How To Become An Online Entrepreneur
One of the most common questions I get asked is “how to become an online entrepreneur”? Followed by “Which opportunities should I jump on?”
So I decided to finally write a post to answer these questions!
The affiliate marketing industry is blowing up (in a good way!) and there is so much opportunity out there for you to build an amazing business that enhance your ability to build your own empire online, thereby reaching your personal and financial goals.
If you know how to advertise yourself as a professional in the industry you can earn good money!
But before you get all excited about building your own online business just by using your phone, tablet, or computer and get more leads, customers and sales as a result, first you need to understand the challenges of becoming an online entrepreneur.
If you are interested having your own business by using only your phone as a tool, then this post is for you!
It walks you through all the steps to improve your chances in the marketplace. Just by following some easy steps.
Why did I write this post?
I love to show you how easy it is to start your own online business without robbing the bank. All you have to do is to sign up to a quality program and follow easy step by step training consistently.
I love helping people to start their own businesses and get sales.
I have good friends who have successful online businesses online.
It is from all of them had all my “a-ha” moments, and I wrote this post because one of the most common questions people ask me is “How do I make money online”?
So, this post explains the benefits and struggles of becoming an online entrepreneur.
Why do you want to become a business owner?
The first thing you need to consider is WHY you want your own online business. Your answer to this impacts everything else we talk about in this post.
Here are some reasons why you might become your own boss:
- You want to help people while making more money.
- You want to blog or networking part-time as a hobby because you’re passionate about others and build a business where you are the boss.
- You want to fine tune your skills to your already existing business or career.
WHY you want to become an entrepreneur, because it provides you the motivation and drive you need to make money online (more on that below).
It’s OK if you don’t know yet exactly why you want to work from home, or where you want to go with it.
Just keep it in mind as you get started with your online journey, since you might make different decisions about the type of training you need.
Do you need a training program?
It’s important to understand how affiliate marketing works as an industry.
Currently, online entrepreneurship is not a regulated industry.
This means that ANYONE can just go out there and call themselves an entrepreneur. This is both a blessing and a curse.
On the one hand, it means that you don’t have to go through endless of years studying, using thousands of dollars at school, in order to become an entrepreneur.
On the other hand, it means that you get a lot of people out there slapping the label “Online Entrepreneur ” on themselves and doing a very, very poor job of actually helping anyone.
There are many online courses out there teaching you how to make money online. No requirement for joining, no exams needed. Study in your own pace.
What does this mean for you?
If online entrepreneurship is not regulated, and anyone can call themselves an entrepreneur, and online entrepreneur training are all over the map, then why get trained?
Well, for starters, you need to have some idea of WTF you are doing when you jump on board an opportunity when you get questions if it’s a scam and people don’t trust you.
Online marketing is NOT the same as just giving advice to your friends (it’s nice that you can do that, but that is not marketing.
There is a specific skill set that you learn from quality programs that helps you uncover the deep levels of pain and problems people are facing and helps you use your skills to shift it.
When you’re networking with someone, some deep shit can come up, and you need to understand the root of their pain and problems (and not let your own shit get in the way). This is what quality the training teach you.
So the short answer is YES, if you want to know WTF you are doing and you want to actually learn HOW to get results, you should definitely join the opportunities around this website.
However, — do you NEED the products to start your own online business? No.
So, should you get trained then?
My vote is YES. You should get trained so that you understand HOW to market your business, your products and your services.
I believe having solid marketing skills will increase your traffic and sales ability by ten folds!
And some affiliate marketing programs will impact your ability to get more traffic to your website, your ability to advertise yourself to others, and thus your ability multiply your income (hurrah!)
I am SO glad I did the training. I believe online entrepreneur courses can help ANYONE who offers services as a business.
It helps you learn to market your business in the simplest way possible, how to build and start up a business from scratch, how to offer the best value to your target audience, and where to find buyers.
Even if you end up doing something else, your online courses will pay off!
I have done several courses and worked with many service providers over my time in business, and hands down, the ones who started at Wealthy Affiliate and followed the training were SO much better to work with and had such better results!
How to choose a training platform
There are SO MANY affiliate marketing programs out there… some really, really good ones, and some super shitty ones.
Each affiliate marketing training program works a little differently:
Some are more expensive, some are accelerated to only an 6-week duration, some have great support and training and some are flat out scams.
And programs don’t vary just by length of time or quality. Their commission structures also varies from opportunity to opportunity.
How do you choose??
Here is what I recommend:
Head over to the website of the training program you are interested in.
Sign up for their email list. Read their blog posts. Listen to them on podcasts. Listen to them. Talk with someone who has experience with the program. Hire one of their coaches. Look for the people who are running the programs and see if their coaches YOU in your own life.
If how they communicate their information resonates with you and helps you with your own life, then you will probably like learning from them and the training will be a good fit for you.
Remember — go check them out first! Read their blogs, LISTEN to their training style, listen to podcasts and interviews and see if the approach they take helps you in YOUR life.
Better yet — hire one of their coaches (if you want to be a business owner you should definitely have your own membership or at least try out Wealthy Affiliate to see what it’s all about, if you haven’t already)
Choose the opportunity that resonates with you, not the one who has the fanciest credentials.
Should you look for an opportunity that teaches affiliate marketing ?
In short — no.
Why? Because MOST opportunities that teach affiliate marketing don’t do a great job. Their focus is on making you an amazing affiliate marketer (so that’s the thing you want them to do really well).
But the self promotion traffic generation and SEO side is a whole other ballgame and is often covered loosely by most opportunities but not in-depth.
Remember how we talked about WHY you want to be your own boss? Well, if you decide you want to do affiliate marketing your main income generator, then you should expect to pay for additional business training to learn how to run a business, besides Wealthy Affiliate.
The whole reason my business exists here at Wealthy Affiliate is to teach online entrepreneur s how to run a BUSINESS.
I do this through my offers, around this website which teaches using your phone and connect with your clients in an efficient way.
(If you’re reading this as someone who is already in business or completed other training platforms, come on over to Wealthy Affiliate and let’s help you get some clients!)
What happens after your training?
This is where your WHY for becoming an online entrepreneur becomes mega important.
If you wanted to start a business because you love it and want to do it as a way to achieve your financial goals without sacrificing time for your loved ones, then you should be ready to get out there and start the training at Wealthy Affiliate!
You don’t have to worry too much about promotion, hour’s of training, expensive marketing strategies.
However, if you went into online business to make it a full-time career, you will have a lot of work ahead of you after you finish your training!
It’s a good idea to get serious about learning the business side of affiliate marketing right away.
Wealthy Affiliate was designed to help new affiliate marketers, bloggers and business owners of all levels.
Just because you are a good marketer , doesn’t mean you will easily be able to get clients or making sales.
There is a lot that goes into it. You can read more about what it takes in a post I wrote here.
One of the biggest things I can encourage you to do when you are first starting is to specialize and start your journey. The more practice you can get with the people/niche you want to work with, the faster your business will grow.
This practice will teach you to use your phone and having your own online business.
Don’t be afraid to “beta test” and take on new tasks and learn new skills.
Get confident and be able to close more sales. I am all about working for cheap when you start to take the pressure off and to help you get practice.
Once you have worked with a few clients and non-for-profit agencies, you can start charging.
Do I have to wait til I finish training to start my business?
No! In fact, there are many people who are BUSY getting clients while they are learning and end up ahead of those in online opportunities.
Ready to start building your business and work from home?
Click Here to get my insights on how to gain consistently high paying commissions to secure the future of your online career.
I am so excited for you to begin your journey, and hope to see you when you circle back around and join one of my services to learn about the BUSINESS side of being an online entrepreneur!
What Did You Choose?
Let me know about your road to your current business. What are the pros and cons of your choice? Leave a comment below.