Monday, June 4, 2012

Are you considering a career change, perhaps as an Internet Entrepreneur? If so, you are in good company, as many have ventured in before you to enjoy great success already. But don’t worry; there is plenty of room for you to join the exciting world of the self-taught Internet entrepreneur.
There are several possible opportunities, such as virtual assistant, server administration, blogger, website development, and my favorite…freelance writing. You can even take it a step further and develop a company that contracts with others and manages them as they service other companies.
No matter which niche you choose, read on to learn what you can do to improve your chances of success.



1. Consider Your Niche Carefully

Perhaps one of the first things you should do is to carefully choose your niche. This will be what you want to specialize in, or already do and just want to go on your own now. The key to being successful as an Internet Entrepreneur is to choose an area that you have a strong interest in, not just knowledge.
What I mean by that is that you should have a real interest so that you want to continually research and learn more about it. If you don’t, your business will most likely stall. The reason is that change is constant, especially when it comes to anything related to the Internet…which your business will be.


2. Set Goals for Yourself

Now that you are going to be on your own without management pushing your back, you need to push your own. The easiest way to do that is to set goals, both long term and short term. Once you have goals set, keep track of them, gauging where you are, and where you need to be in order to reach your targeted objective.
To keep track of your milestones along the way to the end goal, set reminders such as email alerts to take another look at your progress. It’s a good way to know where you are on the path, but also what you need to do in adjusting your strategy. It’s not uncommon at all to alter the course in order to reach your end goal. You might have something come up that will distract you in another area for a day or two, so simply adjust your path accordingly.
The main key here is to set the goal with small milestones along the way, and check often to see how you are doing…then adapt to unexpected changes. And, do it all over again when you succeed in meeting your goal.


3. Keep Up with Changing Technology

Technology is like weather in Michigan. Blink, and it will change by the time you open your eyes. Therefore, you will need to find a way to keep up with all the changes, so your business doesn’t suffer. And, if you don’t want to hire someone to handle it, keeping up with it can be tricky.
The good news is that there are online courses available so you can learn about all the changes, and what is available for you to enhance your business. For instance, keeping up with all the needs for your server can be done with courses such as VMware vSphere training.
Just about anything you want to learn, especially regarding technology, can be found on the Internet.


4. Organize, Organize, Organize

Keeping a well-organized work space will allow for a more productive mind. This includes the physical surroundings of the desk and cabinets, as well as your time. Planning out your day before you even start it can help you produce more in the end.
I like the quote I read recently by author Annie Dillard: “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.”
I like to place the most difficult, or dreaded task as my number one item to tackle in the morning. If I don’t, then I have that hanging over my head all day like a dark rain cloud. I prefer to get out of the rain and into the ‘sunshine’ as quickly as possible. The end result is typically a more productive day.


5. Create and Maintain a Quality Website

Having an Internet business you will obviously need to have a website. Since this will be a large part of the business, you should invest in a high quality site and take the time to develop top-notch content.
There are great ways to create a professional site through programs such as Wordpress, without costing a fortune. Investigate your options and think it out thoroughly before diving in. It’s the platform to showcase your company and will need special attention, starting with the name.
Choose the domain name carefully, because it will be on most everything. It should be short and to the point, as well as relevant to your business.
You will also want to do the following on a regular basis:

- Update and refresh content
- Use relevant photos
- Communicate with visitors


Just keep in mind, if you are uncomfortable doing some of this work, you can always contract some of it out.


6. Know what is Happening in Your Industry

Make sure you know what is going on within your field. Changes can…and will happen in most anything related to the Internet. If you are on top of the changes, you can keep up and will be fine. However, if you are not, you will most likely be surpassed by your competitors.
The easiest way to do that is to research often, and communicate with your customers to know what they are looking for.

In Summary

I shared some tips that hopefully will help you in starting, or maintaining a successful Internet business. You can always look further into each of the categories above by researching and asking questions of those who have experience.




About the Author:
Kathy Barber is a freelance writer, who decided 2 years ago to take her passion for writing and turn it into a full time career. She is currently working on a series of articles that was inspired during her research of a Cisco CCNA course on www.ecourseclassroom.com. Living in Michigan with her family, she enjoys boating, traveling, researching, cooking, and mystery.

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