"Dear Bill Gates" or How NOT to Start Your Business

Written by Milana Leshinsky

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What is going on? Can you imagine writing to Bill Gates, asking for a free PC, promising to pay as soon as it starts turning profits?

Or how about a free college tuition? "Let me go to school for a year, if I learn something new, I will pay".

Now, some of these claims may be true and sincere. Many people do not haverepparttar money to start their online venture. What should they do if that'srepparttar 117555 case?

The answer is easy: self-education. That is how I started, and that's how most successful but low-budget ventures begin.

Subscribe to 10-15 different web marketing e-zines published by reputable authors, and read each issue thoroughly, with a marker in your hand.

Visit popular Internet Marketing forums, participate in free teleclasses offered by gurus, download and read free e-books onrepparttar 117556 subject.

Spend a few hours a week browsingrepparttar 117557 Internet for web sites of companies in your target area - learn whatrepparttar 117558 competition is doing.

Always keep in mind - it's either TIME or MONEY. If you don't have one, investrepparttar 117559 other.

Milana Leshinsky is a professional web developer, and the author of "Create Your First Busines Web Site in 10 days". http://www.firstbusinesswebsite.com/?bgates

So How Serious Are You?

Written by Rick Adams

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Are you prepared to spend many months, maybe into a year or more promoting your product or newsletter?

Change is constant, especially onrepparttar Internet. Products have to change to keep up with market demands. Keeping pace requires;

- research - analysis - retooling - re marketing - looking for new markets - staying abreast of what your competitors are doing

Sorepparttar 117554 underlying theme here is not "quick". For a select few maybe, but forrepparttar 117555 rest of us, we have to work hard.

I'm not suggesting you spend every waking minute working on your business. Everyone has lives, families, hobbies or main jobs. You have to decide what's best for you and how best to spend your time between your responsibilities. No problem there.

If you want to succeed with an online business, you have to work at it, be dedicated, commit yourself, and persist. Here is a quote that I think applies to my point.

"Nothing in this world can takerepparttar 117556 place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;repparttar 117557 world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solverepparttar 117558 problems ofrepparttar 117559 human race."

- Calvin Coolidge(1872-1933) 30th President ofrepparttar 117560 U.S.A.

Do you haverepparttar 117561 tools to help you? Do you haverepparttar 117562 knowledge to help you or a mentor to lean on? Do you haverepparttar 117563 persistence or as Mr. Coolidge saysrepparttar 117564 ability to "press on"?

So ask yourself, how serious are you about your online business?

There are many very successful online businesses. There are also many more that fail every day. Which group do you want to be in?

Sorepparttar 117565 point is to set realistic goals for yourself and your business. Acknowledge your own limitations due to your other responsibilities and understand that you will have to spend time working onrepparttar 117566 various aspects ofrepparttar 117567 business.

Get rich quick is probably not realistic for 99% of us. But generating a steady monthly income is very doable, withrepparttar 117568 aspiration to increase that income over time.

I'm not sure who said this originally, but Kasey Kasem of radio fame uses this phrase constantly. "keep your feet onrepparttar 117569 ground, and keep reaching forrepparttar 117570 stars".

You absolutely can achieve your personal goals with an online business, but you have to treat it like a business. Develop your plan, set priorities, focus on your goals, work towards them, and get help when necessary.

Rick Adams is editor of The Road To Success Newsletter. Subscribe by sending a blank email to mailto:roadtosuccess@commish1.par32.com Visit the website at http://www.the-road-to-success.com. One place to start, expand, and promote your online business.

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