posted on: 10/17/2011 11:28:23 AM EST
Going full-time as an internet marketer?
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Ready to Leave Your Day Job?
Going full-time as an internet marketer is an attractive option to your corporate daily grind, but is it feasible?

If you’re thinking of handing in your resignation and investing your future on your internet marketing venture, you’re not alone. Thousands of people have the same idea and thousands more will discover it on a daily basis. In this article, we will examine why it’s feasible to go full-time and leave your day job.

1. You know what you have and what you want to get.
There’s a huge chance that you already know what it feels like to work for someone and you know you can be your own boss as effectively. The thought of never worrying about traffic jams everyday may have spurned you to start your enterprise, but first, take stock of what you already have.

Other than your trusty PC and a reliable internet connection, make sure you have enough savings to cover for the dry period – typically three months. Or if you want to play it safe, have enough stashed up to cover your expenses for a year so you never run out.

You know exactly what to expect from your internet enterprise – the initial long hours, the challenges of the setup, the marketing and promotions that you will be doing by yourself, the networking and so forth – and you are prepared to face them on your own.

2. You know what you want to do.
Knowing what you want to get has a mile of difference from knowing what you want to do. In internet marketing, you either set your own product or service or you help others sell theirs.

If you already have a product, then you’ve already conquered the first step in starting an affiliate program. If your product is relevant, effective and priced competitively, your only challenge should be promoting your product to the millions of potential customers who are available online.

3. You know how the internet works.
You don’t have to know how to build your own website, nor even know how to run it. There are hundreds of service providers who can help you set it up and run it at a low cost. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t even have to know programming, but you should familiarize yourself with the internet and know how to direct traffic to your site.

You must also open the lines of communication between you and your customers online – via email, chat, messaging, even fax and phone. Be prepared how to send products and receive payments. Find out if you’ll need a merchant account or just a simple Paypal will do. Be aware of the fees and charges and get only the simplest, most effective and necessary. You don’t want to be paying for service you don’t actually use.

4. You have a saleable professional skill.
Internet marketing is not only about selling a product or service, it’s also about you and what you know. Are you a specialist, a trained engineer, a lawyer, an experienced human resource person, a graphic designer or writer? Your skills can translate to dollars if you know where to look.

Full-time positions are not usually available online, but freelance and part-time work are. There are contractors and freelance websites who offer as posting venues for employers and freelancers to advertise their needs and skills and most offer their services for free.

You don’t even need a lot of experience working through the internet – all you have to do is market your skill and be prepared to meet deadlines, much as you would if you were working at your old office.

5. You are prepared to invest your time and a little money.
Becoming an internet marketer means that you will be spending hours in front of your computer. It will get easier in the long run, but to take care of glitches and strengthen promotion, you’ll need to allot a lot of time initially.

You do need to spend a little when you put up an internet business. If you’re building your own affiliate program, you will need your own website. You can have someone design it for you for a fee or save money by doing it yourself. A web hosting account is quite affordable at a low $10 to a high of about $50 a month.

6. Have a back-up plan.
If you recognize the risks of internet marketing, then you are ready to do it. Don’t go into it blind. There are many things you have to consider like your target market’s tastes and demographics, your product’s viability and the sustainability of your business. Remember that the internet is a volatile place and millionaires are either made or unmade overnight.

Allen Daniels

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