Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago – By Jim Kukral

by FeedFront Staff on July 13, 2009

I wish someone would have told me all this stuff when I first started in the Web business world over 10-years ago. Knowing these insights would have saved me thousands and thousands of dollars and years of wasted work, tears and stress.

These five tips are for you; the Web business builder just starting out who wants to make a few (or more) bucks; or the experienced Web guru who has built a strong reputation online yet doesn’t know how to make money with it.

1 – Lose the Ego
Is your ego getting in the way of you making money online? It probably is. Ask yourself these questions.
1. Is the thought of producing a one-page sales letter enough to make you throw up?

2. Do you believe that in order to be respected you cannot sell?
You may imagine yourself as someone who’s “above” being a marketer. The truth is that while you may think being self-promotional is spammy and annoying, many people who trust you already are VERY interested in what you have to say and what kind of things you have to offer.

2 – Don’t Skimp on the Basics

When you’re starting out, it’s easy to go cheap on the basics. But if you’re serious about wanting to make money online, the sooner you invest a little bit of money into your efforts, the better.
I’m talking about things like Web hosting, Web design, domain names and third-party solutions like Aweber for email or Membergate for membership sites. These are the types of mission-critical items that every Web business person must have a solid solution for.

3 – Don’t Wait to Try & Get Out of the Cubicle
My favorite quote from a famous person is this one from Wayne Gretzky. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Here’s what I know now. Of the shots I did take, not all of them panned out. In fact, more have failed than not, but the rest of them scored small to BIG for me, allowing me to be in a position today of owning my own Web business and working for myself.

Take your shot, or stay in the cubicle.

4 – The Time to Work Hard is Now… or for the Rest of Your Life
There are riches to be made being a successful Web entrepreneur. But you have to want it and you have to give up some of the luxuries in your life for the moment. Sure, it’s a hard fact to face, but the reality is that every single successful person you know got where they are from sacrifices and hard work, not from video games and lots of TV.

5 – Solving People’s Problems = Making Money
If you solve people’s problems, you can make money. Look around at the successful businesses around you. Each one solves a specific problem for a targeted niche. If you can focus only on that, you will win.

You can find out more about Jim Kukral by visiting TheWebCoach.biz.

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Cavan July 14, 2009 at 3:08 am

Great post and a nice reminder.

Tara Lynne July 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Thank you Jim, it's encouraging to read YOU say the time is now to get out of the cubicle. I am in this exact position right now, although scary it is very exciting! Of course it doesn't hurt that my job got sent to China "with or without me," I try to see this as a blessing in disguise! I'm currently enjoying your on line strategies class with U of San Fran. and I intend on soaking up every piece of knowledge/advice you have to offer! It is true what they say…There is NO time like the present!

Jim Kukral July 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Cavan

Jim Kukral July 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Now IS the time. Never been a better time to start a business and make it work. Sorry to hear about your job and I'm glad you're enjoying the USF class.

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