I’ve gotta tell you, I know first hand that being desperate impairs your chances of internet success.
When first getting started in online business, I was totally clueless.
When I was a single mom in my 30’s I was too busy raising my daughter all alone and working 2 jobs to survive to really take notice when Al Gore (smirk) invented the internet. Of course I knew of the internet, but it didn’t enter into my life until much later. So I was at a disadvantage when I decided to give this work at home online thing a try. I knew how to use my email and surf the web a little, that was it. Oh yeah, I was pretty skilled at buying stuff on eBay too, But that was the extent. Maybe some of you can relate?
I was recovering from a very serious illness, and needed to work from home.
I had to be able to work when I felt up to it and rest when I was too weak. During my recovery I spent most of my time researching online home business opportunities. Yikes, did that take me down some rabbit holes!
One free teleseminar led me to another, then another, from freebie to freebie. Again, you’re relating, right? Finally, I found someone I could resonate with. A guru who promised to teach me everything I needed to know about building an online business if I signed up for the 12 month deluxe program – paid in full up front, no payments please.Well, by this time I was getting a little worried about finances, but after talking with Mr. Happy, we decided to take this guru at her word and went for it.
I paid $1000.00 up front…
Unfortunately, I didn’t learn how to build the business of my dreams. After about 3 months the program fizzled out. I got a monthly cheer leading session via teleseminar, but not the mechanics of how an internet business worked. What I did learn was the process in which to build an internet business. I do appreciate that. That should be the first training all new internet entrepreneurs receive, so you understand the flow. Once you learn how to do step one, this is the next step.
For instance, first you need a keyword rich domain name, next you need web hosting, then you will need to install WordPress to build you website on, and so on and so on. Heck, I teach that class $37! For $1000 bucks I expected to learn the “how to” of each step in the process. Most of us have paid for training somewhere along the road that didn’t quite live up to the hype. Once again you can probably relate.
By then I was getting desperate for internet success. I really needed to make some moola! I had to learn the mechanics of how to put all of this stuff together on my own because by then we were really broke. To make a bad situation more desperate, Mr Happy had taken a 24 ft. fall on concrete, messed himself up pretty badly and was laid up for the next a year. I had no choice but to continue to stay home to care for him while trying to figure out how to get this freakin’ internet business to cough up a paycheck.
By then I had taught myself through trial and error (and 14 hours a day seven days a week), how to build my WordPress blog, how to use an autoresponder and how to build an opt in page. For Pete’s sake, get some help. Don’t try to go it alone like I did. I started testing different ways to create income. Desperation keeps you from focusing on one project until you see profits. You tend to try one thing, give up on that when it doesn’t produce fast enough, then move on to another. Bad. Bad. Bad.
Finally, I found a good mentor who taught me the actual “how to” mechanics of how everything works, how to market myself and drive traffic to my blog. Then everything started to fall into place. She also taught me the importance of sticking with one thing until I got good enough at it to create income before I added something else into the mix. I owe her much.
So, learn from my story. Don’t let desperation take over, it’s so counter productive. Find a good mentor who will help you to put the puzzle pieces together so they make sense. With the right training and guidance, plus determination, you really can find internet success and build the business of your dreams. If I can do it, so can you!
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