starting an internet business - Learning from the Best - Good Advice for Your E-Biz
by Chris Malta
Get Guidance Before You Begin
If you're an aspiring Internet entrepreneur, you need to seek out the advice of those who have already succeeded in E-Biz. Experience may be the best teacher, but learning from other people's experience can spare you a lot of problems.
You may not know any wildly successful 'Netrepreneurs well enough to ask them to mentor you, but that doesn't mean you can't get their guidance. Many experienced entrepreneurs have put out training resources that share the knowledge they've gained and the sound practices they've developed through trial-and-error. Explains education specialist Les Cowie, of VisualLearningSystems.com, "It's so important to take the time to understand what you need to do before you do it. There's a lot of educational material out there that people don't take advantage of."
Don't wait until you make a mistake or run into trouble to educate yourself. Whether it's getting licensed, legally structuring your business, or choosing a search-engine friendly URL, doing things right the first time can save you time and money, and even keep you out of legal hot water. You can give your business a solid foundation by investing in training classes (such as eBay University e-courses or Visual Learning Systems' interactive, Internet-based classes), CDs, books, videos, or seminars.
Know Your Sources
Unfortunately, you may not know where to go to find the advice you seek — the search engines are full of self-proclaimed "E-Biz experts." Before you simply hand over your money and take their advice, make sure that they're reputable:
- Listen to what they're telling you.
- Look at the results.
- Listen to what others are telling you.
If someone tells you their system can make you rich overnight, or with little to no work on your part, run — far and fast. Starting an E-Biz is not simple or easy — it takes time and a dedicated effort on your part.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling you a dream they can't deliver.
What kind of success have they achieved with their own advice? You want to listen to people who are already accomplished in the areas in which they're advising you.
Check with the Better Business Bureau for a complaint history (BBB.org), and search the Internet to find what other people are saying about them. If the majority of their customers have had positive experiences with them, you'll feel comfortable knowing they're legitimate. If not, you won't waste your resources.