Rites of Passage

Written by Elena Fawkner

Rites of Passage

© 2002 Elena Fawkner

"I'm not sure what exactly my point in writing this is going to be other than to voice my frustration to someone who has been there, and would understand.

"Like many, I've been considering starting up some form of a home business. Or at least some way to boostrepparttar income. So overrepparttar 117735 past few months, I've been looking at every hare-brained idea out there. Allrepparttar 117736 Associate Programs,repparttar 117737 eBooks with publishing rights, allrepparttar 117738 scams (and most of them out there really start to look like scams after a while!).

"What I've discovered: "There are no short-cuts". I don't know why I thought there were."

This is an extract from an email I received a couple of weeks ago from one of my ezine subscribers, Ric. It typifiesrepparttar 117739 frustration and "overwhelmingness" we ALL face when grappling with what we think we need to know before we can begin to start an online business. It's like trying to pin jelly to a wall - there's just so much we know we're missing so at what point do we actually biterepparttar 117740 bullet and just start?

If this is how you're feeling as you sit here reading this late at night, chin propped on hand, after yet another evening of searching, downloading and reading everything you can lay your hands on about generating an income fromrepparttar 117741 Internet, only to end up feeling more confused, overwhelmed and discouraged than when you started, take heart. This is just how it is. You're not alone. We've ALL been there - it's just part ofrepparttar 117742 process, a rite of passage, if you will. Rest assured, you CAN get through this to where you need to be.

Let's shine a light on this beast and cut him down to size, shall we? Here'srepparttar 117743 process and, although there may not be much you can do to avoid it, at least you can recognize it for what it is and be reassured in your darkest moments that, far from being lost at sea, you are walking a well-worn path. Just keep putting one foot in front ofrepparttar 117744 other and you'll get there if you don't give up.

=> Phase I - Have Computer, Will Get Rich

OK, so you have a computer, and an Internet connection. You've been online for a while actually, just dabbling about, sending email to family and friends and maybe doing a bit of surfing.

In your travels, you've stumbled across all these people who are making fortunes onrepparttar 117745 Internet. After a while, it seems to you that pretty much everyone who has a computer and an Internet connection is using them to generate a huge income. You think to yourself, "I have a computer and an Internet connection. I should be making a fortune too." So, likerepparttar 117746 pioneers before you, you decide to go after your rightful share.

So here you are, computer connected torepparttar 117747 Internet, fingers poised overrepparttar 117748 keyboard. Now what? How am I supposed to use this thing to make money? Oh, I know, I'll do a search. I can find out anything on Google. So you go to Google (or, if you're really new, Yahoo!), and you type in "making money onrepparttar 117749 internet".

And Wazzooo! Lists and lists and lists of sites that promise to show you how to make money. Oh, this is a goldmine! Already you're planning a month-long trip to Europe.

You merrily head off and visit dozens of sites your first afternoon. Duringrepparttar 117750 course of that afternoon and inrepparttar 117751 weeks that follow, you come across sites that promise to give you $30,000 in 30 days if you invest just $30 (you learn about matrix/pyramid schemesrepparttar 117752 hard way), then you learn about affiliate programs and how you can make money by referring people to someone else's site (but only if they buy) which is great because you have no product and no idea about how to create one.

You hear a lot about MLM programs and network marketing. You think they sound an awful lot like pyramid schemes but you know they're different, you're just not sure how.

And then you find out about products with resell rights so you can keep 100% ofrepparttar 117753 profits (but you have to buyrepparttar 117754 product first).

Every time you turn around there's another expert promising to show yourepparttar 117755 way torepparttar 117756 promised land.

=> Phase II - This is More Complicated Than I Thought

You soon realize that this whole making money with your computer business is way more complicated than you thought. And now you discover you need to go off and learn something else besides. Internet marketing. After all, when you finally decide what you're going to sell, you have to know how, right? Fortunately for you, there are literally thousands of Internet marketing experts out there just waiting with bated breath to share their secrets with you. For a price.

Everything is so confusing and overwhelming that you just don't know where to begin. So you decide you'd better learn everything there is to know about Internet marketing before you start. That way, when you've learned everything you need to know, you won't make any mistakes.

So you spendrepparttar 117757 next several weeks to several months downloading all ofrepparttar 117758 free Internet marketing ebooks that you can find. When you realize they all pretty much say repparttar 117759 same thing, you decide you'd better get serious and start paying for some ofrepparttar 117760 really good stuff. So, three months and $900 later you have a hard disk crammed full of ebooks that you don't even remember reading and you're damned if even now you haverepparttar 117761 foggiest idea where to start. No wonder. It's pretty hard to visualize how you're going to market a site you haven't even created yet, let alone make money from it.

Downsizing Got You Scared? Find Out If An Online Business Is For You!

Written by Doug Parr

Downsizing Got You Scared? Find Out If An Online Business Is For You! © 2002 Doug Parr http://www.smallbiz2000.com

Withrepparttar economic downturn, you may be a bit weary about your current job situation. Thoughts of starting your own online business are filling your daydreams. You’ve heardrepparttar 117734 enticing call of self-employment as it screams, “More freedom, more money, more family time, live your dream!” But can you really make a go of your own Web-based company?

In all honesty… probably. I’ll berepparttar 117735 first to tell you that not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes dedication, passion and discipline to succeed. Not-to-mention, a lot of hard work, especially inrepparttar 117736 beginning. Then there arerepparttar 117737 “functional” things you’ll need. Before you make that decision to jump onrepparttar 117738 Internet bandwagon, let me make a few points you’ll want to consider.

Getting Started

I knowrepparttar 117739 Web is just full of sites that taunt you by saying you can start your own online business within 24 hours and have millions of hits pouring into your site. The fact is, most ofrepparttar 117740 sites created using these “template businesses” don’t survive.

Here is a real world “short list” of what it takes to launch a successful and profitable Web site.

1. Professional Web Design – Your site is your only connection with potential customers. I simply cannot tell you how extremely vital professional Web site design is torepparttar 117741 success of your company. It helps to create trust, build confidence and instill a sense of safety… all important factors for someone who is about to give their credit card number to a company they’ve never heard of before!

2. Professionally Written Site Copy – You will be amazed to know what goes into writing emotion-stirring, sales triggering copy. You have to get insiderepparttar 117742 minds of your customers. You have to have an extremely good idea of what their needs are, what makes them tick and what makes them BUY! In addition, if you have any desire at all to be indexed and ranked highly withrepparttar 117743 search engines, you’ll need to haverepparttar 117744 exact balance of keywords saturating your copy.

3. A Reliable Web Host – Yes, there are many out there that will provide hosting for just a few dollars per month. But what do you get for your money? How much downtime (time when your site is not available to customers) doesrepparttar 117745 host have? What type of service do they offer? When you have questions or problems, will they be there? Do they offerrepparttar 117746 statistics you need to track your traffic? Choose your Web host very carefully.

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