Is honesty the best policy when sharing your online business?
While marketing an online business, I often wonder if honesty is the best policy, or if we wouldn’t all be better off to merely ‘not mention’ that success takes some effort and work to achieve??
I know it sounds … well dishonest… but I gotta tell you, if I had a nickel for the number of people who are “dying” to get on board, yet decided against joining me because what they really wanted to earn easy money doing no work I’d be laughing all the way to the bank.
As I have shared with you before, I receive many calls from people looking to work online and many who are interested in joining me in my primary venture.
Naturally, I love to share all the positives and the fact that getting involved in my industry came at the right time and was just what I needed (personally).
With that said, I never ever claim that my business (or any business for that matter) is right for everyone, or that you’ll be tapped on the head with a magic want and that you will “instantly” change your life once involved!
What I am saying is that is resonated with me, renewed my focus and lit my fire to travel in the right direction to discover many exciting opportunities, rewards and results that I would not have experienced otherwise.
I also share on no uncertain terms the fact that I have worked at these results. I didn’t just sign up and expect cheques to come rolling in. I had to get out there to make myself known to a certain degree and worked hard at building my online brand. I had to approach everything with an open mind and the willingness to make it work.
I had learn to set up marketing campaigns, I had to put the pen to paper and start getting content on the web, and at times I have had to step outside my comfort zone.
Now of course I didn’t do this all in the same day. I chose to TAKE ACTION & start where I was with what I had and absorbed and learned along the way with consistency.
Yes… there is a bit to learn when you first introduce yourself to this wonderful world of online marketing and start building your business… but is it difficult??
In my opinion … no!
Again, as I mentioned on my last post, it’s a matter of just doing things and not over thinking.
To be honest, I have enjoyed every single moment that I have spent learning to build my business and cannot think of a better and more exciting way to earn an income from home.
There are so many rewards over and above the monetary aspect… just being able to spend time with my kids, work around my own schedule are perks you can’t put a price on.
Another of my favourite parts of this adventure has been meeting dozens of wonderful like minded people who have helped me grow and improve along the way as well.
I will admit that at times it’s felt a little overwhelming particularly when faced with learning curves… and sometimes it still can be because, like anything in life, learning is an ongoing process. (but so what?)
I will admit that it is a little different that working a JOB where you have someone right there in the flesh to show you and walk you through every single step… but that’s not to say help isn’t available and there are not ways to learn to get around these occasional bumps in order move forward.
Yes… we sometimes feel a little impatient and yes, there is can be the odd disappointment, but I think that just goes with the territory of life in general, never mind starting an online business.
I guess the reason I am thinking out loud… (or maybe typing out loud if you want to get technical) is because I continuously see some people who make out that online marketing is a “never ending bowl of cherries” yet never mention that you might encounter the odd ‘pit’
With that said, working for an employer is pretty ‘pitty’ too in my opinion. There’s almost always office politics, often a boss keeping an eye on you and ‘rating’ your performance and at the end of the day, there really is no job security even if you work your bottom off.
When working for an employer, you have no control over your own destiny and if the doors shut… its hard lines for you.
At least when you work online, for yourself … there is only YOU to worry about. Your results are at least ‘yours’… and even if at first they are not “gobsmackingly” immense, you do have the freedom to tweak and adjust where necessary.
I know from personal experience that by being a ‘sticker’ and staying with it with the right mindset and attitude, sooner or later the Law of Compensation will kick in just as you can eventually whack a hole in a piñata!
So…Back to the Question: Is Honesty the Best Policy when Promoting an Online Business??
I’ve been told by some people in this industry to “NOT mention the fact that any effort is required”.
I’ve been told “they’ll figure it out once they’re with you… let them worry about it then”. I’ve also been told, “it’s not your responsibility… it’s their decision”…and my all time favourite “keep your mouth shut, tell them only what they want to hear and don’t talk yourself out of a sale”….
To me, this approach lacks integrity… and even though I’ve wondered on the very odd occasion if maybe they’re right…. I have come to my senses within a few minutes as I also know there are many downsides to this way of being… over and above a heavy conscience.
You see, in some of my endeavours, I’ve seen others join with new partners almost every day…BUT at the end of the day I’ve also had heard feedback from people who feel angry, slighted and disappointed because… as crazy as it sounds… they truly had no idea what might be required and that they might actually have to take action and ‘work’ at it.
Now I’m not saying people who decide to join us “are not” solely responsible for the decision to do so…they are!
I also recognize that we as marketers cannot take on the responsibility of someone else if they feel to have made the wrong decision or the fact they are not willing to work towards success.
After all, at the end of the day everyone has to pull on their big boy or girlie panties and decide for themselves the best direction to take.
Common sense should come into play and people ‘should’ recognize that anything worth but having (i.e.: your own business) is going to take effort.
Yet… and even though, sadly…many people just don’t ‘get’ this… to me this fact alone does not convince me that putting your cards on the table and preparing them to roll up their sleeves is a bad thing.
I truly believe that I should arm others to know exactly what will be entailed to get an online business off the ground.
I mean… who the heck wants to recruit someone who thinks that lightening might strike and money will fall from the sky like a jackpot from a one armed bandit merely based on the fact that they’ve signed up?
My view on this is that you want to join with those who are ready to dig in …and are excited to make an honest go of it…and thankfully these people are out there, we just have to attract the ones with the right attitude!
I have had people join me who have done very well, and after they’ve learned from me for a while, they have gone on to better themselves… to the point that I’ve occasionally gone on to learn a few things from them as well!!
With this said, it’s important to know that this would not have happened if they had not invested the time and effort to make it happen.
This is a wonderful industry and there so many awesome roads to take.
Furthermore, by working online we are in essence able to put ourselves in front of the world’s largest audience and even though admittedly we may have to kiss a few “toads” before we meet our princes or princesses… I think that being honest and sharing the good… along with the ‘heads-up’ is the best way to be.
Building my online has been one of the best moves I made. Not only did I get the mental cleanse and mindset tweak that I lacked for a period of time; it renewed my focus and lit my fire to get ahead once more.
I’m even grateful for a few hiccups I’ve encountered along the way as they have proven to be blessings to strengthen and better equipped me to help the ones who place their trust in me.
Its one thing to have a slow but stead stream of happy partnerships than a bucketful of people who will always remember your name for the wrong reasons! (at least that’s my take on it!)
What do you think? Do you think that honesty is the best policy when building your business, or do you think that we should “accidentally on purpose” not mention there might be times of heavy fog on the occasional day?