My name is Ian Beardsley and I would like to introduce myself. I have been running a fairly successful bricks and mortar business through good times and bad for about 20 years now and over that time I have built up a fair amount of business sense and knowledge.
If there was just one piece of advice I would pass on to anyone starting out in their pursuit of a successful online business it is to have a plan.
'If you fail to plan you plan to fail'
That headline says it all if you do not have a proper business plan then you will almost certainly become one of the 1 in 3 businesses that fail in the first year.
That's a frightening statistic 1 in 3 businesses fail within the first year and astonishingly 4 out of 5 will fail within 5 years... a sobering thought.
It is a tragedy but most of these businesses however, could be successful if only a proper business plan had been put in place.
If your financial goals are to be achieved then it is vitally important to have clear business plan in place. If you don't have a plan then you are likely to flit from project to project with no clear objective and in all likelihood you will fail to be successful.
Starting an online business is just like starting any other business, it is crucial that you have a business plan in place and I would also advise that you have a plan that lists your personal goals as well so that you have something to work towards.
If you are serious about building a successful online business then Plan! Plan! Plan!
Here's to all our successes.