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Quitting The 9 To 5: Getting An Internet Mentor

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As mentioned in my first post in this series on ‘How I Quit My Job To Start My On-line Business’ I was excited and shocked.

I was keen to start…I was going to earning an awesome on-line income very quickly.

It was August 2006 and I knew very little about making money via the internet. I needed some guidance and I was happy to invest in my new adventure.

I decided I needed an Internet Mentor.

I did some research on-line and found one who specialised in mentoring people who wanted to offer coaching services on-line.

That’s what I thought I could do and would be good at. I had been managing / mentoring / coaching people in the corporate world and I could coach others to become better managers.

The internet mentor I found had numerous testimonials and one of his services was to meet him for one hour to go through a brain storming session and just to get to know each other.

We met in a London hotel and he asked me lots of questions.

We covered:

  • My experience
  • My strengths
  • The On-line Business Strategy
  • Possible Domain Names
  • Branding
  • My Ideal Clients
  • My Target Market
  • The challenges of my target market
  • Short-term on-line Goals
  • Plans for the website

We covered so much in just 60 minutes.

He was professional, slick and knew the right questions to ask. He had a system. That was the crucial difference. He knew his ‘system’ worked. He had come prepared.

I liked that. It was a structured approach and the mentor also knew his stuff.

We agreed that with my knowledge and experience it would be good to enter the personal development niche…specializing in ‘Management’. I knew that I could cover such topics as:

  • Time management
  • Delegation skills
  • Managing change
  • Stress management
  • Management style
  • Communications
  • Presentation skills / public speaking
  • Staff management
  • Motivating others
  • Work life balance
  • Making things happen

My on-line goals were to have:

  • The website live by the end of October 2006
  • 100 free opt-ins by the end of 2006
  • 1000 free opt-ins by the end of 2007
  • $320 extra income per month by the end of 2006
  • $1600 extra income per month by the end of 2007
  • Have 2 paying clients of my own by the end of 2006

That was the end of the session.

The next day, I received an email from the mentor with our session written up and what the next steps could be.

I was sold.

He was extremely professional and delivered exactly what he said he would.

At first I wasn’t too sure whether I should sign up or not. Although the mentor was good and we got on well…his charges were quite high. I was a little reluctant.

But I knew I had to invest. I knew I wanted to move quickly and get things going straight away.

I signed up. I thought I would regret it in years to come if I didn’t. I’d always be thinking, “What if?”

This is exactly what I was going to get for my investment:

  • Website design including logo creation and colour analysis
  • My own website with several pages of content plus a blog with the ability of a free opt-in, customer email database and integration with a shopping cart for me to sell products.
  • The CMS tool and code to enable me to maintain my website after delivery.
  • 9 x one-hour business coaching sessions
  • Web hosting for 1 year
  • Invite to the mentors website/SEO 2-day workshop

Total price: $4,000

That’s it I had done it. I had invested the money. Now it was time for action.

Over the next few weeks, I was working in the evenings and weekends.

This was all new to me. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

With the mentor’s help I was designing my website. The pages required, the navigation, the colour scheme and the content.

The first thing I needed to concentrate on was ‘building my list’. That was priority number one. Visitors were going to have the ability to sign up for my ‘giveaway’ in return for their name and e-mail address.

I created a free 7-day e-course aimed at Managers and called it:

“Secrets To Getting Promoted, Boosting Your Income And Working Less”

Visitors would opt-in and the course would be delivered automatically over 7 days.

The mentor suggested I use the one-shopping-cart service for such an activity.

It took me ages to write the 7-day course. It was basically 7 blog posts but this was all new to me.

I wrote the opt-in squeeze page – this was to be my home page.

I set up the autoresponder, added such pages, as ‘About me’, “contact” and I was ready.

It was mid–October 2006. We had beaten our goal of end October 2006.

“Within weeks I am going to be making lots of extra money”

Lessons to takeaway:

If you are unsure what to do or where to start…get a mentor you feel comfortable with.

Within a few weeks I went from knowing very little about making money on-line to having my niche agreed, my own website, a ‘giveaway’ and my customer database list was growing.

In the next post I shall share with you how many opt-ins I started to get, how I created my first selling product and how rich I did become.

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11 Responses to Quitting The 9 To 5: Getting An Internet Mentor

  1. Timo Kiander July 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm #


    I have used mentoring services earlier this year and I agree – it is definitely worth investing.

    Not only do you get a solid plan on how to move forward, but also, you become accountable to someone and you get stuff done!

    This is good stuff Andrew … keep it coming 🙂


    • Andrew July 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm #


      I agree…especially when you have to pay for it!


  2. Larissa July 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I love that post! thanks for sharing. I’m new at blogging and I know now one thing for sure – schedule is almost everything. when you set up a goal to get to at a specific time point it gives you so much motivation!!! and to me it’s important! thanks!

    • Andrew July 19, 2011 at 5:59 am #


      Having goals was important for me. I needed them to get started and stay motivated.


  3. TrafficColeman July 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I guess the rest is history my friend..I’m so happy to see people taken control of their lives..it just gives me a good feeling inside to know their my online friends.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • Andrew July 19, 2011 at 6:00 am #

      I suppose I did take control…if I didn’t, it would be controlled for me!


  4. Gary Ashton July 19, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I believe we all need a mentor in life who teaches us the techniques and also help us develop those positive qualities needed to execute the tasks. I’m sure this article will specially help those planning to set up a blog.

  5. Pierre July 19, 2011 at 11:37 am #


    I am actually about to create my own business on line.
    We are in 2011.
    As you started your new business in 2006, would you still recommend to get an internet mentor ?
    I mean that today there are new tools that everyone can get and learn from internet, such as WordPress or your own valuable advices. So if you would start your business today, would you get an internet mentor ?

    Congratulations for your very helpful blog !


    • Andrew July 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm #


      Even more so today…I would get a mentor. With so much information available…it is far too easy to become overwhelmed.

      I would want someone who can steer and advice me in the best way forward.


  6. Steve September 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Getting an internet mentor is highly advisable if you’re serious in making money online. There are a lot of fraud information out there and since you’re still a starter, you might be fooled and you’ll just waste your money. Some mentors won’t ask you to pay them but other do. Either way, they will definitely teach you the secrets in making money online.

    • Andrew October 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm #


      In my early days…I was fooled and purchased such rubbish.

      I agree…get a mentor…they can really help you progresss…fast!


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