Knowledge is power – and the more you know about running a online business, the better off you’ll be. If you can connect with the right influencers, learn from people who’ve been in your shoes and educate yourself on best online earning practices you should be able to put yourself in the best possible position for success.
Now that we’ve established that education is great – let me clear up one point of critical importance. Don’t let yourself fall prey to what I call “eternal student syndrome” or what others call paralysis by analysis… in short, don’t become so totally absorbed in the educational aspect of your business that you don’t have time to actually work on your business.
There are almost infinite pieces of information out there on everything from starting an online business to building your first website to best SEO practices to business social media… There are ebooks, print books, white papers, blogs, webinars, live seminars, etc., etc., etc. some of which provide tremendous value, others that aren’t worth the time it takes to read or listen to them.
This is part of the reason I strongly recommend the community at Wealthy Affiliate. WA gives you access to proven tactics that produce results that you can participate in at your own pace – short 10-20 minutes info packed videos (instead of 120 minute webinars) that you can watch, digest and begin utilizing immediately to improve the performance or appearance of your site, to attract more readers or to improve your conversions.
In addition to just providing instruction, the courses at WA have action items to follow that will help ensure a greater chance for success. And you have access to an active forum where you can pose questions to and get answers from entrepreneurs who’ve been in your shoes, instead or “flying blind” with info you don’t fully understand.
If you want to succeed you have to be prepared to spend some time learning the tricks of the trade (really successful people never stop learning), but you also need to be fully prepared to take action on the knowledge that you gain instead of spending every moment studying.