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Cyberpreneurship probably wasn't the best term to use for this because ‘cyber' tends to make you think of ‘cyber punk', ‘cyber sex', and ‘cybernet' SkyNet (from Terminator). All negative things. Heck, I don't even think anyone actively uses the term to talk about entrepreneurship on the internet.
Webreneurship? No Way.
Ok, so cyberpreneurship was the best choice of a few bad choices. I only mean to describe being an entrepreneur, on the interwebs. Cyberpreneurs operate on a very different landscape from IRL entrepreneurs, but many of the core concepts remain the same.
We need to invent.
We need to invest.
We need to persevere.
Experimenting, testing, trying, and failing, but never quitting. This is what it is to be an entrepreneur in the virtual world. But enough of the Cyberpreneur mantra. How about some practical steps to get started.
How To Get Started
First, you need an idea. Don't worry, you don't need to reinvent the wheel.
You only need to help people.
One of the most basic ways to help someone, which is very appropriate for the internet is the create fresh, entertaining, true, interesting, shocking, unique, and wonderful INFORMATION.
On the internet, we can do this through writing, video, sounds, or pictures. Within those three broad concepts, there are many more smaller niches where you can expand your ideas.
- You are not limited to blogs monetized by Adsense!
- You are not limited to ‘creating meme' or ‘going viral' as many think.
- As I said before, you don't have to do something HUGE like YouTube, Google, Facebook or Twitter.
- It could be as simple as making a useful app, or teaching via YouTube.
- You might do your own research and post it on a blog.
- Or attempt something new and document the adventure via Twitter and Facebook.
We also need to invest, but that doesn't mean money (though you may need some).
Mostly, you'll need to invest time. Lots of time. Seeing what works, and what doesn't. No doubt you'll have your share of failed endeavors. But the more you fail, the more you know how NOT to do something, right?
You'll need to invest heart, and emotion, because that's what separates entrepreneurs from businessmen.
I don't mean to say that business is bad. As you may have noticed, online business is something I love. But I also believe that online business and cyberpreneurship are two different things. Online business is simply the act of doing business on the internet; Making money online.
Cyberpreneurship is the idea of leveraging the internet to challenge, change, and create.
Last, but certainly not least, we need to persevere. This is going to be tough – Physically, and Mentally.
Sure, we won't have to be outside in the wind and rain. But we'll be sitting a computer for long periods of time. We'll be at home, inside, when it's a sunny day outside and we'd much rather go for a walk in the park than put MORE time into this project we're not 100% sure is actually going to be profitable.
When people smirk and make comments about what we do with our time we're going to have to take into consideration their criticism only so far as it benefits us to make our business better.
And when nothing comes of our efforts, we will have to continue down the path longer and hope results are somewhere on the horizon, or take another path, and start all over again.
Reach Out To Like-Minded Communities
Lucky for us, there are others. The internet is a place where people share ideas. Especially among the cyberpreneur communities online, participants are always interested to see new and exciting ventures. To comment, ask questions, and share ideas.
Being an entrepreneur isn't easy, but it's a bit easier on the internet.