We're all trying to live the dream. To be able to work from anywhere and make a lot of money is the goal any internet marketer is after.
This is no different for me; however, here's where I messed up...
The #1 biggest mistake I made was trying to make my business on autopilot. I still believe that having some automation in your business is important and necessary, BUT when first starting out, less is more. Grow your biz and interact with your clients on an intimate level. Get them talking with you. Tell them to reply to your emails and reply back to all of them. People want interaction, and once they get interaction, they see that you care. Once they see that you care, they buy.
Most internet marketers tell us that automation is the key to success, and in my experience, it hasn't been. Maybe down the road, when you get bigger, you can include more automation. But the best advice I can give you today, from my own experience, is be involved as much as you possibly can.