Is Your Online Business Failing to Make Money? [READ THIS NOW]

(Last Updated On: May 11, 2021)

Are you failing to make any money with your online business?

I can promise you $0 to 6 Figures and beyond is genuinely attainable, but there are a few things I think you need to know first before you either throw in the towel because you have been at it for some time or you are starting from scratch and don't know where to start.

When I first started my online business in 2012 I was all over the place

When I first started online, I did not have a clear direction, and it cost me. I made things way too complicated when I should have had a concise and straightforward mindset. Does this mean that you don't have to work hard and invest in yourself? Absolutely not, It says you avoid doing things that DO NOT make you money.

Also, not being stupid by thinking that you are going to build a 6 figure plus online business in a month. I've coached a lot of people in this industry, and the top 3 reasons for their lack of success are…

Three prime reasons people fail building an online business 

1. They're lazy
2. They don't feel confident investing in their business (yes friends, running an online business does cost money)
3. They lack consistency and never master that one thing that can help you make a living from the comfort of your own home.
There are also other reasons that may be out of their control, but for the most part, it is those three culprits.

It drives me crazy to think that someone is ok with working for someone else 40 hours a week and not to hustle for themselves.
Is being an entrepreneur for everyone? Not a chance, but don't start something you plan on quitting. If you sincerely believe that you're going to make a ton of money without putting forth some effort, then you need to wake up and shake yourself.

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The traits of successful people I have mentored through the years

Some of the characteristics that some of my students have that have had the most significant successes…
1. They listen
2. Invest in themselves
3. they know what that it doesn't happen overnight.
4. Laser focus on building their audience and building their online business.
5. They turn roadblocks into learning experiences.
6. They continually try to get better at their craft by learning from the best and applying what they learn.
7. They don't make excuses (that is a bonus one for you)

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I don't care what you set out to do online, email marketing, your own product, e-commerce, blogging, etc. You have to build an audience, and if you do that, your earning potential is limitless. That along with consistency and mastering the skill is priceless.

You have been hustling and still, have not made a dime

Why and how could this be happening you ask?

It could be a various list that is causing you to be in this rut. Ask yourself this question, how much time do you legitimately focus on money making tasks? When I first started online, I was like so many others, all over the place and getting nothing accomplished. Now, I focus on things that I know will bring in revenue.

Do I focus on blogging every day for hours on end? Not a chance.

Yes, you can make a substantial amount of money blogging, but it can take a lot of time to build up to a decent amount of revenue and site authority in most cases. If you're a writer and have an unquenchable thirst for blogging, then go for it.

My first year and a half I dabbled in a bunch of different things and imagine what it got me?

A lot of wasted time, Confused and broke.

What that first year and a half did do for me was wake me mentally on what I did have to do to make this work.

If you genuinely want to succeed here is my best advice

Be patient but be persistent! If you're going to learn to master something, then stay focused on it and get it done. You have to make sure that whatever you set out to do, you love it and you know that you can make money doing so.

I did this with building audiences thru email marketing and building audiences. Mastering this and staying consistent opened up numerous opportunities financially.

Imagine this…

Let's say you have an undeniable love for having an e-commerce store. You build it, master the ins and outs of setting it up, formulated the perfect method generating targeted traffic towards that specific niche and monetizing the store.

That's great right?!

But it doesn't have to end there.

You could branch out and create training showing the exact methods you used to build your e-commerce store sell that as a product as well. What you end up doing is creating another targeted audience of people that want and need to learn exactly how you achieved success.

So now you have 2 viable streams of income, your store, and your coaching.
But wait, let's not stop there because you also have tools that you use within your coaching that have some pretty good affiliate programs so now you have more streams of income coming from those avenues.

Let's get a little crazier and have a high ticket one on one coaching platform. Yes, there are people out there that want to accelerate the learning process, and they have no problem paying a premium price for your one on one expertise, and you help them build their e-commerce empire. Remember, you mastered what you're teaching and they need someone with your skill set and knowledge.

Wow, another stream of income. I hope you see where I am going here.

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There is a reason why you chose to become your own boss online, and if you want something bad enough, you're going to do whatever it takes to make it happen. You want to have the choice to decide when and what you want to do online and how you plan on doing it.

If you think it is going to be free, without any failures and frustrating days, I recommend you go back to working your 9-5 job and help create someone else's wealth.

If you are ready to actually take the bull by the horns and create something special, Master it and make it happen!

Be the best at whatever you set out to do and finish what you started.

You are worth it!


Comments (20)

I like your straightforward advice! More people need to listen to what you are saying, because it is the truth. Being able to listen and take advice is hard for a lot of people. I find that they feel like they already know the answer to why they are failing, but are just denying that they have to make changes.

Instead they want to make excuses, which will get you know where fast. 

Patience and persistence are the key to success, it has been proven time and again. I have been an online marketer for over 10 years, and the first few months were not successful at all.

But over the first few years I learned what worked and what didn’t. I took notes, and I adapted.  It took time.

100% James, I lived it for the first year and a half, and it was truly humbling. I love this industry, but people need to understand it also has very murky waters, so you have to watch where you swim. #FaithFocusFinish

Freddy!  Good start to some great articles, I too have found it difficult at times to stay focused.  I am a full time affiliate marketer as we speak and the frustration is out the roof sometimes.  The dogs want to go out, the dogs are HUNGRY, the grandkids need something printed, the delivery guy is at the front door.  Sometimes you just have to knuckle down and say, “I gotta get this done!”  And then shut them all out.  One thing I did was set up my desk in another room, and designate that as my workspace.  Then I set my phone to go off once every hour and I take a ten minute break.  That way, I know that now is the time I work and everything else can wait til my ten minute break.  Hey, good luck on the great website!  You look like you’ve put some effort into it!


Thanks Steve, You Rock!

Hi Freddy, 

I have to say I am very impressed with your message and your delivery, very well written and inspiring. I have been dealing with some personal battles recently with making money online and I think this article puts everything back into focus for me. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise. I am definitely looking forward to being on this journey I started in June to make money online for a long time. You made excellent points about the traits of successful people and the 3 prime reasons people fail at online business. We can always stand to create better habits and replace bad ones that hinder the money making process in our business. I noticed you mention something I am very interested in learning more about as build my business, can you provide some more detailed examples of how you were able to build your email marketing campaigns to generate a list and cater to the audience? Again, I really appreciate your information on this topic and I hope to hear from you soon. 

Best regards, 

Jefrey Mihedji 

Hey Jefrey, I got super addicted to buying traffic. At first it wasn’t profitable…but once I set everything up and just kept on building my list it was a compound effect. 

Hi Fred! Thank you for this post! I like the straightforward way you address this matter of not being able to generate income online!

And I totally agree with your statement: one of the main reasons people fail to build a business online is because they’re lazy.

A push like this one you give in this post is what we need once in a while. Thank you!

You have said that your first year and a half went by without earning money. Did something in particular happen at the end of that period that opened the door to the next successful one? Was there something that you could label a “game changer” in your journey building your online business?

Hi Henry, it was in Washington DC, at a mastermind of 150 super successful entrepreneurs, and I was broke lol. I finally told myself to keep it simple stupid, and dig in. If these guys can do it, I can do it! Buying Traffic was a game changer for me.

Hey Freddie,
you really dived deep enough to see what is causing not to make any money? Am prepared to overcome the roadblocks and push on, but your hints for going ahead for an e-commerce store and to coach the skills I’ve learned are just amazing.

I have to get out of the rotten rut and see beyond what you are suggesting here.
Hey man, that was a motivation kicker.

Thanks for sharing your valuable experience. Keep up the good work.

Absolutely! Your skillset is by far scalable to many different avenues to make different streams of income. ? You got this Phomrong ?#FaithFocusFinish

Nice post and website design!! Your definitely right when you talk about people lacking positivity while trying to make money online. Just as rome wasn’t built all in a day, you can’t expect to make 0-6 figure income overnight and especially if you lack one major component and thats being and staying positive. Plus just as you mentioned, it can add some huge benefits to your daily life.

Thanks for sharing this post was really moving and encouraging. Also i would love to know what website theme you use for your website because it looks soo marvelous and eye catching. 

You’re Welcome! Keep going 👍#FaithFocusFinish

I like the three reasons for failure that you mentioned. Of the three, I think the points 2 and 3 are what happens with most people. People have the tendency to believe that an Internet business is free or at most, requires very little investment. But I think, you need to put in money in order to make money. That’s investment just like in a traditional offline business. If the traffic is not happening, you have to buy it through paid promotions. You need to invest in ads and videos. You need good Premium themes too. You need to be consistent with your efforts too. I have seen people trying to branch out all too soon without even mastering in an activity. That can only spell disaster. Thanks for a lovely article. I can relate to most that you have said.

You’re Welcome Sukumar!

OMG Fred!

I really like your style man!!!!!  You tell it like it is, no BS!  

I have seen myself in all of the 3 reasons you list in your article why I did not make any money online in my first 2 and half years, well maybe I wasn’t lazy, just a big procrastinator.   That until I decided that I was either going to quit, or I was going to put everything I have in this online venture!

You wrote: “If you want something bad enough, you’re going to do whatever it takes to make it happen.”  Well, I still work my 9-5 job because someone has to pay the bills, BUT, I get up between 4 and 4:30 every morning, and FOCUS on what has to be done to bring my online business ahead a little more everyday, and guess what?  I am making money.  Not enough to fire my boss yet, but I see the light at then end of the tunnel!  

All this to say that what you wrote in your article is the truth, and I am the concrete proof!

I have bookmarked your website for future references, and I will be back often!

Thanks for telling it like it is!


You’re Welcome Denis!

Hi Fred

I enjoyed browsing through your site.

There are of course millions of people who long to work from home, and the lucky few manage to achieve their ambition.  But once you have realized the dream, it’s important to maintain the work-life balance or you could find your effectiveness declines.  Working at home still has its own pitfalls: you’ve left the day job and you’re no longer shackled to the desk by your evil boss.  But your new boss can be even more tyrannical – it’s you!!

The urge to make your business succeed is powerful.  All entrepreneurs feel that sense of urgency, and the need for perfection.   By making that change to the next e-mail or tweaking the website, it’s going to make all the difference to the success of the business.

Getting started with a home business is easy enough but its the hard work you have to put into thereafter that will allow you to achieve success.

As you say you have to focus on the goal you want to achieve and never give up.

They turn roadblocks into learning experiences.

I have been in the business for over ten years now and I’m still learning, and it will never stop.

I wish you more success Fred.

Ever onwards and upwards to that success.

Have a great day.

Robert Allan

Thanks Robert! The one thing that we often do is let success blind us. If we focus on putting out amazing value and doing it the right way. You have a great day as well! 

You have just talked about very important tips here and I think this was my problem some years back. Distractions on the internet and negative mind was going to kill my dreams. 

I had to change my attitude a great deal and this  took a decision to do a 100% overhaul of my thinking and actions. One thing I had to rid myself off was the many social media platforms that almost took almost a half day. 

I converted this time and started using it for building my business. Am almost retiring early now to go and concentrate with my online business.

That’s awesome man! Sometimes it takes a reevaluation of priorities to get where you want to go. Keep focused on the prize champ. Never lose site of why you started  👍🏻💯#FaithFocusFinish

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