I must nit-pick this list, for it is so true and I am so sick of people saying to me: "But....but...but... I thought..."
This is so true.
When people start looking to make money online and they come to me and ask where to start first, because I make money online and therefor I MUST be a "guru" just falling all over myself to "mentor" them (see my Warrior's Forum inbox).... the first thing I tell them is this:
Do you have a business license?
Did you get a permit for running a business in your home?
Have you applied with the IRS for an EIN?
Does your town have laws against operating online businesses out of your home (thus requiring you to rent office space elsewhere)?
Have you contacted the SBA and requested their pamphlets and guides to starting a business?
Have you registered your business name?
These are all things you have to do BEFORE you get started.
These are the first steps to starting a business. Yes, even an online one.
And then they go...
"But....but...but... I thought..."
What? You thought you didn't have to obey the law or pay your taxes?
"But....but...but... I don't live in the USA..."
Well, tough luck, because if you have an online business selling to Americans, you ARE required to collect taxes from them and report them to the IRS, no matter where you live. Just like we Americans who sell to Europe have to pay those VAT fees.
In fact, non-Americans needing to pay IRS taxes, is the #1 reason, Kindle authors give up on ebooks with Kindle, after they make their first $600 in USA sales and Amazon closes their account because they refuse to forward tax information to Amazon.
I sell most of my Kindle books to readers in Japan and Germany. Only 5% of my sales are in America, even though I'm a Scottish person living in America. Every February I get a mountain of paperwork from Amazon. Because my books are sold in over a dozen different countries and I have to fill out all the various tax forms for each and every one of them.
Welcome to the world of global online business, where you not only have the IRS, but every other country has taxes that have to be paid too. Who knew?
And more importantly: how many "make money online gurus" are out there telling newbies this very important information? None. Not one.
Why? Because they are too busy screaming "Buy my get rich quick scam guide, give me all your money, money, money!" to get money out of newbs.
Those gurus have no real interest in helping them get a business started. How many "gurus" and "mentors" are there out there who ACTUALLY teach starting a business?
I see time and time again, newbies bemoaning having spent $20,000 to $30,000 in years of mentor "coaching" and never getting anything useful out of it.
You want REAL knowledge on how to start and online business? Do what I did: go to your local community college and sign up for a business degree. I took 3 semesters of business and entrepreneur classes. Didn't go for the full degree because I wasn't interested in the degree, I just wanted to take those classes and you had to be in the degree program to take them. But I learned way more in that year and a half of business classes at a local college, then any online guru ever spouted out in their "get rich online" guides. And I learned it from REAL business owners, running REAL businesses, and got to take class tours of businesses to see how REAL online money makers make their online money.
Dreaming of making money online is vastly different from the reality of making money from an actual online business. I wish more people realized that.
My inbox, wishes more people realized that too. Along with wishing people didn't spam with "OMG! You make money online! I want to do that! Tell me how!" If I spent all my time answering newbies looking for answers, I'd never have time to make money online.
But, I'll answer ALL the newbies in my inbox right now, and say this:
I never once emailed someone to ask them to tell me how they made money online. No. I was too busy in libraries researching how to start a small business. I was too busy going to college taking business starting classes. I was too busy teaching myself how to start a business and applying what I learned and putting it to action, to have time to waste running around online chasing after online money makers asking them how they did what they did.
There are quite a few people online and offline who over the years have pointed to me and said "She's a success" They have had wide and varied reasons for what they termed "success" to mean as well.
Because I am fully transparent with who I am, where I am, what I do, how I do it, and even post my actual income figures online in yearly reports... it has resulted in certain people of certain circles to, realize where I live and for some reason decide it's okay to drive up hear, prance up into my yard and visit me uninvited.
They get here (trespassing in my yard, clamoring past dozens of keep out and no trespassing signs) and ask stuff like:
"But....but...but... I thought that whole story about the bomb blowing up your house and you living under a tarp for 9 years was a marketing gimmick..."
Nope. I really am not white and the Ku Klux Klan really did blow up my house, because they didn't like the fact that Stephen King filmed The Thinner movie on my farm, and the Old Orchard Beach town hall really is run by the KKK and refusing to give my non-white Gypsy arse building permits to rebuild because I'm not white enough.
"But....but...but... I thought you make all this money online... how can you not have a house to live in a sleep under a tarp for 11 years... I thought you were a success..."
Yes, that is my income, yes, I really am homeless, now going on 11 years as of April 2017, the bomb blew up my house October 18, 2006. Here, while you're here, let me introduce you to Golgotha. She's the big white cross the KKK left behind after blowing up my house. Hey, let me point to the 4-door-white pick up truck across the street. Notice his loaded gun pointed out the window and aiming up here, you better duck and run, he's one of the KKK ring leaders and it doesn't matter how white YOU are if he sees you standing in my yard talking to little none-white me.
Welcome to Maine. We really is mountain folk. Just look at him, owner of the biggest motel overlooking Pine Point, brags he paid $6million for his house, and runs around town screaming and pointing and pointing at me while saying: "That's Ken's son, that's a man, look at how he's dressed, kill or be killed, all transsexuals are alike, remember Saco Shaw's! Look at that car and that camper. That thing and it's cars are too gay for the family friendly town of Old orchard beach!"...followed by a rant of how HIS motel is better than all the rest, because HIS motel doesn't allow gays or non-whites inside. In between, more bragging to having paid $6million for his house, which he claims gives him the right to tell the town hall what to do.
He calls himself "civilized" while running around shooting at everything with his big old gun, and calls me savage, because I painted my motorhome pink and grow too many gay, I mean pink roses.
He worked the town up into a frenzy of "OMG! There's a transsexual in town"... so I walked around naked for a bit, nothing but a purple cape that said in 8" letters on it "I'm too gay for OOB". My 38D boobs and vagina embarrassed the hell out of them, and they haven't calls me a man ever since.
Hey - never call an OtherKin female hermit with Schizophrenia a man, or call her gay, especially when she's so straight she obsessively writes Yaoi... she'll toss her clothes off and run around town naked just to prove them wrong. You know, because that's how someone with Schizophrenia responds to jackasses like the gay hating, cat murdering do-goodies of Old Orchard Beach.
"But....but...but... I thought... you make so much money online... why don't you move... buy a mansion in Florida or France or something..."
What? And leave the swamps of Old Orchard Beach? I've lived here since 1975. Having all the money in the world isn't gonna make me leave, it's just gonna make me build higher barbed wire fences then I already got.
Besides, where else other then Maine could I live the way I live. How many crazy cat women do you have in your town, living under tarps in swamps in the dense forests, dressing like Liberace, living as an Elf and driving a car with 2.5million marbles glued to it.
You know there is a reason the tourists who come to Old Orchard Beach, Maine laugh at us year round residents and call us hicks in the sticks... it's because we are hicks in the sticks.
You really think a crazy wild swamp hermit like me could live in a society any place else in the world? I fit inn here in Maine. Believe me, I'm far from the craziest crazy person Maine has. Maine has a slew of cult compounds, religious maniacs.... and if you to Parsonfield, you'll find signs in driveways a hell of a lot bigger then my queen sized bed sheets/Keep out signs.
Think about it. Do you really think YOUR town could handle having someone like me living in it with people like YOU?
People around here don't tell you I'm a feral child who was raised by feral cats, for nothing you know.
"But....but...but... I thought... you make so much money online... you could have beach houses, mansions, race horses, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, ... isn't that why you make money online?"
No. I didn't.
Yes, I could have those things. If I wanted them. But I don't.
I didn't set out to make money online. Making money online is something that happened naturally over the course of time. It wasn't my goal. It never was. I'm happy here in woods. Don't need to go anywhere else, don't need the mansions or cars...
"But....but...but... you don't have a house!!!!!!!"
And I dose nae seem to care.
2001 a back hoe drove over my house.
2001, got a new house moved in, and Morin House Moving Company, cut it in half and moved it to Lake Arrowhead. They were paid to do so by Mark Elliot. A local pastor from Arundeal.
2006 a bomb blew up my next house.
2007, same back hoe drove over my next house
2013 same back hoe drove over my next house. 3 times now.
You'd think they'd realize by now that I'm not leaving and give up.
Next house I put up is going to be a backhoe proof stone peel tower.