Great, you found a way to make nice money by starting a business online. But suddenly, you come face to face with the usual challenges of an online business.
You know this path is the way to improve your finances, you know it is the right way to your dream. But you came to realize that it’s actually hard, so you plain quit.
You then spent a whole day justifying your decisions and telling why you did not continue your business.
If this seem like you, or maybe you’re about to enter an online business opportunity such as Blogging or Affiliate Marketing, then I introduce you to this article.
My goal here is to orient you with the most common challenges you will face when you start an online business. I will do my best to provide some advice for every problem in the list and I hope I can motivate you to start your very own business.
You Don’t Have to Wait for the Planets to Align
The reason most people never get started in a business is because they only go when everything is good. However, if something gets in the way like some kind of problem or something, they stop and then procrastinate. That decision will then lead to the person making excuses in order to justify his or her actions. Bottomline, the person created no business at all.
I know that because I make excuses myself. As much as I would like to start a blog, I knew I will be disappointed because I might not succeed or I’m better off doing something else. But I didn’t care. Of course, there will be obstacles and challenges that I will inevitably have to face. Failure is highly probable, but I made sure to myself that I’m ready to face the hurdles when they come.
If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip – Robert Kiyosaki
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the right time to start a business or not. When you decide to start, you will definitely get to the life you want either sooner or later. I’m not saying that it’s easy, and please don’t feel demotivated when I tell you this. I am here to enlighten you with all the barriers you will face in starting an online business. There is a huge opportunity to make money on the Internet, and I want you to be a part of it.
Defining the Obstacles You Will Face
Creating a business online can be very rewarding, but if you don’t anticipate the hurdles or challenges you might end up failing and wasting your resources.
There’s a saying: “It takes money to make money”. But for me, I don’t believe the lack of money to be a hurdle in making money at all. And if you believe that it takes thousands of dollars to get started in an online business, think again. Starting an online business is less expensive nowadays and is always better than starting a physical business where you will need to pay some extra costs.
Actually, lacking time is not the problem. The real problem is that people fail to see those times that they are not doing something productive. Other than their 8 to 5 job, they do things such as checking Facebook, watching TV, hanging out somewhere else, and more. If you take into account all the time spent in doing these seemingly routine activities, you’ll find out that there really is an abundance of time in your disposal.
“I have a business, so it means that I should have a product, right?” Wrong, it’s not true anymore. You can create a business without even having your own product either through Multi-Level Marketing or Affiliate Marketing. Therefore, it’s not an excuse anymore not to have a product. All you have to do is find an affiliate program or MLM program, research the products, and then start promoting it.
There is only one rule when dealing with competition: “Never compete”. Be unique in your own way because it is in uniqueness that you make your business successful. Sameness kills, that’s why most people fail in business or never get started. The more specific your chosen niche is, the less competition you’ll have and the more you can focus on being the expert in your niche.
“But I’m not an expert or a guru in my field”, you might say. The truth is, no one is actually an expert when he or she is just starting out. To get started, you don’t need to take a college degree or diploma. For as long as you’re better than most people in the world and you’re passionate about it, then you’re capable enough to start an online business. You can always learn new things everyday in order to get better.
- Skill Set
Running a business on the Internet means that you have to acquire certain skills in order to do well. Some people say that you have to take a business-related degree (Marketing/Accounting), an IT degree (Creating a Website), or an English degree (Writing Blogs) in order to succeed online. But for me, you don’t need to. Like with your expertise, if you invest in educating yourself, you will eventually get better.
Maybe you don’t want to start an online business just because it’s too hard or it takes too long before you can see your profits. Well, if you’re expecting that you can have a business that is up and running overnight and starts earning huge money, think again. Getting rich quick is simply a fantasy and only a few people are lucky enough to hit big. If you think long term, however, your chances of overnight success will increase.
And there are emotional reasons why a person would not start a business online, the most common being fear of failing, losing money and getting scammed. While you are truly susceptible to these dangers, it’s going to occur less likely especially if you’ve been doing your research everyday. Learn to test the waters and step out of your comfort zone because the treasure you’ve always wanted lies within your fears.
It feels sad to work in solitude especially if no one wants to start a business with you. What’s worse is if they stop you in your tracks. If you find yourself in a tough situation like this, then I recommend that you find an environment full of supportive people. If you can’t find one, then start seeking motivation and motivate yourself. Focus on the rewards of this endeavor and never allow yourself to be distracted again.
- Lack of Action
Action always beats inaction. You must reduce the talk and start doing more by taking lots of action. Don’t just do enough and underestimate the amount of action it takes to be successful. If you don’t want to take action just because it takes hard work, it’s either you haven’t fully committed yet or you don’t love what you’re doing. Remember, a business does not run by itself, it needs your presence to get going.
These Obstacles Are Often Just Excuses
While each one of these problems is a pain in the neck, it helps to understand that these obstacles come naturally in the process of running an online business. If you let these things control your decisions and make excuses to justify yourself, you will never get the life you want. What it really takes to get started is just one word: Commitment.
Commitment is a very important attribute towards success. It means having the persistence to go through despite all the challenges mentioned in this list. Even if you don’t have the knowledge or skills, even if you have fears and doubts, even if you lack support, even if you lack the resources and you’re facing a tough competition, for as long as you’re fully committed, you will figure a way to get through.
So what can you do now to get started? I highly recommend that you enroll in a legitimate training program that offers business training and community support. Try Wealthy Affiliate because they accommodate a wide variety of people, from total beginners to very credible experts. Kyle & Carson designed this program so as to eliminate as much obstacles as possible in starting a business. All it takes to get started is you!
As I’m nearing the end of this article, I’ll leave you a question to ponder on:
Which is more important to you, staying comfortable with what you have and just getting by to survive, OR, getting the life you’ve always wanted and live a wealthy, stress-free lifestyle?
You choose. That’s where life will take you.
Do you want to start an online business? Do you agree with my list or did I miss something? How bad do these problems bother you? Type them in the comments below and let’s start a discussion.