Follow your bliss
This is as true for your online business as it is in life. There are tons of great ideas out there, and most of them could earn you a good income if you choose to create a website off that idea. However, once that idea really takes off and you’ve built a good customer base, you’re going to be stuck with that idea whether you like it or not. If you’re not passionate about it, it will be your business that suffers – along with your customers. Not only will you quickly become tired of it and possibly even give up on it, but your customers could possibly feel the outcome and that will negatively affect your reputation when the time comes to start an online business you’re passionate about. After all, no one wants to do business with someone that’s already let them down once.
Treat it like what it is
Even though you’ve got to have the passion backing up your idea, you still need to treat it like a business. For instance, imagine that you’ve taken landscape photography your entire life. Once friends and family members started asking you for some, you gave them prints for free. Then, once you saw there was a demand for it, you decided to create a website and start selling these photographs for money. The minute you start selling them and accepting money in exchange, you have started a business and you must treat it as such. Start taking orders and bundling photographs and prints as soon as they come in. Don’t stall or decide you can take your own time with it just because it’s a “fun” thing for you to do; because if you’re accepting money for it, it no longer is. Also don’t make the mistake of continuing to give away prints for free. Of course, it’s different if it’s a gift for a special occasion, but once you’ve decided to make that your livelihood, giving it away for free will only eat into your profits and therefore, your own personal lifestyle.
Be real about it
While you need to make sure that your online business will be something that you’re already passionate about it, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all going to be about your following your dream. While it will be, there will be many moments that don’t feel that way. Know that you’re going to have to fully devote yourself to it, work at it night and day, and that it will be a lot of hard work. Knowing that going into it will save you from a lot of discouragement and disappointment down the line.
Get it done!
There would be even a million more websites than there are today if everyone who said they were going to start an online business actually did it. So stop talking about it and get out there and take that first step!