You want to start a business on the internet but it hasn’t happened yet. What can you do to put yourself on the journey to success? You can identify what is stopping you and take steps to overcome these common, but deadly barriers:
1. Lack of Goals
If you sit at your computer surfing the internet with no pre-determined goals, you will most likely end up surfing without a purpose and only waste time. Determine what you want to achieve, make it as specific as possible, write it down and place it all over your home so you can’t fail to read it at least 5 times per day. Your mind will start to believe them and if you take active steps to achieve them – they will not be out of your reach.
2. Lack of Money
Okay for some people this will be a genuine factor but for the majority of us, there is a vice or an activity we can give up, like smoking, the odd bottle of wine or an aerobics class. Most of us will be able to find something to give up or cut down on for the few months it takes to get started. The internet provides so many free resources and is the cheapest way to start a business these days so buckle down the purses or give up a vice and join the ride.
3. Lack of Research
This is one of the most deadly barriers. You might have an idea for a product but unless you are absolutely sure there is a market for it, you have no probability of success. If you already have a contact list, you can ask their opinions or ask other people’s opinions on relevant forums to test the waters. Don’t create a product and waste precious resources until you are sure there is a market for it. It’s always better to create the product after you have researched the market and understand its need for it.
4. Fear of Failure
Do you think Einstein got it right the first time? Do you think any inventor does? It could take 100s and even 1000s of attempts in some cases before reaching success. Failure is part of the journey and should be learnt from. So don’t fear it or give up. Take it in your stride, learn your lessons and proceed onto your next plan of action with your head held high.
5. Information Overload
Many ideas are great but can drain you mentally and distract you. The solution is to focus on one thing at a time. Test it’s success and if it doesn’t work, move on. When you do find something that works, stick to it and master it. Only then you can try something else but only if you want to. It’s better to be excellent at one thing, then not very good at many things. You could also choose one or two experts in your field to follow and learn from.
This is the one thing to NOT become a master at. Tomorrow might never come and you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Don’t put off things you can do today. Do something every day to bring you closer to your goals. Television, for example, can be very entertaining but imagine what you can achieve if you spent that time working on your goals. There are no limits to what you can achieve.
7. Other’s Opinions
Whether it’s your partner, boss, kids, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, whoever – do not let them put you down. If you want to succeed, it’s up to you and you alone. Keep your focus on your vision and don’t budge, no matter what challenges the daily grind throws at you. You can succeed and you will. Live the life you want to. If you want to work from 9 to 5 and are happy, then so be it. However, if that is not the case, it’s up to you to do something about it. The internet is your oyster, so get out there and find the pearls.