My cousin Brian recently posted an article titled 5 Ways To Test An Entrepreneurial Idea. It was full of cute and inspiring ideas on how to succeed in the world of small business ownership. “Research an analogy, contact your prospective clients” and my personal favorite “visualize it.” When I read the last one I choked on my cup of Ramen Noodles that I was slurping down for lunch.
Despite everybody’s pessimism I was determined to find the local entrepreneurs… Once we got into it, they started popping up like stars on a clear sky. I had the fortune of meeting amazing people and sharing our experiences in social Entrepreneurship around the world.
What really bothered me is that the concepts are nice, but they are not forged in the relentless heat of reality. I had the impression that the article was penned from the comforts of a corporate cubicle than the tough trenches of business ownership. I’ve been self employed for 16 years, have an MBA and can tell you that you can “visualize it” all you want. It won’t pay the bills. However, a lot of hard work and then some more hard work just might.
Second thing to know is to commit to writing. Make money online passive income freelance writing can be very lucrative and rewarding. Like anything else, money will not fall on your lap just because this is the internet. The reality is that there is a lot of competition online. What will make you more successful than anyone else is your commitment and hard work. With that said however, you will be able to say goodbye to that daily commute and work in your pajamas from the comfort of your couch.
Are you the kind of person who relishes the role of entrepreneur? Do you love the thrill of victory? Can you handle the agony of defeat? And in either case: Will you try again?
Remember, you are now the boss. You no longer need to worry about the footsteps coming down the hall to your cubicle with the demands of timely results and better organization. What you need to worry about now is paying your bills on time, making a living and keeping your company afloat. A lack of organization can lead to lost productivity, inefficient processes, dissatisfied customers, elevated stress levels, and lost opportunities. If you are not an organized person, become one immediately. The best way to do this is to have a place for everything. Don’t let things pile up or linger. Get them done right away. If you look around you and feel overwhelmed by everything that you have to do, organization is your only way to dig out.
Be clear and concise, i.e. maintain blog, update website, making cold calls, general respond to inquires, send out thank you note, give away promo items, ordering office supplies, find best deals on materials, keep an eye on competitors, etc.
So my advice is this – if you are not enthusiastic about your business or aggressive enough in your marketing, you are probably not going to succeed. That’s no shame. 99% of online businesses fail. But if you want to join the 1% that is successful, get enthusiastic about something.