Starting An Online Business From Home – 5 Reasons Why People Fail

Starting An Online Business From Home

I do not position myself as some ‘super-experienced’ expert when it comes to EVERYTHING to do with starting an online business from home.

In fact, less than 3 years ago, I didn’t know what internet marketing was and didn’t know a single thing about online business. Nor did I believe one could make consistent income using the internet – unless you were a Youtube “star”.

Though I haven’t been ‘at this’ for a decade-long, I have been around long enough to notice that it requires certain traits for one to experience success and not failure when it comes to starting an online business from home.

Starting An Online Business From Home
5 Reason Why People Fail

1. Fear/Not Starting At All

People tend to be very skeptical about things they haven’t tried or aren’t willing to try. (I.e. starting a business on the internet).

You would be amongst MANY if the thought of earning money from the comfort of home has crossed your mind.

It’s easy to get worried about all the potential mistakes – that you never get started at all. This fear of getting started or by overthinking the whole thing is a sure way to fail.

The only way to get better at something is if you start.

Understand that you will more than likely make mistakes. It’s a part of the learning process. As I like to say and firmly stand by: “Do, fail, repeat”.

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2. Lack Of Preparation

As a new online business owner, it is up to YOU to do your research and to plan things ahead. Research is just a part of preparation.

Along with helpful tips and teachings for maintaining and growing an online business, here at EPO, we try to help complete beginners understand where and how they can safely begin building their new business.

From learning the different ways one could make money online, following these effective business models, to researching your audience to better understand your customers beforehand.

3. Lack Of Patience

When it comes to using the internet nowadays, we are used to things happening in an instant (goodbye dial-up).

We can connect with each other in an instant, message friends from across the world with the click of a button, access any information quickly with a simple search.

When we use the internet, we expect instant results.

However, when it comes to starting a long-term business online, having this ‘mindset’ is why so many people fail.

This may partly be due to all of the misleading information and offers out there promising “instant riches”, which usually results in being a scam.

The reality is a successful business will take more than a few months. Maybe a year or two.

Realize that starting a REAL business by way of the internet, takes time and commitment.

4. SOS

SOS or Shiny Object Syndrome.

It’s easy to lose focus when working online and just as easy to chase the next latest and greatest offer, promising to help you secure “instant riches”.

There are numerous things out there for online business owners to use that can help make their business run smoother, faster, or just look better overall.

Do your best to avoid the ‘shiny’ distractions, however.

These are the things that deter you away from either work that you know needs to get done, the overall goals for your business, or both.

Don’t keep chasing “opportunity” after “opportunity”. Staying focused and on track is important.

5. Quitting Too Soon

This would be another common reason why people fail and ties directly into the #3 reason above.Starting An Online Business From Home

As we discussed, creating a successful business normally happens over time. It may not happen your first month, the second month, or even within your first year.


Within the first few months, especially if you are new to online business, you are still setting the ‘foundation’ for your new business.

Could you still see results?

Hell yeah! Personally, it took me a full month of learning and applying things to my new business (the site you are on now), to earn my first dollar. $8 to be exact. I haven’t looked back since.

The point here is, you very well could see some promising results within your first year, 6 months, or even first month.

The best part about it is that during this timeframe, you will be learning more and more and sharpening up your skills to have an established business online.

So Keep In Mind

These 5 things tend to be why people fail at starting an online business from home.

My advice to you as an online business owner (future or current), is to come prepared, focus, and persevere even if you aren’t seeing favorable results just yet.

Remind yourself why you started this online business. Think of your customer and continue creating awesome, helpful content for them.


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About the author


    My goal for this website is to help those who are looking to make money online from the comfort of their home and to offer people an alternative to the FIXED 9-to-5 life. Whether you are looking to make full time income online or just looking to make some extra cash. I've got you covered.

    gregS - 5 years ago

    Hi Jason

    These 5 points are very relevant, and should be read by anyone wanting to start an online business.

    I started myself just under 6 months ago.

    In the long run i will succeed, i’m just adding content, and building my foundation.

    Everybody should start, keep building, and never give up. Thanks for the tips.


      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hey Greg, thanks for taking the time to comment.

      For those looking for a way to earn from home as a main source of income or extra income, the internet is the way to go. It’s all right here. Find some good training, stick to the plan, and work hard.

      Good luck to you, Greg.

    Claire Collins
    Claire Collins - 5 years ago

    Hi. You make all this seem so simple! I wouldn’t know how to “sell” people into my hobbies. My hobbies are quite boring. I make wreaths,go second hand shopping and collect Hallmark Ornaments. I

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hi Claire, to be quite honest, things were not so simple when I first looked into online marketing/business.

      Over time, as my knowledge and understanding grew, it has become more and more simple. Still, lots to learn!

      Whether you want to label your hobbies as ‘boring’ (lol), the fact is many other people may share these same hobbies. What you have shared are all potential niches and there are MANY niches out there. It can be a hobby, an interest or something you wish to learn yourself, something you have gone through or struggle with and can offer a helpful solution to, problems you can solve, etc.

      I am sure you can come up with much more when it comes to finding a suitable niche.

      Lastly, if you want to make money, you will obviously need something to sell. Be it your own products, earning commissions as an affiliate, or a course you put together. When it comes to selling, it’s much better to inform and help people rather than to sell them. Help people make an informed decision, share your own personal findings or benefits from using product or service X and you will do fine.

      Just a few thoughts. Thanks for stopping by, Claire 🙂

    Ahmed - 5 years ago

    It is god

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hi, Ahmed.

      I hope you found our post on starting an online business from home helpful.

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