If you thought anything like I did several years ago, you probably thought you could just THROW up a website and make money. You know, like ones our "friends" at Dead yellow offered. FREE Website, FREE e-mail, FREE money, FREE...........well, I won't go there.
After throwing site together, just submit it to URL submitter a couple times a day and visitors would just flock to my site. NOT! Boy did I feel stupid. Still do sometimes.
But I have to admit making mistakes has helped in my approach to earning money online. Fortunately those early ventures only cost me about $400 and I did actually earn several checks so I put my loss at around $240.
I think it was worth lessons I've learned.
The way I see it, these are things you MUST have in order to prosper on Internet.
1) A Unique Product or become a dealer for a reputable company 2) You own opt-in mailing list with a listserver 3) A PROfessionally designed website 4) A Salemanager (software to follow up on your prospects) 5) Traffic
Being in restaurant and lawn & tree care businesses a unique product was somewhat of a problem. I mean I really couldn't have you download a T-bone medium rare and a twice baked, now could I ? Mmmm...maybe a fungicide treatment for your lawn. Nope. Grub treatment.......Nope.
Now off to Net to find something that people would NEED and purchase in quantity. First I cut some cookies. BIG mistake. Then I tried to sell overpriced vitamins. HUGE mistake. Not only did I sell about 2% of what I ordered, they weren't as good as ones costing about 20% as much. Boy did that guy FOOL me!
Now my pea-sized brain was spinning..........where do I find products or sevices that people TRULY need. I needed to offer same quality that people received from my offline businesses. And it HAD to have same VALUE.