You Can't Cut Corners in Business

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Last night saw me sit down, after the end of another moth, for a bit of reflection.

One of the subjects I pondered was the importance of building a solid foundation.

I thought of all of the spam emails, scam emails, forum spam etc that I see. It made me think that, while these folks probably do make the odd quick buck every now and then, they are cutting corners and missing out on their solid foundation.

Eventually, these people will crash, burn and be left up the creek without a paddle.

Over the past six years, while growing my own business, I've learned that there are no shortcuts to making money online, no quick-buck schemes with actual longevity and no easy way to hit an ominous jackpot.

Building a business that will allow you to live an above-standard lifestyle, with great pension savings and awesome opportunities for long-term growth only comes after a lot of blood, sweat and tears (the last two - literally, believe me!).

This may seem obvious, but it's something often over-looked in today's world of Buy my $50 product and you'll be a millionaire next year-esque online marketing.

You need that foundation, you need it to be rock-solid and it won't come overnight.

However, in the end - it will save you each time one of the bricks needs replacing.

Thoughts?
#business #corners #cut
  • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
    I've learned that there are no shortcuts to making money online,
    Maybe not... but theres also something to be said for working HARD and working SMART.
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    • Profile picture of the author JimMichael
      Originally Posted by RickCopy View Post

      Maybe not... but theres also something to be said for working HARD and working SMART.
      I agree, totally.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysteryleaves
    yes quite true it takes time and
    a lot of hard work, if you put the
    time in you should be successfull
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  • Profile picture of the author Youronlinestuff
    I think learning from experience and doing is best. you think you can go and cut corners well go and try it, maybe you will succeed?
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  • Profile picture of the author pdraber
    Very encouraging to hear and really understand. I want nothing more than to have a business that is solid and of high quality but (cue the Veruca Salt voice) I want it now! Haha.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      You can cut corners. The trick is knowing which ones to cut.
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      • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
        This is like the day trader vs the long term investor argument in share trading, where both can be interpreted as right or wrong and making or losing money in the long run. But yes, there is complete agreement that you need a strong underlying foundation for either to work.

        And I especially like the last part where you mention..."However, in the end - it will save you each time one of the bricks needs replacing."

        .....am thinking panda and penguin for the moment !
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        • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
          I agree with you unless you are smart enough to know which corners you can cut - Honestly, though, it takes a lot of hard work and you have to know what you are doing to make it in this business.
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        • Profile picture of the author JimMichael
          Originally Posted by VHSEOMike View Post

          This is like the day trader vs the long term investor argument in share trading, where both can be interpreted as right or wrong and making or losing money in the long run. But yes, there is complete agreement that you need a strong underlying foundation for either to work.

          And I especially like the last part where you mention..."However, in the end - it will save you each time one of the bricks needs replacing."

          .....am thinking panda and penguin for the moment !
          That Google Zoo sure is the most frustrating zoo in the world!

          The Pandas pounce on you suddenly and then the Penguins appear out of nowhere.

          I'm just dreading the possibility that they may open up a Piranha aquarium!
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  • Profile picture of the author James.N
    The way I look at it, the better foundation you create, the more it will help you in the long run. There's no problems with cutting some corners depending what they are. Just automating a bunch of spammed blog comments will not help you. Outsourcing can be seen as cutting corners though, and that can definitely help. I just always try to look long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author rooze
    There are some borderline geniuses who just seem to have a knack for making money out of whatever they do, they cut corners to get to where they're destined for in the fastest time possible.
    Then there are the smart people who know how to graft and build up something in a logical fashion on a solid foundation. They'll cut fewer corners because the outcomes will be less predictable and certain. It will take them longer to get down the winding road but generally they'll get to where they want to be.
    Then there are those middle-of-the-road folks who are street smart but may not be business savvy. They'll cut corners without actually realizing they're doing it. They'll roll the dice on things and sometimes they'll land on the right color and sometimes they won't. They'll make some money here and there, some will strike lucky and rise through the ranks, others will always be at or around the same level.

    Then there are those who don't have a place running a real business. They're obsessed with finding short cuts to everything and don't really understand the difference between working a job and running a business.

    The trick is knowing yourself and where you fit in. If you can recognize your own weaknesses and limitations you have an opportunity to work on them and improve. If you can't, you won't.
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