4 Simple Steps To Make Your Business Take Off

When it comes to making money on the Internet, there are two important things that you have to keep in mind:

1. Focus – it is the powerful force that helps you to achieve success. If you are not able to stay focused, you’ll have a hard time trying to succeed.

2. Taking action – after you have the information you need, you have to put it into practice or nothing happens. In other words, there are essential things that you have to do to achieve your goal.

Most people spend the whole day doing unimportant things, like checking their email several times during the day or on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, or in forums and blogs.

I know that you visit all these sites to connect with people and to learn. That’s okay, but the point is that you become addicted to it all and you spend lots of hours at these sites so, at the end of the day, you have accomplished nothing.

There are too many distractions. Think about all the time you spend watching a Youtube video, or reading a thread in a forum, just because you are curious. By tomorrow morning, you’ll have lot of new messages in your inbox telling you to do this or that, but those things are not going to help you to move forward.

For example, count how many windows you have open in your browser right now. If you have more than one, you are not completely focused.

Many times you are reading an article and there is a link in it which opens a new window, so you interrupt your reading to do another thing. This can happen again and again. It is a cycle, you are not productive and it is killing your business.

Think about all the non-essential things you do every day. Let me go a little further and invite you to track what you are going to do from this moment to the end of the day. You can use this tool – Rescue Time. This way, you can understand better what I mean.

All these distractions increase the gap between what you should be doing to grow your business and what you actually do. There are crucial things that you have to accomplish to make your business take off and if you don’t do them, nobody is going to do it for you.

The point is that when you are starting out you don’t know exactly what you have to do to move forward. So you spend your day doing things that you shouldn’t be doing and as a result of that you are paralyzed and don’t get closer to your goal.

Think about where you were 30 days ago and where you are now. Did you move forward? I know how you feel because I was there, too.

Now stick with me, because I am going to share with you a simple method that will turn all this around, but to make it work, you have to put it into practice. Are you ready?

Here’s what you have to do to start moving forward:

1. Identify your actual situation, ask yourself:

– Do I have a budget? If so, how much?

– Have I defined my niche?

– Do I have a domain name?

– Do I have a web-hosting server account?

– Do I have a website?

– Do I have an autoresponder?

– Keep adding questions, answering them, until you are 200% sure it’s all covered.

2. Once you identify your actual situation, based on that, list in logical order the things you must do to start moving forward.

For example, if you already defined your niche and you have a domain name and hosting, then your next logical step is to put up your website and set up your autoresponder, and so on. Remember that the logical order is crucial.

For example, if you don’t have a website it doesn’t make sense to start working on traffic generation.

Decide what to do with the things that are difficult for you. It could be HTML, writing, graphic design, anything can be hard. For these problems, you have two options…

– You learn them

– You outsource them, within your budget

You need to create a kind of step-by-step action plan, you have to map out everything and get it all taken care of satisfactorily.

3. Now you stick that list to your computer’s monitor and from that moment on, the first thing you are going to do when you turn on your computer is the first thing in that list.

It is your main goal and you have to start working on it without excuses. Consider this business plan the most important thing in your life. Imagine that you or someone you love will be killed if you don’t accomplish this goal.

This will put pressure on you. Think about how much you could get done if someone puts a gun to your head and tells you, “Do it or I kill you.” What would you do? I am sure you would get it done.

4. At the end of the day ask yourself:

– Did I accomplish my main goal for today?

– How did I spend my time?

Then draw your own conclusions and figure out how you can be more efficient and productive.

It is not about how busy you are, it is about your efficiency and productivity. You can do lot of things during the day, but if they are not crucial to start and expand your business you are just wasting your time.

Remember, every single day you have a goal to achieve and only after you have achieved it you can do other secondary things, like checking your email.

Here’s my mantra, and it should be yours, too: First things first, second things not at all.

If you apply these 4 steps, I assure you that you are going to start seeing good results immediately and your business will take off. Just remember that it all depends on you.

You are where you are today due to what you did or didn’t do yesterday and what you do or don’t do today will determine where you’ll be tomorrow. The point is to do the things that MUST be done.

Build your list today and start working on it!

Please let me know what you think about this.

And now I want to invite you to claim the free special report: The Hidden Truth About Making Money Online when you visit:

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Thanks!
^PV Reymond

StartUp Internet Business Acceleration

33 Comments

  • Michelle

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Wow, thank you for the “kick in the pants” that reading this just gave me. Yes, I stay busy every day and, yes, I get things done, but reading this post makes me realize that a lot of that “busy” I do is NOT necessary to get my business going or stabilized. I will be putting a plan in place so I can make sure my tasks for each day get completed.
    Again, thank you for your insight on why some of us may not be getting ahead like we think we should be.
    Michelle

  • Gary

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Hey man this was great straight to the point no fluff.I recommend everyone to take what was said here very seriously if you want to make money online. Thank Bro!!

  • Paul Johnson

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Man, thanks again, you always have right to the point info. I needed this reminder to stay focused! It is often times so easy to get off track even though I may think I am still on it. Re-focus and re-focus some more is my new mantra.

  • Jeff Bode

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Time management is a huge determination of success, I believe that you have to train yourself to mange your time effectively by doing the most important things (not the things that are the most fun).

    I like your idea of having a list although some people get overwhelmed with a big ‘to do list’

    I would say pick 4 things each day to move your business forward then email them to an accountability partner.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

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  • Hartmann

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    The first step is done, the second till forth also, but when I don’t read my mails, I also had never read your blog post, means the mail from Reed.
    My problem is and stay, the conversion of my traffic, but I work on this.
    Second problem and here you are right is my own e-book, this always yet at the 16th site.
    Somtimes it isn’t easy to stay focused, thanks for this post, helps to remember what to do.

  • Marianne

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    This is especially pertinent to Weekend Marketing warriors like me!! I have to do what I can get done early every morning and on weekends. Too much networking and I’ve lost my drive. It is hard to avoid burn out!! But I believe FOCUS is the number one necessity of good time management. Well said!!

  • Gerard

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    I just had the feeling you were looking over my shoulder when I am at the computer.
    The truth always hurts and that was right to the point.
    We surely need that kind of reminder from time to time.
    It almost makes me feel guilty to be posting a comment instead of building my list.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Gary Parenti

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

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  • avelcomms

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    I have been struggling with this recently. The tip I most remember is that the 1st thing you must do everyday is the
    income generating tasks. Once these have been progressed you can move onto ‘nice’ things like email.

  • Jenelle Livet

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Great post. I too am a weekend Internet Warrior and I made my list yesterday. My problem is starting too many new programs doing a bit then moving to another. Social networks suck me in too. Reed thanks for this I am about to stop plan and focus.

  • Nirja

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    I found it as a good kick start for my day when I was surfing net looking for ideas about how to accelerate my new business.It is really important lesson to learn and know for newbies like me.

  • Tom Harvey

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Great post. Its all too easy to get caught up with non-essential tasks and time wasters such as e-mails and social networking sites.
    I have started keeping a diary so that I can see what I actually did and where my time went and the main distractions and issues keeping me from reaching my goals.

  • peter

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Excellent !

  • Donna

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Nice article and it not only goes for business.
    Everyone could stick to a “to do” list and get more done. Why put off til tomorrow what you can do today!

  • Geoff Dodd

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Thanks Reed and PV. So simple and practical — it’s about self discipline in carrying out the ordered, prioritized TO DO list with utter FOCUS. I notice I waste a lot of time dreaming through emails and videos!

    No more! I recommend this article for anyone wanting to attain Wealth online. Geoff D.

  • Ken Soszka

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    I can’t stress the importance of having a place to do your work, that is away from distractions! A room in your home is great, if it has a door that you can close. Turn off the TV if there is one. Tell everyone else to pretend you are not home for a couple of hours and bring enough to drink so you won’t have to get up. Then, like Reymond says, open ONLY what you working on, on your PC. I suggest changing your home page to a blank page, or else you will surely be pulled away the moment you open your browser! By the time your couple of hours is up, you will be so engrossed that won’t want to stop – and you will have finished things you have been trying to finish for months!

  • Billi

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Yea, that sounds familiar to me – thanks, I will will reconsider your advices.

  • Charles Hopson

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Hi Reed
    Thanks for the great article and a lot of good advice on making best use of your time and setting goals.

    Charles

  • Tom Nolan

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    I started reading your article thinking it was just one more distraction, something to do instead of getting on with my work. Boy was I wrong. Thank you. We all need a nudge every now and again, and this is a good one.

  • Doug

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    AWesome post thanks for the reminder this has been one of my problems and I will resolve it so IO need to go right now cause I’m not focused on my stuff I’m on yours!!

  • Peter Downs

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Good post. Since I’ve started doing a lot of the things you mention here I have started to see results. The best tip I could have is to carry around with you an “Ideas Book’. Everyday I write down my ideas and tasks to do; I sketch things and write reminders. It’s become an essential tool to help me maintain focus.

  • Bazri

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Thanks for the great article

  • Luca Di Nicola

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Ok so I have 18 Firefox tabs open, 15 outlook emails open and well many apps open – so what’s your point?? Ya I know that in this business we can get distracted very easilly. Thanks for the list of things we can do to stay focused. I’ll need to follow them regularly

  • Eric

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    great advice on time management, thanks

  • Anderson Goncalves

    Reply Reply October 4, 2009

    Great write up!

    One of the most important skills I had to learn not only for my online business but for my daily life in general was the ability to leverage my time and use every minute the best way. I used to get distracted with everything I came across on the Internet, left important things behind and by the end of the day didn’t accomplish what I had planned.

    Sometimes putting a little pressure on you can help A LOT, I don’t need to think of anyone pointing a gun at my head, I just think of ‘my boss’ and that I will not be able to accomplish to dream of quitting my job if I don’t do what I need to do =)

    Thanks for sharing this Reed!!

  • normz2

    Reply Reply October 5, 2009

    Good post. It is very easy to get carried away. I am getting over 200 e-mails a day. If I was read them all, I would not have time to do anything else. It is a good thing to set goals for yourself and let the other things go.

  • Hi
    Another fab post, great content and straight to the point. It really got me thinking.

    thanks Aly

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 6, 2009

    Thank you all for your feedback.

    Hope you apply this method and get great results.

    PV Reymond

  • Barchil

    Reply Reply October 18, 2009

    thank you so much for this great advice.

    I agree with you that the most mistake we can make is not to be focused on a specific thing to do. and most strategic game is to decide what to do and what to not to do

    To do or not to do this is the question !!!

  • Eugene Gregorio

    Reply Reply November 28, 2009

    The report you introduced is really interesting and informative. Many thanks for your share.

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    Diskovered Media Marketing

  • business motivation

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out. This is good…thanks for sharing

  • Brian Carelse

    Reply Reply November 11, 2010

    Hey Reed,

    The Fundamentals sometimes escapes us when we are in a hurry to get things done.

    Focus is by far the biggest secret to getting things done. The success you achieve is directly proportunate to how focused you are.

    Focus on what is making money. Focus on building your subscriber list!

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    Great post.

    Your friend

    Brian

    p.s. Hope you are doing well

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