9 Important Tips for the Budding Self-Taught Internet Entrepreneur
Congratulations! If you are reading this then you have taken the first step in becoming a self-taught Internet entrepreneur…even if it’s just having an interest in it. It’s never too early, or too late to learn as much as you can about the industry.
It doesn’t matter what your business will be, whether it’s selling retail through the Internet, blogging, virtual assistant, website developer, or server administrator. The list of opportunities is long, but the tips I’m about to share will apply to most any avenue you decide to take as a self-taught Internet entrepreneur.
So, read on to learn how you can give yourself the best chance possible to become a success.
#1 – Choose Your Niche Wisely
Whatever you decide your ‘topic’ is …make sure you have some knowledge and interest in it, as well as the desire to learn even more about it. If you go into it with the attitude that you know everything about the niche, you have less chance of staying current with the market as it changes.
For example, you may choose to blog about photography because you have an abundance of knowledge on the topic. That’s a great start. But, if you don’t also have interest in keeping current with research and advanced learning, you just may miss out on new techniques, as well as what your readers are interested in. And, if your site doesn’t have what your readers are looking for, it will become stagnate, at best.
#2 – Set Goals
It’s probably more important than ever to set goals when you are venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. There won’t be another manager, or company to push you along with meeting deadlines and keep you motivated.
You are ‘it’ now, which can be appealing in so many ways. However, it can be a lot of pressure to meet your family’s needs and expectations. It is important to set goals in the beginning, re-evaluate midway through, and adjust them accordingly. And, that cycle will…or, should never stop.
#3 – Home Office or Traditional Setting
There are a lot of perks to having a home office, from saving money in both gas and overhead, to having more flexibility. Even if you are your own boss in a traditional setting, you might not work at midnight to make up for taking the afternoon off for your child’s school event. It’s much easier to pull up to the desk for an hour or two, when that desk is just feet away.
On the flip side, a traditional setting might be best for those who are easily distracted or tempted by activities going on in the home.
It comes down to personal preference, as well as knowing your limits. However, make the decision early on so you know what you need to include in your goal setting.