Great post on a subject that is so right on the money about the fallacies of starting an online business and nailing the how to steps it really takes. Well done, as always. I’m someone who absolutely falls into the category of knowing a lot of the tidbits of information out there on how to do put together an online business but has stuggled with the roadmap of proper steps to put it all together and make it work for me.
Hi Maria!! Yay!! I definitely think you should go for it 🙂 Stick with it, and you’ll be earning an income from it, too! For your blog name, I would think about what your niche is. If it’s broad, use your name! Lots of bloggers are doing that or rebranding to their own name because it allows them to change topics as they please. Best of luck!! And please let me know if you have questions!!
I am not a copywriter. I didn't make this site so that I could sell you something. You will find no polished sales pitch here whatsoever. I just speak what's on my mind, and I intend to tell you nothing but pure facts about me, my business, and my strateiges. I am not the authority on how to make money online, but it's been a while since my online business crossed the $1 million mark (net revenue), and I do hope at least some of you will appreciate my ideas.
If you don’t mind doing other people’s chores, then TaskRabbit is a great option for making money online. Earn extra income by walking your neighbor’s dog or mowing Mr. Smith’s lawn. It might seem like not the most lucrative option, but the top taskers reportedly earn as much as $7000 a month, making this a full-time way to make money online for some.
Another reason why you should consider making money online is that it’s extremely flexible. You can work remotely- you don’t have to be anywhere specific; no offices, no annoying bosses or coworkers. You become a one-man corporation and the only focus is on what you want to achieve and you can work as hard as you like. Of course, with this comes the big responsibility of managing your extra income and ensuring that you will earn enough.
No matter what method you select for generating your online income, there's one very important thing to understand. Today, across this globe, with its 7+ billion inhabitants, there are two recurring things that people are looking for more of. Either people want more time or they want more money. The truth? Time is far more valuable than money. You can't recreate time. Once it's spent, it's gone forever. Not money.

If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
Infographics are currently an extremely popular type of media. An infographic showing information or data in an interesting and fun way can help engage an audience and generate numerous likes and shares. As infographics take more time to create than just simply uploading an image, busy website owners are prepared to pay for custom infographics. And don’t worry, an infographic can be created using simple design software such a Canva. So extensive graphic design skills are not necessary, just a creative eye.
If you have a penchant for design or are familiar with blog/website set up, then this is a service that you can create and market to others.  This involves creating logos, social media icons, headers and other design elements of a website.  I like to refer to this as fairy blog mother services for newbie bloggers who don’t have a clue around how to set up a properly structured blog.  I’ve done this often for new bloggers wanting to set up a website but who have no clue about where to get started.
Aaron N. Fletcher is an online marketing consultant, educator, speaker and nationally published author of the new book Stand Out: A Simple and Effective Online Marketing Plan For Your Small Business. Over the last 18 years, Aaron has become the “go-to” sales and marketing expert to small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs including Nolo.com, Caring.com, and Jay Abraham.
Choose your niche and check for demand: The golden course combination is when you can find an in-demand niche that aligns with your skills and unique experiences. A great way to do this is to use Google Trends and Google’s Keyword Planner to look for average monthly search volume for keywords related to your proposed course content. Are people actively looking for high-quality information about this subject? Of course, if you’re already creating content for a blog, coaching service, or a site like Medium, you can test demand this way for free just like Bryan did.
The overwhelming impression that comes across is that the success of this site is just a sign of the times. As SunsetStarLola puts it, "Personally I think the stigma attached to speaking to strangers on the internet has come a long way. Initially it was deemed as totally unsafe and all 'weirdos' but that's totally turned around. I believe people feel more at ease exploring their sexual fantasies with strangers, especially if it's one they don't necessarily deem the norm."
Do you have a DSL-R and like to capture photos? or if you are good with photo taking, a simple mobile camera can also do the job. Sometimes the most usual or unusual photos taken , road signs, mountains, walls or any interesting thing you like. If you have a large collection of high quality photo’s lying around, why don’t you sell them and make money online?
Now, it’s time to plan out your show. If you’re doing an interview-style show, you’ll now want to start getting some guests involved. You can use your existing social network to reach out to people you already know or are connected with on Twitter or Facebook. You can also head to Medium or Amazon to find authors or experts on topics specific to your niche.
Paypal – Paypal is one way for you to accept payment for your website, goods and services. It's very easy to set up. FYI – You can donate some of your hard earned money to me for producing this helpful and free guide for you. Paypal accepts all major credit cards, to make a donation you do not even need a Paypal account. But you will likely need to open a Paypal account to receive payments.
But money still matters. Like everyone I speak to, NaughtyJo has things to say on the issue. She talks about the downside earning money in dollars, and the exchange rates: "With it being an American site, I have to stay up late — my son is a go-karter and it's an expensive sport. Through this site I've been able to get him racing and he is doing well. Most of the money that I make on here goes towards that."
But don't make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you're on call whenever you have a guest and you'll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors. On top of just renting on Airbnb, consider offering your guests paid add-ons, like Lauren Gheysens', Royal Day Out in London, England—where she gives visitors a local's only tour of the city, complete with bespoke 18th century costumes.
“I always point people to the article ‘1,000 True Fans’ by Kevin Kelly. If you choose your thousand ideal customers or readers properly and find the single author blog that targets that audience, you never have to do any more marketing. You’re done. That is a lesson that very few product developers and marketers have learned, and it’s unfortunate.”
This is an amazing list! I personally love the survey sites. I have been a member of one in particular for over 2 years and they pay real cash, not points or gift cards. You can earn in different ways too, like searching the web, downloading apps, doing tasks and listening to music, along with doing surveys. I love that they have a phone app so you can earn even when you aren’t at home. Check it out and it’s free http://bit.ly/1svfD3M

I’m not sitting here and telling you it’s going to be easy though. It’s going to be downright difficult. At times, you might kick and scream in frustration, wondering when it’s ever going to happen. The difference between those that succeed with any type endeavor online and those that fail, are the ones that have cloud-nine dreams of lightning-fast internet riches. That might be because of all these supposed experts out there who tout these overnight systems, or it might just be our general desire for instant gratification.


I think you nailed it here. Excellent post. I’ve found that once you get the puzzle pieces somewhat worked out, you still waste a lot of time reinventing the wheel. I’ve made it my life’s goal to get better at re-using scripts, re-using pages, and to develop other more repeatable processes. That’s one of the biggest challenges I have today. Once that’s solved, then it’s time for more traffic generation and relationship-building! Thanks for the great post.
I have 3 VAs. I couldn’t function without them. It doesn’t matter how big or how small a business is, they all need help running their day-to-day administrative tasks. Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks that a traditional assistant or secretary would normally do, including making travel arrangements, paying bills, or managing expense reimbursements. I use them to upload content, optimise images, brief writers etc.
Ebates is my personal favorite way to make money buying things online that I already planned on buying. Here’s how it works: Shop online at your favorite stores through Ebates, check out, and receive a Big Fat Check in the mail. You can earn up to 6% back at your favorite stores including Kohls, Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Shutterfly, eBay and more.
Right now, I'm starting to reap the benefits of the kind of work that it takes to reach that level. When I started as a Freebie Trader, I literally worked every free minute (considering I also have a full-time job) specifically on Freebies to build up to where I was making $2,000 in pure profit per month. Right now, if I were to work an hour daily, I can easily make that much and beyond. However, my plan by the summer is to be making at least $10,000 in pure profit on a monthly basis. So I continue to work, but in a strategic way, with definite goals in mind, while educating myself to where I understand what it takes.

An online business community offers a different experience. You get a chance to get trained at the right place before you start building your online presence, and online business community can help you achieve this. Online business communities provide their members with a lot of text and video lessons which in most cases is more than enough to start building a business on the right foot.


I came across this site for affiliate marketing that is very popular I’m sure some of you have heard of if. It seems easy enough, they even have some free materials and have online courses to help get you started. I think the starting price is like 37 bucks which isn’t too bad if it leads to me getting some free time back. Here’s the link if you wanna check it out. [link removed]
That “urgent” email from a wealthy Nigerian Prince who claims to have a fortune with our names on it, to the blaring online video by the latest rambling internet marketer who swears we can get rich by using their system, to the late-night infomercial that beckons us to try a simple system that countless others have used to get rich, we’ve just about seen it all, haven’t we?
Starting a site like youtube isn’t difficult thing at all. There are ample of templates and scripts which are available on your market to get you started. All you need is a domain, good hosting, wordpress theme, script and some nice content to get started. One thing i like about this type of site is that the content is automatically uploaded and created by users and you earn money online from home while sleeping.
If I have a blog that is getting 100,000 page views a month that means that I’m probably getting at least 50,000 people to the site (most blogs will do between 1.2 to 1.4 pages per session). That means I have to try and get some small percentage of those people to buy something from me if I really want to do well. If I can’t get them to buy something then (in some cases) I have ads running on the site that will make me money anyways.
Hi Maria!! Yay!! I definitely think you should go for it 🙂 Stick with it, and you’ll be earning an income from it, too! For your blog name, I would think about what your niche is. If it’s broad, use your name! Lots of bloggers are doing that or rebranding to their own name because it allows them to change topics as they please. Best of luck!! And please let me know if you have questions!!

Well, with all the opportunities it provides, it turns out that everyone can do it. You don’t need any specific skills to get that extra cash. Nevertheless, people who are professionals in a certain area have one more door open for them, but there’s room for everyone. If you don’t feel confident in your skills, you can always take other gigs such as taking paid online surveys- everyone can do it.

Mark Schaefer is the author of The Tao of Twitter, Born to Blog, and Return on Influence, which was named “an essential book” of 2012 by the American Library Association. He is a marketing faculty member at Rutgers University and his blog {grow} is among the top marketing blogs in the world. He specializes in social media strategy/training and clients include both start-ups and global brands such as IBM, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and the UK government.
Although these methods are widely known and famous where all you need to do is just fill out the survey forms or email submits for different companies for quick bucks, but personally I never liked this way of earning money because this is not a stable and permanent income method, I feel like what advertiser’s get in return for paying you? bunch of crap data.. However there are few organisations who look for real data and they may pay you good.
Which is kind of fascinating. Is it concerning too? It's interesting to hear what the women think about this point of view. "Culture and technology are no longer disparate entities," says RoseXXX. "In western culture, technology is our culture, it has thoroughly penetrated our daily lives, so it certainly doesn't surprise me how many people are using MyGirlFund, not only to get off, but to interact with other people and form some connection. Certain guys say they live such busy lives — businessmen and the like — that they don't have time to pull or have a relationship, which is why they use MyGirlFund, almost as a utility to simply fulfill their needs.
Planning a vacation filled with incredible memories that’ll make you smile a decade from now? You should stay at home instead. Or find a godawful plane ticket with 2 connecting flights so you’re exhausted when you arrive, then stay in a hotel in the boondocks and forget about the paragliding or fancy restaurant or night of partying you’ve been dreaming about since you were a teenager.
WordPress Themes – A WordPress theme is the look of the website. With WordPress themes you can change the look of your website in a matter of minutes. You can design your own theme, you can use a free theme, or you can purchase a professional looking Premium WordPress theme. Since your goal is making money and not making art then a Premium Theme is the only way to go. Your site has to look good if you're going to make some money.

High-ticket consulting or coaching: You could sell your own high-ticket consulting or coaching products from your website. You'll still need a website, merchant account, sales funnel, lead magnet and many other items. But you can easily earn a substantial amount of money from each individual customer, making it well worth the arduous setup required. 
The first thing it takes is a CHANGE in MINDSET! I know, you've heard it before, but it's the absolute truth. I'm not going to give you some sort of 5 step plan to online success. That almost makes it sound too easy. What I am going to do is provide you with resources. I'm doing it this way because I'm NOT trying to sell you some sort of dream. Actually, yes I am trying to sell you a dream. A dream that can only come through if you make the decision that it has to come through.

Thank you for writing this. I have been LURKING for years, never commenting, but enjoying and sharing the content. Everything you said is true, I have been writing, blogging, started a Youtube Channel (800 videos now), and Instagram. Funny thing if you share food, workout pictures and motivational stuff its crazy popular. Love the blog, believe more folks would be happier working for themselves if they can keep debt under control or expenses low. Energy levels super high now that I started green smoothies everyday and adding weights to my workouts.
An online business community offers a different experience. You get a chance to get trained at the right place before you start building your online presence, and online business community can help you achieve this. Online business communities provide their members with a lot of text and video lessons which in most cases is more than enough to start building a business on the right foot.

She tells me she's met someone on the site "who I'm sure will be a friend for what I hope will be a very long time." Likewise, PrincessKiss, who's 23, from the North, and enjoys "What most young women do, spending time with friends and family, shopping, clubbing, reading true crime and watching horror movies," tells me: "I have made a good few friends on here, they can tell me anything and I can tell them anything." She adds that's she is totally herself on the site – in part because she can be more open with her sexuality, which she couldn't be on other sites where her family and friends are watching.
There are numerous printing companies that will print your designs onto not just T-shirts, but also hoodies, hats, posters, cushions, bags, and phone cases, to name a few items. These businesses also offer fulfillment services. This means that you promote the merchandise on your own site and once you sell a product the printing company will not only print your design but also send the item directly to the buyer. So all you have to do is concentrate on the marketing and selling of your products, and the fulfillment company will take care of the rest.

Webinars are quite possibly one of the most potent ways you can make an exorbitant amount of money online. Russell Brunson often says that if you do a webinar every single week for a year, you'll be a millionaire at the end of it. You'll need an audience to train and you'll need to know what you're talking about. Of course, this usually requires having a website and some semblance of an online presence.


Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to make money online doing something you love via a niche website. That of course, is easier said than done. Creating a profitable niche website takes time and is not intended for the faint of heart. But, if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website business idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it and eventually monetize through advertising, affiliates, or other relevant products. 

I think you need to update this post. Some websites are defunct, ShareMagnet sounds cool, I’ll check out the Gig Walk, but some seem iffy-especially if they don’t recognize my zip code? I think you should double check. I do use Swagbucks. Gazelle does NOT accept devices after a certain age or a certain “level” so sometimes, unless you are selling your 6 month old computer, ain’t worth it.
Once you have your market, decide on your sub-market. For example, if you're in the wealth market, your sub-market could be passive income. It could be flipping real estate contracts. And so on. Your sub-market is going to define your voice. What will you speak about? What will you preach? If it's health, your sub-market might be personal development or weight loss or something else.
Now next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
I remember talking to someone I met at a Toastmaster's event. She was making a typical $60,000/year from a corporate job. She spent over $10k buying info products, going to marketing seminars/conferences etc. The started a few projects that never got anywhere. She understood that she was buying the "dream". For her these products where entertainment.
Thank you for contributing such a wonderful post. As usual, you have conveyed a profound truth in simple language, that is, there is no substitute for hard work. Persistence pays, so never give up. And if one course does not work, take a detour. If your on-line business is not working, find another angle to work on it, but don’t give up. This is the message I got out of your write-up: a true inspiration. In your case, the hours and hours of struggle have paid off, so continue to educate us, your fans and readers. Wish you the best and three cheers to your success. Cheerio.
Best article I’ve read in a long time. I’m be traveling to Kiev on Monday so I’ll miss your webinar – but I’m sharing this with lots of folks who should listen in. Your point on technology is SO important. We learned way more than I ever thought we would on front-end, back-end and everything in between. There are so many people out there willing to build you a website – it’s important to know what you’re getting and what you own and that it’s original work. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how important these issues are. Thanks Jon for the inspiration this morning.
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