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WHAT’S THE NUMBER ONE THING A PERSON NEEDS TO DO IN CREATING AN ONLINE BUSINESS?
Realize it’s getting rich really slowly. There is no way for you to make money overnight on the internet because there is so much competition out there. It is rare to come up with an original idea. It takes time. Every step of the way takes time.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO IN LIFE IN ORDER TO BE HAPPY?
Happiness is being successful at something you thoroughly enjoy. For me, I wanted to run a business where I was fairly mobile and not be constrained to a specific office and a specific place. That was how I started determining what path I wanted to take.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES YOU MADE WHILE GETTING YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING?
Our biggest mistake was hiring a developer to develop our website. For us that was the biggest waste of money for our business. There are so many resources on the internet and templates that are pre-built, I wish we would have spent a little more time researching these options.It would have saved a lot of time and money.
Somebody else that has been successful in my field that I befriended. Reach out to experts in your field.
DON’TS AND DO’S FOR ONLINE BUSINESSES
Don’t disregard SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Don’t ignore your competition.
Don’t ignore the fact that you need to come up with a plan.
Do start a blog. Write about what you are selling.
Do pursue the idea of guest blogging. Exchanging posts with other bloggers with a significant following.
Do spend money on advertising, especially if you have a solid plan.