When someone decides they want to start an online business, they might think all they have to do is slap up a site and wait for money to come rolling in. If only it were that easy....but it isn't. There is a LOT of work and a LOT of learning to do when you are building an online business. In my two years on internet I have learned many ways to help build a business and I expect I will learn a lot more! With this article, I would like to share some of things that I have learned in building my business.
DO NOT believe get rich quick ads. There are many scams out there hoping to find people who are looking for easy money and succumb to their promises. Some good indications of these would be.... MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS IN 6 MONTHS WITHOUT HAVING TO DO ANYTHING...yea, right!! If it sounds like a dream, it is probably a nightmare!! http://www.scambusters.org/
TREAT people with respect! I believe strongly that we should all treat others with respect and help each other as often as we can. Do not insult, embarrass or harass people if they do not agree with your views or if they do not know everything you think they should know.
EXPECT to work hard. Building an online business is something just about anyone can do, but you must be prepared to work and work hard at it. There are umpteen other businesses on web and you must somehow make yours rise above others. This is no easy task.
NETWORK with other people online who are starting or building an online business. Join some good discussion groups, message board communities and newsgroups. Participate in discussions and become known and trusted in your field.
Discussion Lists - http://www.liszt.com/ Message Boards - http://www.forumone.com/ Newsgroups - http://www.dejanews.com
DO NOT SPAM! Do not bombard every email address you can find with advertisements about your business. This is one of quickest ways to lose all credibility for yourself and your business. Send information only to people who have signed up at your site, subscribed to your ezine or have asked for information. When you post to discussion lists, message boards and newsgroups, follow all rules and guidelines. http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/nospam.html