There are many, many paths to an online business and the subsequent wealth they entail. Here is a brief outline based on my many years in online business on how to start an online business for free and make money online.
How To Start An Online Business For Free, Step 1: Choose A Business Model And Stick To It
The first step in starting an online business and actually make money from the endeavor is to choose a single business model and stick to it doggedly.
Why is this the first step? Because single-minded focus is KEY if you want to see success in online business.
There are many, many business models out there that require ZERO brick n’ mortar involvement. When you first get into this wonderful world of online business, it will be tempting to try every path.
In fact, they even have a name for it, it’s called shiny object syndrome.
Let me warn you right now – do NOT allow yourself to get shiny object syndrome. It is the surest way to guarantee failure in online business.
When I first started out, I learned a thing or two about shiny object syndrome. I first got excited about online business with an idea to do an e-commerce white-label candle store called “El Fuego Candles”. I bought the inventory, created a website, launched a few ads, and go next to zero sales (I didn’t really know what I was doing at the time).
Frustrated and desparate for money after spending a whopping $500 on Facebook ads (it was a lot back then), I switched business models after an ad touting the benefits of “dropshipping” crossed my feed.
After 3 months of dropshipping with mediocre results, another ad brought me into the world of “Print on Demand”.
Then another ad started me down the path of affiliate marketing.
And so on, and so forth.
I must have gone through at least 10 different business models before I finally said “enough is enough” and settled on ONE model.
So please, I beg you, do not make the same mistake I did. Choose one path and follow that path until you see success.
Learn the Basics of Online Marketing
The next step to starting an online business for free and actually seeing a profit is to learn the basics of online marketing.
Why? Because this is an online business.
Regardless of the business model you choose, you will absolutely need to know how to talk about, present and drive traffic to your offering online.
There are many, many different ways to learn online marketing. If you’d like a step-by-step tutorial on how to get started in online marketing, check out our course at www.thelocalbusinessbreakthrough.com
Get A Mentor With Online Business and Online Marketing Experience
The next step to starting an online business for free and making money online is to get a mentor who has been there, done that.
Though it is true that you can do this all on your own, I highly, highly recommend against going it solo.
Online business and online marketing can be very, very complex. The moment you decide to go down the path of creating a business online, you will most likely feel completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and options out there.
Mentors can help you not only choose the right online business model for your goals, they can also help you take the right actions at the right time.
In my estimation (very scientific), a mentor will cut down on your learning curve by at least half.
If you want help finding a mentor, join our group here. There are many successful people hanging out in groups just like ours that would love to help you.
Use The Right Online Business Tools For The Job
The final step to starting an online business and making money online is to use the right tools from the get-go.
Let me tell you from experience – not all tools are created equal.
There are many, many software options out there for just about every type of task you will be engaged in. From e-mail marketing to keyword research to landing page creation, there has to be at least 50 tools per category.
Choosing the wrong tool can lead to a LOT of frustration down the line.
If you’d like guidance on tool selection, we have a resources section that outlines the tools we recommend to our students.
There is one tool, however, that I will recommend you get regardless of the model you choose. That tool is Kartra.
Kartra is an “all-in-one” marketing platform that will cover many of the tools you will require in your online business. And it just works. It’s like the Apple of online business software.
To register for a Kartra account, click here.
Need Help? Reach out!
If you need help don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Get Clients Quick. We have tons of online business experience and are always happy to answer a few questions from beginners.
So best of luck and remember, choose ONE path and don’t waiver from it until you see the success you’re looking for!