Working on the Internet is not as easy
as some of the people who try to take your
money, and believe me, there are oodles and
oodles of them, would have you believe.
They sell you something, whether it be a
product driven business or information
giving. After youíve spent your money,
and need some help theyíre gone, vanished,
vamoosed. Whatís more, donít try to get
your money back. They took it all with them.
Iím not a technical person, so this
article isnít going to fill you with
techno-babble. Thank you, I have internet
friends standing by, ready to help me with
the technical. What this article will do is
point out some pitfalls I fell into, in the
hopes you can avoid some of the difficulties
that I have already had.
One of the very first things Iím going
to point out is there are some really great
people on the internet. You might never meet
any of them, but cultivate their friendship.
It will pay remarkable dividends down the path.
From my own experience, if you decide you
just have to have that or do this, ask one of
your internet friends. They will never knowingly
steer you down the wrong path, or at least not
the people who I have come in contact with.
For instance, I received an offer in the
mail the other day that came with material
I had ordered. The offer was a business for
which I would have had to pay a lot of money.
I didnít have any money, so it was obvious to
me I would have to borrow. By the way, thatís
never the right thing to do. If you donít have
it to lose, you shouldnít spend it. But thatís
a whole different subject. Just might do an
article on that someday.
What I did, before I made a decision, I
wrote to support at the company. It was only
a matter of minutes before support called me
on the phone. He agreed it was (and still is)
a great offer but no, I shouldnít borrow money
to get into it. I am going to do better.
Iím going to sell the opportunity on my new
website and make a percentage of the profit
for myself. That way I can have my cake,
and eat it too.
If you go into business on the Internet
I would welcome you, whether you go into
business with me or not. But I have to give
you fair warning. There is no decent job that
doesnít require work and time. As an example,
Iím sitting here writing this article, on the
chance of it being published, and my watch says
10:30 and before I shut my computer off, if
itís like a typical day, my watch will say
midnight and my cat will be looking at me
strangely, as if sheís asking if weíre ever
going to bed.
Iím not telling you these things to
scare you. They are just facts you should
be aware of. You can imagine it, but you
actually have to have knowledge work for you.
There is another important thing all
you married people should pay close attention
to. Donít ever neglect your family, because
your family can never be replaced. Money can,
but family canít. I put in all the hours I do
because Iím a widow, and my computer helps me
to maintain my sanity, but I donít recommend
it. I would much rather have a family.
You should have goals, and they should
be written down and put somewhere you can
read them daily. Years ago I sold jewelry
on the party plan. I wrote my goals on a
3 x 5 card and pinned it up over my desk.
My goals did not have much oomph to them
in those days. It was September and I
wrote on my card that by the end of
the year I wanted to be $5,000 in the
black. Know what? I hit that goal by
November, all because I looked at that
3 x 5 card every day.
My goals are loftier now. I want
to make $100,000 clear by the end of
the year. Iím going to do what was
suggested on a teaching call this
afternoon. Did you know if you broke
that $100,000 down into the number of hours
you work a day it would mean you only have
to make $39.14 an hour? Now it makes it more
within my grasp. Youíre curious what Iím
going to do with $100,000? Iím going to add
to the memorial fund I set up for John
(my deceased spouse) at the Florida
United Methodist Church Childrenís Home.
Iím telling you not to brag. The more
times I write it the more I believe it.
Whatever your goal(s) might be, you can do it.
Youíre going to have people, even your
own family, who will think youíre nuts.
Youíll have naysayers who love to put you
down. But remember this. If you donít get
anything else out of this article, you can
do it! Since when did we entrepreneurs
take advice from somebody who has never
stepped out on his own, who goes to his
J (just) O (over) B (broke), comes home,
falls asleep in front of the boob tube,
goes to bed, gets up, does the same thing
the next day. Who needs that kind of life?
But is it what you want? Donít let anyone
steal your dreams!
Iíll be 70 in March! If I have the
courage to do it, so can YOU.
Freda Douglas lives alone with Jewely,
her cat, in a retirement village in
Florida. She has written a weekly column
for her county newspaper for almost 15
years. She will be glad to put you on her emailing list for her column if you send
her your request and email address.