Building any kind of business takes time, money, energy and focus. Obviously some businesses take more or less of each ingredient. Internet businesses are no different than a traditional brick and mortar business, except for the fact that they can cost substantially less to get started. That's why they are so attractive to a lot of people.
For some reason however, the internet is fill with get rich quick schemes and scams and all though many are not schemes or scams, they just don't work. With that said, there is a whole segment of internet entrepreneurs that want to make as much money as they can as fast as they can.
As if you haven't noticed, the get rich quick mentality is rampant on the net, and it's getting worse everyday. There is a vicious cycle that just seems to perpetuate itself and I'm not sure which came first, the hucksters or the prospectors. In other words, the people selling get rich quick or the people searching for it. It seems as though there are opportunity seekers out there who are asking to be scammed.
What has perpetuated this kind of thinking is a lack of vision in the internet businessperson. It doesn't matter what kind of business you are involved in, you have to take the time to do the necessary work to make your business successful. Sure, lots of people are able to make decent sums of money rather quickly on the net, but these kinds of businesses won't last. In a few months, many of the people that are getting rich quick today, will be on to something else because they were only able to make money for a limited amount of time with their latest deal.
Wouldn't you rather have a business that you can build on, that you can make grow and that will last for a long time and produce income for years for you and your family instead of having to rebuild your income every year? This is the most important point I am going to make in this article - You absolutely must take the time to build your business correctly on the net or you will never make a substantial amount of money for the log run.
The opportunities on the net are limitless and more and more people are shopping online every year however, you can't just throw up a few pages of meaningless content and expect to get ranked at the search engines and start making gobs of money, even though there is lots to be made.
Anyone with a brick and mortar business will tell you that they usually don't make any money for the first 2 to 5 years in their business. So how does this timetable translate for an internet business?
Some people think they are going to put up a web site or blog and start making money in a month or a few weeks. I'm sorry to tell you, that just isn't going to happen. Depending on the kind of business you are focusing on expect to put in 6 months to 1 year of seriously hard work before you see any substantial results in your web venture.
Also, you need to become a student of your business and internet marketing in general to make sure your business succeeds. When I was working as a graphic artist, I spent a few thousand dollars a year going to seminars in the graphics industry, I subscribed to magazines and I was always hanging out in the local book store reading the latest books about photography, PhotoShop or graphic arts in general. This was all at my own personal expense because I wanted to be the best graphic artist I could be. You need to treat your net business the same.
There are people who want to be in business for themselves on the net but somewhere they get the idea that all the information they need to get started should be free. They are afraid to spend a dime to learn the correct way to build a web business or they want someone to do all the work for them by giving them unlimited free advice.
You will have a profitable net business only if you invest in it with your time, money for the necessary tools, work and education. There are thousands of get rich quick deals out there clogging up search engines waiting to take people's money. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor, don't add another one to the mix. Start a real business on the net, instead of just trying to get rich quick.
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Alan Watts - Money