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I would say that the road to success is littered with holes and pitfalls. If you do not thread wisely and cautiously, sooner rather than later, you will find yourself at the bottom and wonder over and over again where did you go wrong.
Build an audience first: It all starts with connecting. When building a business it must be built on people. Searching the hearts of others and building strong ties that believe as you. So before the profit must come the people. You must validate your idea with those around you. Collecting emails, sending tweets, talking on the phone, and exploring the minds of those you see as potential follower of your brand. I would suggest reaching out to 20-50 a day until you get some traction rolling around your idea. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, its almost like trying to start a fire in the rain. Very few can get that idea to spark and it seems as if the world is waiting to put your fire out. So my friend, protect that dream. Don’t run from pain, let it be what drives you another day. I hope you make the first step and chase your dream! Good luck
In my opinion Secrets of Online Business Success grow fast.
While it's rare that an online business becomes an overnight success, it's just as rare for it to take more than a couple of years. This is particularly true in very competitive niches. If you're a year or two in and haven't grown at all, it's probably time to reevaluate your business model.
1. Find your USP
2. Understand your competitors
3. Focus on customer-friendly design
4. Make customer service your number one goal
5. Make Google Analytics your new best friend
6. Check your website is SEO friendly
7. Content is king
8. Get customer feedback
9. Utilize social media
10. Review, make changes, review again
It seems that there are several elements that I’ve been working on that have contributed to my business success.
The technical aspect: Learning as much as possible thru reading, podcast and asking thoughtful questions.
The next is the sales and empathy aspect: Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Asking questions like these. What would I feel if this happened to me? Would I pay x for this service or product with my own money?
The team element: Working as a cohesive team. Having no hidden agendas and finding people you respect as long term team members. And when you achieve a success sharing and celebrating that success as a team.
The discernment element: Understanding people and their interactions, trying to understanding what motivates their behavior and motivation. From that build relationships, being fair and respectful when you have the upper hand.
The learning curve: Making mistakes and learning from them. Learning to analyze these situations. I’ve made mistakes in all the above and thankfully I’m learning from these situations.