There is one promise, one dream, that is the most alluring of all, in our industry.
The promise of easy money.
The hope for easy money brings floods of newbies into the fold of online marketing, entrepreneurship, digital nomadism etc.
Bold-faced promises of a simple trick to make money easily is the domain of (rather obvious) scams aimed at the naive and underinformed. However, everywhere you look in online marketing, there are echoes of the promise of easy money. From headlines of trending blog posts to the sales messages of even the most serious and enterprised-focused marketing tools, the implication is always that this will somehow make you more money, more easily.
Is it just an alluring trap? Or can making money truly be easy?
Here's the thing: making money is simple.
The principle of a value based business isn't complicated at all. You find out what people need and you provide them something valuable, in exchange for money.
It's simple, really.
You know what else is simple? Getting in great shape.
In fact, it's an almost perfect parallel. Everyone would like to make more money without any added effort, just like everyone would like to be in better shape without added effort. The size of the fitness industry is staggering. There are millions of people who want to be a bit trimmer and slimmer, want to put on more muscle mass. People who want those visible abs, next time they go to the beach.
And yet, most people are unable to reach their fitness goals.
It's much more common for someone to wish to be fit, but remain overweight than it is for someone to reach their fitness goals.
Why is that?
It's not because getting in shape is overly complicated. Even if you have no interest in fitness, I bet you already know everything you need to know to get in excellent shape.
It's so simple, it can be summed up in 3 bullet points:
That's it. If you follow just this advice, you'll get in very good shape.
So why don't more people do it?
There are two main reasons:
You might think that the 3 points above are overly simplified. So, you do some more research.
How exactly should you eat? What should you avoid eating? How often should you eat? How many calories? What composition of macro and micro nutrients?
And how should you exercise? How often? Should you do cardio training, weight lifting, functional strength training, or a bit of everything? Or just pursue an active hobby?
The closer you look at any of this, the more overwhelmingly complex it becomes. You'll find experts having heated discussions about minute details of how to structure weight-lifting workouts or exactly which supplements you should or shouldn't take.
It's the same with creating a business. The closer you look at the details involved, the more complicated it gets. There are thousands of strategies and there are competing opinions about what you should do and how you should do it.
Eating healthy and moving more. It's simple in theory, but difficult to stick with, in practice.
Eating healthy is less convenient than eating junk food. Moving takes more effort than couch potatoing.
It's always easier to fall back into lazy habits. It's always tempting to skip a workout.
Just because something's simple, doesn't mean it can't be hard.
And the same is true for wannabe entrepreneurs. Most of them fail not because they didn't know what to do, but because they didn't follow through on doing it.
Keep hustling, even if your strategy is imperfect and you don't know what you're doing yet. It will pay off eventually. In fact, you have to keep hustling to become a better entrepreneur. It's the only way to build the skills you need and arrive at the right strategy.
If you're reading this, you probably aren't totally new to the world of entrepreneurship. You've probably been reading and thinking about this for some time already.
I've got good news for you: you already know everything you need to know to get started.
Instead of trying to learn more, to devise the perfect strategy, start doing more. Gain more experience, so that you can build the perfect strategy over time. You'll never learn the right thing to do just from reading and research. The only way to arrive at the business strategy that works for you, the strategy that ends up making you money, is by combining your own experience with what you read and learn about.
In case you've been waiting for permission, consider this official: you have permission to get started now. Go for it!
I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better marketer and product creator. Read more about my story here.