Starting a business is an exciting venture but it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the myriad tasks needed for your initial launch.
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Copyright 2006 Christopher Robinson
Starting a business is an exciting venture but it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the myriad tasks needed for your initial launch. When you start your online business it is very important to have a plan. This will help you organize and focus on all the different things you will need to do.
Your business concept: This should be something you really enjoy doing. When you enjoy your business you will succeed and be able to put the work into it to make your business successful. Make a list of several topics that you are interested in and then check supply and demand. You should have a business concept that is high in demand and low in supply. You will check for demand on http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion just put in your keyword for your concept and it will tell you how many searches have been done for it in the previous month. Check for supply on http://google.com this will tell you how many websites are already into this particular business concept. When you have selected one with more searches (demand) and less supply (websites) you will have a niche or specialized market and can make this your business idea or concept
Define your market:
* Decide who needs and wants your type of products and services * Where do they go-publications, websites, discussion boards etc. for planning your marketing * What are they interested in-products and services
Choose your products: these will be in demand products and services for your chosen market. They can be affiliate programs or your own products and services
Set your goals. Write down your business goals:
? Where will your business be in 3 months? What will you need to do to achieve this?
? Your goals for your business in 6 months-what you need to do to get to this level
? Finally your projections for 1 year- how will you achieve this
Prioritize: Decide what you will need to do first and set your goals accordingly. Organize your time, make a daily schedule and weekly schedule.
How much time you can spare for your business: Decide on the amount of time you will be able to spend on your business. Realistically this should be about at least 3 hours per day.
Be prepared to discipline yourself: A business is hard work there is no such thing as getting rich quick with no work. It usually takes about 3 months to make any profit at all. You will need to be prepared to work hard and face ups and downs. However with persistence you will succeed.
Learning is power: educate yourself and become an expert in your field. Your 1st few months in business should be spent on learning as much as you can about your industry. After this you will find that even if you have surmounted the learning curve business is a continuous learning experience.
Conclusion: Your mindset: when you decide to start a business you need to think ahead and have an attitude for success. Business is a serious thing and to be successful you will need to prepare yourself to succeed. Think success and be persistent. There will be some tough times ahead but if you are really determined you will succeed. Many businesses fail because people give up before they have given themselves a chance to make it.