To get started online you have to know what you want, what you’re good at or want to get good at, what you can afford, and how hard you’re willing to work.
I could give you another step-by-step article, but instead I want to go deep and address the core of why you want to do what you want to do, because this plays a huge role in your success.
If you jump in without focus and a thirst for money, you’ll get overwhelmed, jump at every shiny opportunity, and end up frustrated.
I know because I’ve been down that road.
What Do You Want?
What do YOU really want to do?
Get rid of all the shoulds, coulds, and dollar signs. If you don’t follow your passion, you won’t get very far. Sure, you can succeed, but will you be fulfilled?
I love writing. I’m interested in building websites, and I enjoy the financial aspect of life. When it all clicked, it was a no-brainer for me to blend them all together and start this blog.
If you don’t like writing, there are always other things you can do, such as audio, or video. If you haven’t tried anything yet, then just get started with something.
You could always make the excuse that you don’t know what you want, or that you don’t know how, but the information is out there if you’re willing to look for it.
It’s up to you to grab life by the balls and get started.
What Are Your Skills?
Are you good at anything that you love doing?
If not, then pick something you want to learn, and become awesome at it.
Back in 2009, I remember having read Steve Pavlina’s blog for several years. I didn’t think anyone wanted to read my stuff because they could go to Steve.
But later that year, I got sick of thinking like that and just jumped in.
I didn’t care if I didn’t feel 100% confident.
One year later, I’m receiving e-mails from people on a regular basis thanking me for the content I put out (thank you!). As long as you’re doing something you resonate with and learn as you go, you will succeed. It might not happen right away, but that’s what determination is for, right?
Besides, who cares if no one listens to you?
Why are you letting yourself stand in the way of doing what you love?
Get mad. Get angry. Get furious.
Why aren’t you doing what you love? Who or what is really stopping you?
You don’t need permission to do what you love, not even from yourself.
What Are Your Priorities?
Times are tough, and you can’t spend cash the way you used to.
But the good news is that you don’t have to spend thousands to get started online. Hosting and a domain over at Hostgator is under $10/month.
And if you’re like me, you’ll want step-by-step instruction by joining a training program like Become A Blogger that will help you get started quicker. Of course, all the information you need is online, but you know how overwhelming that can be.
So around $50/month will get you started and going for the first six months. After that if you’ve worked hard, you’ll be making more a lot more than you’re spending, which is when the fun starts.
Not having money is not an excuse unless you’re living on the street. There are always ways of coming up with money if you really want to.
If you’re tight on cash, it simply means you have to be more selective about what you spend your money on.
How Hard Are You Willing To Work?
This will probably take longer than you expect, but in the end, it all comes down to how hard you’re willing to work.
If you don’t think you have a lot of time and energy to put into this, then it might be best to not do it at all.
But sooner or later you have to ask yourself what you really want to do, and you have to prioritize what’s really important in your life, even if it is hard work, and even if you might fail.
I love what I do, so I don’t see it as work.
A Ridiculously Simple 5-Step Plan to Get Started Right Now
I’m going to take myself as an example here: let’s say I didn’t know anything about blogging, but I wanted to get started.
Here’s what I would do if I didn’t want to jump on a training program:
1. Find someone who’s doing what I want to do
2. Ask them where I can learn how to do it, or what my first step is
3. Take immediate action
4. Return to the same person and ask again, or find another person
5. Rinse and repeat
It really doesn’t have to get more complicated than that. The only reason you’d complicate it is to have an excuse not to get started.
If you came to me, asked me how to get started, and I gave you one tip, which you took immediate action on, I’d personally love to help you, because most of the people I hear from want advice, but never take action.