Getting the first online business to get started is always the hardest.
Someone once described starting a business as boiling water.
Water will not boil until it reaches its boiling point. So is starting an online business.
Only when you work on it up to the ‘boiling point’ then magic will happen.
Unfortunately the ‘boiling point’ of a business is not as clear-cut as that of water, so many people give up before the boiling point is reached.
When I was preparing for my first online business, my wife happened to be in the US for an 8-month secondment.
I had no kid at that time.
That left me as a lonely man in the house.
That was an important factor why I could focus and start my first online business.
Everyday after work, I would bury myself in the computer, learning about HTML and customizing the website for my first online business.
I usually worked until 2am, sleeping only 4-5 hours before going to work the next day. This went on for about 5 months.
There were times when I wanted to give up.
But whenever I asked myself, “What other alternatives do I have?”, the answer was “None”.
That had pushed me to continue working.
Don’t get me wrong. I had a good Masters Degree, so I potentially had lots of career choices. My answer was ‘None’ because I wanted a career that can eventually lead me to time and financial freedom, and I reckoned that running an online business was the only answer.
If you are starting out and thinking of giving up, telling yourself to ‘Not Give Up’ is easier said than done.
If your goal is to achieve time and financial freedom, perhaps you can ask yourself the same question that I asked myself,
“What other alternatives do you have that can lead you to time and financial freedom?”
If the answer is none, then forget about giving up and keep working.