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I Am An E-Business Junkie - Help! Ten Tips To Break the Habit.

Aug 22nd 2010 at 11:57 AM

Are you desperate to find an online business that actually works? Do you keep signing up for everything going but are still not making any money? Well, here are some suggestions to help get you out of the rut and stop being an e-business junkie. REMEMBER, every new program you sign up for needs you to promote it - don't dilute your efforts!

No. 1
From this point forward, DO NOT SIGN UP FOR, REGISTER FOR, OR 'GET INTO' anything else. Now is the time to consolidate what you have already bought in to - you know it makes sense!

No. 2
Cancel as many email newsletter subscriptions as you can - they tempt you as well as use up your valuable time as you go through them 'Just in case'. I know - I do it myself and have to keep having clear-outs!

No. 3
Go through all the e-business programs and systems you already have or belong to, and de-clutter. For example, if there are lots of e-books on your computer, re-zip them up and move them to a 'suspended' folder out of the way - you can come back to them later, but you need to clear out the clutter - just like you do your house every now and then.

No. 4
If you are subscribed to programs or systems which you pay for every month, then make a list of what they are and how much they cost. Likewise with any that don't cost you anything. You need to know what resources these provide and if you still use or need them. How important are they to you - which ones can you manage without. Just make a note for now.

No. 5
Of the systems and programs you listed in no. 4, which are you actively promoting or using? Are they worth the expense? If you are not using them at the moment and have no plans to start yet, then cancel your subscription; you can always re-join later.

No. 6
Take a good look at the 'active' systems you have listed. Are they working at all? If you have a very small income from them, then they are, but you need to promote them better and harder in order to make more money. If you don't feel like doing this, then it's likely you are not totally comfortable with them - they don't suit your style, or something else you haven't quite 'gelled' with. Do you really want to keep going with something you don't like - drop it.

No. 7
How many 'possibles' do you have left now? How many can you reasonably handle on a daily basis. By 'handle', I mean look after your customers or downline. Keep them updated with tips and advice, answer their questions within 24 hours (via email), keep the adverts fresh and lively. In other words, if you don't have time to support them all equally well, then something's gotta go. Extending yourself too thin by trying to work with more than a couple of systems or programs at a time means that you can't do anything well. If they are wildly disparate topics/niches, then it can make it harder for you to switch your mind back and forth in order to do even one of them well. So, discard a few - you can sign up again later.

No. 8
Do you have all the knowledge and tools you need to get your promotions up to the top level? Most programs and systems have built-in advice either within the software or e-book itself, or via online support or forums. If you are following this 100%, yet the program isn't working for you, then it is likely you haven't had time to study it enough and follow the advice given. It could also be that you are trying to take short-cuts. Be honest with yourself - it's your future.

No. 9
Choose and work JUST ONE system (or program) for TWO months - to the exclusion of all else. OK, there may be some really small things you need to do, but give 95% of your effort to the single program which looks most promising. Within 2 months, and hopefully sooner, you should see some positive movement. If it is only a small amount, then is it enough to demonstrate that it is starting to work? Do you still need to learn a bit more and try some more ideas - then keep going with it. Or, perhaps you are 100% confident you have really done your best? In this case it may be it isn't going to work for you. That's a bit of a judgement call. Can you afford to give it another couple of months? If not, then be brave, drop it and start over with one of the other programs you already have and give your all to that.

No. 10
You don't need to become an expert yourself, but you do need to understand the lingo. Have a go at designing some simple web pages using online freebie sites. Google to learn a bit about ftp - which is what you need to transfer your new designs onto your own web pages. Do you need a domain name? - go and get one. Set up a blog too. Blogger will do for starters.

We all expect there to be a pot of gold on the other side of the sales page - after all, that's what they are promising.

But it's not that easy. Yes, someone may be making $50,000 a month, but they have most likely been working at it for 5 years or more! An E-Business junkie finds it hard to ignore these promises, which are usually accompanied by a rock-solid money-back guarantee to make us comfortable parting with our money - but how many people actually remember to claim a refund?

If you are an e-business junkie, set your mind to sticking with what you already belong to. Do all you can to make those programs work - safe in the knowledge that even should one of them come to nought, there are plenty more out there for you to have a go at.

However, if you need money more urgently, the reality is that you need to have a proper job for the time-being. Sorry.

I wrote this article a while ago and have just found it as I de-clutterred and organised my hard-drive. See, I also do what I recommend! Do pop over to my blog at

Please to comment
May 23rd 2014 at 11:22 AM by Davrin
Superb and informative. Cutting through distraction and clutter. I like your point #9. Thanks. Hope you have a pleasant week!
Mar 16th 2013 at 7:33 AM by LonnieG
What a great article, Lynda! Since I like the philosophy of multiple streams of online income I will probably always have at least a few things that I actively promote, yet I did invoke a rule that works really well for me ... if I find something new that after doing my "due diligence" I think I want to build then I challenge myself to turn loose of TWO things that I was maintaining. This two for one rule has caused me to do some of the things you discussed as part of my review process. You have provided some valuable insights. Thank you. ~LonnieG
Sep 10th 2010 at 9:22 AM by TimRR
Great information , well done
Aug 22nd 2010 at 1:00 PM by visionary
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I soooo needed to read this article because I fit this description to a tee! I saw myself in each sentence! You could've been writing about me! I have been getting so rutted down lately and I really don't have that many businesses going but I do know that that is the problem because I need to re-organize and pinpoint what is bothering me about them and why am I not that excited about them like I use to be. Your artcle gave me a clearer picture of what was going on in my head and what I need to do from this point on. This is a very thought out and well written article. Stella

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