What do you wish you’d known about doing business in the online world when you first started out. Whether you’ve been online for six weeks or six years, you can always go back and say, “Gosh, I wish I’d known that when I first started out.” I know it’s been a real adventure for me these past years. And there are plenty of things I wish I’d known in 1998 that I know now. Of course the technology has advanced so much that things change by the minute but there’s still other things that aren’t technology related that I wish I’d known.
So I asked some colleagues what they’re thoughts were about what they wish they’d known when they first started out. Here are a few of their responses. Start small with an idea and make it happen. Yep, actions still trumps it. You must have a mailing list, so you can build relationships with people. For sure, it’s still all about people. People are still behind every e-mail address and deserve to be treated with respect. Always. Yep, seen to many instances where that’s not the case. Publicity is a powerful tool and when you get an opportunity, you need to seize it. Most definitely, I’ve been so lucky to get some great publicity while I’ve been online. It’s vital to trust yourself enough to put yourself out there, so you don’t miss opportunities that come your way. Yes, you have to do it. Take the leap.
Take the first step. You’ll be amazed at where it’ll take you. The value of passive income, not trading time for money. Most definitely. Your most precious commodity is your time, so you want to be very very selfish with it. Passive income can help you out. And last, unless it’s making money, dump it! Oh gosh, I’ve been guilty of not doing that. Hanging on to something for so long because I just think it’s really going to make it. What would you add? I’d love for you to leave your “What I wish I’d known…” in the comments below.