Author: Laura Pennington

Have you always wanted to create an online course? Have you been inspired by other people who are using online courses to supplement or replace their income in their life? If so, building an online course maybe right for you if you have a specific skill or knowledge of something that could help other people grow.

Most people are put off by the idea of developing an online course, however, because they think it is overwhelming and they assume they need to do everything all at once.

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Is A Facebook Group Right for You?

If you are like me, you will have notice that in the last couple of weeks, a number of really successful Facebook group owners have closed down their group. Many have closed it down permanently. Such as the groups run by Melyssa Griffin. This is a major trend that is becoming more popular for a number of different reasons.

First of all, Facebook groups can be great way to grow your brand and your influence.

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There are lots of businesses you can easily set up with money from backers or a gift.

But what about those of you feeling the entrepreneurial desire without any of the moolah to start it?

It can actually be better to start a business with a zero-dollar budget because you don’t stand to lose much.

If you start your business, hate it, and then close out, the most you’re out is your time.

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Have you ever had a client that pushed your personal boundaries big time? Don’t be ashamed- my hand’s raised on this one, too.

In fact, I once freely gave away my personal cell phone number so clients could contact me. (Don’t worry, that all changed when I had to file a restraining order against one of my first-ever clients who abused this access to leave me threatening voicemails- that was fun!)

In any case,

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If there’s one thing I see come up over and over again when someone is hiring their first VA, it’s that they have in mind this perfect person, perhaps someone they already know. Or maybe you interviewed a couple of VAs and feel that there’s one standing head and shoulders above the crowd. Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to hire your virtual assistant and be done with it. That’s really true if you’ve already interviewed the person and they seem like a great fit.

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When you develop something new in your business, don’t make the mistake of dedicating dozens of hours to something until you know there’s a demand for it.

If you ask most online business owners whether there’s been a failure in their past, the answer will always always be no. I have found that some of my biggest failures were when I had this “brilliant” business idea that I spent a lot of time outlining and creating only to find that no one wanted to buy it.

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Every time you hear the success story of someone who just gave it their all and went for it, it’s tempting to believe that you want to start your own business as well. Now, don’t get me wrong – owning a business is hard work.

 

There are days when the challenges seem insurmountable. Other days, you simply don’t want to be there. However, starting your own business can potentially be one of your greatest blessings.

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Most people who start their own business are doing so on a bootstrapped basis, meaning that they do not have a lot of resources to turn to as it relates to investing in their business.

 

They might use free trials of programs and refuse to outsource and try to handle everything on their own, simply because there is no other way to do it. This is common for any solopreneur who is making their first venture into a new business,

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Especially for the solopreneur, it’s easy to keep everything on your plate at least at the beginning of your business. In fact, some people begin to develop their business this way and don’t understand the negative habits that they have associated with trying to manage everything on their own.

Momentum Drops and You Feel More Hot Mess than Superhero

At the beginning of your business adventure, you’re bootstrapped and probably don’t have the funds necessary to hire someone else to help you.

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It initially seems relatively easy to keep doing everything on your own in your business. In fact, far too many of us, and in particular women, are guilty of doing it.

We assume that there’s only one right way of doing things and it’s our way.

We assume that because we’ve been successful in business by doing things all on our own for months or even years, that it’s best to keep things within our own house and manage everything on our own.

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