Before you get started in your Quest to Make Money Online – Set Some Goals!
When you are getting started, I really suggest getting organized, set aside some work space and start working on your goals and to-do list. This sounds pretty simple, but a lot of people skip this whole step because they just want to get started. That is a bad plan. That is no plan at all.
Set goals to succeed
Being an entrepreneur it is sometimes difficult to focus and things just never get done. We are easily distracted and people and shiny-objects are always competing to take our attention away at the task on hand.
When I start on a new project, I usually start with some main goals with dates for when I want to get the goals completed. I then move on to creating a to-do list of tasks from the primary list of goals. But I break my to-do list into a series of very small tasks, some that only take a few minutes to complete. This is called chunking.
Chunking will help you complete your tasks.
For a quick example, lets imagine that I wanted to create a new blog on meteorite hunting. My primary goal would be to complete this task in 2 months. I am giving myself extra time because not only do I want the project to be 100% complete, but I also am going to do some outsourcing. I might set additional goals at this time to get a certain number of people signed up to my opt-in newsletter or maybe make some sales, but they would all take place after the first goal.
To complete the first task I could easily create a quick to do list:
- buy domain name
- build website
- get articles written
- create free product for newsletter opt-in
- add some affiliate links
I can use some mind-mapping software like MindMeister (You can get it for free at usemindmapping.com), or I can start clunking the tasks down in to much more detailed steps right from the beginning. This way I won’t get confused on what I need to do next.
So in the first task: buy domain name
- I would break this down in to the following steps:
- Keyword research for high traffic
- search for available domain names
- search expired domain names
- check pee-owned domain names
- register or buy domain name
When you have everything broken down, at least the initial tasks, GET STARTED!
The key to making money online is to GET STARTED!