A-Z of Growing Your Business Online – Business


This month I’m taking the alphabet and giving you tips from each letter on how to grow your business online. Today’s letter is B for Business.

Do you want to make money online? The secret is to treat what you are doing as a business.

darren The #1 reason my blogging grew into a business was that I began to treat it as one. – Darren Rowse


Register Your Business

If you are intent on making money online, then you want to establish a business. Do whatever it is that you need to do where you live to make it official. That way you have to treat it is a business because it is.

Put Aside Time

If you have a day job, you can’t just decide not to work. Likewise, put aside time each day to work on your business. You will have to prioritise your day so that you make time for your business. If you don’t – or can’t, then is it even worth saying that you will make money online? Because it sure doesn’t look like you want to.

Money First

It can be hard to prioritise. There is always so much that you need to do. Think to yourself, “does this lead to bringing money into my business?” If you are writing a blog post about something to establish your authority, maybe you might say this is going to help you get some money to your business. But moving your sidebar left and right 2px is probably not. Ask yourself if what you are doing moves your business forward. Concentrate on it if it does.

Do You Treat Your Money Making Efforts As A Business?

What’s stopping you? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to know if you have registered your business, and if you treat what you are doing as seriously as your day job.

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Jan Koch

Hi Carlie,

it was very hard to finally start my business. I was scared because I didn’t know what to expect after the business was finally founded.

In my daily routines I try to avoid things that don’t grow the audience of my blog, help me to make money or that don’t improve my skills.

I defined three goals to reach in the next two years and everything that doesn’t help me achieve those goals get’s a big NO


Theodore Nwangene

I can’t agree more Carlie,
If you really want to succeed with your blog then, you have to treat it as a business.

You can’t be playing around and expect to make money from your blog, its either its a business or its a hobby and, hobbies don’t make money so, the choice is yours.

Thanks for sharing Carlie


Sergio Felix

Really smart article Carlie, I unfortunately spent months and months dabbling with the little things but probably because I’m curious by nature and an engineer.

Sometimes I think I’d be in profits way sooner if I didn’t know anything at all when I first got started, I probably wouldn’t have wasted so much time in things that didn’t matter.



Carlie Hamilton

Love that Jan. I love asking myself “does this help me get to where I want to be?” It really helps me focus on what is important. I know that Fizzle has a fantastic course on prioritising (it was my favourite course there) – but I actually recently re-read The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and he has a great little activity in it that I recently did. I modified it for myself.

I chose the most important goals that I want to achieve over the next two years. I chose 4 goals.
Then, the simple thing is to do something every day that moves you closer to achieving these goals.

I also like Laura Roeder’s take on routines. She talks about visualising your perfect day. What do you do in a perfect day? Then, do the things that give you your perfect day. So, for instance, I really don’t like talking on the phone. Yeah, I’m weird for a girl, but I’ve never really liked phone conversations. I prefer being able to see the person I’m talking to, or using text. So, within my business I don’t encourage talking on the phone – I’ve removed phone numbers from my website. My ideal clients wont need to talk to me on the phone. I’m creating an environment where, hopefully, I’m attracting people that don’t need to speak to me on the phone.

That one is probably a bad example, I am sure there is a better example to illustrate moving towards living your perfect day every day. I think I’ve written enough here for another blog post, so I’ll end this now.


Carlie Hamilton

So true, Theodore. If you treat making money as a hobby, then you’ll only ever earn hobby money. I know first hand. For years I’ve done this as a hobby. The most I ever earnt was two figures. I don’t have an exact number, but it was $30 or $40 or $50 a month. Where as now I am earning in the $1000s and the biggest thing I have changed is my mindset (and thus my actions). I now treat this as a business.

Love the word choice. It is a choice. The only thing holding you back is you.


Carlie Hamilton

Don’t feel bad, Sergio. I was all talk for years. YEARS. Well, at least I got my act together in the end, which is more than most people (I take comfort in that )

I do experience thoughts of “why didn’t I…” and comparing myself to other people my age and see where they are in life. Neil Patel and I share a birthday, right down to the year. But it is really useless thinking those thoughts. The point is we are doing things now, and most people never make it this far.


Barry Wells

Hi Carlie,

Short, sweet and to the point, exactly how I like them

I learnt a long time ago to treat our business as a business and focus on things that’re going to help move it forward.

I love the example you used, does moving your sidebar 2px work towards your goals…

So many people flaf about trying to make everything look pretty and they’re failing to bring people to their sites.

It takes time to build a successful business but everything we do should be aimed towards moving it in the right direction.

Thanks Carlie,


Carlie Hamilton

Thanks Barry, I am getting a nice response with these shorter posts.

I love your comment. Yes, there are so many ways I could spend my day. I have an ever growing list of adjustments I want to do to my site. It isn’t perfect. But these adjustments aren’t so important, so I save them for a day when I need a break from “important” stuff, or for when they do become important.


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