Part III: The 11 Pitfalls Lying in Wait for you
- Long working hours
- Friction with your circles
- Hesitancy to leave your comfort zone
- No fixed income
- You’d get stuck
- Success takes time
- You’d feel overwhelmed
- You’d run out of money
- You’d want to quit
- You may work too hard
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22. The Internet Swarms with Scammers
My most bitter regrets are found here.
Good and bad money-making methods, but especially the latter, are scattered all over the internet.
Unknown to me, while only a few of these are useful, most of them are fake. They’re created with the sole aim of fleecing people through some sort of bogus affiliate program.
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23. Flexible hours you say?
Yes, as a self-employed person you work when you want because you’re your own boss. But you work the hours that get the job done. And that can mean long hours! Far longer than someone working the 9 to 5. At least in the beginning.
You can work 16+ hour days with your working day stretching into the night, and your weekdays meshing into your weekends.
Little wonder, as a sole entrepreneur you’re the researcher, marketer, press rep, content manager, website developer, customer service rep, etc., etc.
24. Your Working Hours will Bring Social Friction
Corollary to the above is the friction your erratic and mostly long working hours would create between you and your family and other circles.
Another thing. People assume that since you are working for yourself and from home, you are the master of your business. Therefore you can afford to give yourself time off when and as you wish. While the opposite is in fact the case.
25. Quit Your Comfort Zone to Grow
Comfort zone, those are the lame excuses you concoct to avoid doing the work which will propel you forward.
“You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take.”- Wayne Gretzky.
“You may have great business ideas but if you never take any action on them, you have nobody but yourself to blame.”- Evan Carmichael.
Remember, growth ALWAYS lies OUTSIDE your comfort zone
26. You Earn No Money, Little Money, or Lots of Money
People trying to make money online seem to fall into 3 categories.
They are those that:
- Earn nothing,
- Gain too little money, and
- Earn 5-, 6-, or 7-figures.
27. Ask for Help. Ask for Help. Ask for Help
The chance of having the Internet is that Google search, WikiHow, Yahoo! Answers, Answer the Public and many other free online resources can furnish answers to many questions. And when those don’t work, there are people in forums eager to help.
I’m lucky to be a member of Wealthy Affiliate where a helpful community of knowledgeable people exists for me to tap into to solve any problem which may come across my dot.com journey.
28. Mind you, you’re in for the Long Haul
What I should have known is that if it’s easy to get started online, being successful however is hard.
If you know how to hunt in the online jungle, or, if you’re lucky, you can make your first few dollars pretty quickly. The daunting challenges surface when you logically aim for the long haul. Irrespective of the system you use, the place you work at, or who you work with, success usually will come after consistent work over a long period of time.
29. Above all else, know that you’re a Businessperson
So you should not let writing copy, producing ebooks, posting ads, creating videos, creating audio files, podcasting, writing newsletters, etc. take up too much of your time, nor should you make these activities your top priority.
Rather, dedicate at least four-fifths (85%) of your time to administrating, marketing, selling, strategizing your business, and answering your loads of email.
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30. Be Prepared to Run Out of Money. Or almost
Being scammed, paying for hosting, subscribing to an email autoresponder, investing in yourself, being in for the long haul, using paid advertising, buying the latest tech tools, outsourcing, marketing, etc. will take money from you at a moment when little to none is coming in.
“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”
Although I knew those wise words of Nicholas Sparks, I couldn’t hold on after two years of hurtling downhill. And I gave up. Thank God, temporary.
31. Don’t quit. Ever
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”- Theodore Roosevelt.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”- Thomas Edison.
“Most great people attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”- Napoleon Hill.
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”- Confucius.
32. Above everything else… HAVE FUN
As much as you’d want to work hard to become the next internet millionaire sensation, I think you’ve heard that all work and no play make Jack the dull boy.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”- Anonymous.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”- Dr Seuss.
May you avoid those pitfalls in your desire to succeed online! Safe journey!!
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