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The “Right Way” to Start a Business

Discussing the fast-result and fast-money industry.

Have you seen the courses, downloads, and masterclasses that are directed to starting a business and getting fast results?

They usually say something like “Follow my 4 step process to profit quickly in business!” or “This training is all you need to succeed in business!” etc.

Essentially telling you that a 1-hour to 6-hour training will be everything you need to start a business and get money quickly.

But all of these claims are bullshit. And here’s why.

There is NO “Right Way”

Just like we humans are all at least slightly different in some unique way, there are many, many more ways for each individual person to succeed in business.

That’s math that I can’t even do. 7 Billion people to the thousands, even millions, of ways for each person.

You don’t need the “one way.”

The one way that it worked for them isn’t guaranteed to work for you. Because you’re already a different person. You have completely different reasons, values, talents, skills, preferences, gifts, and so much more.

Not to mention prestige, privilege, starting point, knowledge, location, availability of resources, and all other external factors.

Both your internal experience and external experience are vastly different than the person trying to sell you the way that worked for them.

And both of these will skew the results you create by using their process.

“Fast” and “Quick” are Click-Bait Terms

If you’ve been duped by these terms before, you’re not alone.

These two words are tossed around carelessly and interchangeably. Yet they’re both vague and broad.

Fast could mean you set it up fast. Not that you’ll succeed fast. Or it could mean that you’ll find your first client fast — because the first client is usually someone you know (40% of new business owners have their first client through their network).

Or fast could mean that you learn the knowledge you need… well, fast.

But there’s no given timeframe. And your perception of a fast timeframe could be slow for them. Or vice versa.

Fast in this context, to me as a 3rd-year Entrepreneur, means you’ll be able to start within 1 year and gain your first client within 2 years.

Entrepreneurship isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s a steep learning curve for many, the industry is constantly shifting, there are new things to learn all the time about it.

So, what really does “fast” or “quick” actually mean?

It means the marketing understands your pressure to get results quickly. That’s it. It’s just a marketing tactic.

What really brings fast results?

Action. You taking action to do the thing. To start the business. To post the information. To market yourself. To start at all.

And yes, you’ll learn that within the masterclass, course, or whatever it is. But it still doesn’t mean their process will work for you if you’re left confused on what to do or where to start.

Just as well, overthinking and procrastination slow any progress. Having someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of, and actually consult with can move you forward faster than a course that is just knowledge sitting in your head.

Without action, results don’t come.

So what’s going to get you in motion? How are you going to take a step forward today? What action step will you complete?

Write it down. Then go do it. Take some action so you can start building momentum to receive real results.

We could get into a whole rant about why this is, and the deeper aspects of what’s going on in the fast-result and fast-money industry, but I won’t ramble that out today.

Instead, I want to leave you with actual, viable options if you’re looking to make fast money.

Fast, in this sense, means within a month. Not days, weeks.

The only faster way that I know of is selling things you own. Then, it may be days.

But in terms of business startups and entrepreneurship, I’m going to assume that you don’t want to sell all your stuff.

2 Ways to Make Money Within a Month

Freelancing gives the broadest opportunity to make money while remaining in your zone of genius and being able to continue working on your own business. It’s where you take the skills you already know and can competently complete and offer them to others who need them.

  1. Signup for a Freelancing Platform and Offer Services
    – Fiverr, Upwork, and other similar sites are where the clientele already comes to their platform. So you don’t need to go out looking for clients from scratch.
    – With Fiverr, you set up your profile and then wait for the algorithm to pick you up (usually after 2 weeks) and start showing you on the first page.
    – With Upwork, you set up your profile and then bid on the work that clients have already posted. Think about it as an interview process.
  2. Offer Freelancing to Entrepreneurs You Already Know
    – Established entrepreneurs likely have items they’d like to outsource. Such as emails, social media posts, blog posts, website modification, appointment setting, etc.
    – Offer your services to them and see if they know anyone else who may need the same kind of help.

Remember, there is no “one way” that will work for you.

Your journey is uniquely your own. It won’t be perfect. It won’t be pretty.

It’ll be messy, authentic, vulnerable, easy, and challenging, all in one.

But you’ll be moving forward, figuring it out, and, most of all, it’ll be true to you.

This article was originally published on Medium by Lillith Elaina.

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and don’t pretend to be. Everything in my articles is purely experienced from what I’ve personally done or what people I actually know have done. Nothing in my articles is meant to be financial, legal, health, or medical advice of any kind. Make decisions wisely and always do your own research.