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4 Myths of Online Business

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4 Myths of Online Business

And What You Need To Know To Succeed

Having a home-based online business is the dream of many people these days. Recession, problems searching for a job, bills, they all force us to look for alternative solutions regarding our careers and lives.

So here comes online business – the prime promise of freedom, money and free time flexibility. Is it all so great, though? Find out the top 4 myths of online business and get the answer yourself.

Myth 1: Better money

Myth 1: Better MoneyYou can make a lot of money through your online business, that is true. However, getting to this point will require a lot of work, dedication, and patience.

Online businesses are rarely overnight successes. Most of the time, every successful online entrepreneur had to work years for their present reputation and profitability.

Chances are that if it’s money you’re after, you should stick to your day job. You’ll get paid quicker, and you’ll have better income predictability.

Online business works only for people who are willing to wait in line for their turn to get big profits.

Myth 2: Free time

Day jobs are straightforward. You get up, start your work at 9AM, get back home at 5PM. Online businesses aren’t.

Myth 2: Free TimeThe possibility to have a break whenever you want is true for online businesses, but this doesn’t mean that you can extend this break to whatever amount of time you wish.

The reality of most online entrepreneurs is that they spend long hours by their computer writing content, launching promotions, checking stats, and doing myriads of other things.

Getting to the point where you can have a noticeable amount of free time will take a while. Your first months or years are usually crazy. The rule is simple … if you want to make money, you’ll need to spend time doing some serious work.

Which brings me to:

Myth 3: Less work

Myth 3: Less WorkThis sounds a lot like the previous point, but I wanted to emphasize the different kinds of work you have to take care of when owning an online business.

Most day jobs require you to present a certain set of skills. Your employer will tell you that they want you to be creative and versatile, but in reality they will rarely let you do anything that you weren’t trained for.

There’s no such thing in online business. You simply need to be a jack of all trades to make something significant happen. And I’m not telling that you need to do everything on your own, but you still need to be able to identify the most important things and then outsource them to others if you lack the skill set.

This is a simple case of “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Myth 4: No stress

Myth 4: No StressThis is a biggie. Many people think that their day jobs are stressful. And okay, some jobs are stressful. If you are expected to go into a burning house to save people then it is stressful.

However, most jobs aren’t actually stressful at all. If you know what you need to do next, what amount of money you’ll get by the end of the month, and that your job will still be there next month then where’s the stress?

Many online entrepreneurs have to face all of the above challenges on a daily basis. Essentially, there’s no one person who pays your salary when you’re on your own. And it’s you who has to figure out how to make money and how to set it in a way so the stream won’t dry up.

Just to make sure that we’re on the same page … I’m really writing this with no negativity in my voice. All of these challenges are possible to overcome if you just dedicate yourself to success. I only want you to know that these 4 things will kick in very soon when you’re starting a new venture. Just keep this in mind so you can fight every problem quickly once it reveals itself.

What are your thoughts? Do you know of any other myths of online business?

[box type=”bio”] Karol K. is a writer, and an online business owner. You can find him at ThemeFuse.com where he share various advice and tutorials. Also, ThemeFuse is a great place to go for quality WordPress themes.[/box]

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5 Responses

  1. Having operated an online business for the past 6 years, I have to agree that these myths fool a lot of people. I had a business background, and it still took me a couple of years to figure things out because all the things I knew, were spoken in a different ‘language’ on the Internet. The rules and principles still apply, but you gotta learn the lingo.

  2. This article really knocks down the biggest myths that surround the online business idea. I’ve bookmarked this in case I need it to give the link to someone that can use a wake up call. Too many people try to create a business online based on what they read in the hyped up salesletter: “work only 4 hours a week” “make $xxx,xxx,xxx overnight” “drink cocktails on the beach all day long while the money rolls in”. If you start your business based on those lines, you’re destined to fail. Some people overcome that failure and become great, other people will claim defeat and give up. Let’s hope this article puts more people in the first category

  3. I think you nailed it with this post Cenay. So many people expect an online business to be so easy but, in fact, it’s the same as any business – you have to pay your dues before you get to the part where you make a lot of money with little effort (if you ever do).

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