There are no rules when it comes to starting an online business.
There is no “system.”
You can be 100% passionate about your topic, or you can just be interested in it.
It doesn’t matter.
There is no right way.
What matters is that you move forward, because it’s through action that you will figure out what works for you.
Experiment. Learn. Tweak.
Here are seven things nobody tells you about getting paid to do what you love.
1. It’s harder than you think
Actually building a business around something you enjoy takes blood, sweat and tears.
Reaching the point where you get paid to do what you love takes work.
But at the same time it’s glorious work. It’s not easy, but oh so rewarding it is.
You have to be stubborn and keep moving forward no matter what. I’ve had times when I’ve wanted to give up. But I keep going, because I can’t not do what I do.
There are no options.
I love this stuff.
2. You’ll want to give up
There will be times when everything you do seems to be useless.
You don’t make any progress at all. You want to give up.
But what most people don’t realize is that progress isn’t a linear curve going up and up and up. Most of your time will be spent on a plateau.
During those times, you keep showing up and putting in the work, because it’s going to take time (in most cases).
3. It’s going to take time
Patience is not my forte.
When I started, I thought I’d build an empire in a few months.
Looking back, that didn’t happen.
It took me about three years and a lot of wasted cash to finally discover what worked, and what didn’t.
However, I didn’t have access to all the information you do today.
I was also stubborn enough to try and do things on my own. I didn’t want to work with a mentor, but when I finally did, things took off.
4. Inner demons await
The internal journey is the biggest hurdle for most people.
It’s not that it’s hard to figure out what works. It’s that we’re held back by our fears, worries and other inner demons.
You’ll feel like you aren’t good enough. Not talented enough. Not smart enough. Not fast enough. You’ll feel like a fraud.
All of those things will bubble up.
And they’ll be the strongest when you’re close to success.
The way through is to focus on taking one step at a time. Don’t back down. Keep moving.
5. You have to find the intersection
Passion alone doesn’t pay the bills.
You have to find the intersection between what people are willing to pay for and what you want to do.
You have to deliver value.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, you can learn it in the Lifestyle Liberation Academy.
If what you want to do isn’t profitable, you have to be flexible. Find something that is.
Whatever you choose is not permanent. Life is fluid and always in motion. Pick something and start, because if you don’t, nothing happens.
6. You have to SELL
A business has to sell.
Without selling there is no business.
Selling can be done in an ethical and elegant way.
You’re not forcing people to do anything. You’re helping them improve their lives and take action. That’s what selling is about.
It’s about expanding people’s world-view, so they can reach their goals.
If you want to get paid to do what you love, you have to sell.
It’s not hard. It can easily be done in an honest way.
7. You don’t have to wait
Like Steven Pressfield says in his book, Do the Work, “You have to start before you’re ready.”
You will NEVER feel truly ready. There will always be plausible excuses.
Stop waiting and start doing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the resources to do what you think you want to do.
Just do something.
Use what you have and take the first step.
If you want to write, then write. If you want to build an online business, don’t wait for perfection, just start a blog, create a product, fail, and learn.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that you can get paid to do what you love.
You can start an online business around a topic you enjoy.
But it’s not going to be easy. You have to be willing to start before you’re ready.
You could sit on the sidelines and come up with excuses, and look at everyone else doing what they love.
But do you really want to?
I don’t think so.
Think about what you can do today to move closer to your goals, and do it.