One of the reasons many fail in the online career path is that they don’t set realistic goals. Once you’ve figured out what niche of internet marketing you want to tackle, you have to take some time to do some planning. Part of the concept is the online work load and the educational aspect, but another is the offline part of the job.
Where you work is important. You can’t work in a loud, cluttered, and distracting environment. Focus is something you’re going to want to have tuned up and if your work environment isn’t fully congruent with the mindset you need to be in, it can make developing your skill set harder. At first you should have a static place to work and as you grow in the business you can easily work anywhere an internet connection is present.
You should plan ahead for your time, just like going to any other job. Working online requires the same dedication and structure as an offline job. You’re going to be able to do it at home and your schedule can be very flexible. If you sporadically work without structuring some kind of schedule, your discipline may wane. As you develop your experience you can take more concessions but you have to first develop your foundation and routine that will help you stay on task.
Setting goals is important because it creates the routine which fosters focus and motivation. Don’t go into the internet marketing business thinking this is going to be all play and no work. Being able to play is earned through hard work. Work is an essential part of any business. Like any business, however, if you put in the work to build your foundation, your skill sets, it will get easier in time. Your experience will afford you concessions. You will always have to be on your toes, but your instincts will sharpen, your comprehension of what to watch out for, and how to do things to stay ahead of the curve will come easier. At first, however, you will need to spend a great deal of time developing your skills to that end. Don’t take shortcuts- shortcuts are only valuable if you have the skills developed and your experience fortified. A true shortcut is not a cop out of work but a more efficient way to do something you already know how to do long-hand.
Don’t make goals to get rich. Wealth is not a goal that will inspire you in this business at first. Learning and developing your skill set is a reward that will give you power. Get rich quick ideals will hinder you because it’s unrealistic. Chasing money at first will hinder you because the money is not steady or even dependable until you’ve put in the work, built up some experience, resources, connections, and have tried and failed several times over the course of time. There should be no rush to get to the finish line. Your goals will upgrade as you go alone because each thing you learn and develop an acute sense for will give you more power to create better goals.
Failure isn’t an adversary; it’s an ally at first. Failure drives out what you need to work on- makes it more obvious. You take failure as an asset to build into your ever growing lesson plan. You’ll notice as you go along, failure becomes less and less prevalent and your skill set for learning from failure will fortify your ability to persevere and learn how to figure things out faster.
The online work environment is not anchored to one place, one job site or office- anywhere you can take a computer and log into the web IS your office. The beauty of the online career path is you’re afforded more freedom but that freedom, ironically- isn’t free. You earn it by building up your discipline and developing your awareness. If you do all of these things and have patience, you can become successful online and make a perfect transition from working offline in all it’s limitations, to working online with all it’s liberations.