11: Realize Everything Takes Time
In fact, everything generally takes longer than you think. Don’t quit your job because you think your business will be profitable in 30 days. It might be, but then again it might take 6 months.
Plus, if you put yourself in a position of having to rush, then you’re more likely to do something stupid, like produce a lousy product no one wants to buy.
12: Make Contacts and Treat Them Like Gold
Whatever niche you’re in, there are movers and shakers you need to know. Approach them with the attitude that you are there to help them and not the other way around. Make friends. Don’t ask for favors up front.
Interview them, reply to their social media, mention them in your blogposts, be their brand ambassadors and so forth. You can get more tips here.
One day you will need them, and if you’ve been a friend to them, they will be there for you.
13: Drive Your Own Traffic
Traffic is the lifeblood of any and all businesses it is said, and it’s true.
If you could learn and use only ONE skill online in your quest to build a business, it would have to be driving traffic. Everything else can be done by someone else.
After all, if you can drive traffic, you can promote other people’s products and never worry about product creation or customer service.
The real power online is in being able to send traffic any place you choose, when you choose. You don’t have to rely on affiliates or anyone else. Build a funnel, flip the traffic switch and make money on demand.
It’s the ultimate dream, but it’s only possible if you learn to drive your own traffic. Start with ONE traffic method and MASTER it. Then and only then should you move to a second method and so forth.
If you have time, master free traffic methods. If you have money, master paid traffic methods. Free traffic takes more work and it’s generally slower and less reliable, but it is workable.
Paid traffic has a learning curve and while you’re learning you will likely lose money. But once you master it, you can decide how much you earn and how fast you earn it.
14: Play the Numbers
Online marketing is a numbers game. The more products you have, the more money you can make. The more books you sell, the more likely you will make sales.
The more social media posts you make and the more posts on your blog, the more traffic you will tend to get, and so forth.
Some of your posts, books and products will bomb. Others will (hopefully) sell crazy amounts. Despite your best research and efforts, you will sometimes be surprised at the results or lack thereof.
But if you’re putting out the numbers then it won’t matter, because in the end you will have enough great posts, products, books and so forth to carry you through.
15: Exercise and Eat Right
This one might surprise you. We’re talking about how to be successful online, so what’s this doing in here? Simple. If you’re tired, you’re not going to do well.
If you never exercise, if you eat crap and if you don’t get enough sleep, then your body will suffer, your mind will suffer and your business will suffer.
If you think you don’t have time to exercise and eat right, let me tell you that you don’t have time NOT to do those things.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, I’m just reminding you that this stuff is important. In fact, it’s crucial if you want to be successful.
Learn to love eating right and exercising and everything else in your life will become easier.
16: Buy Less and Sell More
This one is so simple, but a lot of people just don’t get it. If you’re always buying one more program and one more piece of software, then you’re focusing your energy on BUYING and on education.
To a point, that’s not a bad thing. But until you start SELLING stuff, you do not have a business. You’ve got to spend 95% of your time focused on selling if you want to have a real business.
Buying WSO’s and reading blogposts and reports is not going to build a business. But selling stuff is.
17: Don’t Believe It
I’m not going to tell you to become jaded, but being somewhat cynical is not a bad thing.
You get an email saying that this product is the freakin’ bomb and you better buy it NOW. You trust the person telling you this, too.
But is it really awesome? And maybe more importantly, do you need it?
You read about a new shortcut, technique, hack or whatever. They say it works. But does it?
Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t, but the point here is simply this: Don’t believe everything you read and everything you hear.
There’s a lot of hype online, and just because you want it to be true doesn’t make it true.
Conclusion: Know How to Fail
Obviously, you’re going to do everything you can to succeed. But sometimes, despite your very best intentions and efforts, you’re going to fail.
And that’s not only okay, it’s awesome.
Write up a Blogpost about what happened and what you learned from it. Post it online and then get back to work.
Writing about it will help you to learn whatever lessons there are to be learned, and it will help you to move on.
Posting it online to share with your audience will help them to see that failure is not to be feared, and that you are a real, genuine person who screws up, just like them. They’ll love you for it.
Congrats, you made it through this article! Most people would have stopped reading before the end because they don’t have what it takes to succeed online. You do!
Let me repeat that , YOU DO. You know that building a business has nothing to do with fairy dust and magic, and everything to do with getting in there and performing the work.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that you can be successful, and I’m not talking sometime in the distant future… I mean THIS YEAR.
In 12-months’ time you can totally have a profitable business that allows you to quit whatever mind-numbing, soul-sucking job you might have and start living YOUR life on your terms.
To appreciate the full content and purpose of this article read the first part entitled “10 actionable tips to build a profitable business in 2020.”
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