YAWN... Is This The MOST Boring Question Ever?

If I Was Starting With Nothing Online Where Would I Begin

This has to be one of the most over-used forum thread titles in the online world. Every time I see it I want to punch myself in the face.

Googling this phrase produces 11,110,000,000 results.

That just goes to show how many friggin times this phrase has been used.

Yeah yeah, I get the sentiment behind it. We’ve all gotta start somewhere and it’s a great tagline for a post from someone who’s successful to get folk who aren’t interested.

It’s the whole…

Tell me your magic bullet to success, puleeeeeaaasse

But I gotta tell it to you straight… it’s going to be absolutely fucking useless for you.

I guarantee it won’t make you a single cent from anybody’s answer.

Because whatever someone does, there’s absolutely no way they can ever start from the beginning again.

For a start they’re gonna have money to invest. I remember when I got started that I had a whopping $0 to invest.

I started only using free services, and then, as I could save money, I invested it in the things I thought most important first.

But here’s the thang about having $0 and why it’s important…

…having no money to invest means that you have to be ultra cautious about spending anything!

It’s going to take time to save what you need for the first paid service, and if you’ve got some cash to invest, then you’re often spending waaaayyy more than you need to from the get go.

As regular as clockwork, every six to twelve months, I have to look at our expenditure and cut everything that’s a complete waste of cash.

Why?

Because when you have some money to spend, you try things that you think are going to save you time and reduce costs.

However, 99% of them do completely the opposite, or you don’t end up using them enough to make the cost worthwhile.

These costs bloat the expenses for your business, and that’s something you don’t have to worry about if you’re scraping to save every cent for investment because you’re going through the process of cutting costs in your mind before you spend anything.

It’s a mindset issue, but it’s a huge one.

Then, you’re never really going to start from scratch, because if you’re successful then you’ve got a network, and it’s going to be really easy to reach out to that network to give you a kickstart.

Heck, it doesn’t matter if that kickstart is a guest post which generates you 100 subscribers, at the end of the day you’re getting a guest post on a blog that someone they don’t know may never have any chance of doing.

So sitting there and saying other folk can start by guest posting is a bunch of bull. They can, but they sure as shit ain’t going to be getting the same results.

What’s far more useful to you is to know how to do things, what makes the fastest or biggest return on investment, what generates the most revenue in the quickest time period, how traffic generation can be done with little to no monetary investment but why you need time investment or any of the other practical advice that can be implemented.

And, let’s be frank, there’s really only one serious answer to this question that’s been found over 11 billion times by Google…

You start by building an email list.

Full stop.

But you know what?

Getting some subscribers isn’t that hard, you can just ask your friends and family to join and share it with their network, and ask their network to share it as well etc. and emailing will be free on one of the autoresponders free plans until you reach the limit.

What’s really hard, is knowing what the hell you’re going to do with them once they’re on your mailing list.

That’s what you need to have a plan for before you begin.

And it’s all about how much time you have and how you’re planning on growing your business.

  1. You could make and sell your own products

  2. You could be an affiliate marketer (but you probably won’t want to be if you knew the truth!)

  3. You could sell traffic

  4. You could provide consultancy services

  5. You could develop SAAS (Software As A Service)

  6. You could provide a service

  7. You could provide a paid for newsletter (like this one)

I’m sure you can think of some more, but that covers the main areas.

Making this decision is going to be the key in determining what you’re going to do with people once they join your email mailing list.

And being 100% honest with you, you’re not going to be able to start determining what to do with those emails until you know the answer.

Number one means you’re gonna need to make your own product, digital or real-world, first. Work out how long it’s going to take you and the cost.

Number two… well I’m come back to that one in a minute!

Number three is going to work fine, but you’re going to need to know where to sell it, the prices you’re going to charge and how you’re going to generate enough traffic to sell while you’re still starting out.

Number four is great if you’ve got a skill, it automatically narrows down who you want on your email list and how you’re gonna get them. Typically this will taker more time in the beginning to make the first sale, but there’s great ways of laser-targeting the folk you want.

Number five will either mean you’re a developer or have the money to spend on a developer, as well as a kick-ass idea. This is probably going to be the most time consuming and expensive one to get up and running. Having got a SAAS business, I can tell you the costs ain’t just about what your developers charge.

Number six is what a lot of folk opt for and can be the quickest way in. If you can provide online services such as website building, copywriting, then you’re pretty much good to go.

Number seven is what most people should be doing, but don’t because of a whole bunch of “guru” bullshit that gets in the way. I’ll cover this in a future post (which will probably only go to those folk who are full Subscribers).

I’m going to be looking into these hustles more in other posts, but right now you’ve got a decision to make if you’ve not already made it or haven’t already started…

Which of the above options is going to be the route you choose?

Hit the comment button and let me know your answer, and we’ll take it from there.

Oh yeah… tomorrow I’m going to share the truth about why you wouldn’t want to touch affiliate marketing, but it’s going to full subscribers only.

If you want a slice of the hustle pie, then you’ve still got time to get the first month for FREE for the next five days.

Here beith the link:

https://michaelwilding.substack.com/subscribe?&coupon=qHyyK50Z

It’s only free because I’ve just come back, I ain’t gonna be offering it again that’s for sure!

I’ll see you online hustlers tomorrow ;)

Michael

The Online Hustle