Never be afraid to share, regardless of if it is information or even money. Somebody must have given you the information you were seeking, right? Fortunate for you. Think of the difference if they had the attitude that they better not be so honest, because if they told you, you might beat them out of something. (competition vs friendship). Somebody taught you what they knew (shared) and hoped that maybe they had helped you.
Since mankind is not 100% evil, it may just be the case that you are lucky to meet someone who had been successful themselves and wanted to ‘share the wealth’. If they were really good, they may have felt that they needed to ‘give back’ to the universe some of the blessings that they had received. It’s a beautiful way to think, especially when compared to folks that figure ‘I got mine’ (so that is all that matters).
Something really amazing is when someone has been given some real breaks – tangible resources, training, content, etc. for free – and instead of being grateful, they would begrudge their benefactors from making money “off” of them. They would actually seem to go out of their way to do business with anyone but those that had gifted them. Is it some kind of foolish pride? Shallow competition or just plain cruelty?
It may be somewhat understandable when in direct competition to do all you can to ‘win’. It is also possible to have a ‘win/win’ situation where everybody helps everybody and all can benefit. If I am trying to teach you something and you are able to learn, then I succeeded. However if you refuse to learn then we both failed.
If I share something with you that someone shared with me, and you don’t pass it on to someone who is in a position to need it, as you were, then it just dies. Maybe somebody who would have benefited from the information will fail because they didn’t know. Will that make you more of a winner? Hardly.
That is the mindset of someone who doesn’t understand that ‘what goes around comes around’. Maybe when a door slams in his face he will get it. Good or bad – we never know when we will get what we have coming to us. It works both ways – the more good we do the more good we receive and the other way around. So be a winner and don’t be afraid to give it up. Share what you have and be thankful for all that you have been able to benefit from.
You can have serious fun making money on different levels. There is the fun that comes from doing something gratifying and maybe learning something new. Then there is the real fun that comes when you actually start earning money. Very encouraging to bank your first check and this will help to keep you motivated, knowing it really is possible. Then of course is the fun of spending the money on something you really want or need.
It does however even with all of this hilarious fun require a certain mindset to be able to work in your ‘spare time’ consistently. If you don’t look at it like more ‘work’ but instead a new hobby (the making money hobby), it won’t get to be drudgery. The mere fact that you are working from home in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere (at least compared to a job) will go a long way to help it seem enjoyable and something you look forward to.
It is very possible once you have done your initial implementation and have everything running, to relax and look at it passively. With an online business things do run automatically once you get them all set up. You do not need to be on your website to make a sale or be at the beck and call of everybody who might email you (although it is a nice touch if you respond to your prospects and customers within a reasonable amount of time).
So with everything running and having all your bases covered, you can slack off a little, spend some time with your family, get some fresh air and exercise – you know – live. Don’t get the mistaken idea that having your own home business is like a job at all. You are responsible to yourself. By extension then you are responsible to your customers. This is on your terms and hopefully you will value it all enough to be professional.
As long as you look at your business as a priority and are sure everything is covered, then you are free to do whatever else you want. You don’t have to wait for ‘lunch hour’ or ‘break time’ – You can work your own hours and take a day off here and there whenever you feel like it. So this is another sense where this can really be fun!
There are so many millions of products and services in the world that you could pick any one or several and build a successful business around it. Don’t be fooled by the ‘old wive’s tale that any market is ‘saturated’. As long as whichever niche you are interested in is based on ‘making money’ then as long as people want to do that there will be no glut. Don’t think of all the reasons you might fail, but why you might succeed!
In many cases, if more people realized that they are not required to lay out a huge investment to buy inventory, they would know that they are actually able to start out on a ‘shoe string’ if their business is all or in part Internet-based. That’s the beauty of the virtual world. A picture or image and a description will do quite nicely when added to a website or blog. If you have a source for the product or service, then all you need is a free payment button and a simple order form and you can get started.
With the model described above it is actually still a little more labor-intensive not only to set up but to maintain. It is ‘good to go’ but not exactly ‘passive’ which is the ideal online. Passive or autopilot means that you do not have to interact with your customers on a regular basis to process their orders. Yet you may generate sales even while fast asleep. This is where the beauty of affiliate marketing programs comes in. These programs do it all from setting it up to running it for you. All you need to do is go to the bank with your commissions as far as your participation in the sales transaction.
With that said, however you still have an important job. That is to market and advertise to promote your business. While you don’t have to be there 24/7 to do this, you do need to be fairly aggressive and consistent. It doesn’t matter how good your stuff is because nobody knows it is there or anything about it unless you tell them. So you can use various strategies to get your message out there.
Of course eMail marketing is a main Internet marketing technique that will allow you to reach thousands of people using an autoresponder and a list of prospects. There are various resources you can use to build that list and keep building it so that you always have ‘fresh’ possibilities.
It is also very important to follow-up with the existing list as not all people will say yes. In fact the statistic used for many years is that someone may have to see something 5 or 6 times before they actually take action. So don’t give up after the first time.