The Most Costly Mistake a Beginner Should Avoid

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I have made a great many mistakes since starting to work online, and this one really is a great embarrassment to me but particularly as a beginner, you need to avoid it. I will tell you about the costliest mistake here.

Read on to find out why it happens and what it is…

How My Mistake Began

I remember when I started to wonder how anyone made any money on the internet, let alone bags of it. I had come across claims of fortunes to be made, the power of the internet and the need for businesses to have a website. But having made a website about the craft shop that never made a bean, I couldn’t see how it was done.

I wanted to know how to make money on the internet and started searching for answers.

The amount of information that appears when you start searching is huge – and was huge even then. So were the warnings and the obvious scams. Some of the scams were not so obvious though and I signed up to several newsletters. I sometimes read them and they had loads of advice and loads of methods but I would skip and jump to the next, trying to identify the sound advice and never fully taking the information in.

That’s when I started buying. And that’s when I started getting…


It was exciting, confusing, tiring…..oh so tiring.
So many emails to go through, so much stuff to read – usually at night after working all day.

Everything was becoming very untidy. My head, my computer, my ideas – I thought I would burst. Every day was worse than the last.

It was verging on chaos.

I did get better at weeding out the complete and utter rubbish – I was becoming an expert at identifying the best courses and tools.
And I bought them.  I bought some very good ones.

But it was Too Much information – information overload. I was so confused – I didn’t know where to start – the offers kept coming and now I needed something FAST.

The more I spent, the more important the FAST SOLUTION became. I was getting into debt. I thought I didn’t have enough time, I was becoming desperate and wanted a quick solution.

Sometimes I would make a start but it was all taking too long – I looked at the next big thing.


Here’s the funny thing about all this and perhaps the good part in the end – I WAS learning stuff – I was gaining knowlege. I was even beginning to see the big picture.

And the worst part? No, bad as that is, it’s not the debt.
I was learning so much – but I wasn’t putting it into practice!

If only I had started using the good advice.
If only I had followed through on any of the projects I started.

The Most Costly Mistake is Two-fold:

Failing to make a start and Failing to follow through.

Why do I say this is the most costly mistake a beginner can make? Well, not only are you spending over and over again, you are losing the money you could have made in the time wasted while spending it.

If you have a hard drive full of stuff already – STOP buying more and make use of what you have and whatever system you go with, let your personality be behind it. Give it an identity associated with you and promote it as you.

‘You’ can be an alias, but that’s for another post…

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About The Author

Julie Ashti

Julie Ashti explores working from home and finds products and tools that help with Marketing on the internet. I work from where-ever I happen to be, and if you are wanting to do the same you can discover how to get there with me.


  • Colin Smeaton

    Reply Reply April 4, 2015

    Hi Julie,

    Good article. I think just about every internet marketer online can relate to this story during some point of their marketing career. I agree when you say to much info. This is what the internet gurus keep throwing at you to keep you in confusion as to what the best product is and have you buy every program under the sun.

    My best advice for anyone is if you have some kind of mentoring in place, then give this high priority. Follow through. If you have any shiny products starting to gather dust on your hard drive then, either try them out to see if they are still viable as tools or junk and trash them or start implementing them into your marketing strategy one by one.

    Make sure you take the time to get to know the product as you may be able to tie it into some sort of affiliate program so that you haven’t completely blown your money away.


    • Julie Ashti

      Reply Reply April 14, 2015

      Thank you so much Colin, for your thoughtful response. Also for your very good advice – especially about giving priority to any mentoring already in place.
      Getting to know the products you have and making good use of them as an affiliate is a great point too.

      Forgive me for taking so long to reply – I’m afraid you were hidden amongst a sea of foreign spam and I only just rescued your post!

  • Donald Gavin

    Reply Reply April 5, 2015

    Hi Julie,

    How true. I seriously doubt that there is a marketer on the face of the planet that has not fallen into the self-same trap. I know I did.

    Unfortunately many simply never get out of the cycle of buying the “next big thing” and ultimately give up rather than simply stopping, as you suggest, and applying the knowledge they have gained along the way. There will likely still be gaps in that knowledge but then you will be able to determine what is missing and go looking specifically for that knowledge.

    I guess it comes down to the old definition of insanity… humerous but true. “Insanity – doing the same thing and expecting a different result”.

    Thanks for a great article.



  • Julie Ashti

    Reply Reply April 14, 2015

    Thank you Donald, I’m so glad you like the article.

    The urge to buy is certainly is a kind of madness – I’m not sure I’m totally cured of it yet! Partly because I don’t want to recommend anything I have not tried for myself – how much time can one spend?

    Although, as Colin said, Some of the things already bought must be evergreen and useful as an affiliate…

    Surely we can learn from the persuasive sales techniques – but I’m reluctant to put anyone through the misery of the addiction.

    A true dillema – slows me up no end.

    Apologies due to you too – That sea of spam really got me muddled

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