A Story of Redemption Improves Your Business
Homeless, broken, and with no education in business. It’s not a pretty start, but, it was the truth. It was a world that lacked purpose and easily could be compared to a mental prison. How on earth did I escape?
Sometimes a tiny break in the wall gives you hope and a place to start. That tiny break with Jon Olson. The man is a huge spirit that believes in his industry and the people that work within it. When you think that you lack the compacity to inspire, empower, and change someone’s life you are 100% dead wrong.
To further this point, let’s look at the advice from the great business sage.
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could”– Zig Ziglar
These are the very reasons for any human being to get up in the morning. I’d like to ask you one simple question.
True or False: Helping another is one of the most rewarding feelings and helps heal your own inner struggles by taking you outside yourself?
Because I know your human, I know the answer will overwhelmingly be answered true.
From a business standpoint what happened to me and what can we learn from the situation.
1. Don’t Start a Business Without Research: If I had followed rule number 1 all future problems could have been avoided. That is the power of knowledge front and center. I impulsively jumped into the business and it’s really a life lesson here as well. Continuous impulsive decisions is not a prescription for success.
2. Don’t Start a Business Underfunded: Ok I understand that in our industry people are experimenting with us as free members. However, the basic investment is going to save you time and realistically make you more of a real business. The list, collection of email addresses, is huge in online business. You need an auto-responder or email service. Next, you need to know where you are getting success so you can advertise there until saturated. Then just maintain there for branding purposes if needed. The answer to this is Trck.me.
Big businesses need funding for design, programming, marketing, customer service, and advertising. This leads us right into the next point.
3. Don’t Cut Corners. Instead Outsource Where Needed: When you slack on one of the above elements you are costing yourself time. Time is money for the most part. Let’s take design for example. Promoting a bad design prevents people from joining your site. This makes your promotional efforts more difficult and more expensive. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Stick to your talents and stay out of the way when it isn’t your specialty.
4. Have Your Connections in Order and Work on Building Relationships: This was one thing that I was sort of getting right. I was contacting a lot of people and participating in the community. The problem was everything else was out of whack. Just don’t forget to participate in your industry community and reach out to people that are already established. Many will have helpful advice and can help you get off the ground and maintain your business.
In summary, if you are broken then keep trying. Find your inspiration so you can give it to others. Follow the above 4 suggestions to business success. This will surely put you on the right path.