How to Start an Online Business Without Having Anyone in Your Life Doing The Same

How to Start an Online Business Without Having Anyone in Your Life Doing The Same

Now that’s something I know for sure many of you are going through.

It’s when you’re in a limiting environment surrounded by people doing the same old things, but complaining about not having results.

If you’re about to graduate, probably most of your friends are either looking for a job, or not just have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their life, but aren’t interested in finding out.

Or maybe everyone in your surroundings is already living comfortably enough, and thinks the whole online business thing is for those with capital, connections, or just the crazy ones ready to sleep in front of the screen.

Add to that your relatives who want you to be well-off and so they expect you to follow the conventional path and have a good job, without ever noticing how unhappy that makes you.

Well, let me tell you something about the people who’ve already started home based businesses, or are working remotely and living at a place far away from what they used to call home.

They were different in many things.

Not being average is a role no one around you would understand.

It means always seeing how ridiculous daily life is, how useless jobs are, and knowing there’s more to all this.

Always wanting to have a taste of freedom and independence.

Being interested in the so-called lifestyle designers, passionately reading about the people who self-published a book successfully and quit their jobs, or the world travelers who aren’t thinking of going back to corporate America because they are loving life working from their laptop, selling their services, creating information products, running websites, or doing all kinds of marketing tricks.

If you have these, they are sings of being different. And different individuals have many missions in life.

To leave a legacy, to find what they love doing, to inspire others with their brave lifestyle, to make a statement, and to have an online business.

You don’t need a single person in your life to support you in this.

In fact, if they aren’t as determined, creative and ready to hustle as you, you’re better off without any opinion from another person.

Because it might have a negative effect on you.

Imagine you had a friend who wanted to do something big online, but was lazy, not putting in the time and energy daily, not even doing a proper research and learning the ins and outs of having a website, creating a product, promoting it, building a brand, using social media, engaging readers, etc.

Then, you’d be doing all the work. He’d be asking questions all the time and want to be involved in whatever it is that you started.

He wouldn’t be a lifelong learner by heart, like you. Wouldn’t be okay with failing, and won’t take risks either. But that’s not how businesses are created.

Becoming a digital entrepreneur is a journey you start yourself.

On the way, you’ll get help from mentors, you’ll start networking, will read and listen to the life lessons of those who’ve already done all that, and will take their steps without making their mistakes.

That’s enough support I think.

So never feel discouraged that you don’t have a single person in your life who wants to have a business online and live the independent lifestyle.

That’s okay.

Maybe it’s better not to talk about that too much, but to work on it for some time daily. This way your mind won’t be distracted by wondering what others think about it, or fearing their criticism.

It’s better when others aren’t involved.

At least not in the beginning.

So whatever online business ideas you have in mind, go work on them right now :)

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

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