You might be here because you are legitimately looking to start an online business and you stumbled upon my blog due to the title of this post. Maybe you read my last post, and you want to dive deeper into creating the life you want. Either way, can I tell you a little bit about how I got here?
Twenty years ago I helped start my husband’s company, and I was quickly convinced that I should be my own boss. Within 5 years, I left my corporate job. Since, I’ve spent the last 15 years working solely in entrepreneurial environments, contributing to startups and small businesses and offering freelance services.
It wasn’t until the last year that I started to consider how I work today impacts how my life looks in the future! Let me make sure you understand me. I am smart, capable, dedicated and hard working, but I recognized that if I did not change the way I work now, my future would always look the same. I’d always have to work just as hard!
Hmm… See, while I don’t have a problem with hard work, I have goals and desires that ultimately require time freedom. Not only do I want time freedom, but I also want the freedom to move around as I please. (LIGHTBULB) So, how do I make money while achieving these goals!
It was time to look at my future and start planning backwards. It was time to make decisions that would bring not only financial freedom, but also time freedom without getting tied to one location! What’s the saying? Time to work smarter, not harder.
This is when I started exploring internet marketing and online business opportunities. I’ve done a lot of research, come across many options, and ultimately I think you’d agree, the most common categories for making a profit online include affiliate marketing, educational online courses or blogging. But how do I get started? Let’s talk about it, but first start with the same question I asked myself.
how do i want my life to look years down the road?
Come on now! My mission is to help you PLAY BIG! Life’s not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself! So let’s stop here and answer these questions before we keep talking. Ask yourself, “What do I want my life to look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?”
Now if you’ve answered that question and you’re truly committed to building an online business, are you ready to build it around the life you envision? Because if you are, you need to get seriously focused.
Here are 10 steps to building an online business:
KNOW YOUR WHY!
Identify your Target Audience.
Identify your Unique Product or Services and create an Irresistible Offer. “If you can’t be the lowest price, be the highest price but add the most value.”
Conduct sufficient Market Research and understand consumer habits.
Create your Brand Identity.
Clarify your Business Plan.
Create a user-friendly Website with fast load time and mobile compatible.
Determine your short-term and longterm Marketing Plan.
Identify an Accounting and Payment System.
Now that you have a checklist, are you ready to take your business online?