but a tiny bit of seed cash, passion to make this work, where would you start? What would you do? What would you do next?
Please, be specific. I don't mean, "Pick a niche, throw up a squeeze page, drive traffic to it, sell an affiliate product, replace with your own better product, profit."
That's too simplified. I want specifics. I need hand-holding. I want someone to help me figure out what I personally need to do to be successful. I know that's a difficult question because everyone is different. Hell, it's the question I've been struggling with for the past 5 years.
All My Best,