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Keeping The Ball Rolling:
If you think you can put up a web site, place a few free classified ads, and submit your URL to a bunch of search engines, and suddenly be deluged by people rushing to place orders or join your programs, think again! It is possible to make a significant income from a simple web site working part time. However, let me emphasize word, "working." Many people start an online business on side, while keeping their regular jobs. That's fine, but this takes commitment, organization, and some hard work.
It's a good idea to make a work schedule, setting aside time to work on your business. Then, divide this time up into segments - marketing and promotion, web site development, search engine ranking and placement, customer service, products and programs, etc. It's okay to be flexible, but mapping out how you spend your time and then keeping that commitment, will make you much more productive, and in turn, much more profitable.
Sometimes biggest obstacle to overcome is ourselves. We all read about huge profits being made online today, and it's easy to get caught up in mind-set that if you're not making millions, your not successful. A good dose of reality often works best at times like these. We need to remember, for most of us, we don't have some venture capitalist putting up three million dollars to help launch our online businesses. Take pride and satisfaction in your accomplishments as you make them. These may be things as simple as getting ranked in top ten listings on a few search engines, or some other positive reflection of your hard work.
It's important to set goals, both long term and short term. Don't go nuts, set reasonable goals. Once you reach one, cross it off list and make a new one. Taking this, "small steps to success," approach, will give you a sense of accomplishment and pride. Let's not forget one very important thing, most people only sit on sidelines and dream of having their own business. You, however, are in game! Even if right now you're not experiencing level of success you had first hoped, you're still doing something most only dream about. Give yourself a pat on back!
Todd W. Winslow is the Executive Vice President of TADD Marketing Group, L.L.C. You can find more helpful information, products, resources, programs and links to help you start and operate a business online by visiting their web site. http://www.taddgroup.com