About Online Business Dude [obdude.com]
Hm? Who’s Dat Dude?
Hi and welcome to obdude.com!
My name is Tim Ikels, I’m an online marketer originally from Germany.
I’m the founder of Online Business Dude.
Today, I have the freedom to travel the world and not report to anyone because I make my full time income online.
But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, for years I struggled.
I created Online Business Dude to have a platform and show anyone who’s interested in starting an online business and working online / working from home how I do it.
If you want to start your own online business, quit your job and work from home, you’re in the right spot.
Online business, digital marketing and generating an income online have been a passion of mine ever since my first “real” job.
If you still are part of the rat race and employed right now, you know exactly what I mean: Job security is a joke.
And even if you like parts of your job (just over broke), the reality is:
Working for the man – sorry, but it’s just the truth – plain sucks.
A Short Story About Me
After digging in several “make money online” methods for years and years, I’ve really had it. I still wasn’t making a significant income and it never was consistent enough to live a relaxed, sustainable, healthy and fun lifestyle.
The same advice was presented to me over and over, but for some reason the described methods of making money online or generating (passive) income wouldn’t work for me personally.
But I kept trying because I had a goal.
The ultimate way to generate a consistent income online needed to fulfill the following qualities and attributes:
- A True Online Business (not just some short-lived trick, method, gimmick or loophole)
- 100% Location Independent
- Scalable (very lucrative over the years and with the potential to scale things up big time)
- Diversifyable (not depending on one niche or industry, one company, one product or even one customer)
- Sustainable (producing a reliable and consistent income, but no MLM, recruiting scheme or network marketing)
- Simple (an easy to understand business model and very doable for me personally)
- Fun (I enjoy most of the work, otherwise I just create another unwanted job for myself)
My personal goal: Freedom!
You see, for above reasons I didn’t want to work (permanently) as a freelancer or remote-worker, because that is not true freedom.
I wanted to build a real business and had enough of these shady “quick money making methods” presented by people with very questionable backgrounds. I couldn’t trust them.
Most of these heavily promoted “make money online methods” were short-lived anyway because they relied on loopholes that would soon be fixed.
But I never stopped learning and over time developed some very valuable skills.
And then, one day, it all came together for me and suddenly made complete sense. I clearly saw why I was struggling before.
Finally, I’ve found a way of earning my living online through a profitable, sustainable and scalable business model – ticking all the boxes.
Why Would You Share “Your Secret” With The World?
Fair question, I would be very skeptical myself. Here’s my answer:
First, truth to be told: The “make money online” / “business opportunity” industry is an extremely
So before you even ask: Yes, I generate an online income by recommending and selling digital products.
Now that we have this out of the way, let’s dig a little deeper:
The “average guru” in this industry is not going to tell you the truth
Chances are, he’s making way more money from selling you courses and tools than putting his own advice into practice.
Many of these “gurus” live only in the make money online niche, and they are exclusively in the business of selling theoretical knowledge and overpriced tools. You don’t need any of that to make money online.
For the most part, they don’t put their own advice into practice and oftentimes even don’t use their recommended tools. It’s just shady.
But you can still learn from these “fake gurus”
If they’re successful at selling info-products and courses for example, watch how they’re doing it. Don’t pay too much attention to the content, but carefully observe how they’re marketing their products.
Of course, the same gurus happily serve every couple of weeks a new, super easy, no-work-involved, done-for-you, just press the button, get-rich-quick and make passive income fast and forever method to everyone who’s looking for the next shiny object.
I suggest modelling what really works
Create a solid, sustainable business by
- learning the basics,
- developing the necessary skill sets and
- building everything on proven fundamentals.
And then: Sticking to it until you make it work. But I digress.
Secondly, and as you can hear from my tone, I just can’t stand the average guru in the “make money online” / “business opportunity” / “internet marketing” world.
Don’t be fooled by “easy and quick”
A lot of fake gurus are shady, many are greedy, and most don’t posess any moral standards.
That’s why I feel obligated to spread the truth and help as many people as I can so they don’t fall for the scams.
Don’t feel bad if – for a while – you followed the wrong person on the wrong path. I did it myself. Sometimes it’s tough to distinguish between what’s true and what’s complete B.S. Especially when just starting out.
The Truth is: There is NO SECRET.
But you can learn what has worked for other people. Learn from them. Learn from their failures. Learn what works for them. Then model it. Don’t copy, but just model what works.
And thirdly, I simply enjoy documenting my findings, publishing articles and notes, networking with like-minded people and sharing what works for me.
I enjoy reading and listening to business books and everything that has to do with online marketing, especially direct response based marketing.
Now it’s your turn
Quite the opposite: The fundamentals of how to build a business, how to generate profits and the basics of making money online will remain the same for the most part.
Actually, once you get the whole picture, there’s just a handful of things that you really need to focus on.
Please see this website as the advice I’d give my own children if they wanted to create a life of freedom for themselves and make an independent living online. And not lose as much time in the process as I did.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Also, you can send me an email through the contact form at any time.
All the best and stay awesome,
Your Online Business Dude