How To Become A Online Entrepreneur

Do you want to live life on your own terms and at the same time have financial freedom? Then you need to start thinking of having your own online business. With an internet business you are at liberty to work from anywhere and at anytime. In this article, I will take you through the required step by step guide on how you can successfully become a online entrepreneur.

But before we get started, it is important that I should let you know a few things. As with almost everything else, to start and successfully run an online business, there’s always a price to pay.

You will need to make a lot of sacrifices and life adjustments. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and patience, because sometimes it may take a while before you achieve success. And unless you’re willing to go the extra miles to succeed, you’re most likely going to fail.

I’m saying all these in order to prepare your mind for the task ahead. Success doesn’t come on a gold platter.. It’s an all or nothing affair when starting an online business. You need to have a strong mentality to become a online entrepreneur.

Having said all that, now allow me to take you through the guidelines that can help you become a successful online entrepreneur.

 

Tips On How To Become A Online Entrepreneur

The first thing you need to do if you really want to be a successful online entrepreneur is to get started.

If you already have a full time job and you want start your own online business, don’t make the mistake of quitting your job. There’s high probability that you will initially fail when you start your first online business.

I failed a couple of times too.

Another thing is that people spend so much time in the research stage that they never get their business off the ground. This happens more than you know.

Don’t let it happen to you.

There is no safety net for online entrepreneurs, it is either you swim or sink. With your full time job, you will still have a paycheck coming in which will will help you to get your online business off the ground and still be able to pay the bills.

Some may argue that they won’t have time for other things while keeping your job. The response to this is that, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. You can easily outsource work to other people out there. There are different outsourcing and freelancing websites where you can outsource work to people.

 

Create A Detailed Business Plan

Before creating a business plan you need to first decide on what you want to do. There’s no business if you don’t have an idea. And to you need to carry out a market research to see if your idea is profitable. With the right idea in place, the next thing is to create a well detailed business plan.

Just like any other business, you need to think out in details how you’re going to start and run your online business. Your business plan should contain measurable and realistic business objectives. In the business plan, you should outline how you are going to generate capital to start your business. You need  to highlight the steps you’ll follow to make sure your online business is a success. To be a successful online entrepreneur you must have a plan and a clear direction of how to achieve your business objectives.

 

Create A Website With User Friendly Features

One important step to starting an online business is to create or own a website. It is through the website that your target customers will be able to see your products and service.

Your website is the medium through which the world will interact with your business.

There are four ways you can use to create or own a business website. These include:

  • You can create your business website using WordPress
  • Use a website software builder to create your own website
  • You can buy a ready-made website, or
  • You can contact a freelancer to create one for you.

Your website should be designed with user friendly features such as adding shopping carts for easy transactions. The site should be able to provide the necessary information about your business. Also, custom make your website for easy navigation.

 

Make Use Of Advertising

Without proper advertisement, you won’t succeed as an online business entrepreneur. For your business to expand, you have to promote your products and services.

You need to inform your potential online customers about your business, what product or service you offer or why your brand is better than that of your competitors.

To achieve this, there are different online digital marketing platforms that you can use. Examples of such platforms are Google Ads, email marketing, and so on. However, you should also ensure you make use of other physical forms of advertisement like newspapers, billboards, flyers for customers who may not have access to the internet. Note that the adverts should target your potential customers where they operate.

 

Keep Track Record Of Statistics

It is also important to keep track of all the available data and metrics needed to grow your business. To do this, there are online analytics tools that you can use such as Google Analytics and Facebook conversion pixel data.

By keeping track of every single conversion, you will know which of your marketing plan took customers to your website and eventually lead to sales. This will allow you to know the areas that you have to improve upon. It’ll enable you to scale what works and abolish what doesn’t.

 

Control Your Expenses

Here, it is important I let you know that like any other conventional business you need to control your costs.

You don’t have to spend your business funds haphazardly in order to make your mark as an online entrepreneur. You must ensure to keep your expenses at a minimum and there must be a significant return on investment.

The aim of all entrepreneurs is to keep business expenditure to the barest minimum while making as much profit as possible.

 

Risk Management

Entrepreneurs are always known as the risk takers. Risk is always involved when starting a new business. But as an online business owner, you should engage yourself only in a calculated and manageable risk.

Never put all your eggs in the same basket. Ensure to put the necessary measures in place that will hedge your business against emanate from time to time.

As an online entrepreneur, the success of your business depends on how well you can protect it from risk and your ability to curtail the running cost.

 

Make Use Of The Social Media

To successfully run an online business you need to have marketing and customer acquisition strategies in place. There are many internet marketing plan that you can use attract the attention of your target audience. One of the most effective ways is the use of the different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

For instance, Facebook enables you to directly place your offer in front of large number of your targeted audience. This provides you with the opportunity to immediately generate more sales and revenue.

With little or no cost, social media marketing enables you to connect and engage with your customers. Social media is helpful when it comes to brand exposure, generating organic traffic and increased interaction with your target audience. In addition, you need to incorporate and focus on email marketing and search engine optimization.

 

Pivot When Needed But Stay Focused

Sometimes you may get to the point where it seems that your business is not as successful as you’d wanted.  There’s a need to pivot and alter the way you’ve been doing things.

You shouldn’t be afraid to try something new.  But before you decide to make a pivot, you must be certain you’ve done enough to achieve your desired result but it’s not working.

Also, it is important for you to remain focus on your initial objectives before you decide to pivot. You must keep your eye on the goal and don’t allow challenges to keep you off track.

 

Stay Consistent

One thing that I know is that doing things consistently will pay off in the long run for anyone looking to be successful with their online business.

For example if you were to start a blog then posting content regulary is imperative to getting ranked quickly in the search engines.

Another example would be keeping your social media content updated as well.

If you had a Pinterest or Instagram account then posting pins and and images daily can grow your brand quickly. Best of all these are free methods.

Whatever the tasks may be staying consistent is the biggest way to grow.

 

Conclusion

Now that you know what it takes to become a online entrepreneur, I’ll can tell you that the work is far from over, in fact, you’re just starting. Like I said earlier, most online businesses require a lot of hard work and you must be passionate about it. You must learn how to successfully run your business. But nothing feels better than to be your own boss and be able to live life the way you want.

You need to work with the following tips to successfully run an online business.

  • Ensure you regularly update your website
  • Ensure you always work on your search engine optimization
  • Use high quality web contents that will attract inbound traffic.
  • Maintain good business relationship with your customers.
  • Social media is an effective marketing tool, always stay on top.
  • Keep up and improve your customer service.
  • Always respond to your customer emails, questions and regularly update your FAQ page.

For me the goal was to shoot for a life balance and the ability to work from wherever without being locked down to a specific location.

It is not just about how much money I can make but the lifestyle that I wanted to create.

Thankfully I discovered affiliate marketing and a training program that taught me how to leverage other peoples products for profit.

Low startup cost makes this business a no brainer if you ask me!

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4 thoughts on “How To Become A Online Entrepreneur

  1. Hi there Chris,

    Great article and great advice. When it comes to online business gotta treat it like it was an offline business in many aspects as it is still a business. Strategy, controlling expense, fixed costs, variables and so on.

    When it comes to online, we really must have some kind of content strategy as it the content that engages a visitor (potential customer!) and brings in that free “walk in” traffic from search engines also.

    • I have noticed myself that a lot of people don’t approach their online business with the right mindset because of the cost to get started.

      Its so inexpensive compared to starting a regular brick and mortar business that if they don’t see success quickly they abandon it and start another.

      If you want to become a online entrepreneur then it needs to be approached just like any other business with long term goals.

  2. I agree with your assessment of what we need to be successful online. I also think that one big thing to also keep in mind, especially if we have been an employee all our lives, is that we won’t see the profit immediately. Starting a business is very different from working for your employer, where you get to receive paychecks without fail every single month or bi-weekly. Whereas with a business, you will only be able to see progress in months or even at the 1-year mark.

    I totally agree with what you say though, that consistency is key here. And patience. Lots and lots of patience. Because what we have to realise is that our work is cumulative when it comes to a business. It is never in vain. Sooner or later, success will come, if all the steps have been followed.

    • On thing that I have noticed is that people tend to jump from one opportunity to the next if they don’t see immediate results.

      If you plan to become a online entrepreneur then it is important to stick to a plan and follow through consistently. 

      Starting an online business and getting result doesn’t happen overnight, so if you just keep working towards your goals you will see results.

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