When you buy a new dress or shirt you benefit. You wanted it, you paid for it and now you wear it. By the same token, if you need to learn something, there are some resources that you can use for free and you can actually learn quite a bit. Other times you will need to pay a few dollars to get access to something you want or need to learn that is more complex or complete.
If what you want is to start your own business, then you should be able to accept that there may be some expenses. One way to learn a lot faster is ‘hands=on’, versus theory that you learn from books or other educational material. Hands-on is where you learn by doing. You would likely have some kind of instructions at least to direct you step-by-step and you would actually see the results unfold in a relatively short period of time.
To be honest, you can read book after book and not know how to actually do anything at the end of the day. However maybe a combination of hands-on and theory is a good idea so that you will have a complete understanding. People do learn in different ways – some by hearing and seeing, some by doing, and some by reading and studying.
When it comes to an online business there is a wealth of information available to you freely through the search engines where you can find out quite a bit theoretically. In fact there are even free courses you can take online if you want to seriously pursue something. With that said, the best idea is to learn by doing ‘hands-on’ in real time and if you can possibly earn money at the same time, even better.
The point here however is not to be afraid to invest a few dollars to learn something. You don’t have to look at it like you are giving somebody money for something of value they are giving you if you don’t want to. You can look at it as investing in your future.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to earn while you learn is to join an affiliate program that provides some level of training or instruction. The truth is you can apply the same principles they will show you to any similar online business. So no commitment, just get in there and get ‘your feet wet’. See if you can relate to it at all. See if you like it, see if you think you can do it.
This can cost you a very small amount such as $10 or $20 a month to have a membership in an online program. There usually aren’t (and should never be) any contracts that require you to stay in any amount of time beyond month-to-month. It is really a small investment with very low risk to get a quick look at the business model. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. You wouldn’t hesitate to spend that much on a movie or lunch – and what does that buy you?
Right off the bat we should examine our feelings and perceptions about ‘w-o-r-k’ itself. It is important that we understand the attitude of the two kinds of workers. One sees work as only a means to an end = money. Others see it as something they enjoy doing while they get to the object = money. Obviously it is not necessary to enjoy working to make money, but it sure does help to feel happy and gratified with the work we do and consequently we may be motivated to ‘go the extra mile’. It is that mile that sometimes makes the difference between success and failure.
If we close our mind then we never grow – in the negative scenario, we have decided we are bored with and do not particularly like working. However we enjoy eating and having shelter, so we do whatever we have to do – we go through the motions. This really sounds like drudgery and like a hamster caught in a wheel (a rut). It is no wonder with this attitude that we do only as much as is required. We do not feel particularly good about ourselves and maybe figure if we had more on the ball (upstairs) we wouldn’t have to demean ourselves doing something we don’t like.
Conversely if we try to enjoy our work, we are more than willing to explore new possibilities to make things more efficient and to deliver a better product, whatever it is. If we keep an open-mind and really if we don’t like what we are doing, then maybe we can at least learn to respect it; as the truth is it is what is supporting our survival. It’s critical. There are many things we can do to motivate ourselves when we need a little push. It can be something directly related to your work like doing a little research on the industry and keeping up with the state of the art. Even something mundane like statistics can give us a little buzz. There is life beyond the cubicle!
What if you challenge yourself to do more than usual and/or in a faster time? What if you actually stop to analyze your steps in a process to see where you can make some time by omitting a step? When it comes to working for yourself online at home you may do some research and discover that contrary to your previous belief, there are services which are affordable that can help you to do something or even completely do it for you. No problem, learn to delegate anytime you can afford to do it.
There is a pervasive situation online with people starting up home businesses and then scrapping the whole idea in under 3-months. The reasons vary but are almost always one of these: They can’t afford it, they don’t have time, and/or they don’t understand what to do. In every one of these excuses there are ways they could make it work if they were really motivated to succeed – in more ways than just the desire to have more money. If they could see success as doing something they love, striving to do it really well, and as a result being rewarded with money, then they are really thriving!
Probably the most valuable resource we can have in this life is an open-mind. It is not even to say we have to be positive or believe in the Easter Bunny. However an open-mind is just unencumbered and liberated, and therefore anything is possible (within reason) – although probably not the Easter Bunny – sorry.
A good analogy of an open-mind is an open door – you can get through it and you can move forward – you can make progress by learning and taking action with what you learn. However if the door is closed we can’t get beyond it and may never know what is on the other side. Many people, when it comes to trying to start a business making money online seem to be divided. They must believe it is possible or they wouldn’t even try. Yet they shoot themselves in the foot if things don’t go like they planned.
By this it is meant that what they planned is likely not logical, such as that they will become instantly wealthy without any effort. Just as bad is making a little effort but quickly becoming disenchanted when they find that doing it half-way will not work. So they become skeptical and discouraged and they lose any little spot of motivation they may have had. The problem is that they had preconceived notions and no matter what they are just going to stick to those, becoming more and more cynical because reality just isn’t like whatever they imagined.
There just is no way to make money without a substantial investment of your effort to learn the right way to do things and then to actually do them – not once or twice or for 2-weeks but over time – the way a real business is developed. Things are so much faster, less expensive and far-reaching online but that doesn’t connote instantaneous results. So there is a difference between ‘magical thinking’ and keeping an open-mind.
People are and have been making money online for decades now. They are not necessarily people who had money or higher education. But they had to have an open-mind and a spirit that is hungry to learn all they can. While it is true some of the things that are said make it sound easier and faster than it really is, you need to be logical. Read between the lines. Online business is fast and easy when compared to starting a brick and mortar (offline) business. It is fast and easy to get started in a business online vs. for example renting an office space or store, paying all the expenses for a lease and insurance, inventory, taxes and etc.
Let’s put it this way – you too can make money online if you put your mind to it and you keep learning and progressing over time. There is admittedly an art to remaining open to an idea when you don’t see any tangible results. However if you just remind yourself to be open-minded yet logical, you will use the energy you may be using to feel discouraged, to build your business!