I am a fan of Toby Keith, the country singer. He has a song called “A little less talk, a lot more action.” It’s a good theme to follow in many areas of our lives!
I can’t tell you how many people I talk with, and when the subject turns to make money online, everybody seems to have a plan! They are going to do this, and they are going to do that. After their current project is finished they are finally going to get into e-commerce. This is the year that they are going to build a website for their business, even though their top competitors all had websites 5 years ago. Another guy is complaining about not having money for the rent, and he wants to set up a blog to earn some extra money, but he’s been talking about doing it for 3 years now.
The thing is, if you are all talk and no action, you won’t ever make any money online! You need to put together a plan, and even better than that – you need to follow it! Set up a schedule with deadlines of when you must complete the tasks! Build in penalties for yourself if you don’t follow through. Build in rewards for yourself when you reach milestones! You build the site, maybe you get to buy yourself that new digital camera that you’ve been wanting. First sale on the net? Go out for a night on the town! First, check from AdSense – hey, that calls for a party! In other words, it doesn’t have to be work, it can be fun! I know that the things I do to earn money online are almost all fun for me. Sure, at times they are work, but overall they are fun activities!
Remember, if you just talk and talk and talk, those checks won’t be in your mailbox! Take a few hours per week and get some things done. You’ll be surprised at the results!
Dave Starr --- ROI Guy
Truer words never spoken, Bob. Especially with newcomers it seems the most common conversational subject is always, ‘well, what if I get scammed, what if something goes wrong.”, etc.
You know, if you never do anything you are guaranteed never to be taken advantage of, but you are also 100% guaranteed to fail. I like Toby’s song too, I also like a famous quote from Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players who ever lived … you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take … it’s certainly possible to lose money in getting an online business off the ground, but it is dead certain you will lose if you don’t get it started … I like the chances of action better than the certainties of inaction.
Hi Dave – A lot of people are all talk, no action! I think that almost anybody will find that if they just act on a few of the things that they say they are “gonna do” they will start seeing success rolling in! It’s a key not only to making money, but to improving your life as well!
good words Bob,
I believe what you say is true, the only thing is relating to the “if you build it they will come” quote is that if you are doing something that you are passionate about for a minority of people, then your chances of online success are diminished. I am into rock music with the music room in a small town),I am not worried about this at the moment but it has made me think to diversify slightly. You have inspired an idea for me anyway.
Hi Phil – I have to disagree! If you are passionate about something, even if you are in a very small niche market – your chances for success multiply! Being passionate about something shines through, and the world will listen!
Yes, what Bob said. I am in a small niche market for one of my major websites. However, I am really first on the scene for what will someday be huge (and is already headed in that direction). It is also something which I am passionate about and it makes me want to make it better and better.
Hi Tom Nixon – Thanks for your vote of confidence! 😆
Dave Starr --- ROI Guy
Bob, thanks for using our chat in the podcast and for the link … much appreciated. To anyone who cares to listen, don’t tune out of the idea too soon … after talking with Bob in this podcast he made me realize how much time I have been wasting having a reseller (hosting) account for years and using it only for my own efforts. The ‘stand alone” hosting business is highly competitive and frankly a little boring to me … but the idea of offering hosting … at a reasonable but very nice profit as an adjunct to other online efforts is a sound one that more people should take action on.
A fav story of mine is how a friend here in the Philippines was running a small hosting company when one of his clients told him, I’m not renewing my account, if you want my site, it’s yours. The site turned out to be a forum with thousands of active members, and the property now brings in thousands of dollars per month in advertising … the original owner just didn’t want to bother with … that deal only happened because my friend was offering hosting … which by itself brought in only a very small profit … hosting can attract big opportunities, though.
And a thought to Phil … if I recall correctly I have seen you mention in the past the limitations of being in a small town. I can assure you, those limitation do not exist if you think through the gigantic Internet City that you are also a part of … in my outside looking in view, your issue is not, how can I make more from a tiny market, but rather how can I capitalize on what already works in a tiny market into a huge market … your knowledge and skill set are much more important than the numbers on the “city limits” sign. Best of luck.
Hi Dave – Thanks for your participation in the Podcast! We seem to have become podcast partners!