The fact and fiction of working online…

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Fiction:  Working online is a quick way to riches.

Fact:  It is possible to earn a lot of money online, but it won’t happen quickly. Take a look at some of the most successful online marketers and websites – they have been around a long time. I started working online in 1998 and it was 3 years before I was earning enough money to go full-time.

Fiction: If you run an Internet business you only have to work an hour a day every now and then.

Fact:  Sure it is possible to automate a lot of the day to day tasks involved with an online business but to earn a consistent income it is important to continue to develop new products and services. Most of the top online marketers work longer hours than they would in any ‘real’ job.

Fiction:  You need to be a technical wizard to set up your own website.

Fact: Not so – many Internet marketers (myself included) are completely self-taught in the art of web design etc. Working online is a learning curve like any other – the more time you spend learning, the better you will get. No one knows it all and you don’t have to – you can take it one step at a time and grow at your own pace.

Fiction:  Working online is stress-free and quite possibly the most relaxing way to earn a living that there is.

Fact:  Running an Internet business brings it’s own stresses.  Remember that you are always going to be heavily reliant on other people to provide services – hosting, credit card processing, software scripts etc.  If one of these important links in the chain stops working, then so can your business.  Whilst we take technology for granted these days, it is a fact that the Internet is still fairly young and things do go wrong more often than most people realise.

Fiction:  If I buy an eBook about marketing on the Internet, it will tell me EXACTLY what I need to know to set up a $100,000 a year business.

Fact:  eBooks and other informational products will guide you and teach you the techniques of getting traffic to your website and selling to your customers etc but the ultimate idea for your website is going to have to come from you. 

Fiction:  I need to buy all of the latest eBooks and info-products in order to learn ‘everything’.

Fact:  There are plenty of online resources that won’t cost you anything and they are often full of information and advice.  Take a look at my forum (link below) – there are over 1600 posts and plenty of informational ‘gems’

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