This morning when I checked my email, there were two emails that came in just minutes apart –but that were poles apart in content.
The first email was from a person who wanted a refund on my book How to Make Money Selling Used Books on eBay, Amazon and The Internet. The reader said he was still in my 90-day refund window and learning how to sell books was just taking too much time. When I looked he had bought the book about 45 days previously so I processed the refund immediately.
The next email was from a reader who told me that she bought my book and started selling her first week. Although she made some money in her first few weeks, she said she worked about six weeks before she started making some serious money, and now she is doing very well. One product, two different people two different experiences.
You can listen to the radio or go on the internet every day and find sales pitches for so-called money-making systems that claim you can make money overnight –and many of them further claim you can do it on autopilot –giving you the impression that you don’t have to do any work.
I have been selling online for ten years now and I have bought many of those programs and I can tell you that I have yet to find anything that:
1. Works overnight
2. Works on autopilot without substantial input on your part
There are lots of ways to make money working from home and selling online but all of them require time and work.
There is a college kid in Texas who keeps pestering me with emails asking questions about how to do this and that on Amazon. He doesn’t even have the money to buy one of my books. So I try and help him as best I can. It is obvious he is struggling, but I have no doubt he will be successful because he just won’t give up.
There are lots of ways to make money selling online –and yes, every once in a while you hear about someone who got lucky and actually made a serious amount of money overnight –but that is the rare exception.
I did get an email once from someone who bought my book about selling used books. The first day out at a garage sale she found a large box of science textbooks from the 1950’s for $20 that she was able to sell for over $2000 total. But the next time she went out she spent over $100 on a few dozen books and was only able to turn that into about $400 in sales over the next few weeks. Her first week was the lucky exception but her second week was closer to the norm and what you would expect.
Luck Is Not a Strategy
No matter what online business you go into from Blogging or Amazon to Affiliate Marketing, it all takes work –and time. Yes, you could get lucky and make some quick easy money overnight –but luck is not a strategy. The best formula for success is to be patient and set reasonable goals that build results over time. Then write them down and check them off as you accomplish them.
When Things Go Wrong
Things always go wrong. Just last week one of our coaching clients had her account suspended by eBay. Now that is a disaster for most people, but she has decided to soldier on and started selling on Amazon.
When you start a business any business, not just an online business, things will go wrong. They always do. You will make mistakes –everyone does. But it’s how you react to adversity that determines whether you will win or lose. Remember, you can’t fail until you quit!
So if you are one of those people hurting for money, don’t be afraid to try something new. Yes you may have to take some risks. I don’t know of any rewards in life that come without some risk. But try and take small risks. If you take a series of small risks and some of them result in failure, you can survive, but if you roll the dice on one large risk and fail you may lose all your start-up capital. And once you start your business just keep going. As I said above, I guarantee things will go wrong and you will make mistakes. But you just have to power thorough and be patient. Do that and your chances of success go up a thousand percent.