Would you like to avoid some of the costly mistakes when it comes to starting, growing and scaling your online business?
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At the age of 40 now, I’ve invested a lot of money in my own education to learn, and grow myself to be able to create an online businesses that generates for me a real sustainable income. Now − reached the point of total time and financial freedom (I’m writing this from my holiday home in the Philippines after I did diving with the Whale Sharks – see video) − I’m on a mission not to make more & more money, but to create an impact in other people’s lives, so that they can also experience the life I’m living.
Because, if you are someone who is interested in learning how to create a business you love using the internet, without having to invest thousands of dollars to learn what works and what doesn’t, then read this blog post, share it on your social media and leave me a comment at the end please, whether it’s good or bad – I have thick skin and high self esteem 🙂
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Here are 14 Things I wish I knew when I Started my Online Business that now generates me A Lot of Money!
- Always Be Building Your List (#1 Asset).
The more leads you have, the more people you can communicate with! This is the power, control and ultimate leverage that comes with your online marketing efforts…
If, you dream, fantasies of making “Push Button Money” – well, sorry to burst your bubble but it takes a little more work to get there and become successful!
So if you want to be making consistent income, you need to be building your list. DAILY!
If you are part of a home business, network marketing company – do NOT build their list. You need to build Your list. (This was one of my first mistakes I made in my business and it’s cost me dearly in lost sales.)
Everyone told me to go and build my list from day one, I was maybe 9 months late in starting so…
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- Start, Grow & Cultivate An Audience – Not just a list…
Building an audience is faster and easier than ever before. Change your mindset from just trying to get leads… to be building an audience of people who follow you…
My list comprises of people from all over the world who want to make money online, who want to grow an internet business, network marketing business, people who want time-location-money freedom. We help average people achieve that and guide them to buy our stuff. I travel and share the lessons I learn and how someone can model our success.
This builds our personality into their minds and they know, like and trust us faster. And once they do this, it is their idea for them to work with us and them to buy our stuff.
Members of my list buy stuff from $47 all the way to $50,000 and one client even has spent well over $100,000!
Build a pleasing personality in yourself so you can create more rapport faster with your subscribers. You do this, you win their heart over with transparency. I share the good, the bad and the ugly and obviously I share insider stuff that no one else gets to see because of the results we’ve been able to achieve.
Imagine the power that comes from building an audience, you also need to understand this has great responsibility that you need to take on too – delivering to customers, looking after your customers and offering them more products and services. Don’t hold back on building your own list.
Thanks to email marketing and social media you can broadcast your message to thousands of people with a single click. Anyone with an internet connection can now build an audience and grow their business faster than ever before. You got no excuses now…
Start building your audience. I already have an amazing audience – YOU – a loyal group of subscribers that I can communicate to daily, add value to their lives, and direct them to whatever I want them to.
Imagine that power, control and influence at the tips of your fingertips.
One of the ways you can deepen your relationship with your audience and something I didn’t do, which I do now once and a while and I know will increase profits, is DIRECT MAIL.
Sending out books, sales letters to your clients and offering them more products and services. For example, buy some copies of Matt Lloyd’s book – I.M. Revolution – to send out to your best clients.
You build an audience by adding value – Spend 30mins to 90mins each day thinking, reflecting then pouring your heart out to write it to YOUR audience, in this case You!.
If you need to create squeeze pages, sales funnels, then you can use this powerful software – ClickFunnels.
- Start outsourcing early on. Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.
Don’t worry. I’m not talking about hiring a full-time Virtual Assistant (VA). Not yet anyway…
But I want you to STOP doing all the stuff that you can outsource affordable on sites like Fiverr, Upwork, Microlancer, and PeoplePerHour.
Graphic Design, E-book Covers, Audio Editing, Video Editing, Tech Stuff, Setting up Your Membership Site, Setting up Aweber, Running Ads, and all those kind of things. You name it.
Someone online can do it a LOT more affordable than you might think.
And here’s the thing, sometimes they may do it better than you
Don’t waste time on the stuff that doesn’t grow your business.
Hire people who are smarter than you, that are more efficient and have more expertise and can get things done faster.
Speed is important. Time is Money!
- Spend 20% of your time Learning. Spend 80% of your time Doing!
Become a PRODUCER. Not just a CONSUMER.
The doing part is what grows your business. And what you’ll find is that the best way to learn about business is just doing it. Action trumps all! Action trumps you sitting there posting and wasting time on silly Facebook and Twitter.
After analyzing 80-20, it is worth it to be on Social Media to connect with clients. But I use Anti Social CC to block social media sites.
That being said – you should follow me on these sites to see what I post there and that I’m real, transparent and RAW
- Growth ALWAYS lies OUTSIDE your comfort zone.
I used to dislike making videos – then I realized that the more videos I make the more money I make – to the tune of thousands of dollars per video… If I knew this earlier I would have so been doing this..
Crazy, don’t you think? Well imagine I never did that – then look at how much money I would have lost…
Now ask yourself what can you do every day to make sure you’re coming outside your comfort zone?
- Investing More In Yourself.
I’ve done this from day 1 I guess, even when I had no money, I still begged and borrowed to get there…
Now I’ve easily invested a small fortune at least in my brain learning from the world’s best of the best at what they do, no expenses spared there.
You need to invest in yourself – attend conferences, seminars to make sure you’re at the top of your game, emotionally, mentally in the business and in your personal life….
Attend events, and if you want fast-success, you need to!
The fastest way to get to where you want to be is to find people who are doing what you want to achieve and Model Them…
Avoid starting from scratch. Learn from advanced hyper growth minded entrepreneurs and a ton of other masterminders.
Are you part of a mastermind ? Here’s where you can learn about powerful events.
- Stop worrying about what other people think.
People who are ‘liked’ by everyone are those who do nothing, say nothing, and ultimately accomplish nothing.
I’m at the point in my life where I really couldn’t give a shit about what anyone thinks of me…
I used to always let the fact that I’m young, that I did not accomplish much yet, that I’ve made wrong decisions in life and no one wants to do business with me, hold me back. I think it hold me back for at least 9 months when I really got started on the internet. All these limiting beliefs came about, some people I meet at seminars go thru the same except most of these people are stuck for years and years and years…
And if you are one of them, then wake yourself up, SLAP YOUR FACE NOW, seriously why waste years on not being yourself, life is too short my friend.
SO SCREW THAT!
You are fine, You are great, you are YOU. So just get on with it, get your hustle shoes on, I prefer easy Adidas sneakers 😉 LOL…
So put yourself in a place where you aren’t too hard on yourself, and focus on the good stuff about you and work on your self-esteem, now do – say – create – think whatever You want.
I personally don’t give a crap anymore about what anyone thinks of me, and the more You also have this attitude, the more you’ll succeed in all areas of your life.
Don’t let those that have no results dictate you and your future… I used to let my family & freinds affect my behavior cos they would always make fun of me when I was trying to get rich on the internet…
If you feel like people aren’t supporting you – cut them out of your life or take distance. Love your family, choose your friends that support you, that will guide you. That said… I am your friend.
Find / Create YOUR tribe of raving fans and serve them with massive value.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
- Email Marketing is still #1 Money-Maker.
Hands down, the easiest way to sell, make money, build a lucrative business is through email marketing.
Email beats the heck out of everything else, I’ve now built a very responsive list and a solid Online Monay Making Business…
All from e-mail marketing; sending emails to your list with valuable information.
It’s a major shortcut that will allow you to build a six-figure or seven figure online business WITHOUT becoming a world-class copywriter. It’s also a major shortcut in getting Ultimate Unfair Advantage when it comes to communicating with your customers.
Practice writing daily, get leads daily, try to email your leads daily.
In fact – I’ve never even gone thru a complete e-mail copywriting course, but thru daily writing to YOU I’ve honed certain formulas….
When you email your subscribers consistently each day with fun, personalized emails packed with value, lessons that you have learned, your own life challenges, successes, your students success…
…you become the real friend, a trusted authority, the expert, the guru that they follow, stalk, and buy stuff you recommend.
They will happily buy from you based on the RELATIONSHIP that you’ve built with them. They often say the money is in the list BUT actually the money is not in the list, the money is in the RELATIONSHIP you have with your list, your subscribers, you…
The value that you’ve provided, how you make them feel is the asset…. Read this part again, cos you need to burn it inside your mind
EACH and every day I ask myself – what is the MOST Valuable thing I can share with You ? Then I write it. It takes 30-90mins to write each day. Then I hit send. This is the Online Money Making habit…
Each e-mail broadcast I send out to my list is worth thousands of dollars per day – to me…
And guess what ? My list is actually way tinier than most of the biggest “names” in the marketplace…
…But VERY VERY RESPONSIVE
You don’t need a massive list. When You have around 10K subscribers you can already make 10K per week and the more subscribers you have, the more money you’ll make!
But there is a SECOND email marketing habit. It’s questions for you…
“What fears & challenges are your prospects going thru today ?”
Now you have also Online Money Making email questions that can guide your email marketing business
1) What is the MOST Valuable thing we can share with you?
2) What fears & challenges are your prospects going thru today?
- Provide 10-20x more Value than you charge.
People like Mike Dillard (Magnetic Sponsoring) and Robert Hirsch have taught me and lot of that you have to provide 10-20x more value than you price your products and services.
And you can do that as well by creating irresistible offers “on the go” without doing any sales pages, webinars, etc. Because the VALUE is right in front of you, ready for you to take it!
What I mean is, there are plenty of Business Opportunities out there that teach you this stuff and offer you the value on a golden platter.
You just need to translate it into your own format and hand it to your audience.
Doing so, you can easily build a Million Dollar business out of it, because with the internet the world is you oyster.
You just need to always ask yourself — How can I make the person who is buying my product or service feel like this is the best damn offer they ever got! Master creating Irresistible Offers and you will write your own paycheck for LIFE!
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- Email your subscribers 1-3-5 times per week, if possible Daily!
Emails… You open them, read them, take action and buy stuff we recommend.
We teach you, to email daily. I write almost daily, so you can get into the habit of writing daily.
Think about this… You have a BEST FRIEND or a FAMILY member – do you like talking to them for few minutes each day? Of course you do, I certainly do – I may know hundreds of people, but there’s only a handful of people I like communicating, emailing, texting, skyping, fb-messaging each day…
Email is like talk radio
People will tune in each day if you educate, inspire, and entertain them. This is how you build your fan base / your following / your tribe!
Don’t mistake this for just trying to be fun and educate… You need to sell!
Sell each day, every time you mail, sell something that will help your audience…
Create a super responsive list and talk in a way which adds value, be their friend, trusted advisor and teacher.
And when you do, keep a close eye on your numbers (open rate, click rate, etc.)
Each day needs to have a DAILY Income. Start small and grow, grow, grow!
And do this 300 days+ per year.
Magic happens when you can create money out of thin air like this. It’s all possible – don’t ever quit! Turning one-off visitors into leads who become RAVING fans and then loyal, raving BUYERS. Think about how powerful and effective that is….
Look for example what there ordinary people achieved just by following a simple system.
The Golden Rule : Build Your List Daily. Email Your List Daily.
Mostly I’ll email my list 5-6 days per week, people unsubscribe and that’s OK too – and I rather have less people on my list but people that are more higher in quality than just mass numbers.
And I view it as their loss when they unsubscribe – you shouldn’t let unsubscribes or complaints hold you back – build your biz, build your tribe.
Add value. Sell stuff. Get that money, it’s there. So DO IT
- Paid Advertising is the FASTEST way to grow your business.
Most people who get started and don’t have much money, waste lot of time on Twitter and Facebook, while you should try to find the resources to invest and master Paid Traffic. Ultimately Paid Traffic will help you to make that real first sale.
Paid traffic is the fastest-scalable-most- predictable form of traffic for you to ca$h in.
If I were to start all over today, I would use SoloAds & FB Ads & maybe another 1-2 to rapidly grow my subscriber list, amplify my content to reach and impact more people, and sell more products and services.
Right now my business is built on paid traffic which means each and every month I make consistent income.
It’s NOT relied on Google, Facebook, Calling Cold Leads or Blogging, or SEO – simply me and my e-mail list.
- The Power Of Simplification. Simplify everything.
Your business model. Your products. Your home-biz. Your blog. Your team. Your processes. Your thinking. Your friends. Your life. Your payment system. Everything.
LOL…, Simplify everything.
I used to want to do a lot of stuff: start a restaurant, then start network marketing (Herbalife, WIN, NuSkin), then create niche sites and a whole bunch of other stuff…Now I stick to what I’ve really mastered: High Ticket Direct Sales. Home Business. Driving Traffic.
The more simple something is – the more easily you can scale it, granted it does get somehow complicated, because now I want to expand my business in the next 3-5 years and I need to become “corporate”.
Sounds a bit icky-sucky – but I’m gonna embrace it.
A lifestyle business can get you to a few million dollars just like how you can have it – so simplify.
As Dan Pena says, you gotta have “Laser Beamed Focus”…
This is the secret sauce behind every successful entrepreneur. When I stopped chasing 10 different ways to make money, and focused on 1-3 – that’s when I really hit it off.
Some people join 5-10 different home businesses rather than joining one or two and ACTUALLY making them work.
Focus in chunks of 20mins – 45mins. Use a timer. Close the door. Go to Starbucks. Get some quiet time OR listen to some YouTube calm music with headphones and ZONE OUT.
If you are all over the place – then focus. And tell yourself:
I AM A GENIUS – I FOCUS AT WILL.
That’s another one of my Golden Rules!
- And most importantly… HAVE FUN.
As much as I want to make $50 million and yada yada yada…, I know deep down the real success is embracing the journey – going thru the challenges, going thru the ups and downs, learning, growing, adding value, stretching yourself to go to the next level…
The real success is the journey! I live each day as if it’s my last, I smile, laugh and make sure I have a f#$§ing good time.
That’s why even now I don’t always take things too seriously.
You gotta smile, enjoy, live life as it’s meant to be lived. Life is NOT about being overwhelmed and stuck…
Yes – you want to make a fortune – but remember the journey makes You who You are…
So, It’s not just about making millions, it’s about who YOU become in the process…
Be grateful, be happy. Stay present.
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