As the year swiftly comes to a close we begin reflecting on the past year. The highs and lows. The wins and losses. Maybe you’ve reached a tipping point in your career, or maybe you feel you need a change. Here are some things to consider if you plan to launch your online business in the new year.
Why didn’t you start this year?
Looking back over the year gives us perspective. All those “what if” questions. Like… what if you started working on that business idea this year. How far could you be now if you had started earlier on your idea.
When we realize that its simply time and effort that gets results, you can get focused on doing what needs to be done. Opportunities are everywhere. Its just a matter of looking for them, and acting on them.
Break Through the Fear
Are you stuck procrastinating about your business. Waiting for the right time? There is no good excuse to keep putting off your goals and dreams. There is never a perfect time to do anything. During the worst of the pandemic, many people started businesses. And many have made progress despite the most difficult circumstances. Now is as good a time as any, to get your idea off the ground. Why not start today!
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Start Small… Really Small
One of the biggest challenges when starting to build any business is feeling overwhelmed by the task. A great strategy is to break things down and make them more achievable. The smaller the better.
Instead of just stating “I want to start an online business”, identify the steps:
- Setup a social media page for my project.
- Connect with people doing what I want to do.
- Read blogs about the business I’m interested in.
- Watch youtube videos about the business I want to start.
- Start sharing my learning on social media.
- Register my own domain.
- Setup a WordPress blog.
- Write my first blog post.
- Etc, etc, etc…
Its much easier to pursue small steps than take one giant leap from zero to a full fledged business. No one can do that. It takes many small steps to get a business off the ground. Take your idea or business and break it down. The smaller the better. Identify the tasks and do them one at a time.
Focus on Milestones not Goals
Often goals are more complicated to achieve than we think. And when we fail to achieve them we are left feeling depressed. Why not set milestones for each of your goals.
Your Goal: Start an online blog marketing affiliate products.
Here examples of milestones:
- 10 January – Start posting on my social media about my idea.
- 15 February – Setup up a WordPress blog for my venture.
- 15 March – Post first blog post
- 30 March – Post second blog post
And acknowledge your success for every milestone, its one step closer to your goal. Milestones will also help you manage the timeline of your progress.
Embrace the Journey.
An online business takes time to build. Its a journey that never ends. Its not a destination. Embrace the journey, embrace the learning and enjoy the ride. The more you see it as an adventure, the more excited you will be to pursue it. The more passion and energy you will have to persevere through every challenge you face. You going to struggle at times, but with the right perspective you can keep yourself motivated!
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Enjoy the Process
If you not having fun, why are you doing it in the first place? Enjoy the challenge of building something new and it won’t feel like work. Have fun while you learning new skills. Building a business doesn’t have to be all serious and dreary. Embrace the creative process of learning, building and creating.
It will do wonders to your energy levels. And that energy will reflect in your efforts.
Why wait for next year? Start taking time everyday for your business. Remember your success will not come from one days effort. Not even a few days. But rather the compounded effort you take every day, every week, and every month! Take small steps daily, and build your dream business brick by brick, day by day, and one day soon you will be looking back and thinking “WOW, my business idea has become my business reality…”
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