image of tausif akram By: Amby
27 Jul 2014

Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Web Based Business

Thank technology for the ability to quit your 9-5 and act on the all American dream to start your own business. Just be weary because there is great risk that comes with building an internet based business.

First and foremost, be careful who you trust.

Your idea alone isn’t enough, and you will need to invest your own money on a service provider (or more) to cover the things that are supposed to make it happen. It can be a web developer, a graphic designer, a copywriter, an internet marketer, etc.

There are many mistakes made at this point, and it usually starts with you. Since you are investing your own hard earned money on a dream… you might feel tempted to price shop and look for the best deal. Well, cheap is cheap for a reason. Not only will you get exactly what you pay for… but you will pay for something that simply isn’t good enough to grow with you. In the long run, it costs you more money… if not the entire business idea itself.

There are many mistakes made at this point, and it usually starts with you. Since you are investing your own hard earned money on a dream… you might feel tempted to price shop and look for the best deal. Well, cheap is cheap for a reason. Not only will you get exactly what you pay for… but you will pay for something that simply isn’t good enough to grow with you. In the long run, it costs you more money… if not the entire business idea itself.

Outside of quality, there can be some shady individuals ready to scam you out of your money. No matter who you work with, always get a written agreement covering project details and payment terms.

Secondly, treat what you do like it is a business.

Contrary to what every spammy sales page wants you to believe… starting a business takes work. It’s not a hobby. Now you can turn a hobby into an online business… but it takes a serious business approach and effort before you will generate revenue. (At least with a hobby, you have the interest it takes to pursue the revenue before it comes.)

Speaking of which… don’t fall for the get rich quick scheme either!

If it looks or sounds too good to be true—it is.

Be very weary because the internet is plenty full of spammers, scammers, and all together shady people who are just looking to get your money.

Oh, and don’t be one of those guys!

Nobody likes a copycat either.

The best businesses are original, unique ideas. The worst thing you can do is try to duplicate an existing business without offering anything that stands apart. The original is always better.

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