Training and networking with several very successful online marketers has really changed my strategy to build my online business.
One of the biggest “take-aways” is learning to put pride away and accept that you will always face obstacles that slow or stop your business from growing.
The question becomes, do you want to lose productivity and your valuable time and money to figure out an answer which someone else with more expertise than you have already found? To me, the solution is simple, find an expert you trust who has already overcome the challenges and achieved what you want and seek their help.
What I found is this, most highly successful business people know that they don’t have all of the answers and regularly use a mentor to challenge, hold them accountable and keep them moving in the right direction. You see, it’s all about consistently finding ways to stay focused on the target.
Below is an article published in Entrepreneur by Maite Baron, co-founder of “The Corporate Escape.com.” He really highlights key points that illustrate the differences in entrepreneurial vs employee thinking,
So, if you have the burn to start a “real” online business, check this out and see which side of the fence you currently stand:
You’re responsible for all decisions – good and bad.Entrepreneurs have an incredible opportunity to create something from nothing, in a way that’s not possible working for someone else. But this means making big decisions about what must be done, when and how. You can’t wait for things to happen, or for someone to tell you what to do, you must make them happen. Successful entrepreneurs also understand that opportunities may be short-lived, and so develop a sense of urgency that helps them achieve their goals.
You need to hold both short and long-term visions simultaneously.Work for others and you are mainly responsible for ensuring that what needs to be done now, is done. As an entrepreneur, you have to project your mind forward, thinking about the potential pitfalls and opportunities that lie around the corner, and making decisions based on uncertainty. This requires you to come to terms with the fact that what you do, or don’t do, today, will have an impact on your business three months, even five years down the line.
Feeling uncomfortable is your new ‘comfort zone.’As an employee, you’re used to thinking ‘inside the box’ rather than outside it. As an entrepreneur, there is no box. You see what others don’t, test new ideas, seize new territory, take risks. This requires courage, a thick skin and the ability to keep going despite rejection and skepticism.
Learning is a continuous journey. As an employee, you have a job description, requiring a specific skill-set. Being an entrepreneur involves learning many new skills, unless you have the funds to outsource what you’re not good at or don’t want to do. That could be learning to set up a spreadsheet, getting investors on board, marketing your ideas, crafting your perfect pitch, or using unfamiliar technology. What needs to be done, has to be done – there is no room for excuses.
Numbers don’t lie. Where numbers are concerned, it’s enough for most employees to know what’s coming in and what’s going out. As an entrepreneur, you’d better learn to love numbers fast, because your cash flow is what will keep you in – or out of – business. Ultimately, it’s your sales, costs, profit and loss that will either give you sleepless nights or an enviable lifestyle. But without the guiding light of numbers, your business will be continually heading for the rocks.
Love your business, but be objective. As an employee, you can go on doing something you dislike just for the salary. As an entrepreneur, you will need to love your business because of the effort and long hours required. But you mustn’t fall into the trap of thinking and acting like an employee in your own company, working ‘in’ rather than ‘on’ the business, a ‘technician’ rather than the person who steers it forward.
Enjoy breaking rules. As an employee, breaking the rules could mean dismissal. Entrepreneurs on the other hand, aren’t interested in the status quo – they’re always looking for ways to do things differently. That means acquiring a global perspective, always peering over the horizon, or at least towards it, to where the next big thing is waiting.
Time isn’t linear. As an employee, you have a timetable to work to. As an entrepreneur, while you might not be tied to a desk or computer 24/7, you will always be thinking about your business, what it’s doing well and what it could be doing better. There will be no respite – you will live and breathe it.
Start now.Most people under-estimate the time it takes to make the transition to entrepreneur, so it’s sensible to start shifting your mindset while you’re still employed, perhaps even setting up a business to run alongside. This could give you the opportunity to develop skills and build experience while still enjoying the safety-net of a salary, something that at some point you will almost certainly need to give up if you want to grow your business.
So what is your mindset, employee or entrepreneur? Is it time to switch? The choice is yours.
I can tell you this, if you decide to switch sides, the roller coaster is worth the ride.
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Graduations are everywhere I look these days and in this episode of “Ask Matt Lloyd”, he talks about advice he would give to a college student who is looking to start a new business.
This is just the opportunity I wish would have been available and the insight I wish I had been given when I graduated all those years ago:
This episode was recorded on the beach in Jamaica at a Diamond Mastermind with Diamond member Ken Canon, who lives in Maryland in the United States. Ken wanted to know what advice Matt would give to a young college student who might be about to graduate and looking to start a business.
He discusses some of the mistakes he made while a student at University and talks about some of the things he would have done differently if he had it do over again.
Matt explains the importance of trying out several part time jobs so that you have a good understanding of the things you enjoy and the things you do not want to do in your future career.
Then he shares some of the key things he wished he had been more focused on that would have enhanced his knowledge going forward.
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I blog about other MOBE affiliates to show that this business can be done by anyone. However, I also get request to show my own results.
Those who follow me on Facebook know that Matt Loyd, the founder of MOBE, will posts on my wall whenever I get some big ticket sales.
Have you ever wondered how much all those sales add up to over a month? Well, wonder no more! Instead of posting a screenshot of my MOBE earnings, and having people say it was photoshopped, I decided to do a screencast video showing me logging into my MOBE back office in real time.
This is how much I made with MOBE in April.
Can I Really Do This Business?
One of the most common questions I get from people who are thinking about joining MOBE is, “Will all of this work for me?” and “Can I really do this business?” The answer is, regardless of your age, background, where you’re from, or your experience level, you can do this business. You can start your own online business, and be successful at it.
Your first first step is to download my ebook, the Ultimate Online Profit Model. This details the business systems I use to make six-figure monthly income and live the Dot Com Lifestyle. You can also get my Blogging Secrets book at Amazon.
Attend The IM Freedom Workshop
If you wish to talk to an expert face to face about Internet marketing, then I invite you attend a live IM Freedom Workshop in your area. Here are the ones coming up for the month of May.
Each workshop will have both an afternoon session and an evening session. Find the workshop that’s most convenient to you, and register now. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. You must be pre-registered to attend. There is no on-site registration.
Apply for Our 21 Step Coaching Program
If you’re truly ready to move forward and make a positive change in your financial future, then go apply for MTTB. This is MOBE’s 21 step program to make your first $1250, $3300, and $5500 online. You’ll be given all the tools and training you need to get started. You’ll even get a personal one-on-one coach who will work with you and answer any questions you may have. All you have to do is follow the system and do what your coach advises. You may not pull down $457,131.02 sales in a month like I did, but it’s pretty easy to make $1,000 a month from it.
The application fee is $49, and allows you to go through all 21 steps (anyone who tells you otherwise is lying). I recommend you go through the steps, then decide if this is something you want to do. If it is, great! Welcome aboard. If you decided this is not something you want to do at this time, then get a refund and go on with your life. I can’t make it simpler than that.
We hope you found John’s post enlightening… I know we always do.
If you have a successful blog with a lot of subscribers who look forward to your high quality content – or if your blog is shared frequently via social media – then making money with your blog is a relatively simple process. If not stick around at IT-Begins-Now and you’ll be starting your own soon enough :-).
Here are some fast and easy ways to make money with your existing blog:
#1: Promote Affiliate Products
Within your blog’s content, you can reference affiliate products that you promote. These can be promoted either within the content itself, or as the focal point of the blog posting, such as product review or an endorsement.
#2: Click-Per-Action Offers
Click-Per-Action, or CPA, is when you get paid by a third party when visitors to your blog or website take a particular action, such as giving you their email address. There are many CPA networks you can go to find CPA offers you can include in our blog.
Some CPA networks offer payouts of just a few cents for every blog reader you get to click through to the offer while others can pay several dollars per click-through. The offers can be related directly to the content of your blog or entirely unrelated.
#3: Brand Placement
When you promote a particular brand or product within your blog, this is known as brand placement. If you have a lot of loyal subscribers, have a reputation as an expert in your field, or have a very popular topic that is frequently cited in the media, many advertisers will pay to be associated with your blog.
Usually, companies will approach the blogs or websites they want to place their brand or products in. But nothing prevents you from approaching companies and offering to promote their brands within our blog’s content, especially if your blog is already popular.
#4: Add a Mailing List/Newsletter Opt-In Form
Add a mailing list/newsletter opt-in form to your blog. When people sign up, use the subscriber list to promote products and services or sell the list to other bloggers or Internet marketers.
Every online business wants access to large, highly targeted email lists. When you have the addresses of people who proven to be interested in your niche, all you need to do is use your autoresponder to manage an email marketing campaign to promote your own products or services or those of other marketers.
#5: Sell Display Advertising
If your blog is self-hosted, you can sell as much display advertising you want and keep all the profits for yourself. What you can charge for ads depends on how many regular subscribers you have and on your reputation as a blogger.
Ads can be placed the ads at the top, in the margins, or at the bottom of your blog page. You can charge advertisers per impression – in other words, a set amount per 1,000 viewers of your blog — or you can charge a fixed rate for an entire month.
#6: In-Text Advertising
Another type of ad you can sell on a self-hosted blog is in-text advertising. Links are placed inside your text and come with a double underline to differentiate them from normal links. When a user rolls the mouse over the link, a pop-up ad will appear that leads viewers to your advertiser’s web page or offer.
Writing blogs to share your specialized knowledge with other people is fun and rewarding. But there’s no reason you shouldn’t make money at the same time, especially given all the hard work and effort that goes into producing, promoting and distributing a high-quality, informative blog.
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