The other week I asked you to submit your “website business” success story, to show the world that anyone can succeed, no matter how busy you are.
Today, we’re going to profile the first of our entries, and I’d still like to hear from YOU if you have a success story of your own.
At the end of this little interview, our guest expert, Alan Jenks, gives you 9 immediate action steps you can implement into your website business ASAP.
CB: Alan, why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us about how you got started with your website business, and current monthly website income (you could simply tell us how it compares “in proportion” to your real job income).
I finished Chiropractic School in 2001 September, worked as an associate in Portland, OR before moving back to Canada.
Bought a practice in Kelowna, BC in summer 2002. In 2006 went to a Harv Eker Seminar and changed my whole perspective on money, not from the typical way that most people talk about going to these type of seminars.
One of the examples he used of passive vs active income was of a Chiropractor, that no matter how you slice it a Chiropractor can never really have passive income because the business relies on him being there, so after that is when I started looking at passive streams of income and finally got curious about internet marketing.
I started buying courses in the typical fashion that most of your readers do. Currently my IM income is about a 10th of my Chiro income.
Craig: Cool, it always seems like there’s an “a-ha” moment where people realize they can’t trade time for money for the rest of their life. What benefits have you gotten from starting online?
I am seeing the benefits of waking in the morning logging into my email and seeing that overnight I have made affiliate sales.
I have a plan and over the next two years the reality will be that I will be able to choose to sell my practice and choose everyday to do what I want, which will probably include being a Chiropractor(as I love that, I practice Applied Kinesiology and the miracles I get to see every week are incredible), so I will always practice just not as a business owner.
Will work on a contract basis and let the Chiropractor worry about staff and office expenses, so I can have time to monitor my website assets.
Craig: Awesome plan. What were the most important things you have done “right” in your online journey to your success?
Realizing I can’t do it alone, need to outsource. Finally finding a couple of mentors that I can follow and mimic.
I currently have 3 people I listen to (ok, 4 if you include Craig) everybody else I have unsubscribed to.
Craig: That’s good advice. In the past, I subscribed to everyone’s emails, but it became overwhelming. Now I’m like you, just monitoring 4-5 guru emails. Now what lessons have you learned in terms of things you wouldn’t do again, or wouldn’t recommend to others just getting started?
Don’t buy everything you see. If you buy a “how to” course, actually do it. Follow everything to a T until it is complete.
Most IM coaching programs absolutely suck and are not worth the money they charge. A better route is to find an accountability buddy and hold each other accountable every week with tasks that you need to complete.
Craig: Good point. A big part of success is simply taking action and implementing, as opposed to buying every new course and letting it sit on the shelf. Did you have mindset changes that helped you make progress? And any advice to others on getting through “the dips” where things were really frustrating?
Seeing the first paycheck into my account from something I did online really helped. The first check is key.
Things will get frustrating, they will always be frustrating.
The details always get to me and mess me up. The best thing I did was develop a plan, what does my week look like, how much time will I spend on link building, article writing etc and then stick to it, and once a week look at your stats to make sure you are reaching your goals.
Making money online is possible you just have to find the right fit for you… Is it developing adsense sites, or amazon sites, clickbank review sites, or making and launching your own product?
I have done all of these and they all make money. My mistake was trying to do it all, so find one thing and become and expert in it.
Craig: Yeah, there’s only so much you can do. Last thing, do you have any networking, outsourcing, or technical tips that might make it easier for InternetIndependence.com readers?
Yes, here are a few:
1) Have the goal of outsourcing and learn how to do it. I use www.odesk.com and give the people I hire a very detailed video or word document of exactly what I want and how I want it, then just use that over and over when you hire new workers.
2) If you are using wordpress, you only need three themes: Thesis/Optimizepress or Profitthemes and Headaway. Don’t waste your time with anything else.
3) Spend the extra money and hire English based writers if you outsource writing
4) Learn how to used google reader and repurpose content on a blog. This is the future of online income.
5) If you are not techical, then stick to wordpress and learn how to use it.
6) Pick 1 project, set a goal, work on that project and when you reach the goal then move on. Don’t have 30+ domains like I did and hope that all 30 will bring you good money because they won’t if you are working on all 30.
Very cool, thanks for the practical tips Alan.
Again, if you have a success story you’d like to share, please send it in.
I want to prove to all of my readers that anyone, at any age, can make money with a website business.
And you can help me do that.
“Let me tell you something about YOU. YOU can do anything you want. YOU are in control. YOU can achieve as much success as you want to. YOU can and will pick yourself up when life knocks you down. I BELIEVE IN YOU. That’s all I wanted to say.” – Frank Kern