What was your hardest step in developing your Internet Business?

by LMC
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Hey,

I wanted to try to contribute something to the forum since I am new and just asked for help in a previous thread. From just reading some threads here, there are people on this forum that have been on the Internet for many years. Me personally, I have been operating an online business for five years.

Like many of us will say, starting everything up is the hardest part. Yea, of course it only costs minimum $20 to get a website up, but there is so much more then just scrapping content together to get some thing online in hopes of some adsense income.

My first year and a half online seemed like my biggest regret during the time, because I put myself so far in debt and I was still working for the man.

I was working as a freelancer, article writer, and designer, which yes, you do run your own business, but NO, you are still working for a paycheck, there is no residual income, and in this recession that is what you need to find!

Remember, you can only make as much as you can work with a business model like the one above.

Excuse my ramble, back to the subject of the thread. I was not able to become successful online until I organized my tasks, and wrote a list before I went to bed every night. This is how I grabbed my mindset.

I use to have the problem of my brain going crazy before I fell asleep, new ideas, new websites, new projects, and what ends up happening is nothing gets done because your all over the place.

When I started to make lists before bed, those items on the list would be in my head, I would brainstorm about THOSE items, and stay the course of my project.


I think the biggest problem/reward in this industry is that there is virtually a very low startup cost for any idea, and that keeps the ideas popping. Finding a balance due to this was the hardest step for me?

I thought it would be interesting to see...

What was your hardest step in developing your business was?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    My biggest issue before I started making proper money was that I was too focused on my products and what money I could make.

    I created websites and products and made a few hundred dollars really quickly, but I struggled to make more than that for a while - until I realised that it's MUCH easier to make money when your focus is on how you can help other people.

    When you help other people either get what they want, or make money - you can easily make money.

    While your focus is on yourself and what you can get - the scales are not in your favor.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
      I totally 1,000% agree with Andy here.

      So many "fly by night" people come in, slap some PPC traffic on something, and then disappear.

      However, if you've ever read Mike Filsaime, Jimmy Brown, Sean Mize, Eben Pagan, and others in that class you see really HIGH QUALITY stuff.

      They are branded marketers who can make money whenever they want.

      They've helped enough people to create an "aura" around them so people flock. This is the ONLY sustainable competitive advantage in the business world today. There is no geographical advantages (the Net killed that) and nothing really is "new under the sun" so people have to trust you.

      However, that being said, "branding" is the most powerful thing around.


      Now, to answer your original post, the hardest part for me was realizing that outsourcing can be one of the biggest and brightest investments you'll ever make. This can TOTALLY change your business and drive you to new heights with less working.

      Anything you can outsource that doesn't reduce your quality is on the platter. As you increase sales/profits, invest in outsourcing. It will change your life!


      Cheers,

      Brad Spencer




      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      My biggest issue before I started making proper money was that I was too focused on my products and what money I could make.

      I created websites and products and made a few hundred dollars really quickly, but I struggled to make more than that for a while - until I realised that it's MUCH easier to make money when your focus is on how you can help other people.

      When you help other people either get what they want, or make money - you can easily make money.

      While your focus is on yourself and what you can get - the scales are not in your favor.

      Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author ripperdav
    Hmmm, well as far as me, I think I would have to say similar things sort of. In the beginning there was so much "noise" around me, and "hype"...it got to be completely overwhelming.

    It wasn't until I was able to block out a lot of that noise, that I began to move forward. So yes, for me...it was definitely focus. These days, I'm so numb to the hype...false claims..and BS sales page tactics some marketers use, I almost yawn when I see them. ;-)

    Cheers
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  • The thing our clients struggle with most is finding a niche to target -- or in other words, a problem to solve, and the people to solve it for. They come across a product that they love, or that made money for someone else, and in doing so either start out without knowing a market actually exists -- or end up one in a million competing for the same customers.
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    • Profile picture of the author DeadGuy
      Short story. Just had a conversation on this topic last week with a businessman who recently decided to take his business online... big time. His answer to the hardest step in developing the business was "getting started". He then offered that his easiest step was his decision to "get out of it".
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      You are making this work at home stuff way harder than it is. Ready for some sanity? Clear your head and start over.

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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingCenter View Post

      The thing our clients struggle with most is finding a niche to target -- or in other words, a problem to solve, and the people to solve it for. They come across a product that they love, or that made money for someone else, and in doing so either start out without knowing a market actually exists -- or end up one in a million competing for the same customers.

      You're posting saying "our clients". Why don't you say your name? We all know the company. We know it was Coreys and was taken over by Derek who partnered with Corey, and took over at IMC on Corey's demise in 2005.

      Who are YOU? one of Dereks staff? - why not just post with your name.

      I'm sure you probably want to build the company brand but your posts seem very impersonal because you're always saying 'We'.

      Even your twitter posts say WE.

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  • Profile picture of the author Gabe77
    When I was starting my mind was everywhere. I wanted to create tons of websites immediately. I put up 3-4 sites but later on I gave up. I couldn't maintain all of them. Worse, I was still working full-time on my day job. So you know the hours was the toughest. Finding time. And if I do find time, it wasn't enough.

    I learned to focus and try one method at a time. I got impatient at some point but I have to focus. For me, focus is important to get things done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Preuss
    My hardest step was realizing I didn't have to reinvent the wheel. The successful marketers had already done the hard work - and all I had to do was observe and duplicate what they were doing.

    Within a couple months of this realization I tripled my income.

    Ken
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