The phrase “make money online” returns over 31 million pages (number will vary, and not exact) from Google results pages at this time.
That search term is so hot, you could fry an egg on it. No wonder – we all need to make money, and look for ways to make more (ethically). And, our relationship with money is very important as a part of that growth. (make sure you read that post).
(And, if you are in the search marketing business, it’s a totally competitive keyword to rank for. The closer you get to money keywords, the harder your job is – both online and offline).
“Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.” – Dale Carnegie
There’s a lot of hype and “get rich fast” garbage online, don’t fall for it. I needed to set the stage for this post with the quote from Mr. Dale, since nothing is different working with a business model online. You have to create a value to the market that people will pay for, and work on building that opportunity for yourself by learning, applying and networking.
Let’s dig in – beginners only, please.
How much do you know?
So – you don’t know the first thing about trying to generate a profit through this Internet thing, but you’d like to give it a try. There’s plenty of money to be made on the Internet for people who don’t mind a bit of work and maybe have a bit of talent. But, as you’ve seen, learning to develop those talents and skills is part of your mission. I highly recommend it. I don’t care if you are working at McDonald’s right now, or trying to lift your income from $100,000 a year to $500,000 in the next 12 months.
This post is designed to start you up on your journey to money online. I’m not going to promise any get-rich-quick schemes – that’s the route to trouble. But if you don’t mind putting in a bit of virtual elbow grease, the Internet is rife with opportunity.
Here’s how to snag some of the Internet dollars.
1. Get a PayPal account.
A PayPal account makes it easy for you to receive money from anywhere in the world electronically. You can hook up a credit card through it and make payments that way: people who you do services for can deposit money in your PayPal account and then you can make deposits into your personal bank account from there. It’s perfectly free, and necessary if you want to make a living from the Internet. Go to www.paypal.com to learn more.
2. Decide what you want to do.
Do you have any talents that could be sellable on the Internet like writing, graphic design, or website building? There are literally endless opportunities for you on the web. Check out a site like www.guru.com or www.ifreelance.com to set up a profile. I have used Guru before (it’s free to sign up as freelancer), but if you’re serious about freelance work it can be a good investment, even if some of them may require a fee. It is likely (I’m not a lawyer) to be tax-deductable if you end up pursuing freelance as a career.
3. Want a remote data-entry job?
Check out www.genuinejobs.com for a plethora of work-at-home jobs. It’s a freebee site, and you don’t have to sign up for any jobs you don’t want.
4. Are you a writer?
Go to www.elance.com and sign up to contribute. And, if you are new to this site and writing (but have the passion) – offer great incentives to get some points at first.
5. Just like to play a little at first?
(notice the number of this post and the website address?) – Go and visit fiverr.com and make some dollars by tomorrow.
These are good places to start with if you’re just beginning and want to be sure you don’t end up swindled. Once you master the basics, you can branch out, and, who knows?
Maybe Internet fortune awaits. Certainly, many have done it before you, and you can too.