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.