I hear all kinds of excuses.

There is always a reason people sitting on the sidelines…or they’re wishy-washy about their commitment to online success.

Let’s be clear.  Success online is NOT easy.  I’m sorry.  It’s not.

It takes work.  It takes persistence.  And it takes overcoming your own fears.

But it’s all worth it.  The Internet Lifestyle is wonderful…if you’re willing to pay the price for it.

Here are seven common excuses I often hear:

 1. I don’t have any money.

Neither did I when I started out.  I hate debt now, but I borrowed on my last available credit card to buy my first PC and get started.  I’d recommend you avoid debt as much as you can by cutting your spending to the bone.

But the reality is it doesn’t have to be that expensive.  Minimum requirements are a web host, autoresponder system, and a domain name.  That’s about $30 a month.  Of course I’d also recommend investing in education and advertising, and that can add up quickly.  But it’s not 100% required.

2. I don’t have time. 

Yes, it will take time.  Any business start-up will.  About the bare minimum I’ve seen someone successfully start with was 15 hours a week.  Personally I invested every waking moment when I wasn’t at my job in the beginning.

You may have to stay up late to find those hours.  Or you check out on social life for a while.  But there’s no point going through the motions if you’re not going to make the commitment.

3. I don’t have anything to say.

Are you serious?  You’re not passionate about anything?  There’s nothing you like to talk about?  You may rephrase the excuse to be, “I’m not an expert…”

Understood.  But who said you have to be an expert on day one?  You just have to know more than 90% of the people listening.  There has to be something you’re good at.  And if you stay authentic, you can even talk about your journey on the subject.

 4. I haven’t studied enough yet. 

This could be true if you just stumbled onto my website this past week.  But it also assumes you haven’t been through any training programs yet…mine or anyone else’s.  Because what most people mean when they say they haven’t studied enough yet is that they don’t have a 100% perfect picture of how everything will work out.

And you won’t be getting that any time soon either.  Every new website, offer, or ad is an adventure.  It’s a new experiment.  The adventure NEVER ends.  It’s part of what makes being an entrepreneur exciting.

5. I’m not convinced it’s possible.

This one surprises me.  There are so many proven success stories online now in almost every type of business model from Amazon Kindle to eBay to ecommerce.  People of all ages and from all walks of life are making it happen online.

Maybe you just need to get out in the real world and see others succeeding.  That’s where conferences can be valuable.  It’s not just the information shared, but the energy and the connections you make.

6. I’m not sure I can do it.

This is actually the bigger problem.  Yes, others have done it, but can you personally do it?  And if you have this thought…even in the back of your mind…it’s going to hold you back.  It’s like trying to enter a race but refusing to take your foot off the brake pedal.

You end up sabotaging your own work.  You refuse to let your gifts shine.  You won’t stand up and be a voice for your audience.  You “hide” behind others instead of growing the business.  Those are all elements that get in the way.  Make a decision that you can and will do it.  Settle it.

7. I can’t afford a mentor.

Coaching and mentoring works, or I wouldn’t offer it.  It will give someone an advantage and make their path faster to success.  But it’s not required.  In fact, I find often the clients that get breakthroughs the fastest were already moving.  They have hit a couple of milestones and they’re looking to go to the next level.  That’s when coaching can pay off the fastest.

Plus there are so many lower cost options than one-on-one coaching.  It could be a group program or it could be a quick mastermind meeting.  It could be my monthly print newsletter and group webinar available in the Monthly Mentor Club.

Whatever you do, don’t let this excuse or any of the others hold you back from the success you deserve online.


Terry Dean
Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how his step-by-step courses can help you today.