People risk money on all kinds of things. They play the lottery, gamble in casinos and start an online business. And you don’t have complete control over whether or not you get your money back with any of them.

Lotteries are the worst odds. Big wins are in the millions to one range. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll never get your money back, but even the odds of breaking even are quite slim.

Gambling has better odds, depending on the game you play. Some, such as poker, have an element of skill involved. Others rely far more on chance.

But if you think you win most of the time, just look at the fancy buildings and flashing lights. The money to pay for those comes from somewhere, and that’s from people who hope to win in the casino and don’t.

An online business is a gamble of sorts too, but you have a good bit of control over it. You control the type of business, how you run it, how much money you risk, how hard you work at it and whether or not you’ll give up on it.

The Type of Business

The type of business you choose has a major impact on your chances of success. There’s no one right answer for everyone, but I’m fond of online businesses because they’re so affordable. You’re risking money in most cases, with the costs of doing business, but online they’re not too high.

How Much You Spend on Your Business

You have a lot of options in how much you spend on an online business. You can choose a free blog. You can buy a domain name and pay for hosting. You can pay for visitors using pay per click marketing or focus on free methods.

It all depends on what you want from your business and how fast you think you can get things to start happening.

How Hard You Work

If you’re expecting instant success or an easy time with your online business, you’re probably cutting down the odds of your success. It makes much more sense to expect to work hard in any business, as that’s what it takes in most cases.

Sitting and waiting for income to come in after minimal effort just is not likely to pay off.

Do You Give Up?

In line with being willing to work hard on your business is the refusal to give up on it. There are times you should give up. But there are more times where you should keep on struggling until you succeed.

Giving up too soon is a great way to fail. You aren’t going to succeed if you don’t work your way past the times when it seems as though nothing is going right. The road to success is rarely smooth in any endeavor.