Insight: Failure and Success in Online Business

Written by Jack Humphrey

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Creativity in internet marketing is being able to think beyond what others have accomplished to date. It's being able to takerepparttar pulse ofrepparttar 117045 internet andrepparttar 117046 human condition and react by putting something together that is needed and desired.

Determination is being able to go out on a limb and work until you succeed despite obstacles and nay sayers. It is fueled by belief in yourself and your creative ideas.

Do you have these two key ingredients? Can you see what is possible that thousands of other great minds have overlooked? If so, can you then take that vision and turn it into reality with dogged determination and perhapsrepparttar 117047 hardest work you have ever done in your life?

If you have "it," then you can go learn about our trade fromrepparttar 117048 technical (tools) standpoint and you can use them to succeed with your creativity and determination. The tools are worthless by themselves.

I hope one day to see a lot more questions aboutrepparttar 117049 creative process as it relates to business and success in forums inrepparttar 117050 future. I want to see questions (and honest answers!) about how much work it takes to create a profitable business online. Then I will know that a lot more people are on track and are askingrepparttar 117051 RIGHT questions. Most of all, I hope to see more training materials from experts that deal with not only what tools and systems to use, but with topics on how to think freely, on your own, about how you could make something better or make something new out ofrepparttar 117052 situation at hand.

Finally, when you hear that this business is not for everyone, it means quite specifically that this business is not for people who cannot think outsiderepparttar 117053 norm and work long hours. That's why businesses that people try to sell you that "do allrepparttar 117054 work so you don't even have to think" are so absurd.

No one has ever succeeded at anything without creativity and determination. Unless they have entered a couch potato contest. But even thenrepparttar 117055 most successful people are going to berepparttar 117056 ones who think creatively about how to sit on that couch longer than anyone else and watch more TV than was formerly thought humanly possible.

Here is an example usingrepparttar 117057 above: 99% ofrepparttar 117058 people who set out to berepparttar 117059 #1 Couch Potato will simply start out by sittting in front ofrepparttar 117060 TV for as long as they can. They think, "I will just out-potato everyone else by doing it 24/7."

And they will all fail. Because one person is going to think creatively and freely. They are going to buy 5 TVs and plug them all in in front ofrepparttar 117061 couch. They are going to out-potato everyone else by being able to compoundrepparttar 117062 amount of TV they can watch by 5 timesrepparttar 117063 amount of everyone else while doing no more work thanrepparttar 117064 other 99%. Through creativity and determination,repparttar 117065 person who wins at anything is going to find ways to succeed that most people never would have thought of.

Inrepparttar 117066 end, if you want to succeed online, you must ask yourself: Do I REALLY haverepparttar 117067 creativity and determination to turn my current situation into a better one through an online business? Don't worry about tools and know-how. Those can be learned and used by anyone. But there is no need to commit yourself to a big learning curve if you don't have what it really takes to succeed inrepparttar 117068 end.

Jack Humphrey, one of the "luckiest" guys on the internet, is an Online Marketing Consultant and originator of several successful online ventures. You can find more articles by Jack at . See also and

Tips on winning a Virtual Assistant position AND keeping it

Written by Lori Redfield

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When you are applying or bidding on a Freelance position, you must come across as a professional. There is something aboutrepparttar online medium that invites a casual correspondence style. You will do well to avoid this temptation. Save similes, abbreviated internet slang (LOL, IMO etcetera) for later on in your relationship with your client.

Your client needs to trust that you are going to help him/her run their business with professionalism. Your first impression must come across as professional as a traditional cover letter for employment. Be confident and clear in your interactions with them. Ask intelligent questions and be very honest aboutrepparttar 117044 time that you have available in your schedule.

I strongly advise all aspiring Virtual Assistants to do an honest assessment of what their career objectives are before they begin seeking out work. It is easy, and common to over extend yourself. If your main goal is to earn a part-time living specifically so that you can put raising your children ahead of your career… then be very clear about that when you begin to take on new work assignments.

Start off slow and add clients or responsibilities for clients gradually. Being too eager to succeed can quickly be your worst downfall. The quickest way to lose a good client is by under-delivering. Make realistic promises. You will gain their respect and their trust. And you will find that as their business grows, they will be more then willing to work around your schedule and needs in order to keep you as a valued independent contractor.

Lori Redfield is a freelancing Mother of three, happy wife and blooming online entrepreneur. She is founder of newly launched an esource for women who want to work from home.

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