By Darrell Finkeldei
Earning income on the Internet is NOT rocket science.
Anyone who has a great enough desire can do it. And your
success isn't dependent on skills you already have.
Rather...your success is dependent on what skills you are
willing to LEARN.
The most important thing you can do to get started is just
this: GET STARTED! Don't worry about everything you DON'T
know. You get started with what you DO know and LEARN what
you don't know as you go along.
The biggest question that most people face when getting
started is "What do I do first?" The answer is...
MAKE SOME DECISIONS
There are some decisions you MUST make BEFORE you get
started and there are decisions you will make as you begin
to learn. Let's discuss a few you should make right now:
WHAT DO I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH?
Have you ever started a trip without having a destination?
Of course not. So why would you start an Internet business
without knowing what you want to accomplish?
You need to have a clear idea WHY you are doing what you're
doing. Otherwise you are just fumbling about with your
Take some time right now to set a six month goal. Be
realistic. Your long term goal my be to replace your full
time job but it's not likely that will happen over night.
(Six months IS overnight on the Internet!)
A realistic short term goal might be to earn $1000.00 in
commission from affiliate programs. What's realistic for
YOU can depend on other decisions...
HOW MUCH TIME CAN I DEVOTE TO AN INTERNET BUSINESS?
Take out your household calendar and business calendar and
look over your weekly commitments and activities. Is there
TIME available to devote to an Internet income?
If so, how much time? If not, are there activities that you
are willing to give up? Be HONEST here! There is no need to
start something that you don't have (or aren't willing to
make) time for. You will just set yourself up for failure.
HOW MUCH MONEY AM I WILLING TO INVEST IN MY BUSINESS?
This is literally the "Million Dollar Question". While the
Internet offers a way to earn income on a "shoestring"
budget..."IT AIN'T FREE!"
Outside of the expenses that you will have for a web site
and hosting you will achieve faster success by studying
some of the great "how-to" books from the Internet's
legitimate successful people.
Watch out for the "scams", though. Look for authors that
are recommended by many web sites. Books that are
recommended by many different people are your best choice.
Most web site owners CARE about their reputation and will
not recommend inferior products.
I have purchased an entire library of "how-to" books over
the past couple of years. Most of them good ones.
Don't be afraid to invest a little money here and there for
good information. Just don't fall into the trap of buying
everything you see. Set a budget that is right for YOU and
stick to it.
Here are the decisions you should make about starting your
own business on the Internet. I trust that you spent some
time on this. If you didn't, I want to stress how important
it is that you do so. Spend enough time to be satisfied
that you have given serious thought to: