Making money on the internet. Yeah, that’s what we are here for! But do you know where to begin? Do you have a plan? On this page I’m going to get you started. Point you in the right direction. Show you how to start with an online business.
To start an online business it can be both rewarding and lucrative. It can also be painful. Do you remember the statement from older television advertisements for the Olympics? The one that mentions the “agony of defeat?” Then there is that other phrase: the thrill of victory!
Start An Online Business: At Home…Or Wherever
A few hours working on a back porch overlooking the Great Divide is no different than the same few hours in my living room. Substitute wherever you like for the porch overlooking the Great Divide. The Caymans. Aruba. Or from a cabana atop a mesa outside of Kerrville, Texas. Can you envision it? If you haven’t already, make it your goal.
Personally, I can see it. How? Because someone was willing to help me find the right way to get started online.
My name is Mike. My story is a little different. I worked for the “other man” for thirty four years in the Information Technology world, the last eighteen of which were for an entrepreneurial little guy who ran a software company. Oh, he appreciated my technological skill set, rewarding me handsomely financially. Complete autonomy. Lots of time off. Just enough to keep me disinterested in owning my own business.
Then one day the shoe fell. I don’t like being the one telling it, but basically I got old. A few short years from retirement. Boss wanting to go in different directions. To try new things. Ten years my junior.
I was unemployed. Unemployable. And it SUCKED!!! Ahhh… the agony of defeat!
Start An Online Business: Moonlighting On The Web
A few years ago I bought a book on moonlighting on the web. Guess my subconscious mind was growing aware of what the future held? A lot of what I found in the book parallels what we learn at WA: find a niche, write an eBook about it, publish a blog on the web, somehow get traffic to your site (usually by using lots of $$$). Oh yeah, the web site. Had to buy a domain and use a web hosting service, buy software to create website, buy email addresses, buy this, buy that. By then the price had trickled up into four digits with no end in sight!
I’ll wait on this, was my decision.
Now, here I stood… I knew I could possibly do the web marketing thing. I can write! I just didn’t know how to go about turning it into, um, honey! And that cost!
Start An Online Business: Then I Found Wealthy Affiliate
Enter Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate. Kyle is the epitome of the self-made man. He started this venture fourteen years ago with a credit card and a five-dollar-a-week budget. Kyle says there are only three things that distinguish successful online ventures from those that find no online success:
1. They have help. Wealthy Affiliate has grown into a community of folks who just want to live the dream of having their own business, working from home, investing their time and money into something they believe in, all the while making a little money, hopefully a decent living.
Kyle is true to his word when he says he wants to help someone. When he says he wants to help us start our own home business. You may not know this yet, but the gyst behind most of what we learn to do at WA is to help someone. When you’re not doing something, go to the unanswered questions on the WA website and try to help someone. Helping someone. That’s what sets WA apart from the pack.
While brainstorming for me a niche, Kyle was helping me get it narrowed down. I was always leaving it too broad. Finally, Kyle wrote to me and said, always ask yourself this question when you are searching for a niche: I’d like to help someone by ________________________________________.
There it is again. That help word. At Wealthy Affiliate you can pursue internet marketing by utilizing that niche idea that you have and marketing things for others, or you can apply internet marketing to Wealthy Affiliate. Either way, the theme is the same: help someone.
2. They have their own website. People in internet marketing live or die by the website. With a website, living and thriving is possible. Without a website, forget about it.
I wrote above about the tremendous cost that apparently went along with buying and building out a website. What if I told you that today you can have your own website, including building it out, having it hosted, everything you need… for $0 – you’re reading that right! At no cost. That’s free, baby! Free gratis!
In fact, in just a few minutes after you sign up you can have your web site up and running! And it costs you zero dinero! That’s zilch! Don’t you love free?!?
3. They learn regularly and practice properly. Think of life at Wealthy Affiliate as being in a constant state of learning and practice. Topics of discussion are continuously underway. There’s training taking place 24/7/365. From that training, there are always exercises to do and a blog to write about what you learned, to raise any questions that may come up, and to share the answers that you may find.
By overcoming those three obstacles we clear our way to take the four easy steps to success:
1. Choose an interest
2. Build a website
3. Attract visitors
4. Earn revenue
Now I not only have a website through which I promote Wealthy Affiliate, but using the knowledge and experience that I have gained there, I’ve also added a couple of more websites from which I can actually monetize the products that I use and can recommend! All from a dream of starting my own business online. And Wealthy Affiliate provided the catalyst.
Start An Online Business: Wealthy Affiliate Benefits
If you have any questions about Getting Started, leave me a comment below and I’ll do everything I can to help you. Or you can find me at Wealthy Affiliate by clicking here. If I can’t help, then I’ll find someone who can!
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