How To Start A Business Online? -The First Step That Most People Skip

How To Start A Business Online

So, you want to start a business online.

You have probably done some research into that and you still keep wondering, how to start a business online?

What is the first thing that you need to do?

Your Mind – the first step to starting a business online is to get your mind onboard.

You don’t think that’s the most important thing?

Well, let me show you.

Prepare Your Mind

“Love what you do and do what you love. Passion is the key that opens the door to joy and abundance.” – David Cuschieri

Think back to any example in your past of a project or something new that you started, tried for a while, and quit. Who do you think you can blame for that?

The circumstances? The situation? The people? The weather?

NO! It was your mind that decided to quit.

Or, in better words, it was your unprepared mind that allowed you to quit.

How To Start A Business Online

I’m not saying that it was the wrong decision to quit that particular endeavor.

All I’m saying is that the first step to starting your online business is to prepare your mind for your success.

If you get your mind on board prior to starting anything, you have found the key to your success.

Get Your Mind Onboard To Achieve Success

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”- Harriet Tubman

Starting anything new is hard. No matter what you have picked, it will take dedication, time, and effort. There will be hard times and times when you will need help to keep going. There will be times of mental fatigue and doubt but if you have taken the time to prepare your mind and get it on board, this is where the support will come from.

Starting new things is difficult, why do some people achieve success in new things and others don’t?

I’m going to argue again, that the difference is their mindset. Some people might already have that naturally and some will have to work on it prior to commencing the new endeavor. Either way, isn’t it worth spending a little bit of time to determine whether you have a supporter in your mind, or is your mind going to let you quit at the first sight of a difficult times?

How To Get Your Mind Onboard?

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs

Your mind is the boss here, whether you like it or not.

For me, the best way to get my mind on board is to explore and find out what the following things:

  • my passions
  • my values
  • my beliefs
  • my interests
  • my expected rewards

Once you have those things figured out you utilize them to decide on your choice of the online business, you will always have those things to fall back on when things start going hard.

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Rewards

We all have intrinsic and extrinsic rewards values. The extrinsic rewards to having an online business will be those rewards that come from an outside source:

How To Start A Business Online -The First Step That Most People Skip

  • revenue
  • bonuses
  • financial rewards
  • expertise
  • reputation

In contrast, the intrinsic rewards to having an online business will be the rewards that are intangible and come from inside of us. They are based on our values, interests and inspirations and they include the following:

  • a sense of satisfaction
  • a sense of personal significance
  • the feeling of belonging to a community
  • a sense of achievement
  • a sense of helping others
  • enjoying your work

Find Your Intrinsic Values

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

You can get your mind on board before starting your online business by taking the time, digging deep, and finding out what intrinsic values you hold. You have to find out what is important to you. There will be time when the extrinsic rewards won’t come as fast as you will want them and if you are not aware of your intrinsic rewards system, you will have nothing to fall back on.

I will give you an example from my life when I first started my online business. I was very diligent and working hard but a time came when I started having doubts. I was putting a lot of effort but that was not converting into monetary rewards. Luckily, I knew exactly my intrinsic rewards and I used them to continue pushing forward.

Even though I did not see the extrinsic results that I wanted to see, I had a great sense of accomplishment, I felt like I was helping people, and I was learning so many new things and skills at a very fast pace.

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Another benefit that you will get from analyzing your intrinsic values is that it will lead you to your passion. Finding your passion and utilizing it to build an online business is almost a guaranteed success.

I actually do not know any other way to achieving success other than through your passion.

You Are Ready!

“Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson

How To Start A Business Online

You have taken the time to prepare your mind and get it on board for starting your own online business. You can feel confident because you know that you are the support system that will help you when doubts come and when things start getting tough. There is nothing stopping you now from building the life that you always dreamed of.

For me the choice of an online business is affiliate marketing using the Wealthy Affiliate platform. This might not be the best choice for you, but if you have taken the time to prepare your mind, no matter what you pick will be a successful journey for you.

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I hope you have enjoyed the article. I also hope it was helpful to you. As always, I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, and opinions. Please leave them below.

So, were you able to get your mind on board before starting your own online business?


  1. Abel says:

    I feel that in an online business our consistency, focus and patience will be crucial to succeed. Even if we are not seeing money coming in, we must keep working, period. A negative mindset will make the difference between those that succeed and those that fail. I know we have the final word on this.

    1. Anna says:

      Hi Abel,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I agree with you 100%, a negative mindset will  make the difference between being a successes and giving up. This is why I’m suggesting in my article to do the mental work prior to starting. If you prepare your mind before, it will be that much easier to persevere during harder times.

  2. Bushra says:

    Hi there, Starting a successful online business is a process. As a new business owner, you build your business in stages and it takes some time to earn a steady income.

    For starting your own business you need to prepare your mind. Getting yourself into the right state of mind is really important in business.

    Preparing and planning is a key to any business. Every successful business regularly reviews its business plan to ensure it continues to meet its needs but if you have to face high pressure situation in business your mindset plays an important role there.

    Mental preparation and mindset is one of the most important aspects of peak performance under pressure in any field.

    1. Anna says:

      Hi Bushra, exactly!!

      I can’t think of a more important aspect of starting a new business that your mental state. Like you said, staring a business is a process and it will take time. If your mind is prepared for  the setbacks that are surely to come, you will overcome them and continue to success.

      Unfortunately, we neglect this aspect very often. We get so busy with the technical aspects of building your own business that the mind is left behind. But sooner or later, we will be forced to address it. The choice is whether we do it prior to starting or when things go wrong.

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