If you’re new to making money online or just new to this site, this will help you get started fast…
If there’s one question I get more than any other it’s this one…
How do I start making money online?
This is going to be that article that will get you started on the path that is best for you considering your time, your resources, and your ambition level.
By the time you finish reading this short article, you’ll be on your way to making money online.
Do You Want a Home Based Business or a Home Based Job?
One of the biggest reasons people are confused as to what they should do to make money is that they haven’t decided if they want a job or a business. They are obviously not the same and they are as different as night and day.
Home Jobs Overview
With a job your pay rate is set and you’ll never make more than what the job is paying and you only get the number of hours that are set for you. In addition, you have a supervisor to report to.
Some home jobs do require you to have certain skills in addition you’ll need to have the appropriate equipment for the job i.e. computer, noise cancelling headphones, software, etc… Each job is going to be different as to what equipment you need to have and what skills you need to possess.
For some jobs, you’ll need to have a resume and for others all you have to do is just apply. If you don’t already have a resume ready, you’ll want to get that started as soon as possible. You can find lots of people on Fiverr to help you with your resume.
Home Business Overview
With a home business you are the boss and you set your own hours. Your income is not capped or limited. If you dream of buying a brand new home or paying off all your debt, then a business is the only thing that can get you there the fastest. You will need to set aside time to work your business.
Clearly you realize that it takes special skills to run a business successfully…even on the Internet. Here’s are some of the traits of a successful business owner:
- Goals Centered
Do you possess a lot of these traits?
Now it’s time to pick your path…
What’s the Best Business?
So, now you know that the sky’s the limit as to what you can make with a home based business. If you want a complete lifestyle change, a home business is the only way you’re gonna achieve that.
(Sorry, you’re just not gonna become rich doing surveys.)
The best way to start is with what you know best (interests, hobbies, etc…).
First see if you can find buyers in your market. If not, then you probably don’t want to be in that niche. If you do find buyers, then you’ll want to sell what people are already buying.
Don’t have any interests or buyers in your niche? Read this to get some ideas….
Why the High Failure Rate in Business?
I’m sure you’ve seen people all over the ‘net posting that 97% of affiliate marketers/network marketers/home businesses fail. I couldn’t write an article on how to make money online without addressing the big elephant in the room – business failure!
There are people who seem to think that making money online is an illusion and that there’s a “syndicate” out there that’s giving people false hope about making money online. This is laughable but yet it’s serious because there are a lot of people that think this way.
Here’s what you ought to know…
Most people who start a business – whether it’s a flower shop, joining a network marketing company, or becoming an affiliate marketer will fail. Period. The odds are against you before you even start. Only a small percentage of people make money and even a smaller percentage make six-figures or more.
It has nothing to do with us marketers conspiring against people or beginners or whatever… There’s no syndicate trying to keep people down. We all know that only a small percentage of people will take ACTION and even a smaller percent will take consistent actions in their business til they yield results.
If you’re failing or if you’re not making any money online, then you really need to look at what you’re doing or not doing in your business. Both failure and success starts and ends with you.
This is why I go to great lengths to offer training, traffic generation tips to all people regardless of the kind of business that they’re in. At the end of the day, if you can’t get enough eyeballs on your products and services, you won’t have a business for too long.
The Two Biggest Reasons For Failure
Having been in this industry, I can tell you the biggest reasons why people don’t make money are:
1. Don’t understand business
2. Don’t understand Internet marketing
This is why I highly recommend you read Dotcomology before you spend any money on any marketing course. There are too many expensive marketing courses out there that don’t teach you what you really need to know. As a result, you’ll end up just as frustrated as when you first started.
Want to save time, frustration, and money – read this book!
Then decide if you want to do one of the following things:
1. Join Plug in Profit Site (if you don’t have a blog set up, then I highly recommend that at the very least you get PIPS to set up your blog for you).
Get the GVO hosting (if you don’t have hosting or an autoresponder already) and you’ll get your blog set up, a hosting account, and an autoresponder for $10 bucks per month! This is the best deal going on the ‘net.
In addition to Internet training and setting up a blog for you, PIPS offers you the opportunity to create multiple income streams from one simple website.
2. Do affiliate marketing – All the great Internet marketers started off as affiliates first and got the hang of Internet marketing and then began creating their own products. This includes doing CPA marketing. The only affiliate training program I recommend at this time is Affilorama.
Too many other programs are only concerned about selling memberships and not providing good solid training. I do NOT recommend Wealthy Affiliate.
3. Create Your Own Products/Services – see #2 if you don’t know what you’re doing.
4. Join a network marketing company – In my opinion, go with a company that’s been in business at least a couple of years. If you want to go traditional, you’ll want to look at Direct Selling News Top Global 100 Companies.
If you’re on a tight budget or if you’re in a country other than the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, you’ll want a company like SFI.
Because I like shopping online and helping people, it was a no-brainer to sign up with a company that offers people a chance to get money back on their online shopping purchases.
5. Sell on eBay or Amazon – This can be quite lucrative if you know what you’re doing. There are a lot of videos on YouTube of people sharing their tips on how they do it. I suggest you start your search there.
As you can see there are many, many ways for you to start a home based business using the Internet. There is no one best business. You choose the business that is a right fit for you.
But there’s still something more you need to do in order to make sure being an entrepreneur is the right thing for you at this time.
The Tough Questions You’ve Gotta Answer
Answer the following questions honestly…
1.Are you right for a business at this time? Do you have the time? – If you can’t carve out at least 10 hours per week (ideally 20 hours), in your busy schedule then maybe this isn’t the best time to start a business until you have a clearer schedule.
2.Are you trainable and coachable? – I’ve seen too many people whose ego weighs more than their bank account (this is a great Dani Johnson phrase!)
No one knows everything. Even if you’re already making six-figures but you still can’t seem to put up a blog, you may need to humble yourself a bit and ask for help.
3.Do you have money to put into a business? – At some point or another you’re gonna need to put money into your business. If the thought of spending money in your business sends shivers down your spine, then you’re probably not right for a business.
By truthfully answering these questions and reading those two articles above will save you a lot of money, time, effort, and frustration.
Remember a successful home based business can give you that lifestyle that you’ve always dreamed of for your family…in return for that opportunity you have got to have certain things in place including the time to even do a business and the right ambition level or else you’re just wasting time.
Just because you’re not right for a business at this time, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or a failure. We all can’t be doctors or nurses or cops, etc… There are lots of ways to make money from home besides a home business. Skip down to the next section.
Where to Find Home Based Jobs and Tasks
Work Place Like Home (WPLH)- This is a forum. You’ll have to register first before you see the goodies. After you register, you’ll want to scroll down to the section called: Work at Home Jobs (it’s the next section after “Board Life”).
Warning: You WILL have to do a lot reading and sorting through the threads. IF this sounds like something you don’t wanna do, then skip down to Money Making Mommy and Real Ways to Earn Online.
Work at Home Mommy (WAHM) – This is another forum and a long time work at home site that lists work at home jobs (aka telecommuting).
Money Making Mommy (MMO) – The owner of this site, Kelly, posts home jobs but I highly recommend you check to see if there are reviews of these companies on WAHM or WPLH first before signing up. There are companies that routinely don’t pay on time and/or don’t have work consistently. It’s nice to know this upfront before you apply.
Real Ways to Earn Money Online – This is a site similar to MMO. This site came onto my radar recently and I don’t know too much about it. Nevertheless with all these resources make sure you do your due diligence. Remember you do not ever pay for a job or to apply for a job.
Take your time and go through these sites. Keep good notes as you read through these sites and keep notes on companies that you’re interested in.
Be a Driver
Uber – They claim you can make up to $5k per month. That’s gonna really depend on where you’re located.
Lyft – They say you can make up to $35 per hour.
You have to be good at dealing with the public and having a pleasant people personality goes a long way in these kinds of jobs…and patience.
Gotta Be a Hustler!
Freebie Trader – Freebie trading has been around for years. It probably hit its peak several years ago with the popularity of such sites like Project Payday (PP). You can pay for the PP training, or join a site like Easy Payday Revolution which appears to be Project Payday’s modern day equivalent.
If you don’t want to pay to learn how to do freebie training, and you have the time, you can go through the “sticky” section on this forum.
What is it?
There’s two different ways you can go. If you’ve seen those sites that give away gift cards, cash, Play Stations, computers, etc… then you’ve seen the gist of it. Most of those are real and they do give away those items…if you complete the offers.
Some of these sites let people become affiliates and if the affiliates get enough people to complete these offers they can earn gifts and a lot of cash. These affiliates are willing to pay you in cash to complete offers.
If it sounds confusing – well it can be at first, but it’s a simple concept. You can make easy money by being the person doing the offers, but the bigger money is in getting others to do the offers. If you’re good at hustlin’ and you’re a patient person then you’ll want to do the latter.
What you can make: You make thousands of dollars per month – if you’re the hustler 😉
Small Pennies Add Up With Surveys
These are sites that you have to really do consistently day in and out in order to make some bill money. In my opinion, the two most reliable sites that offer multiple ways to make money in addition to doing surveys…
You can go directly to the sites that offer the surveys (you should register at the major ones – see real paid online surveys) but you’ll also want to do sites like Fusion Cash or Cash Crate daily to increase your earnings.
What you can make: Doing surveys and sites like Fusion Cash can yield you anywhere from $25 to $200-300/mo – depending how many hours you work on doing the surveys.
Tasks and Errands Can Keep You Busy!
Tasks don’t normally pay very well, but if you do enough of them it can add up. Task Rabbit has the potential to yield you a bigger income.
Task Rabbit – – You can make a lot of money depending upon your skill level and how much time you to devote to doing tasks.
Miscellaneous Wasy to Make Money
Fiverr – Do you have skills? Sell your services on Fiverr.
My Advertising Pays – This can be highly profitable…if you do it right. This is a profit sharing program that is based upon advertising credits.
I suggest you read My Advertising Pays YouTube Testimonials before you join. This is not for everybody.
You Can Make Money!
How do you make money online? Well now you know.
It’s not as hard to make some money online, but if you want to make the bigger bucks you’ll have to start or join a business.
You’ve just gotta decide what kind of money you want to make and then go for it!