Getting your first sale fast is the most critical thing you could do when first starting an online business.
The amount of time which elapses between making a decision to start an online business, and seeing real money show up in your bank account from that business, gives a good indication of whether someone will persist or quit.
Only the most stubborn people have the ability to continue working away at this and seeing nothing in return for 6+ months. Luckily for me, I was one of those people – because it actually took me 9 months to get my first sale.
My problem was I thought I needed to know everything before I ever executed.
So I spent many, many months studying courses in learning mode.
Learning does not = money. Only applied learning will put dollars in your bank account.
During this difficult time, I tried to stay optimistic by telling myself, “I’ve just got to keep on going. I’ve got to persist.”
The more time I put into it, the more determined I became to make it work.
Not everyone is like this though. For many, the more time that goes by without seeing results, the less determined they become. After a few months when there’s no evidence it works, they start to lose faith.
Once they start to lose faith and become negative about their business, their negative attitude starts branching out like a ripple effect to the rest of their business. It contaminates their emails, videos, social media, etc (or stops them from even trying those marketing channels).
So if you are brand new here, priority number one is to ask the question, “How do I get a customer in the shortest amount of time possible?”
Really think through the answer.
Maybe you know someone who’s really curious about what you’re doing – they’re fascinated with the idea of internet marketing. But you’re holding off telling them about your business because first you want to get some sales so you can have ‘proof’ that it works.
Well, that’s a mistake. That’s taking the long way. The shortest path would be to just show them what you’re doing, and if they want to buy from you then (which they very well might since they know you), you’ll have made your first sale.
Your first sale will give you the most amazing feeling in the world!
It’s like a magical moment. When I got my first sale (a $1,000 commission), it suddenly breathed life right back into me.
I got my second sale about five weeks later, and things started happening a lot faster from that point on.
It’s never too late to turn it all around either…
If you’ve been attempting to build your business for what feels like a very long time, but still not seeing results, you really need to focus back on that first question.
“What is the one thing you could do today, or the series of things that you could do today that would actually bring in a customer?
Matt explains all the above in a bit more detail. Super important you get this concept though and get out of ‘learning acquisition mode’ or other forms of procrastination.