Where are you?
Are you spinning in the good old hamster wheel? Working too much and returning home exhausted?
Do you feel like you spend your best hours away from your family, working for somebody who doesn't even appreciate it like you deserve?
"But where do I start", you might think. I'd recommend you to take a look at starting an online business.
It has never been easier, you don't have to be a tech-savvy person anymore and there are tons of resources out there to help you get started.
Here are some points to get you thinking and to kickstart your journey.
Find your purpose
This is easier said than done for most people. Personally, this took me well over a year and it's still a work in progress :)
If your purpose is to make money, take a deeper dive. I surround myself with people who make a fair amount of money online. Many of them got into online business just to make money. Most of them did not find the fulfillment they were looking for just by making loads of money.
People do not feel fulfilled before they discover WHY they wanted to make money.
When I talk to people, I find that the WHY can be divided into a couple of purposes:
- I want more freedom - to discover the things I love
- I want more time - to spend on the things I love and with the people I love
Do you know your WHY?
If not, take a listen to Tony Robbins in this audio. It might help your process along.
If you're a list-writing kind of person, you might want to make a detailed list of the kind of value you could bring to the world. This may sound huge, so let's not overcomplicate it :)
I challenge you to name at least 50 things. You can do it! Nothing is too small. A smile to a stranger brings value too. It won't get you butter on your bread today, but it might make you feel good about yourself which will raise the chances of you succeeding in the future. Trust me on this one :)
Also, have the courage to dream big. You don't have to realize all 50 things tomorrow.
Here are a couple of examples from my own list.
- Turn existing skills into an online course (business, life, mentoring, coaching, sports skills, music skills)
- Find amazing products and do affiliate sales
- Help others with web related activities (graphic design, web design, photography, creating online courses etc.)
- Join Facebook groups and answer peoples questions in my area of expertise
- Make 'packages' (boards) on Pinterest for people with the same interests as me
You might feel overwhelmed at this point. I certainly did! But the brainstorming process can help you structure your thoughts and make them actionable.
Leave the list for a day, and then prioritize and/or categorize your list. Start taking action on the 'low hanging fruit'.
If you want fast results, take action fast. And take action consistently - every day. Even if you still work 9-5, you can spare 15 min in the evening to watch a tutorial or to work on your online course to get the momentum needed to feel powerful and keep going.
'Action' can also be to share what you learn. The love that comes back from sharing is a huge motivator when you're getting started.
Track your progress
Keep a tracking log on your progress. Personally, I track a wide range of tings like blog post views, clicks on links, the ups and downs on social media accounts etc. I also track my income every day.
If you are not a number kind of person or if you like to get creative, there are alternatives to the good old spread sheet.As an example, you can draw a flower for every xx dollars you make. Watch the flower field grow as you progress.
As an example, you can draw a flower for every xx dollars you make. Watch the flower field grow as you progress. As your income increases, you can increase the number of dollars one flower holds :)
I order to progress in a business, you have to take action consistently. In the beginning, that means every day. I had an agreement with my family that it was ok to sneak into my home office for an hour or two during the weekend so that I kept momentum throughout the week. Often I just reached out to my community, asking some questions or helping others. I felt that it gave me great value to take daily steps, even in during the weekend. But I never have 10 hour work days. I have a family and I prioritize not working all the time.
In the beginning, that means every day. I had an agreement with my family that it was ok to sneak into my home office for an hour or two during the weekend so that I kept momentum throughout the week.
Now it's your turn. Do you want to be your own boss? Do you miss the time and freedom that it can bring to decide when and where to work?
You can do it! I did it! I went from employee to entrepreneur, and I enjoy every step of the road - even the tough steps. You can't skip these, and often they teach you the most. What a cliché, I know, but I found it to be true in my case too :)
I wish you a great day and a great journey. I've searched the web for you and I've tried out a number of online education companies. This company is on top of my list. They taught me how to build a business from scratch and they taught me to be brave and get out of my own way, which for me is absolutely priceless!
I wish you a great day and an even better journey building a business you love!