Getting Started

New to GrowthLab? Start here!

We designed GrowthLab to give readers the confidence and know-how to build an online business. But if you’re new here, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information we’ve shared so far, especially if you’re not sure where to start.

To help, we highlighted some of our most valuable articles that can help you get started, find an idea, grow your business, boost your productivity, and more. So if you’re new to GrowthLab, take a look around.

Getting started

How to build a business: If you want to build a successful online business, you don’t have to wait until you have a product. In fact, that’s the last step in the process. GrowthLab’s six-step process includes identifying a problem that you can solve better than anyone else, getting to know your prospective customers, and more.

The ultimate guide to starting an online business: If you want more than just an appetizer, this comprehensive guide, which you can get in article or PDF format, is it. Our CEO Ramit Sethi distills everything he’s learned from starting an ugly blog in 2004 to becoming a New York Times best-selling author and founder of GrowthLab and our sister site, I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

3 essential systems for starting an online business: To build a successful business, you need to create three systems: one for getting people’s attention, one for getting them to subscribe to your list, and one for selling them your product. Learn more about the mistakes to avoid and get these set up as soon as possible.

7 ways to monetize your blog: One of the best things about blogging is that it’s a good way to earn money while you sleep. Learn about the top ways you can monetize your blog and what to keep in mind for each one.

Find an idea

3 weird yet successful online business ideas: You don’t need a groundbreaking business idea to make money. You just need to find something that people will pay you for. Don’t believe me? Check out these unique business ideas that are surprisingly successful.

3 of the wackiest, most unique million dollar ideas: If you need more proof that a supposedly unsuccessful idea can defy the odds, read about Cards Against Humanity, Spanx, and Museum Hack. Not only did they become wildly successful, but they changed the game in their respective industries.

Product validation: 2 don’t-miss stages to make sure your customers pay: Your product can be the best thing available on the market. But if no one’s willing to pay you for it, who cares? Here’s how to validate your product idea and ensure it becomes a profitable one.

Everything you ever wanted to know about making your first product: Learn about the different types of online business products out there, how to choose which product to make, and how to successfully sell it.

Grow your business

The ultimate guide to digital marketing: This 72-page e-book, which you can also read in article form, covers everything you need to know about grabbing attention, driving people to your website, and convincing those people to join your list, buy your product, or download your app. If you want your material to sell itself, this guide is for you.

Exactly how I made $1.1 million in sales in 11 months: Learn how Luisa Zhou ditched an easy business idea in exchange for a gig as a career coach — a business that generated more than $1 million in less than a year. If you’re considering coaching as an online business idea, Zhou’s story is a must-read.

How a $100,000 sales page is made: A good sales pitch goes a long way, and for your online business, that means having a solid sales page. This guide shares the secret sauce of how six-figure sales pages are made at GrowthLab and I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

The 7 things you must go through before making $1 million in revenue: Making your first million is no cake walk. Trying to make it sustainable, scaling with employees, and dealing with analytics are all obstacles that are in your way. Learn from Ramit’s experience, so you don’t have to do it the hard way.


Copywriter: Definition, skills, and how to get started: Regardless of which type of online business idea you’d like to pursue, learning how to be a good copywriter will help you gather a following and sell your product. Here’s why copywriting is essential and which skills you’ll need to master.

SEO copywriting: 4 phases to craft top-performing content: Excellent copywriting is an essential skill, but it won’t matter much if no one sees your content. Follow these four steps to create high-quality content that will rank high in search engines and drive more people to your website.

20 copywriting books you need on your bookshelf: We provide so much information at GrowthLab, but we also highly recommend reading other authoritative sources whenever you can. If you want to be a stellar copywriter, these books will help you get there.

Write like a human: 3 keys to writing sales emails that don’t suck: Terrible, robotic sales emails. If you haven’t done it yourself, you’ve probably read one. Learn how to talk to your readers like a human and get them on your side.

Boost productivity

How to stop putting things off and get shit done: Procrastination is one of your greatest enemies when you’re building a business. But it’s so easy and comfortable, right? But the reality is that your future as a business owner depends on your present, and the future you will thank you for getting shit done now.

8 ways to beat burnout and reenergize: We all want to be successful. But if you push yourself too hard, you’ll burn out and suddenly become useless. These eight tips will help you avoid burnout altogether and keep your ship sailing smoothly.

The surprising reason it’s so hard to focus: Starting a business likely isn’t the only thing on your plate. The more work you have to do and the more distractions that want to take you away from it, the harder it is to focus. Here’s how to get rid of the quick and easy — and ultimately unhelpful — fixes and how to improve your focus for good.

Problems smart people have: Being smart is a great asset when you’re building a business. But if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest threats to your success. Here are the problems with being smart and how to overcome them.

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