I do appreciate your hard knocks approach. Not convinced if there is any good in making everything as “easy!”. In regards to the comment above from Ryan about being positive: I think we all want it to be fun, cheery, easy, quick, etc. etc. But the reality is that the facts and knowledge, applied wisely, is much more useful than some cheery motivational speaker. Thanks for keeping it real, that is what is going to be what helps us achieve success in the end.

This is an interesting list Mel. I’ve been running my own side hustle for 5 years now (website marketing service). It’s been a very rewarding ride with both up’s and down’s. Learning how to build and run a business is an awesome experience…and doing it on the side is even better because you don’t have the same pressures as if it were your sole source of income!
The major key to making money on Fiverr is simple, but certainly not easy. You need to build a customer base with $5 entry gigs, and then upsell hard once you have a few positive ratings. You can put gigs up to $100 each on this site, and common upsells include higher quality versions of the same work, more time put into a design, rush orders, etc.

Once you understand how everything works, and your expectations are set the right way, decide what you want to do. Do you want to become an affiliate marketer? Do you want to be a network marketer? Do you want to become a blogger and sell your own products? Squeeze pages, which are glorified sales pages that attract people and direct their attention towards a single action of providing their email address, are created in a variety of methods. The better they are, the more likely they'll convert.


I’ve read elsewhere the optimistic messages of making money online, and understand the points in your post here too. Setting realistic expectations is important. I think my problem is being paralysed by fear of both success and/or failure. I’m afraid to be successful because it means putting myself out there (chronically shy), and scared shitless of failure for obvious reasons (generally around life security). This keeps me paralysed from doing anything… and in the end, that’s the greatest failure of all I guess. Well, that’s my takeout from what’s written here – perhaps that wasn’t the message, but it’s what I heard 😉
Now, let’s get some ideas for your YouTube videos. Are you funny? Are you great with dogs? How about cats? Do you know how to look great? Are you a great teacher? Whatever your talent or lifestyle, there could be something about you that YouTubers would love to watch. Remember, people want to see videos that are weird,funny, sad or crazy! These are the videos that go viral!
Have you ever written about earning cash through ebates.com? I love to spread the word, especially around the holidays before people make their holiday purchases online. For joining ebates you get a gift card (after you make your first online purchase through one of their links – super easy). Then you can use their coupons and get to your shopping sites through their links to earn cash back. If you refer people to their site you also get referral fees. Right now, if you refer 3 people you get $75.00. Bloggers tend to be able to get lots of referrals, so you can really rack up your referral bonuses! :) Check it out through my website link!
I fell for the hype a few times before. I got into High Yield Investment Projects in the past. I was excited because I could earn anywhere between 40 and 90% return in just one month. It was an awesome dream and I bought into it – so much so that I took half of my wedding money and invested it into that “sure thing”. Needless to say, I did not spend as much on my wedding as I thought I would.

I do appreciate your hard knocks approach. Not convinced if there is any good in making everything as “easy!”. In regards to the comment above from Ryan about being positive: I think we all want it to be fun, cheery, easy, quick, etc. etc. But the reality is that the facts and knowledge, applied wisely, is much more useful than some cheery motivational speaker. Thanks for keeping it real, that is what is going to be what helps us achieve success in the end.
More and more companies and startups especially are embracing remote work—where you use online collaboration and communication tools to do your work from wherever you want. And you don’t have to be a 20-something hotshot designer or coder to reap the benefits of working remotely. Many remote positions are for customer support positions or other customer-facing positions that don’t require specialized skill sets.
One part of this article I took with interest is where you mention an affiliate should try the product before making reviews to which makes a lot of sense however I have not found one bloody product that I have purchased online that I can give a favorable review off as most of these products where just shabby junk or the ones that did make a half grade with me had service where I would not get an answer back to my issues for at least 48 hours.
Why am I telling you all of this? The answer is pretty simple. I want you to get the understanding that making money online (at least in the initial stages), takes A LOT of STUDY and WORK! That's the unknown secret of Internet Marketing Gurus. Anyone can make a few hundred dollars. To be quite honest, you can make a few hundred dollars in your FIRST MONTH as a Freebie Trader. To be even MORE honest, it's much harder to profit $2,000+ each and every month, which is the reason I built this blog, and so many other people have their blogs on Internet Marketing – To save you the struggles that we had in getting going.
Better yet, you can even upload your own book to one of the world’s largest book sellers: Amazon. With Amazon self-publishing, you set the price, retain the rights to your book, and get access to Amazon’s massive audience. For every sale, you keep 70% with Amazon taking the remainder as a fee. If you want to get started, check out Leslie Samuel's great guide to selling eBooks online or follow Tara Gentile on CreativeLive as she shows you how to use your existing body of work to write an eBook within the next week. Who knows, you might just write one of the best business books of this year!
There are free websites available but they do not look professional and I highly advise against them. Free websites and blogs can be built at blogger.com or wordpress.com but they will always have blogger, blogspot, or WordPress in the title. For example, if I had started BOLD & DETERMINED on a free platform the domain name would be boldanddetermined.wordpress.com and I would never, ever be able to change that until I purchased a real domain name. If your goal is to make a professional money making website you must purchase your own domain name(s).
Now you may be asking, how can I really make money online?  Is it legitimate?  Is it possible?  Yes and yes.   You can make money online and there are tons of legitimate opportunities for you to do so.  We’ll cover a total of 15 ways to do so here but we will make this a 3 part series since I want to go into details with each way to make money online.
Equally, you can charge businesses to ‘claim’ their listing, a method used by many large directory sites like Google Business and Yelp. This involves companies paying to upgrade their listing and adding information such as their web address, social media links, images, and more. Other revenue streams include charging for ad space, adding affiliate links and even charging for services and products on your directory site.

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.

I’m very happy for how things have turned out for you and again you’re serving me as an inspiration. I’m back and ready kick ass on a new stage of my life. I’ve been working for 8 years now as an independent software consultant. I own my company, I have no debt, I don’t buy things, I live like a spartan. But I’m ready to take things to a whole new level. Consulting makes me a lot of money but I’m tired. I’m still selling my time and it often requires my physical presence. I’m ready to break those chains too. I’m now working on adding content to my site and selling e-products. It’s an insane amount of work but I don’t care. I work, work, work, polish and ship. And I have a strategy to keep churning products for the rest of the year. I’m even cutting my rent by 80% so I have more money to invest in the making of these products. Once I get the a sizable portfolio I’ll work on the e-book on how I did it and by next year the money will be rolling in. Peace out.

It comes down to knowing your market and its potential before you get started. If you don’t know what is possible, or overestimate the actual return, you can spend years learning how wrong your early decisions were. That’s because you will have some encouraging success early on only to wake up later and realize it’s not what you want, and that you aren’t going to get there without painful and expensive (in time and money) changes. Changes, that with good, deep research, could have been avoided.
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.
Creating and selling courses on your blog can be a successful way to make money online. The course itself should be relevant to your blog, and based on a topic that will benefit your audience. Although it may take time to create the course in the first instance, once completed, you can then repeatedly make money from the course each time you sell it.
Once you’ve gathered a list, put together a template outreach email (as you’ll be doing this over and over) that’s short and clear with expectations. Tell your potential interviewee who you are, what your podcast is about, and what you’re asking of them. Do a few test interviews with friends and family to make sure everything is being recorded at the quality you want and then book your first episode.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
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