How NOT to Start an Online Business

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This isn't the first time I started an online business.  The last time, I failed.  If like me, you have tried before and failed, then I hope you will keep reading.

My first try at starting an online business began with someone calling me on the phone about creating an Amazon Store.  I was intrigued.  They promised that I just had to set up a site and business would come.  I paid several thousand dollars to get things rolling and they did set up a site for me.  After that, though, they disappeared and I was on my own.

I tried to find resources through Google to help and I picked up tidbits here and there that I tried to implement.  I found another company that promised to optimize my SEO (I didn't even know what that was).  I spent a few more thousand dollars there.  I don't know what they actually did.

All my efforts were fruitless and the only sales I ever made were to a couple of friends.  I made a stab at blogging and drop shipping, but I never had any focused strategy and I was never sure of what I was doing.  I was still working full-time and the whole on-line business thing just got more and more frustrating.  After losing tens of thousands of dollars, I gave up and swore I'd never do it again.

Then my mother died and I had to unexpectedly quit my job to care for my father.  While I was fortunate to have a pension, it was much less than what I earned as a corporate attorney.  I began looking again for a way that I could supplement my sudden loss of income while still having the flexibility to be with my father.  After exploring my options, an online business seemed the best fit but I was very reluctant to take that path since I failed so miserably last time.

While browsing Facebook I ran across an ad for some free videos.  After watching them, I realized why I failed last time:

  • I never developed a strategy or vision for my business
  • I never learned what I needed to know in an organized, comprehensive, logical fashion
  • I didn't have anyone I could turn to to for help and support
  • I didn't stick with it and gave up too soon
  • I let my frustrations win

This time, I am on the road to success because I have found a community that supports me and I am systematically learning the skills I need to succeed.  There are no shortcuts.  Like any worthwhile endeavor, this is taking hard work, resources and time.  However, this time, I'm not alone.

If you want to give a digital business another try, I invite you to click the link below and watch the videos I saw and learn more about this wonderful community. You don't have to go it alone.  Don't repeat my mistakes in starting an online business.  

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