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    How To Turn Your Passions Into A Successful Internet Business

    How To Turn Your Passions Into A Successful Internet Business

    Do you want to launch an Internet business but have no idea where to begin? It’s easier than you might think!

    What else do you need besides just a passion?


    You need to have two more things besides just passion… a computer and a strong desire to make money. But that’s it, so where do you go from here?

    Believe it or not, that’s all you’re going to need. Honestly!!

    Everyone has some knowledge or expertise that can become the basis of an online business, and you definitely don’t need a million-dollar advertising budget to be successful on the Internet (although a small investment will be necessary, but we’re talking only a few hundred dollars here)!

    In fact, you might be surprised to learn that you’re actually better off if you start out with an open mind… not clouded by vague ideas of some great product you think everyone is going to want.

    Why is that? Because in the world of Internet marketing, you start by looking for people, NOT products.

    Rather than trying to hunt down a hot product to sell online, you’ll be much better off looking for a market with a common problem that people are trying to solve.

    THAT’S the essential first step to setting up a profitable online business: Finding a group of people who share a need, then coming up with a product or service idea that will satisfy that need.

    Most people are surfing the ’Net for solutions to their problems. So once you identify a group of people with a common problem, you can start to think about what kind of product or service you might offer as a solution to that problem.

    Then, all you have to do is put your product or service in front of your potential customers and set yourself up for an incredibly successful business!

    Now all this might be a little overwhelming to you but don’t get discouraged at this point. You will have a total understanding of it all with the courses I recommend to you and the articles I post on my blog.

    As you already know, in a recent post, I told you to let your passions guide you. If you haven’t read that article or finished the quick exercise yet, click here to read it now (it will definitely help you figure out what you’re truly passionate about), then come back and continue reading this article.

    Let your passions lead you

    So, how do you find a market with a common problem?

    Look for people you have something in common with! People who share a passion or interest with you. You’ll enjoy your business much, much more if it’s based on something you’re passionate about.

    If you don’t love what you’re doing, you simply won’t find it as satisfying, and you’ll be less likely to spend time on growing, developing, and continually improving your business.

    So whether it’s information you picked up on the job… skills you developed as part of a hobby… knowledge you gained from a previous business… or anything else that’s a big part of your life, you probably have some expertise that could become the foundation of a successful business.

    Once you’ve determined what your passion, hobby, interest, idea or expertise is, it’ll be time to explore your topic further. If you’ve done the exercise I gave you, you should have written a list with the four or five topics you’d like to explore further. (If you haven’t done the exercise yet, click here to read it now.) You should then have a few potential subject areas you can use as a jumping-off point for your research.

    Look for a problem to solve

    The key to making sure your online business is successful is finding a group of people who share a common problem, then coming up with a product or service idea that will solve their problem.

    For example, you might find a group of people who want to build their own doghouses, but can’t find any plans to do it with. Or the group could be made up of apartment owners who want to redo their kitchens, but don’t want to spend a lot of money doing it.

    These narrowly defined groups of people are referred to as “niche” markets.

    I use the phrase “Niche Market” a lot – and you have probably got a decent understanding of what I’m trying to say – but it’s worth going over it again, because until you can successfully define your niche market, you will be stuck spinning your wheels.

    The term “niche market” means different things to everyone. Traditional marketers will define it as a large group of potential customers sharing several characteristics (for example; men aged 30 to 35 earning between $50,000 and $75,000). On the other hand the most successful Internet marketers along with me define a niche market as “a group of people who are searching the Internet for a solution to a problem and NOT finding it.”

    Please understand that, a niche market is not:

    • A demographic group (women over 40, African Americans)
    • A geographical segment of the population (residents of New Jersey)
    • Or a social group

    I don’t define it as a large group of people who share a similar occupation or trait (men with thinning hair, bank managers, small-business owners, people who like to fish).

    For example, the following might seem like good niche markets at first:

    Golfers; People on a diet; People over 65; Pet owners…

    But the truth is that these markets are WAY too big! Try entering the word “golf” into a search engine. You’ll get over 300 million results!

    Can you imagine trying to compete in a market like that? I don’t think you’d want to.

    Narrowing your focus to a small, niche market gives you the following advantages:

    • There’s WAY less competition.
    • Small markets are much easier to dominate — so you can become the main source for your product or service online.
    • Since niche markets are often tight-knit communities, your reputation can quickly spread by word of mouth — providing you with an ever-growing base of potential customers.
    • You can easily gain the loyalty of your customers — which gives you plenty of opportunities to expand your offer with related products and follow-up offers.

    Remember, people go online to find information and solutions to their problems.

    You need to determine what problem your future customers are trying to solve and what you could offer as a solution.

    How do I find a niche market?

    By now, you should have a list of a few general topic areas that can get you started on defining your niche market. But how do you narrow these down?

    Right at your fingertips you’ve got the best market research tools ever invented ― the search engines!

    Think about what you do when you’re looking for information. You go to Google or Yahoo and enter a few words that describe what you’re looking for. Those are called “keywords.” For instance, you enter “fix golf swing,” click Enter, and then the search engine gives you a list of relevant results. Now here’s where the market research comes in…

    Every single time someone does a search, the search engine records the keywords they used. And all that data is available to you if you know where to look!

    You can find out what people are searching for… and how often… what words they’re using… and the results they’re getting. In other words you can find “groups of people searching the Internet for solutions to their problems.” And with some further research, you can find problems that are “not getting many relevant results.”

    Bingo! Niche market.

    Final Note

    Discovering how to build your Internet business can be a lot of fun – so don’t give up! You will learn a lot about yourself, your interests – as well as the people who surf the web (your target audience).

    The work you are going to start with is geared toward crafting the solid business foundation. You will perform research, and make decisions that will affect everything you do from now on.

    I wrote this article to convince you of two things:

    1. That finding your niche market should be a vital component to your business model in order for you to start a successful and profitable Internet business, and…

    2. That you should start by doing the research necessary in order to find a profitable niche market… not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because you’ll MAKE MORE MONEY in your business.

    I hope this article has given you a good understanding as to why you must follow your passions and market your business to those who share the same interests as you – but are not finding what they’re looking for.

    By now, you should be ready to take the next step, so be on the lookout for my next email as I will show you step-by-step how to do the necessary research to find out who your niche market is.

    Until then – please leave your comment below if you’ve got a good insight from reading this article I posted. I would love to hear what you have to say and what you’ve learned. You can also read some of the comments below to see what others have said about this article.

    Talk soon,


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    I would first suggest you look at what chatmaster has to offer and then let your passion take over. Chatmaster has a lot to offer. He has given you 5 stages so far. Use them.

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    I tend to agree. Chatmaster's Starting an online business series seems like a really practical how-to approach.
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