Success is not a destination,
it's a journey.
Are you just starting out in business? If you are, please let me know in the comments the successes and pitfalls you have experienced.
In the rush to success often what is not taken into account is the fact the journey can be quite boring/tedious.
You will read how successful people are making six-figure incomes with what seems like very little effort and they do it in some impossible time, like, two weeks.
The truth is, when you start on the road to success, it's not a walk in the park. The sooner you understand this the sooner you can be successful. I have always said that it takes about five years to be really successful. The reason is, there is so much to learn, then you have to implement what you have learned and at the same time build trust.
Your niche is important.
You also need to pick a niche which will fulfil all your requirements. Such as, is it a product that you like and are willing to promote over a number of years? Are you experienced with this product? Is it a product that is in high demand? If it's a new product, can you create the demand?
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Be honest with yourself too.
Be prepared to work hard at your business.
You will need to work your business like a job. Setting aside a few hours a day or more for your business. If you cannot discipline yourself to do that then online marketing may not be for you. It does take time and commitment.
On the upside, if you are prepared to take the time and do the work, it will be more fulfilling than working for another company, because, your income, hours and holidays will be determined by you and not another person/company.
Luckily, it doesn't cost very much to start an online business. There is very little capital involved in online marketing unlike a traditional business.
Where to from here?
Hopefully, now you have understood the requirements needed to start your own business. The next step is to start. For most people, creating a website is a good way to start. You control the outcome.
There are plenty of free website builders available on the net. Be careful though as there can be a lot of hidden costs that they don't tell you about up front.
Your next option is to create a shop/marketplace on eBay, Shopify or Etsy to name a few. These are good if you have products to sell.
Amazon is a good place to earn commissions from if you don't have your own products. The commissions are small though. Amazon has a great reputation and intends to keep it that way.
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If you have not started creating your own business yet, (even if you have), you may like to take a look at Wealthy Affiliate. They have some of the best trainers in the market and don't cost an arm and a leg for you to get the information you need to be successful.
If you have any questions, please put them below in the comments and I will endeavour to answer them, usually within a few hours.
Failure is not a bad thing.
There is too much hype regarding success and failure. Every successful person has been a successful failure, so the trick is to keep going but intelligently. None of us have all the answers so it's good to ask questions when you are stuck. This is the beauty of an online community, there is so much information available.
Also, there are no quick paths, no matter what the advertising says. Grow steadily and be patient.