Article by: MaryEllen | Thursday, June 6, 2013

By Jim Daniels

Are you considering starting a business online, but you’re not sure if you can do it? You’re not alone. Most people have doubt. You just can’t give into these 10 common excuses…

Excuse #1: I’m not smart enough to have my own business.

Perhaps. But doubtful. True, owning a business is not for everyone. But it can be done by almost anyone, including 99% of the people reading this article right now.

If you have an average level of intelligence and a desire to learn, you can grow an online income stream of your own. You just have to do it the right way, and that means you cannot chase business opportunity after business opportunity. You have to build something of your own. Something of value. Something that will help other people.

It’s all about sharing something with other people. That’s the seed that can blossom into profits via affiliate programs, your own products or services, advertising revenue and many other income streams.

Excuse #2: I don’t have the time it takes to start or grow an income source online.

Working a regular job can eat up quite a bit of your time. Add in a significant other, maybe a family, a commute and what do you have left? For people working 80+ hours a week to make ends meet, starting a business may be impossible.

But for most folks working full time jobs, it is possible. I worked 40-50 hours a week plus I had a 2 hr. a day commute when I got started. But I found a couple hours every day (I gave up 2 hrs. of nightly TV viewing) to get a business started. I used my commute time to record ideas in audio format. I brainstormed during idle times in the day.

If you want something bad enough, there is always enough time to make it happen. Burn the midnight oil for a few months and see what happens.

Excuse #3: I don’t have the money it takes for a new business.

That’s doubtful. The cost of online business really can be dirt-cheap. In fact, all the services you need such as web hosting, opt-in list management, order taking and more, now cost less than a dinner at a modest restaurant.

Excuse #4: I’m not an expert at anything.

You don’t have to be. That’s the beauty of the Internet. With a little research you can easily know more about any subject than the average person knows. In fact, you can become an “expert” on practically any topic that interests you. It’s fun to enrich your mind and even more fun to enlighten the minds of others! (Oh, and it can be quite profitable too!)

Excuse #5: I have nothing to sell.

You don’t need anything to sell right away. You can start by promoting existing products and services in the niche you choose. Chances are you will not be the first person entering that niche. Which means there already products or services for sale that you can promote on a commission basis. While you’re doing that you can be developing something of your own to sell!

Excuse #6: Someone is already doing what I want to do so it is useless trying to compete.

This is one of the worst excuses, yet one of the most common I see. Many people think that if an idea is already being implemented online, that they “missed the boat”. What they fail to realize is that if their idea is being done, then it may be a successful idea, and something worth pursuing! Remember, there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of sites doing similar things on the web and many of them are profitable.

Excuse #7: The only people making money are the people telling others how to make money.

This is another one I hear a lot – it almost always comes from people who are too lazy to ever succeed on their own. So they waste their energy complaining and stuck in a job they don’t like. While there are a lot of so-called web business gurus offering advice on how to make money online, in the grand scheme of things, these businesses comprise far less than 1% of ALL businesses online.

Your business online is what you want it to be — always remember that. If you want to be an online business guru, do your research and join the fray. But only do it if that is what you truly want to do, not because it looks like the only way.

Excuse #8: I’ve tried plenty of business opportunities with no success — it’s just not for me.

Maybe it’s not. But chances are, your failure is from chasing different business opportunities, instead of building your own business from the ground up. That includes setting up a website of your own, growing your own opt-in list, communicating with and helping people, connecting with other business owners in your niche and making it happen!

Excuse #9: I’d need a top search engine ranking to get anywhere and that’s almost impossible.

You do NOT need a top search engine ranking in order to succeed on the web. I’ll submit right now in writing, that a top search engine ranking can be grossly overrated. Search engine ranking, like all marketing strategies online and off, does not stand up well on its own. Effective marketing is all about using multiple strategies, and many strategies work far better than search engine positioning.

Excuse #10: I’d need a big advertising budget to get any results.

Wrong. The web is a perfect medium for implementing grass-roots strategies such as joint ventures, networking, opt-in marketing such as email newsletters and follow-up series, commission-only marketing such as affiliate programs and more.

These strategies are free and dirt-cheap, and amazingly effective. Maybe before the web came along you could get away with the argument that an advertising budget was needed to get results. The web changed that long ago and it continues to be true today.

There you have it. The top 10 reasons literally millions of people stay stuck in that J-O-B (Just Over Broke).

If you’re not on your way to generating income online, it may be because you believe one of those excuses. Don’t fall for it. Don’t let a false belief keep you from one of the best opportunities in centuries — an online business of your own.

Of course it is perfectly normal to have a few questions before you start. I’ve found that most people want to know one thing before they begin…

How long it will take to make X amount of dollars?

My answer… “it all depends on exactly what you want to do.” But consider this…

What’s the difference if it takes you a month, six months or a year? The end result can be something so rewarding it really does not matter how long it takes! No matter how long it is going to take you, you must take the first step, and that is what you should be worrying about — not the last step.

The fact of the matter is, there is no last step where you stop and say, “hey, I am a success.” When you’re doing it right, your income can keep growing and growing. Remember, if there is anything you should be willing to invest a little time in, it is yourself.

Why not cast aside all those excuses and get started today. You don’t need to quit your job yet, you can wait until your income surpasses your regular paycheck. Even then you may want to stay on part-time until you’re completely out of debt.

Find a niche you want to work in and put up a site where you can help people in that niche. Grow your following and the profits will follow. Oh, and try to have some fun along the way!

About this Author:
Jim Daniels is a solopreneur who’s been making his living online for nearly two decades. His new course at reveals how he builds profitable web properties on a tiny budget, and the 10 ways he monetizes his sites.