A few weeks ago, someone I vaguely know on Facebook sent me a message. And this is what it said:
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"Hi Maria, I wanted to get your feed back on something. We don't know each other very well but I was talking to _____about my business and she told me to reach out to you. I am starting a internet business selling informational product online and I heard you have a very successful blog and online business. I was wondering if I could give you a call sometime and ask you a couple questions. Would you be open to that? Thanks"
So here was my advice:
1. There is no such thing as "Get Rich Quick" online or anywhere else. I work more now than I ever did before my blog. Two to five hours a day, just writing my blog posts. Anyone who says to me, "I don't have time to blog," is simply not passionate enough about their business (maybe).
There are many days when I get up at 3:00 am to write a post or stay up until 1:00 am to get it done.
Or you have kids. I don't have children but if I did, I agree that it would be hard to decide to keep blogging over reading them a bedtime story.
I moved to Yarrow to be close to my nephews, and my sister Elizabeth is just as passionate about being a great mom and conjuring up all kinds of ways to get the best nutrition in their little stomachs as I am about blogging and design.
For example, the other day I got the best smoothie recipe from her (her kids even like it) and it's this one:
1/4 of a whole, organic lemon (rind and all)
2 cups water
2 small organic oranges (just the peels off)
1 slice of pineapple
As many greens (Kale, beet greens, Swiss chard, parsley, celery, spinach or dandelion leaves) as you can stuff into it.
Basically she starts with 2 cups of water and then keeps adding greens until she has 5 cups.
You feel a bit nauseous if you are not used to it, but my sister now has energy! It's awesome.
Oh, and a little Stevia (Aspartame is very bad for you, it's a chemical and your body doesn't know what to do with it, same goes for anything non-fat).
All the Hollywood stars drink smoothies, it's the best way to get your vitamins and there are so many benefits to green smoothies, here's a great blog to get you started.
Bottom line, if you don't have kids, then you have time.
2. You need to be completely passionate about what you do.
You need to love it so much that even when you've decided to "Take the evening off," you still pick up a design magazine to read or hang out on Pinterest (which is great because it's the #1 source of traffic to my blog). That's my business, so if yours is selling financial information products, you're still doing something related, even when you are supposedly not working.
3. You need to be absolutely convinced that the world would be a happier, better place if they all just knew about your product. Seriously, this is not a joke.
There are so many systems, designers and consultants that you need to first of all find and second, decide if they know enough to be able to help you get to the next level before you ever figure out how you're going to be famous and successful online. If you are not madly in love with what you're selling/doing, you will give up as soon as the going gets tough. Which will happen so fast your head will spin.
4. If there is anything you love and would rather be doing more than sitting on your laptop (remember I'm talking about starting an online business), reading about and conjuring up ways to be more interesting on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or Pinterest, then let me tell you right now, the world of the internet and selling information products is not for you.
It's something else, that's all.
This is not bad news. I am saving you countless hours of wasted time and beating yourself up because you don't have what it takes.
You do have what it takes, it's just not here on the internet (if you answered, yes there's other things you'd rather do than this).
So speaking of marketing and selling online. I am having a rare sale on my eBook to go with my series of 37 Days of Learning Undertones and it ends tomorrow (Tuesday).
So buy my awesome, information-you-cannot-find-anywhere-else-in-the-world, life-changing, now-you-can-sleep-at-night-because-your-colours-are-right eBook (use the code undertones for $10 off) and you will help me be able to continue dreaming up ways to teach you about my passion right here on Colour Me Happy, for free.
Thanks to everyone who has already bought my eBook, hired me for consulting, to decorate your house and to teach you about colour, from the bottom of my heart! You are the reason I get to do what I love every day. Because of you, I got to buy a house this year, a huge dream of mine, live close to my sweet mom and sisters and I get to share my joy with you here every day on my blog!
Thank you so much my lovelies!! xoxo Maria
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