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• Frequent some of online forums that focus on online business. There are many of them, and some are excellent for making new contacts, posing questions and getting valuable answers and suggestions. You will be surprised how much practical help, support and advice you will get from some forums.
• When you make mistakes or things go wrong in some way, do not blame others. You are boss of this business of yours, buck stops with you.
• Do not over criticize yourself or react emotionally when things do go wrong. Analyze what has happened and put it down to experience. It could have been most important mistake you ever made, by forcing a change that will lead to your success.
• Extract every positive you can from every negative event in your business life.
• Never convince yourself you know better than everyone else. You don’t.
• Never assume that all those who are making a lot of money on internet are out to get you. Learn from their successes, even if it means adding to their income by working in their downline. It is your job to make money, earn a good living, and succeed, not to resent making money for someone else in process.
• When you try something new, do so in moderation, whether it be a new ad or new advertising medium, or some traffic generation system. Online or offline, many things don’t work as you had dreamt they might. Test, review and then continue if neutral, making changes that may turn test from neutral to positive. If positive, consider expansion. If negative, stop, unless there is a substantial reason for doing otherwise. This is all part of business building process: discard what does not work, and improve and expand on things that do. But ensure timescale you have set is sensible.
• Monitor everything. It’s a fast moving world. What may be good for your business today may not be so in 3 months’ time.
• Enjoy yourself. If you do not enjoy yourself, change things so that you do.
The above list is far from exhaustive, but reflects some of things I have learnt over many years of having my own business, working online and offline, after moving from employee status in 1995. I hope that these ideas may help you in some little way towards your goal. By having a management attitude towards your business and yourself from start, when day comes to employ staff and delegate, then you will be better prepared and your business will have a firmer foundation. A new level of management will begin.
Roy Thomsitt is the owner of the home business website, http://www/change-direction.com