Quite often we talk about starting an online business and how to do it correctly on this website. But today I wanted to cover the subject of maintaining your online business. It’s very easy to get started these days with an online business but it’s another story when it comes to maintaining that online presence. Small business motivation is something that can be hard to find sometimes. The fact is, we all go through tough times in our businesses at some stage and getting past those phases can be really hard.
Has the excitement started to disappear? Need some motivation?
In my experience over at Wealthy Affiliate I come across people that tend to be highly motivated in the beginning and that’s great! To finally make the big decision to start your own business can be a big leap. But for us bloggers and affiliate marketers it can be a really lonely task running an online business from day to day with little or no reward to show for it. So it’s no wonder that for a lot of people, the pressure starts to build up over time.
Today I wanted to share a bit of my experience with you in the hope that you might get a little small business motivation from it. If you are new to this website, my name is Andrew and I have been working online for several years. I started off with an interest in affiliate marketing and so also learned how to use WordPress and a few other blogging platforms. Like many people I simply saw affiliate marketing as a great way to make some extra money. That was enough to give me my initial inspiration.
I hadn’t made a penny after several months!
Several months into my journey as an affiliate marketer I hadn’t made a single penny and I was starting to wonder if it was possible. I know many of you guys out there have experienced the same thing. But I wasn’t prepared to give up as it was something that genuinely interested me. I think my first online sale was made at about the 6 month mark. I made a sale of just $10! Now some people might say that $10 for 6 months of work isn’t worth it. Well that’s where we differ.
During my time working with many people at Wealthy Affiliate I have spoken with many successful entrepreneurs. The one thing that each and every one of those people has in common is the fact that they never, ever give in. Every online business success story that I have ever heard has had its ups and downs. Everybody wants to quite at some point too! The difference between those people that do quite and those people that carry on is the secret ingredient for success.
If you have started a website or blog then you are in an excellent position to succeed. Regardless of what anyone says to you, don’t listen to the internet business naysayers. As an online business owner, you have little costs and a high chance of making profit within the first 6 months. Everybody is different and you have to remember that. You can’t go around comparing yourself with others. If you are doing the best that you possibly can, then that is all you can ask from yourself.
Get some realistic expectations
Here at MMOZ I see both ends of the spectrum. I see people who would be very happy to just make a few hundred dollars extra every month. I also see people who expect to make millions in their first year. We do a very interesting goal setting exercise at Wealthy Affiliate and it gives a great insight into the expectations of the person running their business. Some people are willing to put everything into their business in order to earn their goal. However, there are lots of people who want everything for very little or no work at all. I’m sure that most of you are aware that you don’t get anywhere in life without a little hard work. This is certainly the case when it comes to running an online business.
If you want a lot out of your business then you need to put a lot it. Speak to anyone who is successful in any type of business, be it online or off and they will all tell you the same thing. Becoming successful doesn’t happen overnight, it might not even happen in the first year. And it definitely won’t happen at all unless you get motivated and work hard.
You can do it and you don’t need to be like anyone else!
Something that I see quite often is people that don’t seem to be getting anywhere because they are too busy trying to be something that they will never be. This might sound really harsh, but you will never be like someone else if all you do is sit around dreaming. I have seen people who aspire to be successful but all they do is watch what other people are doing without taking action themselves. If you want to take inspiration from anywhere then that’s great! But the trick with inspiration is not to overdose on it. Take you inspiration and channel it into your own business. Don’t copy other people, be yourself and pull inspiration from anywhere you can. So long as you keep moving forward you are moving towards your goals. Let others dream of being like you!
Think you cant do it? Think it’s too much for you? Do you ever feel like you just won’t make it? Think again!
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Surround yourself with those people that will drive you
It’s a difficult job to run an online business by yourself, especially if you are working alone. Keeping motivated is something that many people struggle with. That’s why it’s essential to at least have an outlet where you can talk with like-minded people. For me, one of the greatest benefits of joining Wealthy Affiliate was the fact that it was the meeting place for thousands of online business owners and bloggers. They all go to Wealthy Affiliate for many reasons, but one of the main reasons that people don’t leave is because they get so much support when they need it.
In my experience and also after listening to other people it would seem that many of us also experience negative opinions when it comes to building an online business. When I first started out online, I had no experience what so ever! But then nobody ever has any experience when they first start out! But that doesn’t stop other people’s opinions from effecting the way that you think. Some of the worst culprits for spreading the negative vibe can be our friends and family. Even the small negative comments can make us wonder why we ever started an online business in the first place.
Click the link here and learn how to cope with internet business naysayers!
Get it right in the beginning and stay on track!
The most important thing that you can do to help you stay on track is to make sure you get it right in the first place. Although I had a passion for creating websites, SEO, affiliate marketing and helping others right in the beginning of my internet journey, I chose totally the wrong thing to base my business on. I have learned from experience that the very best way to keep motivated in the beginning is not to choose something that you think will make the most money. Don’t even choose a niche to base your business on that you think will be popular with lots of people. The very first thing that you need to take into account when you are starting your own online business is yourself. What do you have a passion for? What is going to keep you motivated for months and hopefully years to come? This is your business and nobody other that you should make the decision of what to base it on. Click here to learn more about how to find a niche market and what you should take into consideration.
More business motivation than you could dream of
If you have your own online business or just dream of starting something that will make you a little extra money, then I highly encourage you to take a look at Wealthy Affiliate. I started working with WA some time ago with the goal of reaching as many people as people who wanted to start legitimate online businesses. There are many great aspects to Wealthy Affiliate. The fact that you can get started for free, with two free websites is just the tip of the iceberg. The community with WA will give you more online business motivation and inspiration than could imagine. If you want to start an online business the right way and be kept on track by a massive community of like-minded individuals then this is for you.
I joined forces with WA so that I could speak with others and share issues that I came across. We all run into problems at some stage, no matter how experienced you are. If you want to know more about the membership, just take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate review. You might even want to download our free Wealthy Affiliate guide.